R.I.P. 2017

Published on January 2nd, 2017 | by Gerry Galipault

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R.I.P. 2017

Music stars who have died this year:

Cuba Gooding Sr. (The Main Ingredient)

Matt Holt (Nothingface singer)

Sylvia Moy (songwriter and Motown’s first female producer; collaborated with Stevie Wonder on “Uptight [Everything’s Alright]” and “My Cherie Amour”)

Tim Goshorn (Pure Prairie League)

Bruce Langhorne (folk-rock guitarist who worked with Bob Dylan in the 1960s)

Allan Holdsworth (innovative fusion guitarist)

Martín Elías (Colombian singer-songwriter)

Toby Smith (keyboardist and founding member of Jamiroquai)

J. Geils (lead guitarist and founder of J. Geils Band)

Linda Hopkins (Tony Award-winning actress and gospel/blues singer)

Paul O’Neill (Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder)

David Peel (anti-establishment icon, signed to Apple Records and produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono)

Brenda Jones (The Jones Girls)

Lonnie Brooks (Chicago bluesman)

Rosie Hamlin (Rosie and the Originals)

Clem Curtis (The Foundations)

Don Hunstein (Columbia Records photographer; most famous for the cover of “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”)

Sib Hashian (former Boston drummer)

Chuck Barris (“Gong Show” host; creator of “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game”; songwriter, “Palisades Park”)

Chuck Berry (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend)

James Cotton (blues harmonica legend)

Maxx Kidd (go-go music pioneer)

Tommy LiPuma (Grammy-winning jazz producer)

Robert “P-Nut” Johnson (Parliament-Funkadelic)

Don Warden (Dolly Parton’s longtime manager)

John Lever (The Chameleons drummer)

Joni Sledge (Sister Sledge)

Hurshel Wiginton (Nashville Edition bass singer)

Valerie Carter (1970s-era singer)

Tommy Page (“I’ll Be Your Everything” singer)

Rick Chavez (Drive)

Leon Ware (R&B singer-songwriter; wrote Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” etc.)

Larry Coryell (guitar legend)

Junie Morrison (Ohio Players, Parliament-Funkadelic)

Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”)

Peter Skellern (British singer-songwriter; “You’re a Lady”)

Bobby Freeman (soul singer; “Do You Want to Dance”)

Robert Fisher (Willard Grant Conspiracy)

Al Jarreau (jazz-pop legend)

Sonny Geraci (lead singer of The Outsiders and Climax)

John Wetton (original Asia singer-bassist)

Elkin Ramírez (lead singer of the Colombian heavy metal band Kraken)

Tia Sprocket (former Luscious Jackson and Ministry member)

Geoff Nicholls (longtime Black Sabbath keyboardist)

Lundi Tyamara (South African gospel star)

Tom Edwards (guitarist and music director for Adam Ant)

Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band drummer)

Ronald “Bingo” Mundy (The Marcels)

Lee O’Denat, aka “Q” (WorldStarHipHop founder)

Jaki Liebezeit (Can drummer)

Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth drummer)

Pete Overend Watts (original Mott the Hoople bassist)

Roberta Peters (coloratura soprano)

Maggie Roche (The Roches)

Loalwa Braz (vocalist behind Kaoma’s 1989 hit “Lambada”)

Steve Wright (original bassist for the Greg Kihn Band)

Christopher “JC” Dwight (Nine Mile Drive)

Greg Trooper (singer-songwriter)

Richie Ingui (The Soul Survivors, of “Expressway to Your Heart” fame)

“Magic” Alex Mardas (sham technological “guru” to The Beatles)

Larry Steinbachek (Bronski Beat keyboardist)

Tommy Allsup (touring guitarist for Buddy Holly)

Buddy Greco (jazz pianist-singer; “The Lady Is a Tramp”)

Peter Sarstedt (singer of the 1969 hit “Where Do You Go To [My Lovely]?”)

Allan Williams (first Beatles manager; died Dec. 29, 2016)

R.I.P. 2016

R.I.P. 2015

R.I.P. 2014

R.I.P. 2013

R.I.P. 2012

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