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  • Jan 4 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, dies at 92
  • Jan 8 Peter Sarstedt, British musician (Where do you go to my lovely), dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • Jan 21 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 21 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Butch Trucks, American drummer (the Allman Brothers), dies at 69
  • Jan 31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 31 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • Feb 8 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • Feb 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • Mar 3 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • Mar 5 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • Mar 10 [Joan] Joni Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge "We are Family"), dies at 60
  • Mar 16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90
  • Mar 18 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • Mar 27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Apr 3 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • Apr 11 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, dies at 70
  • May 18 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), commits suicide at 52
  • May 18 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51
  • May 27 Gregg Allman, American musician and songwriter (Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jun 20 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), dies at 42
  • Jul 20 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), commits suicide at 41
  • Jul 22 Bobby Taylor, American singer and producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), dies of cancer at 83
  • Aug 8 Glen Campbell, actor/singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81
  • Aug 8 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89
  • Aug 19 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), dies at 100
  • Aug 22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • Sep 2 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (Martha Graham Ballets), dies at 96
  • Sep 5 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), dies from emphysema at 78
  • Sep 11 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), dies at 86
  • Sep 27 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • Sep 30 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), dies at 89
  • Oct 2 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), dies of a heart attack at 66

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Oct 24 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), dies from natural causes at 89

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  • Nov 1 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), dies at 98
  • Nov 9 Fred Cole, American rock artist (The Lollipop Shoppe, Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), dies from cancer at 69