Music Industry Deaths

December is here, gosh where has the year gone? As is our custom, we’re paying tribute to the 50 members of the music industry who have joined the great gig above.

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Atilla Engin, 73, Turkish jazz drummer
Leo Iorga, 54, Romanian rock singer and guitarist
Marie Laforêt, 80, French-Swiss singer and actress

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Friedemann Layer, 78, Austrian conductor

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Vaughn Benjamin, 50, Antiguan reggae singer
Timi Hansen, 61, Danish bassist

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Jan Erik Kongshaug, 75, Norwegian jazz guitarist recording engineer
Wake Self, 30, American rapper
Michael Sherwood, 60, American musician

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John Curro, 86, Australian violinist and conductor

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Gilles Bertin, 58, French singer and criminal
Ivan Maksimović, 57, Serbian rock guitarist

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Fred Bongusto, 84, Italian singer, songwriter, and film composer
Ramakant Gundecha, 57, Indian classical singer
Jackie Moore, 73, American singer
Kehinde Lijadu, 71, Nigerian singer
Bob Szajner, 81, American jazz pianist

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Werner Andreas Albert, 84, German composer and conductor
Jan Byrczek, 83, Polish-American jazz bassist, founder of Jazz Forum
Wim Magré, 57, Dutch organist

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Bad Azz, 43, American rapper
Lisa Kindred, 79, American folk musician

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Zoran Hristić, 81, Serbian composer

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Stephen Albert, 69, Australian indigenous singer and actor
Djaduk Ferianto, 55, Indonesian musician

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Browning Bryant, 62, American singer-songwriter
Éric Morena, 68, French singer

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José Mário Branco, 77, Portuguese singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer
Rémy Stricker, 83, French pianist and musicologist
Lloyd Watson, 70, English rock guitarist

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Doug Lubahn, 71, American rock bassist
John Mann, 57, Canadian guitarist and singer

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Donna Carson, 73, American folk singer

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Sir Stephen Cleobury, 70, English organist, director of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge (1982–2019)
Eddie Duran, 94, American jazz guitarist
Martin Geck, 83, German musicologist
Eduardo Nascimento, 76, Angolan singer
Cecilia Seghizzi, 111, Italian composer and painter

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Enrique Iturriaga, 101, Peruvian composer

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Goo Hara, 28, South Korean singer and actress
Mobarak Hossain Khan, 81, Bangladeshi musicologist, musician, and writer
Colin Mawby, 83, English organist, composer, and conductor
Juan Orrego-Salas, 100, Chilean-born American composer

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Iain Sutherland, 71, Scottish musician and songwriter

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Martin Armiger, 70, Australian musician and composer

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Juninho Berin, 38, Brazilian samba singer and songwriter
Padú del Caribe, 99, Aruban musician and songwriter

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Lord Burgess, 95, American songwriter

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Mariss Jansons, 76, Latvian conductor