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Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2021: RIP Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Charlie Watts

RIP: Lee "Scratch Perry (photo by Michael Weintrob) and Charlie Watts


Richie Albright - Waylon Jennings drumnmer



Rodney Bakerr - Chicago house DJ

Chris Barber - British jazz trombonist

Franco Battiato - Italian singer-songwriter-composer

Byron Berline - Kansas-born C&W fiddler 

Biz Markie (nee Marcel Hall) - New York rapper

Black Rob (nee Robert Ross) - New York rapper

Charlie Black - Country & Western songwriter

DeWayne BlackwellCountry & Western songwriter

Tim Bogert - Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; Beck, Bogert & Appice bassist

Mick Bolton - Mott the Hoople, Dexys Midnight Runners keyboardist 

Juini Booth - Buffalo-born jazz bassist

Sérgio Brandão - Brazilian bassist

Hux Brown - Jamaican guitarist with Toots & the Maytals

James Burke - The Five Stairsteps singer

Bunny Wailer (nee Neville Livingston) - original member of Bob Marley & the Wailers, won three Grammys 

Ron Bushy - Iron Butterfly drummer



Captain Rock (nee Ron Green) - New York rapper

Ian Carey - EDM DJ

Cassiano (nee Genival Cassiano) - Brazilian singer-songwriter

Malcolm Cecil - British jazz bassist, synthersizer pioneer

Louis Clark - Electric Light Orchestra arranger

Chick Corea - Grammy-winning jazz pianist, won 25 Grammys

Paul Cotton - Poco singer, songwriter and guitarist

Count M'Butu (nee Harold L. Jones) - Derek Trucks Band percussionist


DMX (nee Earl Simmons)


John Davis - Milli Vanilli vocalist

Deezer D (nee Dearon Thompson) - rapper/actor

B.B. Dickerson (nee Morris Dickerson) - War bassist

DJ SqueakPIVOT (nee Javunte Wheeler) - Chicago-based DJ

DMX (nee Earl Simmons)- New York-born rapper

Double K (nee Michael Turner )- People Under the Stairs rapper



Don Everly - founded the Everly Brothers with his brother Phil, original Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee



Fatboi Gwalla Gwalla (nee Lamonn Young) - Milwaukee rapper

Anne Feeney - folk singer-songwriter/activist

Michael Fonfara - Rhinoceros, Electric Flag, Lou Reed keyboardist

Danny Freeman - Texas-based guitarist


Nanci Griffith and Don Everly


Stephen "Baba Zumbi" Gaines - founder of Bay Area hip-hop group Zion I

Gift of Gab (nee Timothy Parker) - co-founder/MC of Blackalicious

Mark "Big Toe" Goffeney - San Diego guitarist

Ari Gold - LGBTQ singer-songwriter

Milford Graves - jazz drummer

Earl "JT" Gray - bluegrass musician and Nashville club owner

Nanci Griffith - Austin-based folk singer



Tom T. Hall - Kentucky-born C&W singer-songwriter, member of Country Music Hall of Fame

James Harman - Texas-based blues guitarist

Jon Hassell - avant-garde composer

Roger Hawkins - house drummer at FAME Studios in Musicle Shoals, AL

Don Heffington - Lone Justice drummer

Joseph "Dusty" Hill - ZZ Top bassist

John Hinch - original Judas Priest drummer


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.