In Memoriam

Celebrate the lives of the iconic musicians we’ve lost this year by revisiting their moments at the GRAMMY Museum. Learn more about their storied careers and impact on music history through these exclusive interviews and stripped-down performances.

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  • Kenny Rogers

    On March 28, 2011, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed Kenny Rogers for an intimate conversation, where Rogers discussed his humble roots, iconic career, and collection of classic and inspirational songs. Though theoretically a country singer, Kenny Rogers dominated the pop charts, consistently finding so...

  • Bill Withers

    During his more-than-four-decade long career, Bill Withers penned some of the most memorable songs of all time, including Lean on Me, Ain't No Sunshine, Use Me, Just the Two of Us, Lovely Day, and in the process became an authentic American musical icon. On November 17, 2011, Songwriters Hall of ...

  • John Prine

    Following the release of his highly-anticipated album, The Tree of Forgiveness, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Prine to the Clive Davis Theater on May 16, 2018, for an intimate performance and conversation. Since his career launch in the 1970s, whe...

  • Emitt Rhodes

    With the release of his critically acclaimed eponymous debut in 1971, Emitt Rhodes gained a reputation as a "one-man Beatles," writing, recording and producing the album in his home studio. But after contract battles and industry demands, Rhodes made what he thought was his last album, Farewell t...

  • Kool & the Gang

    This year, we lost Ronald “Khalis” Bell, who was a co-founding member of the classic R&B group Kool & The Gang. The GRAMMY Museum welcomed Kool & the Gang to the Museum's Clive Davis Theater on June 7, 2019 for a special program celebrating their 50th anniversary. Kool & the Gang, which officiall...

  • Billy Joe Shaver

    On August 7, 2014, acclaimed Texas outlaw songwriter Billy Joe Shaver visited the GRAMMY Museum to celebrate his new album, Long in the Tooth, which had been released just two days prior. His first studio album in six years, Long in the Tooth narrates Shaver’s storied career, featuring his tradem...