2020 must have been one of the craziest years on record. Covid 19 has had an impact on the music industry but not as big of impact as the loss of some amazing musicians.
Below is a list of just some of the musician that dies this year.
January 7, 2020
Neil Ellwood Peart OC (/pɪərt/; September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician, songwriter, and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush.
February 11, 2020
Joseph Shabalala (28 August 1940– 11 February 2020), born Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala, was a South African singer and musician who was the founder and musical director of the choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
March 20, 2020
Kenny Rogers Singer and songwriter Kenneth Donald Rogers was born on August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas. While his name was “Kenneth Donald” on his birth certificate, his family always called him “Kenneth Ray.”
April 21, 2020
Florian Schneider-Esleben (7 April 1947 – 21 April 2020) was a German musician. He is best known as one of the founding members and leaders of the electronic band Kraftwerk.
May 9, 2020
Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), known as Little Richard, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Nicknamed “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll”,
June 8, 2020
Bonnie Pointer (July 11, 1950 – June 8, 2020) was an American singer, best known for having been a member of the vocal group, the Pointer Sisters. Pointer scored several moderate solo hits after leaving the Pointers in 1977, including a disco cover of the Elgins’ “Heaven Must Have Sent You”
July 25, 2020
Peter Allen Greenbaum (29 October 1946 – 25 July 2020), known professionally as Peter Green, was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. As the founder of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Glyn Geoffrey Ellis (28 October 1945 – 6 August 2020), known professionally as Wayne Fontana, was an English rock and pop singer, best known for the 1965 hit “The Game of Love” with the Mindbenders.
September 11, 2020
Ronald Nathan Bell (November 1, 1951 – September 9, 2020), also known as Khalis Bayyan, was an American composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, saxophonist and co-founding member of Kool & the Gang.
October 6, 2020
I rarely get emotional when a musician passes away because to me they are merely mortals, just like every one else. However there have been 4 occasions where the death of a musician hit me hard. The first time was when Elvis dies, teh second time when Stevie Ray Vaughan shed his mortal coil. The 3rd time was when Dolores O’Riordan died the last time was on October 6,2020 when the news broke that one of me all thime heroes Eddie van Halen had left for that guitar shop in the sky.
November 7, 2020
Wayne Stevens (May 1958 – 7 November 2020), known by the stage name Bones Hillman, was a New Zealand musician best known as the bass guitarist for the Australian alternative rock band Midnight Oil, which he joined in 1987 and remained with until his death in 2020.
December 12, 2020
Charley Frank Pride (March 18, 1934 – December 12, 2020) was an American singer, guitarist, and professional baseball player. His greatest musical success came in the early to mid-1970s, when he was the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.[During the peak years of his recording career (1966–1987), he had 52 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 30 of which made it to number one. He won the Entertainer of the Year award at the Country Music Association Awards in 1971.