2021 Music Deaths Part 4

It’s the beginning of week 2 of our look back at music deaths in 2021 with six more from July.

There is quite a variety with today’s selections; a rock guitarist, a violinist, a doo-wop singer from the 50s, a bass guitar legend; a drummer from the 50s, and a lead singer from a country-rock band.

Jeff LaBar (guitarist with Cinderella) July 14
Robby Steinhardt
(violin and guitar with Kansas) July 17
Willie Winfield
(lead singer with The Harptones) July 27
Dusty Hill
(bass guitar/vocalist with ZZ Top) July 28
Charles Connor
(drummer with Little Richard) July 31
Paul Cotton
(lead singer with Poco) July 31

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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2021 Music Deaths / Part 4

Cinderella – Kansas – Harptones
ZZ Top – Little Richard – Poco

Comments (12)

  1. Don Doyle

    I am afraid that once again I have failed in my knowledge of Rock musicians names. Although I recognize and appreciate all the selections today, I only know two names. Jeff LaBar, a local guy whose Dad was my kids school bus drivers d of course Dusty Hill of ZZ Top.
    In this series I have averaged just a mere 40%: only 2 out of 5 on a daily basis. If I don’t improve I will be drummed off the site.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Don, I don’t expect you or anyone else to recognize all of the names today (or those throughout the series). All I can hope for is having listeners enjoy the music those names left us, and if you remember those songs, that’s a bonus.

      There is no requirement that you “improve.” This isn’t a midterm exam. It’s a tribute to musicians who passed.

  2. Penny

    Another great medley tribute to those we have lost .. I didn’t realize there were so many in July alone! 🙁 as we get older, so do they and sadly we will lose even more! Thank goodness their legacy is timeless with wonderful music.
    Have a safe and warm day my friend!!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Penny. July was not a good month, that’s for sure! Their legacies are all safe if I have anything to say about it.
      It’s going to be difficult to stay warm tonight and tomorrow. Wind chills of minus 25-30 tonight and a high temperature of only 4 degrees tomorrow! I hope it’s warmer down there. ❤️

  3. fred

    Dust in the Wind!!! Wow first time in years I’ve heard this!!! Ray going back like this is great but sad at the same time!!! At least we can keep these tunes alive for ever!!! Thank you for another great choice of tunes!!! In the Heart Of The Night I’ll be thinking of what comes next!! Love ya!!! Stay warm!!!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Fred. The nice memories associate with these songs is tempered by the fact the musicians are no longer with us. But I’ll keep on keeping those memories alive!
      Love Ya!

  4. Barbara

    Another interesting selection Ray …. didn’t know (or probably better said “remember”) all of them but I agree it is nice that the music of these artists will live on. Yes memories are what we are all about …. thanks for reminding us how lucky we are! Rock this blustery day my friend ….

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Barbara. Sometimes memories slip away but return as nice surprises. 🙂
      Rock This Very Frigid Day!

  5. Sandy Gaither

    I totally recognized almost every single song, but I’m so thrilled now know what makes up those songs. The musicians really do rock! It is so sad to know that all of these folks are no longer with us, but we do have their memories and that’s what we’re all about! Stealing your phrase. I am about to become caught up here, I’ve listened to everything from number one through this medley. I have just decided to take the morning and become more educated. The stimulation of memory is the very best this morning. Thank you Ray for these great selections! You’re the best!!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Sandy ❤️
      I admire (and appreciate) your dedication! This one had such a diverse group of talented musicians. I’m so pleased the songs brought back happy memories!

  6. Jim Waters

    I don’t know how you do it Ray. It’s something about the way you put these together. Some how the transition from one song to the next is superb! Guess that’s why you were so successful in the industry that has slowly gone down hill. Thank you for giving us a way to keep true radio alive! ❤️

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Jim. That praise means so much coming from another “radio guy”. I do put a lot of time into the song transitions so it’s very flattering to realize the effort is noticed. ❤️


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