Death: 1983

Billy Fury

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Billy Fury

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Ronald Wycherley (17 April 1940 – 28 January 1983), better known by his stage name Billy Fury, was an English singer from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s, and remained an active songwriter until the 1980s. Rheumatic fever, which he first contracted as a c ...

Chris Wood

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Christopher Gordon Blandford 'Chris' Wood (24 June 1944—12 July 1983) was a founder member of the English rock band Traffic, along with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, and Dave Mason. Born in Quinton,a suburb of Birmingham, Chris Wood had an interest in mu ...

James Jamerson

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James Jamerson

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James Lee Jamerson (January 29, 1936 – August 2, 1983) was an American bass player. He was the uncredited bassist on most of the Motown Records hits in the 1960s and early 1970s (Motown did not list session musician credits on their releases until 1971), ...

Karen Carpenter

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Karen Carpenter

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Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming luminaries and peers, she ...

Klaus Nomi

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Klaus Nomi

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Klaus Sperber (January 24, 1944 – August 6, 1983), better known as Klaus Nomi, was a German countertenor noted for his wide vocal range and an unusual, otherworldly stage persona. Nomi was known for his bizarrely visionary theatrical live performances, ...

Merle Travis

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Merle Travis

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Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter and musician born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His lyrics often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners. Among his many well-known songs ...

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