“Musical loss of the year

In 2016, did not many outstanding rock musicians who gained fame in the 1970s and before, and still remaining legends

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– Right to the end of the year is remembered by many for leaving the lives of dozens of talented cultural figures – actors, Directors, writers, architects and sculptors. But the most cruel 2016 appeared at the death of the beloved worldwide musicians, explorers of the charts, the best representatives of their genre. “Interfax” offers to remember those music scene has lost this year, but whose names, I believe, will not be forgotten.

David Bowie

British musician born under the name David Jones, but became known as David Bowie, passed away January 10, on 70-m to year of life. As it turned out, the musician, whose personal life recently, very little was known, 18 months fighting with liver cancer and died from the disease in the family.

Two days before his death and on the day of his 69th birthday, Bowie has released a 28-second account of the Blackstar album, which fans interpreted as a goodbye. In just 50 years of musical career, the British singer has sold over 140 million albums, nine of which reached platinum status in the UK and five in the United States. He experimented with a variety of visual images and musical styles, including with glam rock, soul, ambient, psychedelic pop music, and many others.

Among his most famous songs – Space Oddity, Starman, Heroes, Under Pressure (with Queen), Ashes To Ashes, Let’s Dance (with Mick Jagger), Rebel Rebel, Life on Mars, Modern Love and China Girl.

The style of David Bowie and his desire for transformation has also influenced the world of fashion and visual culture. Many of his contemporaries made a lasting impression androgynous image of ziggy Stardust, in which the singer appeared before the public during the 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

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Besides writing songs Bowie starred in many movies. Among the most famous films with his participation can be called “the Man who fell to Earth” 1976, where he played his first major role, “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” “the Hunger,” in which Bowie appeared in the form of a vampire with Catherine Deneuve, “the Labyrinth” with the role of the Goblin king.

Also Bowie played Pontius Pilate in the film of Martin Scorsese “Last temptation of Christ” and starred in a small role in David Lynch’s film “twin Peaks: Through the fire”. In addition, the musician I played three months on Broadway in the dramatic play “the elephant Man”, but the audience never saw his face – the plot is terribly deformed, and the whole body.

After the death of the musician was secretly cremated and the ashes seven months later dispelled on the Burning Man festival in the us state of Nevada. The memory of the musician decided to immortalize the Belgian astronomers, who proposed to call in his honor, a constellation that follows the contours of the famous lightning from the face of Bowie on the cover of the album Aladdin Sane in 1973.

Leonard Cohen

Canadian folk singer, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen, the author of the hit Hallelujah, and died November 7 at the age of 82 years. According to his Manager, the musician fell down at his home in Los Angeles and passed away in her sleep. On the death of Cohen, it was announced three days later, and the same day he was buried in the Jewish cemetery in Montreal.

Songs Cohen, written in the genre, gravitating to the folk, Blues, pop music and cabaret, involve a complex of themes: relationships, love, religion, and later politics, war, social inequality, lies, and dismal prospects for the future. Among his most famous compositions is called Suzanne, Hallelujah, Bird on the Wire, So Long, Marianne If It Be Your Will First We Take Manhattan, Everybody Knows and three songs used in the film by Oliver stone “natural Born killers” is the title The Future, and Waiting For The Miracle, and Anthem (the last one in the official soundtrack was not included).

Born into a family of Jewish migrants from Europe Cohen in 50-e and 60-e years was seriously involved in poetry and literature, are not going to connect his life with music. His first poetry collection was published in 1956, and the first novel in 1963. That all changed in 1967, when 33-year-old Cohen moved to the United States.

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In subsequent years the musician has recorded 14 albums, the last one, You Want It Darker, was released almost two and a half weeks before his death. Despite the fact that Cohen during his long musical career sometimes stopped for a few years (for example, between 1994 and 1999 when he lived in a Buddhist monastic center in Los Angeles and became a Zen monk), the last years of his life marked by a surge of creative activity – which was a great success world tour (2008-2010 and 2012-2013) and the release of three albums in the last four years.

Songs and poetry Cohen has influenced many songwriters and musicians. He was inducted into the Hall of fame rock n ‘ roll and Canadian music hall of fame is a companion of the order of Canada – the highest civil award in the country. The cover versions of Cohen songs performed by dozens of musicians, including Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley, and his main hit – Hallelujah – covered by over 300 artists.


American singer, songwriter and guitarist Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) died April 21 at age 57 in his possession Paisley Park in Minnesota. According to doctors, the cause of death was an overdose of a powerful prescription narcotic painkillers.

Diverse oeuvre of Prince, born in a family of pianist-composer and jazz singer, includes experiments with rhythm-n-Blues, funk, hip-hop, jazz, and pop music. His most famous songs are ballad Purple Rain, Kiss, When Doves Cry, Cream, 1999, Little Red Corvette and Let’s Go Crazy. In addition, Prince has written has gained popularity thanks to Sinead O’connor’s ballad Nothing Compares 2 You.

In addition to the songs under his own name (his father admitted that I named my son Prince, that he achieved everything what he could only dream of) musician recorded under pseudonyms and played in bands including The Revolution.

In 2004 Prince was inducted into the Hall of fame rock-n-roll. In the career of the musician has sold more than 100 million of his records, he won seven Grammy awards and several Oscars and Golden globes.

George Michael

British pop singer with Greek roots George Michael (real name yorgos Kyriakos Panayiotou), singer of the hit Last Christmas in the Duo Wham!, passed away on Christmas morning December 25. The popular musician was 53 years old. As stated by his Manager, Michael, died from heart failure, but the official cause of death has not been announced.

Born in London yorgos Panayiotou started his musical career in the Duo, in addition to him included his school friend. Wham! became popular thanks to songs Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas, however, in 1986, broke up.

As a solo artist, George Michael was immediately on the first lines of the charts with the song Careless Wisper, which in fact was originally released on the album Wham! In subsequent years, the singer writes songs like Freedom, Faith, Too Funky and takes them striking videos involving the main top models of the 90s.

In 1996 they released their third solo album of the singer is Older, he is, as the name suggests looks more Mature and thoughtful with respect to the earlier records. As will be seen later, Michael had written it under a strong impression of the death of his partner who had AIDS, and dedicated his song Jesus To a Child.

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This was followed by judicial harassment and forced confession to sexual orientation, singles Freeek, animated video for the song Gonna Shoot The Dog, making fun of George W. Bush and Tony Blair, the sentence for possession of drugs and driving after their use.

In 2011 George Michael is ill with pneumonia, which was very hard and almost left him without a voice. Latest album titled Symphonica is his first live album – was released in spring 2014.

As it turned out after the death of the singer, for many years he donated to charity the millions of dollars, principally insisting on his anonymity. So, he helped organizations that support patients with AIDS and cancer, and donated all proceeds from the song Jesus To a Child helpline for children and teenagers of Childline.

Keith Emerson and Greg lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

Popular in 70-e years of the British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 2016, has lost two of its three founders – 10 Mar died 71-year-old Keith Emerson, and nearly nine months later, December 7, at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer was not the author of the hits Lucky Man, and Far From the Beginning Greg Lake.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer is considered to be one of the first supergroups in history, as all the participants before the formation of this group was already known as members of other popular bands: Emerson was a composer and keyboardist for The Nice and the vocalist and guitarist of the lake played in King Crimson. ELP successfully combined in his work elements of classical music, jazz, symphonic rock and the sounds of an electric organ.

Between 1970 and 1977 ELP released six platinum albums and went on tour with a Symphony orchestra. The band broke up in 1979, then reunited in 1991-1998.

In the 90s Emerson had problems with the nerve of the hand, as in 2009, when there was another reunion, he was diagnosed with the disease focal dystonia, manifested in muscle spasms and involuntary movements. On the night of March 11, Emerson was shot in his own house in Santa Monica. Examination showed that he had a bad heart and developed on the background of alcohol depression.

Paul Kantner and Signe toly Anderson (Jefferson Airplane)

Another group that has lost this year two of its members became the Jefferson Airplane, who played in the 60s and early 70s progressive and psychedelic rock. 28 Jan at the age of 74 years died one of the founders of this group, Paul Kantner, the cause of death was complications after a recent heart attack.

On the same day and in the same age died the first Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe toly Anderson, sang on the first album. She left colleagues after the birth of her daughter, and her place was taken by a companion of Kantner grace slick.

The main hits are considered to be Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit, Somebody to Love, as well as Planes and The Wheel from the album 1989. Kantner and members of other groups were inducted into the Hall of fame rock-n-roll in 1996.

Glenn Frey (Eagles)

On January 18 in new York at the age of 67 years died one of the founders of soft rock and country rock group the Eagles and the author of many hits of Glenn fry. The cause of death was complications caused by pneumonia, acute ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Composed Eagles fry played guitar and keyboards, was one of the main vocalists, he has also engaged in a solo career. It fry wrote the lyrics to Hotel California – a business card of the group, and also sang her other famous song – Take It Easy and Peaceful Easy Feeling.

Richard Parfitt (Status Quo)

24 Dec in the Spanish hospital died, 68-year-old singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the British rock band Status Quo Richard Parfitt. The death of a musician who was able to quit bad habits only after the third heart attack, brought acute infection arising after a shoulder injury.

Parfitt is the second after Francis Rossi permanent member of the band since its founding. He wrote for Status Quo songs like Whatever You Want, Again and Again and Rain.

The Band’s Producer George Martin

British producer and composer sir George Martin, known as “the fifth beatle” Creator, Executive producer and almost all albums of The Beatles, died January 8 at age 90. Members of the “fab four” have noted the strong influence that owned the skill of the academic orchestration producer has had on the Studio recordings of The Beatles.

Martin started working with The Beatles at a time when other record companies refused to work with the group. It was produced by musicians in the 1960s and helped them create songs.

Commander of the British Empire has worked with some members of this group, and after its collapse, as well as with Elton John, Celine Dion, band Ultravox, and Jeff Beck. In 50 years career Martin had a hand in the creation of more than 700 entries.

John Berry (Beastie Boys)

One of the founders of American hip hop group Beastie Boys John berry, who left her shortly after the release of the first EP, may 19, died at the hospice aged 52 years.

The Beastie Boys were formed in new York in 1979, and guitarist berry was part of its first composition. The debut of the collective took place in the summer of 1981 in the attic of his house in Manhattan, and in the following year, the musician left the band. Subsequently, he played in such teams as Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars, and Bourbon Deluxe.

In April 2012, the ceremony of the inclusion of the Beastie Boys in Hall of fame rock-n-roll one of the founders of team Adam Yauch noted the contribution of berry to the formation of the group.

Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire)

February 3 at his home in the United States died, 74-year-old Maurice white founder of the American group Earth, Wind & Fire, who performed at the crossroads of soul, disco and funk. The team known for such hits as Fantasy, September, Shining Star and Let’s Groove.

Earth, Wind & Fire was since its founding in 1969, has received six awards “Grammy” (two were awarded to individual members of the group), was inducted into the Hall of fame rock n ‘ roll and gained a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

White ceased to speak in 2014 because of health problems, and in winter, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio)

Scottish bassist Jimmy Bain, who played in the rock bands Rainbow and Dio, the White Horse died on 23 January at the age of 68 from lung cancer complicated by pneumonia.

In 1975, Ritchie Blackmore invited the Bain of Rainbow, but two years later was fired. Ronnie James dio left Black Sabbath in 1982, he called the bass player in his new project Dio and Jimmy Bain co-wrote many of the songs.

Nick Menza (Megadeath)

The drummer for American thrash metal band Magadeath died may 21 on the 52nd year of life. He was taken by ambulance from the scene, the cause of death as heart problems.

Learning to play drums and tried a range of musical styles from rhythm and Blues to gospel, funk and heavy metal, Menza became a technician Megadeth drummer Chuck Böhler. When the group had a need for a new drummer, he offered his candidacy and received the coveted place.

Dale Griffin (Mott The Hoople)

Founder and drummer of the popular 70-ies rock band Mott The Hoople’s Dale Griffin 17 Jan passed away in her sleep on 68-m to year of life. In 2009 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The most famous song by Mott The Hoople is written for the band by David Bowie All the Young Dudes 1972.

Pete burns (Dead or Alive)

The author of the hit 1985 You Spin Me Right Round Pete burns died on 23 October as a result of cardiac arrest at the age of 57 years. Before this single, the musician was known primarily for his outrageous androgynous appearance.

At the start of his career, burns worked in the record shop Probe Records in Liverpool, which was a meeting place for budding young musicians. Before the formation of the band Dead or Alive singer was a member of the Mystery Girls and Nightmares in Wax, who played in the style of goth-punk.

Burns admitted that his appearance is the result of many plastic surgeries, some of which negatively affected his health.

Colin Vearncombe (Black)

The author of the hit 1986 Wonderful Life, the leader of the British band Black Colin Vearncombe died 26 January from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 53 years old.

The musician admitted that the song about the beautiful life was written with irony and sarcasm – in 1985, he had some serious problems: got in a few accidents, the mother was seriously ill, married his first wife collapsed and had nowhere to live. After that he received many letters from fans that said that this composition is suitable for anything and for weddings and funerals.

DJ Grad

Known since the 90-ies Russian DJ Grad Anatoly Satemin died on may 24 at the age of 40 years. According to media reports, he was returning from a tour in St. Petersburg and Moscow taxi his heart stopped.

In addition to club performances, DJ Grad was one of the organizers of the festival Kazantip. After moving to Moscow, he became a leading Station 106,8 FM, and then “Station 2000”. He has also hosted a weekly radio show called “Evening collection Hail” on radio “Dynamite FM”. In 2003, Satemin was voted the best house DJ by DJ magazine’s Culture.

Malik Taylor (A Tribe Called Quest)

The founder of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Malik Taylor, aka Phife Dawg, the Five Foot Assassin and The Five Footer, died March 22 at age 45. The rapper suffered from diabetes, and in 2008 he had a kidney transplant from his wife, but the transplant was unsuccessful.

Pioneers of the alternative hip-hop called A Tribe Called Quest, had a strong influence on the genre, and such tracks Bonita Applebum, Can I Kick It?, I Left My Wallet in El Segundo, Scenario recognized hip hop classics.

Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down)

One of the founders of the American alternative rock band 3 Doors Down, her guitarist and backing vocalist Matt Roberts died on August 21 at the age of 38 years. According to his father’s death from an overdose of drugs.

Roberts played in 3 Doors Down from 1996 to 2012, when he left the band to focus on his health.

3 Doors Down is known for such songs like Kryptonite, Here Without You and When I’m Gone.

Guitarist Elvis Presley Scotty Moore

Guitarist Scotty Moore, who played Elvis Presley in the beginning of his career, died on June 28 at the age of 84.

The musician, who worked with the king of rock and roll from 1954 to the beginning of the Hollywood phase of his career participated in recording the most famous songs Presley, including That’s All Right Good Rockin’ Tonight Milk Cow Blues Boogie, Baby Let’s Play House, Heartbreak Hotel, Mystery Train, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Too Much, Jailhouse Rock, and Hard Headed Woman.

As later recalled the guitarist of the Rolling Stones Keith Richards heard Heartbreak Hotel he realized what he wanted to do in life. “Everyone wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty”, he said.

The Son Of Frank Sinatra

March 16 at the age of 72 years due to heart failure during the tour died the son of famous singer Frank Sinatra – Frank Sinatra Jr. As a child he hardly saw employed on the set of father and wanted to become a composer and write songs. In his youth he spent much time with Duke Ellington, learning the music business.

At the age of 19 years son, Sinatra was kidnapped and released two days later, when the famous father paid a ransom of $240 thousand were rumors that Sinatra Sr. himself was kidnapped to pay attention to the singing career of his son, but this assumption was not confirmed, and the malefactors were caught and sentenced to imprisonment.

Sinatra Jr. during his career he has released seven albums.

Oleg Karavaychuk

Soviet composer, musician, improviser and composer of music for films Oleg karavaychuk died June 13 at age 88. In their speeches, he often staged performances combining music with elements of ballet or performing music with a pillowcase on his head, to be alone with melody.

Collaborated with Sergey Parajanov, Vasily Shukshin, Ilya Averbakh, Kira Muratova (“brief encounters”, “the Long goodbye”), as well as avant-garde, in particular, with Sergey Kuryokhin.

In 2002 was awarded the prize “Golden Aries” for the music for the film “Dark night”, and in 2009 was awarded the Sergey Kuryokhin centre “For merits in development of modern art”.

Pierre Boulez

French composer, conductor and theorist Pierre Boulez, the longtime leader of the musical avant-garde in his homeland, died January 5, at 91-year life. World famous composer brought the cantata “Sun of waters” and the Second piano Sonata.

In the middle of 1950-ies Boulez turned to writing articles about the aesthetics and techniques of composition, actively taught, while continuing to compose. The composer experimented with electronic, concrete and microtonal music.

Academic ensemble of song and dance. Alexandrov

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December 25, in the crash of Tu-154 near Sochi, killing 64 of the artist (almost the entire choir, musicians, dancers) Academic song and dance ensemble of the Russian army Alexandrov, including its artistic Director Valery Khalilov.

Crashed in sea aircraft of the defense Ministry was supposed to deliver them on the Russian military base Hamim in Syria, where the artists were going to give a concert and to congratulate the servicemen on the coming new year holidays.

As said the choir Sergei Khlopnikov not melted this plane due to the fact that he had a sick child, all the ensemble consists of 100-120 people, killed more than half of the team.

After the tragedy the Moscow military music school was awarded the name of the deceased artistic Director of the ensemble, and the Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu instructed to allocate staff 70 apartments, in order to restore its composition.

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