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For many, February 3, 1959, was the day the music died. It was on that fateful day that Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson (aka “The Big Bopper”) and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Its impact was so deep that 12 years later singer/songwriter Don McLean immortalized the event in the song “American Pie.” But for a whole different generation, it seems 2016 was the year the music died as so many notable artists from the music industry were lost. Sadly, we wish we could isolate 2016 as an anomaly. But the fact is that during a three-year period from January 2014 to April 2017, there have been nearly 500 music industry people who have passed away: 483 to be exact. Let that number sink in for a moment: 483. Of course, we are talking about singers, songwriters, musicians, and producers. Some of these people were famous, some infamous, some obscure and unknown— from the biggest stars to the one-hit wonders, from studio musicians to touring band members. While some of these people changed the music industry, some had major influences on pop culture and society as a whole. Some had an impact on people of all walks of life. While listing all those who have passed away during the past three years would be nearly impossible, we have painstakingly narrowed down the list below to those who we believe have been the most influential of the group based on various criteria. Chuck Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017): Often regarded as the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Berry’s songs “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode,” transformed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll unique. By writing lyrics that focused on teen life, he developed a music style that incorporated guitar solos and showmanship that had was a major influence on the rock music that came after him. John Berry (May 31, 1963 – May 19, 2016): An original member of hip-hop group the Beastie Boys along with Mike Diamond, Adam Yauch, and Kate Schellenbach, Berry is credited with coming up with the name when the group formed in July 1981. When the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, Berry was recognized as a formative member of the band’s early years. David Bowie (January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016): Passing away two days after his 69th birthday and a quiet, 18-month battle with cancer, Bowie broke a lot of rules as a performer and became famous, if not infamous, for both his talent and gender-bending creativity. The iconic “Fame,” “Space Oddity” and “Ziggy Stardust” singer was a master of music as well as makeovers, as he often challenged stereotypes and labels while producing hits in a variety of genres including glam rock, funk and hip-hop. His final album, Blackstar, was released just a few days before his death. Bob Burns (November 24, 1950 – April 3, 2015): In 1964 Burns helped to form Lynyrd Skynyrd with Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Larry Junstrom. He remained with the band as its drummer until 1974 when life on the road became overwhelming. In 1996, he participated in a performance to promote Freebird: The Movie. On March 13, 2006, he rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd for one performance as he played alongside Rossington, Billy Powell, Ed King, Artimus Pyle and the Honkettes at Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Burns died shortly after leaving his home in Cartersville, Georgia from an automobile accident when he hit a mailbox and tree on a sharp curve. Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 10, 2016): Identified as a Canadian crooner, Cohen’s songwriting and poetry influenced countless musicians with its dark emotional response and satirical humor. During his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2008 it was said, “For six decades, Leonard Cohen revealed his soul to the world through poetry and song—his deep and timeless humanity touching our very core. Simply brilliant. His music and words will resonate forever.” His song “Hallelujah” is considered by many to be his finest work. Just before he died, he released the album, You Want It Darker, which explored big questions about mortality and the almighty. Natalie Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015): The daughter of Nat King Cole, Natalie ascended to musical stardom in the mid-1970s as a Rhythm and Blues singer with “This Will Be,” “Inseparable” and “Our Love.” After a cooling off period because of falling record sales and failed performances due to severe drug addiction, Cole bounced back strong on the pop music scene with her 1987 cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.” By the 1990s, she was recording standards originally performed by her father which resulted in her biggest success. Unforgettable... with Love, which sold more than 7 million copies, and produced a haunting duet with her late father (and sold more than 30 million records worldwide), won Natalie seven Grammy Awards. Cole died due to congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Keith Emerson (November 2, 1944 – March 11, 2016) and Greg Lake (November 10, 1947 – December 7, 2016): Together with Carl Palmer, who is the only surviving member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Keith Emerson, and Greg Lake co-founded ELP in 1970. Billboard called Emerson, Lake & Palmer progressive rock’s first supergroup as the three Brits often delighted audiences with elaborate instrumentation and sophisticated stage shows, including pyrotechnics. Emerson died in Santa Monica, California, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while Lake passed away after a battle with cancer.

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