Deaths in Music in 2001

  • Jan 4 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), dies at 88
  • Jan 12 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
  • Jan 13 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • Jan 18 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Jan 24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 27 Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • Feb 4 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer and architect (b. 1922)
  • Feb 7 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • Feb 10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 19 Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • Feb 21 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), dies at 75
  • Mar 4 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 7 Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 10 Massimo Morsello, Italian musician and far right activist (b. 1958)
  • Mar 18 John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • Mar 21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), dies from lung cancer at 80
  • Mar 28 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • Mar 29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 1 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 6 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (b. 1963)
  • Apr 11 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Apr 11 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • Apr 15 Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (The Ramones) (b. 1951)
  • Apr 20 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata), dies at 54
  • Apr 24 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), dies at 85
  • May 3 Billy Higgins, American drummer (b. 1936)
  • May 9 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • May 12 Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)
  • May 16 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • May 19 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • May 20 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  • May 30 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jun 4 John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • Jun 7 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones) (b. 1952)
  • Jun 11 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (b. 1923)
  • Jun 15 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • Jun 15 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • Jun 21 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), dies at 83
  • Jun 30 Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
  • Jun 30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • Jul 3 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Jul 3 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), dies of renal failure at 64
  • Jul 5 Ernie K-Doe, African-American singer (Mother-in-Law), dies of cirrhosis at 65
  • Jul 7 Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Jul 7 Frederick Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies from skin cancer at 65
  • Jul 11 Herman Brood, Dutch singer and artist (b. 1946)
  • Jul 19 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62

  • Jul 24 Georges Dor, Canadian author, composer, singer and playwright (b. 1931)
  • Jul 27 Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies at 49
  • Aug 2 Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Aug 4 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda,Garfield), dies at 64
  • Aug 19 Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • Aug 25 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, dies in a plane crash in the Bahamas at 22
  • Aug 25 Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • Aug 29 Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • Sep 2 Jay Migliori, American saxophonist (Supersax), dies at 70
  • Sep 6 Carl Crack, German musician (Atari Teenage Riot) (b. 1971)
  • Sep 7 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), dies at 86
  • Sep 14 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 22 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), dies at 81
  • Oct 2 Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  • Oct 13 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers) (b. 1949)
  • Oct 16 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), dies of cancer at 72
  • Oct 17 Jay Livingston, American composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy), dies at 86
  • Oct 18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 28 Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)
  • Nov 12 Albert Hague [Marcuse], German-American actor, singer and composer (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), dies of cancer at 73
  • Nov 16 Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • Nov 17 Michael Karoli, German guitarist (b. 1948)
  • Nov 22 Norman Granz, American jazz impresario and producer (b. 1918)
  • Nov 23 O.C. Smith, American singer (b. 1932)
  • Nov 24 Melanie Thornton, American dance/pop singer (b. 1967)
  • Nov 28 Kal Mann, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • Nov 29 Mic Christopher, Irish singer and songwriter (b. 1969)

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Nov 29 George Harrison, English pop star and Beatle (Traveling Wilburys-My Sweet Lord), dies of lung cancer at 58

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  • Dec 3 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • Dec 13 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  • Dec 15 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (The Skids, Big Country), dies at 43
  • Dec 18 Gilbert Bécaud, French composer and actor known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer (b. 1914)
  • Dec 19 Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  • Dec 29 Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)