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Music lost due to coronavirus, part 3

Last summer, it briefly looked like the worst of the coronavirus might be behind us. But despite some encouraging signs – such as increased concert activity – the pandemic landscape has continued to change; the Delta variant has spread widely and deaths have increased again. Many musicians and people integral to the music business have been lost to Covid-19.

On this week’s Popcast, the third in a recurring series, a handful of memorabilia from musicians who died during the pandemic:

  • Jacob Desvarieux, one of the founders and main arranger of Kassav ‘, the pioneering group of zouk music, died at the age of 65.

  • John Davis, one of the real voices behind front-pop supernova group Milli Vanilli, who has died at 66.

  • Chucky Thompson, a hip-hop and R&B producer responsible for hits by Mary J. Blige, The Notorious BIG and others, has died at 53.


  • Doreen St. Felix, New Yorker television critic

  • Gil Kaufman, Editor-in-Chief and Editor-in-Chief at Billboard

  • Jeff Mao, longtime music journalist and DJ

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