R.I.P. 2019

Published on January 2nd, 2019 | by Gerry Galipault


R.I.P. 2019

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

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

Ken Nordine (“Word Jazz” creator and host)

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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