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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Music

    George Hamilton IV: Born: 1937-07-19 - Died: 2014-09-17
    George Hamilton IV was a country musician, who got his start in the 1950s as a teen idol. He transitioned to country music in the 60s. He has roughly thirty-five albums (including compilations) to his credit.
    Jimi Jamison: Born: 1951-08-23 - Died: 2014-08-31
    Jimi Jamison was an American musician, best known as the frontman of the 80s radio mainstay Survivor. Jamison also co-wrote and performed the theme song for the TV show Baywatch.
    Johnny Winter: Born: 1944-02-23 - Died: 2014-07-16
    Johnny Winter (real name: John Dawson Winter III) was a blues guitarist, singer, and producer. He produced three Grammy-award-winning albums for Muddy Waters, and recorded several Grammy-nominated albums of his own. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.
    Tommy Ramone: Born: 1949-01-29 - Died: 2014-07-11
    Tommy Ramone (real name Thomas Erdelyi) was the original drummer for The Ramones He played with the band through its first four albums.
    Lorin Maazel: Born: 1930-03-06 - Died: 2014-07-13
    Lorin Maazel was a conductor, violinist, and composer. He was music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
    Casey Kasem: Born: 1932-04-27 - Died: 2014-06-15
    Casey Kasem (Kemal Amin Kasem) was a radio host and actor, best known for hosting various music countdown shows from the early 1970s to the mid 2000s. Kasem was the voice of the American Top 40, and also the Top 20 and Top 10 variations. Kasem was also a voice actor, famously portraying Shaggy in [...]
    DJ E-Z Rock: Born: NA - Died: 2014-04-27
    DJ E-Z Rock was half of the famous 80s hip-hop duo Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock. His real name was Rodney “Skip” Bryce. The two were best known for their classic jam “It Takes Two”. They were from Harlem, and active fro 1985 up until 2014, the date of Bryce’s death.
    Kevin Sharp: Born: 1970-12-10 - Died: 2014-04-19
    Kevin Sharp was an American country music artist, best known for his 1997 country-ed up cover of the classic R&B ballad “Nobody Knows.” He also had a few Billboard charting hits from his debut album, Measure of a Man. Apart from his music career, Sharp was also a motivational speaker who was very involved in [...]
    Cheo Feliciano: Born: 1935-07-03 - Died: 2014-04-17
    Cheo Feliciano, born José Luis Feliciano Vega, was a Puerto Rican musician best known for composing and performing salsa and bolero music. His lengthy career produced several hits in his genre, and he produced two-dozen albums from 1971 to 2012. In 2008, he won a Latin Grammy Award for excellence in music.
    Frankie Knuckles: Born: 1955-01-18 - Died: 2014-03-31
    Frankie Knuckles was known as the “Godfather of House Music.” He brought house music to Chicago in the 1980s and was considered to be the most influential person of the genre. As a DJ, producer, and remixer, Knuckles (born Francis Nicholls) was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
    Dave Brockie: Born: 1963-08-1963 - Died: 2014-03-23
    Dave Brockie, known by many as Oderus Urungus, was the lead singer of the band GWAR. The band was formed back in 1984, and plays an odd brand of satirical metal. They are known for their elaborate costuming and graphic performances.
    Scott Asheton: Born: 1949-08-16 - Died: 2014-03-15
    Scott Asheton, 64, was the drummer and founding member of The Stooges. Asheton, alongside his older brother Ron Asheton, Iggy Pop and Dave Alexander, formed The Stooges in 1967. They played together until disbanding in 1974. The band came back together in 2003 and Asheton continued to play with them until his death.
    Tim Wilson: Born: 1961-08-05 - Died: 2014-02-26
    Tim Wilson was a stand-up comedian and country music artist. He combined both professions in his act, and put out numerous comedy albums, and often made appearances on John Boy and Billy, Big D and Bubba and Bob and Tom Show.
    Ian Cuttler Sala: Born: Unknown - Died: 2014-02-23
    Ian Cuttler Sala was a photographer and art director. He won a Grammy Award in 2006 for his work on the Johnny Cash: The Legend box set.
    Paco de Lucia: Born: 1947-12-21 - Died: 2014-02-26
    Paco de Lucia, 66, was a famous Spanish guitarist. He is credited with bringing the flamenco guitar to the forefront of popular culture. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with other well known musicians, like Eric Clapton and Chick Corea.
    Bob Casale: Born: 1952-07-14 - Died: 2014-02-17
    Bob Casale was the guitarist for the American new wave band Devo. The original lineup consisted of two sets of brothers– Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh & Gerald and Bob Casale. Casale’s guitar player is no more recognizable than one the band’s 1980 smash hit “Whip It.”
    Anna Gordy Gaye: Born: 1921-12-12 - Died: 2014-01-31
    Anna Gordy Gaye was an American songwriter best known for songs such as “Baby, I’m for Real.” She is also known for her marriage to Motown singer Marvin Gaye, which was the subject of the Marvin Gaye album Here, My Dear.
    Pete Seeger: Born: 1919-05-03 - Died: 2014-01-27
    Pete Seeger was an American folk singer and activist, whose long and illustrious career spanned for over 70 years. Known not only for his songwriting ad folk singing, Seeger became a prominent figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s when he popularized the classic spiritual “We Shall Overcome.” Seeger continued to write and [...]
    Phil Everly: Born: 1939-01-19 - Died: 2014-01-03
    Phil Everly was one half of The Everly Brothers, a country/rock music duo who became famous in the late 1950s for songs such as “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” Phil was the younger brother of Don, the other member of The Everly Brothers.
    Ray Price: Born: 1926-01-12 - Died: 2013-12-16
    Ray Price, 87, was a famous country singer. Price got his start in the 1950s with a number of hits, including Talk to your Heart and Crazy Arms. From the 60s onwards, he saw renewed popularity as he introduced the “Nashville sound” into his recordings and released a few more hit tracks, like She’s Got [...]
    Lou Reed: Born: 1942-03-02 - Died: 2013-10-27
    Lou Reed was a rock musician well known for not only his work with the Velvet Underground (for which he was the principal songwriter, guitarist and vocalist), but also for his illustrious solo career. His solo work included the hit “Walk on the Wildside”.
    Philip Chevron: Born: 1957-06-17 - Died: 2013-10-8
    Philip Chevron, 56, was the guitarist for The Pogues from 1984 to 1994. He may be most well know for his work with the aforementioned band, but he also played with a number of other bands and musicians, including The Radiators and Elvis Costello. Chevron rejoined The Pogues in 2001 and played with the band [...]
    Julie Harris: Born: 1925-12-02 - Died: 2013-08-24
    Julie Harris was an actress with roles on television, in films, and on stage. Over her career, Harris won five Tony Awards, three Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award. She’s also a National Medal of Arts winner. Although she has over 60 TV credits and over 30 films credits, it’s Broadway for which Harris will [...]
    Marian McPartland: Born: 20-03-1918 - Died: 20-08-2013
    Marian McPartland was an English-born musical prodigy who went on to become a famous jazz pianist, composer, and writer. She took up piano at the age of three and quickly proved that she was meant to play, and her family made sure she was classically trained. She went on to join a vaudeville act during [...]
    Jon Brookes: Born: 1968-1969 - Died: 2013-08-13
    Jon Brookes was a drummer best known as a founding member of the English indie rock band The Charlatans. The band is known for their ties to the early 90s Manchester scene, an scored a few hits with “Indian Rope,” “The Only One I Know,” and “Over Rising.”
    Jody Payne: Born: 1936-01-11 - Died: 2013-08-10
    Jody Payne was a country music singer and guitar player. He played guitar in Willie Nelson’s band, The Family.
    George Duke: Born: 1946-01-12 - Died: 2013-08-05
    George Duke, 67, was a famous musician known for his contributions to jazz as well as other genres. Duke got his start with a bachelor’s degree in trombone and composition from the San Francisco Conservatory. From there, he began to experiment in jazz fusion and began playing with various bands, including Frank Zappa. He began [...]
    J.J. Cale: Born: 05-12-1938 - Died: 26-07-2013
    J.J. Cale was an American songwriter and musician whose songs became gold for other musicians; “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” became well-known hits for Eric Clapton, while “Call Me The Breeze” was popularized by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Born in Oklahoma City, Cale took influences from cajun music, blues, R&B, and rock to form a laid-back sound that [...]
    Daniel Pellegrine: Born: unknown - Died: 06-07-2013
    Daniel Pellegrine was a young funk artist known as MC Daleste. He was hugely popular in the Funk Ostentação movement, which combines Rio de Janeiro’s beats with modern lyrics. Pellegrine was shot in the chest by a fan during a performance in Campinas, Brazil.
    Alan Myers: Born: N/A - Died: 2013-06-2013
    Alan Myers was an American drummer, best known for his work with the band Devo. He played on seven Devo albums, including the one that contained the hit “Whip It.”