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EditorialWinter 2021

In Memoriam/Farewell to 2020 Artists

2020 was a rough year, filled with difficulties and losses. We at Symphonic Skin want to recognize a few of the many artists that we lost this year. This list is not all encompassing. We wish we could have included everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all we lost in 2020.


Bill Withers, 81, Singer

Tommy DeVito, 92, founding member of The Four Seasons

Eddie Van Halen, 65, Van Halen

Bruce Williamson, 49, former lead singer of The Temptations

Johnny Nash, 80, Singer

Nick Cordero, 41, Broadway Star

Ronald “Khalis” Bell, 68, co-founder of Kool & the Gang

Chris Trousdale, 34, member of Dream Street

Justin Townes Earle, 38, Singer/Songwriter

Roy Horn, 75, Siegfried and Roy

Pop Smoke, 20, Rapper

Ty Chijioke, Rapper

Frederick Thomas, aka Fred the Godson, 35, Rapper

Jack Sherman, 64, Guitarist

John Prine, 73, Country Singer and Songwriter

Ellis Marsalis, 85, Jazz Pianist

Malik Abdul Basit, Malik B., 47, Founding Member of The Roots

Bucky Pizzarelli, 94, Jazz Guitarist and member of the Tonight Show Orchestra

Adam Schlesinger, 52, Songwriter

Wallace Roney, 59, Jazz Trumpeter

Alan Merrill, 69, Songwriter

Joe Diffie, 61, Country Singer

Terrence McNally, 81, Playwright

James Lipton, 93, Writer

Ann Reinking, 71, Dancer and Choreographer (Actress)

David Cornwell, 89, Writer

Hal Ketchum, 67, Country Singer

Nikki McKibbin, 42, Singer

Spencer Davis, 81, Bandleader of The Spencer Davis Group

Bhanu Athaiya, 91, Costume Designer

Mayor Lonnie Norman, 79, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Johnny Nash, 80, Singer

Kenzo Takada, 81, Designer

Erick Morillo, 49, DJ

Alan Parker, 76, Musical Director

Peter Green, 73, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac

Charlie Daniels, 83, Country Music Legend

Ennio Morricone, 91, Composer

Carl Reiner, 98, Writer

Milton Glaser, 91, co-founder of New York Magazine and graphic designer

Ben Watkins, 14, Chef

Jas Waters, 39, Writer

Little Richard, 87, Singer

Betty Wright, 66, Singer

Hamidah Smallwood, 51, Artist


Chadwick Boseman, 43, Wakanda Forever

Special Spotlight: Artist Julia Caoilainn Adams, age 3


Sweet Cancer Warrior and Artist Julia Adams inspired the world. Thanks to her fight, advances were made in rare pediatric cancer research. She brought joy to thousands of people through her heart, smile, and sassy personality, including her no-no finger. Her favorite art medium was markers; however, she was incredibly talented in the use of crayons and paint.  When she was not creating art, she was playing with her little brother Gabriel, laughing with her tiger, and enjoying Peppa Pig.  She accomplished more in her short three years than many will accomplish in their lifetimes. Now completely healed in Heaven, she continues her work on Earth through her family, friends, and fans.





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