Deaths in Music in 2009

  • Jan 3 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Charles Camilleri, Maltese composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • Jan 6 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), dies at 93
  • Jan 9 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 13 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • Jan 24 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • Jan 24 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), dies at 56
  • Jan 29 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • Feb 4 Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • Feb 7 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • Feb 11 Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes), dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), dies at 86
  • Feb 14 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), dies at 84

  • Feb 15 Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • Feb 19 Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
  • Feb 19 Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist for the band Sentenced (b.1974)
  • Feb 22 Günter Kochan, German composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 4 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • Mar 4 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 9 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), dies at 63
  • Mar 14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 19 Ion Dolănescu, Romanian singer and politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • Mar 29 Maurice Jarre, French composer (Doctor Zhivago-Acad Award 1966), dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (All in the Family, The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)
  • May 12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • May 18 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • May 24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • Jun 3 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • Jun 3 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • Jun 5 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • Jun 7 Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Jun 7 Hugh Hopper, British musician (b. 1945)

  • Jun 10 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), dies from complications of a stroke at 66
  • Jun 14 Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Jun 19 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 87

Person of interestMichael Jackson

Jun 25 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 27 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer and actress (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show), dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • Jun 30 Pina Bausch, German choreographer and dancer, dies at 68
  • Jul 4 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • Jul 4 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • Jul 6 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • Jul 20 Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • Jul 27 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jul 28 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 6 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Aug 7 Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • Aug 13 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • Aug 20 Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)
  • Aug 21 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Dean Turner, Australian musician (b. 1972)
  • Aug 28 DJ AM [Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • Sep 1 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo & the Bunnymen), dies in a motorcycle accident at 53
  • Sep 2 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • Sep 14 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 57

Person of interestMary Travers

Sep 16 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), dies of leukemia at 72

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • Sep 17 Leon Kirchner, American classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies at 90
  • Sep 19 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan pianist (b. 1923)
  • Sep 29 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • Oct 4 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (exponent of nueva canción), dies at 74
  • Oct 10 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone) (b. 1976)
  • Oct 12 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)
  • Oct 13 Roger Nixon, American composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 13 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), dies at 82
  • Oct 17 Vic Mizzy, American composer (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family) (b. 1916)
  • Oct 26 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Nov 5 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, dies at 84
  • Nov 16 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 24 Hale Smith, American composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 1 Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 1 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), dies at 76
  • Dec 2 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), dies at 64
  • Dec 8 Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
  • Dec 18 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav composer, dies at 96
  • Dec 25 Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • Dec 26 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer, dies of Cancer at 51
  • Dec 28 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • Dec 30 Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)