Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
American Pop Reggae Singer Johnny Nash Dies at 80
Singer remembered for hit single, “I Can See Clearly Now“by Howard CampbellHOUSTON – Johnny Nash, who died in his native Houston, Texas on October 6 at age 80, was the first American singer to embrace Jamaican music and take it to a global audience. Nash recorded several songs written by a struggling singer/songwriter named Bob Marley during the 1960s when he was living in Jamaica. The Texas-born Nash recorded a popular rocksteady album called Hold Me Tight in 1968 and developed a strong following in Europe. The Wailers (Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston) were opening act for Nash on his winter tour of Britain in 1971. Bob received his first serious money from publishing royalties for songs of his that Johnny Nash turned into international hit records,” Steffens said.sflcn.com