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Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

Vera Lynn - June 18; British singer famous for World War II classic "We'll Meet Again" also had hits with "My Son, My Son" (No. 1, 1954), "Forget-Me-Not" (No. 5, 1952), "The Homing Waltz" (No. 9, 1952) and "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" (No. 10, 1952; was 103.

John "Moon" Martin - May 11; Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter penned "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)" (watch below) and "Cadillac Walk" and had hits with "Rolene" (No. 30, 1979) and "No Chance" (No. 50, 1979); cause undisclosed; was 69.

Ellis Marsalis - Apr. 1; the New Orleans pianist headed the popular jazz family that includes sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason; he released 21 albums from 1985-2018 and taught at various colleges and institutions; had COVID-19: was 85.

Phil May - May 15; co-founder and lead singer of the British blues-rock band the Pretty Things; they recorded 13 albums from 1965-2015 and had U.K. hits with "Don't Bring Me Down" (No. 10, 1964) and "Honey I Need" (No. 13, 1965, watch below); suffered complications from hip surgery after a cycling accident; was 75.

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

Alan Merrill - Mar. 29; co-wrote "I Love Rock 'n Roll" with the Arrows, which was a No, 1 hit for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in 1982; his mother was jazz singer Helen Merrill; had COVID-19; was 69.

• 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.

• 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.

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