PRNewsFoto/Grey; Blind Pig ReordsThe music world sadly lost many beloved and respected artists during 2013, including two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers who emerged during the 1960s from cities and scenes 3,000 miles apart -- Lou Reed and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek.
Reed, who **** on October 27 at age 71 from liver disease, is best known for the edgy, often poetic, songs he created as the leader of the pioneering rock band The Velvet Underground, and as a solo artist. Reed co-founded The Velvet Underground in New York City in the mid-1960s, and the band soon gained notoriety through its association with artist Andy Warhol, who managed the group and produced its debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico. It now stands as a landmark recording, depicting a seedy underworld of ***, ***** and rock 'n' roll that was startling in its frankness and pioneering in its sound. The band never achieved commercial success, but its music has influenced and inspired countless artists over the decades.
After leaving The Velvet Underground in 1970, Reed mounted a critically-lauded though sporadically successful solo career. Among his most memorable tunes are "Walk on the Wild Side," "Perfect Day," "Satellite of Love," "I Love You, Suzanne," and "Dirty Blvd." His final album was 2011's Lulu, an ambitious but poorly-received concept album he recorded with heavy metal band Metallica.
Reed's death inspired an outpouring of tributes from many musicians whose own work was deeply impacted by the singer/songwriter's music, including David Bowie, U2's Bono, and Peter Gabriel.
Manzarek, meanwhile, **** in May at the age of 74 after a battle with bile duct cancer. The keyboardist co-founded The Doors in 1965 in Los Angeles, and his jazz-flavored, hypnotic playing was a key element in the band's hugely influential and enduring songs. His riff at the beginning of The Doors' breakthrough 1967 hit "Light My Fire" may be one of the most recognizable in rock history. Manzarek, of course, made important contributions to dozens of other classic Doors tunes, including "*****, I Love You," "People Are Strange," "Love Me Two *****," "Touch Me," and "Love Her Madly."
After Doors frontman Jim Morrison's death at the age of 27 in 1971 and the band's subsequent 1973 breakup, Manzarek continued to make music with a variety of projects. He also produced bands and wrote a number of books. For the last decade or so of his life, he and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger kept their old band's legacy alive by playing together in a popular touring group called the Manzarek-Krieger Band.
Here are some of the other well-known music artists and luminaries who **** in 2013:
Patti Page, January 1 -- Pop singer whose big hits included "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window." She **** in Encinitas, California, after a battle with heart and lung disease.
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, January 26 -- Frontman of The Ohio Players. He **** at age 69 in Trotwood, Ohio, after a battle with cancer.
Reg Presley, February 4 -- Lead singer of The Troggs. He **** at age 71 in Andover, U.K., after suffering a series of strokes.
Rick Huxley, February 11 -- Dave Clark Five bassist. He **** of complications from emphysema in Dartford, U.K. Huxley was 72.
Tony Sheridan, February 16 -- Early Beatles collaborator. He **** after undergoing heart surgery in Hamburg, Germany. Sheridan was 72.
Dan Toler, February 25 -- Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist. He **** at age 64 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig's disease.
Bobby Rogers, March 3 -- Original member of The Miracles. He was 73 when he passed away in Southfield, Michigan.
Alvin Lee, March 6 -- Founding lead guitarist of Ten Years After. He **** of complications from a surgical procedure in Marbella, Spain. Lee was 68.
Peter Banks, March 7 -- Original guitarist for Yes. He **** from heart failure in North London, U.K. Banks was 65.
Bobbie Smith, March 16 -- Founding member of The Spinners. He **** in Orlando, Florida, from complications of pneumonia and influenza after a battle with lung cancer. Smith was 76.
Gordon Stoker, March 27 -- Member of the famed vocal group The Jordanaires. He **** at age 88 in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Phil Ramone, March 30 -- Producer for Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and many other stars. He **** from complications from an aortic aneurysm in New York City. Ramone was 79.
Richie Havens, April 22 -- Folk singer, first performer at the 1969 Woodstock festival. He **** of a heart attack at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey. Havens was 72.
Trevor Bolder, May 21 -- Bassist for David Bowie's Spiders from Mars and for Uriah Heep. He **** at age 62 from pancreatic cancer in Cottingham, U.K.
Clarence Burke Jr., May 26 -- Member of The Five Stairsteps, singer of hit "O-o-h Child." He **** at age 64 in Marietta, Georgia.
Marvin Junior, May 29 -- Member of The Dells. He **** of kidney and heart problems in Harvey, Illinois. Junior was 77.
Joey Covington, June 4 -- Played drums with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. He was killed in a car accident in Palm Springs, California. Covington was 67.
Bobby "Blue" Bland, June 23 -- Renowned blues and soul singer. He was 83 when he **** in Germantown, Tennessee.
Alan Myers, June 24 -- Longtime Devo drummer. He **** of stomach cancer at age 58 in Los Angeles.
J.J. Cale, July 26 -- Singer/songwriter/guitarist, Eric Clapton collaborator. He **** of heart failure in La Jolla, California. Cale was 74.
Sid Bernstein, August 21 -- Music producer and concert promoter credited with bring The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to the U.S. He **** in New York City at the age of 95.
Jackie Lomax, September 15 -- Singer and Beatles collaborator. He **** of cancer at age 69 in Wirral Peninsula, U.K.
Roger Pope, September 17 -- Former drummer for Elton John. He **** at age 66 in Southampton, U.K.
Pete Haycock, October 30 -- Founding singer and lead guitarist of The Climax Blues Band. He **** of a suspected heart attack in Germany. Haycock was 62.
Lee Crystal, November 5 -- Former Joan Jett and the Blackhearts drummer. He **** from complications of multiple sclerosis at the age of 57.
**** Dodd, November 29 -- Singer and drummer for The Standells. He **** from complications of cancer in Fountain Valley, California. He was 68.
Ricky Lawson, December 23 -- Session drummer who worked with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston, among many other notable artists. He **** in Long Beach, California, after suffering a brain aneurysm. Lawson was 59.
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