a collage of 12 notable musicians who died in 2023

Musicians Who Passed Away in 2023

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Another year in the books, and for all the exciting moments and developments in music there are to celebrate, tragically, there were many notable musicians who died in 2023.

Every year, this task seems to get more difficult, and while I try to be comprehensive, it’s impossible to create this homage without inadvertently leaving people off the list. This is NOT by design, and anyone left off this list was merely an oversight — a product of my human error. Please add your remembrances in the comments section and add anyone who is not included in this tribute to musicians and music icons we lost in 2023.


musicians who died in 2023: Tina TurnerTina Turner, 83
Singer, songwriter, dubbed “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” — died after a long illness (she had intestinal cancer, a stroke in 2013, and a kidney transplant in 2017), 5/24/23

Anna Mae Bullock, later known as Tina Turner, got her start with Ike Turner when she brazenly poached a microphone from the drummer at one of Ike’s shows and sang during the intermission. Turner asked her to join his act, and ultimately, Tina Turner was introduced to the world with the single “A Fool in Love” in 1960. That led to a string of successful releases and lots of touring, and a re-branding as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. The two married in the early ’60s, though the relationship was fraught with turmoil and abuse from the outset, ending when Tina fled from him in 1976. The ensuing break-up had personal and career implications, and saw Turner hit some rocky times as she struggled through lawsuits and the fallout of the dissolution of her successful musical partnership. But as Turner persevered and continued performing, she was given another chance at a record contract — she ultimately had two weeks to record an album for Capitol Records. That produced 1984’s Private Dancer, which sold 10 million copies worldwide, earned her a Record of the Year Grammy, and included her biggest hit, “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Turner’s success in the ’80s–’90s continued with hits including “Better Be Good to Me,” “Private Dancer,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),” “The Best,” and “GoldenEye.” Her Break Every Rule World Tour (’87–’88) was the top-grossing female tour of the ’80s and even set a Guinness World Record. In all, Tina Turner sold more than 100 million records, won eight Grammy awards — she also received a Lifetime Achievement Award and three additional Grammy Hall of Fame inductions — and was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


musicians who died in 2023: Jeff BeckJeff Beck, 78
Guitarist, songwriter — died of bacterial meningitis, 1/10/23

From his breakout with The Yardbirds to his last release, 2022’s 18 — a collaboration with Johnny Depp — Jeff Beck’s career has been anything but linear. From his psychedelic blues-twinged introduction in 1965 (replacing Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds), to his debut solo album — 1968’s Truth, featuring Ron Wood, Rod Stewart, and Aynsley Dunbar — Beck soon fronted his own band, the Jeff Beck Group, shedding the bombastic blues and heading toward jazz fusion with releases like 1975’s Blow By Blow and 1976’s Wired. In addition to his prodigious solo/bandleader output, Beck collaborated with myriad icons in popular music, including recording with Roger Waters in 1982 and Mick Jagger in 1985. He quickly built a reputation as one of the all-time great guitarists, earning eight Grammy awards along the way. He collaborated and played with an impossibly long list of notable artists throughout his 60-year career, and his influence on his instrument is impossible to overstate (including, famously, Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap). Chris Hakkens, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


musicians who died in 2023: Tony BennettTony Bennett, 96
Pop and jazz singer — died of unknown causes (was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016), 7/21/23

While it may appear that Tony Bennett was a steadfast crooner who always enjoyed success — he does have 20 Grammy awards to his name — his story is a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches tale that includes career missteps, cocaine addiction, starting his own record label, and a massive comeback built on his family ties. Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto, Bennett was a singer from the age of 10, and after serving in the Army during WWII, he studied singing and launched a career singing the Great American Songbook as well as jazz. “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was his breakout smash in 1962, but his record company’s insistence that he (and others in his genre) try his hand a “modern” music derailed his career in the ’60s and left him struggling financially and artistically for the next decade. Signing his son Danny on as his manager, Bennett got his career on track in the ’80s by aiming his sights on a younger generation of listener — but rather than chase a modern repertoire, he brought the Songbook to a new generation, earning an Album of the Year Grammy for 1994’s MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett (the album also marked his third straight Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance). Bennett’s list of accomplishments in the latter part of his career alone is almost impossible to catalog, but his penchant for duetting with artists like k.d. lang, Lady Gaga, and Diana Krall speaks to his enduring appeal on every generation of listener that crossed his path.


musicians who died in 2023: David CrosbyDavid Crosby, 81
Guitarist, singer, songwriter with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash — died after a long illness (he had COVID-19), 1/18/23

David Crosby seems, in many ways, to be the poster child of ’60s counterculture, complete with incarceration for drugs and an apparent inability to walk the straight path. Crosby was also one of his generation’s best-known songwriters, finding wild success with The Byrds in the ’60s and variations of Crosby, Stills & Nash in the following decades, as well as success as a solo artist and collaborator with the likes of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, David Gilmour, Jefferson Airplane, and Jackson Browne. In 1964, Crosby co-founded the Byrds with Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark, and played on the band’s first five albums as well as 1973’s The Byrds. In 1968, Crosby formed a supergroup with Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills and the Hollies’ Graham Nash that in many ways epitomized the musical transition of the ’60s to the ’70s — blasting out of the gates with 1969’s Crosby, Stills & Nash and a magical performance at Woodstock (their second gig ever!) that included Neil Young — though Young refused to let the cameras film him. Crosby’s personal struggles with drug addiction is notorious, and on top of that, he survived a motorcycle accident in 1990, lost his home to an earthquake in 1994, and got a liver transplant in 1995 after being diagnosed with hepatitis C. He recorded numerous solo albums (and a few with Graham Nash), including five in the past decade.


musicians who died in 2023: Gordon LightfootGordon Lightfoot, 84
Folk/rock guitarist, singer, songwriter — died of natural causes, 5/1/23

From the age of five, Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. displayed an aptitude for singing, which was nourished through his early years. Born in Orillia, Ontario (Canada), Lightfoot spent two years studying and playing music in Los Angeles before returning to Toronto in 1960 to pursue a career as a musician and songwriter. He performed with various folk groups and released singles of his songs and began building a reputation and finding success in Canada in the early ’60s, but American audiences knew his material mostly via recordings of his songs by other artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, and the Kingston Trio. His breakthrough in the US came in 1970, when the single “If You Could Read My Mind” propelled the (reissued) album of the same name to make it to number 5 on the charts. That kicked off an impressive decade for the troubadour, whose popularity was only eclipsed by his influence on other songwriters of the day. “Sundown” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” are among two of the notable songs from that era, and Lightfoot continued to record, tour, and enjoy an active career through his later years — he issued over 20 albums between 1966 and 2020, including Solo which was recorded when Lightfoot was 80.


musicians who died in 2023: Randy MeisnerRandy Meisner, 70
Guitar, bass, founding member of the Eagles — died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), 7/26/23

Born to farmers in Nebraska, Randy Meisner’s interest in music was sparked by Elvis Presley’s performance on the Ed Sullivan Show when he was 10. He soon took up the guitar, and then the bass, and played in various bands, ending up in California playing in the band Poor in 1966. That lead to his joining ex-Buffalo Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina in a new band called Poco. Interestingly, this was during the time that David Geffen was becoming a player in the industry, and Geffen was integral in negotiating contract disputes that were tying up the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Poco. That handled, Meisner recorded on Poco’s first album, Picking Up the Pieces, but exited before the album was released due to being locked out of the final mix playback sessions by Furay and Messina. He later left California to return to Nebraska but came back to join the players backing Linda Ronstadt — along with Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bernie Leadon. That team ultimately formed the Eagles, signed with Geffen to Asylum records, and Meisner recorded on the band’s first five albums, contributing bass, high harmonies, songs, and lead vocals, most notably on “One of These Nights.” Meisner left the Eagles (to be replaced by Timothy B. Schmit, the same bassist who replaced him in Poco) at the end of the tour supporting Hotel California. Meisner continued playing in various projects and issuing solo albums through 2002, with his last public performance being in 2008.


musicians who died in 2023: Anita PointerAnita Pointer, 74
Singer, songwriter, founding member of the Pointer Sisters — died of cancer, 12/31/22

(While not technically a death in 2023, I missed including Anita Pointer in the 2022 round-up, so she gets an exemption — and inclusion here). Born in Oakland, CA, Anita Pointer was one of six children, and in 1969, she joined her sisters Bonnie and June to form the Pointer Sisters, who went on to have a hard-to-classify career performing genres as diverse boogie-woogie, bebop, blues, funk, disco, soft rock, and electro-pop — not to mention hitting the Country charts with “Fairytale,” a song co-written by Anita that featured her on lead vocals. That led to the Pointer Sisters being the first black female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in 1974 and earned them a Grammy award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group. The Pointer Sisters enjoyed massive success in the late ’70s and ’80s, chalking up a string of hits, including “Fire,” “Slow Hand,” “I’m So Excited,” “Jump (For My Love),” “He’s So Shy,” and “Neutron Dance,” among others. Anita released a solo album, Love For What It Is, in 1987, and the Pointer Sisters ultimately won three Grammy awards (they were nominated for 10) and three American Music Awards — in addition to numerous other accolades — in the 23 years they released records. Photo: Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 – negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang 2.24.01.05, bestanddeelnummer 927-4783, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.


musicians who died in 2023: Burt BacharachBurt Bacharach, 94
Pianist, composer, songwriter, and producer — died at home of natural causes, 2/8/2023

Burt Bacharach’s history of success as a composer and songwriter is long and notable — and all the more so for the variety of artists and projects he earned acclaim for. Earning six Grammy awards (including “Best Original Score” for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), three Oscars (including “Best Song” for “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”), two Golden Globes, and a host of other awards, Bacharach enjoyed a 50-year career in music steeped in jazz, bossa nova, pop, and soul — as well as scores for Broadway and cinema. He partnered with lyricist Hal David on most of his 80 Billboard Hot 100 hits, penning songs for Dianne Warwick, Perry Como, and Gene Pitney, to name a few. Bacharach also had fruitful partnerships with Carole Bayer Sager and Elvis Costello, among others, issuing his last release in 2021, Some Lovers, a collaboration with lyricist/composer Steven Sater. Photo: ABC Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


musicians who died in 2023: Robbie RobertsonRobbie Robertson, 80
Guitarist, songwriter, producer — died after a long battle with prostate cancer, 8/9/23

Born in Toronto, Canada, Robbie Robertson first started playing music in 1956, joining Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks in 1960, which is where he met and befriended drummer and singer Levon Helm. Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson later joined the Hawks, and all of them left Hawkins in 1964 to start their own musical project — Levon and the Hawks. In 1965, Robertson was invited to meet Bob Dylan, who was interested in hiring him to join his backing group, which ultimately led to the Hawks backing Dylan on tour as he introduced his electrified set to unsuspecting (and generally hostile) crowds. The Basement Tapes, first distributed as a bootleg in 1968, marks the birth of The Band, but it was 1968’s Music from Big Pink that stands as the group’s first official release, and is credited with creating a new genre — something along the lines of Americana/Roots. The endcap to Robertson’s tenure with The Band comes at another milestone moment in rock history, 1978’s The Last Waltz, which paired Robertson with Martin Scorsese, who directed the landmark documentary of the show. Roberson’s musical exploits post-Band included work with a variety of artists, including Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, as well as his releasing a number of solo albums. He also worked on many films, particularly with Scorsese, including contributions to Raging Bull, The Color of Money, Casino, and Gangs of New York, among others. Photo: Kingkongphoto & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.


musicians who died in 2023: Sinead O'ConnorSinead O’Connor, 56
Singer, songwriter — died in her home from undisclosed causes, 7/26/23

Sinead O’Connor’s career is difficult to encapsulate — in fact, it might take reading her memoir, Rememberings, and watching the feature-length documentary Nothing Compares to get the full scope. Of course, the documentary title takes its name from O’Connor’s global smash “Nothing Compares 2 U,” issued on her multi-platinum 1990 release I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. She earned four Grammy nominations for that album, winning one — which she refused to accept, along with other awards. Her controversial appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1992 — she tore up a photo of the Pope in protest of the church — was a landmark moment in her career that sparked protests, had her banned for life from NBC (the scene was edited out of subsequent reruns of SNL), and saw O’Connor being named “the most influential woman of 1992” by Time magazine — which encapsulates the mix of controversy and admiration she garnered throughout her public life. That did not deter O’Connor, and amid her restless creative and genre-spanning artistic output, she released eight more albums — including 2014’s critically-acclaimed I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss — contributed to a host of creative projects, collaborated with a variety of renowned artists, and remained a defiant, outspoken advocate on issues of social and political justice. Sadly, O’Connor’s story also includes a history of struggles with mental health, a turbulent childhood (including abuse by her mother as a child), and her son’s suicide in 2022.


musicians who died in 2023: Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan, 65
Singer/songwriter, front man of the Pogues — died after prolonged ill health, 11/30/23

Shane MacGowan was the prototypical punk rocker, with Irish musical roots and a prodigious appetite for literature thrown into the mix. Known for his hard-hitting alcohol and drug use and gift for combining street poetry with a Celtic-punk fury, MacGowan started his first band, The Nipple Erectors, soon after seeing the Sex Pistols and becoming enamored with the punk scene in England. He caught the attention of notables on the scene, including Paul Weller of the Jam, but the band fizzled after a couple of years. Then, in the mid-’80s, MacGowan teamed up with his friend Spider Stacy to form Pogue Mahone — a Gaelic term for “kiss my ass” — which later became the Pogues and blasted into view in 1984 and came into their own with 1985’s Rum Sodomy & the Lash, produced by Elvis Costello. From there, the band established a following in the UK and the US, but it wasn’t long before MacGowan’s oversized appetite for destruction derailed his career — he was eventually kicked out of the band due to his erratic behavior, despite his being the creative driving force. MacGowan rallied, though, forming Shane MacGowan and the Popes and issuing albums in the mid-’90s that reclaimed his bona fides as a singular songwriter and musical force. MacGowan rejoined the Pogues in later years, playing sporadically and staying musically active, though he was confined to a wheelchair after a fall in 2015 that broke his pelvis and spelled his eventual decline in health.


musicians who died in 2023: Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte, 96
Singer, actor, dubbed “The King of Calypso” — died of congestive heart failure, 4/25/23

Harry Belafonte may be best remembered for his 1956 recording of the traditional Jamaican folk song, “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” but he recorded and performed in a variety of musical styles, including folk, jazz, pop, and Caribbean/Calypso, and his 1956 album, Calypso, was the first million-selling LP for a single artist. Also an actor, Belafonte earned three Grammy awards, as well as an Emmy and a Tony. Belafonte was also a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement in the ’60s who remained politically active in later years, helping to organize the 1985 single “We Are the World” for USA for Africa. Belafonte sat high on the charts in the late ’50s into the ’60s, on the strength of two live albums recorded at Carnegie Hall and singles that included “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)”, “Jamaica Farewell”, and “Mary’s Boy Child.” Photo: Brazilian National Archives, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.


musicians who died in 2023: Denny LaineDenny Laine, 79
Guitarist, bassist, keyboard player, singer, songwriter with The Moody Blues and Wings — died of interstitial lung disease after contracting COVID-19, 12/5/23

Frederick Arthur Hines, aka Denny Laine, was the vocalist on the Moody Blues’ 1964 breakout single, “Go Now.” Laine, an original member of the band, left the Moody Blues in 1966, before haunting masterpieces like “Knights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” had been released, but not before touring in 1965 with the Beatles, during which Laine met and befriended Paul McCartney. Laine played in a couple of bands after leaving the Moody Blues, including the Electric String Band (with Trevor Burton of the Move) and a brief stint in Ginger Bakers Air Force. Then, in 1971, when McCartney was launching part two of his solo career, he recruited Laine to join his band, Wings, and Laine was a member of the band for its entire run from 1971-1981. Laine worked on some of McCartney’s later solo albums and released a host of his own solo efforts over his 50-year career.


musicians who died in 2023: Fred WhiteFred White, 67
Drummer, songwriter, Earth Wind & Fire — died after battling Parkinson’s disease, 1/1/23

Fred White, born Frederick Eugene Adams, was the half-brother of Maurice White, also a drummer and the propulsive leader of Earth, Wind & Fire. Taking up the drums at age 9, White served a stint touring with Little Feat and played with soul singer Donny Hathaway before the teenager was invited to join EW&F, adding a second full drum kit to the band’s live performances in the mid-’70s. Fred would later assume the role of sole drummer in the band during its most popular period, playing on tracks including “Let’s Groove,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Shining Star,” and “September.” White played on nine EW&F studio albums, beginning with 1975’s That’s the Way of the World, and has credits on a number of other releases between 1969 and 1983. Photo: DRUM! magazine.


musicians who died in 2023: Myles GoodwynMyles Goodwyn, 75
Guitarist, singer, founding member of April Wine — died after suffering from health issues, including diabetes, 12/3/23

Myles Goodwyn was a founding member and principal songwriter for Canada’s April Wine — and the only member to record on every one of the band’s 16 studio and multiple live releases. Formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1969, April Wine had something of a revolving door of players, and in 1976, the band issued The Whole World’s Going’ Crazy, which became the first album issued by a Canadian band to go platinum. 1981’s Nature of the Beast broke the band in the US with the power ballad “Just Between You and Me,” and the group issued another three albums before disbanding in 1984. Goodwyn released a solo album in 1988 (the first of three) before reuniting April Wine, which released its final studio album in 2006. Goodwyn’s last two studio releases were his “friends of the blues” albums, released in 2018 and 2019.


musicians who died in 2023: Carla BleyCarla Bley, 87
Jazz composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader —
died of brain cancer, 10/17/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Jimmy BuffetJimmy Buffet, 76
Guitarist, singer, songwriter who built an empire on his song “Margaritaville” —
died of Merkel cell carcinoma, 9/1/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Bobby CaldwellBobby Caldwell, 71
R&B singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist —
died from complications related to an antibiotic, 3/14/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Gangsta BooGangsta Boo, 43
Innovative rapper, was part of Three 6 Mafia before releasing her own records —
died of accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol, 1/1/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Astrud GilbertoAstrud Gilberto, 83
Brazilian singer best known for her vocals on “The Girl from Ipanema” —
died of undisclosed causes, 6/5/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Steve HarwellSteve Harwell, 56
Singer, Smash Mouth, whose hit “All Star” was an anthem for outcasts —
died of liver failure, 9/4/23
Photo: Eva Rinaldi, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
 


musicians who died in 2023: Rudolph IsleyRudolph Isley, 84
R&B singer, founding member of the Isley Brothers —
died of an apparent heart attack, 10/11/23
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images


musicians who died in 2023: Ahmad JamalAhmad Jamal, 92
Jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader —
died of prostate cancer, 4/16/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Trujoy The DoveDavid Jolicoeur, 54
AKA Trugoy the Dove, rapper, De La Soul —
died of congestive heart failure, 2/12/23
Photo: Sven Volkens, sven.volkens@wikipedia.de, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


musicians who died in 2023: Jean KnightJean Knight, 80
R&B/soul singer, “Mr. Big Stuff” —
died from natural causes, 11/22/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Laura LynchLaura Lynch, 65
Singer, bassist, founding member of the Dixie Chicks —
died in a car accident, 12/22/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Steve MackeySteve Mackey, 56
Bassist, producer, Pulp —
died of an undisclosed illness, 3/2/23
Photo: Carbetapentane100, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


musicians who died in 2023: MoonbinMoonbin, 25
Singer, dancer, member of K-Pop Band Astro —
died by suicide, 4/19/23
Photo: 티비텐, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


musicians who died in 2023: Peter NeroPeter Nero, 89
Pianist, conductor of Philly Pops, born Bernard Nierow —
died of natural causes 7/6/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Otis Redding IIIOtis Redding III, 59
Singer, guitarist, son of Otis Redding —
died of cancer, 4/18/23
 


musicians who died in 2023: Gary RossingtonGary Rossington, 71
Guitarist, last living member of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd —
died of undisclosed causes (he sufferered a heart attack in 2015), 3/5/23
Photo: Jon Callas, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


musicians who died in 2023: Andy RourkeAndy Rourke, 59
Bassist, The Smiths —
died of pancreatic cancer, 5/19/23
Photo: luciane gomes, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


musicians who died in 2023: Wayne ShorterWayne Shorter, 89
Jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader —
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16 thoughts on “Musicians Who Passed Away in 2023

  1. Kevin Walker (18 December 1958 – 26 November 2023), professionally known as Geordie Walker, was a very influential English rock musician, songwriter and producer. Lead guitarist and songwriter for Killing Joke. Geordie Walker also wrote and performed in the bands, “Murder, Inc.” and “The Damage Manuel”.
    Geordie Walker’s guitar sound is what gave “Killing Joke” it’s signature sound. Chords that would resonate with distortion into a glorious, lush, sound. Killing Joke is better known in the mainstream for their hit songs, “Love Like Blood” and “Eighties”. Eighties was also the inspiration for Nirvana’s song, “Come As You Are”.

  2. I sadly have to add another influential musical genius to the list:
    Les McCann, pianist and vocalist, has passed away in a nursery home in Van Nuys, LA on Dec. 29.
    His piano trio’s exciting blend of Jazz, Gospel and Soul has been recorded with on more than 50 albums for the record labels like Pacific Jazz, Limelight and Atlantic, starting from the early sixties.
    „Compared To What“, written by Eugene McDaniels and recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1969 became a hit recording which features the late Eddie Harris on saxophone.
    Please read a detailed story on the history of this special vibrant performance and other facts on Les‘ career via the NYT and Wiki links below.
    (Also watch the scene in Scorcese‘s „Casino“, when the beautiful Sharon Stone is being introduced into the movie‘s plot walking down the stairs of the casino.)
    According to the New York Times, Les McCann’s music has been sampled by nearly 300 hip-hop artists, including Eric B. & Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, Cypress Hill, Nas, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, the Notorious B.I.G. and Sean Combs.

    I am eternally grateful to be among the number of musicians who have had the chance to go on tour with this passionate and compassionate human being, genius musician and inspiring performer.
    RIP Les McCann.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/01/arts/music/les-mccann-dead.html?smid=url-share
    (For subscribers)

    Wikipedia:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_McCann

  3. Sad losses, all.
    But some of the ones with detailed stories, posted above Buffet (in the “footnotes”)??
    (( WOW ))
    Major disappointment. Donno what moves you guys’ songwriting meter, I’m not even a parrot head and I feel dissed. Think you would be more on board with someone who did it on their own. Kinda what you guys are peddling. SMH

    1. I’d be glad for you to add your own remembrance. As I stated in the intro, this is an attempt to be inclusive, but it’s pretty impossible to give everyone the long bio.

  4. Tony McPhee, founding member and vocalist, guitarist and songwriter with the Groundhogs, passed away on June 6, 2023

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