The singer-guitarist, who famously mentored the Beatles on their look and sound and featured them as his backup band on singles like "My Bonnie," died of undisclosed causes on February 16th. He was 72.
Smith, a founding member of original Detroit soul group the Spinners, died from pneumonia and flu-related complications on March 16th. He was 76.
The eldest member of R&B legends the Staples Singers, Cleotha Staples (at left) died at her home from Alzheimer's disease on February 21st. She was 78.
The yodeling country songwriter, who notched hits with the likes of "Unchain My Heart" and "Love Song of the Waterfall," died on June 19th of heart failure. He was 90.