Deaths in Music in 2007

  • Jan 1 Julius Hegyi, American conductor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 1 Del Reeves, American country singer (b. 1932)
  • Jan 1 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian (b. 1952)
  • Jan 3 Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 6 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American musician and special-effects artist (b. 1934)
  • 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, American jazz musician (b. 1937)
  • Jan 13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • 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 (b. 1969)
  • 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 (b. 1911)

  • Feb 1 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 1 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic (b. 1926)
  • Feb 2 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners) (b. 1939)
  • Feb 2 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of The Funk Brothers (b. 1927)
  • 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 12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 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 singer/songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Feb 27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 28 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • 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 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 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 (b. 1927)
  • Apr 28 Tommy Newsom, American bandleader (b. 1929)
  • 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 [Erwin Goldberg], Israeli composer, dies at 87
  • May 18 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer and movie actor (b. 1932)
  • May 26 J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)
  • May 27 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • Jun 1 Tony Thompson, Singer in R&B group Hi-Five (b. 1975)
  • 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 (b. 1937)
  • 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 29 George McCorkle, American guitarist (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cancer at 59
  • Jul 2 Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
  • 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 (b. 1979)
  • Jul 4 Bill Pinkney, American singer and performer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 5 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • Jul 5 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
  • 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 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)
  • Aug 1 Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
  • Aug 4 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 6 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • Aug 10 Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
  • Aug 12 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Aug 13 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 14 Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian composer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 15 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • Aug 28 Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • Sep 2 Rajae Belmlih, Morrocan singer (b. 1962 in Casablanca)
  • Sep 3 Carter Albrecht, Musician (b. 1973)
  • Sep 5 Thomas Hansen (musician) (b. 1976)

Person of interestLuciano Pavarotti

Sep 6 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor, dies at 71

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Sep 9 Hughie Thomasson, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Sep 11 Joe Zawinul, Austrian musician (b. 1932)
  • Sep 15 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (b. 1928)
  • 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 theme song composer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 6 Laza [Lazar] Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), dies from multiple sclerosis at 51
  • Oct 11 Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (b. 1915)
  • 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 19 LaLa Brown, American singer (b. 1986)
  • 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

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American 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 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 composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 5 Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
  • Dec 11 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • Dec 12 Ike Turner, American singer, former husband of Tina Turner (b. 1931)
  • Dec 16 Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 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 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)