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Musicians who Passed in 2018

Musicians Who Died in 2018

This is a very thorough list from an article in We Heart Music

Musicians who died in 2018: 642.

DECEMBER

Anca Pop (17 Dec 2018): Also in the news is the death of Romanian-Canadian singer-songwriter Anca Pop. She was involved in a traffic accident that sent her car into the Danube River. Her body was found on December 17; she was only 34.

Pop’s music style was a little Balkan and mainstream pop. She had a big following in Japan.

Nancy Wilson (13 Dec 2018): American singer Nancy Wilson has died on December 13th. I know we’re late to mention the news, but her contribution to blues and jazz is so important that we had at least acknowledge the sad news of her passing.

Wilson’s career spanned over five decades, starting in the mid-1950s to her retirement in 2010. Her signature song was “(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am” and her reinterpretation of “Guess Who I Saw Today”.

We previously wrote about Wilson, noting, “Growing up in Ohio, Nancy Wilson knew early she wanted to be a singer. After winning talent shows, working clubs, touring with a big band and studying briefly to become a teacher, she decided to make a move to New York City in 1959. Cannonball Adderly was so impressed with the up-and-coming singer he helped launch Wilson’s career by sharing his manager, John Levy, and his label, Capitol Records. That’s all the help she would need. Her debut was so well received she released five albums by her within the first two and a half years. And for the next forty Wilson would go on to record 70 albums with the last, “Turn to Blue,” winning a Grammy in 2006 for best jazz vocal.”

Buzzcocks (06 Dec 2018): We are sad to learn that Buzzcocks’ co-founder Pete Shelley has died of a heart attack at the age of 63.

We caught the band’s last Minneapolis appearance at the Varsity Theater in September 2014 and wrote, “I may have said that Pete Shelley was the only original member of Buzzcocks. Although that is technically true, I believe Steve Diggle (who joined later) is really as much a part of the Buzzcocks as anyone since 1976. And let me tell you - watching Diggle on stage is a delight.”

I love so many Buzzcocks songs, and the band played many of my favorites on their live show (including “I Don't Mind”, “Fast Cars”, “Autonomy”, “What Do I Get?”, and, of course, their two best-known songs “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)” and “Orgasm Addict”.

December (18)

  • [21 Dec 2018] Dipali Barthakur (Indian singer), 77
  • [20 Dec 2018] Adolfo Echeverría (Colombian composer), 86
  • [17 Dec 2018] Arun Bhaduri (Indian classical vocalist), 75, respiratory disease
  • [17 Dec 2018] Galt MacDermot (Canadian-American composer and pianist), 89
  • [17 Dec 2018] Anca Pop (Romanian-Canadian singer-songwriter), 34, traffic collision
  • [15 Dec 2018] Jerry Chesnut (American songwriter), 87
  • [15 Dec 2018] Arthur Maia (Brazilian composer and musician), 56, heart attack
  • [14 Dec 2018] Joe Osborn (American bass guitarist for The Wrecking Crew), 81
  • [13 Dec 2018] Nancy Wilson (Grammy winner American jazz singer), 81
  • [11 Dec 2018] Angelo Conti (Italian singer for Banda Bassotti), 62
  • [10 Dec 2018] J. R. Reitz (American radio host and disc jockey for WFHN), 66
  • [10 Dec 2018] Fred Wieland (Australian guitarist for The Strangers), 75, lung cancer
  • [09 Dec 2018] Yigal Bashan (Israeli singer and composer), 68, , heart attack
  • [07 Dec 2018] The Mascara Snake (American artist and musician for Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band), 70, traffic collision
  • [06 Dec 2018] Pete Shelley (English musician for Buzzcocks), 63, heart attack
  • [02 Dec 2018] Perry Robinson (American jazz musician), 80
  • [01 Dec 2018] Calvin Newborn (American jazz guitarist), 85
  • [01 Dec 2018] Jody Williams (American blues musician), 83, cancer




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    Roy Clark (15 Nov 2018): We got the announcement that legendary “superpicker” Roy Clark has died at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s probably best known for the being the host of the longest-running syndicated show in television history Hee Haw, even though he was already famous being for being one of the first cross-over pop and country musician.

    Stan Lee (12 Nov 2018): Legendary Marvel Universe creator Stan Lee has died at the age of 95. Lee, along with Jack Kirby were responsible for many of the original Marvel Comics’ characters, such as The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and X-Men, etc. Although Stan Lee is not necessary a musician, many singers and songwriters have been influenced by Stan Lee or many of his creations. For example, Joe Satriani’s classic album Surfing with the Alien features Stan and Jack’s Silver Surfer on his cover. Or bands like The Ramones covering the Spider-Man theme song, etc.

    Deerhunter (04 Nov 2018): We have just learned that Josh Fauver, the former bassist for Deerhunter, has died at the age of 39. Pitchfork wrote that Fauver joined Deerhunter in 2004, “after the band’s original bassist Justin Bosworth died following a skateboarding accident.” He stayed with Deerhunter until he left in 2012.

    Ranford Bigsby (04 Nov 2018): Liam Anderson, who performs under the stagename Ranford Bigsby was allegedly killed by his close friend Matthew Flame in a fight, on the morning of November 4. Anderson was 26. Anerson was following in the footsteps of his father, Gary “Angry” Anderson, the lead singer of rock band Rose Tattoo.

    Dave & Sugar (01 Nov 2018): Dave Rowland, of Dave & Sugar, has died at the age of 74, from an announcement from his publicist at 2911.us. Rowland died on November 1, 2018 in Nashville, due to complications from a stroke. Dave & Sugar’s early singles (“Queen of the Silver Dollar”, “The Door Is Always Open”, “I'm Gonna Love You” and "Don't Throw It All Away”) were all huge hits for the trio (Dave Rowland, Jackie Frantz, and Vicki Hackeman) in 1975-77. Their double #1 Country hit songs “Tear Time” and “Golden Tears” proved that the soulful trio became “the country ABBA” as labeled by critics and fans.

    November (57)

  • [30 Nov 2018] Roger V. Burton (American actor and musician), 90
  • [29 Nov 2018] Ulrich Leyendecker (German composer), 72
  • [29 Nov 2018] Erik Lindmark (American vocalist and guitarist for Deeds of Flesh), 46
  • [29 Nov 2018] Robert Plotnik (American record store owner), 75, complications from a stroke
  • [28 Nov 2018] Gary Haisman (English musician), 60
  • [28 Nov 2018] Roger Neumann (American jazz saxophonist), 77
  • [27 Nov 2018] Mohammed Aziz (Indian playback singer), 64, heart attack
  • [27 Nov 2018] Johnny Maddox (American pianist), 91
  • [26 Nov 2018] Umberto Borsò (Italian opera singer), 95
  • [26 Nov 2018] Dominick Brascia (American radio host for KMMS), 62
  • [26 Nov 2018] Gavin Ford (British radio host for Radio One), 53, strangled
  • [26 Nov 2018] Stanislav Gorkovenko (Russian conductor), 80
  • [24 Nov 2018] Harold Farberman (American conductor), 89
  • [22 Nov 2018] Imrat Khan (Indian sitar player), 83, stroke
  • [21 Nov 2018] Mamane Barka (Nigerien musician), 59
  • [21 Nov 2018] Maksim Mihaylov (Russian opera singer), 56
  • [21 Nov 2018] Angelica Cob-Baehler (American music industry executive), 47, cancer
  • [21 Nov 2018] Devin Lima (American singer for LFO), 41, adrenal cancer
  • [20 Nov 2018] Levine Andrade (Indian-born British violinist), 64
  • [20 Nov 2018] Roy Bailey (English folk singer), 83
  • [19 Nov 2018] Bill Caddick (English folk singer-songwriter and guitarist for Home Service), 74
  • [18 Nov 2018] Peter Simon (American photographer for Grateful Dead), 71, cardiac arrest
  • [17 Nov 2018] Jens Büchner (German singer), 49
  • [17 Nov 2018] Yevgeny Osin (Russian singer), 54
  • [17 Nov 2018] Cyril Pahinui (American slack-key guitarist and singer), 68
  • [17 Nov 2018] Diana Petrynenko (Ukrainian singer), 88
  • [17 Nov 2018] Boris Poloskin (Russian folk singer-songwriter), 86
  • [16 Nov 2018] Scott English (American songwriter and record producer), 81
  • [16 Nov 2018] Al James (British bass guitarist for Showaddywaddy), 72
  • [16 Nov 2018] Alec Finn ( English-born Irish bouzouki player for De Dannan), 74
  • [15 Nov 2018] Roy Clark (American Hall of Fame country singer and television host Hee Haw), 85, complications from pneumonia
  • [15 Nov 2018] Kacem Kefi (Tunisian composer and singer), 73
  • [15 Nov 2018] Sonny Knowles (Irish singer), 86
  • [15 Nov 2018] Ivan Smirnov (Russian composer and guitarist), 63
  • [14 Nov 2018] Masahiro Sayama (Japanese pianist), 64
  • [14 Nov 2018] Mario Suárez (Venezuelan folk singer), 92
  • [13 Nov 2018] Lucho Gatica (Chilean bolero singer and actor), 90
  • [13 Nov 2018] Ken Narita (Japanese vocalist), 73, pneumonia
  • [13 Nov 2018] Brian Rusike (Zimbabwean songwriter and keyboardist), 62
  • [12 Nov 2018] Kurt Kaiser (American composer), 83
  • [12 Nov 2018] Stan Lee (American comic book writer and publisher of Marvel Comics), 95
  • [10 Nov 2018] Marián Geišberg (Slovak actor, singer-songwriter), 64
  • [07 Nov 2018] Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (Irish musician and composer), 67
  • [06 Nov 2018] Rasmus Berg (Danish musician), 45
  • [06 Nov 2018] Hugh McDowell (English cellist for Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard), 65, cancer
  • [04 Nov 2018] Ranford Bigsby (Liam Anderson) (Australian rapper), 26, killed by friend
  • [04 Nov 2018] Josh Fauver (American rock bassist for Deerhunter), 39
  • [04 Nov 2018] Roman Grinev (Russian jazz bassist), 41
  • [04 Nov 2018] Wolfgang Zuckermann (German-born American harpsichord maker), 96
  • [04 Nov 2018] Don Kelon aka Kelon Cruick­shank (Trinidadian singer), 31, stabbed
  • [03 Nov 2018] Tom Diaz (American singer and musician for The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die), 32
  • [03 Nov 2018] Mark Fosson (American primitive guitarist), cancer
  • [03 Nov 2018] Maria Guinot (Portuguese singer), 73, lung infection
  • [03 Nov 2018] Glenn Schwartz (American musician for James Gang), 77
  • [02 Nov 2018] The Original De Fosto Himself aka De Fosto Winston Scarborough (Trinidadian calypsonian)
  • [02 Nov 2018] Roy Hargrove (American jazz trumpeter), 49, heart attack
  • [01 Nov 2018] Dave Rowland (American country music singer for Dave & Sugar), 74, stroke



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    OCTOBER

    The Residents (30 Oct 2018): It happened so quickly that we didn’t get a chance to mention that Hardy Fox from the weird eyeball-band The Residents has died on October 30th. He is survived by his husband, Steven Kloman.

    C.W. Vrtacek (21 Oct 2018): This recent death of C.W. Vrtacek (born Charles O’Meara) came from experimental electronic music collective Biota (which O’Meara was a member of). O’Meara was 65.

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    All That Remains (17 Oct 2018): Oli Herbert, lead guitarist for All That Remains was found dead in a nearby pond at his Connecticut home, at the age of 44. Police found him after families reported him missing, so cause of death is still a mystery at this time… according to TMZ. We caught Oli in All That Remains just over a year ago September 2017 and was impressed by their cover of Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls”: “Believe me, you haven’t lived until you see bodies surfing to a country song.”

    GNZ48 (17 Oct 2018): Du Yuwei from the massive 86-girl group GNZ48, who committed suicide from what appears to be a fallout of having an affair with a married man. In these all-girls pop idol groups, the singers have to sign a contract that prevent them from dating (or appears to be taken), so they would appeal to young boys. It’s just sad to see these young people killing themselves… over just nothing really. Du Yuwei was only 19 years old.

    October (61)

  • [30 Oct 2018] Beverly McClellan (American singer and reality talent show finalist for The Voice), 49, endometrial cancer
  • [30 Oct 2018] Hardy Fox (American musician and composer for The Residents), 73, brain cancer
  • [30 Oct 2018] Yashwant Dev (Indian poet and composer), 91, pneumonia
  • [30 Oct 2018] Rico J. Puno (Filipino pop singer), 65, heart failure
  • [29 Oct 2018] Vladimir Borodin (Russian composer), 52
  • [29 Oct 2018] Jimmy Farrar (American rock singer for Molly Hatchet, Gator Country), 67, heart attack
  • [29 Oct 2018] Young Greatness (American rapper), 34, shot
  • [28 Oct 2018] Richard Gill (Australian conductor), 76, colorectal and peritoneal cancer
  • [27 Oct 2018] Freddie Hart (American country musician and songwriter), 91, pneumonia
  • [27 Oct 2018] Ingo Insterburg (German musician and comedian), 84
  • [27 Oct 2018] Todd Youth (American punk and metal guitarist for Warzone, Danzig), 47
  • [26 Oct 2018] Darijan Božič (Slovenian composer), 85
  • [25 Oct 2018] Sonny Fortune (American jazz saxophonist), 79, stroke
  • [25 Oct 2018] Elder Roma Wilson (American gospel harmonica player and singer), 107
  • [24 Oct 2018] Hip Hop Pantsula (South African rapper), 38, suicide
  • [24 Oct 2018] Horst Schulze (German actor and opera singer), 97
  • [24 Oct 2018] Wah Wah Watson (American guitaristfor The Funk Brothers), 67
  • [24 Oct 2018] Tony Joe White (American singer-songwriter), 75
  • [23 Oct 2018] Mighty Shadow aka Winston Bailey (Trinidadian calypsonian), 77, stroke
  • [22 Oct 2018] Terēzija Broka (Latvian conductor and educator), 93
  • [22 Oct 2018] Silvio Palmieri (Canadian composer), 60
  • [22 Oct 2018] Titi Qadarsih (Indonesian actress and singer), 72
  • [21 Oct 2018] C.W. Vrtacek, aka Charles O'Meara (American composer, guitarist, pianist for Forever Einstein and Biota), 65
  • [20 Oct 2018] Jon James McMurray, aka Jon James, McFee (Canadian rapper and freeskier), 34, fall
  • [18 Oct 2018] Ayub Bachchu (Bangladeshi singer-songwriter for Love Runs Blind), 56, heart attack
  • [18 Oct 2018] Sergey Bondarenko (Ukrainian singer for Nensi), 31
  • [18 Oct 2018] Randolph Hokanson (American classical pianist), 103
  • [18 Oct 2018] Raúl Marrero Quiles (Puerto Rican singer, composer and conductor), 92
  • [17 Oct 2018] Rashod Ollison (American music journalist for The Virginian-Pilot), 41, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • [17 Oct 2018] Valters Frīdenbergs (Latvian musician for Valters and Kaža), 30, cancer
  • [17 Oct 2018] Oli Herbert (American heavy metal guitarist for All That Remains), 44
  • [16 Oct 2018] Du Yuwei (Chinese singer for GNZ48), 19, suicide
  • [14 Oct 2018] Aziza Niyozmetova (Uzbekistani singer), 46, cancer
  • [14 Oct 2018] Saleem Iklim (Malaysian singer for Iklim), 57, traffic collision
  • [13 Oct 2018] Annapurna Devi (Indian classical musician), 91
  • [12 Oct 2018] Andy Goessling (American musician for Railroad Earth)
  • [12 Oct 2018] Takehisa Kosugi (Japanese composer and violinist), 80
  • [11 Oct 2018] James Emswiller (American sound mixer), 61, fall
  • [11 Oct 2018] Carol Hall (American composer and lyricist), 82, progressive aphasia
  • [10 Oct 2018] Theresa Hightower (American jazz singer), 64, colon cancer
  • [09 Oct 2018] Nitin Bali (Indian singer), 47, traffic collision
  • [08 Oct 2018] Tim Chandler (American rock bassist for Daniel Amos, The Swirling Eddies), 58
  • [07 Oct 2018] John Wicks (British singer and musician for The Records)
  • [06 Oct 2018] Montserrat Caballé (Spanish opera singer), 85, gallbladder infection
  • [05 Oct 2018] Bernadette Carroll (American singer for The Angels), 74
  • [05 Oct 2018] Ed Kenney (American singer and actor for Flower Drum Song), 85
  • [05 Oct 2018] Ed Kenney (American singer and actor for Flower Drum Song), 85
  • [04 Oct 2018] Hamiet Bluiett (American jazz saxophonist), 78
  • [04 Oct 2018] John Tyrrell (British musicologist), 76
  • [03 Oct 2018] Hugo Raspoet (Belgian singer and guitarist), 77
  • [03 Oct 2018] Bent Lorentzen (Danish composer), 83
  • [03 Oct 2018] John Von Ohlen (American jazz drummer for Blue Wisp Big Band), 77
  • [03 Oct 2018] Joseph Kamaru (Kenyan benga musician), 79, Parkinson's disease
  • [02 Oct 2018] Balabhaskar (Indian violinist, composer and record producer), 40, heart attack
  • [02 Oct 2018] Geoff Emerick (English recording engineer for Abbey Road Studios, The Beatles), 72, heart attack
  • [01 Oct 2018] Charles Aznavour (French-Armenian singer, lyricist and actor), 94, pulmonary edema
  • [01 Oct 2018] Caroline Charrière (Swiss composer, conductor and flautist), 57
  • [01 Oct 2018] Stelvio Cipriani (Italian composer), 81, stroke
  • [01 Oct 2018] Jerry González (American bandleader and trumpeter), 69, heart attack
  • [01 Oct 2018] Antonis Kontogeorgiou (Greek choir conductor for Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation), 73
  • [01 Oct 2018] Vasyl Kozak (Ukrainian trumpeter), 75




  • SEPTEMBER

    400 Bar (11 Sep 2018): Local 400 Bar co-owner, Tom Sullivan died on September 11th, as reported by the Star Tribune. Sullivan was 62. I moved to Minneapolis in 1999, and the 400 Bar (opened in 1996 by brothers Bill & Tom Sullivan) was one of the very first show that I attended (it was for Momus on 18 November 1999). I wasn't familiar with the area at the time, so I actually got there really early and saw the eye-patching-wearing Momus walking down the street. In December 2012, the 400 Bar closed its doors at the Cedar location. Eventually, they pop up briefly at the Mall of America in June 2014 (we caught Kate Tucker on 28 July 2014), but everyone agreed that it wasn’t the same 400 Bar.

    Crime (10 Sep 2018): If you like early punk music at all, you’ve probably heard of the San Francisco band Crime (not to be confused with the bands Minneapolis' Crimes or London's Crimea). The singer and guitarist Johnny Strike, has recently died at the age of 70 to cancer. With only one proper studio album (San Francisco's Doomed) and two official “bootlegs” (Terminal Boredom and Hate Us or Love Us, We Don't Give a F***), the band eventually broke up in the 90s. The group did reform with some changes in the lineup in the 2000s, with a second album, Exalted Masters. Even though it was probably a crime that Crime never made it big, they sure looked cool trying.

    Mac Miller (07 Sep 2018): News of Mac Miller’s death hit the internet hard at noon on Friday, and celebrities, sport stars, and fans across the country were paying tribute to the rapper. It was unexpected, because Mac Miller was only 26 and in the prime of his career. TMZ reported that it was an apparent overdose. His death came after We Came As Romans’s singer Kyle Pavone (age 28) also died of a drug overdose on August 31.

    We caught Mac Miller in October 2016, as part of his The Divine Feminine tour, and said, “Mac Miller only needed a microphone to do his magic. The audience sang back all the popular songs. It’s unlike anything you’ll ever see, over one thousand fans singing and dancing in tune with Miller.”

    Burt Reynolds (06 Sep 2018): I wasn’t going to mention the death of Burt Reynolds , that is until reader Russell Lichter pointed out that Reynolds actually had a music recording career. In 1973, Reynolds released the album called Ask Me What I Am. And what’s even funnier is in the review for Jeff Bridges, we wrote in Sep 2011: “Did you know that Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds and Kevin Costner have all released country albums? (Neither did I.)”

    Reynolds died on September 6, 2018, to a heart attack. He was 82.

    September (63)

  • [30 Sep 2018] Angela Maria (Brazilian singer), 89
  • [30 Sep 2018] Kim Larsen (Danish rock singer, songwriter and guitarist for Gasolin'), 72, prostate cancer
  • [29 Sep 2018] Michael Weiley (Australian rock guitarist for Spy vs Spy), 58, cancer
  • [29 Sep 2018] Otis Rush (American Hall of Fame blues guitarist and singer), 84, complications from a stroke
  • [28 Sep 2018] Koos Alberts (Dutch levenslied singer), 71
  • [28 Sep 2018] Zang Tianshuo (Chinese rock musician), 54, liver cancer
  • [27 Sep 2018] Sam Spoons (British spoon player for The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band), long illness
  • [27 Sep 2018] Marty Balin (American Hall of Fame rock singer and musician for Jefferson Airplane), 76
  • [26 Sep 2018] Tito Madi (Brazilian singer and composer), 89
  • [26 Sep 2018] Sergei Mosin (Russian jazz musician), 59
  • [25 Sep 2018] Dale Barclay (Scottish musician), 32, brain cancer
  • [24 Sep 2018] Alfredo Ábalos (Argentine folk singer), 80
  • [24 Sep 2018] Vicente Bianchi (Chilean conductor, composer and pianist), 98
  • [24 Sep 2018] Jana Kocianová (Slovak vocalist), 72
  • [23 Sep 2018] Berth Idoff (Swedish keyboardist for Berth Idoffs), 77, cancer
  • [22 Sep 2018] Chas Hodges (British musician for Chas & Dave), 74, organ failure
  • [21 Sep 2018] Katherine Hoover (American composer and flutist), 80
  • [21 Sep 2018] Vilma Valera (Filipino actress and singer), 73, diabetes
  • [20 Sep 2018] Joseph Hoo Kim (Jamaican record producer), 76, liver cancer
  • [19 Sep 2018] Buren Bayaer (Chinese singer and journalist), 58, heart attack
  • [19 Sep 2018] Denis Norden (English radio personality for My Music), 96
  • [19 Sep 2018] Felton Pruett (American guitarist for Hank Williams), 89
  • [18 Sep 2018] Piotr Lachert (Polish composer and pianist), 80
  • [18 Sep 2018] Wesley Tinglin (Jamaican reggae singer for the Viceroys), 75, lung cancer
  • [18 Sep 2018] David DiChiera (American composer), 83, pancreatic cancer
  • [18 Sep 2018] Carmencita Lara (Peruvian singer), 91
  • [18 Sep 2018] Vladimír Šafránek (Czech vocalist), 46
  • [16 Sep 2018] Maartin Allcock (English multi-instrumentalist and record producer), 61, liver cancer
  • [16 Sep 2018] Isao Matsushita (Japanese composer), 66
  • [16 Sep 2018] Big Jay McNeely (American R&B saxophonist), 91, prostate cancer
  • [15 Sep 2018] Jasdev Yamla Jatt (Indian musician), 60, heart attack
  • [15 Sep 2018] Franco Scornavacca (Brazilian musician and band manager), 70, cardiac arrest
  • [15 Sep 2018] Djamel Allam (Algerian singer and musician), 71
  • [15 Sep 2018] Bohumil Kulínský (Czech choral conductor), 59
  • [15 Sep 2018] Jasdev Yamla Jatt (Indian musician), 60
  • [14 Sep 2018] Max Bennett (American jazz bassist for L.A. Express), 90
  • [14 Sep 2018] María Magdalena Pavón (Ecuadorian singer), 77
  • [14 Sep 2018] Anneke Grönloh (Dutch singer), 76
  • [14 Sep 2018] Carlos Rubira Infante (Ecuadorian pasillo and pasacalle singer-songwriter), 96
  • [13 Sep 2018] Marin Mazzie (American actress and singer), 57, ovarian cancer
  • [13 Sep 2018] Ivo Petrić (Slovenian composer and oboist player for Slavko Osterc Ensemble), 87
  • [12 Sep 2018] Erich Kleinschuster (Austrian trombonist and bandleader), 88
  • [12 Sep 2018] Rachid Taha (Algerian singer for Carte de Séjour), 59, heart attack
  • [11 Sep 2018] Tom Sullivan (American bar owner of 400 Bar), 62
  • [10 Sep 2018] Helen Shepherd (Dutch singer), 78
  • [10 Sep 2018] Johnny Strike (American guitarist and singer for Crime), 70, cancer
  • [09 Sep 2018] Mr. Catra (Brazilian singer), 49, stomach cancer
  • [09 Sep 2018] Beat Richner (Swiss cellist), 71
  • [07 Sep 2018] Anna Karabessini (AGreek folk singer and songwriter), 95
  • [07 Sep 2018] Mac Miller (American rapper, singer and record producer), 26, drug overdose
  • [07 Sep 2018] Donald McGuire (American singer for The Hilltoppers), 86
  • [07 Sep 2018] Sheng Zhongguo (Chinese violinist), 77, heart attack
  • [06 Sep 2018] Burt Reynolds (American actor and musician), 82, heart attack
  • [06 Sep 2018] Wilson Moreira (Brazilian sambista, singer and songwriter), 81
  • [06 Sep 2018] Philippe Eidel (French music producer, writer and film music composer), 61
  • [06 Sep 2018] Claudio Scimone (Italian conductor), 83
  • [05 Sep 2018] Richard Bateman (American bass player for Nasty Savage)
  • [04 Sep 2018] Roman Mayboroda (Ukrainian opera singer), 75
  • [04 Sep 2018] Elisa Serna (Spanish protest singer-songwriter), 75
  • [03 Sep 2018] Katyna Ranieri (Italian singer and actress on Captain Phantom), 93
  • [02 Sep 2018] Conway Savage (Australian rock keyboardist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), 58, brain tumour
  • [01 Sep 2018] Kenneth Bowen (Welsh operatic tenor singer), 86
  • [01 Sep 2018] Randy Weston (American jazz pianist and composer), 92





  • AUGUST

    Papa vs Pretty (28 Aug 2018): It's always sad to mention that another young musician has recently died: Luke Liang of Papa vs Pretty, has died at the age of 28, according to dailymail.co.uk. Papa vs Pretty's drummer Tom Myers wrote that Liang lost his life to "depression", which can only mean one thing... that he took his own life.

    We wrote about the band in Aug 2010, before Liang joined the group (he joined in 2012), saying, “I was lucky enough to see an acoustic set in a quirky little pub basement in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Three youngsters from the Sydney-based band Papa Vs Pretty played two of the songs from their new EP, Heavy Harm. Heavy on the melody and quite intense lyrically. Foot-tappingly brilliant.”

    We Came As Romans (25 Aug 2018): Kyle Pavone, the singer of We Came As Romans, has died at the age of 28, as reported by cnn.com. A cause of death was not clear, but Pavone’s sudden death is tragic as they are so young. We saw the group in October 2015 and wrote, “We Came As Romans stole the show last night, playing tracks from their latest self-titled album (Equal Vision Records).... The crowd never slowed down for WCAR's set and neither did the band members. The amount of energy these guys have is immeasurable. Throughout the hour long set, WCAR had the crowd enthralled in their live show. You didn't have to know their lyrics to feel like you were a part of this band. That is why I feel like these guys stole the show. It didn't matter who you were there to see last night, you stopped what you were doing, stopped the conversation you were in the middle of, put your phones away the second these guys started.”

    Lynyrd Skynyrd (22 Aug 2018): Worth noting is that Ed King, the Hall of Fame guitarist for Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at the age of 68 to lung cancer. He’s probably most famous for co-writing the hit song “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    Khaira Arby (19 Aug 2018): “The Nightingale of Timbuktu” Khaira Arby has died on August 19, at the age of 59, as confirmed by her family. japantimes.co.jp wrote “One of a generation of legendary musicians from the ancient northwestern Malian city, Arby became a major voice for peace in her troubled country.”

    We saw the Malian singer in July 2011 and said, “So, the first thing that hits you when Khaira Arby sings is that she has an amazing voice. It's loud and it's powerful. Singing style, for some reason, I found it to sound very similar to Indian (East Asia), but sung in French and Bambara.”

    Aretha Franklin (16 Aug 2018): We’ve heard the rumors about Aretha Franklin on her deathbed, but when it was announced today that the Queen of Soul has died, it was still hard to take. Anyone who likes soul music, heck, just music, loved Aretha Franklin. There’s just something unbelievable about her voice and power that demands to be heard. Sure, her big hit song “Respect” was a cover of Otis Redding, but Franklin’s version is so much better known that anyone would confusion “Respect” as on one else but Aretha Franklin’s song. The past few years, we’ve lost a few singers in the world of Soul, like Sharon Jones (in 2016), Charles Bradley (in 2017), and, locally, Sonny Knight (also in 2017).

    August (57)

  • [30 Aug 2018] Mike Kennedy (American drummer for George Strait), 59, traffic collision
  • [30 Aug 2018] Joseph Kobzon (Russian singer for People's Artist of USSR), 80, prostate cancer
  • [29 Aug 2018] Ellie Mannette (Trinidadian steelpan musician), 90
  • [29 Aug 2018] Robert Stern (American composer), 84
  • [29 Aug 2018] Boris Vassemirskiy (Russian conductor), 77
  • [28 Aug 2018] Luke Liang (Australian musician for Papa vs Pretty), 28, suicide
  • [28 Aug 2018] William Márquez Uzcátegui (Venezuelan singer for Los Chamos), 50, pneumonia
  • [27 Aug 2018] Zé Béttio (Brazilian composer), 92
  • [27 Aug 2018] Józef Kossowski (Polish violinist), 83
  • [26 Aug 2018] Inge Borkh (German soprano), 97
  • [25 Aug 2018] Kyle Pavone (American rock vocalist for We Came as Romans), 28
  • [25 Aug 2018] Noam Sheriff (Israeli composer), 83
  • [24 Aug 2018] DJ Ready Red (American hip hop producer for Geto Boys), 53, heart attack
  • [23 Aug 2018] George Walker (American composer for Lilacs), 96, fall
  • [22 Aug 2018] Ed King (American Hall of Fame guitarist for Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and songwriter), 68, lung cancer
  • [22 Aug 2018] Lazy Lester (American Hall of Fame blues musician), 85, stomach cancer
  • [21 Aug 2018] Spencer P. Jones (New Zealand singer and guitarist for The Johnnys), 61, liver cancer
  • [20 Aug 2018] Eddie Willis (American studio guitarist for The Funk Brothers), 82, complications from poliomyelitis
  • [19 Aug 2018] Khaira Arby (Malian singer), 59
  • [19 Aug 2018] Deivison Kellrs (Brazilian singer), 30, liver cancer
  • [19 Aug 2018] DJ Loutka (Czech DJ), 51, suicide by hanging
  • [17 Aug 2018] Claudio Lolli (Italian singer-songwriter), 68, cancer
  • [17 Aug 2018] Sahar Taha (Iraqi-born Lebanese musician and journalist), 61
  • [16 Aug 2018] Aretha Franklin (American soul singer, pianist and songwriter), 76, pancreatic cancer
  • [16 Aug 2018] Count Prince Miller (Jamaican-born British singer and actor), 83, cancer
  • [16 Aug 2018] Benny Andersen (Danish author, poet and pianist), 88
  • [15 Aug 2018] Marie-Françoise Bucquet (French pianist and teacher), 80
  • [15 Aug 2018] Queeneth Ndaba (South African jazz singer and manager for Dorkay House), 82
  • [14 Aug 2018] Jill Janus (American rock singer for Huntress), 42, suicide
  • [14 Aug 2018] Valentina Levko (Russian opera and chamber singer), 92
  • [14 Aug 2018] Teo Maiste (Estonian opera singer), 86
  • [14 Aug 2018] Randy Rampage (Canadian thrash metal singer and bassist for D.O.A.), 58, heart attack
  • [14 Aug 2018] Alberto Tosca (Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist), 63
  • [11 Aug 2018] Blue Miller (American musician), 66
  • [10 Aug 2018] Donnie Robichaud (Canadian bassist), 42, shot
  • [10 Aug 2018] Scepaz (Australian hip-hop artist), 30, homicide
  • [09 Aug 2018] Arthur Davies (Welsh opera singer), 77
  • [08 Aug 2018] Linda Mkhize (South African rapper and DJ), 37, seizure
  • [07 Aug 2018] Carlos Almenar Otero (Venezuelan singer and songwriter), 92
  • [07 Aug 2018] Vicki Archer (British radio DJ for BBC Radio Shropshire), 41
  • [07 Aug 2018] Étienne Chicot (French actor and composer), 69
  • [07 Aug 2018] Dumitru Fărcaș (Romanian tárogató player), 80
  • [07 Aug 2018] Guilherme Lamounier (Brazilian singer-songwriter, composer), 67, pneumonia
  • [05 Aug 2018] Dan Uhrich (American tuba musician), 42
  • [05 Aug 2018] Majid Al-Majid (Saudi folk singer), 52, shot
  • [05 Aug 2018] Navid Izadi (American DJ and hip hop artist), 32, plane crash
  • [05 Aug 2018] Ellen Joyce Loo (Canadian-born Hong Kong singer for at17), 32, fall
  • [04 Aug 2018] Lorrie Collins (American rockabilly singer for The Collins Kids), 76
  • [04 Aug 2018] Anar Nagilbaz (Azerbaijani rapper, songwriter and actor), 44, internal hemorrhage
  • [03 Aug 2018] Bradley Daymond (Canadian dance musician for Love Inc.), 48, cardiac arrest
  • [03 Aug 2018] Tommy Peoples ( Irish fiddler for The Bothy Band), 70
  • [02 Aug 2018] Neil Argo (American composer for Mission: Impossible), 71, heart failure
  • [01 Aug 2018] Gaqo Çako (Albanian opera singer), 83
  • [01 Aug 2018] Hasanaga Sadigov (Azerbaijani ashik musician), 67, cancer
  • [01 Aug 2018] Jan Kirsznik (Polish rock and roll saxophonist), 84
  • [01 Aug 2018] Celeste Rodrigues (Portuguese fado singer), 95
  • [01 Aug 2018] Umbayee (Indian ghazal singer), 66, cancer




  • John Maus
    In his first show in seven years, John Maus will be headlining the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday, April 5th. Maus is known for his emotional, passionate live ..…
    JULY

    John Maus (28 Jul 2018): Joe Maus, the bassist and brother to John Maus, has died while on tour. He was rather young, only 30 years old. The news was announced by Ribbon Music via Twitter: We regret to inform you that Joe Maus passed away on Saturday, July 28th in Cesis. Latvia while on tour with his brother John. ... Lastly, all listed John Maus shows are cancelled.

    July (37)

  • [31 Jul 2018] Irvin Jarrett (Jamaican reggae percussionist for Inner Circle), 69
  • [30 Jul 2018] József Orbán (Hungarian singer), 70
  • [29 Jul 2018] Oliver Dragojević (Croatian singer), 70, lung cancer
  • [29 Jul 2018] Sam Mehran (American musician for Test Icicles), 31
  • [29 Jul 2018] Tomasz Stańko (Polish jazz trumpeter and composer), 76, pneumonia/lung cancer
  • [28 Jul 2018] Joseph Maus (American pop musician for John Maus), 30
  • [28 Jul 2018] Olga Jackowska (Polish rock singer for Maanam), 67, cancer
  • [27 Jul 2018] Kim Dong-Yoon (South Korean pop singer for Mix Nine), 20
  • [26 Jul 2018] María Concepción César (Argentine singer and dancer), 91
  • [26 Jul 2018] Ben Sharpa (South African rapper), 41, diabetes
  • [26 Jul 2018] Mark Shelton (American heavy metal guitarist for Manilla Road), 60
  • [25 Jul 2018] Glen Roven (American composer, conductor and producer), 60
  • [25 Jul 2018] Patrick Williams (American film and television composer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show), 79, cancer
  • [18 Jul 2018] Raivo Rätte (Estonian musician for Kosmikud), 48, suspected vehicular homicide
  • [17 Jul 2018] Bullumba Landestoy (Dominican pianist and composer), 93
  • [15 Jul 2018] Theryl DeClouet (American jazz-funk singer for Galactic), 66
  • [13 Jul 2018] Ponty Bone (American accordionist), 78, progressive supranuclear palsy
  • [13 Jul 2018] K. Rani (Indian playback singer), 75
  • [10 Jul 2018] Greg Bonham (Australian singer), 69, heart attack
  • [09 Jul 2018] Stefan Demert (Swedish musician), 78
  • [08 Jul 2018] Tab Hunter (American actor and singer), 86, blood clot
  • [08 Jul 2018] Oliver Knussen (British composer), 66
  • [07 Jul 2018] Feliciano Amaral (Brazilian Evangelical singer), 97
  • [07 Jul 2018] Brett Hoffmann (American death metal singer for Malevolent Creation), 51, colorectal cancer
  • [07 Jul 2018] Garry Lowe (Jamaican musician for Big Sugar), 65, cancer
  • [06 Jul 2018] Vlatko Ilievski (Macedonian pop singer and actor), 33
  • [06 Jul 2018] Vince Martin (American folk singer), 81, pulmonary fibrosis
  • [05 Jul 2018] François Budet (French singer-songwriter), 78
  • [05 Jul 2018] Jim Malloy (American recording engineer), 87
  • [04 Jul 2018] Carmen Campagne (Canadian singer and children's entertainer), 58, cancer
  • [03 Jul 2018] Richard Swift (American singer-songwriter, producer and musician for The Shins, The Black Keys), 41
  • [02 Jul 2018] Henry Butler (American jazz pianist), 68, cancer
  • [02 Jul 2018] Alan Longmuir (Scottish bass guitarist for Bay City Rollers), 70
  • [02 Jul 2018] Bill Watrous (American jazz trombonist), 79
  • [01 Jul 2018] Roy Carr (British music journalist for NME), 73
  • [01 Jul 2018] Paul Ott Carruth (American singer-songwriter and conservationist), 83, cancer
  • [01 Jul 2018] François Corbier ( French songwriter and television presenter), 73, cancer




  • The Jackson Five
    Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family (not to be confused with English songwriter Joe Jackson), has died at the age of 89, according to tmz ....
    Fleetwood Mac
    Thanks to Bernie for passing along the news that former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan is dead at the age of 68. According to CNN, Kirwan died in London. ....
    XXXTentacion
    Something really weird happened on the same day (June 18th), two young rappers XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo (aged 20 and 21 respectively) were shot and killed. ....
    Jimmy Wopo
    Jimmy Wopo - Back Against the Wall [Explicit] Release Date: October 11, 2017 Label: TSO Music Group / Muney Lane Muzik Copyright: ℗© 2017 TSO Music Group / Muney Lane Muzik ....
    JUNE

    The Jackson Five (27 Jun 2018): Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family (not to be confused with English songwriter Joe Jackson), has died at the age of 89, according to tmz. Joe Jackson was the mastermind behind The Jackson 5, launching them to a music career... but not without an iron fist. Although his abusive parenting style does not look good on Joe, he said that his style kept made his kids successful, particularly the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his sister Janet Jackson.

    Pantera (22 Jun 2018): Founding Panatera member Vinnie Paul is dead. The influential metal band was nominated for Grammys in 1995 and 2001 and their record Far Beyond Driven went to #1 in 1994. It’s tragically sad, because Vinnie Paul’s brother, Dimebag (also in Pantera), was shot and killed during a Damageplan concert in 2004.

    XXXTentacion (18 Jun 2018): We don’t really follow rap, but by all accounts XXXTentacion was a rising rapper who knew his lifestyle would lead to death. In an recent TMZ interview, he said that he wouldn’t hire bodyguards because when it’s his time to leave, it’s his time. Just prior to his death, he had a positive message of hope... as if he knew he was going to be killed. With his death, his two albums 17 and ? skyrocketed to #1 on the sales charts.

    Jimmy Wopo (18 Jun 2018): Jimmy Wopo, he is affiliated with fellow Pittsburgh based rapper, Wiz Khalifa. Wopo was found shot in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

    Fleetwood Mac (08 Jun 2018): Thanks to Bernie for passing along the news that former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan is dead at the age of 68. According to CNN, Kirwan died in London.

    June (57)

  • [30 Jun 2018] Koba Prime (Canadian rapper), 28, shot
  • [30 Jun 2018] Smoke Dawg (Canadian rapper), 21, shot
  • [30 Jun 2018] Dean Webb (American bluegrass musician for The Dillards), 81
  • [29 Jun 2018] Franz Beyer (German violist and musicologist), 96
  • [29 Jun 2018] Eugene Pitt (American singer for The Jive Five), 80
  • [27 Jun 2018] Steve Soto (American punk musician for Adolescents, Agent Orange), 54
  • [27 Jun 2018] Joe Jackson (American band manager for Jackson 5), 89, pancreatic cancer
  • [26 Jun 2018] Fedor Frešo (Slovak rock and jazz bassist), 71, heart failure
  • [26 Jun 2018] Bo Nilsson (Swedish composer), 81
  • [26 Jun 2018] Big Bill Bissonnette (American jazz musician), 81
  • [26 Jun 2018] Jiří Moravský Brabec (Czech folk music lyricist, music journalist), 62
  • [26 Jun 2018] Ed Simons (American conductor), 101
  • [25 Jun 2018] Andrey Suchilin ( Russian guitarist), 59, bacterial infection
  • [24 Jun 2018] Xiomara Alfaro (Cuban opera singer), 88
  • [24 Jun 2018] George Cameron (American musician for The Left Banke),70, cancer
  • [23 Jun 2018] Violeta Rivas (Argentine singer and actress), 80
  • [22 Jun 2018] Geoffrey Oryema (Ugandan musician), 65
  • [22 Jun 2018] Vinnie Paul (American drummer for Pantera),54
  • [20 Jun 2018] David Bianco (American record producer, engineer and mixer for Tom Petty, Teenage Fanclub),63, stroke
  • [20 Jun 2018] Hacer Tülü (Turkish singer), 40, shot
  • [19 Jun 2018] Efrén Echeverría (Paraguayan musician, composer, and record collector), 86
  • [19 Jun 2018] Ángel Medardo Luzuriaga (Ecuadorian Andean cumbia musician), 82
  • [19 Jun 2018] Bansi Quinteros (Spanish keyboardist for GMS), 41, blood cancer
  • [19 Jun 2018] Lowrell Simon (American soul singer-songwriter), 75
  • [18 Jun 2018] Barry McDaniel (American opera singer), 87
  • [18 Jun 2018] Billy Sammeth (American talent manager for Dolly Parton and Cher), 66, pancreatic cancer
  • [18 Jun 2018] Jimmy Wopo (American rapper), 21, murdered
  • [18 Jun 2018] XXXTentacion (American rapper), 20, murdered
  • [17 Jun 2018] Rebecca Parris (American jazz singer), 66
  • [15 Jun 2018] Matt Murphy (American guitarist for The Blues Brothers), 88
  • [15 Jun 2018] Nick Knox (American drummer for The Cramps), 60
  • [15 Jun 2018] Enoch zu Guttenberg (German conductor), 71
  • [13 Jun 2018] D. J. Fontana (American Hall of Fame rock drummer for Elvis Presley), 87
  • [12 Jun 2018] Jarosław Kozidrak (Polish guitarist, keyboardist and composer), 63
  • [12 Jun 2018] Jon Hiseman (English drummer for Colosseum), 73, brain cancer
  • [12 Jun 2018] Wayne Dockery (American jazz double bassist), 76
  • [12 Jun 2018] Helena Dunicz-Niwińska (Polish violinist, translator and author), 102
  • [11 Jun 2018] Maria Butaciu (Romanian folk singer), 78
  • [11 Jun 2018] Bonaldo Giaiotti (Italian operatic bass), 85
  • [11 Jun 2018] Yvette Horner (French accordionist), 95
  • [10 Jun 2018] Neal E. Boyd (American singer for America's Got Talent), 42, heart and kidney failure and liver disease
  • [10 Jun 2018] Ras Kimono (Nigerian reggae musician), 60
  • [09 Jun 2018] Lorraine Gordon (American jazz club owner for Village Vanguard), 95, stroke
  • [08 Jun 2018] Danny Kirwan (British Hall of Fame guitarist for Fleetwood Mac), 68
  • [08 Jun 2018] Gino Santercole (Italian singer and songwriter), 77, heart attack
  • [07 Jun 2018] Stefan Weber (Austrian singer), 71
  • [06 Jun 2018] Jimmy Gonzalez (American Tejano singer for Mazz), 67, diabetes
  • [06 Jun 2018] Teddy Johnson (English singer for Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson), 97
  • [06 Jun 2018] Ralph Santolla (American metal guitarist for Deicide), 51, heart attack
  • [05 Jun 2018] Brian Browne (Canadian jazz pianist), 81, lung and tracheal cancer
  • [04 Jun 2018] Norman Edge (American jazz musician), 84
  • [04 Jun 2018] Jalal Mansur Nuriddin (American singer-songwriter for The Last Poets), 73, cancer
  • [04 Jun 2018] Marc Ogeret (French singer), 86
  • [03 Jun 2018] Robert Brylewski (Polish singer-songwriter for Armia), 57
  • [03 Jun 2018] Clarence Fountain (American gospel musician for The Blind Boys of Alabama), 88, diabetes
  • [01 Jun 2018] Eddy Clearwater (American blues singer and guitarist), 83, heart failure
  • [01 Jun 2018] Sinan Sakić (Serbian turbo-folk singer),61




  • Frightened Rabbit
    Frightened Rabbit is back in Minneapolis next Wednesday, April 27th, touring in support of Painting of a Panic Attack. The fifth studio album came out April 8th ..…
    Dead or Alive
    Sadly, if you have to ask, Dead or Alive? The answer is that singer Pete Burns is now dead, at the age of 57 to cardiac arrest. 80’s music fans will know Dead Or Alive’s .…
    MAY

    Frightened Rabbits (10 May 2018): We are sad to learn that Frightened Rabbits singer and songwriter, Scott Hutchison, is dead at the age of 36. More details on bbc.com: “The discovery was made at Port Edgar, between the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing, at about 20:30 on Thursday…. Mr Hutchison had spoken openly about his battle with depression over the years, with elder brother Neil saying he had done so "in an attempt to help other people with similar conditions".” It is suggested that Scott Hutchison committed suicide as a result of suffering from depression.

    Dead or Alive (04 May 2018): Dead or Alive’s drummer Steve Coy has died at the age of 56. Coy joined the group to replace Joe Musker, who left the group in 1982. What is sad is that singer Pete Burns died of a heart attack in 2016.

    May (49)

  • [31 May 2018] Joseíto Mateo (Dominican merengue singer), 98
  • [31 May 2018] Demba Nabé (German musician for Seeed), 46
  • [29 May 2018] Jürgen Marcus (German singer), 69
  • [28 May 2018] Evio di Marzo (Venezuelan singer-songwriter for Adrenalina Caribe), 64, car-jacking/shot
  • [28 May 2018] Josh Martin (American guitarist for A**l C**t), 46, fall
  • [28 May 2018] Pippo Caruso (Italian composer and conductor), 82
  • [28 May 2018] Stewart Lupton (American singer for Jonathan Fire*Eater), 43
  • [28 May 2018] María Dolores Pradera (Spanish singer and actress), 93
  • [27 May 2018] Andy MacQueen (Australian bass guitarist for Exploding White Mice)
  • [25 May 2018] Tsehaytu Beraki (Eritrean krar player), 78
  • [25 May 2018] Piet Kee (Dutch composer and organist), 90
  • [24 May 2018] Phil Emmanuel (Australian guitarist), 65, asthma attack
  • [24 May 2018] Thomas Helgeland (American singer and actor), 88
  • [24 May 2018] Ivan Khristoforov (Russian singer), 83
  • [21 May 2018] Vasilis Triantafillidis (Greek comedian and singer), 78
  • [21 May 2018] Gina Zamparelli ( American concert promoter), 59, glioblastoma
  • [20 May 2018] Dieter Schnebel (German composer), 88
  • [19 May 2018] Anthony Cruz (Puerto Rican-American Salsa singer)
  • [19 May 2018] Reggie Lucas (American songwriter and record producer), 65, heart disease
  • [16 May 2018] Gérard Jouannest (French pianist), 85
  • [16 May 2018] Hideki Saijo (Japanese singer), 63, heart failure
  • [13 May 2018] Glenn Branca (American avant-garde composer and guitarist for The Ascension), 69, throat cancer
  • [11 May 2018] Mikhail Alperin (Ukrainian-born Norwegian jazz pianist), 61
  • [11 May 2018] Ulla Sallert (Swedish actress and singer), 95
  • [10 May 2018] Scott Hutchison (Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist for Frightened Rabbit), 36
  • [09 May 2018] Ben Graves (American drummer for Murderdolls), 46, cancer
  • [09 May 2018] Carl Perkins (New Zealand musician for House of Shem), 59, bowel cancer
  • [08 May 2018] Irena Orlov (Soviet-born American piano teacher), 76, complications from heart surgery
  • [08 May 2018] Lara Saint Paul (Eritrean-born Italian singer), 73, cancer
  • [07 May 2018] Big T (American rapper), 52, heart attack
  • [07 May 2018] Søren Hyldgaard (Danish composer for Red), 55, diabetes
  • [07 May 2018] Maurane (Belgian singer and actress), 57
  • [07 May 2018] Gayle Shepherd (American singer for Shepherd Sisters), 81, dementia
  • [07 May 2018] Roman Toi (Estonian-Canadian composer, choir conductor, and organist), 101
  • [06 May 2018] Gurukrushna Goswami (Indian lyricist), 84
  • [06 May 2018] Vladimir Sapunov (Russian band manager for Mashina Vremenis), 65
  • [05 May 2018] Peter Duhan (Czech journalist and manager, Czech Radio director), 71
  • [05 May 2018] José María Íñigo (Spanish commentator for Eurovision Song Contest), 75, cancer
  • [05 May 2018] Dick Williams (American singer for The Williams Brothers), 91
  • [04 May 2018] Naser Cheshm Azar (Iranian composer), 68, heart attack
  • [04 May 2018] Steve Coy (British musician for Dead or Alive), 56
  • [04 May 2018] Abi Ofarim (Israeli musician for "Cinderella Rockefella"), 80
  • [03 May 2018] Tony Kinman (American rock singer and bass guitarist for Rank and File), 62
  • [03 May 2018] Maria Paris (Italian singer), 85
  • [02 May 2018] Tony Cucchiara (Italian singer and songwriter), 80
  • [02 May 2018] Herman Krebbers (Dutch violinist), 94
  • [01 May 2018] Max Berrú (Ecuadorian-Chilean musician for Inti Illimani), 74
  • [01 May 2018] John "Jabo" Starks (American drummer for James Brown), 79
  • [01 May 2018] Wanda Wiłkomirska (Polish violinist and teacher), 89






  • Sleeper
    Jon Stewart of Sleeper dropped in on W♥M Radio. Guitarist Jon, along with singer/guitarist Louise Wener, drummer Andy Macclure and bassist Diid Osman formed Sleeper in 1993.…
    APRIL

    Avicii (20 Apr 2018): Truly shocking news of the Swedish DJ and musician Avicii on April 20th. He was only 28. Oman’s police officially ruled out any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Fans speculate that Avicii’s death is likely attributed to his constant life of partying and drinking. Avicii said that he was forced to stop drinking when he got his first pancreatitis attack at the age of 21… but TMZ showed a photo of Avicii holding what appears to be a drink the day before his death.

    Dale Winton (18 Apr 2018): If you live outside of the UK, you probably have never heard of English radio DJ and television presenter Dale Winton. He died on April 18th, as confirmed by his long-term agent Jan Kennedy said. Winton started his career as a DJ in London, before landing a gig on local radio. He joined BBC Bristol in 1986, and his big break came when he became the host of Supermarket Sweep from 1993 to 2001. If you’re a Britpop fan - you may know him from a brief cameo on Trainspotting, and also as the star of Sleeper’s “Inbetweener” UK music video.

    April (48)

  • [30 Apr 2018] Tim Calvert (American rock guitarist for Nevermore), 52, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • [30 Apr 2018] Rose Laurens (French singer-songwriter), 65
  • [29 Apr 2018] Zannah Hultén (Swedish musician and voice teacher), 62
  • [28 Apr 2018] Roberto Angleró (Puerto Rican music composer and singer), 88
  • [27 Apr 2018] Maya Kuliyeva (Turkmen operatic soprano), 97
  • [27 Apr 2018] Roy Young (British singer and pianist), 81
  • [27 Apr 2018] Jewel Ackah (Ghanaian singer), 72
  • [27 Apr 2018] Roy Young (British singer and pianist), 81
  • [26 Apr 2018] Jordan Nikolić (Serbian folk singer), 84
  • [26 Apr 2018] Donald Whitton (Canadian concert cellist), 94
  • [26 Apr 2018] Charles Neville (American saxophonist for The Neville Brothers), 79, pancreatic cancer
  • [25 Apr 2018] David Barraclough (New Zealand guitarist for The Exponents), pancreatic cancer
  • [25 Apr 2018] Kato Khandwala (American record producer for My Chemical Romance), 47, traffic collision
  • [25 Apr 2018] M. S. Rajeswari (Indian playback singer), 87
  • [24 Apr 2018] Paul Gray (Australian musician for Wa Wa Nee), 54, myeloma
  • [23 Apr 2018] Bob Dorough (American pianist, singer and composer for Schoolhouse Rock!), 94
  • [22 Apr 2018] Balantrapu Rajanikanta Rao (Indian writer, composer and musicologist), 98
  • [21 Apr 2018] Graciela Agudelo (Mexican pianist and composer), 72
  • [21 Apr 2018] Guggi Löwinger (Austrian singer and actress), 79
  • [20 Apr 2018] Avicii (Swedish musician and DJ), 28
  • [20 Apr 2018] Brian Henry Hooper (Australian bassist for Beasts of Bourbon), 55, lung cancer
  • [20 Apr 2018] Robbee Mariano (German bassist for Söhne Mannheims), 47
  • [19 Apr 2018] Stuart Colman (English musician, record producer and broadcaster), 73, cancer
  • [18 Apr 2018] Dale Winton (English radio DJ and television presenter for Dale's Supermarket Sweep), 62
  • [17 Apr 2018] John Amirante (American anthem singer for New York Rangers), 83
  • [17 Apr 2018] Big Tom (Irish country music singer), 81
  • [17 Apr 2018] Randy Scruggs (American music producer, songwriter and guitarist, multiple Grammy winner), 64
  • [16 Apr 2018] Jim Caine (British jazz pianist and radio presenter), 91
  • [16 Apr 2018] Dona Ivone Lara (Brazilian singer and composer), 97
  • [16 Apr 2018] Sax Man (American street saxophonist), 65
  • [15 Apr 2018] Boki Milošević (Serbian clarinetist), 86
  • [14 Apr 2018] Stan Reynolds (British jazz musician), 92
  • [14 Apr 2018] Milan Škampa (Czech violist), 89
  • [14 Apr 2018] Jean-Claude Malgoire (French conductor), 77
  • [12 Apr 2018] Gyula Babos (Hungarian jazz guitarist), 68
  • [12 Apr 2018] Irwin Gage (American pianist), 78
  • [12 Apr 2018] Brij Bhushan Kabra (Indian classical slide guitar player), 81
  • [12 Apr 2018] Samina Samoon (Pakistani singer), 24, murdered
  • [11 Apr 2018] Timmy Matley (Irish singer for The Overtones), 36, skin cancer
  • [10 Apr 2018] Viliam Karmažin (Slovak composer and conductor, enlisted in Guinness World Records as a person with the longest career as a conductor), 95
  • [10 Apr 2018] Yvonne Staples (American soul singer for The Staple Singers), 80
  • [06 Apr 2018] Jacques Higelin (French pop singer), 77
  • [05 Apr 2018] Cecil Taylor (American jazz pianist), 89
  • [03 Apr 2018] Ron Dunbar (American songwriter), 77
  • [03 Apr 2018] Lill-Babs (Swedish singer and actress), 80, cancer and heart failure
  • [02 Apr 2018] Ahmed Janka Nabay (Sierra Leonean musician), 54
  • [01 Apr 2018] Audrey Morris (American jazz singer and pianist), 89
  • [01 Apr 2018] Ron Shaw (American singer-songwriter of the folk duo The Shaw Brothers), 77





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    You may remember that I caught Veronica Falls last year and called them shy and cute. As it were, the band is back with their sophomore album, Waiting For Something To Happen .…
    MARCH

    Veronica Falls (03 Mar 2018): Patrick Doyle, the Scottish drummer for Veronica Falls has died over the weekend. His death was confirmed by his solo project Boys Forever. It’s always tragic to hear about these deaths, especially from someone so young (Doyle was 32). We caught Veronica Falls in March 2013 and February 2012 touring for Waiting for Something to Happen and Veronica Falls, respectively.

    March (66)

  • [31 Mar 2018] Michael Tree (American violist), 84
  • [31 Mar 2018] Frode Viken (Norwegian guitarist and songwriter for D.D.E.), 63, cancer
  • [30 Mar 2018] Alias (American rapper, producer and record label founder of Anticon), 41, heart attack
  • [30 Mar 2018] Sabahudin Kurt (Bosnian folk and pop singer), 82
  • [28 Mar 2018] Oleg Anofriyev (Russian actor, singer), 87
  • [28 Mar 2018] Lívia Rév (Hungarian pianist), 101
  • [28 Mar 2018] Caleb Scofield (American rock bassist and singer for Cave In), 38, traffic collision
  • [27 Mar 2018] Kenny O'Dell (American country singer-songwriter), 73
  • [27 Mar 2018] Devin Fleenor (American light artist and musician), 47, immune system disorder
  • [26 Mar 2018] Nikolay Kaufman (Bulgarian musicologist and composer), 92
  • [25 Mar 2018] Mike Harrison (British singer for Spooky Tooth), 72
  • [25 Mar 2018] Seo Min-woo (South Korean singer 100%), 33, suspected overdose
  • [25 Mar 2018] Jerry Williams (Swedish singer), 75
  • [24 Mar 2018] Lys Assia (Swiss singer, winner of the first Eurovision Song Contest), 94
  • [24 Mar 2018] Rim Banna (Palestinian singer and composer), 51, breast cancer
  • [22 Mar 2018] Shawn Elliott (American hardcore rock singer)
  • [20 Mar 2018] Dilbar Abdurahmonova (Uzbekistani conductor, violinist for People's Artist of the USSR), 81
  • [20 Mar 2018] Dejan Bravničar (Slovene violinist), 80
  • [20 Mar 2018] Ariel Bybee (American operatic mezzo-soprano), 75
  • [20 Mar 2018] Kak Channthy (Cambodian space rock singer), 38, traffic collision
  • [20 Mar 2018] Peter Cowling (British bassist for Pat Travers Band), 72
  • [20 Mar 2018] C. K. Mann (Ghanaian highlife musician), 81
  • [19 Mar 2018] Irwin Hoffman (American conductor), 93
  • [19 Mar 2018] Shavey (Kenyan dancehall singer), traffic collision
  • [18 Mar 2018] Karamjit Singh Dhuri (Indian singer), 80, traffic collision
  • [18 Mar 2018] Killjoy (American singer for Necrophagia), 48
  • [18 Mar 2018] Hazel Smith (American country music journalist, and songwriter), 83
  • [17 Mar 2018] Thom Moore (American singer and songwriter), 74
  • [17 Mar 2018] Greg Sill (American television music supervisor for Justified, Falcon Crest), 63, pneumonia
  • [16 Mar 2018] Laurence Cleary (Irish musician for The Blades), 60
  • [16 Mar 2018] Otomar Kvěch (Czech composer), 67
  • [16 Mar 2018] Buell Neidlinger (American cellist and bassist), 82, heart attack
  • [14 Mar 2018] Enrico Ciaccin (Italian guitarist and bandleader), 75
  • [14 Mar 2018] Alfred Lynn (American singer for Wu-Tang Clan), 62, heart attack
  • [14 Mar 2018] Liam O'Flynn (Irish uilleann piper for Planxty), 72, cancer
  • [14 Mar 2018] Pijuan (Puerto Rican pianist), 75
  • [13 Mar 2018] Claudia Fontaine (English singer for Afrodiziak), 57
  • [13 Mar 2018] Charlie Quintana (American rock drummer for Social Distortion), 56
  • [13 Mar 2018] Olly Wilson (American composer, musicologist, and jazz musician), 80
  • [13 Mar 2018] Jimmy Wisner (American pianist, producer and songwriter), 86
  • [13 Mar 2018] Matt Dike (American hip hop producer, mixer and label executive of Delicious Vinyl), 55
  • [12 Mar 2018] Ivan Davis (American classical pianist), 86, stroke
  • [12 Mar 2018] Nokie Edwards (American instrumental and surf rock musician for The Ventures), 82, complications from hip surgery
  • [12 Mar 2018] Craig Mack (American rapper), 46, heart failure
  • [11 Mar 2018] Sir Ken Dodd (English comedian and singer ), 90, chest infection
  • [09 Mar 2018] Gary Burden ( American rock album cover artist), 84
  • [09 Mar 2018] Pyarelal Wadali (Indian Sufi singer for Wadali Brothers), 75, heart attack
  • [08 Mar 2018] Keyboard Cat aka Bento (Celebrity cat), 9, liver cancer
  • [07 Mar 2018] Ryan Arcand (Canadian street pianist), 46
  • [07 Mar 2018] Jerzy Milian (Polish jazz musician), 82
  • [06 Mar 2018] Mayra Mayra (Puerto Rican singer), 54, aneurysm
  • [06 Mar 2018] Jeff St John (Australian musician), 71
  • [05 Mar 2018] Mykhaylo Chemberzhi (Ukrainian composer), 73
  • [05 Mar 2018] Kjerstin Dellert (Swedish opera singer), 92, respiratory failure
  • [04 Mar 2018] Siva Choy (Singaporean blues musician and comedian), 70, strokes
  • [04 Mar 2018] Russell Solomon (American retail executive, founder of Tower Records), 92
  • [03 Mar 2018] Patrick Doyle (Scottish drummer for Veronica Falls), 32
  • [03 Mar 2018] Richard Hoopii (American Hawaiian musician), 76
  • [03 Mar 2018] Kenneth Gärdestad (Swedish songwriter), 69, pneumonia and influenza following skin cancer and lymphoma
  • [03 Mar 2018] Virgilijus Noreika (Lithuanian opera singer for People's Artist of the USSR), 82
  • [02 Mar 2018] Van McLain (American founding member of Shooting Star), West Nile virus
  • [02 Mar 2018] Brandon Jenkins (American Red Dirt singer-songwriter), 48, complications from heart surgery
  • [02 Mar 2018] Jesús López Cobos (Spanish conductor), 78, cancer
  • [02 Mar 2018] Ronnie Prophet (Canadian country music singer), 80, multiple organ failure
  • [01 Mar 2018] Bender (Canadian rapper), 37
  • [01 Mar 2018] Bill Burkette (American singer for The Vogues), 75



  • The Temptations
    The Temptations singer Damon Harris has died aged 62 (passed away February 18th) after losing his battle with prostate cancer. Harris was known for being the youngest member to join group at the age of 21. …
    FEBRUARY

    Jóhann Jóhannsson (09 Feb 2018): Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has died on Friday, February 9th, as confirmed by his manager. He was 48. We caught Jóhannsson on a rare U.S. tour in October 2016 and wrote, “we are very lucky to have caught Jóhannsson on this truly unique tour.” Those words, now have a deeper meaning… as we think about how truly, truly incredibly grateful to have seen him in person.

    The Temptations (01 Feb 2018): The Temptations’ lead singer Dennis Edwards has died at the age of 74 from complications from meningitis. Edwards started his career singing in a gospel vocal group called The Mighty Clouds of Joy and eventually ended up singing for The Contours when their singer Billy Gordon fell ill. The Contours opened up for several The Temptations shows, so they had a good relation with Motown founder Berry Gordy. The Temptation’s singer, at the time, David Ruffin was letting things get to his head and not showing up to shows… and as a result Gordy decided to replace Ruffin with Edwards.

    Two days before his 75th birthday, Edwards suffered a heart attack as a result with meningitis and pneumonia, and died in a Chicago hospital.

    February (51)

  • [26 Feb 2018] Richard Hundley (American pianist and composer), 86
  • [26 Feb 2018] Juan Hidalgo Codorniu (Spanish composer), 90
  • [25 Feb 2018] Joseph Vella (Maltese composer and conductor for Manoel Theatre Orchestra), 76
  • [24 Feb 2018] Wim Claes (Belgian composer, songwriter and music producer), 56
  • [23 Feb 2018] Eddy Amoo (British soul singer for The Real Thing), 73
  • [22 Feb 2018] Nanette Fabray (American actress and singer), 97
  • [22 Feb 2018] Ali Akbar Rupu (Indian composer), 57, heart and kidney disease
  • [21 Feb 2018] Harriet Fier (American magazine editor for Rolling Stone), 67, breast cancer
  • [19 Feb 2018] Norm Rogers (American drummer for The Jayhawks), 61, cancer
  • [19 Feb 2018] Saba Tani (Bangladeshi singer), 49
  • [19 Feb 2018] Stormin aka Stormin MC (British grime musician), skin cancer
  • [18 Feb 2018] Didier Lockwood (French jazz violinist), 62, heart attack
  • [17 Feb 2018] Beebe Freitas (American pianist and vocal coach), 79
  • [16 Feb 2018] Barbara Alston (American singer for The Crystals), 74, complications from influenza
  • [16 Feb 2018] Little Sammy Davis (American blues singer-songwriter and harmonicist), 89
  • [16 Feb 2018] Boyd Jarvis (American music producer for Herbie Hancock, La Toya Jackson), 59, cancer
  • [16 Feb 2018] Heli Lääts (Estonian singer), 85
  • [15 Feb 2018] Tamara Nizhnikova (Belarusian singer for People's Artist of the USSR), 92
  • [15 Feb 2018] Milan Křížek (Czech composer), 91
  • [15 Feb 2018] Gian Paolo Mele (Italian composer and musicologist), 73
  • [14 Feb 2018] Al Garner (British jazz musician), 88
  • [14 Feb 2018] Nuray Hafiftaş (Turkish folk singer), 53
  • [14 Feb 2018] Jody Ellis (American cellist, co-founder of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra), 92
  • [13 Feb 2018] Scott Boyer (American songwriter and musician for Duane Allman), 70
  • [13 Feb 2018] Carmela Rey (Mexican singer and actress), 86
  • [13 Feb 2018] Billy Johnson (American drummer for Reggie and the Full Effect)
  • [13 Feb 2018] Klaasje van der Wal (Dutch bassist for Shocking Blue), 69
  • [12 Feb 2018] László Melis (Hungarian composer and violinist), 64
  • [12 Feb 2018] Daryle Singletary (American country music singer), 46
  • [11 Feb 2018] Vic Damone (American pop singer), 89, respiratory illness
  • [11 Feb 2018] Jan Maxwell (American actress and singer), 61, meningitis
  • [11 Feb 2018] Tom Rapp (American singer-songwriter for Pearls Before Swine), 70
  • [10 Feb 2018] Troy Blakely (American music executive and talent manager for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Poison), 68, cancer
  • [09 Feb 2018] Jóhann Jóhannsson (Icelandic film composer), 48
  • [09 Feb 2018] Craig MacGregor (American bass guitarist for Foghat), 68, lung cancer
  • [08 Feb 2018] Paul Danblon ( Belgian journalist and composer), 86
  • [08 Feb 2018] Algia Mae Hinton (American blues singer and guitarist), 88
  • [08 Feb 2018] Ebony Reigns (Ghanaian singer), 20, traffic collision
  • [08 Feb 2018] Lovebug Starski (American rapper and DJ), 57, heart attack
  • [07 Feb 2018] Mickey Jones (American drummer for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition), 76
  • [07 Feb 2018] Nelson Cooke (Australian cellist for London Symphony Orchestra), 98
  • [07 Feb 2018] Pat Torpey (American drummer for Mr. Big), 64, Parkinson's disease
  • [06 Feb 2018] Fedora Alemán (Venezuelan singer), 105
  • [06 Feb 2018] John Perry Barlow (American lyricist for Grateful Dead), 70
  • [05 Feb 2018] Zeno Roth (German guitarist and songwriter for Uli Jon Roth), 61
  • [05 Feb 2018] Jockie Soerjoprajogo (Indonesian musician and songwriter), 63
  • [04 Feb 2018] Leif Rygg (Norwegian fiddler), 77, cancer
  • [04 Feb 2018] Hoàng Vân (Vietnamese songwriter), 88
  • [03 Feb 2018] Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (American jazz/pop drummer), 65
  • [01 Feb 2018] Dennis Edwards (American R&B singer for The Contours and The Temptations), 74, meningitis
  • [01 Feb 2018] Mowzey Radio (Ugandan singer for Goodlyfe Crew), 33, injuries sustained in a fight






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    Say what you will, but there is no denying how successful Glee television musical show has been for Fox Television and Columbia Records. At the height of their popularity, they had over 10 million ...
    The Fall
    Mark E Smith and company, The Fall is back with a new live album, Live: Uurop VIII-XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son due out 27th October 2014 on Cherry Red. …
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    If you like old sixties girl music, you're likely going to love France Gall. Or anything out of the ye-ye music movement. …
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    Actor, comedian Jerry Van Dyke, the brother of Dick Van Dyke, has died at the age of 86, according to tmz.com: Jerry's wife, Shirley, tells us ... he died Friday afternoon at t …
    Muscle Shoals
    Muscle Shoals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It's the story of a dirt-poor farmer's son, Rick Hall, and how he produced some of the most iconic music in American blues, soul, and rock and roll …
    JANUARY

    American Idol (31 Jan 2018): Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle, were both killed in a car crash outside of Marshalls in Studio City, California. According to TMZ Sports, Butler was driving and lost control of his Range Rover around 2 AM, struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall. The car flipped.

    R&B singer Leah LaBelle appeared on American Idol, and currently signed to Epic Records. LaBelle was 31.

    Glee (30 Jan 2018): Mark Salling (who played “Puck” from the musical television show Glee) has committed suicide by hanging. His body was discovered by police today, January 30th. He was 35. Salling’s troubles began after he was arrested for possession of child pornography and was facing four to seven years in prison.

    In happier days, Salling was a talented musician, who wrote and sang his own music, under his stage name Jericho. He found fame as a regular cast member for Glee, at least for the first four seasons.

    The Fall (24 Jan 2018): You know that we love The Fall here, so we’re devastated to hear that Mark E Smith has died at the age of 60. It’s funny to think that Smith was only 60, because I thought he was 60 when I got into The Fall, hearing Smith’s unique vocal styling for the first time in the early 90s. No one can quite sing like Mark E. Smith. To be honest, although I love some of the Fall’s songs and albums, I could never keep up with their prolific output as a band. From 1979 to 2017, the band released 32 studio albums! The last time we talked about The Fall was when they released Live: Uurop VIII-XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son in 2014, and we noted that “The Fall: always the same, always different”. We also said that at Mark E Smith’s age, that he won’t tour America.

    The Cranberries (15 Jan 2018): To the faithful departed, Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan, of The Cranberries, has died at the age of 46.

    The last time we heard from the band was that they had released a unique collection called Something Else via BMG/The End Records. The album was a re-working of their major hits like “Linger” and “Zombie”, in addition to three new songs.

    The record was in celebration of their 25th anniversary as a band, and would also include a 14 U.S. tour dates to promote the record. Unfortunately, via buzz.ie, they had to cancel all U.S. dates (from September to October) due to “Dolores O’Riordan’s recovery from her ongoing back problem...”

    France Gall (07 Jan 2018): Iconic French singer France Gall has died at the age of 70, according to reuters.com: "Gall passed away on Sunday after a two-year struggle against cancer, French media reported. The news prompted tributes including from President Emmanuel Macron, who said on his Twitter account that “she leaves behind songs that are familiar to all French people and the example of a life devoted to others.” Gall, whose father penned songs for French greats Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, rose to fame as a teenager with help from legendary singer and songwriter [Serge] Gainsbourg."

    Gainsbourg and Gall collaborated on their hit song, ‘Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son’, which won the Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg in 1965. Her songs were covered by contemporary musicians, including Belle & Sebastian for ‘Poupee…’ and April March for ‘Laisse Tomber Les Filles’. March’s version, ‘Chick Habit’ cover appeared in the film Grindhouse.

    Jerry Van Dyke (05 Jan 2018): Actor, comedian Jerry Van Dyke, the brother of Dick Van Dyke, has died at the age of 86, according to tmz.com: Jerry's wife, Shirley, tells us ... he died Friday afternoon at their Arkansas ranch with her by his side. She says they were involved in a car accident over 2 years ago ... and Jerry's health had deteriorated since. In addition to his acting and comedy career, Jerry Van Dyke recorded duets for his regular appearance on The Judy Garland Show.

    Rick Hall (02 Jan 2018): One of the big names to drop is music producer and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall, who recently has died at the age of 85. His family issued the following statement: It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our father, husband and beloved grandfather, Rick Hall. His spirit will live on forever through the massive amount of legendary music that he so tirelessly produced. Music was his life and because of him, Fame Studios and Muscle Shoals will always be “shooting for the stars!" We hope the band in Heaven is ready. If not, there’s going to be a problem.

    Considered “Father of the Muscle Shoals Sound,” Rick Hall help define a new sound that would inspire artists, to come to his FAME Studios. With over 300 hit singles, and over 40 Gold and Platinum records, it helped Hall earn a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement.

    January (78)

  • [31 Jan 2018] Del Delker (American gospel singer for Voice of Prophecy), 93
  • [31 Jan 2018] Leah LaBelle (Canadian-born American singer on American Idol), 31, traffic collision
  • [30 Jan 2018] Mark Salling (American actor and musician for Glee), 35, suicide
  • [29 Jan 2018] Asmund Bjørken (Norwegian jazz musician), 84
  • [29 Jan 2018] Eddie Shaw (American blues saxophonist and bandleader for Howlin' Wolf), 80
  • [28 Jan 2018] Neil Harris (British musician for Sham 69), 63, cancer
  • [28 Jan 2018] Coco Schumann (German jazz musician), 93
  • [27 Jan 2018] Grant Fell (New Zealand bassist for Headless Chickens), 56, cancer
  • [27 Jan 2018] David Zard (Italian record producer), 75
  • [26 Jan 2018] Buzz Clifford (American singer and songwriter), 76, complications of influenza
  • [26 Jan 2018] Floyd Miles (American blues musician and singer), 74
  • [26 Jan 2018] Igor Zhukov (Russian pianist), 81
  • [26 Jan 2018] Francisco Savín (Mexican conductor and composer for Xalapa Symphony Orchestra), 88
  • [25 Jan 2018] Tommy Banks (Canadian jazz pianist, composer and senator), 81, leukemia
  • [25 Jan 2018] Lyudmila Senchina (Russian singer), 67
  • [25 Jan 2018] Sabar Koti (Indian singer), 58
  • [25 Jan 2018] John Morris (American film composer), 91, respiratory infection
  • [25 Jan 2018] Cliff White (British music journalist), 72
  • [24 Jan 2018] Mark E. Smith (English singer and songwriter for The Fall), 60
  • [24 Jan 2018] Renaud Gagneux (French composer), 70
  • [23 Jan 2018] Hugh Masekela (South African jazz trumpeter and composer), 78, prostate cancer
  • [23 Jan 2018] Lari White (American country singer and actress), 52, peritoneal cancer
  • [22 Jan 2018] Shorty Castro (Puerto Rican comedian, songwriter and entertainer), 89, cancer
  • [22 Jan 2018] Billy Hancock (American musician), 71
  • [22 Jan 2018] Preston Shannon (American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist), 70
  • [21 Jan 2018] Yao Ming (Chinese composer), 69
  • [20 Jan 2018] Mario Guccio (Belgian singer for Machiavel), 64
  • [20 Jan 2018] Jim Rodford (English musician for Argent, The Kinks, The Zombies), 76
  • [20 Jan 2018] Terry Evans (American blues and soul musician), 80
  • [19 Jan 2018] Fredo Santana (American rapper), 27, kidney failure
  • [18 Jan 2018] Augusto Polo Campos (Peruvian composer), 85
  • [17 Jan 2018] Christian Burchard (German musician), 71
  • [17 Jan 2018] Oldřich Veselý (Czech musician), 69
  • [17 Jan 2018] Denis Cuspert (German rapper and jihadist), 41, airstrike
  • [17 Jan 2018] Nathan Jatcko (American keyboardist for Pavlov's Dog), 31, suicide
  • [16 Jan 2018] Dave Holland (English drummer for Judas Priest), 69
  • [16 Jan 2018] Madalena Iglésias (Portuguese actress and singer), 78
  • [16 Jan 2018] Shammi Akhtar (Bangladeshi playback singer), 60, breast cancer
  • [16 Jan 2018] Javiera Muñoz (Swedish singer), 40, anorexia nervosa
  • [15 Jan 2018] Edwin Hawkins (American gospel musician, multiple Grammy winner), 74, pancreatic cancer
  • [15 Jan 2018] Dolores O'Riordan (Irish musician for The Cranberries), 46
  • [15 Jan 2018] Anshel Brusilow (American violinist and conductor), 89
  • [15 Jan 2018] Khadija Abdullahi Daleys (Somali singer), 81
  • [14 Jan 2018] Barbara Cope (American rock 'n' roll groupie), 67, house fire
  • [14 Jan 2018] Bill Hughes (American jazz trombonist), 87
  • [14 Jan 2018] François Morel (Canadian composer), 91
  • [14 Jan 2018] Marlene VerPlanck (American jazz singer), 84
  • [14 Jan 2018] Paul Lustig Dunkel (American flautist and conductor), 74
  • [13 Jan 2018] Otoniel Gonzaga (Filipino opera singer), 75
  • [13 Jan 2018] Tzimis Panousis (Greek musician, comedian and actor), 63, heart attack
  • [11 Jan 2018] Pierre Pincemaille (French organist), 61
  • [10 Jan 2018] "Fast" Eddie Clarke ( British guitarist for Motörhead and Fastway), 67, pneumonia
  • [09 Jan 2018] Alexander Vedernikov (Russian singer and teacher, Bolshoi Theatre soloist, People's Artist of the USSR for 1976), 90
  • [08 Jan 2018] Denise LaSalle (American blues singer), 78
  • [08 Jan 2018] Vojtěch Lindaur (Czech radio host for Radio Beat and record producer), 60
  • [08 Jan 2018] Moriss Taylor (American country and western music entertainer for The Moriss Taylor Show), 93
  • [07 Jan 2018] France Gall (French singer, Eurovision 1965 winner), 70, cancer
  • [06 Jan 2018] Walther Dürr (German musicologist), 85
  • [06 Jan 2018] Chris Tsangarides (British music producer for Black Sabbath, Judas Priest), 61, pneumonia and heart failure
  • [05 Jan 2018] Jerry Van Dyke (American actor and singer), 86
  • [05 Jan 2018] Yon Koeswoyo (Indonesian singer), 77
  • [05 Jan 2018] Mikio "Ko-Gami" Fujioka (Japanese guitarist for Babymetal), 36, complications from a fall
  • [04 Jan 2018] Ray Thomas (English singer-songwriter for The Moody Blues), 76, prostate cancer
  • [04 Jan 2018] John Braun (American radio DJ for WBZI), 68
  • [04 Jan 2018] Rayya Elias (Syrian-born American author and musician), 57, pancreatic cancer
  • [03 Jan 2018] Lara Kruger (South African disc jockey for Motsweding FM), 30
  • [03 Jan 2018] Medeniyet Shahberdiyeva (Soviet opera singer and music educator), 87
  • [03 Jan 2018] Colin Brumby (Australian composer and conductor), 84
  • [02 Jan 2018] Rick Hall (American record producer, songwriter and recording studio owner of FAME Studios, "Father of Muscle Shoals Music"), 85
  • [02 Jan 2018] Radha Viswanathan (Indian vocalist), 83, pneumonia
  • [02 Jan 2018] Tony Calder ( English music promoter and executive for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones), 74
  • [01 Jan 2018] Vidwan Mahadevappa (Indian violinist, professor at the Fine Arts College of University of Mysore), 87
  • [01 Jan 2018] Teddy Edelmann (Danish singer), 76
  • [01 Jan 2018] Robert Mann (American violinist and composer, founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet), 97
  • [01 Jan 2018] Konrad Ragossnig (Austrian classical guitarist), 85
  • [01 Jan 2018] Peter Evans (British musicologist), 88
  • [01 Jan 2018] Jon Paul Steuer (American actor and musician), 33
  • [01 Jan 2018] Betty Willis (American soul singer), 76, strangled
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