Deaths in Music in 1990

  • Jan 2 Vladimir Alexis Ussachevsky, Manchuria composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • Jan 3 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • Jan 12 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer, dies at 96
  • Jan 18 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • Jan 19 Semprini, English musician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 20 Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • Jan 23 Allen Collins [Larkin Allen Collins Jr.], American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • Feb 7 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter (All the Way, Love & Marriage), dies following a stroke at 77
  • Feb 8 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • Feb 14 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • Feb 24 Johnnie Ray, American singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61
  • Feb 26 Cornell Gunther, US musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • Feb 26 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectationa), dies
  • Mar 7 Max Neuhaus, American percussionalist and composer (sound sculptures), dies of cancer at 50
  • Mar 13 Karl M√ľnchinger, German conductor (b. 1915)

  • Mar 16 Ernst Bacon, American composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Rick Grech, rocker (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • Mar 18 Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36
  • Mar 19 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • Apr 3 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • Apr 14 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Apr 25 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • Apr 29 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), dies at 52
  • May 2 William Levi Dawson, composer, dies at 90
  • May 9 Luigi Nono, Italian composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 14 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78
  • May 16 Samuel "Sammy" Davis Jr, American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), dies of throat cancer at 64
  • May 22 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • Jun 2 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), dies of liver and kidney disease at 57
  • Jun 3 Stiv Bators, American musician (The Dead Boys) (b. 1949)
  • Jun 7 Barbara Baxley, American actress and singer (Norma Rae, Countdown), dies at 67 of a heart attack
  • Jun 11 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86
  • Jun 14 Erna Berger, German soprano (b. 1900)
  • Jun 16 Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
  • Jun 25 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • Jun 30 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 2 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade, 5 Star Jubilee), dies at 76
  • Jul 7 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, dies at 32
  • Jul 15 Troy Dixon, rapper (Trouble T-Roy of Heavy D), dies at 22 of a fall
  • Jul 16 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)

  • Jul 18 Gerry Boulet, Quebec rock singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 23 Joe Turner, jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • Jul 23 Robert Sommer, singer, dies of liver failure at 42
  • Jul 26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • Jul 27 Bobby Day, American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 15 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (b. 1962)
  • Aug 17 Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Aug 18 Grethe Ingmann, Danish singer (b. 1938)
  • Aug 23 David Rose, composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), dies at 80

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

Aug 27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan

Person of interestTom Fogerty

Sep 6 Tom Fogerty, rocker (Creedence Clearwater), dies of tuberculosis at 48

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Rocker
Tom Fogerty
  • Sep 14 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, dies at 40
  • Sep 16 Steve Condos, tap dancer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • Sep 19 Werner Janssen, US composer (New Years Eve in NY), dies at 91
  • Oct 3 Eleanor Steber, eminent American soprano dies in Langhorne, PA
  • Oct 8 B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
  • Oct 14 Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer (West Side Story), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Oct 16 Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 16 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-American classical pianist (b. 1914)
  • Oct 27 Xavier Cugat, Spanish-American bandleader, dies at 90
  • Nov 10 Lisa Kirk, US Broadway-singer, dies
  • Nov 10 Ronnie Dyson, US singer (Salvation-I Don't Wanna Cry), dies at 40
  • Nov 12 Nico Haak, Dutch singer (Foxy Foxtrot), dies
  • Nov 18 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • Nov 24 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, dies at 72

Person of interestAaron Copland

Dec 2 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies at 90

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 7 Delecta "Dee" Clark, US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52
  • Dec 7 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 8 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • Dec 18 Paul Tortelier, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 22 Cecil Effinger, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 88