Musicians Who Died in 2008

  • Jan 4 Mort Garson, Canadian-American composer ("Our Day Will Come") and Moog synthesizer pioneer, dies of renal failure at 83
  • Jan 5 Irene Reid, American jazz singer ("I Must Be Doing Something Right"). dies at 77
  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American songwriter and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 10 (Walter) "Pete" Candoli, American jazz, big band, and session trumpeter (Woody Herman; Stan Kenton; Henry Mancini; The Brothers Candoli), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 17 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, German-American composer and music theorist (Yale, 1971-92), dies at 82
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American pop-folk singer, guitsrist, banjo player (Kingston Trio, 1961-67), and songwriter ("Daydream Believer"), dies of a stroke at 68
  • Jan 20 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, organist, and pedagogue, dies at 88
  • Jan 22 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 29 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, singer and writer (Murder at FBI), dies at 83
  • Feb 4 Chris Anderson, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker; Dinah Washington; Charlie Haden), dies of a stroke at 81
  • Feb 7 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 9 Scott Halpin, American drummer plucked out of the audience to fill in for incapacitated Keith Moon of The Who, dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • Feb 13 Henri Salvador, French-Caribbean pop singer, guitarist, and cabaret, dies of an aneurysm at 90
  • Feb 13 Roger Voisin, American classical trumpet player (Boston Symphony, 1935-83), dies at 89
  • Feb 19 (Attilio) "Teo" Macero, American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew"; Dave Brubeck -"Time Out"), dies at 82
  • Feb 19 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Yegor Letov, Russian rock poet, songwriter, and singer (Grazhdanskaya Oborona), dies of heart failure at 43
  • Feb 24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music ("Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"), dies at 60
  • Feb 24 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 26 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • Feb 28 Mike Smith, British rock singer and keyboardist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Mar 2 Jeff Healey, Canadian blues singer and lap-steel guitarist ("Angel Eyes"), dies of sarcoma at 41
  • Mar 3 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, British sound engineer (The Beatles, 1962-65), producer (Pink Floyd; The Pretty Things), and musician ("Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?"; "Don't Let It Die"), dies at 85
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American Academy and Emmy Award-winning film and television composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV; Bound for Glory; Sybill), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 10 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer dies at 65
  • Mar 12 Alun Hoddinott, Welsh composer (Floriture), dies at 78
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • Mar 15 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian pop-rock-folk singer-songwriter, and poet, dies of stomach cancer at 56
  • Mar 16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), dies from injuries after a fall at 61
  • Mar 20 Klaus Dinger, German electronic rock musician (Neu!; Kraftwerk; La Düsseldorf), dies of heart failure at 61
  • Mar 22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • Apr 2 Jacques Bondon, French composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (Seven Days Of Falling), dies in scuba diving accident at 44
  • Apr 15 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), dies at 65
  • Apr 17 Danny Federici, American rock organisst, accordionist, and glockenspieler (E Street Band), dies of melanoma at 58
  • Apr 20 VL Mike [Michael Allen], American rapper, shot to death by unknown assailant at 32
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American soul singer ("Show and Tell"; "The Snake"), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Apr 22 Paul Davis, American country-rock-pop singer-songwriter and piano player ("I Go Crazy"; "65 Love Affair"), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), dies of liver failure at 66
  • May 3 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 5 Jerry Wallace, American country and pop singer ("Primrose Lane"; "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"), dies of heart failure at 79
  • May 5 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), dies at 63
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), dies at 89
  • May 8 Larry Levine, American sound engineer (Phil Spector's wall of sound; Herb Alpert; Beach Boys), dies of emphysema on his 80th birthday
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer, dies when her tour bus crashes at 74
  • May 11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush, 1968-1974), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • May 15 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • May 16 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), dies at 94
  • May 23 (Bruce) "Utah" Phillips, American folk singer-songwriter ("Green Rolling Hills"; "The Goodnight-Loving Trail") storyteller, poet, and labor organizer, dies of heart disease at 73
  • May 25 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), dies at 85 [1]
  • May 26 Earle Hagen, American big band trombonist (Isham Jones; Tommy Dorsey; Benny Goodman), and Emmy Award-winning television composer (The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Andy Griffith Show; I Spy; The Mod Squad; "Harlem Nocturne"), dies at 88
  • May 28 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • Jun 1 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams"), dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Bo Diddley [Ellas McDaniel], American rock guitarist dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jun 7 Bill Coday, American musician and singer ("You’re Gonna Want Me"), dies of a stroke at 66
  • Jun 8 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani singer-songwriter, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 12 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, dies at 90
  • Jun 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • Jun 14 Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • Jun 17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • Jun 20 Antonio Bibalo, Italian-Norwegian pianist, contemporary classical and opera composer (The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder; Ghosts), dies at 86
  • Jun 27 Leonard Pennario, American concert pianist (Rózsa's Piano Concerto with L.A. Philharmonic), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 83
  • Jul 1 Mel Galley, English guitarist (Whitesnake; Phenomena), dies of esophageal cancer at 60
  • Jul 2 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), dies at 52
  • Jul 3 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of cancer at 69 [1]
  • Jul 3 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer, dies of leukemia at 52
  • Jul 6 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • Jul 7 Hugh Mendl, British record label executive (Decca/Deram Records), dies at 88 [1]
  • Jul 16 Jo Stafford, American pop singer (The Pied Pipers - "I'll Never Smile Again"; solo - "You Belong to Me"), dies at 90
  • Jul 18 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 20 Artie Traum, American folk guitarist, songwriter, producer, and filmmaker, dies of ocular cancer at 65
  • Jul 22 Joe Beck, American session and jazz guitarist (Don Sebesky; Gil Evans; Gato Barbieri; Esther Phillips), and bandleader, dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Jul 24 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), dies at 95
  • Jul 25 Hiram Bullock, American jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist (The World's Most Dangerous Band) dies of cancer at 52
  • Jul 25 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Jul 27 Horst Stein, German conductor (Hamburg State Opera, 1963-77), dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), murdered in her apartment in Dubai at 30
  • Jul 29 Ishmeet Singh [Sodhi], Indian playback singer (Voice of India, 2007), drowns in a Maldives hotel swimming pool at 19
  • Aug 3 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • Aug 5 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer-songwriter ("Armstrong"; "Close The Door Lightly"), dies of pneumonia, at 79
  • Aug 5 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter ("Escalator Of Life"; "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"), dies after surgery at 59
  • Aug 8 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer ("Shaft"), dies at 65
  • Aug 11 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), dies at 81
  • Aug 11 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, dies at 84
  • Aug 12 (June) "Christie" Allen, British-Australian pop singer (Goosebumps), dies of pancreatic cancer at 54
  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 14 Lita Roza, British singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 16 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, Filipino composer and pianist (Bayanihan Dance Company), dies at 89
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), dies at 73
  • Aug 18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band - "Too Much"), dies from injuries sustained in a farm vehicle accident at 46
  • Aug 21 "Huckle" Jerry Finn, American sound engineer and record producer (Blink-182), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage and heart attack at 39
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, American country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 25 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), dies at 64
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer ("When You're Hot, You're Hot") and actor (Bat 21; Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71
  • Sep 3 Matthew Peaceman, American oboist, conductor, composer (Abyss/Scorched Earth), and teacher, dies of cancer at 56
  • Sep 7 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian King of Funk", dies of an overdose at 44
  • Sep 7 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, dies of congestive heart failure at 69
  • Sep 15 Richard Wright, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger, composer, and occasional vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Time"; "Echoes"; "The Art Of Conversation"), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 16 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown ("I Heard It Through the Grapevine"), dies at 68
  • Sep 19 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 19 Earl Palmer, American session drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • Sep 22 Connie Haines [Yvonne Jasme], American pop and big-band singer (Harry James; Abbott and Costello Show; Tommy Dorsey), dies of myasthenia gravis at 87
  • Sep 24 Vinko "Vice" Vukov, Croatian singer (Eurovision Song Contest 1963 & 1965) dies from head injury at 72
  • Sep 25 (Gerrit Cornelis) "Kees" Otten, Dutch flautist and recorder player, dies at 83
  • Sep 26 Marc Moulin, Belgian jazz and rock pianist (Placebo), and journalist, dies of throat cancer at 66
  • Sep 27 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian playback singer, dies at 74
  • Oct 1 Nick Reynolds, American folk singer, tenor guitarist, and bongo player (The Kingston Trio, 1957-67 - "Tom Dooley"; "M.T.A."), dies from respiratory disease at 75
  • Oct 3 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Gidget Gein [Bradley Stewart], American hard rock bassist (Marilyn Manson), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 39
  • Oct 11 Neal Hefti, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Woody Herman; Count Basie); band leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer ("Li'l Darlin"; The Odd Couple; Batman theme), dies at 85
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • Oct 17 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • Oct 20 Pierre Sancan, French composer (Sonatine for flute and piano; La Légende de Icare), pianist, conductor, and teacher (Conservatoire de Paris, 1956-85), dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Merl Saunders, American Hammond B-3 organ player and pianist (Jerry Garcia Band; Saunders/Garcia), and composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • Oct 28 George Sopkin, American cellist (Fine Arts Quartet, 1941-79), and teacher, dies at 94
  • Oct 29 Mike Baker, American heavy metal singer and bass player (Shadow Gallery), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Nov 1 Jimmy Carl Black [Inkanish], American rock drummer (Mothers Of Invention, 1965-69; Muffin Men, 1993-2008), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • Nov 1 Nathaniel Mayer, American R&B singer ("Village of Love"; "Leave Me Alone"), dies after multiple strokes at 64
  • Nov 1 Shakir Stewart, American record executive (Def Jam), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 34
  • Nov 1 Yma Sumac [Chavarri], Peruvian-American 5 octave soprano and exotica singer (Omar Khayyam), dies at 85
  • Nov 3 Jean Fournet, French conductor, dies at 95
  • Nov 10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Nov 12 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 62
  • Nov 12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 16 Ralph "Rusty" Gill,, American singer (Polka Time), dies at 89
  • Nov 17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • Nov 17 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • Nov 23 Richard Hickox, English conductor and music director, dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Nov 24 Kenny MacLean, Scottish-Canadian musician (Platinum Blonde -"Crying Over You"), dies of heart failure at 51
  • Nov 24 Ryōhei Hirose, Japanese composer who incorporated both traditional and western instrumentation, dies at 78
  • Nov 27 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, dies of a seizure at 56
  • Nov 29 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), dies at 90
  • Nov 30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 2 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • Dec 10 Dorothy Porter, Australian poet (The Monkey's Mask), librettist, (The Eternity Man), and lyricist (The Fiery Maze), dies of breast cancer at 54
  • Dec 10 Henning Christiansen, Danish experimental composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor, dies of cancer at 66
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz pianist dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Dec 20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs; Delaney & Bonnie), dies at 69
  • Dec 29 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies at 91
  • Dec 29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69