Deaths in Music in December 1997

  • Dec 1 Stephane Grappelli, French jazz violinist, dies at 89
  • Dec 2 Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
  • Dec 6 Eliot Daniel, composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
  • Dec 9 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Violet Carlson, stage dancer/singer, dies at 97
  • Dec 10 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), dies at 71
  • Dec 14 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who) (b. 1946)
  • Dec 16 Nicolette Larson, rock vocalist (Twins, Lotta Love), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • Dec 19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band) dies at 73
  • Dec 22 Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
  • Dec 31 Floyd Cramer, American Hall of Fame pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64