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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Music

    Prince: Born: 1958-06-07 - Died: 2016-04-21
    Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as simply Prince (or at one point “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” or an unpronounceable symbol), was a singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a huge, iconic pop sensation with an impressive career spanning from the mid-seventies through 2016 when he met his untimely demise. His music was […]
    Leon Haywood: Born: 1942-02-11 - Died: 2016-04-05
    Leon Haywood was a funk and soul singer/songwriter as well as a record producer. He is responsible for the 1975 hit song “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You,” which would go on to be sampled in an even bigger hit. The song’s musical structure is the basis for Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ […]
    Merle Haggard: Born: 1937-04-06 - Died: 2016-04-06
    Merle Haggard was a country singer/songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. He was part of the “outlaw country” movement and had 38 number one hits. He also won numerous awards including the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for That’s the Way Love Goes in 1984; Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Same Old Train” in […]
    Patty Duke: Born: 1946-12-14 - Died: 2016-03-29
    Patty Duke was an actress best known for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, The Patty Duke Show in which she played two identical cousins, and Valley of the Dolls in which she played Neely O’Hara. She had 20 film credits and roughly 60 television credits to her name. Among her other […]
    Phife Dawg: Born: 1970-11-20 - Died: 2016-03-22
    Phife Dawg (real name Malik Taylor) was a rapper known best for his work in influential hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. The group’s hits included Scenario, Buggin’ Out, Check the Rhime, and Award Tour, among others.
    George Martin: Born: 1926-01-03 - Died: 2016-03-08
    Sir George Martin was a record producer, audio engineer, conductor, composer, and musician. He is best known for working with The Beatles, and is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle. He was knighted in 1996.
    Joey Feek: Born: 1975-09-09 - Died: 2016-03-04
    Joey Feek was a country and bluegrass singer and half of the musical duo Joey + Rory. She as also married to Rory. Joey was the lead vocalist. The duo was a finalist on CMT’s Can You Duet competition in 2008. Their song Cheater, Cheater was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard country charts.
    Sonny James: Born: 1928-05-01 - Died: 2016-02-22
    Sonny James was a country music singer and songwriter best known for the song Young Love. He was known as the Southern Gentleman and had 72 charted releases from ’53 to ’83. He was in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
    Maurice White: Born: 1941-12-19 - Died: 2016-02-03
    Maurice White was a singer-songwriter and musician known as the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire. He won seven Grammys and was nominated for 21. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    Signe Toly Anderson: Born: 1941-09-15 - Died: 2016-01-28
    Signe Toly Anderson was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane. She was the band’s original singer and sang with it through 1966.
    Paul Kantner: Born: 1941-03-17 - Died: 2016-01-28
    Paul Kantner was a musician best known as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter as well founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. He also played banjo and harmonica.
    Dale Griffin: Born: 1948-10-24 - Died: 2016-01-17
    Dale Griffin was a drummer and founding member of Mott the Hoople. He also served as a producer for many BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions from 1981 to 1994. These included sessions with Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Carcass.
    Glenn Frey: Born: 1948-11-06 - Died: 2016-01-18
    Glenn Frey was a musician best known as a founding member of the Eagles. He played guitar, keyboards, bass, and sang as well as wrote songs. He sang lead vocals on Take it Easy, Already Gone, Tequila Sunrise, Heartache Tonight, among others. He also had various hits as a solo artist including The Heat is […]
    David Bowie: Born: 1947-01-08 - Died: 2016-01-10
    David Bowie was a musician, actor, and artist. He was a true icon with a career spanning over half a century. He inspired countless other artists, not to mention legions of fans around the world.
    Lemmy Kilmister: Born: 1945-12-24 - Died: 2015-12-28
    Lemmy Kilmister (real name Ian Fraser Kilmister) was a musician known best as the frontman of iconic heavy metal band Moțrhead, which influenced countless other bands including one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time РMetallica.
    Scott Weiland: Born: 1967-10-27 - Died: 2015-12-03
    Scott Weiland was a singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots, which had a number of hits in the 90s including Plush, Creep, Sex Type Thing, Interstate Love Song, Vasoline, and Big Empty. Weiland also led rock and roll supergroup Velvet Revolver, featuring ex-members of Guns N’ Roses. Other projects […]
    Peggy Jones: Born: 1940-07-19 - Died: 2015-09-16
    Peggy Jones, better known as Lady Bo, was a musician and rhythm guitar player in Bo Diddley’s band in the 50s and 60s. She is recognized as one of the first, if not the first, female rock guitarists in a well-known rock band. She’s been referred to as the Queen Mother of Guitar.
    Gary Richrath: Born: 1949-10-18 - Died: 2015-09-13
    Gary Richrath was a musician best known as the guitarist of REO Speedwagon. He was also a songwriter for the band. Songs he wrote include Golden Country, Ridin’ the Storm Out, Son of a Poor Man, Flying Turkey Trot, Only the Strong Survive, and Take It On the RUn. He also sang some of the […]
    Bob Johnston: Born: 1932-05-14 - Died: 2015-08-14
    Bob Johnston was a record producer best known for producing albums for Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, and Simon and Garfunkel. Albums from his discography include: Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Kyline, Self Portrait and New Morning; Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and […]
    Sean Price: Born: 1972-03-17 - Died: 2015-08-08
    Sean Price was a rapper and member of the group Boot Camp Clik. He was also part of the hip hop duo Heltah Skeltah.
    Billy Sherrill: Born: 1936-11-05 - Died: 2015-08-04
    Billy Sherrill was a record producer known best for his work with Tammy Wynette and George Jones. He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in 2008. In 2010 he was selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
    Lynn Anderson: Born: 1947-09-26 - Died: 2015-07-30
    Lynn Anderson was an award-winning country music singer known for hits like (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away), Promises, Promises, He’d Still Love ME, I’ve Been Everywhere, Rocky Top, It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, and I’m Alright, among others.
    Shane Redway: Born: NA-NA-NA - Died: 2015-08-01
    Shane Redway was a rap artist from Canada represented by Champ Management, which said he “was known for being a passionate artist who was always striving for greatness, pushing the boundaries of always believing in your visions and dreams which led to the creation of the BLVD (The Belief Leading Visions & Dreams).”
    Justin Lowe: Born: NA-NA-NA - Died: 2015-07-21?
    Justin Lowe was a guitarist for the metalcore band After the Burial. He played rhythm guitar as well as drums at one point and programming. He was with the band from 2004 to 2015.
    Wayne Carson: Born: 1943-05-31 - Died: 2015-07-20
    Wayne Carson was An American country musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is sometimes credited a Wayne Carson Thompson. His songs were performed by entertainers including Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Al Green, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Bobby Darin, The Pet Shop Boys, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Gin Blossoms, Randy Trqvis, Eddy […]
    Chris Squire: Born: 1948-03-04 - Died: 2015-06-27
    Chris Squire was a musician and singer-songwriter best known as the bassist and a founding member of prog rock band Yes.
    James Horner: Born: 1953-08-14 - Died: 2015-06-22
    James Horner was a composer and conductor known for his film scores. Film credits include (among others): Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 48 Hrs., Something Wicked This Way Comes, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Cocoon, Commando, Aliens, Project X, Batteries Not Included, Red Heat, Field of Dreams, Honey, I Shrunk the […]
    Jim Ed Brown: Born: 1934-04-01 - Died: 2015-06-11
    Jim Ed Brown was a country music singer. He was a member of The Browns as well as a Grande Ole Opry star. He also hosted two radio shows. Hew was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the same month that he died.
    B.B. King: Born: 1925-09-16 - Died: 2015-05-14
    B.B. King (birth name Riley B. King) was an American blues singer and guitarist. He is generally regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time and one of the best blues musicians ever. Known for his grueling show schedule, B.B. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. […]
    Ben E. King: Born: 1938-09-28 - Died: 2015-04-30
    Ben E. King was a singer best known for the classic tune Stand by Me, which he also co-wrote. The song was a Top 10 hit in the U.S. in two different decades – the 60s when it was released, and in the 80s thanks to the film of the same name. King was also […]