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PHOTOS: Musicians we lost in 2013

12:23 PM, Dec 25, 2013   |    comments
  • ALVIN LEE | March 6 (age 68) | Lead guitarist and singer for Ten Years After, Lee cemented his place in rock history with his first album 'On the Road to Freedom,' which featured guests George Harrison and Mick Fleetwood. Marco Delvand
  • JEFF HANNEMAN | May 2 (age 49) | A founding member and guitarist for thrash metal band Slayer, Jeff Hanneman was later cited as a major influence for metal groups such as Machine Head and Fear Factory. Kevin Winter, Getty Images
  • BOBBY 'BLUE' BLAND | June 23 (age 83) | Ranked No. 44 on the 'Rolling Stone' 100 greatest singers of all time list, Bland also was inducted into both the Blues and Rock and Roll halls of fame. David Morris
  • RICK HUXLEY | Feb. 11 (age 72) | The bassist for the Dave Clark Five, a pop-rock British Invasion group whose success was ultimately eclipsed by The Beatles. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. RB Redferns
  • RICHARD STREET | Feb. 27 (age 70) | Before he hit it big as a member of The Temptations, Street, left, was a member of other Motown groups such as The Monitors and Otis Williams & the Distants. Gilles Petard, Redferns/Getty Images
  • J.J. CALE | July 26 (age 74) | A Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Cale penned tunes that were later immortalized by Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Waylon Jennings. Tony Gutierrez, AP
  • GEORGE JONES | April 26 (age 81) | Considered one of the greatest harmony singers in country music, Jones sang duets with artists such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash during his nearly six-decade career. Kats Barry
  • BOBBY SMITH | March 16 (age 76) | From their beginnings as a doo-wop group in Detroit, Smith, center, led the Spinners to radio glory with such '60s hits as 'That's What Girls Are Made For' and 'I'll Always Love You.' Pictorial Parade, Getty Images
  • PATTY ANDREWS | Jan. 30 (age 94) | Patty, center, was the last surviving sibling of the immensely popular Andrews Sisters, whose timeless catalog includes 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,' 'Tico Tico' and 'Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree.' AP
  • SLIM WHITMAN | June 19 (age 90) | A yodeling country-western singer, Whitman once held the Guinness World Record for the longest time on top of the U.K. singles chart with his 1955 tune 'Rose Marie.' AP
  • PHIL RAMONE | March 30 (age 72) | An engineer and producer for Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and more, Ramone won 14 Grammy Awards in his five-decade-plus career. Evan Agostini, AP
  • RICHIE HAVENS | April 22 (age 72) | Havens was a folk musician who catapulted to fame after improvising his song 'Freedom' onstage at Woodstock. He later became known for covers of Bob Dylan ('All Along the Watchtower') and The Beatles ('Here Comes the Sun'). Fin Costello, Redferns
  • MINDY McCREADY | Feb. 17 (age 37) | A country singer who released five studio albums, McCready became better known for her personal problems than her string of late-'90s hits. Mark Humphrey, AP
  • RAY MANZAREK | May 20 (age 74) | Manzarek is best known as keyboardist for The Doors in the late '60s and early '70s, but he also collaborated with "Weird Al" Yankovic and Skrillex on new music in recent years. Joe Kohen, FilmMagic
  • PHIL RAMONE | March 30 (age 72) | An engineer and producer for Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and more, Ramone won 14 Grammy Awards in his five-decade-plus career. Evan Agostini, AP
  • PATTY ANDREWS | Jan. 30 (age 94) | Patty, center, was the last surviving sibling of the immensely popular Andrews Sisters, whose timeless catalog includes 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,' 'Tico Tico' and 'Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree.' AP
  • CHRISSY AMPHLETT | April 21 (age 53) | Best remembered as the frontwoman of Australian rock band Divinyls, Amphlett also flourished as an actress. She starred opposite Russell Crowe in an Australian production of the musical 'Blood Brothers' in 1988. Matt Jelonek, Getty Images
  • GEORGE DUKE | Aug. 5 (age 67) | The legendary keyboardist released more than 40 albums during his four-decade-plus career. He memorably collaborated with artists such as Michael Jackson, Jill Scott and Miles Davis. Jean-Christophe Bott, AP
  • MAXINE POWELL | Oct. 14 (age 98) | Some of Motown's biggest stars have Powell to thank for their stage presence. The instructor taught singers like Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye how to present themselves, establishing herself as one of Motown's key behind-the-scenes figures. Andre Smith, AP
  • LOU REED | Oct. 27 (age 71) | Influential rock pioneer famed for his experimental, poetic lyrics, both with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Velvet Underground and solo. Todd Plitt, USA TODAY
  • PHILIP CHEVRON | Oct. 8 (age 56) | Though the Irish guitarist was only supposed to be a temporary member, Chevron joined rock band The Pogues in 1984 and never left. He even tried his hand at writing, penning the band's folk ballad 'Thousands Are Sailing.' Mike Coppola, Getty Images
  • CAL SMITH | Oct. 10 (age 81) | The performer and self-proclaimed "Country Bumpkin" released a slew of country music hits in the 1970s. His popular songs include 'The Lord Knows I'm Drinking' and 'It's Time to Pay the Fiddler.' The Nashville Tennessean
  • RAY PRICE | Dec. 16 (age 87) | The Country Music Hall of Famer's 1956 hit 'Crazy Arms' launched the shuffle era. Audiences didn't always love his experimentation, but his tinkering paved the path for contemporary radio's hot new country. Associated Press
  • RICKY LAWSON | Dec. 23 (age 59) | The Grammy Award-winning drummer, one of the top studio musicians of the 1980s, collaborated with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, most notably on 'I Will Always Love You.' Steven R. Nickerson, Detroit Free Press
  • CHICO HAMILTON | Nov. 25 (age 92) | The California jazz man found the fast track to success, drumming for stars such as Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. and Billie Holiday. He later struck out on his own, achieving success as a bandleader. Glen Dicrocco Fullscreen
  • DICK DODD | Nov. 29 (age 68) | The Mouseketeer-turned-rock star found fame as lead singer and drummer for The Standells, beloved for 1966 Boston ode 'Dirty Waters.' ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images
  • ALLEN LANIER | Aug. 14 (age 67) | The rocker was co-founder and guitarist/keyboardist of Blue Oyster Cult. He also contributed to albums by Patti Smith and The Clash. Frank Mullen, WireImage
  • JIM FOGLESONG | July 9 (age 90) | The Country Music Hall of Famer was a music executive and producer, most notably launching the career of Garth Brooks. John Partipilo AP
  • JON BROOKES | Aug. 13 (age 44) | The rocker was a founding member and drummer for English band The Charlatans.The group had multiple hits and was associated with the "Madchester" scene of the early '90s. Myung Jung Kim, AP
  • RAY DOLBY | Sept. 12 (age 80) | The American inventor was an audio pioneer who founded the company Dolby Laboratories.The company's innovations on audio technology are still used in movies, music and entertainment today. Ryan Miller, Invision/AP
  • EYDIE GORME | Aug. 10 (age 84) | Famed as a nightclub and TV singer, Gorme teamed with her husband, Steve Lawrence. She also had a solo hit in 1963 with the Grammy-nominated 'Blame It on the Bossa Nova.' AP
  • RAY DOLBY | Sept. 12 (age 80) | The American inventor was an audio pioneer who founded the company Dolby Laboratories.The company's innovations on audio technology are still used in movies, music and entertainment today. Ryan Miller, Invision/AP
  • JACK CLEMENT| Aug. 8 (age 82) | Nicknamed "Cowboy Jack," the singer, producer and songwriter was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He nurtured young talents like Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, and produced records for Johnny Cash. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY
  • MARILYN KING | Aug. 7 (age 82) | The singer was the youngest member of jazz vocal quintet the King Sisters. The Grammy-nominated group had its own show on ABC in 1965. The King Family Archive, AP
  • MARIAN McPORTLAND | Aug. 20 (age 95) | The celebrated jazz pianist hosted an NPR program called 'Piano Jazz.' She won a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2004. Mike Albans, AP
    
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USA TODAY - Several musicians died in 2013, here's a gallery of some of the familiar faces.

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