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THOSE WE LOST IN 2018

Rick Hall January 31, 1932 - January 2, 2018
Alabama record producer Rick Hall, who recorded some of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s and '70s and helped develop the fabled "Muscle Shoals sound," has died. He was 85.

Tony Calder June 27, 1943 – January 2, 2018
Tony Calder helped promote the Beatles in their earliest days. From there he formed Immediate Records with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham. He died at age 74 on January 2.

Ray Thomas December 29, 1941 - January 4, 2018
Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76, just months before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Robinson July 29, 1950 - January 6, 2018
Jimmy Robinson was a recording engineer whose five-decade career saw him work at some of the top studios in New York and Los Angeles. He died in New York on Jan. 6 at the age of 67.

Denise LaSalle July 16, 1939 - January 8, 2018
Denise LaSalle, singer known as the "Queen of the Blues," has died at the age of 78.

Hugh Wilson August 21, 1943 - January 14, 2018
Hugh Wilson, creator of the classic sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati," has died at 74,

Edward Fast Eddie Clarke October 5, 1950 - January 10, 2018
Edward "Fast Eddie" Clarke, former Motorhead guitarist, and last surviving member of the band's classic line-up, has died. He was 67.

Dolores O'Riordan  September 6, 1971 - January 15, 2018
The lead singer of the Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan was the voice of many alternative hits in the '90s, including "Linger," "Dreams' and "Zombie." died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, She was 46.

Dave Holland April 5, 1948 – January 16, 2018
Dave Holland was the drummer for Judas Priest from 1979 until 1989, during which time they recorded classics as 'British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance' and 'Defenders of the Faith.' He died at 69.

Jim Rodford July 7, 1941 - January 20, 2018
Former Kinks bassist and founding bassist's for Argent, Jim Rodford, has died after a fall, according to the Associated Press. He was 76.

Hugh Masekela April 4, 1939 – January 23, 2018
In the '60s, jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela fused jazz and South African rhythms and wound up with a No. 1 pop hit with the instrumental "Grazing in the Grass." He toured with Paul Simon in the 'Graceland' era. He died at 78.

Dennis Edwards February 3, 1943 - February 1, 2018
Dennis Edwards, lead singer of Motown's famed vocal group The Temptations, died Thursday, February 1, 2018. He was 74.

Ndugu Chancler  July 1, 1952  - February 3, 2018
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, died at age 65, racked up an impressive list of credits as a jazz and R&B drummer, including sessions and performances with Miles Davis, Santana, Frank Sinatra and Weather Report. But he's best known for providing the deep groove found on Michael Jackson's classic "Billie Jean."

John Perry Barlow: October 3, 1947 - February 6, 2018
John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Grateful Dead lyricist, died Tuesday, February 6, 2018. He was 70.

Mickey Jones: June 10, 1941 — February 7, 2018
Mickey Jones got his start in show business drumming for Trini Lopez, but made his name in classic rock when Bob Dylan hired him. He later played with Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, and had a career as an actor. He died at the age of 76.

Craig McGregor September 13, 1949 – February 9, 2018
Craig MacGregor, who joined Foghat as a bassist in 1975, has died at 68. MacGregor left Foghat in 1982, coming back for short periods in 1984 and 1986. MacGregor picked up the bass once again in 2005, remaining until his death.

Vic Damone: June 12, 1928 - February 11, 2018
Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as "the best pipes in the business," has died in Florida at 89

Barbara Ann Alston: December 29, 1943 - February 16, 2018
Barbara Ann Alston, co-founder of the Crystals, died Friday, February 16, 2018. She was 74. The Crystals were one of the most popular female vocal groups of the early 1960s. Their hits included “He’s a Rebel,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and “Then He Kissed Me.

Russ Solomon: September 22, 1925 - March 4, 2018
Tower Records founder Russ Solomon has died at age 92. Tower Records was a force in the music industry for many years until the digital music revolution.

Gary Burden: May 23, 1933 – March 7, 2018
Gary Burden's artwork graced the albums covers of many artists associated with the California scene of the '70s. He's most closely associated with Neil Young, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell and the Doors and many others. He at the age of 84.

Nokie Edwards: May 9, 1935 - March 12, 2018
Nokie Edwards, lead guitarist for the influential instrumental rock band The Ventures, has died at 82. The Ventures first made a name for themselves with their instrumental version of “Walk, Don’t Run.” The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960.

Mike Harrison: September 3, 1945 – March 25, 2018
Mike Harrison, died on March 25 at the age of 72, was the lead singer of British progressive rock band Spooky Tooth from 1968-73, during which time he also began a solo career.

Randy Scruggs: August 3, 1953 - April 17, 2018
Randy Scruggs, Grammy-winning country music artist and producer, died Tuesday April 17, 2018, at 64. Scruggs is the son of bluegrass music legend Earl Scruggs. He was named the “Musician of the Year” at the Country Music Association Awards twice.

Eddy Clearwater January 10, 1935 - June 1, 2018
Chicago blues man Eddy Clearwater, lauded for his guitar playing and flamboyant showmanship, died at 83 in Skokie, Illinois. Known as "The Chief," Clearwater was a self-taught guitarist performing with gospel music groups, including the Five Blind Boys of Alabama.

Danny Kirwan. Former Member Fleetwood Mac. May 13, 1950 - June 8, 2018
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died at 68.  His greatest success came with his role as guitarist, singer and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac between 1968 and 1972. He released three albums as a solo artist from 1975 to 1979.

D.J. Fontana. March 15, 1931 - June 13, 2018
D.J. Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock 'n' roll as Elvis Presley's sideman, died June 13, 2018 at 87. In 2000, he played on Paul McCartney's cover of an early Presley hit, "That's All Right."

Matt "Guitar" Murphy: December 29, 1929 - June 15, 2018
Matt "Guitar" Murphy, blues sideman who played with the Blues Brothers and legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, died June 15 at 88.

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