We have lost several high profile and much loved musicians recently. Some are from natural causes however some have succumbed to Covid-19.
Bill Withers, the influential US soul singer who wrote Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine and Lovely Day died aged 81 of heart complications on 30 March 2020. Despite massive success with his first two albums and penning some of the most loved soul songs of all time he never felt part of the music industry.
John Prine (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) was an American country folk singer-songwriter. He was active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer from the early 1970s until his death and was known for an often humorous style of original music that has elements of protest and social commentary. He died from complications from COVID-19.
Florian Schneider, co-founder of hugely influential electronic pop group Kraftwerk, has died of cancer aged 73. Kraftwerk paved the way for synth-pop, techno, hip-hop and electronica, in the process proving that microchips and machines could have not only soul, but a sense of humour too.
Tony Allen was a Nigerian drummer, composer, and songwriter who lived and worked in Paris, France. Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa ’70 from 1968 to 1979, and was one of the primary co-founders of the genre of Afrobeat music. On April 30, 2020, Allen died of abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Jamaican singer Millie Small has died at the age of 72 after suffering a stroke. The star was most famous for her hit single My Boy Lollipop.
Andrew James Dalrymple Gill (1 January 1956 – 1 February 2020) was a British musician and record producer. He was the lead guitarist for the British rock band Gang of Four, which he co-founded in 1976. Gill was known for his jagged style of guitar on albums such as Entertainment!
Although Andy’s official cause of death was respiratory illness, he may have been an early victim of Coronavirus as he became ill not long after returning from touring China. See his wife, Catherine Mayer ‘s tribute 2020 Vision, 14 May, 16:00
Pianist-singer behind “Tutti Frutti,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” and “Long Tall Sally” set the template that a generation of musicians would follow by virtually inventing rock and roll. He died aged 87.
The Stranglers’ keyboard player Dave Greenfield has died at the age of 71 after testing positive for coronavirus. Greenfield was known for his distinctive sound and playing style, using instruments such as the harpsichord and Hammond electric organ.
Her agent said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce that folk legend, Julie Felix, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday evening 22nd March after a short illness.
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