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The Lost Souls of 2020

The Lost Souls of 2020

Playing tracks by

Bill Withers, Roy Head, Van Halen, Tower of Power, Bobby Lewis and more.

Chart positions

This show was 5th in the global classic rock chart, 18th in the global afrobeat chart, 67th in the global funk chart and 100th in the global jazz chart.

2020 mercilessly took away some of our greatest musicians, actors, comedians, athletes, journalists, and politicians, and this mix is a tribute to 68 of these noteworthy individuals. While the music runs the gamut of funk, soul, reggae, Afrobeat, jazz, prog, rock, folk, and bluegrass, I always tried to pick a soulful song. Unfortunately, time wouldn't permit me to recognize every notable figure who passed away in 2020, but I hope this mix will inspire you to dig into the work of the many who are honored here. May they rest in peace.

Thanks to @christhebarker for the inspired cover design.

NOTE: A full track/sample list, including the featured individuals, is listed in the comments.


Scott Williams

Thanks for this... soooooo "Groovy"! Friends from Jazzfest remind me that your "vast" knowledge about the local band scene from 1975-1990 might make you a sage in your hometown, but the sheer breadth of this mix crosses every genre and multiple generations... extra thanks for posting the playlist for us mere mortals.

DJ Cochon de Lait

Thank you! And thanks again for sharing it with your friends.

James Arlow

Lovely !

DJ Cochon de Lait

Thank you!


This is about as awesome as I thought it would be.

DJ Cochon de Lait




DJ Cochon de Lait

Thank you!

Marc Komito

2020 was the year of overwhelming loss and general suckiness, but the love baked into this mix -and the intent behind its creation- are rivaled only by the legacy left by these incredible performers, all of whom left the world better than they found it. My sadness for the gaping void left by these lost souls is bested with hope for the future on the heels of their greatness. Best playlist of all time. Really.

DJ Cochon de Lait

Thank you! Please share it with anyone who might enjoy it.


Whoooo! Amazing tribute!

DJ Cochon de Lait

This is high praise coming from you! Thank you!

DJ Cochon de Lait

List of 68 featured individuals, songs, and clips:

- Hugh Downs, 99, broadcast journalist, "20/20"
- Bill Withers, 81, singer-songwriter, "Kissing My Love"
- Roy Head, 79, singer, "She's About a Mover"
- Eddie Van Halen, 65, guitarist and songwriter for Van Halen, "Dancing In The Street"
- Brian Dennehy, 81, actor, "First Blood"
- Francis "Rocco" Prestia, Jr. 69, bassist for Tower of Power, "Give Me The Proof"
- Jerry Stiller, 92, actor and comedian, "Seinfeld"
- Bobby Lewis, 95, singer, "Tossin' and Turnin'"
- Regis Philbin, 88, talk show and gameshow host, "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?"
- Kenny Rogers, 81, singer and bassist with The First Edition, "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"
- Peter Green, 73, singer-songwriter and guitarist with Fleetwood Mac, "Black Magic Woman"
- Max Crook, 83, electronic music pioneer, inventor of the Musitron, keyboardist with Del Shannon, "Runaway"
- Alex Trebek, 80, gameshow host, "Jeopardy"
- Bonnie Pointer, 69, singer with The Pointer Sisters, "How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)"
- Betty Wright, 66, singer, "Clean Up Woman"
- Chadwick Boseman, 43, actor, "Black Panther"
- Manu Dibango, 86, saxophonist, vibraphonist, songwriter, "The Panther"
- Tony Allen, 79, drummer and co-innovator of Afrobeat genre, "Crazy Afrobeat"
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, lawyer, Supreme Court justice, and advocate for women's rights, "Ledbetter v. Goodyear dissent"
- Helen Reddy, 78, singer-songwriter and activist, "Hit The Road, Jack"
- Harold Beane, 73, sideman and session guitarist with Isaac Hayes, "Walk On By (album version)"
- Kenny Jeremiah, 77, lead singer and co-founder of Soul Survivors, "Expressway (To Your Heart)"
- Wilford Brimley, 85, actor and face of commercial campaigns, "Commercial for Liberty Medical"
- Tommy DeVito, 92, guitarist and vocalist with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, "Sherry"
- Carl Reiner, 98, actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter, "The Judy Garland Show, December 1, 1963"
- Wayne Fontana, 74, singer with Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, "The Game of Love"
- Terry Jones, 77, comedian and actor with Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
- Neil Innes, 75, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Monty Python collaborator, "Topless-A-Go-Go"
- Charlie Daniels, 83, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, "Funky Junky"
- Ronald Bell, 68, saxophonist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and co-founder of Kool & The Gang, "Ronnie's Groove"
- Sean Connery, 90, actor, "Goldfinger"
- McCoy Tyner, 81, pianist, "T 'N' A Blues"
- Sy Sperling, 78, founder of Hair Club for Men, "Hair Club for Men commercial"
- Lee Konitz, 92, alto saxophonist and composer, "Bop Goes The Leesel (Take 1)"
- Ennio Morricone, 91, composer and orchestrator, "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"
- Bucky Pizzarelli, 94, guitarist, "Night Rider"
- Kirk Douglas, 103, actor, director, producer, and philanthropist, "Spartacus"
- Neil Peart, 67, drummer and lyricist for Rush, "Tom Sawyer"
- Leslie West, 75, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with Mountain, "Mississippi Queen"
- Little Richard, 87, singer, pianist, and songwriter, "Mississippi"
- Buddy Cage, 73, pedal steel guitarist with New Riders of the Purple Sage, "Important Exportin Man"
- Don Shula, 90, NFL head coach, "Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles, November 14, 1993"
- Spencer Davis, 81, singer and guitarist with the Spencer Davis Group, "Gimme Some Lovin'"
- Allan Merrill, 69, singer, bassist, and songwriter with The Arrows, "Feel So Good"
- John Lewis, 80, politician and civil rights activist, "The March on Washington, August 28, 1963"
- Malik B., 47, rapper, singer, and founder of The Roots, "Here I Come"
- Jimmy Cobb, 91, drummer with Wes Montgomery & The Wynton Kelly Trio, "Impressions"
- Howard Wales, 77, keyboardist sideman and collaborator with Jerry Garcia, "South Side Strut"
- Florian Schneider, 73, flautist, keyboardist, songwriter, and electronic music innovator with Kraftwerk, "Ruckzuck"
- Bohannon (Hamilton Bohannon), 78, percussionist, songwriter, arranger, producer, "Let's Start to Dance Again"
- Candido (Cándido Camero Guerra), 99, innovative conga and bongo drummer, "Jingo"
- Diego Maradona, 60, professional soccer player and manager, "Hand of God goal from 1986 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinal of Argentina vs. England, June 22, 1986"
- Jorge Santana, 68, guitarist with Malo, "Think About Love - Single Version"
- Kobe Bryant, 41, NBA basketball player, "Kobe Bryant's Final NBA Game, Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers, April 13, 2016"
- Steve Priest, 72, bassist, vocalist, and songwriter with Sweet, "Fox On The Run"
- Johnny Nash, 80, singer-songwriter, "Ooh Baby You've Been Good To Me"
- Fred "Curly" Neal, 77, featured ballhandler with the Harlem Globetrotters, "ABC's Wide World of Sports"
- Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert, 77, singer-songwriter, pioneer of reggae music, "Funky Kingston"
- Tom Dempsey, 73, NFL kicker, "Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, November 8, 1970"
- Robert Parker, 89, singer, "Barefootin'"
- Justin Townes Earle, 38, singer-songwriter, "15-25"
- Ellis Marsalis, Jr., 85, pianist, "Dr. Jazz"
- Ian Holm, 88, actor, "The Madness of King George"
- Tony Rice, 69, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and progressive bluegrass innovator, "Why You Been Gone So Long"
- Joseph Shabalala, 79, singer, composer, founder and musical director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"
- Diana Rigg, 82, actress, "Game of Thrones"
- Lynn Evans Mand, 95, singer with the Chordettes, "Mr. Sandman"
- John Prine, 73, singer-songwriter, "Angel From Montgomery"
NOTE: Many of these musicians worked with multiple bands and played multiple instruments, but the comments above mostly pertain to the referenced song.


This is such a gift! Thank you! Utter joy. Your mission was accomplished. Shaking my tail feather and bopping around my apartment! So happy to find the playlist here! Further explorations ahead. Everyone I’ve shared it with has been delighted! Got the app just to listen to this. Looking forward to checking out more of your playlists. :)