12 Musicians who died in 2018

musicians who died in 2018

Several excellent musicians passed away in 2018, here we celebrate some of their lives and contributions to the world of music January 11, 2018: Fast Eddie Clarke Edward Allan Clarke (known as Fast Eddie) (October 5, 1950 – January 10, 2018), the last remaining member of the classic Motörhead line-up, died aged 67. He began playing the guitar at an early age and by 15 had already played in several local bands. In 1973 he turned…
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Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks) died aged 63

pete shelley the buzzcocks

Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks) died aged 63. He was an English singer, songwriter and guitarist who formed the Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in 1976, and was the lead singer and guitarist from 1977 when Devoto left. The Buzzcocks released the classic “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” in 1978. They broke up in 1981, and reformed in 1989.

Otis Rush died September 29, 2018


Otis Rush Jr. (April 29, 1935 – September 29, 2018) was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. His distinctive guitar style featured a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. With qualities similar to the styles of other 1950s artists Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and was an influence on many musicians, including Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green and Eric Clapton. Rush was left-handed and played left handed,…
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Aretha Franklin died August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin died August 16, 2018

  Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. On March 25, 1942, Aretha Louise Franklin was born at 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara (née Siggers) and Clarence LaVaughn “C. L.” Franklin. Her father was a Baptist minister and circuit preacher originally from Shelby, Mississippi, while her mother was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. The family moved to Buffalo, New York, when Aretha was just two, and then, before her fifth birthday, to Detroit,…
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Rapper XXXTentacion (Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) murdered in Florida June 18, 2018


Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 – June 18, 2018), known by his stage name XXXTentacion has been shot and killed in Miami, Florida. Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy (XXXTentacion) (January 23, 1998 – June 18, 2018), was an American rapper, singer and songwriter. XXXTentacion was born on January 23, 1998, in Plantation, Florida, to Jamaican parents, Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy and Cleopatra Bernard, and was raised by his grandmother Collette Jones in Pompano Beach, Florida, and Lauderhill, Florida. When he was…
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The Temptations Dennis Edwards has died aged 74.

Dennis Edwards dies

  Dennis Edwards Jr. (February 3, 1943 – February 1, 2018) was an American soul and R&B singer, and most famously a lead singer of The Temptations. Edwards was born in Fairfield, Alabama, which is about eight miles from Birmingham. His father was Reverend Dennis Edwards Sr and young Dennis started singing in his father’s church at just two years old. The Edwards family moved to Detroit, Michigan when Dennis Jr was ten years old,…
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Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries dies suddenly aged 46

Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has died suddenly at the age of 46. Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan (September 6, 1971 – January 15, 2018) was an Irish singer, songwriter, musician and lead singer with The Cranberries.   Dolores O’Riordan was born on September 6, 1971 in Ballybricken, County Limerick, and was the youngest of nine children, two of which sadly died in infancy. Her father, Terry O’Riordan (1937–2011), was a farm labourer and her mother,…
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Motörhead’s Fast Eddie dies at 67

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  Edward Allan Clarke (known as Fast Eddie) (October 5, 1950 – January 10, 2018), the last remaining member of the classic Motörhead line-up has died aged 67. He passed away peacefully in hospital after battling pneumonia. He was born in London, England on October 5, 1950 and began playing the guitar at an early age. By 15 he had already played in several local bands and in 1973 he turned professional by joining blues…
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