On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1996

  • Jan 1 Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk singer, dies at 55
  • Jan 4 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Danny White, American singer and bandleader, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • Jan 6 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, dies at 80
  • Jan 8 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • Jan 8 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-born jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Pamelo Mounk'a, Congolese musician, dies at 50
  • Jan 15 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • Jan 16 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), dies at 49
  • Jan 17 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, dies at 54
  • Jan 17 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • Jan 18 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 20 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63

  • Jan 20 Gerald Joseph Mulligan, baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 20 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic, dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), dies of complications from a knee infection at 68
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 35
  • Jan 26 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Jan 26 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 30 Bob Thiele, American record producer, dies at 73

Person of interestGene Kelly

Feb 2 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • Feb 2 Minao Shibata, Japanese composer and musicologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 3 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • Feb 5 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • Feb 7 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • Feb 7 Tiny Winters, musician, dies at 87
  • Feb 8 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91
  • Feb 14 Taiguara [Chalar da Silva], Brazilian singer and songwriter, dies at 50
  • Feb 15 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies of cancer at 72
  • Feb 16 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80

  • Feb 17 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, actress/singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, dies at 50
  • Feb 19 Dorothy Maynor, American soprano and founder (Harlem School of Arts), dies at 85
  • Feb 20 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), dies of pneumonia while being treated for bladder cancer at 65
  • Feb 21 Morton Gould, American prolific composer (Verdun), dies at 82
  • Feb 23 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • Feb 24 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, dies from Crohn's disease at 77
  • Feb 29 Wes Farrell, American songwriter (The Partridge Family), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 6 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 88
  • Mar 8 Paul Harrhy, actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • Mar 9 George Burns, American comedian, actor and singer (Burns and Allen), dies at 100
  • Mar 11 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 67
  • Mar 15 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, dies at 100
  • Mar 16 Joseph Lee Pope, singer, dies at 62
  • Mar 17 Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • Mar 19 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Frank Wigglesworth, American composer (The Willowdale Handcar), dies at 78
  • Mar 20 Alan Ridout, English composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 22 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • Mar 22 Václav Nelhýbel, Czech-American composer (Everyman), dies at 76
  • Mar 23 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Maria Lucia Beltran Alcayaga, singer, dies at 66
  • Mar 31 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer and songwriter (The Gun Club), dies at 37
  • Apr 1 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • Apr 2 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Booba [Roosevelt Melvin] Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • Apr 4 Paul Cooper, American composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 6 Nadieh [Karin Meis], Dutch singer, guitarist and composer (Haifa Blue) dies from a pulmonary embolism and breast cancer at 37
  • Apr 8 Charles Donald Adams, singer, dies at 67
  • Apr 9 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, dies at 95
  • Apr 14 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock), dies at 50
  • Apr 14 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer, dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 16 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 79
  • Apr 16 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
  • Apr 19 Bernard Edwards, bass player, dies at 44
  • May 1 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, dies on his 79th birthday
  • May 8 Jane Cowan, cello teacher, dies at 80
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, Canadian-born American singer & teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, American singer & songwriter (Uncle Walt's Band), dies at 46
  • May 15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • May 17 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • May 17 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • May 20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • May 21 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • May 24 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus; Windows), dies at 67
  • May 25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • May 26 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician, dies at 45
  • May 27 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • May 27 Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter (City Music Society), dies at 82
  • May 28 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), dies of cardiac arrest at 77

  • May 29 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • May 29 Tamara Toumanova, dancer, dies at 77
  • May 30 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • May 30 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47
  • May 31 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 59
  • May 31 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 1 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 48
  • Jun 9 Walter Pardon, carpenter/traditional singer, dies at 81
  • Jun 11 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer, dies at 49
  • Jun 14 Thomas Edward Montgomery, drummer, dies at 73
Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jun 15 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Clare Grundman, American composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Miriam Gideon, American composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 19 Ande Anderson, English opera director, dies at 78
  • Jun 19 Vivian Ellis, English composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • Jun 28 Willard F. McMurry, musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 30 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 91
  • Jul 3 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • Jul 8 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), dies at 72
  • Jul 11 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), dies at 102
  • Jul 12 Gottfried von Einem, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 12 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • Jul 16 John Panozzo, American rock drummer (Styx), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47
  • Jul 17 Amancio D'Silva, musician, dies at 60
  • Jul 17 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • Jul 17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • Jul 19 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician, dies at 77

  • Jul 22 Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33
  • Jul 22 Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), dies of cancer at 43
  • Jul 26 Evelyn Levine, American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), dies at 94
  • Jul 28 Harold Fox, American fashion designer and musician, dies at 86
  • Jul 28 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 48
  • Jul 29 Jason Thirsk, American bassist (Pennywise) (b. 1967)
  • Jul 31 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • Aug 1 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • Aug 1 Frida Boccara, French singer, dies at 55
  • Aug 8 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • Aug 8 Åke Hermanson, Swedish composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Mel Taylor, drummer, dies at 63
  • Aug 11 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), dies at 82
  • Aug 13 David Tudor, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 13 Louise Talma, American composer (Summer Sounds), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Sergiu Celibidache, conductor, dies at 84
  • Aug 20 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), dies at 46
  • Aug 22 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 25 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), dies at 86
  • Aug 29 Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 31 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, dies at 85
  • Sep 1 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), dies at 86
  • Sep 2 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • Sep 2 Cyril Reuben, violinist, dies at 69
  • Sep 2 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), dies at 96
  • Sep 7 Niccolo Castiglioni, composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 9 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" (Blue Moon of Kentucky), dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Ray Coleman, British music journalist and biographer, dies at 59
  • Sep 13 Silas Roy Crain, American singer, Founder of Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet, dies at 85

Person of interestTupac Shakur

Sep 13 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), dies of internal bleeding after a drive by shooting at 25

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Rapper
Tupac Shakur

  • Sep 14 Juliet Prowse, actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies at 59
  • Sep 15 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), dies at 85
  • Sep 17 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), dies at 63
  • Sep 18 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), dies at 87
  • Sep 20 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • Sep 20 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), dies from natural causes at 84
  • Sep 22 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali, My Favorite Brunette), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Sep 22 Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • Sep 23 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • Sep 24 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (Game of Silence), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Sep 28 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, dies at 64
  • Oct 2 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer (The Last Temptations), dies at 74
  • Oct 2 Frida Knight, English Communist activist and author, dies at 85
  • Oct 8 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
  • Oct 11 Johnny Costa, jazz pianist (Mr Rogers), dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Vernon Elliott, British composer and bassoonist, dies at 84
  • Oct 16 James Wild, music teacher, dies at 68
  • Oct 17 Berthold Goldschmidt, composer/conductor, dies at 93
  • Oct 17 Christopher Acland, English drummer (Lush), takes his own life at 30
  • Oct 22 John Bauldie, British music journalist, dies at 47
  • Oct 23 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 24 Sid Pye, drummer, dies at 55
  • Oct 24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • Oct 27 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher, dies at 84
  • Oct 27 John Gregory, English ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • Nov 2 Eva Cassidy, American singer, dies of cancer at 33
  • Nov 5 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer, dies at 62
  • Nov 5 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • Nov 11 Jo Baker, American blues-rock vocalist (Elvin Bishop), dies of liver disease at 48
  • Nov 12 Gwen Catley, soprano, dies at 90

  • Nov 13 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Nov 16 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), dies at 87
  • Nov 18 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), dies at 80
  • Nov 19 Edward Kassner, music publisher, dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • Nov 23 Art Porter, saxophonist, dies at 35
  • Nov 24 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), dies at 67
  • Nov 26 May Moxon, Scottish dance producer, dies at 91
  • Nov 26 Dame Joan Hood Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, dies at 84
  • Nov 28 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • Nov 30 Tiny Tim [Herbert Khaury], American musician (Tiptoe Through The Tulips), dies at 71
  • Dec 1 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • Dec 5 Peter Hall, British folklorist and musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 5 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • Dec 10 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 10 John Duffey, bluegrass musician, dies at 62
  • Dec 13 Mae Barnes, singer, dies at 89
  • Dec 14 Norman Hackforth, British musician & radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), dies at 88