Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2017

More Musicians Who Have Passed Away in 2017

Ben Hagler - 12/25; Montgomery, AL-based singer/drummer; cause undisclosed; was 47.

Pam "The Funktress" Warren - 12/22; Bay Area-based DJ for Prince and The Coup; suffered organ failure; was 51.

Roswell Rudd - 12/21; avant-garde jazz trombonist; suffered from prostate cancer; was 82. 

Kim Jonghyun - 12/18; lead singer of South Korean pop group SHINee; committed suicide; was 27.

Keely Smith - 12/16; jazz singer performed with first husband Louis Prima; they won a Grammy award in 1959 for "That Ol' Black Magic"; suffered heart failure; was 89.

Ralph Carney - 12/16; Ohio-born multi-instrumentalist played with Tin Huey; uncle of Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney; head injury from fall; was 61.

Richard Dobson - 12/16; Texas-born country singer-songwriter; cause undisclosed; was 75.

Dan Spears - 12/7; Willie Nelson's longtime bass player took a fall outsider his Nashville home; was 62.

James "Sunny" Murray - 12/7; jazz drummer played with Cecil Taylor and others; suffered from organ failure; was 81.

Tommy Keene - 11/22; Illinois-born singer-songwriter; cause undisclosed; was 59.

George Avakian - 11/22; produced jazz albums by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and many more; cause undisclosed; was 98.

Jon Hendricks - 11/22; member of the '50s vocal-jazz group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross; cause undisclosed; was 96.

Wayne Cochran - 11/21; had No. 2 hit with "Last Kiss" in 1964; suffered from cancer; was 78.

Della Reese - 11/19; actress and singer had a No. 2 hit with "Don't You Know" in 1959; suffered from diabetes; was 86. 

Ben Riley - 11/18; jazz drummer played with Thelonious Monk and many others; cause undisclosed; was 84.

Lil Peep (Gustav Ahr) - 11/15; Long Island, NY-based rapper; died of a drug overdose; was 21.

Chuck Mosley - 11/9; Faith No More's original lead singer; died of a heroin overdose; was 57.

Paul Buckmaster - 11/7; musical arranger for Elton John, David Bowie, Miles Davis and many others; cause undisclosed; was 71.

Keith Wilder - 10/29; lead singer of '70s pop-funk band Heatwave; cause undisclosed; was 65.

Chuck Blackwell - 10/23; Tulsa-based drummer played with Leon Russell. Joe Cocker and others; casue undislcosed; was 77.

George Young - 10/22; guitarist and songwriter in '60s Austrailian band The Easybeats; wrote their hit song, "Friday on My Mind" (No. 16, 1967); also co-produced AC/DC's first five albums; cause undisclosed; was 70.

Gord Downie - 10/17; lead singer in the Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip; suffered from brain cancer ; was 53.

Debbie Wright - 10/15; singer in the George Clinton girl group, Parlet; cause undisclosed; was 66.

Grady Tate - 10/8; jazz drummer and singer; suffered from dementia; was 85.

Eric Harmon - 10/4; drummer in Oklahoma's Chainsaw Kittens; cause undisclosed; was 48.

Skip Haynes (nee Eugene Heitlinger) - 10/2 - guitarist in Chicago-based rock band Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah best known for their 1971 regional hit single, "Lake Shore Drive," written by Haynes; cause undisclosed; was 71.

Alethia "Aly" Prudence - 10/2; Las Vegas-area bassist; committed suicide.

DJ Stef (Stephanie Ornelas) - 10/1; Bay Area mixmaster and founder of the Vinyl Exchange; suffered a heart attack; was 55.

CeDell Davis; 9/27; disabled blues singer-guitarist from Arkansas; cause undisclosed; was 91.

Charles Bradley - 9/23; R&B singer; suffered from stomach and liver cancer; was 68.

Johnny Sandlin - 9/19; produced the Allman Brothers' Brothers and Sisters album (1973) and many others by Widespread Panic, Wet Willie, the Dixie Dregs and more; suffered from cancer; was 72.

Mark Selby - 9/18; C&W singer-songwriter; suffered from cancer; was 56.

Grant Hart - 9/13; Husker Du drummer; suffered from liver cancer; was 56.

Virgil Howe - 9/12; son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe and drummer in Little Barrie; cause undisclosed; was 42

Troy Gentry - 9/8; half of the C&W duo Montgomery Gentry; died in a helicopter crash in Medford, NJ; was 50.

Don Williams - 9/8; had 17 No. 1 country singles, including "Tulsa Time; cause undisclosed; was 78.

Rick Stevens - 9/5; lead singer in Tower of Power (that's him on "You're Still a Young Man"); suffered from cancer;  was 77.

Joe Eddy Hines - 8/30; Austin-based guitarist played with Alejandro Escovedo and Hellapeno; suffered from cancer; was 63.

John Abercrombie – 8/22; jazz guitarist, suffered heart attack; was 72.

Barbara Cook - 8/8; Broadway and cabaret singer; suffered respiratory failure; was 89.

Donovan McKitty – 8/1; Jamaican-born guitarist, played with Steel Pulse and the Cannabis Cup Band; cause undisclosed; was 62.

Michael Johnson - 7/25; had No. 12 hit with "Bluer Than Blue" in 1978; cause undisclosed; was 72.

Bobby Taylor - 7/22; Motown singer had R&B  hit with "Does Your Mama Know About Me," co-written by Tommy Chong, in 1968; suffered from cancer; was 83.

Barbara Weldens - 7/19; French singer; suffered heart attack after being electrocuted on stage at French music festival; was 35.

David Zablidowsky - 7/14; Adrenaline Mob bassist; auto accident; was 38.

Fresh Kid Ice (Christopher Wong Won) - 7/11; founding member of 2 Live Crew; cause undisclosed; was 53.

• Curtis Storey - 7/7; Fishbone trumpet player from 2005-2007; cause and age undisclosed.

John Blackwell Jr. - 7/4; drummer in Prince's New Power Generation; suffered from brain cancer; was 43.

Gary DeCarlo - 6/28; lead singer in the group Steam; co-wrote their No. 1 song, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," in 1969; suffered from lung cancer; was 75.

Geri Allen - 6/27; jazz pianist; suffered from cancer; was 60.

Dave Rosser - 6/27; Afghan Whigs guitarist; suffered from colon cancer; was 50.

Anita Pallenberg - 6/13; actress and girlfriend of Rolling Stones Keith Richards and Brian Jones; suffered from hepatitis C; was 75.

Scott Brandon - 6/13; Drunk Stuntmen bassist; cause undisclosed; was 44.

Matt Reynolds - 6/3; singer/songwriter and Dark Star Orchestra's tour manager; cause undisclosed; was 37.

Jimmy LaFave - 5/21; Austin-based singer/guitarist; had cancer; was 61.

Robert Miles (Roberta Concina) - 5/9; Swiss trance producer and DJ; cause undisclosed; was 47.

Kerry Turman - 4/23; played bass in the Temptations since the '80s; died after a show in Missouri; cause undisclosed; was 59.

Allan Holdsworth - 4/15; British guitarist who played in the Soft Machine, Gong and the Tony Williams Lifetime, and with Jean-Luc Ponty; suffered a heart attack; was 70.

Sylvia Moy - 4/14; Motown songwriter co-wrote "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "My Cheri Amour" with Stevie Wonder; cause undisclosed; was 78.

Bruce Langhorne - 4/14; folk-rock guitarist played with Bob Dylan in the '60s; suffered kidney failure; was 78.

Paul O'Neill - 4/5; founded the Trans-Siberian Orchestra; suffered a prescription drug overdose; was 61.

Lonnie Brooks - 4/1; blues guitarist; cause undisclosed; was 83.

Arthur Blythe - 3/27; jazz saxophonist; suffered from Parkinson's disease; was 76.

Clem Curtis - 3/27; Foundations singer; cause undisclosed; was 76.

Tommy LiPuma - 3/13; record industry executiuve and producer; cause undisclosed; was 80.

Johnny Moore - 3/8; Seattle-based rapper known as MC Wordsayer; cause undisclosed; was 47.

Dave Valentin - 3/8; Bronx-born jazz flutist; suffered from Parkinson's and stroke; was 64.

Tommy Page - 3/3; record company executive, Billboard publisher and singer of the No.1 hit, "I'll Be Your Everything Everything," in 1990; commited suicide; was 46.

Barbara Carroll - 2/12; cabaret jazz singer; was 92.

John Wetton - 1/31; KIng Crimson and Asia bassist; suffered from colon cancer; was 67.

Jaki Liebezeit - 1/22; Can drummer; suffered from preumonia; was 78.

Greg Trooper - 1/15; country singer-songwriter led the Greg Trooper Band; suffered from pancreatic cancer; was 61.

Mike Gabby" Gaborno - 1/4; lead singer in the Cadillac Tramps; suffered from liver cancer; was 51.


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