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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Music

    Claude King: Born: 1923-02-05 - Died: 2013-03-07
    Claude King, 90, was a well-known country singer-songwriter. His most well-known song was 1962′s Wolverine Mountain. Over his career, King released six albums with one being a compilation of his best works. He also released a number of singles through 1977.
    Alvin Lee: Born: 1944-12-19 - Died: 2013-03-06
    Alvin Lee was an English rock guitarist best known for playing with the band Ten Years After in the late 60s and early 70s. After he left Ten Years After, Lee went on to record and tour with a variety of artists, including Mylon LeFevre, George Harrison, and Peter Frampton. (Image via Jim Summaria/Wikimedia)
    Jewel Akens: Born: 1933-09-12 - Died: 2013-03-01
    Jewel Akens was a pop music singer in the 50s and 60s. He found fame with the hit song “The Birds and The Bees,” which ranked highly on music charts in 1965.
    Bobby Rogers: Born: 1940-02-19 - Died: 2013-03-03
    Bobby Rogers was an American soul singer who was best known as one of the founding members of the Motown group The Miracles. The Miracles were Motown Records’ first signed act and first million selling act. Roger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
    Adrian Thomas: Born: 1971-02-28 - Died: 2013-02-28
    Adrian Thomas, also known as DJ Ajax, was an Australian DJ and a host for the radio show Sunset. (Image courtesy Scootie via Flickr)
    Richard Street: Born: 1942-10-5 - Died: 2013-02-27
    Richard Street was a Detroit-born soul singer who is best known for his work with Motown legends The Temptations. Before joining The Temptations is 1971, Street was part of the lesser-known group The Monitors.
    Van Cliburn: Born: 1934-07-12 - Died: 2013-02-27
    Van Cliburn was an American pianist who became famous when he won the first-ever International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958, during the Cold War. Cliburn has been honored with the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a National Media of Arts, and the Russian Order of Friendship.
    Dan Toler: Born: 1948-09-23 - Died: 2013-02-25
    Dan Toler was an American guitarist who found success playing for the Allman Brothers and the Gregg Allman Band in the ’70s and ’80s. After being struck down by Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Toler lost the ability to play guitar or even speak.
    Diane Lampert: Born: NA - Died: 2013-02-22
    Diane Lampert was a songwriter in the 50s and 60s, and wrote songs for Brenda Lee, Steve Lawrence, Red Foley, The Letterman, etc. She even wrote a song for The Beatles – “Nothin Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees)”. Lampert was known to have written a number of songs for movies, including some which [...]
    Magic Slim: Born: 1937-08-07 - Died: 2013-02-21
    Magic Slim, 75, was a famous Electric Blues singer and performer. Slim was the frontman of the Teardrops, a band featuring his younger brother, Nick. The band performed regularly in Chicago in 70s. His first album with the Teardrops was Born Under A Bad Sign in 1977. The band released a live CD/DVD in 2005.
    Cleotha Staples: Born: 1934-04-11 - Died: 2013-02-21
    Cleotha Staples was a member of the gospel and soul group The Staple Singers, who were made popular by the 1972 hit song “I’ll Take You There.” She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
    Tony Sheridan: Born: 1840-05-21 - Died: 2013-02-16
    Tony Sheridan was a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was most well known for his work with the Beatles in their earliest days. He recorded “My Bonnie” with an early version of the group, which went by The Beat Brothers.
    Mindy McCready: Born: 1975-11-30 - Died: 2013-02-17
    Mindy McCready was an American country singer who hit the charts in 1996 with Ten Thousand Angels. After an abusive relationship sent her ex-boyfriend to jail for attempted murder, McCready suffered an addiction to drugs and alcohol that spiraled out of control. After arrests for faux prescriptions and alleged identity theft, McCready did a stint [...]
    Tim Dog: Born: 1967-01-01 - Died: 2013-02-14
    Tim Dog was a rapper known for his song “Fuck Compton” and sadly probably even better known by the lyric “Tim Dog can eat a big fat d***” in the ultra popular Dr. Dre/Snoop Doggy Dogg hit “Dre Day” (the song was even prominently featured in a recent NPR piece). His real name was Timothy [...]
    Rick Huxley: Born: 1940-08-05 - Died: 2013-02-11
    Rick Huxley was the bassist and founding member of The Dave Clark Five, an influential group that was part of the ‘British Invasion’ of the mid 1960s. Huxley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 as part of the Dave Clark Five.
    Donald Byrd: Born: 1932-12-09 - Died: 2013-02-04
    Donald Byrd was a popular jazz trumpeter during the 1950s and 60s. He was a strong advocate of music education and taught at many U.S. universities, including Rutgers University, New York University, and Cornell University.
    Paul Tanner: Born: 1917-10-15 - Died: 2013-02-05
    Paul Tanner was a trombonist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1938-1942 and worked for the ABC studio orchestra, as well. He also taught music at UCLA and helped invent an instrument called the Electro-Theremin, which was famously used in the Beach Boys song “Good Vibrations”.
    Reg Presley: Born: 1941-06-12 - Died: 2013-02-04
    Reg Presley was the lead singer of the influential garage-rock band The Troggs, and is best-known for the 1966 classic “Wild Thing.” The song, which was a cover of the 1965 song of the same name performed by The Wild Ones, hit the top of the charts. Presley is also known for the oft-covered ballad [...]
    Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner: Born: 1942 - Died: 2012-01-26
    Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, 69, was the front-man for the Ohio Players. He joined the band in the 1964, and led the band to record some of its biggest hits in the 70s. Some of those hits include “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster,” both of which hit the top of the charts in the U.S. He had [...]
    Patti Page: Born: 1927-11-08 - Died: 2013-01-01
    Patti Page was an American pop singer who rose to fame in the 1950′s. Her most famous ballad was “Tennessee Waltz”, which was one of the best-selling singles of the century. She will be honored with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys this year.
    Ray Collins: Born: 1936-11-19 - Died: 2012-12-24
    Ray Collins, 76, was a vocalist for the Mothers of Invention. The band, which served as a starting point for Frank Zappa, was originally called The Soul Giants under Collins’ leadership. He left the band after recording three albums, but would later contribute to future Zappa projects. After leaving the band, Collins lived his life [...]
    Ravi Shankar: Born: 1920-04-07 - Died: 2012-12-11
    Ravi Shankar was an Indian sitar player who befriended the Beatles during their psychedelic period in the ’60s. He struck up a lifelong friendship with George Harrison and was often invited to play on the band’s songs, including “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”. In 1983, he won an Oscar for the score to “Gandhi”.
    Jenni Rivera: Born: 1969-07-02 - Died: 2012-12-09
    Jenni Rivera, 43, was a famous Mexican-American singer. She began recording in 1992 and has producted 13 albums. Her last album, Joyas Prestada, was released in 2011.
    Dave Brubeck: Born: 1920-12-06 - Died: 2012-12-05
    Dave Brubeck was an influential jazz pianist and composer who gained popularity in the ’60s and ’70s. His experimental style became widely known and earned him accolades over the years; his band, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, released the first jazz LP to sell a million records. He toured through 2009 while in his 80′s and [...]
    Billy Scott: Born: - Died: 2012-11-17
    Billy Scott (born as Peter Pendleton) was a well-known Rhythm and Blues singer from Huntington, West Virginia. Scott is mostly known for his singing talents in the beach-sounding “The Prophets.” Scott’s singing career started while he was serving in the Army, and after his discharge, started singing various hits with his wife, Barbara. Well-known hits [...]
    Elliot Carter: Born: 1908/12/11 - Died: 2012/11/05
    Elliot Carter was an American composer famous for his complicated melodies and odd arrangements. He studied music as a young man but didn’t find his musical “voice” until age 40, when he began using a variety of instruments in one song, creating a sometimes jarring effect.
    Robert Labranche: Born: 1975 - Died: 2012-10-15
    Robert Labranche was a well-known rapper and recording artist from Liberty City, FL. Labranche was known for his rap music under the name of “Bizzle.” Apart from his success with “Lip Biting Animal” and “Naked Hustle,” Labranche owned a local car wash, an entertainment company (Chowtime Entertainment), a seafood restaurant, and a window-tinting business.
    R. B. Greaves: Born: 1943-11-28 - Died: 2012-09-27
    R.B. Greaves (born as Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves III) was a soul music singer from Georgetown, Guyana. Greaves is most well-known for his hit single “Take a Letter Maria.” Greaves also released other various singles, covering many songs, such as: “Always Something There to Remind Me” (1970) and “Whiter Shade of Pale” (1970).
    Andy Williams: Born: 1927-12-03 - Died: 2012-09-25
    Andy Williams (born as Howard Andrew Williams) was a well-known singer and television host from Wall Lake. Iowa. Williams was mostly known for singing “Moon River,” a song that was composed by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music) in 1961. Along with this song brining Williams into stardom, he hosted “The Andy Williams Show” [...]
    Hal David: Born: 1921-05-25 - Died: 2012-09-01
    Hal David was a well-known songwriter from New York, NY. David was mostly known for “Raindrops Keep Falling,” a song that he worked on with Burt Bacharach. Along with Bacharach, Hal David had the privilege of working with a large amount of famous singers, such as: Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Sarah Vaughan, and [...]