Huge List of Musicians We Lost in 2016 – Tribute to the Greats #RIP2016 #HappyNewYear

January 4, 2016 – Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees Manager – 81

January 10, 2016 – David Bowie – Liver Cancer – 69

January 18, 2016 – Glenn Frey of the Eagles – Rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery – 67

January 28, 2016 – Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship – Multiple organ failure and septic shock following a heart attack – 74

January 28, 2016 – Signe Toly Anderson, Jefferson Airplane – 74

Also from January

January 4, 2016 – Long John Hunter

January 5, 2016 – Nick Caldwell – The Whispers – Heart failure – 71

January 8, 2016 – Otis Clay – R&B/Blues Singer – Heart attack – 73

January 15, 2016 – Pete Huttlinger – Guitarist with John Denver & LeAnn Rimes – Stroke – 54

January 16, 2016 – Gary Loizzo – Singer/Guitarist for The American Breed & famous Engineer – Pancreatic cancer – 70

January 17, 2016 – Blowfly (Clarence Henry Reid) – Singer – Liver cancer – 76

January 17, 2016 – Mic Gillette – Tower of Power – Horns – Heart attack – 64

January 17, 2016 – Dale Griffin – Drummer Mott the Hoople – Alzheimer’s disease – 67

January 23, 2016 – Jimmy Bain – bassist with Rainbow and Dio – Lung cancer – 68

January 26, 2016 – Black, English singer-songwriter, Road Accident – 53

January 26, 2016 – T.J. Tindall – Guitarist for MFSB – Cancer – 65

February 4, 2016 – Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire – Parkinson’s disease – 74

February 6, 2016 – Dan Hicks – Liver cancer – 74

February 15, 2016 – Vanity – Singer with Vanity 6 – Renal failure – 57

Also From February

February 1, 2016 – Jon Bunch – Singer for Further Seems Forever & Sense Field – suicidal overdose – 45

February 4, 2016 – Joe Dowell – Singer – Heart attack – 76

February 13, 2016 – Viola Beach – Jack Dakin (27), Kris Leonard(20), Tomas Lowe(19), River Reeves(19) – Traffic collision

February 14, 2016 – L. C. Ulmer – Blues Multi-instrumentalist & singer – Natural causes – 87

February 18, 2016 – Paul Gordon – Pianist/Guitarist New Radicals & B-52’s – Complications of heart disease – 52

February 19, 2016 – Vi Subversa – Singer/Guitarist for Poison Girls – 80

February 21, 2016 – Piotr Grudzinski – Guitarist for Polish Metal band Riverside – Cardiac arrest – 40

February 24, 2016 – Lennie Baker – Singer & Saxophonist for Danny and the Juniors & Sha Na Na – 69

February 29, 2016 – Josefin Nilsson – Swedish Singer & Actress – 46

March 8, 2016 – George Martin – Beatles Producer – 90

March 10, 2016 – Keith Emerson – Keyboardist for The Nice & Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Suicide – 71

Also from March

March 1, 2016 – Gayle McCormick – Singer with 60’s band Smith & the Klassmen – Cancer – 67

March 3, 2016 – John Thomas – Guitarist for Budgie – Cardiac Arrest – 63

March 8, 2016 – Ross Hannaford – Singer/Guitarist for Daddy Cool, Mighty Kong – Cancer 65

March 8, 2016 – Aaron Huffman – Bassist/Guitarist for Alt-Rock band Harvey Dancer – Respiratory failure – 43

March 9, 2016 – Naná Vasconcelos – percussionist/vocalist for Pat Metheny – Lung Cancer – 71

March 12, 2016 – Tommy Brown – 50’s R&B singer – 84

March 16, 2016 – Lee Andrews – Singer with 50’s doo-wop quintet Lee Andrews & the Hearts – 79

March 30, 2016 – Andy “Thunderclap” Newman – Piano player for 60’s band Thunderclap Newman – 73

April 6, 2016 – Merle Haggard – Country Music superstar – Pneumonia – 79

April 21, 2016 – Prince – singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer – Accidental fentanyl toxicity – 57

April 24, 2016 – Billy Paul – “Me and Mrs. Jones” singer – Pancreatic cancer – 81

Also from April

April 4, 2016 – Carlo Mastrangelo – Singer with 50’s doo-wop group The Belmonts – Cancer – 78

April 5, 2016 – Leon Haywood – Funk & Soul singer, songwriter, and record producer – 74

April 6, 2016 – Dennis Davis – Drummer for Roy Ayers, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder – Cancer – 66

April 7, 2016 – Jimmie Van Zant – Singer and Guitarist – Liver cancer – 59

April 11, 2016 – Emile Ford – Singer/Scientist – 78

April 12, 2016 – Gib Guilbeau – Singer/Guitarist for Flying Burrito Brothers – 78

April 30, 2016 – Harrison Calloway – Trumpet player in Muscle Shoals Horns – Stroke – 75

May 17, 2016 – Guy Clark – Country/Folk singer – Cancer – 74

Also in May

May 6, 2016 – Candye Kane – Singer – cancer – 54

May 11, 2016 – Peter Behrens – German drummer, actor – Multiple organ failure – 68

May 12, 2016 – Julius La Rosa – 50’s Italian/American singer – Natural causes – 86

May 19, 2016 – John Berry – Beastie Boys – Frontotemporal dementia – 52

May 21, 2016 – Nick Menza – Drummer Megadeth, OMH – Heart failure – 51

May 31, 2016 – Reshad Feild singer for British 60’s band The Springfields – 82

June – 2016

June 3, 2016 – Dave Swarbrick – Singer/Multi Instrumentalst – Fairport Convention – Emphysema – 75

June 10, 2016 – Habib – Iranian singer-songwriter – Cardiac arrest – 68

June 11, 2016 – Christina Grimmie – singer, songwriter/The Voice Contestant – Shotgun wounds – 22

June 12, 2016 – Chips Moman – American record producer, guitarist – Lung disease – 79

June 12, 2016 – Chris Warren – Vocalist – 49

June 14, 2016 – Henry McCullough – Guitarist Spooky Tooth and Wings – 72

June 17, 2016 – Attrell Cordes – Singer/Rapper – PM Dawn – Renal disease – 46

June 19, 2016 – Sverre Kjelsberg – Norwegian Singer/Guitarist – The Pussycats – 69

June 21, 2016 – Wayne Jackson – Trumpet – The Mar-Keys – Heart failure – 74

June 22, 2016 – Jim Boyd – Native American singer-songwriter, actor – 60

June 24, 2016 – Bernie Worrell – Keyboardist – Parliament, Funkadelic, Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains – Lung cancer – 72

June 27, 2016 – Mack Rice – Singer/American songwriter (wrote “Mustang Sally”) – Complications resulting from Alzheimer’s disease – 82

June 28, 2016 – Scotty Moore – American guitarist and recording engineer – Elvis Presley – 84

June 29, 2016 – Rob Wasserman – Bass Player – Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Van Morrison, Lou Reed – 64

July – 2016

July 2, 2016 – Teddy Rooney – Singer/Bassist/Former Child Actor (Son of Mickey Rooney) – 66

July 4, 2016 – William Hawkins – Canadian songwriter, poet, musician and journalist – 76

July 6, 2016 – Danny Smythe – Drummer – The Box Tops – 67

July 15, 2016 – Erik Petersen – Singer/Guitarist – Mischief Brew – Suicide – 38

July 15, 2016 – Roland Prince – Antiguan jazz guitarist – 69

July 16, 2016 – Alan Vega – Vocalist – The group Suicide – Died in sleep – 78

July 17, 2016 – Gary S. Paxton – American record producer, recording artist – Complications of heart surgery and liver disease – 77

July 21, 2016 – Lewis Steinberg – Bass Guitarist – Booker T. & the M.G.’s – Cancer – 82

July 24, 2016 – Keith Gemmell – saxophone, clarinet, and flute – Audience – Throat cancer – 68

July 26, 2016 – Roye Albrighton – Guitar & Vocals for Nektar – 67

July 26, 2016 – Allan Barnes – Sax player for The Blackbyrds – 67

July 26, 2016 – Sandy Pearlman – music producer, artist manager, professor, poet, songwriter – Blue Öyster Cult, The Clash, Black Sabbath – Pneumonia -72

July 29, 2016 – Lucille Dumont – Canadian singer and radio and television host – 97

August – 2016

August 4, 2016 – Snaffu Rigor – Filipino songwriter and vocalist – Cinderella Filipino band – 69

August 6, 2016 – Pete Fountain – jazz clarinetist – Heart problems – 86

August 7, 2016 – B.E. Taylor – lead singer of B. E. Taylor Group – Brain tumor – 65

August 9, 2016 – Padraig Duggan – guitar, mandolin, vocals – Clannad, The Duggans – 67

August 11, 2016 – Glenn Yarbrough – American folk singer – The Limeliters – Dementia – 86

August 12, 2016 – Ruby Wilson – American blues and gospel singer and actress – Heart attack – 68

August 15, 2016 – Bobby Hutcherson – American jazz vibraphone and marimba player – 75

August 17, 2016 – Preston Hubbard – Bassist – The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues – 63

August 17, 2016 – James Woolley – keyboard and synthesizer player – Nine Inch Nails – 49 – Neck injury

August 17, 2016 – Denis Cabric – Bass Player – Regina (group) – heart attack – 49

August 20, 2016 – Louis Stewart – Guitarist – Cancer – 72

August 20, 2016 – Matt Roberts – Guitarist – 3 Doors Down – Drug overdose – 38

August 20, 2016 – Tom Searle – Guitarist – Architects – Skin cancer – 28

August 22, 2016 – Toots Thielemans – Legendary Harmonica player – 94

August 22, 2016 – Gilli Smyth – Vocalist – Gong – Pulmonary pneumonia – 83

August 26, 2016 – Ab Tamboer – Drummer – Earth and Fire – Cancer – 65

September 16, 2016 – Jerry Corbetta – singer-songwriter, keyboardist – Sugarloaf – Pick’s disease – 68

Also in September 2016 –

September 1, 2016 – Fred Hellerman – American folk singer, guitarist, producer, and songwriter – 89

September 6, 2016 – Lewis Merenstein – Music Producer – Pneumonia – 81

September 7, 2016 – Clifford Curry – American beach music, soul music, and R&B singer – 79

September 8, 2016 – Prince Buster – Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer – Stroke – 78

September 11, 2016 – Leonard Haze – Drummer – Y&T – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – 61

September 21, 2016 – John D. Loudermilk – American singer and songwriter – Bone cancer – 82

September 25, 2016 – Kashif – American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author – 59

September 26, 2016 – Joe Clay – American rockabilly musician – 78

September 27, 2016 – Jonathan David Brown – Record producer & audio engineer – 60

September 29, 2016 – Nora Dean – Jamaican reggae/gospel singer – 72

September 29, 2016 – Royal Torrence – Little Royal and The Swingmasters – 82

September 30, 2016 – Michael Casswell – English session guitarist – 53

September 30, 2016 – Oscar Brand – Canadian-born American folk singer-songwriter – 96

October 5, 2016 – Rod Temperton – English songwriter, record producer and musician – Heatwave – Wrote Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock With You,’Off The Wall,”Thriller,’

‘Baby, Come to Me’ byPatti Austin and James Ingram, Give Me the Night by George Benson, ‘Boogie Nights’ by Heatwave, ‘Sweet Freedom’ by Michael McDonald & Many More – Cancer – 66

Also in October 2016

October 2, 2016 – Steve Byrd – British guitarist and session musician – Heart Attack – 61

October 4, 2016 – Caroline Crawley – British singer – 53

October 5, 2016 – Joan Marie Johnson – Singer with 60’s group The Dixie Cups – Heart failure – 72

October 8, 2016 – Don Ciccone – songwriter and musician – The Critters, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells – 70

October 9, 2016 – Michiyuk Kawashima – Boom Boom Satellites – Brain tumor – 47

October 9, 2016 – Bored Nothing (Fergus David Edward Miller) Australian musician – Suicide – 26

October 12, 2016 – Robert Bateman – American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer – Heart attack – 80

October 12, 2016 – Sonny Sanders – American musician, songwriter and arranger – 77

October 14, 2016 – Werner Lämmerhirt – German singer-songwriter – 67

October 15, 2016 – Robert Edwards from the American soul music group The Intruders – Heart attack – 74

October 18, 2016 – Bobby Ellis – Jamaican trumpet player – Pneumonia related illness – 84

October 19, 2016 – Phil Chess – Record producer & company executive from the co-fonder of Chess Records – 95

October 23, 2016 – Pete Burns lead singer for Dead or Alive – Cardiac arrest – 57

October 24, 2016 – Bobby Vee – American pop singer who was a teen idol in the early 1960s – Alzheimer’s disease – 73

November 7, 2016 – Leonard Cohen – 82 – Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter – Writer of ‘Hallelujah,”Suzanne,’ ‘So Long, Marianne,’

‘Bird on a Wire,”Famous Blue Raincoat.’ 82

November 13, 2016 – Leon Russell – 74 – Tops songs include, ‘A Song For You,”This Masquerade,”Lady Blue,”Delta Lady,”Tight Rope,’

‘Superstar.’

Also in November 2016

November 1, 2016 – Bap Kennedy – singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland – Pancreatic and bowel cancer – 54

November 2, 2016 – Bob Cranshaw – American jazz bassist – 83

November 3, 2016 – Kay Starr – 1940’s & 50’s American pop and jazz singer – Complications from alzheimer’s disease – 94

November 4, 2016 – Eddie Harsch Keyboardist with The Black Crowes – 59

November 4, 2016 – Jean-Jacques Perrey – French electronic music producer – Complications from a lung cancer – 87

November 7, 2016 – Jimmy Young – English singer, disc jockey and radio personality – 95

November 9, 2016 – Al Caiola – guitarist, composer – 96

November 11, 2016 – Victor Bailey bassist with Weather Report – Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease – 56

November 11, 2016 – Doug Edwards – Canadian Guitarist & Bassist – Skylark, Chilliwack – 70

November 15, 2016 – Mose Allison – American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter – Natural causes – 89

November 15, 2016 – Milt Okun – American arranger, record producer and co-founder of the Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company – 92

November 16, 2016 – Mentor Williams – American songwriter and producer – Lung cancer – 70

November 18, 2016 – Sharon Jones – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Pancreatic cancer – 60

November 22, 2016 – Craig Gill drummer with Inspiral Carpets – 44

November 25, 2016 – Colonel Abrams – American musician, singer, songwriter, dancer and actor – Diabetes – 67

November 29, 2016 – Ray Columbus – New Zealand Benny Award-winning singer and songwriter, television host – Heart attack – 74

December 7, 2016 – Greg Lake – Vocalist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson – Cancer – 69

December 25, 2016 – George Michael – former lead singer of Wham – Solo hits include ‘Faith,”I want Your Sex,”Father Figure,’One More Try,’

‘Praying for Time.’ – 53

Also in December 2016

December 1, 2016 – Micky Fitz singer with The Business – Cancer – 57

December 2, 2016 – Mark Gray – American country music Singer with Exile – 64

December 3, 2016 – Herbert Hardesty – American tenor saxophone and trumpet player – 91

December 4, 2016 – Wayne Duncan – Bass & vocals for Daddy Cool – Stroke – 72

December 4, 2016 – Radim Hladik – Czech rock guitarist, composer and producer – Blue Effect – Pulmonary fibrosis – 69

December 5, 2016 – Adam Sagan – Drummer for Into Eternity & Circle II Circle – Lymphoma – 35

December 7, 2016 – Junaid Jamshed – Pakistani recording artist, television personality – Plane crash – 52

December 10, 2016 – George Mantalis – Vocalist for 50’s band The Four Coins – Lung cancer – 81

December 11, 2016 – Valerie Gell vocalist and guitarist of 60’s rock band The Liverbirds – 71

December 11, 2016 – Bob Krasnow – Record producer and music executive from Elektra Records – Organ dysfunction – 82

December 12, 2016 – Barrelhouse Chuck – American Chicago blues and electric blues pianist, keyboardist, singer, and songwriter – 58

December 12, 2016 – Jim Lowe – American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1956 number-one hit song, “Green Door” – 93

December 14, 2016 – Bunny Walters – New Zealand singer – 63

December 18, 2016 – Gordie Tapp – Host of the hit TV show Hee Haw – 94

December 23, 2016 – Mick Zane – Lead guitarist for Malice – Cancer – 57

December 25, 2016 – Alphonse Mouzon – Drummer – Weather Report, The Eleventh House – Neuroendocrine carcinoma – 68

all-the-musicians-we-lost-in-2016-complete-list-john-beaudinJohn Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver.

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