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Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

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.

• 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. 

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.

Jerry Slick - Mar. 17 - Grace Slick's first husband, a drummer who founded the Great Society in 1966 with Grace and his brother Darby, who wrote "Someone to Love" (it was renamed "Somebody to Love" by Jefferson Airiplane, who had a No. 5 hit with it in 1967); Jerry and Grace were married from 1961-1971; he was also a documentary filmmaker and owned Slick Film; suffered from cancer; was 80.

Eric Taylor - Mar. 9; Austin-based singer-songwriter; was 70. 

Little Al Thomas - Feb. 19; Lousiana-born Chicago blues singer/guitarist headed the Crazy House Band; was 89.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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