Around this time of the year I like to look back at those music and entertainment people who have passed away during the year. As ever, it's a lengthy list with December producing more than its fair share of music deaths - the latest being that of Blanket On The Ground singer Billie Jo Spears, who has died aged 74. Here's this year's Death List - so far! Other suggestions welcome.
Nick Ashford - Motown singer/songwriter, John Barry - James Bond composer, J Blackfoot - Soul Children and solo soul singer, Sir Lattimore Brown - southern soul man, Bob Brunning - member of Fleetwood Mac, Mojo Buford - bluesman, Grady Chapman - former Robins/Coasters member, Clarence Clemons - Springsteen saxman, Smiley Culture - British reggae singer, Eric Delaney - UK band leader, Billy Diamond - New Orleans music promoter, Betty Driver - Betty Turpin in Corrie, Cornell Dupree - jazz & R and B guitarist, David 'Honeyboy' Edwards - 96 year old bluesman, Esther Gordy Edwards - Berry Gordy's sister, Peter Falk - Columbo star, Fred Ferrara - member of Del-Satins, Wild Man Fischer - cult singer/songwriter, Keith Fordyce - DJ and Ready Steady Go presenter, Joe Frazier - boxer and singer, Dolores Fuller - Rock a Hula Baby songsmith
, Carl Gardner - former Coaster, Andrew Gold - US singer/songwriter, Billy Grammer - 50s singer, Dobie Gray - 60s/70s soul singer, Jet Harris - former Shadows guitarist and solo star, Keef Hartley - 60s British blues man, Loleatta Holloway - seventies soul singer, Gladys Horton - Marvelettes singer (pictured), Ferlin Husky - country singer, Bert Jansch - folk guitarist, Big Jack Johnson - blues musician, Clarence Johnson - former Chi-Lite, Kathy Kirby - British 60s singer, Eddie Kirkland - bluesman, Don Kirshner - record label owner and producer, Jerry Leiber - half of Leiber/Stoller songwriting team, Steve Mancha - soul singer, Country Johnny Mathis - country singer, Gene McDaniels - US soul singer, T P McKenna - Irish actor, Ross McManus - 60s singer & Elvis Costello's dad, Huey Meaux - legendary Louisiana record man, Joe Morello - drummer with Dave Brubeck, Jumpin' Jack Neal - Blue Caps bass player, Barbara Orbison - Roy's widow, Ottilie Patterson - Irish jazz singer, Pinetop Perkins - 97 year old bluesman, Johnny Preston - Running Bear singer, Wardell Quezerque - New Orleans record producer, Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street singer, Jerry Ragovoy - soul record producer, Cliff Robertson - US actor, Coco Robicheaux - New Orleans 'voodoo' bluesman, Bobby Robinson - Fire/Fury record label owner, Sylvia Robinson - singer and record label owner, Edmundo Ros - Trinidad born band leader, Jane Russell -Hollywood actress, Ken Russell - controversial British film director, Jimmy Savile - British DJ & TV presenter, Calvin Scott - half of Clarence and Calvin, Gil Scott Heron - jazz vocalist, Marvin Sease - southern soul star, Mack Self - rockabilly singer, George Shearing - jazz pianist, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith - bluesman, Phoebe Snow - jazz singer/songwriter, Billie Jo Spears - country singer, Benny Spellman - New
Orleans R and B singer, Poly Styrene - seventies punk singer, Hubert Sumlin - blues guitarist, Marv Tarplin - member of Miracles, Howard Tate - 60s soul singer, Elizabeth Taylor - Hollywood icon, John Walker - former Walker Brother, Mike Waterson - UK folk singer, Lee 'Shot' Williams - southern soul/bluesman, Roger Williams - American pianist, Amy Winehouse - British soul singer (pictured), Randy Wood - Dot Records founder