Famous Vocalists in Music History

Birthdays in Music

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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 country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1900-02-03 Mabel Mercer, English cabaret vocalist who influenced Frank Sinatra (Fly Me to the Moon), born in Burton upon Trent, England (d. 1984)
  • 1902-02-09 Blanche Calloway, American vocalist/dancer (12 Clouds of Joy)
  • 1902-02-14 Fred Scott, American vocalist & 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, American vocalist (Southernaires), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1904-07-04 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1904-09-23 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1906-02-01 Hildegarde, Adell Wisc, night club vocalist (I'll Be Seeing You)
  • 1908-07-25 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, born in Tirukkodikaval, Thanjavur District, India (d. 2003)
  • 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
  • 1909-08-05 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1911-05-13 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1913-12-23 Leo A Ketelaars, Dutch oratorio vocalist
  • 1914-02-11 Matt Dennis, American vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1914-02-12 Gordon "Tex" Beneke, American saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Fort Worth, Texas; (d. 2000)
  • 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 jazz pianist/vocalist (Walkin' By The River), born in Xenia, Ohio; (d. 1956)
  • 1916-01-21 [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
  • 1916-07-09 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), born in Seminole, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 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
  • 1919-12-16 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, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), born in Erick, Oklahoma (d. 2003)
  • 1921-12-04 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • 1921-12-28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • 1922-02-09 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1922-02-17 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
  • 1924-02-07 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Amsterdam folk vocalist
  • 1924-02-10 Randy Van Horne, American vocalist (Nat King Cole Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1924-07-07 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), born in l Monte, California (d. 1977)

Person of interestBill Haley

1925-07-06 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 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)
  • 1928-01-31 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)
  • 1928-04-29 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-02-03 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1929-07-27 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2010)
  • 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, American jazz and pop vocalist, former TV personality and actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1930-08-06 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1931-02-14 Phyllis McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1931-03-14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • 1931-07-11 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 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
  • 1932-07-01 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1990)
  • 1932-07-02 Sammy Turner, vocalist (Lavender Blue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1932-12-14 Charlie Rich, American country vocalist (Behind Closed Doors), born in Colt, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1933-01-20 Ron Townson, American rock vocalist (The 5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1933-07-20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1933-11-11 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1933-12-01 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1933-12-15 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1934-02-01 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), born in Hilo, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • 1934-06-11 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2007)
  • 1934-06-16 Carl (Little Caesar) Burnett, vocalist (Little Caesar & the Romans)
  • 1935-01-06 Nino Tempo, American rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1935-02-11 Gene Vincent, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1935-02-12 Gene McDaniels, American vocalist (A Hundred Pounds Of Clay), songwriter (I Feel Like Making Love) and actor (Young Swingers), born in Kansas City, Kansas ( d. 2011)
  • 1935-02-16 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998)
  • 1935-03-20 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds, Howlin' Wolf Tribute), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 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, American R&B and soul vocalist (Sam & Dave - Soul Man), 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, American vocalist (single Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936-06-29 Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley & Lee-Let the Good Times Roll), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1937-02-09 Johnny Sayles, American vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • 1937-02-17 Mickey McGill, American vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937-02-20 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1937-11-03 Paula Wayne, Hobart Oklahoma, vocalist (Everything's Great)
  • 1937-12-17 Art Neville, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938-02-05 Dick van Niehoff, Dutch vocalist (Fouryo)
  • 1938-03-03 Willie Chambers, guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
  • 1938-10-03 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • 1939-02-10 Roberta Flack, American vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • 1939-03-06 Jerry Naylor, Stephenville Tx, rock vocalist (Crickets)
  • 1939-04-16 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1939-05-07 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1939-08-04 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • 1939-09-02 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1939-09-17 Lamonte McLemore, American rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1939-10-30 Grace Slick, American rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • 1939-11-24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Weddings in Music

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield

LoveWedding of Interest

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
Singer-songwriter
Natalie Maines

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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
Actress
Liv Tyler

LoveWedding of Interest

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
Actress
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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
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

LoveWedding of Interest

2012-01-14 Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters (68) weds filmmaker Laurie Durning

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


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
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 Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
  • 1960-02-06 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1960-04-17 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), dies at 21 in a car crash
  • 1960-11-07 Alvin Carter, vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 69
  • 1966-08-15 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1970-09-03 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27
  • 1970-10-28 Baby Huey, [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • 1972-08-02 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and 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
  • 1974-07-29 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • 1976-05-14 Keith Relf, British musician and vocalist (the Yardbirds-For Your Love, Renaissance), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • 1976-10-23 Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley & Lee-I'm Gone), dies at 40
  • 1977-02-26 Sherman Garnes, American 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
  • 1977-09-30 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 53
  • 1977-10-20 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1978-09-05 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • 1979-01-08 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 81
  • 1979-06-29 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • 1980-05-18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23

Person of interestBill Haley

1981-02-09 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), dies of a heart attack probably caused by alcoholism at 55

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1981-07-16 Harry Chapin, folk vocalist (Taxi), dies in car crash at 38
  • 1982-06-16 James Honeyman-Scott, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs at 25
  • 1983-02-04 Karen Carpenter, American vocalist and drummer (We Only Just Begun), dies of anorexia at 32
  • 1984-07-21 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1985-02-28 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • 1986-03-04 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • 1987-04-07 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), dies following a seizure at 75
  • 1987-07-26 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), dies at 71
  • 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
  • 1990-04-14 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1990-07-26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1991-09-04 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • 1991-12-16 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), dies at 89
  • 1992-04-12 Joe Medwick, vocalist, dies at 61
  • 1992-04-16 Andy Russell, American drummer and vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • 1992-04-25 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • 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, American gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • 1992-06-30 Jim Alaimo, vocalist, dies after heart surgery at 53
  • 1992-10-01 Harry Ray, American rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), dies at 45
  • 1992-12-24 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), dies from terminal colon cancer at 47
  • 1994-01-15 Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter and rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin', Midnight Cowboy), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1994-01-30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • 1994-10-01 Scott Dunbar, American blues vocalist and guitarist, dies at 90
  • 1994-11-16 Dino Valenti, [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies at 57
  • 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
  • 1995-09-23 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist, dies at 81
  • 1995-09-29 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, dies at 91
  • 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
  • 1997-01-22 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), committed suicide at 39
  • 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
  • 1998-07-26 Chico [David-Allen] Ryan, American rock vocalist (Sha Na Na), dies at 50
  • 1999-03-02 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), dies at 59
  • 2001-12-16 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (The Skids, Big Country), dies at 43
  • 2002-06-06 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • 2002-06-27 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • 2003-09-16 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), dies at 82
  • 2003-10-31 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, dies at 95
  • 2004-02-21 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In), dies at 57
  • 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 singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love like Mine"), dies at 72

Person of interestSyd Barrett

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

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 2007-01-16 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2007-03-04 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2008-12-07 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • 2010-02-17 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), dies of natural causes at 88
  • 2010-03-17 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 2010-03-24 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • 2010-07-06 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), dies at 80
  • 2010-08-14 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • 2010-10-05 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • 2010-12-13 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), commits suicide at 63
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2011-01-04 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), dies at 63
  • 2011-01-14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • 2011-06-12 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), dies at 83
  • 2011-07-24 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), dies at 60

Person of interestAdam Yauch

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

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 2013-02-04 Reg Presley [Reginald Maurice Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing) and songwriter, dies from lung cancer at 71
  • 2013-03-03 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2013-04-17 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), dies at 91
  • 2013-08-14 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2015-05-21 Louis Johnson, American rock 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

Person of interestNatalie Cole

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 and blues singer, dies at 87
  • 2016-09-30 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96