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  • 2012: The Year the Music Died (So Far)

    2012: The Year the Music Died (So Far)
    It’s not even June. But already this calendar year we’ve lost a gut-wrenching list of people who’ve impacted the music world: impresarios Don Cornelius and Dick Clark, R&B legends Johnny Otis and Etta James, the incomparable Band singer and drummer Levon Helm, bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, amp builder Jim Marshall, Memphis Horns saxophonist Andrew Love, pop icons Whitney Houston and Davy Jones, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Stax bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, disco queen Donna Summer, classical art-song master Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, on and on. And, earlier this week, Robin Gibb, who’d been battling cancer for some time.