Deaths in Music in 2011

  • Jan 1 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Jan 5 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • 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 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 musician and singer, member of the group The Marvelettes (b. 1944)
  • Jan 30 John Barry, English film score composer (b. 1933)
  • 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 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
  • Mar 4 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 12 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Owsley Stanley, Sound Engineer for The Grateful Dead and renowned LSD manufacturer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 15 Nate Dogg, American rapper, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. (b. 1969)
  • Mar 15 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)
  • 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 Loleatta Holloway, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Mar 21 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • Apr 11 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • 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 and musician (b. 1943)
  • Apr 26 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60
  • May 7 Big George, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician (b. 1957)
  • 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 27 Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)

  • May 27 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer (Whities on the Moon), dies at 62
  • Jun 2 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • 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 7 Nataraja Ramakrishna, Indian classical dancer and composer. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 7 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 11 Seth Putnam, American musician (b. 1968)
  • 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 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 (Wonderful Dream), dies at 80
  • Jul 19 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, dies at 90

Person of interestAmy Winehouse

Jul 23 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter, dies from alcohol poisoning at 27

  • 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 (E Berlin Symph 1960-77), dies at 98
  • Sep 19 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • Sep 27 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • Oct 5 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • Oct 10 Jagjit Singh, Indian Musician, Ghazal Maestro, Padma Bhusan awardee (b. 1941)
  • 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 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 22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • 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
  • Dec 3 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 4 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)
  • 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 17 Cesária Évora "the Barefoot Diva", Cape Verdean morna singer, dies at 70
  • 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