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 2024 include Starsky & Hutch’s one-hit wonder David Soul, “Brand New Key” singer Melanie, Tony-winning actress Chita Rivera,MC5 guitarist/songwriter Wayne Kramer, country singer Toby Keith, psychobilly pioneer Mojo Nixon, the last surviving original member of The SpinnersHenry Fambrough, and founding member of Morgan HeritagePeetah Morgan.
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). Click the cover art to listen to that week’s episode of Rest in Playlist as heard every Friday Night at 10pm Pacific on KSHD-FM in Shady Cove, Oregon.
[28 Feb 2024] Cat Janice, 31, American singer-songwriter, cancer.
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