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:

Bob Frank (folk singer-songwriter)

Bill Vitt (session drummer who worked with Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders and the Sons of Champlin)

Alan Rogan (rock guitar tech who worked with The Who and many other big-name acts)

Pat Kelly (The Techniques)

Johnny Clegg (South African legend)

Russell Smith (Amazing Rhythm Aces)

Dick Boccelli (drummer for Bill Haley and His Comets)

Jerry Lawson (The Persuasians)

Gary LeMel (music supervisor for such movies as “The Bodyguard,” “The Big Chill” and “Ghostbusters”)

Lauren Valencia (artist manager at Roc Nation who represented My Chemical Romance, Grimes, etc.)

Johnny Kitagawa (Japanese boy-band producer)

Michael Colgrass (Pulitzer Prize-winning classical composer)

James Henke (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chief curator and longtime Rolling Stone writer-editor)

Jack Renner (founder and chief recording engineer of Telarc)

Martin Charnin (Tony-winning lyricist-writer who created and directed the Broadway musical “Annie”)

João Gilberto (Brazilian bossa nova legend)

Sid Ramin (Oscar/Grammy-winning “West Side Story” orchestrator)

Gary Duncan (Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist)

Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band)

Nature Ganganbaigal, aka Nature G (Tengger Cavalry)

Jerry Carrigan (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section member and legendary Nashville session drummer)

Dave Bartholomew (rock ‘n’ roll pioneer)

Elliot Roberts (artist manager; worked with Neil Young, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Eagles, Yes, Devo, etc.)

Dennis Farnon (last survivor of the Recording Academy’s five founders)

Kelly Jay (keyboardist for the 1970s Canadian band Crowbar)

Philippe Zdar (Cassius)

Jim Pike (co-founder of The Lettermen)

Peter Whitehead (British filmmaker who did early promo clips for the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, etc.)

Lil’ Buck Sinegal (zydeco/blues guitarist)

Lew Klein (executive producer of “American Bandstand” during its Philly years)

Chuck Glaser (The Glaser Brothers)

Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys)

Andre Matos (former frontman for the Brazilian rock bands Angra and Viper)

Brian Doherty (Big Wreck guitarist)

Dr. John (Rock and Roll Hall of Famer)

Mikey Dees (Fitz of Depression)

“Humble Harve” Miller (legendary Los Angeles DJ)

Ray Deaton (Illrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)

Lawrence Leathers (Grammy-winning jazz drummer)

Roky Erickson (The 13th Floor Elevators)

Leon Redbone (eclectic singer-songwriter)

Jeff Walls (Guadalcanal Diary)

Tony Glover (Koerner, Ray and Glover)

Ralph Murphy (veteran country songwriter)

Willie Ford (The Dramatics)

John Gary Williams (lead singer of the Stax group The Mad Lads)

Gabriel Diniz (Latin pop star)

Rosław Szaybo (designer of Judas Priest’s logo and album artwork and for other artists)

Jake Black (The Alabama 3)

Geneviève Waïte (actress/singer-songwriter; ex-wife of the Mamas and the Papas’ John Phillips and mother of Bijou Phillips)

Melvin Edmonds (After 7 singer and older brother of Babyface)

Eric Moore (The Godz)

Charles “Chuck” Barksdale (The Dells)

Leon Rausch (the voice of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys)

Mike Wilhelm (co-founder and lead guitarist of the San Francisco psychedelic rock band The Charlatans)

Doris Day (legendary singer and actress)

Beth Carvalho (Brazil’s “Godmother of Samba”)

Norma Miller (the “Queen of Swing”)

Adam Sky (Australian DJ)

J.R. Cobb (Atlanta Rhythm Section)

John Starling (The Seldom Scene)

Boon Gould (Level 42 founding member)

Phil McCormack (Molly Hatchet)

Heather Harper (operatic soprano)

Dave Samuels (Spyro Gyra)

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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