On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1998

  • Jan 4 John Gary [Strader], American pop and easy listening singer ("Cold"), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), dies at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, when he hits a tree at 62
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 6 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American pop country music record producer (Patsy Cline; Loretta Lynn; Conway Twitty), dies at 82
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English conductor and composer (Child of Our Time) dies at 93
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), dies at 71
  • Jan 12 Peter Jona Korn, German composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Mihovil Logar, Serbian composer (A Would-be Lady), dies at 95
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues singer ("In My Younger Days"), dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, American rock and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), dies at 65
  • Jan 24 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 62
  • Jan 24 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jan 25 Attila Zoller, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist, educator (Vermont Jazz Center, 1974-98), and inventor (bi-directional pickup), dies at 70
  • 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, dies at 70
  • 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 Falco [Johann Hoelzel], Austrian 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 (People, Mambo Italiano), commits suicide at 72
  • Feb 19 (Louis) "Grandpa" Jones, American country music singer and banjo wizard (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.
  • Feb 25 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • Mar 7 Leopoldine "Leonie" Rysanek, Austrian dramatic soprano (Vienna State Opera 1954-96; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-96), dies of bone cancer at 71
  • Mar 12 Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] 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 smooth jazz saxophonist (Dream Ride), dies of colon cancer at 41
  • Mar 21 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), dies at 34
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group; Emerson, Lake & Powell), dies in a car crash at 50
  • Apr 5 John Wilbraham, British classical, baroque, and session trumpeter (Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour), and educator, dies at 53

Tammy Wynette

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer ("Stand By Your Man"), dies at 55

  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, dies at 44
  • Apr 11 Ivan Tcherepnin, American experimental and postmodern composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 15 Rose Maddox, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, and fiddle player (Sing a Little Song of Heartache), dies of kidney failure at 72

Linda McCartney

Apr 17 Linda McCartney (née Eastman), American photographer, musician (Wings) and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

  • 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 [Epstein], American composer (Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1990), dies from liver cancer at 75
  • May 2 Hide [Hideto Matsumoto], Japanese rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (X Japan; Zilch), takes his own life at 33
  • May 5 Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), dies at 74
  • May 7 Eddie Rabbitt, American songwriter ("Kentucky Rain"), and country singer ("I Love a Rainy Night"), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • May 9 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress & singer (Hello Frisco, Hello; Fallen Angel; Stowaway), dies of stomach cancer at 83

Frank Sinatra

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

  • May 19 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, dies of cancer at 76
  • May 19 (Edwin) "Ted" Astley, British arranger, bandleader, and film and television composer (The Mouse That Roared; The Saint), dies at 76
  • May 20 Robert Normann, Norwegian jazz guitar pioneer, accordionist, and composer, dies at 81
  • May 22 Milton Banana [Antônio de Souza], Brazilian bossa nova jazz drummer (João Gilberto and Stan Getz), dies at 63
  • May 27 Ghazar Saryan, Armenian composer (Symphonic Panels on motifs by Saryan; Day of Peace), and educator (Komitas State Conservatory, 1960-86), dies at 77
  • May 31 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, dies at 76
  • May 31 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), dies at 77
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • Jun 6 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 6 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 10 Steve Sanders, American country baritone singer (Oak Ridge Boys, 1987-95), dies of a self-inflicted gunshot at 45
  • 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, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist,, assassinated by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) at 42
  • Jun 29 Horst Jankowski, German jazz and easy listening pianist ("A Walk In The Black Forest"), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Jul 3 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), dies at 85
  • Jul 12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Beryl Bryden, British jazz and blues singer and washboard player, dies at 78
  • Jul 17 Ronald Tremain, New Zealand composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Antoine Tisne, French composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 20 Dieter Nowka, German composer, conductor and musicologist, dies at 74
  • Jul 22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone, dies at 69
  • Jul 25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, dies at 77
  • Jul 26 (David Allan) "Chico" Ryan, American rock bassist and singer (Sha Na Na, 1973-98), dies at 50

Jerome Robbins

Jul 29 Jerome Robbins [Rabinowitz], American Tony and Academy Award-winning theater and ballet choreographer and director (West Side Story; Peter Pan), dies shortly after suffering a strokeat 79

  • Jul 31 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 98
  • Aug 3 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 6 Nat Gonella, British big band jazz trumpeter, mellophonist, singer, and bandleader (The Georgians; Oh, Monah), dies at 90
  • 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, composer, and record producer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Aug 29 Charlie Feathers, American country music and rockabilly singer-songwriter, and musician ("Can't Hardly Stand It"), dies at from stroke complications at 66
  • Sep 9 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, dies of cancer at 55
  • Sep 9 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies of liver cancer at 47
  • Sep 10 Vernon Guy, American R&B and gospel singer (Cool Sounds; Sharpees), dies in a car accident at 53
  • Sep 17 William Hugh Albright, American composer and musician, dies at 53
  • Sep 25 Russell Smith, American composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 26 Betty Carter, American jazz singer, dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Oct 1 Pauline Julien, Canadian singer-songwriter, social and political activist, takes her own life after a brain disease diagnosis, at 70
  • Oct 2 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again";"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • Oct 7 Arnold Jacobs, American symphonic tuba player (Chicago Symphony, 1944-83), and pedagogue, dies at 83
  • Oct 8 Anatol Vieru, Romanian-Jewish composer (Ultimele zile, ultimele ore/The Last Days, the Last Hours), and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • Oct 12 Oldřich Flosman, Czechoslovakian composer (Visions of Michelangelo; Butterflies Don't Live Here Any Longer), dies at 73
  • Oct 14 Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 29 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), dies at 90
  • Nov 3 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), dies at 76
  • Nov 8 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, dies at 43
  • Nov 10 Svetlana Beriosova, Lithuanian-British ballerina, dies at 66
  • Nov 11 Patrick "Paddy" Clancy, Irish folk singer, harmonic player, and songwriter (The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem - "Carrickfergus"), dies of lung ccancer at 76
  • Nov 12 Kenny Kirkland, American jazz pianist (Wynton Marsalis; Branford Marsalis) and funk keyboardist (Buckshot Lefonque), dies of congestive heart failure at 43
  • 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 soul singer ("Love Makes A Woman") and songwriter ("HAve You Seen Her"), dies of pneumonia at 55
  • Dec 1 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer ("What's New?"), dies at 84
  • Dec 3 Pierre Hétu, French Canadian conductor and pianist, dies at 62
  • Dec 7 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 11 [James] Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), dies in a car accident at 30
  • Dec 15 Jan Meyerowitz, German-American composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 21 Karl Denver [Angus McKenzie], Scottish pop singer ("Never Say Goodbye"; "Wimoweh"), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • Dec 25 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • Dec 30 Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)