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Remembering Clarence Avant: The Black Godfather, Renowned Entertainment Mentor & Recording Academy Honoree
Clarence Avant accepts the Industry Icons Award onstage during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Clarence Avant at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California

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Remembering Clarence Avant: The Black Godfather, Renowned Entertainment Mentor & Recording Academy Honoree

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, L.A. Reid and Babyface, and Jimmy Iovine counted the entertainment pioneer as an essential piece of their success. The manager, label and broadcast media owner, and mentor died on Aug. 13 at age 92.

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Known variously as the Black Godfather, the Godfather of Black Music and the Godfather of Black Entertainment, industry legend Clarence Avant was a pioneer over some seven decades in entertainment. The manager, label and broadcast media owner, and mentor died on Aug. 13 at age 92.

The breadth of Avant’s impact cannot be overstated. For his myriad accomplishments — many of which were historic and groundbreaking — he received the Recording Academy's Trustees Award in 2008. In 2019, Avant received the GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award.

"Clarence Avant will forever be remembered as a trailblazer and changemaker whose commitment to music and the community paved the way for opportunity and greater inclusion within our industry," said Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. "He fundamentally transformed the musical landscape for the better. The depth of Clarence’s legacy will last for generations."

A lengthy list of luminaries in the worlds of entertainment, music, politics and more paid tribute to Avant on social media.

Photo of (L-R) Jay-Z, Clarence Avant and Sean Combs attend 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020, in Los Angeles, California

(L-R) Jay-Z, Clarence Avant and Sean Combs attend 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Bill Clinton tweeted, "It was impossible to spend time with Clarence Avant and not come away feeling more positive and wanting to follow his example."

The Rev. Al Sharpton called Avant "a revolutionary," adding that "When people in the entertainment world were delegated to a near master/slave relationship, he broke through that wall of exploitation and made us respected business people.

"This man was singularly responsible for helping so many Black artists get paid their worth," civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill tweeted.

Magic Johnson tweeted, "He knew how to touch every individual he met and meet them where they were in order to get them where they needed to be."

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation reflected on Avant's legacy:

Born Feb. 25, 1931, in North Carolina, Avant began his career under the tutelage of Louis Armstrong manager Joe Glaser. He would soon branch out on his own to manage artists including Sarah Vaughan, Freddie Hubbard and pioneering Black record producer Tom Wilson. Avant opened a Los Angeles office in 1964.

In 1967, Avant helped negotiate what is said to be the first joint venture between a Black artist and a major label when he mediated a deal for Motown writer-producer William "Mickey" Stevenson with MGM for the soul subsidiary Venture Records.

In 1969, Avant founded his own label, Sussex. The label’s first release was Cold Fact, the unsuccessful debut from the late Sixto Rodriguez, who would years later become the subject of the Oscar-winning doc Searching for Sugar Man. While it took 50 years for Rodriguez to get his due, such was not the case for other Sussex releases such as Dennis Coffey’s smash funky instrumental "Scorpio" and certainly not for Bill Withers, who from 1971 to 1972 had three singles go platinum or gold.

During this time, Avant also bought what became one of the first Black-owned U.S. radio stations, Los Angeles R&B outlet KTYM. Both this venture and Sussex would wind down by 1975, which led to Avant’s founding of Tabu Records.

It was at Tabu that Avant discovered the songwriting and production talents of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who had both been members of the Prince-owned band the Time. Jam and Lewis would create one of the most gravity-defying sounds of the ’80s, and Avant would eventually introduce them to Janet Jackson.

That kind of behind-the-scenes dot-connecting was the norm for Avant. He was considered an important mentor by Jam and Lewis, L.A. Reid and Babyface, industry titans Sylvia Rhone, Jheryl Busby, Jon Platt and Jimmy Iovine, and many others — including football great Jim Brown, whom Avant reportedly convinced to take up acting.

He was a political activist, especially for Black causes, and was an unofficial advisor to Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama.

He would also serve as Chairman of Motown Records and would become the first Black person to serve on the international management board for PolyGram. He was the subject of the 2019 documentary The Black Godfather.

In addition to his Recording Academy Trustees Award, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 and is due to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Oct. 7.

There was no blueprint for Avant’s storied career. "I kept hearing about this guy Clarence Avant, but no one seemed to know what his actual official title was," Jim Brown recalled.

"My whole career has been like this," Avant once told Variety. "People ask me, ‘how did you do all this?’ How the f— do I know? I just do things. I just like to take shots."

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2024 GRAMMYs In Memoriam: Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz & More Pay Tribute To Late Icons

A star-studded tribute honored the late leading lights of the music industry. In a heartfelt and exciting segment, Tina Turner was remembered with a spirited cover of "Proud Mary" and while Stevie Wonder did a tender posthumous duet with Tony Bennett.

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Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder and more graced the GRAMMYs stage for a star-studded tribute to Tina Turner, Tony Bennett and other stars we lost in 2023. 

The In Memoriam segment of the 2024 GRAMMYs began with Wonder honoring the "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" crooner, who passed away in July after a long battle with Alzheimer's. With Wonder on piano and an ethereal, archival video of Bennett singing, the two created a tearjerker posthumous duet of "For Once in My Life" before transitioning into "The Best is Yet to Come."

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Next, a video memorialized Jimmy Buffett before a visibly emotional Annie Lennox appeared on stage with Wendy and Lisa to remember Sinead O'Connor with a tender cover of the late Irish alt pioneer's classic single "Nothing Compares 2 U." "Artists for ceasefire! Peace in the world!" the Eurythmics icon shouted with raised fist at the end of her performance.

Elsewhere during the In Memoriam package, Burt Bacharach was celebrated for his unmistakable impact on popular music throughout the 20th century. Then, Lenny Kravitz paid respect to Clarence Avant as the "Godfather of Black Music" with a tribute that included a performance of "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me" by Jon Batiste. Ann Nesby, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and others joined later to perform "Optimistic."

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Last but certainly not least, Oprah Winfrey ushered in a tribute to Turner, saying "Tina Turner was always a towering figure. She is our forever goddess of rock and roll who inspired millions, a moving symbol of grace and grit, soul and power…And as those big wheels of time keep on turnin’, Tina’s voice continues to speak to all of us." 

Following her remarks lionizing the Queen of Rock 'n Roll and nine-time GRAMMY winner, Oprah ceded the stage to Fantasia Barrino for a transcendent, celebratory performance (with much dancing, as Turner would have wanted) of "Proud Mary" that went from the stage to the audience and back.

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The moving GRAMMY Awards segment featured friends, family and bandmates honoring their departed loved ones in song — including tributes from Kacey Musgraves, Quavo, and Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood, and Bonnie Raitt.

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A moving 2023 GRAMMYs segment featured friends, family and bandmates honoring their departed loved ones in song — including tributes from Kacey Musgraves, Quavo, and Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood, and Bonnie Raitt.

The GRAMMY Awards' annual tribute to music industry icons who passed in the preceding year is always a bittersweet highlight of the ceremony — and this year's moving edition was certainly no exception.

In addition to honoring the many artists, producers, executives, and more who we lost, three legendary musicians received individual recognition from their close friends, collaborators, and loved ones.

A longtime admirer of Loretta Lynn, Kacey Musgraves became friends with the late country legend after opening for Lynn's 2012 tour — and thus was the perfect person to honor the four-time GRAMMY-winner.

Surrounded by a spray of red flowers and wearing a red dress that would've suited the Songwriter Hall of Fame honoree, Musgraves delivered a sterling rendition of Lynn's autobiographical "Coal Miner's Daughter."

With each strum of her guitar — with Lynn’s name inlaid on the neck in enamel — Musgraves brought more of her hero's trademark warmth and country legacy into fuller bloom, the names and images of other lost legends materializing behind her.

The rap world was stunned when it lost Migos member Takeoff in a tragic shooting in November, and his uncle and bandmate Quavo paid tribute with the elegiac "Without You." The rapper's soulful delivery was rounded out by the rich harmonies of gospel group Maverick City Music, the pain evident in his face as he sat next to an empty stool, his nephew’s chain hanging from a tragically unused mic stand.

As the song concluded, Quavo rose, holding that chain up to the heavens, his hope to see Takeoff again ringing out.

While clips of heroes like Jeff Beck and David Crosby surely brought tears to many an eye, the heartfelt tributes were rounded out by the trio of Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, and Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood. Together, they honored Christine McVie with a poignant rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird."

While Fleetwood stood with a resonant hand drum, Crow took to the piano with Raitt seated at her side. "And the songbirds are singing/ Like they know the score," they sang: "And I love you, I love you, I love you/ Like never before."

The crystalline performance immaculately suited the songwriter's immense spirit and unparalleled writing, with Fleetwood’s somber hand drum lending a beautiful final note.

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The Recording Academy Remembers The Music People We've Lost | GRAMMY In Memoriam (2022)

Take a moment to reflect on and salute the members of the music community we lost.

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The following is a list of artists and industry professionals the music community lost from Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 6, 2022.

The 2022 GRAMMYs telecast on CBS featured an In Memoriam segment highlighting some of these individuals via a video tribute, and all of these individuals who died prior to its print date are included in the official 2023 GRAMMYs program book.

The Recording Academy salutes each individual for their respective talents and contributions to our culture and community.

Jody Abbot

Juan Alfonso Abreu (Xtassy)

Ernest Abuba

Bobbe "Beegie" Long Adair

Patrick Adams

Cynthia Albritton

Yuz Aleshkovsky

Clive "Zanda" Alexander

Drew Alexander

Silas "SiMan Baby" Alexander

Ian Alexander jr.

Mary Alice

Stu Allan

Jerry Ivan Allison

George al-Rassi

Ahmed Alshaiba

Lalith Anand

David Andersson

Ernie Andrews

Reggie Andrews

Nicholas Angelich

Stuart Anstis

Jon Appleton

Steve Arkin

Brooks Arthur

Maureen Arthur

Ibrahim Ashk

Bobby Atkins

Barry Bailey

Chris Bailey

Bamba Bakya

Silvia Baleani

Classie Ballou, Sr.

Gabe Baltazar

Alain Bancquart

Abhijit Bandyopadhyay

Sultan "Traxamillion" Banks

King Louie Bankston

Joseph Banowetz

Carlos Barbosa-Lima

Daniele Barioni

John Barnes

Scott Barnes

Walter Barylli

Edava Basheer

Eddie Basinski

Jules Bass

Shandler "Wavy Navy Pooh" Beaubien

Rose Beauchamp

Ana Bejerano

Daniel Belardinelli

Jerry Bentley

Teresa Berganza

Marilyn Bergman

John Beug

Guillame Bideau

Ryan Biggs

Yam Bing-yee

Bayron Binkley

Ali Birra

Harrison Birtwistle

Alan Blaikley

Lilian Blankson

Stéphane Blet

Philippe Boesmans

Peter Bogdanovich

Rolando Boldrin

Bill Bourne

Donald Brady

Jaimie Branch

Traci Braxton

Thom Bresh

Todd Brodginski

Peter Brook

Gary Brooker

Steve Broughton

Harpdog Brown

Johnny Brown

Julia Buciuceanu

Kai Bumann

Roman Bunka

Bruce Burch

Sonny Burke

Billie Burton

Joe Bussard

Nigel Butterley

Hal Bynum

Shorty Byrd

James Caan

Dennis Cahill

Eison Cai

Mickey Calin

Mira Calix

Sudie Callaway

Darius Campbell

Pat Campbell

Marciano Cantero

María José Cantilo

Allison Canzanella

Irene Cara

Giancarlo Cardini

Erasmo Carlos

Jo Carol Ann

Carleton Carpenter

Martín Carrizo

Pat Carroll

Jeff Carson

Aaron Carter

Darryl Caseine

Fred Catero

Guayo Cedeño

Jordi Cervello

Koady Chaisson

Heo Cham

Joe Chambers

Norm Chambers

Manny Charlton

Kerry Chater

Subhomoy Chatterjee

Levon Chaushian

Roland Anthony Chirico

Terry Choate

Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury

Miu Chu

Gene Cipriano

Roderick 'Pooh' Clark

Sammy Clark

Mike Clement

Dale Clevenger

Con Cluskey

Bob "Dr. Jazz" Cohen

Nick Colionne

"Chubby" Conine

Jeff Cook

Al Cooley

Tommy Cordell

Azio Corghi

Carmela Corren

José Luis Cortés

Gal Costa

Warren "Waz" Costello

Cathal Coughlan

Morty Craft

Zuri Craig

AB Crentsil

Lyell Cresswell

Bernard Cribbins

Charles Criss

Mike Cross

J.D. Crowe

Julee Cruise

George Crumb

Bettye Crutcher

Jerry Crutchfield

Ronnie Cuber

Scott Dachroeden

David Dalton

"Jessie D" Lee Daniels

Kal David

Betty Davis

Rosa de Castilla

Marc Lee Dé Hugar

Aurelio De La Vega

Paulino Deanda Bernal

Joey DeFrancesco

Mike Dekle

Emilio Delgado

Garth Dennis

Alex DePue

Bunny Diamond

Tabby Diamond

Don Dilling

Paulo Diniz

Jerry Doucette

Jane Dowden

Tyrone Downie

Lamont Dozier

Frank Drake

Martin C. Dreiwitz

Eddie Edwards Drennan

Paul Dufour

Noel Duggan

Shonka Dukureh

Howard Alexander Dumble

Brian Dunning

Jim Duty

Dennis East

John L. Eastman

Ray Edenton

Iwan Edwards

Jamal Edwards

Vince "CPO Boss Hogg" Edwards

Mickey Eichner

Dan Einstein

Mary Ellin Barrett

Kenward Elmslie

Ralph Emery

Greg Epler

Ernesto Cavour

Flavio Etcheto

Archie Eversole

Maria Ewing

Ulises Eyherabide

Doug Eyink

Muvaffak "Maffy" Falay

Xue Fan

Dewey Farmer

Christine Farnon

Ben Farrell

Mitch Faulkner

Nolan Faulkner

Daniel Fawcett

Tim Feerick

Núria Feliu

Ludmila Ferber

Fallece Bernardo Adam Ferrero

Steve Fickinger

Bert Fields

Eberhard Finke

Annie Flanders

Neil Flanz

Jorja Fleezanis

Mark Fleischman

Andy Fletcher

Jake Flint

Gianluca Floris

Adam Foster

Juan Francisco González 

Deborah Fraser

George Frayne

Dallas Frazier

Wes Freed

David Freel

Joe Friedman

Bill Fries

Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr.

Ron Gallela

Luiz Galvao

Armando Gama

Ricky Gardiner

Rita Gardner

Ray Garduño

Charles "is-City" Gatt

Franco Gatti

Jan Gaye

Fred Geiger

Geoff Nuttall

Donny Gerrard

Joe Gilchrist

Mickey Gilley

Ellen Zoe Golden

Burt Goldstein

Darío Gómez

Doc Gonzales

Francisco González

Dallas Good

Tristan Goodall

Sam Gooden 

Mick Goodrick

Robert Gordon

Robert Louis Gordy

Gilbert Gottfried

Don Grahm

Randy Gray

Helen Grayco

John Green

Bruce Greig

John Grenell

Arthur Grigoryan

Howard Grimes

Steve Grimmett

Zhou Guangren

Agustin Gurza

Barbara Maier Gustern

Song Hae

Patrick Haggerty

Dick Halligan

Alexander Hamilton

Duncan Hannah

Ed Hardy 

Alice Harnoncourt

William Hart

"Big John" Harte

John Hartman

Orrin Hatch

Ronnie Hawkins

Rosa Lee Hawkins

Ivonne Haza

Bob Heathcote

Michael Henderson

Judy Henske

Marva Hicks

Jimbeau Hinson

Arnold "Arno" Hintjens

Tohru "Monamour" Hiroshima

Gary "Chicken" Hirsh

Jim Horn

Joseph Horovitz

Damodar Hota

Franz Hummel

Darryl Hunt 

Ivy Jo Hunter

Hovain Hylton

Pau Riba i Romeva

Toshi Ichiyanagi

Simon Illa

İlhan İrem 

Colleen Ironside

Susan Jacks

Francis Jackson

Michael James Jackson

Big Rude Jake

Khan Jamal

Joni James

Conrad Janis

Danny Javier

Philip Jeck

Lee Jihan

Griselda Jiménez

Fredrik Johansson

Mable John

Jimmy Johnson

Keith Wonderboy Johnson

Syl Johnson

Wilko Johnson

Jerry Ray Johnston

Leslie Jordan

Justin Alexander "J $tash" Joseph

Kenwrick "Kenny J" Joseph

Marvin Josephson

Naomi Judd

Orlando Julius

Bang Jun-seok

Michail Jurowski

Danny Kalb

Joseph Kalichstein

Ramdas Kamat

Prafulla Kar

Ryan Karazija

Lil Keed

Ken Kelly

Sean Kelly

Jimmy Kennedy

Anita Kerr

Alam Khan

Ronnie Kidd

Hamish Kilgour

Douglas Kirkland

Margo Knesz

Dale Knippers

Stamatis Kokotas

Irini Konitopoulou-Legaki

Charles Koppelman

John C. Koss

William Kraft

Blanka Kulinska

Jaakko Kuusisto

Dr. Paul Kwami

Carmelo La Bionda

Art Laboe

Bappi Lahiri

Jayananda Lama

Mark Lanegan

Michael Lang

Mike Lang 

Angela Lansbury

Sam Lay

Q Lazzarus

Willie Leacox

Marcus Leatherdale

Pastelle LeBlanc

Everett Lee

Quentin Oliver Lee

Mon Legaspi

Keith Levene

Mark Levine

Mariusz Lewandowski

Ramsey Lewis

Don Lewis

Gord Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jon Lind

Ray Liotta

Lenny Lipton

Meat Loaf

Kevin Locke

Bob Lokman

Jim Long

Jun Lopito

Bob LuPone

Radu Lupu

Loretta Lynn

Warner Mack

Shirles "Re Styles" Macleod

Shel Macrae

Al Mair

Kyle Maite

Clyde Maness

Lata Mangeshkar

Lucy Rowan Mann

Ken Mansfield

Álvaro Manzano

James Maraniss

Jane "Nightbirde" Marczewski

Sid Mark

Emmaretta Marks

Kurt Markus 

Ingram Marshall

Bernabé Martí

Brad Martin

Diane Martin

Gavin Martin

Keith Martin

Mac Martin

Mor Mario Martínez

Randall Massengill

Janez Maticic

Tito Matos

Tina May

Lowry Mays

Gazi Mazharul Anwar

Dan McCafferty

Mary McCaslin

Deborah McCrary

David McDonald

Ian McDonald

John McGale

Bob McGrath

Douglas McGrath

Doug McKean

Noel McKoy

John McLeod

Christine McVie

Sister Janet Mead

Glenn Meadows

Eric Mercury

María Mérida

Joe Messina

Blake Mevis

Pablo Milanes

Ron Miles

Jody Miller

Sidney Miller

Sue Mingus

Zelito Miranda

Nirmala Mishra

Charnett Moffett

Franz Mohr

Boris Moiseev

Bill Mollman

Mick Moloney

Grachan Moncur III

Gracia Montes

Benjamin Moore, Jr.

Mike Mora

Owen Moran

Massimo Morante

Henrique Morelenbaum

Denroy Morgan

Tommy Morgan

Joel Morowitz

Barbara Morrison

Robert Morse

Juan José Mosalini

Rodger E. Mosley 

Mighty Mouse

James Mtume

Sandhya Mukherjee

Dudley Murphy

David Muse 

Rachel Nagy

Pierre Narcisse

María Inés Naveillán

Nolan Neal

Tommy Neal

Dawit Nega

Bobbie Nelson

Sandy Nelson

Hans Neuenfels

Bobby Neuwirth

Don Newkirk

Olivia Newton-John 

Nichelle Nichols

Mariana Nicolesco

Rab Noakes

Paolo Noel

Minoru Nojima

Neil Nongkynrih

Adibah Noor

Nayyara Noor

Monty Norman

Ica Novo

Carlo Nuccio

Bobby O'Jay

Sammie Okposo

David Ornette Cherry

Mariel Orr

Anthony Ortega

Dave Osborne

Mo Ostin

Karim Ouellet

Jim Owens

Pedro Pablo García Caffi

LaShun Pace

Irene Papas

Gloria Parker

Mimi Parker

Tom Parker

Dez Parkes

Leslie Parnas

Ric Parnell

Fred Parris

Anne Parsons

Philip Paul

D.H. Peligro

Osvaldo Peredo

Jacques Perrin

Mark L. Perthel

Libor Pesek

Marybeth Peters

Maggie Peterson

Greg Philbin

Idris Phillips

Svika Pick

Keaton Pierce

Renée Pietrafesa

Don Pippin

Galina Pisarenko

Bill Pitman

Paul Plimley

Sidney Poitier

Prins Polo

Jerzy Polomski

Bruce Pomahac

Jim Post

Gerald Potterton

Jesse Powell

Richard Pratt

Seymour "Red" Press

Simon Preston

James Price

Howie Pyro

Charles Quillen

Rubina Qureshi

James Rado

Bob Rafelson

Aki Rahimovski

S.V. Ramanan

Agustin Ramirez

Randy Rand

Alleppey Ranganath

Raymond Raposa

James Reams

Pete Reiniger

Patricio Renán

Hollis Resnik

John Rice Irwin

Robert Richards

Riky Rick

Walter Riley King 

Ismael Rivera Jr.

Archie Roach

Richard Roat

Hargus "Pig" Robbins

Sandy Roberton

Garry Roberts

Martin "Marty" Roberts

PnB Rock

Pamela "Jordan" Rooke

Ned Rorem

Art Rosenbaum

Andy Ross

Beverly Ross

Cormac Roth

Badal Roy

Jamie Roy

Ed Rudy

Art Rupe

Bobby Rydell

Paul Ryder

Jordi Sabatés

Samir Sabri

Wally Safford

Balwinder Safri

Bob Saget

Daniel Sahad

Teruhiko Saigo

Steve Salas

Marty Sammon

Pharoah Sanders

T.V. Sankaranarayanan

Manolo Sanlucar

José Enrique "Chelique" Sarabia

Peter Scaping

Leon Schidlowsky

Klaus Schulze

Chris Scicluna

JayDaYongan

Richard Seal

Jim Seals

Gabe Serbian

Richard Setlowe

Shiv Kumar Sharma

Yuri Shatunov

William B. Shelby

Burke Shelley

Liz Sheridan

Dave Sherman

Kirti Shiledar

Guitar Shorty

Terry Shue

Riho Sibul

Paul Siebel

David "Ziggy" Sigmund

Haralds Simanis

Calvin Simon

Joanna Simon

Lucy Simon

Joyce Sims

Bhupinder Singh

Roslyn Singleton

Herschel Sizmore

Arnold Skolnick

Alexander Skulsky

DJ Kay Slay

Young Slo-Be

Elliott "Grandpa" Small

Dave Smith

Dick Smith

Steve Smith

B. Smyth

Elza Soares

Jim Sohns

Josep Soler

Stefan Soltesz

R Somasekharan

Bhajan Sopori

Paul Sorvino

Pervis Spann

Ronnie Spector

Willie Spence

Buddy Spurlock

Pete St John

Meghan Stabile

Atilio Stampone

Pat Stay

Saundra Steele

Antonietta Stella

Elizabeth Stewart

Jim Stewart

Paul Stoddard

Laila Storch

Larry Storch

Trevor Strnad

Mark Stroman

Shivamogga Subbanna

Alec John Such

Monnette Sudler

Frederick Swann

Earl Swavey

John Swenson

Robin Sylvester

Yoram Taharlev

Marc Tanner

Joe Tarsia

Richard Taruskin

Carolyn Tate

Greg Tate

Creed Taylor

Dean Taylor

Morgan Taylor

Terry Teachout

Judy Tenuta

Arnold Terry

Nicky Tesco

Dev Tharikewala

Timmy Thomas

Barbara Thompson

Bjorn Thorsrud

Janet Thurlow

Jin Tielin

Clifford S. Tinder

Louise Tobin

Terry Tolkin

Louise Tomberlain

Alexander Toradze

Colin Touchin

Bramwell Tovey

Rosmarie Trapp

Héctor Tricoche

Dick Trump

Tokollo Tshabalala

Tuck Tucker

Brett Tuggle

Nik Turner

Rick Turner

Sonny Turner

Bob Tutupoly

Margaret Urlich

Frank Ursoleo

Bin Valencia

Paul Vance

John P Varkey

Josephine Veasey

Diego Verdaguer

Lars Vogt

William "Bil" VornDick

Adam Wade

Abdul Wadud

Natty Wailer

Sidhu Moose Wala

Bill Walker

Kenneth Wannberg

Dennis Waterman

Norma Waterson

Jody Wayne

Jay Weaver

Greg Webster

Lil Bo Weep

Bobby Weinstein

Mike Wells

Jan Welmers

Janice Wendell

Ken West

Sonny West

Glenn Wheatley

Joel Whitburn

Alan White

Carrie White

Roland White

Krista Whitworth Beitter

Neela Wickramasinghe

Jan Wijn

Snootie Wild

David O. Will

Ken Williams

Robert Williams

Don Wilson

George Winn

Geoff Wonfor

TDott Woo

Terry Woodson

Max Woodward

Andrew Woolfolk

Scotty Wray

Bernard Wright

Qiao Yu

Phyo Zayar Thaw

Jon Zazula

Drummie Zeb

Bezbaruah

Club Q Victims

Coolio

Dakis

DJ Sumbody

El Noba

FBG

Goonew

Hadrawi

Hurricane G

Kandikonda

KK

Mikaben

Skibadee

Takeoff

Tame One

Trouble

Vangelis

Walkie

Walsh

YOSHI

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The Recording Academy Remembers The Music People We've Lost | GRAMMY In Memoriam (2021 – 2022)

Take a moment to reflect and salute the members of the music community who we lost

GRAMMYs/Apr 4, 2022 - 03:07 am

The following is a list of artists and industry professionals the music community lost from January 2021 – March 15 2022.

The 2022 GRAMMYs telecast on CBS featured an In Memoriam segment highlighting some of these individuals via a video tribute, and all of these individuals who died prior to its print date are included in the official 2022 GRAMMYs program book.

The Recording Academy salutes each individual for their respective talents and contributions to our culture and community.

"General" Jeff Page

"John Miles" Errington

"Mark Keds" Myers

"Meor" Yusof Aziddin Meor Hassan

"Nobuo Hara" Tsukahara

"Raffaella Carrà" Pelloni

Abdel Karim al Kabli

Abhijit Bandyopadhyay

Adalberto Álvarez

Adolph "Young Dolph" Robert Thorton Jr.

Agustin Gurza

Aki Rahimovski

Al Schlesinger

Al Schmitt

Alain Bancquart

Alan Hawkshaw

Alan Jesperson

Alan Lancaster

Alberto Ciurana

Aleksandr Khrabunov

Alemayehu Eshete

Alex DePue

Alexander Gradsky

Alexander Hamilton

Alexi Laiho

Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis

Alfredo Diez Nieto

Alicia "Lisa" Lee

Alix Dobkin

Allan Slaight

Allan Stephenson

Alleppey Ranganath

Allin Grigoryevich Vlasenko

Alto Reed

Álvaro Manzano

Alvin "Seeco" Patterson

Alvin Lucier

Alvin Speights

Amanda Holden

Amarendra Mohanty

Ana Bejerano

Andre Petersen

Andrea Martin

Andrea Meyer

Andrew "Drew" Alexander

Andrew Barker

Andy Ross

Andy Warpigs

Andy Williams

Angela Kukawski

Anita Lane

Anthony "Muffman" Williams

Antonietta Stella

Anzor Erkomaishvili

Apostolos "Tolis" Voskopoulos

Aria Baron

Armando Gama

Arnold "Arnie" Pustilnik

Art Stewart

Arthur E. "Juini" Booth

Arthur Grigoryan

Arthur Pomposello

Arvil Freeman

Astroworld 2021

Aurelio De La Vega

B.B. Dickerson

B.J. Thomas

Badal Roy

Bappi Lahiri

Barbara Ess

Baron Browne

Barry Harris

Barry Ryan

Beatrice Bowles

Beldina "Heir of the Cursed" Odenyo Onassis

Belinda Sykes

Benjamin Vallé

Bennie Pete

Bernard Haitink

Betty Davis

Betty White

Beverly Noga

Beverly Ross

Bezbaruah

Bhaskar Menon

Bichu Thirumala

Big John Harte

Bill Harkin

Bill Holden

Bill Mollman

Bill Owens

Bill Runkle

Bill Staines

Billa O'Connell

Billie Hayes

Billy Conway

Billy Hinsche

Bjorn Thorsrud

Blake Mevis

Bob Moore

Bob Saget

Bobbe "Beegie" Long Adair

Brian Dunning

Brian Rohan

Brian Travers

Bruce Conte

Bruce Gaston

Bruce Greig

Bruce Hawes

Bryan St. Pere

Buddy Deppenschmidt

Burke Shelley

Burton Greene

Busker Meor

Byron Berline

Calvin Simon

Carl "Chucky" Thompson Jr.

Carl Bean

Carleton Carpenter

Carlisle Floyd

Carlos do Carmo

Carlos Marin

Carmel Quinn

Carmela Corren

Carmen Balthrop

Carol Easton

Carol Fran

Cathy Favaro-Maimone

Charles "Chuck E." Weiss

Charles "is-City" Gatt

Charles Criss

Charlie Black

Charlie Davis

Charlie McCardell

Charlie Watts

Chi Modu

Chris "The Bear" Hutka

Chris "X'Ho" Ho

Chris Scicluna

Christa Ludwig

Christine Nofchissey McHorse

Claire dela Fuente

Clarence "Mac" McDonald

Claude Bolling

Cleve Hall

Clifford Grant

Clive "Zanda" Alexander

Concha Márquez Piquer

Connie Bradley

Conrad Janis

Constance Demby

Corey "Chucky Trill" Detiege

Courtney Granger

Curtis Fuller

C.W. McCall

Dale Clevenger

Dale Knippers

Dallas Frazier

Dallas Good

Damodar Hota

Dan Einstein

Daniel "Dan" Sartain

Darrell "Drakeo the Ruler" Caldwell

Dashawn "Lil Loaded" Robertson

David "Dave" Frishberg

David "Jay Black" Blatt

David Cutler Lewis

David Darling

David Edwards

David Lasley

David Longdon

David Romano

David Surette

Dearon "Deezer D" Thompson

Debby King

Dee Pop

Dell Furano

Denis O'Brien

Dennis "Denny" Nowak

Dennis Payne

Dennis Thomas

Denroy Morgan

Dev Tharikewala

Dewayne Blackwell

Diane Martin

Dick Halligan

Dick Odette

Diego Verdaguer

Dimitri "Dee Pop" Papadopoulos

Djivan Gasparyan

Dmitri Bashkirov

Don Dilling

Don Everly

Don Heffington

Don Maddox

Don Wilson

Donald "Don" Marquis

Donald Dowdy

Donny Gerrard

Doris "Rose Lee" Maphis

Dorothy "Dottie" Dodgion

Doug Eyink

Douglas "Doug" Parkinson

Douglas Grigsby

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Drew Alexander

Earl "DMX" Simmons

Earl "JT" Gray

Earl Swavey

Ed Asner

Ed Bruce

Eddie "Ed" Asner

Eddie Basinski

Edita Gruberová

Edmund "Ed" Ward

Eleonore "Lorli" von Trapp Campbell

Ellen McIlwaine

Elliot Lawrence Broza

Elza Soares

Emani "Emani 22" Johnson

Emil Ramsauer

Emmaretta Marks

Emmett Chapman

Enrique "Pil Trafa" Chalar

Enriqueta "La Prieta Linda" Jiménez

Eric Wagner

Ernie Andrews

Esther Béjarano

Ethel Gabriel

Eugene "Gene" Smith

Eugene Wright

Eulalio "Sax" Cervantes Galarza

Eulis Cathey

Everett Lee

Everett Morton

Fanny Waterman

Farhad Humayun

Farid Ahmed Hazra

Flavio Etcheto

Francis Jackson

Francis Stueber

Francisco Kröpfl

Franco "Süphan Barzani" Battiato

Franco Cerri

Franz Streitwieser

Fred Geiger

Fred Johnson

Fred Parris

Freddie Combs

Freddie Redd

Frederic Rzewski

Fredrik Johansson

Gared O'Donnell

Gary "Chicken" Hirsh

Gary Brooker

Gary Corbett

Gary Edwards

Gary Leib

Gary Scruggs

Gene Rumsey

General Defao

General Jeff Page

Genival "Cassiano" dos Santos  

Geoffrey Stephens

Georg Alexander Albrecht

George "Commander Cody" Frayne

George "Gay" McIntyre

George Crumb

George Frayne

George Horn

George Mraz

George Wein

George Winn

Georgie Dann

Gerald "Jerry" Granelli

Gerry Marsden

Gianluca Floris

Gil Wechsler

Gilberto Grácio

Glen Peart

Glenn Douglas Tubb

Glenn Wheatley

Gloria Montes

Graeme Edge

Graham Vick

Greg Gilbert

Greg Tate

Greg Webster

Gregory "Greg" Tate

Gregory "Shock G" Jacobs

Griselda Jiménez

Guilia Lorimer

Gurmeet Bawa

Habeeb "Obama DMW" Uthman

Haja El Hamdaouia

Hans Neuenfels

Hans-Erik "Hank von Hell" Husby

Hargus Robbins

Harpdog Brown

Harry Colomby

Harry Coombs

Harvey Louis Krantz

Hayk "Hayko" Hakobyan

Heber Bartolome

Héctor "Perro" Emaides

Henry Goldrich

Henry Stephen

Heo Cham

Hillel Resner

Howard "KingFish" Franklin Jr.

Howard Alexander Dumble

Howard Grimes

Howard Johnson

Howard Wales

Howard Weitzman

Hugh X. Lewis

Ian "Napolian" Evans

Ian Alexander jr.

Ian McDonald

Ian Worang

Ibrahim Ashk

Igor Oistrakh

Ike Stubblefield

Inge Ginsberg

Ivan Tasovac

Ivor "Nick" Kamen

Iwan Edwards

J.D. Crowe

Jaakko Kuusisto

Jack Bradley

Jacob "Jake" Abrams Jr.

Jacob Desvarieux

Jagjit Kaur

Jamal Edwards

Jameon "Ketchy the Great" Davis

James "Jamie" O'Hara

James "Jim" Maher

James "Jim" Pembroke

James "Jim" Steinman

James "Jimmy" Cox

James "Koz" Kozlowski

James Dee "J.D." Crowe

James Easter

James Leary

James Levine

James Maraniss

James Mtume

Jamie O'Hara

Jamillah "JAM" Muhammad

Jan Welmers

Jane "Nightbirde" Marczewski

Janet Mead

Janice Wendell

János "Mecky" Kóbor

Jason "Rowdy" Cope

Jason Moore

Javunte "Squeak" Wheeler

Jay Jacobs

Jay Jay Phillips

Jay Weaver

Jayananda Lama

Jean-Paul Jeannotte

Jeff "Hitmaka Jeff" Thornton

Jeff Chambers

Jeff Wald

Jeffrey "Deon" Estus

Jeffrey "Jeff" LaBar

Jem Targal

Jemal Chkuaseli

Jeremy Lubbock

Jerold "Jerry" Blair

Jerome "J.D." Hill

Jerome Hyde

Jerry Crutchfield

Jerry Ray Johnston

Jervis "Pete" Corum

Jesse Aratow

Jessie D Lee Daniels

Jim Bessman

Jim Duty

Jim Horn

Jim Knapp

Jim Maher

Jimbeau Hinson

Jimmy Cox

Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Kennedy

Joanne Shenandoah

Joe "Dusty" Hill

Joe Simon

Joel Chadabe

John "J.D." Hutchinson

John "Johnny" Crawford

John "Johnny" Solinger

John "Tim" Bogert

John Ashton Thomas

John C. Koss

John Davis

John Fagot

John Kinsella

John Lawton

John Miles Errington

John Nolan

John Rice Irwin

John Viers

Johnny Brown

Johnny Solinger

Jon "Doug" Nichols

Jon "Woodenman" Lukas

Jon Appleton

Jon Hassell

Jon Lind

Jon Mark

Jon Mark 

Jon Zazula

Jonas Gwangwa

Jonathon "Baby CEO" Brown

Joni James

Jordi Sabatés

Jorge Cumbo

José "Flow La Movie" Ángel Hernández

José Ángel "Flow La Movie" Hernández

José Enrique "Chelique" Sarabia

José María Cámara

Joseph "Jo Jo" Bennett

Joseph "Joe" Palmaccio

Joseph Horovitz

Josephine Veasey

Joyce Reeves Milsap

Juan "Johnny Ventura" Soriano

Juan Nelson

Judith Davidoff

Julia Nixon

Julie "Tawny" Kitaen

Juraj Filas

Jürg Wyttenbach

Justin Alexander "J $tash" Joseph

Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri

Kalaimamani M. J. C. Comagan

Karan Armstrong

Karim Ouellet

Karla Burns

Keith Allison

Kelli "K-HAND" Hand

Ken Seaman

Kenneth "Ken" Kragen

Kenneth Cooper

Kenneth Wannberg

Kenny Malone

Kenny Sidle

Kenwrick "Kenny J" Joseph

Kerry Chater

Kerry Hay

Kevin Clark

Khan Jamal

Kim Tribble

King Louie Bankston

Kirti Shiledar

Koady Chaisson

Kyle Wood

Lalith Anand

Larry Willoughby

Lars-Göran "LG" Petrov

Lata Mangeshkar

Laurence "Enzo" Gusman

Lawrence "Larry Harlow" Kahn

Lawrence "Larry" Sheridan

Lawrence “Maniac” West

Lawrence Matshiza

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lee Williams

Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard

Leonard "Doc" Gibbs

Leonard "Hub" Hubbard

Leslie "Les" Harris

Leslie "Les" McKeown

Leslie Bricusse

Leslie Parnas

Leslie West

Letieres Leite

Levon Chaushian

Lieb Bester

Lil Bo Weep

Linda Mensch

Lindsay Tebbutt

Lisa Roy

Lizzie Bravo

Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis

Lloyd Price

Locksley "Slide" Hampton

Lodewijk "Lou" Ottens

Lois Kirschenbaum

Lou Dennis

Louis "Lou" Robin

Louis Andriessen

Louise Tomberlain

Lucy Rowan Mann

Ludmila Ferber

Luis de Pablo Costales

Lulendo "General Defao" Matumona

Mac Martin

Malcolm Cecil

Malcolm Dome

Man Arai

Manikka Vinayagam

Marc Lee Dé Hugar

Marc Tanner

Marcel "Biz Markie" Hall

Margaret Everly

Margo Guryan

Maria "Milva" Biolcati

Maria Ewing

María Mérida

Marília Mendonça

Marilyn Bergman

Mario Lavista

Mario Pavone

Mark Keds Myers

Mark Lanegan

Mark Lubotsky

Mark Varner

Marsha Zazula

Martin "Marty" Roberts

Martín Carrizo

Martin Kahan

Martin Wright

Mārtiņš Brauns

Mary Edna Thompson

Matt "Money" Miller

Matthew Strachan

Maureen Cleave

Mauri Louisa Skinfill

Meat Loaf

Melvin Parker

Melvin Van Peebles

Michael "Mick Rock" Smith

Michael "Mike" Finnigan

Michael "Mike" O'Reilly

Michael Bishop

Michael Chapman

Michael Fonfara

Michael Lang

Michael Morgan

Michael Nesmith

Michael Stanley

Michail "Mikis" Theodorakis

Michel Baumann

Michel Corboz

Mick Brigden

Mick Griffiths

Mickey Eichner

Miguel "Meñique" Ángel Barcasnegras

Mike Dekle

Mike Finnigan

Mike Howe

Mike Mitchell

Mike O'Reilly

Mike Renzi

Mike Tarsia

Mikey "Mao" Chung

Mikey Chung

Mimi Stern-Wolfe

Misty Morgan

Mita Haque

Morton "Mort" Sahl

Morty Craft

Muvaffak "Maffy" Falay

Mzilikazi Khumalo

Nana Ampadu

Nanci Griffith

Nathan "Joey" Jonas Jordison

Neela Wickramasinghe

Neil Flanz

Neil Nongkynrih

Nelson Freire

Nick Colionne

Nick Weaver

Nicky Tesco

Nicole Hurst

Nigel Butterley

Nikolai Golyshev

Nikolai Slichenko

Nils "Einár" Grönberg

Nobesuthu Mbadu

Nobuo Hara Tsukahara

Norma Morris

Norma Waterson

Norman "Paul Cotton"

Norman "Rusty" Young

Norman Simmons

Obie "Travis Stewart"

Olanrewaju "Sound Sultan" Fasasi

Olanrewaju "Sound Sultan" Fasasi 

Oscar Guitián

Oscar López Ruiz

Osvaldo Peredo

Owen Moran

Paddy Moloney

Pat Fish

Pat Martino

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

Patricio Manns

Patricio Renán

Patrick "Pat Fish" Huntrods

Patrick Sky

Patsy Bruce

Pau Riba i Romeva

Paul Cotton

Paul Jackson

Paul Johnson

Paul Laubin

Paul Mitchell

Pauline Tinsley

Pearl Kaufman

Peer Mohammed

Pervis Staples

Peter "Jack Terricloth" Ventantonio

Peter "Pita" Rehberg

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Ind

Peter Klatzow

Peter Scolari

Peter Zinovieff

Phi Nhung

Phil Leadbetter

Phil Zimmerman

Philip "Phil" Schaap

Philip "Phil" Zimmerman

Philip Margo

Philip Paul

Phillip "Phil Naro" Sampognaro

Phillip "Phil" Chen

Phillip Wells

Phyllis McGuire

Pierce Fulton

Pietro Gilfucci

Piraisoodan

Prabhakar Jog

Prateek Chaudhuri

Prem Dhoj Pradhan

Rachel Nagy

Raffaella Carrà Pelloni

Ralph Emery

Ralph Irizarry

Ralph Schuckett

Ralph Tavares

Ramasaamy "Pulavar Pulamaipithan"

Ramdas Kamat

Randall Massengill

Randy "Baja" Fletcher

Randy Jackson

Rasie "Razzy" Bailey

Ravindranath "Lakshman Wijesekara"

Ray Reyes Léon

Raymond Gniewek

Reggie Warren

Renee Grant-Williams

Renée Martel

Renée Pietrafesa

Richard Cole

Richard H. Kirk

Richard Pratt

Rick Jarrard

Rick Laird

Rick Raybon

Rickie Lee Reynolds

Ricky Powell

Riky Rick

Rob Vitale

Robby Steinhardt

Robert 'Bob' Rudolph

Robert "Black Rob" Ross

Robert "Bob" James

Robert "Bob" Koester

Robert "Bob" Porter

Robert "Bob" Rudolph

Robert "Bobby" Few

Robert "Les" Emmerson

Robert "Robb" Earls

Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare

Robert "Robby" Steinhardt

Robert "Rockin' Rob" Aldridge

Robert Richards

Roberta Morales

Roberto "Elio Roca" Macceialli

Roberto "Palo" Pandolfo

Roberto Roena

Robin Le Mesurier

Robin McNamara

Robin Morton

Roger Englander

Roger Hawkins

Roger Newell

Roland Anthony Chirico

Ron "Snake" Reynolds

Ron Bushy

Ron Miles

Ronald "Ron" Anderson

Ronald "Ron" Cornelius

Ronald "Ron" Cuccia

Ronald "Ron" Tutt

Ronald "Ronnie" Falgout

Ronald "Ronny" Drayton

Ronnie Kidd

Ronnie Spector

Ronnie Wilson

Rosa Lee Hawkins

Rosalía Garrido 

Rosalie Trombley

Rose Beauchamp

Ruben Rodriguez

Rudy Salas

Ruth Olay

Sabah Fakhri

Sally Grossman

Salvador Lizárraga

Sam Lay

Sam Riddle

Sammy Clark

Samuel "Sam" Salter

Samuel "Wes" Phillips

Sandhya Mukherjee

Sandra Jaffe

Sandy Nelson

Sanford Clark

Sarah Dash

Sarah Harding

Scott Whitehead

Scotty Wray

Sebastião Tapajós 

Sérgio Brandão

Sergio Esquivel

Shaun "Kangol Kid" Shiller Fequiere

Shawn Cripps

Shorty Byrd

Shravan Rathod

Sidney Miller

Sidney Poitier

Simon Illa

Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry

Sister Janet Mead

Skibadee

Skilyr Hicks

Snootie Wild

Sonny Osborne

Sonny Simmons

Sonny Turner

Søren Holm

Spencer Nitchie

Stan Moress

Stanley Crouch

Stéphane Blet

Stephen J. Lawrence

Stephen Sondheim

Steve "Baba Zumbi" Gaines

Steve Bronski Forrest

Steve Salas

Steven "Steve Bronski" Forrest

Stonewall Jackson

Sudie Callaway

Sue Thompson

Sultan "Traxamillion" Banks

Sunil Pererea

Susan Anway

Susan Palo Cherwien

Suzanne "Jane Powell" Burce

Syl Johnson

Sylvano Bussotti

Sylvia Medford

Tam Harvey

Tatiana Chudova

Taylor Hawkins

TDott Woo

Tebogo "Steve" Kekena

Ted Gardner

Terence "Astro" Wilson

Teresa Żylis-Gara

Terry Shue

Terry Teachout

Terry Tolkin

Teruhiko Saigo

Theuns Jordaan

Thione Seck

Thom Moore

Thomas "Mensi" Mensforth

Thomas "Tom" Gray

Thomas "Tommy West" Picardo Jr.

Thomas "Tommy" Edwards

Thoppil Anto

Tim Akers

Timothy J. "The Gift of Gab" Parker

Tito Matos

Tohru "Monamour" Hiroshima

Tom Parker

Tom Starr

Tom T. Hall

Tommy "TT" Truesdale

Tommy DeBarge

Tommy Edwards

Tommy Neal

Tõnu Aare

Tony "Muffman" Williams

Tony MacMahon

Trevor Birdsong

Tsai "Fan Fan" Yi-fan

Tsepo Tshola

Udo Zimmerman

Uno Loop

Urban Haglund

Vanraj Bhatia

Veronica "Ronnie" Dunne

Veronica Dunne

Vicente Feliú

Vicente Fernández

Vicente Zarzo Pitarch

Victor Wood

Vince "CPO Boss Hogg" Edwards

Vincent "Slim 400" Cochran

Violeta Dávalos Lara

Virgil Abloh

Virginia "Ginny" Mancini

W. Royal Stokes

Walter "Herbie" Herbert II

Walter Barylli

Walter C. Blount

Walter Yetnikoff

Wanda Young

Warner Mack

Warner Williams

Warren Storm

Wayne Miller

Weerasak Sunthornsri

William "Ed" Bruce

William B. Shelby

William Kraft

WIlliam Shelby

William Vernon Pippin

Willie Garnett

Willie Leacox

Willie Winfield

Winfield Parker

Winona K Blackburn

Wyttenbach

Yoram Taharlev

Yoshimasa "Yoshi" Wada

Young Dolph

Yves "Lionel Leroy" Martin

Yves Aerts

Yvonne Sterling

Zhou Guangren