On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2021

  • Jan 1 Misty Morgan, American country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard - "Tennessee Bird Walk"), dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 3 Gerry Marsden, British rock vocalist and TV personality (Gerry & Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey), dies at 78 [1] [2]
  • Jan 6 Bobby Few, American jazz pianist and vocalist, dies at 85
  • Jan 8 [William Edwin] Ed Bruce, American country singer ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"), dies at 81
  • Jan 13 Tim Bogert, American rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge; Jeff Beck), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Sylvain Sylvain [Mizrahi], Egyptian-American rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies of cancer at 69

Phil Spector

Jan 16 (Harvey) Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), and convicted murderer, dies of Covid-19 complications at 81 [1]

  • Jan 17 Julian "Junior" Mance, American jazz pianist (Dinah Washington; Dizzy Gillespie), dies of a brain hemorrhage after a fall at 92
  • Jan 18 Josep Mestres-Quadreny, Spanish composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 18 James Frederick "Jimmie" Rodgers, American pop singer and guitarist ("Honey Comb" ; “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again”), dies of kidney disease at 87 [1]
  • Jan 18 Perry Botkin Jr, American arranger, composer ("Nadia's Theme"), and producer (Incredible Bongo Band), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 James Purify, American R&B singer ("I'm Your Puppet"), dies of Covid-19 complications at 76
  • Jan 29 Hilton Valentine, British rock guitarist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), dies at 77
  • Jan 29 Jeremy Lubbock, British Grammy Award-winning pianist, arranger, and music producer (Joni Mitchell; Minnie Riperton; Chicago, Celine Dion), dies at 89
  • Jan 29 Grady Gaines, American jazz, blues, and R&B tenor saxophonist (Little Richard; Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson), dies at 86
  • Feb 2 Danny Ray, American MC, stage manager, valet and "cape man" for soul singer James Brown, dies at 85
  • Feb 3 Jim Weatherly, American pop and country songwriter ("Midnight Train To Georgia"), dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Nolan Porter, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Keep On Keeping On"), dies at 71
  • Feb 4 Gil Saunders, American soul singer (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 5 Alan Scott, American lyricist (Candid Camera theme), writer, TV host (Spin the Picture), and actor, dies at 98
  • Feb 8 Mary Wilson, American pop vocalist (Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go?"), dies at 76 [1]
  • Feb 9 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer; 23 time Grammy winner (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), dies of cancer at 79 [1]
  • Feb 12 Milford Graves, American avant-garde and free jazz drummer, percussionist (New York Art Quartet), and educator (Bennington College, Vermont, 1973-2012), dies of heart failure at 79 [1]
  • Feb 15 (Juan) "Johnny" Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records), dies at 85 [1]
  • Feb 17 Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), dies after suffering a stroke at 57
  • Feb 18 Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper and songwriter (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"; "Wipe-Out"), and actor (Disorderlies), dies at 52 [1]
  • Feb 23 Sergiu Natra, Romanian-Israeli composer (Symphony in Red, Blue, Yellow and Green), and music professor (Tel Aviv University, 1975-85), dies at 96
  • Feb 24 Peter Ostroushko, American fiddler, mandolin player, and composer (A Prairie Home Companion), dies of heart failure at 67
  • Mar 1 Ralph Peterson Jr., American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers; Fo'tet), and educator (Berklee), dies of cancer at 58
  • Mar 2 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), dies of stroke complications at 73
  • Mar 2 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), dies at 90
  • Mar 5 Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band- "My Town"), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Mar 8 Julien-François Zbinden, Swiss jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Monophrases), dies at 103
  • Mar 8 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), dies at 89
  • Mar 9 James Levine, American conductor (director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976-2017), dies at 77
  • Mar 9 (Leonard) "Len" Skeat, British jazz double-bassist, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Stephen Scott, American composer (Bowed Piano Ensemble; Vikings of Sunrise), and educator (Colorado College), dies from complications of dementia at 76
  • Mar 11 Gerald Hartley, American composer, choral director, and educator, dies at 99
  • Mar 13 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and professor (Barnard College, Brooklyn, NYC ), dies shortly after a stroke at 79
  • Mar 15 Doug Parkinson, Australian pop and rock singer (Focus - "Dear Prudence"), dies at 74
  • Mar 17 Freddie Redd, American hard-bop jazz pianist, organist, and composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 20 William "Buddy" Deppenschmidt, American jazz drummer (Charlie Byrd Trio - "Jazz Samba"), dies of Covid-19 at 85 [1]
  • Mar 21 Trisutji Kamal, Indonesian classical pianist and composer (Prayer of Redemption), dies at 84
  • Mar 23 George Segal, American actor (Carbon Copy; Fun With Dick & Jane; Just Shoot Me!), and banjo player, dies at 87
  • Mar 23 Don Heffington, American touring and session drummer, singer, songwriter and producer (Lone Justice; Watkins Family Hour; Emmylou Harris), dies of leukemia at 70
  • Mar 23 Ethel Gabriel (nee Nagy), American record producer and label executive (RCA, 1943-84), dies at 99
  • Mar 28 Malcolm Cecil, British jazz bassist, record producer, audio engineer and electronic musician (Ronnie Scott; Blues Incorporated; TONTO's Expanding Head Band), dies at 84
  • Apr 2 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), dies at 71
  • Apr 3 Jill Corey [Norma Jean Speranza], American pop singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 85
  • Apr 9 DMX [Earl Simmons], American rapper (..And Then There Was X), and actor (Romeo Must Die), dies of a heart attack at 50 [1] [2]
  • Apr 14 Norman "Rusty" Young, American pedal-steel guitarist, singer and songwriter (Poco - "Rose of Cimarron"; "Crazy Love"), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Apr 16 Mike Mitchell, American rock guitarist (The Kingsmen -"Louie, Louie"), dies on his 77th birthday

Jim Steinman

Apr 19 Jim Steinman, American Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer (Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell; Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart), dies of kidney failure at 73 [1]

  • Apr 20 Leslie McKeown, Scottish pop vocalist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), dies at 65
  • Apr 20 Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Icelandic composer (Time and Water), dies at 80
  • Apr 23 Charlie Black, American country music songwriter (Anne Murray - "Shadows in the Moonlight"; K.T. Oslin - "Come Next Monday"), dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), dies at 93
  • Apr 25 Rajan Mishra, Indian classical music vocalist, dies of Covid-19 complications at 69
  • Apr 26 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), dies at 91 [1] [2]
  • Apr 28 Anita Lane, Australian rock singer-songwriter (The Bad Seeds - "From Her To Eternity"), dies at 61
  • Apr 29 Johnny Crawford, American actor (The Mickey Mouse Club; The Rifleman - "Mark"), singer ("Sandy"), and bandleader (JCO), dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Pierce Fulton, American electronic dance music DJ and record producer ("Runaway"; "Better Places"), dies at 28
  • Apr 30 Anthony Payne, British composer (Phoenix Mass; Visions and Journeys), critic, and musicologist, dies at 84
  • May 2 Jacques d'Amboise, American ballet dancer, and choreographer (NYC Ballet Company, 1949-84), actor (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), and educator (founded National Dance Institute, 1976), dies from stroke complications at 86 [1]
  • May 2 Joel Chadabe, American electronic music composer, dies at 82
  • May 3 Lloyd Price, American R&B singer ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy"; "Stagger Lee"; "Personality"), dies at 88
  • May 5 (Ivor) "Nick" Kamen, British pop singer-songwriter (Each Time You Break My Heart; I Promised Myself), and model (Levi's), dies of bone marrow cancer at 59
  • May 6 Pervis Staples, American gospel vocalist (The Staple Singers -"Uncloudy Day"), dies at 85
  • May 8 Curtis Fuller, American jazz trombonist (Yusef Lateef; John Coltrane; Farmer/Golson Jazztet), dies at 88
  • May 14 Ester Mägi, Estonian composer 'First Lady of Estonian music', dies at 99
  • May 18 Franco Battiato, Italian pop, rock, and new wave singer, songwriter (“La Voce del Padrone” (“The Master’s Voice”), and filmmaker ("Lost Love"), dies at 76
  • May 19 Alix Dobkin, American folk and feminist singer-songwriter (Lavender Jane Loves Women), dies of a brain aneurysm and stroke at 80
  • May 19 Joey Cathcart, American rock guitarist (Nelson - "Love & Affection") dies of brain cancer at 53
  • May 20 Roger Hawkins, American session drummer (the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin), dies at 75
  • May 21 Juraj Hatrík, Slovak composer (Monumento malinconico; Dispute Over a Plastered Dwarf), and educator, dies at 80
  • May 23 Cristóbal Halffter, Spanish conductor, and composer (Yes, speak out, yes; Lazarus), dies at 91
  • May 24 Samuel E. Wright, American stage and screen actor and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Ball Four; The Little Mermaid; The Lion King), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • May 26 Patrick Sky [Lynch], American musician, folk singer, songwriter, record producer, and uilleann bagpiper (Songs That Made America Famous), dies of cancer at 80
  • May 27 William Jay Sydeman, American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • May 29 B.J. Thomas, American singer ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"; "Hooked On A Feeling"; "Growing Pains Theme"), dies of lung cancer at 78
  • Jun 11 John Gabriel [Jack Monkarsh], American stage and screen actor (Ryan's Hope), singer, lyricist, and producer, dies at 90
  • Jun 21 Pat Lupo, American rock bassist (Beaver Brown Band, 1972-94 - "On The Dark Side"; "Tough All Over"), dies at 66
  • Jun 23 Ellen McIlwaine, American blues singer-songwriter, and slide guitarist ("Honky Tonky Angel"; “In My Time of Dying"), dies of esophageal cancer at 75
  • Jun 26 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player (Dream Theory In Malaya), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 Johnny Solinger, American rock singer-songwriter (Skid Row, 1999 to 2015), dies of liver failure at 55
  • Jun 26 Frederic Rzewski, American concert pianist, and composer (Spacecraft), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Jun 27 Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill, Cuban Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz composer, arranger, and conductor, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Jun 29 John Lawton, British rock singer (Lucifer's Friend, 1970-76, 1981-82, 2014–21; Uriah Heep, 1977-79), dies at 74
  • Jul 1 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), dies at 82
  • Jul 2 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), dies at 96
  • Jul 4 Sanford Clark, American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist ("The Fool"; "Son Of A Gun"), dies of Covid-19 while undegoing cancer treatment at 85
  • Jul 8 Sam Reed, American jazz and session saxophonist, and musical director (Uptown Theater (Philadelphia); Teddy Pendergrass), dies at 85
  • Jul 10 Byron Berline, American world champion bluegrass fiddle player, dies of stroke complications at 77 [1]
  • Jul 10 Esther Bejarano, German accordionist, singer (Coincidence; Microphone Mafia), anti-fascism activist, and Holocaust survivor, dies at 96
  • Jul 14 Jeff Labar, American glam rock guitarist (Cinderella, 1985-2014 - "Nobody's Fool"; "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)"), dies at 58
  • Jul 16 Thomas Rajna, British-Hungarian pianist, and composer (Amarantha; Stop All The Clocks), dies at 92
  • Jul 16 Biz Markie [Marcel Hall], American rapper, DJ and record producer ("Just A Friend"), dies at 57 [1]
  • Jul 17 Graham Vick, British opera director (Birmingham Opera Company, 1987-2020), dies of Covid-19 complications at 67
  • Jul 20 Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), dies at 80
  • Jul 20 Chuck E. Weiss, American blues and rock songwriter, vocalist, and muse (Rickie Lee Jones; Tom Waits), dies of cancer at 76 [1]
  • Jul 26 Joey Jordison, American drummer (Slipknot, 1995-2013 - "All Hope Is Gone"), dies at 46
  • Jul 27 Saginaw Grant, Native American character actor, hereditary chief of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma, musician, and U.S. Marine, dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Willie Winfield, American doo-woop singer (Harptones - "Life Is But A Dream"; “A Sunday Kind of Love”), dies of a heart attack at 91
  • Jul 28 Joseph "Dusty" Hill, American rock bassist and songwriter (ZZ Top - "Cheap Sunglasses"; "Legs"), dies at 72 [1]

Johnny Ventura

Jul 28 Johnny Ventura [Juan de Dios Ventura] Dominican singer, merengue and salsa bandleader (“Patacon Pisao”), and politician (Mayor of Santiago, 1998-2002), dies of heart failure at 81 [1]

  • Jul 30 Jacob Desvarieux, French zouk singer, and guitarist (Kassav'), dies of Covid-19 at 65
  • Jul 31 Alvin Ing, American stage and screen singer and actor (Flower Drum Song), dies of Covid-19 complications at 89
  • Aug 6 Kenneth Nichols, Canadian classical pianist, composer, (Symphonic Celebration; Boy In A Cage), and teacher (Brandon University, 1962-96), dies at 85
  • Aug 7 Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, American funk saxophonist (Kool & The Gang - "Who's Gonna Take The Weight"), dies at 70 [1]
  • Aug 13 Nanci Griffith, American singer ("From A Distance"), and songwriter ("Once in a Very Blue Moon"; "Love at the Five and Dime"), dies at 68
  • Aug 14 R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, dies of complications Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Aug 14 Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Russian concert violinist (Wieniawski Competition, 1952), and educator (Moscow Conservatory, Brussels Royal Conservatory), dies at 90
  • Aug 20 Tom T. Hall, American country singer, songwriter ("Harper Valley PTA"), and author, dies at 85
  • Aug 21 (Isaac) Don Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), dies at 84
  • Aug 22 Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 - "Red, Red Wine"), dies of cancer at 62
  • Aug 22 Micki Grant [Minnie Perkins], American theater singer, actress, and composer (Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope; Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God), dies at 92

Charlie Watts

Aug 24 Charlie Watts, British rock and jazz drummer (Rolling Stones), dies at 80

  • Aug 26 Kenny Malone, American Nashville-based session drummer (Dolly Parton; Dobie Gray: Waylon Jennings), dies of Covid-19 at 83
  • Aug 29 Ron Bushy, American rock drummer (Iron Butterfly - “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”), dies of esophageal cancer at 79
  • Aug 29 Lee "Scratch" Perry, [Rainford Hugh Perry] Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and producer (The Upsetters), dies at 85
  • Sep 2 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Zorba the Greek; Mauthausen Trilogy; Serpico), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 96
  • Sep 3 Ruth Olay, American jazz and cabaret singer, dies at 97
  • Sep 5 Sarah Harding, British pop singer (Girls Aloud - “Sound of the Underground,” “Love Machine), dies of breast cancer at 39
  • Sep 5 Rickie Lee Reynolds, American southern rock guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas - "Jim Dandy (To the Rescue)"), dies of Covid-19 complications, including kidney failure and heart attack at 72
  • Sep 7 Phil Schaap, American Grammy Award-winning jazz historian, DJ, author and educator, dies of cancer at 70
  • Sep 13 George Wein, American music promoter (Newport Jazz Festival; Newport Folk Festival; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival), dies at 95
  • Sep 16 Jane Powell [Suzanne Burce], American singer and actress (Royal Wedding; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dies at 92
  • Sep 20 Sarah Dash, American pop, R&B, and disco singer (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds; Labelle - "Lady Marmalade"), dies at 76

Melvin Van Peebles

Sep 22 Melvin Van Peebles, American stage and screen actor, director (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; Sophisticated Gent), composer, and novelist, dies at 89

  • Sep 22 Bob Moore, American session double bassist (Patsy Cline; Elvis Presley; Roger Miller), and orchestra leader ("Mexico"), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 [Alfred] "Pee Wee" Ellis, American jazz, funk, and rock saxophonist, arranger (James Brown; Van Morrison; Maceo Parker), and songwriter ("The Chicken"; "Cold Sweat"), dies of heart failure at 80
  • Sep 23 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue McKee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry")), dies at 96
  • Sep 26 Commander Cody [George Frayne], American singer and pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), dies of esophageal cancer at 77
  • Sep 26 Alan Lancaster, British rock bassist (Status Quo, 1967-85 - "Pictures of Matchstick Men"), dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 72
  • Sep 28 "Dr." Lonnie Smith, American jazz Hammond B3 organist (George Benson Quartet; Lou Donaldson), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 79 [1]
  • Sep 28 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Susanna; Prince of Players), dies at 95
  • Sep 29 Bronius Kutavičius, Lithuanian composer (The Gates of Jerusalem; Lokys) and teacher (Čiurlionis School of Art, 1975-2000), dies at 89
  • Oct 6 Pat Fish [Huntrods], British guitarist (The Jazz Butcher), dies at 63
  • Oct 8 Everett Morton, Nevisian-born English drummer and percussionist (English Beat), dies at 71
  • Oct 16 Ron Tutt, American session and touring drummer (Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris; Jerry Garcia; Neil Diamond), dies at 83
  • Oct 18 Edita Gruberová, Slovak operatic soprano, dies at 74
  • Oct 19 Leslie Bricusse, British stage and film composer and lyricist (Doctor Dolittle; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; "Goldfinger"; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - "The Candy Man"; "Pure Imagination"), dies at 90
  • Oct 21 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), dies at 92 [1]
  • Oct 21 Nils Einár Grönberg, Swedish rapper ("Första klass"; "Katten i trakten"), shot to death in suspected gang-related incident at 19
  • Oct 22 Jay Black [David Blatt], American pop singer (Jay and the Americans - “Come A Little Bit Closer”; “This Magic Moment”), dies of pneumonia and complications from dementia at 82
  • Oct 24 Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass banjo player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Nov 1 Nelson Freire, Brazilian classical pianist, dies at 77
  • Nov 1 Pat Martino [Azzara], American jazz guitarist (DownBeat Guitar Player of the Year, 2004), dies of chronic respiratory disorder at 77
  • Nov 2 Ronnie Wilson, American R&B keyboardist (Gap Band - "Burn Rubber On Me"), dies at 73
  • Nov 5 Marília Mendonça, Brazilian Sertaneja singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 26
  • Nov 6 Astro [Terence Wilson], British reggae-rock vocalist (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"), dies at 64
  • Nov 8 Margo Guryan, American jazz and pop pianist, songwriter, and singer (“I’m on My Way to Saturday”; "Take a Picture") dies at 84
  • Nov 11 Graeme Edge, British rock drummer, and poet (Moody Blues - "The Dream"; "Morning Glory"), dies at 80
  • Nov 15 Heber Bartolome, Filipino folk-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bandurria and kubing player (Banyuhay - "Nena"), dies at 73
  • Nov 17 Dave Frishberg, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist ("I'm Just A Bill"), dies at 88
  • Nov 17 Keith Alison, American session and touring guitarist (Paul Revere and The Raiders, 1968-75), and songwriter, dies at 79
  • Nov 18 Slide Hampton [Locksley Wellington Hampton], American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, dies at 89
  • Nov 20 Billy Hinsche, American pop musician, singer, and songwriter (Dino, Desi & Billy; The Beach Boys), dies of cancer at 70
  • Nov 21 Gordon Crosse, British contemporary classical composer (Grace of Todd; Purgatory; Changes), and educator, dies at 84

Stephen Sondheim

Nov 26 Stephen Sondheim, American Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning theater composer and lyricist (West Side Story; Sunday in the Park With George; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Gypsy), dies at 91 [1]

  • Nov 27 Eddie Mekka [Mekjian], American stage and screen singer and actor (Laverne & Shirley - "Carmine - The Big Ragu"), dies at 69
  • Nov 30 Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, Indian poet and film and theater lyricist ("Vidhata Thalapuna"), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • Nov 30 Pamela Helen Stephen, British Mezzo-soprano, dies at 57
  • Dec 4 Stonewall Jackson, American country music musician ("Waterloo"; "A Wound Time Can't Erase"), dies from complications of vascular dementia at 89
  • Dec 5 John Miles, British vocalist and musician (John Miles Band - "Rebel"; "Zaragon"; Alan Parsons Project), dies at 72
  • Dec 7 Steve Bronski Scottish rock keyboard player (Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"), dies from smoke inhalation in a fire at his Soho flat at 61 [1]
  • Dec 8 Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaican reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie - "DJ Riot"), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Dec 8 Ralph Tavares, Cape Verdean-American R&B and soul singer (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), dies at 79
  • Dec 8 Barry Harris, American bebop jazz pianist (Cannonball Adderly; Lee Morgan; "The Bird of Red and Gold"), and educator, dies of Covid-19 complications at 91 [1]
  • Dec 10 Michael Nesmith, American rock guitarist (The Monkees), and singer-songwriter ("Different Drum"), dies of heart failure at 78 [1]
  • Dec 12 Vicente Fernández, Mexican Grammy Award-winning singer, known as "El Rey de la Música Ranchera" (The King of Ranchera Music), actor, and film producer, dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Joe Simon, American R&B singer ("Power of Love"), dies at 85
  • Dec 15 Wanda Young, American pop singer (The Marvelettes - "Please Mr. Postman"; “Don’t Mess With Bill"), dies of heart disease at 78
  • Dec 19 Carlos Marín, Spanish pop-opera baritone (Il Divo), dies of Covid-19 at 53
  • Dec 19 Sally Ann Howes, British-American stage and screen actress and singer (Brigadoon; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - "Truly Scrumptious"), dies at 91
  • Dec 22 Robin Le Mesurier [Halliley], British session and touring guitarist (The Wombles; Rod Stewart; Johnny Hallyday), dies of cancer at 68
  • Dec 24 J.D. Crowe, American bluegrass banjo player and band leader (The New South), dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Juraj Filas, Slovak composer (Oratio Spei (Prayer of Hope)), dies of Covid-19 at 66