List of deaths in rock and roll (1990s)

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The following is a list of notable performers of rock and roll music or rock music, and others directly associated with the music as producers, songwriters or in other closely related roles, who have died in the 1990s. The list gives their date, cause and location of death, and their age.

Rock music developed from the rock and roll music that emerged during the 1950s, and includes a diverse range of subgenres. The terms "rock and roll" and "rock" each have a variety of definitions, some narrow and some wider. In determining criteria for inclusion, this list uses as its basis reliable sources listing "rock deaths" or "deaths in rock and roll", as well as such sources as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Name Age Date Location Cause of death
Gene Phillips 74 January 10, 1990 Lakewood, California, US
Melanie Appleby
Mel and Kim
23 January 18, 1990 Westminster, London, England Pneumonia[1]
Allen Collins
Lynyrd Skynyrd
37 January 23, 1990 Jacksonville, Florida, US Pneumonia
Peter Sweval

Starz, Looking Glass

42 January 23, 1990 AIDS[2]
Mel Lewis 60 February 2, 1990 New York City, US
Del Shannon 55 February 8, 1990 Santa Clarita, California, US Suicide by gunshot[3]
Johnnie Ray 63 February 24, 1990 Los Angeles, California, US Liver failure[4]
Cornell Gunter
The Coasters
53 February 26, 1990 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Murder[5]
Shakey Jake Harris 68 March 2, 1990 Forrest City, Arkansas, US
Ric Grech
Family, Traffic, Blind Faith
43 March 17, 1990 Leicester, England Liver and kidney failure
Andrew Wood
Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone
24 March 19, 1990 Seattle, Washington, US Drug overdose
Sarah Vaughan 66 April 3, 1990 Hidden Hills, California, US Lung cancer[6]
Thurston Harris
The Sharps
58 April 14, 1990 Pomona, California, US Heart attack
Little Joe Blue 55 April 22, 1990 Reno, Nevada, US Stomach cancer[7]
Wesley Rose
Music industry executive and record producer
72 April 26, 1990 Nashville, Tennessee, US
Sammy Lawhorn 54 April 29, 1990 Chicago, Illinois, US
Emily Remler 32 May 4, 1990 Sydney, Australia Heart attack
Sammy Davis Jr. 64 May 16, 1990 Beverly Hills, California, US

Throat cancer[8]

Morris Levy
Record producer for Roulette Records
62 May 21, 1990 Liver cancer
Gary Usher
The Beach Boys, The Byrds
51 May 25, 1990 Los Angeles, California, US Cancer
Stiv Bators
The Dead Boys, The Lords of the New Church
40 June 4, 1990 Paris, France Traffic accident
Jim Hodder
Steely Dan
42 June 5, 1990 Point Arena, California, US Drowning
Rob Graves
Bags, 45 Grave, The Gun Club
31–35 June 28, 1990 US Heroin Overdose
Gerry Boulet
Offenbach
44 July 18, 1990 Cancer
Brent Mydland
The Grateful Dead
37 July 26, 1990 Lafayette, California, US Drug overdose
Bobby Day 60 July 27, 1990 Los Angeles, California, US Cancer
Larry Birdsong 56 August 7, 1990 Nashville, Tennessee, US
Joel Rundell
Better Than Ezra
24 August 8, 1990 Suicide
Lafayette Leake 71 August 14, 1990 Chicago, Illinois, US Diabetic coma
Viktor Tsoi
Kino
28 August 15, 1990 Tukums, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union Traffic accident
Boogie Bill Webb 66 August 22, 1990 New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Double Trouble
35 August 27, 1990 East Troy, Wisconsin, US Helicopter accident
Tom Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival
48 September 6, 1990 Scottsdale, Arizona, US Tuberculosis
Ray Stephens
Village People
35 October 4, 1990 Undisclosed illness[9]
Sam Taylor 74 October 5, 1990 Westchester, New York, US
B.J. Wilson
Procol Harum
43 October 8, 1990 Corvallis, Oregon, US Drug overdose[10]
Art Blakey 71 October 16, 1990 New York City, New York, US Lung cancer
Gervasio
Los Naúfragos
42 October 28, 1990 Talagante, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile Murder
Bobby Scott 53 November 5, 1990 New York City, New York, US Lung cancer
Ronnie Dyson 40 November 10, 1990 Brooklyn, New York, US Heart failure
Lester Williams 70 November 13, 1990 Houston, Texas, US
Dee Clark 52 December 7, 1990 Smyrna, Georgia, US Heart attack
Goree Carter 59 December 29, 1990 Houston, Texas, US
Buck Ram 83 January 1, 1991 Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Steve Clark
Def Leppard
30 January 8, 1991 London, England Accidental overdose
Stan Szelest
The Band
47 January 20, 1991 Woodstock, New York, US Heart attack
Karen Young 39 January 26, 1991 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Roger Patterson
Atheist
22 February 12, 1991 Traffic accident
George Motola
Record producer for Modern Records
71 February 15, 1991 Los Angeles, California, US
Bob Geddins
Record producer
78 February 16, 1991 Liver cancer
Slim Gaillard
Slim & Slam
75 February 26, 1991 London, England
Frank Esler-Smith
Air Supply
42 March 1, 1991 Melbourne, Australia Pneumonia
Doc Pomus 65 March 14, 1991 Manhattan, New York City, US Lung cancer
Billy Butler 66 March 20, 1991 Teaneck, New Jersey, US
Leo Fender 81 March 21, 1991 Fullerton, California, US
Dave Guard
The Kingston Trio
56 March 22, 1991 Rollinsford, New Hampshire, US Lymphatic cancer
Paul Gayten 71 March 26, 1991 Los Angeles, California, US
Henry Glover 69 April 7, 1991 St. Albans, New York, US Heart attack
Per "Dead" Ohlin
Mayhem
22 April 8, 1991 Oslo, Norway Suicide
Steve Marriott
Small Faces, Humble Pie
44 April 21, 1991 Essex, England Smoke inhalation from house fire[11]
Johnny Thunders
The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers
38 April 23, 1991 New Orleans, Louisiana, US Drug-related causes; suspicious
Andrew Tibbs 62 May 5, 1991 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Odia Coates 49 May 19, 1991 Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, California, US Drug overdose
Gene Clark
The Byrds
46 May 24, 1991 Sherman Oaks, California, US Bleeding ulcer
David Ruffin
The Temptations
50 June 1, 1991 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US Drug overdose[12]
Stan Getz 64 June 6, 1991 Malibu, California, US Liver cancer
Richard Holmes 60 June 29, 1991 St. Louis, Missouri, US Prostate cancer
Willie Nix 68 July 8, 1991 Leland, Mississippi, US
Dootsie Williams
Record producer for The Penguins
80 August 21, 1991 Los Angeles, California, US
Mike Naumenko
Zoopark
36 August 27, 1991 Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union Cerebral hemorrhage
Peter Slaghuis
VideoKids
30 September 5, 1991 Amsterdam, Netherlands Traffic accident
Rob Tyner
MC5
46 September 18, 1991 Berkley, Michigan, US Heart attack
Miles Davis 65 September 28, 1991 Santa Monica, California, US Pneumonia, respiratory failure, and stroke
J. Frank Wilson
J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
49 October 4, 1991 Lufkin, Texas, US Alcoholism and complications from diabetes
Ole Beich
Guns N' Roses
36 October 16, 1991 Copenhagen, Denmark Drowning
Bill Graham
Promoter of Various Bands
60 October 25, 1991 Vallejo, California, US Helicopter accident[13]
Jim Reese
The Bobby Fuller Four
49 October 26, 1991 Lufkin, Texas, US Heart attack
Mort Shuman 54 November 2, 1991 London, England Cancer
Jacques Morali
Village People
44 November 15, 1991 Rouen, France AIDS[14]
Eric Carr
Kiss
41 November 24, 1991 New York City, New York, US Heart cancer and subsequent brain hemorrhage
Freddie Mercury
Queen
45 November 24, 1991 London, England Complications due to AIDS[15]
Headman Shabalala
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
46 December 10, 1991 Gunshot
King Kolax 79 December 18, 1991 Chicago, Illinois, US
Beaver Harris 55 December 22, 1991 Prostate cancer
Jerry Nolan
The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers
45 January 14, 1992 New York City, New York, US Stroke and subsequent coma
Dee Murray 45 January 15, 1992 Nashville, Tennessee, US Skin cancer and subsequent stroke
Willie Dixon 76 January 29, 1992 Burbank, California, US Heart failure
Sudirman Arshad 37 February 22, 1992 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Stroke
Mary Osborne 70 March 4, 1992 Bakersfield, California, US Cancer
Arthur Russell 40 April 4, 1992 New York, New York, US AIDS[16]
Sammy Price 92 April 14, 1992 New York City, US Heart attack
Johnny Shines 76 April 20, 1992 Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US
Brian MacLeod
Chilliwack, Headpins
39 April 25, 1992 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Bone cancer
Sharon Redd 46 May 1, 1992 Westchester County, New York, US Pneumonia
Iosu Expósito
Eskorbuto
31 May 31, 1992 Baracaldo, Spain Drug overdose
Peter Allen 48 June 18, 1992 San Diego, California, US HIV/AIDS
Stefanie Sargent
7 Year Bitch
24 June 27, 1992 Seattle, Washington, US Asphyxiation after taking alcohol and heroin
Howard Roberts 62 June 28, 1992 Seattle, Washington, US Prostate cancer
Boogie Woogie Red 66 July 2, 1992 Detroit, Michigan, US
Paul Hackman
Helix
38 July 5, 1992 Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Traffic accident
Mary Wells 49 July 26, 1992 Los Angeles, California, US Pneumonia and throat cancer[17]
Michel Berger 44 August 2, 1992 Ramatuelle, France Heart attack
Jeff Porcaro
Toto
38 August 5, 1992 Los Angeles, California, US Heart attack due to allergic reaction or cocaine use (disputed)
Tony Williams
The Platters
64 August 14, 1992 New York City, New York, US Emphysema
Mark Heard 40 August 16, 1992 Chicago, Illinois, US Heart attack
Earl Van Dyke
The Funk Brothers
62 September 18, 1992 Detroit, Michigan, US Prostate cancer[18]
Eddie Kendricks
The Temptations
52 October 5, 1992 Birmingham, Alabama, US Lung cancer[19]
Larry Levan 38 November 8, 1992 Manhattan, New York City, US Heart failure resulting from endocarditis[20]
Bobby McClure 50 November 13, 1992 Los Angeles, California, US Stroke
Andy Kirk 94 December 11, 1992 New York City, New York, US
Albert King 69 December 21, 1992 Memphis, Tennessee, US Heart attack
Eddie Hazel
Funkadelic
42 December 23, 1992 Brooklyn, New York, US Internal bleeding and liver failure
Dizzy Gillespie 75 January 6, 1993 Englewood, New Jersey, US Pancreatic cancer[21]
Helno
Lucrate Milk
29 January 22, 1993 Paris, France Drug overdose
Toy Caldwell
Marshall Tucker Band
45 February 25, 1993 Moore, South Carolina, US
Johnny Cymbal 48 March 16, 1993 Nashville, Tennessee, US Suspecting heart attack
Jake Porter
Record producer and co-founder of Combo Records
76 March 25, 1993 Los Angeles, California, US
Eugene Church 55 April 3, 1993 Los Angeles, California, US Cancer
Mick Ronson
Mott the Hoople, The Spiders from Mars
46 April 30, 1993 London, England Liver cancer
Louis Brooks 82 May 5, 1993 Nashville, Tennessee, US
Marv Johnson 54 May 16, 1993 Columbia, South Carolina, US Stroke
Doctor Ross 67 May 28, 1993 Flint, Michigan, US
Sun Ra 79 May 30, 1993 Pneumonia
Dupree Bolton 64 June 5, 1993 Oakland, California, US Cardiac arrest
Conway Twitty 59 June 5, 1993 Springfield, Missouri, US Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Arthur Alexander 53 June 9, 1993 Heart attack
John Campbell 41 June 13, 1993 New York City, New York, US Heart failure[22]
Luther Tucker 57 June 18, 1993 Greenbrae, California, US Heart attack
GG Allin
The Jabbers, The Scumfucs, The Murder Junkies
36 June 28, 1993 New York City, New York, US Drug overdose
Wong Ka Kui
Beyond
31 June 30, 1993 Tokyo, Japan Internal bleeding due to head injuries
Dave Rubinstein
Reagan Youth
28 July 3, 1993 Suicide by anti-depressant overdose
Mia Zapata
The Gits
27 July 7, 1993 Seattle, Washington, US Murder
Boston Blackie 49 July 11, 1993 Stabbing
Richard Tee 49 July 21, 1993 The Bronx, New York, US Prostate cancer
Don Myrick
Earth, Wind & Fire
53 July 30, 1993 Los Angeles, California, US Gunshot
Rob "The Bass Thing" Jones
The Wonder Stuff
29 July 31, 1993 New York City, New York, US Drug overdose
Randy Jo Hobbs
The McCoys, Montrose
45 August 5, 1993 Dayton, Ohio, US Heart failure
Euronymous
Mayhem
25 August 10, 1993 Oslo, Norway Stabbed by Varg Vikernes
Johnny Sayles 56 August 17, 1993 Hazel Crest, Illinois, US Heart attack
Phil Seymour
Dwight Twilley
41 August 17, 1993 US Cancer
Lefty Dizz 56 September 7, 1993 Chicago, Illinois, US Esophageal cancer
Wade Flemons
Earth, Wind & Fire
53 October 13, 1993 Battle Creek, Michigan, US Cancer
Criss Oliva
Savatage
30 October 17, 1993 Zephyrhills, Florida, US Traffic accident
River Phoenix
Aleka's Attic
23 October 31, 1993 West Hollywood, California, US Drug overdose
Albert Collins 61 November 24, 1993 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Cancer
Jerry Edmonton
Steppenwolf
47 November 28, 1993 Santa Barbara, California, US Traffic accident
Ray Gillen
Black Sabbath, Badlands, Sun Red Sun
34 December 1, 1993 New York City, New York, US AIDS related
Frank Zappa
The Mothers of Invention
52 December 4, 1993 Los Angeles, California, US Prostate cancer
Doug Hopkins
Gin Blossoms
32 December 5, 1993 Tempe, Arizona, US Suicide
Michael Clarke
The Byrds
47 December 19, 1993 Treasure Island, Florida, US Liver failure
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont
The Morwells, Roots Radics
38 December 31, 1993 US Prostate cancer
Silas Hogan 82 January 9, 1994 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US Heart disease
Harry Nilsson 52 January 15, 1994 Agoura Hills, California, US Heart failure
Rhett Forrester
Riot
37 January 22, 1994 Atlanta, Georgia, US Gunshot
John Littlejohn 62 February 1, 1994 Renal failure
Gary B.B. Coleman 47 February 14, 1994 Center, Texas, US
Papa John Creach
Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, The Dinosaurs
76 February 22, 1994 Los Angeles, California, US Pneumonia
Dan Hartman 43 March 22, 1994 Westport, Connecticut, US Complications from AIDS
Kurt Cobain
Nirvana
27 April 5, 1994 Seattle, Washington, US Suicide
Lee Brilleaux
Dr. Feelgood
51 April 7, 1994 Canvey Island, Essex, England Lymphoma
Larry Davis 57 April 19, 1994 Los Angeles, California, US Cancer
Haskell Sadler 59 May 6, 1994 Berkeley, California, US Complications from diabetes
Joe Pass 65 May 23, 1994 Los Angeles, California, US Liver cancer
Eric Gale 55 May 25, 1994 Baja California Peninsula, Mexico Lung cancer
Derek Leckenby
Herman's Hermits
51 June 4, 1994 Manchester, England Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Kristen Pfaff
Hole, Janitor Joe
27 June 16, 1994 Seattle, Washington, US Drug overdose
Eddie Boyd 79 July 13, 1994 Helsinki, Finland
Gary Farr
Gary Farr & The T-Bones
49 July 29, 1994 Los Angeles, California, US Arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Major Lance 55 September 3, 1994 Decatur, Georgia, US Heart disease[23]
Nicky Hopkins
The Jeff Beck Group
50 September 6, 1994 Nashville, Tennessee, US Complications from intestinal surgery
Major Bill Smith
Record producer and record label owner
72 September 12, 1994 Fort Worth, Texas, US
Haywood Henry 81 September 15, 1994
Danny Gatton 49 October 4, 1994 Newburg, Maryland, US Suicide by gunshot
Lee Allen 67 October 18, 1994 Los Angeles, California, US
Jimmy Miller
Record producer for Blind Faith, Spooky Tooth, Motörhead, Primal Scream, and association with The Rolling Stones
52 October 22, 1994 Denver, Colorado, US Liver failure
Wilbert Harrison 65 October 26, 1994 Spencer, North Carolina, US Stroke
Robert White
The Funk Brothers
57 October 27, 1994 Los Angeles, California, US Complications from open heart surgery
Lester Sill
Record producer from Phil Spector's partner in Philles Records
76 October 31, 1994 Los Angeles, California, US
Fred "Sonic" Smith
MC5
Sonic's Rendezvous Band
45 November 4, 1994 Detroit, Michigan, US Heart failure
Carmen McRae 72 November 10, 1994 Beverly Hills, California, US Stroke
Chet Powers
Quicksilver Messenger Service
57 November 16, 1994 Santa Rosa, California, US
Cab Calloway 86 November 18, 1994 Hockessin, Delaware, US Stroke
Garnett Silk 28 December 9, 1994 Mandeville, Jamaica
Buddy Ace 58 December 26, 1994 Waco, Texas, US Heart attack
Ted Hawkins 58 January 1, 1995 Los Angeles, California, US Stroke
Johnny Carroll 57 January 13, 1995 Dallas, Texas, US Liver failure
Ruby Starr
Black Oak Arkansas
45 January 14, 1995 Toledo, Ohio, US Lung cancer
David Cole
Record producer for C+C Music Factory
32 January 24, 1995 New York, New York, US
Richey Edwards
Manic Street Preachers
27 February 1, 1995 Cardiff, Wales Declared death in absentia
Tony Secunda
Manager of rock groups from The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Motörhead, Steeleye Span, The Move and T-Rex
54 February 12, 1995 Tiburon, California, US Heart attack
Denny Cordell
Record producer for The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Move
51 February 18, 1995 Dublin, Ireland Lymphoma
Bob Stinson
The Replacements, Static Taxi
35 February 18, 1995 Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Melvin Franklin
The Temptations
52 February 23, 1995 Sherman Oaks, California, US Complications from a seizure
Willie Johnson 71 February 25, 1995 Chicago, Illinois, US
Vivian Stanshall
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
51 March 5, 1995 Muswell Hill, London, England House fire
Delroy Wilson 46 March 6, 1995 Kingston, Jamaica Cirrhosis
Ingo Schwichtenberg
Helloween
29 March 8, 1995 Hamburg, West Germany Suicide
Sunnyland Slim 88 March 17, 1995 Chicago, Illinois, US
Nike Ardilla 19 March 19, 1995 Bandung, Indonesia Traffic accident
Alan Barton
Smokie, Black Lace
41 March 23, 1995 Cologne, Germany Traffic accident
Eazy-E
N.W.A
30 March 26, 1995 Compton, California, US Complications due to AIDS
Jimmy McShane
Baltimora
37 March 29, 1995 Derry, Northern Ireland Complications due to AIDS
Paul A. Rothchild
Record producer for The Doors & The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
59 March 30, 1995 Hollywood, California, US Lung cancer
Selena
Selena y Los Dinos
23 March 31, 1995 Corpus Christi, Texas, US Shot by Yolanda Saldívar
Burl Ives 85 April 14, 1995 Anacortes, Washington, US Oral cancer[24]
Carl Albert
Vicious Rumors
32 April 22, 1995 Traffic accident
Lonesome Sundown 66 April 23, 1995 Gonzales, Louisiana, US
Clarence Paul 67 May 6, 1995 Los Angeles, California, US Complications of heart disease and diabetes
Sims Ellison
Pariah
28 June 6, 1995 Austin, Texas, US Suicide
Rory Gallagher 47 June 14, 1995 London, England MRSA complications following a liver transplant
Phyllis Hyman 45 June 30, 1995 New York City, New York, US Drug overdose
Wolfman Jack
American disc jockey
57 July 1, 1995 Belvidere, North Carolina, US Heart attack
Charlie Rich 62 July 25, 1995 Hammond, Louisiana, US Acute blood clot
Eddie Hinton 51 July 28, 1995 Birmingham, Alabama, US Heart attack
Jerry Garcia
The Grateful Dead
53 August 9, 1995 Forest Knolls, California, US Heart attack
Bobby DeBarge
DeBarge, Switch
39 August 16, 1995 Grand Rapids, Michigan, US HIV/AIDS
Wild Bill Davis 76 August 17, 1995 Moorestown Township, New Jersey, US
Dwayne Goettel
Skinny Puppy
31 August 23, 1995 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Drug overdose
Ronald White
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
56 August 26, 1995 Detroit, Michigan, US Leukemia
Big Dee Irwin 63 August 27, 1995 Las Vegas, New York, US Heart failure
Sterling Morrison
The Velvet Underground
53 August 30, 1995 Poughkeepsie, New York, US Cancer
Salil Chowdhury 71 September 5, 1995 Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Larry Gales 59 September 12, 1995
Daniel Montesanto[25]

Fashion Police, Defiance, Sinister

29 September 21, 1995 California, U.S. Murder (Stabbing)
Booker T. Laury 81 September 25, 1995 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Cancer
Shannon Hoon
Blind Melon
28 October 21, 1995 New Orleans, Louisiana, US Drug overdose
Florence Greenberg
Music executive and record producer
82 November 2, 1995 Hackensack, New Jersey, US
Alan Hull
Lindisfarne
50 November 17, 1995 Newcastle, England Heart thrombosis
Matthew Ashman
Bow Wow Wow, Adam and the Ants
35 November 21, 1995 London, England Diabetes
Peter Grant
Music manager from Stone the Crows, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and record executive from Swan Song Records
60 November 21, 1995 Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Tom Clay
American radio personality and disc jockey
66 November 22, 1995 Los Angeles, California, US Stomach and lung cancer
Junior Walker
Junior Walker & the All Stars
64 November 23, 1995 Battle Creek, Michigan, US Cancer
David Briggs
Record producer for Crazy Horse
51 November 26, 1995 San Francisco, California, US Lung cancer
Dean Martin 78 December 25, 1995 Beverly Hills, California, US Acute respiratory failure [26]
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis 70 December 28, 1995 Chicago, Illinois, US Heart attack
Bob Thiele 73 January 30, 1996 Manhattan, New York City, New York, US Kidney failure
Wild Jimmy Spruill 61 February 3, 1996 Washington D.C., US Heart attack
Brownie McGhee 80 February 16, 1996 Oakland, California, US Stomach cancer
Terry Stafford 54 March 17, 1996 Amarillo, Texas, US Liver failuire
Billy Williamson
Bill Haley & His Comets
71 March 22, 1996 Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, US Cancer
Don Murray
The Turtles
50 March 22, 1996 Glendale, California, US Complications following ulcer surgery
Jeffrey Lee Pierce
The Gun Club
37 March 31, 1996 Salt Lake City, Utah, US Cerebral hemorrhage
Guitar Gabriel 70 April 2, 1996 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US
Bernard Edwards
Chic
43 April 18, 1996 Japan Pneumonia
Johnny "Guitar" Watson 61 May 18, 1996 Yokohama, Japan Myocardial infarction
Kevin Gilbert 29 May 18, 1996 Los Angeles, California, US Accidental strangulation
Bradley Nowell
Sublime
28 May 25, 1996 San Francisco, California, US Drug overdose
John Kahn
Legion of Mary, Old & In the Way
48 May 30, 1996 Heart attack
Ella Fitzgerald 79 June 15, 1996 Beverly Hills, California, US Complications from diabetes
Jim Ellison
Material Issue
32 June 20, 1996 US Suicide from carbon monoxide poisoning
Louis Gottlieb
The Limeliters
72 July 11, 1996 Sebastopol, California, US
Jonathan Melvoin
The Smashing Pumpkins
34 July 12, 1996 New York City, New York, US Drug overdose
John Panozzo
Styx
47 July 16, 1996 Chicago, Illinois, US Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging
Chas Chandler
The Animals
57 July 17, 1996 Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, England Heart condition
Rob Collins
The Charlatans
33 July 22, 1996 Wales Traffic accident
Jason Thirsk
Pennywise, Humble Gods
28 July 29, 1996 Hermosa Beach, California, US Suicide by gunshot
Mel Taylor
The Ventures
62 August 11, 1996 Los Angeles, California, US Lung cancer
Al Cleveland 66 August 14, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Heart disease
Tupac Shakur
Outlawz
25 September 13, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Murder[27]
Bob Gibson 64 September 28, 1996 Portland, Oregon, US Degenerative brain disease
Colleen Peterson
Quartette
45 October 9, 1996 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Cancer
Chris Acland
Lush
30 October 17, 1996 Burneside, South Lakeland, Cumbria, England Suicide
Eva Cassidy 33 November 2, 1996 Bowie, Maryland, US Cancer
William Clarke 45 November 2, 1996 Fresno, California, US
Bill Doggett 80 November 13, 1996 New York City, New York, US Heart attack
Tiny Tim 64 November 30, 1996 Minneapolis, Minnesota, US Heart attack
Patty Donahue
The Waitresses
40 December 9, 1996 Cleveland, Ohio, US Lung cancer
Faron Young 64 December 10, 1996 Nashville, Tennessee, US Suicide
Dawn Crosby
Detente, Fear of God
33 December 15, 1996 Liver failure
Ruby Murray 61 December 17, 1996 Torquay, Devon, England Liver cancer
Ronnie Scott 69 December 23, 1996 London, England Overdose of barbiturates
Johnny Heartsman 60 December 27, 1996 Sacramento, California, US Stroke
Randy California
Spirit
45 January 2, 1997 Molokai, Hawaii, US Drowning[28]
Alexander Young
Marcus Hook Roll Band, AC/DC
58 January 4, 1997 Hamburg, Germany Lung cancer
Kenny Pickett
The Creation
54 January 10, 1997 London, England Heart attack
Keith Diamond 46 January 18, 1997 Manhattan, New York, US
Ron Holden 57 January 22, 1997 Rosarito Beach, Mexico Heart attack
Billy Mackenzie
Associates
39 January 22, 1997 Angus, Scotland Drug overdose
Richard Berry 61 January 23, 1997 Inglewood, California, US Heart failure
Seth Lover 87 January 31, 1997 Garden Grove, California, US
Brian Connolly
The Sweet
52 February 9, 1997 Slough, Berkshire, England Kidney failure
Jack Owens 92 February 9, 1997 Yazoo City, Mississippi, US
Ralph Bass
Record producer from Black & White Records, Savoy Records, King Records, Federal Records, and Chess Records
85 March 5, 1997 New York City, New York, US
The Notorious B.I.G. 24 March 9, 1997 Los Angeles, California, US Murder
LaVern Baker 67 March 10, 1997 Queens, New York, US Coronary complications
Ronnie Barron
Canned Heat
53 March 20, 1997 Heart failure
Aaron Collins
The Cadets
66 March 27, 1997 California, US
Laura Nyro 49 April 8, 1997 Danbury, Connecticut, US Ovarian cancer
Eldon Hoke
Mentors, The Screamers
39 April 19, 1997 Riverside, California, US Rail accident
Lovie Lee 88 May 23, 1997 Chicago, Illinois, US
Jeff Buckley 30 May 29, 1997 Memphis, Tennessee, US Accidental drowning
Ronnie Lane
The Small Faces, Faces
51 June 4, 1997 Trinidad, Colorado, US Pneumonia
Arthur Prysock 73 June 14, 1997 Hamilton, Bermuda Aneurysm
Bobby Helms 63 June 19, 1997 Martinsville, Indiana, US Emphysema and asthma
Lawrence Payton
The Four Tops
59 June 20, 1997 Southfield, Michigan, US Cancer
Louis A. McCall Sr.
Con Funk Shun
45 June 25, 1997 Stone Mountain, Georgia, US Murder
Johnny Copeland 60 July 3, 1997 Harlem, New York, US Congential heart defect
Chuck Wayne 74 July 29, 1997 US
Luther Allison 57 August 12, 1997 Madison, Wisconsin, US Metastasis
Jimmy Witherspoon 77 September 18, 1997 Los Angeles, California, US Throat cancer
Nick Traina
Link 80
19 September 20, 1997 US Suicide
Phil Medley 81 October 3, 1997
John Denver
The John Denver Band
53 October 12, 1997 Pacific Grove, California, US Experimental plane accident
Glen Buxton 49 October 19, 1997 Clarion, Iowa, US Pneumonia
Henry Vestine
Canned Heat
52 October 20, 1997 Paris, France Heart and respiratory failure
Epic Soundtracks
Swell Maps, Crime & the City Solution, These Immortal Souls
38 November 6, 1997 West Hampstead, London, England Inconclusive official cause
Tommy Tedesco 67 November 10, 1997 Northridge, California, US Lung cancer
Michael Hutchence
INXS
37 November 22, 1997 Sydney, Australia Suicide or accidental strangulation
Michael Hedges 43 December 2, 1997 Mendocino County, California, US Traffic accident
Kurt Winter
The Guess Who
51 December 14, 1997 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Liver failure[29]
Nicolette Larson 45 December 16, 1997 Los Angeles, California, US Cerebral edema and liver failure
Jimmy Rogers 73 December 19, 1997 Chicago, Illinois, US
Floyd Cramer 64 December 31, 1997 Lung cancer
Nick Venet
Record producer and association with The Beach Boys
61 January 2, 1998 Eastside Los Angeles, US Burkitt's lymphoma
Sonny Bono
Sonny & Cher
62 January 5, 1998 South Lake Tahoe, California, US Skiing accident
Ken Forssi
The Surfaris, Love
54 January 10, 1998 Tallahassee, Florida, US Brain tumor
Junior Wells
The Aces
63 January 15, 1998 Chicago, Illinois, US Cancer and heart attack
Junior Kimbrough 67 January 17, 1998 Holly Springs, Mississippi, US
Carl Perkins 65 January 19, 1998 Jackson, Tennessee, US Throat cancer
Fat Pat 27 February 3, 1998 Houston, Texas, US Murder by gunshot
Tim Kelly
Slaughter
35 February 5, 1998 Bagdad, Arizona, US Traffic accident
Joe Stubbs
The Falcons, The Contours, The Originals
55–56 February 5, 1998 US
Falco 40 February 6, 1998 Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Traffic accident
Carl Wilson
The Beach Boys
51 February 6, 1998 Los Angeles, California, US Lung cancer
Grandpa Jones 84 February 19, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee, US Stroke
Bob McBride
Lighthouse
51 February 20, 1998 Toronto, Ontario, US Heart failure
Rockin' Sidney 59 February 25, 1998 Lake Charles, Louisiana, US
George Howard 41 March 20, 1998 Atlanta, Georgia, US
Rozz Williams
Christian Death, Shadow Project, Premature Ejaculation
34 April 1, 1998 West Hollywood, California, US Suicide by hanging
Rob Pilatus
Milli Vanilli
32 April 3, 1998 Frankfurt, Germany Alcohol and drug overdose
Cozy Powell
The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath
50 April 5, 1998 Bristol, England Traffic accident
Wendy O. Williams
Plasmatics
48 April 6, 1998 Storrs, Connecticut, US Suicide by gunshot[30]
Tammy Wynette 55 April 6, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Heart failure with cardiac arrhythmia[31]
Linda McCartney
Paul McCartney's wife
56 April 17, 1998 Tucson, Arizona, US Breast cancer[32]
hide
X Japan, Zilch
33 May 2, 1998 Tokyo, Japan Suicide by hanging
Eddie Rabbitt 56 May 7, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee, US Lung cancer
Frank Sinatra 82 May 14, 1998 West Hollywood, California, US Heart attack
Jerry Capehart 69 June 7, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee, US Brain cancer
Lew Chudd
Record producer, radio executive and co-founder of Imperial Records
86 June 15, 1998 Los Angeles, California, US
Dave "Chico" Ryan
Sha Na Na
50 July 26, 1998 Boston, Massachusetts, US Heart failure
Gene Page 58 August 24, 1998 Westwood, California, US
Denniz Pop
DJ music producer
35 August 30, 1998 Stomach cancer
Sonny Knight 64 September 5, 1998 Maui, Hawaii, US
Johnny Adams 66 September 14, 1998 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US Cancer
Oz Bach
Spanky and Our Gang
59 September 21, 1998 Asheville, North Carolina, US Cancer
Gene Autry 91 October 2, 1998 Studio City, California, US Lymphoma
Lonnie Pitchford 43 November 8, 1998 Lexington, Mississippi, US HIV/AIDS
Eldridge Holmes 56 November 13, 1998 US
Barbara Acklin 55 November 27, 1998 Omaha, Nebraska, US Pneumonia[33]
Lynn Strait
Snot
30 December 11, 1998 Santa Barbara, California, US Traffic accident
Bryan Maclean
Love
52 December 25, 1998 Los Angeles, California, US Heart attack
Johnny Moore
The Drifters
64 December 30, 1998 London, England Respiratory failure
Sonny Forriest
The Coasters
64 January 10, 1999 Capitol Heights, Maryland, US [34]
John Baker Saunders
Mad Season
The Walkabouts
44 January 15, 1999 Seattle, Washington, US Drug overdose[35]
Benjamin Smoke
Smoke
39 January 29, 1999 Atlanta, Georgia, US Liver failure due to hepatitis C[36]
Baris Manço 56 February 1, 1999 Kadiköy, Istanbul, Turkey Heart attack[37]
David McComb
The Triffids, Blackeyed Susans
36 February 2, 1999 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Heroin toxicity and rejection of his 1996 heart transplant[38]
Gwen Guthrie 48 February 3, 1999 Orange, New Jersey, US Uterine cancer
Buddy Knox 65 February 14, 1999 Bremerton, Washington, US Lung cancer[39]
Björn Afzelius
Hoola Bandoola Band
52 February 16, 1999 Gothenburg, Sweden Lung cancer[40]
Vann "Piano Man" Walls 80 February 24, 1999 Montreal, Canada, U.S. Cancer[41]
Sławomir "Sławek" Onacik

Lessdress

37 February 27, 1999[42] Warsaw, Poland [43]
David Ackles 62 March 2, 1999 Tujunga, Los Angeles, California, US Lung cancer[44]
Dusty Springfield
The Springfields
59 March 2, 1999 Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England Breast cancer[45]
Lowell Fulson 77 March 7, 1999 Long Beach, California, US Complications from kidney disease, diabetes, and congestive heart failure[46]
Peppermint Harris 73 March 19, 1999 Elizabeth, New Jersey, US [47]
Val Valentin
Record producer and record engineer
79 March 24, 1999 Reno, Nevada, US [48]
Mighty Joe Young 71 March 24, 1999 Chicago, Illinois, US Pneumonia[49]
Freaky Tah
Lost Boyz
27 March 28, 1999 Queens, New York, US Gunshot[50]
Joe Williams 80 March 29, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, US [51]
Jesse Stone 97 April 1, 1999 Altamonte Springs, Florida, US [52]
Skip Spence
Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape
52 April 16, 1999 Santa Cruz, California, US Lung cancer[53]
Kemistry
Kemistry & Storm
35 April 25, 1999 Winchester, Hampshire, England Accidental death[54]
Roger Troutman
Zapp
47 April 25, 1999 Dayton, Ohio, US Murdered by his brother Larry Troutman[55]
Adrian Borland
The Outsiders, The Sound
41 April 26, 1999 London, England Suicide[56]
Darrell Sweet
Nazareth
51 April 30, 1999 New Albany, Indiana, US Heart attack[57]
William Tucker
Ministry
38 May 14, 1999 Suicide[58]
Bruce Fairbairn
Record producer for Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, AC/DC
49 May 17, 1999 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [59]
Augustus Pablo 44 May 18, 1999 Kingston, Jamaica Myasthenia gravis[60]
Ernie Wilkins 76 June 5, 1999 Copenhagen, Denmark Stroke[61]
Billy Brown
The Freshmen
56 June 6, 1999 Johnstown, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland Heart attack[62]
Screaming Lord Sutch
Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages
58 June 16, 1999 West Harrow, Middlesex, England Suicide by hanging[63]
Kami
Malice Mizer
27 June 21, 1999 Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Bruce Day
Pablo Cruise
48 June 30, 1999 [64]
Dennis Brown 42 July 1, 1999 Kingston, Jamaica Pneumothorax[65]
Guy Mitchell 72 July 1, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Complications following surgery for cancer[66]
Mark Sandman
Morphine
46 July 3, 1999 Palestrina, Lazio, Italy Heart attack[67]
Kevin Wilkinson 41 July 17, 1999 Baydon, Swindon, England Suicide by hanging[68]
Gar Samuelson
Megadeth
41 July 22, 1999 Orange City, Florida, US Liver failure[69]
Tommy Ridgley 73 August 11, 1999 Lung cancer[70]
Bobby Sheehan
Blues Traveler
31 August 20, 1999 New Orleans, Louisiana, US Drug overdose[71]
Rob Fisher
Naked Eyes
42 August 25, 1999 Following bowel surgery for cancer[72]
Katie Webster 63 September 5, 1999 League City, Texas, US Heart failure[73]
Beau Jocque 45 September 10, 1999 Kinder, Louisiana, US Heart attack[74]
Chuck Higgins 75 September 14, 1999 Los Angeles, California, US Lung cancer[75]
Claude Bessy
Catholic Discipline
53 October 2, 1999 Barcelona, Spain Lung cancer[76]
Erik Brødreskift
Borknagar, Gorgoroth
29 October 4, 1999 Suicide by drug overdose[77]
Hoyt Axton 61 October 26, 1999 Victor, Montana, v Heart attack[78]
Wes Berggren
Tripping Daisy
28 October 27, 1999 Dallas, Texas, US Drug overdose[79]
Rob Hoeke 60 November 6, 1999 Krommenie, Netherlands [80]
Herb Abramson
Record company executive, record producer and co-founder of Atlantic Records
82 November 9, 1999 Henderson, Nevada, US [81]
Little Miss Cornshucks 76 November 12, 1999 Indianapolis, Indiana, US Stroke[82]
Alvin Cash 60 November 21, 1999 Chicago, Illinois, US Ulcer compilations
Clifford Jarvis 58 November 26, 1999 London, England [83]
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker 72 November 27, 1999 Chicago, Illinois, US [84]
Don "Sugarcane" Harris
Don and Dewey
61 December 1, 1999 Los Angeles, California, US [85]
Charlie Byrd 74 December 2, 1999 Annapolis, Maryland, US Lung cancer[86]
Bobby Marchan 69 December 5, 1999 Gretna, Louisiana, US Liver cancer[87]
Rick Danko
The Band
56 December 10, 1999 Marbletown, New York, US Heart failure[88]
Charles Earland 58 December 11, 1999 Kansas City, Missouri, US Heart failure[89]
Grover Washington Jr. 56 December 17, 1999 New York City, New York, US Heart attack[90]
Joe Higgs 59 December 18, 1999 Los Angeles, California, US Cancer[91]
Curtis Mayfield
The Impressions
57 December 26, 1999 Roswell, Georgia, US Complications due to diabetes[92]

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