Marijuana Policy Project

Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

Hamilton Bohannon - Apr. 24; legendary funk/disco performer and producer; had hits with "Foot Stoppin' Music" (No. 98, 1975) and "Let's Start the Dance" (No. 101, 1978, listen below); got his start at Motown as a teenager; cause undisclosed; was 78.

• 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.

Lynford "Hux" Brown - June 18; Toots & the Maytals' longtime Jamaican-born guitarist also performed with Tommy McCall & the Supersonics and played lead on Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion"; cause undisclosed; 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, watch below) and "Pretty Ballerina" (No. 15) in 1966; suffered from heart disease; was 71.

• 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.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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