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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's take a moment now to remember some of the musicians we lost this past year - from George Jones to Lou Reed, Donald Byrd, Richie Havens, Van Cliburn, Patty Andrews, so many more. We'll let their music speak for them.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "SHE THINKS I STILL CARE")

GEORGE JONES: (singing) She thinks I still care.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LE METEQUE")

GEORGES MOUSTAKI: (singing in French language)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WALK ON THE WILD SIDE")

LOU REED: (singing) A hustle here and a hustle there. New York City's the place where they said hey, babe, talk a walk on the wild side.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LIGHT MY FIRE")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT")

BOBBY BLUE BLAND: (singing) Turn on your love light. Let it shine on me.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I WISH YOU LOVE")

GLORIA LYNNE: (singing) I wish you love.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TENNESSEE WALTZ")

PATTI PAGE: (singing) I was dancing with my darling to the Tennessee Waltz...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA")

EYDIE GORME: (singing) Blame it on the bossa nova...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY")

PATTY ANDREWS: (singing) He was the famous trumpet man from up Chicago way. He had a boogie style that no one else could play. He was the top man at his craft...

(SOUNDBITE OF JAZZ SONG, "HUSH")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "KONGUREY")

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, BACH, "CELLO SUITE NO. 2 IN D MINOR")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SONG FOR ATHENE")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HOW GREAT THOU ART")

GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA: (singing) I see the stars. I hear the roaring thunder...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE")

DAMON HARRIS: (singing) Papa was a rolling stone. Wherever he laid his head was his home.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FREEDOM")

RICHIE HAVENS: (singing) Freedom. Freedom. Freedom.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STONES OF ORION")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CRAZY ARMS")

RAY PRICE: (singing) Crazy arms that reach to hold somebody new.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE SAGE")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL ACROSS THE CITY")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LONG AGO (AND FAR AWAY)")

GREENE: Lovely music. That tribute to the musicians who died this year opened and closed with our late colleague, Marian McPartland.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LONG AGO (AND FAR AWAY)")

GREENE: And this is NPR News.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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