Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2023


RIP Sinead O’Connor and Tony Bennett


Tony Bennett - New York pop-jazz singer who won 19 Grammy awards (nominated 41 times) in a career that dated back to 1949; best known for hits like "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" (No. 19, 1962), "I Wanna Be Around" (No. 14, 1963) and "The Good Life" (No. 18, 1963); collaborated with Lady Gaga late in his career; 96

Jane Birkin - London-born singer/actress/model known for her work and relationship with French musician and director Serge Gainsborg; famous for the whispery and heavy breathing vocals on the 1969 hit, "Je t'aime... moi non plus"; cancer; 76

Deeon Boyd - Chicago house DJ; heart condition; 56.

Oscar Brashear - Chicago-born jazz and R&B trumpeter who worked Count Basie, Bobby Hutcherson, Earth, Wind & Fire and others; 78 

Lee Sang Eun - South Korean pop singer; 46

Mo Foster - British bassist who played with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and others; 78

Rick Froberg - San Diego-based gutiarist/singer co-founded Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes; 55

Brad Houser - Dallas-born bassist with Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and also Critters Buggin; stroke; 62

Neal Landford - original bassist with New Mexico-based rock band The Shins; possible ballooning accident; 50

Ferren "Coco" Lee - Hong Kong singer/actress who appeared in Mulan; suicide; 48

Randy Meisner - Nebraska-born bassist with the Eagles; co-wrote and sang "Take It to the Limit" (No. 2, 1975); joined Poco in 1968 and co-founded the Eagles in 1971; COPD; 77

JD Nash - Native-American singer-songwriter and editor-in-chief of American Blues Scene; 61 

Sinéad O'Connor - Irish pop singer who had a massive No. 1 international hit with Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U in 1990; 56

Alice Stuart - Washington-based blues and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist; 81

George Tickner - New York-born guitarist who co-founded Journey; 76


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