In the last year - Paul Kantner, co-founder of Jefferson/Jefferson Airplane/Starship, in the group before Grace Slick. I love this San Francisco group. I think they were one of the first true rock bands.
Musicians Who Died in the Last Year - or Through the Years- Who Do you Miss Most ?
oops -- I must have accidentally deleted something -- Signe Anderson, the first female vocalist in the group (before Grace Slick) also died 2016.
I think my list is much the same as flippers.
Stevie Ray Vaughan hit me hard. From the first time I heard him on the radio, the music touched me in a way other music never really had. Oh there were catchy tunes, bands I learned to love, etc. But his guitar just moved me. That's not like me. SRV's music was different.
Add to that that I was there at his last concert in Alpine Valley outside of East Troy, Wisconsin. A place I sometimes worked during the summers. The encore was awesome with like a 20 minute version of Sweet Home Chicago featuring Stevie, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, and his brother Jimmie Vaughan. SRV had changed into an all white outfit.
PS I met Stevie in 84 after a great show, he was pretty hammered though.
flipper mentioned Janis Joplin. I think she would have soared to amazing heights.
Gone to soon unfortunately.
Ahh, LOVED Janis Joplin my fav! I saw her live in San Francisco late 60's.
Very sad so young.
Where's the rest of my comments? Looked like it chopped a bit. Wanted to say that on the exact 25th anniversary of seeing SRV's last concert, I led my running group to his grave site south of Dallas where we had beers and toasted him. I played a bootleg copy of that final encore 25 years earlier that night - the last song he ever played.
Not that anybody should die, but I wish it wasn't him. His career was on the uptick. He had the drugs and booze under control. What awesome music was to come?
A couple that haven't been mentioned:
Nick Drake - he released 3 albums in late 60's - early 70's that failed to achieve commercial success. Died aged 26 with there being no footage of him performing. The albums are now considered classics.
Ian Curtis - died aged 23 on eve of Joy Division's first American tour.
Scotty Moore died a couple of days ago. He was Elvis' first lead guitar player. Guys like him started this whole rock and roll business in the 50's