2016 - The Year The Music Died - Bowie, Frey, Prince

Could there be another year more tragic for music icons and legends than 2016? Now with Prince’s death, the heavens must be having an amazing concert. Here’s a look at the music greats that have passed on in the first four months of 2016.


Jan 7 – Kitty Kallen

Kallen, 94, American singer and Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree known for her hit “Little Things Mean a Lot.”


Jan 8 – Otis Clay

Clay, 73, American Grammy-nominated R&B and soul singer and Blues Hall of Fame inductee.


Jan 10 – David Bowie

Bowie, 69, English singer, artist, actor, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with a five-decade glam rock career, five platinum albums, and roles in Labyrinth, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Prestige.


Jan 18 – Glenn Frey

Frey, 67, Eagles guitarist and founding member, known for co-writing some of the band’s greatest hits including “Tequila Sunrise,” “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy.”


Jan 28 – Paul Kantner

Kantner, 74, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founding member of the bands Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.


Feb 4 – Maurice White

Maurice White, 74, singer, drummer, producer, and co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire.


March 8 – George Martin

Martin, 90, British record producer known as the “Fifth Beatle” for his work with the famous pop group. He died in his sleep in his home in Wiltshire, England, but a cause of death has not been reported.


March 16 – Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Sinatra Jr., 72, son of Frank Sinatra and famous singer in his own right. Frank died of cardiac arrest in Daytona Beach while traveling the country on his “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” tour, CNN reported.


March 22 – Phife Dawg

Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, 45, member of A Tribe Called Quest. The exact cause of the emcee’s death is unknown, but the diabetic suffered from a number of recent health issues, including a 2008 kidney transplant


April 6 – Merle Haggard

Haggard, 79, Country Music Hall of Famer who helped create the Bakersfield sound in country music. He died at home near Redding, California, on his birthday. As TMZ notes, Merle battled double pneumonia last year but had been feeling better recently, so much so that he had scheduled tour dates with Willie Nelson.


April 21 – Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. He sold more than 100 million records, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain” in 1985 and won 7 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.