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2014 - Looking back at those we've lost along the way

As we close down another year, it's time to look back and remember those we've said goodbye to. Though they are gone, their music and inspiration will live on.

Phil Everly -The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from the Everly Brothers passed away on January 3rd at the age of 74 due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Along with his brother, Don, The Everly Brothers' harmony sound influenced generations of musicians. In 1988, the Everly Brothers were among the very first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen - The lead singer of Toto's 1984 hit, "Stranger in Town" passed away on January 18th at age 62 after a long battle with cancer.

Bob Casale - a.k.a. "Bob 2" - Casale was the founding guitarist of Akron's own Devo. Bob passed away on February 17th in L.A. at 61 from heart failure.

 

Jerry Corbitt - The founding member of The Youngbloods died on March 10th at 71 of lung cancer.

Scott Asheton - Asheton was the drummer of early punk band The Stooges. He died of a heart attack on March 15th in Ann Arbor, MI at the age of 64.

Ed Gagliardi - Foreigner's original bassist died at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer on May 11th.

Tommy Ramone - The last surviving Ramone died of cancer in Ridgewood, NY at 65. Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, Tommy came to the US in 1957, and joined forces with Joey, Johnny and DeeDee to form The Ramones in 1974.

Casey Kasem - The America's Top 40 Countdown DJ died at the age of 82 on June 15th.

Gerry Goffin - Goffi, 75, n was a famous songwriter who wrote dozens of hits with his first wife, Carole King. He passed away on June 19th.

Bobby Womak - The influential R&B artist was 70 when he died on June 27th.

Johnny Winter - The blues- rock legend was touring in Switzerland at the time of his death on July 16th. Winter, 70, was gearing up to launch another tour with his brother, Edgar Winter.

 

Dick Wagner - The guitarist was most known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed. He died of respiratory failure on July 30th at the age of 71.

Ralph Morman - The singer for The Joe Perry Project and Savoy Brown. He passed at 65 in Ashland, Kentucky on August 17th after a long illness.

Glen Cornick - Cornick was the founding bassist of Jethro Tull. He died on congestive heart failure at his home in Hawaii on August 26th at the age of 67.

Jimi Jamison - The lead singer of Survivor suffered a heart attack in Memphis, TN on August 31st at the age of 63. Surviror had just played at the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park a few weeks before on August 15th. His last show was on August 30, 2014 in Morgan Hill, California at the CANcert benefit event during the ARTTEC Summer Concert Series.

Paul Revere - The keyboardist and leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders. Lock 3, in Downtown Akron was always on his tour schedule. Revere died on October 4th after a battle with cancer at his home in Idaho at the age of 76. Their hit "Henry the VIII" saw a resurgence when it was used in the movie "Ghost."

 

Raphael Ravenscroft - The famous saxaphonist was most known for his performance on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street." He died of heart failure on October 19th at the age of 60.

Wayne Static - The frontman of the heavy metal band Static-X died in his sleep at the age of 48 on November 1st.

Jack Bruce - Cream singer/ bassist, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Bruce passed away on October 25th at 71 after a long battle with liver disease. Before joining ranks with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, Bruce made a name for himself as one of the respected bass players in the blues-rock scene with groups like Graham Bond Organization and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Bruce inspired generations of musicians, including Sting and Geddy Lee.

 

Rick Rosas - Rosas was the touring bassist for Neil Young, Joe Walsh and others. He passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 65 on November 6th.

Riff West - The bass players for Molly Hatchet during the 80's died after a lengthy illness following a car accident on November 18th. West was 64.

Bobby Keys - Keys was a longtime saxaphone player for the Rolling Stones and played with countless others. Keys died on December 2nd of liver disease at the age of 70 - one day before his friend, Ian McLagan.

Ian McLagan - Keyboardist of the Faces and Small Faces, and also toured with The Rolling Stones. McLagan died on December 3rd after suffering a massive stroke. He was 69.

 

Joe Cocker - The gritty soulful voice of Joe Cocker was silenced on December 22nd. Cocker died at the age of 70 after battling small-cell lung cancer. Cocker had hit after hit - and wasn't afraid to cover anyone - including The Beatles. His performance of "With a Little Help from My Friends" from Woodstock in 1969 was a defining moment in music history.