Comic book artist Steve Ditko was found dead in his New York home this week. Ditko was 90.
Power pop legend Tommy Keene has passed away “unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep,” according to his official website.
The legendary David Bowie passed away on 10th January 2016, mourned by music lovers worldwide. On what would have been his 70th birthday (i.e. 8th January), the No Plan EP was released.
2016 will forever be notorious for the number of celebrity deaths that occured during its 12 months. We are not of the view that there is anything too distinctive about the number of deaths this year, except to opine that this seeming increase in celebrity deaths may be down to a function of age and perhaps drug/alcohol abuse – though that does not quite explain Keith Richards’ remarkable longevity. We want to take this time to look back in rock history and remember the musicians who died much too young – before even turning 30 (the end of youth perhaps).
Another music icon has passed away in 2016. This time, it’s Prince.
Rest in peace.
According to Rolling Stone, “Keith Emerson, founding member and keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and a prog rock legend, died Friday. He was 71. His bandmate Carl Palmer and the trio’s official Facebook confirmed Emerson’s death. TMZ reported that police found Emerson with a single gunshot wound to the head, though they could not confirm that Emerson died by suicide.”
If anyone deserved the moniker ‘The Fifth Beatle’, George Martin would have been a front runner. The legendary producer signed the Fab Four to the Parlophone when Decca Records rejected them and would go on to produce all their seminal records, playing a significant role in its development.