Deaths in Music in 1993

  • 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 (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
  • Jan 8 Theo Bruins, Dutch pianist/composer (Syncope), dies at 63
  • Jan 13 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 15 Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • Jan 19 William LeMassena, actor (All that Jazz), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 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 29 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies
  • Feb 3 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish composer (8 Horse Bet), dies at 69
  • Feb 14 Buddy Pepper, composer, dies of heart failure at 70
  • Feb 15 George Wallington, [Giacinto Figlia], Italian bebop-pianist/, dies
  • Feb 25 Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
  • Feb 25 Toy Caldwell, country musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies at 45
  • Feb 28 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • Mar 3 Carlos Montoya, flamenco guitarist, dies at 89
  • Mar 3 Cyril Collard, French composer/dir/actor (A Nos Amours), dies at 35
  • Mar 4 Art Hodes, Russ/US jazz/blues pianist/editor (Jazz Record), dies
  • Mar 7 Arnold Franchetti, Ital/US composer, dies
  • Mar 7 Earl Wrightson, singer/actor (Pinafore), dies of heart failure at 77
  • Mar 8 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke
  • Mar 9 Bob Crosby, swing-era bandleader (Bobcats), dies of cancer at 79
  • Mar 11 Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76
  • Mar 12 June Valli, 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/choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • Mar 27 Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • Mar 31 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist (b. 1900)
  • Apr 4 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop, [Rita la Roche], singer, dies

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

  • Apr 29 Mick Ronson, English guitarist/producer (Mott the Hoople), dies at 46
  • May 7 Mary Philbin, actress (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 89
  • May 8 Kees Deenik, singer/conductor
  • May 16 Marv Johnson, US soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54
  • May 22 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, dies at 100 (b. 1892)
  • May 26 Cor de Great, pianist/conductor/composer (Vernissage), dies at 78
  • May 30 Sun Ra [Herman Blount,], US jazz pianist (Solar Arkestra), dies at 79
  • Jun 9 Alexis Smith, dancer/actress (Follies), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jun 9 Arthur Alexander, singer/songwriter (You Better Move On), dies at 53
  • Jun 21 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor (b. 1928)
  • Jun 28 GG Allin, American punk rock singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 29 Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 7 Mia Zapata, American singer with The Gits (b. 1965)
  • Jul 11 Mario Bauza, Cubans/US jazz musician, dies at 82
  • Jul 19 Szymon Goldberg, Polish violinist/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jul 31 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), dies at 29
  • Aug 4 Kenny Drew, US/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 7 Roy Budd, English jazz pianist/composer (Paper Tiger), dies at 46

  • Aug 10 Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian musician (Mayhem) (b. 1968)
  • Aug 26 Rockin Dopsie Sr, Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), dies at 61
  • Sep 5 René Klijn, [Dorian], singer (Mr Blue), dies of AIDS at 30)
  • Sep 9 Helen O'Connell, singer (Green Eyes), 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 15 Frits Noske, musicologist (Tie Musikwerk), dies at 72
  • Sep 19 Bruce Ferden, US conductor (NY, Washington, Amsterdam), dies at 44
  • Sep 24 Ian Stuart Donaldson, British musician (b. 1957)
  • Sep 28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 6 Agnes de Mille, US dancer/choreographer (Oklahoma!), dies at 88
  • Oct 8 Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
  • Oct 10 Catherine Collard, French pianist (Debussy, Haydn), dies at 46
  • Oct 11 Jess Thomas, American tenor, dies at 1993
  • Oct 15 Ken E Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symph Orch), dies of AIDS at 34
  • Oct 17 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage) (b. 1963)
  • Nov 3 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor, dies at 97
  • Nov 7 Adelaide Hall, US jazz singer (Cotton Club), dies at 92
  • Nov 9 Stanley Myers, English movie composer (The Deer Hunter), dies at 63
  • Nov 11 Erskine Hawkins, US trumpeter/composer (After Hours), dies at 79
  • 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, blues guitarist (Don't Lose Your Cool), dies at 61
  • Nov 27 Jerry Hunt, American composer, commits suicide at 49
  • Nov 28 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian drummer (Steppenwolf) (b. 1946)
  • Nov 30 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), dies at 57
  • Dec 4 Frank V Zappa, US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), dies at 52
  • Dec 5 Douglas Hopkins, guitarist (Gin Blossoms), dies of gun shot at 32

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Dec 14 Myrna Loy, [Williams], US actress (Jazz Singer), dies at 88

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  • Dec 18 Charizma, American rapper (b. 1973)
  • Dec 19 Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49
  • Dec 30 Mack David, US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81