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  • Jan 2 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70
  • Jan 3 Phillip "Phil" Everly, American musician ("The Everly Brothers")
  • Jan 18 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • Jan 27 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94
  • Feb 17 Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61
  • Feb 18 Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, dies at 99
  • Feb 19 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Frank Reed, American soul singer, dies at 59
  • Mar 16 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • Apr 11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning musician, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 30 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • May 7 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • May 11 Ed Gagliardi, American bass guitarist, dies from cancer at 62
  • May 18 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83
  • May 28 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 9 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • Jun 18 Johnny Mann, American Grammy-award winning musician, dies at 85
  • Jun 19 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75
  • Jun 22 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • Jun 27 Bobby Womack, American Hall of Fame R&B singer, dies at 70
  • Jul 11 Tommy Ramone [Erdélyi Tamás], Hungarian-American punk rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • Jul 11 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76
  • Jul 16 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70
  • Jul 17 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • Jul 29 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • Jul 30 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), dies at 71
  • Aug 2 Rosetta Hightower, American singer, dies at 70
  • Aug 15 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, dies at 105
  • Aug 28 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • Aug 31 Jimi Jamison, rocker (Survivor), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Sep 9 Robert 'Trob' Young, Scottish musician (Primal Scream), found dead at 49
  • Sep 11 Bob Crewe, American songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), dies at 83
  • Sep 17 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • Oct 4 Paul Revere, American musician, dies from cancer at 76
  • Oct 16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72
  • Oct 20 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Alvin Stardust, English singer, dies at 72
  • Nov 1 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), dies at 48
  • Nov 4 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85
  • Nov 17 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), dies at 78
  • Nov 22 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, dies at 89
  • Dec 2 Chris White, American rock bassist, dies at 78
  • Dec 2 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 3 Ian McLagan, English rocker, dies from a stroke at 69
  • Dec 13 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86

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Dec 22 Joe Cocker, English rock musician (With a Little Help from My Friends), dies of lung cancer at 70

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