Artists who died in 2019 (January - April)

Created by maluca on 05 Jan 2019 | Last edited by maluca on 24 Apr 2020
Artists who died in 2019 (January - April)

A collection of the artists that passed away in 2019 from January to April.
The list for May to August is here:
The list for September to December is here:

Pegi Young died on January 1 (aged 66).

Kris Kelmi died on January 1 (aged 63).

Shane Bisnett, bass guitar, died on January 1 (aged 31).

Feis Ecktuh died on January 1 (aged 32).

Top song:  Hard Van Buiten

Daryl Dragon died on January 2 (aged 76).

Artist | Romania Poetry

Emil Brumaru died on January 5 (aged 80).

Eric Haydock, bass guitar, died on January 5 (aged 75).

8. Splash

Dan Tshanda, lead vocalist and guitarist, died on January 5 (aged 54).

Top song:  Peacock

Clydie King died on January 7 (aged 75).

Top song:  The Thrill Is Gone

Kevin Fret died on January 10 (aged 24).

Top song:  Soy Asi
Artist | Japan Indie

Kei, bass guitar, died on January 12.

Artist | Brazil Disco

Edyr de Castro died on January 15 (aged 72).

Top song:  Dancing Days
13. Helix

Ron Watson, guitarist, died on January 17 (aged 62).

14. The Germs

Lorna Doom, bass guitar, died on January 16 (aged 61).

Top 2 songs:  Lexicon Devil Manimal

Reggie Young, guitarist for the Highwaymen, Elvis Presley and others, died on January 17 (aged 82).

16. Red Aunts

Debi Martini, singer and bassist, died on January 17 (aged 52).

Top 2 songs:  Freakathon Krush

Mary Oliver died on January 17 (aged 83).

Top song:  Wild Geese
18. O Rappa
Artist | Brazil Reggae Rock

Marcelo Yuka, drummer and songwriter, died on January 18 (aged 53).

Ted McKenna, drummer, died on January 19 (aged 68).

Maxine Brown died on January 21 (aged 87).

Top song:  The Three Bells

Edwin Birdsong died on January 21 (aged 77).

Top song:  Cola Bottle Baby

Kaye Ballard died on January 21 (aged 93).

Top song:  In Other Words
Artist | Poland Poetry

Roman Kołakowski died on January 22 (aged 61).

Top song:  Campo di Fiori

Oliver Mtukudzi died on January 23 (aged 66).

Top song:  Neria
26. Kraan
Artist | Germany Jazz Rock

Ingo Bischof, keyboardist, died on January 26 (aged 68).

Top 3 songs:  Head Wintrup M. C. Escher
Artist | Philippines

Pepe Smith died on January 28 (aged 71).

Yoskar Sarante died on January 28 (aged 49).

Paul Whaley, drummer, died on January 28 (aged 72).

Top song:  Summertime Blues
Artist | Guatemala Poetry

Humberto Ak'ab'al died on January 28 (aged 66).

Top song:  Kotz’i’j

James Ingram died on January 29 (aged 66).

Artist | Netherlands Pop

Johnny Lion died on January 31 (aged 77).

Top song:  Sophietje
Artist | Kenya Folk

Ayub Ogada died on February 1 (aged 63).

Top song:  Kothbiro

Alex Brown, guitarist, died on February 1 (aged 52).

Top 2 songs:  Start Today Things We Say
35. Transit
Artist | United States

Tim Landers, guitarist and singer, died on February 2 (aged 28).

Top song:  The Only One
36. Detsl

Detsl died on February 3 (aged 35).

Artist | Finland Pop

Matti Nykänen died on February 4 (aged 55).

Artist | Finland Rock

Olli Lindholm, singer and guitarist, died on February 12 (aged 54).

Artist | Brazil Pop-Folk

Deise Cipriano, vocalist, died on February 12 (aged 39).

Artist | Brazil MPB

Bibi Ferreira died on February 13 (aged 96).

Artist | Belgium Jazz

Willy Lambregt, guitarist and co-founder of Vaya Con Dios, died on February 13 (aged 59).

Artist | Russia Opera

Sergey Zakharov died on February 14 (aged 68).

Kofi Burbridge, keyboardist and flautist, died on February 15 (aged 57).

Top 2 songs:  Keep on Growing Hard Case

Bruno Ganz died on February 16 (aged 77).

Šaban Šaulić died on February 17 (aged 67).

Mark Hollis, singer and principal songwriter of the band Talk Talk, died on February 18 (aged 64).

Top song:  Watershed
Artist | France Poetry

Marie-Claire Bancquart died on February 19 (aged 86).

Gerard Koerts, keyboardist, died on February 20 (aged 71).

Peter Tork died on February 21 (aged 77).

52. The Cure

Former drummer Andy Anderson died on February 26 (aged 68).

53. Grymlings
Artist | Sweden Rock

Magnus Lindberg died on February 26 (aged 66).

54. Tavito
Artist | Brazil MPB

Tavito died on February 26 (aged 71).

Top song:  Rua Ramalhete
Artist | Spain Flamenco Pop

Rafa Serna died on February 26 (aged 53).

Tom Goodkind died on February 28 (aged 65).

Top song:  Daylight
57. Survivor

Stephan Ellis, former bassist, died on February 28 (aged 69).

Artist | Hungary Dance

János Koós died on March 2 (aged 81).

Keith Flint, singer, died on March 4 (aged 49).

Danny Kustow, guitarist, died on March 11 (aged 63).

Věra Bílá died on March 12 (aged 64).

Top song:  Paš o Paňori

Aaron Alt, former drummer and founding member, died on March 12 (aged 29).

Top song:  Two Years

Jose Antonio del Nogal "Ramakhan", drummer, died on March 15

W.S. Merwin died on March 15 (aged 91).

Yulia Nachalova died on March 16 (aged 38).

Ranking Roger, singer, died on March 26 (aged 56).

Top song:  Ranking Full Stop
70. Her's

Stephen Fitzpatrick (aged 24) and Audun Laading (aged 25) died on March 27.

Nipsey Hussle died on March 31 (aged 33).

Artist | Mexico Rock

Armando Vega Gil, bass guitar, died on April 1 (aged 64).

Top song:  Donde está José
Artist | Argentina Latino

Alberto Cortez died on April 4 (aged 79).

74. Brad

Shawn Smith, singer, died on April 5 (aged 53).

Top song:  20th Century
Artist | Venezuela Cumbia

Pastor López died on April 5 (aged 74).

Artist | Belgium

Paul Severs died on April 9 (aged 60).

Earl Thomas Conley died on April 10 (aged 77).

Artist | Portugal Pop Fado

Dina died on April 12 (aged 62).

Johnny Hutchinson, drummer, died on April 12 (aged 78).

Top 2 songs:  Some Other Guy By the way
80. UFO

Paul Raymond, keyboardist and guitarist, died on April 13 (aged 73).

Joe Terry died on April 15 (aged 78).

Top song:  At The Hop

Julio Melgar died on April 19 (aged 46).

83. MC Sapão
Artist | Brazil Funk

MC Sapão (Jefferson Fernandes Luiz) died on April 19 (aged 40).

Top song:  Vou Desafiar Você

Dick Rivers died on April 24 (aged 74).

Artist | Finland Pop-Folk

Reijo Taipale died on April 26 (aged 79).

Phil McCormack, singer, died on April 26 (aged 58).

Artist | Brazil MPB Latino

Beth Carvalho died on April 30 (aged 72).

88. Level 42

Boon Gould, guitarist and saxophonist, died on April 30 (aged 64).

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Sat, 12/01/2019 - 23:54

Wow, it's a sad way to start 2019 Sad smile

II really hope that this collection will be short at the end of the year!

malucamaluca    Sun, 13/01/2019 - 02:30

I did a list last year so now I got pointed to make one for this year, too.

People die Sad smile

I think it's good to remember them and honor their contributions as artists.

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Sun, 13/01/2019 - 02:34

I mean I totally agree with you! It's just that so many good artists died last year, I really hope this year gonna be better! Sad smile

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Mon, 21/01/2019 - 02:09

Legendary Guitarist Reggie Young died. Don't tell you have never heard of him because I KNOW that you have!

Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82.

Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs said Young died Thursday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Young started his illustrious career in Memphis, where he was an in-demand session player working with acclaimed producer Chips Moman, and opened for the Beatles with the Bill Black Combo in 1964. At Moman's American Studio in Memphis, he played the signature sitar intro on "Hooked on a Feeling," by B.J. Thomas, and played guitar on "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield, "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond, and "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley.

After moving to Nashville in the 1970s, he became part of the Nashville Cats session players recording hundreds of songs for top country stars. Young added guitar to No. 1 records including "Luckenbach, Texas," by Jennings, "Pancho and Lefty" by Nelson and Merle Haggard and "Always On My Mind," by Nelson.

When the Highwaymen super group formed between Nelson, Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, Young played on their No. 1 records and even toured with them.

His first-ever album, containing a collection of hits he played on from Memphis to Nashville, was due out later this month through London-based record label Ace.

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Tue, 22/01/2019 - 00:17

Piggybacking on what I had said before... Reggie Young was also a member of the supergroup called The Highwaymen

malucamaluca    Tue, 22/01/2019 - 11:27

Hey, yeah, I read up about him. Kind of sad he' s not even mentioned in their wikipedia page. I'll check out more about him when I' m back at my computer...

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Wed, 23/01/2019 - 06:24

Well it IS Wikipedia after all 😂 but OK. Usually I wouldn't make such a fuss over a band member especially since I'm not a fan of the guy or the stuff he was involved with but when I read up on him because I had never heard of the name I realized that he probably played (no pun intended) a huge roll in music history!

NilNil    Fri, 25/01/2019 - 01:34

Marcelo Yuka, drummer and composer of O Rappa, died on January 18.

malucamaluca    Sun, 17/03/2019 - 23:37

List updated, all added.

makis17makis17    Fri, 07/06/2019 - 07:30

Towards the break of day June 6, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., known as Dr. John, passed away of a heart attack. The family thanks all whom shared his unique musical journey & requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.
Informations by ΑΡ/Pitchfork/BBC

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Sun, 09/06/2019 - 21:33

I have to reveal that I was surprised when I discovered Angra was from Brazil and not from elsewhere...

florxquinflorxquin    Sun, 09/06/2019 - 21:42

Yes, they are. Great band! Teeth smile

malucamaluca    Thu, 04/07/2019 - 05:22

He is on the list.

KaraulaKaraula    Thu, 04/07/2019 - 08:38

whoops, sorry

JadisJadis    Fri, 05/07/2019 - 06:11

Anne Vanderlove , a French singer well known in the sixties-seventies, died on June, 30th, 2019. Apparently too late for this list ?

malucamaluca    Fri, 05/07/2019 - 08:14

Might have to split the list in three parts...

Matthew BofenkampMatthew Bofenkamp    Fri, 24/04/2020 - 14:45

Oliver Mtukudzi, a huge cultural icon in Zimbabwe, died on January 23, 2019.

malucamaluca    Fri, 24/04/2020 - 17:47

Thank you, added.