Deaths in Music in 2016

  • Jan 4 Robert Stigwood, music entrepreneur (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 Elizabeth Swados, composer and musicial director (1972 TONY), dies at 64
  • Jan 5 Pierre Boulez, French composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), dies at 90
  • Jan 5 Nicholas Caldwell, American Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), dies at 71
  • Jan 7 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), dies at 94

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Jan 10 David Bowie [Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), dies of cancer at 69

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
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David Bowie
  • Jan 18 Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter (The Eagles), dies at 67
  • Jan 23 Peter [Piet] Swevel, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), dies of AIDS at 42
  • Jan 24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Colin Vearncombe, English singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), dies after a road accident at 53
  • Jan 28 Paul Kantner, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies at 74
  • Feb 4 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), dies at 74
  • Feb 4 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), dies at 93
  • Feb 6 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • Feb 14 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic), dies of cancer at 66
  • Feb 15 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), dies at 57
  • Feb 22 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87
  • Feb 25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • Mar 1 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), dies at 92
  • Mar 5 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), dies at 86
  • Mar 9 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90
  • Mar 10 Keith Emerson, English rock musician (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), commits suicide at 71
  • Mar 10 Gogi Grant, [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], American singer (The Wayward Wind), dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist, dies at 87
  • Mar 14 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), dies at 81
  • Mar 16 Frank Sinatra Jr, American singer/bandleader, dies at 72

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Mar 21 Andrew Grove, Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry and one of the founders and CEO of Intel, dies at 79

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Mar 22 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • Mar 26 David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 2 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83
  • Apr 4 Carlo Mastrangelo, rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78
  • Apr 5 Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods-Billy Don't be a Hero), dies at 71

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Apr 6 Merle Haggard, American country music singer (Death Valley Days), dies at 79

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 11 Emile Ford, Caribbean-born British singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88
  • Apr 16 Peter Tolson, English rocker (Pretty Things), dies at 64

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Apr 21 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), dies at 57

  • Apr 21 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), dies at 74
  • Apr 24 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), dies at 81
  • May 4 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • May 12 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), dies at 86
  • May 17 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74
  • Jun 5 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • Jun 11 Alberto Remedios, British opera and concert singer, dies at 81
  • Jun 14 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), dies at 72
  • Jun 17 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46
  • Jun 23 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 24 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72
  • Jun 27 Mack Rice, musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Scotty Moore, American guitarist (for Elvis), dies at 84
  • Jul 2 Earle Brown, American Composer (open form), dies at 75
  • Jul 12 Gregg Smith, American choral conductor and composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77
  • Jul 17 Gary S. Paxton, American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash), dies at 77
  • Jul 20 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), dies at 73
  • Jul 24 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87
  • Jul 30 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91
  • Aug 6 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • Aug 20 Irving Fields, American composer and pianist (Miami Beach Rhumba), dies at 101
  • Aug 22 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, dies at 94
  • Aug 28 Juan Gabriel, [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, dies at 66
  • Aug 31 Jacques Leduc, Belgian composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 4 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana), dies at 53
  • Sep 8 Prince Buster [Cecil Campbell], Jamaican-born reggae musician and producer (Madness), dies at 78
  • Sep 10 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 21 Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, dies at 67
  • Sep 21 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), dies at 82
  • Sep 30 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96
  • Oct 2 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), dies of a cardiac arrest at 57
  • Oct 24 Bobby Vee, American pop singer (Night has a Thousand Eyes), dies at 73
  • Nov 3 Kay Starr [Katherine Starks], American singer (Wheel of Fortune), dies at 94
  • Nov 6 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, dies of cancer at 64

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Nov 7 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), dies at 82

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • Nov 9 Al Caiola, American guitarist (Bonzanza theme), dies at 96
  • Nov 11 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), dies at 79
  • Nov 13 Leon Russell, American musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), dies at 74
  • Nov 14 Holly Dunn, American country singer (Daddy's Hands), dies of cancer at 59
  • Nov 15 Mose Allison, American jazz artist (Black Country Suite), dies at 89
  • Nov 15 Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), dies at 92
  • Nov 18 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), dies of cancer at 60
  • Nov 22 Florence Henderson, American actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), dies at 82
  • Nov 24 Pauline Oliveros, American composer (Sound Patterns), dies at 84
  • Dec 7 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69
  • Dec 13 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer, dies at 87

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Dec 25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), dies of suspected heart failure at 53

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael