Playlist of Those We Lost In 2016

Those We Lost In 20162016 has replaced 1959 as the year The Music Died.  Every year we lose great musical artists, but it seems that 2016 has out done itself both by greatness of those we have lost and by the apparent suddenness of the loses.  Certainly the passing of both David Bowie and Leonard Cohen were not too subtly foreshadowed by their respective last albums.  Bowie’s Blackstar with tracks like Lazarus old us he was not long for this world.  And Cohen’s You Want It Darker is even more direct.  You’ve got to admire the strength these musicians exhibited with these closing acts.

Then there were the shocks to our collective musical psyche.  April took Prince and Christmas saw George Michael leave us.  And there was a host of others from Country star Merle Haggard to rock greats Greg Lake and Keith Emerson to Hip-Hop artist Phife Dawg.

So let’s walk through a play list of what we’ve lost – no particular order – but hopefully some new music from those we lost in 2016.  Here’s the Apple Music playlist link (with the exception of Prince who’s music is sadly still not available on apple Music)

Lost In 2016

For some artists I’ve included a links to in depth articles.  Many written after their passing, but some dating back to the seventies.  Thanks to MUSIC Redef for many of these links.

Sharon Jones  (November 18, 2016)
I’m still Here
Midnight Rider
I’m Not Going to Cry
We Get Along


Leon Russell (November  13,  2016)
Dark Carousel
Song for You
Home Sweet Oklahoma
When Love Is Dying


Greg Lake (December 7, 2016)
C’est La Vie
Lucky Man
Lend Your Love to Me Tonight
I Talk to the Wind


Buckwheat Zydeco (September 25, 2016)
Cryin’ In the Streets
Don’t Leave Me
On A Night Like This


Phife Dawg (March 23, 2016)
Jazz (We’ve Got)
The Donald
Electric Relaxation


Glenn Frey (January 17, 2016)
The Heat Is On
Lyin’ Eyes
Tequila Sunrise
The One You Love


Merle Haggard (April 6, 2016)
Mama Tried
The Bottle Let Me Down
I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall
I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink


Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen (November 10, 2016)
So Long Marianne
You Want It Darker



Pete Huttlinger (January 15, 2016)
The Water is Wide
All for Love
Forest Side Reel
Get Up!

Paul Kantner
(January 28, 2016)
White Rabbit
Somebody to Love


John Berry (May 19, 2016)
Fight For Your Right
Time to Ill
Hey Ladies


Keith Emerson (March 10, 2016)
Shelter From the Rain
The Band Keeps Playing
The Mourning Sun
I’m A Man


Maurice White (February 4, 2016)
Boogie Wonderland
After the Love Has Gone
That’s the Way of the World


David BowieDavid Bowie (January 10, 2016)
Ashes to Ashes
Ziggy Stardust
Space Oddity
Young Americans
Let’s Dance
This Is Not America


George MichaelGeorge Michael (December 25, 2016)
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
This Is Not Real Love
Careless Whisper


PrincePrince (April 26, 2016)
Diamonds and Pearls
Little Red Corvette
Raspberry Beret
I Wanna Be Your Lover
Let’s Go Crazy
When Doves Cry
Purple Rain
I Would Die 4 U