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Best Music Of 2012

In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2012

NPR Music remembers the singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and personalities who died in 2012. Explore their musical legacies.

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The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954. Fred Ramage/Getty Images hide caption

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The stars of 2012, online and on air (from left): Nate Ruess of fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy. Matt Roberts/Getty Images, Tony Nelson/Corbis Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Choir! Choir! Choir! performs at the Toronto venue Lee's Palace, led by Daveed Goldman (left, with guitar) and Nobu Adilman. Joseph Fuda hide caption

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Music Articles

The Rise, Fall And Redemption Of New Orleans' 'R&B Emperor'

In a life of wild ups and downs, Ernie K-Doe pierced the national consciousness in 1961 with the song "Mother-in-Law."

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