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  • 1867-02-12 Joe Howard, American vocalist (Gay Nineties Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898-07-21 Sara Carter, American vocalist, guitarist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1900-02-03 Mabel Mercer, English cabaret vocalist (Fly Me to the Moon)
  • 1902-02-09 Blanche Calloway, US vocalist/dancer (12 Clouds of Joy)
  • 1902-02-14 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California (d. 1991)
  • 1902-02-21 Bob [Hijman] Scholte, Dutch vocalist [or 1909]
  • 1902-05-16 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1966)
  • 1902-10-15 William Edmundson, vocalist (Southernaires), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1903-03-05 Lowell Peters, Cleveland Tn, vocalist (Southernaires)
  • 1904-07-04 Seger Pillot Ellis, pianist/vocalist
  • 1904-09-23 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1906-02-01 Hildegarde, Adell Wisc, night club vocalist (I'll Be Seeing You)
  • 1907-06-11 Jose Bernabe Marino Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader
  • 1907-08-05 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter
  • 1909-02-09 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese vocalist and actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy), born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • 1909-02-12 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1913-07-05 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], American singer (The Bells Are Ringing, I Hear You Knocking), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • 1913-12-23 Leo A Ketelaars, Dutch oratorio vocalist
  • 1914-02-11 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1914-02-12 Gordon Tex Beneke, saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orch)
  • 1914-02-16 Jimmy Wakely, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • 1914-02-18 Pee Wee King, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1914-09-02 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist
  • 1915-12-26 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/vocalist (Walkin' at the River)
  • 1916-01-21 [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
  • 1916-09-13 Dick Haymes, Argentine vocalist (d. 1980)
  • 1918-02-16 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1919-02-02 Lisa Debeljevic-della Casa, Swiss vocalist
  • 1919-02-13 Joan Edwards, American vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-02-13 Tennessee Ernie Ford, country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1919-12-16 Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy)
  • 1920-02-07 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • 1920-02-16 Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1921-04-10 Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • 1921-12-04 Deanna Durbin, Winnipeg Manitoba, actress/vocalist (100 Men & a Girl), (d. 2013)
  • 1921-12-28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1922-02-17 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
  • 1923-02-09 Kathryn Grayson, American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1924-02-07 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Amsterdam folk vocalist
  • 1924-02-10 Randy Van Horne, vocalist (Nat King Cole Show), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1924-07-07 Mary Ford, [Colleen Summer], vocalist/actress (Queen of Outer Space)
  • 1924-09-20 Gogi Grant, [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], singer (The Wayward Wind), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1925-07-06 Bill Haley, rock vocalist (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1925-08-15 Billy Pinkney, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1926-02-23 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • 1927-02-18 Tabe Bas, actor/opera vocalist (Leiser Wolf in Anatevka)
  • 1928-01-31 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)
  • 1928-04-29 Carl Gardner, rock vocalist (Coasters-Searchin), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1928-09-28 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", born in Millington, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, jazz vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-02-03 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1929-07-27 Harvey Fuqua, rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely)
  • 1929-11-11 LaVern Baker, R&B vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-02-13 Dotty McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1930-02-16 Peggy King, vocalist/actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1930-10-24 Big Bopper, [JP Richardson], Sabine Pass Tx, vocalist (Chantiily Lace)
  • 1931-02-14 Phyllis McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1931-03-14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • 1931-04-29 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1931-07-11 Thurston Harris, vocalist (Little Bitty Pretty One), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1931-09-19 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), born in Lugoff, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1931-09-26 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • 1931-11-23 Gloria Lynne, American Jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1931-12-28 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • 1932-05-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
  • 1932-07-01 Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1932-07-02 Sammy Turner, vocalist (Lavender Blue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1932-11-15 Petula Clark, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Downtown, My Love)
  • 1932-12-14 Charlie "Silver Fox" Rich, Colt Ark, vocalist (Behind Closed Doors)
  • 1933-01-20 Ron Townson, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Up Up & Away), born in St Louis, Missouri

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1933-02-21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 1933-07-20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1933-08-15 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933-12-01 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1933-12-15 Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
  • 1934-02-01 Bob Shane, vocalist (Kingston Trio-Scarlet Ribbons)
  • 1934-02-07 King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US vocalist (Memphis Soul Stew)
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1934-06-11 Pookie Hudson, vocalist (Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite-Spaniels)
  • 1934-06-16 Carl (Little Caesar) Burnett, vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)
  • 1935-01-06 Nino Tempo, rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1935-02-11 Gene Vincent, Norfolk Va, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)
  • 1935-02-12 Gene McDaniels, US vocalist/bandleader/actor (Young Swingers)
  • 1935-02-16 Sonny Bono, vocalist (Sonny & Cher)/(Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935-06-19 Tommy Devito, rock vocalist (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1935-07-01 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 2017)
  • 1935-10-12 Sam Moore, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave-Soul Sister), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1935-12-26 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936-01-28 Jack Scott, vocalist (My True Love)
  • 1936-04-29 April Stevens, rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936-06-29 Leonard Lee, US vocalist (Shirley & Lee-Let the Good Times Roll)
  • 1937-02-01 Don Everly, Brownie Ky, vocalist (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)
  • 1937-02-01 Dr Hook, [Ray Sawyer], Ala, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love)
  • 1937-02-09 Johnny Sayles, US vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • 1937-02-17 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937-02-20 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)
  • 1937-05-09 Dave Prater, Ocilla Ga, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave)
  • 1937-11-03 Paula Wayne, Hobart Oklahoma, vocalist (Everything's Great)

Weddings in Music

  • 1969-07-26 "The 5th Dimension" lead vocalist Marilyn McCoo (25) weds fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-02-14 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love

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1993-07-28 Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters (49) weds Pricilla Phillips

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

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1994-07-02 "Green Day" vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong (22) weds Adeline Records co-owner Adrienne Nesser (24)

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-08-17 Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield

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2000-06-24 "Dixie Chicks" lead vocalist Natalie Maines (25) weds "Profit" actor Adrian Pasdar (35) at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer-songwriter Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines

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2000-08-10 Lead vocalist Dave Matthews (33) weds Jennifer Ashley Harper

Musician Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews
  • 2000-09-02 "The Backstreet Boys" lead vocalist Brian Littrell (25) weds actress Leighanne Wallace (31) at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia

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2002-09-14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
  • 2002-09-20 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

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2003-03-25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler

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2003-12-05 Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
  • 2005-06-01 "The White Stripes" guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist Jack White (29) weds British model Karen Elson (26) in Manaus, Brazil
  • 2005-12-10 "Audioslave" drummer Brad Wilk (37) weds "Seven Year Bitch" former lead vocalist Selene Vigil near the frozen waters of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe
  • 2006-06-18 "Weezer" lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo (36) weds Kyoko Ito at a secluded beach on Paradise Cove in Malibu
  • 2007-03-07 Former vocalist of "Babado Novo" Claudia Leitte (26) weds Marcio Pedreira at Hotel Convento do Carmo in Salvador, Brazil

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2009-10-17 Musician Trent Reznor (44) weds vocalist Mariqueen Maandig in Los Angeles

Musician Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
  • 2010-12-11 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California
  • 2011-08-27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy
  • 2012-01-14 Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters (68) weds filmmaker Laurie Durning
  • 2014-07-19 Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine (35) weds Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo (25) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2016-02-20 Paramore's lead vocalist Hayley Williams (27) weds New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2017-05-13 Country music vocalist Dan Smyers (29) weds longtime love Abby Law in Nashville, Tennessee

Divorces in Music

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1989-06-15 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • 2008-08-17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1941-04-17 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1959-02-03 Richie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • 1960-11-07 Alvin Carter, vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 69
  • 1970-09-03 Al Wilson, "Blind Owl", guitarist/vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27
  • 1970-10-28 Baby Huey, [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • 1972-05-05 Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
  • 1972-08-02 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1973-09-20 Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • 1974-05-25 Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • 1976-05-14 Keith Relf, rock vocalist (Yardbirds), electrocuted at 33
  • 1977-02-26 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1977-06-26 Lou Reizner, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
  • 1977-09-16 Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1978-09-05 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • 1979-01-09 Sara Carter, American vocalist, guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • 1980-02-19 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1980-05-18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1981-02-09 Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • 1981-07-16 Harry Chapin, folk vocalist (Taxi), dies in car crash at 38
  • 1984-07-21 Michael Osborne, rock guitarist/vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1986-03-04 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • 1987-11-22 Ted Taylor, rock vocalist, dies
  • 1988-04-09 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), dies of meningitis at 56
  • 1990-07-26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1991-06-01 David Ruffin, vocalist (The Temptations), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • 1991-09-04 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • 1992-04-12 Joe Medwick, vocalist, dies at 61
  • 1992-04-16 Andy Russell, drummer/vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • 1992-05-10 Joan Merrill, vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1992-06-09 Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
  • 1992-06-21 Thomas Whitfield, gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • 1992-06-27 Allen James, vocalist/actor (Show Boat), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 1992-06-30 Jim Alaimo, vocalist, dies after heart surgery at 53
  • 1994-01-15 Harry Nilsson, rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies at 52
  • 1994-01-30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994-10-01 Scott Dunbar, bluse vocalist/guitarist, dies at 90
  • 1994-11-16 Dino Valenti, [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies at 57
  • 1994-12-10 Garnett Silk, Jamacian reggae musician, dies in a fire at 28
  • 1995-01-13 Ruby Starr, vocalist (Grey Ghost), dies of brain tumor at 44
  • 1995-01-18 Charles Baskerville, vocalist, dies at 54
  • 1995-07-15 Willie George "Bill" Woodruff Sr, vocalist, dies at 66
  • 1995-08-03 Jose B M Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader, dies at 88
  • 1995-08-09 Jerry Garcia, rock vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies at 53
  • 1995-09-23 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist, dies at 81
  • 1995-09-29 Seger Pillot Ellis, pianist/vocalist, dies at 91
  • 1995-10-21 Maxene Andrews, vocalist (Andrews Sister), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1995-10-21 Shannon Hoon, vocalist (Blind Melon), dies of drug overdose at 28
  • 1996-05-15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • 1996-07-08 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • 1996-09-09 Bill Monroe, bluegrass vocalist (created bluegrass music), dies at 84
  • 1997-12-16 Nicolette Larson, rock vocalist (Twins, Lotta Love), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • 1998-02-06 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2005-02-08 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • 2005-02-20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • 2006-01-06 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man)

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2006-07-07 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, dies of pancreatic cancer at 60

Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
  • 2007-03-04 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2008-12-07 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • 2010-05-16 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter, and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • 2010-10-05 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2011-01-14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • 2011-07-24 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), dies at 60

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2012-05-04 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch
  • 2013-03-03 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2015-05-21 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • 2015-09-28 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • 2015-10-20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74

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2015-12-31 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), dies at 65

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 2016-03-10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist, dies at 87
  • 2016-09-30 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96
  • 2016-12-07 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017-01-31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2017-03-10 [Joan] Joni Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge "We are Family"), dies at 60
  • 2017-03-16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81