On December 26, 1999, Curtis Lee Mayfield died aged 57. He was composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, regarded as one of the most influential musicians and composers in soul and politically conscious African-American music. He started the career in a gospel choir, gained wide recognition as member and main composer of The Impressions, and later had a successful solo career. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked his 1965 song “People Get Ready” at number 24 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The same song was also included in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”, and in 1998 was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”. His album with the soundtrack for the 1972 movie “Super Fly” was ranked at number 72 on “Rolling Stone’s” list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 1994, Mayfield won a “Grammy Legend Award” in and a “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1995. In 1991, he was inductee into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as a member of the Impressions, and in 1999 as a solo artist.
On October 2, 2017, Thomas Earl Petty aka Tom Petty, died aged 66. He was singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer, best known as the leader and singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also member and co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys and his early band Mudcrutch. Tom Petty has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.
On September 3, 2017, Walter Carl Becker died aged 67. He was musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter of Steely Dan. He has briefly been member of the group China Crisis, and has recorded two solo albums:
- 11 Tracks of Whack(1994)
- Circus Money(2008)
On May 13, 2012, Donald “Duck” Dunn died aged 70. He was bass guitarist, session musician, record producer, and songwriter, best known for his 1960’s recordings with Booker T. & the M.G.’s and as a session bassist for “Stax Records”. He has performed and recorded with big number of famous musicians including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and The Blues Brothers Band. In 1992, Dunn was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as a member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s. “Bass Player” magazine ranked him at number 40 on its list of “The 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time”.
On October 25, 2004, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft aka John Peel died aged 65. Being disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist, he is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres in “Peel’s Radio 1” shows, which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC’s studios. In 1969 Peel founded “Dandelion Records”, that label released 27 albums by 18 different artists before folding in 1972.