Deaths in Music in 2010

  • Jan 4 Sandro, Argentine songwriter (b. 1945)
  • Jan 7 Willie Mitchell, American soul singer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 10 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, dies from multiple aneurisms at 46
  • Jan 11 Mick Green, British guitarist (b. 1944)
  • Jan 13 Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)
  • Jan 13 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • Jan 18 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, dies at 63
  • Jan 21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • Jan 22 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • Jan 31 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91
  • Feb 6 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Max Schubel, American composer (Opus One Records), dies at 77
  • Feb 13 John Reed, British singer of Gilbert & Sullivan (b. 1916)
  • Feb 13 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), dies at 73
  • Feb 14 Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)
  • Feb 15 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89

  • Feb 15 Adam Kaczyński, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), dies of natural causes at 88
  • Mar 3 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Johnny Alf, Brazilian singer and composer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Lolly Vegas, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • Mar 6 Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Mar 10 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • Mar 17 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • Mar 17 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Mar 21 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • Mar 23 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), dies at 94
  • Mar 24 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 8 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager and musician, dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 8 Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 14 Peter Steele, American musician. (b. 1968)
  • Apr 19 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • Apr 21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Apr 29 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • May 1 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • May 1 Antonio Mastrogiovanni, Uruguayan composer, dies at 73
  • May 7 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), dies at 87
  • May 9 Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)

  • May 13 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • May 16 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • May 16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • May 24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • May 24 Petr Muk, Czech composer, musician, performer, and singer (b. 1965)
  • May 24 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)
  • May 25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • May 31 Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924)
  • Jun 6 Marvin Isley, American Musician The Isley Brothers (b. 1953)
  • Jun 7 Stuart Cable, Welsh musician (b. 1970)
  • Jun 9 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, dies at 101
  • Jun 13 Jimmy Dean, American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever), dies at 81
  • Jun 16 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Ressurection Symphony), dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Peter Quaife, English bass guitarist (the Kinks), dies at 66
  • Jun 26 Sergio Vega, Mexican Banda singer (b.1969)
  • Jun 28 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (b. 1943)
  • Jun 30 Park Yong-ha, Korean actor and singer (b. 1977)
  • Jul 6 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Walter Hawkins, Gospel music singer
  • Jul 12 Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)
  • Jul 13 Manohari Singh, Indian saxophonist and part of R.D. Burman's band (b. 1931)
  • Jul 14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 26 Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, dies at 83
  • Jul 30 Otto Joachim, German-Canadian composer, dies at 99
  • Aug 12 Richie Hayward, American musician and songwriter (Little Feat), dies from complications of liver cancer at 64
  • Aug 14 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • Aug 18 Kenneth "Kenny" Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys, Bryndle), dies of cancer and a blood disorder at 64
  • Aug 29 Hans Ulrich Humpert, German composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 3 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], English musician (ELO), killed by a rolling hay bale at 62
  • Sep 8 Rich Cronin, US singer-songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones) dies of cancer aged 36
  • Sep 15 Arrow, Montserratian soca musician (b. 1949)
  • Sep 20 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • Sep 22 Eddie Fisher, American singer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 28 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 4 Sir Norman Wisdom, English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1915)
  • Oct 5 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • Oct 6 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor and singer (b. 1966)
  • Oct 6 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 7 T Lavitz, American musician (b. 1956)
  • Oct 10 Solomon Burke, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Oct 10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (b. 1926)
  • Oct 16 Eyedea, American rapper (Eyedea & Abilities) (b. 1981)
  • Oct 18 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • Oct 25 Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Nov 3 Jerry Bock, American musical theatre composer (b. 1928)
  • Nov 3 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • Nov 4 Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer (b. 1960)
  • Nov 5 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • Nov 12 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (b. 1933)
  • Nov 12 John MacIvor Perkins, American composer, dies at 75
  • Nov 23 James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • Nov 25 Peter Christopherson English musician and video director/designer (b. 1955)
  • Nov 30 Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (b. 1944)
  • Dec 1 Alojz Srebotnjak, Slovenian composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 6 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, dies at 108
  • Dec 9 James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • Dec 13 Enrique Morente, Spanish flamenco singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 13 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), commits suicide at 63
  • Dec 17 Captain Beefheart, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Dec 19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 24 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (b. 1930)
  • Dec 26 Teena Marie, American singer and composer (b. 1956)
  • Dec 28 Billy Taylor, American musician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 28 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), dies at 97
  • Dec 30 Bobby Farrell, Aruban singer (Boney M) (b. 1949)