Musical Notables We Lost in 2019

Dec 26, 2019

The year 2019 saw the passing of too many of our favorite musicians. Among those we lost are drummers Sara Romweber, Yonrico Scott, Ginger Baker, Robin Tolleson, and Hal Blaine. We also bid farewell to Dr. John, Leon Redbone, Peter Tork of the Monkees, Raymond Fairchild, Mac Wiseman, Art Neville, Dave Bartholomew, Ric Ocasek of the Cars, Junior Appalachian Musicians founder Helen White, and many more.  Here's the complete list, in order of their passing:

Clydie King

session singer: Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie...

1/14/19

Reggie Young

guitarist: Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Box Tops, The Highwaymen

1/17/19

Oliver Mtukudzi

guitarist/singer from Zimbabwe

1/23/19

Kofi Burbridge

flutist, keyboard player: Tedeschi Trucks Band

2/15/19

Josh Haddix

singer, guitarist: Greasy Beans

2/16/19

Peter Tork

bassist, keyboardist, singer: The Monkees

2/21/19

Mac Wiseman

singer: bluegrass legend

2/23/19

Andre Previn

pianist, composer, arranger, conductor

2/28/19

Sara Romweber

drummer: Dex Romweber Duo, Snatches of Pink, Let's Active

3/4/19

Charlie Karp

guitarist, singer: Buddy Miles

3/10/19

Hal Blaine

drummer: "The Wrecking Crew", Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Ronettes

3/11/19

Dick Dale

guitarist: King of the Surf Guitar

3/16/19

Andre Williams

singer: "Mr. Rhythm", "The Black Godfather", "The Godfather of Rap"

3/17/19

Scotty Hawkins

Greer drummer: Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues, Reba McIntyre, Brooks & Dunn

3/22/19

Ranking Roger

singer: The (English) Beat, General Public

3/26/19

John Starling

singer: The Seldom Scene

5/2/19

Doris Day

singer, actress

5/13/19

Tony Glover

blues harmonica player: Koerner, Ray & Glover

5/29/19

Leon Redbone

singer/songwriter

5/30/19

Roky Erickson

singer/songwriter/guitarist: 13th Floor Elevators

5/31/19

Ray Deaton

bassist: IIIrd Tyme Out

6/4/19

Dr. John

a.k.a. Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. "The Night Tripper"

6/6/19

Dennis Jones

bluegrass host, technical director: WNCW

6/14/19

Robin Tolleson

drummer, music teacher, journalist: Secret B-Sides, Hendersonville Community Music Center

6/21/19

Dave Bartholomew

trumpeter, producer, songwriter: Fats Domino, New Orleans

6/23/19

Jeff Austin

mandolinist, singer, songwriter: Yonder Mountain String Band

6/24/19

Joao Gilberto

guitarist, singer, composer: Brazillian bossa nova

7/6/19

Eileen Carson Schatz

dancer, Music Director: Fiddle Puppet Cloggers, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

7/10/19

Johnny Clegg

singer, dancer, activist: South African bands Juluka and Savuka

7/16/19

Art Neville

keyboardist & singer: The Meters, the Neville Brothers

7/22/19

David Berman

singer/songwriter: Silver Jews, Purple Mountains

8/6/19

Neal Casal

guitarist: Circles Around the Sun, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans, Ryan Adams

8/26/19

Donnie Fritts

songwriter, keyboardist, actor: Muscle Shoals & country artists, Kris Kristofferson

8/27/19

Daniel Johnston

singer, songwriter: from Austin

9/10/19

Ric Ocasek

singer: The Cars

9/15/19

John Cohen

musician, folklorist, photographer: New Lost City Ramblers

9/16/19

Yonrico Scott

drummer/percussionist: Derek Trucks Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood

9/19/19

Robert Hunter

songwriter: The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Jim Lauderdale

9/23/19

Randy Davis

bassist: Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, plus Asheville bands

9/27/19

Ginger Baker

drummer: Cream, Blind Faith, jazz, blues & Afrobeat bands

10/6/19

Raymond Fairchild

banjo player, cofounder of Maggie Valley Opry House; native of Cherokee, NC

10/13/19

Helen White

founder, Junior Appalachian Musicians (2000); partner of Wayne Henderson

10/14/19

Paul Barrere

guitarist, singer, songwriter: Little Feat

10/26/19

Vaughn Benjamin

singer: Midnite

11/4/19

Willard Cox

guitarist and singer, The Cox Family

11/4/19

Jim Trantham

Canton musician, storyteller, luthier: Trantham Family Band

12/13/19

Arty McGlynn

guitarist: Patrick Street, The Chieftains, De Dannan, Van Morrison, Enya

12/18/19

Sleepy LaBeef

singer and guitarist: rockabilly, country blues, roots rock

12/26/19