The music that slipped away in 2017

I admit, 2017 music losses were completely over-shadowed by the insanity of politics. But this year again, every genre lost a legend or two it seems. Country music lost Glen Campbell, funk lost Clyde Stubblefield, romance lost Al Jarreau, we lost the inspiration for Mr Tambourine Man Bruce Langhorne, jazz lost Arthur Blythe, the Allman Brothers lost more than most, and we all lost the legendary Chuck Berry. The year also sort feels like seven degrees of separation from Paul Simon. 

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.

I don’t think as a Canadian I could start any mourning with anyone except Gord:

Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip)

Tom Petty (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Chuck Berry

Glen Campbell


Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers)

Maggie Roche (The Roches)

Roberta Peters

William Onyeabor

Buddy Greco

Nicolai Gedda

Eddie Kamae

Larry Coryell

Clyde Stubblefield

Barbara Carroll

Al Jarreau

Arthur Blythe

Joni Sledge (Sister Sledge)

Dave Valentin

Sylvia Moy – I wrote blog about her earlier this year.

Bruce Langhorne

J. Geils

Linda Hopkins

Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers)

Barbara Smith Conrad

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

Geri Allen

Rosalie Sorrels

Paul Zukofsky

Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) – not a big fan sorry, so no song link.

Ray Phiri

John Abercrombie

Fredell Lack

Bea Wain

Sonny Burgess

Barbara Cook

Tom Paley

Zuzana Ruzickova

CeDell Davis

Charles Bradley

Brenda Lewis

Michael Friedman [theatre]

Don Williams [country]

Holger Czukay (Can)

Walter Becker (Steely Dan)

Jim Nabors

Carol Neblett [opera, soprano]

Jon Hendricks [jazz]

Dimitri Hvorostivsky [opera, baritone]

Wayne Cochran

David Cassidy

Pete Moore (Miracles)

Della Reese [jazz]

Malcolm Young – I’m including the link to his obituary because he played a part in my formative years, but no song link because I have never been a particular fan of AC/DC.

Fred Cole

Keely Smith [jazz]

Pat Dinzio (The Smithereens)

Vincent Nguini

Johnny Hallyday – the “Elvis of France”

Mitch Margo

Tommy Keene

Mel Tillis [country]

Chuck Mosley (Faith No More)

Robert Knight

Dick Noel “King of the Jingles”

Al Hurricane

Howard Carroll (Dixie Hummingbirds)

Jessi Zazu (Those Darlins)

Skip Prokop (Lighthouse)

D.L. Menard

Micheal Johnson

Red West

Jimmy LaFave

Robert Miles

Cuba Gooding Sr. (The Main Ingredient)

Dick Contino – I have a surprising love of accordion music

Allan Holdsworth [influencer and in many groups]

David Peel

Paul O’Neill (Trans-Siberian Orchestra )

Clem Curtis (Foundations)

Horace Parlan [jazz]

Leon Ware

Clyde Stubblefield

Svend Asmussen [jazz]

John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia)

Ronald ‘Bingo’ Mundy (Marcels)

Jaki Liebezeit (Can)

Peter Sarstedt

Behind the music

George Avakian [jazz] – produced recordings by legends I love, like Louis Armstrong.

Harold Pendleton – Reading Festival & Marquee Club Founder.

Bill Marin –  behind acts I love, like Tito Puente and Celia Cruz.

Carol Peters – manager of the band Heart, a band of women managed by a woman. How could I not note that?

Johnny Sandlin – Allman Brothers producer. I told you they got hit bad in 2017.

Harry Sandler – behind acts I love, like John Mellencamp, Eagles, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks.

Nigel Grainge – founded Ensign Records home to acts I love like, Sinead O’Connor, The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy, The Waterboys, and 10cc.

Eric Miller – brought back recordings by legendary artists I love, like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles, and might be the reason I found them and love them.

Ilene Berns – ran Bang Records with groups I love, like Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The McCoys, Strangeloves.

Marilyn Petrone – music executive who has worked with more artists I love than I can list but to name a few: Tina Turner, War, ELO, Kenny Rogers, and Johnny Rivers.

Buddy Bregman – worked with legends I love like, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman and Bing Crosby.

I know she’s not a musician, but since her loss mattered to me I’m going to include her with the song we all associate with her: Mary Tyler Moore