In Memoriam 2018


Honoring some in the music world—many legendary, some lesser known—who died in 2018.

The Queen

Aretha Franklin


Vocalists: Nancy Wilson, chanteuse; Bob Dorough, (jazz & Schoolhouse Rock!); Jalal Mansur Nurridin (the Last Poets); Rebecca Paris

Instrumentalists: Cecil Taylor, pianist extraordinaire; Randy Weston, pianist/composer; Buell Neidlinger, bass; Hamiet Bluiett, baritone saxophone (World Saxophone Quartet); Jerry Gonzales, Afro-Cuban jazz trumpeter/bandleader; Tomasz Stanko, trumpeter; Ron Sutton, DC saxophonist; Roy Hargrove, trumpet; Sonny Fortune, saxophonist; Leon (Ndugu) Chancler, drummer/percussionist

Pop/Rock/Country/Soul/Blues/Gospel/ Hip Hop/Broadway & Cabaret


Ray Thomas (Moody Blues); Mark E. Smith (the Fall); Lorrie Collins, rockabilly singer (Collins Kids); Eddie Clarke (Mötorhead); Dolores O’Riordon (the Cranberries); Mickey Jones (drummer/actor); Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine); Boyd Jarvis, synthesizer player; DJ Fontana, Elvis’s drummer; Avicii, electronica star; Matt “Guitar” Murphy; XXX Tentacion, rapper; Mac Miller, rapper; Marty Balin (vocalist, Jefferson Airplane); Pete Shelley (the Buzzcocks); Roy Clark, ace guitarist, singer & co-host of Hee Haw

Soul/Blues/Gospel/Hip Hop

Clarence Fountain (Blind Boys of Alabama); Dennis Edwards (the Temptations); Denise LaSalle, R&B chanteuse; Edwin Hawkins (“Oh Happy Day”); Big Jay McNeely, R&B saxophonist (“King of the Honkers”); Lovebug Starski, DJ and rapper; Yvonne Staples (the Staple Singers); Lazy Lester, bluesman; Otis Rush, blues guitar; Wah Wah Watson, electric guitarist; Eddie C. Campbell, Chicago bluesman

Broadway & Cabaret

Marlene VerPlanck, cabaret; Wesla Whitfield, cabaret; Vic Damone, crooner; Harvey Schmidt, composer (The Fantasticks); Galt MacDermot, composer (Hair)


Montserrat Caballe, soprano;

George Walker, pioneering Afro-American composer; Oliver Knussen, composer & conductor; Johann Johannson, film composer; Maurice Peress, conductor;

Robert Mann, founding violinist, Julliard String Quartet; Michael Tree founding violist, Guarneri String Quartet


Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter and anti-apartheid figure; France Gall, French pop singer; Rachid Taha, rai pioneer; Charles Aznavour, chanteur and songwriter;

Other Contributors

Rick Hall, producer, the Muscle Shoals sound (FAME Studios); John Perry Barlow (Grateful Dead lyricist); Russ Solomon, founder, Tower Records; Lorraine Gordon, owner, the Village Vanguard