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Remembering The Music Legends That We’ve Sadly Lost in 2020

The Music Legends That We've Sadly Lost in 2020

One year ago today on December 31, 2019 we were on the brink of a new decade.  None of us could have ever predicted the traumatic events that were in our future. 2020 was beyond everyone’s worst nightmare.
The year 2020 was when we  saw our worst nightmares become a reality.  By March of 2020 the  Covid-19 Chinese virus brought this country and the world to it’s knees. By the end of March this country was shut down and we were all on lockdown. Things only got worse from there. People started getting sick and then dyeing and a lot of businesses slowly closed permanently.

  Since then millions have gotten the virus and thousands have died so far.   It has been a brutal year on everyone and although there are vaccinations slowly rolling out, this pandemic will rage on into 2021!


 The entertainment industry along with many others, including the bar and restaurant industry, took a huge financial blow during 2020 because of the shut down . The consequences from the tragic events of 2020 have forever changed all of our  futures and the world!

 One of the hardest hit industries due to covid-19 was, and still is, the music industry. The music industry has been hit hard many times throughout the year of 2020.
The absence of concerts and live events has been a huge financial loss for the  musicians of all genres in this country and across the planet.

 Sadly, the worst thing to happen in 2020 to the music industry (and us fans) is how we  lost so many talented musicians to Covid-19 and other causes of death. These music legends are not replaceable.

  In 2020 a huge amount of our most famous  singers, songwriters, and musicians unexpectedly passed away and are now a part of that big band in the sky.

  Below is a list of these talented people that passed away in 2020. The number of musicians that passed away in 2020 is so big that I have had to narrow the list down to the 65 of the most famous musicians that we lost in 2020.

Some of the greatest musicians that have ever lived are on this list!

As a big music lover it makes me sad to write this list.

 God Bless all of these talented musicians and the loved ones that they left behind.

As music fans we will miss them all!

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The Music Legends That We’ve Sadly Lost in 2020

      • Charlie Daniels—7/6—Southern rock pioneer, session musician, producer, true American patriot!

      • Roy Head—9/21—Singer of 1965 hit “Treat Her Right” Local guy and the father of Sundance Head

    • DON LACY – 12/25– A local musician and all around great guy. A  Former Drummer for Jack Greene and a Texas Legend
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    • Frankie Banali—8/20—Quiet Riot drummer

    • Len Barry—11/5—Singer of the ’60s hits “Bristol Stomp” (with the Dovells) and “1-2-3.”

    • Bucky Baxter—5/25—Pedal steel guitarist for Bob Dylan, others

    • Ronald Bell—9/9—Kool and the Gang co-founder

    • Eddie Van Halen—10/6—Influential lead guitarist of Van Halen, Rock God and a guitar legend

      Martin Birch—8/9—Producer of Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, others

    • Jimmy Capps—6/1—Nashville session guitarist and longtime Grand Ole Opry member

    • Steve Martin Caro—1/14—Vocalist with the Left Banke, of “Walk Away Renee” fame

    • Pete Carr—6/27—Muscle Shoals session guitarist

    • Doug Supernaw—9/26—Country artist, Texas Legend and a local hero that left us to soon

    • Paul Chapman—6/9—Guitarist with UFO

    • J Freddy Cole—6/27—Jazz pianist/vocalist, brother of Nat “King” Cole

    • Richie Cole—5/2—Jazz saxophonist

    • Hal Ketchum—11/23—Country singer

    • Mac Davis—9/29—Songwriter for Elvis Presley, singer of “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me”

    • Spencer Davis—10/19—Leader of British band that scored with the Steve Winwood-sung “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man”

    • Tommy DeVito—9/21—Member of the original Four Seasons

    • Joe Diffie—3/29—Country singer/songwriter 

    • Gloria Dobbins—9/21—Founding member of the Marvelettes, wrote “Please Mr. Postman”

      Justin Townes Earle—8/23—Singer-songwriter, son of Steve Earle

    • Peter Green—7/25—Co-founder of Fleetwood Mac

    • Dave Greenfield—5/3—Keyboardist with the Stranglers

    • Tommy Hancock—1/1—Known as the “Godfather of West Texas music”

    • Jerry Jeff Walker—10/23—Singer-songwriter, composer of “Mr. Bojangles,” Redneck Mother. A Texas Music legend

    • Alex Harvey—4/4—Country songwriter/musician; wrote Kenny Rogers’ “Reuben James”

    • Gordon Haskell—10/16—King Crimson member in 1970; later a singer-songwriter

    • Steve Holland—8/2—Early Molly Hatchet guitarist

    • W.S. “Fluke” Holland—9/23—Drummer for Johnny Cash for more than four decades

    • Astrid Kirchherr—5/13—Photographer known for early Beatles images

    • Lee Konitz—4/15—Jazz alto saxophonist

    • Little Richard—5/9—Rock ’n’ roll pioneer whose influence spanned generations

    • Ivan Kral—2/2—Guitarist/songwriter, member of Patti Smith Group

    • Bob Kulick—5/28—Guitarist/producer who worked with Kiss, Lou Reed, others 

    • Dave Kusworth—9/19—Member of British band Jacobites

    • Bobby Lewis—4/28—“Tossin’ & Turnin’” hitmaker

    • Tony Lewis—10/20—Singer/bass guitarist for the Outfield

    • Johnny Mandel—6/29—Composer of theme from M*A*S*H

    • Mickey McGee—7/20—Drummer with Linda Ronstadt, Flying Burrito Brothers, other

    • William McEuen—9/24—Manager/producer of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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    • Alan Merrill—3/29—Singer/songwriter; best known for writing “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll”

    • Ian Mitchell—9/1—Bay City Rollers bassis

    • Todd Nance—8/19—Founding drummer of Widespread Panic

    • Jamie Oldaker—7/16—Drummer for Eric Clapton, others

    • David Olney—1/18—Folk singer/songwriter

    • Keith Olsen—3/9—Producer of Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, others

    • K.T. Oslin—12/21—Country singer whose biggest hit was “80’s Ladies”

    • Neil Peart—1/7—Drummer for Rush

    • Lucky Peterson—5/17—Blues musician

    • Phil Phillips—3/14—”Sea of Love” singer

    • Bonnie Pointer—6/8—Member of the Pointer Sisters

    • Joe Porcaro—7/6—Jazz drummer

    • Genesis P-Orridge—3/14–British musician/composer; vocalist with Throbbing Gristle

    • Francis Rocco Prestia—9/30–Tower of Power bassist

    • Charley Pride—12/12—A huge International star with many #1 hits. Pride was the first black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame

    • John Prine—4/7—Singer-songwriter who’d recently received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

    • Helen Reddy—9/29—Singer of “I Am Woman” and “Delta Dawn”

    • Alto Reed—12/30—Saxophonist in Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band

    • Harold Reid—4/24—Bass singer with country group the Statler Brothers

    • Al Rex—5/24—Played double bass with Bill Haley and His Comets on “See You Later, Alligator”

    • Kenny Rogers—3/22—Leader of the First Edition, then a highly successful country-pop solo artist

  • Billy Joe Shaver—10/28—Country singer-songwriter whose songs were  covered by Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers Band and Elvis Presley

  • Jack Sherman—8/19—Early Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist

  • McCoy Tyner—3/6—Jazz pianist best known for his work with John Coltrane

  • Bill Withers—3/30—R&B singer whose hits included “Lean on Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” 


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