Deaths in Music in 1994

  • Jan 4 RD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1939)
  • 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, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 82
  • Jan 11 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz piano player/composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 15 Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Harry Nilsson, rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies at 52
  • Jan 15 Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Jan 16 Harry Nilsson, singer/Songwriter, dies at 52
  • Jan 17 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • Jan 17 Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/sax, dies at 84
  • Jan 18 Arthur Altman, songwriter, dies at 83
  • Jan 22 Rhett Forrester, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • Jan 27 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Stanley Adams, songwriter, dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 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 composer (b. 1913)
  • 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, US violinist/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, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
  • Feb 24 Dinah Shore, singer (Chevrolet), dies of cancer at 76
  • Feb 24 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • Feb 28 Elbert "Skippy" Williams, tenor Sax player, dies at 77
  • Mar 1 Timothy Andrew James Souster, composer Musician, dies at 51
  • Mar 1 Walter Kent, US composer (I'll Be Home for Christmas), dies at 82
  • Mar 1 Sandro Fuga, Italian composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • Mar 3 Karel Kryl, folk singer, dies at 49
  • Mar 5 Joe Daley, jazz tenor/clarinet/flute player, dies at 75
  • Mar 6 Leighton Noble, singer/Bandleader, dies at 81
  • Mar 6 Moses Rascoe, blues singer, dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Louis Freeman, band leader, dies at 100
  • Mar 9 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Danny Barker, US banjo player/guitarist (Bourbon St Black), dies at 85
  • Mar 22 Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (Love Sensation), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • Mar 24 Tommy Benford, jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • Mar 26 Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Albert Goldman, US rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon, Elvis), dies at 66
  • Mar 28 Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79

  • Apr 4 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, actress/singer (Kay Kyser Band), dies at 77
  • Apr 5 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

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Apr 5 Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • Apr 6 Dick Cary, jazz musician, dies at 77
  • Apr 7 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B-singer/guitarist (Dr Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • Apr 10 James L Lyons, jazz promoter, dies at 77
  • Apr 12 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • Apr 19 Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57
  • Apr 22 Jack Alexander Bently, trombonist, dies at 80
  • May 3 Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • May 6 Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 59
  • May 11 Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist, 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, singer, dies at 94
  • May 23 Joe Pass, US jazz guitarist (The Trio), dies at 65
  • May 24 Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • May 25 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • May 26 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz Guitarist, dies at 53
  • May 27 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, dies from lung cancer at 66
  • May 29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, 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, violinist/bandmaster, dies at 52
  • Jun 4 Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies at 48
  • Jun 6 John Morey Downs, actor/dancer/singer, dies at 80
  • Jun 6 Willie Humphrey, jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • Jun 13 Igor Youskevitch, dancer, dies at 82
  • Jun 14 Harry "Little" Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat), dies at 66

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Jun 14 Henry Mancini, composer (Pink Panther, Moon River), 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 composer (Never on Sunday), dies at 68
  • Jun 16 Kristen Pfaff, US bass guitarist (Hole-Live through this), dies at 24
  • Jun 16 Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble, dies at 88
  • Jun 23 Alan Frank, music publisher, dies at 83
  • Jun 26 Thomas henry Wait Armstrong, organist, dies at 96
  • Jun 29 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor, dies at 85
  • Jun 29 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, dies at 63
  • Jul 2 Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
  • Jul 8 Dominic Lucero, dancer/singer, dies of lymphatic cancer
  • Jul 9 Cornelius Boyson, American bassist, dies at 57
  • Jul 9 William "Sabby" Lewis, jazz Pianist/Arranger, dies at 79
  • Jul 11 Charles "Lefty" Edwards, saxophonist, dies at 67
  • Jul 11 Lex P Humphries, drummer, dies at 57
  • Jul 13 Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist, dies at 79
  • Jul 14 Patrick Crommelynck, Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • Jul 14 Taeko Kuwata, Japanese/Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • Jul 21 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • Jul 23 Hans J Salter, Aust/US composer (Deanna-Durbin musicals), dies at 98
  • Jul 25 John M Dengler, jazz Bass Sax/Trumpet/Trombone, dies at 67
  • Jul 31 Anne Shelton, British singer (Glenn Miller Band), dies at 66
  • Aug 6 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • Aug 10 Bill Baker, singer, dies at 58
  • Aug 12 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • Aug 18 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • Aug 22 Leo Lerman, actor/manager/critic (Dance Magazine), dies at 80
  • Aug 27 Roberto Goyeneche, [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies
  • Aug 28 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • Aug 31 Artur Balsam, Polish/US 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, soul singer, dies at 55
  • Sep 4 Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player, dies at 64
  • Sep 5 Billy Usselton, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • Sep 6 Max Kaminsky, trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Sep 6 Nicky Hopkins, rock pianist (Rolling Stones), dies at 50
  • Sep 8 Edna Manilow, mother of singer Barry Manilow, dies at 70 of cancer
  • Sep 12 Major Bill Smith, record producer, dies at 72
  • Sep 13 John William Stevens, jazz drummer, dies at 54
  • Sep 13 Pieter Zaanen, architect (Musical Trade scholarship, Amsterdam), dies
  • Sep 16 Bernie Lazaroff Leighton, pianist, dies at 73
  • Sep 17 John DeLaFose, zydeco musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 20 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist, dies at 77
  • Sep 20 Jule Styne, Broadway composer (Gypsy, Funny Girl), dies at 88
  • Sep 22 John Edward Teddy Buckner, trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Sep 22 Leonard Geoffrey Feather, jazz critic/musician, dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Mattie Moss Clark, gospel Singer, dies at 69
  • Sep 23 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, dies at 42
  • Sep 28 Urmas Alender, Estonian singer and musician (b. 1953)
  • Sep 29 Cheb Hasni, Algerian singer, murdered at 26
  • Sep 29 John Heddle Nash, singer, dies at 68
  • Oct 1 Scott Dunbar, bluse vocalist/guitarist, dies at 90
  • Oct 3 Virginia Dale, US actress/dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • Oct 4 Bill Challis, arranger/Pianist, dies at 90
  • Oct 4 Danny Gatton, US guitarist, commits suicide at 48
  • Oct 9 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, dies at 72
  • Oct 10 Nikolai Karetnikov, composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 14 Gioconda de Vito, violinist, dies at 87
  • Oct 16 William Henry Swinburne, music teacher, dies at 87
  • Oct 18 Lee Allen, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • Oct 20 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/Choreographer, dies at 88
  • Oct 22 David Buchan, ethno-Musicologist, dies at 55
  • 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, guitarist, dies at 46
  • Nov 7 Milton "Shorty" Rogers [Rajonsky], US jazz trumpeter, dies at 70
  • Nov 9 Milton M Shorty Rajonsky Rogers, trumpeter, dies at 70
  • Nov 10 Carmen McRae [Clark], US jazz singer/pianist, dies at about 73
  • Nov 11 Elizabeth Lefanu Maconchy, Engl 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 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/US composer/son of Igor S, dies at 84
  • Nov 30 Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay, jazz Drummer, dies at 67
  • Nov 30 Irwin Kostal, US arranger/conductor (Sound of Music), 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
  • Dec 8 Antonio Carlos Jobim, Brazil composer (Girl From Ipanema), dies at 67
  • Dec 9 Maureen Cox Starkey, ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, dies of leukemia at 48
  • Dec 9 Garnett Silk [Garnet Damion Smith], Jamacian reggae musician, dies in a fire at 28
  • Dec 10 George G F van Renesse, concert pianist/music director, dies at 85
  • Dec 10 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 14 Mary Ann McCall, singer, dies at 75
  • Dec 15 Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
  • Dec 15 Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99
  • Dec 16 Samuel Lipman, music critic, dies at 60
  • Dec 19 Noel Pointer, jazz violinist, dies at 39
  • Dec 23 Charles Shirley, jazz arranger, dies at 74
  • Dec 24 Jimmy Buddy Lee Land Ace, singer, dies at 57
  • Dec 29 Eugene Tanner Jr, singer, dies at 58