Legendary Musicians We Lost in 2020

2020 was a hard year for everyone. Especially with a pandemic raging on, music was an escape for a lot of people. Music helped us get through dark times in lockdown, it helped us reconnect with ourselves in a way we never had to experience it before. With this article, we are remembering the legendary musicians we lost in 2020.

We lost legendary musicians in every genre, unfortunately. We lost rock legends and also up and coming stars who never really reached their potential and we will never be able to hear their art blossom.  

With this list, we are trying to pay tribute to the musicians we lost in this horrible 2020 year. 

Neil Peart

Rock Legend, drummer of Rush

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Jimmy Heath

Legendary saxophone player 

Bob Gulotti

Legendary jazz drummer, teacher at the renowned Berklee College of Music

Andy Gill

British punk guitarist and producer. Produced even the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

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Lyle Mays

Jazz piano player. Best known with his collaboration with Pat Metheny

Pop Smoke

Young Hip Hop artist from Brooklyn who just started his career. 

McCoy Tyner

Another jazz legend who left us in 2020. McCoy revolutionary piano playing made him a jazz legend

Kenny Rogers

Country music superstar

Bill Withers

Legendary singer songwriter

Wallace Roney

Jazz trumpet player. Miles Davis’s only protégé. 

Ellis Marsalis

Renowned jazz pianist and educator. Father of the Marsalis Brothers. 

Bucky Pizzarelli

Legendary jazz guitarist

Andy Gonzaléz

Latin music double bass player 

Lee Konitz

American saxophonist played on Miles Davis’s “Birth of the Cool” album.

Tony Allen

Drummer, one of the creators of the Afro-Beat style of music.

Little Richard

Rock and Roll legend! 

Jimmy Cobb

Jazz drummer played on Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” album. 

Bonnie Pointer

Founding member of the Pointer Sisters

Freddy Cole

Jazz piano player and singer. Brother of Nat King Cole.

Ennio Morricone

Famous Italian composer 

Peter Green

Rock singer, founder of Fleetwood Mac

Francis Rocco Prestia

Legendary bass player. Member of Tower of Power

Malik B

An early member of The Roots

Charlie Persip

Jazz drummer, worked with Dizzy Gillespie 

Gary Peacock

Jazz double bassist, best known for his work with the Keith Jarrett trio

Bruce Williamson Jr.

Gospel singer who performed with The Temptations

Ronald Bell

Saxophonist and founding member of Kool and the Gang

Eddie Van Halen

Legendary rock guitarist, a founding member of Van Halen. Guitar god.

MF Doom

Legendary underground hip hop artists

Sean Malone

Heavy metal bassist, played for Cynic

Unfortunately, there were a lot more legendary musicians we lost that we didn’t cover in this article.

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