Johnny Adams - who scored a US Top 30 hit with "Reconsider Me" in 1969, died of cancer on September 14th, 1998. He was 66
Stuart Adamson - a highly regarded Scottish guitarist who led his band Big Country into Billboard's Top 20 in 1983 with "In A Big Country", committed suicide by hanging himself in a hotel room in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 16th, 2001 at the age of 43
Cannonball Adderley - whose version of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" went to #11 in the US in 1967, died following a stroke on August 8th, 1975. He was 46
Bill Albaugh - drummer for The Lemon Pipers on their 1967 US #1 single "Green Tambourine", died on January 20th, 1999, at the age of 53
Arthur Alexander - a rhythm and blues singer-songwriter who reached #24 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1962 with "You Better Move On", died of a heart attack on June 9th, 1993 at the age of 53. Alexander had his tunes recorded by the Beatles ("Anna"), the Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), Steve Alaimo ("Every Day I Have To Cry") and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown")
Dave Alexander - the original bassist for The Stooges, died of pulmonary edema on February 10th, 1975 at the age of 27, after being admitted to a hospital for pancreatitis
Rex Allen - a musician and actor who had a US Top 20 hit with a song called "Don't Go Near The Indians" in 1962, was killed when he was struck by a car on December 17th, 1999. He was 78
Rod Allen - lead singer of The Fortunes, who reached the US Top 10 in 1965 with "You've Got Your Troubles", died on January 11th, 2008, at the age of 63 after a short battle with liver cancer
Duane Allman - of the Allman Brothers Band was killed in a motorcycle accident on October 29th, 1971, one month before his 25th birthday
Wayne "Tony" Allwine - rhythm guitarist for Davie Allan & The Arrows, passed away at the age of 62 on May 18th, 2009 due to complications from diabetes. The band reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967 with "Blue's Theme", which opened the biker film The Wild Angels. Allwine would later become Disney's official voice of Mickey Mouse and married voice-over actress, Russi Taylor, the official voice of Minnie Mouse
Greg Arama - bassist for The Amboy Dukes on their 1968 hit, "Journey To The Center Of The Mind", was killed in a motorcycle accident on September 18th, 1979. He was 29 years old
Louis Armstrong - led the Billboard Hot 100 with "Hello Dolly" in 1964. Died of heart failure on July 6th, 1971, aged 69
Eddy Arnold - a Country artist who placed four songs on the Billboard Pop chart, including the 1965 #4 hit "Make The World Go Away", died of natural causes on May 8th, 2008, one week before his 90th birthday
Ron Asheton - guitarist and founding member of The Stooges died of natural causes on or about January 1st, 2009, at the age of 60. In 2003, he was named the 29th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine
Scott Asheton - drummer for legendary punk-rock band The Stooges, suffered a fatal heart attack on March 15th, 2014 at age 64.
Nick Ashford - of the duo Ashford and Simpson, died of throat cancer on August 22nd, 2011 at the age of 69. Nick and his partner Valerie Simpson wrote several Motown classics, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand", "You're All I Need To Get By" and many more before having hits of their own with "Found A Cure" in 1979 and "Solid" in 1985
Chet Atkins - legendary session guitarist, died of cancer on June 30th 2001 at the age of 77
Craig Atkinson - drummer for Count Five on their 1966, Top Ten hit "Psychotic Reaction", died on October 13th, 1998, at the age of 50
Paul Atkinson - guitarist for The Zombies, died April 2 nd, 2004, after losing his battle with liver and kidney disease. He was 58. The band's biggest hits included "She's Not There", "Tell Her No" and "Time Of The Season"
Hoyt Axton - an actor / singer / songwriter who is most often remembered for writing Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" and "Never Been To Spain" as well as Ringo Starr's "The No No Song" and The Kingston Trio's "Greenback Dollar", died of a heart attack on October 26th, 1999, at the age of 61
Oz Bach - bassist for Spanky and Our Gang, died of cancer on September 21st, 1998, at the age of 59. The band is most often remembered for their 1967 hit, "Sunday Will Never Be The Same"
Ross Bagdasarian - better known as David Seville, who had a hit with "Witch Doctor" and was the leader of The Chipmunks, died of a heart attack on January 16th, 1972, just days short of his 53rd birthday
LaVern Baker - R&B singer who placed 7 songs in the US Top 40 in the mid-1950s and early 1960s, including "Tweedlee Dee" and "I Cried A Tear", died of heart failure on March 10th, 1997, at the age of 67
Lefty Baker - guitarist who joined Spanky And Our Gang in time to record their U.S. Top 20 hit "Like To Get To Know You" as well as the Top 40 "Give A Damn", died of cirrhosis of the liver on August 11th, 1971, about a year after he left the band. He was 29
"Long John" Baldry - British R&B artist died July 21st, 2005, after battling a chest infection for four months. He was 64. Baldry was one of the founding fathers of British rock'n'roll in the '60s. Eric Clapton has stated many times that he was inspired to pick up the guitar after seeing Baldry perform
Peter Banks - who co-founded Yes with Chris Squire in 1968, passed away on March 8th, 2013 at the the age of 65. Banks played on the band's first two albums, 1969's "Yes" and 1970's "Time and a Word", before being dismissed over disagreements about the group's direction
Florence Ballard - one of the original Supremes, died of a heart attack on February 22nd, 1976 at the age of 32. After being dimissed from the group, Ballard separated from her husband and went on welfare after losing an $8.7 million suit for back royalties against Motown Records
Hank Ballard - placed seven songs in the Top 40 in 1960 and 1961 including "Finger Poppin' Time" and "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go", died of cancer on March 2nd, 2003 at the age of 75
Carlton Barrett - drummer for Bob Marley and the Wailers, was shot and killed outside his home in Kingston, Jamaica on April 17th, 1987. Barrett's widow, her lover and an accomplice were charged with murder two weeks later
Syd Barrett - a founding member and driving force behind Pink Floyd, passed away on July 7th, 2006, at the age of 60. He had dropped out of the group in April of 1968 and by 1974 had turned his back on the music industry completely, choosing to retreat to the cellar of his childhood home in Cambridge where he shunned all contact with the outside world
Fontella Bass - Soul singer who topped the Billboard R&B chart in 1965 with "Rescue Me", died from complications of a heart attack on December 26th, 2012 at the age of 72
Stiv Bators - the lead singer and driving force of the punk rock band The Dead Boys, died in his sleep as the result of a concussion on June 2nd, 1990. He was 40 years old
Clyde "Skip" Batton - of Skip and Flip, died of Alzheimer's disease on July 6th, 2003, at the age of 69. The duo scored a pair of Billboard number eleven hits with "It Was I" and "Cherry Pie"
Earl Beal - of the Philadelphia vocal group, The Silhouettes, died on March 22nd, 2001, at the age of 76. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with "Get A Job"
Cor van Beek - drummer for Shocking Blue on their 1969, number one hit, "Venus", died on April 2nd, 1998. He was 49
John Belushi - died of a drug overdose on March 5th, 1982, at the age of 33. He and his partner Dan Aykroyd placed four songs on The Billboard Top 40, including "Soul Man" in 1979, as The Blues Brothers
Jesse Belvin - who scored a 1956 hit with "Goodnight, My Love", was killed in an auto accident in Hope, Arkansas. His wife and the car's driver also died of their injuries. The three were trying to make a fast get-a-way from the first ever mixed race audience pop concert, in the town of Little Rock, after threats had been made against Belvin's life. The accident remains a contentious point, with many suspecting foul play
Estelle Bennett - one of the Ronettes, the singing trio whose 1963 hit "Be My Baby" epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique of its producer, Phil Spector, was found dead in her Englewood, New Jersey apartment on February 11th, 2009. She was 67
Renaldo "Obie" Benson - bass vocalist for the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops died of lung cancer on July 1st, 2005 at the age of 69
Brook Benton - best remembered for his 1970 hit, "A Rainy Night In Georgia", died of complications from spinal meningitis on April 9th, 1988 at the age of 56
Jan Berry - one-half of the duo of Jan & Dean, died March 26th, 2004, after after suffering a seizure at his home. Together, the pair sold more than 10 million records and placed 14 hits in the U.S. Top Forty. Jan was a week away from his 63rd birthday
Richard Berry - singer / songwriter most often remembered for writing "Louie Louie", died of heart failure on January 23rd, 1997 at the age of 61
Bobby "Blue" Bland - Blues artist who placed three songs on the Billboard Top 40, including 1962's "Turn On Your Love Light", died June 23rd, 2013 at the age of 83
Bill Black - backed Elvis Presley on his early hits before forming Bill Black's Combo and placing 8 hits in the US Top 40, including "White Silver Sands" in 1960, died of a brain tumor on November 21st, 1965. He was 39
Alan Blakely - rhythm guitar player for The Tremeloes who scored a pair of 1967 hits, "Here Comes My Baby" and "Silence Is Golden", died of cancer on June 1st, 1996 at the age of 54
Bobby Bloom - recorded the number 8 hit, "Montego Bay" died of an accidental gun shot wound on February 28th, 1974 at age 28
Mike Bloomfield - lead guitarist for The Electric Flag died of a drug overdose on February 15th, 1981 at the age of 38
Bob Bogle - lead guitarist and co-founder of The Ventures, known for their instrumental hits "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O", died June 14th, 2009. He was 75
Marc Bolan - of T. Rex was killed when the car he was riding in hit a tree on September 16th, 1977, just weeks before his 30th birthday
Trevor Bolder - bassist for Davie Bowie's Spiders From Mars before moving on to Uriah Heep, died of cancer on May 21st, 2013 at the age of 62
Tommy Bolin - the guitarist who took over when Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1975, died from a drug overdose on December 4th, 1976 at the age of 25
John Bonham - 32 year old drummer for Led Zeppelin, passed out and choked to death on his own vomit on September 25th 1980, following an all-day drinking binge. In December of 1980, Led Zeppelin announced they were disbanding, saying they could not continue without Bonham
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner - lead singer of The Ohio Players died on January 26th, 2013 at the age of 69. The band placed eight songs on the Hot 100 between 1973 and 1976, including two number ones, "Fire" in 1974 and "Love Rollercoaster" in 1975
Sonny Bono - of the sixties duo Sonny and Cher died in a skiing accident on January 6th, 1998 at the age of 62
Mike Botts - drummer for the soft rock band Bread, passed away in Burbank, California on December 9th, 2005, one day after his 61st birthday, having suffered from colon cancer
Tommy Boyce - singer / songwriter who teamed up with Bobby Hart on the #8 hit "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" in 1968, died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound on November 23rd, 1994. He was 55
"Little Eva" Boyd - whose version of "The Loco-Motion" went all the way to #1 in the U.S. in 1962, passed away April 10th, 2003, at the age of 59, from cervical cancer
Delaney Bramlett - Rock guitarist who gained renown in the late 1960s as part of the rhythm and blues combo Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, died on December 27th, 2008, following gallbladder surgery. He was 69. Bramlett's backing band would often contain the likes of Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Dave Mason. The ensemble achieved a pair of Billboard Top 40 hits in 1971: "Never Ending Song Of Love" (#13) and "Only You Know And I Know" (#20).
Les Braid - bassist and keyboardist for The Swinging Blue Jeans on their 1964 hit "Hippy Hippy Shake" died of cancer on July 31st, 2005 at the age of 67
Laura Branigan - best known for the Platinum-selling hit "Gloria", 47 year old Laura died suddenly on August 26th, 2004, of a brain aneurysm
Erik Braunn - the lead guitarist on Iron Butterfly's 1968 classic rock anthem "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" died of cardiac arrest Friday, July 25th, 2003. He was 52
Walter Brennan - a well known actor who reached number five on the Hot 100 in 1962 with "Old Rivers", died on September 21st, 1974, at the age of 80
Teresa Brewer - who placed 14 songs on the Billboard Top 40, including the Top 10 hits "A Tear Fell" and "Sweet, Old Fashioned Girl", both in 1956, died of neuromuscular disease on October 17th, 2007. She was 76
Audrey Brickley - of The Orlons, who placed 5 songs in the Billboard Top 20 in the early 1960s, died of acute respiratory distress syndrome on July 3rd, 2005, at the age 58.
Shirley Brickley - of The Orlons was shot to death on October 13th, 1977, by an intruder in her home in Philadelphia. She was 35
Lee Brilleaux - front man and founding member of the UK band Dr. Feelgood, died of lymphoma on April 7th, 1994 at the age of 41. Despite the group's British success, they were unable to find an audience in the United States
Johnny Bristol - a writer and producer for Motown records during the 1960s who had a 1973 hit of his own with "Hang On In There Baby", died of natural causes on March 21st, 2004, at the age of 65
Donnie Brooks - who sang the 1960, Billboard Top 40 hits "Mission Bell" and "Doll House", died of congestive heart failure on February 23rd, 2007. He was 71
Danny Joe Brown - the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died March 10th, 2005 from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. He was 53. Brown was the frontman for the band's self-titled album in 1978, which went platinum. In 1979, the next album, "Flirtin' With Disaster" sold over 2 million copies
James Brown - known by all as the Godfather of Soul, died of pneumonia on December 25th, 2006, at the age of 73. He recorded more than 50 albums and had well over 100 songs that hit the US charts, including "I Got You", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "Cold Sweat" and "Sex Machine"
Dave Brubeck - Jazz pianist and composer who reached the Billboard Top 40 in 1961 with "Take Five", died of heart failure on December 5th, 2012, one day shy of his 92nd birthday
Ola Brunkert - drummer for ABBA on all of their albums died on March 17th, 2008 after he hit his head against a glass door in his dining room, shattering the glass and cutting himself in the neck. He managed to wrap himself with a towel around but collapsed before reaching help. He was 62
Roy Buchanan - a Blues musician and pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan was a both a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career. He was just 48 years old when he was arrested for public intoxication after a domestic dispute and later found hanging in a jail cell on August 14th, 1988
Tim Buckley - a popular performer and song writer during the 1960s and early 70s, died from a drug overdose on June 25th, 1975 at the age of 28
Ronnie Bullis - drummer for The Troggs on their 1966 hit, "Wild Thing", died on November 13th, 1992, of an undisclosed illness at the age of 49
Cornelius Bumpus - who played saxophone for Steely Dan and sang and played sax for The Doobie Brothers, died of a heart attack on February 3rd, 2004, at the age of 58
Clarence Burke - lead singer of The Five Stairsteps, who had a Billboard #8 hit with "O-o-h Child" in 1970, died May 26th, 2013, one day after his 64th birthday
Solomon Burke - a pioneering Soul singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, died October 10th, 2010 at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after a flight from Los Angeles. He was 70 years old
Clive Burr - Iron Maiden's drummer on their first three albums, died in his sleep after a long battle with with multiple sclerosis, on March 12th, 2013. He was 56
Boz Burrell - bass guitarist known for his involvement in King Crimson and Bad Company, died following a heart attack on September 21st, 2006, at the age of 60
Dorsey Burnette - reached number 23 in 1960 with "There Was A Tall Oak Tree", suffered a fatal heart attack on August 19th, 1979. He was 46
Johnny Burnette - best remembered for the hits, "You're Sixteen" and "Dreamin'", drowned after a boating accident on August 14th, 1964 at age 30. His son, Rocky Burnette would have a Top Ten hit in 1980 with "Tired Of Toein' The Line"
Heinz Burt - the bassist for The Tornadoes died on April 7th, 2000, at the age of 57, after a long battle with motor neuron disease. The group's biggest hit was the 1962 instrumental, "Telstar"
Cliff Burton - bass guitarist for Metallica was killed on September 27th, 1986 when the band's tour bus skidded and flipped over in rural southern Sweden. Burton was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him, crushing him to death. He was just 24 years old
Paul Butterfield - who fronted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died of drug-related heart failure, May 4th 1987. He was 45
Floyd Butler - of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack on April 29th, 1990 at the age of 49. The band is most often remembered for two Top Ten hits, "Grazing In The Grass" in 1969 and "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely" in 1970
Glen Buxton - the original lead guitarist for Alice Cooper, died of natural causes on October 19th, 1997, at the age of 49
John Byrne - the lead singer of The Count Five and writer of their 1966 hit "Psychotic Reaction", died on December 15th, 2008, following kidney and liver failure. He was 61
David Byron - former lead singer of the 70's British heavy rock band Uriah Heep, was found dead in his home on February 28th,1985. He was 38
Alan Caddy - guitarist for The Tornados on their 1962 hit "Telstar", passed away on August 16th, 2000, at the age of 60
Randy Cain - a founding member of the Philadelphia Soul group, the Delfonics, who reached the Billboard Top 40 six times, including "La-La Means I Love You" (#4 in 1968) and "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time" (#10 in 1970), died April 9th, 2009. He was 63
Steve Caldwell - sang "Double Shot Of My Baby's Love" with The Swingin' Medallions, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 55
Tommy Caldwell - bassist for The Marshall Tucker band was killed in a car accident on April 28th, 1980. He was just 30 years old
Toy Caldwell - guitarist for The Marshall Tucker band on their 1977 million seller, "Heard It In A Love Song", died in his sleep on February 25th, 1993 at the age of 45
J.J. Cale - Grammy award winning singer / songwriter who scored a Billboard #22 hit in 1972 with "Crazy Mama", suffered a fatal heart attack on July 26th, 2013 at the age of 74. He also penned songs recorded by Waylon Jennings, Poco, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty and Carlos Santana, as well as writing "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton
Randy California - guitarist / singer / songwriter who is best known as the leader of the rock band, Spirit, died tragically on January 2nd, 1997, when he was gripped by an undertow while swimming on the coast of the Hawaiian island of Molokai. His body was lost at sea. Before he died, he was able to save his 12 year-old son, Quinn. His real name was Randy Wolfe, but was given his nickname by Jimi Hendrix. At the time of his death, he was six weeks shy of his 46th birthday
Stephen Canaday - of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils was killed when the vintage WW II plane he was riding in, rolled, inverted and crashed into a tree. The pilot failed to maintain speed which resulted in a stall. The band is most often remembered for the 1975 US #3 single "Jackie Blue".
Jim Capaldi - drummer for Traffic, who released eleven classic rock albums in the late sixties and early seventies, died on January 28th, 2005, after a brief battle with stomach cancer. He was 60
Bob Casale - guitarist for the New Wave band Devo, died of heart failure at the age of 61 on February 17th, 2014
Captain Beefheart - died on December 17th, 2010 of complications from multiple sclerosis at the age of 69. Born Don Van Vliet, he rose to prominence in the 1960s with a unique style of Blues-inspired, experimental Rock 'n' Roll. His "Trout Mask Replica" LP was #58 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Henson Cargill - who reached the top of the Country charts and #25 on the US Pop chart in 1968 with "Skip A Rope", died following complications from surgery on March 24th, 2007 at the age of 66
Eric Carr - who replaced Peter Criss as the drummer for KISS, died November 24th, 1991 in a New York hospital following a cerebral haemorrhage which complicated the cancer he was suffering from. He was 41
Karen Carpenter - died of heart irregularities caused by anorexia nervosa just days before her 33rd birthday on February 4th, 1983
Earl "Speedo" Carroll - lead singer for The Cadillacs on their 1955 hit "Speedoo", died November 24th, 2012 from complications of diabetes. Carroll later sang with The Coasters for about two decades before reuniting with a new incarnation of the Cadillacs.
Johnny Cash - died on September 12th, 2003, due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure. He was 71 years old. Johnny began his career as a rock-a-billy artist at Sun Records, along with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis. After turning his attention to Country music, he went on to win 11 Grammy Awards and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992
June Carter Cash - who accompanied her husband Johnny many of his records, including their 1970, Top 40 Pop hit "If I Were A Carpenter", died of complications following heart valve replacement surgery on May 15th, 2003 at the age of 73
Randy Castillo - best known as Ozzy Osbourne's drummer during the mid 1980s to the early 1990s, and later as drummer for Motley Crue, from 1999-2002, died of cancer on March 26th, 2002. He was 51 years old
Danny Cedrone - the guitarist who played lead on Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock", died following a freak stairway fall on June 18th, 1954, less than a month after the recording session
Chas Chandler - bassist of The Animals and Jimi Hendrix manager, died of an aortic aneurysm on July 17th, 1996 at the age of 57
Harry Chapin - singer / songwriter who recorded "Taxi" was just 38 years old when he was killed in a car accident on July 16th, 1981
Ray Charles - singer / pianist who won twelve Grammy awards and is remembered for hits like "Hit the Road Jack", "What'd I Say" and "Georgia on My Mind", succumbed to complications from liver disease on June 10th, 2004, at the age of 73
Bill Chase - leader of the jazz / rock band Chase was killed in a plane crash in Jackson, Minnesota on August 9th, 1974 at the age of 39. Three members of the band where also killed. Chase reached #34 on the Billboard chart with "Get It On" in 1971
Gary Chester - one of the 20th century's busiest studio drummers, died August 17th, 1987 at the age of 62. During the '50s, '60s and '70s, Gary logged over 15,000 studio sessions and appeared on thousands of tracks, including hundreds of hit records
Alex Chilton - the lead singer for The Box Tops on their Billboard Top Ten hits "The Letter" and "Cry Like A Baby", died after experiencing heart problems on March 17th, 2010. He was 59
Arlester "Dyke" Christian - 28 year old leader of Dyke and the Blazers was shot to death in a bar-room altercation on March 30th, 1971. The shooter was arrainged on murder charges but the case was delayed several times and eventually dismissed because of evidence indicating self-defence. The band reached number 35 in 1969 with "We Got More Soul"
John Cipollina - guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service, died May 29th, 1989 after a lifelong battle with emphysema caught up with him at the age of 45
Gene Clark - lead vocalist of The Byrds, died of a heart attack May 24th 1991 at the age of 49
Dee Clark - best known for his hit "Raindrops" suffered a heart attack and died on December 7th, 1990 at age 52
Dick Clark - who brought Rock 'n' Roll into the homes of millions of viewers on his daytime TV show American Bandstand from 1956 to 1988, suffered a fatal heart attack on April 18th, 2012 at the age of 82
Mike Clark - Owner / Manager of Atlanta's Southern Tracks Recording Studio, died February 1st, 2007 after an 8 month illness. He was 63. For many years he played drums with such popular 1960's artists as Tommy Roe, Billy Joe Royal, Joe South, Ray Stevens and Roy Orbison and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1999
Steve Clark - guitarist for Def Leppard, died from an accidental mixing of prescription drugs and alcohol on January 8th, 1991, at the age of 31
Michael Clarke - drummer for The Byrds and later Firefall, died of liver failure on December 19th, 1993. He was 47 years old
Clarence Clemons - the burly sax player who helped develop Bruce Springsteen's early sound, died June 18th, 2011, just six days after suffering a stroke at his Florida home. He was 69
Patsy Cline - 30 year old country singer who sang "I Fall To Pieces" and "Crazy" was killed when her private plane crashed on March 5th, 1963
Jim Clench - bassist for April Wine on their Billboard #32 hit "You Could Have Been A Lady" in 1972, died of cancer on November 3rd, 2010 at the age of 61
Odia Coates - sang "You're Having My Baby" with Paul Anka, died of breast cancer on May 19th, 1991. She was 49
Ed Cobb - of The Four Preps, died of leukemia on September 19th, 1999, at the age of 61. The group placed seven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1958 and 1961, including "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" and "Big Man"
Eddie Cochran - best known for his 1950's hit, "Summertime Blues", was killed in a car accident on April 17th 1960 at the age of 21
Corrado "Connie" Codarini - an original member of the Canadian vocal group The Four Lads, died of undisclosed causes on April 28th, 2010 at the age of 80. The quartet is most often remembered for their million-selling hits "Moments to Remember", "Standin' On The Corner" and "No, Not Much"
Brian Cole - bass guitarist and vocalist with The Association, died in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose on August 2nd, 1972. He was 28
Nat King Cole - velvet voiced singer who is most often remembered for his hits, "Ramblin' Rose" and "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer", died of lung cancer on February 15th, 1965 at age 47. In all, he placed 28 songs on Billboard's Top 40
G.C. Coleman - drummer for the Washington D.C. based group, The Winstons, who reached #7 on the Billboard Pop chart with "Color Him Father" in 1969, died in September, 2006 at the age of 62. He is also remembered for recording what is known as the "Amen break", a drum solo from the song "Amen, Brother", which has been sampled and used in thousands of hip-hop, pop, drum and bass and jungle tracks
Allen Collins - guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, died of pneumonia on January 23rd, 1990. He was 37
Perry Como - who placed 31 songs in the Billboard Top 40 between 1954 and 1973, including "Catch A Falling Star" and "Hot Diggity", passed away at the age of 88, on May 12th, 2001
Arthur Conley - who recorded the 1967 hit, "Sweet Soul Music" died on November 17th, 2003 at his home in the town of Ruurlo, in the eastern Netherlands. The 57 year old singer had been suffering from intestinal cancer
Brian Connolly - vocalist for Sweet, who reached #3 in 1973 with "Little Willy", died of kidney failure on February 10th, 1997 at the age of 52
"Stompin'" Tom Connors - a Canadian icon who recorded hundreds of songs about his native country, died in his sleep of natural causes on March 6th, 2013 at the age of 77. Hockey fans fondly remember him for "The Hockey Song", played in rinks across North America
Sam Cooke - shot and killed by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles on December 11th, 1964. The manager claimed she acted in self-defence after Cooke raped a 22-year-old woman and then turned to attack her. The shooting was ruled a justifiable homicide. Sam Cooke was one month shy of his 34th birthday
Rick Coonce - drummer for The Grass Roots on their 11 Billboard Top 40 hits, died of heart failure on February 25th, 2011 at the age of 64
Don Cornelius - who helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of Black culture on his TV music show Soul Train, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound on February 1st, 2012 at the age of 75. His show, which ran nationally from 1971 to 2006, introduced the likes of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Barry White to large audiences for the first time
Carter Cornelius - of The Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, died of a heart attack on November 7th, 1991. Their biggest hits were "Too Late To Turn Back Now" and "Treat Her Like a Lady"
Joey Covington - who played with Jefferson Airplane from 1970-72 and later in the offshoot band Hot Tuna, died in a car crash in Palm Springs on June 4th, 2013. He was 67 years old
Barbara Cowsill - vocalist for the family band The Cowsills, who scored a Billboard number two hit with "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" in 1967, died of emphysema on January 31st, 1985, at the age of 54
Barry Cowsill - bass guitarist for The Cowsills, died on or about September 1st, 2005 from injuries believed to be caused by Hurricane Katrina. His body was recovered December 28th, 2005, from the Chartres Street Wharf, New Orleans. He was 51
Bill Cowsill - lead singer for The Cowsills died February 17th, 2006 at the age of 58. He had been suffering from emphysema, osteoporosis and other ailments. News of his death came just after a memorial ceremony honoring his younger brother, Barry
Floyd Cramer - pianist who scored a Top Ten hit with "Last Date" passed away at the age of 64 on December 31st 1997
Tommy Crain - guitarist for The Charlie Daniels band on their Grammy-winning single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and more than twenty albums, died on January 13th, 2011 at the age of 59
Vincent Crane - former keyboardist for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, died on February 14th, 1989 of an overdose of painkillers.
Papa John Creach - a fiddler who first came to the notice of rock fans when he joined Jefferson Airplane from 1970 to 1972. This veteran of jazz and blues groups was in his early 50s while his fellow bandmembers were still approaching 30. He died of heart failure on February 22nd, 1994 at the age of 76
Jim Croce - singer / songwriter who recorded "Operator" and "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" was killed when his chartered plane snagged a pecan tree during takeoff on September 20th, 1973. He was 30 years old
Robbin Crosby - guitarist for the L.A. Hard-Rock group Ratt, who reached the Top 40 twice with "Round And Round" (#12 in 1984) and "Lay It Down" (#40 in 1985), died on June 6th, 2002, two months prior to his 43rd birthday
Chris Curtis - drummer and vocalist for the 1960s pop group The Searchers, passed away on February 28th, 2005 at the age of 63. His band placed seven songs in Billboard's Top 40 including "Love Potion Number Nine" and "Needles And Pins".
King Curtis - legendary session saxophonist who appeared on many hits in the 50's and 60's, including the Coasters' "Yakety Yak", died in a senseless occurrence in front of his home in New York on August 13th, 1971. He had been arguing with a group of men when one pulled out a six-inch dagger and stabbed Curtis in the heart. He was 37
Johnny Cymbal - had a number 16 hit with "Mr. Bass Man" in 1963, died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 48 on March 16th, 1993. He also had a 1969 hit with "Cinnamon", when he was known as "Derek"
Rick Danko - bass player of The Band died in his sleep on December 10th, 1999 at the age of 56
Bobby Darin - actor and singer whose hits included, "Splish Splash" and "Mack The Knife", died Dec. 20th, 1973 after unsuccessful heart surgery at the age of 37
Eugene "Bird" Daughtry - vocalist for The Intruders, who scored a Billboard #6 hit in 1968 with "Cowboys To Girls", died of cancer on December 25th, 1994 at the age of 55
Hal David - lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists, died at the age of 91 on September 1st, 2012.
Clifford Davies - drummer for Ted Nugent who played on his trademark recording "Cat Scratch Fever" was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his suburban Atlanta home on April 13th, 2008. He was 59
Marlena Davis - of The Orlons, lost her battle with lung cancer on February 27th, 1993, at the age of 48
Michael Davis - part of the MC5 line-up who rose to prominence with their blistering sound, epitomised by the 1969 track "Kick Out the Jams", died February 17th, 2012, following treatment for liver disease. He was 68
Paul Davis - who placed 8 songs on the Billboard Top 40 Pop chart, including "I Go Crazy" (#7 in 1977), and "65 Love Affair" (#6 in 1982), suffered a fatal heart attack on April 22nd, 2008 at the age of 60. After his Pop career was over, Davis topped the Country chart with "You're Still New to Me", a duet with Marie Osmond in 1986 and "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love" with Paul Overstreet and Tanya Tucker in 1987
Sammy Davis Jr. - placed 8 songs on the Billboard Top 40 including the #1 hit "Candy Man" in 1972, died of throat cancer on May 16th, 1990. He was 64 years old
Skeeter Davis - who scored two top ten hits in 1963 with "The End Of The World" and "I Can't Stay Mad At You", passed away on September 19th, 2004, after a 16 year battle with cancer. She was 73
Tyrone Davis - best known for his hits "Turn Back The Hands of Time" and "Can I Change My Mind", died February 9th, 2005 in from complications following a stroke. He was 66
Tom Dawes - bassist for The Cyrkle on their two 1966 Billboard Top 20 hits, "Red Rubber Ball" and "Turn Down Day", died on October 13th, 2007, following complications from heart surgery. He was 64
Bobby Day - known for his 1958 hit "Rockin' Robin," died of cancer on July 27th 1990. He was 60
Bill Deal - of Bill Deal & the Rhondels died of a massive heart attack at age 59, on December 10th, 2003. Deal and his eight-member group had five chart hits in 1969 and 1970, including "May I", "I've Been Hurt" and "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am?"
Jimmy Dean - a Country-crossover artist most often remembered for his two US Top Ten hits, "Big Bad John" in 1960 and "P.T. 109" in 1962, died June 13th, 2010 at his home in Varina, Virginia. Along with placing eight songs on Billboard's Top 40 between 1958 and 1976, Dean was also elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in February, 2010
Dave Dee - of the British Pop Rock group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, died following a three year battle with cancer on January 9th, 2009 at the age of 67. In the late '60s the band spent more time in the UK charts than The Beatles, scoring a number one single in 1968 with "The Legend of Xanadu"
Lenny Dee - a solo organist who reached #19 on the Billboard chart in 1955 with the million selling "Plantation Boogie", died February 12th, 2006 at the age of 83. He was a one-time performer with Jimmy Dorsey and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Jack Paar and the Lawrence Welk Show
Tommy Dee - who reached #11 on the Billboard chart in 1959 with "Three Stars", a song dedicated to Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, died January 26th, 2007, at the age of 70, after a long illness
Denis D'ell - lead singer for The Honeycombs on their 1964 hit "Have I The Right", died of cancer on July 6th, 2005 at the age of 61
Brad Delp - the lead singer for the band Boston, was found dead in his home in southern New Hampshire on March 9th, 2007. He was 55
Sandy Denny - English contemporary folk rocker, died of a brain haemorrhage on April 21st, 1978 at the age of 31
Desmond Dekker - Jamaican reggae pioneer, famed for his worldwide hit "The Israelites", died of a heart attack at his home in England, on May 26th, 2006. He was 64
John Denver - starred in "Oh God" with George Burns and recorded a long string of hits that included "Rocky Mountain High", "Sunshine On My Shoulders" and "Country Roads", was killed when the handmade, experimental airplane he was flying, crashed off the coast of Monterey Bay, CA. on October 12th, 1997. He was 53
Robert Lee Dickey - who peformed as Bobby Purify of the '60s Soul duo James And Bobby Purify, died December 29th, 2011 at the age of 72. The pair is most often remembered for their 1966 Billboard Top 10 hit "I'm Your Puppet"
Bo Diddley - born Ellas Bates, he was a founding father of Rock 'n' Roll whose distinctive syncopated rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired thousands of other musicians. He died of heart failure on June 2nd, 2008, at the age of 79
Cheryl Dilcher - a Greenwich Village Folk singer who enjoyed a cult following in the 1970s but failed to find commercial recording success, died on February 26th, 2005 at the age of 58
Mark Dinning - whose only hit, "Teen Angel" was banned by many radio stations who called it "a death disc", died of a heart attack on March 22nd, 1986 at the age of 52
Ronnie James Dio - the powerful voice for Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell, lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67 on May 16th, 2010
Denny Doherty - the angelic voice that carried the '60s folk-pop group the Mamas and the Papas through such memorable hits as "California Dreamin' " and "Monday, Monday", died January 19th, 2007, after suffering an aneurysm in his abdomen. He was 66
Lonnie Donegan - called "the king of skiffle", best known for the top ten hits, "Rock Island Line" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night", died November 3rd 2002, at the age of 71, midway through a UK tour
Ral Donner - often cited for his Elvis-sound-alike voice, he reached the Billboard Top 40 five times between 1961 and 1962, including the #4 hit, "You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)". Donner died of cancer on April 6th, 1984 at the age of 41
Lee Dorman - bassist for the Psychedelic Rock band Iron Butterfly, passed away on December 21st, 2012 at the age of 70. Dorman played on the band's landmark 1968 album, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"
Lee Dorsey - scored a pair of Billboard Top Ten hits with "Ya Ya" (#7 in 1961) and "Working In The Coal Mine" (#8 in 1966), died of emphysema on December 1st, 1986, three weeks shy of his 62nd birthday
Peter Doyle - of The New Seekers, died of cancer on October 13th, 2001, at the age of 52. The group scored two Top 20 hits, "Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma" in 1970 and "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" in 1971
Nick Drake - English singer / songwriter and musician best known for his acoustic songs. Although he failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, Drake's work has grown steadily in stature, to the extent that he is now widely considered one of the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years. The 26 year old musician died on November 25th, 1974, from an overdose of amitriptyline, a type of anti-depressant
Spencer Dryden - drummer for The Jefferson Airplane from 1966 to 1970, passed away on January 10th, 2005, after a brief battle with colon cancer. He was 66
Kevin DuBrow - lead vocalist for Quiet Riot, died November 19th, 2007, at the age of 52. His Heavy Metal band reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983 with "Cum On Feel The Noise" and is often remembered for pushing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" LP out of the top spot with their album "Metal Health"
Cleve Duncan - vocalist for The Penguins on their 1955, Billboard #1 hit, "Earth Angel", passed away on November 7th, 2012, aged 77 years
Donald "Duck" Dunn - bass guitarist for Booker T and the MGs who also played on Otis Redding's "Respect" and Sam And Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'", passed away while touring in Japan on May 13th, 2012 at the age of 70
Ian Dury - English rocker who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s as founder and lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, died of colorectal cancer on March 27th, 2000, just weeks short of his 58th birthday
Willem Duyn - known as Mouth of the Netherlands' duo of Mouth And MacNeal, died of a heart attack on December 4th, 2004, at the age of 67. The pair are most often remembered for their 1972, US Top Ten hit, "How Do You Do"
Bernie Dwyer - drummer for Freddie and The Dreamers, died on December 4th 2002 at the age of 62
Ronnie Dyson - who had a Top Ten hit in 1970 with "Why Can't I Touch You", died of heart failure and lung disease on November 10th, 1990. He was just 40 years old
Linda Eastman - wife of Paul McCartney and member of Wings, died of breast cancer on April 17th, 1998 at the age of 56
Jerry Edmonton - drummer for Steppenwolf during their hit making years, was killed in a car crash, not far from his Santa Barbara, California home on November 28th, 1993. He was 47
Kenny Edwards - an original member of the Country / Rock band The Stone Poneys, died of cancer at the age of 64 on August 18th, 2010. The group, lead by vocalist Linda Ronstadt, reached #13 in late 1967 with "Different Drum"
Mike Edwards - founding member of The Electric Light Orchestra was killed on September 3rd, 2010 while driving in southwest England when a 600-kilogram bale of hay rolled down a field and crushed his van. The 62-year-old cellist died instantly
Raymond Edwards - of the Philadelphia vocal group, The Silhouettes, died on March 4th, 1997, at the age of 74. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with "Get A Job"
Tommy Edwards - best remembered for his number one 1958 hit "It's All In The Game" passed away on October 23rd, 1969, at the age of 47 after suffering a brain aneurysm
Duke Ellington - jazz band leader, died of cancer on May 24th, 1974 at the age of 75
Mama Cass Elliot - of The Mamas and Papas, succumbed to a heart attack on July 29th, 1974
John Entwistle - bassist for The Who, died of a heart attack on June 27th, 2002 at the age of 57
Brian Epstein - the manager of The Beatles who took the band from a quartet of rough-necks to being "the most successful rock band in history" in just over two years, died of a drug overdose on August 27th, 1967, three weeks short of his 33rd birthday
Howie Epstein - played bass for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers for 20 years and 12 albums, died of complications due to presciption drug use on February 23rd, 2003 at the age of 47
Janet Ertel - of The Chordettes, died of cancer on November 22nd, 1988, at the age of 75. The group made the Billboard chart nine times between 1954 and 1961 with songs such as "Mr. Sandman" and "Lollipop"
Coke Escovedo - an American percussionist who played for Santana, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, as well as forming the band Azteca, died July 13th, 1986, at the age of 45
Chris Ethridge - bassist and co-founder of The Flying Burrito Brothers passed away on April 23rd, 2012 at the age of 65
Tom Evans - of Badfinger, died November 19th, 1983 at the age of 36. Like his bandmate, Pete Ham, Evens also hanged himself
Betty Everett - best remembered for her 1964 hit, "The Shoop Shoop Song", was found dead at her home in Beloit, Wisconsin on August 19th, 2001. She was 61
Phil Everly - of The Everly Brothers died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on January 3rd, 2014 at the age of 74. Along with his brother, Phil, the Everlys placed 27 singles on the Billboard Top 40, including 12 Top 10 hits between 1957 and 1967
Norm Ezell - guitarist for Five Americans on their 1967 hit "Western Union" died of cancer on May 8th, 2010 at the age of 68
Adam Faith - was one of England's major pop stars in the early 1960s and enjoyed a run of eleven British Top 20 hits prior to the arrival of the Beatles. He suffered a fatal heart attack on March 8th, 2003 at the age of 62
Percy Faith - led his orchestra to the top of the US chart with "Theme From A Summer Place" in 1960, died of cancer on February 9th, 1976. He was 62
Leroy Fann - of Ruby and The Romantics died in November, 1973, at the age of 37
Pete Farndon - bassist for The Pretenders on their US Top 20 hits "Brass In Pocket" (1980) and "Back On The Chain Gang" (1983), died of a drug overdose on April 14th, 1983. He was 30 years old
Edward Farran - of The Arbors, died of kidney failure on January 2nd, 2003, at the age of 64. The group reached number 20 on the Billboard chart in 1969 with their version of "The Letter"
Bobby Farrel - vocalist for Boney M, who topped the charts with "By the Rivers of Babylon" in 1978, died of natural causes on December 30th, 2010 at the age of 61
Danny Federici - the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen, whose stylish work helped define the E Street Band's sound on hits from "Hungry Heart" through "The Rising", died of cancer on April 17th, 2008. He was 58
Freddy Fender - The Tex-Mex hitmaker, known for such '70s jukebox standards as "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" died October 14th, 2006, of complications from lung cancer, at the age of 69
Manuel Fernandez - founding member and organist for Los Bravos on their 1966 hit "Black Is Black", committed suicide on May 20th, 1967. He was just 23 years old
Richard "Dimples" Fields - an American Soul singer most often remembered for his 1982 hit, "If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another", which reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #47 on the Hot 100, died following a stroke on January 12th, 2000. He was 58
Doug Fieger - the lead singer for The Knack on their 1979 hit "My Sharona", died February 14th, 2010, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 57
Mickey Finn - drummer for T Rex, died of kidney and liver problems on January 11th, 2002, at the age of 55. The band reached #10 in the US with "Bang A Gong" in 1972 and had over 20 other UK top 40 singles
Dave Fisher - who formed The Highwaymen with four university pals in the late 1950s, died at the age of 69 after a battle with a bone marrow disorder on May 7th, 2010. The quartet topped the Billboard chart in 1961 with "Michael (Row The Boat Ashore)"
Eddie Fisher - whose 11 Billboard Top 40 hits were often eclipsed by his scandalous personal life with Elizabeth Taylor, died of complications from hip surgery on September 22nd, 2010 at the age of 82. He cracked the Top Ten with "Count Your Blessings" (#5 in 1955), "Heart" (#6 in 1956) and "Dungaree Doll" (#7 in 1956) and was also the father of Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy
Miss Toni Fisher - sang the number 3 hit "The Big Hurt" in 1959, died of a heart attck on February 12th, 1999 at age 67
Charles Fizer - of the R&B vocal group, The Olympics, who achieved a Top 10 hit in 1958 with "Western Movies", was killed during a race riot on August 14th, 1965. He was just 25 years old
Danny Flores - who played saxophone on The Champs' 1958, number one hit, "Tequila" passed away on September 19th, 2006 at the age of 77
Dan Fogelberg - singer / songwriter whose hits "Longer", "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the Soft Rock era of the '70s and '80s, died on December 16th, 2007 after a three year battle with prostate cancer. He was 56
Tom Fogerty - guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival, died on Sept 6th, 1990 of respiratory failure at the age of 48
Charlie Foxx - guitarist and vocalist who teamed up with his sister Inez on the 1963 Billboard #7 hit "Mockingbird", died of leukemia on September 18th, 1998. He was 68
Melvin Franklin - singer for the Temptations died of a brain seizure on February 23rd, 1995, at the age of 52
Alan 'Fluff' Freeman - One of the UK's most popular radio broadcasters, died after a short illness on November 27th 2006, at the age of 79
Alan Freed - disc jockey who is often credited with popularizing the phrase "rock and roll" in the mid 1950s, died of cirrhosis of the liver on Jan. 20th, 1965 at the age of 43
Billy Fury - British rock-a-billy artist who scored a major hit in Great Britain in 1961 with "Halfway To Paradise". He was a major star in his homeland, but couldn't catch the break he needed to become a part of the "British Invasion". Billy died from heart and kidney problems on January 27th, 1983 at the age of 42
Bobby Fuller - 24 year old leader of The Bobby Fuller Four who scored a huge hit with "I Fought The Law", was found on the front seat of his mother's Oldsmobile, parked outside of a Los Angeles apartment building on July 18th, 1966. His death was ruled accidental even though gasoline was found on his body and in his lungs
Annette Funicello - who had two US Top 10 singles: "Tall Paul" in 1959 and "O Dio Mio" in 1960, died from complications of multiple sclerosis on April 8th, 2013 at the age of 70. She rose to fame for her TV role on The Mickey Mouse Club and continued her acting career into her adult life, which included six Beach Party movies with Frankie Avalon
Johnny Funches - who wrote and sang lead on The Dells' 1956 million seller, "Oh What A Night", passed away on January 23rd, 1998 at the age of 62
Cassie Gaines - background singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd was killed on October 20th, 1977 when a plane carrying the band crashed into the Mississippi swamp lands, the result of a tragic pilot error. She was 29
Steve Gaines - guitarist who joined Lynyrd Skynyrd when Ed King left the band, was killed on October 20th, 1977 in the plane crash that also took the life of his sister Cassie and Ronnie Van Zandt. Steve Gaines was 28
Rory Gallagher - an Irish blues / rock guitarist best known for his tenure in Taste and his solo work, died of liver failure on June 14th, 1995 at the age of 47
Mike Gannon - Electric Prunes guitarist on their 1967 hit, "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night", died of a gunshot wound while on R&R in Hawaii after a tour of duty in Vietnam in the early 70s.
Mary Ann Ganser - of The Shangri-Las, died of encephalitis in 1971, at the age of 23. Her twin sister and bandmate, Marge, developed breast cancer and passed away in 1996, at the age of 48. The girls sang back-up vocals on the rock rebel classic, "Leader Of The Pack"
Carl Gardner - the lead singer of The Coasters on their pioneering Rock 'n' Roll hits "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown", "Poison Ivy" and "Searchin'" died June 12th, 2011 at the age of 83. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's and congestive heart failure
Frankie Garcia - lead singer for Cannibal and the Headhunters on their 1965, Top 30 hit "Land Of 1000 Dances" died on January 21st, 1996, at the age of 49
Jerry Garcia - leader of The Grateful Dead, died of a heart attack on August 9th, 1995, at the age of 53
Freddie Garrity - the lead singer of the 1960s pop band Freddie and the Dreamers died on May 19th, 2006, at the age of 65, after receiving treatment for what were described as "circulation problems"
Bruce Gary - drummer for The Knack on their multi-million selling hit "My Sharona" died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma on August 22nd, 2006. He was 54
Danny Gatton - who was ranked 63rd on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time in 2003, locked himself in his garage in Newburg, Maryland and shot himself with no explanation on October 4th, 1994. He was 49
Marvin Gaye - shot and killed by his father during a family dispute, April 1st, 1984, one day short of age 45
Lowell George - slide guitarist who left The Mothers of Invention to form Little Feat, died of a massive heart attack, June 29, 1979, at the age of 34
Samuel George Jr. - lead singer of the Capitols, who had a 1966 hit with "Cool Jerk", died in Detroit after being stabbed with a knife during a family argument on March 17th, 1982. He was 39 years old
Andy Gibb - solo artist and brother of The Bee Gees died at the age of 30, on March 10th, 1988 of an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a viral infection
Maurice Gibb - of The Bee Gees, brother of Barry Gibb and twin of Robin Gibb, died on January 12th, 2003 of a heart attack, following an operation for the removal of an intestinal blockage. He was 53
Robin Gibb - of The Bee Gees passed away on May 20th, 2012 at the age of 62 after battling colon and liver cancer. His vocals were featured on the hits "Massachusetts", "I Started a Joke", "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "Holiday"
Michael Gibbins - drummer for Badfinger on their hits "Come And Get It","Day After Day" and "No Matter What", died in his sleep on October 4th, 2005, at the age of 56
Don Gibson - died of natural causes on November 17th, 2003 at the age of 75. Mainly known as a Country artist, he also placed four songs on the US Pop charts, including the #7 single "Oh Lonesome Me" in 1958 and "Sea Of Heartbreak", #21 in 1961
Keith Godchaux - played keyboards for The Grateful Dead from late 1971 to early 1979, was killed in a car accident on July 23rd, 1980, four days after his 32nd birthday
Andrew Gold - who reached #7 in the U.S. in 1977 with "Lonely Boy" and #25 a year later with "Thank You For Being A Friend", died of cancer on June 3rd, 2011. Along with his solo career, he also arranged songs for and performed on several Linda Rondstadt albums, including "Heart Like a Wheel" and did session work for James Taylor and Carly Simon
Eydie Gorme - a popular nightclub and television singer most often remembered for her 1963 #7 Billboard hit, "Blame It On The Bossa Nova", died August 10th, 2013 at the age of 84. She also reached the Hot 100 six other times between 1956 and 1964
Robert Goulet - although seldom thought of a Rock or Pop singer, he did reach the Billboard Top 20 in 1964 with a song called "My Love, Forgive Me". Goulet died on October 30th, 2007, while awaiting a lung transplant after being diagnosed with a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 73
John Fred Gourrier - who led John Fred and his Playboy Band to Billboard's #1 spot in December 1967 with "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" - died April 15th, 2005, after a long bout with kidney disease. He was 63
Bill Graham - rock promoter who owned the legendary Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York was killed in a helicopter crash on October 26th, 1991. He was 60 years old
Jim Grant - bassist for Five Americans on their 1967 hit "Western Union" passed away on November 29th, 2004
Marshall Grant - who played bass for Johnny Cash from 1954 to 1980, passed away on August 7th, 2011 at the age of 83. After his time with The Man In Black, Grant managed The Statler Brothers until they retired in 2002 and later wrote an autobiography entitled I Was There When It Happened
Dobi Gray - soul singer who reached #13 in 1965 with "The In Crowd" and #5 in 1973 with "Drift Away", died December 6th, 2011 at the age of 71 from complications following cancer surgery
Les Gray - vocalist most often remembered for his work with the UK band Mud, died on February 21st, 2004, following a heart attack. The group topped the UK chart three times with "Lonely This Christmas", "Tiger Feet" and "Oh, Boy!"
R.B. Greaves - R&B singer who scored a #2 hit in 1969 with the infectious break-up song "Take a Letter, Maria," died September 27th, 2012. He was 68
Rick Grech - bassist with Blind Faith, died of drug related causes in 1990
James Griffin - a founding member of the 70s soft rock group Bread, died of lung cancer on January 11th, 2005, at the age of sixty-one
Rob Grill - lead singer and bassist for the 1960s rock band The Grass Roots, whose hits included "Midnight Confessions", "Temptation Eyes" and "Let's Live for Today", died July 11th, 2011 after suffering a head injury from a fall caused by a stroke. He was 67
Dave Guard - of The Kingston Trio, died of lymphoma on March 22nd, 1991, at the age of 56. The Trio landed ten songs in the Top 40 between 1958 and 1963, including "Tom Dooley" and "Reverend Mr. Black"
Cornelius Gunter - of The Coasters ("Charlie Brown", "Yakety Yak") was shot to death on February 26th, 1990, at the age of 51
James Gurley - the lead guitarist for Big Brother and the Holding Company, died December 20th, 2009 in a Palm Springs Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 69. His distinctive style can be heard on songs such as "Piece of My Heart", "Summertime" and "Ball and Chain"
Billy Guy - of The Coasters died of a heart attack on November 5th, 2002. He was 66
Ed Guzman - percussionist for Rare Earth ("Get Ready" - 1970), died on July 29th, 1993
Bill Haley - who helped start the early 50's rock and roll movement, died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on February 9th, 1981 at age 55
Malcolm Hale - of Spanky and Our Gang, died of liver failure on October 31st, 1968, at the age of 27. The group placed five songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1967 and 1968, including "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" and "Lazy Day"
Greg Ham - whose catchy flute solo is featured on Men At Work's hit "Down Under" was found dead at his home in Melbourne, Australia on April 19th, 2012. He was 58
Peter Ham - singer / guitarist for Badfinger, committed suicide on April 23rd, 1975. He was reported to be deeply depressed by financial problems the group was having. He was 27 years old
Dan Hamilton - of the soft rock trio Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, suffered a stroke and died on December 23rd, 1994
Roy Hamilton - who took "Unchained Melody" into Billboard's Top 10 in 1955, suffered a stroke and died on July 20th, 1969, at the age of 40. Roy also had Top 20 hits with "Don't Let Go" in 1958 and "You Can Have Her" in 1961
Marvin Hamlisch - who had a giant hit record with an instrumental called "The Entertainer" in 1974, died August 6th, 2012 at the age of 68 after a brief, unspecified illness
Ronnie Hammond - lead singer of The Atlanta Rhythm Section died of heart failure on March 14th, 2011 at the age of 60
Tim Hardin - singer / songwriter who is best remembered for "If I Were A Carpenter" died of a drug overdose on December 29th, 1980. He was 39
Slim Harpo - sang the 1966 hit "Baby, Scratch My Back", suffered a fatal heart attack on January 31st, 1970 at the age of 46
Dan Hartman - a former member of The Edgar Winter Group ('72 - '76) who went on to a successful solo career highlighted by 1984's "I Can Dream About You", died of a brain tumor on March 22nd, 1994, just three months after his 43rd birthday
Addie "Micki" Harris - of The Shirelles, died of a heart attack after a performance in Atlanta, Georgia on June 10th, 1982. She was 42
Major Harris - who reached #5 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1975 with "Love Won't Let Me Wait", died from congestive heart and lung failure on November 9th, 2012 at the age of 65
Otis "Damon" Harris - who joined The Tempataions when Eddie Kendricks left in 1972, died of prostate cancer on February 18th, 2013 at the age of 62. He sang on the hits "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "Take a Look Around" and "Masterpiece" and helpd the group win three Grammy Awards
Richard Harris - actor / singer who took "MacArthur Park" to number 2 in the US in 1968, died of cancer on October 25th, 2002. He was 72
Terence "Jet" Harris - bass guitarist for The Shadows, died from throat cancer on March 18th, 2011. He was 71. Jet played on the hit "Apache" and, during their days as Cliff Richard's backing band, performed on the chart-topper "Living Doll". In 1962 he left the band and had solo hits with "Besame Mucho" and "The Man With The Golden Arm"
Thurston Harris - recorded the Top Ten hit "Little Bitty Pretty One" in 1957, died of a heart attack on April 14th, 1990 at the age of 58
George Harrison - The Beatles' lead guitarist lost his battle with cancer at the age of 58, on November 29th, 2001
Wilbert Harrison - who scored a 1959 chart-topper with "Kansas City", died of a stroke on October 26th, 1994 at the age of 65
John Hartford - the songwriter who wrote Glen Campbell's hit "Gentle On My Mind" and recorded a catalog of more than 30 albums, winning Grammy awards in three different decades, died on June 4th 2001, after a long battle with non-hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 63
Alex Harvey - leader of the 1970s glam rockers, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, died on the eve of his 47th birthday, February 4th, 1982, after suffering two heart attacks
Bobby Hatfield - of The Righteous Brothers, died November 5th, 2003, at the age of 63. His was the voice that was featured on the 1965 hit, "Unchained Melody"
Donny Hathaway - who achieved his greatest commercial success as Roberta Flack's duet partner on 1972's R&B chart topper, "Where Is the Love?" He was found dead on the sidewalk below the 15th-floor window of his New York apartment, a victim of an apparent suicide at the age of 33
Richie Havens - who rose to fame as the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, died following a heart attack on April 22nd, 2013 at the age of 72. During his lengthy career he scored just one Billboard Top 40 hit, a cover of George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun" which reached #16 in 1971
Dale Hawkins - a Rockabilly artist most often remembered for his 1957 hit "Susie-Q", lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 73 on February 14th, 2010
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - died of a haemorrhage in a Paris hospital on February 12th, 2000, at the age of 70. He is most often remembered for his 1956, US Top 40 hit "I Put a Spell on You", which has been selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll
Isaac Hayes - the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician who is most often remembered for his Grammy Award winning, 1971 Billboard #1 hit "Theme From Shaft" died August 10th, 2008, at the age of 65. His lush arrangements are credited for laying the groundwork for Disco and urban-contemporary music
Richie Hayward - drummer and co-founder of Little Feat passed away at the age of 64 on August 12th, 2010 after contracting pneumonia as he battled liver cancer
Eddie Hazel - a guitarist in early Funk music in the United States who played lead guitar with Parliament-Funkadelic, died at the age of 42 on December 23rd, 1992, from internal bleeding and liver failure . He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997
Lee Hazlewood - producer, songwriter and duet partner of Nancy Sinatra, died on August 4th, 2007 after a three-year battle with renal cancer. He was 78. Along with writing Nancy's hit "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" Hazlewood also shared the mic with her on the US Top 40 hits "Some Velvet Morning" and "Jackson"
Bobby Hebb - whose 1966 classic "Sunny" reached #2 on the Billboard Pop chart, died of lung cancer on August 3rd, 2010. He was 72
Levon Helm - drummer for The Band who sang lead vocals on "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up on Cripple Creek", died of throat cancer on April 19th, 2012 at the age of 71
Bobby Helms - best known for his perennial Christmas hit, "Jingle Bell Rock", died of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana on June 19th, 1997. He was 63
Billy Henderson - of The Spinners, who placed 18 songs on Billboard's Top 40, including 7 Top 10 hits, passed away of Feb 2nd, 2007 from complications of diabetes. He was 67
Jimi Hendrix - died September 18th, 1970 from what the coroner's report called 'inhalation of vomit after barbiturate intoxication'. He was 27
Jim Henson - the creator of The Muppets, scored two US Top 30 hits with "Rubber Duckie" in 1970 and "Rainbow Connection" in 1979, died of a sudden virus on May 16th, 1990, at the age of 53
Ray Herr - guitarist for The Ides Of March on their 1970 hit "Vehicle", died on March 29th, 2011, of esophageal cancer at age 64
Bob "The Bear" Hite - vocalist for Canned Heat, died of a heart attack in Venice, California on April 6th, 1981. The 36 year old weighed nearly 300 pounds at the time of his death
Randy Hobbs - bassist for The McCoys on their 1965 hit, "Hang On Sloopy", passed away on August 5th, 1993, at the age of 45
Jim Hodder - the original drummer for Steely Dan drowned in his swimming pool on June 5th, 1990. He was 42. Jim worked on the "Can't Buy a Thrill" and "Countdown to Ecstasy" albums as well as part of "Pretzel Logic". After leaving Steely Dan in 1974, he continued working as a session musician for other acts, including Sammy Hagar and David Soul
Ron Holden - R&B singer who reached #7 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1960 with "Love You So", suffered a fatal heart attack on January 1st, 1997, at the age of 57
Loleatta Holloway - best known for the 1980 Disco hit "Love Sensation", died of heart failure on March 21st, 2011 at the age of 64
Buddy Holly - died when his chartered plane crashed shortly after takeoff on February 3rd, 1959. He was just 22 years old
John Lee Hooker - a legendary blues pioneer who had recorded an estimated 100 albums, died of natural causes at his Los Altos home, June 21st, 2001 at the age of 83
Nicky Hopkins - an English session pianist who was featured on many of the most important British and American Rock recordings of the 1960s and 1970s, died on February 12th, 1994 of complications from intestinal surgery. He was 50 years old
Larry Hoppen - who co-founded the 1970s Pop / Rock group Orleans and sang lead on their hits "Still the One", "Dance With Me" and "Love Takes Time", died July 24th, 2012 at the age of 61
Gladys Horton - whose lead vocals helped The Marvelettes establish their career with such hits as "Mr. Postman", "Playboy" and "Beechwood 4-5789", died following a stroke on January 26th, 2011 at the age of 66
Johnny Horton - country singer who hit the Billboard Pop chart with "The Battle Of New Orleans" (#1), "Sink The Bismarck" (#3) and "North To Alaska" (#4) died in a car accident on November 5th, 1960. He was just 35
William Horton - of the Philadelphia vocal group, The Silhouettes, died on January 23rd, 1995, at the age of 65. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with "Get A Job"
Mike Hossack - drummer for The Doobie Brothers on their hits "Blackwater", "Listen to the Music" and "China Grove, died of cancer at the age of 65 on March 12th, 2012. He left the band in 1973, but returned in 1987 to record the albums "Cycles", "Brotherhood" and 2010's "World Gone Crazy"
Whitney Houston - whose majestic voice helped her place 32 songs on the Billboard Pop chart between 1985 and 2001, passed away at the age of 48 on February 11th, 2012
Alphonso Howell - of The Sensations, who reached #4 in 1962 with "Let Me In", died on May 7th, 1998, at the age of 61
Pookie Hudson - lead singer and songwriter for the doo wop group The Spaniels, who lent his romantic tenor to hits like "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and influenced generations of later artists, died of complications from cancer of the thymus on January 16th, 2007, at the age of 72
Gene Hughes - lead singer of The Casino's on their #6, 1967 hit, "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", passed away February 3rd, 2004, just one week before a fundraising concert was to be held in Nashville to help pay for his medical and hospital expenses. He was 67 years old
Glen Hughes - the moustachioed, leather-clad biker of The Village People, died of lung cancer on March 4th, 2001
Anita Humes - lead singer for The Essex on their 1963 hits "Easier Said Than Done" (#1) and "A Walkin' Miracle" (#12), passed away on May 30th, 2010 at the age of 69
Ivory Joe Hunter - died on November 8th, 1973 of lung cancer at the age of 60. Hunter was best known for his R&B hits, "Since I Lost You Baby", "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "I Need You So"
Joe Hunter - of The Funk Brothers was found dead in his Detroit apartment on Februay 2nd, 2007. The 79 year old pianist had just returned five days earlier from a European tour with fellow band member Jack Ashford
Ferlin Husky - a Country-music entertainer who reached the Billboard Top 40 twice with "Gone" (#4 in 1957) and "Wings of a Dove" (#12 in 1960) died of heart related problems on March 17th, 2011 at the age of 85
Michael Hutchence - the 37-year-old lead singer of INXS was found dead in his room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Double Bay, Sydney on the morning of November 22nd 1997. The New South Wales coroner determined that Hutchence's death was the result of suicide, although some who were close to him believe he may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation
Rick Huxley - bassist for The Dave Clark Five during their British Invasion hit making years, passed away on February 11th, 2013 at the age of 72
Marvin Inabnett - of The Four Preps, died of a heart attack on March 7th, 1999, at the age of 60. The group placed seven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1958 and 1961, including "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)", a number 2 hit in 1958
Luther Ingram - the Soul singer who reached #3 on the Billboard Pop chart with his hit "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" and wrote the Staple Singers' hit "Respect Yourself", died of a heart attack on March 19th, 2007. He was 69
Marvin Isley - who joined The Isley Brothers in 1973, in time to record their huge hit, "Who's That Lady", died of undisclosed causes on June 6th, 2010. He was 56
O'Kelly Isley - of The Isley Brothers died of a heart attack on March 31st, 1986, at the age of 48
Steve Jablecki - singer and guitarist for the L.A. group, Wadsworth Mansion, who reached #7 in the US with "Sweet Mary" in 1971, died on April 14th, 2005, at the age of 59
Al Jackson Jr. - drummer and founding member of Booker T. & The MG'S was murdered in his home by an unknown assailant on October 1st, 1975. He was 39
Doris Kenner-Jackson - of the Shirelles, whose soaring harmonies can be heard on "Soldier Boy" and a number of other hits in the early 1960s, died of breast cancer on Feb. 4th, 2000 at age 58
Michael Jackson - the self-proclaimed "King Of Pop" who sold millions of records while collecting 13 Grammy Awards and the hearts of adoring fans around the world, died June 25th, 2009 at the age of 50
Pervis Jackson - bass vocalist and original member of the Motown group The Spinners, died of cancer on August 18th, 2008 at the age of 70. The band had a series of hits in the 1970s, including "Rubber Band Man", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" and "I'll Be Around"
Tony Jackson - bass player for The Searchers, a Liverpool band best known for the 1964 song "Needles and Pins", died August 18th, 2003 of cirrhosis of the liver. He was 63
Etta James - most often remembered for her signature song, "At Last", which reached number 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 47 on the Hot 100, died from complications of leukemia at the age of 73 on January 20th, 2012. She also placed nine other songs in the American Top 40, won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993
Rick James - most often remembered for the 1981, #16 hit "Super Freak", died on August 6th, 2004, at the age of 56. An autopsy revealed that there were at least nine drugs in his system including cocaine, valium, vicodin, and methamphetamine. Because none of the substances were found in lethal quantities, his death was ruled as accidental
Waylon Jennings - a member of Buddy Holly's band who gave up his plane seat to The Big Bopper just moments before their doomed flight took off. He went on to become a major Country star and died of diabetes on February 13th, 2002. He was 64
Little Willie John - died in prison under mysterious circumstances on March 26th, 1968, after being convicted of manslaughter two years earlier. He had fourteen hits on the R&B charts and the same number on the Pop charts, including "Fever", "Sleep", and "Talk To Me, Talk To Me"
Sammy Johns - most often remembered for his 1975, Billboard #5 hit, "Chevy Van", died on January 4th, 2013, at the age of 66
Claude Johnson - "Juan" of Don and Juan, who reached number 7 with "What's Your Name" in 1962, died on October 31st, 2002, at the age of 67
General Norman Johnson - the lead singer of the Chairmen Of The Board passed away on October 13th, 2010 at the age of 67. The Detroit vocal quartet placed four songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Give Me Just A Little More Time", a number 3 hit in 1970
Johnnie Johnson - a rock 'n' roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck Berry on "Roll Over Beethoven" and "No Particular Place to Go", died of natural causes on April 15th, 2005 at the age of 80
Marv Johnson - R&B artist who reached the Hot 100 nine times, including two Top 10 hits in 1960; "You Got What It Takes" and "I Love The Way You Love" - died following a stroke on May 16th, 1993
Barbara Lee Jones - of the mid-60s girl group, The Chiffons, ("He's So Fine") died of a heart attack on May 15th, 1992. She was 44
Billy Jones - vocalist and guitarist for The Outlaws died of a self inflicted gun shot wound on February 7th, 1995 at the age of 45. The band's biggest hit was "Ghost Riders in the Sky", which rose to #31 on the Billboard chart in 1980
Brian Jones - the original lead guitarist of The Rolling Stones, drowned in his swimming pool on July 3rd, 1969
Davy Jones - of the made-for-TV group The Monkees suffered a fatal heart attack on February 29th, 2012 at the age of 66
Joe Jones - a musician-turned producer who sang the 1961 Billboard #3 hit "You Talk Too Much" and went on to become an independent music publisher and advocate for black artists' rights, died on November 27 th, 2005. He was 79
Joesph Jones Jr. - known as "Little Joe" of the group The Tams died of pancreatic cancer on December 31st, 2010 at the age of 64. Although he joined the band eight years after their Billboard Top Ten hit "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am", Jones stayed with the group for 36 years before retiring in 2008
Mickey Jones - original bassist and founding member of the '70s rock band Angel, passed away on September 5th, 2009 after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 57
Will "Dub" Jones - of The Coasters ("Charlie Brown") died on January 16th, 2000. He was 71
Janis Joplin - died on October 4th, 1970 from an overdose of heroin at age 27
Don Julian - who lead The Larks on their 1964 #7 hit "The Jerk", died of pneumonia on November 6th, 1998
Marvin Junior - vocalist for The Dells who co-wrote their first hit, "Oh, What a Nite", died from kidney and heart problems on May 29th, 2013 at the age of 77. He was with the group for 57 years.
Hal Kalin - of The Kalin Twins, who are most often remembered for their 1958 million seller, "When", died on August 24th, 2005, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 71
Herbie Kalin - of The Kalin Twins, who reached Billboard's #5 spot with "When" and #12 with "Forget Me Not" in 1958, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 72 on July 21st, 2006
Arthur Kane - best known as the bassist for the pioneering glam punk band the New York Dolls, died of leukemia on July 13th, 2004, at the age of 55
Terry Kath - guitarist with Chicago, accidentally shot and killed himself with a pistol on January 23rd, 1978, eight days short of his 32nd birthday
Ernie K-Doe - remembered for his 1961 novelty hit, "Mother-In-Law", died of liver failure on July 5th, 2001 at the age of 65
Murray "The K" Kaufman - pioneer rock and roll disc jockey, died of cancer at the age of 60 on February 21st, 1982
Harvey Kaye - keyboard player for Spiral Starecase on their 1969 hit "More Today Than Yesterday", suffered a fatal heart attack on August 17, 2008, just five days before his 70th birthday
John "Speedy" Keene - vocalist and drummer for Thunderclap Newman, died on March 21st, 2002, at the age of 56. The band's biggest hit came in 1969 with "Something In The Air"
Wells Kelly - drummer for Orleans on their hits "Still The One" and "Love Takes Time" died on October 29th, 1984. He was found laying on his back, asphyxiated, in front of the front door of where he was staying while on tour with Meatloaf. He was 35
Eddie Kendricks - formerly of the Temptations before launching a solo career, died of lung cancer on October 5th, 1992, at the age of 52
Chris Kenner - who reached number two in 1961 with "I Like It That Like", suffered a fatal heart attack on January 28th, 1976
Johnny Kidd - who led his band The Pirates to the top of the UK chart with "Shakin' All Over" in 1960, was killed in an auto accident on October 7th, 1966. He was just 30 years old
Albert King - Blues guitarist famed for his rendition of "Crosscut Saw" suffered a fatal heart attack on December 21st, 1992, at the age of 69
Freddie King - Blues guitarist known as "The Texas Cannonball", reached the Hot 100 in 1961 with "Hide Away", died on December 28th, 1976 from a heart attack at the age of 42. In 2003, King was ranked 25th on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time
Kathy Kirby - who had five UK Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1965, including "Dance On", "Secret Love" and "Let Me Go, Lover!" died of a suspected heart attack on May 19th, 2011 at the age of 72
Don Kirshner - the songwriter, manager, publisher and music executive who helped launch the careers of Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, The Monkees, The Archies and Kansas, died of heart failure on January 17th, 2011 at the age of 76
Larry Knechtel - keyboard player for the Soft-Rock group Bread, died following a heart attack on December 24th, 2009 at the age of 69. Knechtel earned a Grammy award for his arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and also performed with Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr., The Dixie Chicks and Elvis Costello
Terry Knight - who fronted the Michigan based Terry Knight and The Pack ("I, Who Have Nothing") before going on to manage Grand Funk Railroad, was stabbed to death at his Temple, Texas home during a domestic dispute on November 1st, 2004. He was 61. Police charged his daughter's boyfriend with murder
Dick Kniss - who played bass for Peter, Paul And Mary for five decades and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders", died of pulmonary disease at the age of 74 on January 25th, 2012
Buddy Knox - best remembered for his 1957 hit, "Party Doll", died of cancer on February 14th, 1999, at the age of 65
Keith Knudsen - longtime Doobie Brothers drummer who was part of the band during their string of hits in the 1970s, died of pneumonia on February 8th, 2005. He was 56
Cub Koda - the leader of Brownsville Station and composer of their hit "Smokin' in the Boys Room", passed away from complications arising from kidney dialysis on July 1st, 2000, at the age of 51
Paul Kossoff - of the rock band "Free", died of heart failure while sleeping during a flight across the U.S. on March 19th, 1976. The 26 year old had played guitar on the group's biggest hit "All Right Now"
Ted Kowalski - a member of the Canadian quartet The Diamonds, died of heart disease on August 8th, 2010 at the age of 79. The vocal group had a string of hits in the late 1950s including "Little Darlin'", "Silhouettes" and "The Stroll"
Phil Kramer - who took Lee Dorman's place when Iron Butterfly re-formed in 1975, was found in a canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains, on May 31st, 1999, over four years after he called a police to say he was going to commit suicide. At the time of his death, he was 42
Les Kummel - bassist for The New Colony Six on their Billboard Top 40 hits "I Will Always Think About You" and "Things I'd Like To Say", was killed in a car accident on December 18th, 1978. He was 33
Frankie Laine - suffered complications after hip-replacement surgery and died February 6th, 2007 at the age of 93. The big voiced singer sold over 100 million records and placed seven songs on Billboard's Top 40 between 1955 and 1969, including "Moonlight Gambler" and "Love Is A Golden Ring"
Major Lance - who had many hits on the R&B charts as well as placing "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" and "Monkey Time" on the Pop charts, died of heart failure on September 3rd, 1994 at the age of 55
Jackie Landry - of The Chantels, who placed four songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1958 and 1961, including "Maybe", died of cancer on December 23rd, 1997, at the age of 56
Ronnie Lane - of The Small Faces, died from multiple sclerosis on June 4th 1997. He was 51
Allen Lanier - a founding member of Blue Ã–yster Cult, who scored a Billboard #12 hit in 1976 with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", died on August 14th, 2013 after a long battle with lung disease. He was 67
John Larson - trumpet player for The Ides Of March on their 1970 hit "Vehicle", died of cancer on September 22nd, 2011, at the age of 61
Nicolette Larson - most often remembered for her 1978, number 8 US hit, "Lotta Love", died on December 16th, 1997 as a result of complications arising from cerebral edema triggered by liver failure. She was 45
Derek Leckenby - lead guitarist for Herman's Hermits, died of cancer on June 4th, 1994, at the age of 51
Alvin Lee - the founder of Ten Years After died unexpectedly from complications following a routine surgical procedure on March 6th, 2013. He was 68. The album oriented band burst to stardom with a memorable Woodstock performance and reached the Billboard Top 40 with "I'd Love To Change The World" in 1971
Arthur Lee - singer and guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Love, died of leukemia on August 3rd, 2006, at the age of 61
Bernard St. Clair Lee - a baritone singer and original member of the Hues Corporation, who had an early Disco hit in 1974 with "Rock the Boat", died of natural causes on March 8th, 2011. He was 66
Peggy Lee - jazz vocalist who reached the Pop charts with "Fever" and "Is That All There Is", died of a heart attack on January 21st, 2002 at the age of 81
Marshall Leib - of the Teddy Bears, died of a heart attack on March 15th, 2002, at the age of 63. Leib, along with Annette Kleinbard and Phil Spector scored a Billboard chart topper in 1958 with "To Know Him Is To Love Him"
Jerry Leiber - a songwriting legend whose credits include "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Yakety Yak", "Poison Ivy" and "Love Potion No. 9", died August 23rd, 2011 at the age of 78. Leiber and his songwriting partner Mike Stoller were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years later
John Lennon - murdered by Mark David Chapman, December 8th 1980. He was 40 years old
David Lerchey - a founding member of The Dell-Vikings, who reached the Billboard Top 40 with "Come Go With Me" (#4), "Whispering Bells" (#9) and "Cool Shake" (#12), all in 1957, died of cancer on January 29th, 2005 at the age of 67
Drake Levin - the lead guitarist for Paul Revere and The Raiders during their prime hit making years, died of cancer on July 4th, 2009. He was 62
Rudy Lewis - lead singer of The Drifters on their hits "On Broadway" and "Up On The Roof", died under mysterious circumstances on May 20th, 1964, the night before the group was set to record "Under the Boardwalk". He was 28 years old
Richard "Scar" Lopez - a founding member of Cannibal and The Headhunters, the East Los Angeles vocal group that scored a #30 Billboard hit in 1965 with "Land of 1000 Dances", died of lung cancer on July 30th, 2010. He was 65
Jon Lord - keyboardist for Deep Purple who co-wrote one their biggest hits, "Smoke On The Water", died at the age of 71 on July 16th, 2012, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer
Peter Lucia - the drummer for Tommy James and the Shondells, died of a heart attack while on a golf course in Los Angeles in 1987. He was 40 years old
Frankie Lymon - who led the 1950's doo-wop group 'The Teenagers' to fame with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", was found dead of a drug overdose in a friend's apartment in Harlem on February 28th, 1968. He was 25 years old
Phil Lynott - bassist for Thin Lizzy, lost his battle with drugs and died of heart failure and pneumonia on January 4th, 1986 at the age of 34
Jamie Lyons - lead singer of Music Explosion died of a heart attack on September 27th, 2006 at the age of 57. The band is most often remembered for their garage-band classic "Little Bit o' Soul", which spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Pop chart in 1967, peaking at #2
Marshall Lytle - bassist for Bill Haley And His Comets on their hits "Crazy Man, Crazy" and "Rock Around The Clock", died of lung cancer on May 25th, 2013 at the age of 79
Johnny Maestro - the lead singer for The Crests on their seven US Top 40 records, including the 1959, #2 hit "Sixteen Candles" as well as The Brooklyn Bridge on "The Worst That Could Happen" in 1969, died of cancer on March 24th, 2010. He was 70
Byron MacGregor - whose spoken word rendition of "The Americans" became a Billboard number four hit in January 1974, passed away on January 3rd, 1995, at the age of 46
Bryan MacLean - guitarist and singer-songwriter for the '60s rock act "Love" died of an apparent heart attack on December 25th, 1998 at the age of 52. The band is mostly remembered for their 1966 hit "My Little Red Book"
Kevin MacMichael - lead guitarist of the ritish band Cutting Crew, died of lung cancer on December 31st, 2002 at age 51. The band topped the Billboard chart in 1987 with (I Just) Died in Your Arms .
Miriam Makeba - the South African singer who reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967 with "Pata Pata" suffered an apparent heart attack and died on November 9th, 2008 at the age of 76. Among her many notable achievements was becoming the first African woman to win a Grammy, for Best Folk Recording in 1966 with Harry Belafonte for "An Evening With Belafonte / Makeba"
Teena Marie - known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul", Teena was Motown Records' first white act. As well as scoring two Platinum albums, she reached #37 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1981 with "I Need Your Lovin'" and #4 in 1985 with "Lovergirl". Teena passed away on December 26th, 2010 at the age of 54
Richard Manuel - of The Band, hanged himself in his hotel room on March 4th, 1986, after a performance in Florida. He was 42
Ray Manzarek - keyboard player for The Doors, died May 20th, 2013 at the age of 74 after a long battle with bile duct cancer
Bob Marley - the uncontested King of Reggae, died of melanoma, (skin cancer) that metastasized to his lungs and brain, on May 11th, 1981, at the age of 36
Steve Marriott - formerly of The Small Faces and Humble Pie, was killed in a fire at his home in April 20th 1991. He was 44
Fred Marsden - drummer for Gerry and The Pacemakers died of cancer on December 9th, 2006, at the age of 66
David Martin - bass player for Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs died of a heart attack on August 2nd, 1987, at the age of 50. Martin co-wrote the group's #1 hit "Wooly Bully".
Dean Martin - recorded such standards as "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime", died at the age of 78, on December 25th, 1995, of acute respiratory failure
Dewy Martin - drummer and backing vocalist for Buffalo Springfield on their hit "For What It's Worth", died January 31st, 2009 at the age of 68
Dino Martin Jr. - of Dino, Desi and Billy, was the son of crooner Dean Martin, died when the Air National Guard jet he was piloting crashed into a mountain on March 21st, 1987. He was 35
Al Martino - a Pop crooner who placed eleven songs on the Billboard Top 40, including "I Love You Because", "Spanish Eyes" and "I Love You More And More Every Day", died October 13th, 2009 at the age of 82. He is often remembered for playing the Frank Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather
Nick Massi - bass guitarist and bass vocalist for The Four Seasons on their long string of hits, died of cancer on December 24th, 2000. He was 73
Paul Mauriat - French orchestra leader most often remembered for his 1968, Billboard #1 instrumental hit, "Love Is Blue", passed away on November 3rd, 2006, at the age of 81
Billy Maybray - bassist / drummer / vocalist for The Jaggerz, died of cancer on December 5th, 2004, at the age of 60. Billy played drums on the band's 1970, Billboard #2 hit, "The Rapper" and wrote and sang their debut single, "Baby I Love You"
Curtis Mayfield - best known for his early 1970s hits, "Freddie's Dead" and "Superfly" passed away on December 26th, 1999 at the age of 55
Bob Mayo - who played guitar and keyboards with Peter Frampton on and off over the span of twenty-five years, died of a heart attack on February 23rd, 2004, while on tour with Frampton. He was 52
Lenny Mays - of The Dramatics, passed away of heart failure on November 7th, 2004 at the age of 53. The group cracked the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971 with "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" and again in 1972 with "In The Rain"
Bob McBride - lead singer of Lighthouse, died February 20th, 1998. He was 51. The Toronto band cracked the Hot 100 with "One Fine Morning", on which he sang lead and "Sunny Days", which came after McBride left the band
Linda McCartney - keyboard player and backing vocalist for Paul McCartney's Wings, died of cancer on April 17th, 1998 at the age of 56
Gene McDaniels - most often remembered for his 1961 Top Ten hits "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" and "Tower Of Strength", died at the age of 76 on July 29th, 2011 after a short illness. Gene also wrote Roberta Flack's 1974 number one smash, "Feel Like Makin' Love"
Brian McLeod - guitarist and backing vocalist for Chilliwack, died of brain cancer on April 25th, 1992 at the age of 39. The Vancouver, Canada band is most often remembered for their 1981 hit, "My Girl (Gone, Gone Gone)"
George McCorkle - founding Marshall Tucker Band rhythm guitarist died of cancer June 29th, 2007 at the age of 60. He penned many MTB songs, including the band's first Country Top 40 hit, "Fire on the Mountain"
Van McCoy - who had a number one disco hit with "Do The Hustle", died of a heart attack at the age of 39, on July 6th 1979
Jimmy McCulloch - guitarist for Wings and Thunderclap Newman, died of heart failure on September 28th, 1979. He was 26
Butch McDade - drummer for The Amazing Rhythm Aces on their 1975 hit, "Third Rate Romance" died of cancer on November 29th, 1998, at the age of 52
Gene McFadden - R&B vocalist / songwriter, best known as half of the Philly soul duo McFadden & Whitehead, died of cancer January 27th, 2006, at the age of 56. He and John Whitehead reached number 13 on the Billboard chart in 1979 with "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
Robbie McIntosh - drummer for The Average White Band died of a drug overdose on Sepember 23rd, 1974
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - a founding member of The Grateful Dead who contributed vocals, organ, harmonica, percussion and occasionally guitar, died as a result of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage on March 8th, 1973, at the age of 27
Scott McKenzie - who sang the U.S. #4 hit "San Francisco", the unofficial anthem for "the summer of love" in 1967, died of the nervous system disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome on August 18th, 2012 at the age of 73
Clyde McPhatter - died of a heart attack on June 13th, 1972 at the age of 39. He had been the original lead singer with The Drifters before having solo hits like "A Lover's Question" and "Lover Please"
Hank Medress - a singer / producer best known as the voice behind The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", died of lung cancer on June 25th, 2007, at the age of 68
Tony Meehan - drummer for The Shadows on their UK number one hit, "Apache", died in hospital on November 28th, 2005, from head injuries sustained in a fall. He was 62. "Apache" spent twenty-one weeks at the top of the British music charts in 1960
Joe Meek - record producer and songwriter, best known for writing "Telstar" by The Tornados, The Honeycombs "Have I The Right" and John Leyton's "Johnny Remember Me", committed suicide on February 3rd 1967, at the age of 37
Harold Melvin - leader of the Philadelphia soul group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, died of heart related problems on March 24th, 1997 at age 57. The group is best remembered for the hit, "If You Don't Know Me By Now"
Freddie Mercury - lead singer of Queen died on November 24 th, 1991 at age 45 of AIDS
Ralph Middlebrooks - trumpeter / trombonist for The Ohio Players died on October 15th, 1996 at the age of 57
Fred Milano - tenor vocalist for Dion And The Belmonts on their hits "A Teenager in Love" and "Where or When", died January 1st, 2012, at the age of 72, just three weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer
Buddy Miles - who played drums for Wilson Pickett, the Delfonics and the Ink Spots before founding The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield and later joined Jimi Hendrix in Band Of Gypsys, died on February 26th, 2008 from congestive heart failure. He was 60
Roger Miller - who rose to fame in the mid 1960's with hits like "King Of The Road" and "Dang Me" died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, on October 25th, 1992, at the age of 56
Sal Mineo - a singer and actor who reached number nine on the Billboard chart in 1957 with "Start Movin' In My Direction", was stabbed to death on February 12th, 1976. He was 37
Guy Mitchell - who scored two number one U.S. hits with "You Got Me Singing The Blues" in 1956 and "Heartaches By The Number" in 1959, died on July 1st, 1999 at the age of 72, from complications following surgery
Mitch Mitchell - drummer for The Jimi Hendrix Experience was found dead in a Portland, Ore. hotel room on November 12th, 2008. He was 62
Domenico Modugno - the Italian singer whose recording of "Volare" topped the North American charts in 1958, died of a heart attack near his home on the island of Lampedusa on August 6th, 1994. He was 66
Ronnie Montrose - an American Rock guitarist who led a number of his own bands as well as recording with The Beau Brummels, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and The Edgar Winter Group, died of prostate cancer on March 3rd, 2012 at the age of 64
Keith Moon - drummer for The Who, died of an overdose of the sedative Heminevrin on September 7th, 1978, at the age of 31
Gary Moore - guitarist for the influential Irish rock band Thin Lizzy was found dead in his hotel room in Spain on February 6th, 2011 following a suspected heart attack. He was 58
Johnny Moore - lead singer for The Drifters on their 1960s hit "Under The Boardwalk" died Dec. 30th, 1998, at the age of 64
Rushton Moreve - Steppenwolf bassist who co-wrote "Magic Carpet Ride" with John Kay, was killed in a car crash on July 1st, 1981. He was 32
Jim Morrison - lead singer of the Doors, died July 3rd 1971. The 27-year-old was found dead in his bathtub. Speculation abounded as to the exact cause of death, but no autopsy was performed. His 27 year old widow, Pamela, died of a heroin overdose in April, 1974
Sterling Morrison - one of the founding members of The Velvet Underground died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on August 30th, 1995, two days after his 53rd birthday.
Billy Murcia - the New York Dolls' drummer was accidently suffocated when his girlfriend tried to wake him by forcing him to drink coffee after he passed out from drugs and alcohol following a show at Imperial College in London on November 6th, 1972. Murcia was only 21
Dee Murray - bassist for Elton John during the 1970s and '80s and appeared on the albums "Tumbleweed Connection", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy". Dee battled skin cancer for a number of years and died after suffering a stroke on January 15th, 1992. He was 45
Don Murray - drummer for The Turtles, died on March 22nd, 1996 at the age of 50
Brent Mydland - played keyboards for The Grateful Dead longer than anyone else, from April, 1979 until his death from a drug overdose on July 26th, 1990, at the age of 37. Despite being often referred to as "the new guy", he was with the band for a longer time than any other keyboardist, during which time they had their highest charting material
Alan Myers - drummer for the New Wave band Devo on their 1980, Billboard #14 hit, "Whip It", died of complications from brain cancer on June 24th, 2013 at the age of 58
Nate Nelson - lead vocalist for The Flamingos on their 1959 hit "I Only Have Eyes For You", passed away on April 10th, 1984 at the age of 52
Rick Nelson - scored a string of hits in the late 1950's including "Hello Mary Lou", "Poor Little Fool" and "Travelin' Man", was killed on December 31st, 1985, when his private plane caught fire and crashed. He was 45
Harry Nilsson - remembered for "Everybody's Talkin' At Me", died peacefully in his sleep of heart failure on January 15th, 1994, in his 53rd year
Bobby Nunn - vocalist for The Coasters on their 1958 hit, "Yakety Yak", died of a heart attack on November 5th, 1986. He was 61
Jerry Nolan - drummer for The New York Dolls died January 14th, 1992 at the age of 45. He was being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, when he suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered
Nervous Norvus - whose real name was James Drake, reached #8 in 1956 with a novelty tune about bloody accidents called "Transfusion". He Died of liver failure on July 24th, 1968 at the age of 56
Laura Nyro - best known as a composer and lyricist rather than as a performer, she wrote the Fifth Dimension's "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Sweet Blindness" and "Save The Country" as well as Blood, Sweat & Tears' "And When I Die"; Three Dog Night's "Eli's Coming"; and Barbra Streisand's "Stoney End". Nyro died of ovarian cancer on April 8th, 1997, at the age of 49. The same disease had claimed the life of her mother at the same age
Berry Oakley - bassist for The Allman Brothers Band. A year after Duane Allman was killed, Oakley was riding his motorcycle with a member of band's road crew when they collided with a bus just three blocks from where Allman met his fate. Friends took Oakley to the same hospital Allman was treated at, but he died from head injuries and internal bleeding later that night. The 24 year old Oakley was buried next to Allman with matching tombstones, in the Civil War section of Macon's Rose Hill Cemetery
Roy Orbison - one of classic rock's greatest voices was silenced when the 52 yr old Orbison died of a heart attack the night of December 6th, 1988
Phil Ochs - 1960s singer/songwriter who concentrated on topical, folk and protest style songs, suffered from manic-depression and hanged himself on April 9th, 1976, at the age of 35
Frank O'Keefe - bassist for The Outlaws on their 1975 hit "There Goes Another Love Song" died on February 26th, 1995 at the age of 44
Johnny O'Keefe - with twenty-nine Top 40 hits to his credit in Australia between 1959 and 1974, O'Keefe has often been called the undisputed King of Australian rock and roll. He died on October 6th 1978 following a heart attack induced by an accidental overdose of prescribed drugs. He was 43
Oliver - singer of "Jean" and "Good Mornin' Starshine" died of cancer at the age of 54, February 13th, 2000
Benjamin Orr - bassist / vocalist for the Cars lost his fight with pancreatic cancer on October 5th, 2000 at the age of 53. Orr sang lead vocals on some of the band's most recognizable hits, such as "Just What I Needed", "Bye Bye Love", "Drive" and "Let's Go"
Johnny Otis - a Rock 'n' Roll pioneer who reached #9 in America with "Willie And The Hand Jive" in 1958, died of natural causes on January 17th, 2012 at the age of 90. After his music career wound down, he went to work as a disc jockey for Los Angeles radio station KFOX and later became an ordained minister, and was heavily involved in politics and the civil rights movement
Buck Owens - a Country artist who reached #25 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1965 with "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail", died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25th, 2006, at the age of 76
Patti Page - the best selling female artist in America in the 1950s, earning 15 Gold singles and 3 Gold albums, passed away on January 1st, 2013. She was 85
Bruce Palmer - bassist for Buffalo Springfield on their classic protest song "For What It's Worth", died on October 11th, 2004 of an apparent heart attack. He was 58
Robert Palmer - reached number 14 in the US in 1979 with "Bad Case Of Loving You", died of a heart attack at the age of 54 on September 26th, 2003
John Panozzo - of Styx, died of a haemorrhage brought on by alcoholism, on July 16th, 1996, at the age of 48. The band had a string of hits that included "Grand Illusion", "Mr. Roboto", "Come Sail Away" and "Babe"
Felix Pappalardi - bassist for the group Mountain, one of America's first hard rock acts. He was shot and killed by his wife, Gail Collins on the night of April 17th, 1983, when they argued over his long-standing affair with a younger woman. She was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison. Felix was 43
Priscilla Paris - the youngest member of the female vocal trio The Paris sisters, died on March 5th, 2004 from injuries suffered in a fall at her home. She was 59. Priscilla and her sisters Albeth and Sherrell reached the Billboard Top 40 in 1961 with "I Love How You Love Me" (#5) and again in 1962 with "He Knows I Love Him Too Much" (#34)
Gram Parsons - one time member of The Byrds & The Flying Burrito Brothers, he became a cult figure that influenced countless musicians. Parsons was found dead at Joshua Tree, Ca. Sept 19th, 1973 of an alcohol and drug overdose at the age of 27
Les Paul - the man who invented the solid-body electric guitar, died of complications from pneumonia on August 13th, 2009 at the age of 94. With Mary Ford, his wife from 1949 to 1962, he earned 36 gold records for hits including "Vaya Con Dios" and "How High the Moon", both of which reached #1 in the US
Jon Paulos - drummer for The Buckinghams on their string of 1967 hits, including "Kind Of A Drag" and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", died of a drug overdose on March 26th, 1980. He was 32
Dennis Payton - saxophonist for The Dave Clark Five died of cancer on December 17th, 2006, at the age of 63
Dan Peek - a founding member of the Soft Rock trio America died in his sleep on July 24th, 2011 at the age of 60. The group notched eight Top 40 hits in the US charts between 1971 and 1975, including "Sister Golden Hair", "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man", "Daisy Jane" and Peek's own composition, "Lonely People"
Teddy Pendergrass - an American soul singer who first rose to fame as lead vocalist for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes in the 1970s before enjoying a successful solo career at the end of the decade, died of colon cancer on January 13th, 2010. He was 59
Carl Perkins - writer of Elvis Presley's "Blue Suede Shoes" and a pioneer rock-a-billy guitarist, died on January 19th, 1998 at the age of 65 after a long series of illness
Willie 'Pinetop' Perkins - a Delta Blues pianist best known for his work with Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters, passed away March 21st, 2011 at the age of 97. Perkins' maintained an active musical career well into his 90s and won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for 2010's "Joined at the Hip"
Dickie Peterson - guitarist and vocalist for Blue Cheer on their 1969 Billboard #14 hit, "Summertime Blues", died of cancer at the age of 63 on October 12th, 1969
Ray Peterson - who scored a pair of US Top Ten hits with "Tell Laura I Love Her" and "Corinna, Corinna" in 1960, died of cancer on January 25th, 2005, at the age of 69
Lonesome Dave Peverett - lead singer with Savoy Brown and Foghat, suffered from cancer and died of from double-pneumonia on February 7th, 2000, at the age of 56
John Phillips - leader of The Mamas and Papas died of heart failure on March 18th, 2001 at the age of 65
Sam Phillips - the man who discovered Elvis Presley and owner of the legendary Sun Records, passed away July 30th, 2003, at the age of 80. Phillips also helped launch the careers of Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty and Jerry Lee Lewis. He sold Elvis' contract to RCA in November, 1955, for $40,000. Sam was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
Bobby "Boris" Pickett - whose Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem "The Monster Mash" to the top of the Billboard Pop chart in 1962, died of leukemia on April 25th, 2007. He was 69
Wilson Pickett - suffered a fatal heart attack on January 19th, 2006. During his career, he placed 16 hits on Billboard's Pop chart, including "Land Of 1000 Dances" (#6) and "Funky Broadway" (#8)
Bill Pinkney - the last surviving member of the original Drifters passed away on July 4th, 2007 from unknown causes. He was 81
Fayette Pinkney - an original member of The Three Degrees, who lent her voice to the 1970s hits "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)" and "When Will I See You Again?", died of acute respiratory failure on June 27th, 2009 at the age of 61
Gene Pitney - who had a string of hits in the early and mid-sixties, including " The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (#4), "Only Love Can Break A Heart" (#2) and "It Hurts To Be In Love" (#7), was found dead on April 5th, 2006, at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff, Wales. He was 65
June Pointer - the youngest of the four Pointer Sisters who went from teenage gospel singers to the top of the Pop charts with such hits of the 1970s and 80s as "Fire", "Slow Hand" and "I'm So Excited", died of cancer at the age of 52 on April 11th, 2006
Jeff Porcaro - drummer for Toto suffered a heart attack and died on August 5th, 1992. He was using a pesticide in his yard and an allergic reaction to the substance triggered the attack. An autopsy revealed a serious heart condition that had been previously undiagnosed
Jannie Pought - of The Bobbettes, who reached number six in 1957 with "Mr. Lee", was stabbed to death by a total stranger as she walked down the street in September, 1980, at the age of 36
Billy Powell - Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist who played on "Sweet Home Alabama" and survived the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, died of a suspected heart attack on January 28th, 2009. He was 56
Cozy Powell - touted as one of Britain's best session drummers, died in a car accident near Bristol, England on April 5th, 1998 at the age of 50
William Powell - an original member of the O'Jays, died at the age of 35 on May 26th, 1977, after a long bout with cancer
Dave Prater - of the soul duo Sam and Dave, was killed in a car accident in Georgia on April 9th, 1988. He was 50 years of age
Elvis Presley - the King of Rock and Roll, died of heart failure at his Graceland mansion on August 16th, 1977
Reg Presley - the lead singer for The Troggs on their 1966 smash "Wild Thing" died February 4th, 2013 after a year-long struggle with lung cancer. He was 71
Billy Preston - keyboardist who had a series of hit singles in the 1970s, including "Will It Go 'Round In Circles" and "Nothing From Nothing", passed away on June 6th, 2006, at the age of 59
Johnny Preston - who topped the Billboard chart in January, 1960 with "Running Bear", passed away on March 4th, 2011 at the age of 71 from lingering health problems following heart bypass surgery
Ray Price - Country singer who scored a #13 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 with "For The Good Times", died of pancreatic cancer on December 16th, 2013 at the age of 87
Rod Price - a founding member of Foghat died March 24th, 2005, after suffering a heart attack. The 57 year old guitarist was with the band for three platinum and eight gold records including their highest charting US single "Slow Ride" in 1976
Barry Pritchard - vocalist and guitarist for The Fortunes, died of heart failure on January 12th, 1999. The group reached the Billboard Top 20 with "You've Got Your Troubles" in 1965 and "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" in 1971
Pete Quaife - the original bassist for the Kinks, who played on such early hits as "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night" and "Tired of Waiting for You" before leaving the British band in 1969, died of kidney failure on June 23rd, 2010. He was 66
Clarence Quick - of The Dell-Vikings, suffered a heart attack and died on May 5th, 1983 at the age of 46. The group reached number four with "Come Go With Me" and number nine with "Whispering Bells" in 1957
Eddie Rabbitt - country star whose hits included "I Love A Rainy Night" and "Drivin' My Life Away", died on May 7th, 1998 of lung cancer at the age of 56
Carl Radle - bassist for Eric Clapton's Derek & The Dominoes, Delaney & Bonnie and many others, died on May 30th, 1980 of kidney failure at the age of 37
Gerry Rafferty - the lead singer of Stealers Wheel on their 1973 hit "Stuck In The Middle With You" died after a long illness on January 4th, 2011 at the age of 63. After the band split up, he went on to a successful solo career which included five more Billboard Top 30 hits, including "Baker Street" and "Right Down The Line"
Teddy Randazzo - a rock icon from the 1950s who composed classic hit songs such as "Goin' Out of My Head" and "Hurt So Bad", died November 21st, 2003. He was 68
Boots Randolph - saxophone player best known for the 1963 hit "Yakety Sax" died from a cerebral hemorrhage on July 3rd, 2007, at the age of 80
Bobby Ramirez - the 23-year-old drummer with Edger Winter's White Trash, was killed in a bar fight in Chicago on July 24th, 1972, after some redneck made a comment about the length of his hair. He died of head injuries after being kicked with steel-tipped shoes
Dee Dee Ramone - bassist for the 70s punk rock band The Ramones died from a drug overdose on June 7th, 2002. His real name is Douglas Colvin
Johnny Ramone - co-founder of The Ramones, passed away September 15th, 2004 after a five year battle with prostate cancer. The 55 year old guitarist's real name is John Cummings
Joey Ramone - singer for The Ramones, died of lymphatic cancer at the age of 49 on April 15th, 2001. His real name is Jeff Hyman
Allan Ramsay - the original bassist for Gary Lewis and The Playboys was killed in a plane crash on November 27th 1985 at the age of 42
Danny Rapp - of Danny and The Juniors, scored two 1957 hits with "At The Hop" and "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay", died of a self inflicted gunshot wound on April 4th, 1983. He was 41
Lou Rawls - passed away on January 6th, 2006, at the age of 72, after a long battle with cancer. The velvet voiced singer placed six songs on the Billboard Top 40 Pop chart, including the number two hit, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" in 1976
Harry Ray - of the R&B trio, The Moments, died of a stroke on October 1st, 1992, at the age of 45. The group's biggest hit was "Love On A Two Way Street", which reached number 3 in 1970
Bill Read - the bass singer who was featured during the talking portion of The Diamonds' 1957 hit "Little Darlin", passed away on October 26th, 2004, at the age of 68
Eugene Record - the lead singer of The Chi-lites, died of cancer on July 22nd, 2005 at the age of 65. The group is most often remembered for the 1972 US #1 single "Oh Girl" and 1972 UK #3 single "Have You Seen Her"
Noel Redding - the bass player with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died May 11th, 2003 of natural causes. He was 57
Otis Redding - was killed in a plane crash in December 10th, 1967. Four members of his backup band, The Bar-Kays were also killed
Keith Relf - former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted on May 14th, 1976, while tuning his guitar at home. He was 33 years old
Herb Reed - bass vocalist for The Platters, died on June 4th, 2012 at the age of 83. The L.A. quintet scored four number one hits, including "The Great Pretender", "My Prayer", Twilight Time" and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", and placed twenty-three songs in the Billboard Top 40
Jerry Reed - guitarist / actor / Country music artist who reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Pop chart with "Amos Moses" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot" in 1971, died September 1st, 2008 from complications of emphysema at the age of 71
Jimmy Reed - Blues singer / guitarist who reached the Billboard Pop chart with "Honest I Do" in 1957 and "Baby What You Want Me To Do" in 1960, died following an epileptic seizure on August 29th, 1976, just days shy of his 51st birthday
Lou Reed - an influential songwriter and guitarist who paved the way for Glam, Punk and Alternative Rock, died of liver disease on October 27th, 2013 at the age of 71. He led the Velvet Underground in the late '60s and enjoyed an outstanding solo career over the next 50 years
Jim Reeves - Country artist who reached the Pop charts four times, including the #2 hit, "He'll Have To Go" in 1960, was killed in a plane crash on July 31st, 1964. He was three weeks short of his 40th birthday
Nick Reynolds - a founding member of the Kingston Trio, who jump-started the Folk music scene of the late 1950s with their US number one hit "Tom Dooley", died of acute respiratory disease on October 1st, 2008. He was 75
Randy Rhoads - guitarist for Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne, was killed on March 19th, 1982, when the small plane he was riding in crashed while buzzing Osbourne's tour bus. He was 25
Buddy Rich - often called the world's best drummer, died of a brain tumour on April 2nd, 1987 at the age of 69
Charlie Rich - started out as a song writer for Sam Phillips' Sun Records before becoming a country star and later crossed over to the Pop charts with two big 1973 hits, "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". He developed a blood clot in his lung and died July 25th, 1995, at the age of 62
J.P. Richardson - known as The Big Bopper on his hit "Chantilly Lace", died in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens on February 3rd, 1959
Johnnie Richardson - of the R&B duo Johnnie and Joe, who reached #8 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1957 with "Over The Mountain; Across The Sea", died following a stroke on October 25th, 1988, in her 43rd year
Greg Ridley - bassist for Humble Pie, died November 19th, 2003 of pneumonia and resulting complications. He was 56
Minnie Riperton - died of breast cancer on July 12th, 1979 at the age of 31, four years after her number 1 hit, "Lovin' You". She had also been a member of Stevie Wonder's backup group, Wonderlove
Marty Robbins - Country singer who put 13 songs on the Billboard Pop chart including the 1959, #1 smash "El Paso", died following a heart attack on December 8th, 1982. He was 57
Vicki Sue Robinson - who scored the US Top 10 Disco hit "Turn The Beat Around" in 1976, died of cancer at the age of 46 on April 27th, 2000
Ed Roberts - of Ruby and The Romantics, died of cancer on August 10th, 1993. He was 57
Bobby Rogers - a founding member of the Motown group The Miracles, died on March 3rd, 2013, at the age of 73 following a long illness. His voice can be heard on the group's hits "Shop Around", "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", "The Tracks of My Tears", "Going to a Go-Go", "I Second That Emotion" and "The Tears of a Clown"
Duane Roland - a founding member of the Southern Rock band Molly Hatchet died of natural causes on June 19th 2006. He was 53
Mick Ronson - guitarist for David Bowie's band Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars, died of liver cancer on April 29th, 1993 at the age of 46
Dave Rowberry - keyboardist who joined the Animals in May of 1965 and played on several major hits, including "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It's My Life" and "Don't Bring Me Down", passed away of an apparent heart attack on June 6th, 2003, one month shy of his 63rd birthday
David Ruffin - former lead singer of the Temptations died of an overdose of crack cocaine on June 1st, 1991 at the age of 50
John Ryanes - of The Monotones, died on May 30th, 1972. The group had one big hit, "Book Of Love", which reached number 5 in 1958
Warren Ryanes - of The Monotones, died in June, 1982
Doug Sahm - leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet, succumbed to a heart attack November 18th, 1999, just days shy of his 58th birthday. The band had three Billboard Top 40 hits with "She's About A Mover" (#13 in 1965), "The Rains Came" (#31 in 1966) and "Mendocino" (#27 in 1969)
Crispian St. Peters - who scored a #2 hit in the UK with "You Were On My Mind" and reached the Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic with "Pied Piper" in 1966, passed away on June 8th, 2010 at the age of 71
Kyu Sakamoto - the first Japanese artist to have a number one hit in the United States with "Sukiyaki" (June 1963), was killed in a Tokyo airplane crash on August 12th, 1985. He was 43
Gary "Gar" Samuelson - the drummer for Megadeth from 1984 through 1987 when he was fired for drug addictions, died of liver failure on July 22nd, 1999 at the age of 41
Joe Santollo - of The Duprees, suffered a fatal heart attack on June 3rd, 1981, at the age of 37. The group is most often remembered for their 1962 hit, "You Belong To Me"
Clarence Satchell - guitarist and saxophone player for the '70s R&B group the Ohio Players, died on December 30th, 1995 from a brain aneurysm at the age of 55. The group placed eight songs in the Billboard Top 40, including two chart toppers, "Fire" in 1974 and "Love Rollercoaster" in 1976
Bill "Little Bo" Savich - drummer for the Rock instrumental group Johnny and The Hurricanes died January 4th, 2002 at the age of 62. The band placed four songs on the Billboard Top 40, including the #5 hit, "Red River Rock" in 1959
Sky Saxon - lead singer and founder of the 1960s band The Seeds, who had a Top 40 hit in 1967 with "Pushin' Too Hard", died June 25th, 2009
Bon Scott - of AC/DC, died of alcohol poisoning on February 19th, 1980. He was 33
James Honeyman Scott - guitarist for The Pretenders on their 1980 hit "Brass In Pocket", died of a drug overdose on June 16th, 1982, at the age of 24
Walter Scott - lead singer of Bob Kuban & the In-Men, who scored a 1966 hit with "The Cheater", was reported missing shortly after Christmas, 1983. His body however, wasn't found until 1987, floating in a cistern with a gunshot wound to the back. A neighbour named Jim Williams, who had starting dating Scott's wife Joanne shortly after the disappearance, was found guilty of murder. Joanne Scott was sentenced to five years for hindering the investigation
Dan Seals - who sang under the name England Dan in a 1970s duo with John Ford Coley, died of cancer on March 25th, 2009, at the age of 61. After scoring several Billboard Pop chart hits, including "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight", "Nights are Forever" and "Love Is The Answer", Seals went on to have a solid career in Country music during the 1980s and early '90s
Pete Seeger - the banjo-picking troubadour who introduced generations of Americans to their Folk Music heritage, died of natural causes on January 27th, 2014 at the age of 94. As a member of The Weavers, he recorded such hits as "Goodnight Irene" and "On Top of Old Smokey" and would go on to write "If I Had a Hammer", "Turn, Turn, Turn", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine"
Ed Shaughnessy - drummer for The Tonight Show band for over 29 years, died at the age of 84 following a heart attack on May 24th, 2013
Joe Schermie - original bassist of Three Dog Night died of a heart attack March 26th 2002 at the age of 55
Eddie Serrato - the drummer for Question Mark And The Mysterians on their 1966 hit "96 Tears", suffered a fatal heart attack on February 24th, 2011. He was 65.
Del Shannon - who placed nine songs on the Billboard Top 40 chart, including the #1 hit "Runaway", died of a self inflicted gun shot wound on February 8th, 1990 at age 55
Bobby Sheen - the male vocalist of Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans on their 1963, #8 hit "Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah", died of pneumonia on November 11th, 2000, at the age of 58. The trio's only other Billboard Top 40 hit was sung by Darlene Love, as she had, uncredited, on the Crystals' "He's A Rebel" and "He's Sure The Boy I Love"
James "Shep" Sheppard - of Shep and The Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway on January 24th, 1970 after being robbed and beaten. The group is best remembered for their 1961 hit, "Daddy's Home"
Tony Sheridan - who used the early Beatles as his backing band during their days of playing clubs in Hamburg, Germany, died following a long illness on February 16th, 2013 at the age of 72
Allan Sherman - recorded the comedy tune, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh", died of respiratory ailments at the age of 48 on November 21st, 1973
Gary Shider - guitarist for Parliament-Funkadelic who was featured on their hit "One Nation Under A Groove" died from complications of cancer on June 16th, 2010. He was 56
John Siomos - played drums on countless albums and singles with a host of bands and in studio recordings for artists such as Peter Frampton, Todd Rundgren, Mitch Ryder and Carly Simon, died January 16th 2004, at the age of 56
Frank Sinatra - died of natural causes May 14th 1998 at the age of 83
The Singing Nun - whose given name was Jeanine Deckers, committed suicide on March 29th 1985 after the center for autistic children in Belgium that she helped to found had closed due to lack of funds. Her 1963 hit "Dominique" went to number one in the U.S. and sold over 1.5 million copies, winning a Grammy Award for the year's best gospel song. At the time of her death, she was 52 years old
Bobbie Smith - lead vocalist for The Spinners, died on March 16th, 2013 following complications from lung cancer. The group had seven Top 10 singles including "Rubberband Man", "One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl" and "I'll Be Around".
Claydes Charles Smith - a co-founder and lead guitarist for Kool & the Gang died on June 20th, 2006 after a long illness. He was 57
Fred Smith - guitarist for the MC5 on their shock rock hit "Kick Out The Jams", died of heart failure on November 4th, 1994 at the age of 46
Frank Smith - of The Monotones, who reached number 5 in 1958 with "Book Of Love", died of cancer on November 26th, 2000. He was 61
Jerome Smith - former rhythm guitarist and founding member of KC & the Sunshine Band, died July 28th, 2000 after he fell off the bulldozer he was driving and was crushed by the machine. The 47 year old Smith was working in the building and construction trades as a heavy-equipment operator after leaving the music business
Mike Smith - keyboard player and lead vocalist for The Dave Clark Five died of pneumonia on February 28th, 2008, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 64
Mike "Smitty" Smith - drummer for Paul Revere and the Raiders during their prime hit making years, died of natural causes at his home in Hawaii on March 6th, 2001, at the age of 58
O.C. Smith - best remembered for "Little Green Apples" and "Hickory Hollar's Tramp" died in his sleep on November 23rd, 2001 at age 65
Sammi Smith - best known for the 1971, Billboard number 8 hit, "Help Me Make It Through the Night", died February 12th, 2005 at the age of 61. She won a Grammy award for her rendition of the song written by Kris Kristofferson, establishing him as a leading Nashville songwriter.
Scott Smith - bassist for Loverboy died at the age of 45 on November 30th, 2000 after a 26-foot wave swept him overboard in shark infested waters off the coast of San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge. Loverboy reached the Billboard Top 40 ten times, including two Top 10 hits, "Almost Paradise" and "Lovin' Every Minute Of It"
William Smith - vocalist and keyboard player for Motherlode, died of a heart attack on December 1st, 1997, at the age of 53. The Canadian group hit number 18 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1969 with "When I Die"
Phoebe Snow - the velvet voiced singer / songwriter who reached #5 in the U.S. in 1975 with "Poetry Man", died of complications from a stroke on April 26th, 2011. She was 60
Eddie Snyder - pianist for The Cascades on their 1963, Billboard #3 hit, "Rhythm Of The Rain", died of cancer on November 14th, 2000 at the age of 63
Jimmy Soul - whose real name was James McCleese, hit #1 in 1963 with the novelty tune "If You Wanna Be Happy", died of a heart attack on June 25th, 1988. He was 45
Joe South - singer / songwriter who penned dozens of hit songs in the '60s and '70s, including Deep Purple's "Hush", Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" and Billy Joe Royal's "Down In The Boondocks", as well as his own hits "Games People Play" and "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", died on September 5th, 2012 at the age of 72
Skip Spence - the original drummer for Jefferson Airplane who left to form Moby Grape, died of lung cancer on April 16th, 1999 at the age of 52
Jimmie Spheeris - an American singer-songwriter who released four albums in the 1970s, died at the age of 34 when his motorcycle collided with a van on the morning of July 4th, 1984
Jakson Spires - drummer and founding member of Blackfoot, died March 16th, 2005, at the age of 53, after suffering a brain aneurysm. The band reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August, 1979 with "Highway Song"
Dusty Springfield - who scored a Top Ten U.S. hit with "I Only Want To Be With You" in 1963, died March 2nd, 1999, at the age of 59 after a five year battle with cancer
Dick St. John - half of the singing team of Dick & DeeDee, who recorded such hits as "The Mountain's High" (1961), "Young And In Love" (1963) and "Thou Shalt Not Steal" (1965), died on December 27th, 2003, from complications suffered in a fall from the roof of his home two weeks earlier. The 63 year old singer had continued to record and performed regularly until his death
Edwin Starr - soul singer who had hits with "War", "Agent Double-O Soul" and "Twenty-five Miles", died of a heart attack on April 1st, 2003 at the age of 61
Ruby Starr - vocalist for Black Oak Arkansas on their 1974 hit "Jim Dandy" as well as having her own solo career, died of cancer on January 14th, 1995 at the age of 45
Terry Stafford - whose Elvis-like voice help make a hit out of "Suspicion" in 1964, died March 17th 1996 at age 54
Cleotha Staples - of the Gospel quartet The Staple Singers, died February 21st, 2013 at the age of 78. The group placed eight songs on the Billboard Top 40, including two chart toppers, "I'll Take You There" in 1971 and "Let's Do It Again" in 1975
B.W. Stevenson - who had a 1973 hit with "My Maria", died after heart surgery on April 28th, 1988, at the age of 38. The "B.W." reportedly stood for "Buckwheat"
Billy Stewart - R&B singer nicknamed "Fat Boy" who hit the Billboard Pop chart Top 40 four times, including the #10 hit "Summertime" in 1966. Billy was killed on January 17th, 1970, along with three members of his band, when his car ran off the road and plunged into a river. He was 32
Ian Stewart - played piano in the original line-up of The Rolling Stones and predates both Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts as a member of the band. Because the group's manager Andrew Loog Oldham did not think Stewart's looks were right for publicity purposes, Stewart officially "left the group", but continued to work with them as a road manager and played keyboards on most of the Stones' essential albums from the 1960s until the 1980s. While waiting to see a doctor about respiratory problems, Stewart suffered a heart attack and died in the waiting room on December 12th, 1985
John Stewart - singer / songwriter who was a member of The Kingston Trio in the early '60s, but more often remembered for writing The Monkees' hit, "Daydream Believer", died following a brain aneurism on January 19th, 2008. Stewart also had a successful solo career which included four dozen albums and a Billboard #9 hit single with "Gold" in 1979
Mike Stewart - guitarist for We Five on their 1965, number one hit "You Were On My Mind", died on November 13th, 2002, at the age of 57
Gordon Stoker - the tenor voice of The Jordanaires who backed Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and many more, passed away on March 27th, 2013 at the age of 88. Estimated sales of records that the vocal group sang on total more than eight billion copies
Rory Storm - who led The Hurricanes, the group that Ringo Starr quit to join the Beatles, died of an overdose of sleeping pills on September 27th, 1972
Richard Street - a member of The Temptations for 25 years, passed away on February 27th, 2013, of a pulmonary embolism. He was 70
Joe Strummer - lead singer for the landmark British punk band The Clash, suffered a fatal heart attack on December 22nd, 2002, at the age of 50
Jud Strunk - comedian and singer/songwriter who appeared on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and scored a number 14 hit with "Daisy A Day" in 1973, died in a small plane crash in Maine on October 5th 1981. He was 45
Levi Stubbs - lead singer of The Four Tops died after a long series of illnesses, including cancer and a stroke, on October 17th, 2008 at the age of 72
David 'Screaming Lord' Sutch - British shock-rocker was found hanged at his London home, apparently committed suicide on June 17th, 1999, at the age of 58
Stuart Sutcliffe - played bass guitar for The Beatles before Paul McCartney took over in 1961. After leaving the group, he died on April 10th, 1962 of a brain haemorrhage in Hamburg, Germany. Sutcliffe was in his 22nd year
Niki Sullivan - one of Buddy Holly's original Cricketts, died on April 6th, 2004 at the age of 66. He joined Holly in 1956 and played on most of the hit songs the band recorded. The hassel of touring forced him to drop out in 1957
Donna Summer - often called The Queen Of Disco, died of cancer on May 17th, 2012 at the age of 63. During a career that peaked in the '70s, she won five Grammys and sold more than 130 million records worldwide
Edmund Sylvers - lead singer of the Sylvers on their 1975 number one hit, "Boogie Fever", died on March 11th, 2004, after a ten month battle with cancer. He was only 47 years old
Margo Sylvia - of The Tune Weavers, died of a heart attack on October 25th, 1991, at the age of 55. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1957 with "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby"
Marv Tarplin - the guitarist whose riffs and melodies helped form the sound of one of Motown's most successful acts, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, died September 30th, 2011, at the age of 70
Johnnie Taylor - best remembered for his 1968 hit, "Who's Makin' Love To Your Old Lady?" died of a heart attack on May 31st, 2000, shortly after his 62nd birthday
Mel Taylor - long-time drummer for The Ventures died of cancer on August 11th, 1996 at the age of 62. He recorded and toured with The Ventures from 1961 until his death and also worked as a session musician, playing drums on "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and "Lonely Bull" by Herb Alpert & The Tijiuana Brass
Richard Taylor - of the R&B vocal group, The Manhattans, died on December 7th, 1987 at the age of 47
Zola Taylor - who broke gender barriers as the first female member of the 1950s R&B group The Platters, singing on their hit "The Great Pretender", died from complications of pneumonia on April 30th, 2007. She was 69
Tammi Terrell - sang many duets with Marvin Gaye, died of a brain tumour on the 16th of March, 1970, at the age of 24
Peter Tetteroo - vocalist for The Tee Set, died of cancer on September 5th, 2002, at the age of 55. The Dutch band reached number five on the Billboard Pop chart in 1970 with "Ma Belle Amie"
Joe Tex - soul singer whose hits included "I Gotcha" and "Skinny Legs and All" died of a heart attack, August 12th, 1982 at the age of 49
Gary Thain - former bassist of the British band Uriah Heep, died December 8th, 1975 of a heroin overdose. He was 27
Rufus Thomas - R&B singer whose biggest Pop hit was "Walkin' The Dog" in 1963, died on December 15th, 2001, following a short illness. He was 84
Tony Thompson - drummer for Chic, passed away on November 12th, 2003 from renal cell cancer at the age of 48. Thompson played on all the Chic hits, including "Dance, Dance, Dance", "Le Freak", "I Want Your Love" and "Good Times".
Hughie Thomasson - guitarist for The Outlaws on their 1975 hit "There Goes Another Love Song" died of a heart attack on September 9th, 2007, at the age of 55
Billy Thorpe - who had over 20 hits in Australia and influenced many American artists with his 1979 album, "Children Of The Sun", died following a massive heart attack on February 28th, 2007, at the age of 60
Johnny Thunders - guitarist who rose to fame with The New York Dolls, died on April 23rd, 1991 at the age of 38. The cause of death appeared to be drug-related, but it has been speculated that foul play may have been involved
Sonny Til - lead singer of The Orioles died of a heart attack on December 9th, 1981 at the age of 51. His group had a hit with "Crying In The Chapel" in 1953
Georgeanna Tillman - of The Marvelettes, who scored a number one hit with "Please Mr Postman" in 1961, died on Jan 6th 1980 of sickle cell anemia at the age of 35
Ivory Tilmon - of The Detroit Emeralds died of a heart attack on July 6th 1982 at the age of 37. The group reached #24 on the Hot 100 in 1972 with "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms"
Tiny Tim - who reached number 17 in 1968 with "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips", had a heart attack while on stage and died shortly after on November 30th, 1996 at age 63
Mel TormÃ© - passed away on June 5th 1999, at the age of 73, from complications caused by a stroke
Peter Tosh - the guitarist in the original Wailing Wailers with Bob Marley was brutally murdered at his Jamaican home on September 11th, 1987, in his 43rd year. Though robbery was officially said to be the motivation behind Tosh's death, many believe that there were ulterior motives to the killing, citing that nothing was taken from the house
Ed Townsend - who scored a #13 hit with "For Your Love" in 1958, died of heart failure on August 13th, 2003, at the age of 74
Ron Townson - vocalist with The Fifth Dimension, died in his home in Las Vegas on August 2nd, 2001 at age sixty-eight. He suffered renal failure after a four-year battle with kidney disease
Mary Travers - the striking blonde in the Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary died September 16th, 2009 after suffering from leukemia for several years. She was 72. Mary's lead vocal can be heard on the group's biggest hit, 1969's "Leaving On A Jet Plane"
Roland Trone - "Don" of Don & Juan, who reached number seven with "What's Your Name" in 1962, died in May 1982, at the age of 45
Domenic Troiano - guitarist for The Guess Who and The James Gang, died of cancer on May 25th, 2005. He was 59
Doris Troy - the big voiced singer of the 1963 hit "Just One Look", died of emphysema on February 16th, 2004 at the age of 67
Andrea True - Disco star and actress who had Top 40 hits with "More, More, More" (1976) and "N.Y. You Got Me Dancing" (1977), died of undisclosed causes on November 7th, 2011 at the age of 68
Mick Tucker - drummer for Sweet, who hit #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1975 with "Ballroom Blitz", died of leukemia on February 14th 2002. He was 53
Tommy Tucker - who hit number eleven in 1964 with "Hi-Heel Sneakers", died of poisoning on January 22nd, 1982, at the age of 42
Mark Tulin - bassist for The Electric Prunes on their 1967 hit "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)", suffered a fatal heart attack on February 26th, 2011, at the age of 62
Big Joe Turner - a Jazz and Blues artist who became an early founder of Rock and Roll when he released "Shake, Rattle and Roll" in 1954. Turner suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 74 on November 24th, 1985
Ike Turner - whose role as one of Rock and Roll's most inovative architects was overshadowed by his image as the man who abused former wife and singing partner Tina Turner, suffered a fatal heart attack on December 12th, 2007. He was 76
Conway Twitty - had an early pop hit with "It's Only Make Believe", died of a heart attack after stomach surgery in Springfield, Missouri, June 5th, 1993
Rob Tyner - lead singer of the MC5, died of heart failure at the age of 46, on September 18th, 1991
Gary Usher - led the studio group The Hondells to the Top 10 in 1964 with "Little Honda", died of cancer on May 25th, 1990. He was 51
Ritchie Valens - singer of "Oh Donna" and "La Bamba", died in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and J.P. Richardson on February 3rd, 1959
Sylvia Vanderpool - who teamed with guitarist Micky Baker to form Micky and Sylvia. They scored a Billboard R&B #1 and Pop #11 hit "Love Is Strange" in 1957. In 1970 she found success as a songwriter, penning The Moments' "Love On A Two Way Street" and also scored a solo #1 hit in 1973 with "Pillow Talk". Sylvia died of congestive heart failure on September 29th, 2011, at the age of 75
Luther Vandross - the silky smooth voiced R&B singer died on July 1st, 2005 at the age of 54, two years after suffering a major stroke.
Joey Vann - of The Duprees, died on February 28th, 1984 at the age of 40. The group had four Top 40 hits, including 1962's "You Belong To Me"
Randy VanWarmer - who reached #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1979 with "Just When I Needed You Most" died of leukemia on January 12th, 2004, at the age of 48
Ronnie Van Zant - member of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose single "Sweet Home Alabama" reached number 8 in 1974, died with several other band members in a small plane crash on October 20th, 1977. He was just 29
Stevie Ray Vaughan - guitarist whose highly charged and expressive solos turned a new generation on to Rock / Blues in the 1980s, was killed on August 27th, 1990, when the helicopter he was taking from a gig in East Troy, Wisconsin to a show in Chicago, crashed in dense fog, killing everyone on board. Vaughn was 35 years old
Lolly Vegas - lead singer and guitarist for Redbone, died of cancer on March 4th, 2010 at the age of 70. The band is most often remembered for their 1974, Billboard #5 hit "Come And Get Your Love"
Mariska Veres - vocalist for Shocking Blue on their mega hit "Venus", died of cancer on December 2nd, 2006, at the age of 59
Henry Vestine - guitarist for Canned Heat, died on October 20th, 1997 at the age of 52 from heart and respiratory failure
Sid Vicious - bassist for the punk rock group the Sex Pistols, died from an accumulation of fluid on the lungs, characteristic of heroin abuse, on February 2nd, 1979. He was just 21 years old
Gene Vincent - recorded "Be-Bop-A-Lula" in 1957, died at the age of 36 following a seizure brought on by a bleeding ulcer on October 12th, 1971 at his parent's California home. Sadly, no one in his family had any money and the city of Los Angeles had to bury him
Janet Vogel - sang soprano for The Skyliners on their 1959, US number one hit, "Since I Don't Have You", committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning on February 21st, 1980. She was 37
Roger Voudouris - singer / songwriter / guitarist who reached #21 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1979 with "Get Used To It", died August 3rd, 2003, at the age of 48, after suffering from liver disease for some time. Although his success was limited in the U.S., he enjoyed a strong following in Japan and Australia
Wayne Wadhams - the keyboard player and lead vocalist for The Fifth Estate on their 1967 hit "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead", died August 19th, 2008. He was 61
Steve Wahrer - drummer and vocalist for The Trashmen on their 1964 hit "Surfin' Bird", died of throat cancer on January 21st 1989, at the age of 47
John Walker - lead vocalist for The Walker Brothers, who enjoyed Billboard Top 20 hits with "Make It Easy On Yourself" in 1965 and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" in 1966, died of liver cancer on May 7th, 2011. He was 67
Junior Walker - leader of the All-Stars on "Shotgun", "What Does It Take" and "Roadrunner", died of cancer on Nov 23rd, 1995 at the age of 64
Jerry Wallace - singer / guitarist who placed seven songs on Billboard's Top 40, including the 1959, #8 hit "Primrose Lane", died on May 5th, 2008, at the age of 79, after suffering congestive heart failure
Gordon Waller - of the Pop duo Peter and Gordon died of cardiac arrest on July 17th, 2009 at the age of 64. The pair were part of the 1960s British Invasion and had a string of hits including "A World Without Love", "I Don't Want To See You Again", "I Go to Pieces" and "Lady Godiva".
Clint Warwick - the original bass player for The Moody Blues died from liver disease on May 18th, 2004 at the age of 63. Clint left the band in 1966 after playing on their only number one hit, "Go Now"
Muddy Waters - blues guitarist whose real name was McKinley Morganfield, died of a heart attack at the age of 68 on April 30th, 1983
Johnny "Guitar" Watson - whose greatest chart success was "Those Lonely Lonely Nights", which hit the US R&B Top 10 in 1955, died of a heart attack on the 17th May, 1996
Carl Wayne - the lead singer of influential 1960s Pop group the Move, died of oesophageal cancer on August 31st, 2004, at the age of 61
Thomas Wayne (Perkins) - who reached #5 in the US in 1959 with "Tragedy", died on August 15th 1971 at the age of 31 when he drove his car across four lanes of traffic, over a median and slammed into an oncoming car. Some believe he committed suicide as he had earlier confessed to a friend that he once parked his car across both lanes of an interstate highway at night and turned off his lights. Fortunately the first person on the scene was a highway patrolman who arrested him
Laura Webb - of the R&B quintet The Bobbettes, who scored a Billboard number six hit with "Mr. Lee" in 1957, died of cancer on January 8th, 2001
Charlie Webber - of The Swingin' Medallions, died of cancer on January 17th, 2003, at the age of 57. The group is best known for their 1966 hit, "Double Shot Of My Baby's Love"
Bob Welch - a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974 who went on to enjoy a successful solo career with hits such as "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes" died on June 7th, 2012, of an apparent suicide. He was 66
Mary Wells - known for her hits "My Guy" and "You Beat Me To The Punch," died of cancer at age 49 on July 26th, 1992
Vince Welnick - keyboard player for The Tubes and later The Grateful Dead, died on June 2nd, 2006. The 55-year-old musician stood on a hillside behind his Forestville home and drew a knife across his throat in front of his wife
Jimmy Weston - lead singer of The Danleers, died on June 10th 1993. The Brooklyn, New York doo-wop group is most often remembered for their 1958 hit "One Summer Night"
Clarence White - guitarist with the Byrds, died on July 14th, 1973, after being hit by a car in Lancaster, California. He was 29. White joined the Byrds in 1968, after the group had recorded their hits as "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Eight Miles High"
Barry White - known for his lush baritone voice and lyrics that oozed sex appeal on the hits "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" and "You're The First, The Last, My Everything", died following kidney failure on Thursday, July 4th, 2003, at the age of 58
Carl White - a member of The Rivingtons and co-writer of "Papa Oom Mow Mow" and "The Bird Is The Word", died January 9th, 1980 of acute tonsillitis. He was 47. A group called The Trashmen combined his two songs into "Surfin' Bird" and gained a #4 hit in 1964
Ronnie White - of The Miracles, died of leukemia on August 26th, 1995. He was 56
Danny Whitten - an American musician and songwriter best known for his work with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and for the song "I Don't Want To Talk About It", a hit for Rita Coolidge and Rod Stewart, died November 18th, 1972 after an alleged heroin overdose. He was 29
Rick "Tim Tam" Wiesend - lead singer of Tim Tam and the Turn-Ons, died of cancer on October 22nd, 2003 at the age of 60. The band's only U.S. chart appearance was "Wait A Minute" in 1966
Leon Wilkeson - bassist for the 70's southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead on July 27th, 2001 in a Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida hotel room. Allegedly suffering from chronic liver and lung disease, the actual cause of death was deemed "from natural causes". He was 49
John Wilkinson - guitarist who accompanied Elvis Presley for more than a thousand shows as a member of the TCB Band, died January 11th, 2013 at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer
Andy Williams - mellow-voiced singer who placed 27 songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1956 and 1972, passed away on September 26th, 2012 at the age of 84, after a yearlong battle with bladder cancer
Flemming Williams - lead singer for The Hues Corporation on their 1974 hit "Rock The Boat", died of drug related causes in September, 1992
George Williams - vocalist for The Tymes died of cancer on July 28th, 2004, at the age of 68. The Philadelphia quartet topped the Billboard chart in 1963 with "So Much In Love" and reached #1 in the UK in 1975 with "Ms Grace"
Lamar Williams - the bassist who joined the Allman Brothers Band in late 1972 after the death of original bassist Berry Oakley and played in the band at the peak of their commercial success, died of lung cancer on January 21st, 1983. He was just 34 years old
Larry Williams - had hit songs with "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and "Bony Maronie", was found dead on January 7th, 1980 at his Los Angeles home of a gunshot wound to the head. The medical examiner called the death a suicide, but rumours persisted for years after his death that he was murdered because of his involvement in drugs and crime
Milan B. Williams - one of the founding members for the Commodores, died on July 9th, 2006 after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 58. He wrote the band's first hit, "Machine Gun"
Paul Williams - of The Temptaions, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound on August 17th, 1973 at the age of 34. Williams had left the Temptations in 1971 because of poor health
Tony Williams - of The Platters died of emphysema at the age of 64 on August 14th, 1992. He sang most of the group's hits up until 1961 when he was replaced by Sonny Turner
Wendy O. Williams - lead singer of the late 70s / early 80s punk band The Plasmatics, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head on April 6th, 1998. She was 48
Chuck Willis - R&B singer / songwriter who placed four songs on the Billboard Top 40, including "C.C. Rider" (#12 in 1957) and "What Am I Living For?" (#9 in 1958), died of a perforated ulcer on April 10th, 1958 at the age of 30
Al Wilson - Soul singer and songwriter who had a number of US hits, including "The Snake" in 1968 and the Billboard #1 smash "Show and Tell" in 1974, died of kidney failure on April 21st, 2008. He was 68
Al Wilson - vocalist and harmonica player for Canned Heat on their hits "On The Road Again" and "Going Up The Country", committed suicide on September 3rd, 1970, in Topanga Canyon, California, when it turned out that he couldn't save a redwood forest from being cut by a timber company. He was 27
Barry Wilson - drummer for Procol Harum, died on October 8th, 1990 after months in a coma following a car accident. He was 43
Bernie Wilson - the baritone voice of Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, who produced the 1972 hit "If You Don't Know Me by Now", died on December 26th, 2010, following a stroke and a heart attack. He was 64
Carl Wilson - lead guitar player of The Beach Boys, died of cancer, with his family at his bedside on February 6th, 1998. He was 51
Dennis Wilson - drummer for The Beach Boys, jumped over board from his yacht at Marina Del Ray Harbour in Los Angeles and drowned, on Dec. 28th, 1983. He was 39
J. Frank Wilson - One of rock's eeriest stories began on October 23rd, 1964. While his teenaged death song, "Last Kiss" was in the US Top Ten, Wilson, his bandmates and the record's producer, Sonley Roush, were involved in a head-on collision that killed Roush. Wilson never recorded a hit song again and died in a nursing home on October 4th, 1991, a few months shy of his fiftieth birthday
Jackie Wilson - passed away on January 21st, 1984, in Mount Holly, NJ, at Burlington County Memorial Hospital, at the age of 49. He had suffered a heart attack while singing "Lonely Teardrops" at the Latin Casino in New Jersey during a performance in 1975 and hit his head in the fall. Wilson suffered brain damage and required permanent care the rest of his life
Robert Wilson - bassist for The Gap Band, passed away on August 15th, 2010 at the age of 53. In a career that started in the late '70s, the group has had four platinum albums and fifteen Top Ten hits, including four that made it to number one
Ron Wilson - The Surfaris' drummer who recorded rock and roll's most influential drum solo, "Wipe Out", died of a brain aneurysm on May 7th, 1989, at the age of 43
Kurt Winter - guitarist who replaced Randy Bachman in The Guess Who, died after a longtime illness of complications from bleeding ulcers. He is best remembered for his contributions and writing credits on the hits "Clap For the Wolfman", "Hand Me Down World" and "Rain Dance".
Wolfman Jack - the disc jockey featured in the movie "American Graffiti", died of a heart attack on July 1st, 1995 at the age of 57. He had just completed a 20-day trip to promote his new book "Have Mercy, The Confession of the Original Party Animal", about his early career and parties with celebrities. He walked up the driveway of his home, went inside to hug his wife and collapsed. The Wolfman's real name was Bob Smith
Tom "T-Bone" Wolk - who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall and John Oates and also recorded with Elvis Costello and Billy Joel, died February 27th, 2010 of an apparent heart attack. He was 58
Chris Wood - a founding member of the English rock band Traffic, along with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Dave Mason. He died of pneumonia on July 12th, 1983 at the age of 39
Ali-Ollie Woodson - who led The Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including "Treat Her Like A Lady", "Sail Away" and "Lady Soul", died of cancer at the age of 58 on May 31st, 2010
Douglas Allen Woody - bass guitarist best known for his tenures with The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, The Artimus Pyle Band, The Peter Criss Band, Blue Floyd, and Montage, died on August 26th, 2000 at the age of 44
Sheb Wooley - best remembered for his 1958 #1 tune, "The Purple People Eater", died of leukemia on September 16th, 2003, at the age of 82. He charted a total of nine times, with many of his hits being parodies of other popular songs. As an actor, he appeared in more than 60 films, including "High Noon" and "Giant." He also appeared as Pete Nolan in the U.S. television series "Rawhide"
Link Wray - the electric guitar innovator who is often credited as the father of the power chord, died at his home in Copenhagen on November 5th, 2005, of natural causes. He was seventy-six. His 1959 instrumental, "Rumble" was banned by many radio stations, even thought it had no lyrics what so ever
Jimmy Wright - drummer for Five Americans on their 1967, #5 US hit, "Western Union", passed away on January 30th, 2012
Norman Wright - vocalist for The Del-Vikings on their hits "Come Go With Me", "Whispering Bells" and "Cool Shake", passed away on April 23rd, 2010 at the age of 73
Rick Wright - a founding member of Pink Floyd died of cancer at the age of 65 on September 15th, 2008
Syreeta Wright - who teamed up with Billy Preston on the 1980, number 1 US hit "With You I'm Born Again", passed away on July 6th, 2004 after a two-year battle with bone cancer. She was 58
Philippe Wynne - former lead singer of the Spinners, suffered a fatal heart attack while on stage in Oakland California on July 14th, 1984. He was 43
Zal Yanovsky - guitarist for The Lovin' Spoonful, suffered a fatal heart attack on December 13th, 2002 at his Kingston, Ontario, Canada farm. He was 58
Dennis Yost - lead singer of The Classics IV on a string of hits in the late '60s, including "Spooky", "Stormy", "Traces" and "Everyday With You Girl", died on December 7th, 2008, of respiratory failure at the age of 65
Eldee Young - bass player with the Ramsey Lewis Trio on the instrumental smash "The In Crowd" in 1965 and who later formed Young-Holt Unlimited and reached #3 with "Soulful Strut" in 1968, died of an apparent heart attack on February 12th, 2007, in Thailand, where he was performing. He was 71
Faron Young - who reached number 12 on the US pop chart in 1961 with the country cross-over hit "Hello Walls", died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 10th, 1996, at the age of 64
Timi Yuro - was just 18 years old when she reached #4 on the US charts in 1961 with a song called "Hurt", succumbed to brain cancer March 30th, 2004. She was 62
Frank Zappa - died of prostate cancer on December 4th, 1993 at the age of 52
Warren Zevon - singer / songwriter best remembered for his 1978 breakthrough album "Excitable Boy", which contained his only hit single, "Werewolves Of London", died of lung cancer on September 7th, 2003 at the age of 56