R.I.P. 2018

Published on January 2nd, 2018 | by Gerry Galipault


R.I.P. 2018

Notable musicians and others who have died this year:

Clint Walker (actor-singer; star of TV’s “Cheyenne”)

Reggie Lucas (Miles Davis guitarist and producer of Madonna’s “Borderline”)

Matt Marks (Alarm Will Sound)

Glenn Branca (avant-garde composer-guitarist)

Scott Hutchison (lead singer of Frightened Rabbit)

Gayle Shepherd (The Shepherd Sisters)

Dick Williams (Williams Brothers)

Abi Ofarim (German-Israeli folk singer)

Tony Kinman (of the Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation)

John “Jabo” Starks (James Brown’s longtime drummer)

Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers)

Don Bustany (co-creator of “American Top 40”)

Paul Gray (lead singer of Wa Wa Nee)

Bob Dorough (“Schoolhouse Rock!” performer and writer)

Avicii (Swedish EDM DJ-producer)

Randy Scruggs (Grammy-winning musician/songwriter and son of Earl Scruggs)

Big Tom McBride (Irish country singer)

Yvonne Staples (The Staple Singers)

Timmy Matley (The Overtones)

David Kavanagh (U2’s first booking agent; manager for Clannad and Celtic Woman, etc.)

Jacques Higelin (French rocker)

Mike Harrison (lead singer of Spooky Tooth)

Kenny O’Dell (Nashville singer-songwriter; wrote “Behind Closed Doors,” “Lizzie and the Rainman,” etc.)

Seo Minwoo (member of K-pop boy band 100%)

Lys Assia (Swiss singer was the first Eurovision winner in 1956)

Clay Graham (Pilgrim Jubilees lead singer)

Stephen Mandell (of “Dueling Banjos” fame with Eric Weissberg)

Robert Grossman (Rolling Stone magazine cover artist and illustrator)

Hazel Smith (Music Row journalist and publicist coined the phrase “outlaw music”)

Charlie Quintana (former Social Distortion drummer)

DJ Spoko (Bacardi house pioneer)

Allah Real (Wu-Tang Clan affiliate singer)

Mike Dike (producer and co-founder of Delicious Vinyl)

Nokie Edwards (lead guitarist of The Ventures)

Claudia Fontaine (British R&B singer)

Craig Mack (1990s rapper; “Flava in Ya Ear”)

Sir Ken Dodd (British comedian and singer, who scored a U.K. No. 1 hit with “Tears” in 1965)

Gary Burden (Grammy-winning album cover artist/designer)

Bill Flores (Chocolate Watchband bassist)

Geoffrey Ellis (worked closely with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein and was a director of Northern Songs)

Russ Solomon (Tower Records founder)

Trevor Baylis (inventor of the wind-up radio)

Patrick Doyle (Veronica Falls drummer)

Ronnie Prophet (Canadian country singer)

Bill Burkette (lead singer of The Vogues)

James “Nick” Nixon (Nashville blues musician)

Eddy Amoo (The Real Thing)

Barbara Ann Alston (lead singer of The Crystals)

Boyd Jarvis (house producer and musician)

Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine singer)

Michael White (former Thompson Twins member)

Vic Damone (legendary crooner)

Daryle Singletary (country singer)

Craig MacGregor (Foghat bassist)

Wesla Whitfield (jazz vocalist)

Jóhann Jóhannsson (Icelandic avant-garde musician and film composer)

Lovebug Starksi (hip-hop pioneer)

Pat Torpey (Mr. Big drummer and founding member)

John Perry Barlow (Grateful Dead lyricist)

Mickey Jones (actor and drummer for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition)

Jo Mapes (pioneering female folk singer-songwriter)

Dennis Edwards (The Temptations)

Buzz Clifford (1960s-era singer-songwriter; “Baby Sittin’ Boogie”)

Mark E. Smith (frontman of The Fall)

Lari White (Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter)

Dave Holland (former Judas Priest and Trapeze drummer)

Hugh Masekela (South African jazz trumpeter, best known for “Grazing in the Grass”)

Billy Hancock (rockabilly singer-guitarist)

Jim Rodford (a founding member of Argent and bassist for the Kinks and the Zombies)

Fredo Santana (Chicago rapper)

Marlene VerPlanck (commercial “jingle queen”)

Edwin Hawkins (gospel great; “Oh Happy Day”)

Dolores O’Riordan (lead singer of The Cranberries)

Jeremy Inkel (Frontline Assembly)

Fast Eddie Clarke (Motörhead guitarist)

Denise LaSalle (R&B legend; “Trapped By a Thing Called Love”)

Ray Thomas (founding member of The Moody Blues)

Chris Tsangarides (rock producer)

France Gall (French singer and 1965 Eurovision winner)

Gregg Analla (former Tribe of Gypsies singer)

Tony Calder (British music executive and co-founder of Immediate Records)

Betty Jane Willis (1960s soul singer)

Robert Mann (violinist and a founder of the Juilliard String Quartet)

Rick Hall (legendary producer)

R.I.P. 2017

R.I.P. 2016

R.I.P. 2015

R.I.P. 2014

R.I.P. 2013

R.I.P. 2012

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