R.I.P. 2022 Ronnie Spector

Published on January 2nd, 2022 | by Gerry Galipault


R.I.P. 2022

Notable musicians and other music-related figures who have died this year:

Andy Ross (head of Food Records in the 1990s, signed Blur, Jesus Jones, etc.)

Dick Halligan (a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Terry Tolkin (former Elektra Records A&R executive who championed alt-rockers)

Beegie Adair (jazz musician)

Don Wilson (co-founder of The Ventures)

Meat Loaf (“Bat Out of Hell” superstar)

Jerry Ray Johnston (former Grand Ole Opry staff drummer)

Elza Soares (Brazilian samba singer)

Jon Lind (songwriter wrote “Boogie Wonderland,” “Crazy For You,” “Save the Best for Last,” etc.)

Dan Einstein (co-founder of John Prine’s Oh Boy Records)

Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras frontwoman)

Ralph Emery (Country Music Hall of Fame broadcaster)

Sonny Turner (The Platters)

Jerry Crutchfield (country producer/songwriter)

Dallas Frazier (country songwriter wrote “Elvira” and “Beneath Still Waters”)

Wavy Navy Pooh (Miami rapper)

Fred Parris (co-founder of The Five Satins)

CPO Boss Hogg (rapper once signed to Death Row Records)

Ronnie Spector (legendary lead singer of The Ronettes)

Rosa Lee Hawkins (The Dixie Cups)

Burke Shelley (bassist-vocalist and founding member of Budgie)

R. Dean Taylor (Motown hit songwriter and singer of “Indiana Wants Me”)

James Mtume (R&B and jazz percussionist)’

Maria Ewing (opera singer)

Marilyn Bergman (Oscar-winning lyricist wrote “The Way We Were”)

Calvin Simon (Parliament-Funkadelic co-founder)

Michael Lang (Woodstock co-creator)

Flavio Etcheto (Argentine electronic music pioneer)

Peter Bogdanovich (Oscar-nominated director won a Grammy for Best Music Film for his 2007 Tom Petty documentary “Runnin’ Down a Dream”)

Ted Gardner (Lollapalooza co-founder)

Jay Weaver (Big Daddy Weave)

Stephen J. Lawrence (“Sesame Street” composer and “Free to Be … You and Me” musical director)

Nick Colionne (smooth jazz guitarist)

Denis O’Dell (Beatles film producer)

Traxamillion (hip-hop producer)

Graham Pauncefort (CRD founder, who died on Dec. 31)

R.I.P. 2021

R.I.P. 2020

R.I.P. 2019

R.I.P. 2018

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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