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  • Jan 2 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • Jan 16 Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16 John Morris Rankin, musical entertainer (b. 1959)
  • Jan 17 Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • Jan 27 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 2 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 4 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), dies at 58
  • Feb 7 Big Pun, Puerto Rican-American rapper (b. 1971)
  • Feb 7 Dave Peverett, English musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown) (b. 1943)
  • Feb 12 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • Feb 12 Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 23 Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 1 Dennis Danell, American guitarist (Social Distortion) (b. 1961)
  • Mar 3 Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and alpinist (b. 1904)
  • Mar 7 Pee Wee King, American country music songwriter and musician (b. 1914)
  • Mar 9 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • Mar 20 Gene Eugene, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1961)
  • Mar 27 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57
  • Mar 30 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84
  • Apr 11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 19 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer (b. 1918)
  • Apr 21 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (b. 1954)
  • May 6 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer
  • May 10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • May 18 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
  • May 20 Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • May 30 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • May 31 Tito Puente, American musician (b. 1923)
  • May 31 Johnnie Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 14 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Alan Hovhaness, American composer (b. 1911)
  • Jul 15 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
  • Jul 15 Paul Young, English singer (Mike + The Mechanics), dies of a cardiac arrest at 53
  • Jul 28 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), dies in a construction accident at 47
  • Aug 11 Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer (b. 1916)
  • Aug 13 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer (b. 1965)
  • Aug 16 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • Aug 25 Jack Nitzsche, American record producer (b. 1937)
  • Aug 26 [Douglas] Allen Woody, American bassist (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule), dies at 44
  • Sep 2 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (b. 1905)
  • Sep 12 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • Sep 26 Baden Powell, Brazilian guitarist (b. 1937)
  • Oct 1 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • Oct 3 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • Oct 18 Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • Oct 18 Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)
  • Oct 19 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
  • Oct 27 Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Oct 28 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)

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Oct 30 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), dies of a heart attack at 78

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Oct 31 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
  • Nov 5 Jimmie Davis, singer and politician (b. 1899)
  • Nov 12 Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader (b. 1913)
  • Nov 15 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, dies at 93
  • Nov 16 Joe C. [Joseph Calleja], American rapper (hype man for Kid Rock), dies at 26
  • Nov 30 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), drowns in a sailing accident at 45
  • Dec 3 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (b. 1922)
  • Dec 18 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (b. 1959)
  • Dec 19 Rob Buck, American guitarist (10,000 Maniacs) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 19 Milt Hinton, American jazz double bassist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 19 Pops Staples, American singer (The Staple Singers) (b. 1915)
  • Dec 19 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, US gospel singer (Staple Singers), dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91
  • Dec 23 Noor Jehan, Indian singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • Dec 24 Nick Massi, American singer (The Four Seasons) (b. 1935)
  • Dec 26 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)