On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2010

  • Jan 3 Joyce Collins, American jazz and film and television session pianist, singer, and educator, dies at 79
  • 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 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), dies of respiratory failure at 59
  • 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 4 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), dies at 86
  • Feb 6 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 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 singer–songwriter (The Knack - "My Sharona"), dies of cancer at 57
  • 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
  • Feb 28 Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, American rock bassist (Hall & Oates), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 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 [Candido Vasquez], American rock singer (Redbone - "Come And Get Your Love") dies of cancer at 70
  • 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 10 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter, dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • Mar 17 Alex Chilton, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops - "The Letter"), 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 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles, Woodstock), dies at 74

  • Mar 24 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests - "16 Candles"; Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • Mar 30 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), dies of melanoma at 88
  • Apr 3 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80

Person of interestMalcolm McLaren

Apr 8 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (Sex Pistols; Bow Wow Wow), and musician, dies of cancer at 64

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • Apr 8 Dorothea "Teddy" Scholten, Dutch pop singer ("Een beetje" - "A Little Bit"), dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • 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 5 Alfons Kontarsky, German concert pianist (best known for duo-piano performance with his brother, Aloys) dies at 77
  • May 7 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million; Wheels), dies at 87
  • May 9 Lena Horne, American singer & actress (Cabin in the Sky), dies at 92
  • May 10 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, dies of a stroke at 82
  • May 13 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • May 15 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, dies at 82
  • May 16 Ronnie James Dio [Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf; Rainbow; Black Sabbath; Dio; and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • May 16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies at 91
  • May 17 Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer (Mélopées africaines), and teacher, dies at 86

  • May 23 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of the Rolling Stone"), dies at 68
  • May 24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano, 1942-83, dies at 85
  • May 24 Petr Muk, Czech new-wave and pop musician, and singer-songwriter (Oceán; Shalom), dies from mixing alcohol and prescription medications at 45
  • May 24 Paul Gray, American heavy metal bassist (Slipknot), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • May 24 Deborah Jo Billingsley, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and songwriter, dies at 58
  • May 25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor singer, dies of meningitis at 35
  • May 31 Benjamin Lees [Lisniansky], American composer (Kalmar Nyckel; Memorial Candles), dies at 86
  • Jun 6 Marvin Isley, American rock bassist, and songwriter (The Isley Brothers - "Fight The Power"), dies from complications of diabetes at 56)
  • Jun 7 Stuart Cable, Welsh rock drummer (Stereolab), and broadcaster, choles to death on his own vomit at 40
  • Jun 9 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, dies at 101
  • Jun 13 Jimmy Dean, American country and rockabilly singer ("Big Bad John"), television host, actor ( Diamonds are Forever), and businessman, dies at 81
  • Jun 16 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Resurrection Symphony), dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Pete 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 5 David Fanshawe, British composer and ethno-musicologist (African Sanctus,; Pacific Odessey), dies of a stroke at 68
  • Jul 6 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), dies at 80
  • Jul 10 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott, Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), dies at 54
  • 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 14 Bengt Emil Johnson, Swedish author and composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, dies of cancer at 84

  • Jul 17 Fred F. Carter Jr., American country session guitarist, singer, producer and composer (Nashville's "A-Team"), dies of a stroke at 76
  • Jul 19 Andy Hummell, American rock bassist (Big Star, 1971-73), dies of cancer at 59
  • Jul 22 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), dies at 73
  • Jul 23 Willem Breuker, Dutch saxophonist and conductor (WB Collective), dies at 65
  • Jul 26 Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), dies at 73
  • Jul 29 Roy Caton, American trumpet player and session musician, dies at 83
  • 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 drummer (Little Feat), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • Aug 13 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, dies of liver cancer at 71
  • 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 19 Michael Been, American musician (The Call), dies at 60
  • 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, American singer-songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones) dies of cancer aged 36
  • Sep 15 Arrow, Montserratian soca musician (b. 1949)
  • Sep 15 Guido Turchi, Italian composer (Invettiva), dies at 93
  • 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 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 [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), dies at 70
  • Oct 10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, known as 'La Stupenda' (Metropolitan Opera debut 1961), dies at 83
  • Oct 13 General Norman Johnson, American soul singer, (Chairmen of the Board - "Give Me Just a Little More Time"), and songwriter ("Patches"; "Want Ads"), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Oct 16 Eyedea, American rapper (Eyedea & Abilities) (b. 1981)
  • Oct 18 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • Oct 20 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), dies at 80
  • Oct 25 Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Oct 26 John King, American rock drummer (Steve Miller Band, 1972-74), dies at 63
  • Nov 3 Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), dies of heart failure at 81
  • Nov 3 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • Nov 3 (Cecil) Hotep Idris Galeta, South African jazz pianist, composer, and educator, dies of an asthma attack at 69
  • 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 (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), dies from complications arising from a lung infection at 76
  • 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)
  • Nov 30 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), dies at 82
  • 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 [Don Van Vliet], American rock musician, complications from multiple sclerosis at 69
  • Dec 19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 20 Jean-Louis Martinet, French composer, dies at 98
  • Dec 24 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (Joanna tentata), dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Teena Marie, American singer and composer (b. 1956)
  • Dec 28 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), dies at 97
  • Dec 28 Billy Taylor, American jazz pianist (Birdland), orchestra leader (David Frost Show) and broadcaster (NPR), dies after a heart attack at 89 [1]
  • Dec 30 Bobby Farrell, Aruban singer (Boney M) (b. 1949)