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2014 In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost This Year

The music world said goodbye to Jack Bruce, Pete Seeger, Bobby Womack and many other legends

Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce

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In just the past few weeks, the music world lost Rolling Stones sax player Bobby Keys and Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, though they were only a few of the brilliant musicians who passed away in 2014. We also said goodbye to Devo's Bob Casale, songwriter Gerry Goffin, Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang and many more. Here's a celebration of their lives and contributions.

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker

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Joe Cocker

The gravely voiced singer, who scored huge hits with "You Are So Beautiful," "Up Where We Belong" and his brilliant cover of "With A Little Help From My Friends," died from lung cancer on December 22nd. He was 70. 

Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen

Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen

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Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen

The big-voiced singer who fronted Survivor, Toto, LeRoux and Trillion, died from liver cancer on January 14th. He was 62. 

Shane Gibson

Shane Gibson

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Shane Gibson

The Korn guitarist, who toured with the group after Brian "Head" Welch's departure, died on April 15th due to a blood clotting disorder. He was 35. 

Gerry Goffin

Gerry Goffin

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Gerry Goffin

Along with his writing partner (and ex-wife, Carole King), Goffin co-wrote countless classics songs, including "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "The Loco-Motion" and "Take Good Care of My Baby." He died of natural causes on June 19th. He was 75. 

Jake Hooker

Jake Hooker

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Jake Hooker

The Arrows guitarist, who co-wrote their landmark anthem "I Love Rock and Roll," died in Malibu, California, on August 4th. He was 61. 

Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles

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Frankie Knuckles

The groundbreaking Bronx-based DJ, who essentially created the house music movement and worked tirelessly in the field through the 1980s and 1990s, died of complications related to diabetes. He was 59. 

Joe Lala

Joe Lala

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Joe Lala

The percussionist, who played with Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Janis Joplin and many others before switching gears and becoming a successful actor, died from lung cancer on March 18th. He was 66. 

James Levesque

James Levesque

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James Levesque

The skate-rock pioneer, who played bass in Agent Orange during their 1980s heyday and later worked as an industry publicist, died on October 19th. 

"Ikey" Owens

"Ikey" Owens

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“Ikey” Owens

A touring keyboardist for Jack White and the Mars Volta, Owens died of a heart attack on October 14th. He was 38. 

Tommy Ramone

Tommy Ramone

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Tommy Ramone

The founding drummer in the groundbreaking New York punk group, who produced their early work and co-wrote songs like "Blitzkreig Bop" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," died of bile duct cancer on July 11th. He was 65. 

Billy Rath

Billy Rath

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Billy Rath

The Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers bassist, who played on their classic 1977 LP L.A.M.F. and toured with the Sex Pistols, died in April after battling a long illness. He was 66. 

Paul Revere

Paul Revere

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Paul Revere

The "Madman of Rock & Roll," the leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders, who was known for his unique outfits, infectious stage persona and garage-rock hits died of cancer on October 4th. He was 76.

DJ E-Z Rock

DJ E-Z Rock (right) and Rob Base

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DJ E-Z Rock

One-half of the Harlem hip-hop duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, best known for their 1988 hit "It Takes Two," died on April 28th due to complications related to diabetes. He was 46. 

Rick Rosas

Rick Rosas

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Rick Rosas

Rick "The Bass Player" Rosas, who played on many of Neil Young's albums and tours during the past 25 years, died of cancer on November 7th. He was 65. 

Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin

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Jimmy Ruffin

The Motown singer and brother of Temptations frontman David Ruffin scored a huge hit in 1966 with "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted." He died of unknown causes on November 17th. He was 78. 

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

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Pete Seeger

The folk music legend, who wrote "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" and "If I Had a Hammer" and spent over seven decades tirelessly crusading for the common man, died of natural causes on January 27th. He was 94. 

Maria Von Trapp

Maria Von Trapp

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Maria von Trapp

The last surviving member of the von Trapp family, who provided the inspiration for The Sound of Music, died in her sleep on February 18th. She was 99. 

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack

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Bobby Womack

The soul icon, who wrote "It's All Over Now," "Across 110th Street" and recently worked with Gorillaz, died after years of battling numerous medical issues on June 27th. He was 70. 

Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester

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Jesse Winchester

The sing-songwriter, who played a major role in 1960s anti-war movement when he moved to Canada to avoid the draft and was later pardoned by Jimmy Carter, died from bladder cancer on April 11th. He was 69. 

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter

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Johnny Winter

The Texas blues guitarist, who recorded 20 albums over his long career and worked with everyone from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton to his brother Edgar, died of unknown causes on July 16th. He was 70. 

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