On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2014

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

Phil Everly

Jan 3 Phil Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74

  • Jan 6 H. Owen Reed, American composer, dies at 103
  • Jan 10 Aram Gharabekian, Armenian conductor (National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia; Boston SinfoNova, 1983-96), dies at 58
  • 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, Estonian-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 22 Roy Cicala, American sound engineer (Record Plant Studios (NYC) - Jimi Hendrix; John Lennon; Frank Sinatra), dies at 74
  • 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
  • Jan 31 Paul Humphrey, American jazz, R&B, and rock session and touring drummer, dies at 78
  • 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 ethno-musicologist, 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 R&B singer (Chi-Lites, 1988-2014), 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 Joe Lala, American drummer, percussionist, singer ("Blues Image"), and actor, 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
  • Mar 31 Frankie Knuckles {Francis Warren Nicholls, Jr.], American DJ and record producer who popularized house music in Chicago during the 1980s, dies of diabetes at 59
  • 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 14 Armando Peraza, Cuban jazz, Latin jazz, and rock percussionist (George Shearing; Cal Tjader; Santana, 1972-90), dies at about 89 [birth year disputed]
  • Apr 18 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, dies at 87
  • Apr 23 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor & composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85
  • Apr 23 Benjamín Brea, Spanish-Venezuelan jazz saxophonist, arranger and teacher, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • Apr 23 Patric Standford, British composer (Taikayoku; Christus Requiem), dies at 75
  • Apr 24 Konstantin Orbelyan, Armenian pianist, jazz and classical composer, and orchestra leader (State Estrada (Pops) Orchestra), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 28 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 29 Paul Goddard, American rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So In To You"), 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 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 (Foreigner, 1976-79 - "Feels Like The First Time"), dies from cancer at 62
  • May 18 Jerry Vale [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer ("Arriverderci Roma"; "Have You Looked Into Your Heart"), dies at 83
  • May 21 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian composer, dies at 87
  • May 28 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • May 28 David Nadien, American concert and session violin virtuoso, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • May 29 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), dies at 91
  • Jun 3 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jun 6 Lee Hyla, American contemporary classical composer (Mythic Birds of Saugerties; Pre-Pulse Suspended), and music professor (New England Conservatory; Northwestern University), dies of pneumonia at 61
  • Jun 8 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, dies at 86
  • Jun 9 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • Jun 11 Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Spanish conductor, dies of cancer at 80
  • 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 Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra; Quartet West), 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 stage and screen actress (30 Rock; Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • Jul 23 Dora Bryan [Broadbent], British stage and screen actress (A Taste of Honey), novelty singer ("All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle"), and hotelier dies at 91
  • Jul 23 Heinz Martin Lonquich, German pianist, conductor, composer (The Silence of John of Nepomuk; Where year and day don't count), and clergyman, dies at 77
  • 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 25 Carlo Bergonzi, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 90
  • 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 27 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), dies at 90
  • Aug 28 Glenn Cornick, British rock bassist (Jethro Tull, 1967-70; Wild Turkey), 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, arranger (Jimmie Lunceford; Duke Ellington), orchestra leader, and teacher 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 (Winds of War - "Rhoda"; 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 18 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer, dies of cancer at 32
  • 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 19 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), dies at 60
  • 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
  • Oct 31 Käbi Laretei, Estonian-Swedish concert pianist, dies at 92
  • 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 6 Rick Rosas, American session and touring bassist (Neil Young; Joe Walsh; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 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 11 Big Bank Hank [Henry Lee Jackson] American rapper (The Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight"), dies of cancer at 58
  • Nov 15 (Bernard) "Bunny" 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 Ralph "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
  • Dec 21 Udo Jürgens [Bockelmann], Austrian-Swiss pop singer-songwriter (Eurovision Song Contest, 1966), dies of heart failure at 80

Joe Cocker

Dec 22 (John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), dies of lung cancer at 70

  • 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