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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Music

    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.
    Alan O’Day: Born: 03-10-1940 - Died: 17-05-2013
    Alan O’Day was an American songwriter who penned several successful songs for other musicians–such as Cher, The Righteous Brothers, and Helen Reddy–before finding his own fanbase with “Undercover Angel”. He also wrote music for the popular ’80s kids’ show “The Muppet Babies”.
    Cedric Brooks: Born: 00-00-1943 - Died: 03-05-2013
    Cedric Brooks was a Jamaican-born sax and flute player who was influential in the reggae scene during the ’60s and ’70s. He played in several different bands before becoming a studio musician and releasing his own singles; he later played for the ska band the Skatalites.
    Jeff Hanneman: Born: 1964-01-31 - Died: 2013-05-02
    Jeff Hanneman was one of two guitar players for the legendary heavy metal band Slayer. No band’s influence has been felt across the genre as much, apart from possibly Metallica or Black Sabbath. Hanneman was from Oakland, and grew up in Long Beach. In 1981, he founded Slayer along with fellow guitarist Kerry King.
    Chris Kelly: Born: 1978-08-11 - Died: 2013-05-01
    Chris Kelly was one half of the 90s rap duo Kris Kross. Kelly was known as “Mac Daddy” in the rap group, which became infamous for wearing their clothes backwards.
    George Jones: Born: 1931-09-12 - Died: 2013-04-26
    George Jones was a country music legend with an extensive list of hit records. He was often referred to as the greatest living country singer. Number one country hits included: White Lightning, Tender Years, She Thinks I Still Care, Walk Through This World With Me, We’re Gonna Hold On (with Tammy Wynette), The Grand Tour, […]
    Richie Havens: Born: 21-01-1941 - Died: 22-04-2013
    Richie Havens was a folk singer and guitarist who was well-known for being the first performer at Woodstock. He was fond of performing covers of popular songs and did an especially well-liked version of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman”. Havens held the Woodstock crowd’s attention for nearly three hours, as he was told to […]
    Chrissy Amphlett: Born: 1959-10-25 - Died: 2013-04-21
    Christine Joy “Chrissy” Amphlett, 53, was the lead singer for the Australian rock band Divinyls. She formed the band in 1980 after meeting the other band members at a concert in Sydney. The band released six albums between the years of 1982 and 1996. After that, the band broke up, and Amphlett focused on a […]
    Storm Thorgerson: Born: 1944-02-28 - Died: 2013-04-18
    Storm Thorgerson was a graphic designer, best known for his work with various high-profile rock bands including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Muse, and Scorpions. That Dark Side of the Moon cover? Yeah, that was Storm Thorgerson.
    Colin Davis: Born: 1927-09-25 - Died: 2013-04-14
    Sir Colin Davis was an English conductor. He became the principal conductor for the London Symphony Orchestra in 1995 and later became President of the LSO.
    Chi Cheng: Born: 1970-07-15 - Died: 2013-04-13
    Chi Cheng was the bass player the band The Deftones, and played on the band’s debut album Adrenaline through its fifth album Saturday Night Wrist. His career with the band was cut short, as he was injured in a car accident in 2008, and left in a coma until 2012.
    Andy Johns: Born: 1952-01-01 - Died: 2013-04-07
    Andy Johns, 61, was a famous music producer that worked on albums by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more. Johns got his first gig working under Eddie Kramer on Jimi Hendrix recordings. From there, he went on to produce over 40 albums, and was an engineer on even more.
    Les Blank: Born: 1935-11-27 - Died: 2013-04-07
    Les Blank was a documentary filmmaker whose work chronicled the works of American musicians. His films focused on traditional styles of music including blues, Appalachian, Cajun, Creole, Tex-Mex, polka, tamburitza and Hawaiian. Films included (but were not limited to): Dizzy Gillespie, The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins, Chulas Fronteras, Always for Pleasure, Werner Herzog Eats […]
    Phil Ramone: Born: 1934-01-05 - Died: 2013-03-30
    Phil Ramone was a record producer and recording engineer, as well as a composer and violinist. He co-founded A&R Recording. Among those he produced albums for are: George Michael, Ray CHarles, Chicago, Elton John, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Paul McCartney, Liza Minnelli, Olivia Newton John, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, and Paul Simon, just […]
    Gordon Stoker: Born: N/A - Died: 2013-03-27
    Gordon Stoker was a pianist and vocalist who is best known for backing up Elvis Presley as a member of The Jordanaires.