Deaths in Music in December 2011

  • 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 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