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

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Feb 11th 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 14th Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • Feb 15th Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • Feb 22nd Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • Feb 24th Istvan Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 25th Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • Feb 25th Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera

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Dec 11th Ravi Shankar, Indian musician, dies at 92

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