On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1989

  • Jan 5 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 8 Johnny Jordaan [Johannes van Musscher], Dutch pop and levenslied singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 10 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • 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 4 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 6 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • 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 8 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), dies at 80

  • Mar 10 Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • Mar 17 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, dies of skin cancer at 41
  • Mar 19 Alan Civil, British horn player (played solo on 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 pop singer (The Mills Brothers - "Paper Doll"; "Lazy River"), dies at 77
  • Apr 15 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American record producer & executive, dies at 71
  • Apr 18 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), dies at 70
  • May 9 Keith Whitley, American country music singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 11 Jitka Snížková, Czech composer, music educator and musicologist, dies at 64
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 23 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, dies at 49
  • 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 3 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti),dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • 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 Johansson, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 22 Henri Sauguet [Poupard], French organist and composer (Symphonie Expiatoire), dies at 88
  • Jul 1 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 14 Herman David Koppel, Danish pianist and composer dies at 89
  • Jul 16 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), dies of a heart attack 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 8 Irv Cottler, American session and touring drummer (Frank Sinatra; Dinah Shore), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 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 of a stroke 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, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), 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 12 Franco Luambo, Congolese composer, guitarist and bandleader (Masumbuku), dies from AIDS at 51
  • Oct 19 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), dies of pneumonia at 36
  • Oct 22 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), dies at 74
  • Oct 28 Henry Hall, British bandleader (BBC Dance Orchestra), dies at 91
  • Oct 31 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 1 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), dies at 69
  • Nov 5 Barry Sadler, American singer ("Ballad Of The Green Berets"), dies from complications of being shot at 49
  • Nov 5 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Carmen), dies at 85
  • Nov 6 Dickie Goodman, American parody singer (Flying Saucer), dies at 55
  • Nov 12 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 17 Emerson Buckley, American 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, American popular music 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 Ján 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 R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), dies at 86