2016: The year the music died

(CNN)Move over, 1959. Step aside, 1970.

When it pertains to the deaths of musical icons, 2016 might be the worst year ever.
      Sunday’s surprising death of pop vocalist George Michael caps 12 sorrowful months where we’ve currently bid farewell to David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Prince, Merle Haggard and Leonard Cohen, to call simply a quintet of prominent and extremely popular entertainers.
      It may be the most dangerous age for popular song legends because 1970-71, when we lost Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Louis Armstrong in an affecting period of 11 months.
      Singer George Michael burst onto the scene with ’80s pop duo Wham! prior to reaching higher heights as a charming– and questionable– solo artist. With such beast strikes as “Faith” and “Freedom! ’90,” Michael mixed danceable pop with progressive social commentary. The British pop star and gay icon was 53.

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