Musician Deaths in 2012

MTE4MDAzNDEwNzc0MTY1MDA2JANUARY
01.01.12
Fred Milano, 72, American doo-wop singer (The Belmonts, Dion and the Belmonts), lung cancer.
01.02.12
Ian Bargh, 76, British-born Canadian jazz pianist, lung cancer.
Larry Reinhardt, 63, American rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond), liver cirrhosis.
01.03.12
Bob Weston, 64, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), gastrointestinal hemorrhage.] (body found on this date)
01.05.12
Selwyn Baptiste, 75, Trinidadian-born British musician and festival organiser.
Amit Saigal, 46, Indian rock magazine publisher, concert promoter and musician, drowned.
01.06.12
Tom Ardolino, 56, American drummer (NRBQ).
Nicole Bogner, 27, Austrian musician (Visions of Atlantis), illness.
01.08.12
Dave Alexander, 73, American blues singer and pianist, suicide.
Charlie Collins, 78, American country musician (Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys), stroke.
01.14.12

Robbie France, 52, British drummer (Skunk Anansie, Diamond Head, UFO), ruptured aorta.
01.16.12
Jimmy Castor, 71, American funk and R&B saxophonist (“Troglodyte (Cave Man)”), heart failure.
01.17.12
Johnny Otis, 90, American R&B singer-songwriter.
01.19.12
Winston Riley, 65, Jamaican reggae musician and producer, complications of shooting.01.20.12
Etta James, 73, American sing, complications of leukemia [Pictured]
John Levy, 99, American jazz double-bassist and manager.
01.25.12
Mark Reale, 56, American heavy metal guitarist (Riot), Crohn’s disease.
01.31.12
King Stitt, 72, pioneer of reggae toasting, proistrate cancer

FEBRUARY
02.01.2
Don Cornelius, 75, American television host (Soul Train), self-inflicted gunshot.1
02.11.12
Whitney Houston, 48, American singer
02.13.12
Russell Arms, 92, American singer (Your Hit Parade)
Jodie Christian, 80, American jazz pianist.
02.14.12
Shamim Ahmed Khan, 74, Indian sitar player, cardiac arrest.
Tonmi Lillman, 38, Finnish musician (Ajattara, Sinergy, To/Die/For, Lordi).
Dory Previn, 86, American singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings and Iguanas) and lyricist (Valley of the Dolls, Last Tango in Paris).
02.15.12
Clive Shakespeare, 62, British-born Australian guitarist (Sherbet) and record producer, prostate cancer.
02.16.12
Jon McIntire, 70, American band manager (Grateful Dead), cancer.
02.17.12
Michael Davis, 68, American bassist (MC5), liver failure.
Enrique Sierra, 54, Spanish musician, member of rock band Radio Futura, kidney disease

02.19.12
Robert (“Bob”) F. Hendrix, Senior Vice President and COO (Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.) Jiumi Hendrix’ cousin
02.21.12
Christopher Reimer, 26, guitarist for the band Women
02.22.12
Billy Strange, 81, American songwriter (“Limbo Rock”) and music arranger.
02.25.12
Red Holloway, 84, American jazz saxophonist, stroke and kidney failure.
Louisiana Red, 79, American blues musician.
Dee Cernile, 46, Canadian guitarist (Sven Gali), cancer.
02.29.12
Davy Jones, 66, British actor and musician (The Monkees), heart attack


ronnie-montroseMARCH

03.03.12
Ronnie Montrose, 64, American guitarist (Montrose), prostate cancer [Pictured]
0305.12
Robert B. Sherman, 86, American songwriter (Sherman Brothers).
03.08.12
Jimmy Ellis, 74, American singer (The Trammps), complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bugs Henderson, 68, American blues guitarist, cancer.
03,12,12
Michael Hossack, 65, American drummer, (The Doobie Brothers), cancer.
03.13.12
Eddie King, 73, American Chicago blues musician.
03.28.12
Jerry McCain, 81, American blues musician.
Earl Scruggs, 88, American bluegrass musician, natural causes.
03.31.12
Zoran Romic, 47, Australi

APRIL

04.05.12

jim_marshall_slashJim Marshall, 88, English businessman, founder of Marshall Amplification. [Pictured]

Barney McKenna, 72, Irish musician (The Dubliners).
04.12.12
Andrew Love, 70, American saxophonist (The Memphis Horns), complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
04.18.12
Dick Clark, 82, American TV and radio host (American Bandstand), heart attack.
04.19.12
Greg Ham, 58, Australian musician (Men at Work). (body found on this date)
Levon Helm, 71, American musician (The Band), throat cancer.

04.23.12
Billy Bryans, 62, Canadian musician and producer (Parachute Club), lung cancer.
Chris Ethridge, 65, American country rock bassist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers).
Tommy Marth, 33, American musician (The Killers), suicide.

MAY
05.03.12
Lloyd Brevett, 80, Jamaican double bassist (The Skatalites), complications from stroke.
05.04.12
The 106.7 KROQ Weenie Roast Concert 2004Adam Yauch, 47, American musician (Beastie Boys) and film director (Gunnin’ for That No. 1 Spot). salivary gland cancer. [Pictured]
05.06.12

Michael Burks, 54, American blues musician, heart attack.
05.13.12
Donald “Duck” Dunn, 70, American bass guitarist (The Blues Brothers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s).
05.14.12
Belita Woods, 63, American singer, heart failure. Tatsuya Yoshimura, 60, Japanese author, stomach cancer. (Japanese)
05.16.12
Doug Dillard, 75, American bluegrass musician (The Dillards) and actor (The Andy Griffith Show), after long illness.
Chuck Brown, 75, American singer and musician, the “Godfather of Go-Go”, multiple organ failure.
05.17.12
Donna Summer, 63, American disco singer (“Hot Stuff”, “Last Dance”, “I Feel Love”), lung cancer.
05.18.12
Peter Jones, 45, British-born Australian drummer (Crowded House), brain cancer.
05.20.12
Robin Gibb, 62, British singer and songwriter (Bee Gees), colon cancer.
05.24.12
Mark McConnell, American drummer (Sebastian Bach, Blackfoot), multiple organ failure.
Yoshiyuki Suzuki, 65, Japanese guitarist (Takeshi Jinai and Bunnies), liver failure. (body discovered on this date)
05.29.11
Steeve Hurdle, 41, metal guitarist (Negativa, Goreguts), post-surgical complications.
Doc Watson, 89, American folk and bluegrass musician, complications following abdominal surgery.
Pete Cosey, 68, Blues and jazz guitarist. session musician at blues label Chess Records (Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf)
0531,12
Michael Grant, 39, vocalist for heavy metal bands Onward and Crescent Shield

JUNE
06.01.12
Faruq Z. Bey, 70, American jazz saxophonist, emphysema.
06.02.12
Frazier Mohawk, 71, American record producer (Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds), after long illness.
06.04.12
George Marino, 65, American audio mastering engineer (Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Metallica), lung cancer.
Herb Reed, 83, American singer (The Platters),
Bobby Durango, lead singer of Rock City Angels
06.07.12
Bob Welch, 66, American musician (Fleetwood Mac), suicide by gunshot.
06.09.12
Abram Wilson, 38, American jazz trumpeter, cancer.
06.15.12
Tim Mooney, 53, American drummer (American Music Club, Sun Kil Moon, The Sleepers) and producer. blood clot
06.16.12
Scott Johnson, 33, British drum technician (Radiohead, Keane), accidental crushing.
06.2012
Donna Hilley, 65, American music executive (Sony Music Nashville).
06.25.12
John Koko, 51, American musician (Makaha Sons), heart failure.

JULY
07.09.12
Dennis Flemion, 57, American rock musician (The Frogs), drowned.
07.10.12
Maria Hawkins Cole, 89, American jazz singer, widow of Nat King Cole, cancer
07.16.12
Bob Babbitt, 74, American bass guitarist (The Funk Brothers), brain cancer
Jon Lord, 71, English composer and pianist (Deep Purple), pulmonary embolism.
Kitty Wells, 92, American country music singer, complications after a stroke.
07.24.12
Larry Hoppen, 61, American singer and musician, (Orleans).

07.26.12
Don Bagley, 84, American jazz bassist and composer.
07.31.12
Bill Doss, 43, American rock singer and guitarist (The Olivia Tremor Control, The Apples in Stereo). (death announced on this date)
TonySlyTony Sly, 41, American punk rock singer and guitarist (No Use for A Name) [Pictured]

AUGUST
08.04.12
Johnnie Bassett, 76, American blues musician, cancer.
Jason Noble, 40, American rock guitarist (Rodan, Rachel’s, Shipping News), synovial sarcoma.
Stuart Swanlund, 54, American guitarist (The Marshall Tucker Band), natural causes
Ranking Trevor, 60, Jamaican reggae musician, traffic collision.
08.13.12
Brent Grulke, 52, American creative director of the SXSW music festival, cardiac arrest.
Tom Hofwander, 58, Swedish musician, fall from tour bus.
08.14.12
Bill Tillman, 65, American saxophonist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), injuries from a fall
08.15.12
Bob Birch, 56, American musician (Elton John), suicide by gunshot.
08.17.12
Scott McKenzie, 73, American singer (“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”) and songwriter (“Kokomo”), Guillain–Barré syndrome.
08.30.12
John Stockfish 69, bassist (Gordon Lightfoot)

SEPTEMBER
09.02.12
Mark Abrahamian, 46, American musician (Starship), heart attack
09.05.12
Joe South, 72, American singer-songwriter (“Down in the Boondocks”, “Games People Play”, “Hush”, “Rose Garden”). heart failure.
09.07,12
Dorothy McGuire, 84, American singer (The McGuire Sisters), Parkinson’s disease and dementia
Rollin Sullivan, 93, American country music entertainer (Lonzo and Oscar).
09.08.12
Ryan Fujiki-Hastings, drummer for Candy Bars,a motorcycle accident
09.10.12
Steven Springer, 60, American guitarist and songwriter, (Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, Sanctuary,Tropicooljazz); cancer.
09.11.12
Homer Joy, 67, American songwriter (“Streets of Bakersfield”), complications from heart transplant.
Johnny Perez, 69, American drummer (Sir Douglas Quintet) and songwriter, cirrhosis.
09.15.12
James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, 77, American rhythm and blues singer.
09.19.12
Mat Domber, 84, American jazz producer and co-founder of Arbors Records, cancer.
09.25.12
Billy Barnes, 85, American composer and lyricist (The Billy Barnes Revue), complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Neset Ertas, 74, Turkish folk musician, cancer
Andy Williams, 84, American singer (“Moon River”) and entertainer, bladder cancer.
09.28.12
Eddie Bert, 90, American jazz trombonist.
09.30.12
Raylene Rankin, 52, Canadian singer (The Rankin Family), breast cancer.

OCTOBER
10.02.12
Kazuo Shimada, 58, Japanese drummer. (body discovered on this date)
Big Jim Sullivan, 71, British guitarist, complications of heart disease and diabetes.
10.06.12
Nick Curran, 35, American musician, oral cancer.
10.07.12
Wiley Reed, 68, American-born Australian blues musician, complications from a fall.
10.08.12
John Tchicai, 76, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, brain hemorrhage.
10.14.12
B. B. Cunningham, 70, American musician and vocalist (Jerry Lee Lewis, The Hombres, Ronny & the Daytonas), shooting.
110.15.12
Rick Chadock, White Sister guitarist, cancer
10.18.12
David S. Ware, 62, American jazz saxophonist, complications of a kidney transplant.
10.19.22
Mary Campbell, 78, American music reporter (Associated Press)
10.23.12
Michael Marra, 60, Scottish musician and songwriter, throat cancer.
10.24.12
Bill Dees, 73, American musician and songwriter (“Oh, Pretty Woman”, “It’s Over”), brain tumor.
10.26.12
Jo Dunne, 43, British guitarist (Fuzzbox), cancer.
Louis Nunley, 81, American singer (Anita Kerr, The Jordanaires).
Natina Reed, 32, American singer/rapper (Blaque) and actress (Bring It On), traffic collision.
11.27.12
Terry Callier, 67, American singer-songwriter, cancer.

10.29.12
Joel Burrows, American musician (The Minders, The Thermals), brain injury due to accident.

NOVEMBER
11.1.12
Mitch Lucker, 28, frontman of metal band Suicide Silence, motorcycle accident
11.07.12
Cleve Duncan, 77, American singer (The Penguins)
11.09.12
Major Harris, 65, American R&B singer (“Love Won’t Let Me Wait”), member of The Delfonics, heart and lung failure.
11.11.12
John Napier, American musician (Ethyl Meatplow). (death announced on this date)
11.14.12
Martin Fay, 76, Irish musician (The Chieftains).
11.15.12
Frode Thingnæs, 72, Norwegian jazz musician (“The First Day of Love”, “Mata Hari”), complications from a heart attack.
11.17.12
Billy Scott, 70, American singer, pancreatic and liver cancer (The Prophets)
11.19.12
Pete La Roca, 74, American jazz drummer, cancer.
11.20.12
Michael Dunford, guitarist (Renaissance), cerebral hemorrhage
11.22.12
Frank Barsalona, 74. legendary music agent (Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty,Van Halen)
Austin Peralta, 22, American jazz musician and composer. (death announced on this date)
11.23.12
Frank Dycus, 72, American songwriter (“Gonna Get a Life”, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, “Unwound”).
11.24.12
Chris Stamp, 70, Former Who manager and owner of Track Records
11.25.12
Earl Carroll, 75, American singer (The Cadillacs, The Coasters),
11.27.12
Mickey Baker, 87, American guitarist (Mickey & Sylvia) and songwriter (“Love Is Strange”)


resize_imageDECEMBER

12.05.12
Dave Brubeck, 91, jazz piano legend, heart failure [Pictured]
Sammy Arena, 81, American singer, multiple organ failure.
12.06.12
Ed Cassidy, 89, American drummer (Spiit)
Huw Lloyd Langton, 61, guitatist Hawkwind, cancer
12.12.12
Ravi Shankar, 92, Indian musician, complications from heart surgery.
12.13.12
Eddie “Guitar” Burns, 84, American Detroit blues musician

Willie Ackerman, 73, American drummer (Willie Nelson,
Keith Deen, 56, American rock vocalist for Holy Terror, cancer.
Gil Friesen, 75, American music and film executive, President of A&M Records (1965–1990), leukemia.
12.19.12
Pecker Dunne, 79, Irish musician.
12.20.12
Jimmy McCracklin, 91, American blues musician, diabetes and hypertension.
12.21.12
Lee Dorman, 70, American bass guitarist (Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond), natural causes. (body discovered on this date)
12.22.12
Mike Scaccia, 47, American heavy metal guitarist (Ministry, Rigor Mortis, Revolting Cocks), heart attack.
Marva Whitney, 68, American singer.
12.24.12
Ray Collins, 73, American singer (The Mothers of Invention), cardiac arrest.
12.26.12
Fontella Bass, 72, American singer (“Rescue Me”), complications from a heart attack.
12.29.12
Mike Auldridge, 73, American bluegrass musician (The Seldom Scene), cancer.