On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2002

  • Jan 2 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer, dies at 43
  • Jan 2 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • Jan 3 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 7 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • Jan 11 [Charles Eugene] Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 65
  • Jan 16 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • Jan 17 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 20 Henry Cosby, American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Ivan Karabits, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and educator, dies at 57
  • Jan 21 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer (Is That All There Is), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jan 22 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • Jan 23 Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and educatordies of renal cancer at 71
  • Jan 31 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), dies at 73
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)

  • Feb 9 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • Feb 13 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • Feb 16 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • Feb 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 3 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 7 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist best known for his works used on music album covers (Annunciation, Grain of Sand, Bitches Brew, Aleph Sanctuary), dies at 69
  • Mar 12 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), dies of heart failure at 56
  • Mar 15 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Mar 18 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, dies at 58
  • Mar 23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), dies at 82
  • Mar 26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)

Person of interestDudley Moore

Mar 27 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), dies at 66

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt), dies at 34
  • Apr 15 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), dies at 76

  • Apr 25 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), dies in a car crash at 30
  • May 3 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • May 6 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • May 9 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral hemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • May 28 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 5 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 5 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • Jun 13 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy, Rituals), dies at 81
  • Jun 17 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 21 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), dies at 88
  • Jun 26 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), dies at 78
  • Jun 27 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jul 2 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Jul 2 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), dies at 75
  • Jul 6 István Sárközy, Hungarian composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 14 Carlos Fariñas, Cuban avant-garde composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 21 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • Jul 28 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 9 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson), dies at 49

Person of interestMichael Houser

Aug 10 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), dies of pancreatic cancer at 40

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Aug 14 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • Aug 25 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), dies at 82
  • Aug 25 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 79
  • Aug 26 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • Sep 4 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, dies at 98
  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), dies at 64
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Sep 25 Wanda Luzzato, Italian concert violinist and teacher dies at 83
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), dies in a fire at her home at 54
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • Oct 17 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), dies of a heart attack at 66 [1]
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), dies at 87

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • Oct 30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • Nov 3 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • Nov 5 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • Nov 13 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer, co-founder and guitarist for We Five (Let's Get Together), commits suicide at 57
  • Nov 21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • Nov 22 Arne Mellnäs, Swedish composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Nov 28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • Dec 4 Bernie Dwyer, British rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers), dies at 61
  • Dec 9 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab), dies at 36
  • Dec 11 Lou Stein, American pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), dies at 80
  • Dec 13 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 14 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor & singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • Dec 24 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), dies at 82
  • Dec 31 Kevin Macmichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), dies of lung cancer at 51