On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2019

  • Jan 1 Juan Guinjoan, Catalan composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together") dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Jan 7 John Joubert, British South African composer (The Raising of Lazarus; An English Requiem), and educator, dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Clydie Mae King, American session and touring vocalist (Ray Charles; Bob Dylan; Humble Pie; Lynyrd Skynrd), dies of a blood infection at 75
  • Jan 8 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95
  • Jan 15 Carol Channing, American comic actress, and singer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Hello Dolly), dies at 97
  • Jan 16 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, dies at 94
  • Jan 17 Reggie Young, American session guitarist (The Memphis Boys), dies of heart failure at 82 [1]
  • Jan 19 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 19 Ted McKenna, Scottish drummer (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band; Rory Gallagher), dies from surgery complication at 68
  • Jan 21 Kaye Ballard, American stage and screen actress, comedienne, and singer (Mothers-in-Law - "Kaye"), dies at 93
  • Jan 21 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), dies at 87
  • Jan 23 Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean singer and musician (Tuku music), dies at 66
  • Jan 26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film score arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42; "Windmills of Your Mind"), dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), dies at 93
  • Jan 29 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), dies of brain cancer at 66
  • Feb 4 Zbigniew Penherski, Polish composer (Little Music for the End of Century), dies at 84
  • Feb 16 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), dies at 98
  • Feb 17 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), dies of a stroke at 86 [1]
  • Feb 20 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), dies at 91
  • Feb 21 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American rock and folk musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • Feb 21 Peter Michael Braun, German composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, dies from complications of a stroke at 83
  • Feb 24 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, dies at 93
  • Feb 24 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), dies at 96
  • Feb 25 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), dies at 64
  • Feb 25 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray; Symphony No. 4 - "Tasmanian"), and educator, dies at 88
  • Feb 26 (Clifford) "Andy" Anderson, British session and touring drummer (Steve Hillage; The Cure, 1983-84), dies of cancer at 68
  • Feb 27 Doug Sandom, British drummer (The Who, 1962-64), dies at 89
  • Feb 28 André Previn [Andreas Priwin], German-American conductor (London Symphony, 1968-79; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1975-85), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89-ish
  • Mar 3 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), dies at 88

Keith Flint

Mar 4 Keith Flint, English singer, musician and dancer (Prodigy), found dead after committing suicide at 49

  • Mar 5 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, dies at 84
  • Mar 8 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor (Frankfurt Opera, 1967-87); Cincinnati Symphony, 1980-86); Southwest German Radio Symphony, 1986-99), and composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Asa Brebner, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers; The Chartbusters), dies at 65
  • Mar 11 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American pop and rock session drummer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 90
  • Mar 15 David White, American singer and songwriter (Danny And The Juniors - "At The Hop": Leslie Gore - "You Don't Own Me"), dies of cancer at 79 [1]
  • Mar 16 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, dies at 81
  • Mar 17 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), dies at 73
  • Mar 17 [Zephire] Andre Williams, American R&B musician ("Jailbait"; "Shake a Tail Feather"), dies at 82
  • Mar 22 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 91 [1]
  • Mar 22 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)), dies of cancer at 76
  • Mar 22 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 95
  • Mar 26 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 26 Heinz Winbeck, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 73
  • Mar 31 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, shot and killed at 33
  • Apr 1 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, dies at 91
  • Apr 7 Joe Miceli, American drummer (John Fred and His Playboy Band - "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)"),dies at 74
  • Apr 10 Earl Thomas Conley, American singer-songwriter with 18 No. 1 country hits ("Once In A Blue Moon"; "Angel In Disguise"), dies from cerebral atrophy at 77
  • Apr 15 Les Reed, British songwriter ("It's Not Unusual"; "There's A Kind Of Hush"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies at 83
  • Apr 15 Joe Terry (Terranova), American Doo-wop singer (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), dies at 78
  • Apr 16 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
  • Apr 16 Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, dies at 90
  • Apr 19 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, dies at 91
  • Apr 19 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, dies at 91
  • Apr 22 Dave Samuels, American vibraphonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), dies at 70
  • Apr 22 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, dies from cancer on his 74th birthday
  • Apr 30 (Rowland) "Boon" Gould, British rock guitarist (Level 42, 1979-87 - "Hot Water"), takes his own life at 64
  • May 7 Georg Katzer, German composer (electro-acoustic music), dies at 84
  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • May 13 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, dies at 89

Doris Day

May 13 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer ("Sentimental Journey; "Que Sera, Sera"), actress known as the "girl next door" (Pillow Talk; The Man Who Knew Too Much), and animal rights activist, dies of pneumonia at 97

  • May 19 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), dies at 82
  • May 30 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician ("Seduced"; Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69
  • May 31 Roky Erickson [Roger Kynard], American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators - "Starry Eyes"; "Don't Slander Me"), dies at 71
  • Jun 3 Ruma Guha Thakurta, Indian singer, actress, and founder of Calcutta Youth Choir, dies at 84
  • Jun 6 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American singer and piano player ("Right Place, Wrong Time"), dies at 77
  • Jun 8 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer, arranger, and pedagogue (Natural Superiority of Music), dies at 95
  • Jun 10 Chuck Glaser, American country singer (Tompall & the Glaser Brothers), dies at 83
  • Jun 10 Ib Nørholm, Danish organist, composer (Aspects of Sand and Simplicity), choral conductor, and educator, dies at 88 [1]
  • Jun 10 Sven-David Sandström, Swedish composer (Jeppe: The Cruel Comedy), dies of cancer at 76
  • Jun 13 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director (Romeo & Juliet), dies at 96
  • Jun 19 Anthony Hedges, British light music and orchestral composer (Humberside Cantata), dies at 88
  • Jun 21 Elliot Roberts [Rabinowitz] American music manager (Joni Mitchell; Neil Young), and label executive (Asylum Records), dies at 76
  • Jun 23 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), dies at 100
  • Jun 26 Eugene Alcalay, Romanian concert pianist, composer, and educator, dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 29 Gary Duncan [Grubb], American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service) dies of cardiac arrest at 72
  • Jul 1 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, dies at 90 [1]
  • Jul 2 Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer ("Déjà vu" - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1978), dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Duncan Lamont, Scottish jazz and session trumpet and saxophone player, arranger, and songwriter ("I Told You So"), dies at 87
  • Jul 6 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer, guitarist and 'father of bossa nova' (Getz/Gilberto - Grammy Award for Album of the Year 1965) dies at 88
  • Jul 6 Martin Charnin, American Broadway stage singer, dancer (West Side Story), director, and lyricist (Annie), dies after a heart attack at 84
  • Jul 10 Jerry Lawson, American a cappella singer and arranger (Persuasions - "Under the Boardwalk"), dies of Guillain–Barré syndrome at 75
  • Jul 21 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), dies at 93
  • Jul 22 Art Neville, American funk and R&B singer, keyboard player, and songwriter (Neville Brothers; The Funky Meters), dies at 81
  • Aug 3 Henri Belolo, French disco music producer and songwriter (The Village People; The Ritchie Family), dies at 82
  • Aug 6 Maurice Simon, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 90
  • Aug 14 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), dies at 94
  • Aug 19 Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again"; John Mayall; Tom Waits), dies of cancer at 77
  • Aug 23 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), dies at 85
  • Aug 31 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist, and composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 5 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, dies at 76
  • Sep 11 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist ("Hi, How Are You"), dies of a suspected heart attack at 58
  • Sep 13 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter ("Two Tickets To Paradise"; 'Take Me Home Tonight"), dies of esophageal cancer at 70
  • Sep 15 Ric Ocasek [Otcasek], American rock singer-songwriter (The Cars - "Best Friend's Girl"; "Shake It Up"; "You Are The Girl"), found dead at 75
  • Sep 17 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 21 Christopher Rouse, American Grammy Award-winning composer (Trombone Concerto - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1993), and educator (Eastman School, 1981-2002; Juilliard, 1997-2017), dies of renal cancer at 70
  • Sep 23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78
  • Sep 25 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart interpretation), dies at 91
  • Sep 26 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 28 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, dies at 71
  • Sep 30 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (sang at two presidential inaugurations), dies at 74
  • Oct 1 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', dies at 80
  • Oct 1 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 2 Giya Kancheli, Georgian composer (NightPrayers; Exil), dies at 84
  • Oct 2 Barrie Masters, British pub-rock singer (Eddie & the Hot Rods - "Teenage Depression"), dies of drug intoxication at 63
  • Oct 3 Vinnie Bell [Gambella], American session guitarist, electric sitar player, and pioneer of electronic effects in pop music, dies at 87
  • Oct 5 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • Oct 5 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Oct 6 [Peter] "Ginger" Baker, English drummer (Cream), dies at 80
  • Oct 8 (Malcolm) "Molly" Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band, 1972-83 - "Pick Up the Pieces"), dies of cancer at 74
  • Oct 14 Sulli [Choi Jin-ri], South Korean K-pop singer (f(x)) and actress (Fashion King), takes her own life at 25
  • Oct 15 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), dies of Alzheimer complications at 92
  • Oct 17 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina and founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • Oct 17 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, dies at 92
  • Oct 22 Hans Zender, German composer and conductor (Stephen Climax; Chief Joseph), dies at 82
  • Oct 22 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist and conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001), dies at 93
  • Oct 23 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), dies at 93
  • Oct 25 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), dies at 96
  • Oct 26 Paul Barrere, American rock guitarist (Little Feat - "Time Loves a Hero"), dies of liver cancer at 71
  • Oct 28 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), dies at 76
  • Oct 31 (Elizabeth) Ann Crumb, American stage and screen actress and singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 69
  • Nov 6 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), dies of pneumonia at 82 [1]
  • Nov 22 Cecilia Seghizzi, Italian composer, dies at 111
  • Nov 22 Stephen Cleobury, British organist and music director (King's College - Cambridge, 1982-2019), dies of cancer at 70
  • Nov 24 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, dies at 100
  • Nov 25 Iain Sutherland, Scottish folk-soft rock vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - "Arms of Mary"; "(I Don't Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway"), dies at 71
  • Nov 29 Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess), American Caribbean music composer and musician (Day-O), dies at 95
  • Nov 29 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), dies at 91 [1] [2]
  • Dec 8 Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), dies of a seizure at Chicago airport at 21
  • Dec 9 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), dies after a long illness at 61
  • Dec 12 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter ("My True Love"), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • Dec 12 Danny Aiello, American stage and screen actor (Moonstruck; Do The Right Thing; Broadway Danny Rose), and singer dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Emil Richards [Radocchia], American session and touring vibraphonist and percussionist [George Shearing; Frank Sinatra; Lalo Schifrin; Frank Zappa; George Harrison; Harry Partch; Shadowfax), dies at 87
  • Dec 18 Hugh McKenna, British rock keyboardist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), dies of cancer at 70
  • Dec 18 Kenny Lynch, British pop-rock singer ("You Can Never Stop Me Loving You"; "Up On A Roof"), dies of cancer at 81
  • Dec 25 Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor (Dresden State Opera, 1962-2000), dies at 84 [1]
  • Dec 26 Jerry Herman, American musical theater composer (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles), dies at 88
  • Dec 27 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble) dies at 76
  • Dec 27 Art Sullivan [Marc Liénart van Lidth de Jeude], Belgian pop singer-songwriter ("Un océan de caresses"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Dec 27 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), dies at 88
  • Dec 28 Erzsébet Szőnyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 31 Christian Kellens, Belgian jazz trombonist, dies at 94