Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2022



Rachel Nagy - Detroit Cobras lead singer/pianist; 37

Nolan Neal - The Voice and America's Got Talent contestant; drug overdose; 41

Bobbie Nelson - Willie Nelson's piano-playing older "Sister Bobbie" performed in her brother's band for more than 40 years; 91

Sandy Nelson - house drummer for Imperial Records, played on "Ooo Poo Pa Doo" among many others; stroke; 83

Olivia Newton-John - Australian pop singer known for her role in Grease and numerous hit songs like "Have You Never Been Mellow" (1975); breast cancer; 73

OhTrapStar (Ernesto Carralero) - Miami rapper; car crash; 23

Valiz Ortíz - Mexican trans singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, known for psych music; 39



LaShun Pace - Atlanta-born gospel singer; kidney failure; 60

Mimi Parker - singer/drummer with '90s rockers Low; cancer; 55 

Ric Parnell - drummer of Atomic Rooster and the This Is Spinal Tap band; 70

Fred Parris - lead singer of The Five Satins, wrote "In the Still of the Night"; 85

Mike Pela - Grammy-winning British producer/mixer known for his work with Sade and Maxwell; 72

Jerry Peloquin - listed as an original drummer with Jeffferson Airplane, but there's no obit acknowledging his death

Svika Pick - Israeli singer-songwriter; 72

Bill Pitman - guitarist with the L.A.-based Wrecking Crew studio group; 102

PnB Rock (Rakim Allen) - Phladelphia rapper/singer, had No, 51 hit with "Slefish" in 2016; shot in L.A.; 30

Jim Post- Texas-born co-founder of Friend & Lover with wife Cathy, had a No. 10 hit with "Reach Out in the Darkness" in 1967; was 82; Cathy died in 2018 at 73

Jesse Powell - L.A.-based R&B singer, had a No. 10 hit with "You" in 1999; 51

Clifford "Moonie" Pusey - Steel Pulse guitarist; cancer

Howie Pyro (Howard Kusten) - New York-born bassist with D-Generation, Danzig and The Blessed; Covid-related; 61



Raymond Raposa - Indiana-born leader of Castenets; 41

Hargus "Pig" Robbins - blind Tennessee-born C&W keyboardist, played with Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan and more; 84

Garry Roberts - guitarist with Irish rockers the Boomtown Rats; 72

Marty Roberts - L.A. lounge singer with his wife in Marty & Elayne; 89

Zachary Ross - drummer with Minnesota band Cresecent Moon; car accident; 28

Jamie Roy - Scottish DJ/producer; 33

Badal Roy (Amerenda Roy Chowdhury - Pakistani tabla player, played with Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman; 82

Art Rupe (Arthur Goldberg) - rock & roll pioneer who founded Specialty Records and signed Little Richard, Sam Cooke and others; 104

Bobby Rydell - teen idol pop-rock singer, starred with Ann-Margaret in Bye Bye Birdie; pneumonia; 79

Paul Ryder - co-founder/bassist with '90s British acid-house band, Happy Mondays; brother of lead singer Shaun; 58


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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.