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  • Jan 1 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jan 1 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 2 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Jan 2 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • Jan 3 Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found on this date)
  • Jan 6 William McBeth, American composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 9 Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • Jan 9 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • Jan 17 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • Jan 20 Etta James, American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • Jan 24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • Jan 25 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor dies aged 82
  • Jan 29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • Feb 8 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62

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Feb 11 Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 14 Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • Feb 15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • Feb 22 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • Feb 24 Istvan Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 25 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • Feb 25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84

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Feb 29 Davy Jones, English musician, dies from heart attack at 66

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • Mar 3 Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, dies from prostate cancer at 64
  • Mar 6 Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86
  • Mar 7 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer, dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • Mar 12 Mike Hossack, American rock drummer, dies from cancer at 65
  • Mar 28 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88
  • Apr 17 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Apr 19 Levon Helm, American rock musician, dies from throat cancer at 71
  • Apr 20 Bert Weedon, English guitar player, dies at 91
  • May 1 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65

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May 4 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • May 13 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist, dies at 70

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May 17 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby), dies from lung cancer at 63

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • May 18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone, dies at 86

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May 20 Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • May 29 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • Jun 7 Bob Welch, American musician, commits suicide by gunshot at 66
  • Jul 1 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • Jul 16 Jon Lord, English musician, dies from a pulmonary embolism at 71
  • Jul 16 Kitty Wells, American country singer, dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • Jul 27 Tony Martin, American singer, dies from natural causes at 98
  • Aug 2 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • Aug 6 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, diest at 68
  • Aug 6 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer/violinist, dies from heart failure at 94
  • Aug 15 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • Aug 18 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • Sep 1 Hal David, American Lyricist, dies at 91
  • Sep 2 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Sep 5 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies from heart failure at 72
  • Sep 10 Steven Springer, American guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 60
  • Sep 25 Andy Williams, American singer, dies from bladder cancer at 84
  • Sep 27 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Sep 27 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • Oct 7 John Martin Tchicai, Danish saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Oct 18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Nov 4 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Nov 5 Elliott Carter, American composer, dies from natural causes at 103
  • Nov 27 Mickey Baker, American guitar player ("Love is strange"), dies at 87
  • Nov 28 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • Dec 1 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • Dec 5 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist, dies from heart failure at 91

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Dec 9 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 43

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera

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Dec 11 Ravi Shankar, Indian musician, dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Dec 20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • Dec 24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Hugh Atkin, American composer, dies at 88