By Laurie Voss Circulation Supervisor
WARSAW — 2016 has been a rough year for many people, as there have been too many bad things happening, and we would just shake our heads and wonder what is next. This is also true with the music artists we lost in 2016.
Starting off the year was David Bowie, on Jan. 10, from cancer. Not only famous for his music, but acting and Broadway musicals.
The Eagles lost Glenn Frey, on Jan. 17, due to health complications. An intricate part of the Eagles, he co-wrote some of the band’s most famous songs.
Joey Feek, of Joey and Rory, passed away on March 4, from cancer. She and her husband had a great sound together, and opened for the Zac Brown Band.
A personal favorite of mine was Merle Haggard, who passed from pneumonia on his 79th birthday, April 6. He had 35 number one country hits and over 70 in the top ten.
Less than two weeks after Merle, we lost Prince, due to a drug overdose. Only 57, the Purple Rain singer had won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, and Seven Grammy’s in his career.
Another personal favorite was Ralph Stanley, who I was lucky enough to see in person. Dr. Ralph started singing and playing in 1946 with his brother as The Stanley Brothers, and later with his own band, The Clinch Mountain Boys. Ralph passed on June 23.
Leonard Cohen passed on Nov. 10, at the age of 82. His most beloved song was ‘Hallelujah’, which has been performed by many other artists, and quite possibly, the most beautiful song I have heard!
And hopefully the last we will hear about this year, Leon Russel, on Nov. 13, at the age of 74. Leon performed solo, as a songwriter, producer and studio musician.
The Warsaw Community Public Library hopes that you will stop in and experience the music of these wonderful artists, and discover new artists out of our large music collection.