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Songwriter Obituaries 2019

Bat McGrath
Bat McGrath
(73), singer-songwriter whose hits include 'Come Some Rainy Day' (Wyinona Judd), along with songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Chely Wright and Earl Thomas Conley.

Near Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of colon cancer

Kim Shattuck
Kim Shattuck
(56), singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Muffs, whose hits included 'Lucky Guy' and 'Kids in America', but who also worked with The Pandoras, The Beards and The Pixies.

In Los Angeles, California, USA, from complications of motor neurone disease

Brian Mulcahy
Brian Mulcahy
(61), singer-songwriter and member of The O'Malleys, and whose songs include 'Ghosts' and 'Can You Hear Me?'

In Limerick, Ireland, following a short illness

Ginger Baker
Ginger Baker
(80), drummer and songwriter who influenced such musicians as John Bonham, Peter Criss, Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland, Ian Paice, Terry Bozzio, Dave Lombardo, Tommy Aldridge, Bill Bruford, Alex Van Halen, Danny Seraphine and Nick Mason, and who worked with such acts as Cream, Acker Bilk, Terry Lightfoot, The Storyville Jazz Men, The Hugh Rainey Allstars, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, The Graham Bond Organisation, Ginger Baker's Air Force, The Baker Gurvitz Army, Hawkwind, Blind Faith, Public Image Ltd., Fela Kuti and many others.

In London, UK, of complications from obstructive pulmonary disease

Michael James Ryan
Michael James Ryan
(43), songwriter and record producer known professionally as Busbee, who worked with such stars as Maren Morris, 5 Seconds of Summer, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Shakira, Katy Perry, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Gwen Stefani, P!nk, Timbaland, Keith Urban, Jon Bellion, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton, and whose own hit songs include 'Try'(Pink), 'If We Ever Meet Again' (Timbaland), 'Bad Boys' (Alexandra Burke), 'The Fighter' (Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood', 'Get Away' (Westlife), 'My Church' (Maren Morris), and 'HOLY' (Florida Georgia Line).

Grammy Award Nominee.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of glioblastoma

José José
José José
(71), singer, songwriter and actor, whose fifty-year career included such hits as 'La Nave Del Olvido', '40 Y 20', 'Gavilán O Paloma' and 'El Triste' and whose movies included 'Gavilán O Paloma' and 'Perdóname Todo'.

Son of opera singer José Sosa, José José inspired such stars as Cristian Castro, Vicente Fernández, Alejandro Fernández, Nelson Ned, Pepe Aguilar, Kalimba, Erik Rubin, Manuel Mijares, Lupita D'Alessio, Diego Verdaguer, Reyli, Chayanne and Marc Anthony.

Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

Billboard Latin Music Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.

Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.

In Miami, Florida, USA, of pancreatic cancer

Larry Wallis
Larry Wallis
(70), singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer (for Stiff Records), who worked with such acts as the Pink Fairies, The Entire Sioux Nation, Blodwyn Pig, Steve Took, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Wreckless Eric, The Adverts, Mick Farren, UFO, Dr. Feelgood, and most famously Motorhead.

In London, UK, of undisclosed causes

Robert Hunter
Robert Hunter
(78), singer-songwriter and lyricist, best known for his work with the Grateful Dead, whose songs for them include such classics as 'Ripple', 'Truckin', 'China Cat Sunflower', 'Terrapin Station', 'Dark Star'', 'St Stephen', 'Alligator' and ' Touch Of Grey', and who also wrote with Elvis Costello, Bruce Hornsby, Jim Lauderdale, and Bob Dylan.

Although he frequently opened for the Grateful Dead, he never performed with the band, but his importance was such that he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994 alongside the Grateful Dead, becoming the only non-performer to date, to be so honoured.

Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.

Songwriter's Hall of Fame Inductee.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

In San Rafael, California, USA, from heart failure

Lavrentis Machairitsas
Lavrentis Machairitsas
(62), singer-songwiter and guitarist, formerly with Greek rock band The Termites and whose subsequent solo career saw him earning three platinum and three gold albums.

In Volos, Greece, following a heart attack

Camilo Sesto
Camilo Sesto
(72), singer-songwriter and record producer, who sold over 180 million albums worldwide, scoring more than 50 Number 1 hits, while also penning songs for such stars as Ángela Carrasco, Miguel Bosé, Lucía Méndez, Charytín Goyco and José José.

In Madrid, Spain, from heart failure

LaShawn Daniels
LaShawn Daniels
(41) songwriter and record producer who penned songs for such stars as Brandy Norwood, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Michael Jackson, Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and more.

Amongst his hits are Brandy's 'Top Of The World', Brandy and Monica's 'The Boy Is Mine', Whitney Houston's 'It's Not Right But It's Okay', Brandy's 'Angel In Disguise', Jennifer Lopez's 'If You Had My Love', So Plush's 'Damn (Should've Treated U Right)', Destiny's Child's 'Say My Name', Spice Girls's 'Holler', Toni Braxton's 'He Wasn't Man Enough', Brandy's 'Never Say Never', Whitney Houston & George Michael's 'If I Told You That', Spice Girls's 'Let Love Lead The Way', Melanie B's 'Tell Me', Michael Jackson's 'You Rock My World', Monica's 'All Eyez On Me', Brandy's 'What About Us?, Blaque's 'I'm Good', Destiny's Child's 'Lose My Breath', Ray J's 'One Wish', Ray J's 'What I Need', Kierra Sheard's 'Why Me?', Ciara & 50 Cent's 'Can't Leave 'Em Alone', Janet Jackson's 'Feedback', Natasha Bedingfield's 'Angel', Joe's 'ER (Emergency Room)', Janet Jackson's 'Luv', Lady Gaga & Beyoncé's 'Telephone', Tamar Braxton's 'Love And War', Tamar Braxton's 'The One', Tamar Braxton's 'Hot Sugar' and Tamar Braxton's 'If I Don't Have You'.

Grammy Award Winner.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Catawba, South Carolina, USA, following a car crash

Ric Ocasek
Ric Ocasek
(75), singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, painter, and lead vocalist with the Cars.

His hits include 'Just What I Needed', 'My Best Friend's Girl', 'Good Times Roll', 'You're All I've Got Tonight', 'Bye Bye Love', 'Moving In Stereo', 'Let's Go', 'You Might Think', 'Drive', 'Magic', 'Tonight She Comes', 'You Are the Girl', 'Jimmy Jimmy', 'Emotion In Motion', 'True To You' and 'Rockaway'.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Member.

At his apartment in New York City, USA, following a heart attack

Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston
(58), singer-songwriter and visual artist regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes, much admred by Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam, The Flaming Lips, and Beck, and whose songs, released mainly on low-budget cassette labels, were covered by Tom Waits, Beck, Eels, Mercury Rev, and the Flaming Lips.

In Waller, Texas, USA, following a heart attack

Kylie Rae Harris
Kylie Rae Harris
(30), singer-songwriter who rose to fame when she was featured in 'Troubadour, TX', a television show documenting her rising career as a Texas country singer, working with such stars as Zane Williams.

Near Taos, New Mexico, USA, following a car crash enroute to the Big Barn Music Festival

Eddie Money
Eddie Money
(70), singer-songwriter whose hits include such songs as 'Baby Hold On', 'Two Tickets To Paradise', 'Think I'm In Love', 'Shakin', 'Take Me Home Tonight', 'I Wanna Go Back', 'Walk On Water', and 'The Love In Your Eyes'.

Eddie Money also wrote and performed songs for movies such as 'Americathon', 'Over The Top', 'Back To The Beach' and 'Kuffs', along with the television series 'Hardball' and also appeared in several movies and TV series, frequently playing himself.

Grammy Award nominee.

In Los Angeles, California, USA, from complications from heart valve surgery

Dave Richardson
Dave Richardson
(76 ), policeman and the songwriter who wrote the song 'Wildflower', one of the most performed songs in the history of Canadian popular music, which became a hit for David Foster's band Skylark, before going on to sell over five million copies in more than 75 versions by such stars as The New Birth, The O’Jays, Hank Crawford, Johnny Mathis, the Neville Brothers, David Foster and Colour Me Badd. In recent years, the song was also sampled by Tupac Shakur, Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Jamie Foxx.

After retirement from the police force, Dave Richardson became a lay clergyman, moving to Jerusalem. Israel, to open a kitchen to feed the homeless and the needy.

In Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, of cancer

Donnie Fritts
Donnie Fritts
(76), singer, songwriter and actor, whose hits include 'We Had It All', 'Breakfast In Bed' and 'You’re Gonna Love Yourself In The Morning' and whose songs were recorded by such stars as the Box Tops, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Charlie Rich and Dusty Springfield.

As well as being the keyboard player for Kris Kristofferson, Donnie Fritts appeared in the movies 'Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid', 'Convoy', 'A Star Is Born' and 'Jayne Mansfield’s Car'.

His solo albums include appearances by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, Waylon Jennings, Delbert McClinton, Tony Joe White, Leroy Parnell and John Prine.

In Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from complications following heart surgery

Jonathan Goldstein
Jonathan Goldstein
(50), film and television composer, whose works inlude orchestrations for such movies as 'Cape Fear', along with 'Magical Moments', which reached No.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts. He also penned hundreds of advertising themes for American Airlines, American Express, BMW, Ford, IG Index, Intel, ITV, Kronenbourg, Lexus, NatWest, Nokia, Sky, Sony, T-Mobile, Tesco, Toyota, UBS AG, Visa, Volkswagen and Zurich.

Founder of the Goldstein Music Group, Jonathan Goldstein won an Ivor Novello Award for his score to 'Primo'.

At the Simplon Pass in Switzerland, along with his wife BBC Proms star, saxaphonist Hannah Goldstein (36), and their seven-month-old daughter Saskia, in an air crash while flying from Voudois, Switzerland to Perugia, Italy

Khayyam
Khayyam
(92), songwriter and composer whose career spanned seventy films over fifty years and included such compsiitions as 'Kabhie Kabhie', 'In Ankhon Ki Masti', 'Aap Ki Mehki Hui Zulfon' and 'Ae Dil-E-Nadan'.

In Mumbai, India, from cancer.

David Berman
David Berman
(52), singer-songwriter and poet, known for his work with indie-rock bands The Silver Jews and The Purple Mountains.

In Bropklyn, New York City, USA, by suicide

Richard Gillis
Richard Gillis
(80), singer-songwriter and actor, who composed songs for Sam Peckinpah's 'The Ballad Of Cable Hogue' and later sang in, penned songs for, or acted in such movies as 'The Wild Bunch', 'Convoy', 'Schlock', 'A Boy And His Dog', 'The Bees', 'Demonoid', 'Pretty Woman' and 'Frankie And Johnny'.

In Thousand Oaks, California, USA, of complications following a fall at his home in Toluca Lake

Bob Frank
Bob Frank
(75), singer-songwriter who released fourteen albums on the Vanguard, Bowstring and Light In The Attic labels, and whose songs include 'Wino', 'She Pawned Her Diamonds For Some Gold', and 'Waitsburg'. Working with such names as Jimmy Driftwood, Lightning Hopkins, Tim Buckley and Townes Van Zandt, Bob Frank's albums were critically acclaimed, and he was frequently compared to Warren Zevon.

In El Sobrante, California, USA, of heart failure

Willi Tokarev
Willi Tokarev
(84), singer-songwriter who achieved success in the Soviet Union for his songs about life as a Russian émigré in New York, releasing over fifty albums.

In Moscow, Russia, from cancer

Ruthie Grahm
Ruthie Grahm
(95), songwriter, actress and author, whose songs include 'Orange Blossoms' and 'Fifty Games Of Solitaire'. Daughter of songwriter Lou Herscher, she starred in several Hollywood movies, including 'Up In Arms' which served as the debut of Danny Kaye.

In Beverly Hills, California, USA, of heart failure

Henri Belolo
Henri Belolo
(85), songwriter and the record producer who put together the disco acts The Ritchie Family and Village People, and whose own compositions include such songs as 'YMCA', 'Go West', and 'In The Navy'.

In Paris, France, of heart failure

Jerry Goff
Jerry Goff
(84), songwriter, co-founder of the Gospel Music Association. and leader of gospel act The Singing Goffs whose hits include 'I’ll See You In The Rapture', 'Please Search The Book Again', 'Tear Stains In The Sand', 'Who Do I Know In Heaven?' and 'I Am Blessed'.

Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

In Atlanta, Georgia, USA, of heart failure

Hal Prince
Hal Prince
(91), producer and director of Broadway musicals,who possibly had the greatest creative impact on American theatre of all time.

Harold Prince was involved in such hits as 'Damn Yankees', 'West Side Story', 'Cabaret', 'Sweeney Todd', 'The Pajama Game', 'Fiorello', 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum', 'Fiddler On The Roof'. 'Company', 'Follies', 'A Little Night Music', 'Candide', 'Evita', 'Phantom Of The Opera' and 'Kiss Of The Spider Woman', working with such greats as Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, George Abbott, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

Winner of 21 Tony Awards.

In Reykjavik, Iceland, of heart failure

Russell Smith
Russell Smith
(70), singer-songwriter with the Amazing Rhythm Aces, who also wrote Number 1 hits for Randy Travis ('Look Heart, No Hands'), T. Graham Brown ('Don’t Go To Strangers') and Ricky Van Shelton ('Keep It Between The Lines'), as well as chart entries for Don Williams, Sammy Kershaw, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Rosanne Cash, Kenny Rogers, Mel McDaniel, George Jones, the Oak Ridge Boys and many others.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of cancer

Art Neville
Art Neville
(81), singer, songwriter and keyboardist who worked with Labelle (on "Lady Marmalade"), Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris, The Pointer Sisters, Robert Palmer, Dr. John and Professor Longhair, as well as fronting The Neville Brothers with Aaron and Cyril Neville.

In New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, of heart failure

John Duggan
John Duggan
(85), singer-songwriter and radio personality with Midwest Radio, who after retiring from the police force, penned such hits as 'I’ll Go Back To Glenamaddy', 'The Rose Of Castlerea', ‘The Races Of Killadoon', 'Golden Dreams', 'The Roads Of Kildare', 'The Old Threshing Mill' and 'Shoe The Donkey' and whose work was recorded by Foster and Allen, Daniel O'Donnell, TR Dallas, Brian Coll, Hugo Duncan, Gene Stuart and many others.

In Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland, after a short illness

Dennis Farnon
Dannis Farnon
(95), songwriter, composer, arranger, conductor, and the last surviving founder-member of the Recording Academy, who led the Dennis Farnon Orchestra and composed scores for numerous movies, including the Tony Curtis film 'Arrivederci Baby!'

In Aalst, Buren, Netherlands, from heart failure

Tony Hall
Tony Hall
(91), compere, DJ, journalist, TV presenter, promoter, producer, music publisher and artist manager, who started wirh Ember Records before moving to Decca for whom he hosted a popular Radio Luxembourg show. Although he personally preferred jazz, he worked with a large number of US rock stars, including Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee, The Righteous Brothers, Ike And Tina Turner and The Ronettes while also producing jazz LPs for such acts as Victor Fielding, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and Dizzy Reece. A friend and neighbour of the Beatles who often attended his Mayfair parties, his advice on which tracks should be released as singles was taken by Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records and Barry Gordy at Motown.

After leaving Decca in 1967, he set up Tony Hall Enterprises in Carnaby Street, London, becoming involved in the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Lynden David Hall, The Who, Joe Cocker, Dusty Springfield, Scott Walker and The Zombies, while also signing Black Sabbath. Loose Ends and The Real Thing to management deals, and forming a very successful music publishing company Brampton Music, which published hits by Madonna, Acker Bilk and Mtume, and which he sold to Sony Music in recent years.

An accomplished journalist throughout a 65 year career in the music industry, Tony Hall wrote a monthly jazz column for 'Jazzwise' right up until his death.

In Brighton, UK, from heart failure

Gary LeMel
Gary LeMel
(80), singer, music publisher, and film music supervisor, who gave up a promising jazz career to join First Artists - the film production company formed by Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, where he supervised the soundtrack for Streisand’s 1976 remake of 'A Star Is Born'. Subsequently, he went on to supervise such projects as 'The Big Chill', 'Ghostbusters', 'Against All Odds', 'St. Elmo’s Fire' and 'The Bodyguard' (which became the biggest-selling soundtrack in history), before returning to performing - juggling a job as President Of Worldwide Music at Warner Brothers with a career as a jazz vocalist, recording a string of albums and performing regularly in clubs across America.

Guild Of Music Supervisors Lifetime Achievement Award.

In Los Angeles, California, USA, of complications brought about by Lewy Body Dementia

Johnny Clegg
Johnny Clegg
(66), singer-songwriter who recorded and performed both with his bands Juluka and Savuka, and also as a solo act. Known as Le Zoulou Blanc (The White Zulu), he was an important figure in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. Mixing African music with European influences, he won five gold and two platinum discs, touring Europe and the USA when his acts were arrested or banned at home in South Africa, while scoring such notable hits as 'Work For All', 'Scatterlings Of Africa', 'Great Heart' and 'Asimbonanga'.

Johnny Clegg's music featured in several movies, including 'Rain Man', 'FernGully: The Last Rainforest', 'George Of The Jungle' and 'Whispers: An Elephant's Tale', while his songs have been recorded by such stars as Jimmy Buffet.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, of pancreatic cancer

Philippe Zdar
Philippe Zdar
(52), singer-songwriter. producer and member of French electronic duo Cassius, who worked with such stars as Kanye West, Cat Power, Phoenix, Robyn, Chromeo, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand, Pharrell Williams, Cat Power, Beastie Boys and Hot Chip.

Grammy Award Winner.

In Paris, France, following a fall

Ernestine Romero
Ernestine Romero
(32), Tejano singer-songwriter whose nine albums won her numerous Hispano Music awards, including "CD Of The Year", "Cumbia Song Of The Year", and "Salsa Tropical Song Of The Year".

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, of gunshot wounds inflicted by her estranged husband, who also died in the incident

Jacques de Coning
Jacques de Coning
(52), singer-songwriter whose hits include 'Girl Van Die Klein Karoo' and 'Grootvoël Paradys', and whose first album 'Afrikaans My Trots' earned him a Gold Disc.

Following a car crash, near Alexandria, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Duncan Lamont
Duncan Lamont
(87), jazz saxophonist, songwriter and composer, whose work was recorded by such stars as Cleo Laine, Mark Murphy, Norma Winstone, Richard Rodney Bennett and Natalie Cole, and who worked with Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, Gil Evans, Peggy Lee, Marlene Dietrich, Sammy Davis Jr, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Count Basie.

In London, England, following a heart attack

Martin Charnin
Martin Charnin
(84), lyricist and producer who penned and directed the Tony Award-winning musical 'Annie', containing such hit songs as "Tomorrow' and 'It's A Hard Knock Life', and which was later turned into an Oscar-nominated movie in 1982, directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney and Carol Burnett. The musical was filmed again in 2015, starring Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis.

Starting out on Broadway initially as an actor in the original production of 'West Side Sotry', Martin Charnin went on to to write, direct, and produce nightclub acts for Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Mary Travers, Jose Ferrer and Leslie Uggams, before penning his first musical 'Hot Spot' in 1963, starring Judy Holliday. After collaborating with Richard Rodgers on the musical 'Two By Two', he turned his hand to production and direction, with his next work 'Nash At Nine', based on the poems of Ogden Nash, before penning 'Annie', which was inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, created in 1924 by Harold Lincoln Gray.

In White Plains, New York, USA, following a heart attack

Joao Gilberto
João Gilberto
(88), singer-songwriter and guitarist who pioneered the musical genre of bossa nova in the late 1950s, recording with such names as Stan Getz, Herbie Mann and Antônio Carlos Jobim. Known as 'The Father Of The Bossanova", João Gilberto's international hits include 'The Girl from Ipanema' and 'Desafinado'.

Two-time Grammy Award Winner.

In Rio Je Janeiro, Brazil, of heart failure

Troy Dean Shafer
Troy Dean Shafer
(28), singer-songwriter who performed with songwriter Billy Falcon but took leave from the music industry to found and host the popular television property series 'Nashville Flipped'.

In Erie Country, Pennsylvania, USA, of an accidental drug overdose

Nilda Fernandez
Nilda Fernandez
(67), singer-songwriter whose hits include 'Madrid Madrid' and 'Nos Fiancailles', and who collaborated with Russian star Boris Moiseev.

In Lyon, France, following a heart attack

Dave Bartholomew
Dave Bartholomew
(100), songwriter, bandleader and record producer, whose hits as a songwriter - many co-written with Fats Domino - include 'Ain't That Shame' (Fats Domno, The 4 Seasons, Pat Boone), 'I Hear You Knocking' (Fats Domino, Gale Storm, Dave Edmunds), 'Blue Monday' (Fats Domino, Bob Seger), 'I'm Walkin' (Fats Domino, Ricky Nelson), 'My Ding-A-Ling' (Chuck Berry), 'Witchcraft' (The Spiders, Elvis Presley), 'Valley Of Tears' (Fats Domino, Buddy Holly), 'It Keeps Rainin' (Fats Domino, Bitty McLean) and 'One Night' (Elvis Presley).

Bartholomew's own band, Dave Bartholomew and His Orchestra, scored several US instrumental hits including 'Country Boy', while he also produced dozens of hit records for such acts as The Spiders, Chris Kenner, Earl King, Tommy Ridgley, Robert Parker, T-Bone Walker, Roy Brown, Frankie Ford, and Shirley and Lee.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Metairie, Louisiana, USA, of heart failure

Chuch Glaser
Chuck Glaser
(83), singer-songwriter, music publisher and the last surviving member of country group Tompall & The Glaser Brothers, a band which in addition to pursuing a very successful career in country music, also provided both studio and live harmonies for Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Hank Snow and Claude King. The band's hits include 'Rings', 'Gone', 'California Girl', 'Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)' and 'The Moods Of Mary', being voted CMA Vocal Group Of The Year (1970), Country Group Of Yhe Decade (1975) and Billboard Country Music Group Of The Year (1972).

Chuck Glaser's own songs were hits for Hank Snow, Johnny Cash and the Carter Family, while his Glaser Brothers Music and Glaser Recording Studios discovered such acts as John Hartford and Kinky Fiiedman, and his booking agency managed Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, George Jones, Tompall Glaser, Dr. Hook, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gamble Rogers, Jerry Reed, the Amazing Rhythm Aces and David Allan Coe.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Gabriel Diniz
Gabriel Diniz
(28), singer-songwriter whose hits include 'Acabou Acabou' and 'Jenifer'.

Near Porto do Mato in Estância. Brazil, following an air-crash

Brian Doherty
Brian Doherty
(51), guitarist and songwriter wjth Canadian band 'Big Wreck', whose hits include 'The Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted)' and 'Albatross '.

In Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, of cancer

Dr. John
Dr. John
(77), singer-songwtiter, pianist and record producer, whose solo hits (several written with Doc Pomus) include 'Right Place, Wrong Time' (covered by Bruce Springsteen, Rick Derringer, Tom Jones), 'Pictures And Paintings' (Charlie Rich), 'Mardi Gras Day' (Manfred Mann), 'She Knows What To Do For Me' (Ben E King, Brook Benton), 'Such A Night' (Klaus Voorman, Esther Phillips), 'There Must Be A Better World Somewhere' (Gloria Estefan, B B King, Irma Thomas), 'I Walk On Guilded Splinters' (Marsha Hunt, Cher, Humble Pie) and 'Lights Out' (Shakin' Stevens, Dr. Feelgood, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter).

As part of the Wrecking Crew stable of studio musicians, Dr John (real name Mac Rebennack) worked with such acts as Sonny & Cher, Canned Heat, Frank Zappa, the Rolling Stones, the Band, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Maria Muldaur, Levon Helm, Neil Diamond, Rickie Lee Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin, while his songs (many performed by himself) featured in such movies as 'Starsky & Hutch', 'Sahara', 'Blues Brothers 2000', ' The Last Waltz', '101 Dalmatians' and 'Cannery Row'.

Six-time Grammy Award Winner.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, following a heart attack

Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson
(71), singer-songwriter and musician with a number of bands including The Spades ('We Sell Soul'), The 13th Floor Elevators ('You're Gonna Miss Me" and 'Slip Inside This House') and Roky Erickson & The Aliens.

In Austin, Texas, USA, of multiple organ failure

Leon Redbone
Leon Redbone
(69), singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor who specialised in jazz, blues, and Tin Pan Alley classics.

In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA, of cancer

Ralph Murphy
Ralph Murphy
(75), songwriter, singer, author, music publisher, record producer and ASCAP executive, whose songs have been recorded by such acts as Billy Fury, Vanity Fare, James Royal, Ronnie Milsap, Jeannie C. Riley, Crystal Gayle, Randy Travis, Shania Twain, Don Williams, Kathy Mattea, Cliff Richard, April Wine (for whom he produced a platinum album), Ray Price and Lynn Anderson.

As a performer in the UK, he worked with The Byrds, The Walker Brothers, The Hollies, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, The Kinks, The Troggs, and Martha & The Vandellas.

Moving to Nashville, he founded Picalic Publishing with British songwriter Roger Cook, which published such Crystal Gayle hits as 'Talking In Your Sleep' and 'Half The Way', as well as writing the best-selling book 'Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: How To Write Hit Songs'.

ASCAP Nashville Vice President Of International Membership.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of pneumonia

Preston Epps
Preston Epps
(88), songwriter and percussionist whose solo hits include 'Bongo Rock' and "Bongo Bongo Bongo". The session drummer on such classics as 'Earth Angel' (The Penguins), Preston Epps also worked with Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, Little Richard, Johnny Otis, Sam Cooke, Jewel Akens and Robert "Bumps" Blackwell as well as founding the Hollywood nightclub Pandora's Box, where he discovered and signed - amongst others - Lou Rawls.

In Los Angeles, California, USA, of heart failure

Dan Mitchell
Dan Mitchell
(66), songwriter whose songs were recorded by such acts as Mel Tillis, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, The Oak Ridge Boys, Connie Smith and Moe Bandy, and whose first Number 1 - Alabama's 'If You're Gonna Play In Texas, You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band' went Platinum, although it had started life as a B side.

2019 North American County Music Association For Legendary Performer Songwriter Artist Award winner.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of complications from Alzheimer's Disease

Geneviève Waite
Geneviève Waite
(71), singer-songwriter, actress, wife of The Mamas & The Papas' John Phillips and mother of actress Bijou Phillips.

In Los Angeles, California, USA, of heart failure

Jake Black
Jake Black
(57), singer-songwriter and co-founder of Alabama 3, whose song 'Woke Up This Morning' became the theme tune for the HBO series 'The Sopranos', and has since featured in several television shows and movies, including 'The Simpsons', 'Top Gear', 'Ghosts' and 'The House'

In Lancashire, UK, following a heart attack

Gregory Gray
Gregory Gray
(59), singer-songwriter who fronted a number of bands, including Rosetta Stone and Perfect Crime, emerging as a solo act with the album 'Euroflake In Silverlake'.

In St Albans, Hertfordhsire, UK, of cancer

Deane Cameron
Deane Cameron
(65), former president of EMI Music Canada, who signed such stars as Tom Cochrane, Anne Murray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Glass Tiger, Rita MacNeil, The Moffatts, The Tea Party and Nickelback, and who also worked with acts such as April Wine, Corey Hart, Coldplay, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Keith Urban, Sarah Brightman, Norah Jones, Bob Seger, Damon Albarn, Duran Duran, Richard Marx, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks, Pet Shop Boys and Radiohead.

At Eagle Lake, Ontario, Canada, following a heart attack

Bernie Dalton
Bernie Dalton
(49), singer-songwriter who in spite of losing the use of his hands, voice and ability to play guitar, and faced with a prognosis of just two years left to live, persuaded singer and musician Essence Goldman to enlist her friends to help him record and release his first and only album - 'Connection' - by Bernie & The Believers.

In Cupertino, California, USA, from complications of bulbar-onset ALS, an aggressive form of Lou Gehrig's disease

Jack deMello
Jack deMello
(102), composer and instrumentalist, who penned music for such Hanna Barbera TV shows as 'The Flintstones', 'The Jetsons', 'Magilla Gorilla', 'Top Kat' and 'Ricochet Rabbit' as well as recording close to 160 albums in a variety of styles, including almost 500 Hawaiian songs.

In Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, of heart failure

Boon Gould
Boon Gould
(64), musician, songwriter and one of the founding members of Level 42. whose hits included 'The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)', 'Something About You', 'Lessons In Love', 'Running In The Family', 'To Be With You Again' and 'It's Over', but who also collaborated on solo projects with Mark King, while touring with such acts as The Police, Queen and Madonna.

In Dorset, UK, from unspecified causes

Morris L Diamond
Morris L Diamond
(97), song-plugger, film music supervisor, record label manager, concert promotor and television actor, whose career included a pre-war stint as assistant manager with Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra, before working as an independent record promoter during the rock & roll years. He later became music supervisor on such movies as 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', 'Man Called Dagger', 'Fake-Out', 'Gaby: A True Story' and 'The Dukes'. As head of Beverly Hills Records, he fronted a roster which included Ennio Mooricone and J P Morgan, while also setting up a concert promotion business which brought to Europe such stars as Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones and Shirley MacLaine.

In Rancho Mirage, California, USA, of heart failure

Andre Williams
Andre Williams
(82), singer, songwriter and record producer whose hit songs include 'Shake A Tail Feather' (Five Dutones, James & Bobby Purify, Ike & Tina Turner, Ray Charles), 'Jail Bait,' 'Greasy Chicken,' 'Bacon Fat' and 'Cadillac Jack', who worked with Ike Turner and Bobby 'Blue' Bland.

In Chicago, Illinois, USA, of heart failure

Billy Adams
Billy Adams
(79), singer and songwriter whose compositions included the rockabilly standard 'Rock, Pretty Mama', as well as 'You Heard Me Knocking', 'True Love Will Come Your Way' and 'You Gotta Have A Duck Tail'.

In Westmoreland, Tenessee, USA, of heart failure

Dina
Dina
(62), songwriter and composer who represented Portugal in the 1992 Eurovision with Rosa Lobato Faria's song 'Amor de Água Fresca'. She also scored svereal hit records in her native Portugal, and composing music for numerous television series and movies.

In Lisbon, Portugal, from complications of lung fibrosis

Dick Dale
Dick Dale
(81), the musician known as 'The King Of The Surf Guitar', and composer, whose hits include 'Misirlou' (covered by the Beach Boys, the Ventures, and the Trashmen and featured in the movie 'Pulp Fiction'), 'Let's Go Trippin'' (covered by the Beachboys, The Trashmen and The Marketts) and 'Surf Beat'.

In Loma Linda, California, USA, of heart failure

Beth Carvalho
Beth Carvalho
(72), singer-songwriter and guitarist, whose hits include 'Andança', '1800 Colinas', 'Olho Por Olho', 'Saco do Feijão', 'Vou Festejar' and 'Coisinha Do Pai', a song heard frequently from space during NASA's Mars Pathfinder project. A keen football fan, Beth Carvalho was married to Brazilian international Edson de Souza Barbosa.

Grammy Award Winner.

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from sepsis

Les Reed
Les Reed
(83), songwriter, musician and orchestra leader, whose hit songs include 'Delilah' (Tom Jones), 'Here It Comes Again' (The Fortunes), 'It's Not Unusual' (Tom Jones) and 'The Last Waltz' (Engelbert Humperdinck), and who also played piano for the The John Barry Seven, as well as collaborating with such writers as Gordon Mills, Barry Mason, Geoff Stephens, Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook, and Johnny Worth.

Les Reed's songs have been recorded by such stars as Elvis Presley ("Girl Of Mine", "Sylvia" and "This Is Our Dance"), Shirley Bassey ("Does Anybody Miss Me") and Bing Crosby ("That's What Life Is All About"), but he also wrote hits for the Dave Clark 5 ('Everybody Knows'), Des O'Connor ('I Pretend'), Herman's Hermits ('There's A Kind Of Hush') and The Applejacks ('Tell Me When') as well as penning the Leeds United anthem 'Marching On Together'.

Les Reed's film scores include those for 'The Girl On A Motorcycle', 'The Bushbaby', 'One More Time'. 'George And Mildred', 'Creepshow 2' and 'Parting Shots'.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Surrey, UK, of heart failure

Earl Thomas Conley
Earl Thomas Conley
(77), singer-songwriter who scored 18 American country Number One singles, including such classics as 'What I'd Say', 'Holding Her And Loving You', 'Silent Treatment', 'Fire And Smoke', 'I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before)', 'Somewhere Between Right And Wrong', 'Don't Make It Easy For Me', 'Brotherly Love' (with Keith Whitley),'We Believe In Happy Endings' (with Emmylou Harris) and 'Too Many Times' (with Anita Pointer), and whose compositions were also recorded by such stars as Blake Shelton, Conway Twitty and Mel Street.

Earl Thomas Conley also set a record with his 1984 album, 'Don’t Make It Easy For Me', when he became the first artist in any genre to have four number one singles from the same album.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, from complications of dementia


Kim English
(48), gospel and house music singer and songwriter who topped the Billboard dance charts eight times with such songs as 'Unspeakable Joy,' 'Everyday,' and 'Missing You.'.

In Chicago, Illinois, USA, while awaiting a kidney transplant

Jenny Pagliaro
Jenny Pagliaro
(35), songwriter and lead singer with the LA-based duo Roses And Cigarettes.

In Santa Monica, California, USA, due to complications from stage IV breast cancer

Maggie Warwick
Maggie Warwick
(79), singer and songwriter whose hit songs include 'Mountain Pf Love' (David Houston), 'I Almost Called Your Name' (Margaret Whiting), 'The Girl Most Likely' (Jeannie C. Riley), 'Reconsider Me' (Johnny Adams, Ray Pillow, John Wesley Ryles and Narvel Felts), 'The Wedding Cake' (Connie Francis), 'Country Girl' and 'Oh Singer' (Jeannie C. Riley), who worked with such acts as Dale Hawkins,

In in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, from complications of pneumonia


Armando Vega Gil
(64), singer, songwriter, musician, author and founder of the band Botellita de Jerez.

In Mexico City, Mexico, by suicide

Nipsey Hussle
Nipsey Hussle
(33), Grammy-nominated rapper and songwriter, who collaborated with Drake, Snoop Dogg. Problem, Trey Songz, Jay Rock and Sean Kingston.

In front of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles, California, USA, following a shooting

Stephen Fitzpatrick
Stephen Fitzpatrick
(24), singer and songwriter with Liverpool-based band Her's.

On Interstate 10 in Arizona, USA, following a car crash

Audun Laading
Audun Laading
(25), singer and songwriter with Liverpool-based band Her's.

On Interstate 10 in Arizona, USA, following a car crash

Chauncey Crumpacker
Chauncey Crumpacker
(91), three-time Grammy-nominated producer and executive for RCA Victor who brought Elvis Presley to the label, and also produced such stars as Chet Atkins, Mala Powers, Morgana King, Harry Nilsson, Eartha Kitt and Harry Belafonte.

In Red Hook, New York, USA, of heart failure

Scott Walker
Scott Walker
(76), singer-songwriter, record producer and former member of The Walker Brothers, whose hits include 'Make It Easy On Yourself', 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore', 'Jackie', 'My Ship Is Coming In', '(Baby) You Don't Have to Tell Me', 'Another Tear Falls', 'Joanna' and 'Remember Me'.

In London, UK, of cancer

Bernie Torme
Bernie Tormé
(66), Irish guitarist, songwriter, and former member of Gillan, the Ozzy Osbourne Band and Desoerado.

In London, UK, from pneumonia

Eddie Lambert
Eddie Lambert
(76), music publisher (Interworld Music Group, 20th Century Fox Music), record producer and executive with several major record labels including ABC/Dunhill, Motown and EMI-Capitol, who worked with such stars as The Righteous Brothers, Evie Sands, Player, The Grass Roots, Tavares, Glen Campbell, Hall & Oates, Bill Conti, The Commodores, El Debarge, The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, The Four Tops, Sam Harris, Stacy Lattisaw, Kenny Loggins, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Jim Croce and Bruce Willis.

Brother of songwriter Dennis Lambert and co-owner of their joint label Haven Records.

In West Hills, California, USA, of cancer

John Kilzer
John Kilzer
(62), singer-songwriter and pastor at Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Memphis, whose songs were recorded by such stars as Roseanne Cash, Trace Adkins and Maria Muldaur.

In Memphis, Tennessee, USA, by suicide

Stan Applebaum
Stan Applebaum
(97), composer, arranger and conductor who orchestrated hits for such acts as Ben E King ('Stand By Me' and 'Spanish Harlem'), Neil Sedaka ('Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'), The Drifters ('Save The Last Dance For Me'), The Coasters, Brook Benton, Bobby Vinton and Connie Francis, as well as arrangements for Benny Goodman, Harry James, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Durante and The US Navy and Air Force bands. In addition, he penned music for more than 1500 commercials including the famous PanAm Airlines' ad "Makes The Going Great", winning in the process four Clio Awards.

In New York City, USA, of heart failure


Keith Flint
(49), singer and songwriter with Prodigy, whose UK hits included such classics as 'Firestarter', 'Breathe', 'Everybody In The Place', 'Omen', 'No Good (Start The Dance)', 'Charly', 'Out Of Space', 'Baby's Got A Temper', 'Voodoo People' and 'Warrior's Dance'.

In North End, Great Dunmow, Essex, UK, by suicide

Ger Cusack
Ger Cusack
(76), singer and songwriter with The Empire Showband, whose hits include "It's Only A Rumour", and who worked with Adam Faith, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Emile Ford, and Long John Baldry.

In Limerick City, Ireland, following an illness

Andre Previn
André Previn
(89), pianist, conductor, and composer, who won four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings.

His movie soundtracks include 'Elmer Gantry', 'Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse', 'Inside Daisy Clover', 'The Fastest Gun Alive', 'Dead Ringer' and 'Bad Day At Black Rock'.

In addition to his movie work, André Previn was music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Oslo Philharmonic, as well as the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

In Manhattan, New York City, USA, of heart failure

Mark Hollis
Mark Hollis
(64), songwriter and lead singer for Talk Talk, whose hits include 'It’s My Life', 'Today', 'Talk Talk' and 'Life’s What You Make It', and who also penned material for the hit television series 'Boss' starring Kelsey Grammer.

In London, UK, of cancer

Earl Shuman
Earl Shuman
(95), songwriter, whose hits included 'Hey There Lonely Girl' (Ruby & The Romantics, Eddy Holman), 'Banjos Back In Town' (Bing Crosby, Teresa Brewer), 'Hotel Happiness' (Brook Benton), 'Caterina' (Perry Como), 'I Am' (Tony Bennett, B.B. King), 'I've Been Here' (Barbra Streisand), 'Theme For A Dream' (Cliff Richard), 'Starry Eyed' (Michael Holliday), 'Clinging Vine' (Dean Martin, Bobby Vinton), 'Left, Right, Out Of Your Heart' (Patti Page), 'Seven Lonely Days' (Bonnie Lou, Jean Shepard, Lynn Anderson), 'Close To Cathy' (Mike Clifford), and whose songs were also recorded by such stars as Tom Jones, Ed Ames, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, k.d. lang, Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline.

In addition, Earl Shuman wrote the lyrics for the musical adaptation of James Thurber's short story 'Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' while as a music publisher, he was instrumental in the success of Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell' album.

In New York City, USA, of heart failure

Fred Foster
Fred Foster
(87), record producer, label owner and music publisher, who founded Monument Records in North Carolina in 1958, before moving the company to Nashville two years later following his first hit with 'Gotta Travel On' by Billy Grammer.

In 1960, Monument signed Roy Orbison, and over the next decade, along with its subsidiary Sound Stage 7 Records, scored more than 100 hits with acts such as Dolly Parton, Bob Moore, Joe Simon, Arthur Alexander, The Dixie Belles, Ivory Joe Hunter, Lloyd Price, Gene Allison, Percy Sledge, Robert Knight, Ray Stevens, Tony Joe White, Jeannie Seely, Billy Walker, Robert Mitchum, Grandpa Jones, Henson Cargill and Charlie McCoy, as well as giving recording contracts to such songwriters as Harlan Howard, Cindy Walker, Willie Nelson, Norro Wilson, Bobby Russell, Don Robertson, Wayne Carson, Billy Joe Shaver, Bob Morrison and Hank Cochran.

Fred Foster also founded Combine Music, which signed Kris Kristofferson, with Foster suggesting the title for Kristofferson’s 'Me And Bobby McGee', and went on to produce hits for Billy Swan, Larry Gatlin, Willie Nelson and Connie Smith. However, following a string of poor non-music industry investments, he was forced to sell both Monument and Combine in 1986.

After this, he became a major independent producer, producing several hits, including the Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price album 'Last Of the Breed' in 2007, which featured Price and Nelson’s Grammy-winning duet 'Lost Highway'. Fred Foster was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2016.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Peter Tork
Peter Tork
(74), songwriter, singer, instrumentalist and actor with The Monkees, who played keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, and harpsichord on a number of the group's records, as well as co-riting several of their songs.

Having bought himself out of his contract with the group, Peter Tork started a solo career, and formed a number of bands, including Shoe Suede Blues, but none of his later attempts were as commercially successful as The Monkees.

In Los Angeles, California, USA, of complications from Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma

Noel Reid
Noel Reid
(80), songwriter, jpurnalist and broadcaster, whose songs include 'You Can't Stop The Music' which was the runner-up in the 1975 National Song Contest, along with other songs which won international contests.

In Dublin, Ireland, of heart failure

Jacqueline Steiner
Jacqueline Steiner
(94), folk singer and songwriter, whose songs include "MTA", a Gold Disc for the Kingston Trio, and who worked with Pete Seeger as well as serving as an officer of the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP).

In Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, of pneumonia

Kyle Yorlets
Kyle Yorlets
24, singer and songwriter with the country band Carverton.

In West Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of gunshot wounds following a robbery

Cadet
Cadet
(28), former member of the Gypsy Hill Crew, who worked with such rap acts as Krept & Konan and Bugzy Malone, and whose songs include 'Gipset Flow' and 'Stereotype'.

In Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK, following a car crash

Roberto Livi
Roberto Livi
(76), singer, songwriter and producer, who wrote hits for Roberto Carlos, José José, Julio Iglesias, Ana Gabriel, Vicki Carr, Christian Castro and Lisette Melendez.

In Denver, Colorado, USA, of heart failure

Harold Bradley
Harold Bradley
(93), guitarist whose instrumental breaks, usually uncredited, became a core part of such classic hit songs as 'The Battle of New Orleans', 'Swingin', 'Here In The Real World', 'Crazy', 'Coal Miner’s Daughter', 'Stand By Your Man', 'Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree', 'Make The World Go Away', 'Big Bad John', 'Jingle Bell Rock', 'King Of The Road', 'Harper Valley P.T.A.', 'It’s Only Make Believe', 'Long Black Veil' and 'For the Good Times'.

Credited as 'the most recorded instrumentalist in history' and a member of Nashville’s renowned 'A Team' of session musicians, Harold Bradley backed such stars as Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Clyde McPhatter, Ruth Brown, Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Jimmie Davis, Webb Pierce, Jim Ed Brown, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, The Statler Brothers, Bill Anderson, Kitty Wells, Charley Pride, Tom T. Hall, Conway Twitty, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, George Morgan, Marty Robbins, Lefty Frizzell, Faron Young, Hank Snow, Floyd Cramer, Bob Wills, Dolly Parton, Carl Smith, Johnny Cash, Hank Thompson, Sonny James, Ivory Joe Hunter, Patti Page, Brook Benton, Connie Francis, Ann-Margret, Burl Ives, Leon Russell, Bobby Vinton, Al Hirt, The Four Aces, Paul Anka, The Newbeats, Robert Mitchum, Michael Nesmith, Tom Jones, Pete Fountain, Henry Mancini, Joan Baez, Damita Jo, Boots Randolph, and Perry Como.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

James Ingram
James Ingram
(66), singer, songwriter, record producer. two-time Grammy Award-winner and two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song, whose hits include "Just Once", "One Hundred Ways", "Baby, Come To Me", "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?", "Yah Mo B There", "What About Me?", "Somewhere Out There", "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" and "I Don't Have The Heart".

In Los Angeles, Californa, USA, of brain cancer

Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand
(86), composer, songwriter, pianist and winner of three Academy Awards for such scores as 'Summer Of ’42' and 'Yentl' as well as the song 'The Windmills Of Your Mind' from the film 'The Thomas Crown Affair'.

Michel Legrand who was also Oscar-nominated for the movies 'Les Parapluies De Cherbourg' and 'Les Demoiselles De Rochefort' worked with such stars as Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Orson Welles, Perry Como, Neil Diamond, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, James Ingram, Jack Jones, Kiri te Kanawa, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, Nana Mouskouri, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.

His hit songs include 'What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?', 'Watch What Happens', 'The Summer Knows' and 'You Must Believe In Spring'.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Paris, France, following a heart attack

Oliver Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi
(66), singer, songwriter, philanthropist and human rights activist, and Zimbabwe's first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa.

In Harare, Zimbabwe, of complications from diabetes.

Maxine Brown
Maxine Brown
(87), singer-songwriter, sister of country star Jim Ed Brown, and member of The Browns whose hits include 'The Three Bells', 'Scarlet Ribbons', 'The Old Lamplighter' and 'Send Me The Pillow You Dream On'. Maxine Brown's songs were also recorded by such country acts as Justin Tubb, Goldie Hill, Buck Owens, Susan Raye, The Canadian Sweethearts, George Jones, Margie Singleton, Bill Anderson, Jan Howard and The Collins Kids.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, of complications from heart and kidney disease

Shirley Boone
Shirley Boone
(84), singer, songwriter, author, daughter of country legend Red Foley, wife of pop superstar Pat Boone, and mother of Grammy nominated vocalists Cherry, Lindy, Debby and Laury Boone.

In Beverly Hills, California, of cancer

Bonnie Guitar
Bonnie Guitar
(95), songwriter, guitarist and record label owner, whose own hits included 'Dark Moon', 'Mister Fire Eyes', 'I’m Living In Two Worlds', 'Get Your Lie The Way You Want It', 'The Tallest Tree', 'You Can Steal Me', 'A Woman In Love', 'Stop The Rain', 'Leaves Are The Tears Of Autumn', 'That See Me Later Look' and 'Allegheny', working alongside such acts as Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent, The Del-Vikings and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In 1959, she discovered the Fleetwoods, and formed a record label (Dolton Records) to record the group, going on to produce, and play guitar on most of their hits, including 'Come Softly To Me', 'Mr Blue', Tragedy', 'The Great Imposter', 'Outside My Window' and 'Lovers By Night Strangers By Day'. She subsequently signed the Ventures, producing such hits as 'Walk Don’t Run', 'Perfidia' and 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue'. Having sold Dolton to Liberty Records, she retired with her husband to their ranch near Mount Rainier where they reared horses, but following his death in 1983, resumed her performing career, recording a number of albums while working night clubs along the West Coast until a few months before her final illness.

In Soap Lake, Grant County, Washington, USA, of congestive heart failure, following a fall

Whitey Shafer
Whitey Shafer
(82), songwriter amd singer who penned such country classics as 'All My Ex's Live In Texas' and 'Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind' along with hits for George Jones, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Connie Smith, Johnny Russell, John Michael Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack, Kenny Chesney, Moe Bandy. Johnny Rodriguez, Lefty Frizell, Shawn Colvin and many others.

In addition to his songwriting career, Whitey Shafer recorded for a number of labels, including Musicor and RCA, and toured as an opening act for Willie Nelson.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Whitney, Texas, USA, of heart failure

Phil Thomas
Phil Thomas
(74), songwriter whose hits include 'Colorado Kool-Aid' and 'Me And The IRS' (Johnny Paycheck), 'Drinkin’ My Way Back Home' (Gene Watson), 'Now You’re Talking' (Mel McDaniel), 'Hard Baby To Rock' (Tari Hensley) and 'Mirror, Mirror' (Barbara Mandrell), as well as chart entries for such stars as Montgomery Gentry, John Conlee, George Strait, Alabama and Randy Travis.

In Perry County, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Maeng Yuna
Maeng Yuna
(29), singer-songwriter known as the 'Suzanne Vega of South Korea', whose hits include 'Paradise'.

In Seoul, South Korea, following a heart attack

Steve Ripley
Steve Ripley
(69), songwriter, musician, studio owner, and lead singer with The Tractors ('Baby Likes To Rock It'), and who worked with Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, J J Cale, Roy Clark and Eddie Van Halen.

In Pawnee, Oklahoma, USA, of cancer

Pegi Young
Pegi Young
(66), singer, songwriter, educator, philanthropist and former wife of singer-songwriter Neil Young, and who worked with such acts as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Metallica, R.E.M., James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield.

In San Mateo, California, USA, of cancer

Daryl Dragon
Daryl Dragon
(76), singer, songwriter, musician, and one-half of The Captain & Tenille whose hits include 'Love Will Keep Us Together', 'Song Of Joy. 'Do That To Me One More Time', 'Can't Stop Dancing', 'You Never Done It Like That', 'The Way I Want To Touch You' and 'Muskrat Love'.

Son of noted composer Carmen Dragon, Daryl played with Fats Domino and BB King prior to stardom and was also the keyboard player for the Beach Boys in the mid-1960s and early 1970s.

In Prescott, Arizona, USA, from complications of renal failure

Songwriter Obituaries 2018

Yigal Bashan
Yigal Bashan
(68), singer and songwriter, whose hits include 'We’re Staying In Israel' and'Sivan'.

In Jerusalem, Israel, following a heart attack

Norman Gimbel
Norman Gimbel
(91). spngwriter whose hits include 'Sway' (Dean Martin and Bobby Rydell), 'Canadian Sunset' (Andy Williams), "Summer Samba (So Nice)" (Johnny Mathis, Vikki Carr, Connie Francis and Emma Bunton), 'How Insensitive' (The Monkees, Olivia Newton John and The 5th Dimension), 'The Girl From Ipanema' (Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz, as well as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, The Supremes, Shirley Bassey and Eartha Kitt - supposedly the second most recorded pop song in history after 'Yesterday' by The Beatles), 'Killing Me Softly With His Song' (Lori Lieberman and Roberta Flack) and 'I Got A Name' (Jim Croce).

Moving to Los Angeles, Norman Gimbel scored an an Oscar for 'It Goes Like It Goes' (from the film 'Norma Rae'), followed by several more Ocsar nominations, four Golden Globes nominations with numerous songs in multiple movies, while collaborating with the cream of Hollywood talent including Elmer Bernstein, Bill Conti, Jack Elliott, Charles Fox, Dave Grusin, Maurice Jarre, Quincy Jones, Fred Karlin, Francis Lai, Peter Matz, Lalo Schifrin, David Shire and Patrick Williams.

He was also active in television, penning themes for 'The Bugaloos', 'Happy Days', 'Laverne & Shirley', 'Angie', 'Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous', 'Wonder Woman' and 'The Paper Chase' (for which he won an Emmy). Between movies and television, Norman Gimbel was credited with more than 650 themes or songs, along as scores for films like 'Lady And the Tramp II', 'The Phantom Tollbooth', 'Where's Poppa?', 'A Troll In Central Park' and 'Arabian Knight'.

Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Montecito, California, USA, of heart failure

Johnny Maddox
Johnny Maddox
(91), pianist, composer and owner of one of the largest collections of popular sheet music in the world totalling more than 200,000 pieces, and whose own solo hits included 'In The Mood' and 'The Crazy Otto Medley'.

Also known professionally as 'Crazy Otto', Maddox performed live up until his 85th bitthday, working with everybody from Elvis Presley to Patsy Cline, as well as playing piano on numerous hit records, including Bob Wills' 'San Antonio Rose'.

In Gallatin, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Jimmy Work
Jimmy Work
(94), singer and songwriter whose hits included 'Making Believe' (Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Merle Haggard), 'Tennessee Border' (Red Foley, Bob Atcher, Jimmie Skinner, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Hank Williams) and 'That's What Makes The Jukebox Play' (Moe Bandy).

In Dukedom, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Ace Cannon
Ace Cannon
(84), composer and saxaphonist with Bill Black’s Combo, and whose own solo hits included 'Tuff' and 'Blues Stay Away From Me'.

In Calhoun City, Mississippi, USA, of heart failure

Anca Pop
Anca Pop
(34), Canadian-Roumanian singer-songwriter, whose hits include 'Free Love', 'Super Cool', 'Ring Around', 'Loco Poco' and 'Ederlezi', and who went on to become a star in Japan as well as collaborating with Goran Bregovic on 'Champagne For Gypsies'.

Near the Sinita Viaduct, Mehedinti County, Roumania when her car plunged into the River Danube

Jerry Chesnut
Jerry Chesnut
(87), songwriter whose hits included 'Good Year For The Roses' (George Jones, Alan Jackson and Elvis Costello), 'T-R-O-U-B-L-E' (Elvis Presley and Travis Tritt), 'Another Place, Another Time' (Jerry Lee Lewis), 'A Dime At A Time' (Del Reeves), 'It's Four In The Morning', (Faron Young and Tom Jones), 'They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy' (Loretta Lynn) and 'Woman Without Love' (Elvis Presley, Bob Luman, Joe Simon, Johnny Darrell and Brook Benton).

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Floyd Parton
Floyd Parton
(61), songwriter and brother of singers Dolly Parton and Stella Parton and whose hits include 'Rockin' Years' and 'Nickels And Dimes'.

In Sevierville, Tennessee, USA of undisclosed causes

Kelso Herston
Kelso Herston
(87), label chief, record producer, song publisher, jingle creator and session musician, who worked with Sonny James, Wanda Jackson, Ferlin Husky, Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Bobby Bare, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, George Morgan, Lesley Gore, Clyde McPhatter, Charlie Rich, Vikki Carr, Freddie Hart, Jean Shepard, Mother Maybelle Carter, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Mann, Jerry Lee Lewis, Del Reeves, Bobby Goldsboro, The Oak Ridge Boys and hundreds others.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Pete Shelley
Pete Shelley
(63), lead singer and songwriter with the Buzzcocks, whose hit songs include 'Ever Fallen In Love' and 'Homosapiens'.

In Tallinn, Estonia. following a heart attack

Sherytha Scaife
Sherytha Scaife
(86), music publisher (Music Incorporated and Tennessee Music Publishing), and record label owner (Songs of Faith, Halo Records and Classic Christmas Records).

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Casey Anderson
Casey Anderson
(92). songwriter whose hits include Merle Haggard's 'I'm A Lonesome Fugitive' and 'It's Only Lonely Me' a hit for both Lynn Anderson and Stonewall Jackson.

Husband of singer Liz Anderson, and father of country legend Lynn Anderson.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA. of heart failure

Bill Caddick
Bill Caddick
(74). singer-songwriter in the folk genre, and member of the influential group Home Service. His songs include 'Unicorns' and 'She Moves Among Men', and have been recorded by such acts as June Tabor, Chris Foster, Alex Campbell and Christy Moore.

In Wolverhampton, UK, of pancreatic cancer

Scott English
Scott English
(81), singer, songwriter and record producer who scored solo hits with 'High On A Hill' and 'Brandy', as well as penning songs for Barry Manilow ('Mandy', a re-named version of 'Brandy'), Jeff Beck ('Hi Ho Silver Lining'), Eric Burdon ('Help Me Girl') and American Breed ('Bend Me Shape Me').

He also produced Thin Lizzy's eponymous debut album.

In London, UK. of heart failure

Conway Savage
Conway Savage
(58), singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his work with Nick Cave & The Seeds.

In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, of a brain tumour

Eddie Reeves
Eddie Reeves
(79), singer, songwriter and record label executive, who recorded for both Dot Records and United Artists before going on to pen such songs as 'All I Ever Need Is You' recorded by Sonny & Cher, 'Don’t Change On Me' recorded by Ray Charles, and 'Rings' recorded by Cymarron.

In later years, he founded Eddie Reeves Music and served as General Manager and later Executive Vice President of Warner Brothers Records in Nashville.

In Houston, Texas, USA, following a stroke

Kenny Marks
Kenny Marks
(67), singer-songwriter in the CCM (Christian Country Music) genre, whose hits include 'Right Where You Are', 'Soul Reviver', 'Make It Right', 'Friends', 'Nobody Else But Jesus' and 'The Party’s Over'.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, following a heart attack

Carol Hall
Carol Hall
(82), singer and songwriter who penned the long-running Broadway hit 'The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas' and wrote songs for Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Lesley Gore, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Lisa Loeb, Mabel Mercer, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Michael Feinstein, Olivia Newton-John, Amanda McBroom, Maureen McGovern, Margaret Whiting, Miriam Makeba, RuPaul and Kermit the Frog.

In New York City, USA, of logopenic primary progressive aphasia

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin
(67), internationally-acclaimed composer, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Limerick and founder and director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

In Limerick City, Ireland, following a long illness

Francis Lai
Francis Lai
(86), composer whose movie successes include themes for such films as 'A Man And A Woman', 'Love Story', 'Mayerling', 'Three Into Two Won't Go', 'International Velvet', 'I'll Never Forget What's'isname', 'Hannibal Brooks' and 'Emmanuelle 2'.

He also penned the theme for BBC TV's 'Panaroma' as well as penning such pop hits as 'Where Do I Begin' for Andy Williams and 'I Think Of You' for Perry Como.

Academy Award Winner for 'Love Story'.

In Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France, of heart failure

Freddie Hart
Freddie Hart
(91), singer-songwriter whose hits included the classic 'Easy Loving', and who scored more than sixty charted singles between 1953 and 1987 before moving onto a career in gospel music.

Freddie Hart's covers included Patsy Cline's 'Lovin' In Vain', George Jones' 'My Tears Are Overdue' and Porter Wagoner's 'Skid Row Joe' as well as hits for Buck Owens, Susan Raye and Carl Smith.

Nashville Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Inductee.

In Burbank, California, USA, of pneumonia

Tony Joe White
Tony Joe White
(75), singer songwriter, whose hits included such classics as 'Polk Salad Annie' and 'Rainy Night In Georgia', as well as songs recorded by Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield.

Tony Joe White also worked with such acts as Steppenwolf, Anne Murray, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sly & The Family Stone and The Creedence Clearwater Revival.

In Leiper's Fork, Tennessee, USA, following a heart attack

Peggy Sue Gerron
Peggy Sue Gerron
(78), who inspired Buddy Holly's classic rock songs 'Peggy Sue' and 'Peggy Sue Got Married' as well as the movie of the same name, and author of the book 'What Ever Happened To Peggy Sue'. Former husband of Jerry Allison of The Crickets, the drummer on the original hit single.

In Lubbock, Texas, USA, of heart failure

Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour
(94), singer-songwriter, actor and diplomat. whose hits include such classics as 'Que C'est Triste Venise', 'She', "Ave Maria' and 'Dance In The Old Fashioned Way', who sold more than 180 million records and whose songs have been recorded by hundreds of acts, including Édith Piaf, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Liza Minnelli, Elvis Costello, Mia Martini, Luciano Pavarotti, Elton John, Dalida, Serge Gainsbourg, Josh Groban, Petula Clark, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, José Carreras, Laura Pausini, Nana Mouskouri, Placido Domingo, Mireille Mathieu and Julio Iglesias.

In 1998, he was named Entertainer of the Century by CNN and Time Magazine, ahead of both Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan and in a career which spanned eighty years, starred in more than ninety films, including 'The Tin Drum' which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.

Away from his show business career, Charles Aznavour also acted as ambassador and permanent delegate of Armenia to the United Nations in Geneva as well as serving as Armenian ambassador to Switzerland

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Mouriès, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, of heart failure

Marty Balin
Marty Balin
(76), singer and songwriter whose hits, both as a solo act and as a member of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship include 'Atlanta Lady', 'Hearts', 'What Love Is', 'Today', 'Volunteers', 'Miracles' and 'Count On Me'.

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

In San Francisco, California, USA, of heart failure

Vanisha Brown
Vanisha Brown
(53), singer, songwriter and daughter of soul legend James Brown, who was also heavily involved in the work of the James Brown Family Foundation.

In Augusta, Georgia, USA, of pneumonia

Don Gardner
Don Gardner
(87), singer-songwriter whose hit song "I Need Your Loving" recorded with female vocalist Dee Dee Ford, topped the US charts in 1962. Other hits included "Don't You Worry", "Glory of Love" and "Forever".

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, of heart failure

Chas Hodges
Chas Hodges
(74), songwriter and singer with the duo Chas and Dave, whose hits include 'Gertcha', 'Rabbit', 'Ossie's Dream', 'Stars Over 45', 'Ain't No Pleasing You', 'Tottenham Tottenham' and 'Snooker Loopy' and who worked with Joe Meek, as well as such stars as Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene,Vincent, Mike Berry & The Outlaws, Ritchie Blackmore and Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers.

In London, UK, from organ failure, following treatment for oesophageal cancer

Tony Hiller
Tony Hiller
(91), songwriter and record producer whose hits include the 1976 Eurovision winner "Save Your Kisses For Me" along with "United We Stand", "Angelo" and "Figaro" (all four for Brotherhood Of Man), plus hit songs for such stars as Lulu, Cliff Richard, Dorsey Burnette, Bobby Vinton, Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Williams, Ray Stevens, The Miracles, The Hollies, Sonny and Cher, The Osmonds, Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Anne Murray, Ed Bruce, Johnny Ray and The Fortunes.

Former member of The Hiller Brothers, who worked with Alma Cogan, Tommy Cooper, Val Doonican, Matt Monro, The Shadows, Bernard Manning, Kathy Kirby, Roger Whittaker, Gene Vincent and Frank Ifield.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In London, UK, of heart failure

Roy Wunsch
Roy Wunsch
(75), former CBS Nashville President who worked with such stars as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, Rosanne Cash, Crystal Gayle, the Highwaymen, the O’Kanes, Dolly Parton, The Charlie Daniels Band, Earl Scruggs, Marty Stuart, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Ricky Van Shelton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tammy Wynette, David Houston, Bob Luman, Johnny Paycheck, Joe Stampley, Charlie Rich, Sonny James, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson, David Allan Coe, Johnny Duncan, Janie Fricke and Marty Robbins.

Former chair of the boards of the Country Music Association and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of Alzheimers disease

Jeff Carlton
Jeff Carlton
(66), Nashville music publisher who worked with such songwriters as Tony Martin, Lee Thomas Miller, Monty Criswell and Jimmy Ritchey, and who while working at Willin’ David Music, earned seven BMI million performing pop singles penned by Will Jennings, and three No 1 country singles penned by writers Carlton had developed and signed to their first publishing deals.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Ronnie Samoset
Ronnie Samoset
(71), songwriter whose songs were recorded by Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Van Shelton, Tanya Tucker, Diamond Rio, Emmylou Harris, Tom Wopat, Dusty Springfield, Sammy Kershaw, The Woodys, Johnny Rodriguez, Daron Norwood, Neal McCoy, Michelle Wright, Charlie Floyd, Little Texas, Davis Daniel, Ricochet and Highway 101.

His biggest hits include such classics as 'I’m That Kind of Girl' (Patty Loveless), 'A Jukebox With A Country Song' (Doug Stone), '(This Thing Called) Wantin’ And Havin’ It All' (Sawyer Brown), 'On Your Way Home' (Patty Loveless) and the Matraca Berg singles 'Baby Walk On', 'The Things You Left Undone' and 'I Must Have Been Crazy'.

In Bradenton, Florida, USA, of heart failure

Ed King
Ed King
(68), singer-songwriter and guitarist, and former member of both Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd and whose million-selling songs included Strawberry Alarm Clock's 'Incense And Peppermint' along with Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Workin’ For MCA'.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of cancer

Blue Miller
Blue Miller
(66), singer, songwriter, musician and producer, who worked with such acts as Bob Seger, Isaac Hayes, Blake Shelton and Fleetwood Mac, as wellas writing songs for Englebert Humperdinck, David Ruffin and Gladys Knight and fronting the hit-making Gibson-Miller band, who were named Top New Vocal Duet Or Group at the 1993 ACM Awards.

In Franklin, Tennessee, USA, of undisclosed causes

Patrick Williams
Patrick Williams
(79), composer who wrote scores for 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'The Bob Newhart Show','The Streets Of San Francisco', 'Columbo', 'Lou Grant' and 'The Days And Nights Of Molly Dodd', and who worked with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond and Gloria Estefan.

In Santa Monica, California, USA of cancer

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
(76), singer-songwriter, who scored 112 charted singles on Billboard, becoming the most successful female artist in the chart's history.

Her hits include such classics as 'I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)', 'Respect', 'Baby I Love You', '(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman', 'Chain of Fools', 'Ain't No Way', 'Think', 'I Say A Little Prayer', 'Spanish Harlem', 'Rock Steady', 'Day Dreaming', 'Angel', 'Until You Come Back To Me', 'I'm In Love', 'I Can't Turn You Loose', 'Hold On, I'm Coming', Freeway Of Love', 'Another Night' and 'Willing To Forgive'.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and Gospel Music Hall Of Fame inductee.

In Detroit, Michigan, USA, of cancer

Jim Malloy
Jim Malloy
(87), Grammy Award winning sound engineer, record producer, music publisher, and father of songwriter Dave Malloy, who worked with such acts as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Hank Snow, Connie Smith John Hartford, Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, Mahalia Jackson, Duane Eddy, Duke Ellington, Doris Day, Ike & Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Lee Hazelwood, Ann-Margret, Sam Cooke, Bob Wills, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Henry Mancini

Malloy's DebDave Music published 'I Love A Rainy Night' and 'Drivin’ My Life Away' as well as signing such writers as Dave Malloy, Even Stevens, Eddie Rabbitt, Paul Overstreet, Dan Tyler, Frank Myers and Thom Schuyler. He won a Grammy Award in 1964 for engineering Mancini's "Charade" and was nominated for five more Grammys that decade for his work on Presley's "How Great Thou Art", Eddy Arnold's "The Last Word In Lonesome is Me", "The Latin Sound Of Henry Mancini", "Pink Panther" and "The Addams Family Main Theme".

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Pete Goble
Pete Goble
(86), singer-songwriter whose mainly bluegrass compositions have been recorded by such acts as Alison Krauss, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Glen Campbell, Hot Rize, Jimmy Martin, Larry Sparks, The Osbourne Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, and 111rd Tyme Out.

In Rockwood, Michigan, USA, of heart failure

Manos Eleftheriou
Manos Eleftheriou
(80), songwriter, poet and novelist, who collaborated with such names as Christos Leontis, Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Giorgos Zambetas and Loukianos Kilaidonis.

In Athens, Greece, following a heart attack

Anita Porée
Anita Porée
(78), actress turned songwriter, poet, painter and social justice activist, whose hits include 'Going In Circles' and 'Love Or Let Me be Lonely' for Friends Of Distinction, and 'Keep On Truckin' and 'Boogie Down' for Eddie Kendricks, as well as songs for Jennifer Lopez, D’Angelo, The Gap Band and The Jackson Five.

In Kenwood, California, USA, of cancer

Mickey Clark
Mickey Clark
(78), singer songwriter who worked with such stars as John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman and Sam Bush, and whose successes included 'Cardinal Cannonball', the song of the University of Louisville Cardinals team, as well as tunes recorded by everyone from The Oak Ridge Boys to the Kingston Trio to Jerry Lee Lewis.

In Louisville, Kentucky, USA, of cancer

Eugene Pitt
Eugene Pitt
(80), songwriter and lead singer with the Jive Five, whose hits include 'My True Story', 'I’m A Happy Man', 'Never, Never', 'Rain', 'A Bench In The Park' and 'What Time Is It', and who also penned and performed the signature tune and jingles for the children’s channel Nickelodeon for more than twenty years as well as providing backup for the Gloria Gaynor hit 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and the Gary US Bonds hit 'Seven Day Weekend'.

Eugene Pitt and the Jive Five, who also recorded under the names Shadow and Showdown, toured regularly up until 2017.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Brooklyn, New York City, USA, from complications of diabetes

Carmen Campagne
Carmen Campagne
(58), singer-songwriter whose songs for children, written mainly in French, enchanted a generation of Canadian children. Member of the Order Of Canada.

In Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada, of cancer

Richard Swift
Richard Swift
(41), indie songwriter, musician and album sleeve designer, who worked with the Shins, the Black Keys and the Pretenders, and whose song song 'Would You?' was recently featured in the Lady Gaga documentary 'Five Foot Two'.

At his home in Tacoma, Washington, USA, of complications from hepatitis, as well as liver and kidney distress

Vinnie Paul
Vinnie Paul
(54), drummer, songwriter and producer, who co-founded the heavy metal band Pantera and was also a member of Hellyeah and Damageplan, and whose songs include such notable Grammy nominated works as 'I'm Broken', 'Suicide Note Part 1', 'Cemetery Gates' and 'Revolution Is My Name'.

In his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, of dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease

Jackson Odell
Jackson Odell
(20), actor ('The Goldbergs', 'Modern Family'), and singer-songwriter who had several songs featured in the soundtrack of the 2018 film 'Forever My Girl'.

In a sober living facility in Tarzana, California, USA, of an accidental drug overdose

Danny Kirwan
Danny Kirwan
(68), guitarist and singer-songwriter. whose hits for Fleetwood Mac include 'Coming Your Way', 'When You Say', 'One Sunny Day', 'Although The Sun Is Shining', 'Without You' and 'My Dream', as well as working on solo projects with Otis Spann, Chris Youlden, Tramp, Jeremy Spencer and Christine McVie.

In London, UK, of pneumonia

Eddy Clearwater
Eddy Clearwater
(83), guitarist and, according to Blues Revue, 'one of the finest blues songwriters of all time', who worked with such acts as the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Magic Sam and Otis Rush, and frequently toured Europe.

Clearwater, also known as 'The Chief' on account of his Native American heritage, received a Grammy Award nomination (with Los Straitjackets) for their collaborative album 'Rock 'n' Roll City'.

At his home, in Skokie, Illinois, USA, of heart failure

Phil Emmanuel
Phil Emmanuel
(65), guitarist and composer who worked with such acts as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Dire Straits, The Shadows, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Duane Eddy, John Farnham, Chet Atkins, Carlos Santana and brother Tommy Emmanuel.

In Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, following an asthmatic attack

Harry Warner
Harry Warner
(83), former BMI vice president of writer/publisher relations and music publisher who both managed Jerry Reed and ran Reed’s music publishing company, which discovered Rodney Crowell.

A lifelong friend of Chet Atkins and the person who introduced Atkins to RCA, Warner, Atkins and Ray Stevens were prominment investors in the Nashville property market.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Reggie Lucas
Reggie Lucas
(65), songwriter and record producer, who in addition to producing the majority of Madonna's 1983 debut album, also played guitar with Miles Davis and Billy Paul.

Mr. Lucas later moved into production with James Mtume, penning such songs as 'Borderline' for Madonna, as well as hits for Stephanie Mills, Phyllis Hyman, Lou Rawls, The Spinners and Roberta Flack. Subsequently, he wrote and produced for Rebbie Jackson, Randy Crawford, and The Four Tops.

In New York City, USA, of heart failure

Tony Kinman
Tony Kinman
(63), songwriter and singer with three seminal SoCal Punk bands, The Dils, Rank & File and Blackbird & Cowboy Nation, and whose compositions included 'I Hate The Rich', 'You’re Not Blank', 'Sound Of The Rain', (from the Cheech & Chong 1978 movie 'Up In Smoke'), and 'Amanda Ruth', later covered by the Everly Brothers.

In Los Angeles, California, USA, of cancer

Scott Hutchison
Scott Hutchison
(36), singer-songwriter and leader of indie rock band Frightened Rabbit, who recently formed the supergroup Mastersystem along with his brother Grant and several members of Sxottish bands The Editors and Minor Victories.

In South Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland, by suicide

Bob Dorough
Bob Dorough
(94), songwriter, producer and jazz musician, whose songs helped educate children on ABC TV's 'Schoolhouse Rock' which ran from 1973 to 2000, and included such popular items as 'Three Is A Magic Number'.

He also penned several hits, including 'Comin' Home Baby' (Mel Tormé) and 'Devil May Care' (Miles Davis), while producing a number of hit albums for Spanky And Our Gang.

In Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA, of heart failure

Randy Scruggs
Randy Scruggs
(64), songwriter, Grammy-winning country music artist and producer and son of bluegrass star Earl Scruggs, whose songs for other acts include 'We Danced Anyway' for Deana Carter and 'Shakin’' for Sawyer Brown, as well as several hits for Earl Thomas Conley. He also played guitar on sessions for Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Randy Travis and Vince Gill as well as producing albums for Waylon Jennings, Toby Keith, and Alison Krauss.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, from cancer

Tim Bergling
Tim Bergling
(28), better known as Avicii, songwriter, record producer and DJ, whose hits included such classics as 'I Could Be The One', 'Wake Me Up', 'You Make Me', 'X You', 'Hey Brother', 'Addicted To You', 'The Days', 'The Nights', 'Levels', 'Waiting For Love', 'Without You' and 'Lonely Together'.

In Muscat, Oman, from complicatons resulting from acute pancreatitis

Ron Dunbar
Ron Dunbar
(78), Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer, whose hit songs included 'Give Me Just A Little More Time' (Chairmen Of The Board), 'Band Of Gold' (Freda Payne), 'Patches' (Clarence Carter), 'Agony Of De Feet' (Parliament), 'Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy' (Brides Of Frankenstein), and many more. At the time of his death, Mr Dunbar was working in artist development with George Clinton’s record label.

Near his home in Fresno, California, USA, frollowing a heart attack

Curly Seckler
Curly Seckler
(98), bluegrass musician and songwriter, who during a seventy-year career worked with such stars as Flatt & Scruggs, The Foggy Mountain Boys, Charlie Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Jim & Jesse, The Nashville Grass and The Stanley Brothers and whose songs included 'No Mother Or Dad' and 'I’ll Never Shed Another Tear'.

In Goodlettsville, Tennessee, USA, of natural causes

Kenny O
Kenny O'Dell
(73) singer and songwriter whose hits as a recording star include 'Beautiful People', 'Springfield Plane', 'My Honky Tonk Ways', 'As Long As I Can Wake Up In Your Arms', 'Medicine Woman' and 'Let's Shake Hands And Come Out Lovin', but who also penned such classics as Charlie Rich's 'Behind Closed Doors' (a title inspired by the Watergate scandal and which remains one of BMI's 50 most-played country songs of all time), 'Trouble In Paradise' (Loretta Lynn), 'Lizzie And The Rainman' (Tanya Tucker), 'Next Plane To London' (Rose Garden), 'Mama He's Crazy' (The Judds), 'When It's Just You and Me' (Dottie West) and 'I Take It On Home' (Charlie Rich), as well as other country hits recorded by such stars as Charlie Pride and Kenny Rogers.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

Grammy Award Winner, NSAI Songwriter Of The Year, Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

In Cool Springs, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Rim Banna
Rim Banna
(51), singer-songwriter and political activist, whose work includes many recordings of Palestinian folk tunes which might otherwise have been lost to posterity.

In Nazareth, Israel, of cancer

Lyss Assia
Lyss Assia
(94). the first singer to win the Eurovision, whose song 'Refrain', penned by Geo Voumard and Emile Gardaz, won the 1956 contest for Switzerland.

In Zurich, Switzerland, of heart failure

Craig Mack
Craig Mack
(47), songwriter and rap act, whose hits include 'Flava In Ya Ear', 'Get Down' and 'What I Need', but who later gave up show business for a Christian ministry.

In Walterboro, South Carolina, USA, from heart failure

Harvey Schmidt
Harvey Schmidt
(88), composer of 'The Fantasticks', the longest running musical in history, and writer of the hit songs 'Try To Remember', recorded by hundreds of acts including Ed Ames, Roger Williams, Barry McGuire, The Kingston Trio, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Sandpipers, The Brothers Four, Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand, Roy Orbison, Perry Como and Placido Domingo, and 'My Cup Ruunneth Over' recorded by Ed Ames.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee. American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

In Tomball City, Texas, USA, of heart failure

Daryle Singletary
Daryle Singletary
(46) singer-songwriter, whose 14 charted hits included 'I Let Her Lie', 'Amen Kind Of Love', 'The Note', 'That's Where You're Wrong' and 'Too Much Fun'.

At his home in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

Eddy Amoo
Eddy Amoo
(74), lead singer and songwriter with The Real Thing, whose hits include "You To Me Are Everything", "Can't Get By Without You", "Love's Such A Wonderful Thing", "Whenever You Want My Love" and "Can You Feel the Force?". Former member of legendary Liverpool vocal group The Chants.

In Sydney, Australia, suddenly of heart failure

Lillian E. Nickens
Lillian E. Nickens
(86) songwriter and poet, who in spite of suffering from MS, penned several published songs, including the regional hit "Love Stew".

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, of heart failure

John Morris
John Morris
(91), film, television and Broadway composer who collaborated with movie directors like Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder on more than fifty films, including 'Dirty Dancing', 'Wildcat', 'Hot Spot', 'Baker Street', 'Dear World', 'Mack & Mabel', 'Hamlet', 'The Producers', 'Blazing Saddles' (for which he received an Oscar nomination for the film's opening song), 'Young Frankenstein', 'High Anxiety', 'The Elephant Man' (for which he was nominated for a Grammy for its score), 'The Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother', 'To Be Or Not To Be', 'The World's Greatest Lover', 'The Woman In Red', 'Haunted Honeymoon', 'The Last Remake Of Bea u Geste' and 'In God We Trust'.

in Red Hook, New York, USA, following complications from a respiratory infection

Lari White<
Lari White
(55), singer-songwriter. record producer and actress, whose hits included 'That’s My Baby', 'What a Woman Wants'. 'That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)', and 'Now I Know', and who produced Toby Keith’s 2006 album 'White Trash with Money', as well as writing songs for a number of country stars including Travis Tritt. As an actress. she appeared in the Tom Hanks’ movie 'Cast Away' and also had a role in the 2010 movie 'Country Song' as well as being an original cast member of the Broadway musical 'Ring Of Fire'.

Grammy Award Winner on three occasions, in the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album category.

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of peritoneal cancer

Buzz Clifford
Buzz Clifford
(76), singer-songwriter whose hits include the million-seller "Baby Sittin' Boogie", as well as songs penned for Petula Clark, Clyde McPhatter, Lou Rawls, Leon Russell, Freddie King, Gary Busey and Kris Kristofferson.

In Berwyn, Illinois, USA, of influenza

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas
(76), songwriter, singer and musician with the Moody Blues, the band which he founded with Mike Pinder.

Ray Thomas' songs include 'Another Morning', 'Floating', 'Eternity Road', 'And The Tide Rushes In', 'The Balance', 'Procession', 'Our Guessing Game', 'Nice To Be Here', 'For My Lady', 'Under Moonshine', 'I'm Your Man', 'Veteran Cosmic Rocker', 'Painted Smile', 'Celtic Sonant', 'Never Blame The Rainbows For The Rain' and 'My Little Lovely'.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

At his home in Surrey, UK, of prostate cancer

Rick Hall
Rick Hall
(85), record producer, songwriter, music publisher, and musician, who started his ccareer fronting The Fairlanes featuring Billy Sherill and Dan Penn, before taking up songwriting, penning such songs as George Jones' 'Achin' Breakin' Heart', Brenda Lee's 'She'll Never Know', and Roy Orbison's 'Sweet And Innocent'.

Having set up Fame Studios in Florence, Alabama, and following his first hit with Arthur Alexander's 'You Better Move On', he moved the business to Muscle Shoals where over the next thirty years, he recorded hits for Tommy Roe, Joe Tex, The Tams, Jimmy Hughes, The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, James & Bobby Purify, Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley, Eta James, Duane Allman, Candy Staton, The Osmonds, Paul Anka, Tom Jones, Marie Osmond and Donny Osmond, Tim McGraw, The Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Martina McBride, The Allman Brothers, Shenandoah, Wayne Newton, TG Sheppard, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Little Richard, Kenny Chesney and Lou Rawls.

Rick Hall scored more than 300 hit singles, earning 40 Gold and Platinum records, becoming one of the top producers of Pop, Rock, R&B and Country records in the world.

Grammy Trustees Award Winner.

At his home, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA, from natural causes

Edwin Hawkins
Edwin Hawkins
(74), gospel musician, pianist, composer and arranger, whose hits with the Edwin Hawkins Singers included 'Oh Happy Day', and 'Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)' with Melanie.

In Pleasanton, California, USA, of pancreatic cancer

Dolores O
Dolores O'Riordan
(46), singer, songwriter and lead singer with Irish band The Cranberries, whose hits include 'Linger', 'Dreams', 'Zombie', 'Animal Instinct', 'Ode To My Family', 'Just My Imagination', 'Promises' and 'When You're Gone'.

Dolores, who played guitar and keyboards, penned most of the band's output, much of it in collaboration with fellow Cranberries' member Noel Hogan. Their songs have sold in excess of forty million copies, making the band the second biggest selling Irish act after U2.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

In Mayfair, London, UK, following an accident

Denis LaSalle
Denis LaSalle
(78), singer-songwriter known as Queen Of The Blues, who in addition to scoring hits under her own name ('Trapped By A Thing Called Love', 'Now Run And Tell That', 'Man Sized Job', 'Love Me Right', and 'Married, But Not to Each Other'), penned songs covered by such stars as Barbara Mandrell, Little Milton. Dakota Staton, Sandra Hall, Dana Gillespie, Vaneese Thomas, Koko Taylor, Z.Z. Hill and Johnnie Taylor.

Blues Hall of Fame Inductee.

In Jackson, Tennessee, USA, of heart failure

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