On This Day

Musicians Who Died 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 (Missa Mundi), dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Ron Asheton, American guitarist, bassist, and songwriter (The Stooges), dies of an apparent heart attack at 60 [exact date estimated]
  • 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 6 Claude Jeter, American gospel music singer (The Swan Silvertones), dies at 94
  • 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 "Fathead" Newman, American jazz saxophonist (Ray Charles - "The Right Time"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 75
  • Jan 23 George Perle, American composer (12 Tone Tonality), dies at 93
  • 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 28 Arthur Jenkins, Jr., American jazz and pop session and touring keyboardist, composer, and arranger (Johnny Nash; Harry Belafonte; John Lennon; Roberta Flack), dies at 72
  • Jan 29 John Martyn [Iain McGeachy], British folk-rock-blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("May You Never"), dies due to acute respiratory distress syndrome at 60
  • Jan 29 (Bennie Ross) "Hank" Crawford, American saxophonist, arranger and songwriter (Help Me Make It Through the Night), dies of complications from a stroke at 74
  • Jan 31 Dewey Martin, Canadian rock drummer (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth") dies at 68
  • Jan 31 Erland von Koch, Swedish composer, dies at 98
  • Feb 1 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), dies at 86
  • Feb 1 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers -"Dragnet Blues"; The Shields -"You Cheated"), dies at 82
  • Feb 3 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), dies of cancer at 69
  • Feb 4 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), dies of heart attack at 62
  • 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 18 (Fird) "Snooks" Eaglin, American blues and R&B guitarist and singer, dies at 72
  • 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
  • Feb 25 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), dies after suffering Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 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 6 Francis Magalona, Filipino Pinoy hip-hop rapper, songwriter, and television personality (Eat Bulaga!, 1995-2009), dies of leukemia at 44
  • Mar 6 Henri Pousseur, Belgian composer (Votre Faust), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 79
  • Mar 8 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), dies at 79
  • 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 24 Uriel Jones, American jazz and session drummer (Motown's Funk Brothers), dies from complications of a heart attack at 74
  • Mar 25 "England" Dan [Seals], American pop and country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"), dies of cancer at 61
  • Mar 29 Maurice Jarre, French Academy and Grammy Award-winning film composer (Lawrence Of Arabia; Doctor Zhivago; Witness; Fatal Attraction), dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • Apr 2 Clifford “Bud” Shank, American jazz saxophonist and flute player, dies of a pulmonary embolism at 82
  • Apr 8 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • Apr 10 Richard Arnell, English classical composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 24 Rev. Timothy Wright, American gospel singer (Been There Done That), and pastor, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 61
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude; The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop, dies at 94
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • Apr 28 Vern Gosdin, American country singer ("Set 'Em Up Joe"), dies after a stroke at 74
  • Apr 30 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), dies at 80
  • May 9 Turner Stephen Bruton, American country songwriter and musician (Crazy Heart), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • May 12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop-rock singer-songwriter, dies of lung cancer at 51
  • May 15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player and smooth jazz bassist, dies from the effects of cancer at 44
  • May 18 Dolla [Roderick Anthony Burton II], American rapper, dies at21
  • May 19 Nicholas Maw, British composer, dies at 73
  • May 24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer-songwriter (Wilco, 1994-2001), dies of an accidental overdose of prescription painkiller Fentanyl at 46
  • 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 big band and R&B saxophonist, songwriter, and singer (Louis Prima and the Witnesses), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Jun 5 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director, dies at 97
  • Jun 5 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Jun 7 Kenny Rankin, American singer-songwriter ("Peaceful"), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Jun 7 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), dies of leukemia at 64
  • 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
  • Jun 22 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), dies at 88

Michael 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 25 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), dies from heart and renal failure at 71
  • Jun 27 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer ("I Hear You Knockin'"), and actress (My Little Margie; The Gale Storm Show) dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Fayette Pinkney, American pop and disco singer (The Three Degrees, 1963-76 - "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"; "When Will I See You Again?"), and psychologist, dies of acute respiratory failure at 61
  • Jun 28 Tom Wilkes, American photographer, art director, poster and album cover designer (George Harrison; Rolling Stones; Carpenters, Sir Doug; Janis Joplin; Sandpipers), dies at 69
  • 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 5 Jack Ellory, British orchestral and session alto and bass flute player (Philharmonia Orchestra; The Beatles - "The Fool on the Hill"), dies at 89
  • Jul 6 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • Jul 17 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon - "World Without Love"), dies at 64
  • Jul 20 Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • Jul 23 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na), dies at 63
  • 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; The Princess Bride - "Stroybook Love"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Aug 7 Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • Aug 13 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • Aug 15 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), dies of heart attack at 69
  • Aug 21 Johnny Carter, American doo-wop singer (The Flamingos; The Dells), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Dean Turner, Australian rock musician (Magic Dirt), dies of cancer at 37
  • Aug 25 Robert Heppener, Dutch composer (Hymns & Conversations for 28 Harps; Memento), dies at 84
  • Aug 26 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter ("Da-Doo Ron Ron"; "Leader of the Pack"), dies at 68
  • Aug 28 DJ AM [Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • Aug 31 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 1 Jake Brockman, British rock keyboardist (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 (Ghost), dancer (Dirty Dancing), and songwriter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 57

Mary 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 contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • Sep 19 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), dies at 86
  • Sep 29 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • Oct 3 Robert Kirby, British music arranger (Nick Drake), dies at 61
  • Oct 4 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (exponent of nueva canción), dies at 74
  • Oct 10 Stephen Gately, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "A Different Beat"; "No Matter What") dies of a congenital heart defect at 33
  • Oct 12 Dickie Peterson American heavy metal bassist (Blue Cheer), dies of liver cancer at 63
  • Oct 13 Roger Nixon, American composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 13 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American pop singer ("Here in My Heart"), and actor (The Godfather), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Oct 17 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family), dies at 93
  • Oct 26 George Na'ope, Hawaiian-American musician, dancer and heritage preservationist, dies of cancer at 81
  • Oct 30 Norton Buffalo [Phillip Jackson], American singer-songwriter and country and blues harmonica player, dies of cancer at 58
  • Oct 31 Ron Gowans, Australian jazz saxophonist, dies of cancer at 83
  • 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 18 Bill Narum, American counter-culture figure, illustrator and rock poster and album art designer (ZZ Top), dies at 62
  • Nov 20 H.C. Robbins Landon, American musicologist (Haydn: Chronicle and Works), dies at 83
  • Nov 23 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer (Three Miró Pieces; Voss), dies at 77
  • Nov 24 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), 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 13 Aubrey Bowman, British pianist, composer, and conductor (Workman's Music Association), dies from injuries after being struck by a car at 91
  • Dec 18 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), dies at 96
  • Dec 20 James Gurley, American rock lead guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 25 Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • Dec 25 Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy, American rock guitarist (Redbone), dies of liver failure at 63
  • 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)