On This Day

Year 2015 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • Aug 14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83
  • Aug 15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • Aug 17 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, dies at 77
  • Aug 18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 23 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • Sep 2 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), dies at 85
  • Sep 4 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • Sep 5 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), dies from cancer at 66
  • Sep 9 Robin McDonald, Scottish rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas), dies at 72
  • Sep 12 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), dies at 56
  • Sep 13 Gary Richrath, American guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), dies at 65
  • Sep 17 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • Sep 21 Ben Cauley, American R&B trumpeter (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger") and Otis Redding plane crash survivor, dies at 67
  • Sep 27 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies at 75
  • Sep 28 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • Sep 29 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), dies of emphysema at 83
  • Oct 2 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), dies at 100 [1]
  • Oct 3 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77
  • Oct 6 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), dies at 73
  • Oct 8 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer-songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • Oct 9 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, dies at 80
  • Oct 11 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art , dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Oct 12 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, dies of heart failure at 48
  • Oct 20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • Oct 23 Bill Keith, American banjoist, dies at 75
  • Oct 24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • Nov 2 David Stock, American composer and conductor (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble), dies at 76 [1]
  • Nov 5 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), dies at 101
  • Nov 9 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), dies at 85
  • Nov 10 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Mother-in-Law), dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Robert Craft, American conductor and friend of Stravinsky, dies at 92
  • Nov 11 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motörhead), dies from liver failure at 61
  • Nov 18 Erik Lotichius, Dutch composer (Anaitalrax), dies at 86
  • Nov 19 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch singer (Blommenkinders), dies at 69
  • Nov 24 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 26 Alexander Kholminov, Russian composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 26 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal - "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), dies at 77
  • Nov 28 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 29 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, dies at 92
  • Dec 3 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • Dec 3 Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader ("The Liquidator"), dies at 81
  • Dec 8 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • Dec 8 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), dies at 91
  • Dec 16 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), dies at 91
  • Dec 18 Luc Brewaeys, Belgian pianist, conductor, and composer, dies of cancer at 56
  • Dec 19 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88
  • Dec 22 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), dies at 70
  • Dec 24 William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight Show), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), dies at 63
  • Dec 28 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), dies from terminal illness at 70
  • Dec 28 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), commits suicide at 51
  • Dec 28 John "Brad" Bradbury, British ska drummer and record producer (The Specials), dies at 62

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Dec 31 Natalie Cole, American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), dies at 65

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