In 2012, we lost talented and influential musicians, music-industry insiders, writers, performers, advocates, critics, fans and experts. The bulk of our music-related obituaries appear on the second page of our cover package, but after the jump I've included a list of the recently departed who were involved in music in one regard or another. If you find the time, please take a minute to peruse the issue and remember those we've lost this year. In some cases, we were fortunate enough to have friends, associates and collaborators of the deceased pen very thoughtful obits for us — Jason and the Scorchers frontman Jason Ringenberg wrote a touching piece on his longtime collaborator and fellow Scorcher Perry Baggs, for instance.
Follow me below to see all the once, former, sometime and honorary Nashvillians who had a hand in music and passed away in 2012. If we overlooked anyone in our coverage, or if you have any fond memories to share about those listed, please let us know in the comments section.
Program director; DJ, WRLT-FM Lightning 100
Media programmer; publicist
CURTIS "SCOOBY" SENIOR
DJ, 101.1 The Beat
Visual artist; musician
Singer; songwriter; actress; disco diva; glamour icon ("periodic" Nashville and Franklin resident)
ISAAC "DICKIE" FREEMAN
Gospel singer; member, The Fairfield Four
Bass player; member of Motown Records' studio band The Funk Brothers
Drummer, Jason and the Scorchers; singer; songwriter; former Tennessean archivist
ROLAND GRESHAM SR.
RICHARD FARRELL MORRIS
Percussionist; visual artist
Songwriter; sound engineer, The End
Country music legend
Singer; songwriter; guitarist, Fleetwood Mac
Musician, Committee for Public Safety and Raging Fire; photographer; artist
Banjo player; TV hillbilly; country rock pioneer
FRANCES WILLIAMS PRESTON
Former president, BMI
Music industry executive
JOSEPH "JOEY JELLO" CARROLL
Founder, The Rat Patrol Bicycle Club, Nashville chapter; musician
Other noteworthy songwriters, performers and producers noted in our coverage include:
Willie Ackerman, 73, drummer for Loretta Lynn and others, a staff drummer for the Grand Ole Opry and the TV series Hee Haw.
Larry Butler, 69, producer of Kenny Rogers' career-topping albums including 1978's The Gambler; only Music Row producer to win the Grammy for Producer of the Year.
Levon Helm, 71, drummer, mandolin player and vocalist for The Band, actor and de facto godfather of the Americana movement.
Margaret Ann Buxkamper, 66, one of Nashville's first female sound engineers; particularly noted for work with Nashville Children's Theatre, TPAC and Opryland.
Al DeLory, 82, producer-arranger on Glen Campbell's greatest hits, including "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston"; part of renowned L.A. session team known as the "Wrecking Crew"; played keyboards on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds; for many years fronted the Nashville Latin ensemble Salsa en Nashville.
Frank Dycus, 72, veteran songwriter whose more than 500 songs include George Jones' 1992 smash "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair."
Tim Johnson, 52, prolific songwriter whose hits included Jimmy Wayne's "Do You Believe Me Now" and Kellie Pickler's "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind"; co-founder of The Song Trust with Joey + Rory's Rory Lee Feek.
Rita Lee, 73, co-founder with husband Buddy Lee of Nashville booking agency Buddy Lee Attractions; born Yolanda Gutierrez, later pioneering female pro wrestler under the name "Rita Cortez, the Mexican Spitfire."
Kenny Roberts, 85, known as "America's King of the Yodelers" for hits such as 1949's "I Never See Maggie Alone."
Joe South, 72, pop star, producer, songwriter and session great whose 1969 Song of the Year "Games People Play" remains a standard.
Doc Watson, 89, legendary musician. "I have seen the David, I've seen the Mona Lisa too / I have heard Doc Watson play 'Columbus Stockade Blues.' " —Guy Clark, "Dublin Blues"