In Memory 2017- 2018

BRIT Awards

We pay tribute to the musicians and music industry legends that we have lost in the last year

    

Here we pay tribute to some of the many artists, musicians and other creative talents who were sadly lost to us over the past year, but whose legacy in shaping popular culture will endure.

January

Anthony Goldstone
Liverpool-born classical pianist and prolific recording artist

Peter Sarstedt
British singer and award-winning songwriter. Best-known for the classic “Where Do You Go To My Lovely?”, which won him an Ivor Novello Award

Buddy Greco
Jazz pianist, vocalist and Las Vegas mainstay 

Tommy Allsup
Mid-West guitarist who worked with some of the greats including Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson

William Onyeabor
Nigerian born funk musician and entrepreneur, known for his hit “Better Change Your Mind”

Marilyn Petrone
Music industry executive who worked at Dick Clark Productions and United Artists Music Group

Howard Kaufman
Manager of bands including The Eagles and Steely Dan

Maggie Roche
Singer and songwriter in The Roches

Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison               
Musician and record producer in The Ohio Players and P-Funk

Peter Overend Watts    
Bass guitarist and founding member of Mott the Hoople

Jaki Liebezeit    
Drummer and co-founder of Can. Early exponent of free jazz

Lee O’Denat aka “Q”
Founder of WorldStarHipHop

Butch Trucks
Founding member of The Allman Brothers Band

Tom Edwards
Guitarist and Musical Director for Adam Ant

Geoff Nicholls
Keyboard player in Black Sabbath 

Bobby Freeman
Soul and r’n’b singer

John Wetton
Singer, bassist and songwriter with King Crimson and Asia

Travis Peterson
US music video director

February

David Axelrod
Hip hop composer and producer 

Al Jarreau
Celebrated American singer and musician, and seven times Grammy winner

Clyde Stubblefield
Drummer for James Brown 

Ilene Berns
Pioneering US executive who helmed Bang Records

Leon Ware
Renowned soul songwriter, penning hits for artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Michael Jackson

March

Joni Sledge
American singer-songwriter and producer, and a founding member of Sister Sledge

Chuck Berry
All-time great guitarist, singer, songwriter and pioneer of rock’n’roll

Sib Hashian
Drummer with Boston 

Clem Curtis
Original lead vocalist of The Foundations 

April

Chris Bevington
Spotify executive

J. Geils 
Founder of J. Geils Band - best known for “Freeze Frame” 

Tom Coyne
Grammy-winning mastering engineer who worked with Adele, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift

Allan Holdsworth
Jazz guitarist and composer 

Sylvia Moy
First female writer and producer for Motown artists, including Stevie Wonder

May

Les Payne
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and prolific performer 

Cel Revuelta
Bassist in Black Flag 

Robert Miles
Swiss-born Italian record producer, composer and musician known for his global dance hit “Children”

Chris Cornell
Lead vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave

Gregg Allman
Singer-songwriter and musician in The Allman Brothers Band

June

Prodigy
Rapper in Mobb Deep 

Dave Rosser
Guitarist for The Afghan Whigs

July

Jerome Spence
American music licensing and publishing executive

John Blackwell Jr               
Drummer for Prince amongst others

Chester Bennington
Lead singer for Linkin Park, songwriter and actor

Chuck Loeb
Jazz guitarist in Steps Ahead and Fourplay

August

Goldy McJohn
Original keyboardist for Steppenwolf

Glen Campbell
US country singer, guitarist, songwriter, television personality and host

Jo Walker-Meador
Country music and CMA pioneer

Mike Hennessey
Music industry journalist and long-time editor of Billboard magazine

Albert “Sonny” Burgess                
Rockabilly guitarist and singer

John Abercrombie
Jazz-rock guitarist

Kerry 'KT' Turman
Bass player with The Temptations 

September

Walter Becker
Musician, songwriter and record producer.  Co-founder of Steely Dan

Holger Czukay
Multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Can 

Troy Gentry
Member of The Montgomery Gentry country duo 

Don Williams
Country singer, songwriter 

Grant Hart
Drummer for ‎Hüsker Dü 

Bill Marin
US promoter, manager and Latin music executive

Harold Pendleton
Music business executive, who established the Marquee Club and laid the foundations for the Reading Rock Festival

Charles Bradley
Singer, signed to Daptone Records

Donald Mitchell CBE
Musicologist and critic

Mick Clark
A&R executive, artist manager and music supervisor 

Tom Paley
Guitarist, banjo and fiddle player with The New Lost City Ramblers 

October

Tom Petty
Musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and later 80s super-group The Traveling Wilburys 

Peter Corney
Music retailer and businessman for piano maker Kemble and Co. 

Gord Downie
Lead Singer of The Tragically Hip 

Eamonn Campbell
Guitarist with The Dubliners

Phil Murray
Progressive rock/jazz guitarist 

Martin Eric Ain
Bassist for Celtic Frost/Hellhammer 

Scott Putesky aka Daisy Berkowitz
Co-founder of Marilyn Manson 

George Young
AC/DC producer and writer of "Love Is in the Air"

Fats Domino
Iconic pianist and singer-songwriter, most famous for his classic song “Blueberry Hill”

Sir John Manduell CBE
Former Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music 

November

Chuck Mosley
Frontman of Faith No More 

Lil Peep                
American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer

Malcolm Young
Guitarist and songwriter, co-founder of AC/DC

Warren ‘Pete’ Moore
Bass singer for Motown group The Miracles

John Preston
MD at Polydor Records UK and RCA Records UK and later Chairman of BMG Entertainment

David Cassidy
Actor in ‘The Partridge Family’, singer, songwriter, guitarist and iconic 70s pin-up 

Wayne Cochran
Soul singer with The C.C. Riders 

George Avakian
Record producer, including to Miles Davis, and artist manager

Jon Hendricks
Jazz lyricist and singer

A.D. Washington
Veteran r’n’b and hip hop record promotion executive

December

Mundell Lowe
Jazz guitarist and session musician

Johnny Hallyday
Celebrated French singer and actor

Pat DiNizio
Lead singer of The Smithereens 

Jordan Feldstein
Manager of Maroon 5

This year              

Dennis Edwards Jr
Lead singer of The Temptations
Dolores O'Riodan
Irish singer, songwrither and musician. Member of The Cranberries

Tony Calder
Record manager, promoter and public relations agent

Rick Hall
Owner of FAME studios, songwriter, music publisher, and musician

Hugh Masekela                
Trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. Inspirational rights activist

Mark E. Smith
Founder and legendary lead singer of The Fall

Lovebug Starski                
DJ, rapper and pioneer of Hip Hop

MC Stormin
Pioneer of grime

Jamie Arlon
Music publisher and artist manager

 

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