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Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020


More Musicians Who Have Died in 2020

Paul English - Feb. 12; drummer in Willie Nelson's band from 1965-2010; subject of Nelson song, "Me and Paul"; suffered from pneumonia; was 87.

Joseph Shabalala - Feb. 11; founder and musical director of South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who won five Grammy awards; they also appeared on Paul Simon's Graceland in 1986; cause undisclosed; was 78.

Lyle Mays - Feb. 10; pianist in the Pat Metheny Group, who won 11 Grammy awards; cause undisclosed; was 66.

Buddy Cage - Feb. 4; pedal steel guitarist in the New Riders of the Purple Sage; he replaced Jerry Garcia in 1971; appears on 10 New Riders albums from 1972-1981; also played with Brewer & Shipley and Great Speckled Bird; reformed the New Riders with David Nelson in 2005; suffered from myeloma, a type of blood cancer; was 73 years old.

Andrew Brough - Feb. 4; guitarist (wearing glasses in the clip below) in the New Zealand rock band Straitjacket Fits; the cause and his age are unknown.

Ivan Král - Feb. 2; Czech-born guitarist in the Patti Smith Group from 1975-1979 and director of The Blank Generation (1976); suffered from cancer; was 71

Justin " J" Scott (aka A$AP Snacks) - Feb. 1; DJ with A$AP Rocky and part of the the A$AP Mob; the cause and his age are unknown.

Harold Beane - Feb. 1; guitarist with Isaac Hayes (he played on "Walk on By," listen below) and Parliament Funkadelic; cause unknown; was 73.

Andy Gill - Feb. 1; co-founder and guitarist in British post-punk band Gang of Four; suffered from a respiratory ailment and pneumonia; was 64.

Reed Mullin - Jan. 27; drummer in the heavy-metal band Corrosion of Conformity; he suffered a seizure in 2016; cause of death undisclosed; was 53.

Bob Shane - Jan. 26; one of the three original members of the Kingston Trio, the folk group that had a No. 1 hit with "Tom Dooley" in 1959 and released 24 studio albums and a number of live ones between 1958-2017; he passed away in a hospice in Phoenix; was 85.

Bob Gullotti - Jan. 25; Boston-based jazz drummer played with Phish on three occasions and taught at the Berklee School of Music.

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.

Chris Darrow - Jan. 15; former member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (he played multiple instruments on two albums, Rare Junk in 1968 and Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy in 1970) and founder of the Dry City Scat Band, the Floggs, Kaleidescope and the Corvettes; suffered a stroke; was 75.

Steve Martin Caro - Jan. 14; co-founder and lead singer of '60s pop group the Left Banke that had hits with "Walk Away Renée" (No. 5) and "Pretty Ballerina" (No. 15) in 1966; suffered from heart disease; was 71.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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