Remembering The Musicians We Lost in 2015, Including BB King, Scott Weiland And Cilla Black

In 2015 we said goodbye to some seriously great singers, musicians and music industry characters.



Scott Weiland
October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015
The Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota. Weiland had long struggled with addiction and alcoholism and passed away from cardiac arrest.


Ben E King
September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015
The soul singer best known for the classic song 'Stand By Me' died at the age of 76 of natural causes. King released his final album, 'Love Is Gonna Get You', in 2007. In later life he established the non-profit organisation The Ben E King Stand By Me Foundation.


Phil Taylor
21 September, 1954 – 11 November, 2015
Better known as "Philthy Animal" Taylor, the former Motörhead drummer died at the age of 61. A member of the band from 1975 to 1984, he later rejoined for the five years between 1987 and 1992. His last appearance alongside frontman Lemmy came in 2014 when he joined the band for a gig in Birmingham.



Percy Sledge
November 25, 1940 – April 14, 2015
Soul singer Percy Sledge died at his home in Louisiana at the age of 73. Sledge was best known for his 1966 song, 'When A Man Loves a Woman', recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama. In 2005 Sledge was inducted to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.



James Horner
August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015
Oscar-winning 'Titanic' composer James Horner also wrote the scores for 'Avatar', 'Aliens', 'Braveheart' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. He died at the age of 61 after the small private plane he was piloting crashed in southern California.


Lil’ Chris
26 August, 1990 – 23 March, 2015
Chris Hardman aka Lil’ Chris first became famous when he appeared in Channel 4's Rock School in which Gene Simmons of Kiss took over a school in east Anglia and taught the students music. Hardman then signed to RCA Records and released debut single 'Checkin' It Out' in September 2006. He took his own life after suffering from depression.



BB King
September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015
The Mississippi-born musician had been recording since the 1940s and was best known for his hits 'Lucille' and 'Rock Me Baby’. Tributes to the star were paid by Ringo Starr, Wu Tang Clan, Chuck D, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Diplo, Cat Power, Slash and Lenny Kravitz as well as Barack Obama. King died in his sleep in Las Vegas.


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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Rapper Sean Price speaks during the 2012 Rock the Bells Festival press conference and Fan Appreciation Party on at Santos Party House on June 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) Getty
Sean Price
March 17, 1972 – August 8, 2015
Sean Price, rapper and one-half of the group Heltah Skeltah, died in his sleep at the age of 43. Alongside his partner Rock, Price began his career in Heltah Skeltah under the moniker 'Ruck'. Price also enjoyed a solo career under his birth name.




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Jim Diamond
28 September, 1951 – 8 October, 2015
Scottish singer-songwriter Jim Diamond was best known for his 1980s hits 'I Won't Let You Down' (with band Ph.D), 'I Should Have Known Better' and 'Hi Ho Silver'. He passed away at his London home aged 64.


Val Doonican
3 February, 1927 – 1 July, 2015
Doonican was a Saturday night television regular - his 'Val Doonican Show' ran on the BBC from 1965 to 1986. Doonican scored four UK Top Five singles from 1964 to 1967, also notching up five successive Top Ten records in the UK Albums Chart in the sixties. The Irish singer retired in 2009.


Demis Roussos
15 June, 1946 – 25 January, 2015
Demis Roussos was best known for his solo 1970s and ’80s hits, including 'Forever And Ever' – which topped the charts in several countries when it was released. He sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and was also a member of prog band Aphrodite's Child. He died at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, at the age of 80.



Kim Fowley
July 21, 1939 – January 15, 2015
Kim Fowley, the manager and producer of the Runaways, died aged 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer. Fowley rose to prominence in the 1960s after working with several big name acts including Gene Vincent, KISS, Alice Cooper and Leon Russell. As recently as 2014 he collaborated with Ariel Pink on Pink's 'Pom Pom' album.


Rico Rodriguez
17 October, 1934 – 4 September, 2015
Ska and reggae musician Rico Rodriguez passed away at the age of 80 at home in London. The trombonist joined The Specials in 1979. Rodriguez, who was born in Cuba but moved to Jamaica as a child, was also a solo artist, releasing his 1977 album 'Man From Wareika'. Rodriguez was awarded an MBE for services to music in 2007.


John Renbourn
8 August, 1944 – 26 March, 2015
After working as a solo artist and recording the album 'Bert and John' with Bert Jansch in 1966, folk musician Renbourn co-founded influential group Pentangle in 1967. The original line-up of the band released six albums, before splitting 1973. He continued his solo career and also made music with The John Renbourn Group.