Musical Obituaries

Steven Hale
Dec 24, 2020

When our beloved musicians die, we feel bereft because we know we’ll never hear anything new from them. An archivist may discover some buried treasure, but that’s not the same as a new performance or composition.

The series Musical Obituaries seeks to provide fresh perspectives on those who have passed on — perhaps even to long-time fans. I try to keep the text short so you’ll have more time to explore the music itself.

Please join the journey by adding in the comments your own experiences of these departed artists who have shaped our lives, and add anyone we’ve omitted.

Junior Mance

Sylvain Sylvain

Michael Fonfara

Tony Rice

Leslie West

Stanley Cowell

Charley Pride

Harold Budd

Billy Joe Shaver

Jerry Jeff Walker

John Prine

McCoy Tyner

Neil Innes



Steven Hale

Music: Discovering the lost and forgotten. Politics: Exposing injustice. Screenwriting: Emotional storytelling.