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And as we close out 2010, let's listen back to some of the musicians we lost this year. The list is sadly a long one, so we're only going to hear some of their music.

(Soundbite of a variety of music)

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) Everybody needs somebody. Everybody wants somebody to love.

(Soundbite of song, "Susie Q)

Unidentified Man #1: (Singing) I like the way you walk. I like the way you talk. I like the way you walk. I like the way you talk, my Susie Q.

Ms. SHIRLEY VERRETT (Operatic Soprano): (Singing)

Ms. JOAN SUTHERLAND (Operatic Soprano): (Singing)

(Soundbite of song, "Stormy Weather")

Ms. LENA HORNE (Singer): Dont know why there's no sun up in the sky, stormy weather...

Mr. HANK JONES (Jazz Pianist): (Performing)

(Soundbite of song, "Heart Like a Wheel")

Ms. KATE McGARRIGLE (Singer): (Singing) Some say heart is just like a wheel. When you bend it, you can't mend it...

(Soundbite of song, "Loungin'")

Mr. KEITH "GURU" ELAM (Rapper): (Rapping) Check it out. If I rhyme this, you will find this situation shall advance. You could take a glance or dance. Elevator lyrics to arouse the crowd, now tell me who's the man that showed you how?

(Soundbite of song, "Freedom Day")

Unidentified Man #2: (Singing) Whisper, listen, whisper, listen. Whispers say we're free. Rumors flying, must be lying. Can it really be?

(Soundbite of song, "Oh, Happy Day")

Unidentified Man #3: Oh, happy day. Oh, happy day...

(Soundbite of jazz music)

Mr. ESTEBAN JORDAN (Accordionist): (Performance)

(Soundbite of song, "Give Me a Ticket for an Aeroplane")

Mr. ALEX CHILTON (Singer/songwriter; The Box Tops, Big Star): (Singing) Give me a ticket for an aeroplane, ain't got time to take a fast train. Lonely days are gone. Im a going home for my baby just wrote me a letter...

(Soundbite of song, "Heaven and Hell")

Mr. RONNIE JAMES DIO: (Singing) Sing me a song, you're a singer...

(Soundbite of song, "Big Bad John")

Mr. JIMMY DEAN (Singer): (Singing) Every morning at the mine you could see him arrive. He stood six foot six and weighed 245, kind of broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didnt give him no lip to Big John...

(Soundbite of song, "Love TKO")

Mr. TEDDY PENDERGRASS (Singer): (Singing) We got to try to hold on, my faith is gone. It's just another sad song, thats all. But I think I better let it go. Let it go. Let it go...

(Soundbite of piano music)

MONTAGNE: As we close out 2010, the music of some of those who passed away this year. On our Web site,, you'll find an interactive memorial where you can listen to more of the music of these artists and read about their lives.

(Soundbite of piano music)

MONTAGNE: From NPR News, this is MORNING EDITION. Im Renee Montagne and on behalf of all of us here at MORNING EDITION, wishing you a Happy New Year.

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