On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1994

  • Jan 4 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), dies at 54
  • Jan 5 Victor van Os, Dutch jazz guitarist, dies at 39
  • Jan 7 Bobby Pratt, American jazz trombone and piano player, dies at 67
  • Jan 8 Jay Blackton, US conductor/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 84
  • Jan 9 Silas Hogan, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 82
  • Jan 11 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, American jazz piano player and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 15 György Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("Everybody's Talkin'"; "One"; "Without You"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Jan 15 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Jan 17 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • Jan 17 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, dies at 84
  • Jan 18 Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), dies at 83
  • Jan 18 Torbjörn Hultcrantzn, Swedish jazz double player, dies at 56
  • Jan 22 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • Jan 22 Rhett Forrester, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • Jan 27 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), dies from cancer at 86
  • Jan 30 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • Feb 1 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), dies of renal failure at 62
  • Feb 2 John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
  • Feb 2 Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Zilner T Randolph, jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95
  • Feb 5 Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 6 Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74
  • Feb 7 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), dies of cancer at 81
  • Feb 8 Raymond Scott, composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • Feb 9 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Louis Kaufman, American violinist and conductor (Gone With The Wind), dies at 88
  • Feb 14 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
  • Feb 22 Papa John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), dies of heart failure at 76

Dinah Shore

Feb 24 Dinah Shore, American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show, Nabisco DS Championship), dies of ovarian cancer at 76

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • Feb 24 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • Feb 27 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 89
  • Feb 28 (Elbert) "Skippy" Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • Mar 1 Timothy Andrew James Souster, British composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 1 Walter Kent, American composer (I'll Be Home for Christmas), dies at 82
  • Mar 1 Sandro Fuga, Italian composer & pianist, dies at 87
  • Mar 3 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, dies at 49
  • Mar 5 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • Mar 6 Leighton Noble, singer/Bandleader, dies at 81
  • Mar 6 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Louis Freeman, Scottish band leader, dies at 100
  • Mar 9 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Danny Barker, US banjo player/guitarist (Bourbon St Black), dies at 85
  • Mar 15 Gundaris Poné, Latvian-American violinist, composer, and educator (NYU-New Paltz, 1964-94), dies of cancer at 61
  • Mar 16 (Charles) Russell Woolen, American classical keyboardist and composer (In Martyrum Memoriam), dies at 71
  • Mar 22 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America") dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • Mar 24 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • Mar 24 David Van Vactor, American classical composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 26 Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • Mar 30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • Apr 4 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Apr 5 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

Kurt Cobain

Apr 5 Kurt Cobain, American grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide at 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • Apr 6 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, dies at 77
  • Apr 7 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B singer, harmonica player, and guitarist (Dr. Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • Apr 10 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival), dies at 77
  • Apr 12 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • Apr 19 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
  • Apr 22 Jack Bently, English trombonist, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, dies at 67
  • May 3 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • May 6 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 59
  • May 11 Danny Overbea, American rock singer and guitarist ("Forty Cups of Coffee"), dies at 68
  • May 11 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), dies at 63
  • May 15 Frederik baron van Pallandt, Danish singer (Nina & F), murdered at 61
  • May 15 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, dies at 71
  • May 17 (Donald) Keith Falkner, British bass-baritone singer, dies at 94
  • May 23 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • May 24 Sándor Lakatos, Hungarian violinist, bandleader, and actor (mostly as a gypsy violinist), dies at 69
  • May 25 Eric Gale, American jazz, R&B, session and touring guitarist (Negril; Stuff; Paul Simon's One-Trick Pony; Bob James; Grover Washington, Jr.), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • May 26 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit) dies of a heart attack at 53
  • May 27 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), dies from lung cancer at 66
  • May 29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • May 31 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • May 31 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • Jun 3 Hub Matthijsen, Dutch violinist and bandmaster, dies at 52
  • Jun 4 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 48
  • Jun 4 Earle Warren, American jazz alto sax player, dies at 79
  • Jun 5 Ish Kabbible [Merwyn A Bogue], cornetist (Kay Kyser), dies at 86
  • Jun 6 Johnny Downs, American stage and screen actor, dancer, singer, and TV host, (Our Gang; Swing, Sister, Swing!), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jun 6 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • Jun 8 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), dies at 76
  • Jun 9 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, dies at 63
  • Jun 13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82

Henry Mancini

Jun 14 Henry Mancini, American composer ("Pink Panther"; "Moon River"), and conductor, dies at 70

Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
  • Jun 14 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, dies at 52
  • Jun 15 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek conductor, and Academy Award-winning composer ("Never On Sunday"), dies at 68
  • Jun 16 Kristen Pfaff, American rock bassist (Hole, 1993-94), dies of heroin overdose at 27
  • Jun 16 Boris Alexandrov, Russian conductor (Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble), dies at 88
  • Jun 23 Alan Frank, English composer and music publisher, dies at 83
  • Jun 26 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist (Christ College, Oxford), dies at 96
  • Jun 29 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor, dies at 85
  • Jun 29 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, dies at 63
  • Jun 29 Kurt Eichorn, German conductor, dies at 85
  • Jul 2 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), dies of diabetes at 66
  • Jul 8 Dominic Lucero, dancer/singer, dies of lymphatic cancer
  • Jul 9 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, dies at 57
  • Jul 9 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 79
  • Jul 10 Henrik Blichmann, Danish swing jazz pianist, composer (92 Minutes of Yesterday), and orchestra leader, dies at 79
  • Jul 11 Charles "Lefty" Edwards, saxophonist, dies at 67
  • Jul 11 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer (Sun Ra Arkestra), dies at 57
  • Jul 13 Eddie Boyd, American blues piano player, singer, and songwriter ("Five Long Years"), dies at 79
  • Jul 14 Patrick Crommelynck, Belgian pianist (Duo Crommelynck), commits suicide at about 49
  • Jul 14 Taeko Kuwata, Japanese Belgian pianist (Duo Crommelynck), commits suicide at about 47
  • Jul 14 William D. Revelli, American band leader, dies at 92
  • Jul 21 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • Jul 23 Hans J Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man; Christmas Holiday; This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • Jul 25 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), dies from cancer at 67
  • Jul 27 Tatiana Tauer, Russian classical harpist, dies of cancer at 48
  • Jul 31 Anne Shelton, British singer (Glenn Miller Band), dies at 66
  • Aug 1 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Aug 6 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • Aug 9 Clarence Ford, American sax player, dies at 64
  • Aug 10 Bill Baker, American doo-wop singer The Five Satins - "In The Still Of The Night"), dies at 58
  • Aug 12 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • Aug 13 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 18 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • Aug 27 Roberto Goyeneche [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies at 68
  • Aug 28 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • Aug 28 Alfonso Letelier (-Llona), Chilean composer and educator (El Hombre ante la Ciencia - (Man Before Science)), dies at 88
  • Aug 29 Michael Peters, American choreographer and dancer (Dreamgirls; Michael Jackson) dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • Aug 31 Artur Balsam, Polish-American pianist, dies at 88
  • Aug 31 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68
  • Sep 2 Roy Castle, English dancer, actor and tv presenter (Dr Who & the Daleks), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Sep 3 Major Lance, American soul singer ( "The Monkey Time"; "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um", ), dies between 52 and 55 [year of birth disputed]
  • Sep 4 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 64
  • Sep 4 Ladislav Holoubek, Slovak conductor (Košice Opera, 1966-81), and composer (Rodina), dies at 81
  • Sep 5 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), dies at 68
  • Sep 6 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), dies at 85
  • Sep 6 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies after surgical complications at 50
  • Sep 8 Edna Manilow, mother of singer Barry Manilow, dies of lung cancer at 70
  • Sep 12 Major Bill Smith, record producer, dies at 72
  • Sep 13 John Stevens, British jazz drummer (Spontaneous Music Ensemble), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 13 Pieter Zaanen, architect (Musical Trade scholarship, Amsterdam), dies
  • Sep 13 Kaleria Fadicheva, Russian ballerina (Kirov) and choreographer, dies at 58 [1]
  • Sep 15 (Frank) Haywood Henry, American jazz and session baritone saxophone player, dies at 81
  • Sep 15 Earl George, American composer and pedagogue, dies at 70
  • Sep 16 Bernie Lazaroff Leighton, pianist, dies at 73
  • Sep 17 John DeLaFose, American French speaking zydeco musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 19 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), dies of Ewing's Sarcoma at 38
  • Sep 20 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 77
  • Sep 20 Jule Styne, American Academy and Tony award winning popular music composer ("Three Coins In A Fountain"; Gypsy; Funny Girl, "Make Someone Happy"), dies at 88
  • Sep 22 (John Edward) "Teddy" Buckner, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Sep 22 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Mattie Moss Clark, American gospel singer, and music minister, dies of diabetes complications at 69
  • Sep 23 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, dies of heart failure at 42
  • Sep 24 Guido Santórsola, Brazilian-Uruguayan composer and violinist, dies at 89
  • Sep 28 Urmas Alender, Estonian singer and musician (b. 1953)
  • Sep 29 Cheb Hasni, Algerian singer, murdered at 26
  • Sep 29 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, dies at 68
  • Oct 1 Scott Dunbar, American blues vocalist and guitarist, dies at 90
  • Oct 2 Harriet (Hilliard) Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Follow the Fleet), dies of heart failure at 85 [1]
  • Oct 3 Virginia Dale, American actress/dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • Oct 4 Bill Challis, arranger/Pianist, dies at 90
  • Oct 4 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), commits suicide at 48
  • Oct 4 Scoville "Toby" Browne, American jazz saxophone and clarinet player, dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, dies at 72
  • Oct 10 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 14 Gioconda de Vito, Italian-British violinist, dies at 87
  • Oct 18 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player ("Walkin' With Mr Lee"), dies of cancer at 68
  • Oct 20 Robert Medley, English artist and theater designer, dies at 88
  • Oct 22 David Buchan, Scottish ethno-musicologist, dies at 55
  • Oct 22 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), dies of liver failure at 52
  • Oct 26 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), dies at 65
  • Oct 27 Robert White, guitarist, dies at 57
  • Oct 29 Evelyn Anderson, dancer, dies at 87
  • Oct 29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • Nov 2 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter, dies at 73
  • Nov 4 Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarist (MC5), dies at 46
  • Nov 5 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, dies at 66
  • Nov 7 Shorty Rogers [Milton Rajonsky], American jazz trumpeter and composer, dies at 70
  • Nov 9 Milton M Shorty Rajonsky Rogers, trumpeter, dies at 70
  • Nov 10 Carmen McRae, American jazz singer and pianist, dies at about 73
  • Nov 11 Elizabeth Lefanu Maconchy, English composer (My Dark Heart), dies at 87
  • Nov 16 Chester Dino Powers Valenti, singer/Songwriter, dies at 57
  • Nov 16 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer, dies at 83
  • Nov 16 Harvey Watkins, gospel Singer, dies at 64
  • Nov 16 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies at 57
  • Nov 18 Cab[ell] Calloway, US band leader/actor (Missourians), dies at 86
  • Nov 18 Michael [George] Somes, English dancer (Royal Ballet), dies at 77
  • Nov 22 L V Johnson Singer, dies
  • Nov 22 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), dies at 68
  • Nov 23 Eldero L D Williams, tenor saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Nov 23 Erick Frederick Hawkins, US dancer/wed to Martha Graham, dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), commits suicide at 55
  • Nov 23 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, dies at 85
  • Nov 26 Nimrod Workman, folksinger, dies at 99
  • Nov 27 Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and musicologist (b. 1906)
  • Nov 28 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • Nov 29 Sviatoslav S Stravinsky, French/American composer/son of Igor S, dies at 84
  • Nov 30 Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay, jazz Drummer, dies at 67
  • Nov 30 Irwin Kostal, American orchestra leader and arranger (West Side Story; The Sound Of Music; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dies at 83
  • Nov 30 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of a cardiac arrest at 67
  • Dec 3 Lesley Peacock, jazz photogrpaher/author, dies