On November 20, 2021, David Longdon died aged 56. He was musician (guitar, flute, keyboards, bass, mandolin, lute, banjo, accordion, dulcimer, psaltry, vibraphone, theremin, glockenspiel, percussion, singer and song-writer, member of the band The Gift Horse, recorded with Louis Philippe, The Tangent, The Charlatans, Dave Kerzner, Nick Beggs, Rob Reed, Nick D’ Virgilio, Christina Booth and Steve Hackett, but was best known as member and the lead singer of the band Big Big Train. As leader, Longdon released one album (Wild River, 2004).
On June 16, 2010, Garry Marshall Shider died aged 56. He was musician (guitar, vocal), member of Parliament and Funkadelic, and musical director of the P-Funk All-Stars. In 1997, Shider was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” together with the other Parliament and Funkadelic members.
On March 12, 2013, Clive Burr died aged 56. He was musician (drums), member of the bands Praying Mantis, Stratus, Alcatrazz, Gogmagog, Trust, Elixir, Desperado, and Samson, but was best known as drummer of Iron Maiden (1979 – 1982).
On February 8, 2005, Keith Knudsen died aged 56. He was musician (drums), vocalist and songwriter, member of the Blind Joe Mendlebaum Blues Band, Lee Michaels band, The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils and Southern Pacific, but was best known as drummer of The Doobie Brothers. In 2020, Knudsen was posthumously inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as a member of The Doobie Brothers.
On February 7, 2000, David Jack Peverett aka Lonesome Dave died aged 56. He was musician (guitar), vocalist and songwriter, member of The Nocturnes and Savoy Brown, but was best known as the founding member, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Foghat.
On November 19, 2003, Alfred Gregory “Greg” Ridley died aged 56. He was musician (bass), member of bands Dino & the Danubes, Ramrods, The V.I.P.’s, Art, and Spooky Tooth, but was best known as founding member and bass player of Humble Pie.
On October 3, 2002, Darryl DeLoach died aged 56. He was a singer, and musician (guitar), best known as the original lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist for the San Diego psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly.
On August 15, 2012, Bob Birch died aged 56. He was a singer and musician (bass, bassoon, and saxophone), a member of Warpipes. He recorded and performed with Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Bryan Adams, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Phil Collins, Keith Emerson, Joseph Williams, Jose Feliciano, and Edgar Winter.
On August 6, 2004, James Ambrose Johnson Jr. aka Rick James died aged 56. He was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, known as “The King of Punk-Funk”. He was a member of few bands, before starting a successful recording career after signing with Motown’s “Gordy Records”. James released twelve studio albums, plus one released posthumously in 2007. As a songwriter and producer, he worked with Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Teena Marie, The Mary Jane Girls, and Eddie Murphy.
On September 14, 2017, Grantzberg Vernon Hart aka Grant Hart, died aged 56. He was musician, singer and song-writer, best known as drummer and songwriter of Hüsker Dü. He was also founding member, guitarist and vocalist of Nova Mob. He has recorded six studio albums with Hüsker Dü, two studio albums with Nova Mob, and four solo studio albums.