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A Look Back at the Musicians Lost in 2016

January 12, 2017

We lost some of our brightest stars in 2016. As we look back at the musicians who left us, we feel grateful for the long legacy of music that they have given us. The Spirit Mountain Casino community will always remember:

David Bowie
Five decades of music, 140 million record sales, eleven #1 albums, nine platinum album certifications: Although the accolades linked to Bowie's career are virtually endless, it's impossible to quantify the massive impact that he made on music lovers worldwide. Ziggy Stardust will be remembered for hundreds of songs including: "Space Oddity," "Under Pressure," "Life of Mars," and "Heroes."

Glenn Frey
The pioneering member of The Eagles was the voice behind classics like “Take It Easy,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” He didn’t just contribute vocals, either;  Frey was the lead guitar, piano, and keyboard player. Also, his prolific solo career included 40 top hits and roles in Miami Vice, Jerry Maguire, and other film spots.

Maurice White
Moe White wore a lot of hats in the music industry: He was a singer, songwriter, and producer in equal measure. We best know White as the founder of Earth, Wind, and Fire, where he led the band into international renown. Despite his decades-long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, “Reese” continued to write, record, and perform alongside the biggest musicians of the era.

Joey Feek
As one half of the husband and wife duo Joey + Rory, Joey brought her authentic sound to the country music scene. Her singing and songwriting talent earned the duo third place on CMT’s Can You Duet and fame followed soon after. Feek’s legacy include seven studio albums and eight singles.

Merle Haggard
Haggard was one of the pioneers of country music in the twentieth century. As the creator of the Bakersfield Sound, his unique style earned him a Kennedy Center Honor, A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Haggard passed away on his birthday with 47 studio albums and 38 Number One hits to his name.

R&B, new wave, funk, pop, R&B, soul - Prince doesn’t fit into any single genre, and his music is a testimonial to his far-reaching talent. With his larger-than-life stage presence, distinctive personas, and huge vocal range, Prince will forever be one of the most renowned performers of our modern era.

Leonard Cohen
Fearless songwriting and a hauntingly mesmerizing voice are trademarks of Cohen, who passed away this autumn. It isn’t a surprise that Cohen initially set out to be a novelist: his 50-year singer-songwriter career paired music and poetry with seamless grace.

Sharon Jones
Jones may have found commercial success later in life, but it came as no surprise when she did. With her rich, powerful vocals, she was the voice of modern soul. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings brought legendary energy to every performance - and their talent earned them a huge following long before they earned their first Grammy nomination in 2014.

George Michael
With more than 100 million album sales, multiple Grammy and Brit Awards, and eight Number One singles, Michael’s contributions to the pop scene are monumental. This British singer and songwriter was half of the music duo Wham! and his solo career includes hits like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Last Christmas." Michael was also a leading advocate in the LGBTQ movement.

2016 was a sad year for music lovers in the Spirit Mountain Casino community and beyond. But we’re lucky to get to listen to their songs forever.

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