Music plays a huge role in each and every one of our lives. We grow to love our favorite bands and musicians like they’re family. Before the end of the year, let’s take a moment to look back at the ones that we lost over 2019 and thank them for sharing their art with us. We mourn the loss of their incredible talents, celebrate all of the precious moments we shared with their music, and thank every one of them for giving us music that we will cherish for many years to come.
This year we lost a very beloved member of the AXS TV family. After a battle with stage 4 esophageal cancer, Eddie passed away from complications on September 13th at age 70. His catalog of hits have been the soundtrack for generations and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor endeared him instantly to everyone he met. We’ll all miss The Money Man’s roster of dad jokes and energetic live shows.
Peter Tork grew up as part of the Greenwich Village folk scene and moved to LA with his best friend Stephen Stills before being recruited for The Monkees. He became a teenage idol in the music scene and The Monkees became one of the most iconic groups in music history. For over ten years, Tork battled a rare form of head and neck cancer and he passed away on February 21st, just eight days after his 77th birthday.
Singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and painter. There’s no denying that Ric Ocasek was a true talent. Not only did he become inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with The Cars, he recored seven solo albums, produced records for Weezer, No Doubt, and more, wrote poetry, created art, and even released a spoken word album. Sadly he passed away on September 15th in his New York City townhome.
In the 1970s, Ginger Baker earned the title “rock’s first superstar drummer”. His incredible mix of melded jazz and African rhythms pioneered jazz fusion and world music. In 1965, he joined forces with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton to create one the most influential rock groups of all time, Cream. At the age of 80, Baker passed away after falling ill on October 6th. He will be remembered for his eccentric style, showmanship, and of course, that incredible solo on “Toad”.
He was known as “The King of the Surf Guitar”. We can all thank Dick Dale for pushing the limits of electric amplification technology. He helped to develop equipment that was capable of producing louder sounds without sacrificing clarity and reliability. He is also known for the timeless classics like “Miserlou”, “Let’s Go Trippin’”, and all of his work that was featured in Pulp Fiction. He passed on March 16th in the hospital after being treated for heart and kidney failure.
You know Leon Redbone for his Panama hat, dark sunglasses, black tie, and his incredible guitar playing. Throughout his career, he honored the old masters like Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmie Rodgers, and more from the Tin Pan Alley era. Redbone died on May 30th, following complications from dementia.
When we think New Orleans music, one of the first musicians that always comes to mind is Dr. John. His music combined blues, pop, jazz, boogie-woogie, and rock & roll, he created theatrical shows complete with Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies, and over the span of his career has released 30 studio albums and 9 live albums. On June 6th, he suffered from a heart attack and passed away.
Art Neville was just a teenager when he began his music career. Throughout the 60s, he helped to define the sound of New Orleans funk and was a member of Allen Toussaint’s house band. He then formed the Neville Brothers with his equally talented siblings and became a NOLA legend. He died on July 22nd at the age of 81.
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