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In Memoriam: The Musicians We Lost in 2012

Remembering a B-boy, the Voice, a Band legend, a godfather, and a disco queen

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // December 26, 2012

It was the year we learned there’ll never be a new Beastie Boys album. Or hear Whitney Houston’s powerhouse voice on a fresh recording again. We lost the Godfather of Go-Go during the past 12 months, American broadcasting legend Dick Clark, the Band’s dutiful drummer Levon Helm, disco innovator Donna Summer, and so many more. Remember their lives and careers here.

Find all of SPIN’s Year in Music lists and coverage here.