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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.”

Find out more about some of the musicians dead in January…

Michel Delpech, dead at 69

Jean-Michel Delpech was a French singer-songwriter and an actor. His career started in 1964 after meeting Roland Vincent. The two formed a close bond that led to Delpech signing to Festival French record label. Between 1966 and 2009, Delpech put out 13 studio albums, five compilations and three live records.


Nicholas Caldwell, dead at 71

Nicholas Caldwell was an American R&B singer best known as one of the original and founding members of The Whispers. He is credited with composing some of their songs, including “Lady.”


David Bowie, dead at 69

For more than 50 years, David Bowie has been charming music fans with his eccentric style. Bowie was a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor from South London. His musical career remained active until his death. In fact, he released his final album, Blackstar, two days before his death.


Cadalack Ron, dead at 34

Robert Paulson—best known under the monikers Cadalack Ron,The Methadone Don, Black Tar Rap Star and Caddy 3.0—was a battle rapper and hip-hop artist from Los Angeles. His music centered on his personal experiences, including his struggle with drug addiction.


Dale Griffin, dead at 67

Terence Dale “Buffin” Griffin was one of the founding members of the British band Mott the Hoople. He played the drums but was also a vocalist and record producer. From 1981 to 1994, Griffin produced several BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions, which included the first professional recording session for Pulp.


Paul Kantner, dead at 74

Kantner was a singer-songwriter, guitarist and one of the founding members of the psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane. While Marty Balin formed the band initially during the mid 1960s, Kantner had a big role in navigating the group’s success during the decade. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with other members of the band in 1996.

Signe Toly Anderson, dead at 74

Anderson was also a founding member of the band Jefferson Airplane. She was born in Seattle, but primarily raised in Portland. Prior to joining Jefferson Airplane, she was a well-known and highly respected folk and jazz singer.

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