In Memoriam|

Ethella Chupryk (from her Wikipedia page)

December 2019

31: Vic Juris, 66, American jazz guitarist, liver cancer.

30: Harry Kupfer, 84, German opera director.

29: Neil Innes, 75, English comedian (Monty Python), musician (The Rutles, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) and writer, heart attack; Arlindo Júnior [pt], 51, Brazilian musician (Parintins Folklore Festival), cancer; Norma Tanega, 80, American musician, singer-songwriter and artist, cancer.
(In the 1960s she had a hit with the single “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog”!)

28: Thanos Mikroutsikos, 72, Greek composer and politician, Minister of Culture (1994–1996);
Amy Patterson, 107, Argentine composer, singer and poet; Erzsébet Szonyi, 95, Hungarian composer and music pedagogue, vice-president of the International Society for Music Education (1970–1974).

27: Garrett List, 76, American trombonist, vocalist and composer; Jack Sheldon, 88, American trumpeter (The Merv Griffin Show), singer (“I’m Just a Bill”) and voice actor (Schoolhouse Rock!); Art Sullivan, 69, Belgian singer, pancreatic cancer.

26: Jerry Herman, 88, American composer (Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles) and lyricist, pulmonary disease; Sleepy LaBeef, 84, American rockabilly singer; Nguyen Van Tý, 94, Vietnamese composer.

25: Ethella Chupryk, 55, Ukrainian pianist; Peter Schreier, 84, German operatic tenor and conductor. (Photo IJMBS Agency)

24: Kelly Fraser, 26, Canadian Inuktitut pop singer and songwriter, suicide; Dave Riley, 59, American bassist (Big Black), throat cancer; Allee Willis, 72, American Hall of Fame songwriter (“I’ll Be There for You”, “September”) and lyricist (The Color Purple), cardiac arrest.
Willis co-wrote hit songs including “September” and “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for “I’ll Be There For You”, which was used as the theme song for the sitcom Friends, and won two Grammy Awards for Beverly Hills Cop and The Color Purple, the latter of which was also nominated for a Tony Award. Her compositions sold over 60 million records and she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

22: Ubirajara Penacho dos Reis, 85, Brazilian musician (Programa do Jô), stroke.

20: Robert Creech, 91, Canadian horn player and arts administrator.

18: Patxi Andión, 72, Spanish singer-songwriter, musician and actor (The Compass Rose), traffic collision: Alain Barrière, 84, French singer (“Elle était si jolie”); Kenny Lynch, 81, English singer (“You Can Never Stop Me Loving You”), actor (Carry On Loving, The Playbirds) and entertainer; Arty McGlynn, 75, Irish guitarist (Patrick Street); Abbey Simon, 99, American classical pianist.

17: Jacques Grimbert, 90, French conductor and choral director.

15: Monique Leyrac, 91, Canadian singer and actress; Jud Phillips Jr., 71, American music industry executive (Mercury Records), cancer (no bio given).

14: Irv Williams, 100, American jazz saxophonist.

13: Roy Loney, 73, American singer and guitarist (Flamin’ Groovies); Emil Richards, 87, American percussionist.’_Groovies

12: Dalton Baldwin, 87, American pianist; Jack Scott, 83, Canadian-American rock singer and songwriter (“My True Love”, “Burning Bridges”).
Scott had more US singles (19), in a shorter period of time (41 months), than any other recording artist except for The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Connie Francis. He wrote all of his own hits, except one: “Burning Bridges.”

11: Jirí Jirmal, 94, Czech classical guitarist.

10: Gershon Kingsley, 97, German-American composer and electronic musician (“Popcorn”).

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