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  • 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 28 Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 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 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)
  • 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 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 (b.1924)
  • 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 (b. 1947)
  • 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 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 14 Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)

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

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King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 27 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • 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)
  • 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 (b. 1952)
  • Sep 14 Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)

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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 25 Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan pianist (b. 1923)
  • Oct 4 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (b. 1935)
  • 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 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 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 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)