On This Day

Musicians Who Died in September 1989

  • 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 critic (4 saints in 3 acts), dies at 92