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Music Passings 2021

Charlie Watts (1941 to 2021)

December 30
  • Denis O'Dell, producer of films A Hard Day's Night & Magical Mystery Tour (b. 1923)
December 28
December 25
  • Janice Long (born Janice Chegwin) - BBC DJ - Pneumonia (b. 1955)
December 24
  • J.D Crowe - Bluegrass banjoist - Pneumonia (b. 1937)
December 22
December 20
December 19
December 18
December 17
December 16
  • Wanda Young of the Marvelettes (b. 1943) (Date death announced)
  • Terry Uttley of Smokie (b. 1951)
  • Hub (born Leonard Hubbard) of the Roots - Multiple myeloma (b. 1959)
  • Robie Porter, Australian country singers - Dementia (b. 1941)
December 15
December 14
December 13
  • Joe Simon (b. 1936)
  • John Nolan of The Power Monkeys - Date body found. Date of death undetermined. (b. 1978) 
  • Solomon Feldhouse of Kalaidascope (b. 1940)
December 12
  • Vincente Fernandez (born Vincente Gomez) - Complications from a fall & pneumonia (b. 1940)
December 10
December 9
December 8
December 7
  • Greg Tate, Music journalist & producer (b. 1958)
December 5
December 4
December 3
December 2
December 1
November 30
  • Kal Rudman, DJ, publisher of Friday Morning Quarterback (b. 1930)
November 26
November 24
November 22
November 20
November 19
  • Jay Jacobs, Agent for Beach Boys, Diana Ross - Lung cancer (b. 1942)
  • Hank von Hell (born Hans-Erik Husby) of Turbonegro (b. 1972)
November 18
November 17
November 16
November 13
November 12
  • Jeff Wald, Manager of Helen Reddy (& Husband), Donna Summer (b. 1944)
November 11
November 10
November 8
November 6
  • Astro (born Terence Wilson) of UB40 (b. 1957)
  • Andy Barker of 808 State (b. 1968)
November 2
November 1
  • Secco Patterson of Bob Marley & the Wailers (b. 1930)
  • Emmett Chapman, Jazz drummer & inventory of the Chapman Stick - Cancer (b. 1936)
  • Pat Martino (born Patrick Azzara), Jazz guitarist - Chronic respiratory disorder (b. 1944)
October 31
  • DJ Stud Doogie (born Ron Cherry) of Brand Nubian - Possible complications of diabetes
October 30
  • Eric Grief (date death announced), Heavy metal manager (b. 1962)
October 29
October 26
October 25
October 24
October 22
  • Jay Black of Jay & the Americans - Pneumonia (b. 1938)
October 21
October 19
October 18
October 16
  • Alan Hawkshaw of Emile Ford & the Checkmates and The Shadows - Pnumonia (b. 1937)
  • Ron Tutt, Drummer for Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia (b. 1938)
  • Tom Gray of Delta Moon - Cancer (b. 1951)
  • Joe Palmaccio, Engineer - Injuries from motorcycle accident (b. 1965)
October 15
October 14
October 13
October 12
October 11
October 9
  • Dee Pop of the Bush Tetras (b. 1956)
  • Jim Pembroke of Wigwam (b. 1946)
  • Garnett Brown, Jazz trombonist (b. 1936)
October 8
October 7
October 5
  • Pat Fish of the Jazz Butchers (b. 1957)
  • Hobo Jim, Alaskan folk singer - Cancer (b. 1952)
October 2
October 1
September 30
September 29
September 28
September 27
September 26
  • Alan Lancaster of Status Quo - Multiple sclerosis (b. 1949)
  • Commander Cody (born George Frayne) of the Lost Planet Airmen - Possible cancer (b. 1944)
September 25
  • Bob Matthews, worked with Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage
September 24
September 23
September 22
  • Bob Moore of the Nashville "A" Team, hit with "Mexico" (b. 1932)
  • Peter Hood of the Atlantics (b. 1943)
September 21
September 20
September 16
September 15
  • Franz Trojan of the Spider Murphy Band
  • Doc Gibbs (born Leonard Gibbs), Percussionist - Prostate cancer (b. 1948)
September 14
September 13
  • George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival (b. 1925)
September 12
  • Don Maddox of the Maddox Brothers and Rose (b. 1922)
September 11
September 10
September 8
  • Jerry Blair, former head of promotions at Columbia - COVID
September 7
September 6
September 5
September 4
September 3
  • Jochen Schroeder of Rage
  • Harry Coombs, Philadelphia International Records executive - pulmonary fibrosis/acute pulmonary hypertension (b. 1935)
September 2
  • Tom Beaudry (Kelly Green) of Frijid Pink
September 1
  • Carol Fran, Soul blues singer/songwriter (b. 1933)
September (Date Unknown)
August 30
August 29
August 27
August 26
August 25
August 24
August 23
August 22
August 21
August 20
  • Tom T. Hall - Suicide (b. 1936)
  • Norma Morris, Country publicist - Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (b. 1939)
August 18
August 17
August 15
  • Joey Ambrose of Bill Haley & the Comets (b. 1934)
  • Craig Carp, Country songwriter
August 14
August 13
August 11
August 9
August 8
August 7
August 6
August 4
August 3
  • K-HAND, born Kelli Hand, First Lady of Detroit Techno (b. 1965)
  • Jim Femino, Songwriter - Heart attack (b. 1952)
August 1
July 31
  • Charles Connor, Drummer for Little Richard - Normal pressure hydrocephalus (b. 1935)
July 28
July 27
July 26
July 25
July 24
July 22
July 21
July 20
July 17
July 16
July 14
July 11
  • Andy Williams of Casting Crowns - Motorcycle Accident (b. 1972)
July 10
  • Byron Berline, fiddler - Stroke (b. 1944)
  • Barbara "Bibs" Allbut Brown of the Angels (b. 1940)
  • Chris Hutka of The Bunny The Bear
July 9
  • Frank Cook of Canned Heat & Pacific Gas & Electric (b. 1942)
July 8
July 5
July 4
June 29
June 28
June 27
June 26
June 23
June 22
June 19 or 20
June 9
  • Juan Nelson of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals (b.1958)
June 8
June 7
June 5
May 31
  • Lil Loaded (born Dashawn Robertson) - Suicide (b. 2000 or 2001)
May 29
May 26
  • Patrick Sky (born Patrick Linch) - Prostate & bone cancer, Parkinson's disease (b. 1940)
May 25
May 24
May 23
May 22
May 20
May 19
May 16
May 15
May 12
  • Bob Koester, founder of Delmark Records - Stroke (b. 1932)
May 8
  • Curtis Fuller, Jazz trombone, member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (b. 1932)
May 3
  • Lloyd Price - Complications of Diabetes (b. 1933)
  • Ed Ward, writer, original founder of SXSW (b. 1948)
  • Phil Naro of Talas - Tongue Cancer (b. 1958)
May 2
  • Tommy West of Cashman & West, producer (b. 1942)
  • Joel Chadabe, founder of the The Electronic Music Foundation - Pancreatic Cancer (b. 1938)
  • Marcel Stellman, producer & lyracist (b. 1925)
May 1
April 30
April 29
April 27
  • Anita Lane of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (b. 1960)
April 26
  • Al Schmitt, Producer & recording engineer (b. 1930)
April 25
April 23
April 22
  • Shock G (born Gregory Jacobs) of Digital Underground (b. 1963)
April 20
  • Joe Long of the Four Seasons - COVID (b. 1941)
  • Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers (b. 1955)
April 19
April 18
April 17
  • Black Rob (born Robert Ross) - Kidney failure (b. 1969)
April 16
April 15
  • Pat Rizzo, Saxophone for Sly & the Family Stone, War - Cancer (b. 1941)
April 14
April 9
  • DMX (born Earl Simmons) - Overdose (b. 1970)
April 7
April 4
April 2
April 1
April - Date TBD
March 31
  • Cleve Hall, Special effects for Alice Cooper, Kiss - Congestive heart failure (b. 1959)
March 30
March 28
  • Malcolm Cecil of The Jazz Couriers & Blues Incorporated, producer of 70's Stevie Wonder Albums (b. 1937)
March 26
March 25
March 23
  • George Segal, actor, member of the the Imperial Jazzband - Complications of bypass surgery (b. 1934)
  • Connie Bradley, Former President ASCAP Nashville (b. 1945)
  • Ethel Gabriel, First female producer at RCA, produced Elvis (b. 1921)
  • Don Heffington of Lone Justice - Leukemia (b. 1950)
March 20
March 19
  • Gary Leib, Musician, cartoonist, animator (b. 1955)
March 18
March 17
March 15
March 14
March 12
  • Sally Grossman, wife of Albert Grossman & pictured on Dylan's "Bringing it All Back" (b. 1939)
March 11
March 10
  • Randy Myers, Songwriter of "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (b. 1947)
March 7
March 6
March 5
March 4
  • Alan Cartwright of Procol Harum - Stomach cancer (b. 1945)
  • Bhaskar Menon, CEO of EMI & credited with breaking Pink Floyd (b. 1934)
  • Barbara Ess, Artists & musician in No Wave bands Static and Y Pants (b. 1948)
March 2
March 1
February 28
  • Ian North of Milk 'N' Cookies - Heart attack (b. 1952)
February 26
  • Bob James of Montrose - Complications of a stomach ulcer (b. 1952)
February 24
February 23
  • Sean Kennedy, Australian bands Deez Nuts & I Killed the Prom Queen (b. 1985)
February 20
  • Gene Taylor of the Blasters and the Fabulous Thunderbirds (b. 1952)
February 18
February 17
February 16
  • Carman (born Carman Dominic Licciardello), Gospel Hall of Fame Member - Complications from surgery (b. 1956)
  • Henry Goldrich, Owner of Manny's Music in Manhattan (b. 1932)
February 15
February 14
February 13
February 12
  • Louis Clark, String arranger for ELO and "Hooked on Classics" (b. 1947)
  • Russ Thyret, Former Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros. Records (b. 1944)
  • Milfrod Graves, Jazz Drummer - Amyloid cardiomyopathy (b. 1941)
  • Rupert Neve, Recording studio pioneer (b. 1926)
February 9
February 8
February 7
February 5
  • Stefan Crush of The Men They Couldn't Wear Hats - Heart attack (b. 1960)
February 4
February 3
February 2
  • Danny Ray, Master of Ceremony and Cape Man for James Brown (b. 1935)
January 30
  • Sophie (born Sophie Xeon) - Accidental fall (b. 1986)
January 29
January 28
  • Rick Shaw of the Hillside Singers and the Shaw Brothers (b. 1942)
January 24
January 22
  • James Purify of James & Bobby Purify - COVID-19 (b. 1944)
January 21
  • Randy Parton, Country singer-songwriter, brother of Dolly Parton - Cancer (b. 1953)
  • Keith Nichols, British jazz band leader - COVID-19 (b. 1945)
January 18
January 17
January 16

January 14

  • Duranice Pace of the gospel group the Anointed Pace Sisters (b. 1958)
  • Larry Willoughby, Country singer, VP of A&R at Capitol Records - COVID-19 (b. 1950)
January 13
  • Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Cactus - Cancer (b. 1944)
  • Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls - Cancer (b. 1951)
  • Duke Bootee (born Edward Fletcher), Rapper, writer of "The Message" - Congestive heart failure (b. 1951)
January 12
  • Shingoose (born Curtis Jonnie) - COVID-19 (b. 1946)
January 11
January 10
January 8
January 7
January 3
January 2
January 1