On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2000

  • Jan 2 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • Jan 3 Harmonica Fats [Harvey Blackston], American blues session and touring harmonica player ("Tore Up"), dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Sam Jaffe, American music and film producer (Born Free, The Fighting Sullivans), dies at 98
  • Jan 16 Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters), dies at 71
  • Jan 17 Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • Jan 20 (John) Don Abney, American session and touring jazz pianist, and musical director, dies of kidney disease at 76
  • Jan 27 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), dies at 69
  • Jan 31 Simon "Si" Zentner, American jazz, session, and pop trombonist and big-band leader, dies of leukemia at 82
  • Feb 2 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 4 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), dies at 58
  • Feb 5 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Big Pun, Puerto Rican-American rapper (b. 1971)
  • Feb 7 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), dies of complications from cancer at 56
  • Feb 12 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • Feb 12 Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 19 Marin Goleminov, Bulgarian violinist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 91
  • Feb 21 Violet Archer [Balestreri], Canadian percussionist, composer, teacher, and organist, and percussionist, dies at 86
  • Feb 22 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 23 Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
  • Feb 28 George Siravo, American big band and session saxophonist, composer, arranger and conductor (Columbia Records), dies at 83
  • Mar 1 Dennis Danell, American guitarist (Social Distortion) (b. 1961)
  • Mar 3 Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and alpinist (b. 1904)
  • Mar 5 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, dies from an overdose of prescription drugs at 37
  • Mar 7 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Mar 9 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • Mar 20 Gene Eugene, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1961)
  • Mar 20 Vivian Fine, American composer (Women in the Garden), dies after a car accident at 86
  • Mar 24 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers), dies aged 74
  • Mar 27 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57
  • Mar 30 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84
  • Apr 7 Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), dies from complications of a stroke at 57 [1]
  • Apr 11 Lucia Dlugoszewski, Polish-American composer (Fire Fragile Flight), dies at 74
  • Apr 11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 13 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, dies at 94
  • Apr 19 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), dies at 70
  • Apr 25 Neils Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), dies at 80
  • Apr 27 Vicki Sue Robinson, American stage and screen actress, and pop singer ("Turn the Beat Around"), dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 30 Bernhard Heiden [Levi], German-American composer, dies at 79
  • May 3 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, dies at 76
  • May 6 Leonard Salzedo, British composer, mostly for ballet (The Witch Boy), dies at 78
  • May 8 Karl-Rudi Griesbach, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • May 13 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), dies at 50
  • May 16 William Ferris, American composer and conductor (William Ferris Chorale, 1971-2000), dies while conducting a rehearsal of Verdi's Requiem at 63
  • May 18 Steve Wolownik, American ethno-musicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, dies at 54
  • May 18 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), dies at 80
  • May 20 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), dies of heart failure at 72
  • May 30 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • May 31 Tito Puente, American mambo and Latin jazz bandleader ("Oye Como Va"), dies at 77
  • May 31 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer ("Disco Lady"; "I Believe In You"), dies at 66
  • May 31 Joe Puma, American session and jazz guitarist (Herbie Mann; Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five; Chuck Wayne), dies at 72
  • Jun 14 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, dies at 62
  • Jun 16 Richard Dufallo, American clarinetist & conductor, dies at 67
  • Jun 21 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), dies at 89
  • Jun 23 Jerome Richardson, an American jazz saxophonist, flute, clarinet, and piccolo player (Quincy Jones; Charles Mingus; Earl Hines), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jun 27 Rudy Cafaro, American jazz guitarist, dies at 80
  • Jul 1 Micheal "Cub" Koda, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room'), dies of kidney disease at 50
  • Jul 3 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jul 6 Ľudovít Rajter, Slovak composer and conductor, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 6 Akira Miyazawa, Japanese jazz saxophonist, dies at 72
  • Jul 12 Merrill Bradshaw, American composer, and music professor (Brigham Young, 1957-94), dies at 71
  • Jul 15 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
  • Jul 15 Paul Young, English singer (Mike + The Mechanics), dies of a cardiac arrest at 53
  • Jul 15 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 21 Stanojlo Rajičić, Serbian composer, educator, and musicologist, dies at 79
  • Jul 25 Ruben "Baby" López Furst, Argentine jazz pianist, dies at 63
  • Jul 28 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band - "Boogie Shoes"), dies in a construction accident at 47
  • Jul 30 Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), dies of cancer at 83
  • Aug 11 Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 12 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 13 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, dies of lung cancer at 35
  • Aug 16 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • Aug 25 Jack Nitzsche, American composer, arranger, music producer, keyboardist (Rolling Stones; Neil Young), and songwriter ("Up Where We Belong"), dies at 63
  • Aug 26 [Douglas] Allen Woody, American bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), dies at 44
  • Sep 2 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (b. 1905)
  • Sep 4 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana) dies of liver and kidney failure at 53
  • Sep 12 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), dies at 66
  • Sep 21 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, dies at 72
  • Sep 26 Baden Powell, Brazilian jazz and samba guitarist, dies of bacterial pneumonia at 63
  • Sep 26 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, dies at 85
  • Oct 1 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays"; "Chances Are"), dies of colon cancer at 73
  • Oct 3 Benjamin Orr [Orzechowski], American rock bassist and singer (The Cars - "Just What I Needed", "Drive") dies of pancreatic cancer at 53
  • Oct 10 Ferenc Farkas, Hungarian composer, dies at 94
  • Oct 13 Britt Woodman, American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Lionel Hampton), dies of respiratory issues at 80
  • Oct 18 Julie London, American singer ("Cry Me A River") and actress (Emergency - "Nurse McCall"), dies at 74
  • Oct 18 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club; Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • Oct 19 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer ("Right On the Tip of My Tongue"), dies from a stomach infection at 59
  • Oct 27 Walter Berry, Austrian operatic bass-baritone, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Oct 28 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)

Steve Allen

Oct 30 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show; Steve Allen Show), dies of injuries from a car accident at 78

  • Oct 31 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
  • Nov 5 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter ("You Are My Sunshine"), dies at 101
  • Nov 6 Herbert Brün, German composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 12 Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 87
  • Nov 15 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, dies at 93
  • Nov 16 Joe C. [Joseph Calleja], American rapper (hype man for Kid Rock), dies at 26
  • Nov 30 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), drowns in a sailing accident at 45
  • Nov 30 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian organist, composer (Ugunī; New Brunswick Rhapsody), and conductor (Latvian National Opera, 1933–1944), dies at 96
  • Dec 3 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs), dies at 78
  • Dec 18 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (Electric Landlady), dies when run over by a power boat in the National Marine Park of Cozumel at 41
  • Dec 18 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophonist (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), dies at 69
  • Dec 19 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), dies at 42
  • Dec 19 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • Dec 19 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), dies at 85
  • Dec 20 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68

Victor Borge

Dec 23 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91

  • Dec 23 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela, Chann Way), dies at 74
  • Dec 24 Nick Massi [Macioci], American bass vocalist, vocal arranger, and bassist (The Four Seasons, 1960-65 - "Sherry"; "Rag Doll"), dies of cancer at 65
  • Dec 26 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 27 Jack McVea, American swing jazz, and R&B clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader, dies at 86
  • Dec 31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)