Deaths in Music in 2014

  • Jan 2 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70
  • Jan 3 Phillip "Phil" Everly, American musician ("The Everly Brothers")
  • Jan 18 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • Jan 20 Claudio Abbado, Italian composer and conductor (London Symph-1982), dies 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
  • Feb 5 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 93
  • 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 26 Frank Reed, American soul singer, dies at 59
  • Mar 16 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • 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 6 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • Apr 11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • Apr 23 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor and composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85

  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning musician, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 30 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • May 2 Jessica Cleaves, American singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction), dies 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 9 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • 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 Hall of Fame R&B singer, dies at 70
  • 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 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 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 singer, dies at 70
  • 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 15 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, 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 4 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 8 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), dies at 96
  • Sep 9 Robert 'Trob' Young, Scottish musician (Primal Scream), found dead at 49
  • 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 17 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • 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 5 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie, The Wiz), dies at 84
  • Oct 16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72
  • Oct 20 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Alvin Stardust, English singer, dies at 72
  • Nov 1 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), dies at 48
  • Nov 2 Acker Bilk, English 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 17 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), dies at 78
  • Nov 22 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, dies at 89
  • Dec 2 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 3 Ian McLagan, English rocker, dies from a stroke at 69
  • Dec 8 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian composer, dies at 99
  • Dec 13 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • Dec 15 Ray Steadman-Allen, English 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

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