This year, as is the case every year, many talented and irreplaceable people from the world of music left this mortal coil. This is my tribute to those who passed on in 2013.
25 October 1959 – 21 April 2013
The Divinyls frontwoman possessed a voice & stage presence which could be as tough & uncompromising as it was sensual. Gone way too young at 53.
31 May 1950 – 4 April 2013
Australian bassist whose career spanned four decades. Most notably a member of The Angels, he also lent his talents to GANGgajang, The Stetsons and Headband
December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013
American jazz trumpeter who played a pivotal role in developing the funk & soul genres while still remaining a jazz artist. Helped launch the career of legendary keyboardist Herbie Hancock.
December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013
Smooth, laid back rocker who pioneered the Tulsa sound. Hugely influential figure who helped shape the sound of the ’70s and beyond, thanks in part to his songs being covered by such luminaries as Eric Clapton.
July 15, 1970 – April 13, 2013
The former Deftones bassist was tragically involved in a serious car accident in 2008 which left him in a semi-comatose state until his death this year at age 42. Terribly sad end to a great career during which he provided the essential groove for one of heavy music’s most intriguing exponents.
January 18, 1933 – September 12, 2013
American inventor who helped shape recorded sound as we know it. Founder of Dolby Laboratories, inventor of the Dolby Noise Reduction System (the first of its kind) and inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, he was awarded an OBE in 1987.
January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013
Incredibly prolific jazz keyboardist & composer who helped bridge the gap between esoteric jazz and mainstream pop.
January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013
The driving creative force behind thrash legends Slayer, Hanneman’s razor-sharp & blindingly-fast yet melodic riffing defined the band. Bringing an economic, pared back punk ethic to the group, he helped transform the band from bloated Venom wannabes to true heavy music innovators. Another one gone far too young at 49.
January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013
Soulful folkie and human rights activist who famously played the three hour opening set at the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969
November 17, 1973 – December 20, 2013
Lord Infamous, aka Ricky Dunigan, rapper and member of highly regarded & pioneering Memphis dark hip hop group Three 6 Mafia passed away in his sleep from a heart attack aged just 40.
September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013
Texan country musician who recorded some of the most honest and harrowing country songs of all time. For the last 20 years of his life he was frequently referred to as “the greatest living country singer”. Nuff Said.
19 December 1944 – 6 March 2013
Vocalist and lead guitarist with British blues-rockers Ten Years After, Lee’s lightning fast and innovative guitar technique helped bring true virtuosity into rock music.
February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013
His instantly identifiable keyboard parts were as vital to The Doors’ sound as the leathery baritone of Jim Morrison. Redefined the role of the keyboardist in rock music, playing almost all the bass parts with his organ’s foot pedals.
1955 – June 24, 2013
The metronomic and understated drummer who gave Devo their intriguing, jerkily offbeat rhythms.
November 8, 1927 – January 1, 2013
The most popular female artist of the 1950s, she incorporated country, jazz and traditional pop into her vocal style and sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide.
12 June 1941 – 4 February 2013
Lead singer with British act The Troggs, he lent his whisper-to-a-scream vocals to such immortal tracks as “Wild Thing” and “With a Girl Like You”.
January 5, 1934 – March 30, 2013
Legendary producer/engineer who co founded A&R Records, Ramone worked on a staggering number of recordings by iconic artists and was nominated for 33 grammys, winning 14. He also produced the very first album to be released on Compact Disc, Billy Joel’s 52d Street.
March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013
Reed’s sphere of influence is almost incalculable. From his beginnings in iconic proto punks The Velvet Underground to his impressive solo output, his incredible career spanned almost 5 decades.
28 February 1944 – 18 April 2013
Graphic designer behind some of the most famous album covers in history. He co-founded the graphic art group Hipgnosis and designed album artwork for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Mars Volta and Muse among many others.
October 13, 1947 – June 8, 2013
The artist who created the iconic Ramones logo. He also served as the band’s artistic director and archivist for over two decades.
2 March 1945 – 22 March 2013
English Trumpeter who not only worked with The Beatles and Elton John… he also found time to play the unforgettable lead on EVERY James Bond theme to date: from Dr. No to Skyfall.