Music Deaths 2019 Alphabetized and Graded

Written by | January 3, 2020 6:22 am | No Comments


How, exactly do you grade a death? Not upon the musicians character, but upon their career taken as a whole…. we will be looking at pop stars deaths year by year starting with… last year… PS if you died and I forgot you, all apologies, just send me a message…

Art Neville – The great Neville singer – A
Bushwick Bill- The Geto Boys – B
Clydie King – sang on “Brown Sugar” – B-
Damien Lovelock – From The Celibate Rifles – B-
Daryl Dragon – The Captain himself – B
Dave Bartholomew – behind “Ain’t That A Shame” and many others – B
David Berman – A near perfect rock n roll death from the former Pavement and Silver Jews – A+
David White- from Danny And he Juniors – B
Dick Dale – surf guitarist – A
Doris Day – Rock Hudson’s wife – A
Dr. John – rock and roll as gumbo – A
Gus Backus – Sang with the Del Kings – B+
Katreese Barnes – Wrote “Dick In A Box” – B-
Kim Shattuck  – Of The Muffs – A-
James Ingram  – r&B great – A-
Jimmy Johnson – from the Muscles Shoal Rhythm Section – B+
João Gilbert  – Bossa Nova giant – A-
Johnny Clegg  – South African musician during apartheid – B
Juice WRLD – The emo star – A+
Keith Flint – slapped his bitch up – B
Larry Wallis – In the late 70s he was everywhere, including with Motorhead and on the Live Stiffs tour – B+
Leon Rausch – from The Texas Playboyss – C+
Leon Redbone  – who I always mistook for Frank Zappa – B+
Mark Hollis – Singer with Talk Talk – C+
Neal Casal  – He was in Ryan Adams band – B
Neil Innes – Master parodist, sometimes with Monty Python, sometimes with the Rutles – A
Nick Tosche – Writer about music – B
Peter Tork – A Monkee – A+
Ranking Roger – of the English Beat – B+
Robert Hunter – Grateful Dead lyricist – B-
Roky Erickson –  acid casual;ity of sound  A
Ric Ocasek – The Cars leader – A
Scott Walker  – the boy toy turned Goth – A
Sleepy LaBeef – rockabilly legend – A-
Stan Applebaum  – produced “Save The Last dance For Me” – B+
Susan Beschta – of The Erasers before becoming a judge – A-


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