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

Roni Stoneman (“First Lady of Banjo” and “Hee Haw” cast member) 

Vitalij Kuprij (keyboardist toured with Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

Rudolf Jansen (Dutch pianist)

Rita McKenzie (actress-singer and star of the long-running one-woman show “Ethel Merman’s Broadway”)

Etterlene DeBarge (gospel singer and matriarch of the DeBarge family)

Ben Lanzarone (composer behind music in such hit shows as “The Love Boat” and “Happy Days”)

Steve Wright (BBC Radio 2 disc jockey)

Ian “Tich” Amey (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)

Dexter Romweber (Flat Duo Jets)

Randy Sparks (founder of The New Christy Minstrels and The Back Porch Majority)

Greg “Fritz” Hinz (Helix drummer)

Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez Smith (opera star)

Jimmy Van Eaton (early rock ‘n’ roll drummer who played at Sun Records)

Donald Kinsey (The Kinsey Report)

Derek McIntyre (Jamiroquai bassist)

Damo Suzuki (Can singer-musician)

Seiji Ozawa (legendary Japanese conductor)

Henry Fambrough (last surviving member of the Spinners)

Mojo Nixon (alt-rock singer-songwriter)

Toby Keith (country singer-songwriter)

Mallorca Lee (Ultra Sonic)

DJ Katapila (Ghanaian producer)

Aston “Family Man” Barrett (longtime bassist for Bob Marley and the Wailers)

Wayne Kramer (co-founder, guitarist and singer of MC5)

Chita Rivera (Tony-winning dancer, actress and singer)

Brian Griffin (music photographer)

Hinton Battle (Broadway actor and “Dreamgirls” star)

Melinda Wilson (wife and manager of Brian Wilson)

Melanie (pop/folk legend)

Margo Smith (country and gospel singer)

Susie Tennant (former Geffen Records executive who played a major role in the rise of Nirvana)

Frank Farian (founder and producer of Boney M and Milli Vanilli)

Norman Jewison (director of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Moonstruck,” etc.)

Laurie Johnson (“The Avengers” composer)

Marlena Shaw (R&B singer best known for “California Soul”)

Mary Weiss (lead singer of The Shangri-Las)

Luis Vasquez (singer-songwriter known as the Soft Moon)

Pluto Shervington (reggae singer)

Peter Schickele (musical parodist behind “P.D.Q. Bach”)

Jo-El Sonnier (Louisiana Cajun and country legend)

Bill Hayes (“The Ballad of Davy Crockett” singer and longtime star of “Days of Our Lives”)

Audie Blaylock (bluegrass singer-bandleader)

James Kottak (drummer for Scorpions and Kingdom Come)

Tony Clarkin (Magnum guitarist-songwriter)

Larry Collins (Collins Kids)

David Soul (“Don’t Give Up On Us” singer, “Starsky & Hutch” star)

Del Palmer (Kate Bush’s longtime bassist and engineer)

Glynis Johns (“Mary Poppins” star who also first sang Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns”)

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