16 musicians who died in 2017

al jarreau

Several excellent musicians passed away in 2017, here we celebrate some of their lives and contributions to the world of music.   February 12, 2017: Al Jarreau Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American singer and musician who received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Al Jarreau earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ripon College in Wisconsin in 1962, and…
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David Cassidy dies aged 67

David Cassidy, who shot to fame in The Partridge Family, before going on to become a teen pop idol in the 1970s, has died aged 67. David Bruce Cassidy (April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017) was an actor, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He first became famous playing Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge, in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family. This role led to him becoming one of the biggest teen idols and…
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Malcolm Young dies aged 64

Malcolm Young dies

  Malcolm Mitchell Young (6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017) was a Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter, and co-founder, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of legendary hard rock, heavy metal band AC/DC. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland to William and Margaret Young on 6 January 1953 and the family moved to Australia in 1963, when Malcolm was 10. Except for a brief absence in 1988, Malcolm was with AC/DC from its beginning in November 1973…
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Fats Domino: dies aged 89

RIP Fats Domino

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr, (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter and probably the most influential rock and roll performers of the 1950s and 60s, has died of natural causes aged 89. He was born at home with the help of his grandmother, a midwife, and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the eighth and last child of Antoine Caliste Domino, a well-known violinist, and Marie-Donatille Gros. The family was…
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Tom Petty dies aged 66.

RIP Tom Petty

  Thomas Earl (Tom) Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) as born in Gainesville, Florida, the first of two sons of Earl and Kitty Petty. He was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, and best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s super group the Traveling Wilburys, with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George…
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Grant Hart from Hüsker Dü Dies at 56

Grant Hart, Hüsker Dü Drummer and Singer, Dies from Liver Cancer at 56.   Grantzberg “Grant” Vernon Hart (March 18, 1961 – September 14, 2017) was an American musician, best known as the drummer and co-songwriter for the alternative, hardcore punk rock band Hüsker Dü. Grant was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the youngest of three children born to a credit union employee and a shop teacher. When he was 10, his older brother was…
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Troy Gentry died on September 8, 2017

Troy Gentry (April 5, 1967 – September 8. 2017), of country duo Montgomery Gentry, has died following a helicopter crash in New Jersey, he was 50. Gentry was born in Lexington, Ky., on April 5, 1967 but called Nashville home. He was married with two children. Musicians Eddie and Troy, who were both natives of Kentucky, began performing in the 1990s as part of two different bands with Montgomery’s brother, John Michael Montgomery. In 1999…
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Don Williams died aged 78 on September 8, 2017

Don Williams dies

Donald Ray Williams (May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017) was an American country singer and songwriter. He died in Mobile, Alabama aged 78. He was the youngest of three sons and was born on May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas and grew up in Portland, Texas. He moved to Nashville in the late 1960s and wrote songs for some of country music’s biggest artists, such as “Cowboy” Jack Clement. Don spent seven years with…
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Walter Becker from Steely Dan died aged 67 on September 3, 2017

Walter Carl Becker (February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017) was an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter of Steely Dan. He died on September 3, 2017 following an undisclosed illness, aged 67. When he was a young boy his parents separated, and he was raised by his father and grandmother, and lived in Queens and then from the age of five in Scarsdale,…
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Glen Campbell died aged 81 on August 8, 2017

RI{P Glen Campbell

  Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, television host, and actor. He died of Alzheimer’s disease in Nashville on August 8, 2017, aged 81. He was best know for hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Galveston and Wichita Linesman. Glen Travis Campbell was the seventh son of 12 children born to John Wesley and Carrie Dell (Stone) Campbell in Billstown, near Delight, Arkansas. The family lived on…
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