Deaths in Music in 1989

  • Jan 8 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 10 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • Jan 21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 31 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • Feb 4 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 21 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78

Person of interestTiny Grimes

Mar 4 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • Mar 10 Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • Mar 19 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • Mar 20 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), dies at 79
  • Apr 12 Herbert Mills, American Singer (The Mills Brothers), dies at 77
  • Apr 18 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), dies at 84
  • May 9 Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 John Waldo Green, composer, dies at 80
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 29 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm illness at 45
  • May 30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Jun 4 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 12 Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), dies at 72
  • Jun 14 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • Jun 22 Bengt Viktor Johansson, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 5 Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 81
  • Aug 1 John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 3 Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor and pianist, dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • Aug 23 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • Aug 25 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 14 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, dies at 71

Person of interestIrving Berlin

Sep 22 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), dies at 101

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Sep 26 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 28 John Gart, Russian orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 30 Virgil Thomson, US composer/critic (4 saints in 3 acts), dies at 92
  • Oct 3 Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • Oct 12 Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • Oct 12 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), dies from prostate cancer at 76
  • Oct 22 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 1 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), dies at 69
  • Nov 5 Barry Sadler, singer (Green Berets), murdered at 49 in Murfreesboro Tn
  • Nov 5 Vladimir Horovitz, Ukrainian/US pianist, dies at 85
  • Nov 17 Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 28 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91
  • Nov 29 Ann Burton, [Anna Rafalowicz], singer, dies at 56
  • Dec 1 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • Dec 1 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
  • Dec 5 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • Dec 6 Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), dies in a car accident at 40
  • Dec 21 Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 25 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Lennox Berkeley, composer, dies at 86