On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1992

  • Jan 1 Constantin Poustochkine, Dutch jazz musician & critic, dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Anthony Del Casino, band leader (Charlie Barnet Band), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Lewis Michael Friedman, American pianist, dies at 47 of AIDS
  • Jan 8 Johnny Meijer, Dutch accordionist known as the King of Accordions (Body & Soul), dies at 79
  • Jan 15 Dee Murray [David Murray Oates], English bassist (Elton John backing band), dies after a stroke at 45
  • Jan 17 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 19 Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Bengali singer and composer (Ei Ganga ei Padda), dies at 60
  • Jan 21 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, dies at 81
  • Jan 25 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Vernon William Reed Sr, singer, dies after a long illness at 73
  • Jan 28 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • Jan 29 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Backdoor Man"), dies at 76
  • Feb 8 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • Feb 15 William Schuman, American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard), dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Andrew Schenck, American conductor, dies of melanoma at 51
  • Feb 21 Eva A Jessye, American singer/actress (Eva Jessye Choir), dies at 97

  • Feb 21 Jane Pickens Langley Hoving, singer, dies at 83
  • Feb 28 La Lupe, Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53
  • Mar 4 Mary Osborne, jazz guitarist, dies at 70 of liver cancer
  • Mar 8 Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
  • Mar 10 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek composer and musician (b. 1925)
  • Mar 13 Clarence Wright, English actor and singer, dies at 84
  • Mar 19 Henry Leland Clarke, American composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Frank Westbrook, dancer/choreographer, dies at 82
  • Mar 20 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon, A Little Romance), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Mar 21 Natalie Sleeth, American composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 27 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), dies at 94
  • Mar 28 Josef Matej, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 1 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • Apr 2 Paula Kelly, American big band singer, dies at 72
  • Apr 4 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • Apr 4 Arthur Russell, American cellist (b. 1951)
  • Apr 4 Rodolfo Holzmann, Peruvian composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 5 Anthony "Tony" Papa, big band leader, dies at 65
  • Apr 11 Adele Dixon, singer/actress (Uneasy Virtue), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Apr 12 Joe Medwick, vocalist, dies at 61

  • Apr 14 Sammy Price, US boogie-woogie pianist, dies
  • Apr 16 Andy Russell, American drummer and vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • Apr 17 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • Apr 19 Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Apr 19 Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Apr 20 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer and guitarist, dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • Apr 27 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • May 1 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • May 2 Joey Cuevas, dancer, dies at 34
  • May 2 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • May 3 Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

May 6 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • May 10 Joan Merrill, vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • May 10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Flower Drum Song), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • May 15 Barbara Lee, American singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine), dies at 44
  • May 16 Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician, murdered at 31
  • May 17 Lawrence Welk, conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • May 17 Leonardo del Ferro [Keyser], US epic tenor, dies
  • May 19 Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
  • May 23 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer, composer, and guitarist, dies at 84
  • May 27 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • May 29 Peter John "Ollie" Halsall, guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • May 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 8 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 9 Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
  • Jun 10 Hachidal Nakamura, composer (Sukiyaki), dies at 61 of heart failure
  • Jun 17 Dewey Balfa, American Cajun fiddler and singer, dies at 65
  • Jun 21 Thomas Whitfield, American gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • Jun 24 Tom Alexander, model/actor (Kurt-Forbidden Dance), dies of AIDs
  • Jun 24 Tony LeMans, singer/songwriter, dies in a car crash at 29
  • Jun 27 Allan Jones, American actor and singer (A Day at the Races, Showboat), dies at 84
  • Jun 27 Stefanie Ann Sargent, guitarist (7 Year Bitch), dies of overdose at 24
  • Jun 30 Jim Alaimo, vocalist, dies after heart surgery at 53
  • Jul 2 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist and educator, dies of cancer at 42
  • Jul 2 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, dies at 41
  • Jul 4 Astor Piazzolla, Argentine composer (Tango Nuevo), dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Joe Newman, US jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies at 69
  • Jul 5 Georgia Brown, British singer/actress (Love at Stake), dies at 59
  • Jul 9 Kelvin Coe, Australian ballerina (A'sch Ballet/Bolshoi Ballet), dies
  • Jul 13 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist, dies at 78
  • Jul 15 Henk van der Molen, guitarist/composer/writer (Martine Bijl), dies
  • Jul 22 David Wojuarowicz, artist (U2 album cover), dies of AIDs at 37
  • Jul 25 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Jul 26 Mary Wells, American soul singer (My Guy), dies of laryngeal cancer at 49
  • Jul 29 William Mathias, Welsh composer (wrote for 1981 royal wedding), dies at 57
  • Jul 30 Titti Sotto, latin songwriter, dies at 48 of aids
  • Aug 1 Chico Alvarez, trumpeteer (Stan Kenton Orchestra), dies of cancer at 72
  • Aug 2 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Aug 5 Jeff Porcaro, drummer (Toto-Africa), dies of cardiac arrest at 38
  • Aug 7 Titti Sotto, Cuban composer (La Esquina Habanera), dies
  • Aug 12 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Aug 14 Tony Williams, American singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Jackie Edwards, Jamaican songwriter (Keep On Running), dies at 53 or 54
  • Aug 16 Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack

  • Aug 24 Larrie Londin, jazz drummer, dies at 48
  • Aug 24 Larrie Londin [Ralph Gallant], American session drummer (Motown and Nashville), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Aug 25 Alma Graciela Haro Esmerelda, singer, dies of diabetes at 65
  • Sep 5 Armen Carapetyan, Americn musicologist and composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 7 Indra Kamadjojo [Broekveld], Indon/Dutch dancer (Stille Kracht), dies

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

Sep 12 Anthony Perkins, American actor and singer (Psycho, Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), dies from AIDS at 60

  • Sep 29 Paul Jabara, singer/actor (Last Dance), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Oct 1 Harry Ray, American soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown), dies of a stroke at 45
  • Oct 4 Laurie Anders, singer, dies of cancer
  • Oct 5 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • Oct 5 Paul Acket, organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz Festival), dies
  • Oct 7 Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies
  • Oct 19 Maurice le Roux, French conductor/composer (Contes immoraux), dies

Person of interestRoger Miller

Oct 25 Roger Miller, American country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), dies at 56

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • Oct 26 Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies
  • Oct 28 Joan Maloney Rio, dancer, dies of cancer at 57
  • Nov 7 Henri Temianka, Scottish-born Polish composer (California Chamber Symphony) dies at 85
  • Nov 8 Keith "Red" Mitchell, US/Swedish jazz bassist, dies
  • Nov 12 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 81
  • Nov 13 Bobby McClure, American singer (Don't Mess Up A Good Thing), dies from stroke complications at 50
  • Nov 13 Maurice Ohana, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 14 George Adams, US tenor saxophonist/flautist (Changes One), dies
  • Nov 14 John J. Cascella, American rock keyboard and accordion player (John Mellencamp), dies of a heart attack at 455
  • Nov 18 Dorothy Kirsten, American operatic soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), dies from stroke at 82
  • Nov 19 Bobby Russell, songwriter (Honey, Little Green Apples), dies at 52
  • Nov 21 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, dies
  • Nov 23 Ray Acuff, country singer (Wahbash Cannonball), dies
  • Nov 24 Mary Smithuysen, Dutch dancer/actress (Bridge Too Far), dies
  • Nov 24 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, dies at 58
  • Nov 29 Cary Scott Lowenstein, dancer/singer, dies of AIDS at 30
  • Nov 30 Jorge Donn, dancer, dies after long illness at 45
  • Dec 5 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 6 Yngve Sköld, Swedish composer, dies at 93
  • Dec 10 Bernard Reichel, Swiss composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 11 Andy Kirk, American jazz musician (I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)), dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Bernard Drukker, Dutch pianist/orchestra leader (duivelswiel), dies
  • Dec 18 Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer and teacher (Saugauck Suite), dies at 83
  • Dec 21 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 23 Eddie Hazel, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), dies at 42
  • Dec 24 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), dies from terminal colon cancer at 47
  • Dec 26 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist, dies at 80
  • Dec 28 Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80