On This Day (May 16)…Rest in Peace, Ronnie James Dio

The singer Ronnie James Dio died on this day in 2010 of stomach cancer. He was sixty-seven years old. Retrieved from here. If anyone gave heavy metal a voice, it was Dio. Whether with Rainbow, with Black Sabbath, or within his own solo career, he brought a curious mix of power and clarity with his … Continue reading On This Day (May 16)…Rest in Peace, Ronnie James Dio

On This Day (March 11)…Rest in Peace, Keith Emerson

The musician Keith Emerson took his own life on this day in 2016. He was 71. Retrieved from here. Emerson’s legacy will last far beyond this era. His championing of the moog synthesizer opened a door musicians are still walking through, while the progressive rock output of Emerson, Lake & Palmer will stand forever in … Continue reading On This Day (March 11)…Rest in Peace, Keith Emerson

On This Day (February 6)…Rest in Peace, Gary Moore

The guitarist Gary Moore passed away on this day in 2011 of a heart attack. He was 58 years old. Retrieved from here. Ludwig Van Beethoven once said that “to play without passion is inexcusable.” Whether or not Moore knew this quote, his music embodied it. In blues, hard rock, or even fusion jazz, Moore … Continue reading On This Day (February 6)…Rest in Peace, Gary Moore

On This Day (January 20)…Rest In Peace, Edgar Froese

The musician and composer Edgar Froese died on this day in 2015 of a pulmonary embolism. He was 70 years old. Retrieved from here Until his death, Edgar Froese was the only continuous member of the legendary German group Tangerine Dream. He lent both his piano and guitar training to the group in a variety … Continue reading On This Day (January 20)…Rest In Peace, Edgar Froese

On This Day (January 1)…Rest In Peace, J.C. Bach

The composer Johann Christian Bach died on this day in 1782. He was forty-six years old. Johann Christian Bach as painted by Thomas Gainsborough in 1776. Retrieved from here. Inevitably, Johann Christian Bach’s legacy is lost in the shadow of his father, Johann Sebastian Bach. That unfair to J.C., who was a noted composer and … Continue reading On This Day (January 1)…Rest In Peace, J.C. Bach

On This Day (December 28)…Rest in Peace, Maurice Ravel

The composer Maurice Ravel died on this day in 1937 due to complications from a head injury he’d previously received. He was sixty-two years old. Maurice Ravel. Retrieved from here. As a composer, he is best remembered for the simple but catchy Bolero, intended as a ballet set in the industrial era. As an arranger, … Continue reading On This Day (December 28)…Rest in Peace, Maurice Ravel

On This Day (December 7)…Rest in Peace, Greg Lake

The musician Gregory Stuart Lake died on this day in 2016 of pancreatic cancer. He was 69. Retrieved from here. Sadly, he was the second member of the legendary trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer to die in 2016, preceded by Keith Emerson in the spring. Lake left the world a more beautiful place thanks to … Continue reading On This Day (December 7)…Rest in Peace, Greg Lake