Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

• Giuseppi Logan - Apr. 17; Philadelphia-born jazz musician known for playing in New York's Tompkins Square Park; played sax, flute and oboe; suffered from Covid-19; was 83. 

Walter Lure - Aug. 22;  New York-born guitarist played with the Heartbreakers, the punk band headed by Johnny Thunders; wrote several songs on their only album, 1977's L.A.M.F; founded the Waldos in 1995; suffered from lung and liver cancer; was 71. Watch "Chinese Rocks" below (Lurie is in the middle).

Vera Lynn - June 18; British singer famous for World War II classic "We'll Meet Again" also had hits with "My Son, My Son" (No. 1, 1954), "Forget-Me-Not" (No. 5, 1952), "The Homing Waltz" (No. 9, 1952) and "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" (No. 10, 1952; was 103.



Sterling Magee - Sept. 6; Mississippi-born guitarist of blues duo Mr. Satan & Adam (Adam Gussow) who are featured in the documentary Satan & Adam (watch the trailer below); suffered from Covid-19; was 84.

Malik B. (nee Basit) - July 29; original member of the Roots; rapped on their first four albums from 1993-1999; cause unknown; was 47.

Johnny Mandel - June 29; New York-born songwriter, arranger and composer wrote "The Shadow of Your Smile" and scored such films as The Sandpiper, M*A*S*H, Being There and Caddyshack; suffered from heart disease; was 94. 

Ruben "Benny" Mardones - June 29; Cleveland-born singer-songwriter had a hit with "Into the Night" (No. 11, 1980); suffered from Parkinson's; was 73.

• Ellis Marsalis - Apr. 1; the New Orleans pianist headed the popular jazz family that includes sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason; he released 21 albums from 1985-2018 and taught at various colleges and institutions; sufferd from Covid-19: was 85.


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.