Deaths in Music in 1992

  • Jan 1 Constantin Poustochkine, jazz critic, dies
  • Jan 1 Corky Geil, dancer, dies in Long Beach CA at 64
  • Jan 3 Anthony Del Casino, band leader (Charlie Barnet Band), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Lewis Michael Friedman, pianist, dies at 47 of AIDS
  • Jan 12 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • Jan 15 Dee Murray, British bassist (Elton John's Band), dies of skin cancer at 45
  • Jan 17 Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • Jan 21 William T "Champion Jack" Dupree, US boxer/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 15 William Schuman, American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard), dies at 81
  • Feb 21 Eva A Jessye, US 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, singer, dies at 84
  • Mar 20 Frank Westbrook, dancer/choreographer, dies at 82
  • Mar 20 Georges Delerue, French composer (Hiroshima, My Love), dies at 67
  • Mar 21 Natalie Sleeth, American composer (b. 1930)
  • 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 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, drummer/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/guitarist, dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Brian Macleod, Canadian musician, dies of cancer at 39
  • Apr 25 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese rock artist, dies at 26 of pulmonary edema
  • Apr 27 Olivier Messiaen, French composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 28 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

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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 13 Floyd Arceneaux, trumpeter, dies at 58
  • May 16 Chalino Sanchez, Mexican musician (b, 1960)
  • 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, organist/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, 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 Allen James, vocalist/actor (Show Boat), dies of lung cancer 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, dies at 42
  • Jul 2 Jose Monje, [Camaron de la Isla], Spanish flamenco singer, dies
  • 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 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 26 Mary Wells, US soul singer (My Guy), dies 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 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 25 Alma Graciela Haro Esmerelda, singer, dies of diabetes at 65
  • Sep 7 Indra Kamadjojo, [Broekveld], Indon/Dutch dancer (Stille Kracht), dies
  • Sep 29 Paul Jabara, singer/actor (Last Dance), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Oct 1 Harry Milton Ray, singer/actor (Avanti!), dies of 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

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Oct 25 Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road), 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 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, US singer (Don't mess up a good thing), dies at 50)
  • Nov 13 Maurice Ohana, pianist/composer, dies
  • Nov 14 George Adams, US tenor saxophonist/flautist (Changes One), dies
  • Nov 18 Dorothy Kirsten, US soprano, dies from stroke at 82
  • Nov 19 Bobby Russell, song writer (Honey, Little Green Apples), dies at 52
  • Nov 23 Ray Acuff, country singer (Wahbash Cannonball), dies
  • Nov 24 Mary Smithuysen, Dutch dancer/actress (Bridge Too Far), dies
  • Nov 29 Cary Scott Lowenstein, dancer/singer, dies of AIDS at 30
  • Nov 30 Jorge Donn, dancer, dies after long illness at 45
  • Dec 13 Bernard Drukker, Dutch pianist/orchestra leader (duivelswiel), dies
  • Dec 21 Albert King, US blues singer/guitarist (Crosscut Saw), dies at 71
  • Dec 23 Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), dies at 42
  • Dec 26 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist, dies at 80
  • Dec 28 Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80