Kim Maiden Simmonds 5 December 1947 – 13 December 2022 was a Welsh rock singer and musician. He was the founder, guitarist, primary songwriter and only consistent member of the blues rock band Savoy Brown. Simmonds led Savoy Brown since its inception in 1965 to its peak and multi-sales. He performed and appeared on every album the band recorded.
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Mark William Lanegan November 25, 1964 – February 22, 2022
Mark William Lanegan(November 25, 1964 – February 22, 2022 was an American singer, songwriter, author and musician. First becoming prominent as the lead singer for Screaming Trees, he was also known as a member of Queens of the Stone Age and The Gutter Twins. He released eleven solo studio albums since 1990
Isaac Donald “Don” Everly February 1, 1937 – August 21, 2021
The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Consisting of Isaac Donald “Don” Everly (February 1, 1937 – August 21, 2021) and Phillip “Phil” Everly (January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014), the duo was raised in a musical family, first appearing on radio singing along with their father Ike Everly and mother Margaret Everly as “The Everly Family” in the 1940s. When the brothers were still in high school, they gained the attention of prominent Nashville musicians like Chet Atkins, who began to promote them for national attention. They began writing and recording their own music in 1956, and their first hit song came in 1957, with “Bye Bye Love”, written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The song hit No. 1 in the spring of 1957, and additional hits would follow through 1958, many of them written by the Bryants, including “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “Problems”. In 1960, they signed with the major label Warner Bros. Records and recorded “Cathy’s Clown”, written by the brothers themselves, which was their biggest selling single
Jeffrey Philip LaBar March 18, 1963 – July 14, 2021
Helen Maxine Reddy 25 October 1941 – 29 September 2020
Helen Maxine Reddy (25 October 1941 – 29 September 2020) was an Australian-American singer, actress, and activist. Her song “I Am Woman” played a significant role in popular culture, becoming an anthem for second-wave feminism.
Reddy had more than a dozen US Top 40 hits, including two more No. 1 hits. They included Kenny Rankin’s “Peaceful” , the Alex Harvey country ballad “Delta Dawn” , Linda Laurie’s “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)”, Austin Roberts’ “Keep on Singing” , Paul Williams’ “You and Me Against the World” (featuring daughter Traci reciting the spoken bookends) , Alan O’Day’s “Angie Baby” (No. 1), Véronique Sanson’s and Patti Dahlstrom’s “Emotion”, Harriet Schock’s “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady” , and the Richard Kerr/Will Jennings-penned “Somewhere in the Night”
Trinidad “Trini” López III May 15, 1937 – August 11, 2020
Trinidad “Trini” López III (May 15, 1937 – August 11, 2020) was an American singer, guitarist, and actor. His first album included a version of “If I Had a Hammer”, which earned a Golden Disc for him. His other hits included “Lemon Tree”, “I’m Comin’ Home, Cindy” and “Sally Was a Good Old Girl”. He designed two guitars for the Gibson Guitar Corporation, which are now collectors’ items.
Dame Vera Margaret Lynn 20 March 1917 -18 June 2020
Dame Vera Margaret Lynn 20 March 1917 -18 June 2020 was a British singer, songwriter and entertainer whose musical recordings and performances were largely popular during the Second World War. She was widely known as “the Forces’ Sweetheart” and gave outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India, and Burma during the war as part of Entertainments National Service Association. The songs most associated with her are “We’ll Meet Again”, “The White Cliffs of Dover”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England”.
William Awihilima Kahaiali’i October 17, 1960 – May 18, 2020
William Awihilima Kahaiali’i (October 17, 1960 – May 18, 2020), known as Willie K, was an American musician who performed in a variety of musical styles, including blues, rock, Hawaiian, and opera. Born and raised in a family of musicians in Lahaina, Hawaii, Willie began performing at the age of 8 alongside his father, Hawaiian jazz guitarist Manu Kahaiali’i.
William Harrison Withers Jr. July 4, 1938 — April 3, 2020
William Harrison Withers Jr. born July 4, 1938 is an American former singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including “Lean on Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Use Me”, “Just the Two of Us”, “Lovely Day”, and “Grandma’s Hands”. Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015
José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz 17 February 1948 – 28 September 2019
José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz (17 February 1948 – 28 September 2019), known by his stage name José José, was a Mexican singer, musician and occasional actor. Born into a family of musicians, José began his musical career in his early teens playing guitar and singing in serenades. He later joined a jazz and bossa nova trio where he sang and played bass and double bass. José found success as a solo artist in the early 1970s. Demonstrating his tenor vocal ability with a stunning performance of the song “El Triste” at a Latin music festival held in Mexico City in 1970, he climbed the Latin charts during that decade. Having achieved recognition as a balladeer, his singing garnered universal critical acclaim from musical peers and media