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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…

Matthew Cogley, dead at 30

Matthew Cogley was a British musician and songwriter who performed solo and with the successful English rock band Failsafe. The band formed in 2005, releasing three albums over the years and touring extensively with popular acts, such as Anti-Flag, Paramore, Rx Bandits and Flogging Molly.


Jeff Golub, dead at 59

Golub was an American guitarist who released a dozen solo records and three as the leader of the instrumental group called Avenue Blue. Prior to his career as a instrumentalist, Golub was a sideman to several popular pop and rock musicians, including Rod Stewart.


A$AP Yams, dead at 26

Steven Rodriguez, better known as Yamborghini or A$AP Yam, was a producer and recording artist from Harlem. He grew to fame as a founding member and main force of the hip-hop collective ASAP Mob.


Curtis Lee, dead at 75

Curtis Lee was a singer from Yuma, Ariz. who saw the most success during the 1960s. Lee was best known for the two tracks he had produced by Phil Spector in 1961: “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” and “Under the Moon of Love.” The former has been covered by Showaddywaddy and Zombina and the Skeletons.


Popsy Dixon, dead at 72

Willy “Popsy” Dixon, was a drummer and vocalist who performed as part of the musical trio The Holmes Brothers with brothers Sherman and Wendell. The musicians are known for blending the styles of blues, country, soul and gospel music. Of the group’s 12 studio albums, three have made it to the top five on the Billboard Blues Albums chart.

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