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In Requiem to those we lost in ’14…

The music world sadly lost many beloved and respected artists during 2014, including three Rock and Roll Hall of Famers whose work influenced and inspired many other musicians — The Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly, Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce, and Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone.

Everly died on January 3 in Burbank, California, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. Together with his brother Don, Phil scored a string of hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s, including such classics as “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Cathy’s Clown,” and “Bird Dog.” The Everly Brothers’ harmony sound influenced generations of musicians, including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel. In 1988, Phil and Don were among the very first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bruce passed away on October 25 in Suffolk, U.K., at the age of 71 after a long battle with liver disease. Before teaming up with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream in 1966, Jack established himself as one of the most respected bass players in the U.K. blues-rock scene with such groups as the Graham Bond Organization and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Bruce sang many of Cream’s best-known tunes, and co-wrote classics like “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” and “I Feel Free.” Bruce’s bass playing has influenced generations of musicians, including Sting and Rush’s Geddy Lee. {…}

Tommy Ramone, who was the last surviving original member of pioneering punk-rock band The Ramones, died on June 11 in Ridgewood, New York, from cancer. He was 65. Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, Tommy came to the U.S. in 1957 and ultimately joined forces with Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone — aka Jeffrey Hyman, John Cummings and Douglas Colvin — to form their groundbreaking group in 1974. The quartet’s early performances at the legendary club CBGB helped establish New York City’s punk-rock scene. Tommy played drums on, and co-produced, The Ramones’ first three albums — 1976’s Ramones and 1977’s Leave Home and Rocket to Russia. He then left the band to concentrate on studio work and producing. His production credits include two other Ramones studio efforts — Road to Ruin and Too Tough to Die, and The Replacements’ Tim and Pleased to Meet Me. In his later years, Tommy also performed with the bluegrass duo Uncle Monk…

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