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Proof that 2016 is basically pond scum: musical legends we lost this year

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:44 IST

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the year 2016 has universally been an absolute washout. A year that we've largely spent weeping over people we lost, elections won (Hi Trump!), rules enforced (Hi demonetisation!) and devastating natural calamities.

Christmas celebrations came to a screeching halt as news of the death of one of the biggest cultural icons, George Michael, became public knowledge. Last Christmas no longer feels like just a song.

In no order whatsoever, here are the legendary names from the music industry that we lost this year:

  • George Michael (1963 - 2016)

British singer, song, record producer.

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  • Leon Russell (1942 - 2016)

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter

  • Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

Canadian novelist, singer, poet, painter and songwriter

  • John Berry (1959-2016)

American country musician. One of the Beastie Boys.

  • Prince (1958-2016)

Non-conformist American singer, songwriter, record producer

Also read: Prince: a pop chameleon whose music contained multitudes

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  • Merle Haggard (1937 -2016)

American singer, guitarist, songwriter.

  • Phife Dawg (1970-2016)

American rapper.

  • Frank Sinatra Jr (1944-2016)

American songwriter and singer. The son of Frank Sinatra and

Nancy Barbato.

  • Joey Feek (1975-2016)

American country musician.

  • Denise Matthews (1959-2016)

Canadian dancer, singer, songwriter, model.

  • Maurice White (1941-2016)

Record producer, songwriter, singer.

  • Paul Kantner (1941 -2016)

American psychedelic musician, singer and songwriter.

  • Glenn Frey (1948 -2016)

American singer, songwriter. Founded the rock band, The Eagles.

  • Dale Griffin (19480-2016)

British musician, drummer. Founder of Mott the Hoople.

  • Sharon Jones (1956-2016)

American soul singer and actor.

  • David Bowie (1947-2016)
British musician, singer, actor, songwriter. 70s legend.

Also read: David Bowie succumbs to cancer 3 days after album release

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First published: 26 December 2016, 6:33 IST