Friday, January 5th, 9am-Noon: WNCW Tribute to Musicians We Lost in 2017

Jan 3, 2018

Join WNCW Music Director Martin Anderson as he celebrates the lives of those who died last year by filling the morning with many of our favorites. Rock, country, funk, bluegrass,  jazz, Afropop, and more will be covered throughout the morning on Friday, beginning at 9am. Among the many to honor, in order of when they died:

Alan Jabbour, American Folklife Center founding director, 1/13
Greg Trooper, singer/songwriter, 1/15
William Onyeabor, electro Afro-funk pioneer, 1/16
Charles "Bobo" Shaw, free-jazz drummer, 1/16
Maggie Roche, singer/songwriter with The Roches, 1/21
Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Band drummer, 1/24
Nelia Hyatt, Asheville host of "Mrs. Hyatt's Oprahouse" mountain music jams, 2/14
Clyde Stubblefield, drummer for James Brown and for hiphop, 2/18
Walter “Junie” Morrison of Funkadelic & the Ohio Players, 1/21 (co- wrote “One Nation Under a Groove”)
Al Jarreau, singer, 2/12
Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist, 2/12
James Cotton, blues legend, 3/16
Robert “P-Nut” Johnson, singer with Parliament-Funkadelic, 3/17
Chuck Berry, rock & roll founder, 3/18
Jimmy Dotson, blues musician, 3/26
Lonnie Brooks, blues guitarist, 4/1
Charles Gidney, guitarist for the Luke Smathers Band, 4/8
Bob Wootton, Tennessee Three guitarist, 4/9
J. Geils, rock guitarist, 4/11
Joe Bly, mountain folk dancer, storyteller, & emcee, 4/29 (Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Shindig on the Green, the Gee-Haw Whimmy Diddle competition)
Col. Bruce Hampton, one of a kind from Aquarium Rescue Unit and beyond, 5/1
Steve Sutton, Waynesville, NC bluegrass musician, 5/14
Chris Cornell, Audioslave and Soundgarden, 5/18
Jimmy LaFave, singer/songwriter, 5/21
Gregg Allman, singer/keyboardist, 5/27
Rosalie Sorrells, singer/songwriter, 6/11
Lloyd Johnson, bluegrass picker and fan, 6/20
Jeff Knorr, Asheville keyboardist/producer, 7/7 (Collapseable Studios, Tuesday Night Funk Jam, Secret B-Sides)
Ray Phiri, South African guitarist, 7/12 (Paul Simon's Graceland and "She Moves On")
Chuck Loeb, jazz guitarist, 7/31
Ralph Lewis, Enka singer/musician in the Sons of Ralph, 8/5
Glen Campbell, singer/guitarist 8/8
Mike Hennessey, jazz musician and music author, 8/16
John Abercrombie, jazz guitarist, 8/22
Pete Kuykendall, bluegrass publisher, editor, picker, 8/24 (co-founded IBMA and Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine)
Walter Becker, Steely Dan guitarist 9/3
Jim Rollins, Simpsonville banjo player, 9/7 (West End String Band)
Don Williams, country singer 9/8
Johnny Sandlin, producer for Allman Brothers Band, Widespread panic, 9/18
Charles Bradley, "The Screaming Eagle of Soul", 9/23
Tom Paley, New Lost City Ramblers founder, 9/31
Tom Petty, Heartbreaker 10/2
Aubrey Holt, singer & founder of the Boys From Indiana, 10/5
Gord Downie, Tragically Hip singer 10/17
Howard Carroll, Dixie Hummingbirds guitarist, 10/17
Fats Domino, New Orleans legend, 10/24
Robert Knight, singer with The Paramounts, 11/5
Ben Riley, jazz drummer, 11/18
Malcolm Young, co-founder of AC/DC, 11/18
Mel Tillis, country singer, 11/19
Della Reese, jazz singer, 11/19
Wayne Cochran, soul singer, 11/21
David Cassidy, pop singer, 11/22
Jon Hendricks, jazz scat singer/composer, 11/22
Thornton Spencer, fiddler with the Whitetop Mountain Band, 11/25
Vincent Nguini, Cameroonian guitarist, 12/8 (Paul Simon's guitarist; "The Coast", "She Moves On")
Johnny Hallyday, French rock star, 12/5
Pat DiNizio, the Smithereens,12/12
Keely Smith, jazz singer, 12/16
Fletcher Bright, fiddler with the Dismembered Tennesseeans, 12/25
Miggie Lewis, bluegrass gospel group The Lewis Family, 12/26
Curly Seckler, bluegrass mandolinist for Flatt & Scruggs and others, 12/27