Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020


Lee Kerslake - Sept. 19; the longtime drummer with British band Uriah Heep also played with Ozzy Osbourne; suffered from cancer; was 73. Watch "Easy Living" (No. 39, 1972, below).

Hal Ketchum - Nov. 23; Texas-based singer-songwriter had numerous country hits, including his version of "Five O'Clock World" (No. 16, 1992, watch below); suffered from Alzheimer's; was 67.

Pierre Kezdy - Oct. 9; Chicago-born bassist played with punk bands Naked Raygun, Pegboy and others; suffered from cancer; was 58. 

King Von (nee Dayvon Bennett) - Nov. 6; Chicago-born rapper was shot and killed in Atlanta (a suspect has been arrested); Bennett's debut album was released in October; was 26.

• 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.



Bunny "Striker" Lee - Oct. 6; Jamaican-born reggae producer worked with John Holt, Max Romeo, Lindval Thompson, Beenie Man and others; along with KIng Tubby, he created the dub style; suffered respiratory failure; was 79.

Bobby Lewis - Apr. 28; Indiana-born R&B/rock & roll singer had hits with "Tossin' and Turnin'" (No. 1, 1961) and "One Track Mind" (No. 9, 1960); suffered from pneumonia; was 95.

Lil Marlo (nee Rudolph Johnson) - July 12; Atlanta-based rapper was shot and killed while in a vehicle in Atlanta; released his debut album 1st and 3rd in February; was 30.

Lil Yase (nee Alexander Antonyyo Jr.) - Nov. 28; San Francisco rapper was shot and killed in Pleasanton, California; owned Highway 420 Productions; was 26.

William "Buzzy" Linhart - Feb. 13; New York folk singer known for co-writing (with Moogy Klingman) and originally recording "(You've Got to Have)" Friends," which was No. 40 hit for Bettle Midler in 1973; had a heart condition; was 73.


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Steve Bloom

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