2016 was a sad, sad year for music, but in a sense it could not have been unexpected. Rock and roll, the first music for rebellious teens, is now some 60 years old. Only Prince and George Michael had no childhood memories of that era.
A separate page of jazz musician obits, including a downloadable compilation is here.
–4. Robert Stigwood, 81, music mogul, ‘mentor’ to Bee Gees ++
–5. Pierre Boulez, 90, composer and conductor
–8. Otis Clay, 73, Chicago blues and soul singer (video)
11. David Bowie, 69, “The androgynous bisexual rock star from another planet.”
13. Giorgio Gomelsky, 81, “one of the more important non-musicians in rock history”
17. Dale Griffin, 67, Mott the Hoople drummer and session producer on John Peel Show.
18. Glenn Frey, 67, Eagles guitarist and songwriter
19. Animal, 66, drummer with rock outfit Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem
28. Paul Kantner, 74, guitarist, singer and songwriter Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship
10. Keith Emerson, 71, iconic prog-rock keyboardist (Nice & Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
–6. Merle Haggard, 79, country singer and songwriter.
–9. Tony Conrad, 76, experimental film maker and musician
—–“You don’t know who I am, but somehow, indirectly, you’ve been affected by things I did.”
11. Emile Ford, 78, first black singer to top UK charts (with this)
21. Lonnie Mack,74, rock guitar pioneer
21. The artist known as Prince, 57, multi-dimensional musician
Prince ‘gave’ this song to Sinead O’Connor
30. Phil Ryan , 69, keyboardist and composer with Man, Pete Brown +
–2. Paul William McDowell, 84, singer (with Temperance Seven), actor and writer.
14. Tony Barrow, 80, Beatles’ publicist, and journalist
17. Guy Clark, 74, country-folk singer-songwriter and guitar maker.
30. Phil Ryan, 69, keyboardist and composer with Man, Pete Brown +
–3. Dave ‘Swarb’ Swarbrick, 75, folk musician (mainly fiddle), songwriter and singer
14. Henry McCullough, 72, guitarist (Wings, Grease Band)
21. Karl Dallas, 85, writer (Melody Maker), singer, songwriter and campaigner
24. Bernie Worrell, 72, Parliament-Funkadelic composer-keyboardist. Talking Heads
28. Scotty Moore, 84, pioneer rock guitarist who played on Elvis’s early hits.
24. Keith Gemmell, 68, saxophone (video), clarinet and flute in Audience, Stackridge ++
24. Mami Nixon, 86, the singing voice behind Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood as Maria in West Side Story, Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and many more…
22. Gilli Smyth, 83, partner of Daevid Allen and co-founder with him of Gong.
Some day around here ….. Rod Temperton, 66, prolific pop songwriter for Michael Jackson, Karen Carpenter, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Donna Summer, the Manhattan Transfer …
–8. Prince Buster, 78, ‘King of Ska’ – exhaustive info here.
–1. Neville Marriner, 92, conductor and violinist, founder of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, ‘composer’ of Amadeus soundtrack.
13. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, longest reigning King of Thailand, and keen jazz clarinettist.
19. Phil Chess. 95. co-founder of Chess Records, from blues to rock ‘n’ roll.
23. Bobby Vee, 73, early 60s pop singer (The Night Has A Thousand Eyes ++)
-3. Kay Starr, 94, pop, country and jazz singer.
–7. Leonard Cohen, 82, Canadian poet-singer who deserved the Nobel Literature prize.
13. Leon Russell, 74, “Hit Maker and Musicians’ Musician”
-7. Greg Lake, 69, bass player in King Crimson and E.L.P.
—-“I think there is truth in the fact that the group was pretentious.”
24. Rick Parfitt, 68, co-lead guitarist of Status Quo.
25. George Michael, 53, ‘pop superstar’