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Music Deaths Of 2015 Alphabetized And Graded

Alex Omes – co-founder of Miami’s electronic music fest Ultra – C+

Allen Toussaint – master New Orleans pianist and pop figure – A

Andy Fraser – Free guy – B+

Ben E. King – Drifter and solo superstar – A-

Bobbi Kristina Brown – Of all the music deaths you’ll read about. Whitney’s daughter, just 22 years old and with drug addiction embedded in her DNA from both parents, is the saddest – A

Brianna Lea Pruett – artistically valid singer songwriter – B-

Canserbero – Talented Venezuelan rapper who sure sounds like the real thing, jumped off a building at the age of 26 – B

Chinx – OG rapper shot to death – B

Sir Christopher Lee – heavy metal vampire – B

Cilla Black – best in the 60s singing UK pop – B

Cory Wells – One Dog Night – C+

Daevid Allen – Gong, Soft Machine giant – A-

Dave Ball – A Procol Harum – C+

Demis Roussos – a huge popstar in Europe and the Middle East – B+

Dennis Greene – The black guy in Sha Na Na – C+

Eddie Hardin – Spencer davis Group – C+

Edgar Froese – Tangerine Dreamer – C+

Ernie Maresca – wrote “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” – C

Errol Brown – The Hot Chocolate lead singer believed in miracles – A-

Hussein Fatal – Of rap posse The Outlawz – B

James Last – MOR master – B+

Jim McCann – Of The Dubliners – B

Johnny Keating – Wrote “Theme From Z-Cars”  – C

Kim Fowley – LA music man – B+

Koopsta Knicca – Of Three 6 Mafia – C

Lance Percival – actor, singer, Beatle movie star – C

Lesley Gore – I once had dinner with her and she could do as she wants to – A-

Lemmy – The incomparable one, I nearly replaced Ray Charles as the picture to represent the year in death – A+

Little Jimmy Dickens – may the birds of the paradise be flying up the country singers nose – B-

Lynn Anderson – “Rose Garden” singer – C

Michael Brown – Wrote “Walk Away Renee” with the Left Banke – C+

Natalie Cole – Invented the posthumous duet – C

Percy Sledge – r&b great – B+

Phil Austin – From “Firesign Theatre” – C

Pumpkinhead – New York rapper (died during a gallstone procedure… er?) – B

Rod McKuen – Pop poet and singer – C+

Sam Andrew – Big Brother and the Holding Company musician – C

Stevie Wright – an Easybeat – C+

Scott Weiland – May well have been the final rock and roll star – A-

Steve Strange – The inventor of the New Romantics – B

Twinkle – Helped make London swing – C+

William Guest – a Pip – C+

Comment: I thought Lemmy would last as long as Keith, that they had signed a pact with the devil. Rock lost Scott Weiland -who should have made it to at least forty…

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