Remembering The Musicians Who Passed Away in 2016

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Prince performs at Coachella in 2008.

It's been a tough year for music fans after a number of major artists passed away in 2016.

To name just a few:  Prince. David Bowie. Leonard Cohen. Sharon Jones. Merle Haggard. Pierre Boulez.

And then on Christmas Day, news that George Michael, half of the 1980s duo Wham! and later a solo artist, died.

John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds programs, has been going through the list, preparing for an hour-long show that airs on January 1, 2017, that looks back at the musicians we lost. He joined Morning Edition host Richard Hake to remember a few of those great voices.