Famous Deaths 2023: Music – The New York Times

Denny Lane79

Founding member of Moody Blues and Wings

Shane McGowan65

A songwriter who fuses punk and Irish rebellion

Gene Knight80

The singer, who went platinum with “Mr. big things”

David Del Tredici86

A Pulitzer-winning composer who redefined his style

Dwight Twilley72

Power-pop hitmaker

Carla Blay87

Jazz composer, arranger and provocateur

Rudolph Isley84

Original and durable Isley Brother

Russell Sherman93

Poetic piano interpreter

Terry Kirkman83

Founder of 1960s hit-making group The Association

Roger Whittaker87

A balladeer with an international reach

Larry Chance82

Keeper of the doo-wop flame

Len Chandler88

An early part of the folk revival

Gary Wright80

Singer and songwriter of infectious hits from the 70s

Steve Harwell56

The voice of Smash Mouth

Jimmy Buffett76

Rogue Bard on the Escape from the Island

Jerry Moss88

“M” on A&M Records


A singer whose career was resurrected

Robbie Robertson80

The group’s main composer and guitarist

Lenny Andrade80

“The First Lady of Brazilian Jazz”

Randy Meissner70

A founding member of the Eagles

Sinead O’Connor56

An evocative and candid singer

Joao Donato88

Bosa Nova Pioneer

Tony Bennett96

Jazz Singer of the American Songbook

Jane Birkin76

Singer, actress and fashion inspiration

Andre Watts77

One of the first black superstars of classical music

Peter Nero89

A pianist who goes through different genres

Bobby Osborne91

One half of an innovative bluegrass duo

Max Morat96

A pianist who single-handedly organized a revival of ragtime

George Winston74

A pianist with a popular, soothing sound

Astrud Gilberto83

The Girl From Ipanema Artist

Ed Ames95

A singing star who became a familiar face from television

Bill Lee94

Bassist and composer of Son Spike’s films

Tina Turner83

Explosively powerful and world popular singer

Chris Strahwitz91

A folklorist who unearthed the roots of American music

Rita Lee75

The convention-defying titan of Brazilian music

Menachem Pressler99

Pianist, co-founder of the Beaux Arts Trio

Gordon Lightfoot84

Singer and songwriter

Harry Belafonte96

Pop and movie superstar who was a force for civil rights

Ahmad Jamal92

A jazz pianist whose freestyle inspired generations

Ryuichi Sakamoto71

Oscar-winning composer

Mark Russell90

A political satirist playing the piano

Gary Rossington71

Last of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd

Wayne Shorter89

An innovator in an age of change in jazz

Friedrich Cherha96

A composer who completed an unfinished masterpiece

The Trugoi Pigeon54

Part of the influential rap trio De La Soul

Burt Bacharach94

A composer who added glamor to the 60s

Charlie Thomas85

Tramp in song almost all his life

Barrett Strong81

Singer-songwriter whose “Money” launched Motown

Tom Verlaine73

Influential guitarist and songwriter on the punk scene

David Crosby81

With Still, Nash & Young, the voice of 60’s folk rock

Yukihiro Takahashi70

A pioneer of electronic pop music

Lisa Marie Presley54

Singer-songwriter and daughter of Elvis

Jeff Beck78

Among the most respected guitarists in rock history

Gangsta Boo43

One of the first women to use the gangster rap style

Anita Poynter74

Frequent vocalist of the famous sister group

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