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Paying accolade to some of the legendary musicians who died in the year 2015, here are some of the legends who contributed to the music world:
Bob Dylan and his contemporaries laced the folk music tradition into rock 'n' roll — and they did it by standing on the shoulders of giants like Jean Ritchie, the singer and musician whose tireless efforts to preserve traditional song helped shape modern American music. Jean Ritchie was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to trace the links between American ballads and the songs from Britain and Ireland. As a song-collector, she began by setting down the 300 songs that she already knew from her mother's knee. She died on June 1 at the age of 92, surrounded by family at her home in Berea, Ky., where she moved after enduring a stroke in 2009.
Riley B. King, known by his stage name B.B. King, American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone ranked King No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. The king took his last breath on May 14 at the age of 89 in his Las Vegas home. He had been in hospice care for several weeks before his death.
Kim Fowley, an American record producer, singer and musician who is best known for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s, and for managing the Runaways in the 1970s.Co-wrote songs with Kiss and Alice Cooper, died at 75 on January after a long battle with bladder cancer. He also oversaw sessions for Warren Zevon and Modern Lovers (which included future members of the Talking Heads and the Cars), and appeared as a sideman on Frank Zappa's 1966 album 'Freak Out!'
The American rock bassist, best known as the original bassist in Rainbow and most recently was a member for the band Zvekan. He also played in Elf, consisting of vocalist Ronnie James Dio, keyboardist Mickey Lee Soule, drummer Gary Driscoll and guitarist David Feinstein. He died on May 5 after a bout with prostate cancer. He was 63. Gruber appeared on 1975's Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow after a two-album stint with Elf, which, like the earliest editions of Rainbow, featured Dio as frontman.
Sid Tepper, who famously co-wrote more than 40 songs for Elvis Presley. Between 1945 and 1970, Tepper and Roy C. Bennett published over 300 songs.He died on April 24 of natural causes. His music had also been covered by the Beatles "Glad All Over," with George Harrison.
Jeremy Brown, lead guitarist for Scott Weiland's band the Wildabouts, died in March. A stunned Weiland shared the news via Facebook, telling fans and followers that he'd gotten a call from Brown's family after Brown failed to show up for a band rehearsal on March 30. According to Billboard, Weiland met Brown while working on his 2008 album "Happy" in Galoshes.
Dave Hilsden, a do-anything Motorhead assistant who handled engineering and front-of-house sound over a three-decade stint, died in late February. He also, at one point, was the band's accountant. The band's official statement called Hilsden "a treasure, a unique and wonderful man. He will be sorely missed." Campbell said he "gave 30 years of his life to Motorhead. He was a good guy."
Former Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor passed away at the age of 61 on November11, 2015. He played with the heavy metal band for 14 years in the '70s, '80s, and '90s (despite leaving he group for three years in 1984). The band posted about his death on the official Facebook page, saying, "Lil' Philthy…he who fuelled many a young boy's punk/metal hairstyles…he who played the drums with fury and intent friend, Roman, Derbyshire man…rest in peace…with much love."
Progressive rock bassist Chris Squire passed away on June 28, 2015 from a rare form of leukemia at the age of 67. Squire, who was co-founder of the iconic band Yes, was the only member of the band to play on every one of their studio albums. In addition to being a self-taught bassist, he also co-wrote many of the bands biggest hits, including "I've Seen All Good People," "Starship Trooper," and "Owner of a Lonely Heart."
By Ritu Raj Boruah