Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2023


RIP: Gordon Lightfoot and Tina Turner


Ed Ames (Edmund Urick) - actor and singer with the Ames Brothers; 95

Pete Brown - lyricist who co-wrote several Cream songs, including "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "I Feel Free"; cancer. 82

Isaac "Redd" Holt - drummer and co-founder of Young-Holt Unlimited who had a hit with the instrumental "Soulful Strut" (No. 3, 1968) and also played with Ramsey Lewis; 91

Bill Lee - wrote the scores for four of his son Spike Lee's films - She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing and Mo' Better Blues; 94

Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian folk singer known for his hits "If I Could Read Your Mind" (No. 5, 1970) and "Sundown" (No. 1, 1974); 84

George Maharis - New York-born singer and actor; 94

Charles "Chas" Newby - played bass with the Beatles/Quarrymen at four 1960 shows in Germany; 81

Andy Rourke - bassist with the Smiths and other groups; pancreatic cancer; 59

Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) - one of the greatest female rock and R&B singers of all time got her start with Ike & Tina Turner before launching her solo career; was nominated for 25 Grammy Awards and won eight times and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice; portrayed the Acid Queen in Tommy; had a No. 1 hit in 1984 with "What's Love Got to Do With It" and a No. 2 hit with "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" in 1985; cancer; 83

Alisdair "Algy" Wardfrontman of British heavy metal band Tank and former bassist with the Damned and the Saints; 63


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