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We Will Always Remember

Over the years, many of our favorite artists have sadly departed this world for the next. Below is a listing of the most prominent, in order of passing. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive—many lesser-known musicians and group members have left us as well—but this page is consistent with the Gone But Not Forgotten and Memorial pages, which are sorted alphabetically by first name and by month of death, respectively.

1959
03 Feb - Buddy Holly
03 Feb  - The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson)
03 Feb - Ritchie Valens
 
1960
17 Apr - Eddie Cochran
 
1963
05 Mar - Patsy Cline
 
1964
14 Aug - Johnny Burnette
11 Dec - Sam Cooke
 
1965
20 Jan - Alan Freed
 
1966
18 Jul - Bobby Fuller
 
1967
10 Dec - Otis Redding
 
1968
27 Feb - Frankie Lymon
 
1969
03 Jul - Brian Jones
22 Oct - Tommy Edwards
 
1970
16 Mar - Tammi Terrell
18 Sep - Jimi Hendrix
04 Oct - Janis Joplin
 
1971
03 Jul - Jim Morrison
13 Aug - King Curtis
12 Oct - Gene Vincent
29 Oct - Duane Allman
 
1972
13 Jun - Clyde McPhatter (The Drifters)
02 Aug - Brian Cole (The Association)
11 Nov - Berry Oakley (The Allman Brothers Band)
 
1973
08 Mar - Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (Grateful Dead)
19 Sep - Gram Parsons
20 Sep - Jim Croce
20 Dec - Bobby Darin
 
1974
28 Feb - Bobby Bloom
29 Jul - Mama Cass Elliot
 
1975
24 Apr - Pete Ham (Badfinger)
01 Oct - Al Jackson, Jr. (Booker T. & the M.G.'s)
 
1976
22 Feb - Florence Ballard (Supremes)
14 May - Keith Relf (The Yardbirds)
 
1977
16 Aug - Elvis Presley
16 Sep - Marc Bolan
20 Oct - Cassie Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
20 Oct - Steve Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
20 Oct - Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
 
1978
05 Sep - Joe Negroni (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers)
07 Sep - Keith Moon
 
1979
13 Jan - Donny Hathaway
06 Jul - Van McCoy
12 Jul - Minnie Riperton
27 Sep - Jimmy McCulloch (Wings)

1980
06 Jan - Georgeanna Tillman (The Marvelettes)
25 Sep - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
08 Dec - John Lennon
29 Dec - Tim Hardin
 
1981
02 Jan - David Lynch (The Platters)
09 Feb - Bill Haley
05 Apr - Bob Hite (Canned Heat)
11 May - Bob Marley
16 Jul - Harry Chapin
 
1982
21 Feb - Murray "the K" Kaufman
13 Aug - Joe Tex
 
1983
28 Jan - Billy Fury
04 Feb - Karen Carpenter
28 Dec - Dennis Wilson
 
1984
21 Jan - Jackie Wilson
01 Apr - Marvin Gaye
06 Apr - Ral Donner
14 Jul - Philippé Wynne (The Spinners)
 
1985
12 Aug - Kyu Sakamoto
31 Dec - Ricky Nelson
 
1986
04 Mar - Richard Manuel (The Band)
22 Mar - Mark Dinning
31 Mar - O'Kelly Isley, Jr. (The Isley Brothers)
05 Nov - Bobby Nunn (The Coasters)
 
1987
20 Mar - Norman Harris (MFSB)
21 Mar - Dean Paul Martin (Dino, Desi, & Billy)
 
1988
10 Mar - Andy Gibb
09 Apr - Brook Benton
09 Apr - Dave Prater (Sam & Dave)
06 Dec - Roy Orbison

1989
06 Nov - Dickie Goodman
 
1990
08 Feb - Del Shannon
26 Feb - Cornell Gunter (The Coasters)
06 Sep - Tom Fogerty (CCR)
07 Dec - Dee Clark
 
1991
24 May - Gene Clark (The Byrds)
01 Jun - David Ruffin (Temptations)
04 Oct - J. Frank Wilson (The Cavaliers)
07 Nov - Carter Cornelius (Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose)
24 Nov - Eric Carr (KISS)
24 Nov - Freddie Mercury
 
1992
26 Jul - Mary Wells
05 Aug - Jeff Porcaro (Toto)
14 Aug - Tony Williams (The Platters)
05 Oct - Eddie Kendricks
25 Oct - Roger Miller
19 Nov - Bobby Russell
 
1993
25 Feb - Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band)
16 Mar - Johnny Cymbal
16 May - Marv Johnson
05 Jun - Conway Twitty
28 Nov - Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf)
04 Dec - Frank Zappa
 
1994
15 Jan - Harry Nilsson
22 Mar - Dan Hartman
03 Sep - Major Lance
23 Nov - Tommy Boyce
 
1995
23 Feb - Melvin Franklin (The Temptations)
01 Jul - Wolfman Jack
25 Jul - Charlie Rich
09 Aug - Jerry Garcia
26 Aug - Ronald White (The Miracles)
 
1996
17 Mar - Terry Stafford
22 Mar - Don Murray (Turtles)
16 Jul - John Panozzo (Styx)
17 Jul - Chas Chandler (The Animals)
30 Nov - Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury)

1997
10 Feb - Brian Connolly (Sweet)
10 Mar - LaVern Baker
08 Apr - Laura Nyro
04 Jun - Ronnie Lane (Faces)
20 Jun - Lawrence Payton (Four Tops)
12 Oct - John Denver
19 Oct - Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper)
14 Dec - Kurt Winter (The Guess Who)
16 Dec - Nicolette Larson
 
1998
05 Jan - Sonny Bono
19 Jan - Carl Perkins
06 Feb - Carl Wilson (Beach Boys)
05 Apr - Cozy Powell (The Jeff Beck Group)
17 Apr - Linda McCartney
07 May - Eddie Rabbitt
 
1999
21 Jan - Charles Brown
01 Jul - Guy Mitchell
10 Dec - Rick Danko (The Band)
 
2000
04 Feb - Doris Coley (The Shirelles)
12 Feb - Oliver (William Oliver Swofford)
01 Jul - Cub Koda (Brownsville Station)
 
2001
18 Mar - John Phillips
05 Jul - Ernie K-Doe
27 Jul - Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
02 Aug - Ron Townson (The 5th Dimension)
19 Aug - Betty Everett
23 Aug - Eric Allendale (The Foundations)
29 Nov - George Harrison
 
2002
15 Mar - Marshall Leib (The Teddy Bears)
27 Jun - John Entwistle (The Who)
13 Dec - Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful)
 

2003
12 Jan - Maurice Gibb
19 Feb - Johnny Paycheck
02 Mar - Hank Ballard
02 Apr - Edwin Starr
09 Apr - Little Eva Boyd
11 May - Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
15 May - June Carter Cash
04 Jul - Barry White
11 Aug - Ed Townsend
07 Sep - Warren Zevon
12 Sep - Johnny Cash
26 Sep - Robert Palmer
26 Sep - Shawn Lane (Black Oak Arkansas)
05 Nov - Bobby Hatfield
17 Nov - Arthur Conley
 
2004
16 Feb - Doris Troy
19 Mar - Luther Ingram
26 Mar - Jan Berry (Jan & Dean)
30 Mar - Timi Yuro
10 Jun - Ray Charles
06 Jul - Syreeta Wright
06 Aug - Rick James
26 Aug - Laura Branigan
19 Sep - Skeeter Davis
01 Oct - Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield)
19 Nov - Terry Melcher

2005
11 Jan - Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane)
25 Jan - Ray Peterson
28 Jan - Jim Capaldi (Traffic)
08 Feb - Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers)
25 Feb - Edward Patten (Gladys Knight & The Pips)
22 Mar - Rod Price (Foghat)
01 Jul - Luther Vandross
22 Jul - Eugene Record (The Chi-Lites)
28 Nov - Tony Meehan (The Shadows)
28 Dec - Barry Cowsill (approximate)
 
2006
06 Jan - Lou Rawls
19 Jan - Wilson Pickett
18 Feb - Bill Cowsill
06 Mar - King Floyd
05 Apr - Gene Pitney
11 Apr - June Pointer
19 May - Freddie Garrity (Freddie and the Dreamers)
06 Jun - Billy Preston
20 Jun - Claydes Charles Smith (Kool & the Gang)
06 Jul - Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd)
09 Jul - Milan Williams (Commodores)
10 Aug - Barbara George
14 Oct - Freddie Fender
06 Nov - Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook)
02 Dec - Mariska Veres (Shocking Blue)
25 Dec - James Brown
 
2007
19 Jan - Denny Doherty
23 Feb - Donnie Brooks
25 Apr - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
30 Apr - Zola Taylor (The Platters)
04 Jun - Freddie Scott
29 Jun - George McCorkle (Marshall Tucker Band)
03 Jul - Boots Randolph
04 Jul - Bill Pinkney
04 Aug - Lee Hazlewood
27 Sep - Dale Houston (Dale & Grace)
12 Dec - Ike Turner
16 Dec - Dan Fogelberg

2008
19 Jan - John Stewart
28 Feb - Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five)
03 Mar - Norman "Hurricane" Smith
21 Apr - Al Wilson
22 Apr - Paul Davis
01 May - Jim Hager
08 May - Eddy Arnold
02 Jun - Bo Diddley

10 Aug - Isaac Hayes
18 Aug - Pervis Jackson (The Spinners)
01 Sep - Jerry Reed
15 Sep - Rick Wright (Pink Floyd)
17 Oct - Levi Stubbs
18 Oct - Dee Dee Warwick
09 Nov - Miriam Makeba
07 Dec - Dennis Yost (Classics IV)
25 Dec - Eartha Kitt
27 Dec - Delaney Bramlett
 
2009
09 Jan - Jon Hager
28 Jan - Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
31 Jan - Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield)
11 Feb - Estelle Bennett (The Ronettes)
19 Feb - Kelly Groucutt (ELO)
07 Mar - Jimmy Boyd
25 Mar - "England" Dan Seals
25 Jun - Michael Jackson
17 Jul - Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon)
13 Aug - Les Paul
26 Aug - Ellie Greenwich
16 Sep - Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary)
19 Sep - Arthur Ferrante
13 Oct - Al Martino
27 Nov - Al Alberts
 
2010
13 Jan - Teddy Pendergrass
13 Feb - Dale Hawkins
14 Feb - Doug Fieger (The Knack)
17 Mar - Alex Chilton (The Box Tops)
24 Mar - Johnny Maestro
23 May - Billy Francis (Dr. Hook)
08 Jun - Crispian St. Peters
13 Jun - Jimmy Dean
23 Jun - Pete Quaife (The Kinks)
27 Jul - Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown)
31 Jul - Mitch Miller
10 Oct - Solomon Burke
18 Dec - Clay Cole

2011
04 Jan - Gerry Rafferty
17 Jan - Don Kirshner
26 Jan - Gladys Horton (Marvelettes)
25 Feb - Rick Coonce (The Grass Roots)
04 Mar - Johnny Preston
12 Mar - Michael Hossack (The Doobie Brothers)
14 Mar - Ronnie Hammond (ARS)
26 Apr - Phoebe Snow
07 May - John Walker (Walker Brothers)
03 Jun - Andrew Gold
12 Jun - Carl Gardner (Coasters)
18 Jun - Clarence Clemons
11 Jul - Rob Grill
24 Jul - Dan Peek (America)
29 Jul - Gene McDaniels
22 Aug - Jerry Leiber (Leiber & Stoller)
22 Aug - Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson)
29 Sep - Sylvia Robinson (Mickey & Sylvia)
07 Nov - Andrea True
06 Dec - Dobie Gray
 
2012
16 Jan - Jimmy Castor
17 Jan - Johnny Otis
20 Jan - Etta James
29 Feb - Davy Jones
18 Apr - Dick Clark
19 Apr - Levon Helm
13 May - Donald "Duck" Dunn (Booker T. & the M.G.'s)
17 May - Donna Summer
20 May - Robin Gibb
04 Jun - Herb Reed (The Platters)
07 Jun - Bob Welch
16 Jul - Jon Lord (Deep Purple)
24 Jul - Larry Hoppen (Orleans)
02 Aug - Jimmy Jones
06 Aug - Marvin Hamlisch
18 Aug - Scott McKenzie
05 Sep - Joe South
25 Sep - Andy Williams
27 Sep - R.B. Greaves
09 Nov - Major Harris
25 Nov - Earl "Speedo" Carroll (The Cadillacs)
27 Nov - Mickey Baker (Mickey & Sylvia)
24 Dec - Ray Collins (Mothers of Invention)
26 Dec - Fontella Bass
 
2013
01 Jan - Patti Page
04 Jan - Sammy Johns
04 Feb - Reg Presley (The Troggs)
11 Feb - Rick Huxley (Dave Clark Five)
14 Feb - George "Shadow" Morton
18 Feb - Damon Harris (The Temptations)
27 Feb - Richard Street (The Temptations)
06 Mar - Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
16 Mar - Bobbie Smith (The Spinners)
08 Apr - Annette Funicello
22 Apr - Richie Havens
26 Apr - George Jones
17 May - Alan O'Day
20 May - Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
25 May - Marshall Lytle (Bill Haley & His Comets)
26 May - Clarence Burke, Jr. (The Five Stairsteps)
10 Aug - Eydie Gormé
08 Oct - Larry Verne
27 Oct - Lou Reed

 
2014
02 Jan - Jay Traynor (Jay & The Americans)
03 Jan - Phil Everly (Everly Brothers)
15 Jun - Casey Kasem
19 Jun - Gerry Goffin
27 Jun - Bobby Womack
11 Jul - Tommy Ramone
11 Sep - Bob Crewe
04 Oct - Paul Revere
23 Oct - Alvin Stardust
25 Oct - Jack Bruce (Cream)
17 Nov - Jimmy Ruffin
22 Dec - Joe Cocker
 
2015
08 Jan - Curtis Lee
15 Jan - Kim Fowley
07 Feb - Joe Mauldin (Crickets)
16 Feb - Lesley Gore
11 Mar - Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night)
15 Mar - Mike Porcaro (Toto)
19 Mar - Michael Brown (The Left Banke)
01 Apr - Cynthia Lennon
03 Apr - Bob Burns
14 Apr - Percy Sledge
28 Apr - Jack Ely (The Kingsmen)
30 Apr - Ben E. King
14 May - B.B. King
28 Jun - Chris Squire (Yes)
14 Jul - "Diamond" Dave Somerville (The Diamonds)
30 Jul - Lynn Anderson
01 Aug - Cilla Black
28 Sep - Frankie Ford
20 Oct - Cory Wells (Three Dog Night)
15 Nov - P.F. Sloan
23 Nov - Cynthia Robinson (Sly & the Family Stone)
27 Dec - Stevie Wright
31 Dec - Natalie Cole
 
2016
10 Jan - David Bowie
18 Jan - Glenn Frey (The Eagles)
28 Jan - Signe Anderson (Jefferson Airplane)
28 Jan - Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane)
04 Feb - Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire)
22 Feb - Sonny James
24 Feb - Lennie Baker (Sha Na Na)
01 Mar - Gayle McCormick (Smith)
08 Mar - Sir George Martin
10 Mar - Gogi Grant
10 Mar - Keith Emerson
16 Mar - Frank Sinatra, Jr.
06 Apr - Merle Haggard
21 Apr - Prince
27 Jul - Pat Upton (Spiral Starecase)
24 Oct - Bobby Vee
13 Nov - Leon Russell
07 Dec - Greg Lake

2017
13 Jan - Richie Ingui (Soul Survivors)
05 Feb - Sonny Geraci (The Outsiders; Climax)
12 Feb - Al Jarreau
18 Mar - Chuck Berry
11 Apr - J. Geils
20 Apr - Cuba Gooding, Sr.

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