On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2007

  • Jan 1 Julius Hegyi, American conductor, dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Del Reeves, American country singer, dies at 74
  • Jan 1 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian, dies at 54
  • Jan 3 Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 6 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), dies at 72
  • Jan 7 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), dies at 94
  • Jan 11 Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
  • Jan 12 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda) dies of respiratory failure at 69
  • Jan 13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • Jan 13 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), dies at 70
  • Jan 16 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 18 Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963)
  • Jan 19 Denny Doherty, Canadian singer (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1940)
  • Jan 19 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, dies at 37
  • Jan 28 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • Jan 31 Kirka Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)

  • Feb 1 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer, dies at 95
  • Feb 1 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer, dies at 70
  • Feb 1 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic, dies of cancer at 80
  • Feb 2 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of Motown's house band - The Funk Brothers (1959-64), dies at 79
  • Feb 2 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 3 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)
  • Feb 4 Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • Feb 4 Colin Romoff, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), dies at 82
  • Feb 6 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Feb 9 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), dies at 75
  • Feb 12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • Feb 14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • Feb 15 Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Feb 17 Dermot O'Reilly, Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Feb 19 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • Feb 19 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • Feb 22 Ian Wallace, English drummer (King Crimson), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 23 Donnie Brooks, American singer (b. 1936)

  • Feb 24 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • Feb 25 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 28 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • Mar 1 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, dies of a heart attack at 67 [1]
  • Mar 4 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 4 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • Mar 7 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 9 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), commits suicide at 55
  • Mar 11 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • Mar 17 Roger Bennett, American Southern Gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • Mar 18 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Luther Ingram, American soul singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • Apr 3 Zoltan Pongracz, Hungarian composer (Mariphonia), dies at 95
  • Apr 5 Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss)(b. 1956)
  • Apr 10 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, dies at 76
  • Apr 14 Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 20 Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 21 Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1941)
  • Apr 25 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter (Monster Mash), dies from leukemia at 69
  • Apr 27 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist & bandleader (The Tonight Show), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, dies of health complications while waiting for a lung transplant at 23
  • Apr 30 Zola Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • May 3 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer and educator (Menil Antiphons), dies of complications from pneumonia at 69
  • May 6 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • May 9 Jacob Gilboa, Israeli composer, dies at 87
  • May 18 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer & movie actor, dies at 74
  • May 26 J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)
  • May 27 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • May 27 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer and animal rights activist (Silk Stockings), dies at 75
  • Jun 1 Tony Thompson, American singer-songwriter in R&B group Hi-Five, dies at 31
  • Jun 2 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (b. 1949)
  • Jun 4 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (Cry to Me), dies at 74
  • Jun 15 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), dies of multiple myeloma at 61
  • Jun 17 Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • Jun 18 Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (b. 1951)
  • Jun 19 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor, dies at 69
  • Jun 19 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • Jun 24 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist, dies at 32
  • Jun 25 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)
  • Jun 25 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), dies at 86
  • Jun 25 Hank Medress, American doo-wop vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), dies of lung cancer at 78
  • Jun 29 George McCorkle, American guitarist (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cancer at 59
  • Jul 2 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, dies of lung cancer at 78
  • Jul 2 Git Gay [Birgit Carp], Swedish revue director, actress and singer (Git Gay Show, Ge mig en lektion i kärlek), dies at 85
  • Jul 3 [Homer] Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (Yakety Sax), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • Jul 4 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician and actor, dies of complications after a car accident at 28
  • Jul 4 Bill Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jul 5 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • Jul 5 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
  • Jul 8 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • Jul 13 Zdeněk Lukáš, Czech composer, dies at 78

  • Jul 15 Kelly Johnson, English guitarist, dies at 49
  • Jul 18 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)
  • Jul 20 Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner), American Christian singer and former wife of Jim Bakker (The PTL Club), dies at 65
  • Jul 20 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Jul 23 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 29 Art Davis, American bassist (A Time Remembered), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Aug 1 Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
  • Aug 4 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter (Summer Wine, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'), dies of renal cancer at 78
  • Aug 6 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo), dies at 38
  • Aug 6 Tiezo Matsumura, Japanese composer and poet (Chinmoku), dies at 78
  • Aug 10 Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
  • Aug 13 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 14 Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov, Soviet composer and leader of the Union of Soviet Composer, dies at 94
  • Aug 15 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, dies at 80
  • Aug 15 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • Aug 27 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Sep 2 Rajae Belmlih, Moroccan singer, dies of breast cancer at 45
  • Sep 3 Carter Albrecht, American musician, dies in a gun accident at 34
  • Sep 5 Thomas Hansen (musician) (b. 1976)

Person of interestLuciano Pavarotti

Sep 6 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, The Three Tenors), dies at 71

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Sep 9 Hughie Thomasson, American musician and singer (Outlaws), dies at 55
  • Sep 11 [Josef] Joe Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (Weather Report - "Birdland") dies from Merkel cell carcinoma at 75
  • Sep 15 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (b. 1928)
  • Sep 16 Jean Balissat, Swiss composer pedagogue and conductor (Kaleidoscope for trumpet and percussion), dies at 71
  • Sep 18 Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz (b. 1965)
  • Sep 21 Alice Ghostley, American singer and actress (Bewitched, Designing Women), dies at 84
  • Sep 26 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (b. 1913)
  • Oct 1 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and TV theme song composer (Are You Being Served?), dies at 79
  • Oct 6 Laza [Lazar] Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), dies from multiple sclerosis at 51

  • Oct 11 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 91
  • Oct 13 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), dies at 64
  • Oct 14 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), dies of a heart attack at 33
  • Oct 16 Toše Proeski, Macedonian music star (b. 1981)
  • Oct 17 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), dies at 76
  • Oct 18 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, dies at 43
  • Oct 18 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist, dies of meningitis at 38
  • Oct 19 LaLa Brown, American singer (b. 1986)
  • Oct 20 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • Oct 21 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts), dies at 56
  • Oct 24 Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • Oct 28 Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)

Person of interestRobert Goulet

Oct 30 Robert Goulet, American singer and actor, dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 73

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • Oct 30 Linda Stein, Ramones manager and real estate broker (b. 1945)
  • Nov 2 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish metal drummer (Decapitated) (b. 1984)
  • Nov 6 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), dies at 82
  • Nov 11 John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), dies at 65
  • Nov 14 Mauro Bortolotti, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 16 Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • Nov 19 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), dies of an overdose at 53
  • Nov 29 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, NPR reviewer and deejay, dies at 57
  • Dec 4 Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
  • Dec 5 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 5 Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
  • Dec 10 Robert Moevs, American composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • Dec 12 Ike Turner, American musician (Ike and Tina Turner - A Fool in Love), dies of cocaine overdose at 76
  • Dec 16 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), dies at 56
  • Dec 16 Harald Genzmer, German composer, dies at 98
  • Dec 22 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), dies at 86

Person of interestOscar Peterson

Dec 23 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • Dec 25 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • Dec 25 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • Dec 28 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 31 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)