Deaths in Music in 2008

  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • Jan 25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 7 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 9 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • Feb 13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • Feb 19 Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • Feb 24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • Feb 25 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 26 Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies; b. 1947)
  • Feb 28 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
  • Mar 2 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 15 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • Mar 20 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • Mar 22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24 Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 20 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • May 3 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer (b. 1934)
  • May 11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, formerly for Canadian progressive rock band Rush (b.1953)
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • Jun 2 Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Jun 8 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • Jun 14 Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • Jun 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • Jun 17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • Jul 1 Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
  • Jul 2 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (b. 1956)
  • Jul 3 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 6 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • Jul 16 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • Jul 20 Artie Traum, American guitarist (b. 1943)
  • Jul 24 Norman Dello Joio, American composer (b. 1913)
  • Jul 27 Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress, murdered (b. 1977)
  • Jul 29 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (b. 1989)
  • Aug 5 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • Aug 5 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)

  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 15 Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • Sep 7 Dino Dvornik, Croatian singer (b. 1964)
  • Sep 15 Richard Wright, English singer-songwriter (Pink Floyd), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 16 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), dies at 68
  • Sep 19 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • Sep 19 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 26 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)
  • Sep 27 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • Oct 1 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), dies at 75
  • Oct 3 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 9 Gidget Gein, American musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • Oct 17 Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops), dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • Oct 24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • Oct 29 Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • Nov 1 Nathaniel Mayer, American soul musician (b. 1944)
  • Nov 1 Yma Sumac, Peruvian singer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 1 Shakir Stewart, American music producer (b. 1974)
  • Nov 10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1932)
  • Nov 12 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (b. 1947)
  • Nov 12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • Nov 24 Kenny MacLean, Scottish musician (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
  • Nov 30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69