Deaths in Music in 1998

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  • Jan 4 John Gary, singer, dies at 65
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Sonny Bono, (Rep-R-Ca)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • Jan 30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • Feb 5 Timothy "Tim" Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), dies in a car accident at 35
  • Feb 6 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Feb 6 [Johann Hoelzel] Falco, singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • Feb 14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 19 Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 24 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • Feb 25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • Mar 12 Judge Dread, English reggae musician, dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Mar 17 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • Mar 21 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • Mar 30 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost, Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), dies at 34
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)

Person of interestTammy Wynette

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)

Person of interestLinda McCartney

Apr 17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Apr 19 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Apr 21 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • Apr 24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • May 2 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • May 5 Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), dies at 74
  • May 7 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), dies at 56
  • May 9 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello Frisco, Hello, Fallen Angel, Stowaway), dies of stomach cancer at 83

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • May 31 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, dies at 76
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 6 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 12 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), dies of skin cancer at 75
  • Jun 25 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 29 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jul 3 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), dies at 85
  • Jul 12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)

  • Jul 22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Jul 25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, dies at 77
  • Aug 3 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 11 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, dies at 96
  • Aug 13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), dies at 63
  • Aug 20 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), dies at 82
  • Aug 24 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Sep 9 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, dies of cancer at 55
  • Sep 9 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1951)
  • Sep 25 Russell Smith, American composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 26 Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
  • Oct 1 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 2 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), dies at 91
  • Oct 7 Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player a.k.a. Song and Wind (b. 1915)
  • Oct 14 Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 29 Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • Nov 3 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), dies at 76
  • Nov 19 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 19 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 27 Barbara Acklin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Dec 3 Pierre Hétu, Quebec conductor and pianist (b. 1936)
  • Dec 7 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 11 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
  • Dec 15 Jan Meyerowitz, German-American composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 21 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • Dec 25 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • Dec 30 Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)