Saving the best for last – the music we lost in 2016

2016 was a banner year for losses in music. Every genre lost a legend or two it seems. Country music lost Merle Haggard, funk lost Bernie Worrell, hip hop lost John Berry, Canada lost Leonard Cohen, jazz lost Mose Allison, the blues lost Ruby Wilson, and we all lost the great genre crossing artists Prince and David Bowie.

I’ve tried to round up some of the farewells below; it’s a long list. Omissions are not meant to offend, but do reflect my personal taste in music, and the paths I have both traveled and not yet discovered in music.

 

JANUARY

Bowie's album Tonight
I got this just before I stopped buying records in high school.

Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921 – Jan 7, 2016)

Otis Clay (Feb 11, 1942 – Jan 8, 2016)

Red Simpson (March 6, 1934 – Jan 8, 2016)

David Bowie (Jan 8, 1947 – Jan 10, 2016)

mott
In my punk/glam playlist.

Dale Griffin of Mott the Hoople (Oct 24, 1948 – Jan 17, 2016)

Glenn Frey of the Eagles (Nov 6, 1948 – Jan 18, 2016)

Black [Colin Vearnecombe] (May 26, 1962 – Jan 26, 2016)

Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane/Starship (March 17, 1941 – Jan 28, 2016)

Eagles - Hotel California
I have this on record as well.

Signe Toly Anderson of Jefferson Airplane (Sept 15, 1941 – Jan 28, 2016)

FEBRUARY

Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire (Dec 19, 1941 – Feb 4, 2016)

Joe Dowell (Jan 23, 1940 – Feb 4, 2016)

Dan Hicks of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks (Dec 9, 1941 – Feb 6, 2016)

Earth Wind and Fire
I’m not actually sure if this was originally mine or my brothers. It’s mine now.

Roy Harris (June 15, 1933 – Feb 9, 2016)

L. C. Ulmer (Aug 28, 1928 – Feb 14, 2016)

Vanity (Jan 4, 1959 – Feb 15, 2016)

Sonny James (May 1, 1928 – Feb 22, 2016)

Lennie Baker of Danny and the Juniors (April 18, 1946 – Feb 24, 2016)

MARCH

bennythJoey Feek (Sept 9, 1975 – March 4, 2016)

Karen Carroll (Jan 30, 1958 – March 9, 2016)

Ray Griff (April 22, 1940 – March 9, 2016)

Gogi Grant (Sept 20, 1924 – March 10, 2016)

Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer (Nov 2, 1944 – March 11, 2016)

Merle Haggard
When I left home I left behind access to my mom’s country music collection so I bought this three CD set.

Frank Sinatra Jr (Jan 10, 1944 – March 16, 2016)

Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews and the Hearts (June 2, 1936 – March 16, 2016)

Steve Young (July 12, 1942 – March 17, 2016)

Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest (Nov 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016)

Patty Duke (Dec 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016)

APRIL

Prince
Purple Rain was the setting for my first date in 1983.

Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016)

Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Lonnie Mack (July 18, 1941 – April 21, 2016)

billy-paul
In my Pop – soul playlist

Billy Paul (Dec 1, 1934 – April 24, 2016)

Papa Wemba (June 14, 1949 – April 24, 2016)

MAY

Julius La Rosa (Jan 2, 1930 – May 12, 2016)

Guy Clark (Nov 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016)

papawemba
In my Global – Africa playlist.

John Berry of the Beastie Boys (May 31, 1963 – May 19, 2016)

JUNE

Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention (April 5, 1941 – June 3, 2016)

Henry McCullough (July 21, 1943 – June 14, 2016)

Mike Hart of The Roadrunners (Dec 3, 1943 – June 22, 2016)

boxtops
In my Brit invasion playlist. And yes, I know the Boxtops were an American band. They’re here because that’s how I think of their sound. Creating playlists is an inexact science.

Shelley Moore (March 10, 1932 – June 23, 2016)

Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic (April 19, 1944 – June 24, 2016)

Mike Pedicin (Oct 24, 1917 – June 26, 2016)

Mack Rice (Nov 10, 1933 – June 27, 2016)

JULY

Monty Python
The CD with the lost case has the Lumberjack song on it.

Danny Smythe of The Box Tops (Aug 25, 1948 – July 6, 2016)

Bonnie Brown of the Browns (July 31, 1938 – July 16, 2016)

Fred Tomlinson (18 December 1927 – 17 July 2016)

Lewie Steinberg of Booker T. & the M.G.’s (Sept 13, 1933 – July 21, 2016)

Pat Upton of Spiral Staircase (Aug 5, 1940 – July 27, 2016)

AUGUST

bobby-vee
My mom had sets of CDs with 50’s music. Bobby Vee was there. I used to sit in front of the stereo and play them over and over.

Glenn Yarbrough (Jan 12, 1930 – Aug 11, 2016)

Matt Roberts of 3 doors down ( ? – Aug 20, 2016)

Toots Thielemans (April 29, 1922 – Aug 22, 2016)

SEPTEMBER

Prince Buster (May 24, 1938 – Sept 8, 2016)

Fred Hellerman of the Weavers (May 13, 1927 – Sept 1, 2016)

boogienights
In the Dance – disco playlist.

John D. Loudermilk Jr. (March 31, 1934 – September 21, 2016)

Jean Shepard (Nov 21, 1933 – Sept 25, 2016)

Oscar Brand (Feb 7, 1920 – Sept 30, 2016)

Clifford Curry (Nov 3, 1936 – Sept 7, 2016)

OCTOBER

Bobby Vee (April 30, 1943 – Oct 24, 2016)

frankievally
In the Dance -disco playlist.

Pete Burns of Dead or Alive (Aug 5, 1959 – Oct 23, 2016)

Rod Temperton of Heatwave (Oct 9, 1949 – Oct 5, 2016)

Joan Marie Johnson of The Dixie Cups (Jan 15, 1944 – Oct 5 2016)

Don Ciccone (Feb 28, 1946 – Oct 8, 2016) of The Critters, The Four Seasons and Tommy James and the Shondells.

NOVEMBER

Leon Russell (April 2, 1942 – Nov 13, 2016)

Leonard Cohen
This is the only Leonard Cohen I own, but I own a lot of his music covered by other artists.

Leonard Cohen (Sept 21, 1934 – Nov 7, 2016)

Mose Allison (Nov 11, 1927 – Nov 15, 2016)

Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (May 4, 1956 – Nov 18, 2016)

Kay Starr (July 21, 1922 – Nov 3, 2016)

Eddie Harsch of the Black Crowes (May 27, 1957 – Nov 4, 2016)

Jimmy Young (Sept 21, 1921 – Nov 7, 2016)

Mentor Williams (June 11, 1946 – Nov 16, 2016)

george-michael
This is the very first CD I ever bought.

Doug Edwards of Chilliwack (March 15, 1946 – Nov 11, 2016)

Holly Dunn (Aug 22, 1957 – Nov 14, 2016)

Ray Columbus of Ray Columbus & The Invaders (Nov 4, 1942 –Nov 28, 2016)

Bap Kennedy (June 17, 1962 – Nov 1, 2016)

DECEMBER

Greg Lake of King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer  (Nov 10, 1947 – Dec 7, 2016)

Bunny Walters (May 31, 1953 – Dec 14, 2016)

Barrelhouse Chuck (July 10, 1958 – Dec 12, 2016)

Jim Lowe (May 7, 1923 – Dec 12, 2016)

Valerie Gell of the Liverbirds (Aug 14, 1945 – Dec 11 2016)

Micky Fitz of The Business (1959 – Dec 2016)

George Michael  (Jun 25, 1963 – Dec 25, 2016) 


Musical Mentions:

George Martin (Jan 3, 1926 – March 8, 2016) called the ‘fifth Beatle’, record producer.

Rudy Van Gelder (Nov 2, 1924 – August 25, 2016) important jazz recording engineer involved with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, and Art Blakey.

Robert Stigwood (April 16, 1934 – Jan 4, 2016) managed Cream & Clapton and launched the Bee Gees.

Marni Nixon (Feb 22, 1930 – July 24, 2016) sang voices for actresses in The King and I, West Side Story and My Fair Lady.

Scotty Moore (December 27, 1931 – June 28, 2016) played guitar with Elvis.

Bob Krasnow (July 20, 1934 – December 11, 2016) founded Blue Thumb Records, was chairman of Elektra Records, and co-founded of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Robert Bateman (April 30, 1936 – Oct 12, 2016) co-wrote Please Mr. Postman and If You Need Me.

Curly Putman (Nov 20, 1930 – Oct 30, 2016) wrote Green, Green Grass of Home and He Stopped Loving her Today.

Sandy Pearlman (Aug 5, 1943 – July 26, 2016) involved with albums by Blue Öyster Cult, The Clash, The Dictators, Pavlov’s Dog, Space Team Electra, and Dream Syndicate; and was the founding Vice President of eMusic.com.

Richard D. Trentlage (Dec 27, 1928 – Sept 21, 2016) wrote the Oscar Meyer jingle.

Ruby Wilson (Feb 29, 1948 – Aug 12, 2016) The Queen of Beale Street

Russian  Red  Army  choir – 92 people on board a plane that crashed into the Black Sea, including the choir members.

Allan Williams – credited with discovering the Beatles and their first manager.

 

 

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