Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2023


RIP Burt Bacharach and Chuck Jackson

• Burt Bacharach - singer-songwriter noted principally for his work with Dionne Warwick; winner of six Grammy Awards, including one for "That's What Friends Are For"; 94

Bruce Barthol - original bass player with Country Joe & the Fish; 75

Chuck Jackson - North Carolina-born R&B singer had hit with "Any Day Now" (No. 23, 1962); 85

Trugoy the Dove (David Jolicoeur) - member of New York rap group De La Soul; 54



RIP Tom Verlaine and David Crosby (Croz photo by Henry Diltz)

Robbie Bachman - drummer with Canadian band Bachman-Turner Overdrive; 69

Jeff Beck - former guitarist with the Yardbirds and a solo performer; eight-time Grammy winner and two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee; bacterial meningitis; 78

Jeff Blackburn - singer-songwriter who founded the Ducks that also included Neil Young in 1977 in Santa Cruz, CA; wrote "My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" (1979); 76

Alan Copeland - singer with the Modernaires; also wrote songs and arrangements for pop and jazz acts; 96

David Crosby - former member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young as a singer-songwriter/guitarist and two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee; 81

Dean Daughtry - co-founder/keyboard player with Atlanta Rhythm Section and before that with the Classics IV; 76

Gangsta Boo (Lola Mitchell) - member of Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia and also as solo recording artist; drug overdose; 43

Gordy Harmon - original member of L.A. R&B singing group the Whispers; 79

Curtis "CJ" Harris - Alabama singer who appeared on American Idol; heart attack; 31

Barrett Strong - original Motown performer ("Money (That's What I Want)" (No. 23, 1959 and co-songwriter of some of the R&B label's greatest hits, including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"; 81

Yukihiro Takahashi - co-founder, singer and drummer of Japan's Yellow Magic Orchestra; brain tumor; 70

Anthony "Top" Topham - original guitarist with the Yardbirds; 75

Marshall Tucker - blind piano tuner from South Carolina whose name was used for the Marshall Tucker Band; 99

Tom Verlaine  (Thomas Miller) - co-founder and guitarist of seminal New York punk-rock band Television; 73

Fred White - drummer with Earth, Wind & Fire; 67

2023 Total: 162


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