Deaths in Music in 2006

  • Jan 1 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), dies at 2006
  • Jan 6 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man)

Person of interestWilson Pickett

Jan 19 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), dies of a heart attack at 64

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • Jan 24 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), dies of pneumonia and complications from a stroke at 91
  • Jan 27 Gene McFadden, American singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Jan 31 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina, dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • Feb 8 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • Feb 10 J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 11 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)
  • Feb 14 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • Feb 14 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, dies at 80
  • Feb 17 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican musician (b. 1929)
  • Feb 17 Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills), dies at 58
  • Feb 22 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)

  • Mar 1 Johnny Jackson, American musician (b. 1951)
  • Mar 2 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • Mar 4 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 98
  • Mar 6 King Floyd, American soul singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies of complications of a stroke and diabetes at 61
  • Mar 7 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician (b. 1939)
  • Mar 10 Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), dies at 73
  • Mar 17 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Mar 18 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 23 Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • Mar 25 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • Mar 25 Buck Owens, American singer and television personality (b. 1929)
  • Mar 26 Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
  • Mar 28 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • Apr 5 Gene Pitney, American singer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 6 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 9 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96
  • Apr 11 June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)
  • Apr 11 Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • Apr 12 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, dies at 79
  • May 1 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • May 1 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • May 5 Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • May 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)

  • May 10 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • May 11 Yossi Banai, Israeli singer (b. 1932)
  • May 13 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (b. 1949)
  • May 14 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • May 17 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), dies at 61
  • May 19 Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)
  • May 21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • May 21 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • May 25 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), dies at 64
  • May 31 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)
  • Jun 1 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, dies at 59
  • Jun 2 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), commits suicide at 55
  • Jun 3 Johnny Grande, original accordion/piano/keyboard player for Bill Haley's Comets (b. 1932)
  • Jun 6 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), dies following long-term health issues at 59
  • Jun 6 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)
  • Jun 9 Drafi Deutscher, German Schlager singer (b. 1946)
  • Jun 12 György Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), dies at 83 (b. 1923)
  • Jun 20 Claydes Charles Smith, American musician (Kool & The Gang), dies at 57

Person of interestSyd Barrett

Jul 7 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, dies of pancreatic cancer at 60

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • Jul 9 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady), dies at 58
  • Jul 17 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Jul 22 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, dies at 82
  • Aug 3 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • Aug 3 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, singer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 4 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • Aug 11 Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1925)
  • Aug 16 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (b. 1975)
  • Aug 18 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 20 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • Aug 21 Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • Aug 22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • Aug 23 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78
  • Aug 24 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, dies at 90
  • Aug 24 James Carl Tenney, American composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 27 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-born guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)
  • Sep 2 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • Sep 2 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • Sep 4 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), dies at 88
  • Sep 9 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, dies at 50
  • Sep 19 Chuck Rio, American singer and saxophonist (The Champs) (b. 1929)
  • Sep 20 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 20 John W. Peterson, American songwriter (b. 1921)
  • Sep 21 Raymond "Boz" Burrell, British rock musician (King Crimson, Bad Company), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Sep 23 Sir Malcolm Arnold, English composer and professional trumpeter (b. 1921)
  • Sep 23 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • Sep 24 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), dies at 78
  • Sep 29 Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer (b. 1976)
  • Oct 14 Jared Anderson, American bassist (b. 1975)
  • Oct 14 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Tommy Johnson, American tubist (b. 1935)
  • Oct 18 Anna Russell, English music satirist (b. 1911)
  • Oct 21 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • Oct 28 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (b. 1920)
  • Oct 28 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (One Day at a Time), dies of heart disease at 86
  • Nov 3 Paul Mauriat, French musician (b. 1925)
  • Nov 8 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • Nov 10 Gerald Levert, American singer (b. 1966)
  • Nov 16 John Veale, English composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 17 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (won Sanremo Music Festival-Viale d'autunno), dies at 82
  • Nov 17 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), dies at 78
  • Nov 21 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91
  • Nov 23 Betty Comden, American lyricist, dies at 89
  • Nov 23 Anita O'Day, American singer (b. 1919)
  • Nov 24 Juice Leskinen, Finnish rock singer (b. 1950)
  • Nov 25 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (b. 1920)
  • Nov 25 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer (b. 1979)
  • Nov 25 Bobby Byrne, American orchestra leader (Club Seven), dies at 88
  • Nov 27 Don Butterfield, American tuba player (b. 1923)
  • Nov 29 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, dies at 87
  • Nov 30 Elhadi Adam, Sudanese poet and lyricist (b. 1927)
  • Dec 2 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (b. 1947)
  • Dec 2 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), dies at 59
  • Dec 3 Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)
  • Dec 7 Jay McShann, American musician (b. 1910)
  • Dec 8 Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • Dec 9 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), dies at 66
  • Dec 12 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • Dec 12 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 14 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • Dec 16 Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • Dec 17 Denis Payton, English rock musician (Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over), dies at 63
  • Dec 22 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer (b. 1919)
  • Dec 22 Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Dec 23 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (b. 1952)
  • Dec 24 Braguinha [Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga], Brazilian songwriter, dies at 99
  • Dec 24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)

Person of interestJames Brown

Dec 25 James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply The Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies of heart failure at 73

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Dec 28 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, dies at 95