Since 2016, I have been curating Spotify playlists consisting of songs by artists who have passed away this year. It makes for a very interesting and eclectic playlist, because it will contain oldies rock and country from musicians who’ve naturally passed away from old age; young hip-hop and metal musicians cut down in their prime by overdose, accident, or murder; and every particular genre and decade.
Some notable losses in 2023 include Earth Wind & Fire / Deniece Williams / Donnie Hathaway / The Emotions drummer Fred White, The Yardbirds’ / Jeff Beck Group / Beck, Bogert & Appice guitar icon / double Hall-of-Famer Jeff Beck, Elvis Presley’s only daughter Lisa Marie Presley, Bachman-Turner Overdrive‘s founding drummer Robbie Bachman, double Hall-of-Famer with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young David Crosby,Classics IV / Atlanta Rhythm Section keyboardist Dean Daughtry,Three Dog Night’s drummer Floyd Sneed, and Motown Records’ first hit (“Money [That’s What I Want]”) singer Barrett Strong.
The musicians are listed in descending order (most recent to pass) here and in ascending order on the Spotify playlist (to listen to the year’s musicians in order).
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