Musicians Who Died in 2018

  • Jan 1 Robert Mann, American composer & violinist (String Quartet 1952), dies at 97
  • Jan 2 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • Jan 3 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet & political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Colin Brumby, Australian composer (Fibonacci Variations), conductor (Queensland Opera, 1968-71), and educator, dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 85
  • Jan 4 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues - "Legend Of A Mind"), dies at 76
  • Jan 5 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, dies of lung cancer at 81
  • Jan 7 Isabelle "France" Gall, French pop singer (Donner Pour Donner, Sacré Charlemagne), dies from cancer at 70
  • Jan 8 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" ("Trapped by a Thing Called Love"), dies from complications from surgery at 83
  • Jan 9 Karin von Aroldingen, German ballet dancer (NYC Ballet), dies at 76
  • Jan 10 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), dies from pneumonia at 67
  • Jan 12 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), dies at 75
  • Jan 12 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, dies of lung cancer at 61
  • Jan 14 François Morel, Canadian pianist, conductor, and composer (Antiphonie; Me duele España), dies at 91
  • Jan 14 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • Jan 15 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries - "Zombie"; ,"Linger"), drowns in the bath at 46
  • Jan 15 Edwin Hawkins, American gospel musician, choir master and composer ("Oh Happy Day"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Jan 16 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest - "Breakin' the Law"), dies at 69
  • Jan 20 Jim Rodford, English rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), dies after a fall at 76
  • Jan 23 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • Jan 23 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), dies of peritoneal cancer at 52
  • Jan 24 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), dies after a long illness at 60
  • Jan 25 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91
  • Jan 26 Francisco Savín, Mexican conductor and composer (Quasar I), dies at 88
  • Jan 26 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, dies at 80
  • Jan 30 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), commits suicide at 35
  • Feb 1 Alan Stout, American composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Dennis Edwards, American pop and soul singer (The Temptations - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"), dies following a stroke at 74
  • Feb 3 Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, American pop, funk and jazz session and touring drummer, (Michael Jackson -"Billie Jean"; George Duke; Herbie Hancock), composer, and producer, dies of prostate cancer at 65
  • Feb 7 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist (Grateful Dead - "Estimated Prophet"; "I Need A Miracle"; "Cassidy"), essayist, internet pioneer, and activist,, dies at 70
  • Feb 7 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), dies at 76
  • Feb 8 Paul Danblon, Belgian composer, opera director, opera administrator and scientific journalist, dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat, 1976-2018), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 9 Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic theatre, dance, and film score composer (The Theory of Everything), dies form a combination of cocaine and prescription medication at 48
  • Feb 11 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer ("On the Street Where You Live"), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), dies at 89
  • Feb 15 Vaclovas Paketūras, Lithuanian composer (The Sun Is Setting; Polyphonic Pieces), dies at 90
  • Feb 17 Beatricce "Beebe" Freitas [nee Botty], American pianist, organist, and voice teacher (Hawaii Opera Theatre), dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Nanette Fabray [Ruby Fabares], American actress and singer (Love Life, Caesar's Hour, One Day at a Time), dies at 97
  • Feb 28 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer (The Fantasticks), and illustrator, dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88
  • Mar 2 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), dies at 62 from West Nile virus
  • Mar 3 Patrick Doyle, English drummer (Veronica Falls; Boys Forever), dies at 32
  • Mar 5 Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, dies at 92
  • Mar 7 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), dies at 84
  • Mar 8 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), dies at 93
  • Mar 11 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90
  • Mar 12 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), dies of heart failure at 47
  • Mar 12 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), dies of complications following a surgery at 82
  • Mar 12 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, dies of complications of dementia at 80
  • Mar 16 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Irwin Hoffman, American conductor, dies at 93
  • Mar 20 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), dies at 75
  • Mar 22 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • Mar 24 José Antonio Abreu, Venezuelan conductor, pianist and teacher (El Sistema), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Lys Assia, Swiss singer who won the 1st Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, dies at 94
  • Mar 29 Michael Sahl, American contemporary classical composer (Civilization and its Discontents; Jungles), dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Lill-Babs [Barbro Margareta Svensson], Swedish pop singer, (Eurovision, 1961) actress, and television presenter, dies of heart failure while battling cancer at 80
  • Apr 5 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89
  • Apr 10 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Sisters), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Graciela Agudelo, Mexican pianist and avant garde composer (Celebration of Wine), dies at 72

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Apr 20 Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer ("Levels"; "Wake Me Up"; "Sunshine"), commits suicide at 28

  • Apr 26 Charles Neville, American vocalist & saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • May 1 John "Jabo" Starks, American drummer (James Brown, The J.B.'s), dies at 79
  • May 1 Max Berrú, Ecuadorian-Chilean musician, dies at 74
  • May 1 Wanda Wiłkomirska, Polish violinist and teacher, dies at 89
  • May 2 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, concert master, and music teacher, dies at 94
  • May 2 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter ("Cain and Abel"), dies at 80
  • May 4 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • May 4 Steve Coy, British rocker and producer (Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)), dies at 56
  • May 7 Maurane [Claudine Luypaerts], Belgian Francophone jazz and chanson singer, dies at 57
  • May 7 Roman Toi, Estonian-Canadian composer, choral conductor and organist, dies at 101
  • May 11 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), found dead after a suffering from mental illness at 36
  • May 20 Dieter Schnebel, German experimental composer (Harley-Davidson, for nine motorbikes and trumpet), dies at 88
  • May 25 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 90
  • May 27 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff,;Call Me Madam; Dorothy), dies at 98
  • May 28 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, dies at 93
  • May 29 Rosa Briceño, Venezuelan conductor, and educator, dies of leukemia at 61
  • Jun 1 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), dies of heart failure at 83
  • Jun 3 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), dies of complications of diabetes at 88
  • Jun 8 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross"), dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Lorraine Gordon [Stein], American jazz music advocate and owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, dies at 95
  • Jun 12 Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), dies at 73
  • Jun 13 (Dominic Joseph) "D. J." Fontana, American rock and roll drummer (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jun 15 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), dies at 88
  • Jun 16 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), dies at 87
  • Jun 18 Barry McDaniel, American lyric baritone (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1962-99), dies at 87

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Jun 18 American rapper and singer-songwriter, shot to death during a robbery at 20

  • Jun 19 Lenore Engdahl, American classical pianist, and educator (Boston University School of Music, 1972–83), dies at 100
  • Jun 22 Vinnie Paul [Abbott], American heavy metal drummer (Pantera), dies of a heart condition at 54
  • Jun 25 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), dies at 81
  • Jun 26 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), dies at 101
  • Jun 29 Liliane Montevecchi, French-Italian actress, dancer, and singer (Nine, Grand Hotel), dies of colon cancer at 85
  • Jul 1 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," dies at 92
  • Jul 2 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), dies at 70
  • Jul 2 Henry Butler, American jazz and blues pianist, educator, and photographer (Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 3 Bill Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • Jul 3 Richard Swift [Ochoa], American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), dies of complications from hepatitis at 41
  • Jul 7 Paul Fetler, American composer (December Stillness; Three Poems By Walt Whitman), dies at 98
  • Jul 8 Alan Johnson, American screen and stage choreographer (The Producers - "Springtime for Hitler"; Legs Diamond; 3 Emmy Awards), director (To Be Or Not To Be), and dancer (West Side Story),, dies at 81
  • Jul 8 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), dies at 66
  • Jul 8 Tab Hunter [Arthur Andrew Kelm], American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust) and singer ("Young Love"), dies of complications of deep vein thrombosis at 86
  • Jul 29 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), dies of complication from lung cancer at 76
  • Aug 5 Charlotte Rae, American character actress (Facts of Life - "Edna"), comedian, singer and dancer, dies at 92
  • Aug 14 Jill Janus, American heavy metal singer (Huntress), commits suicide at 43

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Aug 16 American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

  • Aug 20 Eddie Willis, American guitar and sitar player (The Funk Brothers), dies of polio complications at 82
  • Aug 22 Ed King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock; Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 23 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), dies at 96
  • Aug 29 Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), dies at 88 [1]
  • Sep 2 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), dies from a brain tumor at 58 [1]
  • Sep 6 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor (I Solisti Veneti), dies at 83
  • Sep 7 Mac Miller [Malcolm McCormick], American rapper and music producer (Best Day Ever), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Sep 13 Ivo Petric, Slovenian composer, dies at 86
  • Sep 16 Big Jay [Cecil James] McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, dies of prostate cancer at 91
  • Sep 21 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 90
  • Sep 21 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher, and conductor, dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), dies at 74
  • Sep 27 Marty Balin [Buchwald], American singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), dies at 76
  • Sep 29 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey), dies at 52
  • Sep 29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), dies from complications from an earlier stroke at 83
  • Oct 1 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer-songwriter ("She"; "Monsieur Carnavel"; "Tin Drum"), dies at 94
  • Oct 2 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Oct 3 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 4 John Tyrrell, British musicologist (Leoš Janáček; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), dies at 76
  • Oct 5 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), dies at 80
  • Oct 6 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish bel canto operatic soprano, and unlikely pop star (with Freddie Mercury - Barcelona), dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Takehisa Kosugi, Japanese violinist and experimental music composer (Group Ongaku; Taj Mahal Travellers), dies at 80
  • Oct 13 Annapurna Devi [Roshanara Khan], Indian classical surbahar (bass sitar) player, and music teacher, dies at 91
  • Oct 18 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), dies at 103
  • Oct 24 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • Oct 24 Tony Joe White, American blues and swamp rock singer ("Polk Salad Annie"), and songwriter ("Rainy Night In Georgia"), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Oct 24 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 79
  • Oct 27 Murray Khouri, New Zealand classical clarinet player (Australia Ensemble), writer, and broadcaster, dies at 77
  • Oct 28 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, dies from cancer at 76
  • Nov 2 Glenn Schwartz, American rock guitarist (Pacific Gas & Electric -"Are You Ready?"), dies at 78
  • Nov 2 Roy Hargrove, American trumpeter, dies of kidney disease at 49
  • Nov 6 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra - "Strange Magic"; "Evil Woman"), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 7 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), dies at 86
  • Nov 7 Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish pianist, composer and educator (University of Limerick), dies at 67
  • Nov 9 Paula Wayne [Watkins], American stage and Emmy Award-winning actress (Golden Boy; Everglade!), pop vocalist ("Everything's Great"), and civil rights activist, dies of cancer at 84
  • Nov 12 Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, Belarusian composer and teacher, dies at 80
  • Nov 15 Roy Clark, American country singer and banjo player (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show), dies at 85
  • Nov 20 Harald Heilmann, German composer, dies at 94
  • Nov 20 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, dies at 64
  • Nov 21 Devin Lima [Harold Lima], American singer (LFO), dies of cancer at 41
  • Nov 22 Imrat Khan, Indian sitar and surbahar player and composer, dies of a stroke at 83
  • Nov 24 Harold Farberman, American percussionist, conductor, and composer (Medea), dies at 89
  • Dec 6 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, dies at 94
  • Dec 6 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), dies at 84
  • Dec 6 Pete Shelley [Peter McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks "Going Steady"), dies at 63
  • Dec 13 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist ("Feel Like Making Love"), dies at 81
  • Dec 14 Joe Osborn, American session bass player (Bridge Over Troubled Water), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Dec 17 Galt MacDermot, Canadian musician and composer (Hair), dies at 89
  • Dec 17 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, dies at 83
  • Dec 23 (Ann) "Honey" Lantree, British rock drummer (The Honeycombs), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer and actress, dies at 99
  • Dec 26 Theodore Antoniou, Greek conductor and composer (Paean, Celebration), dies at 83
  • Dec 28 Christine McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 92
  • Dec 28 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), dies at 81
  • Dec 29 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American concert cellist and educator (Yale School of Music, 1958-2018). dies at 100
  • Dec 30 Larry Austin, American classical and electronic composer and educator, dies at 88
  • Dec 31 Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese), Scottish singer-songwriter (Marmalade), dies from complications relating to Parkinson's disease at 72 [1]
  • Dec 31 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), dies at 92