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  • Jan 4 John Gary, singer, dies at 65
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Sonny Bono, (Rep-R-Ca)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, conductor, dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • Jan 30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • Feb 5 Tim Kelly, American musician dies at 34
  • Feb 6 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Feb 6 [Johann Hoelzel] Falco, singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • Feb 14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 18 Robert Merrill, songwriter (Funny Girl), commits suicide at 76
  • Feb 22 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 24 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • Feb 25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • Mar 12 Judge Dread, English musician (b. 1945)
  • Mar 17 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death) (b. 1963)
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)

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Apr 6 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • May 2 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • May 7 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), dies at 56

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May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 6 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 25 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 29 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jul 12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Jul 25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (b. 1921)
  • Aug 3 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), dies at 63
  • Aug 20 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), dies at 82
  • Aug 24 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Sep 9 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1951)
  • Sep 26 Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
  • Oct 1 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 2 Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
  • Oct 14 Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 29 Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • Nov 19 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 27 Barbara Acklin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Dec 3 Pierre Hétu, Quebec conductor and pianist (b. 1936)
  • Dec 7 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 11 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
  • Dec 21 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • Dec 25 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • Dec 30 Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)