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List of Deaths in Rock and Roll
Monument at the crash site of the airplane carrying Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens; "The Day the Music Died".

The following is a list of notable performers of rock and roll music or rock music, and others directly associated with the music as producers, songwriters or in other closely related roles, who have died. The list gives their date, cause and location of death, and their age.

Rock music developed from the rock and roll music that emerged during the 1950s, and includes a diverse range of subgenres. The terms "rock and roll" and "rock" each have a variety of definitions, some narrow and some wider. In determining criteria for inclusion, this list uses as its basis reliable sources listing "rock deaths" or "deaths in rock and roll", as well as such sources as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1950s

Name Age Date Location Cause of death
Kansas Joe McCoy
Harlem Hamfats
44 January 28, 1950 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart disease[1]
Bertha Hill 45 May 7, 1950 New York City, New York, USA Hit and run accident[2]
Papa Charlie McCoy
Harlem Hamfats
41 July 26, 1950 Chicago, Illinois, USA Paralytic brain disease[1]
Cecil Gant 37 February 4, 1951 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Pneumonia and heart attack[3]
Luke Jordan 60 June 25, 1952 Lynchburg, Virginia, USA [4]
Hank Williams 29 January 1, 1953 Oak Hill, West Virginia, USA Heart attack[5]
Willie Love 46 August 19, 1953 Jackson, Mississippi, USA [6]
Carolina Slim 30 October 22, 1953 Newark, New York, USA Heart attack[7]
Danny Cedrone
Bill Haley & His Comets
33 June 17, 1954 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Broken neck from fall down stairs[8]
Lollypop Jones 56 August 22, 1954 USA
Hot Lips Page 46 November 9, 1954 New York City, New York, USA Heart attack
Dink Johnson 62 November 29, 1954 USA [9]
Papa Celestin 70 December 15, 1954 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA [10]
Johnny Ace 25 December 25, 1954 Houston, Texas, USA Accidental shooting[11]
Cow Cow Davenport 61 December 12, 1955 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tommy Johnson 60 November 1, 1956 Crystal Springs, Mississippi, USA Heart attack[12]
Ralph Willis 47 June 11, 1957 New York City, New York, USA [13]
Walter Page 57 December 20, 1957 New York City, New York, USA Kidney ailment and pneumonia
John Dolphin
Record label owner, concert promoter and music producer
55 February 1, 1958 Los Angeles, California, USA Gunshot[14]
W. C. Handy 84 March 28, 1958 New York City, New York, USA Bronchial pneumonia[15]
Leroy Foster 35 May 26, 1958 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart attack[16]
Chuck Willis 32-30 April 10, 1958 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Peritonitis[17]
Big Bill Broonzy 65 August 14. 1958 Chicago, Illinois, USA Laryngeal cancer[18]
Tiny Bradshaw 51 November 26, 1958 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Stroke[19]
Henry "Son" Sims 68 December 26, 1958 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Following renal surgery[20]
Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly & The Crickets
22 February 3, 1959 Clear Lake, Iowa, USA Plane accident[21]
The Big Bopper 28 February 3, 1959 Clear Lake, Iowa, USA Plane accident[21]
Ritchie Valens 17 February 3, 1959 Clear Lake, Iowa, USA Plane accident[21]
Guitar Slim 32 February 7, 1959 New York City, New York, USA Pneumonia[22]
Billie Holiday 44 July 17, 1959 New York City, New York, USA Pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by liver cirrhosis[23]
Al "Cake" Wichard 41-40 November 14, 1959 Los Angeles, California, USA [24]

1960s

Name Age Date Location Cause of death
Jesse Belvin 27 February 6, 1960 Fairhope, Arkansas, USA Traffic accident[25]
Beverly Kenney 28 April 13, 1960 New York City, New York, USA Suicide[26]
Eddie Cochran 21 April 17, 1960 Chippenham, Wiltshire, England Traffic accident[27]
Smokey Hogg 46 May 1, 1960 McKinney, Texas, USA Cancer[28]
Eli Oberstein
Record producer and music executive
58 June 12, 1960 Westport, Connecticut, USA Lymphoma
Johnny Horton 35 November 5, 1960 Milano, Texas, USA Traffic accident[29]
Sticks McGhee 43 August 15, 1961 The Bronx, New York, USA Lung cancer[30]
Stuart Sutcliffe 21 April 10, 1962 Hamburg, West Germany Cerebral hemorrhage[31]
Patsy Cline 30 March 5, 1963 Camden, Tennessee, USA Plane accident[32]
Elmore James 45 May 24, 1963 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart attack[33]
Daddy Stovepipe 96 November 1, 1963 Chicago, Illinois, USA Bronchial pneumonia after a gall bladder operation
Dinah Washington 39 December 14, 1963 Detroit, Michigan, USA Drug overdose[34]
Cyril Davies 31 January 7, 1964 Eel Pie Island, London, England Endocarditis and leukaemia[35]
Rudy Lewis 27 May 20, 1964 New York City, New York, USA Asphyxiation in his sleep
Meade Lux Lewis 58 June 7, 1964 Minneapolla, Minnesota, USA Traffic accident
Eric Dolphy 36 June 29, 1964 Berlin, Germany Complications from diabetes[36]
Johnny Burnette 30 August 14, 1964 Clear Lake, California, USA Drowning[37]
Tiny Topsy 34 August 16, 1964 Chicago, Illinois, USA Intracerebral hemorrhage
Joe Henderson 27 October 24, 1964 Nashville, Tennessee, USA [38]
Buster Pickens 48 November 24, 1964 Houston, Texas, USA Stabbing[39]
Sam Cooke
The Soul Stirrers
33 December 11, 1964 Los Angeles, California, USA Shot by Bertha Franklin[40]
Alan Freed 43 January 20, 1965 Palm Springs, California, USA Uremia and liver cirrhosis[41]
Nat King Cole 45 February 15, 1965 Santa Monica, California, USA Lung cancer[42]
Sonny Boy Williamson II 52 May 25, 1965 Helena, Arkansas, USA Heart attack[43]
Bill Black 39 October 21, 1965 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Brain tumor[44]
Jazz Gillum 61 March 29, 1966 Chicago. Illinois, USA Gunshot[45]
Richard Faria 29 April 30, 1966 Carmel Valley, California, USA Motorcycle accident[46]
Bobby Fuller 23 July 18, 1966 Los Angeles, California, USA Suicide (suspicious)[47]
Peg Leg Howell 78 August 11, 1966 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Complications from diabetes
Dave Lambert
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
49 October 3, 1966 Connecticut Turnpike, Connecticut, USA
Johnny Kidd 30 October 7, 1966 Bury, Lancashire, England Traffic accident[48]
Smiley Lewis 53 October 7, 1966 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Stomach cancer[49]
Mississippi John Hurt 74 November 2, 1966 Grenada, Mississippi, USA Heart attack[50]
Moon Mullican 57 January 1, 1967 Beaumont, Texas, USA Heart attack[51]
Joe Meek 37 February 3, 1967 London, England Suicide by gunshot[52]
Fats Pichon 60 February 25, 1967 Chicago, Illinois, USA [53]
Elmo Hope 43 May 19, 1967 New York City, New York, USA Heart failure
Brian Epstein 32 August 27, 1967 London, England Accidental overdose[54]
Rex Stewart 60 September 7, 1967 USA
Woody Guthrie 55 October 3, 1967 New York City, New York, USA Huntington's disease[55]
Peter Bocage 80 December 3, 1967 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Otis Redding 26 December 10, 1967 Madison, Wisconsin, USA Plane accident[56]
Ronnie Caldwell
Phalon Jones
The Bar-Kays
Various
(18-19)
December 10, 1967 Madison, Wisconsin, USA Plane accident[56]
Robin Roberts
The Wailers
27 December 22, 1967 San Mateo County, California, USA Traffic accident[57]
Bert Berns 38 December 30, 1967 New York City, New York, USA Heart failure
Little Walter 37 February 15, 1968 Chicago, Illinois, USA Coronary thrombosis due to injuries sustained while fighting[58]
Frankie Lymon
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
25 February 27, 1968 New York City, New York, USA Drug overdose[59]
Syd Nathan 63 March 5, 1968 Miami Beach, Florida, USA Pneumonia[60]
Bumps Myers 55 April 9, 1968 Los Angeles California, USA Several health problems</ref>
Lester Melrose
Record producer
76 April 12, 1968 Lake, Florida, USA [61]
Little Willie John 30 May 26, 1968 Walla Walla, Washington, USA Heart attack
Bumble Bee Slim 63 June 8, 1968 Los Angeles, California, USA
Wes Montgomery 45 June 15, 1968 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Heart attack
Luther Perkins 40 August 5, 1968 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Smoke inhalation[62]
Joe Hinton 38 August 13, 1968 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Skin cancer[63]
Red Foley 58 September 19, 1968 Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA Respiratory failure
Kokomo Arnold 67-72 November 8, 1968 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart attack
Dickie Pride 27 March 26, 1969 London, England Drug overdose[64]
Benny Benjamin
The Funk Brothers
43 April 20, 1969 New York City, New York, USA Stroke[65]
Don Drummond 37 May 6, 1969 Kingston, Jamaica Suicide[66]
Martin Lamble
Fairport Convention
19 May 12, 1969 Scratchwood Services, M1 Motorway, England Traffic accident[67]
Shorty Long 29 June 29, 1969 Detroit, Michigan, USA Drowning[68]
Brian Jones
The Rolling Stones
27 July 3, 1969 Hartfield, East Sussex, England Drowning in swimming pool[69]
Wynonie Harris 53 July 4, 1969 Los Angeles, California, USA Esophageal cancer
Roy Hamilton 40 July 20, 1969 New Rochelle, New York, USA Stroke[70]
Skip James 67 October 3, 1969 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA [71]
Leonard Chess
Record producer, record company executive and co-founder of Chess Records
52 October 16, 1969 Chicago, Illinois, USA Cardiac arrest[72]
Tommy Edwards 47 October 22, 1969 Richmond, Virginia, USA Brain aneurysm[73]
Pops Foster 77 October 29, 1969 USA [74]
Magic Sam 32 December 1, 1969 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart attack[75]
James "Stump" Johnson 67 December 5, 1969 St. Louis, Missouri, USA [76]

1970s

Name Age Date Location Cause of death
Billy Stewart 32 January 17, 1970 Selma, North Carolina, USA Traffic accident
L. C. McKinley 51 January 19, 1970 East Chicago, Indiana, USA Natural causes
Slim Harpo 46 January 31, 1970 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Heart attack
Ishmon Bracey 69-71 February 12, 1970 Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Darrell Banks 32 February 24, 1970 Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Shot by police[77]
Tammi Terrell 24 March 16, 1970 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Brain cancer[78]
Kid Thomas 35 April 5, 1970 Los Angeles, California, USA Shooting
George Goldner 52 April 15, 1970 Turtle Bay, New York, USA Heart attack
Earl Hooker 41 April 21, 1970 Chicago, Illinois, USA Tuberculosis
Otis Spann 40-46 April 24, 1970 Chicago, Illinois, USA Liver cancer[79]
Frankie Lee Sims 53 May 5, 1970 Dallas, Texas, USA Pneumonia
Johnny Hodges 62 May 11, 1970 New York City, New York, USA Heart attack
Alan Wilson 27 September 3, 1970 Topanga Canyon, California, USA Suicide or accidental barbiturate overdose[80]
Maxwell Davis 54 September 18, 1970 Los Angeles, California, USA
Jimi Hendrix
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
27 September 18, 1970 Kensington, London, England Asphyxiation on vomit[81]
Janis Joplin
Big Brother and the Holding Company
27 October 4, 1970 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose[82]
Baby Huey
Baby Huey & the Babysitters
26 October 28, 1970 Chicago, Illinois, USA Drug related heart attack
Coot Grant 77 December 26, 1970 Riverside County, California, USA
Harold McNair
Ginger Baker's Air Force
39 March 7, 1971 London, England Lung cancer
Francis Wolff 63 March 8, 1971 New York City, New York, USA
Jim Morrison
The Doors, Rick & the Ravens
27 July 3, 1971 Paris, France Heart failure[83]
Louis Armstrong 69 July 6, 1971 New York City, New York, USA Heart attack
Henry D. "Homer" Haynes
Homer and Jethro
51 August 7, 1971 Hammond, Indiana, USA Heart attack
King Curtis 37 August 13, 1971 New York City, New York, USA Stabbing
Thomas Wayne 31 August 15, 1971 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Traffic accident
Lil Hardin Armstrong 73 August 27, 1971 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Gene Vincent 36 October 12, 1971 California, USA Burst stomach ulcer
Duane Allman
The Allman Brothers Band, Derek and the Dominos
24 October 29, 1971 Macon, Georgia, USA Traffic accident
Art Laibly
Record producer and manager
77 October 30, 1971
Junior Parker 39 November 18, 1971 Blue Island, Illinois, USA Following surgery for brain tumor
Papa Lightfoot 47 November 20, 1971 Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
"David Seville", creator of The Chipmunks
52 January 16, 1972 Beverly Hills, California, USA [84]
Mahalia Jackson 60 January 27, 1972 Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA Heart failure and diabetes
Linda Jones 27 March 14, 1972 Newark, New Jersey, USA Complications from diabetes
Leslie Harvey
Stone the Crows
27 May 3, 1972 Swansea, Wales Electrocuted by a live microphone on stage
Reverend Gary Davis 76 May 5, 1972 Hammonton, New Jersey, USA Heart attack
Jimmy Rushing 70 June 8, 1972 New York City, New York, USA Leukemia
Clyde McPhatter
Billy Ward and His Dominoes, The Drifters
39 June 13, 1972 Teaneck, New Jersey, USA Heart attack
Mississippi Fred McDowell 66 July 3, 1972 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Cancer
Lovie Austin 84 July 10, 1972 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Brian Cole
The Association
29 August 2, 1972 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose
Baby Tate 52 August 17, 1972 Columbia, South Carolina, USA Heart attack
Calvin Frazier 57 September 23, 1972 Detroit, Michigan, USA Cancer
Rory Storm 34 September 28, 1972 Stoneycroft, Liverpool, England Suicide
Billy Murcia
The New York Dolls
21 November 6, 1972 London, England Accidental suffocation due to drugs and alcohol
Raymond Jackson
Record producer for Stax Records
31 November 10, 1972 USA House fire
Berry Oakley
The Allman Brothers Band
24 November 11, 1972 Macon, Georgia, USA Traffic accident
Danny Whitten
Crazy Horse
29 November 18, 1972 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose
William Manuel Johnson 100 December 3, 1972 New Braunfels, Texas, USA
Kid Ory 86 January 23, 1973 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
The Grateful Dead
27 March 8, 1973 Corte Madera, California, USA Gastrointestinal hemorrhage from alcoholism
Duke Henderson 48 April 9, 1973 Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sammy Babitzin 24 April 29, 1973 Jyvskyl, Finland Visceral injuries caused by traffic accident
Clarence White
The Kentucky Colonels, The Byrds
29 July 14, 1973 Palmdale, California, USA Hit by drunk driver
Jimmy Radcliffe 36 July 27, 1973 The Bronx, New York, USA
Memphis Minnie 76 August 6, 1973 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Stroke[85]
Paul Williams
The Temptations
34 August 17, 1973 Detroit, Michigan, USA Gunshot, disputed suicide
Gram Parsons 26 September 19, 1973 Joshua Tree, California, USA Drug overdose
Jim Croce 30 September 20, 1973 Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA Plane accident
Maury Muehleisen
Jim Croce's lead guitarist
24 September 20, 1973 Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA Plane accident
Sister Rosetta Tharpe 58 October 9, 1973 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Stroke[86]
Gene Krupa 64 October 16, 1973 Yonkers, New York, USA Leukemia
John Rostill
The Shadows
31 November 26, 1973 Radlett, Hertfordshire, England Electrocuted by guitar
Bobby Darin 37 December 20, 1973 Los Angeles, California, USA Complications following surgery
Packy Axton
The Mar-Keys
32 January 1974 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Cirrhosis or heart attack
Bobby Bloom 28 February 28, 1974 USA Suicide
Bobby Timmons 38 March 1, 1974 New York City, New York, USA
Harry Womack
The Valentinos
28 March 9, 1974 Los Angeles, California, USA Stabbing
Roy Hawkins 71 March 19, 1974 Compton, California, USA
Arthur Crudup 68 March 28, 1974 Nassawadox, Virginia, USA Complications of heart disease and diabetes
Graham Bond
The Graham Bond Organisation, Ginger Baker's Air Force
36 May 8, 1974 London, England Suicide
Duke Ellington 75 May 24, 1974 New York City, New York, USA Pneumonia
Don Rich
The Buckaroos
32 July 17, 1974 San Luis Obispo, California, USA Traffic accident
Gene Ammons 49 July 23, 1974 Chicago, Illinois, USA Cancer
Lightnin' Slim 61 July 27, 1974 Detroit, Michigan, USA Stomach cancer
Cass Elliot
The Mamas & the Papas
34 July 29, 1974 London, England Heart failure
Bill Chase
Chase
39 August 9, 1974 Jackson, Minnesota, USA Plane accident
Robbie McIntosh
Average White Band
24 September 23, 1974 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose
Pink Anderson 74 October 12, 1974 Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA Heart attack
Victor Olof
Record producer for Decca Records and HMV Records
76 November 3, 1974 USA
Ivory Joe Hunter 60 November 8, 1974 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Lung cancer
Nick Drake 26 November 25, 1974 Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England Suicide by acute amitriptyline poisoning[87]
Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
66 February 4, 1975 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack
Dave Alexander
The Stooges
27 February 10, 1975 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Pneumonia
J. B. Long 71 February 25, 1975 Elon, North Carolina, USA
T-Bone Walker 64 March 16, 1975 Los Angeles, California, USA Stroke
Pete Ham
Badfinger
27 April 24, 1975 Surrey, England Suicide
Tom Donahue
Rock and roll radio disc jockey
46 April 29, 1975 Heart attack
Tim Buckley 28 June 29, 1975 Santa Monica, California, USA Drug overdose
Chan Daniels
The Highwaymen
35 July 2, 1975 Pneumonia
Otto Jeffries
The Five Royales
63 July 8, 1975 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Don Robey
Record producer
71 July 16, 1975 Houston, Texas, USA Heart attack
Lefty Frizzell 47 July 19, 1975 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Stroke
Cannonball Adderley 46 August 8, 1975 Gary, Indiana, USA Cerebral hemorrhage
Al Jackson, Jr.
Booker T. & the MG's
39 October 1, 1975 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Murder by gunshot
Fiddlin' Joe Martin 75 November 2, 1975 Walls, Mississippi, USA
Gary Thain
The Keef Hartley Band, Uriah Heep
27 December 8, 1975 Norwood Green, England Drug overdose[88]
Hound Dog Taylor 60 December 17, 1975 Chicago, Illinois, USA Lung cancer
Howlin' Wolf 65 January 10, 1976 Hines, Illinois, USA Congestive heart failure
Chris Kenner 46 January 25, 1976 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Heart attack
Rudy Pompilli
Bill Haley & His Comets
51 February 5, 1976 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Lung cancer
Florence Ballard
The Supremes
32 February 22, 1976 Detroit, Michigan, USA Coronary thrombosis
Arthur Gunter 49 March 16, 1976 Port Huron, Michigan, USA Pneumonia
Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson 34 March 18, 1976 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Lung cancer
Paul Kossoff
Free, Back Street Crawler
25 March 19, 1976 Flight from New York to Los Angeles, USA Drug-related heart attack[89]
Phil Ochs 35 April 9, 1976 New York City, New York, USA Suicide by hanging
Keith Relf
The Yardbirds
33 May 14, 1976 London, England Electrocuted by guitar[90]
Charles Stepney
Record producer and arranger
45 May 17, 1976 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart attack
Melvin Jackson 60 May 30, 1976 Dallas, Texas, USA Traffic accident
Jimmy Reed 50 August 29, 1976 Oakland, California, USA Epileptic seizure
L. C. Robinson 61 September 26, 1976 Berkeley, California, USA Heart attack
Leo Mintz
Record store and music promoter
65 November 4, 1976 Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Tommy Bolin
Deep Purple, The James Gang, Zephyr
25 December 4, 1976 Miami, Florida, USA Drug overdose
Freddie King 42 December 28, 1976 Dallas, Texas, USA Heart attack
Buddy Johnson 62 February 9, 1977 USA Brain tumor and sickle cell anemia
Bukka White 67-70 February 26, 1977 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Cancer
Annette Snell 32 April 4, 1977 New Hope, Georgia, USA Southern Airways Flight 242 plane accident
Helmut Kllen 27 May 3, 1977 Cologne, Germany Carbon monoxide poisoning
Lafayette Thomas 48 May 20, 1977 Brisbane, California, USA Heart attack
Sleepy John Estes 77-78 June 5, 1977 Brownsville, Tennessee, USA Stroke
Peter Laughner
Pere Ubu
24 June 22, 1977 Cleveland, Ohio, USA Acute pancreatitis from alcohol and drug abuse[91]
Baby Boy Warren 57 July 1, 1977 Detroit, Michigan, USA Heart attack
Big John Wrencher 54 July 15, 1977 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA Heart attack
Elvis Presley 42 August 16, 1977 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Heart attack[92][93]
Tarheel Slim 63 August 21, 1977 New York City, New York, USA Pneumonia brought on by chemotherapy
George Barnes 56 September 5, 1977 Concord, California, USA Heart attack
Mercy Baby 47 September 10, 1977 Dallas, Texas, USA
Marc Bolan 29 September 16, 1977 London, England Traffic accident[94]
Bing Crosby 74 October 14, 1977 Alcobendas, Spain Heart attack
Cassie Gaines 29 October 20, 1977 Gillsburg, Mississippi, USA Plane accident
Steve Gaines 28 October 20, 1977 Gillsburg, Mississippi, USA Plane accident
Ronnie Van Zant 29 October 20, 1977 Gillsburg, Mississippi, USA Plane accident
Peg Leg Sam 65 October 27, 1977 Jonesville, South Carolina, USA
Big Chief Ellis 63 December 20, 1977 Birmingham, Alabama, USA Heart failure
St. Louis Jimmy Oden 74 December 30, 1977 Bronchopneumonia
Terry Kath 31 January 23, 1978 Los Angeles, California, USA Accidentally shot himself
Gregory Herbert 30 January 31, 1978 Amsterdam, Netherlands Drug overdose
Bill Kenny 63 March 23, 1978 New Westminster, Canada Respiratory illness[95]
Money Johnson 60 March 28, 1978 New York City, New York, USA
Sandy Denny 31 April 21, 1978 London, England Cerebral hemorrhage after accidental fall
Juke Boy Bonner 46 June 29, 1978 Houston, Texas, USA Cirrhosis
Glenn Goins 24 July 29, 1978 USA Hodgkin's lymphoma
Joe Negroni 37 September 5, 1978 New York City, New York, USA Cerebral hemorrhage
Al Benson
Radio disc jockey, music promoter and record label owner
70 September 6, 1970 Three Oaks, Michigan, USA
Tom Wilson
Record producer
47 September 6, 1978 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack
Keith Moon
The Who
32 September 7, 1978 London, England Drug overdose[96]
Johnny O'Keefe 43 October 6, 1978 Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia Heart attack
Chris Bell
Big Star
27 December 27, 1978 East Memphis, Tennessee, USA Traffic accident
Donny Hathaway 33 January 13, 1979 New York City, New York, USA Suicide or accidental fall
Grant Green 43 January 31, 1979 New York City, New York, USA Heart attack
Sid Vicious 21 February 2, 1979 New York City, New York, USA Suicide or drug overdose
Roy Montrell 51 March 16, 1979 Amsterdam, Netherlands Drug overdose
Joe Willie Wilkins 56-58 March 28, 1979 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
James Leroy 32 May 10, 1979 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Suicide
Lowell George 34 June 29, 1979 Arlington, Virginia, USA Heart attack
Van McCoy 39 July 6, 1979 Englewood, New Jersey, USA Heart attack
Minnie Riperton
Rotary Connection
31 July 12, 1979 Los Angeles, California, USA Breast cancer
Dorsey Burnette 46 August 19, 1979 Los Angeles, California, USA Coronary thrombosis
Jimmy McCulloch 26 September 27, 1979 London, England Morphine poisoning
Gus Cannon 96 October 15, 1979 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Tiki Fulwood 35 October 29, 1979 USA Stomach cancer
John Glascock
Carmen, Jethro Tull
28 November 17, 1979 London, England Congenital heart defect
Jackie Brenston 49-51 December 15, 1979 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Heart attack
Voyle Gilmore
Record producer from Capitol Records
67 December 19, 1979

1980s

Name Age Date Location Cause of death
Georgeanna Tillman
The Marvelettes
35 January 6, 1980 Inkster, Michigan, USA Complications from sickle cell anemia and lupus
Larry Williams 44 January 7, 1980 Los Angeles, California, USA Suicide
Professor Longhair 61 January 23, 1980 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Heart attack
Jimmy Durante 86 January 29, 1980 Santa Monica, California, USA Pneumonia
Edward Lewis
Record producer for Decca Records
79 January 29, 1980 Chelsea, London, England Cancer
Warren Smith 47 January 30, 1980 Heart attack
Bon Scott
AC/DC
33 February 19, 1980 Dulwich, London, England Alcohol poisoning[97]
Jacob Miller
Inner Circle
27 March 23, 1980 Kingston, Jamaica Traffic accident
Ian Curtis
Joy Division
23 May 18, 1980 Macclesfield, England Suicide by hanging[98]
Carl Radle
Derek and the Dominos
37 May 30, 1980 Kidney infection
Keith Godchaux
The Grateful Dead
32 July 23, 1980 Marin County, California, USA Traffic accident
George Scott III 26 August 5, 1980 New York City, New York, USA Drug overdose
John Bonham
Led Zeppelin
32 September 25, 1980 Windsor, England Asphyxiation on vomit[99]
Pat Hare 49 September 26, 1980 St. Paul Minnesota, USA Lung cancer
Lincoln Chase 54 October 6, 1980 Metro Atlanta, USA
Steve Peregrin Took
T. Rex
31 October 27, 1980 Ladbroke Grove, London, England Asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry[100]
O. V. Wright 41 November 16, 1980 Mobile, Alabama, USA Heart attack
Darby Crash
Germs
22 December 7, 1980 Los Angeles, California, USA Suicide by intentional drug overdose
John Lennon
The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band
40 December 8, 1980 New York City, New York, USA Shot by Mark David Chapman[101]
Tim Hardin 39 December 29, 1980 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose
Robert Pete Williams 66 December 31, 1980 Rosedale, Louisiana, USA
Felton Jarvis 46 January 3, 1981 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Stroke
Blind James Campbell 74 January 22, 1981 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Bill Haley
Bill Haley & His Comets
55 February 9, 1981 Harlingen, Texas, USA Brain tumor or heart attack
Mike Bloomfield 37 February 15, 1981 San Francisco, California, USA Drug overdose
Little Hat Jones 81 March 7, 1981 Naples, Texas, USA
Tampa Red 77 March 19, 1981 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Bob Hite 38 April 6, 1981 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack[102]
Kit Lambert 45 April 7, 1981 Middlesex, England Cerebral hemorrhage after fall down stairs[103]
Austin Pitre 63 April 8, 1981 Elton, Louisiana, USA
Steve Currie
T. Rex
33 April 28, 1981 Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal Traffic accident
Bob Marley
The Wailers
36 May 11, 1981 Miami, Florida, USA Acral lentiginous melanoma
Ernie Freeman 58 May 16, 1981 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack
Roy Brown 55 May 25, 1981 San Fernando, California, USA Heart attack
Mary Lou Williams 71 May 28, 1981 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Bladder cancer
Chuck Wagon
The Dickies
24 June 28, 1981 San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA Suicide
Rushton Moreve
Steppenwolf
32 July 1, 1981 Los Angeles, California, USA Traffic accident
Hubert Johnson
The Contours
40 July 11, 1981 Detroit, Michigan, USA Suicide
Harry Chapin 38 July 16, 1981 Jericho, New York, USA Traffic accident[104]
Guy Stevens
Record producer and band manager from Hapshash and the Coloured Coat, Mott the Hoople, Procol Harum and The Clash
38 August 28, 1981 South London, England Prescription drug overdose
Sandra Tilley
The Velvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas
38 September 9, 1981 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Complications from brain surgery
Furry Lewis 88 September 14, 1981 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Heart failure
Big Walter Horton 60 December 8, 1981 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart failure
Pigmeat Markham 77 December 13, 1981 The Bronx, New York, USA Stroke
Tommy Tucker 48 January 22, 1982 Newark, New Jersey, USA Food poisoning[105]
Lightnin' Hopkins 69 January 30, 1982 Houston, Texas, USA Esophageal cancer
Alex Harvey
Sensational Alex Harvey Band
46 February 4, 1982 Zeebrugge, Belgium Heart attack[106]
John Belushi
The Blues Brothers
33 March 5, 1982 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose[107]
Randy Rhoads
Quiet Riot
25 March 19, 1982 Leesburg, Florida, USA Plane accident
Floyd Smith 65 March 29, 1982 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Lester Bangs 33 April 30, 1982 New York City, New York, USA Drug overdose
Neil Bogart
Record producer for Kiss and music executive from Casablanca Records
39 May 8, 1982 Cancer
Rusty Day
The Amboy Dukes
36 June 3, 1982 Longwood, Florida, USA Murder
Addie Harris
The Shirelles
42 June 10, 1982 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Heart attack
Art Pepper 56 June 15, 1982 Los Angeles. California, USA Stroke
James Honeyman-Scott
The Pretenders
25 June 16, 1982 London, England Overdose of cocaine[108]
Jane Vasey
Downchild Blues Band
32-33 July 6, 1982 Canada Leukemia
Bill Justis 55 July 15, 1982 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Cancer
Nick Lucas 84 July 28, 1982 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Double pneumonia
Joe Tex 47 August 13, 1982 Navasota, Texas, USA Heart attack
Dave Torbert
Kingfish, New Riders of the Purple Sage
34 December 7, 1982 Heart attack
Marty Robbins 57 December 8, 1982 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Heart attack
Rebop Kwaku Baah
Traffic, Can
38 January 12, 1983 Stockholm, Sweden Cerebral hemorrhage
Lamar Williams
The Allman Brothers Band
34 January 21, 1983 Lung cancer
Billy Fury 42 January 28, 1983 London, England Heart attack[109]
Lorraine Ellison 51 January 31, 1983 Ovarian cancer
Sam Chatmon 86 February 2, 1983 Hollandale, Mississippi, USA
Karen Carpenter
The Carpenters
32 February 4, 1983 Downey, California, USA Heart attack due to anorexia[110]
Dig Richards 42 February 17, 1983 Sydney, Australia Pancreatic cancer[111]
Danny Rapp
Danny & The Juniors
41 April 5, 1983 Parker, Arizona, USA Suicide
Pete Farndon
The Pretenders
30 April 14, 1983 London, England Drowning after drug overdose
Felix Pappalardi
Mountain
43 April 17, 1983 New York City, New York, USA Shot by his wife Gail Collins Pappalardi
Earl Hines 79 April 22, 1983 Oakland, California, USA Heart attack
Muddy Waters 70 April 30, 1983 Westmont, Illinois, USA Heart attack
J. B. Hutto 57 June 12, 1983 Harvey, Illinois, USA Cancer
Walter Jackson 45 June 20, 1983 Chicago, Illinois, USA Cerebral hemorrhage
Larry Darnell 54 July 3, 1983 Columbus, Ohio, USA Lung cancer
Chris Wood
Traffic
39 July 12, 1983 Birmingham, England Pneumonia
Frank Fenter
Record producer and music industry executive of Atlantic Records and Capricorn Records
47 July 21, 1983 Macon, Georgia, USA
Jimmy Liggins 64 July 21, 1983 Durham, North Carolina, USA
Wild Bill Moore 65 August 1, 1983 Los Angeles, California, USA
James Jamerson
The Funk Brothers
47 August 2, 1983 Los Angeles, California, USA Complications of cirrhosis, heart failure and pneumonia
Klaus Nomi 39 August 6, 1983 New York City, New York, USA Complications due to AIDS
Willie Bobo 49 September 15, 1983 Cancer
George "Harmonica" Smith 59 October 2, 1983 Los Angeles, California, USA
Hugh Mundell 21 October 14, 1983 Kingston, Jamaica Murder by gunshot
James Booker 43 November 8, 1983 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
John Grimaldi
Argent, Flux, Cheap Flights
28 November 15, 1983 USA
Tom Evans
Badfinger
36 November 19, 1983 London, England Suicide
Dennis Wilson
The Beach Boys
39 December 28, 1983 Marina del Rey, California, USA Accidental drowning
Alexis Korner 55 January 1, 1984 Westminster, London Cancer
Jackie Wilson
Billy Ward and his Dominoes
49 January 21, 1984 Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA Complications of pneumonia
Paul Gardiner
Tubeway Army
25 February 4, 1984 Northolt, Middlesex, England Drug overdose
Tom Jans 36 March 25, 1984 Los Angeles. California, USA Drug overdose
Marvin Gaye 44 April 1, 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA Gunshot
Ral Donner 41 April 6, 1984 Chicago, Illinois, USA Lung cancer
Red Garland 60 April 23, 1984 Dallas, Texas, USA Heart attack
Count Basie 79 April 26, 1984 Hollywood, Florida, USA Pancreatic cancer
Z. Z. Hill 48 April 27, 1984 Dallas, Texas, USA Heart attack
Moses "Whispering" Smith 52 April 28, 1984 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Nate Nelson
The Flamingos
52 June 1, 1984 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Heart attack
Meredith Willson 82 June 15, 1984 Santa Monica, California, USA Heart failure
Harmonica Slim 49 June 16, 1984 Texarkana, Texas, USA
Big Mama Thornton 57 July 25, 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack
Esther Phillips 48 August 7, 1984 Carson, California, USA Drug overdose
Percy Mayfield 63 August 11, 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack
Lenny Breau 43 August 12, 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA Murder by strangulation
Hammie Nixon 76 August 17, 1984 Jackson, Tennessee, USA
Titus Turner 51 September 13, 1984 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Shelly Manne 64 September 26, 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack
Geater Davis 42 September 29, 1984 Dallas, Texas, USA Heart attack
Teddy Reig
Record producer, record company executive and co-founded of Roost Records
58 September 29, 1984 Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Steve Goodman 36 September 30, 1984 Seattle, Washington, USA Leukemia
Keith Hudson 38 November 14, 1984 New York, USA
Razzle
Hanoi Rocks
24 December 8, 1984 Redondo Beach, California, USA Traffic accident
Eddie "Bongo" Brown
The Funk Brothers
52 December 28, 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart ailment
Georgie Stoll
Musical director from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
79 January 18, 1985
Kenny Clarke 71 January 26, 1985 Montreuil, France
David Byron
Uriah Heep
38 February 28, 1985 Reading, Berkshire, England Alcohol-related complications
Robert Blackwell
Record producer and arranger
66 March 9, 1985 Hacienda Heights, Whittier, California, USA Pneumonia
Bob Shad
Record producer for Big Brother and the Holding Company
65 March 13, 1985 Beverly Hills, California, USA
Willie Mabon 59 April 19, 1985 Paris, France
Johnny Fuller 56 May 20, 1985 Oakland, California, USA Lung cancer
Pee Wee Crayton 70 July 25, 1985 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack
Kyu Sakamoto 43 August 12, 1985 Mount Osutaka, Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, Japan Plane accident
Philly Joe Jones 62 August 30, 1985 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Heart attack
Jo Jones 73 September 3, 1985 New York City, New York, USA Pneumonia
Little Brother Montgomery 79 September 6, 1985 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Blind John Davis 71 October 12, 1985 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ricky Wilson
The B-52's
32 October 12, 1985 New York City, New York, USA Complications due to AIDS
Big Joe Turner 74 November 24, 1985 Inglewood, California, USA Heart attack
Ian Stewart
The Rolling Stones
47 December 12, 1985 London, England Heart attack
Curley Moore 42 December 14, 1985 Algiers, Louisiana, USA
D. Boon
The Minutemen
27 December 22, 1985 Tucson, Arizona, USA Traffic accident
Gus Jenkins 54 December 22, 1985 Los Angeles, California, USA
Tommy Blake 54 December 24, 1985
Andy Chapin
The Association
34 December 31, 1985 De Kalb, Texas, USA Plane accident
Ricky Nelson 45 December 31, 1985 De Kalb, Texas, USA Plane accident
Phil Lynott
Thin Lizzy
36 January 4, 1986 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England Heart failure and pneumonia caused by alcohol and drug use[112]
Joe Farrell
Return to Forever
48 January 10, 1986 Los Angeles, California, USA Myelodysplastic syndrome
Albert Grossman 59 January 25, 1986 USA Heart attack
John R.
American disc jockey and record producer
75 February 15, 1986 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Robbie Basho 45 February 28, 1986 Stroke
Richard Manuel
The Band
42 March 4, 1986 Winter Park, Florida, USA Suicide by hanging
Sonny Terry 74 March 11, 1986 Mineola, New York, USA Natural causes
Mark Dinning 52 March 22, 1986 Jefferson City, Missouri, USA Heart attack
O'Kelly Isley, Jr.
The Isley Brothers
48 March 31, 1986 Alpine, New Jersey, USA Heart attack
Hank Mobley 55 May 30, 1986 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Pneumonia
Benny Goodman 77 June 13, 1986 New York, New York, USA Leukemia
William B. Williams
American disc jockey
62 August 3, 1986 New York City, New York, USA Acute anemia and respiratory failure
Thad Jones 63 August 20, 1986 Copenhagen, Denmark Cancer
Cliff Burton
Metallica
24 September 27, 1986 Ljungby Municipality, Sweden Traffic accident
Moses Asch 80 October 19, 1986 New York City, New York, USA
Esquerita 50 October 23, 1986 Harlem, New York, USA HIV/AIDS
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis 64 November 3, 1986 Culver City, California, USA Cancer
Bobby Nunn
The Coasters
63 November 5, 1986 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart failure
Bea Booze 74 November 11, 1986 Scottsville, New York, USA
Scatman Crothers 76 November 22, 1986 Van Nuys, California, USA Pneumonia and lung cancer
Lee Dorsey 61 December 1, 1986 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Emphysema
Hollywood Fats
Canned Heat, The Blasters
32 December 8, 1986 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose
Kate Wolf 44 December 10, 1986 San Francisco, California, USA Leukemia
Handsome Ned 29 January 10, 1987 Toronto, Ontario, USA Accidentally drug overdose
Rauli Somerjoki 39 January 14, 1987 Helsinki, Finland Alcohol-related ailments
Alfred Lion
Record executive and co-founder of Blue Note Records
78 February 2, 1987 San Diego, California, USA
Liberace 67 February 4, 1987 Palm Springs, California, USA HIV/AIDS
Tony Destra
Cinderella, Britny Fox
32 February 8, 1987
Jimmy Holiday 52 February 15, 1987 Iowa City, Iowa, USA Congestive heart failure
Norman Harris
MFSB
39 March 14, 1987 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Cardiovascular disease
Tony Stratton-Smith
Record producer and manager from The Nice, Van der Graaf Generator, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and co-founder of Charisma Records
53 March 19, 1987 London, England Stomach cancer
Buddy Rich 69 April 2, 1987 Los Angeles, California, USA Brain tumor
Maxine Sullivan 75 April 7, 1987 New York City, New York, USA
Carlton Barrett
The Wailers
36 April 17, 1987 Kingston, Jamaica, USA Murder by gunshot
Irving Ashby 66 April 22, 1987 Perris, California, USA
Paul Butterfield
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
44 May 4, 1987 North Hollywood, California, USA Heart attack
Allen Jones
Record producer for The Bar-Kays
46 May 5, 1987 Heart attack
Victor Feldman 53 May 12, 1987 Woodland Hills, California, USA Heart attack
Gary Driscoll
Rainbow
41 June 8, 1987 Ithaca, New York, USA Murdered
Kid Thomas Valentine 91 June 18, 1987
Fred Astaire 88 June 22, 1987 Los Angeles, California, USA Pneumonia
Elizabeth Cotten 94 June 29, 1987 Syracuse, New York, USA
Snakefinger
The Residents
38 July 1, 1987 Linz, Austria Heart attack
John Hammond
Record producer for Columbia Records
76 July 10, 1987 Stroke
Pete King
After the Fire, BAP, The Flys
28 July 15, 1987 USA Testicular cancer
Howard McGhee 69 July 17, 1987 New York City, USA
Alex Sadkin
Record producer for Arcadia, Simply Red, Thompson Twins, Boom Crash Opera and Duran Duran
38 July 25, 1987 Traffic accident
Joe Liggins 71 July 31, 1987 Lynwood, California, USA Stroke
David A. Martin
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
50 August 2, 1987 USA Heart attack
Scott La Rock
Boogie Down Productions
25 August 27, 1987 New York City, New York, USA Gunshot
Peter Tosh
The Wailers
42 September 11, 1987 Kingston, Jamaica Murder by gunshot
Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report
35 September 21, 1987 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Brain hemorrhage following beating[113]
Ted Taylor
The Cadets
53 October 2, 1987 Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA Traffic accident
Woody Herman 74 October 29, 1987 West Hollywood, California, USA Pneumonia
Luke "Long Gone" Miles 62 November 22, 1987 Los Angeles, California, USA
Little Willy Foster 65 November 25, 1987 Cancer
Slam Stewart
Slim & Slam
73 December 10, 1987 Binghamton, New York, USA
Conny Plank
Record producer and also known as Moebius & Plank
47 December 18, 1987 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Cancer
John Spence
No Doubt
18 December 21, 1987 Anaheim, California, USA Suicide
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller 54 December 25, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Nat Tarnopol
Record producer for Brunswick Records
56 December 25, 1987 Heart failure
John Dopyera 94 January 3, 1988 Grants Pass, Oregon, USA
Joe Albany 63 January 12, 1988 New York City, New York, USA Respiratory failure
Rene; Hall 75 February 11, 1988 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart disease
John Curulewski
Styx
37 February 13, 1988 Chicago, Illinois, USA Brain aneurysm
Alexander Bashlachev 27 February 17, 1988 Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union Fall from the window (most likely suicide)
Memphis Slim 72 February 24, 1988 Paris, France Renal failure
Divine 42 March 7, 1988 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart enlargement after years of obesity
Andy Gibb
Younger brother of the Bee Gees
30 March 10, 1988 Oxford, England Myocarditis worsened by drug addiction
Moody Jones 79 March 23, 1988 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dave Prater
Sam & Dave
50 April 9, 1988 Sycamore, Georgia, USA Traffic accident
Brook Benton 56 April 9, 1988 Queens, New York City, USA Meningitis
Pony Poindexter 62 April 14, 1988 Oakland, California, USA
Carolyn Franklin 43 April 25, 1988 Bloomfield, Michigan, USA Breast cancer
B. W. Stevenson 38 April 28, 1988 Heart valve surgery complications
Claude Demetrius 71 May 1, 1988 New York City, New York, USA
Chet Baker 58 May 13, 1988 Amsterdam, Netherlands Accident
Gil Evans 75 May 20, 1988 Cuernavaca, Mexico Peritonitis
Ted Dunbar 51 May 29, 1988 New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA Stroke
Dick Jacobs
Record producer from Decca Records, Brunswick Records
70 May 30, 1988 New York City, New York, USA
Jesse Ed Davis 43 June 22, 1988 Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose
Hillel Slovak
Red Hot Chili Peppers
26 June 25, 1988 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose
Jimmy Soul 45 June 25, 1988 Spring Valley, New York, USA Heart attack
Nico 49 July 18, 1988 Ibiza, Spain Cerebral haemorrhage after fall from bicycle[114]
Priscilla Bowman 60 July 24, 1988 Kansas City, Missouri, USA Lung cancer
Fred Below
The Aces
61 August 13, 1988 Chicago, Illinois, USA Cancer
Robert Calvert
Hawkwind
43 August 14, 1988 Ramsgate, England Heart attack
Roy Buchanan 48 August 14, 1988 Fairfax County, Virginia, USA Suicide by hanging
Tim Davis
The Steve Miller Band
44 September 20, 1988 Complications related to diabetes
J. C. Heard 71 September 27, 1988 Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Cliff Gallup 58 October 9, 1988 Norfolk, Virginia, USA Heart attack
Son House 86 October 19, 1988 Detroit, Michigan, USA Laryngeal cancer
Black Randy
Black Randy and the Metrosquad
36 November 11, 1988 Los Angeles, California, USA HIV/AIDS[115][116]
Roy Orbison
Traveling Wilburys
52 December 6, 1988 Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA Heart attack
Sylvester 41 December 16, 1988 San Francisco, California, USA AIDS
Paul Jeffreys
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
36 December 21, 1988 Lockerbie, Scotland Pan Am Flight 103 bombing and subsequent accident
Whistlin' Alex Moore 89 January 20, 1989 Dallas, Texas, USA Heart attack
Donnie Elbert 52 January 26, 1989 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Stroke
Alvin "Bobby" Baylor
The Solitaires, The Mello-Moods
53 January 27, 1989 Pneumonia
Blaze Foley 39 February 1, 1989 Austin, Texas, USA Gunshot
Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns
Homer and Jethro
68 February 4, 1989 Evanston, Illinois, USA Prostate cancer
Joe Raposo
Television writer and lyrics from Sesame Street
51 February 5, 1989 Bronxville, New York, USA Lymphoma
King Tubby 48 February 6, 1989 Kingston, Jamaica Gunshot
Hip Linkchain 52 February 13, 1989 Chicago, Illinois, USA Cancer
Vincent Crane
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Dexys Midnight Runners
45 February 14, 1989 Westminster, London, England Drug overdose
Marek Blizinski 41 March 17, 1989 Warsaw, Poland
Ray Agee 68 April 15, 1989 Los Angeles, California, USA
Dmitry Selivanov 25 April 22, 1989 Novosibirsk, Russia Suicide
Ron Wilson
The Surfaris
44 May 7, 1989 Placer County, California, USA Brain aneurysm
Good Rockin' Charles 56 May 17, 1989 Chicago, Illinois, USA
John Cipollina
Quicksilver Messenger Service
45 May 29, 1989 San Francisco, California, USA Emphysema
Vivian Carter
Record producer, company executive and co-founded of Vee Jay Records
68 June 12, 1989 Hypertension, diabetes and stroke
Pete de Freitas
Echo & the Bunnymen
27 June 14, 1989 London, England Traffic accident
Vic Maile 45 July 11, 1989 Cancer
Nesuhi Ertegun
Record producer, record executive of Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group
71 July 15, 1989 New York City, USA Complications of cancer surgery
Bull Moose Jackson 70 July 31, 1989 Cleveland, Ohio, USA Lung cancer
Larry Parnes 59 August 4, 1989 London, England Meningitis
Sonny Thompson 65 August 11, 1989 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Mickey Hawks 49 August 31, 1989 North Carolina, USA
Tim Hovey
New Riders of the Purple Sage
43 September 9, 1989 Watsonville, California, USA Drug overdose
Gene Nobles
American disc jockey
76 September 21, 1989 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Cousin Joe 81 October 2, 1989 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Natural causes
Alan Murphy
Go West, Level 42
35 October 19, 1989 HIV/AIDS
Ewan MacColl 74 October 22, 1989 Brompton, London, England Complications following heart surgery
Dickie Goodman
Record producer
55 November 8, 1989 North Carolina, USA Suicide
Freddie Waits 49 November 18, 1989 New York City, New York, USA Kidney failure
Billy Lyall
Bay City Rollers, Pilot
36 December 1, 1989 AIDS
Floyd Jones 72 December 19, 1989 Chicago, Illinois, USA [117]

1990s

Name Age Date Location Cause of death
Gene Phillips 74 January 10, 1990 Lakewood, California, USA
Melanie Appleby
Mel and Kim
23 January 18, 1990 Pneumonia[118]
Allen Collins
Lynyrd Skynyrd
37 January 23, 1990 Jacksonville, Florida, USA Pneumonia
Mel Lewis 60 February 2, 1990 New York City, USA
Del Shannon 55 February 8, 1990 Santa Clarita, California, USA Suicide by gunshot[119]
Johnnie Ray 63 February 24, 1990 Los Angeles, California, USA Liver failure[120]
Cornell Gunter
The Coasters
53 February 26, 1990 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Murder[121]
Shakey Jake Harris 68 March 2, 1990 Forrest City, Arkansas, USA
Ric Grech
Family, Traffic, Blind Faith
43 March 17, 1990 Leicester, England Liver and kidney failure
Andrew Wood
Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone
24 March 19, 1990 Seattle, Washington, USA Drug overdose
Sarah Vaughan 66 April 3, 1990 Hidden Hills, California, USA Lung cancer[122]
Thurston Harris
The Sharps
58 April 14, 1990 Pomona, California, USA Heart attack
Wesley Rose
Music industry executive and record producer
72 April 26, 1990 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Sammy Lawhorn 54 April 29, 1990 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Emily Remler 32 May 4, 1990 Sydney, Australia Heart attack
Sammy Davis Jr. 64 May 16, 1990 Beverly Hills, California, USA

Throat cancer[123]

Morris Levy
Record producer for Roulette Records
62 May 21, 1990 Liver cancer
Gary Usher
The Beach Boys, The Byrds
51 May 25, 1990 Los Angeles, California, USA Cancer
Stiv Bators
The Dead Boys, The Lords of the New Church
40 June 4, 1990 Paris, France Traffic accident
Jim Hodder
Steely Dan
42 June 5, 1990 Point Arena, California, USA Drowning
Rob Graves
Bags, 45 Grave, The Gun Club
31-32 June 28, 1990 USA
Gerry Boulet
Offenbach
44 July 18, 1990 Cancer
Brent Mydland
The Grateful Dead
37 July 26, 1990 Lafayette, California, USA Drug overdose
Bobby Day 60 July 27, 1990 Los Angeles, California, USA Cancer
Larry Birdsong 56 August 7, 1990 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Joel Rundell
Better Than Ezra
24 August 8, 1990 Suicide
Lafayette Leake 71 August 14, 1990 Chicago, Illinois, USA Diabetic coma
Viktor Tsoi
Kino
28 August 15, 1990 Tukums, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union Traffic accident
Boogie Bill Webb 66 August 22, 1990 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Double Trouble
35 August 27, 1990 East Troy, Wisconsin, USA Helicopter accident
Tom Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival
48 September 6, 1990 Scottsdale, Arizona, USA Tuberculosis
Ray Stephens
Village People
35 October 4, 1990 Undisclosed illness[124]
Sam Taylor 74 October 5, 1990 Westchester, New York, USA
B.J. Wilson
Procol Harum
43 October 8, 1990 Corvallis, Oregon, USA Drug overdose[125]
Art Blakey 71 October 16, 1990 New York City, New York, USA Lung cancer
Gervasio
Los Nafragos
42 October 28, 1990 Talagante, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile Murder
Bobby Scott 53 November 5, 1990 New York City, New York, USA Lung cancer
Ronnie Dyson 40 November 10, 1990 Brooklyn, New York, USA Heart failure
Lester Williams 70 November 13, 1990 Houston, Texas, USA
Dee Clark 52 December 7, 1990 Smyrna, Georgia, USA Heart attack
Goree Carter 59 December 29, 1990 Houston, Texas, USA
Buck Ram 83 January 1, 1991 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Steve Clark
Def Leppard
30 January 8, 1991 London, England Accidental overdose
Stan Szelest
The Band
47 January 20, 1991 Woodstock, New York, USA Heart attack
Karen Young 39 January 26, 1991 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Roger Patterson
Atheist
22 February 12, 1991 Traffic accident
George Motola
Record producer for Modern Records
71 February 15, 1991 Los Angeles, California, USA
Bob Geddins
Record producer
78 February 16, 1991 Liver cancer
Slim Gaillard
Slim & Slam
75 February 26, 1991 London, England
Frank Esler-Smith
Air Supply
42 March 1, 1991 Melbourne, Australia Pneumonia
Doc Pomus 65 March 14, 1991 Manhattan, New York City, USA Lung cancer
Billy Butler 66 March 20, 1991 Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Leo Fender 81 March 21, 1991 Fullerton, California, USA
Dave Guard
The Kingston Trio
56 March 22, 1991 Rollinsford, New Hampshire, USA Lymphatic cancer
Paul Gayten 71 March 26, 1991 Los Angeles, California, USA
Henry Glover 69 April 7, 1991 St. Albans, New York, USA Heart attack
Per "Dead" Ohlin
Mayhem
22 April 8, 1991 Oslo, Norway Suicide
Steve Marriott
Small Faces, Humble Pie
44 April 21, 1991 Essex, England House fire[126]
Johnny Thunders
The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers
38 April 23, 1991 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Drug-related causes; suspicious
Odia Coates 49 May 19, 1991 Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, California, USA Drug overdose
Gene Clark
The Byrds
46 May 24, 1991 Sherman Oaks, California, USA Bleeding ulcer
David Ruffin
The Temptations
50 June 1, 1991 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Drug overdose[127]
Stan Getz 64 June 6, 1991 Malibu, California, USA Liver cancer
Richard Holmes 60 June 29, 1991 St. Louis, Missouri, USA Prostate cancer
Willie Nix 68 July 8, 1991 Leland, Mississippi, USA
Dootsie Williams
Record producer for The Penguins
80 August 21, 1991 Los Angeles, California, USA
Mike Naumenko
Zoopark
36 August 27, 1991 Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union Cerebral hemorrhage
Peter Slaghuis
VideoKids
30 September 5, 1991 Amsterdam, Netherlands Traffic accident
Rob Tyner
MC5
46 September 18, 1991 Berkley, Michigan, USA Heart attack
Miles Davis 65 September 28, 1991 Santa Monica, California, USA Pneumonia, respiratory failure, and stroke
J. Frank Wilson
J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
49 October 4, 1991 Lufkin, Texas, USA Alcoholism and complications from diabetes
Ole Beich
Guns N' Roses
36 October 16, 1991 Copenhagen, Denmark Drowning
Bill Graham
Promoter of Various Bands
60 October 25, 1991 Vallejo, California, USA Helicopter accident[128]
Jim Reese
The Bobby Fuller Four
49 October 26, 1991 Lufkin, Texas, USA Heart attack
Mort Shuman 54 November 2, 1991 London, England Cancer
Eric Carr
Kiss
41 November 24, 1991 New York City, New York, USA Heart cancer and subsequent brain hemorrhage
Freddie Mercury
Queen
45 November 24, 1991 London, England Complications due to AIDS[129]
Headman Shabalala
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
46 December 10, 1991 Gunshot
King Kolax 79 December 18, 1991 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Beaver Harris 55 December 22, 1991 Prostate cancer
Jerry Nolan
The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers
45 January 14, 1992 New York City, New York, USA Stroke and subsequent coma
Dee Murray 45 January 15, 1992 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Skin cancer and subsequent stroke
Willie Dixon 76 January 29, 1992 Burbank, California, USA Heart failure
Sudirman Arshad 37 February 22, 1992 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Stroke
Mary Osborne 70 March 4, 1992 Bakersfield, California, USA Cancer
Arthur Russell 40 April 4, 1992 New York, New York, USA AIDS[130]
Sammy Price 92 April 14, 1992 New York City, USA Heart attack
Johnny Shines 76 April 20, 1992 Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Brian MacLeod
Chilliwack, Headpins
39 April 25, 1992 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Bone cancer
Sharon Redd 46 May 1, 1992 Westchester County, New York, USA Pneumonia
Iosu Expsito
Eskorbuto
31 May 31, 1992 Baracaldo, Spain Drug overdose
Peter Allen 48 June 18, 1992 San Diego, California, USA HIV/AIDS
Stefanie Sargent
7 Year Bitch
24 June 27, 1992 Seattle, Washington, USA Asphyxiation after taking alcohol and heroin
Howard Roberts 62 June 28, 1992 Seattle, Washington, USA Prostate cancer
Boogie Woogie Red 66 July 2, 1992 Detroit, Michigan, USA
Paul Hackman
Helix
38 July 5, 1992 Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Traffic accident
Mary Wells 49 July 26, 1992 Los Angeles, California, USA Pneumonia and throat cancer[131]
Jeff Porcaro
Toto
38 August 5, 1992 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack due to allergic reaction or cocaine use (disputed)
Tony Williams
The Platters
64 August 14, 1992 New York City, New York, USA Emphysema
Mark Heard 40 August 16, 1992 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart attack
Earl Van Dyke
The Funk Brothers
62 September 18, 1992 Detroit, Michigan, USA Prostate cancer[132]
Eddie Kendricks
The Temptations
52 October 5, 1992 Birmingham, Alabama, USA Lung cancer[133]
Larry Levan 38 November 8, 1992 Manhattan, New York City, USA Heart failure resulting from endocarditis[134]
Bobby McClure 50 November 13, 1992 Los Angeles, California, USA Stroke
Ricky Williams
Flipper
36 November 21, 1992 El Camino, California, USA Drug overdose
Andy Kirk 94 December 11, 1992 New York City, New York, USA
Albert King 69 December 21, 1992 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Heart attack
Eddie Hazel
Funkadelic
42 December 23, 1992 Brooklyn, New York, USA Internal bleeding and liver failure
Dizzy Gillespie 75 January 6, 1993 Englewood, New Jersey, USA Pancreatic cancer[135]
Helno
Lucrate Milk
29 January 22, 1993 Paris, France Drug overdose
Toy Caldwell
Marshall Tucker Band
45 February 25, 1993 Moore, South Carolina, USA
Jake Porter
Record producer and co-founder of Combo Records
76 March 25, 1993 Los Angeles, California, USA
Eugene Church 55 April 3, 1993 Los Angeles, California, USA Cancer
Mick Ronson
Mott the Hoople, The Spiders from Mars
46 April 30, 1993 London, England Liver cancer
Louis Brooks 82 May 5, 1993 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Marv Johnson 54 May 16, 1993 Columbia, South Carolina, USA Stroke
Doctor Ross 67 May 28, 1993 Flint, Michigan, USA
Sun Ra 79 May 30, 1993 Pneumonia
Dupree Bolton 64 June 5, 1993 Oakland, California, USA Cardiac arrest
Conway Twitty 59 June 5, 1993 Springfield, Missouri, USA Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Arthur Alexander 53 June 9, 1993 Heart attack
John Campbell 41 June 13, 1993 New York City, New York, USA Heart failure[136]
Luther Tucker 57 June 18, 1993 Greenbrae, California, USA Heart attack
GG Allin
The Jabbers, The Scumfucs, The Murder Junkies
36 June 28, 1993 New York City, New York, USA Drug overdose
Wong Ka Kui
Beyond
31 June 30, 1993 Tokyo, Japan Internal bleeding due to head injuries
Dave Rubinstein
Reagan Youth
28 July 3, 1993 Suicide by anti-depressant overdose
Mia Zapata
The Gits
27 July 7, 1993 Seattle, Washington, USA Murder
Boston Blackie 49 July 11, 1993 Stabbing
Richard Tee 49 July 21, 1993 The Bronx, New York, USA Prostate cancer
Don Myrick
Earth, Wind & Fire
53 July 30, 1993 Los Angeles, California, USA Gunshot
Rob "The Bass Thing" Jones
The Wonder Stuff
29 July 31, 1993 New York City, New York, USA Drug overdose
Randy Jo Hobbs
The McCoys, Montrose
45 August 5, 1993 Dayton, Ohio, USA Heart failure
Euronymous
Mayhem
25 August 10, 1993 Oslo, Norway Stabbed by Varg Vikernes
Johnny Sayles 56 August 17, 1993 Hazel Crest, Illinois, USA Heart attack
Phil Seymour
Dwight Twilley
41 August 17, 1993 USA Cancer
Lefty Dizz 56 September 7, 1993 Chicago, Illinois, USA Esophageal cancer
Wade Flemons
Earth, Wind & Fire
53 October 13, 1993 Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Cancer
Criss Oliva
Savatage
30 October 17, 1993 Zephyrhills, Florida, USA Traffic accident
River Phoenix
Alexa's Attic
23 October 31, 1993 West Hollywood, California, USA Drug overdose
Albert Collins 61 November 24, 1993 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Cancer
Jerry Edmonton
Steppenwolf
47 November 28, 1993 Santa Barbara, California, USA Traffic accident
Ray Gillen
Black Sabbath, Badlands, Sun Red Sun
34 December 1, 1993 New York City, New York, USA AIDS related
Frank Zappa
The Mothers of Invention
52 December 4, 1993 Los Angeles, California, USA Prostate cancer
Doug Hopkins
Gin Blossoms
32 December 5, 1993 Tempe, Arizona, USA Suicide
Michael Clarke
The Byrds
47 December 19, 1993 Treasure Island, Florida, USA Liver failure
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont
The Morwells, Roots Radics
38 December 31, 1993 USA Prostate cancer
Silas Hogan 82 January 9, 1994 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Heart disease
Harry Nilsson 52 January 15, 1994 Agoura Hills, California, USA Heart failure
Rhett Forrester
Riot
37 January 22, 1994 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Gunshot
John Littlejohn 62 February 1, 1994 Renal failure
Gary B.B. Coleman 47 February 14, 1994 Center, Texas, USA
Papa John Creach
Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, The Dinosaurs
76 February 22, 1994 Los Angeles, California, USA Pneumonia
Dan Hartman 43 March 22, 1994 Westport, Connecticut, USA Complications from AIDS
Kurt Cobain
Nirvana
27 April 5, 1994 Seattle, Washington, USA Suicide
Lee Brilleaux
Dr. Feelgood
51 April 7, 1994 Canvey Island, Essex, England Lymphoma
Larry Davis 57 April 19, 1994 Los Angeles, California, USA Cancer
Haskell Sadler 59 May 6, 1994 Berkeley, California, USA Complications from diabetes
Joe Pass 65 May 23, 1994 Los Angeles, California, USA Liver cancer
Eric Gale 55 May 25, 1994 Baja California Peninsula, Mexico Lung cancer
Derek Leckenby
Herman's Hermits
51 June 4, 1994 Manchester, England Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Kristen Pfaff
Hole, Janitor Joe
27 June 16, 1994 Seattle, Washington, USA Drug overdose
Eddie Boyd 79 July 13, 1994 Helsinki, Finland
Gary Farr
Gary Farr & The T-Bones
49 July 29, 1994 Los Angeles, California, USA Arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Major Lance 55 September 3, 1994 Decatur, Georgia, USA Heart disease[137]
Nicky Hopkins
The Jeff Beck Group
50 September 6, 1994 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Complications from intestinal surgery
Major Bill Smith
Record producer and record label owner
72 September 12, 1994 Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Haywood Henry 81 September 15, 1994
Danny Gatton 49 October 4, 1994 Newburg, Maryland, USA Suicide by gunshot
Lee Allen 67 October 18, 1994 Los Angeles, California, USA
Jimmy Miller
Record producer for Blind Faith, Spooky Tooth, Motrhead, Primal Scream, and association with The Rolling Stones
52 October 22, 1994 Denver, Colorado, USA Liver failure
Wilbert Harrison 65 October 26, 1994 Spencer, North Carolina, USA Stroke
Robert White
The Funk Brothers
57 October 27, 1994 Los Angeles, California, USA Complications from open heart surgery
Lester Sill
Record producer from Phil Spector's partner in Philles Records
76 October 31, 1994 Los Angeles, California, USA
Fred "Sonic" Smith
MC5
Sonic's Rendezvous Band
45 November 4, 1994 Detroit, Michigan, USA Heart failure
Carmen McRae 72 November 10, 1994 Beverly Hills, California, USA Stroke
Chet Powers
Quicksilver Messenger Service
57 November 16, 1994 Santa Rosa, California, USA
Cab Calloway 86 November 18, 1994 Hockessin, Delaware, USA Stroke
Garnett Silk 28 December 9, 1994 Mandeville, Jamaica
Ted Hawkins 58 January 1, 1995 Los Angeles, California, USA Stroke
Johnny Carroll 57 January 13, 1995 Dallas, Texas, USA Liver failure
Ruby Starr
Black Oak Arkansas
45 January 14, 1995 Toledo, Ohio, USA Lung cancer
David Cole
Record producer for C C Music Factory
32 January 24, 1995 New York, New York, USA
Richey Edwards
Manic Street Preachers
27 February 1, 1995 Cardiff, Wales Declared death in absentia
Tony Secunda
Manager of rock groups from The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Motrhead, Steeleye Span, The Move and T-Rex
54 February 12, 1995 Tiburon, California, USA Heart attack
Denny Cordell
Record producer for The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Move
51 February 18, 1995 Dublin, Ireland Lymphoma
Bob Stinson
The Replacements, Static Taxi
35 February 18, 1995 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Melvin Franklin
The Temptations
52 February 23, 1995 Sherman Oaks, California, USA Complications from a seizure
Willie Johnson 71 February 25, 1995 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Vivian Stanshall
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
51 March 5, 1995 Muswell Hill, London, England House fire
Delroy Wilson 46 March 6, 1995 Kingston, Jamaica Cirrhosis
Ingo Schwichtenberg
Helloween
29 March 8, 1995 Hamburg, West Germany Suicide
Sunnyland Slim 88 March 17, 1995 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Nike Ardilla 19 March 19, 1995 Bandung, Indonesia Traffic accident
Alan Barton
Smokie, Black Lace
41 March 23, 1995 Cologne, Germany Traffic accident
Eazy-E
N.W.A
30 March 26, 1995 Compton, California, USA Complications due to AIDS
Jimmy McShane
Baltimora
37 March 29, 1995 Derry, Northern Ireland Complications due to AIDS
Paul A. Rothchild
Record producer for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
59 March 30, 1995 Hollywood, California, USA Lung cancer
Selena
Selena y Los Dinos
23 March 31, 1995 Corpus Christi, Texas, USA Shot by Yolanda Saldvar
Burl Ives 85 April 14, 1995 Anacortes, Washington, USA Oral cancer[138]
Carl Albert
Vicious Rumors
32 April 22, 1995 Traffic accident
Lonesome Sundown 66 April 23, 1995 Gonzales, Louisiana, USA
Clarence Paul 67 May 6, 1995 Los Angeles, California, USA Complications of heart disease and diabetes
Sims Ellison
Pariah
28 June 6, 1995 Austin, Texas, USA Suicide
Rory Gallagher 47 June 14, 1995 London, England MRSA complications following a liver transplant
Phyllis Hyman 45 June 30, 1995 New York City, New York, USA Drug overdose
Wolfman Jack
American disc jockey
57 July 1, 1995 Belvidere, North Carolina, USA Heart attack
Charlie Rich 62 July 25, 1995 Hammond, Louisiana, USA Acute blood clot
Eddie Hinton 51 July 28, 1995 Birmingham, Alabama, USA Heart attack
Jerry Garcia
The Grateful Dead
53 August 9, 1995 Forest Knolls, California, USA Heart attack
Bobby DeBarge
DeBarge, Switch
39 August 16, 1995 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA HIV/AIDS
Wild Bill Davis 76 August 17, 1995 Moorestown Township, New Jersey, USA
Dwayne Goettel
Skinny Puppy
31 August 23, 1995 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Drug overdose
Ronald White
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
56 August 26, 1995 Detroit, Michigan, USA Leukemia
Sterling Morrison
The Velvet Underground
53 August 30, 1995 Poughkeepsie, New York, USA Cancer
Salil Chowdhury 71 September 5, 1995 Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Larry Gales 59 September 12, 1995
Shannon Hoon
Blind Melon
28 October 21, 1995 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Drug overdose
Florence Greenberg
Music executive and record producer
82 November 2, 1995 Hackensack, New Jersey, USA
Alan Hull
Lindisfarne
50 November 17, 1995 Newcastle, England Heart thrombosis
Matthew Ashman
Bow Wow Wow, Adam and the Ants
35 November 21, 1995 London, England Diabetes
Peter Grant
Music manager from Stone the Crows, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and record executive from Swan Song Records
60 November 21, 1995 Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Tom Clay
American radio personality and disc jockey
66 November 22, 1995 Los Angeles, California, USA Stomach and lung cancer
Junior Walker
Junior Walker & the All Stars
64 November 23, 1995 Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Cancer
David Briggs
Record producer for Crazy Horse
51 November 26, 1995 San Francisco, California, USA Lung cancer
Dean Martin 78 December 25, 1995 Beverly Hills, California, USA Acute respiratory failure [139]
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis 70 December 28, 1995 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart attack
Bob Thiele 73 January 30, 1996 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Kidney failure
Wild Jimmy Spruill 61 February 3, 1996 Washington D.C., USA Heart attack
Brownie McGhee 80 February 16, 1996 Oakland, California, USA Stomach cancer
Terry Stafford 54 March 17, 1996 Amarillo, Texas, USA Liver failuire
Billy Williamson
Bill Haley & His Comets
71 March 22, 1996 Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA Cancer
Don Murray
The Turtles
50 March 22, 1996 Glendale, California, USA Complications following ulcer surgery
Jeffrey Lee Pierce
The Gun Club
37 March 31, 1996 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Cerebral hemorrhage
Guitar Gabriel 70 April 2, 1996 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Bernard Edwards
Chic
43 April 18, 1996 Japan Pneumonia
Johnny "Guitar" Watson 61 May 18, 1996 Yokohama, Japan Myocardial infarction
Kevin Gilbert 29 May 18, 1996 Los Angeles, California, USA Accidental strangulation
Bradley Nowell
Sublime
28 May 25, 1996 San Francisco, California, USA Drug overdose
John Kahn
Legion of Mary, Old and in the Way
49 May 30, 1996 Heart attack
Ella Fitzgerald 79 June 15, 1996 Beverly Hills, California, USA Complications from diabetes
Jim Ellison
Material Issue
32 June 20, 1996 USA Suicide from carbon monoxide poisoning
Louis Gottlieb
The Limeliters
72 July 11, 1996 Sebastopol, California, USA
Jonathan Melvoin
The Smashing Pumpkins
34 July 12, 1996 New York City, New York, USA Drug overdose
John Panozzo
Styx
47 July 16, 1996 Chicago, Illinois, USA Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging
Chas Chandler
The Animals
57 July 17, 1996 Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, England Heart condition
Rob Collins
The Charlatans
33 July 22, 1996 Wales Traffic accident
Jason Thirsk
Pennywise, Humble Gods
28 July 29, 1996 Hermosa Beach, California, USA Suicide by gunshot
Mel Taylor
The Ventures
62 August 11, 1996 Los Angeles, California, USA Lung cancer
Al Cleveland 66 August 14, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Heart disease
Tupac Shakur
Outlawz
25 September 13, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Murder[140]
Bob Gibson 64 September 28, 1996 Portland, Oregon, USA Degenerative brain disease
Chris Acland
Lush
30 October 17, 1996 Burneside, South Lakeland, Cumbria, England Suicide
Eva Cassidy 33 November 2, 1996 Bowie, Maryland, USA Cancer
Bill Doggett 80 November 13, 1996 New York City, New York, USA Heart attack
William Clarke 45 November 2, 1996 Fresno, California, USA
Tiny Tim 64 November 30, 1996 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Heart attack
Patty Donahue
The Waitresses
40 December 9, 1996 Cleveland, Ohio, USA Lung cancer
Dawn Crosby
Detente, Fear of God
33 December 15, 1996 Liver failure
Johnny Heartsman 60 December 27, 1996 Sacramento, California, USA Stroke
Randy California
Spirit
45 January 2, 1997 Molokai, Hawaii, USA Drowning[141]
Alexander Young
Marcus Hook Roll Band, AC/DC
58 January 4, 1997 Hamburg, Germany Lung cancer
Kenny Pickett
The Creation
54 January 10, 1997 London, England Heart attack
Keith Diamond 46 January 18, 1997 Manhattan, New York, USA
Ron Holden 57 January 22, 1997 Rosarito Beach, Mexico Heart attack
Billy Mackenzie
Associates
39 January 22, 1997 Angus, Scotland Drug overdose
Richard Berry 61 January 23, 1997 Inglewood, California, USA Heart failure
Seth Lover 87 January 31, 1997 Garden Grove, California, USA
Brian Connolly
The Sweet
52 February 9, 1997 Slough, Berkshire, England Kidney failure
Jack Owens 92 February 9, 1997 Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA
Ralph Bass
Record producer from Black & White Records, Savoy Records, King Records, Federal Records, and Chess Records
85 March 5, 1997 New York City, New York, USA
The Notorious B.I.G. 24 March 9, 1997 Los Angeles, California, USA Murder
LaVern Baker 67 March 10, 1997 Queens, New York, USA Coronary complications
Ronnie Barron
Canned Heat
53 March 20, 1997 Heart failure
Aaron Collins
The Cadets
66 March 27, 1997 California, USA
Laura Nyro 49 April 8, 1997 Danbury, Connecticut, USA Ovarian cancer
Eldon Hoke
Mentors, The Screamers
39 April 19, 1997 Riverside, California, USA Rail accident
Lovie Lee 88 May 23, 1997 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jeff Buckley 30 May 29, 1997 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Accidental drowning
Ronnie Lane
The Small Faces, Faces
51 June 4, 1997 Trinidad, Colorado, USA Pneumonia
Arthur Prysock 73 June 14, 1997 Hamilton, Bermuda Aneurysm
Bobby Helms 63 June 19, 1997 Martinsville, Indiana, USA Emphysema and asthma
Lawrence Payton
The Four Tops
59 June 20, 1997 Southfield, Michigan, USA Cancer
Louis A. McCall, Sr.
Con Funk Shun
45 June 25, 1997 Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA Murder
Johnny Copeland 60 July 3, 1997 Harlem, New York, USA Congential heart defect
Chuck Wayne 74 July 29, 1997 USA
Luther Allison 57 August 12, 1997 Madison, Wisconsin, USA Metastasis
Jimmy Witherspoon 77 September 18, 1997 Los Angeles, California, USA Throat cancer
Nick Traina
Link 80
19 September 20, 1997 USA Suicide
Phil Medley 81 October 3, 1997
John Denver
The John Denver Band
53 October 12, 1997 Pacific Grove, California, USA Experimental plane accident
Glen Buxton 49 October 19, 1997 Clarion, Iowa, USA Pneumonia
Henry Vestine
Canned Heat
52 October 20, 1997 Paris, France Heart and respiratory failure
Epic Soundtracks
Swell Maps, Crime & the City Solution, These Immortal Souls
38 November 6, 1997 West Hampstead, London, England Inconclusive official cause
Tommy Tedesco 67 November 10, 1997 Northridge, California, USA Lung cancer
Michael Hutchence
INXS
37 November 22, 1997 Sydney, Australia Suicide or accidental strangulation
Michael Hedges 43 December 2, 1997 Mendocino County, California, USA Traffic accident
Kurt Winter
The Guess Who
51 December 14, 1997 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Liver failure[142]
Nicolette Larson 45 December 16, 1997 Los Angeles, California, USA Cerebral edema and liver failure
Jimmy Rogers 73 December 19, 1997 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Floyd Cramer 64 December 31, 1997 Lung cancer
Nick Venet
Record producer and association with The Beach Boys
61 January 2, 1998 Eastside Los Angeles, USA Burkitt's lymphoma
Sonny Bono
Sonny & Cher
62 January 5, 1998 South Lake Tahoe, California, USA Skiing accident
Ken Forssi
The Surfaris, Love
54 January 10, 1998 Tallahassee, Florida, USA Brain tumor
Junior Wells
The Aces
63 January 15, 1998 Chicago, Illinois, USA Cancer and heart attack
Junior Kimbrough 67 January 17, 1998 Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
Carl Perkins 65 January 19, 1998 Jackson, Tennessee, USA Throat cancer
Fat Pat 27 February 3, 1998 Houston, Texas, USA Murder by gunshot
Tim Kelly
Slaughter
35 February 5, 1998 Bagdad, Arizona, USA Traffic accident
Joe Stubbs
The Falcons, The Contours, The Originals
55-56 February 5, 1998 USA
Falco 40 February 6, 1998 Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Traffic accident
Carl Wilson
The Beach Boys
51 February 6, 1998 Los Angeles, California, USA Lung cancer
Grandpa Jones 84 February 19, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Stroke
Bob McBride
Lighthouse
51 February 20, 1998 Toronto, Ontario, USA Heart failure
Rockin' Sidney 59 February 25, 1998 Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
George Howard 41 March 20, 1998 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Rozz Williams
Christian Death, Shadow Project, Premature Ejaculation
34 April 1, 1998 West Hollywood, California, USA Suicide by hanging
Rob Pilatus
Milli Vanilli
33 April 2, 1998 Frankfurt, Germany Alcohol and drug overdose
Cozy Powell
The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath
50 April 5, 1998 Bristol, England Traffic accident
Wendy O. Williams
Plasmatics
48 April 6, 1998 Storrs, Connecticut, USA Suicide by gunshot[143]
Linda McCartney
Paul McCartney's wife
56 April 17, 1998 Tucson, Arizona, USA Breast cancer[144]
hide
X Japan, Zilch
33 May 2, 1998 Tokyo, Japan Suicide by hanging
Eddie Rabbitt 56 May 7, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Lung cancer
Frank Sinatra 82 May 14, 1998 West Hollywood, California, USA Heart attack
Jerry Capehart 69 June 7, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Brain cancer
Lew Chudd
Record producer, radio executive and co-founder of Imperial Records
86 June 15, 1998 Los Angeles, California, USA
Dave "Chico" Ryan
Sha Na Na
50 July 26, 1998 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Heart failure
Gene Page 58 August 24, 1998 Westwood, California, USA
Denniz Pop
DJ music producer
35 August 30, 1998 Stomach cancer
Sonny Knight 64 September 5, 1998 Maui, Hawaii, USA
Johnny Adams 66 September 14, 1998 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Cancer
Oz Bach
Spanky and Our Gang
59 September 21, 1998 Asheville, North Carolina, USA Cancer
Gene Autry 91 October 2, 1998 Studio City, California, USA Lymphoma
Lonnie Pitchford 43 November 8, 1998 Lexington, Mississippi, USA HIV/AIDS
Eldridge Holmes 56 November 13, 1998 USA
Barbara Acklin 55 November 27, 1998 Omaha, Nebraska, USA Pneumonia[145]
Lynn Strait
Snot
30 December 11, 1998 Santa Barbara, California, USA Traffic accident
Bryan Maclean
Love
52 December 25, 1998 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack
Johnny Moore
The Drifters
64 December 30, 1998 London, England Respiratory failure
Sonny Forriest
The Coasters
64 January 10, 1999 Capitol Heights, Maryland, USA [146]
John Baker Saunders
Mad Season
The Walkabouts
44 January 15, 1999 Seattle, Washington, USA Drug overdose[147]
Benjamin Smoke
Smoke
39 January 29, 1999 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Liver failure due to hepatitis C[148]
Baris Mano 56 February 1, 1999 Kadiky, Istanbul, Turkey Heart attack[149]
David McComb
The Triffids, Blackeyed Susans
36 February 2, 1999 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Heroin toxicity and rejection of his 1996 heart transplant[150]
Gwen Guthrie 48 February 3, 1999 Orange, New Jersey, USA Uterine cancer[151]
Buddy Knox 65 February 14, 1999 Bremerton, Washington, USA Lung cancer[152]
Bjrn Afzelius
Hoola Bandoola Band
52 February 16, 1999 Gothenburg, Sweden Lung cancer[153]
David Ackles 62 March 2, 1999 Tujunga, Los Angeles, California, USA Lung cancer[154]
Dusty Springfield
The Springfields
59 March 2, 1999 Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England Breast cancer[155]
Lowell Fulson 77 March 7, 1999 Long Beach, California, USA Complications from kidney disease, diabetes, and congestive heart failure[156]
Peppermint Harris 73 March 19, 1999 Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA [157]
Val Valentin
Record producer and record engineer
79 March 24, 1999 Reno, Nevada, USA [158]
Mighty Joe Young 71 March 24, 1999 Chicago, Illinois, USA Pneumonia[159]
Freaky Tah
Lost Boyz
27 March 28, 1999 Queens, New York, USA Gunshot[160]
Joe Williams 80 March 29, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA [161]
Jesse Stone 97 April 1, 1999 Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA [162]
Skip Spence
Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape
52 April 16, 1999 Santa Cruz, California, USA Lung cancer[163]
Kemistry
Kemistry & Storm
35 April 25, 1999 Winchester, Hampshire, England Accidental death[164]
Roger Troutman
Zapp
47 April 25, 1999 Dayton, Ohio, USA Murdered by his brother Larry Troutman[165]
Adrian Borland
The Outsiders, The Sound
41 April 26, 1999 London, England Suicide[166]
Darrell Sweet
Nazareth
51 April 30, 1999 New Albany, Indiana, USA Heart attack[167]
William Tucker
Ministry
38 May 14, 1999 Suicide[168]
Bruce Fairbairn
Record producer for Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, AC/DC
49 May 17, 1999 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [169]
Augustus Pablo 44 May 18, 1999 Kingston, Jamaica Myasthenia gravis[170]
Ernie Wilkins 76 June 5, 1999 Copenhagen, Denmark Stroke[171]
Billy Brown
The Freshmen
56 June 6, 1999 Johnstown, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland Heart attack[172]
Screaming Lord Sutch
Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages
58 June 16, 1999 West Harrow, Middlesex, England Suicide by hanging[173]
Kami
Malice Mizer
27 June 21, 1999 Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Bruce Day
Pablo Cruise
48 June 30, 1999 [174]
Dennis Brown 42 July 1, 1999 Kingston, Jamaica Pneumothorax[175]
Guy Mitchell 72 July 1, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Complications following surgery for cancer[176]
Mark Sandman
Morphine
46 July 3, 1999 Palestrina, Lazio, Italy Heart attack[177]
Kevin Wilkinson 41 July 17, 1999 Baydon, Swindon, England Suicide by hanging[178]
Gar Samuelson
Megadeth
41 July 22, 1999 Orange City, Florida, USA Liver failure[179]
Tommy Ridgley 73 August 11, 1999 Lung cancer[180]
Bobby Sheehan
Blues Traveler
31 August 20, 1999 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Drug overdose[181]
Rob Fisher
Naked Eyes
42 August 25, 1999 Following bowel surgery for cancer[182]
Katie Webster 63 September 5, 1999 League City, Texas, USA Heart failure[183]
Beau Jocque 45 September 10, 1999 Kinder, Louisiana, USA Heart attack[184]
Chuck Higgins 75 September 14, 1999 Los Angeles, California, USA Lung cancer[185]
Claude Bessy
Catholic Discipline
53 October 2, 1999 Barcelona, Spain Lung cancer[186]
Erik Brdreskift
Borknagar, Gorgoroth
29 October 4, 1999 Suicide by drug overdose[187]
Hoyt Axton 61 October 26, 1999 Victor, Montana, USA Heart attack[188]
Wes Berggren
Tripping Daisy
28 October 27, 1999 Dallas, Texas, USA Drug overdose[189]
Rob Hoeke 60 November 6, 1999 Krommenie, Netherlands [190]
Herb Abramson
Record company executive, record producer and co-founder of Atlantic Records
82 November 9, 1999 Henderson, Nevada, USA [191]
Little Miss Cornshucks 76 November 12, 1999 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Stroke[192]
Alvin Cash 60 November 21, 1999 Chicago, Illinois, USA Ulcer compilations
Clifford Jarvis 58 November 26, 1999 London, England [193]
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker 72 November 27, 1999 Chicago, Illinois, USA [194]
Don "Sugarcane" Harris
Don and Dewey
61 December 1, 1999 Los Angeles, California, USA [195]
Charlie Byrd 74 December 2, 1999 Annapolis, Maryland, USA Lung cancer[196]
Bobby Marchan 69 December 5, 1999 Gretna, Louisiana, USA Liver cancer[197]
Rick Danko
The Band
56 December 10, 1999 Marbletown, New York, USA Heart failure[198]
Charles Earland 58 December 11, 1999 Kansas City, Missouri, USA Heart failure[199]
Grover Washington Jr. 56 December 17, 1999 New York City, New York, USA Heart attack[200]
Joe Higgs 59 December 18, 1999 Los Angeles, California, USA Cancer[201]
Curtis Mayfield
The Impressions
57 December 26, 1999 Roswell, Georgia, USA Complications due to diabetes[202]

2000s

Name Age Date Location Cause of death
Nat Adderley
Cannonball Adderley's brother
68 January 2, 2000 Lakeland, Florida, USA Complications from diabetes[203]
Wade Walton 76 January 10, 2000 St. Louis, Missouri, USA [204]
Richard "Dimples" Fields 57 January 12, 2000 Novato, California, USA Stroke[205]
Dub Jones
The Coasters
71 January 16, 2000 Long Beach, California, USA Diabetes[205]
Doris Coley
The Shirelles
58 February 4, 2000 Sacramento, California, USA Breast cancer[206]
Dave Peverett
Foghat
58 February 7, 2000 Orlando, Florida, USA Complications from renal cancer[207]
Screamin' Jay Hawkins 70 February 12, 2000 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France Complications following surgery concerning aneurysm[208]
Andy Lewis
The Whitlams
33 February 12, 2000 USA Suicide[209]
Oliver 54 February 12, 2000 Shreveport, Louisiana, USA Cancer[210]
Dennis Danell
Social Distortion
38 February 29, 2000 Costa Mesa, California, USA Brain aneurysm[211]
Ian Dury
Ian Dury and the Blockheads
57 March 27, 2000 Upminster, London, England Liver cancer[212]
Heinz Burt
The Tornados
57 April 7, 2000 Southampton, England Motor neurone disease and stroke[213]
Vicki Sue Robinson 45 April 27, 2000 Wilton, Connecticut, USA Cancer[214]
Bobbi Martin 60 May 2, 2000 Baltimore, Maryland, USA Cancer
Geoff Goddard 62 May 15, 2000 Heart attack[215]
Johnnie Taylor 66 May 31, 2000 Dallas, Texas, USA Heart attack[216]
Clive Westlake 67 June 17, 2000 Pegram, Tennessee, USA [217]
Chuck Briggs
U.S. Bombs
40 July 4, 2000 AIDS related complications
Yuri Klinskikh
Sektor Gaza
35 July 4, 2000 Voronezh, Russia Heart attack
Paul Young
Mike The Mechanics, Sad Cafe;
53 July 15, 2000 Hale, Altrincham, England Heart attack[218]
Alan Caddy
Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
The Tornados
60 August 16, 2000 Complications due to alcoholism[219]
Jack Nitzsche
Crazy Horse, The Rolling Stones
63 August 25, 2000 Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA Cardiac arrest[220]
Allen Woody
The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule
44 August 26, 2000 New York City, New York, USA Drug overdose[221]
David Brown
Santana
53 September 4, 2000 Liver and kidney failure
Stanley Turrentine 66 September 12, 2000 New York City, USA Stroke[222]
Benjamin Orr
The Cars
53 October 3, 2000 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Pancreatic cancer[223]
Joachim Nielsen
Jokke & Valentinerne
36 October 17, 2000 Oslo, Norway Drug overdose[224]
Little Mack Simmons 67 October 24, 2000 Chicago, Illinois, USA Colorectal cancer[225]
Bobby Sheen
Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
59 November 23, 2000 Los Angeles, California, USA Pneumonia[226]
Scott Smith
Loverboy
45 November 30, 2000 San Francisco, USA Drowning[227]
Joe Nanini
Black Randy and the Metrosquad, Wall of Voodoo
45 December 4, 2000 Atlanta, Georgia, USA [228]
Kirsty MacColl 41 December 18, 2000 Cozumel, Mexico Hit by powerboat[229]
Rob Buck
10,000 Maniacs
42 December 19, 2000 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Liver disease[230]
Pops Staples
The Staple Singers
85 December 19, 2000 Chicago, Illinois, USA Injuries from fall[231]
Johnny Flamingo 66 December 24, 2000 Los Angeles, California, USA Cancer and emphysema
Nick Massi
The Four Seasons
73 December 24, 2000 West Orange, New Jersey, USA Cancer[232]
Milan Hlavsa
Plastic People of the Universe
49 January 5, 2001 Prague, Czech Republic Lung cancer[233]
James Carr 58 January 7, 2001 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Lung cancer[234]
Bryan Gregory 49 January 10, 2001 Anaheim, California, USA Heart failure[235]
Jack McDuff 74 January 23, 2001 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Heart failure[236]
Debbie Dean 73 February 17, 2001 Ojai, California, USA [237]
John Fahey 61 February 22, 2001 Salem, Oregon, USA Complications following coronary bypass surgery[238]
Glenn Hughes
Village People
50 March 4, 2001 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Lung cancer[239]
John Phillips 65 March 18, 2001 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart failure[240]
Herbie Jones 74 March 19, 2001 New York City, USA Complications from diabetes[241]
Big Daddy Kinsey 74 April 3, 2001 Gary, Indiana, USA Prostate cancer[242]
Paul Peek 63 April 3, 2001 Lithonia, Georgia, USA Cirrhosis[243]
Charles Pettigrew
Charles & Eddie
37 April 6, 2001 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Cancer[244]
Van Stephenson
Blackhawk
47 April 8, 2001 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Melanoma[245]
Sandy Bull 60 April 11, 2001 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Lung cancer[246]
Joey Ramone
The Ramones
49 April 15, 2001 New York City, New York, USA Lymphoma[247]
Al Hibbler 85 April 24, 2001 Chicago, Illinois, USA Natural causes[248]
Ernie Graham
Eire Apparent, Help Yourself, Clancy
54 April 27, 2001 London, England
Boozoo Chavis 70 May 5, 2001 Austin, Texas, USA Complications following a heart attack[249]
James E. Myers
Record producer for Bill Haley & His Comets
81 May 10, 2001 Bonita Springs, Florida, USA [250]
Perry Como 88 May 12, 2001 Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida, USA Alzheimer's disease.[251]
Prince Ital Joe 38 May 16, 2001 Phoenix, Arizona, USA Traffic accident[252]
Tony Ashton 55 May 28, 2001 London, England Cancer[253]
Carole Fredericks 49 June 7, 2001 Dakar, Senegal
Marcelo Fromer
Tits
39 June 13, 2001 So Paulo, So Paulo, Brazil Traffic accident
Davorin Popovi?
Indexi
54 June 18, 2001 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
John Lee Hooker 83-88 June 21, 2001 Los Altos, California, USA Natural causes[254]
Ernie K-Doe 68 July 5, 2001 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Kidney and liver failure[255]
Mimi Faria 56 July 18, 2001 Mill Valley, California, USA Neuroendocrine tumor[256]
Judy Clay 62 July 19, 2001 Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA Complications following traffic accident[257]
Milt Gabler
Record producer
90 July 20, 2001 Manhattan, New York, USA [258]
Richie Lee
Acetone
34 July 23, 2001 Suicide
Leon Wilkeson
Lynyrd Skynyrd
49 July 27, 2001 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA Natural causes[259]
Ronald Townson
The 5th Dimension
68 August 2, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Renal failure[260]
Maurice Oberstein 72 August 13, 2001 London, England Heart attack[261]
Betty Everett 61 August 19, 2001 South Beloit, Illinois, USA [262]
Aaliyah 22 August 25, 2001 Abaco Islands, Bahamas Plane accident[263]
Graeme Strachan 49 August 29, 2001 Mount Archer, Queensland, Australia Helicopter accident[264]
Ted Mulry 54 September 1, 2001 Sydney, Australia Brain cancer[265]
Carl Crack 30 September 6, 2001 Berlin, Germany [266]
Carolyn Beug
Record producer for Walt Disney Records
48 September 11, 2001 North Tower, One World Trade Center, New York City, New York, USA Plane accident[267]
Kenny Greene 32 October 1, 2001 New York City, New York, USA Complications from HIV/AIDS[268]
Panama Francis 82 November 13, 2001 Orlando, Florida, USA Stroke[269]
Jack Rothstein
The Wombles
75 November 16, 2001 London, England
Michael Karoli
Can
53 November 17, 2001 Essen, Germany Cancer[270]
O.C. Smith 69 November 23, 2001 USA Heart attack[271]
Melanie Thornton
La Bouche
34 November 24, 2001 Bassersdorf, Switzerland Plane accident[272]
George Harrison
The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys
58 November 29, 2001 Los Angeles, California, USA Laryngeal cancer[273]
Chuck Schuldiner
Death, Control Denied
34 December 13, 2001 Glioma[274]
Bianca Halstead
Humble Gods
36 December 15. 2001 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Traffic accident[275]
Rufus Thomas 84 December 15, 2001 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Heart failure[276]
Stuart Adamson
The Skids, Big Country, The Raphaels
43 December 16, 2001 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Suicide by hanging[277]
Frankie Gaye
Marvin Gaye's brother
60 December 30, 2001 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack[278]
Zac Foley
EMF
31 January 3, 2002 Camden, New Jersey, USA Drug overdose[279]
Jon Lee
Feeder
33 January 7, 2002 Miami, Florida, USA Suicide by hanging[280]
Hoagy Lands 65 January 12, 2002 Orange, New Jersey, USA Complications following heart surgery
Peggy Lee 81 January 21, 2002 Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA Complications of diabetes following a heart attack[281]
Peter Bardens
Camel
57 January 22, 2002 Malibu, California, USA Lung cancer[282]
Henry Cosby 73 January 22, 2002 Royal Oak, Michigan, USA Complications following cardiac bypass surgery
Paul Baloff
Exodus, Hirax, Heathen
41 February 2, 2002 Oakland, California, USA Stroke[283]
Dave Van Ronk 65 February 10, 2002 New York, New York, USA [284]
Waylon Jennings 64 February 13, 2002 Chandler, Arizona, USA Complications from diabetes[285]
Mick Tucker
Sweet
54 February 14, 2002 Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England Leukemia[286]
Doreen Waddell
Soul II Soul, The KLF
36 March 1, 2002 Shoreham, West Sussex, England Traffic accident[287]
Shirley Scott 67 March 10, 2002 Heart failure[288]
Speedy Keen
The Who, Thunderclap Newman
56 March 12, 2002 United Kingdom Heart failure[289]
Marc Moreland
Wall of Voodoo, The Skulls
44 March 13, 2002 Paris, France Renal failure[290]
John Patton 66 March 19, 2002 Montclair, New Jersey, USA Complications from diabetes[291]
Joe Schermie
Three Dog Night
56 March 25, 2002 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack[292]
Randy Castillo
Mtley Cre
51 March 26, 2002 Los Angeles, California, USA Cancer[293]
Randy Carr
Social Distortion
45 March 27, 2002 Irvine, California, USA Cushing's syndrome
Frank Tovey
Fad Gadget
45 April 2, 2002 London, England Heart attack[294]
Layne Staley
Alice in Chains, Mad Season
34 April 5, 2002 Seattle, Washington, USA Drug overdose[295]
Lisa Lopes
TLC
30 April 25, 2002 La Ceiba, Honduras Traffic accident[296]
Otis Blackwell 71 May 6, 2002 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Heart attack[297]
Little Johnny Taylor 59 May 17, 2002 Conway, Arkansas, USA [298]
Dee Dee Ramone
The Ramones
50 June 5, 2002 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose[299]
Robbin Crosby
Ratt
42 June 6, 2002 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose[300]
John Entwistle
The Who
57 June 27, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Drug-induced heart attack[301]
Russ Freeman 76 June 27, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Liver failure[302]
Earle Brown 75 July 2, 2002 Rye, New York, USA Cancer[303]
Jim Cherry
Strung Out, Pulley, Zero Down
30 July 7, 2002 Simi Valley, California, USA Heart failure[304]
Rosco Gordon 74 July 11, 2002 Rego Park, Queens, New York, USA Heart attack[305]
Barbara Randolph 60 July 15, 2002 South Africa Cancer[306]
Otis Leavill
Record producer
65 July 17, 2002 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart attack[307]
Dave Carter
Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
49 July 19, 2002 Hadley, Massachusetts, USA Heart attack[308]
Alan Lomax 87 July 19, 2002 Safety Harbor, Florida, USA Pneumonia[309]
Little Jimmy King 37 July 19, 2002 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Heart attack[310]
Gus Dudgeon
Record producer
59 July 21, 2002 M4 motorway, Berkshire, England Traffic accident[311]
Michael Houser
Widespread Panic
57 August 2, 2002 Athens, Georgia, USA Pancreatic cancer[312]
Paul Samson
Samson
49 August 9, 2002 Norwich, England Cancer
Michael Houser
Widespread Panic
40 August 10, 2002 Athens, Georgia, USA
Dave Williams
Drowning Pool
30 August 14, 2002 Manassas, Virginia, USA Heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy[313]
Lionel Hampton 94 August 31, 2002 New York City, New York, USA Congestive heart failure[314]
Erma Franklin 64 September 17, 2002 Detroit, Michigan, USA Laryngeal cancer[315]
Darryl DeLoach
Iron Butterfly
55 October 3, 2002 USA Hepatocellular carcinoma[316]
Tom Dowd
Audio engineer & record producer
77 October 27, 2002 Aventura, Florida, USA Emphysema[317]
Baby Lloyd Stallworth
The Famous Flames
61 October 27, 2002 Complications from diabetes[318]
Jam Master Jay
Run-DMC
37 October 30, 2002 New York City, New York, USA Murder by gunshot[319]
Lonnie Donegan 71 November 2, 2002 Peterborough, England Heart attack[320]
Billy Guy
The Coasters
66 November 5, 2002 Clark County, Nevada, USA Cardiovascular disease[321]
Dave "Snaker" Ray 59 November 28, 2002 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Lung cancer[322]
Denny Correll
Blues Image
56 November 29, 2002
Ben Eberbaugh
Black Lips
22 December 1, 2002 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Traffic accident
Zal Yanovsky
The Lovin' Spoonful
57 December 13, 2002 Kingston, Ontario, Canada Heart attack[323]
Joe Strummer
The Clash, The Mescaleros
50 December 22, 2002 Broomfield, Somerset, England Congenital heart defect[324]
Kevin MacMichael
Cutting Crew
51 December 31, 2002 Halifax, Nova Scotia, USA Lung cancer[325]
Mickey Finn
T. Rex
55 January 11, 2003 Croydon, Surrey, England Alcohol-related liver problems[326]
Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees
53 January 12, 2003 Miami Beach, Florida, USA Complications of a volvulus[327]
Nell Carter 54 January 23, 2003 Beverly Hills, California, USA Arteriosclerotic heart disease complicated by diabetes[328]
Vincent "Randy" Chin
Record producer and record company owner
65 February 2, 2003 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Diabetes[329]
Ty Longley
Great White
31 February 20, 2003 West Warwick, Rhode Island, USA The Station nightclub fire[330]
Tom Glazer 88 February 21, 2003 Rochester, New York, USA [331]
Howie Epstein
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
47 February 23, 2003 Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Complications due to drug abuse[332]
Hank Ballard
The Midnighters
75 March 2, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA Throat cancer[333]
Adam Faith 62 March 8, 2003 Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England Heart attack[334]
Ian Samwell
The Shadows
66 March 13, 2003 Sacramento, California, USA Heart ailment[335]
Teemu Raimoranta
Finntroll, Thy Serpent, Barathrum, Impaled Nazarene
25 March 16, 2003 Helsinki, Finland Fall from the Kaisaniemi bridge in Helsinki while intoxicated[336]
Edwin Starr 61 April 2, 2003 Bramcote, Nottingham, England Heart attack[337]
Homer Banks 61 April 3, 2003 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Cancer[338]
Little Eva 59 April 10, 2003 Kinston, North Carolina, USA Cervical cancer[339]
Earl King 69 April 17, 2003 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Diabetes-related complications[340]
Noel Redding
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
57 May 11, 2003 County Cork, Republic of Ireland Shock haemorrhage due to esophageal varices in reaction to cirrhosis[341]
Jeremy Michael Ward
The Mars Volta
27 May 25, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA Drug overdose[342]
Mickie Most
Record producer
64 May 30, 2003 Totteridge, London, England Peritoneal mesothelioma[343]
Dave Rowberry
The Animals
63 June 6, 2003 Hackney, East London, England [344]
Skip Scarborough
American arranger and record producer for L.T.D., Earth, Wind & Fire
58 July 3, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA
Barry White 58 July 4, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA Renal failure[345]
Skip Battin
Skip & Flip, The Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Flying Burrito Brothers
69 July 6, 2003 Salem, Oregon, USA Complications from Alzheimer's disease[346]
John Purdell
Record producer and aaranger from Dream Theater, Kix, Heart and L.A. Guns
44 July 10, 2003 Quebec, Canada Prostate cancer
Sam Phillips
Businessman and record producer
80 July 30, 2003 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Respiratory failure[347]
Erik Brann
Iron Butterfly
52 July 31, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA Cardiac arrest[348]
Ed Townsend 74 August 13, 2003 San Bernardino, California, USA Heart attack[349]
Wesley Willis
Wesley Willis Fiasco
40 August 21, 2003 Chicago, Illinois, USA Chronic myelogenous leukemia[350]
Bruce Waibel
FireHouse
45 September 2, 2003 Suicide
Warren Zevon 56 September 7, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA Mesothelioma[351]
Bob Markley
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
68 September 9, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA [352]
Johnny Cash 71 September 12, 2003 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Complications from diabetes[353]
Chubby Newsom 83 September 13, 2003 Merriam, Kansas, USA [354]
Sheb Wooley 82 September 16, 2003 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Leukaemia[355]
Matthew Jay 24 September 25, 2003 London, England Fall from apartment block[356]
Shawn Lane
Black Oak Arkansas
40 September 26, 2003 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Severe lung complications[357]
Robert Palmer
The Power Station
54 September 27, 2003 Paris, France Heart attack[358]
Paul Burlison
The Rock and Roll Trio
74 September 27, 2003 Horn Lake, Mississippi, USA Cancer[359]
John Brim 81 October 1, 2003 Gary, Indiana, USA Heart cancer[360]
John David Kimball
Omen
45 October 3, 2003 Cancer
Robbie King
Hometown Band
56 October 17, 2003 British Columbia, Canada Cancer[361]
Elliott Smith
Heatmiser
34 October 21, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA Stabbing caused by suicide or murder[362]
Steve O'Rourke
Manager from Pink Floyd
63 October 30, 2003 Miami, Florida, USA Stroke[363]
Bobby Hatfield
The Righteous Brothers
63 November 4, 2003 Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA Drug-induced heart attack[364]
Tony Thompson
The Power Station, Chic
48 November 12, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA Renal cell carcinoma[365]
Arthur Conley 57 November 17, 2003 Ruurlo, Gelderland, Netherlands Colorectal cancer[366]
Michael Kamen
New York Rock & Roll Ensemble, orchestrator for Pink Floyd, Rush
55 November 18, 2003 London, England Heart attack[367]
Greg Ridley
Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie
56 November 19, 2003 Alicante, Spain Pneumonia[368]
Gary Stewart 59 December 16, 2003 Fort Pierce, Florida, USA Suicide by gunshot[369]
Randy VanWarmer 48 January 12, 2004 Seattle, Washington, USA Leukemia[370]
Terje Bakken
Windir
25 January 14, 2004 Reppastlen, Sogndal, Norway Hypothermia[371]
John Siomos 56 January 16, 2004 Brooklyn, New York, USA [372]
Mel Pritchard
Barclay James Harvest
56 January 28, 2004 Greenfield, Greater Manchester, England Heart attack[373]
Doris Troy 67 February 16, 2004 Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, USA Emphysema[374]
J.J. Malone 68 February 20, 2004 Hawaii, USA Cancer[375]
Les Gray
Mud
57 February 21, 2004 Algarve, Portugal Heart attack following esophageal cancer[376]
Carl Anderson 58 February 23, 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA Leukemia[377]
Bob Mayo 53 February 23, 2004 Basel, Switzerland Heart attack[378]
Estelle Axton
Co-founder of Stax Records
85 February 25, 2004 [379]
John McGeoch
Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public Image Ltd, Visage, The Armoury Show
48 March 4, 2004 Cornwall, England [380]
Rust Epique
Crazy Town
36 March 9, 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Heart attack[381]
Dave Schulthise
The Dead Milkmen
47 March 10, 2004 North Salem, New York, USA Suicide by drug overdose[382]
Edmund Sylvers
The Sylvers
47 March 11, 2004 Richmond, Virginia, USA Lung cancer[383]
Johnny Bristol 65 March 21, 2004 Brighton Township, Michigan, USA Natural causes[384]
Jan Berry
Jan & Dean
62 March 26, 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA Complications from a seizure[385]
Paul Atkinson
The Zombies
58 April 1, 2004 Santa Monica, California, USA Liver and kidney disease[386]
Niki Sullivan
Buddy Holly & The Crickets
66 April 6, 2004 Sugar Creek, Missouri, USA Heart attack[387]
Coxsone Dodd
Record producer
72 May 4, 2004 Kingston, Jamaica Heart attack[388]
Barney Kessel 80 May 6, 2004 San Diego, USA Brain tumor[389]
John Whitehead
McFadden & Whitehead
55 May 11, 2004 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Murder by gunshot[390]
Clint Warwick
The Moody Blues
63 May 15, 2004 Birmingham, England Hepatitis[391]
Elvin Jones 76 May 18, 2004 Englewood, New Jersey, USA Heart failure[392]
Gatemouth Moore 90 May 19, 2004 Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA [393]
Robert Quine 61 May 31, 2004 New York, USA Suicude by drug overdose[394]
Quorthon
Bathory
38 June 7, 2004 Stockholm, Sweden Heart failure[395]
Bill Lowery
Record producer and music entrepreneur
79 June 8, 2004 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Cancer[396]
Ray Charles 73 June 10, 2004 Beverly Hills, California, USA Complications of acute liver disease[397]
Graeme Kelling
Deacon Blue
47 June 10, 2004 Pancreatic cancer[398]
Syreeta Wright 57 July 6, 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA Congestive heart failure[399]
Arthur Kane
New York Dolls
55 July 13, 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA Leukemia[400]
Hunter Hancock
American disc jockey
88 August 4, 2004 Claremont, California, USA Natural Causes
Rick James 56 August 6, 2004 Burbank, California, USA Pulmonary failure and cardiac failure[401]
Jak Airport
Classix Nouveaux, X-Ray Spex
49 August 13, 2004 Cancer[402]
Noble "Thin Man" Watts 78 August 24, 2004 Pneumonia and emphysema[403]
Laura Branigan 52 August 26, 2004 East Quogue, New York, USA Cerebral aneurysm[404]
Carl Wayne
The Move
61 August 31, 2004 Birmingham, England Esophageal cancer[405]
Raful Neal 68 September 1, 2004 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Cancer[406]
Wildman Steve
Comic entertainer, radio personality, promoter, MC and rock artist
78 September 1, 2004 Miami, Florida, USA [407]
Jimmy Lewis
The Drifters
66 September 11, 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA [408]
Johnny Ramone
The Ramones
55 September 15, 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA Prostate cancer[409]
Izora Armstead
The Weather Girls
62 September 16, 2004 USA
Louis Satterfield
Earth, Wind & Fire
67 September 27, 2004 Chicago, Illinois, USA [410]
Bruce Palmer
Buffalo Springfield
58 October 1, 2004 Belleville, Ontario, Canada Heart attack[411]
Dave Gobin
Record producer and co-founder of Soul City Records
68 October 15, 2004 Rotherham, England
Greg Shaw
Fanzine publisher, music historian and record label owner, manager for Flamin' Groovies
55 October 19, 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart failure[412]
C. P. Spencer
The Originals
66 October 20, 2004 Heart attack[413]
John Peel
English DJ
65 October 25, 2004 Cuzco, Peru Heart attack[414]
Terry Knight
Terry Knight and the Pack, Grand Funk Railroad
61 November 1, 2004 Temple, Texas, USA Murder by stabbing[415]
Lenny Mayes
The Dramatics
53 November 7, 2004 Southfield, Michigan, USA Heart attack
Terry Melcher
Bruce & Terry, The Rip Chords
62 November 19, 2004 Beverly Hills, California, USA Melanoma[416]
Nadine Renee
Planet Soul
32 December 2, 2004 Miami, Florida, USA Complications following childbirth[417]
Dimebag Darrell
Pantera, Damageplan
38 December 8, 2004 Columbus, Ohio, USA Murder by gunshot[418]
Freddie Perren
Record producer and arranger from The Jackson 5, The Sylvers and Peaches & Herb
61 December 16, 2004 Chatsworth, California, USA Complications following a stroke[419]
Dick Heckstall-Smith
Colosseum, The Graham Bond Organisation
70 December 17, 2004 London, England Acute liver failure[420]
Son Seals 62 December 20, 2004 Chicago, Illinois, USA Complications of diabetes[421]
Spencer Dryden
Jefferson Airplane
66 January 11, 2005 Penngrove, California, USA Colon cancer[422]
Jimmy Griffin
Bread
61 January 11, 2005 Franklin, Tennessee, USA Complications due to cancer[423]
Marko Busch
Dritte Wahl
35 January 17, 2005 Germany Stomach cancer
Ray Peterson 65 January 25, 2005 Smyrna, Tennessee, USA Cancer[424]
Jim Capaldi
Traffic
60 January 28, 2005 Westminster, London, England Stomach cancer[425]
Eric Griffiths
The Quarrymen
64 January 29, 2005 Edinburgh, Scotland Pancreatic cancer[426]
Keith Knudsen
The Doobie Brothers
56 February 8, 2005 Kentfield, California, USA Pneumonia[427]
Tyrone Davis 66 February 9, 2005 Chicago, Illinois, USA Stroke[425]
Edward Patten
Gladys Knight & the Pips
65 February 25, 2005 Livonia, Michigan, USA Stroke caused by diabetes[428]
Danny Joe Brown
The Danny Joe Brown Band
53 March 10, 2005 Davie, Florida, USA Renal failure[425]
Jackie Neal 37 March 10, 2005 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Murder by gunshot[425]
Lyn Collins 56 March 13, 2005 Pasadena, California, USA Cardiac arrhythmia
Jakson Spires
Blackfoot
53 March 16, 2005 Fort Pierce, Florida, USA Brain aneurysm
Rod Price
Foghat
57 March 22, 2005 Wilton, New Hampshire, USA Heart attack[429]
Paul Hester
Crowded House, Split Enz
46 March 26, 2005 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Suicide by hanging[430]
Derrick Plourde
Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, The Ataris, Mad Caddies, Rich Kids on LSD
33 March 30, 2005 Suicide by gunshot[431]
Billy "Bass Wolf"
Guitar Wolf
38 March 31, 2005 Tokyo, Japan Heart attack
Grant Kitchings
The Ravens, The Drifters
66 April 5, 2005 Diabetes[432]
John Fred
John Fred and His Playboy Band
63 April 14, 2005 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Stan Levey 79 April 19, 2005 Van Nuys, California, USA Bone cancer[433]
Bryan Ottoson
American Head Charge
27 April 19, 2005 USA Drug overdose
Hasil Adkins 67 April 26, 2005 Boone County, West Virginia, USA
Jim Pash
The Surfaris
56 April 29, 2005 Congestive heart failure[434]
Johnnie Stewart
Television producer and music program from Top of the Pops
87 April 29, 2005 East Dereham, Norfolk, England [435]
Pierre Moerlen
Gong
52 May 3, 2005 Strasbourg, France Natural causes[436]
David Wayne
Metal Church, Reverend
47 May 10, 2005 Tacoma, Washington, USA Traffic accident[437]
Domenic Troiano
The James Gang, The Guess Who
59 May 25, 2005 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Prostate cancer
Karl Mueller
Soul Asylum
41 June 17, 2005 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Throat cancer[425]
Renaldo Benson
The Four Tops
69 July 1, 2005 Detroit, Michigan, USA Lung cancer[438]
Luther Vandross
Change
54 July 1, 2005 Edison, New Jersey, USA Heart attack[439]
Ray Davis
Parliament, Funkadelic
65 July 5, 2005 New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA Respiratory problems[440]
Shirley Goodman
Shirley and Company
69 July 5, 2005 Los Angeles, California, USA Stroke[441]
Keith Alexander
Carnivore
41 July 11, 2005 Shore Road, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, USA Traffic accident[442]
Long John Baldry
Blues Incorporated
64 July 21, 2005 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Severe chest infection[443]
Eugene Record
The Chi-Lites
64 July 22, 2005 Chicago, Illinois, USA Cancer[444]
Dom Um Romo 79 July 27, 2005 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lucky Thompson 81 July 30, 2005 Seattle, Washington, USA Alzheimer's disease[445]
Little Milton 70 August 4, 2005 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Stroke[446]
Carlo Little
The Rolling Stones
65 August 6, 2005 Cleadon, Tyne and Wear, England Lung cancer[447]
Detroit Junior 73 August 9, 2005 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart failure[448]
John Loder
Sound engineer, record producer, founder of Southern Studios
59 August 12, 2005 London, England Brain tumor[449]
Francine Hurd Barker
Peaches & Herb
58 August 13, 2005
Krzysztof Raczkowski
Vader
34 August 20, 2005 Olsztyn, Poland, USA Heart failure[450]
Robert Moog
Moog Synthesizer
71 August 21, 2005 Asheville, North Carolina, USA Brain cancer[451]
Harold Kalin
Kalin Twins
71 August 24, 2005 Traffic accident
Barry Cowsill
The Cowsills
50 August 29, 2005 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Drowning[452]
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown 81 September 10, 2005 Orange, Texas. USA Lung cancer[453]
Frank Fields 91 September 18, 2005 Zachary, Louisiana, USA
Willie Hutch 60 September 19, 2005 Dallas, Texas, USA Natural causes[454]
Paul Pena 55 October 1, 2005 San Francisco, California, USA Diabetes and pancreatitis[455]
Hamilton Camp 70 October 2, 2005 Los Angeles, California, USA Cardiac tamponade and dissecting aortic hemorrhage[456]
Mike Gibbins
Badfinger
56 October 4, 2005 Oviedo, Florida, USA Brain aneurysm[457]
Shirley Ellis 76 October 5, 2005 Bronx, New York City, USA
Paul "Wine" Jones 59 October 9, 2005 Jackson, Mississippi, USA Cancer[458]
Nick Hawkins
Big Audio Dynamite
40 October 10, 2005 Laa Vegas, Nevada, USA Heart attack[459]
Baker Knight 72 October 12, 2005 Birmingham, Alabama, USA Natural causes[460]
David Townsend
The Isley Brothers, Surface, Sunrize
50 October 28, 2005 Northridge, California, USA Drug overdose[461]
John Holohan
Bayside
31 October 31, 2005 Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA Traffic accident
Milt Holland 88 November 4, 2005 Los Angeles, California, USA [462]
Link Wray 76 November 5, 2005 Copenhagen, Denmark Heart failure[463]
Chris Whitley 45 November 20, 2005 Houston, Texas, USA Lung cancer[464]
Jay Owens 58 November 26, 2005 Orlando, Florida, USA Complications of diabetes[465]
Joe Jones 79 November 27, 2005 Los Angeles, California, USA Complications following quadruple bypass surgery[466]
Tony Meehan
The Shadows
62 November 28, 2005 Paddington, London, England Head injuries following a fall[467]
Mike Botts
Bread
61 December 9, 2005 Burbank, California, USA Colon cancer[468]
Richard "Bomer" Manzullo
Rich Kids on LSD
38 December 12, 2005 Summerland, California, USA Heart failure
Bryan Harvey
House of Freaks, Gutterball
49 January 1, 2006 Richmond, Virginia, USA Murder during home robbery[469]
Alex St. Clair
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band
64 January 5, 2006 Lancaster, California, USA Heart attack[470]
Lou Rawls 72 January 6, 2006 Los Angeles, California, USA Lung cancer[471]
Dave Lepard
Crashdet
25 January 13, 2006 Uppsala, Sweden Suicide by hanging[472]
Wilson Pickett
The Falcons
64 January 19, 2006 Reston, Virginia, USA Heart attack[473]
Gene McFadden
McFadden & Whitehead
56 January 27, 2006 Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Liver and lung cancer[474]
Jason Sears
Rich Kids on LSD
38 January 31, 2006 Tijuana, Mexico Pulmonary thrombosis.[475]
Johnny Ross
Baby Huey & the Babysitters
63 February 9, 2006 USA Heart failure following appendicitis[476]
Bill Cowsill
The Cowsills, The Blue Shadows, Blue Northern
58 February 18, 2006 Calgary, Alberta, USA Emphysema[477]
Yuri Morozov 57 February 23, 2006 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Jack Wild 53 March 1, 2006 Tebworth, Bedfordshire, England Oral cancer[478]
Willie Kent 70 March 2, 2006 Englewood, Illinois, USA Colon cancer[479]
King Floyd 61 March 6, 2006 Complications of stroke and diabetes[480]
Johnny Williams 99 March 6, 2006 Chicago, Illinois, USA [481]
Buck Owens
Buck Owens and The Buckaroos
76 March 25, 2006 Bakersfield, California, USA Heart attack[482]
Nikki Sudden
Swell Maps, The Jacobites
49 March 26, 2006 New York City, New York, USA Heart attack[483]
Peter Wells
Rose Tattoo
59 March 27, 2006 Sydney, Australia Prostate cancer[484]
Martin Gilks
The Wonder Stuff
41 April 3, 2006 London, England Traffic accident[485]
Gene Pitney 66 April 5, 2006 Cardiff, Wales Heart attack[486]
Henry Lewy 79 April 8, 2006 Stroke and following heart surgery[487]
June Pointer
The Pointer Sisters
52 April 11, 2006 Los Angeles, California, USA Cancer[488]
Phil Walden
Record producer and co-founder of the Macon, Georgia-based on Capricorn Records
66 April 22, 2006 Cancer[489]
Grant McLennan
The Go-Betweens
48 May 6, 2006 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Heart attack[490]
Johnnie Wilder, Jr.
Heatwave
56 May 13, 2006 Dayton, Ohio, USA Complications of paralysis[491]
Freddie Garrity
Freddie and the Dreamers
69 May 19, 2006 Bangor, Wales Emphysema[492]
Desmond Dekker 64 May 25, 2006 Thornton Heath, Croydon, England Heart attack[493]
Vince McAllister
Pentagram
51 May 26, 2006 Cancer
Vince Welnick
The Grateful Dead
55 June 2, 2006 Sonoma County, California, USA Suicide by cutting his throat[494]
Johnny Grande
Bill Haley & His Comets
76 June 3, 2006 Clarksville, Tennessee, USA Natural causes[495]
Billy Preston 59 June 6, 2006 Scottsdale, Arizona, USA Respiratory failure[496]
Freddie Gorman
The Originals
67 June 13, 2006 Lung cancer[497]
Duane Roland
Molly Hatchet
52 June 19, 2006 St. Augustine, Florida, USA Natural causes[498]
Claydes Charles Smith
Kool & the Gang
57 June 20, 2006 USA [499]
Back Alley John 51 June 22, 2006 Respiratory disease[500]
Arif Mardin
Music producer
74 June 25, 2006 New York City, New York, USA Pancreatic cancer[501]
Johnny Jenkins 67 June 26, 2006 Bibb County, Georgia, USA Stroke[502]
Joe Weaver 71 July 5, 2006 Southfield, Michigan, USA Stroke[503]
Syd Barrett
Pink Floyd
60 July 7, 2006 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Pancreatic cancer[504]
Milan Williams
Commodores
58 July 9, 2006 USA Cancer[505]
Herbert Kalin
Kalin Twins
72 July 21, 2006 Heart attack
Jessie Mae Hemphill 82 July 22, 2006 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Complications from an ulcer[506]
Floyd Dixon 77 July 26, 2006 Orange County, USA Kidney failure[507]
Arthur Lee
Love
61 August 3, 2006 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Leukemia[508]
John Locke
Nazareth, Spirit
62 August 4, 2006 Ojai, California, USA Cancer[509]
Barbara George 63 August 10, 2006 Chauvin, Louisiana, USA [510]
Jon Ndtveidt
Dissection, Nifelheim, Ophthalamia, The Black
31 August 13, 2006 Hsselby, Sweden Suicide by gunshot.[511]
Bruce Gary
The Knack
55 August 22, 2006 Tarzana, California, USA Non-Hodgkin lymphoma[512]
Jesse Pintado
Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Lock Up, Brujeria
37 August 27, 2006 Ridderkerk, Netherlands Liver failure[513]
Pip Pyle
Hatfield and the North, National Health, Gong
56 August 28, 2006 Paris, France Natural causes[514]
Jumpin' Gene Simmons 73 August 29, 2006 Tupelo, Mississippi, USA [515]
Boz Burrell
Bad Company, King Crimson
60 September 21, 2006 Marbella, Spain Heart attack[516]
Etta Baker 93 September 23, 2006 Fairfax, Virginia, USA [517]
Henry Townsend 96 September 24, 2006 Mequon, Wisconsin, USA [518]
Prentiss Barnes
The Moonglows
81 October 1, 2006 Magnolia, Mississippi, USA Traffic accident[519]
Larissa "Strickland" Stolarchuk
L-Seven, Laughing Hyenas
46 October 9, 2006 North Port, Florida, USA Drug overdose
Jared Anderson
Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal
31 October 14, 2006 Covington, Kentucky, USA [520]
Snooky Pryor 85-87 October 18, 2006 Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA [521]
Sandy West
The Runaways
47 October 21, 2006 San Dimas, California, USA Lung cancer[522]
Stuart Edwards
Edison Lighthouse
73 October 23, 2006 USA Cancer
Gerald Levert
LeVert
40 November 10, 2006 Cleveland, Ohio, USA Drug overdose[523]
Annie Laurie 82 November 13, 2006 Titusville, Florida, USA
Ruth Brown 78 November 17, 2006 Henderson, Nevada, USA Complications following heart attack and stroke[524]
Tony Silvester
The Main Ingredient
65 November 27, 2006 Multiple myeloma
Mariska Veres
Shocking Blue
59 December 2, 2006 The Hague, Netherlands Gall bladder cancer[525]
Jay McShann 90 December 7, 2006 Kansas City, Missouri, USA [526]
Homesick James 96 December 13, 2006 Springfield, Missouri, USA [527]
Ahmet Ertegun
Record producer, record label executive and co-founder of Atlantic Records
83 December 14, 2006 New York City, New York, USA Injuries from an accidental fall[528]
Denis Payton
The Dave Clark Five
63 December 17, 2006 Bournemouth, Dorset, England Cancer[529]
James Brown
The Famous Flames, The J.B.'s
73 December 25, 2006 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Congestive heart failure[530]
Tad Jones 54 January 1, 2007 Fall
Sneaky Pete Kleinow
The Flying Burrito Brothers
72 January 6, 2007 Petaluma, California, USA Alzheimer's disease[531]
Brent Liles
Social Distortion, Agent Orange
43 January 18, 2007 Los Angeles, California, USA Traffic accident[532]
Denny Doherty
The Mamas & the Papas
66 January 19, 2007 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Kidney failure[533]
Esmond Edwards
Record producer, record engineering and co-founded of Prestige Records
79 January 20, 2007 Santa Barbara, California, USA
Crown Prince Waterford 90 February 1, 2007 Jacksonville, Florida, USA [534]
Billy Henderson
The Spinners
67 February 2, 2007 Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Diabetes[535]
Joe Hunter
The Funk Brothers
79 February 2, 2007 Detroit, Michigan, USA Natural causes[536]
Barbara McNair 72 February 4, 2007 Los Angeles, California, USA Throat cancer[537]
Eldee Young
Young-Holt Unlimited
71 February 12, 2007 Bangkok, Thailand Heart attack
John Lane
Bill Haley & His Comets
76 February 18, 2007
Ian Wallace
King Crimson
60 February 22, 2007 Los Angeles, California, USA Esophageal cancer[538]
Donnie Brooks 71 February 23, 2007 USA Heart attack
Billy Thorpe
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs
61 February 28, 2007 Sydney, Australia Heart attack[539]
Paul deLay 55 March 7, 2007 Portland, Oregon, USA Leukaemia[540]
Brad Delp
Boston
55 March 9, 2007 Atkinson, New Hampshire, USA Suicide from carbon monoxide poisoning[541]
Betty Hutton 86 March 11, 2007 Palm Springs, California, USA Colon cancer[542]
Luther Ingram 69 March 19, 2007 Belleville, Illinois, USA Heart failure[543]
Mark St. John
Kiss
51 April 5, 2007 New York City, New York, USA Cerebral hemorrhage[544]
Dakota Staton 76 April 10, 2007 New York, USA Stroke[545]
Don Ho 76 April 14, 2007 Waikiki, Hawaii, USA Congestive heart failure[546]
San Fadyl
The Ladybug Transistor
31 April 26, 2007 USA
Bobby Pickett
The Crypt-Kickers
69 April 27, 2007 Los Angeles, California, USA Leukemia[547]
Zola Taylor
The Platters
69 April 30, 2007 Riverside, California, USA Pneumonia[548]
Wolfgang Jger
Extrabreit
54 May 3, 2007 Hagen, Germany
Big Joe Duskin 86 May 6, 2007 Avondale, Ohio, USA Diabetes[549]
Carey Bell 70 May 6, 2007 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heart failure[550]
Carson Whitsett
Record producer for The Imperial Show Band
62 May 8, 2007 Brain cancer[551]
Izumi Sakai
Zard
40 May 27, 2007 Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan Accidental fall
Tony Thompson
Hi-Five
31 June 1, 2007 Waco, Texas, USA Chlorodifluoromethane[552]
John Pyke
Ra Ra Riot
23 June 3, 2007
Freddie Scott 74 June 4, 2007 Jamaica, New York, USA [553]
Richard Bell
The Band, Full Tilt Boogie Band
61 June 15, 2007 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Multiple myeloma[554]
Hank Medress
The Tokens
68 June 18, 2007 Manhattan, New York, USA

Lung cancer[555]

Natasja Saad 33 June 24, 2007 Spanish Town, Saint Catherine, Jamaica Traffic accident[556]
George McCorkle
Marshall Tucker Band
59 June 29, 2007 Lebanon, Tennessee, USA Cancer[557]
Bill Pinkney
The Drifters
81 July 4, 2007 Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Heart attack[558]
Kelly Johnson
Girlschool
49 July 15, 2007 Clapham, London, England Spinal cancer[559]
Ron Miller 74 July 23, 2007 Santa Monica, California, USA Cardiac arrest[560]
Trevor Hudson
Bottom of the Hudson
27 July 29, 2007 USA Traffic accident
Clarence Tex Walker
The Coasters
61 August 8, 2007 Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England Heart attack[561]
Jon Lucien 65 August 14, 2007 Orlando, Florida, USA Respiratory failure[562]
Hilly Kristal
Founder of CBGB, manager for The Dead Boys
75 August 28, 2007 New York City, New York, USA Lung cancer[563]
Kip Anderson 69 August 29, 2007 Anderson, South Carolina, USA [564]
Hughie Thomasson
Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd
55 September 9, 2007 Brooksville, Florida, USA Heart attack[565]
Willie Tee 63 September 11, 2007 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Colon cancer[566]
Joe Zawinul
Weather Report
75 September 11, 2007 Vienna, Austria Skin cancer[567]
Bobby Byrd
The Famous Flames, The JB's
73 September 12, 2007 Loganville, Georgia, USA Cancer[568]
Patrick Bourque
Emerson Drive
29 September 25, 2007
Jacqueline Breyer
Psychic TV
38 October 9, 2007 USA
Backwards Sam Firk 64 October 11, 2007 Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA Heart attack[569]
Lucky Dube 43 October 18, 2007 Rosettenville, Johannesburg Gauteng, South Africa Murder[570]
Paul Fox
The Ruts
56 October 21, 2007 United Kingdom Lung cancer[571]
Lance Hahn
Cringer, J Church
40 October 21, 2007 Austin, Texas, USA Nephropathy complications
Linda S. Stein
American talent agent
62 October 30, 2007 Manhattan, New York, USA Murder by blunt impact trauma to head and neck[572]
John Petersen
Harpers Bizarre, The Beau Brummels
65 November 11, 2007 [573]
Jim Ford 66 November 18, 2007 Fort Bragg, California, USA [574]
Kevin DuBrow
Quiet Riot
52 November 19, 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Drug overdose[575]
Ernest "Doc" Paulin 100 November 25, 2007 Marrero, Louisiana, USA [576]
Lynette Knackstedt
Skankin' Pickle
37 December 7, 2007 San Francisco, California, USA Drug overdose
Ike Turner
Kings of Rhythm
Ike & Tina Turner
76 December 12, 2007 San Marcos, California, USA Drug overdose[577]
Dan Fogelberg 56 December 16, 2007 Deer Isle, Maine, USA Prostate cancer[578]
Joe Ames
Ames Brothers
86 December 22, 2007
Oscar Peterson 82 December 23, 2007 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Kidney failure[579]
Ken Nelson
Record producer and manager from Capitol Records
96 January 6, 2008 Somis, California, USA [580]
Dave Day
The Monks
66 January 10, 2008 Heart attack
John Stewart
The Kingston Trio
68 January 19, 2008 San Diego, California, USA Brain aneurysm[581]
Trevor Taylor
Bad Boys Blue
50 January 19, 2008 Cologne, Germany Heart attack[582]
Francis Clay 84 January 21, 2008 San Francisco, California, USA [583]
Ben McMillan
Gruntruck
46 January 26, 2008 USA Diabetes
Scot Halpin
The Who
54 February 9, 2008 Bloomington, Indiana, USA [584]
Yegor Letov
Grazhdanskaya Oborona
43 February 19, 2008 Omsk, Russia Heart failure[585]
Buddy Miles 60 February 26, 2008 Austin, Texas, USA Congestive heart failure[586]
Mike Smith
The Dave Clark Five
64 February 28, 2008 Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England Pneumonia[587]
Mike Conley
M.I.A.
49 February 28, 2008 Chicago, Illinois, USA Head injuries from fall
Jeff Healey
The Jeff Healey Band
41 March 2, 2008 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Retinoblastoma[588]
Norman Smith
Record producer and audio engineer
85 March 3, 2008 East Sussex, England [589]
Mikey Dread 53 March 15, 2008 Stamford, Connecticut, USA Brain tumour[590]
Klaus Dinger
Kraftwerk, Neu!, La! Neu?
61 March 21, 2008 Heart failure[591]
Sean Levert
LeVert
39 March 30, 2008 Cleveland, Ohio, USA Sarcoidosis[592]
Larry Brown
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
63 April 6, 2008
George Butler
Record producer
76 April 9, 2008 Castro Valley, California, USA Alzheimer's disease[593]
Ozzie Cadena
Record producer for Savoy Records
83 April 9, 2008 Torrance, California, USA Pneumonia and complications from a stroke[594]
Sean Costello 28 April 15, 2008 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Drug overdose[595]
Brian Davison
The Nice
65 April 15, 2008 Bideford, Devon, England [596]
Danny Federici
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
58 April 17, 2008 New York City, New York, USA Melanoma[597]
Al Wilson 68 April 21, 2008 Fontana, California, USA Kidney failure[598]
Bob Childers 61 April 22, 2008 Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA Pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease[599]
Paul Davis 60 April 22, 2008 Meridian, Mississippi, USA Heart attack[600]
Micky Waller
The Steampacket, The Jeff Beck Group
66 May 8, 2008 London, England Liver failure[601]
John Rutsey
Rush
55 May 11, 2008 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Diabetes[602]
Michelle Meldrum
Phantom Blue, Meldrum
39 May 21, 2008 Burbank, California, USA Brain hemorrhage[603]
Jimmy McGriff 72 May 24, 2008 Voorhees Township, New Jersey, USA Multiple sclerosis[604]
Jerry Cole 68 May 28, 2008 Corona, California, USA Heart attack[605]
Al Jones 62 June 1, 2008 UK [606]
Bo Diddley 79 June 2, 2008 Archer, Florida, USA Heart failure[607]
Lula Reed 82 June 21, 2008 Detroit, Michigan, USA [608]
Mel Galley
Whitesnake, Trapeze, Phenomena
60 July 1, 2008 Heath Hayes and Wimblebury, Staffordshire, England Esophageal cancer[609]
Jo Stafford 90 July 16, 2008 Century City, California, USA Congestive heart failure[610]
Isaac Hayes 65 August 10, 2008 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Complications due to stroke[611]
Jerry Wexler
Music journalist and record producer
91 August 15, 2008 Sarasota, Florida, USA Congestive heart failure[612]
Pervis Jackson
The Spinners
70 August 18, 2008 Detroit, Michigan, USA Cancer[613]
Little Arthur Duncan 74 August 20, 2008 Northlake, Illinois, USA Complications after brain surgery[614]
Jerry Finn
Record producer
39 August 21, 2008 Los Angeles, California, USA Cerebral hemorrhage[615]
Richard Wright
Pink Floyd
65 September 15, 2008 London, England Lung cancer[616]
Norman Whitfield
Record producer for The Temptations and co-founder of Motown and Whitfield Records
68 September 16, 2008 Los Angeles, California, USA Diabetes[617]
Earl Palmer 83 September 19, 2008 Banning, California, USA [618]
Nappy Brown 78 September 20, 2008 Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Natural causes[619]
Cherry Smith
The Wailers
65 September 24, 2008 Miami, Florida, USA Heart attack[620]
Nick Reynolds
The Kingston Trio
75 October 1, 2008 San Diego, California, USA Acute respiratory disease[621]
Gidget Gein
Marilyn Manson
39 October 8, 2008 Burbank, California, USA Drug overdose[622]
Alton Ellis 70 October 10, 2008 Hammersmith, London, England Cancer[623]
Cliff Nobles 67 October 12, 2008 Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA [624]
Frankie Kerr
Teenage Head
51 October 15, 2008 Canada Cancer
Levi Stubbs
The Four Tops
72 October 17, 2008 Detroit, Michigan, USA Natural causes[625]
Dee Dee Warwick 66 October 18, 2008 Essex County, New Jersey, USA [626]
Virgil Gonsalves
Pacific Gas & Electric
76 October 20, 2008
Merl Saunders
Legion of Mary
74 October 24, 2008 Complications following stroke[627]
Mike Baker
Shadow Gallery
45 October 29, 2008 Heart attack[628]
Frank Navetta
Descendents
46 October 31, 2008 Diabetic coma[629]
Jimmy Carl Black
The Mothers of Invention, Muffin Men, Captain Beefheart
70 November 1, 2008 Siegsdorf, Germany Lung cancer[630]
Nathaniel Mayer 64 November 1, 2008 Detroit, Michigan, USA Stroke[631]
Jody Reynolds
The Storms
75 November 7, 2008 Palm Desert, California, USA Liver cancer[632]
Mitch Mitchell
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62 November 12, 2008 Portland, Oregon, USA Natural causes[633]
Munetaka Higuchi
Loudness
49 November 30, 2008 Osaka, Japan Hepatocellular carcinoma[634]
Odetta 77 December 2, 2008 New York City, New York, USA Heart disease[635]
Chico Banks 46 December 3, 2008 Chicago, Illinois, USA Faulty heart valve[636]
Steve Isham
Autograph
56 December 9, 2008 USA Liver cancer
Dennis Yost
Classics IV
65 December 9, 2008 Respiratory failure.[637]
Sandee;
Expose;
46 December 15, 2008 Hollywood, Florida, USA Seizure[638]
Feliciano Vierra Tavares
Tavares
88 December 17, 2008 Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA Prostate cancer[639]
Robert Ward
Ohio Players
70 December 25, 2008 Dry Branch, Georgia, USA [640]
Delaney Bramlett
Delaney & Bonnie
69 December 27, 2008 Los Angeles, California, USA Complications after gall bladder surgery[641]
Ron Asheton
The Stooges
60 January 6, 2009 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Heart attack[642]
Lamya 35 January 8, 2009 Oman Heart attack[643]
Andy DeMize
Nekromantix
25 January 11, 2009 Fullerton, California, USA Traffic accident[644]
Alejandro Sokol
Las Pelotas
48 January 12, 2009 Ro Cuarto, Crdoba, Argentina Respiratory insufficiency[645]
David "Fathead" Newman 75 January 20, 2009 Kingston, New York, USA Complications of pancreatic cancer[646]
Billy Powell
Lynyrd Skynyrd
56 January 28, 2009 Orange Park, Florida, USA Heart attack[647]
Hank Crawford 74 January 29, 2009 USA [648]
Dewey Martin
Buffalo Springfield
68 January 31, 2009 Van Nuys, California, USA Natural causes[649]
Cornelius Johnson
Ohio Players
71 February 1, 2009
Lux Interior
The Cramps
62 February 4, 2009 Glendale, California, USA Aortic dissection[650]
Estelle Bennett
The Ronettes
67 February 11, 2009 Englewood, New Jersey, USA Colon cancer[651]
Morris Broadnax 78 February 17, 2009 Congestive heart failure[652]
Miika Tenkula
Sentenced
34 February 18, 2009 Muhos, Finland Heart attack[653]
Snooks Eaglin 72 February 18, 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Heart attack[654]
Kelly Groucutt
Electric Light Orchestra
63 February 19, 2009 Worcester, England Heart attack[655]
Randall Bewley
Pylon
53 February 25, 2009 Athens, Georgia, USA Heart attack[656]
Jimmy Boyd 70 March 7, 2009 Santa Monica, California, USA Cancer[657]
Kent Henry
Blues Image, Steppenwolf
60 March 18, 2009 Portland, Oregon, USA Alzheimer's disease[658]
Mel Brown 69 March 20, 2009 Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Complications from emphysema[659]
Uriel Jones
The Funk Brothers
74 March 24, 2009 Dearborn, Michigan, USA Heart attack[660]
Dan Seals
England Dan and John Ford Coley
61 March 25, 2009 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Mantle cell lymphoma[661]
John Mayhew
Genesis
61 March 26, 2009 Glasgow, Scotland Heart condition[662]
Nancy Overton
The Chordettes
83 April 5, 2009 Blairstown, New Jersey, USA Esophageal cancer[663]
Tam Paton
Bay City Rollers
70 April 8, 2009 Heart attack[664]
Rocky Hill
Dusty Hill's oldest brother and association of American Blues
62 April 10, 2009 Houston, Texas, USA [665]
Ron Stallings
Huey Lewis and the News
62 April 13, 2009 Multiple myeloma
Betty Hall Jones 98 April 20, 2009 Torrance, California, USA Natural causes[666]
Ean Evans
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws
48 May 6, 2009 Columbus, Mississippi, USA Lung cancer[667]
Uli Trepte
Guru Guru
68 May 21, 2009 Berlin, Germany Cancer[668]
Jay Bennett
Wilco
45 May 24, 2009 Urbana, Illinois, USA Accidental overdose[669]
Koko Taylor 80 June 3, 2009 Kildeer, Illinois, USA Complications from gastrointestinal bleeding[670]
Bob Bogle
The Ventures
75 June 14, 2009 Vancouver, Washington, USA Non-Hodgkin lymphoma[671]
Sky Saxon
The Seeds
71 June 25, 2009 Austin, Texas, USA Heart and kidney failure[672]
Michael Jackson
The Jackson 5
50 June 25, 2009 Los Angeles, California, USA Cardiac arrest[673]
Fayette Pinkney
The Three Degrees
61 June 27, 2009 Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA Respiratory failure[674]
Allen Klein
Record label executive and co-founder of ABKCO Records
77 July 4, 2009 New York City, New York, USA Respiratory failure[675]
Drake Levin
Paul Revere & the Raiders
62 July 4, 2009 San Francisco, California, USA Cancer[676]
George William Fullerton 86 July 4, 2009 Fullerton, California, USA [677]
Midnight
Crimson Glory
47 July 8, 2009 St. Petersburg, Florida, USA Stomach aneurysm[678]
Gordon Waller
Peter and Gordon
64 July 17, 2009 Ledyard, Connecticut, USA Cardiac arrest[679]
Marcel Jacob
Talisman
45 July 21, 2009 Kristineberg, Stockholm, Sweden Suicide[680]
Andy Parle
Space
42 August 1, 2009 Liverpool, England Fell crossing the road[681]
Mbah Surip 52 August 4, 2009 Jakarta, Indonesia Heart attack[682]
Willy DeVille
Mink DeVille
58 August 6, 2009 New York City, New York, USA Pancreatic canccer[683]
Mike Seeger 75 August 7, 2009 Lexington, Virginia, USA Cancer[684]
David Van De Pitte
Record producer, arranger and co-founded of Motown Records
67 August 9, 2009 Southfield, Michigan, USA Cancer[685]
Rashied Ali 76 August 12, 2009 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Heart attack[686]
Les Paul 94 August 13, 2009 White Plains, New York, USA Pneumonia[687]
Larry Knechtel
Bread
69 August 20, 2009 Yakima, Washington, USA Heart attack[688]
Johnny Carter
The Flamingos, The Dells
75 August 21, 2009 Harvey, Illinois, USA Lung cancer[689]
Ellie Greenwich 68 August 26, 2009 New York City, New York, USA Heart attack[690]
Jake Drake-Brockman
Echo & the Bunnymen
53 September 1, 2009 Isle of Man Traffic accident[691]
Guy Babylon 52 September 2, 2009 Los Angeles, California, USA Heart attack[692]
Jim Carroll 60 September 11, 2009 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Heart attack[693]
Mary Travers
Peter, Paul And Mary
72 September 16, 2009 Danbury, Connecticut, USA Complications arising from bone marrow transplant[694]
Sam Carr
The Jelly Roll Kings
83 September 21, 2009 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA Congestive heart failure[695]
Greg Ladanyi
Record producer
57 September 29, 2009 Nicosia, Cyprus Fractured skull after fall[696]
Mike Alexander
Evile
32 October 5, 2009 Lule, Sweden Pulmonary embolism[697]
Steve Ferguson
NRBQ
60 October 7, 2009
Stephen Gately
Boyzone
33 October 10, 2009 Majorca, Spain Pulmonary edema[698]
Dickie Peterson
Blue Cheer
61 October 12, 2009 Erkelenz, Germany Liver cancer[699]
Brendan Mullen
Music promoter, founder of Los Angeles punk rock club The Masque
60 October 12, 2009 Los Angeles, California, USA Stroke[700]
Al Martino 82 October 13, 2009 Springfield, Pennsylvania, USA Heart attack
Sirone 69 October 21, 2009 USA [701]
Chris Bartley 62 October 26, 2009 Kidney failure[702]
Luther Dixon
Record producer for The Platters, The Shirelles, The Four Buddies
78 October 22, 2009 Jacksonville, Florida, USA [703]
Norton Buffalo
The Steve Miller Band
58 October 30, 2009 Paradise, California, USA Lung cancer[704]
Jerry Fuchs
!!!, Maserati
34 November 8, 2009 Brooklyn, New York, USA Fall after elevator accident[705]
Haydain Neale
Jacksoul
39 November 22, 2009 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Lung cancer[706]
Al Alberts
The Four Aces
87 November 27, 2009 Arcadia, Florida, USA Renal failure[707]
Bob Keane 87 November 28, 2009 Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA Kidney failure[708]
Eric Woolfson
The Alan Parsons Project
64 December 2, 2009 London, England Kidney cancer[709]
Liam Clancy
Makem and Clancy, The Clancy Brothers
74 December 4, 2009 Cork, Ireland Pulmonary fibrosis[710]
Jack Rose
Pelt
38 December 5, 2009 Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, USA Heart attack[711]
James Gurley
Big Brother and the Holding Company
69 December 20, 2009 Palm Desert, California, USA Heart attack[712]
Mick Cocks
Rose Tattoo
54 December 22, 2009 Sydney, Australia Liver cancer[713]
Arnold S. Caplin
Record producer, co-founder and owner of from Historical Records and Biograph Records
80 December 25, 2009 Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
Vic Chesnutt 45 December 25, 2009 Athens, Georgia, USA Suicide by drug overdose related to permanent quadriplegia[714]
Tony Bellamy
Redbone
63 December 25, 2009 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Liver failure[715]
The Rev
Avenged Sevenfold, Pinkly Smooth, Suburban Legends
28 December 28, 2009 Huntington Beach, California, USA Drug overdose[716]
Rowland S. Howard
The Birthday Party
50 December 30, 2009 Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia Hepatocellular carcinoma[717]
Earl Gaines 74 December 31, 2009 Nashville, Tennessee, USA [718]

2010s

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