On December 25, 2009, Robert Anthony Bellamy aka Tony “T-Bone” Bellamy died aged 63. He was musician (guitar, piano, vocals), performed with Dobie Gray, was a member of Peter and the Wolves (San Francisco band that evolved into Moby Grape), but was best known as founding member, vocalist, guitarist and pianist for Redbone.
On January 15, 2018, Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan died aged 46. She was singer, songwriter and musician (guitar, bass, and keyboards), best known as vocalist and leader of The Cranberries. She released seven studio albums with The Cranberries, two solo albums: Are You Listening? (2007) and No Baggage (2009). In 2016 as member of the band D.A.R.K. she released the album Science Agrees.
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.
On May 17, 2017, Christopher John Boyle aka Chris Cornell died aged 52. He was musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and rhythm guitarist of Soundgarden, lead vocalist and songwriter of Audioslave, and as founder and frontman of Temple of the Dog. Cornell is widely regarded as one of the crucial artists of the grunge movement. Readers of the “Guitar World” magazine voted him “Rock’s Greatest Singer”; “Hit Parader” ranked him at number 4 in the list of “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists”; “MTV” ranked Cornell at number 12 in the choice of the “22 Greatest Voices in Music”; magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked him at number 9 in the list of the “Best Lead Singers of All Time”. Cornell released fie solo albums.
On November 5, 2005, Fred Lincoln ‘Link’ Wray, Jr. died aged 76. Being guitarist, songwriter and vocalist he became popular in the late 1950s, thanks to the distorted electric guitar sound of early records. The power chord of his 1958 instrumental hit “Rumble” (Link Wray and his Ray Menpopularized) became the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Wray at number 45 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time”.
On September 15, 2008, Richard William “Rick” Wright died aged 65. Being musician, composer, singer and songwriter, he was best known as founding member, keyboardist and vocalist of Pink Floyd. He recorded and performed on all Pink Floyd’s albums except on “The Final Cut”. His discography also includes:
- 1. With Syd Barrett
- Barrett– 1970
- Solo albums
- Wet Dream– 1978
- Broken China– 1996
- With Zee
- Identity– 1984
- With David Gilmour
- David Gilmour in Concert(DVD) – 2002
- On an Island– 2006
- Remember That Night(DVD/Blu-ray) – 2007
- Live in Gdańsk(CD/DVD) – 2008