Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2023


RIP Wayne Shorter and Bobby Caldwell

Paul Beasley - singer with the Blind Boys of Alabama; 78

Orrin Bolton - Connecticut-born older brother of Michael, who also was a singer; 72

Bobby Caldwell - blue-eyed soul singer who had a hit with "What You Won't Do for Love" (No. 9, 1968; 71

• Costa Titch (Constantinos Tsobanoglou) - South African rapper; collapsed on stage; 28 

John "Dix" Denney - co-founded L.A. punk band the Weirdos with his brother John; 65

Jim Gordon - rock drummer who played with Derek & the Dominoes and others killed his mother and ended his life in jail; 77

Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins - original member of George Clinton's Parliaments singing group before joining Parliament and Funkadelic as a singer/guitar player; diabetes, 81

Tom Leadon - Florida-born guitarist with Mudcrutch, Tom Petty's first band, and brother of Eagles co-founder Bernie; 70

David Lindley - California born multi-instrumentalist, played with Jackson Browne and many others; long Covid; 78

Steve Mackey - bassist with Britpop band Pulp; also was a producer; 58

Pete Martinez - orignal bassist with Murphy's Law

Charles "Chuck" Morris - percussionist with jam-band Lotus; dispappeared on kayak trip with his son; 47.

Lance Reddick - Baltimore-born actor (The Wire, John Wick)) and musician whose only album was released in 2017; 60

Keith Reid - Procol Harum's lyricist teamed up with Gary Brooker on classics like "White Shade of Pale" (No. 5, 1967); 76

Michael Rhodes - Nashville-based bassist who performed with Rodney Crowell and others; pancreatic cancer; 69

Gary Rossington - Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist who survived band plane crash in 1977; 71

• Ryuchi Sakamoto - co-founder and keyboardist of Japanese electonic pop trio Yellow Magic Orchestra; cancer; 71

Jerry Samuels - Philadelphia-born novelty singer who had a hit with "They're Coming to Take You Away, Ha-Haaa!" as Napoleon XIV (No. 3, 1966); Parkinson's; 84

• "Sweet Charles" Sherrell - bassist with James Brown's JBs from 1973-1996; emphysema; 80

Wayne Shorter - Newark-born jazz saxophonist known best for his work with Miles Davis and Weather Report; 89


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