Deaths in Music in 2011

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

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

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