singer for influential Krautrock band Can dies at 74 – .

55 Damo Suzuki was a singer and musician best known for his 1970s tenure with the influential Krautrock band Can, appearing on three of their most widely praised records: “Tago Mago,” “Ege Bamyası,” and “Future Days.”  Damo Suzuki’s legacy  Born in Japan, Suzuki had moved to Europe and was busking on the streets of Germany… Continue reading singer for influential Krautrock band Can dies at 74 – .

frontman of Celtic band the Pogues dies at 65 – .

103 Shane MacGowan was a singer and songwriter who fronted the Celtic band the Pogues, a politically charged, Celtic music-inspired folk-rock band best known for their Christmas ballad, “Fairytale of New York.”  Shane MacGowan’s legacy  MacGowan was born in Kent, England, but spent his early childhood years in Tipperary, Ireland. In 1971, he earned a… Continue reading frontman of Celtic band the Pogues dies at 65 – .

drummer for funk band Lakeside dies at 72 – .

66 Fred Lewis was the drummer for the funk band Lakeside, known for their 1981 hit “Fantastic Voyage.”  Fred Lewis’s legacy  Lewis was a member of Lakeside since the band’s early days in Dayton, Ohio, in the early 1970s. He played congas, timbales, and other percussion. Lakeside had their first hit in 1978 with “It’s… Continue reading drummer for funk band Lakeside dies at 72 – .

doo-wop band leader of the Earls dies at 82 – .

247 Larry Chance was a doo-wop singer and band leader whose band, Larry Chance and the Earls, had a series of minor hits in the 1960s and later became a fan favorite in the oldies revival scene.  Larry Chance’s legacy  Born Larry Figueiredo in the Bronx, New York City, but raised in Philadelphia, Chance moved… Continue reading doo-wop band leader of the Earls dies at 82 – .

The Band cofounder dies, 80 – .

10 Robbie Robertson was a songwriter and musician who cofounded the classic Americana group The Band, writing “The Weight” and several more of their best-known songs, as well as playing lead guitar for Bob Dylan. Robbie Robertson’s legacy  Born in Canada to an Indigenous mother and a Jewish father who was killed in a hit-and-run,… Continue reading The Band cofounder dies, 80 – .

Dazz Band drummer dies at 69 – .

101 Isaac “Ike” Wiley was the founding drummer for the 1980s R&B/funk band the Dazz Band, known for their hit, “Let It Whip.”  Isaac “Ike” Wiley’s legacy  Wiley co-founded the Dazz Band in Cleveland in 1976 alongside his bassist brother, the late Michael Wiley, and others. Taking their name from a mashup of “danceable jazz,” the… Continue reading Dazz Band drummer dies at 69 – .

Brian “Brizz” Gillis (1976–2023), co-founded boy band LFO 

100 Brian “Brizz” Gillis was a founding member of the boy band LFO, who had a hit in 1999 with “Summer Girls.”  Brian “Brizz” Gillis’ legacy  Gillis was one of three founding members of LFO (an acronym for Lyte Funkie Ones), a boy band originating from New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1995. LFO had early moderate… Continue reading Brian “Brizz” Gillis (1976–2023), co-founded boy band LFO