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A Winter of Deaths in the Music World

by Legacy Staff

From Natalie Cole to David Bowie, we remember music icons we’ve lost.

Lemmy – Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, the gravelly voiced heavy metal musician who led Motorhead for more than 40 years, died of cancer on Dec. 28, 2015. Health scares had caused him to postpone or cancel shows on occasion over the last few years… Read more

John “Brad” Bradbury – The multi-instrumentalist drummer for the British band The Specials died at 62, also on Dec. 28, 2015. With The Specials, Bradbury helped pioneer a ska revival that brought elements of punk into the Jamaican style… Read more

Natalie Cole – The Grammy Award-winning singer and daughter of legendary jazz singer Nat “King” Cole died on December 30, 2015, at 65. She had been suffering from ongoing health issues… Read more

Long John Hunter – A Louisiana-born blues guitarist, Hunter released seven albums during a six-decade career. He died at 84 on January 4, 2016… Read more


Robert Stigwood – A behind-the-scenes force in the music world, Stigwood managed bands such as Cream and The Bee Gees before producing hit musical movies including “Saturday Night Fever” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”… Read more

Pierre Boulez – The world-renowned French conductor and composer was a major force in modern classical music. He died at 90 on January 5, 2016. Boulez received more than two dozen Grammy awards… Read more

Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros – The Cuban trumpet legend known as the “Cuban Louis Armstrong,” Armenteros died on Jan. 6, 2016 at the age of 87. During his long career, Armenteros played with such luminaries as Nat King Cole, Tito Puente, Chico O’Farrill and Wynton Marsalis, helping establish the salsa sound in New York… Read more

Kitty Kallen – A swing-era singer who got her start at age 11, Kallen went on to sing for bandleaders Artie Shaw, Harry James and Jimmy Dorsey. She had a No. 1 hit in 1954 with “Little Things Mean a Lot”… Read more

Otis Clay – A soul singer with a devoted following among gospel, soul and blues fans around the world, Clay was a member of the Blues Hall of Fame. He died from a heart attack on Jan. 8, 2016… Read more

David Bowie – A legendary British singer and boundary-breaking musician who reinvented himself numerous times, Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10, 2016. He carefully kept his cancer diagnosis private… Read more

Dale Griffin – The drummer for (and founding member of) glam rock group Mott the Hoople, a band most famous for its 1972 hit “All the Young Dudes,” Griffin died at 67 on Jan. 17, 2016. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease… Read more

Glenn Frey – A founding member of The Eagles who co-wrote and sang on instantly recognizable songs such as “Take it Easy” and “Hotel California,” Frey went on to have several hits as a solo artist in the 1980s His death came as a surprise to the public… Read more

Paul Kantner  “White Rabbit” and “Somebody To Love” were two of the psychedelic-tinged hits Kantner helped create in rock band Jefferson Airplane… Read more

Maurice White – The founder and leader of the legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, he won seven Grammys and was nominated 21 times… Read more

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