Tag Archive: dead musicians 2020

Joe Diffie, country music singer, died March 29, 2020 from COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Joe Logan Diffie (December 28, 1958 – March 29, 2020) was an American country music singer born into a musical family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1958. After working as a demo singer in the 1980s, he signed with Epic Records’ Nashville division in 1990, and between then and 2004, Joe Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which peaked at number one. These were his debut release “Home”, “If…
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Alan Merrill died March 29, 2020 from COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Alan Merrill (February 19, 1951 – March 29, 2020) was born Allan Preston Sachs and was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor and model. In the early 1970s, Alan Merrill was the first Westerner to achieve pop star status in Japan. He was the co-writer of, and lead singer on, the first released version of the song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, which was recorded by the Arrows in 1975. Allan Preston Sachs (Alan Merrill) …
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Jan Howard, country music singer, died March 28, 2020

Jan Howard (March 13, 1929 – March 28, 2020) was born Lula Grace Johnson and was an American country music singer, songwriter, and author. Born in Missouri, Jan Howard had her first hit in 1960 with The One You Slip Around With, and had a string of others including Evil on Your Mind and Bad Seed. As a singer, she placed 30 singles on the Billboard country songs chart, was a Grand Ole Opry member…
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Bill Rieflin drummer for King Crimson and R.E.M. died on March 24, 2020

Bill Rieflin drummer for King Crimson and R.E.M.died on March 24, 2020

William (Bill) Frederick Rieflin (September 29, 1960 – March 24, 2020) was an American musician. Bill Rieflin came to fame in the 1990s mainly for his work as a drummer with groups such as Ministry, the Revolting Cocks, Lard, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans, Chris Connelly, and Nine Inch Nails. Bill Rieflin began his professional musical career in his hometown of Seattle in 1975, when he was in The Telepaths, he then played drums for The Blackouts…
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Manu Dibango, jazz legend, dies aged 86 from COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Manu Dibango dies aged 86

Emmanuel N’Djoké “Manu” Dibango (December 12, 1933 – March 24, 2020) was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He was best known for his 1972 single “Soul Makossa.” Manu Dibango was born in Douala, Cameroon. His father, Michel Manfred N’Djoké Dibango, was a civil servant, and his mother a fashion designer, running her own small business. Both her ethnic…
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Kenny Rogers: Country music legend dies aged 81

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Kenneth Ray Rogers (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. Kenny Rogers was the fourth of eight children born on August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Although he was most successful with country audiences, Kenny Rogers had more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for…
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Barbara Martin from The Supremes dies aged 76

Barbara Diane Martin Richardson (June 1, 1943 – March 4, 2020) was born in Detroit and was an American singer, best known for being one of the original members of legendary Motown group The Supremes. After Betty McGlown left the Primettes, as she was getting married, Barbara Martin replaced her in the group in 1960. She and her group mates, Diana Ross (then known as Diane), Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, signed a recording contract…
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Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for rock band Rush, has died, aged 67, from brain cancer.

Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and lyricist of the rock band Rush. He received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983. His drumming was renowned for its technical proficiency, and his live performances for their exacting nature and stamina. Neil Peart was born in Hamilton, Ontario and grew…
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