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.
- 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
- Merle Haggard (1937 -2016)
American singer, guitarist, songwriter.
- Phife Dawg (1970-2016)
- Frank Sinatra Jr (1944-2016)
American songwriter and singer. The son of Frank Sinatra and
- 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)
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