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Musicians We Lost in 2015: This Year’s Book of the Dead

It’s customary in some circles on the last day of the year to remember those who have passed on. Here’s a list of music people we lost in 2015.

  • Lynn Anderson (Country singer; remember “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden?”)
  • Cilla Black (British singer discovered by the Beatles)
  • Jeremy Brown (Guitarist for Scott Weiland’s Wildabouts)
  • Don Berns (The guy who brought me into CFNY back in 1986)
  • John Bradbury (Specials drummer)
  • Ornette Coleman (Jazz saxophonist)
  • Andrae Crouch (Gospel singer)
  • Jimmy Dickens (Country mentor)
  • Jack Ely (Singer for the Kingsmen on “Louie Louie”)
  • Vic Firth (Master drumstick maker)
  • Andy Fraser (Bass player for Free)
  • Lesley Gore (Early pop singer)
  • Jimmy Greenspoon (Keyboardist for Three Dog Night)
  • James Horner (Hollywood composer)
  • Lemmy Kilmister (Metal god)
  • BB King (Blues great)
  • Ben E. King (Drifters star and singer of “Stand by Me”)
  • Carey Lander (Keyboards for Camera Obscura)
  • Steve Mackay (Saxophonist for Iggy and the Stooges)
  • AJ Pero (Twisted Sister drummer)
  • Sean Price (Rapper)
  • John Renbourn (Pentangle guitarist)
  • Gary Richrath (Guitarist, REO Speedwagon)
  • Cynthia Robinson (Co-founder of Sly and the Family Stone)
  • Billy Joe Royal (Singer of “Down in the Boondocks”)
  • Percy Sledge (Soul master)
  • Chris Squire (Bassist for Yes)
  • Steve Strange (Blitz Kid, New Romantic icon, member of Visage)
  • Phil Taylor (Motorhead drummer)
  • Clark Terry (Jazz trumpeter)
  • Allen Toussaint (New Orleans legend)
  • Scott Weiland (Alt-rock master)

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8 thoughts on “Musicians We Lost in 2015: This Year’s Book of the Dead

  • A sad list of greats, one more to add would be Paul Walden known as Guru Josh who produced the seminal rave track “Infinity” in 1989.

  • Cory Wells, vocalist for Three Dog Night
    Edgar Froese, founder of Tangerine Dream

  • Nick Alexander deserves a honorable mention. Although Nick was not a musician, he worked with a lot of great acts besides Eagles of Death Metal and is missed and remembered across the entire industry.
    Killed in action at the Bataclan. RIP Nick.

  • Bandmate of Jack White, cant recall the name right now…

  • The great singer-songwriter Leonard Nimoy passed away in February.


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