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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - 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.”
    Bobby “Blue” Bland: Born: 1930-01-27 - Died: 2013-06-23
    Bobby “Blue” Bland, born Robert Calvin Bland, was an influential blues and soul singer. He’s often referred to as the “Sinatra of blues.” In his long career, Bland had over 60 R&B hits -27 top ten hits and three number one songs.
    Lil Snupe: Born: N/A - Died: 2013-06-20
    Lil Snupe was a teenaged up and coming hip hop star who had signed to Dreamchasers, the label of Meek Mill. He was seventeen when he signed in 2013, the same year he was shot.
    Slim Whitman: Born: 1923-01-20 - Died: 2013-06-19
    Ottis “Slim” Whitman was a country and western singer best known for hits such as “Indian Love Call” and Rose Marie.” He released dozens of albums from the 1954 to 2010. Many of his singles became hits in both the U.S. and U.K.
    Joey Covington: Born: 1945-06-27 - Died: 2013-06-04
    Joey Covington, 67, was a drummer famous for his time with Jefferson Airplane. Covington first got his start with Hot Tuna in 1969, but later joined up with Jefferson Airplane. He played with the band until 1972, and then went solo for the rest of his career.
    Mick Morris: Born: 1978-03-09 - Died: 2013-06-02
    Mick Morris was a guitarist best known for playing bass in the band Eighteen Visions. He was known for adopting a “straightedge” lifestyle, though he abandoned it during the last few years of his life.
    Marshall Lytle: Born: 1933-09-01 - Died: 2013-05-25
    Marshall Lytle was a bass player for the 1950s bands Bill Haley & His Comets and The Jodimars. He co-wrote songs like: Crazy Man, Crazy, Fractured, Rattle Shakin’ Daddy, Eat Your Heart Out Annie, and Let’s All Rock Together. He played on the song Rock Around The Clock.
    Trevor Bolder: Born: 1950-06-09 - Died: 2013-05-21
    Trevor Bolder was a musician, songwriter and record producer best known for playing in Uriah Heep and David Bowie’s band, The Spiders From Mars. He played bass.
    Phil Buerstatte: Born: N/A - Died: 2013-05
    Phil Buerstatte was an American musician and former drummer of the band White Zombie from 1992-1994. He was also in the band Last Crack.
    Ray Manzarek: Born: 12-02-1939 - Died: 20-05-2013
    Ray Manzarek was the keyboardist and central songwriter for The Doors. He penned many of their hits and formed the band after a brief, chance encounter with Jim Morrison on Venice Beach. He was also a best-selling author and a Grammy winner.