Suckwad extraordinaire, 2016, sucked. Even the Olympics sucked. THE FUCKING OLYMPICS!!! The Cubs, the team that was never going to win the World Series, won. Then the guy who was never supposed to be president won. And it took some of our dearest musical talents on the way out the door. Here to closing the door on this shitstorm of a year.
Queen of the gypsies, Esma Redzepova. Read the tribute HERE
Native Jamaican ska pioneer, Prince Buster passed at age 78, from a series of heart ailments. Read his New York Times obit HERE.
Co-founder of the the soul act, Earth Wind and Fire. Read his Billboard obit HERE.
Kieth Emerson, 1/3 of the prog-folk group Emerson, Lake and Palmer–read his Guardian obit HERE.
Glenn Frye co-founded the American band, The Eagles. Read The Telegraph obit HERE.
Quebecois crooner, Leonard Cohen shaped poetry, performance, novelist and folk artistry for generations. Listen to his tribute HERE.
U.K. glam rock icon, David Bowie inspired fashion, visual art and sound alike. Read more via the BBC HERE.
Co-founder of the seminal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest fell to complication from diabetes. Read MORE via Rolling Stone.
Kilmister died on Dec. 28th 2015 at the age of 70. He was the founding member of the metal act Motorhead. Read his obit HERE via Ultimate Classic Rock.
Soul goddess, Sharon Jones died of complications from a stroke. Read her tribute HERE.
Legendary pop star and philanthropist, George Michael, often appeared at charitable events under a “no press” stipulation. Read his brief homage HERE.
And finally, Minneapolis funk god performs live in front of a an orchestra at the 2007 Superbowl. Read the Minnesota Public Radio tribute HERE. He was 57.