Deaths in Music in June 2009

  • 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