FAREWELL: Music World Passings 2015

Lemmy

Paying our final respects to Native-American poet/activist John Trudell, Motorhead founder Lemmy (pictured above, Dec. 28), actor Leonard Nimoy, singer/songwriter Brianna Lea Pruett, jazz icon Allen Toussaint   and many, many more that we lost in 2015.

BY FRED MILLS

I quote myself from years’ previous: Having performed this annual ritual for years now, I’ve learned to take a quiet comfort in pulling together notes and combing the internet to learn names, dates, causes of death – and the artistic achievements that prompt us to memorialize the people in the first place. So as you scan down the list of those who did leave us this year, pause when you reach an artist who was particularly special to you, and meditate momentarily on why he or she was special. The list isn’t comprehensive, but it does dovetail into virtually every musical genre and discipline (it additionally includes a handful of non-musicians), and it touches equally upon the obscure and the well-known. For the sake of clarity, particularly if it’s a more obscure artist, in some instance we’ve added the affiliation/group or genre.

And after you pay your own last respects, pledge to seek out those artists who are still with us and who are important to you, and let them know in some way how much you appreciate them. (Note: linked names indicate a published obituary at BLURT.)

 

Read also:

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings of 2014

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings of 2013

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings of 2012

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings of 2011

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings of 2010

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings of 2009

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings of 2008

Kim Fowley

January, 2015

Andrae Crouch – Jan. 8

Tim Drummond (Neil Young) – Jan. 10

Anita Ekberg – Jan. 11

Kim Fowley – Jan. 16

Ian Allen (Negativland) – Jan. 17

Origa Vitalevna – Jan. 17

Dallas Taylor (CSNY) – Jan. 18

A$AP Yams – Jan. 18

Ward Swingle – Jan. 19

Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) – Jan. 20

Don Covay – Jan. 31

 

Spock

February, 2015

The Jacka – Feb. 2

Thom Wilson (producer) – Feb. 8

Steve Strange (Visage) – Feb. 12

Lesle Gore – Feb. 16

Clark Terry – Feb. 21

Leonard Nimoy – Feb. 27

 

Andy Fraser

March, 2015

Orin Keepnews (jazz producer) – March 1

Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) – March 11

Mike Porcaro (Toto) – March 15

Andy Fraser (Free) – March 16

A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister) – March 20

Helen Landis – March 22

Lil’ Chris – March 23

Jeremy Brown (Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts) – March 30

Serena Von Orbit (Potential Weight) – March 31

 

Percy Sledge

April, 2015

Bill Arhos (Austin City Limits) – April 11

Percy Sledge – April 14

Lois Lilienstein (Sharon, Lois & Bram) – April 22

Jack Ely (Kingsmen) – April 28

Ben E. King – April 30

 

BB King

May, 2015

Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate) – May 6

Chinx – May 17

B.B. King – May 14

Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly (jazz) – May 15

Darius Minwalla (Posies) – May 21

Louis Johnson (Johnson Brothers) – May 21

Dennis Sheehan (U2 tour manager) – May 27

 

Ornette

June, 2015

James Last – June 10

Ornette Coleman – June 11

Jim Ed Brown (country) – June 11

Randy Howard (country) – June 11

Wendell Holmes (blues)– June 19

James Horner (composer) – June 22

MC Supreme – June 13

Chris Squire – June 26

 

Moebius

July, 2015

Val Doonican – July 1

Red Lane (country songwriter) – July 2

Charanjit Singh (electronic) – July 3

John Vickers (opera) – July 10

Joan Sebastian (Mexican singer/songwriter) – July 12

Buddy Buie (songwriter) – July 18

Dieter Moebius – July 20

Steve Rodriguez (Dragons) – July 21

Justin Lowe (After the Burial) – July 21

Daron Norwood (country)– July 23

Bobbi Kristina Brown – July 26

Vic Firth (jazz) – July 26

Lynn Anderson (country) – July 31

 

Cilla Black

August, 2015

Cilla Black – Aug. 1

Sean Price – Aug. 8

Bob Johnston (producer) Aug. 14

Joy Beverley (Beverley Sisters) – Aug. 21

 

Brianna-447x500

September, 2015

Brianna Lea Pruett – Sept. 2

Judy Carne (“Laugh-In”) – Sept. 3

Dennis Greene (Sha Na Na) – Sept. 5

Bryn Merrick (Damned) – Sept. 12

Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon) – Sept. 13

Yogi Berra – Sept. 22

Frankie Ford – Sept. 28

 

Michael

October, 2015

Billy Joe Royal – Oct. 6

Gail Zappa – Oct. 7

Koopsta Knicca – Oct. 9

Larry Rosen (jazz producer) – Oct. 9

Robbin Thompson (Steel Mill) – Oct. 10

Steve MacKay (Stooges) – Oct. 10

Carey Lander (Camera Obscura) – Oct. 11

John Jennings – Oct. 16

Richard Rosebrough (Memphis/Ardent Studios/Big Star associate) – Oct. 18

Corey Wells (Three Dog Night) – Oct. 20

Joe Moss (Smiths manager) – Oct. 22

Diane Charlemagne – Oct. 28

Michael Carlucci (Winter Hours) – Oct. 30

Al Molinari (“Happy Days”) – Oct. 30

 

Toussaint

November, 2015

Tommy Overstreet – Nov. 2

Andy White (Beatles) – Nov. 9

Allen Toussaint – Nov. 10

Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor (Motorhead) – Nov. 11

Nick Alexander (Eagles of Death Metal merch manager) – Nov. 13

P.F. Sloan – Nov. 15

Ramona Jones (“Hee Haw”) – Nov. 17

David VanLanding (Michael Schenker Group) – Nov. 17

Cynthia Robinson (Sly & the Family Stone) – Nov. 23

Buddy Moreno – Nov. 29

 

Trudell

December, 2015

Scott Weiland – Dec. 3

Holly Woodlawn – Dec. 6

Bonnie Lou (rockabilly) – Dec. 8

John Trudell – Dec. 8

Mick Lynch (Stump) – Dec. 17

Peter Broggs (reggae) – Dec. 19

William Guest (Gladys Knight & the Pips) – Dec. 24

John Bradbury (Specials) – Dec. 28

Nick Combe (Gallon Drunk) – Dec. 22

Lemmy Kilmister, Dec. 28

Meadowlark Lemon – Dec. 28

Stevie Wright (Easybeats) – Dec. 30

Natalie Cole – Dec. 31

Wayne Rogers (“M.A.S.H.”) – Dec. 31

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Yogi

 

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