Thursday, January 03, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: These Are People Who Died (in 2018)

Here's a dozen of the major musicians who slipped the surly bounds of Earth in 2018.

Their music lives.

Blues/soul singer Denise LaSalle left us on Jan. 8 last year.

"Hugh Masekela's music was black as night," sang Eric Burdon in The Animals' hit "Monterrey." Here is part of the South African jazz trumpeter's performance at the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival that inspired Burdon -- and countless others. Hugh died on Jan. 23, 2018.

Nokie Edwards, lead guitarist of The Ventures, died March 13, 2018.

Jazz piano giant Cecil Taylor died April 5, 2018. Here's a 1984 performance with the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Elvis Presley's original drummer D.J. Fontana ascended on June 13, 2018. Here he is with Elvis (and Scotty and Bill) on The Milton Berle Show in 1956.

Lorrie Collins of the rockabilly duo The Collins Kids died on Aug. 4, 2018. Here she is with little brother Larry in 1958.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul went to sing with the angels on Aug. 16

Marty Balin, one of the singers in the Jefferson Airplane flew to Heaven on Sept. 27, 2018. Here he is at Woodstock in 1969, sharing vocal duties with Grace Slick.

The gators never got Tony Joe White. He escaped to the Hoodoo After-world on Oct. 24, 2018.

Country singer, who went to that great honky tonk in the sky on Oct. 27, 2018, was making music decades before he did this country hit in the early '70s. It was his biggest hit, and the song I remember him by.

Roy Clark has been pickin' and grinnin' at the feet of God since Nov. 15, 2018.

Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks died way too soon on Dec. 6, 2018

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