The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 3

Remembering Jacob Desvarieux, John Davis and Chucky Thompson.

Hosted by Jon Caramanica. Produced by Pedro Rosado.

This past summer, it briefly seemed as if the worst of the coronavirus might be behind us. But despite some encouraging signs — like the concert business amping up again — the pandemic’s landscape continued to shift; the Delta variant spread widely, and deaths rose again. Many musicians and people integral to the music business have been lost to Covid-19.

On this week’s Popcast, the third in a recurring series, a handful of remembrances of musicians who died during the pandemic:

  • Jacob Desvarieux, one of the founders and the core arranger of Kassav’, the band that pioneered zouk music, who died at 65.

  • John Davis, one of the actual singing voices behind the façade-pop supernova act Milli Vanilli, who died at 66.

  • Chucky Thompson, a hip-hop and R&B producer responsible for hits by Mary J. Blige, the Notorious B.I.G. and others, who died at 53.


  • Doreen St. Felix, television critic at The New Yorker

  • Gil Kaufman, senior writer and editor at Billboard

  • Jeff Mao, longtime music journalist and D.J.

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Johnathon Lupo