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Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016): Although he once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, Prince Rogers Nelson’s music rose above genres and transcended generations as a dazzling mix of pop, rock and downright funk. In addition to writing and performing songs for himself such as “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “Raspberry Beret” and many others, he wrote songs for such performers as: The Bangles (“Manic Monday”), Sheena Easton (“Sugar Walls”), Sinead O’Connor (“Nothing Compares 2 U”), Alicia Keys (“How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore”) and Cyndi Lauper’s cover of (“When You Were Mine”) to name a few. Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. His shocking death last year drew an international outpouring of grief and admiration from around the world, showing just how influential he was to the masses as well as the reach and impact he had on pop culture in general. In a strange twist of fate, Prince’s protégé, Vanity, also passed away in 2016, just two months before her mentor. Scott Weiland (October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015): During a career that spanned three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots from 1989 to 2002 and again from 2008 to 2013. He was also a member of the supergroup Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008 and recorded one album with Art of Anarchy. His onstage presence was considered both chaotic and flamboyant as he was not only known for frequently changing his appearance but his vocal style (he sometimes used a megaphone during concerts for vocal effects). While touring in Minnesota for his album Blaster, Weiland died of a drug overdose on his tour bus. Upon his death, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan called Weiland one of three “voices of the generation” along with Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain. Cory Wells (February 5, 1941 – October 20, 2015): In 1968 Wells and Danny Hutton – a former songwriter and performer for Hanna-Barbera Productions – formed the band Three Dog Night. They added a third lead singer, Chuck Negron, whom Hutton had met at a Hollywood party. Wells sang the lead vocal on the band’s #1 hit “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).” He once said that Randy Newman, who wrote the song, called him on the phone to thank him for “putting my kids through college.” Wells died suddenly in his sleep in Dunkirk, New York from an infection related to multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 4, 2016): A singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader, White was the founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. Leaving behind a legacy of funky, spiritually uplifting songs that were loved by audiences of all colors and creeds, White was nominated for 20 Grammy Awards and won 7. Some of his hits were “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song” and “September.” He worked with several famous recording artists, including Deniece Williams, the Emotions, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond. White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the late ‘80s, which led him to stop touring with the band in 1994. He retained executive control of Earth, Wind & Fire and remained active in the music business. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire. White died in his sleep from the effects of Parkinson’s disease at his home in Los Angeles. John Geils (February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017): Between 1970 and 1985, The J. Geils Band release 11 albums. For their first few years, the group was mostly influenced by rhythm and blues and soul music before moving toward rock and pop. In 1980 Geils and his band breakthrough with the album and title track “Love Stinks” which they followed up with 1982’s Freeze Frame which produced the song of the same name and the hit “Centerfold,” which sat at #1 for six weeks. When the band broke up in 1985, Geils put down the guitar and began concentrating on auto racing. In 1992 he got back into music producing an album for Danny Klein and formed the band Bluestime with Magic Dick. He also played in the New Guitar Summit and the acoustic trio Kings of Strings. In 2005, he released his first solo jazz album. In 2009 the town of Groton, Massachusetts proclaimed December 1st as “J. Geils Day” and in 2015 Geils was named to the Wall of Honor at his high school alma mater in Bernardsville, New Jersey. He passed of natural causes at his home in Groton. Header photo by Lenscap Photography

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