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Looking Back At Those We Lost In 2022

Posted by James Duncan on

Some great musical talents left us in 2022, and it's worth taking a minute to remember them and the musical gifts they left us with. Many are missing here for sure and this is not meant to be an exhaustive list but here are some of the most notable deaths from last year in alpha order (name/known for/date of death in '22):

Rick Anderson: The Tubes bassist (Dec. 16)

Barry Bailey: Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist (Mar. 12)

Thom Bell: Producer/arranger/songwriter-- Philly sound (Dec. 22)

Marilyn Bergman: Lyricist "The Way We Were" etc., past Chair of ASCAP (Jan. 8)

Jet Black: Stranglers drummer (Feb. 6)

Gary Brooker: Procol Harum singer/keyboardist (Feb. 19)

Irene Cara: Singer of "Flashdance", "Fame" (Nov. 25)

Aaron Carter: Singer/actor (Nov. 5)

Manny Charlton: Nazareth guitarist (July 5)

Jeff Cook: Alabama guitarists/pianist/co-founder (Nov. 7)

Coolio: Rapper on "Gangsta's Paradise" (Sept. 8)


Coolio in 2008

Dino Danelli: The Rascals drummer (Dec. 15)

Lamont Dozier: Songwriter of Holland-Dozier-Holland (Aug. 8)

Martin Duffy: Primal Scream and Charlatans (U.K.) keyboardist (Dec. 18)

Judith Durham: The Seekers singer-- "Georgy Girl" (Aug. 5)

Andy Fletcher: Depeche Mode keyboardist/co-founder (Jan.13)

Mickey Gilley: Country music artist (May 7)

Robert Gordon: Rockabilly singer (Oct. 18)

Jeremiah Green: Modest Mouse drummer (Dec. 31)

Terry Hall: The Specials/Fun Boy Three lead singer (Dec. 16)

William "Poogie" Hart: The Delfonics lead singer (July 14)

Taylor Hawkins: Foo Fighters drummer (Mar. 25)

Taylor Hawkins

Taylor Hawkins

Darryl Hunt: The Pogues bassist (Aug. 8)

Susan Jacks: The Poppy Family singer (April 25) 

Naomi Judd: Country music solo artist and member of The Judds (April 30)

Mark Lanegan: Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age singer/guitarist (Feb. 22)

Keith Levene: The Clash and Public Image Ltd. guitartist/ founding member (Nov. 11)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Classic Rock 'n' Roll artist (Oct. 28)

Ramsey Lewis: Jazz keyboardist (Sept. 12) 

Loretta Lynn: Country music artist (Oct. 4)

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn in the 60s

Dan McCafferty: Nazareth lead singer (Nov. 8)

C.W. McCall: Singer/co-writer of country tune "Convoy" (April 1)

Ian McDonald: King Crimson and Foreigner multi-instrumentalist/founder (Feb. 9)

Christine McVie: Fleetwood Mac singer/keyboardist (Nov. 30)

Christine McVie

Christine McVie in 1977

Meat Loaf: Singer/actor (Jan. 20)

Joe Messina: Motown's Funk Brothers guitarist (April 4)

Olivia Newton-John: Singer/actor (Aug. 8)

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John in 1974

Fred Parris: The Five Satins lead singer (Jan. 13)

D.H. Peligro: Dead Kennedys drummer (Oct. 28)

Bill Pitman: Studio guitarist with Wrecking Crew (Aug. 11)

Richie Podolor: Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf producer (Mar. 9)

Anita Pointer: Singer/founder of the Pointer Sisters (Dec. 31)

Rick Price: Move and Wizzard bassist (May 17)

Randy Rand: Autograph founding bassist (April 26)

Garry Roberts: The Boomtown Rats guitarist and co-founder (Nov. 9)

Bobby Rydell: Pop star/actor (April 5)

Jim Schwall: Siegal Schwall Band co-founder (June 19)

Jim Seals: Seals and Crofts singer/co-founder (June 6)

Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts

Jim Seals (L) in 1975

Burke Shelley: Budgie lead singer and basist (Jan. 10)

Kim Simmonds: Savoy Brown guitarist/singer/songwriter (Dec. 13)

Calvin Simon: Parliament Funkadelic singer (Jan. 6)

Ronnie Spector: The Ronettes lead singer (Jan. 12)

Ronnie Spector

Ronnie Spector in 1966

Alec John Such: Bon Jovi founding bassist (June 5)

David Tyson: The Manhattans singer (Feb. 17)

Ian Tyson: Ian and Sylvia, folk duo (Dec. 29)

Vangelis: Electronic music composer "Chariots Of Fire" (May 17)

Alan White: Yes drummer (May 26)

Don Wilson: The Ventures guitarist and co-founder (Jan. 22)

Bernard Wright: Jazz/funk keyboardist (May 19)


Photos: Public domain, except as indicated

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