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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Music

    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 […]
    Jack Ely: Born: 1943-09-11 - Died: 2015-04-27
    Jack Ely was a guitarist and singer best known for singing Louie Louie with The Kingsmen. He co-founded the group, but was forced out before playing with The Courtmen.
    Percy Sledge: Born: 1941-11-25 - Died: 2015-04-14
    Percy Sledge was an American singer best known for his hit “When a Man Loves a Woman”. The 1966 song has been named one of the greatest tracks of all time and has been covered by numerous musicians – most notably Michael Bolton in 1991. Sledge released eight full-length albums, the last in 2013.
    Robert Burns Jr.: Born: 1950-11-24 - Died: 2015-04-03
    Robert “Bob” Burns Jr. was an American drummer, known for his work with southern rock bank Lynyrd Skynyrd. Burns was in the original lineup, and played on the band’s first two official albums – (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and Second Helping.
    Lesley Gore: Born: 1946-05-02 - Died: 2015-02-16
    Lesley Gore was a singer, songwriter, actress and activist known best for the song “It’s My Party”. Other notable songs included “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me”.
    Little Jimmy Dickens: Born: 1920-12-19 - Died: 2015-01-02
    Little Jimmy Dickens was a country music singer known mostly for novelty songs and his petite size. He was 4’11”. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and eventually made it to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
    Joe Cocker: Born: 1944-05-20 - Died: 2014-12-22
    Joe Cocker was a singer who rose to prominence in the 60s, mainly based on covers of other artists’ songs. One of his most well-known renditions was With a Little Help From My Friends, which was a cover of a Beatles song, and would eventually be used as the theme song to hit TV series […]
    Wayne Static: Born: 1965-11-04 - Died: 2014-11-01
    Wayne Static was a musician best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Static-X, which rose to prominence in the late 90s during the nu-metal movement. Songs included Push It, Bled for Days, and I’m with Stupid.
    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 […]