It’s been a sad year in the world of music and it’s a difficult thing to talk about, but it’s important to recognise the incredible people we unfortunately lost to ‘the curse of 2016’
I’m sure you know about most of the celebrities who died this year – Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Peter Vaughan, Andrew Sachs, Gene Wilder, Victoria Wood…. Too many greats in just a year have left our TV screens and they were part of the lives of so many of us, that everyone feels loss in some way. Similarly, some giants of the music world died this year who are an incredible part of history but we have to remember no matter how unfortunate their deaths are, we were lucky enough to be around during their time. Below, two significant musicians will be featured and a little description about why they were so important in musical history, and at the bottom will Ben a list of other notable musicians who we lost this year.
First of all, David Bowie died on January 10th of this year.
“Never look back, walk tall, act fine” – David Bowie, Golden Years
David Bowie was a shape-shifter…. probably. He was a chameleon who managed to simultaneously lead and follow trends throughout his life and career, and his multiple alter-egos / characters are some of the most well-remembered in musical history. His untimely death 2 days after the release of his final album Blackstar left the world confused and searching for a meaning and a link between the album, his illness and his life.
I don’t believe anyone will truly ever be able to ‘understand’ him, we can simply marvel at his career and mourn for the enigma that was and is David Bowie.
CLICK HERE to have a look through a timeline of David.
Below is a haunting song from Bowie’s final album called Lazarus.
Secondly, Leonard Cohen died on the 7th November.
“he makes me think of an Old Testament prophet, descending from the mountain, his songs carved in stone, to offer them to an unworthy world.” – Frank Turner, describing Cohen
Leonard Cohen, with his signature macabre tone and lyrical content became the man many, many singer-songwriters look to. When he died, Frank Turner described him as an ‘Old Testament prophet’ type of song-writer (full quote above). Read Frank’s full article mourning the death of his idol here.
Leonard Cohen is probably most well known as the writer of Hallelujah, a truly stunning piece of music once famously recorded by Jeff Buckley, and if you haven’t yet heard Leonard Cohen’s original it’s a must-listen.
Other 2016 musician deaths:
- Lemmy -Bassist and Frontman of Motörhead died on 28th December 2015 – near enough to add to this list
- Greg Lake – Of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson
- Keith Emerson – Of Emerson, Lake and Palmer
- Prince – Solo pop musician
- Frank Sinatra Jr – Singer/song-writer, Son of singer Frank Sinatra