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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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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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