Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2021


Gunga Saain - Pakistani drummer

Sam Salter - L.A.-born R&B singer

Dan Sartain - Alabama-born indie rocker

Phil Schaap - Jazz DJ at WKCR-FM in New York

Al Schmitt - producer/engineer, won 20 Grammys

Ralph Schukett - Utopia keyboardist

Miles Seaton - Akron/Family multi-instrumentalist 

Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare - reggae bass player with drummer Sly Dunbar in Sly and Robbie

Joanne Shenandoah - Native-American singer-songwriter

Shock G (nee Gregory Jacobs) - Digital Underground rapper

Patrick Sky (nee Patrick Lynch) - '60s folk singer

Slim 400 (nee Vincent Cochran) - Los Angeles-based rapper

Dr. Lonnie Smith - Florida-based jazz organist

Johnny Solinger - replaced Sebastian Bach as Skid Row's lead singer

Phil Spector - legendary songwriter and producer of The Beatles and others, won one Grammy 

Michael Stanley - fronted Cleveland's Michael Stanley Band 

Corey Steger - Underoath guitarist

Robby Steinhardt - Kansas violinist/vocalist

Tom Stevens - Long Ryders bassist

Ike Stubblefield - session keyboard player with Motown groups and others

Supa Gates (nee Aaron Williams) - Brooklyn rapper

Sylvain Sylvain (nee Sylvain Mizrahi) - New York Dolls guitarist



Quindon Tarver - Texas-born pop singer

Greg Tate - music journalist, Black Rock Coalition co-founder and leader of the Burnt Sugar

Gene Taylor - Austin-based keyboardist

Jack Terricloth - New Jersey punk/cabaret singer

Tha Red Baron (nee Thomas Brill) - Connecticut rapper

B.J. Thomas (nee Billy Joe Thomas) - Houston-based pop singer, won five Grammys

Dennis Thomas - original member of Kool & the Gang, played alto saxophone

Brian Travers - UB40 co-founder and saxophonist

Trinity (nee Wade Brammer) - Jamaican DJ and producer

Turn Me Up Josh (nee Joshua Samuel) - Houston-based hip-hop producer

Ron Tutt - drummer who toured with Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia and more

12 O'Clock (nee Odion Turner) - member of Brooklyn Zu hip-hop group


U - V

U-Roy (nee Ewart Beckford) - reggae artist known for "toasting"

Hilton Valentine - The Animals guitarist  

Hank Von Hell (nee Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby) - lead singer of Norwegian metal band Turbonegro


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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