R.I.P. to those we lost in 2016

It is generally agreed, no matter what genre of music you are into, that 2016 was a bad year for losing legends of popular music.  We pay respect to those who have left us this year.

2016 started badly with the loss of American rock drummer Jason Mackenroth (Rollins Band, Mother Superior) in the first week of the year and it got progressively worse throughout right up until the final week of the year when British pop superstar George Michael died.  In between we lost true legends like Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey & Rick Parfitt amongst many other greats.

It doesn’t really matter whether you are into Rock, Metal & Blues like the good folk at Maximum Volume or you also venture out into other genres like Soul, Jazz, Pop, Indie etc.  Every music fan will have lost someone they admired this year and will raise a whiskey and play their music in tribute as they see the year out.

Below is by no means an exhaustive list but it’s just some of the musical talent that has been lost this year.  May they rest in peace or, if they prefer, cause hell wherever they are.

January
Jason Mackenroth (46), American rock drummer (Rollins Band, Mother Superior)
Long John Hunter, (84), American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter
David Bowie, (69), English songwriter and artist
Glenn Frey (67), American guitarist and vocalist (The Eagles)
Paul Kantner (74), American guitarist and vocalist (Jefferson Airplane)
March
George Martin, (90), English producer
Keith Emerson (71), English pianist and keyboardist (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
Ernestine Anderson (87), American jazz and blues singer
April
Merle Haggard, (79), American singer-songwriter
Prince, (57), American musician
Lonnie Mack, (74), American rock, blues, and country singer-songwriter guitarist
May
Olle Ljungström (54), Swedish singer and guitarist
Candye Kane, (54), American Blues singer and entertainer
John Berry, (52), American guitarist (Beastie Boys)
Nick Menza, (51), American instrumentalist. Former drummer for the band Megadeth
Thomas Fekete, (27), American guitarist (Surfer Blood)
June
Scotty Moore (84), American guitarist (Elvis Presley).
Rob Wasserman (64), American composer and bass player (RatDog, Lou Reed).
July
Sandy Pearlman (72), American producer (Blue Oyster Cult, The Clash), songwriter
August
James Woolley (49), American keyboard and synthesizer player (Nine Inch Nails, 2wo)
Matt Roberts (38), American rock guitarist (3 Doors Down)
Tom Searle (28), English metalcore guitarist (Architects)
September
Chris Stone, (81), American recording studio owner (Record Plant) and entrepreneur
Hagen Liebing, (55), German musician (Die Ärzte)
Michael Casswell (53), English guitarist
October
Steve Byrd (61), English guitarist (Gillan, Kim Wilde)
November
Leonard Cohen (82), Canadian singer-songwriter
Leon Russell (74), American musician and songwriter
December
Greg Lake (69), English progressive-rock vocalist and multi-instrumentalist
Rick Parfitt (68), English rock guitarist and songwriter (Status Quo)
George Michael (53), English singer-songwriter