R.I.P. 2019

Published on January 2nd, 2019 | by Gerry Galipault

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R.I.P. 2019

Notable musicians and other music-related figures who have died this year:

Joe Terry (Danny and the Juniors)

Les Reed (songwriter; wrote “It’s Not Unusual” and “Delilah” for Tom Jones, plus “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “The Last Waltz,” etc.)

Michiel Eikenaar (vocalist of Nihill)

Gary Stewart (veteran of Rhino Records and Apple Music)

Earl Thomas Conley (1980s country music star)

Jim Glaser (The Glaser Brothers)

Tiger Merritt (vocalist and guitarist of psychedelic rock band Morning Teleportation)

William Carvan Isles II (co-founder of The O’Jays)

Shawn Smith (former singer with Brad, Satchel and Pigeonhed)

Joe Quijano (“The King of Pachanga”)

Gerry Stickells (former Jimi Hendrix and Queen road and production manager)

Margaret Lewis Warwick (country songwriter)

Kim English (Chicago-born house vocalist)

Rick Elias (Contemporary Christian singer/guitarist/keyboardist)

Billy Adams (Rockabilly Hall of Famer)

Jenny Pagliaro (lead singer of Americana duo Roses and Cigarettes)

Nipsey Hussle (Grammy-nominated rapper)

David White (Danny and the Juniors)

Billy Clayton (pop singer and protégé of Charli XCX)

Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading (members of the Liverpool band Her’s, killed in a car crash)

Ranking Roger (The English Beat / General Public)

Scott Walker (eclectic singer-songwriter)

Tech 9 (rapper)

Justin Carter (country singer)

Bernie Tormé (former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist)

Dick Dale (The King of Surf Guitar)

Andre Williams (R&B singer; co-wrote “Shake a Tail Feather”)

Johnny Dark (legendary Memphis DJ)

John Kilzer (Memphis singer-songwriter)

Hal Blaine (Wrecking Crew drummer)

Kate Cook (former “Australian Idol” star)

Sara Romweber (Let’s Active drummer)

Keith Flint (The Prodigy)

Janice Freeman (former contestant on “The Voice”)

Hugh Fordin (cast album producer and founder of DRG Records)

Stephan Ellis (former Survivor bassist)

André Previn (musical polymath)

Andy Anderson (former drummer for The Cure)

Mark Hollis (Talk Talk)

Mac Wiseman (Country Music Hall of Fame and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member)

Dorothy Masuka (South African jazz musician)

Stanley Donen (director of movie musicals “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Funny Face,” “Two for the Road,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” etc.)

Peter Tork (The Monkees)

Fred Foster (country music producer and founder of Monument Records)

Alan Perdue (North Carolina bluegrass musician)

Skip Groff (record store owner and Minor Threat producer)

Kofi Burbridge (multi-instrumentalist for Tedeschi Trucks Band and Aquarium Rescue Unit)

Ken Nordine (“Word Jazz” creator and host)

Ethel Ennis (jazz singer who walked away from fame)

Kyle Yorlets (lead singer of Nashville rock band Carverton)

Jim Dunlop Sr. (guitar effects pioneer)

Gloria Jones (Jerry Garcia Band vocalist)

Guy Webster (rock photographer)

Ken Welch (longtime musician-composer for “The Carol Burnett Show,” and father of singer Gillian Welch)

Jacqueline Steiner (songwriter; “M.T.A.”)

Noel “Bunny” Brown (rocksteady singer)

Tim Landers (Transit and Cold Collective)

Paul Whaley (Blue Cheer drummer)

Harold Bradley (Country Music Hall of Fame guitarist)

Sanford Sylvan (baritone and Juilliard’s voice faculty chair)

James Ingram (soul-pop star)

Michel Legrand (Oscar-winning composer)

Dennis Loughlin (original lead singer of Sherbet)

Bruce Corbitt (vocalist for Warbeast and Rigor Mortis)

Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwean music legend)

Mike Ledbetter (Blues Music Awards-nominated singer)

Kaye Ballard (singer-actress)

Maxine Brown (The Browns)

Ted McKenna (drummer for Michael Schenker, Ian Gillan, Rory Gallagher and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band)

Linda Waterfall (folk singer-songwriter)

Reggie Young (in-demand session guitar played on “Son of a Preacher Man,” Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” etc.)

Chris Wilson (Australian blues singer-songwriter)

Lorna Doom (The Germs bassist)

Bonnie Guitar (country singer-guitarist)

Carol Channing (Broadway icon, starred in “Hello, Dolly!,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” etc.)

Whitey Shafer (country songwriter; “All My Ex’s Live In Texas,” “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind,” etc.)

Nitin Bali (Bollywood singer)

Willie Murphy (leader of Willie & the Bees)

Shirley Boone (wife of Pat Boone and daughter of Red Foley)

Larry Cunningham (The Floaters)

Clydie King (a member of the Raelettes and one of the most in-demand backup singers of the rock era)

Kevin Fret (Puerto Rican rapper-singer)

Christine McGuire (The McGuire Sisters)

Phil Thomas (country songwriter; “Colorado Kool-Aid,” “Drinkin’ My Way Back Home,” etc.)

Steve Ripley (guitarist and leader of The Tractors)

Daryl Dragon (Captain & Tennille)

Pegi Young (musician and former wife of Neil Young)

Dean Ford (lead singer of Marmalade)

R.I.P. 2018

R.I.P. 2017

R.I.P. 2016

R.I.P. 2015

R.I.P. 2014

R.I.P. 2013

R.I.P. 2012


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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



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