Deaths in Music in 2011

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  • Jan 1 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Jan 5 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Margaret Whiting, American singer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • Jan 17 Don Kirshner, American composer (b. 1934)
  • Jan 24 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian Musician, Bharat Ratna Laureate (b. 1922)
  • Jan 26 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Jan 26 Gladys Horton, American musician and singer, member of the group The Marvelettes (b. 1944)
  • Jan 30 John Barry, English film score composer (b. 1933)
  • Feb 6 Gary Moore, Irish musician (b. 1952)
  • Feb 12 Betty Garrett, American actress and dancer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 14 Sir George Shearing, Anglo-American jazz pianist (b. 1919)
  • Mar 4 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 13 Owsley Stanley, Sound Engineer for The Grateful Dead and renowned LSD manufacturer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 15 Nate Dogg, American rapper, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. (b. 1969)
  • Mar 15 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)
  • Mar 18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Johnny Pearson, British Composer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 21 Loleatta Holloway, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Mar 21 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • Apr 11 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • Apr 17 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 23 Tom King, American songwriter and musician (b. 1943)
  • May 7 Big George, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician (b. 1957)
  • May 13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • May 15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • May 27 Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)
  • Jun 2 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • Jun 3 Andrew Gold, American singer, musician and songwriter. (b. 1951)
  • Jun 4 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • Jun 7 Nataraja Ramakrishna, Indian classical dancer and composer. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 11 Seth Putnam, American musician (b. 1968)
  • Jun 18 Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942)
  • Jun 25 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer/arranger
  • Jul 9 Facundo Cabral, Argentine musician (b. 1937)
  • Jul 10 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano (b. 1921)
  • Jul 10 Roland Petit, French choreographer and dancer (b. 1924)
  • Jul 12 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67

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Jul 23 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter, dies from alcohol intoxication at 27

  • Aug 2 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • Aug 11 Jani Lane, American heavy metal musician (Warrant) dies of alcohol poisoning aged 47
  • Aug 13 Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)
  • Aug 22 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (b. 1933)
  • Aug 22 Nick Ashford, American songwriter (b. 1942)
  • Aug 29 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96
  • Sep 13 DJ Mehdi, French hip hop and electro producer (b. 1977)
  • Sep 19 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • Sep 27 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • Oct 5 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • Oct 10 Jagjit Singh, Indian Musician, Ghazal Maestro, Padma Bhusan awardee (b. 1941)
  • Nov 2 Sickan Carlsson, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1915)
  • Nov 5 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • Nov 8 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44
  • Nov 22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 27 Sultan Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 71
  • Nov 28 Andrew Kazdin, classical record producer, dies at 77
  • Dec 3 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 4 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)
  • Dec 6 Dobie Gray, American musician and singer ("Drift Away"), dies at 71
  • Dec 8 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77