On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2011

  • Jan 1 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer & conductor, dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Charles Fambrough, American jazz bassist (Jazz Messengers), dies at 60
  • Jan 4 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), dies at 63
  • Jan 5 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 8 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Liana Alexandra, Romanian pianist and composer, dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 63
  • Jan 14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • Jan 17 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (khayal form of singing, bhajans, abhangs), dies at 88
  • Jan 26 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Jan 26 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes), dies at 65
  • Jan 30 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), dies at 58

  • Feb 12 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91
  • Feb 12 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • Feb 23 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, dies at 80
  • Feb 25 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), dies from cirrhosis at 60
  • Feb 27 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), dies in a car accident at 87
  • Mar 2 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 4 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 11 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), dies of heart failure at 64
  • Mar 12 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, dies at 82
  • Mar 12 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, dies in a car crash in Australia at 76
  • Mar 12 Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Blue Rondo à la Turk"), dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), dies from heart failure related to multiple strokes at 41
  • Mar 15 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)
  • Mar 17 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone), dies at 85
  • Mar 18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Johnny Pearson, British Composer (b. 1925)

  • Mar 21 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)
  • Mar 31 Mel McDaniel, American country singer (Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On) dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Apr 4 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • Apr 9 Roger Nichols, American recording engineer, producer and inventor (Steely Dan, John Denver), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • Apr 11 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • Apr 16 Paul Des Marais, American composer, dies at 90 [1]
  • Apr 17 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 23 Tom King, American songwriter & musician, dies at 68
  • Apr 26 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60
  • Apr 27 Marian Mercer, American actress & singer (Dean Martin Show), dies at 75
  • Apr 29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukaemia at 85
  • May 7 Big George, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician (b. 1957)
  • May 8 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), dies of emphysema at 68
  • May 11 [Eugene Edward] Snooky Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, dies at 92
  • May 13 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), dies at 81
  • May 13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • May 13 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 95
  • May 15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • May 22 1918-11-27 - Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, dies at 92
  • May 27 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), dies of pneumonia and sepsis at 51
  • May 27 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer (Whitey on the Moon), dies at 62
  • May 30 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), dies at 88
  • Jun 2 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • Jun 2 Erapheael “Ray” Bryant, American jazz pianist, composer and arranger ("Madison Time"), dies at 79
  • Jun 3 Andrew Gold, American rocker (Lonely Boy), dies of heart failure at 59
  • Jun 4 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • Jun 4 David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), dies at 59 [1]
  • Jun 7 Nataraja Ramakrishna, Indian classical dancer and composer. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 7 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 8 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 11 Seth Putnam, American musician (b. 1968)
  • Jun 12 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942)
  • Jun 20 Jerome Rosen, American composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 25 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer/arranger
  • Jul 5 Malcolm Forsyth, South African-Canadian trombonist and composer (Atayoskewin), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Jul 9 Facundo Cabral, Argentine musician (b. 1937)
  • Jul 9 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), dies of ventricular fibrillation at 61
  • Jul 10 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 89
  • Jul 10 Roland Petit, French choreographer and dancer (b. 1924)
  • Jul 11 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, dies at 88
  • Jul 12 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67
  • Jul 13 Jerry Ragovoy, American songwriter and producer ("Piece Of My Heart"; "Time Is On My Side"), dies following a stroke at 80
  • Jul 19 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, dies at 90

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Jul 23 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter ("Stronger Than Me"; "Rehab"), dies from alcohol poisoning at 27

  • Jul 23 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom), dies at 94
  • Jul 24 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), dies at 60
  • Jul 24 Jane White, African-American actress and singer (Strange Fruit, Once Upon a Mattress), dies at 88
  • Aug 2 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • Aug 7 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Jani Lane, American heavy metal musician (Warrant) dies of alcohol poisoning aged 47
  • Aug 13 Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)
  • Aug 22 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller), dies at 78
  • Aug 22 Nickolas Ashford, American singer (Ashford & Simpson), dies of throat cancer at 70

  • Aug 29 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96
  • Sep 13 DJ Mehdi, French hip hop and electro producer (b. 1977)
  • Sep 18 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), dies at 98
  • Sep 19 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • Sep 19 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 27 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • Sep 29 Sylvia Robinson, American rocker (Mickey & Sylvia-Love is Strange), dies at 76
  • Oct 1 David Vickerman Bedford, British composer and educator, dies at 74
  • Oct 5 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • Oct 8 Antonio Iglesias Álvares, Spanish pianist, composer, educator and critic, dies at 93
  • Oct 10 Jagjit Singh, Indian Musician, Ghazal Maestro, Padma Bhusan awardee (b. 1941)
  • Oct 12 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), killed in a car accident at 67 [1]
  • Oct 14 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Frankenstein), dies after a long illness at 60
  • Oct 15 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Oct 21 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, dies at 100
  • Oct 31 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81
  • Nov 2 Sickan Carlsson, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1915)
  • Nov 5 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • Nov 8 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44
  • Nov 15 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), dies at 95
  • Nov 15 Mark "Moogy" Klingman, American rock musician and songwriter (Utopia) dies of bladder cancer at 61
  • Nov 22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 23 Montserrat Figueras, Catalan soprano and early music advocate (Hespèrion), dies at 69
  • Nov 24 Fjölnir Stefánsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 27 Sultan Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 71
  • Nov 28 Andrew Kazdin, classical record producer, dies at 77
  • Nov 30 J. Blackfoot [Colbert], American soul singer (Soul Children, Taxi), dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Dec 3 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 4 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), dies at 80
  • Dec 6 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), dies of cancer at 71
  • Dec 8 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • Dec 12 John Gardner, English classical composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 17 Cesária Évora, Cape Verdean morna singer known as "the Barefoot Diva", dies from respiratory failure at 70
  • Dec 18 Ralph MacDonald, American rock percussionist and songwriter (Just the Two of Us), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 25 Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood [Euclid James Sherwood], American rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • Dec 29 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77