Deaths in Music in 2005

  • Jan 1 Hugh Davies, English composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 5 Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors) (b. 1954)
  • Jan 8 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • Jan 10 Margherita Carosio, Italian soprano (b. 1908)
  • Jan 11 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 11 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1938)
  • Jan 11 James Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 13 Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • Jan 15 Ruth Warrick, American actress/singer, dies of complications from pneumonia at 89
  • Jan 15 Victoria de los Angeles, Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
  • Jan 15 Ruth Elizabeth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), dies at 88
  • Jan 22 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter (b. 1924)
  • Jan 24 June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)
  • Jan 25 Ray Peterson, American singer (b. 1935)
  • Jan 28 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Jan 29 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
  • Jan 30 Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
  • Jan 30 Wes Wehmiller, American musician (b. 1971)
  • Feb 6 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • Feb 8 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • Feb 8 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 12 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night) , dies at 61
  • Feb 15 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Feb 20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • Feb 21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • Mar 2 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • Mar 4 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • Mar 4 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • Mar 9 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (b. 1948)
  • Mar 10 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet) dies of pneumonia at 53
  • Mar 12 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • Mar 21 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • Mar 27 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist (b. 1921)
  • Mar 28 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 30 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • Apr 1 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Apr 3 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • Apr 7 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (b. 1922)
  • Apr 10 Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 13 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 15 John Fred, American singer (Judy in Disguise with Glasses), dies at 63
  • Apr 19 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 22 Robert Farnon, Canadian-born composer and conductor (b. 1917)
  • Apr 28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet) (b. 1923)
  • Apr 29 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host (b. 1966)
  • May 9 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)
  • May 10 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • May 11 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer (b. 1917)
  • May 12 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1937)
  • May 13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • May 22 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • May 25 Ruth Laredo, American pianist (b. 1937)
  • May 29 George Rochberg, American composer (b. 1918)
  • Jun 13 David Diamond, American composer (b. 1915)
  • Jun 14 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor (b. 1914)
  • Jun 17 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum) (b. 1962)
  • Jun 27 Frank Harte, Traditional Irish Singer and song collector
  • Jul 1 Luther Vandross, American singer, dies at 54
  • Jul 1 Obie Benson, American musician (b. 1936)
  • Jul 5 Shirley Goodman, American singer (b. 1936)
  • Jul 6 Richard Verreau, Canadian tenor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 11 Frances Langford, American actress and singer (b. 1914)
  • Jul 14 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger (b. 1924)
  • Jul 16 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • Jul 17 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)
  • Jul 22 Eugene Record American songwriter and singer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
  • Jul 23 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)
  • Jul 25 Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz trombonist (b. 1928)
  • Jul 30 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • Aug 1 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (b. 1928)
  • Aug 6 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927)
  • Aug 6 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • Aug 16 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Aug 16 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • Aug 20 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)
  • Aug 21 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • Aug 21 Martin Dillon, tenor, American opera singer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 22 Luc Ferrari, French composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 23 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), dies in a road accident at 71
  • Aug 24 Kaleth Morales, Colombian Vallenato singer (b. 1984)
  • Aug 26 Denis D'Amour, Canadian guitarist (Voivod) (b. 1960)
  • Aug 29 Barry Cowsill, rock bassist (The Cowsills), believed drowned during Hurricane Katrina at 50
  • Sep 1 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), dies at 78 (b. 1926)
  • Sep 7 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer (b. 1933)
  • Sep 10 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American musician (b. 1924)
  • Sep 16 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 17 Alfred Reed, American composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 4 Mike Gibbons, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger), dies of a brain aneurysm in his sleep at 56
  • Oct 16 "Len" Dresslar, American singer and voice actor (b. 1925)
  • Oct 16 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (b. 1971)
  • Oct 19 Dallas Cook, American musician (Suburban Legends) (b. 1982)
  • Oct 20 Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • Oct 22 Franky Gee, American singer (Captain Jack) (b. 1962)
  • Oct 28 Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 31 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside) (b. 1974)
  • Nov 1 Skitch Henderson, English-born bandleader (b. 1918)
  • Nov 4 Sheree North, American actress and singer (b. 1932)
  • Nov 5 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (b. 1912)
  • Nov 6 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, dies of leukemia at 38
  • Nov 6 Miguel Aceves Mejía, Mexican actor, composer and singer (b. 1915)
  • Nov 14 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, dies at 103
  • Nov 20 Chris Whitley, American musician (b. 1960)
  • Nov 20 James King, American singer (b. 1925)
  • Nov 27 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 4 Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
  • Dec 6 Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 9 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (b. 1912)
  • Dec 13 Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (b. 1981)
  • Dec 25 Birgit Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1918)
  • Dec 26 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • Dec 31 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (b. 1932)