In memoriam is dedicated to the artists and their music that moved us. Beginning on 3 February 1959, "the day the music died", we added artists until the end of 2015. If you would like to see an artist added from this period, please contact us. Click an artist's name to see their songs, or click any column header to change the order of information.

Artist Born Died Age born Died
Natalie Cole 1950 February 6 USA 2015 December 31 USA 65 1950 02 06 USA 2015 12 31 USA
Lemmy Kilmister 1945 December 24 England 2015 December 28 USA 70 1945 12 24 England 2015 12 28 USA
Scott Weiland 1967 October 27 USA 2015 December 3 USA 48 1967 10 27 USA 2015 12 03 USA
Cory Wells 1941 February 2 USA 2015 October 20 USA 74 1941 02 02 USA 2015 10 20 USA
Buddy Buie 1941 January 23 USA 2015 July 18 USA 74 1941 01 23 USA 2015 07 18 USA
Chris Squire 1948 March 4 England 2015 June 27 USA 67 1948 03 04 England 2015 06 27 USA
BB King 1925 September 16 USA 2015 May 14 USA 89 1925 09 16 USA 2015 05 14 USA
Jack Ely 1943 September 11 USA 2015 April 28 USA 71 1943 09 11 USA 2015 04 28 USA
Jimmy Greenspoon 1948 February 7 USA 2015 March 11 USA 67 1948 02 07 USA 2015 03 11 USA
Lesley Gore 1946 May 2 USA 2015 February 16 USA 68 1946 05 02 USA 2015 02 16 USA
Joe Cocker 1944 May 20 England 2014 December 22 USA 70 1944 05 20 England 2014 12 22 USA
Jack Bruce 1943 May 14 Scotland 2014 October 25 England 71 1943 05 14 Scotland 2014 10 25 England
Tommy Ramone 1949 January 29 Hungary 2014 July 11 USA 65 1949 01 29 Hungary 2014 07 11 USA
Bobby Womack 1944 March 4 USA 2014 June 27 USA 70 1944 03 04 USA 2014 06 27 USA
Doc Neeson 1947 January 4 Northern Ireland 2014 June 4 Australia 67 1947 01 04 Northern Ireland 2014 06 04 Australia
Jerry Vale 1930 July 8 USA 2014 May 18 USA 83 1930 07 08 USA 2014 05 18 USA
Paul Goddard 1945 June 23 USA 2014 April 29 USA 68 1945 06 23 USA 2014 04 29 USA
Pete Seeger 1919 May 3 USA 2014 January 27 USA 94 1919 05 03 USA 2014 01 27 USA
Phil Everly 1939 January 19 USA 2014 January 3 USA 74 1939 01 19 USA 2014 01 03 USA
Ray Price 1926 January 12 USA 2013 December 16 USA 87 1926 01 12 USA 2013 12 16 USA
Lou Reed 1942 March 2 USA 2013 October 27 USA 71 1942 03 02 USA 2013 10 27 USA
JJ Cale 1938 December 5 USA 2013 July 26 USA 74 1938 12 05 USA 2013 07 26 USA
Bobby "Blue" Bland 1930 January 27 USA 2013 June 23 USA 83 1930 01 27 USA 2013 06 23 USA
Slim Whitman 1924 January 20 USA 2013 June 19 USA 89 1924 01 20 USA 2013 06 19 USA
Ray Manzarek 1939 February 12 USA 2013 May 20 Germany 74 1939 02 12 USA 2013 05 20 Germany
Jeff Hanneman 1964 January 31 USA 2013 May 2 USA 49 1964 01 31 USA 2013 05 02 USA
George Jones 1931 September 12 USA 2013 April 26 USA 81 1931 09 12 USA 2013 04 26 USA
Annette Funicello 1942 October 22 USA 2013 April 8 USA 70 1942 10 22 USA 2013 04 08 USA
Alvin Lee 1944 December 19 England 2013 March 6 Spain 68 1944 12 19 England 2013 03 06 Spain
Reg Presley 1941 June 12 England 2013 February 4 England 71 1941 06 12 England 2013 02 04 England
Jon Lord 1941 June 9 England 2012 July 16 England 71 1941 06 09 England 2012 07 16 England
Andy Griffith 1926 June 1 USA 2012 July 3 USA 86 1926 06 01 USA 2012 07 03 USA
Robin Gibb 1949 December 22 Isle of Man 2012 May 20 England 62 1949 12 22 Isle of Man 2012 05 20 England
Donna Summer 1948 December 31 USA 2012 May 17 USA 63 1948 12 31 USA 2012 05 17 USA
Adam Yauch aka MCA 1964 August 5 USA 2012 May 4 USA 47 1964 08 05 USA 2012 05 04 USA
Levon Helm 1940 May 26 USA 2012 April 19 USA 71 1940 05 26 USA 2012 04 19 USA
Davy Jones 1945 December 30 England 2012 February 29 USA 66 1945 12 30 England 2012 02 29 USA
Whitney Houston 1963 August 9 USA 2012 February 11 USA 48 1963 08 09 USA 2012 02 11 USA
Amy Winehouse[2] 1983 September 14 England 2011 July 23 England 27 1983 09 14 England 2011 07 23 England
Clarence Clemons 1942 January 11 USA 2011 June 18 USA 69 1942 01 11 USA 2011 06 18 USA
Alex Chilton 1950 December 28 USA 2010 March 17 USA 59 1950 12 28 USA 2010 03 17 USA
Michael Jackson 1958 August 29 USA 2009 June 25 USA 50 1958 08 29 USA 2009 06 25 USA
Sky Saxon 1937 August 20 USA 2009 June 25 USA 71 1937 08 20 USA 2009 06 25 USA
Richard Wright 1943 July 28 England 2008 September 15 England 65 1943 07 28 England 2008 09 15 England
Brad Delp 1951 June 12 USA 2007 March 9 USA 55 1951 06 12 USA 2007 03 09 USA
Billy Thorpe 1946 March 29 England 2007 February 28 Australia 60 1946 03 29 England 2007 02 28 Australia
Denny Doherty 1940 November 29 Canada 2007 January 19 Canada 66 1940 11 29 Canada 2007 01 19 Canada
Arthur Lee 1945 March 7 USA 2006 August 3 USA 61 1945 03 07 USA 2006 08 03 USA
Syd Barrett 1946 January 6 England 2006 July 7 England 60 1946 01 06 England 2006 07 07 England
Mike Gibbins 1949 March 12 Wales 2005 October 4 USA 56 1949 03 12 Wales 2005 10 04 USA
Long John Baldry 1941 January 12 England 2005 July 21 Canada 64 1941 01 12 England 2005 07 21 Canada
Dimebag Darrell 1966 August 20 USA 2004 December 8 USA 38 1966 08 20 USA 2004 12 08 USA
Ol' Dirty Bastard 1968 November 15 USA 2004 November 13 USA 35 1968 11 15 USA 2004 11 13 USA
Johnny Ramone 1948 October 8 USA 2004 September 15 USA 55 1948 10 08 USA 2004 09 15 USA
Ray Charles 1930 September 23 USA 2004 June 10 USA 73 1930 09 23 USA 2004 06 10 USA
Elliott Smith 1969 August 6 USA 2003 October 21 USA 34 1969 08 06 USA 2003 10 21 USA
Robert Palmer 1949 January 19 England 2003 September 26 France 54 1949 01 19 England 2003 09 26 France
Johnny Cash 1932 February 26 USA 2003 September 12 USA 71 1932 02 26 USA 2003 09 12 USA
Warren Zevon 1947 January 24 USA 2003 September 7 USA 56 1947 01 24 USA 2003 09 07 USA
Mongo Santamaria 1922 April 7 Cuba 2003 February 1 USA 80 1922 04 07 Cuba 2003 02 01 USA
Maurice Gibb 1949 December 22 Isle of Man 2003 January 12 USA 53 1949 12 22 Isle of Man 2003 01 12 USA
Joe Strummer 1952 August 21 Turkey 2002 December 22 England 50 1952 08 21 Turkey 2002 12 22 England
John Entwistle 1944 October 9 England 2002 June 27 USA 57 1944 10 09 England 2002 06 27 USA
Dee Dee Ramone 1951 September 18 USA 2002 June 5 USA 50 1951 09 18 USA 2002 06 05 USA
Layne Staley 1967 August 22 USA 2002 April 5 USA 34 1967 08 22 USA 2002 04 05 USA
George Harrison 1943 February 25 England 2001 November 29 USA 58 1943 02 25 England 2001 11 29 USA
John Lee Hooker 1917 August 22 USA 2001 June 21 USA 83 1917 08 22 USA 2001 06 21 USA
Joey Ramone 1951 May 19 USA 2001 April 15 USA 49 1951 05 19 USA 2001 04 15 USA
John Phillips 1935 August 30 USA 2001 March 18 USA 65 1935 08 30 USA 2001 03 18 USA
Benjamin Orr 1947 September 8 USA 2000 October 3 USA 53 1947 09 08 USA 2000 10 03 USA
Screamin' Jay Hawkins 1929 July 18 USA 2000 February 12 France 70 1929 07 18 USA 2000 02 12 France
Rick Danko 1943 December 29 Canada 1999 December 10 USA 55 1943 12 29 Canada 1999 12 10 USA
Hoyt Axton 1938 March 25 USA 1999 October 26 USA 61 1938 03 25 USA 1999 10 26 USA
Frank Sinatra 1915 December 12 USA 1998 May 14 USA 82 1915 12 12 USA 1998 05 14 USA
Michael Hutchence 1960 January 22 Australia 1997 November 22 Australia 37 1960 01 22 Australia 1997 11 22 Australia
Jeff Buckley 1966 November 17 USA 1997 May 29 USA 30 1966 11 17 USA 1997 05 29 USA
Laura Nyro 1947 October 18 USA 1997 April 8 USA 49 1947 10 18 USA 1997 04 08 USA
The Notorious B.I.G. 1972 May 21 USA 1997 March 9 USA 24 1972 05 21 USA 1997 03 09 USA
2Pac 1971 June 16 USA 1996 September 13 USA 25 1971 06 16 USA 1996 09 13 USA
Dean Martin 1917 June 7 USA 1995 December 25 USA 78 1917 06 07 USA 1995 12 25 USA
Shannon Hoon 1967 September 26 USA 1995 October 21 USA 28 1967 09 26 USA 1995 10 21 USA
Jerry Garcia 1942 August 1 USA 1995 August 9 USA 53 1942 08 01 USA 1995 08 09 USA
Selena 1971 April 16 USA 1995 March 31 USA 23 1971 04 16 USA 1995 03 31 USA
Eazy-E 1963 September 7 USA 1995 March 26 USA 31 1963 09 07 USA 1995 03 26 USA
Kurt Cobain[2] 1967 February 20 USA 1994 April 5 USA 27 1967 02 20 USA 1994 04 05 USA
Harry Nilsson 1941 June 15 USA 1994 January 15 USA 52 1941 06 15 USA 1994 01 15 USA
Freddie Mercury 1946 September 5 Zanzibar 1991 November 24 England 45 1946 09 05 Zanzibar 1991 11 24 England
Vince Taylor 1939 July 14 England 1991 August 28 Switzerland 52 1939 07 14 England 1991 08 28 Switzerland
Steve Marriott 1947 January 30 England 1991 April 20 England 44 1947 01 30 England 1991 04 20 England
Sammy Davis Jr 1925 December 8 USA 1990 May 16 USA 64 1925 12 08 USA 1990 05 16 USA
Del Shannon 1934 December 30 USA 1990 February 8 USA 55 1934 12 30 USA 1990 02 08 USA
Roy Orbison 1936 April 23 USA 1988 December 6 USA 52 1936 04 23 USA 1988 12 06 USA
Andy Gibb 1958 March 5 England 1988 March 10 England 30 1958 03 05 England 1988 03 10 England
Peter Tosh 1944 October 19 Jamaica 1987 September 11 Jamaica 42 1944 10 19 Jamaica 1987 09 11 Jamaica
Cliff Burton 1962 February 10 USA 1986 September 27 Sweden 24 1962 02 10 USA 1986 09 27 Sweden
Richard Manuel 1943 April 3 Canada 1986 March 4 USA 42 1943 04 03 Canada 1986 03 04 USA
Dennis Wilson 1944 December 4 USA 1983 December 28 USA 39 1944 12 04 USA 1983 12 28 USA
Tom Evans 1947 June 5 England 1983 November 19 England 36 1947 06 05 England 1983 11 19 England
Jobriath 1946 December 14 USA 1983 August 3 USA 36 1946 12 14 USA 1983 08 03 USA
Harry Chapin 1942 December 7 USA 1981 July 16 USA 38 1942 12 07 USA 1981 07 16 USA
Bob Marley 1945 February 6 Jamaica 1981 May 11 USA 36 1945 02 06 Jamaica 1981 05 11 USA
Bob "The Bear" Hite 1945 February 26 USA 1981 April 6 USA 36 1945 02 26 USA 1981 04 06 USA
John Lennon 1940 October 9 England 1980 December 8 USA 40 1940 10 09 England 1980 12 08 USA
John Bonham 1948 May 31 England 1980 September 25 England 32 1948 05 31 England 1980 09 25 England
Ian Curtis 1956 July 15 England 1980 May 18 England 23 1956 07 15 England 1980 05 18 England
Bon Scott 1946 July 9 Scotland 1980 February 19 England 33 1946 07 09 Scotland 1980 02 19 England
Judee Sill 1944 October 7 USA 1979 November 23 USA 35 1944 10 07 USA 1979 11 23 USA
Sid Vicious 1957 May 10 England 1979 February 2 USA 21 1957 05 10 England 1979 02 02 USA
Chris Bell[2] 1951 January 12 USA 1978 December 27 USA 27 1951 01 12 USA 1978 12 27 USA
Keith Moon 1946 August 23 England 1978 September 7 England 32 1946 08 23 England 1978 09 07 England
Terry Kath 1946 January 31 USA 1978 January 23 USA 31 1946 01 31 USA 1978 01 23 USA
Cassie Gaines[4] 1948 January 9 USA 1977 October 20 USA 29 1948 01 09 USA 1977 10 20 USA
Steve Gaines[4] 1949 September 14 USA 1977 October 20 USA 28 1949 09 14 USA 1977 10 20 USA
Ronnie Van Zant[4] 1948 January 15 USA 1977 October 20 USA 29 1948 01 15 USA 1977 10 20 USA
Bing Crosby 1903 May 3 USA 1977 October 14 Spain 74 1903 05 03 USA 1977 10 14 Spain
Marc Bolan 1947 September 30 England 1977 September 16 England 29 1947 09 30 England 1977 09 16 England
Elvis Presley 1935 January 8 USA 1977 August 16 USA 42 1935 01 08 USA 1977 08 16 USA
Keith Relf 1943 March 22 England 1976 May 14 England 33 1943 03 22 England 1976 05 14 England
Paul Kossoff 1950 September 14 England 1976 March 19 USA 25 1950 09 14 England 1976 03 19 USA
Tim Buckley 1947 February 14 USA 1975 June 29 USA 28 1947 02 14 USA 1975 06 29 USA
Pete Ham[2] 1947 April 27 Wales 1975 April 24 England 27 1947 04 27 Wales 1975 04 24 England
Nick Drake 1948 June 19 Burma 1974 November 25 England 26 1948 06 19 Burma 1974 11 25 England
Mama Cass Elliot 1941 September 19 USA 1974 July 29 England 32 1941 09 19 USA 1974 07 29 England
Bobby Darin 1936 May 14 USA 1973 December 20 USA 37 1936 05 14 USA 1973 12 20 USA
Gram Parsons 1946 November 5 USA 1973 September 19 USA 26 1946 11 05 USA 1973 09 19 USA
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan[2] 1945 September 8 USA 1973 March 8 USA 27 1945 09 08 USA 1973 03 08 USA
Berry Oakley[3] 1948 April 4 USA 1972 November 11 USA 24 1948 04 04 USA 1972 11 11 USA
Duane Allman[3] 1946 November 20 USA 1971 October 29 USA 24 1946 11 20 USA 1971 10 29 USA
Louis Armstrong 1901 August 4 USA 1971 July 6 USA 69 1901 08 04 USA 1971 07 06 USA
Jim Morrison[2] 1943 December 8 USA 1971 July 3 France 27 1943 12 08 USA 1971 07 03 France
Janis Joplin[2] 1943 January 19 USA 1970 October 4 USA 27 1943 01 19 USA 1970 10 04 USA
Jimi Hendrix[2] 1942 November 27 USA 1970 September 18 England 27 1942 11 27 USA 1970 09 18 England
Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson[2] 1943 July 4 USA 1970 September 3 USA 27 1943 07 04 USA 1970 09 03 USA
Brian Jones[2] 1942 February 28 England 1969 July 3 England 27 1942 02 28 England 1969 07 03 England
Dickie Pride[2] 1941 October 21 England 1969 March 26 England 27 1941 10 21 England 1969 03 26 England
Otis Redding 1941 September 9 USA 1967 December 10 USA 26 1941 09 09 USA 1967 12 10 USA
John Coltrane 1926 September 23 USA 1967 July 17 USA 40 1926 09 23 USA 1967 07 17 USA
Nat King Cole 1919 March 17 USA 1965 February 15 USA 45 1919 03 17 USA 1965 02 15 USA
Sam Cooke 1931 January 22 USA 1964 December 11 USA 33 1931 01 22 USA 1964 12 11 USA
Patsy Cline 1932 September 8 USA 1963 March 5 USA 30 1932 09 08 USA 1963 03 05 USA
Marilyn Monroe 1926 June 1 USA 1962 August 5 USA 36 1926 06 01 USA 1962 08 05 USA
The Big Bopper[1] 1930 October 24 USA 1959 February 3 USA 28 1930 10 24 USA 1959 02 03 USA
Buddy Holly[1] 1936 September 7 USA 1959 February 3 USA 22 1936 09 07 USA 1959 02 03 USA
Ritchie Valens[1] 1941 May 13 USA 1959 February 3 USA 17 1941 05 13 USA 1959 02 03 USA

[1]   The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens died in an Iowa, USA plane crash on 3 February 1959. This day has become known as "the day the music died" and is a lyric in the 1971 Don McLean song "American Pie".

[2]   Dickie Pride, Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (Canned Heat), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (Grateful Dead), Pete Ham (Badfinger), Chris Bell (Big Star), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and Amy Winehouse are all members of the "27 club". All died at the age of 27.

[3]   Duane Allman died 29 October 1971 and Berry Oakley died 11 November 1972 in motorcycle accidents in Macon, Georgia, USA. The Allman Brothers Band members died as a result of injuries from accidents that occurred just three blocks apart from each other. Both musicians were aged 24.

[4]   Cassie Gaines, Steve Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant died in a Mississippi, USA plane crash on 20 October 1977. The Lynyrd Skynyrd band members were traveling between shows and had released the album "Street Survivors" just days before the crash. The original album cover pictures the group standing in flames. The flames were removed after the crash.