From Taylor Hawkins to Takeoff to Loretta Lynn, here are 11 influential artists we're missing in 2022. (2023)

As we say goodbye to 2022, it seems only natural to remember the musical legends we've lost. Below, the star pays tribute to some, but certainly not all, of the influential singers, songwriters and musicians whose legacies will live on.

Taylor Hawkins

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Hawkins started out as the touring drummer for Alanis Morisette in the mid-'90s but rose to fame after joining the Foo Fighters in 1997. His strong, booming style made him the perfect choice for the role. -Tex group.grunge, as well as his easygoing, friendly chemistry with the band's lead singer, Dave Grohl.

Together, Grohl and Hawkins formed the beloved core of the Foo Fighters, a band that toured endlessly and recorded eight albums between 1999's 'There Is Nothing To Lose' and 2021's 'Medicine at Midnight'.

Hawkins died on March 25, 2022 in the middle of a Foo Fighter tour of South America. He was 50 years old.

Im September die Foo Fighterspaid tribute to Hawkinswith two massive shows in star-studded arenas in London and Los Angeles. Performing for the first time since his death,Grohl called Hawkinshis “dear friend, bandmate and brother.

"No one else could make you smile, laugh, dance or sing like he did," said a clearly emotional Grohl. "So sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make noise so he can hear us now." —REAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

Additional view:Unforgettable Taylor Hawkins moments

Ronnie Spector

She was, of course, more than just the catchy "Be My Baby." But "Be My Baby" Ronnie Spector, the brilliant lead singer of The Ronettes, was an artist hailed as "rock 'n' roll's original bad girl."

The Ronettes, made up of Spector, his sister and his cousin, led a string of hits throughout the 1960s, from "Baby, I Love You" to "Walking in the Rain." Under the musical direction of Phil Spector, The Ronettes rose to the throne of the girl group whose legacy lives on even after the group broke up.

Spector's star continues to shine after the Ronettes (and Phil's divorce) with a vibrant solo career and an explosive memory named after the Ronettes' most iconic single. In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Ronettes.

"Each song is a little piece of my life," Spectorsaid 2007. "I'm just a ghetto girl who wanted to sing."- IN

Continue reading:Ronnie Spector, the '60s icon who sang 'Be My Baby', has died aged 78

Pharao Sanders

Known for his expressive and meditative playing, Sanders was an influential saxophonist who played a key role in the development of the free jazz and spiritual jazz movements.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sanders became a member of John Coltrane's band in the 1960s, where he played tenor sax alongside the jazz legend on the albums Ascension and Meditations. He later collaborated with singer Leon Thomas and pianist Alice Coltrane. During the 1970s he released several experimental solo albums, including Black Unity, an improv album, and Thembi.“

"The spirit was the overwhelming force in Sanders' music",wrote NPR's Andrew Flanagan and Nate Chinen. "It erupted from his tenor and soprano saxes in bursts of fire or a flare of murmurs, permeating his ensembles in which several generations of improvisers were alike ready to dig or fly freely."

Pharoah's swan song came in the form of Promises, an extraordinary collaborative album with English electronic producer Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded over five years and released in 2021, the sprawling nine-movement odyssey is a seamless fusion of ambient electronic music, masterful saxophone solos and dramatic string arrangements.

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He died at the age of 81.— AR

Continue reading:In memory of Pharaoh Sanders who sought divinity on earth

lift up

Known as Takeoff, rapper Kirshnik Khari Ball was the youngest member of Migos, a legendary hip-hop trio whose explosion in the mid-2010s propelled Atlanta trap sounds to the forefront of popular culture. Along with his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset, Takeoff helped popularize "Triple Flow," a unique style of rap that has become synonymous with the became Migos. ”

"What became known as the iconic 'Flow of Migos' was defined in large part by Takeoff's razor-sharp precision and his unique ability to change his speed and cadence without losing the sharpness of his rhymes," he said.wrote Nadine Smith on Pitchfork. "Without being in the spotlight, he knew when to step into the commanding officer position and when to step into a support role, using his own voice to emphasize the dedication of his comrades."

Takeoff's latest album, a collaboration with Quavo entitled Only Built for Infinity Links, was released in October 2022. It was the 28-year-oldmurdered in Houston, Texas less than a month later.— AR

mimi parker

Indie rock, dream pop, slow core, noise, glitch, background music. The Minnesota band, formed in the early '90s by vocalist/drummer Parker and vocalist/guitarist Alan Sparhawk, Low, has gained ground over the past three decades. Looking back at his catalog, it's amazing to hear how his sound evolves into new experimental areas every few years, from the downtempo beauty of 1994's "Lullaby" to the flaky catharsis of "Days Like These." the year 2021.

Central to Low's success, of course, was the inimitable chemistry between Parker and Sparhawk, two childhood friends-turned-lovers, spouses, and parents. But it was Parker's "unique voice" that won over listeners immediately, according to Nina Corcoran's obituary for Pitchfork.

“Technically, she was a skilled singer, tweaking breath control, harmonizing with contrasting loudness, and using a subtle trill. She sang softly, but her voice carried far and wide, drawing attention in even the busiest of rooms. It was confident and intelligent, like delivering a message from a broken place knowing others need to hear it too.”

Parker died of ovarian cancer on November 6 at the age of 55.REAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

Continue reading:Mimi Parker was the sore spirit that shaped Low's incomparable sound.

Ian Tyson

Canadian country legend and real cowboy Ian Tyson rose to fame during the folk revival of the 1960s with his first wife Sylvia, who recorded as Ian & Sylvia. In the early 1970s, Tyson hosted a national television show, The Ian Tyson Show on CTV.

After their marriage broke up, Tyson moved to a ranch in Pincher Creek, Alberta, where he trained horses and wrote songs based on his experience as a cowboy.

"He's like our Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash or Leonard Cohen"Alberta country rock singer Corb Lund told CBC in 2019."He's the guy who has integrated the region most into the arts, at least musically."

Tyson's most iconic song, "Four Strong Winds," was picked as the most by CBC Radio One listenersThe best Canadian song of all time.

He died on December 29 at the age of 89.— AR

Further reading: Folk legend Ian Tyson, best known for "Four Strong Winds" as part of Ian & Sylvia, dies

Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John is still considered one of the biggest exports of the 1980s, a pop sensation with a flair for the stage. Her performance opposite John Travolta in Grease made her one of the most celebrated faces in entertainment, and the cult film was followed by an illustrious solo music career.

Born in the UK but raised in Melbourne, Australia (with the accent to prove it), Newton-John was destined to be in the spotlight from an early age. Early attempts at being a pop star led to the discovery of her acting skills which landed her on Australian television for several years. The rest - "Grease", "Physical",a 2010 guest appearance on "Glee"- It's history.

"Listen, I think every day is a blessing," Newton-John said.The guardin 2020. a “You never know when time will run out; We all have limited time on this planet and we just have to be thankful for it.

He died in California at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.- IN

Continue reading:Olivia Newton-John, singer and actress, dies aged 73

Cristina McVie

English singer-songwriter Christine McVie was a solo artist and a member of the blues band Chicken Shack before joining her then-husband, bassist John McIvie, in the rock group Fleetwood Mac in 1970. The band, McVie, helped write several songs from Fleetwood's biggest hits, including "Over My Head", "Say You Love Me" and "Don't Stop".

After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Fleetwood Mac in 1998, McVie left the band and stayed out of the public eye until her return in 2014.

"Her soulful alto could sound alternately maternal and sexually alive,"wrote John Farber in the New York Times.” Its reddish hue had the heady effect of a bourbon, with a rich aroma and smooth finish. It found an elegant place in harmony with the voices of (Stevie) Nicks and (Lindsay) Buckingham, together forming a distinctive Fleetwood Mac sound.

McVie died after a short illness on November 30 at the age of 79.— AR

meat roll

Theatrical, bold and larger than life, you'll have a hard time finding a contemporary equivalent of the legendary singer and actor named Meat Loaf.

Born Michael Lee Aday in Nashville, Tennessee, Meat Loaf was working as a stage actor in New York City when he met composer Jim Steinman. Meat Loaf and Steinman began a friendship and working relationship that culminated in 1977's Bat Out of Hell, a hard rock epic featuring Paradise by the Dashboard Light that went on to become one of the best-selling records of all time. , which moves 43 million copies worldwide. The two collaborated again in 1993 on Bat Out of Hell II, which featured one of Meat Loaf's most famous tracks, I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That).

Outside of music, Meat Loaf has had a successful career on stage (he starred in Hair and in the original Broadway cast of The Rocky Horror Show) and as a film and television actor (Fight Club, Spice). World")", "The Mighty One"). He was also known for his gritty live shows.

"Meat Loaf sweated through his frilly shirts and ripped the seams of his pants during his high-energy stage performances."Matt Schudel explained in a Washington Post obituary."During a show in Ottawa in 1978, he fell off the stage and broke his leg. He continued the tour in a wheelchair.

Meat Loaf died on January 20 at the age of 74.— AR

Continue reading:Raising 'Hell': Back then, Meat Loaf rode a horse in the ballroom at the Sheraton Center in Toronto


Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., Los Angeles rapper Coolio is known around the world as the driving force behind "Gangsta's Paradise," one of hip-hop's most iconic tracks of all time. The song made Coolio one of the first hip hop superstars to find commercial success with a string of critically acclaimed albums in the '90s.

"Borrowing the sounds and visuals of gangster rap and G-Funk from N.W.A, Ice-T, Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, Coolio gained a following by combining his credibility with a willingness to appeal to a wide audience through a discreet language. , dance tracks, recognizable samples and other references to past hits",The New York Times explained.

Coolio, who has also acted in dozens of films and television shows, died on September 28 at the age of 59.— AR

Continue reading: 'Coolio, Gangsta's Paradise rapper, dies aged 59

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Loretta Lynn

Lynn was one of country music's biggest stars: As of 2022, she is the most-awarded female country artist of all time with 24 number-one singles and 11 number-one albums.

Lynn, the daughter of a Kentucky coal miner, was lifted out of poverty and into a mainstay of country music with her "righteous songs about the life and love of an Appalachia woman."wrote Kristin M. Hall in an obituary.

“As a songwriter, she has created the personality of a defiantly tough woman, contrary to the stereotypical image of most country singers. The Country Music Hall of Famer has fearlessly written about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control, and has sometimes gotten into trouble with over-the-air radio stations, material even rock artists shun.

In 1980, Coal Miner's Daughter, a musical biopic based on Lynn's life, was released and grossed more than $67 million.

Lynn died on October 4th at the age of 90.

Continue reading:Obituary for Loretta Lynn in The Guardian

Other artists we miss

bueno,Singer and guitarist for the Toronto rock band The Sadies.

Engel Badalamenti,Composer best known for his collaborations with director David Lynch on Twin Peaks and films such as Blue Velvet.

terry hall,The British singer is best known as the lead singer of the ska revival band The Specials.

Guillermo Hart,singer of the soul group Delfonics;tom bell,Singer, songwriter, record producer and one of the creators of Philadelphia soul.

Dear Irene,Actor and singer known for "Fame" and "Flashdance".

Evangelist,Greek composer best known for arranging the soundtracks for Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner and other films.

Ronnie Hawkins,Canadian rockabilly and bluegrass singer and a key figure in the Toronto rock scene in the 1960s.

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Aaron Carter,Pop's Office.

I would like,up and coming rapper from Atlanta.

Lamont Dozier,Legendary Motown singer, songwriter and producer.


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