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 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 (b. 1949)
  • 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 6 Frankie Laine, American singer (b. 1913)
  • 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 22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 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) (b. 1946)
  • 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, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
  • 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 and songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 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 6 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 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 (b. 1933)
  • 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, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1919)
  • Jun 24 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist, dies at 32
  • Jun 25 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 2 Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
  • Jul 3 Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (b. 1927)
  • 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 15 Kelly Johnson, English guitarist, dies at 49
  • Jul 18 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)
  • 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 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)

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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 26 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (b. 1913)
  • Oct 1 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and theme song composer (b. 1928)
  • 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, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • Oct 16 Toše Proeski, Macedonian music star (b. 1981)
  • Oct 17 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (b. 1931)
  • Oct 18 Lucky Dube, South African musician (b. 1964)
  • Oct 19 LaLa Brown, American singer (b. 1986)
  • Oct 21 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts) (b. 1951)
  • Oct 24 Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • Oct 28 Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)

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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 singer (b. 1925)
  • 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, musicologist, NPR reviewer, deejay (b. 1950)
  • Dec 4 Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
  • Dec 5 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (b. 1928)
  • 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)

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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)