It’s hard not to make every day about the death of someone who I have a record by and I keep on telling myself that I don’t want to write obituaries despite having records that include a lot of artists who are getting old and waving farewell. The recent losses of Don Everly, Dusty Hill, and Franco Battiato made it into the blog as did Charlie Watts and Mary Wilson, Gerry Marsden and B.J. Thomas. But when I look at the list and see who else died just since the beginning of the year, it looks very long. I have records by everyone on this list as either the main artist or sideman playing crucial roles in well-known bands. So today’s blog is a tribute to all these musicians and lesser-known important musical collaborators that we have lost so far this year, and this is just so far and just this year.

Richie Albright – Waylon Jennings drummer


Chris Barber – jazz trombonist 
Tim Bogert – bassist with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice
Ron BushyIron Butterfly drummer
Louis ClarkELO orchestral arranger
Chick Corea – jazz keyboardist
Malcolm Cecil – electronic musician, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band and Stevie Wonder collaborator
Count M’Butu – percussionist with Derek Trucks Band
Michael FonfaraRhinoceros, The Electric Flag, Lou Reed keyboardist
Nanci Griffith – folk singer
Don HeffingtonEmmylou Harris, Lone Justice drummer
John HinchJudas Priest drummer
Paul JacksonHerbie Hancock’s Headhunters bassist
Joey JordisonSlipknot drummer
Mark KedsSenseless Things singer
Rick LairdMahavishnu Orchestra bassist
Elliot Mazer – engineer/producer, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Band, Linda Ronstadt
Les McKeownBay City Rollers singer
Phyllis McGuire – The McGuire Sisters lead singer
Clarence McDonald – session keyboardist with Bill Withers, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, James Taylor, and many more
Fritz McIntyreSimply Red keyboardist
Ellen Mcllwaine – singer/guitarist
Juan Nelson – Ben Harper bassist


Lee Scratch Perry – reggae innovator
Florian Pilkington-MiksaCurved Air drummer
Lloyd Price – R&B singer
Pat RizzoSly And The Family Stone saxophonist
Ralph SchuckettTodd Rundgren and Carole King keyboardist
Patrick Sky – folk singer
Phil Spector – producer/songwriter
Michael Stanley – singer-songwriter
Robby SteinhardtKansas violinist
Tom StevensThe Long Ryders bassist
Ike Stubblefield – session organist with Ike & Tina Turner, Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, Marvin Gaye, and many more
Sylvain SylvainNew York Dolls guitarist
Brian Travers – UB40 saxophonist
Dennis Thomas – Kool & The Gang saxophonist
U-Roy – reggae pioneer of Toasting
Hilton ValentineThe Animals guitarist
Rusty YoungPoco guitarist, singer

Music today has been four quite different albums, starting with Steven Wilson’s Cover Version (2014), then Wolf Alice’s latest album Blue Weekend (2021), Black Sabbath’s 13 (2013), and Ben Harper‘s Welcome To The Cruel World (1994).

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