Deaths in Music in 1999

  • Jan 6 French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness at age 36
  • Jan 10 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), dies at 95
  • Jan 11 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Jan 21 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), dies at 94
  • Jan 21 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (Merry Christmas Baby), dies at 76
  • Jan 23 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (b. 1949)
  • Jan 25 Robert Shaw, American chorale conductor (Robert Shaw Chorale), dies of a stroke at 82
  • Jan 29 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • Feb 1 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity. (b. 1943)
  • Feb 2 David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (b. 1962)
  • Feb 3 Gwen Guthrie, American singer ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), dies of cancer at 48
  • Feb 7 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Feb 14 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • Feb 15 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 23 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, dies of cancer at 78

  • Mar 2 Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 2 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • Mar 5 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet, Man of La Mancha, Endless Love), dies at 76
  • Mar 8 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 9 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 12 Yehudi Menuhin, American-born British violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • Mar 17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • Mar 28 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • Mar 29 Joe Williams, American singer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • Apr 1 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • Apr 3 Lionel Bart, English pop music composer and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • Apr 6 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • Apr 12 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer (King of the Road), dies of leukemia at 67
  • Apr 14 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • Apr 16 Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • Apr 21 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), dies at 94
  • Apr 22 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (b. 1938)
  • Apr 26 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound) (b. 1957)
  • Apr 27 Al Hirt, American trumpeter (b. 1922)
  • Apr 28 Walter Gieseler, German composer, dies at 79
  • May 17 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  • May 18 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • May 18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • May 21 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)

  • May 26 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1906)
  • Jun 2 Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)
  • Jun 5 Mel Tormé, American singer (The Velvet Fog) and composer (The Christmas Song), dies at 73
  • Jun 11 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), dies of stomach cancer at 79
  • Jun 16 David Edward Sutch, British musician (b. 1940)
  • Jun 21 Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (b. 1973)
  • Jun 22 Lubos Fiser, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 27 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), commits suicide at 57
  • Jul 1 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
  • Jul 3 Mark Sandman, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Jul 4 Ronald "Ronny" Graham, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • Jul 6 Joaquin Rodrigo, Spanish composer (b. 1901)
  • Jul 11 Helen Forrest, American singer of traditional pop and swing music, dies at 82
  • Jul 16 Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • Jul 17 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), commits suicide at 41
  • Jul 22 Gar Samuelson, American musician (Megadeth) (b. 1958)
  • Jul 27 Sweets Edison, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1915)
  • Jul 28 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 16 Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 24 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (b. 1929)
  • Aug 25 Rob Fisher, English musician (b. 1956)
  • Sep 5 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Sep 8 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (b. 1916)
  • Sep 10 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
  • Sep 17 Frankie Vaughan, British singer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 19 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • Sep 30 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • Oct 1 Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer and Child star (b. 1963)
  • Oct 4 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 4 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Oct 6 Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, dies at 79
  • Oct 9 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of cancer at 76
  • Oct 11 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 18 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • Oct 26 Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Oct 27 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to Family Affair, The Brady Bunch), dies at 88
  • Oct 28 Robert Linn, American composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 8 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
  • Nov 13 Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1915)
  • Nov 18 Doug Sahm, American country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero), dies at 58
  • Nov 30 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), dies at 74
  • Dec 3 Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 10 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • Dec 17 Grover Washington Jr., US jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), dies at 56
  • Dec 17 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78
  • Dec 20 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Dec 24 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!) dies at 66
  • Dec 26 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician (Freddie's Dead, Superfly), dies from complications of type 2 diabetes at 57