2017 was another very rough year for music fans, as we said goodbye to legends like Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell, Gregg Allman, Chester Bennington, Glen Campbell, Tom Petty, David Cassidy, and many others. Here, we take a moment for some sad farewells.
Gabby Gaborno was the lead vocalist of the rockabilly/punk band Cadillac Tramps. He died Jan. 4 of liver cancer at age 51.
Buddy Greco was a jazz and pop singer and pianist who was good friends with the Rat Pack. He died Jan. 10 at the age of 90.
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Tommy Allsup was a rockabilly and swing musician. He worked with Buddy Holly, and lost the now famous coin toss that resulted in him not being in a plane crash that killed Holly and three others in 1959, known as “the day the music died.” Allsup passed away on Jan. 11 following complications from hernia surgery. He was 85.
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Magic Alex was an electronics engineer who is best known for his close association with the Beatles. He died Jan. 13 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 74.
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William Onyeabor was a Nigerian funk musician. He died Jan. 16 at the age of 70.
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Walter “Junie” Morrison
Walter “Junie” Morrison was a member of the Ohio Players in the early 1970s, and later became the musical director of P-Funk. He died Jan. 21 of undisclosed causes at the age of 62.
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Jaki Liebezeit was a drummer best known as a founding member of experimental rock band Can. He died Jan. 22 from pneumonia. He was 78.
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Overend Watts was a founding member of and bassist for the 1970s rock band Mott the Hoople. He died Jan. 22 from throat cancer. He was 69.
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Bobby Freeman was a rock, soul, and R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer. He died Jan. 23 of natural causes. He was 76.
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Gil Ray was a drummer, guitarist, and vocalist, best known for his recordings in the 1980s and 1990s as a member of the bands Game Theory and the Loud Family. He died Jan. 24 of cancer at the age of 60.
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Butch Trucks was a drummer best known as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. He committed suicide on Jan. 24 at the age of 69.
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Tom Coyne was a Grammy-winning music engineer who worked with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Adele, and many others. He died April 12 from multiple myeloma at the age of 62.
Tom Edwards was the guitarist and music director for Adam Ant. He died Jan. 25 of suspected heart failure. He was 41.
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Tia Sprocket was a drummer and singer-songwriter who played for various bands including Luscious Jackson and Ministry. She died Jan. 27 at the age of 48.
Geoff Nicholls was the longtime keyboardist for heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He died Jan. 28 from lung cancer. He was 68.
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John Wetton was the frontman and co-principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia. He died Jan. 31 from colon cancer. He was 67.
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Robert “Strängen” Dahlqvist
Robert “Strängen” Dahlqvist was a guitarist who played for Swedish garage-rock band the Hellacopters. He died Feb. 1 after accidentally drowning in his bathtub following an epileptic seizure. He was 40.
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David Axelrod was a composer, arranger, and producer known for his work in jazz and soul. He died Feb. 5 of lung cancer at the age of 85.
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Sonny Geraci was best known as the lead singer for both the Outsiders and Climax. He died Feb. 5, having suffered ill health following a brain aneurysm in 2012. He was 69.
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Al Jarreau was a multi-Grammy-winning soul and R&B singer. He died Feb. 12 of respiratory failure at the age of 76.
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Doug Lunn was a bass player, composer, and bandleader. He died Feb. 12 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Clyde Stubblefield was a drummer best known for his work with James Brown. He died Feb. 18 of kidney failure. He was 73.
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Larry Coryell was a pioneering jazz guitarist known as the “Godfather of Fusion.” He died Feb. 19 of heart failure at the age of 73.
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Leon Ware was a R&B producer, songwriter, and recording artist who worked with artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Maxwell. He died Feb. 23 at the age of 77.
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Bill Paxton was an actor who was also in the new-wave band Martini Ranch. He died Feb. 25 of a stroke. He was 61.
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Tommy Page was a singer-songwriter best known for his 1990 hit single, “I’ll Be Your Everything” and was later a music industry executive. He died on March 4, an apparent suicide. He was 46. (Photo: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Pandora)
Joni Sledge was a founding member of the family vocal group Sister Sledge. She died March 10 of natural causes at the age of 60.
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Joey Alves was the the rhythm guitarist with veteran hard-rock group Y&T. He died March 12 from ulcerative colitis and other health complications. He was 63.
John Lever was the drummer for 1980s post-punk band the Chameleons. He died March 12 following a short illness.
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Tommy LiPuma was a music producer who worked with a variety of award-winning artists, including Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Paul McCartney, and more. He died March 13 at the age of 80.
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James Cotton was a harmonica player and singer who performed and recorded with many of the great blues artists of his time, including B.B. King and Muddy Waters. He died March 16 of pneumonia at the age of 81.
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Chuck Berry was a guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the iconic pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll music. He died March 18 of natural causes. He was 90.
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Sib Hashian was the drummer for the rock band Boston. He died March 22 at the age of 67.
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Elyse Steinman was the co-founder and guitarist of Raging Slab. She died Mar. 30 of cancer.
Paul O’Neill was the founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a progressive metal band known for spectacular holiday concerts. He died April 5 of an accidental drug overdose. He was 61.
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J. Geils was a guitarist and leader of the J. Geils Band. He died April 11 from natural causes at the age of 71.
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Toby Smith was the co-founder and original keyboard player of Jamiroquai. He died April 11 at the age of 46.
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Bruce Langhorne was active in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s. He died April 14 after failing health following a stroke in 2015. He was 78.
Allan Holdsworth was a jazz-fusion guitarist and composer. He died April 15 of heart disease. He was 70.
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Cuba Gooding Sr.
Cuba Gooding Sr. was the most successful lead singer of the soul group the Main Ingredient. He was also an actor. He died April 20 of cardiovascular disease at the age of 72.
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