Deaths in Music in 2004

  • Jan 4 Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 12 Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Jan 14 Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • Jan 17 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Billy May, American composer and musician (b. 1916)
  • Jan 22 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 1 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
  • Feb 3 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Bros), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Feb 16 Doris Troy, American singer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 23 Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 23 Don Cornell, American singer (b. 1919)
  • Mar 4 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • Mar 4 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 9 Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
  • Mar 10 Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • Mar 21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
  • Mar 26 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • Mar 27 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 30 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), dies at 63
  • Apr 1 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • Apr 6 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • Apr 15 Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
  • May 5 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • May 5 José Maceda, Filipino composer, dies at 87
  • May 6 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • May 7 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian singer (The Crew Cuts), dies at 73
  • May 11 John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
  • May 15 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • May 18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • May 31 Robert Quine, American guitarist, dies at 61
  • May 31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • Jun 3 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
  • Jun 3 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), dies of leukaemia at 61
  • Jun 4 Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • Jun 5 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)

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Jun 10 Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies at 73

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • Jun 14 Eamonn McGirr, Irish-born singer and entertainer
  • Jun 24 Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • Jun 26 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • Jul 1 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 6 Syreeta Wright, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 13 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), dies from advanced leukemia at 55
  • Jul 13 Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (b. 1930)
  • Jul 21 Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929)
  • Jul 22 Sacha Distel, French singer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1922)
  • Jul 23 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 23 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer (b. 1921)

  • Jul 23 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • Jul 26 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • Jul 28 George Williams, soul singer (the Tymes), dies at 68
  • Jul 29 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 29 James Hubert "Huby" Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 2 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)

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Aug 6 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • Aug 9 Tony Mottola, American guitarist (b. 1918)
  • Aug 9 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 15 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 17 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
  • Aug 18 Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922)
  • Aug 26 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 47
  • Aug 29 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 31 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • Sep 3 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ( I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), dies at 72
  • Sep 9 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Fred Ebb, American lyricist (b. 1933)
  • Sep 12 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, dies at 59
  • Sep 12 John Buller, British composer, dies at 77

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Sep 15 Johnny Ramone, American lead guitarist of the punk rock band The Ramones, dies of prostate cancer at 55

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Sep 16 Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
  • Sep 19 Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 19 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • Sep 23 André Hazes, Dutch singer (b. 1951)
  • Oct 1 Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)
  • Oct 14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)
  • Oct 17 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • Oct 19 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill, American baritone (b. 1919)

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Oct 29 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Nov 1 Mac Dre, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • Nov 1 Terry Knight, American music producer and promoter (Grand Funk Railroad), is murdered at 61
  • Nov 7 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), dies of cancer at 87
  • Nov 10 Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (b. 1907)
  • Nov 13 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), dies from a fall from a two-storey balcony at his home at 42
  • Nov 13 Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan) (b. 1968)
  • Nov 14 Michel Colombier, French composer (b. 1939)
  • Nov 18 Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • Nov 19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • Nov 20 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • Nov 24 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Dec 2 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 4 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • Dec 7 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
  • Dec 7 Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Dec 8 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • Dec 11 M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
  • Dec 17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 John W. Downey, American composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 19 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Dec 20 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • Dec 26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • Dec 26 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • Dec 26 Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • Dec 27 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 30 Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 94