Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2023

From left: RIP Jimmy Buffett, Tima Turner, Tony Bennett, Sinead O’Connor and Harry Belafonte


Colin Burgess - original drummer with AC/DC; 77

Joseph "Amp" Fiddler - Detroit-based singer/keyboard player with Parliament-Funkadelic and other groups; cancer; 65

Jeff Foskett - California-born guitarist with the Beach Boys; cancer; 67

ª Maurice Hines - New York-born tap dancer and younger brother of Gregory Hines who was part of Hines, Hines & Dad; 80

Bram Inscore - San Francisco-born songwriter/producer/bassist who worked with Beck and others

Denny Laine (Brian Hines) - Britsh guitarist with Wings and the Moody Blues; lung disease; 79

Laura Lynch - original singer/bass player with the Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks); car accident; 65

Les McCann - Kentucky-born jazz pianist who teamed up with saxophonist Eddie Harris on two popular Swiss Movement albums

Essra Mohawk (Sandra Hurvitz) - Philadelphia-born singer-songwrier associated with the Mothers of Invention; cancer; 75

Tony Oxley - British-born jazz drummer and percussionist; 85

Tommy Smothers - New York-born and L.A.-raised comedian/folk singer who, along with Dick, worked as the Smothers Brothers; cancer; 86


RIP Shane MacGowan and Jean Knight


George "Funky" Brown – drummer and co-founder of New Jersey's Kool & the Gang; cancer; 74

Scott Kempner – Bronx-born guitarist and co-founder of the Dictators and the Del-Lords; dementia; 69

Jean Knight – New Orleans-born R&B singer known best for "Mr. Big Stuff" (No. 2, 1971); 80

Mike Marrt – Long Beach, CA-based former guitarist with punk-rock bands Tex & the Horseheads and Thelonious Monster; 67

Shane MacGowan – founder, singer and songwriter of Irish punk-rock band The Pogues; lived a legendary life of excess; viral encephalitis; 65

Jamie Ross – frontman of New York band Like It

Abe Stoklasa – Missouri-born and Nashville-based country music singer/songwriter; wrote songs for Lady A, Tim McGraw and others; 36

Greg "Fingers" Taylor – Kansas-born former harmonica player with Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band; Alzheimer's; 71

Conny Van Dyke – white Virginia-born singer signed by Motown in 1960; acted in Hell's Angels '69 and other movies and TV shows; dementia; 78

Geordie Walker – guitarist with post-punk Brit group Killing Joke; stroke; 64


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