Marijuana Policy Project

Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

Paul "Tonka" Chapman - June 9; Welsh-born guitarist joined UFO in 1974, left a year later and rejoined the rock group in 1978; they had UK hits with "Doctor Doctor" (No. 35, 1979) and "Youngblood" (No. 36, 1980); cause undisclosed; was 66.

Jon Christensen - Feb. 18; Norweigan jazz drummer performed with Keith Jarrett in Europe and recorded with numorous ECM artists including Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber and Ralph Towner; cause undisclosed; was 76.

Jimmy Cobb - May 24; drummer in the Miles Davis Sextet from 1957-1963, including on Kind of Blue; also played with John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly and more; suffered from lung cancer; was 91.

Lionel "Freddy" Cole - June 27; Chicago-born jazz pianist was Nat King Cole's youngest brother and Natalie's uncle; from 1964-2018 he released 38 albums and received four Grammy nominations; cause undisclosed; was 88.

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