On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2014

  • Jan 2 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70

Person of interestPhil Everly

Jan 3 Phil Everly, American singer & half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly
  • Jan 6 H. Owen Reed, American composer, dies at 103
  • Jan 14 Flavio Testi, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 91
  • Jan 18 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • Jan 19 Udo Kasemets, Etonian-born Canadian composer, dies at 94
  • Jan 20 Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (La Scala, 1969-86; London Symphony, 1979-87; Berlin Philharmonic, 1989-2002), dies of stomach cancer at 80
  • Jan 27 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (The Weavers - Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94
  • Jan 31 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, dies at 65
  • Feb 5 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 93
  • Feb 11 Alice Babs [Nilson], Swedish jazz singer (The Swe-Danes; Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts), and actress (Swing It, Teacher!), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 90
  • Feb 16 Raymond Louis "Ray" Kennedy, American songwriter ("Sail On, Sailor"), session and touring singer, musician, and record producer, dies at 67
  • Feb 17 Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61
  • Feb 18 Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, dies at 99
  • Feb 19 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • Feb 25 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, dies of a heart attack at 66

  • Feb 26 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Pentti Raitio, Finnish composer (‘Lemminkainen Gatecrashes at Pohjola’), dies at 83
  • Mar 10 Shirley Scott, American swing and blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine), dies of heart failure at 67
  • Mar 14 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), dies at 84
  • Mar 16 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • Mar 17 Joseph Kerman, American educator and musicologist ( Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology), dies at 89
  • Mar 18 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", dies from complications of lung cancer at 66
  • Mar 29 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention; Rhinoceros), dies of complications from diabetes at 71
  • Apr 1 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)") dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist (Pandora's Box), dies at 87
  • Apr 11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • Apr 18 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, dies at 87
  • Apr 23 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor & composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 29 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 30 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • May 2 Jessica Cleaves, American soul singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"; Earth, Wind & Fire; Parliament Funkadelic), dies of complications from a stroke at 65
  • May 3 Robert "Bobby" Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), dies at 78
  • May 7 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • May 11 Ed Gagliardi, American bass guitarist, dies from cancer at 62

  • May 18 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83
  • May 21 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian composer, dies at 87
  • May 28 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 3 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jun 8 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, dies at 86
  • Jun 9 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • Jun 16 Pierre D'Archambeau, American concert violinist, dies at 87
  • Jun 18 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer), dies at 85
  • Jun 19 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75
  • Jun 22 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • Jun 27 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), dies at 70
  • Jun 28 Seymour Barab, American cellist (Philip Glass Ensemble), and composer of fairy tale operas (Little Red Riding Hood), dies at 93
  • Jul 1 Oscar C. Yatco, Filipino violinist and conductor, dies at 82
  • Jul 6 Kathy Stobart, British jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and teacher, dies of a stroke at 89
  • Jul 11 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • Jul 11 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76
  • Jul 13 Lorin Maazel, American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1972-82; Orchestre National de France, 1977-91; NY Philharmonic 2001-09), dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70
  • Jul 17 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • Jul 24 Ik-Hwan Bae, South Korean-American violinist (Bargemusic, 1982-95) and educator (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 1999-2014), dies of cancer at 57
  • Jul 29 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • Jul 30 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), dies at 71
  • Aug 2 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), dies at 70
  • Aug 8 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), dies at 85
  • Aug 12 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • Aug 13 Frans Brüggen, Dutch flautist, recorder player, and conductor (Orchestra of the 18th Century), dies at 79
  • Aug 15 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), dies at 105
  • Aug 27 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), dies of natural causes at 92
  • Aug 28 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • Aug 31 Jimi Jamison, American rocker (Survivor), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Sep 1 Jimi Jamison, American rock singer (Survivor - "High On You"), dies of a stroke at 63
  • Sep 4 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 8 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), dies at 96
  • Sep 8 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano (Adriana Lecouvreur; La Voix Humaine), dies at 104
  • Sep 9 Robert 'Trob' Young, Scottish musician (Primal Scream), found dead at 49
  • Sep 9 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor, dies at 86
  • Sep 10 Oldřich František Korte, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 11 Bob Crewe, American songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), dies at 83
  • Sep 11 Antoine Duhamel, French composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 12 Joe Sample, American jazz and session keyboardist and composer (The Jazz Crusaders), dies of mesothelioma at 75
  • Sep 12 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, dies at 89
  • Sep 17 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • Sep 19 Francisco Feliciano, Filipino conductor and composer (Pokpok Alimpako), dies at 73
  • Sep 20 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), dies of natural causes at 84
  • Oct 1 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 4 Paul Revere, American musician, dies from cancer at 76
  • Oct 4 Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 5 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie, The Wiz), dies at 84
  • Oct 10 Curtis Otto Bismark Curtis-Smith, American pianist, composer, and educator, dies at 73
  • Oct 11 Mats Rondin, Swedish cellist, conductor, and educator, dies at 54
  • Oct 16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72
  • Oct 19 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, dies of stroke complications at 65
  • Oct 20 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Alvin Stardust [Bernard Jewry], English rock singer("Jealous Mind") dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • Oct 25 Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream-White Room), dies at 71

  • Nov 1 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), dies at 48
  • Nov 2 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85
  • Nov 7 Gibson Kente, South African playwright and composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 11 James Erb, American composer, arranger, and musicologist (Shenendoah), dies at 88
  • Nov 15 Bunny Briggs [Bernard Briggs], American tap dancer 'Duke's dancer', dies at 92
  • Nov 17 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), dies at 78
  • Nov 18 Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, dies at 92
  • Nov 19 Riff West, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 64
  • Nov 20 Arthur Butterworth, British classical trumpet player and composer dies at 91
  • Nov 22 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, dies at 89
  • Dec 1 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), dies at 88
  • Dec 2 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 3 Ian McLagan, English rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), dies from a stroke at 69
  • Dec 5 Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Mexican pianist, conductor (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, 1954-72), and composer, dies at 90
  • Dec 5 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Dec 8 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, dies at 99
  • Dec 9 Winfred "Blue" Lovett, American singer (Manhattans-One Life to Live), dies at 71
  • Dec 9 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985) takes his own life at 53
  • Dec 11 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, dies at 85
  • Dec 13 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • Dec 15 Ray Steadman-Allen, British choral and brass band composer, dies at 92

Person of interestJoe Cocker

Dec 22 Joe Cocker, English rock musician (With a Little Help from My Friends), dies of lung cancer at 70

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker
  • Dec 23 Jerzy Semkow, Polish-French conductor and educator, dies at 86
  • Dec 24 Boniface "Buddy" DeFranco, Italian-American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 91
  • Dec 29 Claude Frank, German-American concert pianist and pedagogue, dies at 89
  • Dec 30 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78