2016 was a terrible bummer of a year in so many ways. If only for the number of great musicians who passed on, this would be one of the cruelest years I can remember.
Here are some songs from my favorites who breathed their last in 2016. Rest in peace all of you
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Long John Hunter
Blowfly (Clarence Reid)
I guess it was his time to go. But I miss him.
Hey, Hag. It was fun.
Yes, the great Memphis blues/rock guitarist died the same day as Prince. (John Eskow at Counterpunch had some observations about that.) Here's a clip from a 1980s local Cleveland TV show featuring Lonnie playing with host Scott Newell
Soulman Billy was something of a one-hit wonder. But what a hit!
He was best known for being Elvis Presley's guitarist in the '50s. This is an Elvis song from a Scotty Moore solo record.
Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural, Jr.)
Lord, Mr. Ford, this is one of those crazy Scopitone videos!
Keith Emerson (March 11) & Greg Lake (Dec.7)
OK, I'm not a big prog-rock, but losing two thirds of ELP in one year is a big deal. Plus I always loved this song. I saw them do it live on the Brain Salad Surgery tour in the mid '70s and it's still the loudest damned concert I ever saw.