In Memoriam 2011

Clarence Clemmons
Saluting those veteran musicians, songwriters and executives who passed away in 2011.
  • January 4 - Gerry Rafferty (Stealer's Wheel, Baker Street)
  • January 7 - Bobby Robinson (owner Fire, Fury, Enjoy & Red Robin labels)
  • January 13 - Tommy Crain (Charlie Daniels Band)
  • January 17 - Don Kirshner (promoter, TV host)
  • January 26 - Charlie Louvin (Louvin Brothers)
  • January 26 - Gladys Horton (Marvelettes)
  • February 6 - Gary Moore (British blues-rock guitarist)
  • February 27 - Eddie Kirkland (bandleader for Little Richard, Otis Redding, Ruth Brown, Ben E. King)
  • March 14 - Big Jack Johnson (Delta blues guitarist)
  • March 16 - Carlton Haney (member of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame)
  • March 17 - Ferlin Husky (Wings of a Dove, Gone)
  • March 20 - Ralph Mooney (steel guitarist, writer of Crazy Arms)
  • March 21 - Pinetop Perkins (Delta blues pianist)
  • March 21 - Loleatta Holloway (Hit and Run, Love Sensation)
  • March 31 - Mel McDaniel (Baby Got Her Blue Jeans On)
  • April 9 - Randy Wood (founder of Dot Records)
  • April 11 - Lacy Gibson (Chicago blues sideman)
  • April 22 - Hazel Dickens (folk & bluegrass singer)
  • April 25 - Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex)
  • April 25 - Charlie Fach (executive at Mercury, PolyGram, Smash and Compleat Records)
  • April 26 - Phoebe Snow (Poetry Man)
  • May 22 - Joseph Brooks (songwriter, You Light Up My Life)
  • May 27 - Gil Scott-Heron (Godfather of Rap, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • June 3 - Andrew Gold (Lonely Boy, Thank You For Being a Friend)
  • June 4 - Martin Rushent (producer of The Human League)
  • June 4 - David "Frankie" Toler (Allman Brothers Band)
  • June 8 - Steve Popovich (executive for Columbia, Cleveland International, Mercury Records)
  • June 12 - Carl Gardner (Coasters)
  • June 16 - Wild Man Fischer (cult musician)
  • June 18 - Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band)
  • July 8 - Kenny Baker (Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, member of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame)
  • July 9 - Michael "Wurzel" Burston (Motorhead)
  • July 11 - Rob Grill (Grass Roots)
  • July 24 - Dan Peek (America)
  • August 7 - Marshall Grant (Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two)
  • August 10 - Billy Grammer (Gotta Travel On)
  • August 22 - Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson)
  • August 22 - Jerry Leiber (Leiber & Stoller)
  • August 24 - Frank Dileo (manager of Michael Jackson)
  • August 24 - Esther Gordy Edwards (Motown)
  • August 29 - David Honeyboy Edwards (Delta bluesman)
  • September 13 - Wilma Lee Cooper (Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper)
  • September 22 - Vesta Williams (Congratulations, Once Bitten, Twice Shy)
  • September 27 - Johnnie Wright (Johnnie & Jack)
  • September 28 - Leonard Dillon (Ethiopians) 
  • September 29 - Sylvia Robinson (Mickey & Sylvia, Sugar Hill Records) 
  • September 30 - Marv Tarplin (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles)
  • October 6 - Bert Jansch (guitarist)
  • October 8 - Roger Williams (pianist, Autumn Leaves)
  • October 11 - George "Mojo" Buford (Muddy Waters' band)
  • October 12 - Joel "Taz" DiGregorio (Charlie Daniels Band)
  • October 31 - Liz Anderson (songwriter, singer, mother of Lynn Anderson)
  • November 3 - Cory Smoot (GWAR)
  • November 7 - Andrea True (More, More, More)
  • November 12 - Doyle Bramhall (legend of the Austin music scene)
  • November 21 - Paul Yandell (sideman for Chet Atkins)
  • November 24 - Charlie Douglas (DJ at WSM, announcer for the Grand Ole Opry)
  • November 26 - Keef Hartley (John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Keef Hartley Band)
  • November 28 - Tom Roady (touring and studio percussionist)
  • December 2 - Howard Tate (Get It While You Can, Ain't Nobody Home)
  • December 4 - Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf's band)
  • December 6 - Dobie Gray (The In Crowd, Drift Away)
  • December 6 - Barbara Orbison (publisher and widow of Roy Orbison)
  • December 8 - Bee Spears (bass player for Willie Nelson)
  • December 14 - Billie Jo Spears (Blanket on the Ground)
  • December 18 - Warren Hellman (billionaire creator of San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival)

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