Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020


Todd Nance - Aug. 19; Tennessee-born drummer was a founding member of Widespread Panic; he's now the second original band member to pass away (guitarist Michael Houser died in 2002 after a bout with pancreatic cancer); WSP releasd 12 albums from 1988-2015; Nance left the band in 2016 due to a chronic illness; he was 57. Watch "Life Ain't Grand" below.

Johnny Nash - Oct. 6; Houston-born singer-songwriter had a No 1 hit with "I Can See Clearly Now" in 1972 as well as several other hits including "Hold Me Tight" (No. 5, 1968) and a version of Bob Marley's "Stir It Up" (No. 12, 1973); cause undisclosed; was 80.

Mike Noga - Aug. 27; original drummer in Australian rock band the Drones; cause undisclosed; was 43.



Jamie Oldaker - July 16; Tulsa-based drummer toured with Eric Clapton, Leon Russell and others; cause undisclosed; was 68.

• David Olney - Jan 18; Nashville-based singer-songwriter got his start with the X-Rays before going solo; suffered a heart attack while performing on stage in Florida; was 71.

Ted Orr - Aug. 2; Woodstock, NY-based guitarist played with Parliament Funkadelic, 420 Funk Mob and Cacophonic FM; cause and age undisclosed.

K.T. Oslin (for Kay Toinette) - Dec. 21; Arkansas-born singer-songwriter had numerous country hits, including "'80's Ladies" (No. 7, 1987, listen below) and "Hold Me: (No. 1, 1988); both won Grammys; suffered from Covid-19; was 78.



• Gary Peacock - Sept. 1; jazz bassist from Idaho played with Keith Jarrett, Albert Ayler, Paul Bley and others and released 13 solo albums from 1970-2017; cause undisclosed; was 85.


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Steve Bloom

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