Edward Lodewijk Van Halen January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He was the main songwriter and founder—with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth—of the American rock band Van Halen. In 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time..Additionally, Van Halen has charted 13 number-one hits in the history of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. In January 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Francis Rocco Prestia Jr. (March 7, 1951 – September 29, 2020) was an American bassist, best known for his work with the funk band Tower of Power. Prestia started playing electric guitar as an adolescent. When he auditioned for Emilio Castillo’s band, Tower of Power, Castillo persuaded him to switch to electric bass. Prestia was a master of fingerstyle funk, a technique in which he lightly muted the strings with his left hand to get a percussive sound, with the pitch remaining clear and accurate. That characteristic sound, in combination with a highly rhythmic approach to bass lines, makes Prestia’s sound unmistakable.
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”
Peter Frederick Way 7 August 1951 – 14 August 2020 was an English bass player, best known as the bassist in UFO with whom he played from 1969 to 1982, briefly in 1988–1989 and once again from 1991 to 2008. Way was also known as a founding member of Waysted and Fastway. He also notably played with Michael Schenker Group and Ozzy Osbourne.