Music News - Music Stars who died in 2023

Here we celebrate and remember the music stars that have now departed this earth to play the great gig in the sky.


Laura Lynch (American musician for Dixie Chicks), 65

Manny Martínez (American drummer for The Misfits), 69

Colin Burgess (Australian rock drummer The Masters Apprentices, AC/DC), 77

Bob Johnson (British guitarist, singer and songwriter for Steeleye Span), 79

Jeffrey Foskett (American singer and songwriter for Beach Boys), 67

Richard Kerr (English singer, songwriter and composer), 78

Denny Laine (English musician for Wings and singer for Moody Blues), 79

Myles Goodwyn (Canadian singer for April Wine), 75

Shane MacGowan (Irish singer for The Pogues), 65

Geordie Walker (English guitarist for Killing Joke), 64

Brian Godding (Welsh jazz rock guitarist for Blossom Toes,Centipede), 78

Jean Knight (American singer), 80

Charlie Dominici (American singer for Dream Theater), 72

Sean Martin (English musician for The Night Café), 26

Pete Garner (British bassist for The Stone Roses), 61

Steve Riley (American drummer for W.A.S.P, LA Guns, Keel), 67

Angelo Bruschini (English guitarist for Massive Attack), 62

Rudolph Isley (American songwriter and singer for The Isley Brothers), 84

Kevin Parrott (British singer for Brian and Michael)

Ritchie Routledge (British singer and guitarist for The Cryin' Shames), 73

Ron Howden (English drummer for Nektar), 78

Katherine Anderson (American singer for The Marvelettes), 79

Roger Whittaker (British singer-songwriter), 87

Brendan Croker (English musician for The Notting Hillbillies), 70

Gary Wright (American singer-songwriter and musician for Spooky Tooth), 80

Bernie Marsden (English rock guitarist for Whitesnake), 72

Ray Hildebrand (American singer and songwriter for Paul & Paula), 82

Robbie Robertson (Canadian musician for The Band and film composer), 80

John Gosling (English keyboardist for The Kinks), 75

Randy Meisner (American musician for Eagles), 77

Sinéad O’Connor (Irish singer), 56

Vince Hill (English pop singer and songwriter), 89

Jane Birkin (English-French singer and actress), 76

George Tickner (American rock guitarist for Journey), 76

Lord Creator (Trinidadian-born Jamaican singer-songwriter), 87

Lee Rauch (American drummer for Megadeth), 58

Teresa Taylor (American drummer for Butthole Surfers), 60

Astrud Gilberto (Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer), 83

George Winston (American pianist), 74

Dickie Harrell (American Hall of Fame drummer for Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps), 82

Tina Turner (American-born Swiss Hall of Fame singer), 83

Sheldon Reynolds (American guitarist for Earth, Wind & Fire), 63

Chas Newby (British bassist for The Beatles), 81

Andy Rourke (English bassist for The Smiths), 59

Pete Brown (English poet, lyricist and singer), 82

Lester Sterling (Jamaican saxophonist for The Skatalites), 87

Algy Ward (English Punk Rock bassist for The Damned), 63

Jon Povey (British musician for Pretty Things), 80

Seán Keane (Irish fiddler for The Chieftains), 76

Linda Lewis (English singer-songwriter), 72

Gordon Lightfoot (Canadian Hall of Fame singer-songwriter), 84

Tim Bachman (Canadian guitarist for Bachman-Turner Overdrive), 71

Wee Willie Harris (English rock and roll singer), 90

Ralph Humphrey (American rock drummer for The Mothers of Invention), 79

Harry Belafonte (American Hall of Fame musician), 96

April Stevens (American singer), 93

Cliff Fish (British bass guitarist for Paper Lace), 73

Ian Bairnson (Scottish musician for The Alan Parsons Project), 69

Guy Bailey (British guitarist and songwriter for The Quireboys)

Paul Cattermole (English singer for S Club 7), 46

Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japanese musician for Yellow Magic Orchestra), 71

Peggy Scott-Adams (American blues and R&B singer), 74

Fuzzy Haskins (American singer for Parliament-Funkadelic), 81

Bobby Caldwell (American singer and songwriter), 71

Napoleon XIV (American singer), 84

Robin Lumley (British jazz keyboardist for Brand X), 74

Gary Rossington (American Hall of Fame guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd), 71

Steve Mackey (English record producer and bassist for Pulp), 56

Wayne Shorter (American jazz saxophonist), 89

Jesse Gress (American guitarist for Todd Rundgren), 67

Bruce Barthol (American bassist for Country Joe and the Fish), 75

Chuck Jackson (American R&B singer), 85

Huey "Piano" Smith (American R&B pianist and songwriter), 89

Trugoy the Dove (David Jude Jolicoeur) (American rapper for De La Soul), 54

Burt Bacharach (American Hall of Fame composer, six-time Grammy winner), 94

Charlie Thomas (American Hall of Fame singer for The Drifters), 85

Barrett Strong (American singer and songwriter), 81

Tom Verlaine (American musician for Television), 73

Floyd Sneed (Canadian drummer for Three Dog Night), 80

Top Topham (English guitarist for The Yardbirds), 75

David Crosby (American songwriter and singer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), 81

Van Conner (American bass guitarist for Screaming Trees), 55

Robbie Bachman (Canadian hard rock drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive), 69

Lisa Marie Presley (American singer-songwriter), 54

Jeff Beck (British guitarist for The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group), 78

Alan Rankine (Scottish musician for The Associates), 64

Ted "Kingsize" Taylor (British singer and guitarist for Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes), 83

Fred White (American Hall of Fame drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire), 67