Deaths in Music in 1996

  • Jan 1 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic, dies at 55
  • Jan 4 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Joseph Daniel White, singer/bandleader, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • Jan 6 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, 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 (b. 1907)
  • Jan 11 Ike Isaacs, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Pamelo Mounk'a, musician, dies at 50
  • Jan 15 Les Baxter, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • Jan 17 Robert Covington, drummer/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 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic, dies at 85
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 35
  • Jan 26 Henry Jay Lewis, conductor, dies at 63
  • Jan 26 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 30 Bob Thiele, record producer, dies at 73
  • Feb 2 Gene Kelly, American actor and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • Feb 5 Antonio Ruiz Soler, spanish dancer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor, dies at 86
  • Feb 7 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • Feb 7 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist, dies at 84
  • 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 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 20 Toru Takemitsu, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 21 Morton Gould, composer, 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 29 Wes Farrell, songwriter, dies at 56
  • Mar 6 Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 88
  • Mar 8 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • Mar 9 George Burns, American comedian, actor and singer (Burns and Allen), dies at 100
  • Mar 15 Olga Rudge, American-born 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 20 Alan Ridout, English composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 22 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • Mar 23 Jay D. Miller, record producer, dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Maria Lucia Beltran Alcayaga, singer, dies at 66
  • Mar 31 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, musician, 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 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman, 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 8 Charles Donald Adams, singer, dies at 67
  • Apr 14 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock), dies at 50
  • Apr 14 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer, dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Lucille Bremer, dancer/actress (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Raymond Earl Hill, saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Michael Leander Farr, record producer, dies at 55
  • Apr 23 Leonard Kuntstat, blues discographer, dies at 70
  • May 1 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, #Musician, 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, 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 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
  • Jun 1 Don Grolnick, jazz musician, dies 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 15 Ella Fitzgerald, singer, dies at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jun 15 Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician, dies at 88
  • Jun 19 Alan Ande Anderson, opera director, dies at 78
  • Jun 19 Vivian Ellis, composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 20 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material Issue), commits suicide at 32
  • 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 8 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Louis Gottlieb, musician, dies at 72
  • Jul 12 Gottfried von Einem, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 12 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • Jul 16 John Panozzo, drummer, dies at 48
  • 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, composer, dies at 94
  • Jul 28 Harold C Fox, Fashion designer/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 (b. 1940)
  • Aug 8 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • Aug 11 Mel Taylor, drummer, dies at 63
  • Aug 11 Rafael Jeronym Kubelik, conductor, 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 25 Sylvia Fisher, opera Singer, dies at 86
  • Aug 30 Louise Brown, dancer/teacher, dies at 89
  • Aug 31 Milton "Tippy" Larkin, band leader, dies at 85
  • Sep 1 Vagn Holmboe, composer, dies at 86
  • Sep 2 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • Sep 2 Cyril Reuben, violinist, dies at 69
  • Sep 2 Otto Luening, composer, dies at 96
  • Sep 7 Niccolo Castiglioni, composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 9 Bill Monroe, bluegrass vocalist (created bluegrass music), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 William Smith Monroe, bluegrass musician, dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Ray Coleman, British music journalist and biographer, dies at 59
  • Sep 13 Silas Roy Crain, singer/songwriter, dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur
  • Sep 14 Juliet Prowse, actress/dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies at 59
  • Sep 16 Gene Nelson, actor/dancer (SOB, Purple Hills, Starlift), dies at 76
  • Sep 17 Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill, jazz musician, dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • Sep 20 Paul Weston, American arranger and bandleader "the Father of Mood Music", dies at 84
  • Sep 22 Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • Sep 23 Denis Dowling, baritone, dies at 86
  • Sep 28 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, dies at 64
  • Oct 1 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 2 Frideswide Frances Emma Knight, musician/socialist, dies at 85
  • Oct 8 Harold Watkins Shaw, 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, musician, dies at 30
  • Oct 22 John Bauldie, music journalist/Dylanologist, dies at 47
  • Oct 23 Alexander Kelly, pianist/teacher, 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/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 12 Gwen Catley, soprano, dies at 90
  • Nov 13 Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Nov 16 Jack Popplewell, composer/playwright, dies at 87
  • Nov 19 Edward Kassner, music publisher, dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Bernard William George Rose, organist, dies at 80
  • Nov 23 Art Porter, saxophonist, dies at 35
  • Nov 24 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 26 May Moxon, dance producer, dies at 91
  • Nov 26 Joan Hammond, Australian opera singer, dies at 84
  • Nov 28 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • Dec 1 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • Dec 5 Peter Hall, folklorist/musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 5 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 9 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • Dec 10 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns), commits suicide at 34
  • Dec 10 John Duffey, bluegrass musician, dies at 62
  • Dec 13 Mae Barnes, singer, dies at 89
  • Dec 17 Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85
  • Dec 17 Irving Caesar, songwriter, dies at 101
  • Dec 17 Ruby Murray, singer, dies at 61
  • Dec 18 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74
  • Dec 23 Rina Ketty, singer, dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Ronnie Scott, musician/club-owner, dies at 69
  • Dec 29 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • Dec 31 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63