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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Music

    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 […]
    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.