For many music fans, 2016 was a year of sorrow when a number of superstars died before their time. Cited as “the year music died,” the industry lost numerous iconic musicians from January straight through to December. Since the majority were not age-related deaths, one could guess the world of rock and roll is one that stresses the body physically, mentally and emotionally. Many artists spend months on the road touring and are faced with the temptation for or addiction to drugs and alcohol. Long nights and the party lifestyle takes its toll eventually and adds to the risk of health complications. These ten stars left their mark on the music scene and their memories remain through the music they left behind.
15. Sandy Pearlman
New Yorker Sandy Pearlman was an accomplished music producer who worked with such artists as Blue Oyster Cult, The Clash, The Dictators, Pavlov’s Dog, Space Team Electra and Dream Syndicate. During his career, he was described as the “Hunter Thompson of rock, a gonzo producer of searing intellect and vast vision” by Billboard for his influence of both alternative rock and British punk. Later, Pearlman focused his attention on running e-music.com and moodlogic.com in his role as vice-president of both internet-based businesses. He died at the age of seventy-two on July 26, 2016, from pneumonia following complications after suffering a stroke.