On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1999

  • Jan 6 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (100 Hearts), dies from a pulmonary infection at 36
  • Jan 10 (Elbert) "Sonny" Forriest, American guitarist (The Coasters; Ray Charles; Hank Crawford), dies at 64
  • 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 21 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, dies at 88
  • 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, dies at 56
  • Feb 2 David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Triffids, 1976-89; d The Blackeyed Susans, 1989–93), dies after unsuccessful heart transplant at 38
  • 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 11 Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, dies from an unsolved gunshot at 76
  • Feb 14 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Big L [Lamont Coleman], American rapper (Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous), murdered at 24 after being shot 9 times in the face and chest in a drive-by shooting
  • Feb 15 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 16 Necil Kazım Akses, Turkish classical composer, dies at 90
  • Feb 16 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), die at 81
  • Feb 20 Howard Boatwright, American composer and violinist, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, dies of cancer at 78
  • Feb 27 Horace Tapscott, American jazz pianist and composer (Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, 1961-98), dies at 64
  • Mar 2 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), dies at 59
  • Mar 2 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Mar 5 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet; Man of La Mancha; Endless Love), dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), dies at 77
  • Mar 8 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 9 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 12 Yehudi Menuhin, American-British violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • Mar 16 Eric Norman Stokes, American composer, dies in an auto accident at 68
  • Mar 17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Bob Cato, American photographer, graphic artist and Grammy Award-winning album cover designer (Columbia Records; United Artists), of complications of Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • Mar 28 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • Mar 29 Joe Williams [Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I Have The Blues), dies of natural causes at 80
  • Apr 1 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • Apr 3 Lionel Bart, English pop and theatrical music composer (Oliver), and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • Apr 4 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), dies at 84
  • 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 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canadian-American guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • Apr 21 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American film actor (Wings), singer, and dance bandleader, dies at 94
  • Apr 22 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 25 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), dies during his brother's apparent murder-suicide at 47
  • Apr 26 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound), dies at 41
  • Apr 27 Al Hirt, American trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), dies of liver failure at 76
  • Apr 28 Walter Gieseler, German composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 29 Léon Barzin, Belgian-American conductor (NY City Ballet, 1948-58), dies at 98
  • Apr 29 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), dies at 65
  • Apr 30 Darrell Sweet, British hard rock drummer (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), dies of a heart attack at a concert soundcheck at 51
  • May 6 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), dies at 55
  • May 10 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter ("A Boy Named Sue"; "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone"), dies at 68
  • May 17 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian musician and record producer (Loverboy; Bon Jovi; Aerosmith) dies at 49
  • May 18 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), dies at 44
  • May 18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • May 19 James Blades, British classical percussionist, and educator, dies at 97
  • May 21 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12), killed in a picnic dispute at 21
  • May 26 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and entrepreneur, dies at 93
  • 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 8 James "Rosy" McHargue, American jazz clarinetist, and vocalist (Ted Weems Orchestra; The Wolverines), dies at 97
  • Jun 16 Screaming Lord [David Edward] Sutch, English rocker and politician (founder of Official Monster Raving Loony Party), committed suicide at 58
  • Jun 21 Kami [Ukyō Kamimura], Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer), dies of a brain hemorrhageat 27
  • Jun 22 Lubos Fiser, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 27 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), commits suicide at 57
  • Jun 27 Einar Englund, Finnish composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 1 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Dennis Brown, Jamaican reggae singer ("Money In My Pocket"), dies of a collapsed lung, after a heart attack, at 42
  • Jul 3 Mark Sandman, Mark Sandman, American singer-songwriter and musician (Morphine; Treat Her Right) dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Jul 4 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • Jul 4 Ruby Johnson, American singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away), dies at 63
  • Jul 6 Joaquín Rodrigo, Spanish composer, dies at 97
  • Jul 9 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Helen Forrest, American singer of traditional pop and swing music, dies at 82
  • Jul 14 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth) dies of liver failure at 41
  • Jul 16 Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • Jul 17 Kevin Wilkinson, British drummer (The Waterboys), commits suicide at 41
  • Jul 27 Harry "Sweets" Edison, American jazz and session trumpet player, dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • Jul 28 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 3 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz and session bassist (Shelly Manne; Teddy Edwards; Les McCann), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Aug 20 Bobby Sheehan, American bassist (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Aug 21 Juan Carlos Zorzi, Argentinian composer, and conductor, dies of esophageal cancer at 63
  • Aug 24 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian-French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 25 Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes), dies at 42
  • Sep 4 Klement Slavický, Czech composer (Sinfonietta No. 4 - Pax hominibus in universo orbi) dies at 88 [1]
  • Sep 5 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Sep 8 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet ("Cofee Beans"), dies at 83
  • Sep 10 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish bel canto operatic tenor, dies at 71
  • Sep 17 Frankie Vaughan, British pop singer, dies of heart failure at 71
  • Sep 19 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer ("Tainted Love"), dies at 61
  • Sep 20 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch Out For Zouzou), dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Torsten Nilsson, Swedish organist, choral director, and composer (Out of the Night of the Earth), dies at 79
  • 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 ("Ma! (He's Making Eyes At Me)"), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 35
  • 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 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 songwriter, singer ("No No Song"; "Joy To The World"; "I've Never Been To Spain"), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 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), dies at 84
  • Nov 13 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, American rock guitarist and electric violin pioneer (Don & Dewey; Frank Zappa), dies of pulmonary disease at 61 [1]
  • Nov 18 Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Nov 21 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, dies of natural causes at 87
  • Nov 27 Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, American electric and Chicago blues pianist, organist, and bass guitar player (Muddy Waters; Junior Wells; Elmore James), dies at 72
  • Nov 30 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), dies at 74
  • Dec 3 Madeline Kahn, American stage and screen actress (What's Up, Doc?; Young Frankenstein; Paper Moon; Blazing Saddles), and singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 57
  • Dec 3 Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 5 Robert Parris, American composer (Book of Imaginary Beings), dies at 75
  • Dec 10 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • Dec 11 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, dies of heart failure at 58
  • Dec 17 Grover Washington Jr., American 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 23 Marcel Landowski, French composer (Un enfant appelle), dies at 84
  • 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