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Rest In Peace: Musicians Who Died in 2008 – 2009

Rest In Peace: Musicians Who Died between January 2008 and August 2009

Jeff Healey
March 25, 1966 - March 2, 2008
Died at age 41 from cancer
Angel Eyes - The Jeff Healey Band
Famed Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter who lost his eyes to cancer as a child. Well-known for his unorthodox way of playing an electric guitar on his lap.

Bo Diddley
December 30, 1928 — June 2, 2008
Died at age 70 from heart failure
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Iconic guitarist, singer and songwriter known as "The Originator". Bo Diddley was a key link between the blues and rock & roll and is widely known for the "Bo Diddley beat".

Isaac Hayes
August 20, 1942 — August 10, 2008
Died at age 65 from a stroke
Theme From "Shaft" - Isaac Hayes
Singer songwriter who was a key figure behind the Stax soul music label. He also found much success as a composer for film and as an artist in his own right.

Ronnie Drew
September 16, 1934 — August 16, 2008
Died at age 73 from cancer
The Irish Rover - Ronnie Drew
Irish singer and musician who was a 50-year member of the traditional Irish music band The Dubliners. As a solo artist he performed with many artists from Ireland and abroad.

Miriam Makeba
March 4, 1932 - November 10, 2008
Died at age 76 from a heart attack
Miriamm Makeba was a civil rights activist and a Grammy winning singer from South Africa often referred to as Mama Afrika.
Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba 

Mitch Mitchell
July 9, 1947 — November 12, 2008
Died at age 61 from natural causes
Mitch Mitchell is most well-known as the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but he also played with the short-live band Ramatam. Rolling Stone magazine lists him as the 23rd greatest drummer of all time.
Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Mikel Laboa
June 15, 1934 — December 1, 2008
Died at age 74 after a brief illness
Mikel Laboa is a legendary singer/songwriter and he is considered the father of Basque music. Basque country is a region spanning an area in northeastern Spain and southwestern France.
Haika Mutil - Mikel Laboa
December 31, 1930 — December 2, 2008
Died at age 77 from heart disease
Odetta Holmes, known simply as Odetta, was a singer, songwriter, guitarist and activist who was well-known as the "Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". She had hoped to perform at Barack Obama's inauguration, but died before the day arrived.
Cotton Fields - Odetta  |

Freddie Hubbard
April 7, 1938 — December 29, 2008
Died at age 70 from a heart attack
Frederick Dewayne Hubbard was a talented jazz trumpeter who was known for his influential playing in the genres of bebop, hard bop and post bop.
Brigitte - Freddie Hubbard 

Alain Bashung
December 1, 1947 — March 14, 2009
Died at age 61 from lung cancer
Alain Bashung was a multi-platinum selling French singer/songwriter. His last album, Bleu Pétrolewon, won the best album prize at Paris Zenith shortly before his death.
J'ai Longtemps Contemple - Alain Bashung 

Koko Taylor
September 28, 1928 — June 3, 2009
Died at age 80 from surgery complications
Known as "The Queen of Blues", Koko Taylor is a Grammy award winning singer. She is also a member of the Blues Hall of Fame and a winner of the Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
I'd Rather Go Blind - Koko Taylor 

Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 — June 25, 2009
Died at age 50 from an overdose of propofol
Michael Jackson was a singer/songwriter and talented performer who was also known as "The King of Pop". He holds the distinct honor of creating the biggest selling album of all time with his 1982 release Thriller.
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson 

Willy DeVille 
August 27, 1950 — August 6, 2009
Dies at age 58 from pancreatic cancer
American singer songwriter Willy DeVille's band, Mink DeVille, was a house band at the famous NYC club CBGB, and willy has worked with such famous artists as Mark Knopfler and Dr. John. He is on the record as saying, "I have a theory. I know that I'll sell much more records when I'm dead. It isn't very pleasant, but I have to get used to this idea."
Storybook Love - Willy DeVille 

Les Paul 
June 9, 1915 - August 13, 2009
Died at age 94 from pneumonia
Lester William Polsfuss is a legend in many areas of music. As an vitaly important performer, producer and inventor, Les Paul is a "key inductee" in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
How High The Moon - Les Paul  

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