RobinGibb.com/PR NewswireIn 2012, we sadly lost many beloved artists. Here's a look back at some of the more notable music stars who passed away during the year:
Fred Milano -- January 1 -- member of Dion and the Belmonts. Milano **** of lung cancer at the age of 72.
Bob Weston -- January 3 -- played guitar with Fleetwood Mac from 1972 to 1974. He **** of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Weston was 64.
Etta James -- January 20 -- "At Last" singer. She had been suffering from terminal leukemia, dementia and kidney failure. James was 73.
Whitney Houston -- February 11 -- Grammy-winning singer whose hits included "How Will I Know," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," "The Greatest Love of All," "Saving All My Love for You" and "I Will Always Love You." Houston **** of accidental drowning brought on by atherosclerotic heart disease. She was 48.
Michael Davis -- February 17 -- MC5 bassist. He **** of liver failure. Davis was 68.
Davy Jones -- February 29 -- member of The Monkees. He passed away from a heart attack in Indian Town, Florida. He was 66.
Ronnie Montrose -- March 3 -- solo artist, founder and lead guitarist of the band Montrose and one-time member of The Edgar Winter Group. He **** of a self-inflicted gunshot. Montrose was 64.
Jimmy Ellis -- March 8 -- lead singer of The Trammps, best-known for their 1970s hit "Disco Inferno." Ellis **** of complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 74.
Mike Hossack -- March 12 -- Doobie Brothers drummer. He passed away after a long battle with cancer. Hossack was 65.
**** Clark -- April 18 -- American Bandstand/New Year's Rockin' Eve/game show host, American Music Awards creator, TV producer and more. He **** of a heart attack at the age of 82.
Greg Ham -- found dead April 18 -- former member of the Australian band Men at Work, who can be heard playing flute on the group's biggest hit, "Down Under." He was 58.
Levon Helm -- April 19 -- solo artist and drummer/singer for the influential roots-rock act The Band. Helm **** of cancer at age 71.
Chris Ethridge -- April 23 -- founding Flying Burrito Brothers bassist. He **** of pancreatic cancer. Ethridge was 65.
Donald "Duck" Dunn -- May 13 -- session musician and Booker T. and the MG's bassist. He **** in his sleep in Tokyo. Dunn was 70.
Donna Summer -- May 17 -- the singer, who was known as the ***** of disco, topped the charts with such hits as "MacArthur Park," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls." She **** after a battle with cancer at age 63.
Robin Gibb -- May 20 -- Bee Gees member. He **** following a long battle with cancer and an intestinal ailment. He was 62.
Herb Reed -- June 4 -- last surviving founding member of The Platters. He **** of complications from heart disease and other ailments.
Bob Welch -- found dead June 7 -- former member of Fleetwood Mac and founder of the rock group Paris. He also had a solo career, scoring hits with "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes." Welch **** of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 66.
Jon Lord -- July 16 -- founding Deep Purple keyboardist. He **** of pancreatic cancer. Lord was 71.
Larry Hoppen -- July 24 -- singer/guitarist for the pop-rock group Orleans. He passed away of undisclosed causes. Hoppen was 61.
Marvin Hamlisch -- August 6 -- Oscar-, Grammy-, Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and conductor, best known for his Academy Award-winning composition "The Way We Were," from the movie of the same name. Hamlisch **** from various ailments after a short illness. He was 68.
Scott McKenzie -- August 18 -- singer best-known for his 1967 hit "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)." He **** after a battle with Guillain–Barré syndrome. McKenzie was 73.
Hal David -- September 1 -- legendary songwriter who, with partner Burt Bacharach, wrote enduring pop hits for Dionne Warwick and many other artists. David **** from complications from a stroke. He was 91.
Joe South -- September 5 -- singer/songwriter and guitarist known for the 1970 hit "Games People Play." He **** of heart failure at age 72.
Andy Williams -- September 25 -- singer and TV variety show host. Williams **** after a battle with bladder cancer at the age of 84.
R.B. Greaves -- September 27 -- singer known for his #2 1969 hit "Take a Letter Maria." Greaves **** from prostate cancer at the age of 68.
Major Harris -- November 9 -- sang the 1975 hit "Love Won't Let Me Wait." Harris **** from congestive heart and lung failure. He was 65.
Dave Brubeck -- December 5 -- influential progressive jazz pianist and composer. Brubeck **** of heart failure one day before his 92nd birthday.
Ed Cassidy -- December 6 -- drummer for the band Spirit. He **** of cancer at the age of 89.
Ravi Shankar -- December 11 -- Indian sitar master who taught George Harrison how to play the instrument. He **** following complications from heart valve surgery. Shankar was 92.
Fontella Bass -- December 26 -- singer best-known for the 1965 soul classic "Rescue Me." She **** from complications of a heart attack. Bass was 72.
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