Those Are People Who Died, Died: Musical Passings of 2012

Categories: Miles-tones

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Rocks Off put it off as long as we could, because December has been a pretty rough month. It always is for music. (Hollywood, too.) But it's time to call the roll of people who played or sang their last note in 2012, plus a few who were just as instrumental offstage.

Precious few corners of the musical spectrum went untouched this year. In memoriam:


  • Levon Helm, The Band
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Doc Watson
  • Andy Griffith
  • Kitty Wells
  • Joe South
  • Scott McKenzie
  • Gene Thomas, Gene & Debbe
  • Davy Jones, The Monkees
  • Robin Gibb, The Bee Gees
  • Andy Williams
  • Hal David, lyricist ("The Look of Love")
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Javier Olivares, La Pura Sabrosura
  • Johnny Perez, Sir Douglas Quintet
  • Jenni Rivera
  • Donna Summer
  • Etta James
  • Whitney Houston
  • Marva Whitney
  • Jimmy Ellis, The Trammps
  • Johnny Otis
  • Jimmy McCracklin
  • Donald "Duck" Dunn, Booker T & the MGs
  • Ronnie Montrose, Montrose
  • Adam "MCA" Yauch, Beastie Boys
  • Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac
  • Greg Ham, Men at Work
  • Dennis Flemion, The Frogs
  • Lee Dorman, Iron Butterfly
  • Jon Lord, Deep Purple
  • Mike Scaccia, Rigor Mortis/Ministry
  • Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence

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