A number of high profile losses occurred in the music world over the holiday break, with fans taking to social media to express grief and celebrate their work.
The Easybeats frontman, Steve Wright died aged 68 on December 27. Widely regarded as Australia’s first international pop star, Wright’s career spanned decades, and in 2005 he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Full coverage on the ABC website.
On December 26, Motörhead founding member and singer, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, died aged 70 after a short battle with cancer. A heavy metal icon, Lemmy’s passing was announced by the band who urged fans to “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.” Full coverage on The Guardian website.
Guru Josh (aka Paul Walden) died in Ibiza on December 28, aged 51. Finding fame with his hit, Infinity, Walden was a major player in the early 90s rave and acid house scenes. Full coverage on TheMusic.com.au.
On December 30 British band, The Specials, announced via Twitter that their drummer John “Brad” Bradbury had passed away, aged 62. Following their reformation in 2008, he toured with the band right up until his death. Full coverage on TheMusic.com.au.
Grammy-winning singer, Natalie Cole, died in Los Angeles on December 31 of heart failure, aged 65. She found fame as the daughter of Nat King Cole, performing her own arrangements of his hits, but her voice and musicality ensured a career spanning five decades. Obituary on The Guardian website.