A Look Back at the Rockers and Music Icons We Lost in 2013
The music world lost a host of big names in 2013.
And while the first names that might spring to mind are Slayer's Jeff Hanneman and Velvet Underground co-founder Lou Reed, let us not forget country music legend George Jones and former Ten Years After shredder Alvin Lee, whose performance segment in the Woodstock film blew everyone's minds, regardless of what they were smoking at the time.
And, of course, there's Ray Manzarek of the Doors, former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler, former Yes guitarist Peter Banks and J.J. Cale, whose compositions were hits for Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Below, you'll find a photo gallery of several of the year's musical losses, in most cases with links to our original stories for more information.
Obviously, this photo gallery is not meant to be complete. Along those lines, if there's an artist, session player, producer, etc., you'd like to mention, please add a comment at the bottom of the story.
Allen Lanier, died August 14, 2013. Blue Oyster Cult Founding Keyboardist/Guitarist Allen Lanier Dead at 67
Peter Banks, died March 7, 2013. Original Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Dead at 65
George Jones, died April 26, 2013. Country Legend George Jones Dead at 81
Hugh McCracken, died March 28, 2013. McCracken was a session guitarist who recorded with John Lennon, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Kenny Loggins, Steely Dan and — perhaps most famously — Paul McCartney. After working with McCracken on Ram, McCartney asked the guitarist to join the band that would become Wings. He declined.
Lou Reed, died October 27, 2013. Lou Reed, Rock Pioneer and Velvet Underground Co-Founder, Dead at 71
Jan Kuehnemund, died October 10, 2013. Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitarist for the all-female glam band Vixen, died after a long battle with cancer at age 51.
Ray Manazrek, died May 20, 2013. Ray Manzarek, Keyboardist for The Doors, Dead at 74
Jackie Lomax, died September 15, 2013. Jackie Lomax, Who Recorded with Three Beatles in 1968, Dead at 69
Richie Havens, died April 22, 2013. Folk Music Legend Richie Havens Dead at 72
Gypie Mayo, died October 23, 2013. Gypie Mayo, Guitarist for Dr. Feelgood and The Yardbirds, Dead at 62
Andy Johns, died April 7, 2013. Johns was a veteran producer and engineer who worked on scores of classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many more.
Storm Thorgerson, died April 18, 2013. Designer Storm Thorgerson Reflects on Pink Floyd and 30 Years of Landmark Album Art
Dan Toler, died February 25, 2013. Former Allman Brothers Band Guitarist Dan Toler Dead at 65
Clive Burr, died March 12, 2013. Former Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr Dead at 56
J.J. Cale, died July 26, 2013. J.J. Cale, Writer of "Cocaine" and "Call Me the Breeze," Dead at 74
Jim Hall, died December 10, 2013. New York-based jazz guitar great Jim Hall worked with Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, drummer Chico Hamilton and bassist Ron Carter (to name just a few). He was 83.
Reg Presley, died February 4, 2013. "Wild Thing" Singer, Reg Presley of The Troggs, Dies of Cancer at 71
Alvin Lee, died March 6, 2013. Former Ten Years After Guitarist Alvin Lee Dead at 68
Jeff Hanneman, died May 2, 2013. In Tribute: The Complete, Untold Story of Slayer's Jeff Hanneman