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R.I.P. 2023

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

Jay Clayton (jazz vocalist)

Les McCann (Grammy-nominated jazz pianist-composer-singer)

Bram Inscore (songwriter-producer for Troye Sivan, BTS, Beck, et al)

Michael Gibbons Jr. (Leeway)

Pedro Suárez-Vértiz (Peruvian rock icon)

Dave Freeman (owner of County and Rebel labels)

Tommy Smothers (one-half of The Smothers Brothers)

Laura Lynch (founding member of The Dixie Chicks)

Craig Stewart (led the Trance Syndicate and Emperor Jones labels and worked for SXSW)

Jim Ladd (L.A. radio legend and SiriusXM “Deep Tracks” host)

Manny Martinez (early Misfits drummer)

Amp Fiddler (Detroit funk musician and producer)

Colin Burgess (original AC/DC drummer)

Ricardo Drue (Antiguan soca artist)

Essra Mohawk (“Schoolhouse Rock!” singer-songwriter)

Zahara (South African Afro-pop singer)

Jeffrey Foskett (longtime touring member of The Beach Boys)

Lola Dee (1950s-era singer best known for “Pretty Eyed Baby”)

Kendall A. Minter (veteran entertainment attorney)

Robert H. Precht (producer of “The Ed Sullivan Show” oversaw Beatles appearances)

Denny Laine (Moody Blues and Wings guitarist and co-founder)

Myles Goodwyn (April Wine frontman)

Chad Allan (founding member of The Guess Who and Brave Belt)

Shane MacGowan (The Pogues)

Scott Kempner (founding member of The Dictators and Del-Lords)

Jean Knight (R&B legend who scored No. 1 with “Mr. Big Stuff”)

Les Maguire (keyboardist for Gerry and the Pacemakers)

Jim Salestrom (longtime member of Dolly Parton’s band)

Geordie Walker (Killing Joke guitarist)

Marty Krofft (co-creator of “H.R. Pufnstuf,” producer of “Donny & Marie Show,” etc.)

Phil Quartararo (former EMI, Virgin and Warner Bros. record executive who helped launch Paula Abdul, Spice Girls, Linkin Park, et al)

Abe Stoklasa (Nashville musician and songwriter)

George “Funky” Brown (Kool & The Gang drummer and founding member)

HEATH (X JAPAN bassist)

Ray Tate (musician who ran Old Town School of Folk Music and taught John Prine guitar)

Pete Garner (original Stone Roses bassist)

Adam Johnstone (Romero guitarist)

Merv Shiner (“Here Comes Peter Cottontail” singer)

Aaron Spears (session drummer)

Steve Riley (L.A. Guns drummer)

Angelo Bruschini (Massive Attack guitarist)

Dusty Street (pioneering KROQ disc jockey)

Gregg Sutton (former Lone Justice member)

Dwight Twilley (power-pop legend)

DJ Mark the 45 King (hip-hop producer)

Carla Bley (jazz pianist-composer)

Michael “Ibo” Cooper (founding member of Third World)

Rudolph Isley (founding member of The Isley Brothers)

Buck Trent (banjo great starred on “Hee Haw”)

Ron Haffkine (producer/manager for Dr. Hook)

Russell Batiste (drummer for Funky Meters and Vida Blue)

Nawshawn Breedlove (rapper who dueled Eminem in “8 Mile”)

David McCallum (“NCIS,” The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” actor recorded four albums for Capitol Records)

Terry Kirkman (co-founder of The Association and co-writer of “Cherish”)

Mike Henderson (Chris Stapleton co-writer and SteelDrivers founder)

Katherine Anderson Schaffner (original Marvelettes member)

Fred Lewis (Lakeside)

Lou Deprijck (Belgian singer-songwriter, best known for writing “Ça plane pour moi”)

Roger Whittaker (British singer, best known for the international hit “The Last Farewell”)

James “Tail Dragger” Jones (Chicago blues great)

Irish Grinstead (member of R&B group 702)

Michael McGrath (Tony Award-winning actor starred in “Spamalot”)

Brian Youmans (Trinket)

Dave Roe (country bassist who played with Johnny Cash for 11 years)

Ed Wright (trailblazing music industry giant)

Joe Fagin (best known for “‘Breakin’ Away/That’s Livin’ Alright,” theme to the 1980s British sitcom “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet”)

Matt Stewart (Streetlight Manifesto trumpet player)

Charles Gayle (jazz saxophonist)

Charlie Robison (country singer-songwriter)

Brendan Croker (Notting Hillbillies)

Mylon LeFevre (Christian rock singer)

Richard Davis (celebrated jazz bassist appeared on more than 600 albums, including Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks”)

Gary Wright (singer-songwriter famous for “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive”)

Steve Harwell (lead singer and co-founder of Smash Mouth)

Larry Chance (The Earls)

Jimmy Buffett (“Margaritaville,” “Come Monday” singer-songwriter)

Faye Fantarrow (21-year-old singer signed to Dave Stewart’s label)

Jack Sonni (former Dire Straits guitarist)

Curtis Fowlkes (trombonist co-founded The Jazz Passengers)

AUGUST 08 (Def Jam singer-producer, formerly of 88rising)

James Casey (saxophonist was a touring member of the Trey Anastasio Band)

John Kezdy (lead singer of The Effigies and longtime prosecutor)

Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake guitarist co-wrote “Here I Go Again”)

Bob Feldman (songwriter-producer was a member of The Strangeloves and wrote and/or produced classics like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “I Want Candy,” “Hang on Sloopy,” etc.)

Ray Hildebrand (“Paul” of Paul & Paula)

Bobby Eli (guitarist and founding member of MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra, played on many Philadelphia International hits and co-wrote “Sideshow” and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”)

Gary Young (original Pavement drummer)

Chris Peluso (Broadway actor-singer starred in “Mamma Mia!” and “Wicked”)

Victor Parra (longtime host of “Mambo Express” radio show)

Jerry Moss (co-founder of A&M Records)

Renata Scotto (Italian opera star)

Magoo (rapper and former Timbaland collaborator)

Clarence Avant (“Black Godfather” of music who guided the careers of Quincy Jones, Bill Withers, et al)

Shoji Tabuchi (longtime Branson entertainer)

Tom Jones (book writer and lyricist of “The Fantasticks”)

Robbie Robertson (lead guitarist and songwriter of The Band)

David LaFlamme (leader of It’s a Beautiful Day, singer of “White Bird”)

Sixto Rodriguez (subject of “Searching For Sugar Man” documentary)

William Friedkin (Oscar-winning film director directed music videos for Laura Branigan’s “Self Control” and Wang Chung’s “To Live and Die in L.A.”)

DJ Casper (“Cha-Cha Slide” hitmaker)

Leny Andrade (“First Lady of Brazilian Jazz”)

John Gosling (keyboardist for The Kinks from 1970-78)

Mo Foster (session bass player)

Clifton Oliver (Broadway actor-singer)

Chuck Flood (business manager for country music stars and co-founder of Nashville’s FBMM)

Neal Langford (former Shins bassist)

Randy Meisner (bassist, singer and co-founder of Eagles)

Roger Sprung (banjo legend)

Sinéad O’Connor (Irish singer-songwriter)

Ian Emes (British film director who worked with Pink Floyd, Duran Duran, et al)

Vince Hill (British pop singer, best known for his 1967 hit “Edelweiss”)

Tony Bennett (pop/jazz legend)

Jerry Bradley (longtime Nashville music executive and Country Music Hall of Fame member)

Jane Birkin (British singer-actress, style icon)

Sam Cutler (tour manager for Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones)

André Watts (pioneering piano virtuoso)

Anthony Meo (original Biohazard drummer)

Billy White Jr. (designer of Guns N’ Roses cross logo)

Bob Segarini (singer-songwriter, radio host)

JD Nash (American Blues Scene editor in chief)

Peter Nero (famed pianist and Philadelphia Pops conductor)

Vicki Anderson (singer and member of James Brown’s Revue)

George Tickner (co-founder and original guitarist of Journey)

Coco Lee (Hong Kong-born singer and Disney star)

Peter Brötzmann (free-jazz saxophonist)

Rick Froberg (frontman of Drive Like Jehu)

Dick Biondi (legendary Chicago disc jockey)

Ryan Siew (Polaris guitarist)

Bobby Osborne (The Osborne Brothers)

Jesse McReynolds (Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee)

Sheldon Harnick (Tony- and Grammy Award-winning lyricist co-wrote “Fiddler on the Roof” and more)

Max Morath (pianist who led ragtime revival)

Teresa Taylor (former Butthole Surfers drummer and star of “Slacker”)

Big Pokey (Houston rapper)

Blackie Onassis (Urge Overkill drummer)

Scott Schinder (veteran music journalist)

Jack Lee (Nerves singer and writer of Blondie hit “Hanging on the Telephone”)

Les Leverett (staff photographer for Grand Ole Opry for 32 years)

George Winston (top-selling piano soloist)

Astrud Gilberto (“The Girl from Ipanema” singer)

Steve Meisner (The Meisner Band)

Cynthia Weil (Songwriters Hall of Fame legend)

Juan Carlos Formell (replaced his father in the legendary Afro-Cuban band Los Van Van)

Isaac “Redd” Holt (founding member of Ramsey Lewis Trio and Young-Holt Unlimited)

Ed Ames (“Daniel Boone” star and Ames Brothers singer)

Tina Turner (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend)

Bill Lee (jazz bassist and father of Spike Lee)

Chas Newby (one-time Beatles bassist)

Kirk Arrington (longtime Metal Church drummer)

Rolf Harris (disgraced former entertainer)

Pete Brown (Cream lyricist)

Andy Rourke (The Smiths bassist)

Richard Landis (Juice Newton producer and label executive)

John Giblin (longtime bassist for Kate Bush and session player)

Francis Monkman (keyboardist and founding member of Curved Air)

Frank Kozik (graphic artist designed posters and album covers for The Offspring, Queens of the Stone Age, et al)

Rita Lee (co-founder and vocalist of Os Mutantes)

Grace Bumbry (pioneering black opera singer)

Seán Keane (Chieftains fiddler)

Ian Bell (Aussie DJ and music writer)

Chris Strachwitz (founder of Arhoolie Records)

Linda Lewis (British singer-songwriter)

Irv Lichtman (editor and writer at Billboard and other music publications)

Gordon Lightfoot (legendary Canadian singer-songwriter)

Claude Gray (country singer’s version of “Family Bible” gave Willie Nelson his first hit)

Tim Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

Johnny Fean (Horslips guitarist)

Wee Willie Harris (Britain’s “wild man of rock ‘n’ roll” was an early inspiration for The Beatles)

Harry Belafonte (singer, actor and activist)

Isaac Wiley (drummer and co-founder of Dazz Band)

Keith Gattis (country songwriter and producer)

Mark Stewart (The Pop Group)

April Stevens (“Deep Purple” singer with brother Nino Tempo)

Moonbin (of the K-pop group Astro)

Otis Redding III (son of the soul legend and member of The Reddings)

Ahmad Jamal (legendary jazz pianist)

Cliff Fish (bassist with Paper Lace, of “The Night Chicago Died” fame)

Mark Sheehan (guitarist and co-founder of The Script)

Julián Figueroa (Mexican ballad singer)

Lasse Wellander (longtime ABBA guitarist)

Guy Bailey (guitarist and co-founder of The Quireboys)

Ian Bairnson (former guitarist for Pilot and The Alan Parsons Project)

John Regan (bassist played with Peter Frampton, Ace Frehley, Billy Idol, et al)

Paul Cattermore (S Club 7 singer)

Vivian Trimble (Luscious Jackson)

Seymour Stein (Sire Records co-founder signed Madonna, Talking Heads, Ramones, et al)

Ryuichi Sakamoto (electronic music pioneer)

Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant)

Philip Balsam (composer-musician who created the music for “Fraggle Rock”)

Mark Russell (piano-playing political satirist)

Keith Reid (founding member of Procol Harum wrote the lyrics to “A Whiter Shade of Pale”)

Ray Pillow (Grand Ole Opry legend / Nashville publisher)

Wayne Swinny (Saliva guitarist)

Bill Zehme (author of Frank Sinatra biography)

Mick Slattery (original Hawkwind guitarist)

Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins (Parliament-Funkadelic)

Fito Olivares (Tejano musician)

Paul Beasley (Blind Boys of Alabama)

Jim Gordon (session drummer, Derek and the Dominos member and co-writer of “Layla”)

Bobby Caldwell (“What You Won’t Do For Love” singer)

Gloria Bosman (South African jazz singer)

Jason Kaye (influential U.K. hardcore and garage DJ)

Costa Titch (South African rapper)

Jim Durkin (Dark Angel guitarist)

Jerry Samuels, aka Napoleon XIV (of “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” fame)

Lewis Largent (MTV “120 Minutes” VJ and KROQ DJ)

Topol (“Fiddler on the Roof” actor and singer)

Gary Rossington (last surviving founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Robert Haimer (Barnes & Barnes, of “Fish Heads” fame)

Michael Rhodes (Musicians Hall of Fame session bass player)

Glen “SPOT” Lockett (SST Records producer)

Steve Mackey (Pulp bass player)

David Lindley (master session guitarist)

Wayne Shorter (jazz sax great)

Brian Bukantis (Goldmine Magazine)

Brett Radin (longtime artist manager)

Melvin Sloan (Sloan Brothers)

Bruce Barthol (Country Joe & the Fish bassist)

Tom Whitlock (songwriter wrote “Take My Breath Away” and “Danger Zone”)

Chuck Jackson (1960s R&B great)

Gerald Fried (Emmy winner for “Roots” and composer for “Star Trek,” “Gilligan’s Island,” etc.)

Hans Poulsen (Australian singer-songwriter)

Kyle Jacobs (country songwriter and husband of Kellie Pickler)

Huey “Piano” Smith (New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll pioneer)

Joe Millar (The Irish Rovers)

Peter McCann (1970s singer-songwriter)

David “Trugoy the Dove” Jolicoeur (one-third of De La Soul)

Kiernan “AKA” Forbes (South African rapper)

Burt Bacharach (legendary pop composer)

Pat Bunch (country music songwriter)

Phil Spalding (former GTR bassist and longtime session player)

Carol Sloane (jazz singer)

Larry Rivera (legendary Hawaiian singer)

Charlie Thomas (longtime member of The Drifters)

Stephen Allen Davis (Nashville singer-songwriter)

Louise Harrison (George Harrison’s older sister, who helped The Beatles break into the U.S. market)

Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night drummer)

Barrett Strong (singer-songwriter had Motown’s first big hit)

Tom Verlaine (Television)

Dean Daughtry (Atlanta Rhythm Section keyboardist)

Sanderson Rasjid, aka Antony “Top” Topham (guitarist and founding member of The Yardbirds)

Lloyd Morrisett (co-creator of “Sesame Street”)

Ginny Redington Dawes (composer of ad jingles)

Lin Brehmer (93XRT Chicago radio host)

Marshall Tucker (Marshall Tucker Band namesake)

Jerry Blavat (legendary Philly DJ)

David Crosby (Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash co-founder)

Van Conner (Screaming Trees bassist and co-founder)

Bruce Gowers (music video director, best known for Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”)

Renée Geyer (Australian singer)

C.J. Harris (“American Idol” alum)

Ray Cordiero (world’s oldest DJ)

Yukihiro Takahashi (drummer and lead vocalist of Yellow Magic Orchestra)

Carl Pagter (bluegrass banjo player)

Vivian Williams (bluegrass fiddler-singer)

Jamie Slocum (Contemporary Christian artist)

Robbie Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive drummer)

Lisa Marie Presley (singer and daughter of Elvis Presley)

Jeff Beck (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist)

Tatjana Patitz (supermodel of ’80s and ’90s starred in George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” video)

Les Brown Jr. (musician-actor and son of band leader Les Brown)

Ilanga (The G-Clefs)

Gordy Harmon (co-founder of The Whispers)

Jack Hayford (pastor and songwriter)

Mark Capps (Grammy-winning recording engineer)

Stan Hitchcock (country singer and founder of Americana Television Network)

Don Williams (last surviving member of the Williams Brothers Quartet)

Alan Rankine (founding member of the Associates)

Sebastian Marino (guitarist for Overkill and Anvil)

Fred White (longtime Earth, Wind & Fire drummer)

Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia)

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