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2013 In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost This Year

The music world said goodbye to Lou Reed, JJ Cale, George Jones and many other legends


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For as much joy as music brings us every year, it also brings us some sadness. Lou Reed, George Jones, Ray Price — we lost true legends in 2013, as well as a host of other beloved and talented musicians and music industry figures.

By Kenny Herzog and Rolling Stone Staff

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Peter Banks

The original guitarist for British prog pioneers Yes, Banks (far left) died from heart failure in his London home on March 7th. He was 65.

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Cedric “Im” Brooks

The Jamaican-born saxophonist, famous for his playing alongside reggae artists like Burning Spear and as part of ska group the Skatalites, dies from cardiac arrest in a New York hospital on May 3rd. He was 70.

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Phil Buerstatte

The former White Zombie drummer and member of Wisconsin metal band Last Crack died in his sleep from undisclosed causes on May 19th. He was 46.

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Clive Burr

Iron Maiden's original drummer, who played on the British heavy metal act's first three records — including the landmark The Number of the Beast — died from multiple sclerosis on March 12 at the age of 56.

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Donald Byrd

A jazz trumpeter, Byrd was both a groundbreaker in hard bop and helped steward the genre's pop crossover, died of undisclosed causes on February 4th. He was 80-years-old.

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Benjamin Curtis

Benjamin Curtis, the former Secret Machines guitarist and Tripping Daisy drummer who most recently made up half of the dream-pop duo School of Seven Bells, died at age 35 after battling T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Mac Curtis

Pioneering rockabilly star Mac Curtis died on September 16th from a brain hematoma brought on by injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 74.

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Arash Farazmand, Soroush Farazmand, and Ali Eskandarian

Brothers Arash and Soroush Farazmand, 28 and 27-years-old respectively, both founding members of Iranian indie band the Yellow Dogs, were tragically shot and killed in their Brooklyn apartment on November 11 by fellow musician Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafe. Arash and Soroush's neighbor, songwriter Ali Eskandrian, was also murdered, before Rafe took his own life on the building's roof.

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Pat Fear

The frontman for California punk eccentrics White Flag was an advocate for music outsiders up until his death from natural causes on September 24th. He was 52.

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Eydie Gorme

The beloved balladeer and "Blame it on the Bossa Nova" singer, who toured and performed for decades with husband Steve Lawrence as Steve and Eydie, died from an undisclosed illness on August 10th. She was 84.

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Scott Hardkiss

The influential San Francisco-cum-New York electronic DJ, who was one-third of techno trio the Hardkiss Brothers, died of undisclosed causes on March 25th. He was 43.

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Faye Hunter

The original bassist/co-vocalist for '80s jangle-poppers and R.E.M. contemporaries Let's Active died of an apparent suicide at her North Carolina home on July 21st. She was 59-years-old.

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Rick Huxley

The bass player for British Invasion pop stars and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Dave Clark Five died on February 11. Huxley had battled for years with emphysema, though the official cause of death was not disclosed. He was 72.

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Yusef Lateef

The lyrical reed player, one of the first to introduce world music influences into jazz, died on December 23rd at 93.

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Claudio Leo

The ex-Lacuna Coil guitarist and founder of rock band Cayne (far left) died from an undisclosed illness on January 17th. His age is unknown.


Jackie Lomax

The singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after joining the Beatles' Apple Records roster in the late '60s and collaborating with the Fab Four, died from cancer on September 15th. He was 69 years old.

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Jason Molina

The venerable singer-songwriter behind longtime indie favorites Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., Molina had struggled with alcohol abuse. He died of natural causes in his Indianapolis home on March 16th at age 39.

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Mick Morris

Morris, bassist for popular 2000s metalcore outfit Eighteen Visions and known to fans as MickDeth, succumbed to a pre-existing heart condition on June 2. He was 35 years old.

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Junior Murvin

Reggae legend Murvin had has biggest hit with the Lee Perry-produced "Police and Thieves," later covered by the Clash. He died, aged 67, in Port Antonio, Jamaica, from complications of diabetes and hypertension.

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Patti Page

Page, the record-setting vocalist who charted more than 111 hits including "(How Much is that) Doggie in the Window" and "Tennessee Waltz," died from undisclosed causes — though she had been suffering from heart and lung ailments — on New Year's Day. She was 85-years-old.


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Romanthony, the house producer and DJ who sang the hook on Daft Punk's 2000 single "One More Time," died on May 7th at the age of 45. The family of Romanthony, whose real name was Anthony Moore, confirmed that he died from complications of kidney disease.

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