In Memoriam 2019


Honoring some in the music world—many legendary, some lesser known—who died in 2019.


Dr. John [Mac Rebennack], New Orleans pianist/vocalist/hoodoo artist; Dick Dale, surf-guitar king; Ginger Baker, drummer (Cream, Blind Faith); Ric Ocasek (the Cars); Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], singer (the English Beat/General Public); Peter Tork (the Monkees); Jackie Shane, trans soul; Eddie Money (“Two Tickets to Paradise”); David Berman, singer/songwriter (Silver Jews); Mark Hollis (Talk Talk); Daniel Johnston, singer; Leon Redbone, vocal stylist; Roky Erickson (13th Floor Elevator); Keith Flint (the Prodigy); Scott Walker, vocalist; David White, songwriter (Danny & the Juniors, Leslie Gore); Daryl Dragon (Captain & Tennille); Marie Fredriksson (Roxette)


John Cohen, folklorist, photographer, musician (New Lost City Ramblers); Mac Wiseman, bluegrass’s “Voice of Feeling”; John Starling, bluegrass vocalist & guitarist (the Seldom Scene); Donnie Fritts, soul/country singer; Tony Glover, harmonica player (Koerner, Ray and Glover); Sleepy LaBeef, rockabilly

Soul/Blues/Gospel/Hip Hop

Jerry Lawson, lead vocalist (the Persuasions); Art Neville, keyboardist (the Meters, the Neville Brothers); Nipsy Hussle, hip-hop artist & community leader; Jimmy Spicer, pioneer rapper (“Adventures of Super Rhyme”); Juice WRLD; Bushwick Bill [Richard Stephen Shaw](the Geto Boys)

Studio Greats

Dave Bartholomew, New Orleans producer/arranger/composer/bandleader; Hal Blaine, master session drummer (the Wrecking Crew); Reggie Young, Muscle Shoals session guitarist; Jimmy Johnson, Muscle Shoals session guitarist; Clydie King, backup singer


Vocalists: João Gilberto, Bossa Nova pioneer; Ethel Ennis, jazz vocalist

Instrumentalists: Joseph Jarman, multi reeds/wind, Art Ensemble of Chicago/AACM; Alvin Fiedler, AACM drummer; Clora Bryant, trumpeter; Larry Willis, pianist; Harold Mabern, pianist; Ed Bickert, guitarist; Bob Wilber, clarinetist; Lawrence Leathers, drummer

Film & Broadway

Doris Day, songstress; Michel Legrand, film composer/jazz pianist; Carol Channing, Broadway chanteuse; Martin Charnin, lyricist (Annie); Hal Prince, theater producer; Stanley Donen, movie musicals director; Jerry Herman (composer/lyricist, Hello Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles)


Jessye Norman, soprano; Hilde Zadek, soprano; Marcello Giordani, tenor; Sanford Sylvan, baritone; Richard Conrad, bel canto & baritone; Peter Schreier, lyric tenor

Márta Kurtág, pianist; Abbey Simon, pianist; Paul Badura-Skoda, pianist; Peter Hurford, organist; Anner Bylsma, Baroque cellist; Michael Jaffee (the Waverly Consort);

Ruth Anderson, composer; Christopher Rouse, composer; Mario Davidovsky, composer; Ben Johnston, composer

Mariss Jansons, conductor; Raymond Leppard, conductor


Johnny Clegg, South African musician; Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean musician; Beth Carvalho, Brazilian chanteuse; José José, canción great; Yao Li, the “Silver Voice of Shanghai”

Other Contributors

DA Pennebaker, music documentarian (Don’t Look Back, Monterey Pop, Company); Pedro Bell, Parliament/Funkadelic cover artist; Nick Tosches, music biographer; Izzy Young (the Folklore Center, Greenwich Village); Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead lyricist;

Ken Nordine (“Word Jazz” audio narrative pioneer); Franco Zeffirelli, opera & film director; Jack Lerner (Telarc Records); Fred Foster (Monument Records); Vivian Perlis, music oral historian; Irving Burgie, songwriter for Harry Belafonte; Allee Willis, songwriter (“September,” “Boogie Wonderland”)