On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1993

  • Jan 1 Phyllis Hill, American stage and film dancer and actress (Singing in the Dark), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 1 "Georgia" Tom [Dorsey], American blues and gospel pianist, songwriter ("Peace In The Valley"), and evangelist, dies at 93
  • Jan 5 Leonce Gras, Flemish singer/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 6 John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 6 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer and choeographer (Kirov Ballet), dies of AIDS at 54
  • Jan 8 Theo Bruins, Dutch concert pianist and composer (Sei Studi; Syncope), dies at 63
  • Jan 10 Diana Adams, ballerina, dies
  • Jan 13 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 15 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist ("Three Coins in a Fountain"; "High Hopes"; "Call Me Irresponsible"), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jan 17 Barbara Buczek, Polish pianist, composer (Anekumena – Concerto for 89 Instruments; Two Impressions), and teacher, dies at 53
  • Jan 21 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 23 Thomas A. Dorsey, American jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Charles "Majeed" Greenlee, American jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), dies at 65
  • Jan 29 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies at 65
  • Feb 3 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish contemporary classical and minimalist composer (Zomerspelen/Summer Games; Aquarius), dies at 69
  • Feb 3 Reid Miles, American photographer, and album cover art designer (Blue Note Records, 1955-67), dies at 65
  • Feb 14 Buddy Pepper, composer, dies of heart failure at 70
  • Feb 15 George Wallington [Giacinto Figlia], Italian-American jazz pianist, composer ("Lemon Drop"; "Godchild"), and bandleader, dies at 68
  • Feb 18 Patrick Waite, British reggae-rock bassist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), dies of heart defect at 24
  • Feb 25 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • Feb 25 Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
  • Feb 25 Toy Caldwell, American Southern-rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cocaine induced cardio-respiratory failure at 45
  • Feb 27 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, dies at 82
  • Feb 27 Marlena Davis, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"; "South Street"), dies of lung cancer at 48
  • Feb 28 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street; Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • Mar 3 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), dies at 89
  • Mar 3 Cyril Collard, French composer/dir/actor (A Nos Amours), dies at 35
  • Mar 4 Art Hodes, Ukrainian-born American jazz, blues pianist and editor (Jazz Record), dies at 88
  • Mar 7 Arnold Franchetti, Italian American composer, dies at about 84
  • Mar 7 Earl Wrightson, American actor and singer (Pinafore, Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), dies of heart failure at 77
  • Mar 8 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Mar 9 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), dies of cancer at 79
  • Mar 11 Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76
  • Mar 12 June Valli, American singer (Crying in the Chapel), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 15 Anthony Bowles, music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
  • Mar 19 Jeff Ward, drummer (9 Inch Nails), commits suicide at 30
  • Mar 22 Gret Palucca, German dancer and choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • Mar 22 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Clifford Jordan, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • Mar 31 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist, dies at 92
  • Apr 1 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, dies at 86
  • Apr 4 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop [Rita la Roche], singer, dies

Marian Anderson

Apr 8 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies of congestive heart failure at 96

  • Apr 19 Steve Douglas [Kreisman], American session and touring saxophonist and flautist (Phil Spector; Duane Eddy; Beach Boys), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 23 Daniel Jones, Welsh composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 29 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist (David Bowie's Spiders From Mars), and producer (Mott the Hoople; Lou Reed), dies of liver cancer at 46
  • May 8 Kees Deenik, Dutch singer, bandleader, and broadcaster, dies at 78-ish
  • May 9 Iván Patachich, Hungarian contemporary classical and electro-acoustic composer, dies at 70
  • May 16 Marv Johnson, American R&B pianist, songwriter, and singer ("You Got What It Takes"; "(You've Got To) Move Two Mountains"), dies of a stroke at 54
  • May 22 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, dies at 100
  • May 26 Cor de Great, Dutch pianist, conductor, and composer (Vernissage), dies at 78
  • May 28 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss), dies at 67
  • May 30 Sun Ra [Herman Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), dies at 79
  • Jun 5 Conway Twitty [Harold Jenkins], American country and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Linda On My Mind"; "Honky Tonk Heroes"), dies in surgery at 59
  • Jun 8 Roberto Caamaño, Argentine composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 9 Alexis Smith, Canadian actress and singer (The Age of Innocence; Follies), dies of brain cancer at 72
  • Jun 9 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter ("Lonely Just Like Me"), whose songs were covered by The Beatles ("Anna"), The Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown"), dies of a heart attack at 53 [1]
  • Jun 21 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor, dies at 64
  • Jun 25 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), dies at 67
  • Jun 28 [Jesus Christ] "GG" Allin, American punk rock singer, dies of accidental heroin overdose at 36
  • Jun 29 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • Jul 1 Ray Elliott, Irish rock and jazz saxophonist, flutist, and keyboard player (Them), dies of brain cancer at 54
  • Jul 7 Mia Zapata, American singer with The Gits (b. 1965)
  • Jul 11 Mario Bauza, Cubans/US jazz musician, dies at 82
  • Jul 15 William S. Harvey, American graphic designer and album cover artist (The Doors; The Stooges; Tim Buckley), dies at 72
  • Jul 19 Szymon Goldberg, Polish violinist/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jul 21 Richard Tee, American jazz and session pianist, and arranger (Paul Simon - "Slip' Slidin' Away"; Peter Gabriel -"In Your Eyes"; Grover Washington, Jr - "Just The Two Of Us"), dies of prostate cancer at 49
  • Jul 30 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy, One More Night), is fatally shot by police during a narcotics investigation at 53
  • Jul 31 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), dies at 29
  • Aug 4 Kenny Drew, American-Danish jazz pianist (Moonlight Desert), dies at 64
  • Aug 5 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band; McCoys), dies of heart failure at 45
  • Aug 5 Eugen Suchoň, Slovak organist, composer (Krútňava (The Whirlpool); Psalm of the Carpathian Lands; Kaleidoscope), and music educator, dies at 84
  • Aug 5 (Alexander) "Duke" Burrell, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader (Louisiana Shakers; Louis Jordan; Johnny Otis), dies at 73
  • Aug 7 Roy Budd, English jazz pianist/composer (Paper Tiger), dies at 46
  • Aug 10 Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian black-metal guitarist (Mayhem), stabbed to death by a musical rival at 25
  • Aug 17 Johnny Sayles, American soul singer ("I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love"), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Aug 17 Phil Seymour, American rock and power pop musician, singer, and songwriter (The Dwight Twilley Band), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • Aug 26 Rockin Dopsie Sr. [Alton Jay Rubin], American zydeco singer, and accordion player, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Sep 1 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), dies of ALS at 52
  • Sep 1 Eugen Malmstén, Finnish jazz trumpeter, singer, band leader, and songwriter, dies at 86
  • Sep 5 René Klijn, Dutch singer (Mr Blue), dies of AIDS at 30)
  • Sep 7 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, dies of esophageal cancer at 56
  • Sep 9 Helen O'Connell, American big-band singer (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - "Green Eyes"; "Anapola"), and TV host (Today Show, 1956-58), dies of cancer at 74
  • Sep 11 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, dies at 81
  • Sep 12 Herman Nieland, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 14 Peter Tranchell, British composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 15 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Tie Musikwerk), dies at 72
  • Sep 15 (Nii Moi) "Speedy" Acquaye, Ghanaian drummer, percussionist and fire-eater (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames; Ginger Baker's Airforce), dies of cancer at 62
  • Sep 19 Bruce Ferden, American conductor (NY, Washington, Amsterdam), dies at 44
  • Sep 19 András Mihály, Hungarian composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 24 Ian Stuart Donaldson, British punk rocker (Screwdriver), dies in a car crash at 36
  • Sep 28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • Sep 30 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • Oct 2 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), dies at 66
  • Oct 7 Agnes de Mille, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer (Rodeo; Oklahoma!), dies at 88
  • Oct 8 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
  • Oct 10 Catherine Collard, French concert pianist (Schumann; Brahms), and teacher, dies of cancer at 46
  • Oct 11 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, dies at 66
  • Oct 15 Ken E. Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra), dies of AIDS at 34
  • Oct 17 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), dies at 30
  • Oct 22 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 26 Harold Rome, American musical theater composer (Fanny; Pins and Needles), dies at 85
  • Nov 3 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instrument inventor, dies at 97
  • Nov 7 Adelaide Hall, American jazz singer (Cotton Club), dies at 92
  • Nov 9 Stanley Myers, English movie composer (The Deer Hunter), dies at 63
  • Nov 11 Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer (After Hours), dies at 79
  • Nov 11 Olavi Pesonen, Finnish composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 16 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • Nov 23 Tatiana Nikolajeva, Russian pianist (Bach), dies at 69
  • Nov 24 Albert Collins, American blues guitarist (Ice Pickin'; Don't Lose Your Cool; Showdown!), dies of cancer at 61
  • Nov 26 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), dies at 79
  • Nov 27 Jerry Hunt, American experimental composer and video artist, commits suicide at 49
  • Nov 28 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), dies at 47
  • Nov 28 Camillo Togni, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 30 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), dies at 57
  • Dec 1 Peter John Wood, British session and touring rock keyboardist, and songwriter, dies at 43

Frank Zappa

Dec 4 Frank Zappa, American rock guitarist, composer, (Mothers of Invention - "Peaches en Regalia"; "Baby Snakes"), activist, and filmmaker (200 Motels), dies from prostate cancer at 52

  • Dec 5 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), commits suicide using a pistol at 32
  • Dec 10 Alice Tully, American singer and patroness (Carnegie Hall), dies at 91
  • Dec 12 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), dies at 94
  • Dec 16 Charizma [Charles Hicks], American rapper, killed in a mugging at 20
  • Dec 19 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (The Byrds, 1964-67 - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969-71; Firefall, 1974-80), dies of liver failure at 47
  • Dec 29 Yvonne Desportes, French composer (Seven Abstract Poems), dies at 86 [1]
  • Dec 30 Mack David, American songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • Dec 30 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 81