On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1990

  • Jan 2 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American 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
  • Jan 23 Peter Sweval, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), dies of AIDS at 42
  • Feb 6 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 [Charles Westover], 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, American musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • Feb 26 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectationa), dies
  • Mar 13 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, 1945-87), dies at 74

  • Mar 16 Ernst Bacon, American composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Rick Grech, British musician (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • Mar 18 Robin Harris, American comedian and actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Mar 19 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • Mar 23 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), dies at 80
  • 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 8 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 14 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78

Person of interestSammy Davis Jr.

May 16 Sammy Davis Jr., American singer, dancer and actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), dies of throat cancer at 64

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.
  • 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 5 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), dies at 42
  • 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 15 Carlo Prosperi, Italian composer, dies at 69

  • Jun 16 Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
  • Jun 19 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", dies in a motorcycle accident at 44
  • Jun 21 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), dies at 64
  • 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 22 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), dies at 87
  • Jul 23 Joe Turner, American 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 [Robert Byrd], American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 8 Andrzej Dobrowolski, Polish classical and experimental composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 12 Piotr Perkowski, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • 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 blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - Let's Dance), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Aug 28 Pamela Harrison, English pianist and composer, dies at 74

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, American 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-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, dies at 75
  • Oct 27 Xavier Cugat, Spanish-American bandleader, dies at 90
  • Nov 5 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer (He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother), dies of cancer at 53
  • Nov 10 Lisa Kirk, US Broadway-singer, dies
  • Nov 10 Ronnie Dyson, American 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 of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 90

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 6 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Electric Theseus) dies from a heroin overdose at 42
  • Dec 7 Dee Clark, American 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 18 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large), dies at 67
  • Dec 22 Cecil Effinger, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 88