Passings 2007: Music

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Del Reeves, 74

Grand Ole Opry star ("Girl on the Billboard.") Jan. 1.
Pete Kleinow, 72

Ace steel guitar player with the Flying Burrito Brothers. Jan. 6.
Michael Brecker, 57

Versatile tenor saxophonist; won 11 Grammys. Jan. 13.
Pookie Hudson, 72

Lead singer for Spaniels doo wop group ("Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight.") Jan. 16.
Denny Doherty, 66

Member of 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas ("California Dreamin'.") Jan. 19.
Gian Carlo Menotti, 95

Pulitzer-winning Italian composer ("The Consul," "Amahl and the Night Visitors"); founded Spoleto arts festivals. Feb. 1.
Joe Hunter, 79

Motown's first bandleader; three-time Grammy winner with the Funk Brothers. Feb. 2.
Eric von Schmidt, 75

A mainstay of the blues and folk scene in the 1950s and 1960s who influenced Bob Dylan. Feb. 2.
Billy Henderson, 67

Member of the Spinners ("Could It Be I'm Falling in Love.") Feb. 2.
Frankie Laine, 93

Big-voiced singer; one of the most popular entertainers of the 1950s ("That Lucky Old Sun.") Feb. 6.
Ray Evans, 92

Oscar-winning songwriter ("Mona Lisa," "Buttons and Bows.") Feb. 15.
Mark Spoelstra, 66

Singer who was an important figure in the folk music renaissance of the 1960s. Feb. 25.
Bobby Rosengarden, 82

Jazz drummer; bandleader for "The Dick Cavett Show." Feb. 27.
Brad Delp, 55

Lead singer for the band Boston ("More Than a Feeling.") March 9. Suicide.
Carol Richards, 84

Singer; teamed with Bing Crosby on "Silver Bells." March 16.
Luther Ingram, 69

R&B singer and songwriter known for "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)." March 19.
Walter Turnbull, 62

Founded acclaimed Boys Choir of Harlem. March 23.
Henson Cargill, 66

Country singer ("Skip a Rope.") March 24.
Danny Barcelona, 77

Drummer with Louis Armstrong. April 1.
Don Ho, 76

Hawaiian crooner ("Tiny Bubbles"); entertained tourists. April 14.
James B. Davis Sr., 90

Founded gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds. April 17.
Andrew Hill, 75

Jazz pianist, composer known for complex post-bop style. April 20.
Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 69

Did his dead-on Boris Karloff impression in the novelty hit "Monster Mash." April 25.
Mstislav Rostropovich, 80

Ebullient master cellist who fought for the rights of Soviet-era dissidents. April 27.
Tommy Newsom, 78

"The Tonight Show" musician whose "Mr. Excitement" nickname was a running joke for Johnny Carson. April 28.
Zola Taylor, 69

Singer with the Platters ("The Great Pretender.") April 30.
Nellie Lutcher, 93

Jazz vocalist ("He's a Real Gone Guy.") June 8.
Hank Medress, 68

Singer with the doo wop group the Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight.") June 18.
Antonio Aguilar, 88

Mariachi singer, actor during Mexican cinema's Golden Era. June 19.
George McCorkle, 60

Marshall Tucker Band member; wrote ``Fire on the Mountain.'' June 29. Cancer.
Beverly Sills, 78

Opera diva with a dazzling voice, bubbly personality. July 2.
Hy Zaret, 99

Wrote haunting lyrics to "Unchained Melody." July 2.
Boots Randolph, 80

His spirited saxophone made "Yakety Sax" a hit. July 3.
Regine Crespin, 80

French opera great. July 5.
Teresa Stich-Randall, 79

American soprano; became a leading opera singer in Austria. July 17.
Jerry Hadley, 55

Tenor known for his agile voice. July 18. Apparent suicide.
Sekou Sundiata, 58

Poet, recording artist ("The Blue Oneness of Dreams.") July 18.
Ron Miller, 74

Songwriter ("For Once in My Life.") July 23.
Art Davis, 73

Renowned jazz bassist. July 29.
Tommy Makem, 74

Irish singer; starred with the Clancy Brothers during the folk music boom. Aug. 1.
Lee Hazlewood, 78

Singer, songwriter; produced Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." Aug. 4.
Merv Griffin, 82

Singer turned TV host turned impresario who parlayed game shows into a multimillion-dollar empire. Aug. 12. |
Max Roach, 83

Jazz drummer whose rhythmic innovations defined bebop. Aug. 16.
Hilly Kristal, 75

His Manhattan club CBGB served as birthplace of punk rock. Aug. 28.
Janis Martin, 67

Rockabilly pioneer billed as "The Female Elvis." ("Will You Willyum.") Sept. 3.
Luciano Pavarotti, 71

Opera superstar hailed as "king of the high C's." Sept. 6. |
Joe Zawinul, 75

Jazz keyboardist; one of the creators of jazz-rock fusion with Weather Report ("Birdland.") Sept. 11.
Werner von Trapp, 91

Member of singing family made famous by "The Sound of Music." Oct. 11.
Teresa Brewer, 76

She topped the charts in the 1950s ("Till I Waltz Again With You.") Oct. 17.
Lucky Dube, 43

South African reggae star. Oct. 18. Shot in apparent carjacking attempt.
Porter Wagoner, 80

Grand Ole Opry star; helped launch the career of Dolly Parton. Oct. 28.
George Osmond, 90

Patriarch of singing Osmond family. Nov. 6.
Hank Thompson, 82

Country singer, bandleader ("The Wild Side of Life.") Nov. 6.
Donda West, 58

Mother of Kanye West. Nov. 10, after undergoing plastic surgery.
Hy Lit, 73

One of Philadelphia's hottest DJs during heyday of
rock 'n' roll. Nov. 17.
Kevin Dubrow, 52

Lead singer for heavy metal band Quiet Riot
("Cum on Feel the Noize.") Found Nov. 25.
Pimp C, 33

Rapper with the Texas hip-hop group Underground Kingz ("Super Tight.") Found Dec. 4.
Karlheinz Stockhausen, 79

Avant-garde German composer; pioneer of electronic music. Dec. 5.
Ike Turner, 76

Role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his image as the man who abused former wife Tina Turner. Dec. 12. |
Dan Fogelberg, 56

Singer/songwroters whose gentle, poignant hits ("Longer," "Leader of the Band") helped define soft-rock. Dec. 16. Cancer.
Oscar Peterson, 82

Jazz pianist whose hard-driving swing and
melodic improvisations were hugely influential. Dec. 23.
Passings 2007