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The Music We Lost in 2017

A look back at some of the musical legends we've lost over the year

Shantanu David |

Updated:June 22, 2017, 11:36 AM IST
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The Music We Lost in 2017
A look back at some of the musical legends we've lost over the year
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While 2016 was a landmark year in the sheer number of pop culture icons we lost, 2017 isn’t turning out to be a whole lot better. On World Music Day we take a look back at some of the legendary makers of ear candy who may have tuned out this year but will remain a part of our life’s soundtrack.

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman poses during 10th annual "Classic Rock Roll of Honour" awards in Los Angeles

Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, founder of one of the most influential early rock bands, Gregg Allman was comfortable with many hats on his head. With The Allman Brothers band, he went on to define the musical sound of the generations growing up during the early heady days of rock. After a long bout with liver cancer, Allman passed away on May 27 from complications due to the disease.

Chris Cornell

Singer Cornell performs with music group Audioslave at "VH1 Big in '05" awards show in Culver City

With one of the most recognizable deliveries in the business as well as an incredible vocal range and pitch, Chris Cornell’s passing came much too soon for his legions of fans around the world. The voice behind huge bands like Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell also enjoyed a significantly successful solo career before his death by suicide, just hours after performing a sold-out show.

Chuck Berry

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs the Bal de la rose in Monaco

One of the greatest musicians of all time, Chuck Berry was one of the creators of rock and roll, and the legions of sub-genres that sound formed. Having picked up the guitar as a child, Berry was known for his mixing of jazz, blues and rhythm to produce his own unique style. Classic tracks like Maybelline and Roll Over Beethoven were all composed by this pioneer of sound.


Clyde Stubblefield
Even if you didn’t know the man, you know his music. A sessions and live drummer for the inimitable James Brown’s band, Stubblefield would go on to compose a multitude of drum lines and tunes, many of which were picked up by a nascent hip-hop music scene. Tracks like Run-DMC’s Run’s House and Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, which helped the genre break out into the genre all features samples of Stubblefield’s beats. Indeed, contemporary artistes like Ed Sheeran continue to pick up samples from his music for theirs’.



Geof Nicholls
The originator of the forbidding thrumming base line that characterized metal pioneers Black Sabbath’s sound, Geoff Nicholls played with the band, right from the ‘80s. Originally a replacement for founding member Geezer Butler on the bass, Nicholls switched over to the keyboards when Butler returned to the band in in 2004. Nicholls passed away after a long struggle with lung cancer.
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