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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in January

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Death is inevitable. But at The Spec, we share this sentiment with Neil Strauss: “Everyone loves you when you’re dead.”

Get familiar with some of the musicians who passed away this month…

Tabby Thomas, dead at 84

Born Ernest Joseph Thomas, Tabby Thomas was a blues musician from Louisiana. He played guitar and sang, specializing in a genre known as swamp blues. Thomas was the founder of Blue Beat record label and performed for many years with his Baton Rouge-based band Mellow, Mellow Men.


Jay Traynor, dead at 70

Jay Traynor was an American singer from New York, best known for his involvement with The Mystics and Jay and the Americans. From 2006 until his death this year, Traynor toured with Jay Siegel‘s act Tokens.


Phil Everly, dead at 74

Phil Everly was one half of The Everly Brothers. The band of brothers, known for steel-string guitar and vocal harmonies, was elected to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in the 1980s and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Phil and his brother Don pursued solo careers in the music industry for a decade, reuniting in 1983 for a concert London‘s Royal Albert Hall.


Ronny Jordan, dead at 51

Jordan was a guitarist from London, England who was a major leader fo the acid jazz movement of the late twentieth century. Between 1992 and 2009, Jordan released eight solo albums and contributed to four other major releases.


Dennis Frederiksen, dead at 62

Better known as Fergie, Dennis Frederiksen was an American singer-songwriter most popularly involved with the acts Angel, Trillion, Toto and Le Roux. Frederiksen’s career in music began at the young age of 13 and by age 15 he was playing pubs with a Michigan band called Common People.


Peter Seeger, dead at 94

Seeger was an American folk musician and activist. He performed with the Weavers and had a string of hits during the early half of the 1950s. During the McCarthy Era, members of the Weavers were blacklisted and in the 1960s, Seeger came back into view as a prominent folk singer-songwriter of protest music.

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