Rockers We’ve Lost in 2018
Ultimate Classic Rock is honoring those musicians, producers, executives and other industry figures who passed away in 2018.
The year had barely begun when we learned of the deaths of two men who were extremely influential behind the scenes. As the founder of FAME Studios, Rick Hall was responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals Sound" that turned the small Northern Alabama town into one of the one of the most homes of soul music in the '60s. Later that day, it was revealed that Tony Calder - who worked as a publicist with Andrew Loog Oldham before the two founded Immediate Records, where the Small Faces, Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac signed early deals - had also died.
Arguably the most shocking death of the first month of 2018 was that of Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, who died on Jan. 15 at the age of 46. She was in London to contribute to a cover of her hit "Zombie" by metal band Bad Wolves, but that morning her body was discovered in her hotel room. Following her death, Bad Wolves released the song and pledged the profits to the children she left behind.
January also saw the deaths of Ray Thomas, the flautist for the Moody Blues; "Fast" Eddie Clarke, who played guitar in Motorhead's classic lineup; South African trumpeter Hugh "Grazing in the Grass" Masekela and Dave Holland, who drummed on Judas Priest's career-making records in the '80s.
Read more about their lives and others below.