Irene Cara Escalera March 18, 1959 – November 25, 2022 was an American singer and actress. Cara sang and co-wrote the song “Flashdance… What a Feeling” (from the film Flashdance), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984. Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and for recording the film’s title song “Fame”. Prior to her success with Fame, Cara portrayed the title character Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 musical drama film Sparkle.
Aaron Charles Carter December 7, 1987 – November 5, 2022 was an American rapper, singer, and actor. He first came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen and teenage audiences ,Carter began performing at age seven, Carter’s second studio album, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It), sold more than three million copies in the United States and was certified 3× platinum by RIAA.The album included the hit singles, “I Want Candy”, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”, “That’s How I Beat Shaq” and “Bounce”, all of which received airplay on Disney and Nickelodeon.
Olivia Newton-John 26 September 1948 – 8 August 2022 was a British-born Australian singer, actress and activist. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five number-one hits and another ten top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and two number-one albums on the Billboard 200; If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (1975). Eleven of her singles (including two Platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two Platinum and four 2× Platinum) have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With global sales of more than 100 million records, Newton-John is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present
Andrew John Leonard Fletcher 8 July 1961 – 26 May 2022, also known as Fletch, was an English keyboard player, DJ, and a founding member of the electronic band Depeche Mode. In 2020, Fletcher was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Depeche Mode.
Thomas Anthony Parker 4 August 1988 – 30 March 2022 was an English singer, best known for being a member of the British boy band The Wanted. In 2013, Parker appeared with his bandmates in the E! channel reality television series The Wanted Life. After the band’s hiatus in 2014, Parker embarked on a solo career.
Billy Joe Thomas August 7, 1942 – May 29, 2021 was an American singer widely known for his pop, country, and Christian hits of the 1960s and 1970s. He made popular recordings of “Hooked on a Feeling” (1968), “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (1969), and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” (1975).
Malcolm John Rebennack November 20, 1941–June 6, 2019, better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter. His music combines blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll.
Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a following in the late 1960s after the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He performed a lively, theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack recorded more than 20 albums and in 1973 produced a top-10 hit, “Right Place, Wrong Time”.
The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend in March, 2011. In May 2013, Rebennack received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University.
Leon Redbone (born Dickran Gobalian, August 26, 1949 – May 30, 2019) was a singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor and voice actor specializing in jazz, blues, and Tin Pan Alley classics. Recognized by his Panama hat, dark sunglasses, and black tie, Redbone was born in Cyprus and first appeared on stage in Toronto, Canada in the early 1970s. He also appeared on film and television in acting and voice-over roles.
Redbone’s concerts made use of performance, comedy, and skilled instrumentals. Recurrent gags involved the influence of alcohol and claiming to have written works originating well before he was born – Redbone favored material from the Tin Pan Alley era, circa 1890s to 1910. He sang the theme to the 1980s television series Mr. Belvedere and released sixteen albums
Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel; January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019) was an American-born British singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. Walker was known for his distinctive baritone voice and an unorthodox career path which took him from 1960s teen pop icon to 21st-century avant-garde musician. Walker’s success was largely in the United Kingdom, where his first three solo albums reached the top ten. He lived in the UK from 1965 and became a British citizen in 1970.
Rising to fame in the mid-1960s as frontman of the pop music trio the Walker Brothers, he began a solo career with 1967’s Scott, moving toward an increasingly challenging baroque pop style on late-1960s albums such as Scott 3 and Scott 4 (both 1969).After his solo work did not sell well, he reunited with the Walker Brothers in the mid-1970s. From the mid-1980s onward, Walker revived his solo career while moving in an increasingly avant-garde direction;of this period in his career, The Guardian said “imagine Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen.”
Walker continued to record and release music until 2018, and was last signed to the label 4AD. He was described by the BBC upon his death as “one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history.
Peter Halsten Thorkelson (February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019), better known as Peter Tork, was an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of The Monkees