musicians died 2015 november

Phil Taylor, Andy White, Allen Toussaint

2: RAUL REKOW (age 61) was a percussionist on 16 of Santana’s records.


2: Country singer TOMMY OVERSTREET (age 78) had 23 hits in the top 40, including this classic hit that went all the way up to #2 in 1972


3: NORMAND L’AMOUR (age 85) was a popular face in the French Quebec community since the late 90s. His self-made lo-fi songs where all about fun, love and the beauty of life. His absurd sense of humor generated many laughs.


5: Singer NORA BROCKSTEDT (age 92) was one of Norway’s most famous and beloved singers and entertainers, in the 50s and 60s.


5: GUIDO MASANETZ (age 101) was one of the most important and prolific musicians of East Germany.

7: Session drummer EDDIE HOH (age 71) played on hits by Donovan and The Monkees, and on the Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills ‘Super Session’.

7: Quebec STEVE FISET (age 69) scored a few hits as a singer, before becoming a comedian. His main hits were written by Luc Plamondon and André Gagnon.


9: ANDY WHITE (age 85) was the drummer that Beatles producer George Martin initially preferred to Ringo Starr, to play on their first recording of Love Me Do. White went on to drum on records by Rod Stewart and Tom Jones.

10: ALLEN TOUSSAINT (age 77) was an influential figure in New Orleans R&B from the 1950s to the end of the century, described as “one of popular music’s great backroom figures. This documentary recaps his career.


10: ROBERT CRAFT (age 92) was an American conductor and writer. He is best known for his intimate working friendship with Igor Stravinsky.

11: ex-Motörhead drummer PHIL TAYLOR (age 61) died. He was in the band from 1975–1984 and 1987–1992 recording ten studio albums and two live ones.


15: P.F. SLOAN was a session musician in LA in the 60s. He co-wrote the Top 10 hits “Eve of Destruction” for Barry McGuire and “Secret Agent Man” for Johnny Rivers. Here he is performing his biggest hit.


16: JERZY KATLEWICZ (age 88) was a Polish music conductor, pianist and Professor of the Academy of Music in Kraków since 1990.

16: RICHARD C OWAN (age 58) was an American operatic bass-baritone. He was the Artistic Director of the Lyrique en Mer opera festival in Belle Île, which he founded in 1998.

17: DAVID VANLANDING (age 51) played with Michael Schenker’s Group, Tony MacAlpine and was a member of Crimson Glory. His car collided with a garbage truck.

17: Jazzman AL AARONS (age 83) was a trumpeter from Pittsburgh. He played with Count Basie’s orchestra in the 60s, worked as a sideman for singers Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald before turing to free jazz. Here’s his story.


20: NGUYEN-THIEN DAO (age 75) was a Vietnamese-French composer who worked in contemporary classical music.

21: JACQUES VAN OORTMERSSEN (age 65) was a Deutsch composer, pianist, organist and conductor.

25: JEAN CORTI (age 86) was the accordionist of French songwriter Jacques Brel in the 60s. He also collaborated with French band Les Têtes Raides in the 90s.

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