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Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

• Chris Darrow - Jan. 15; former member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (he played multiple instruments on two albums, Rare Junk in 1968 and Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy in 1970) and founder of the Dry City Scat Band, the Floggs, Kaleidescope and the Corvettes; suffered a stroke; was 75.

Manu Dibango - Mar. 24; the saxophonist from Cameroon had a No, 35 hit with the African-funk song, "Soul Makossa," in 1972 (listen below); contracted the cornavirus; was 86.

• Joe Diffie - Mar. 29; the country singer from Tulsa released 12 albums from 1990-2019 and had No. 1 country hits with "Home" (1990), "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)" (1991), "Third Rock from the Sun" (1994), "Pickup Man" (1994, watch below) and "BIgger Than the Beatles" (1995); had COVID-19; was 61.

Carl Dufrene Jr. - Aug. 17; Louisiana-born bassist played with North Mississippi Allstars, Tab Benoit and Anders Osborne; cause undisclosed; was 53.

Judy Dyble - July 12; sang with British folk-rock band Fairport Convention from 1967-1968; also performed with Trader Horne; cause undisclosed; was 71.

Justin Townes Earle - Aug. 23; Nashville-born singer-songwriter and son of Steve Earle (he was partially named for Townes Van Zandt) released nine albums from 2007-2019; police say he suffered a probable drug overside; was 38. Watch him sing "Ain't Waitin'" below.

Cleveland Eaton - July 5; Alabama-born jazz bassist played with Count Basie Orchestra and Ramsey Lewis Trio and recorded five solo albums; cause undisclosed; was 80.

Paul English - Feb. 12; drummer in Willie Nelson's band from 1965-2010; subject of Nelson song, "Me and Paul"; suffered from pneumonia; was 87.

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