2016 Musical Obits

Compiled by George Graham



1/3

Paul Bley

Jazz Pianist

83


1/4

Long John Hunter

Blues singer-songriter

84


1/5

Nicholas Caldwell

R&B singer (The Whispers)

71


1/5

Pierre Boulez

French classical composer & conductor

90


1/8

Otis Clay

Soul Singer

73


1/17

Dale Griffin

Mott the Hoople drummer

67

Alzheimers

1/18

Glen Fley

Eagles member

67

Surgery complications

1/28

Signe Anderson

Original Jefferson Airplane vocalist

74


1/28

Paul Kantner

Jefferson Airplane/Starship

74

multiple organ failure

1/31

David Bowie

Singer-songwriter, innovator

69

Liver Cancer

2/4

Maurice White

Earth Wind & Fire

74

Parkinson's

2/6

Dan Hicks

singer-songwriter, "Hot Licks"

74

Liver cancer

2/24

Lennie Baker

Member of Sha-Na-Na

69


3/8

Claus Ogerman

jazz composer/arranger/orchestrator

86


3/8

Sir George Martin

Record producer (Beatles)

90


3/9

Nana Vasconcelos

Braziian percussionist

71

lung cancer

3/10

Keith Emerson

Art rock keyboard player

71

Suicide by gun

3/10

Erniestine Anderson

jazz singer

87


3/11

Joe Ascione

Jazz drummer, Homegrown Music veteran

54

multiple sclerosis

3/16

Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Singer

72

Heart Attack

3/19

Steve Young

Wrote "Seven Bridges Road"

73


3/22

Phife Dawg (Malik Izaak Taylor)

Member of A Tribe Called Quest

45

complications from Diabetes

3/26

David Baker

Jazz musician, composer

84


4/2

Gato Barbieri

Latin jazz saxophonist

83

pneumonia

4/6

Merle Haggard

Country legend

79

complications from pneumonia

4/7

Jimmy VanZant

Southern rocker, uncle to Donnie & Ronnie VanZant

59

cancer

4/12

Gib Gilbeau

Member of Flying Burrito Bros.

78


4/13

Jeremy Steig

jazz flutist

73


4/13

Pete Yellin

jazz saxophonist

74


4/19

Pete Zorn

American multi-instrumentalist, played with Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span

65

Cancer

4/21

Prince Rogers Nelson

pop musician

57

Accidental overdose

4/21

Lonnie Mack

Blues guitarist, vocalist

74


4/24

Billy Paul

Soul singer

81

Cancer

4/24

Papa Wemba

Congolese soukous performer

66

seizure

5/5

Isao Tomita

Japanese electronic musician

84

heart failure

5/6

Candye Kane

blues-rocker

54

cancer

5/11

Joe Temperley

Scottish-born jazz saxophonist

86

cancer

5/12

Julius LaRosa

1950s-era popular singer

86


5/17

Guy Clark

Singer-songwriter

74

cancer

6/3

Dave Swarbrick

British folk musician, Fairport Convention

75

emphysema

6/13

Randy Jones

Jazz drummer

72


6/14

Heny McCullough

British rock guitarist (Spooky tooth, Wings)

72


6/16

Charles Thompson

jazz pianist

98


6/17

Prince Be (Attrell Cordes)

member of P.M. Dawn

46

renal disease

6/21

Wayne Jackson

soul trumpeter, Memphis Horns

74

Heart Failure

6/22

Harry Rabinowitz

British composer & Conductor (Chariots of Fire)

100


6/23

Ralph Stanley

bluegrass legend

89

skin cancer

6/24

Bernie Worrell

keyboardist for Parliament/Funkedelic

72

lung cancer

6/27

Macj Rice

singer-songwriter, wrote "Mustang Sally"

82


6/28

Scotty Moore

Guitarist w/Elvis Presley

84


6/29

Rob Wasserman

bassist (David Grisman, Ratdog)

64

cancer

6/30

Don Friedman

jazz pianist

81


7/16

Bonnie Brown

country singer (The Browns)

77


7/16

Claude Williamson

jazz pianist

89


7/17

Fred Tomlinson

vocal group were prominent in Monty Python

88


7/24

Marni Nixon

versatile vocalist, often did singing voice in films

86

cancer

8/3

Ricci Martin

singer, son of Dean Martin

62


8/11

Glenn Yarbrough

1960s folk singer

86


8/15

Bobby Hutcherson

jazz vibist

75

emphysema

8/19

Derek Smith

jazz pianist

85


8/22

Toots Thielemans

jazz harmonica great

94


8/25

Rudy Van Gelder

jazz recording engineer

91


8/29

Michael Di Pasqua

jazz drummer, recorded for ECM records

63


9/1

Fred Hellerman

folksinger (The Weavers)

89


9/21

John D. Loudermilk

singer-songwriter ("Tobacco Road")

82

bone cancer

9/25

Jean Shepard

country/honky-tonk singer

82

Parkinson's

9/30

Oscar Brand

folksinger, radio host

96


10/4

Caroline Crawley

British singer (Shellann Orphan, The Mortal Coil)

53


10/18

Phil Chess

co-founder of Chess Records

95


10/25

Bobby Vee

Early 1960s pop singer

73

Alzheimers

11/2

Bob Cranshaw

jazz bassist

83

Cancer

11/4

Jean-Jacque Perry

French electronic musician

87

cancer

11/13

Leon Russell

singer-songwriter, producer

74


11/15

Mose Allison

jazz pianist singer & songwriter

89


11/15

Milt Okun

Record producer (John Denver, Peter Paul & Mary)

92


11/28

Alan Zavod

jazz pianist, composer

71


11/20

Hod O'Brien

jazz pianist, lived in Poconos

80

cancer

11/1

Bap Kennedy

Irish singer-songwriter

54

cancer

11/3

Kay Starr

big band-era vocalist

94

Alzheimers

11/4

Eddie Harsch

keyboard man in The Black Crowes



11/7

Leonard Cohen

singer-songwriter

82


11/9

Al Caiola

Jazz and stuidio guitarist (Bonanza, The Magnificent Seven)

96


1/14

Holly Dunn

sountry singer-songwriter

59

cancer

11/18

Sharon Jones

soul revival singer

60

cancer

11/24

Florence Henderson

singer, star of Brady Bunch

82

heart failure

12/7

Greg Lake

of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson

69

cancer

12/11

Bob Krasnow

Record executive (Elekra) co-founder of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

82


12/12

Mark Fisher

British rock musician (Matt Bianco)

57


12/25

George Michael

Pop Artist

53

Heart failure

12/25

Alphonse Mouzon

jazz & fusion drummer (Weather Report)

68

cancer

12/28

Debbie Reynolds

actress, singer

84




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