Saturday, December 31, 2011

Those We Lost in 2011

To the ones who left us too early... We had a technologist who gave us the iPhone and iPad, a young and talented UK female singer, a rising black comedian, a stanch NFL team owner and a budding Indy Car driver.

In the hip hop world, we also lost 2 giants Nate Dogg & Heavy D, whose combine efforts sold millions and millions of albums. Many other notables in the music, sports and entertainment world are gone this year, but not forgotten and are featured below.

Amy Winehouse

Steve Jobs

Veteran musician - Gil Scott-Heron

Apparel designer - Jonas Becvacqua (co-founder of LRG)

Rapper - Special One (Conscience Daughters)

Sylvia Robinson (founder of Sugar Hill Records)

Rapper - Kampane

Actor - Jeff Conway (TV show TAXI)

Actor - Harry Morgan (TV show M*A*S*H)

Rapper - Tim Smooth

Rapper - Slim Dunkin

Indy Car driver - Danny Wheldon

First Lady - Betty Ford

Actor - James Arness (TV show Gunsmoke)

Boxer - Joe Frazier

Actor - Cliff Robertson

Musician - Clarence Clemmons (Bruce Springsteen & E-Street Band)

Actor - Ryan Dunn

Rapper - M-Bone (Cali Swag District)

Rock Guitarist - Gary Moore

Actress - Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Songwriter Musician - Nick Ashford

Rock Singer - Jani Lane (Warrant)

Songwriter - Jerry Leiber

TV commentarist - Andy Rooney

Actor - Pete Falk (TV show Columbo)

Nate Dogg

Heavy D

Music Composer - John Barry (James Bond 007 theme)

Pro Wrestler - Shawn McGrath

Jazz pianist - Pinetop Perkins

Polar Bear - Knut

Rock Bassist - Mike Starr (Alice In Chains)

Singer - Phoebe Snow

NFL team owner - Al Davis

Music producer and engineer - Roger Nichols (associated with Steely Dan)

Pro wrestler - Randy Savage

Jazz and R&B guitarist - Cornell Dupree

Actor - Jackie Cooper

Songwriter - Andrew Gold

TV producer - Sherwood Schwartz (Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island)

Heavy metal guitarist - Würzel (Motorhead)

Blues guitarist - David "Honeyboy" Edwards

Music Executive - Frank DiLeo (Michael Jackon's one time manager)

Motown music executive - Esther Gordy Edwards

Football player and actor - Bubba Smith

Football player - Orlando Brown

R&B Singer - Vesta Williams

Comedian - Patrice O'Neal

Blues singer - Lee "Shot" Williams

Jazz musician - Sam Rivers

Internet personality - Ben Breedlove

Rock musician - Jim Sherwood (with Frank Zappa's Mother's of Invention)

World music singer - Cesária Évora

Rock guitarist - Cory Smoot (GWAR)

Rapper - Tommy Hill

R&B singer and songwriter - Gene Daniels

Blues guitarist - Hubert Sumlin

Singer - Dobie Gray

Singer and songwriter - Gerry Rafferty

Music promoter - Don Kirshner

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