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In Memoriam 2019: The Musicians We Lost

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In Memoriam 2019: The Musicians We Lost

In Memoriam 2019: The Musicians We Lost

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NOEL KING, HOST:

Every year around this time, we take a few minutes to remember some of the musicians we lost with a montage of their work. In 2019, that included opera star Jessye Norman, Ric Ocasek of The Cars, jazz saxophonist Joseph Jarman and the bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "'TIS SWEET TO BE REMEMBERED")

MAC WISEMAN: (Singing) 'Tis sweet to be remembered.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BE MY BABY")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ASIMBONANGA (MANDELA)")

JOHNNY CLEGG: (Singing in non-English language).

SAVUKA: (Singing in non-English language).

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LOOK-KA PY PY")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OH, WHAT A NIGHT")

CHUCK BARKSDALE: Do you recall the night, that very, very special night?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HELLO, DOLLY!")

CAROL CHANNING: (Singing) I feel the room swayin' for the band's playin' one of my old favorite songs from way back when.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOODNIGHT, SWEETHEART, GOODNIGHT")

THE MCGUIRE SISTERS: (Singing) Good night, sweetheart. Good night.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DAYDREAMING")

DORIS DAY: (Singing) Daydreamin', just daydreamin'. Well, it's kind of fun for one who's all alone.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "'ALLEGRO' FROM BACH'S ITALIAN CONCERTO")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ONLY GOD KNOWS")

BILL BUSHWICK: (Rapping) What is life, and just how long will it last? Will you be happy and satisfied when you pass? Will you die young or old and wise? If you face your killer, will there be tears in your eyes?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ON YOUR WAY DOWN")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAMING OF THE MASTER")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "'COUNTRY BOY")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ONCE WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN")

RINNAT MORIAH: (Singing) It was the color of the blanket on my bed. I cried aloud and spied from on the sill...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE STORY OF AN ARTIST")

DANIEL JOHNSTON: (Singing) Listen up, and I'll tell a story about an artist growing old.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHADES OF GRAY")

PETER TORK: (Singing) I remember when the answers seemed so clear. We had never lived with doubt or tasted fear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I DON'T HAVE THE HEART")

JAMES INGRAM: (Singing) I don't have the heart to hurt you. It's the last thing I want to do.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "VIER LETZTE LIEDER: 3. BEIM SCHLAFENGEHEN")

JESSYE NORMAN: (Singing in non-English language).

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WOUND DRESSER")

SANFORD SYLVAN: (Singing) Poor boy, I never knew you. Yet I think I could not refuse this moment to die for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STYX")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AMAZING GRACE")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PEOPLE GET READY")

THE IMPRESSIONS: (Singing) People get ready. There's a train a'comin'. You don't need no baggage. You just get on board.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE")

EDDIE MONEY: (Singing) I've got two tickets to paradise. Won't you pack your bags? We'll leave tonight.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TOAD")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "VOU FESTEJAR")

BETH CARVALHO: (Singing in non-English language).

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHINE AND GRINE/STAND DOWN MARGARET")

RANKING ROGER: (Singing) Whoa, bwoy (ph) come watch I-man. Because he son a lead da way. He son a lead da way.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU MIGHT THINK")

RIC OCASEK: (Singing) You might think I'm crazy to hang around with you. Maybe you think I'm lucky to have something to do.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MISERLOU")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME")

ROKY ERICKSON: (Singing) Oh, you're gonna miss me, baby. Oh, you're gonna miss me, child, yeah, yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BIGGER THAN LIFE")

NIPSEY HUSSLE: (Rapping) I don't want your love. It's not why I make music. I owe myself, I told myself back then that I would do this. And I always look so out of reach. It just seems so confusin' that I felt my place in life, a young, black man - it seems so useless.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "COMO EL VIENTO")

CELSO PINA: (Singing in Spanish).

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME")

DR JOHN: (Singing) I been in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SAME OLD SAME OLD")

DR JOHN: (Singing) Time is moving on. Pretty soon I'll be gone. Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HEY YOU")

ETHEL ENNIS: (Singing) Yeah, it's you. Are you doing what you want to do?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LAZYBONES")

LEON REDBONE: (Singing) Lazybones, sleeping in the sun, how'd you expect to get your day's work done?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHEGA DE SAUDADE (NO MORE BLUES)")

JOAO GILBERTO: (Singing in non-English language).

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UNCLE JOHN'S BAND")

GRATEFUL DEAD: (Singing) Come here, Uncle John's Band. Playing to the tide. Come with me or go alone. He's come to take his children home.

KING: That was poet and Grateful Dead songwriter Robert Hunter.

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