The Dead Rock Stars Club, an extensive list of dead rock stars and people related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - 2003 January to June

Doc Rock Presents,

2003 January To June
 Welcome to the club rock stars are dying to get into. Rock and Roll may never die but rock stars do! This site is  a list of dead rock stars, dead people associated with rock and dead people whose music helped influence and create rock (which I feel includes Jazz and Country artists), sorted by the date of their demise. This is a tribute to them.
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2003 January To June

Barry Grow - Died 2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Musician - Founding member of The Difference.

Dennis Morrow - Died 2003 ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of London Company.

Liz Tilton - Died 2003 ( Big Band ) Singer - Sister of Big Band singer, Martha Tilton.

Cal Waymon - Died 2003 - Illness ( R&B ) Born 1942 in Houston, Texas, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Lu Lu Was That You") - Was a member of The Incredibles (They did, "I'll Make It Easy (If You'll Come On Home)" and a version of, "Heart And Soul" ).

Sonny Bono Ignoti - Died 2003 ( Rock ) Bassist and singer - Was a member of Vacation (They did, "Bad Holiday" and " I Believe It Could Be").

Carol Simons - Died 2003 - Breast cancer - She was 48 years old - Singer and actress (She wrote, "Wanna Be Here Tomorrow").

Dottie Rhodes (Dottie Arnold) - Died 2003 ( Country ) Singer - Was a member of The Rhodes Family Band - Worked with her husband, Dusty Rhodes.

Bob England - Died 1-?-2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Singer - Worked with Love Affair.

Don Davenport (Donald Davenport)- Died 1-1-2003 in Trenton Mich., U.S. - Emphysema and bleeding ulcers ( Doo-Wop ) Born 4-21-1938 in Dickson County Tenn., U.S. - Bass singer - He was a member of The Counts later renamed The (Detroit) Romeos, (They did, "Let's Be Partners" and "Fine Fine Baby") and The Larados (They did, "Bad Bad Guitar Man" and "Now The Parting Begins").

Annie Mack Thomas (aka Miss Mack) - Died 1-1-2003 ( Manager ) Born 10-3-1931 - She managed Rare Essence - Mother of Quentin "Footz" Davidson and James "Funk" Thomas.

Anne Moss (Anne L. Drinkard Moss) - Died 1-1-2003 ( Gospel ) Born 4-16-1927 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Drinkard Four, later renamed The Drinkard Singers who once sang with Mahalia Jackson and also were the first gospel group to appear at The Newport Jazz Festival - She later started The Drinkard Ensemble and directed The Inspirational Choir Of The Clearview Baptist Church and The East Orange Community Choir.

Giorgio Gaber (Giorgio Gaberscik) - Died 1-1-2003 in Lucca, Italy - Illness ( Singer ) Born 1939 in Milan, Italy (He did, "Il Signor G" and "Non arrossire").

Robert Laird - Died 1-1-2003 in London, England - Possible stroke ( Artist - Poet ) Born 1973 in Edinburgh -  He also was a singer and songwriter for The Sundials.

William Reis (William C. Reis Jr.) - Died 1-1-2003 in Highland Park, Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Complications of heart surgery ( Audio Engineer ) Born 8-26-1952 in Ill., U.S. -  He worked on commercials for large companies, including United Airlines ("Fly The Friendly Skies") and on The Blues Brothers' movie - He was a manager and director for The Universal Recording Studio in Chicago.

Robert Hathaway - Died 1-1-2003 - Illness ( Sound & Music Editor ) Born 1936 - He worked on many movies including three of the Superman movies and winning a Golden Reel Award for his work on Hilary And Jackie - He also acted in Troll and TV's Battlestar Galactica.

The Rev. Earnest Hopkins - Died 1-1-2003 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 11-4-1924 in Georgia, U.S. - Played saxophone, clarinet, keyboards and was a singer - He led The Ernie Hopkins Quartet who went on to back up singer Juanita Holiday - He had been a minister for 40 years.

Luis Gonzales - Died 1-1-2003 - Perforated bleeding ulcer ( Jazz ) Born 11-23-1979 in Seattle, WA, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band touring Mexico and Europe and played with a band on a Columbia River cruise ship, The Queen Of The West.

Edward Farran (Edward John Elias) - Died 1-2-2003 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Complications of kidney failure ( Pop - Rock ) Born 6-17-1937 in Grand Rapids, MI, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Arbors ( They did, "Symphony For Susan" and a remake of "The Letter") - Sang on many commercials including ads for Green Giant, McDonald's and KFC - He also was a teacher giving voice lessons.

George Voutsas - Died 1-2-2003 in Monterey, CA, U.S. ( Producer - Director ) Born 1-12-1911 in Cyzikus-Artake, Asia Minor - He was a producer and director for The Glenn Miller Band during World War II's NBC radio shows, RCA Victor's Music America Loves Best, Promenade and produced the first made for TV opera, Amahl And The Night Visitors - He also was an audio director for the NBC Television Opera Company.

Eric Jupp - Died 1-2-2003 - Complications from a blood clot ( Composer ) Born 1-7-1922 -
  He composed scores for films including, "Attack Force Z" and "Tim" and  composed music for TV shows.

Eddy Marnay (Edmond Bacri) - Died 1-3-2003 in Neuilly, France ( Lyricist ) Born 1920 in Algeria - (He wrote, "Thousand Doves" and "One Day A Child") - He wrote lyrics for about 4,000 songs including songs for Edith Piaf, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion - Worked with Leo Ferre, Emil Stern and Michel Legrand.

Dick Lopez (Richard Horne Lopez) - Died 1-3-2003 in Mission Hills - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1941- in Greenville, RI, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Worked with The Mickie Finn Dixieland Band, Big Tiny Little, The South Market Street Jazz Band and The Four Of Us.

Mildred M. Carter (aka Millie) - Died 1-3-2003 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S. ( Broadcasting Pioneer ) Born 6-21-1913 in Pine Bluff, Ark., U.S. - She was a chairwoman of The Carter Broadcast Group which owns KPRS, the oldest African-American owned radio station in America started by her husband Andrew "Skip" Carter in 1950 - The Carter Broadcasting Group also operates a gospel station and a sports radio program.

Judy Kuneman-Giffin - Died 1-4-2003 - Colon cancer ( Country ) Born 12-14-1942 - Singer - She was a member of The Black River Falls Band - She appeared on TV's Jack Robert's Evergreen Jubilee, Grover Jackson's Country Jamboree and The Western Jamboree - Worked with "Shotgun Red" Ray Hildreth.

Albert Walkowiak (Albert C. Walkowiak) - Died 1-4-2003 in Downers Grove, Ill., U.S. - Lung cancer ( Polka ) Born 6-18-1930 - Played accordion and drums - Was a member of The Li'l Richard Polka Band, The Casey Sierwierski Band, The Polka Masters and Frank Berendt's Band.

Rick Porter (Richard Scot Porter)- Died 1-4-2003 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 7-10-1930 in Antigua, Caribbean - Composer and drummer - Worked with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Milt Larkin, Ray Charles, Lester Young, Bud Powell, Chet Baker, George Benson, Nancy Wilson, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Arnett Cobb and others.

Mike La Neve - Died 1-4-2003 ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of The Happenings (They did, "Piece Of Mind" and "We're Gonna Make Them Care").

King Biscuit Boy (Richard Alfred Newell) - Died 1-5-2003 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada ( Blues - Rock ) Born 3-9-1944 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - Sang and played harmonica - (He did, "Badly Bent" and "You Done Tore Your Playhouse Down") - Was a member of The Barons who later changed their name to Son Richard And The Chessmen, The Midknights and Crowbar - Worked with Ronnie Hawkins.

Buzz Busby (Bernarr Graham Busbice) - Died 1-5-2003 in Catonsville, MD, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Bluegrass ) Born 9-6-1933 in Eros, LA, U.S. - Was a songwriter and played mandolin - (He wrote, "This World's No Place To Live, But It's Home" and "Just Me And The Jukebox") - He was half the duo, Buzz & Jack and led The Bayou Boys who appeared on TV's, The Hayloft Hoedown and The Louisiana Hayride - Worked with his brother, guitarist and singer, Wayne Busbice.

Jennie Woodd (Jennie Napua Hanaiali'i Woodd) - Died 1-5-2003 in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii ( Singer - Dancer ) Born 4-3-1912 in Waikele on O'ahu - (She wrote, "Haleiwa Hula") Worked with The Ray Kinney Group and Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom.

Cardella De Milo - Died 1-5-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Aneurysm ( Jazz - Blues - Gospel - R&B ) Born 1931- Singer (She did,"Mama Tell Me What To Do").

Daphne Oram - Died 1-5-2003 - Stroke ( Electronic Music ) Born 12-31-1935 in Devizes, Wiltshire - Composer and inventor - (She composed, "Still Point" and "Electronic Sound Patterns") - She worked as a sound engineer for The BBC and created it's Radiophonic Workshop - Started The Tower Folly Studio - She developed the technique of Oramics changing drawings to sound - She worked on the music for the films, Rockets In Ursa Major and Purple Dust - Worked with Ivan Walworth ("Contrasts Essconic") and Thea Musgrave ("Soliloquy").

Dr. Hirini Melbourne - Died 1-6-2003 - Cancer ( Maori Music ) Born 1950 - He was a composer and played traditional Maori instruments - He can be heard in the film soundtracks for "Mauri" and "Once Were Warriors" - He also was an author and an associate professor - Worked with Moana Maniapoto, Richard Nunn and Brian Flintoff.

Ron Goodwin - Died 1-8-2003 near Reading, west of London, England ( Composer - Director - Arranger - Conductor ) Born 2-17-1925 in Plymouth, Devon, England - (He did, "Skiffling Strings (Swingin' Sweethearts)" and "Jet Journey") - He composed and conducted over 60 movie scores including, Day Of The Ttiffids and Alfred Hitchcock's, Frenzy - Worked with Petula Clarke, Ted Heath, Peter Sellers, Jimmy Young, George Martin and Ringo Starr.

Bobby Montez - Died 1-8-2003 in Chico, CA, U.S. - Liver failure ( Jazz ) Born 1936 in Sonora, Ariz., U.S. - Played piano, bass and vibraphone - He released the albums, "Viva Montez" and "Jungle Fantastique".

Penny Valentine (Penelope Ann Valentine) - Died 1-9-2003 in London, England - Cancer ( Writer ) Born 2-13-1943 in central London, England - She wrote for Disc, Sounds and Street Life magazines - She appeared on TV's, Juke Box Jury - She worked for  Anchor Records and Elton John's, Rocket Records.

Ken Hamann (Kenneth R. Hamann) - Died 1-10-2003 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - After surgery ( Engineer ) Born 6-1-1928 in Lakewood, OH, U.S. - Owner of The Suma Recording Studio - He worked with The Outsiders ("Time Won't Let Me"), The Human Beinz ("Nobody But Me"), The Lemon Pipers ("Green Tambourine"), Grand Funk Railroad, Bloodrock, The James Gang, Pere Ubu and others.

Cookie Dutton (Koekje Dutton)- Died 1-10-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1961 - Singer - Was a member of Equinox and Tallahassee Swing.

Einar Andre Fredriksen - Died 1-10-2003 - Suicide ( Metal ) Bassist - Was a member of Funeral.

Brian Patrick McGarry - Died 1-11-2003 in New Haven CT, U.S. - Single car accident ( Jazz - Ska ) Born 4-6-1980 - Bassist - Was a member of SiMent.

Mickey Finn - Died 1-11-2003 in Croydon, south of London, England - Possibly kidney and/or liver problems ( Rock ) Born 6-3-1947 - Percussionist and singer - Was a member of T.Rex (They did, "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" and "Telegram Sam") and later led Mickey Finn's T.Rex after singer Marc Bolan also of T.Rex died - Worked with Hapshash and Coloured Coat.

Bill Russo (William Joseph Russo, Jr.) - Died 1-11-2003 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 6-25-1928 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Trombonist, composer and bandleader - (He wrote, "Jubilatum" and "23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West") - Led The Experiment In Jazz Band, The London Jazz Orchestra and The Chicago Jazz Ensemble - Worked with Stan Kenton, Cannonball Adderley and Art Pepper.

Jaime Kibben (James Huber Kibben) - Died 1-11-2003 in Tel Aviv, Israel - Car crash ( Filmmaker - Musician - Sound Engineer ) Born 12-29-1947 in Rapid City, SD, U.S. - Keyboardist - Toured with Sonny & Cher, Kenny The Critics, Spanky And Our Gang, The Hot Links, The Dusters and Pamela Rose - At the time of his death, he had been working on a documentary, "Holy Land: Common Ground" hoping to further the peace process in the mideast.

B.B. White (Beatrice White) - Died 1-11-2003 in Seattle, WA, U.S. - Breast cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1-7-1955 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Singer - She worked with Buddy Catlett.

Saragoza Donnelly Saldana (aka Sal) - Died 1-11-2003 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Cancer  ( Pop ) Born 2-5-1927 - Singer, guitarist and composer.

Jean Campbell - Died 1-11-2003 in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire ( Pop ) Born 1-26-1926 in Glasgow - Singer - Worked with Cyril Stapleton And His Orchestra, The Keynotes, Dickie Valentine, Dave King, Bill Fanning and The Coronets - She appeared on TV's, "Dial For Music" and sang ads for Fairy Liquid, Shell and Heinz.

Maurice Gibb (Maurice Ernest Gibb) - Died 1-12-2003 in Miami Beach, FL, U.S. - A digestive condition called  ischemic enteropathy ( Pop - Rock - Disco ) Born 12-22-1949 in Isle of Man, England - Played bass and keyboard and was a singer - (He did, "Railroad" and "Hold Her In Your Hand") - He was one of The Bee Gees (They did, "Stayin' Alive" and "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart") - He produced Tin Tin - Worked with Les Harvey and Ringo Starr - He was at one time married to Lulu - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Blake Loder - Died 1-13-2003 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Drowned ( Rock ) Born 1985 - Bassist - Was a member of Mongrelized.

Tim Robinson (Timothy J. Robinson) - Died 1-13-2003 ( Blues ) Born 7-27-1960 - Played bass - He was a member of The Preservation Blues Band, Lick My Frog and The Bill Pandolfi Band - Worked with Cathy Cotton.

Billy Wilson (William Mavromatis) - Died 1-13-2003 ( Pop ) Born 1-13-1922 - Played accordion and organ - Led The Billy Wilson Trio.

Rickie Bash (Rickie Ruth Feldman) - Died 1-13-2003 in Beachwood, Ohio, U.S. ( Promoter ) Born 3-1-1905 - She co-owned Lindsay's Sky Bar which hosted jazz acts such as Charlie Parker, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton.

Tommy Hust (Thomas C. Hust) - Died 1-13-2003 ( Doo-Wop ) Born 8-30-1940 - Singer - Was a member of The Larados (They did, "Bad, Bad Guitar Man" and "Now The Parting Begins") and The Reflections - The Michigan Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Peter Thomas James - Died 1-13-2003 - Car accident ( Rap ) Born 7-5-1980 in Hoboken, NJ, U.S. - lyricist -Was a member of Actions Of The Supernatural (ASN).

Little Hatch (Provine Hatch Jr) - Died 1-14-2003 in El Dorado Springs, MO, U.S. - Natural causes ( Blues ) Born 10-25-1921 in Sledge, Miss, U.S. - Played harmonica - Worked with George Jackson and John Paul Drum - He led the house band at The Grand Emporium in Kansas City.

Richard J. Greenwood - Died 1-15-2003 - Bladder cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-20-1948 - Played violin and guitar - (He coposed, "Rocky Mountain Mass") - Was a member of Blue Sun (They did, "On A Candy Cloud") - Worked with Ike & Tina Turner and The Kinks.

Doris Fisher - Queen of the Juke Box - Died 1-15-2003 - Illness ( Composer ) Born 5-2-1915 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer - She led Penny Wise And Her Wise Guys - Sang with Count Basie - (She co-wrote, "You Always Hurt The One You Love" and "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall") - Her songs were recorded by The Ink Spots, Louis Prima, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters and Ella Fitzgerald - Worked with lyricist Allan Roberts - Daughter of songwriter Fred Fisher.

Roy L. Ballou - Died 1-15-2003 in Palm Harbor, FL, U.S. - Alzheimer's disease related complications ( Jazz ) Born 1918 in Paducah, KY, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with The  Wayne King Orchestra, Gay Claridge's Orchestra and The Teddy Lee Orchestra.

Eduardo "Gato" Alquinta - Died 1-15-2003 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1-22-1945 - Singer and guitarist - Was the leader of Los Jaivas - (They did, "Alturas de Macchu Picchu").

Robert K. Stone - Died 1-15-2003 in Royal Oak, MI, U.S. - Cancer ( DJ ) Born 11-12-1943 -  Host of radio's, The Big Band Ballroom - He worked at numerous radio stations and interviewed many performers.

Joe Zinkan (Joseph S. Zinkan) - Died 1-15-2003 in Hendersonville TN, U.S. ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 12-16-1918 - Bassist - Worked with The Delmore Brothers, Kitty Wells, Pee Wee King, J.J. Cale, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brenda Lee, Carl Perkins, Johnny Horton and Ronnie Self.

Willie K. Lampkins (aka Sonny Lampkins) - Died 1-16-2003 in Jackson, Miss., U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Gospel ) Born 12-15-1933 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Lampkins 5 - He was a choir director for The Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church for almost 50 years.

Ken Gallacher - Died 1-16-2003 in Glasgow, Scotland ( Writer ) Born 10-10-1939 in Dundee, Scotland - Jazz critic and sports writer.

Charlie Webber (Charles D. Webber) - Died 1-17-2003 in Greenwood, SC, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 11-15-1945 in Kingstree, SC, U.S. - Played trumpet - He was a member of The Swingin' Medallions (They did, "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" and "She Drives Me Out of My Mind").

Hylo Brown (Frank Brown) - Died 1-17-2003 in Urbana, Ohio, U.S. - Cancer ( Country ) Born 4-20-1922 in River, Kentucky, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Lost To A Stranger" and "The Prisoners Song") - Was the leader of The Timberliners -  Worked with Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and Bradley Kincaid.

George M. Haimsohn - Died 1-17-2003 - Massive aneurysm ( Writer ) Born 6-12-1925 - He wrote lyrics for the musicals, "Dames At Sea", "Now, Zing!'' and "Johnny American".

Pete Salemi - Died 1-17-2003 ( Pop ) Born 9-30-1902 - Played trombone - Worked with Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland and played at U.S. Presidents Eisenhower's and Kennedy's inaugurations.

Louis-Victor Mialy - Died 1-17-2003 in Cape Coral, FL, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 7-20-1930 in Oran, Algeria - Producer, critic and writer - He was Nat King Cole's road manager and an A&R man for EMI Pathe Marconi - He wrote for Jazz Hot magazine.

Harold S. Herzon - Died 1-17-2003 in Southern California, U.S. - Guillain-Barre Syndrome ( Jazz ) Born 1-11-1919 - Played clarinet and saxophone - Led The Hal Herzon Septet - Worked with Charlie Barnett, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Bill Bardo - He also was a talent agent.

Dick Levy (David R. Levy) - Died 1-18-2003 in Fairmount, Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 1926 - Composer and pianist - Was a member of The Philly Waterfront - His music can be heard in the films, Androcles And The Lion, and Empress Of The Blues - Worked with John Breslin.

Joy Hodges (Joy Schiess) - Died 1-19-2003 in Palm Desert, CA, U.S. - Stroke ( Swing ) Born 1-29-1915 - Singer - Worked with Glenn Miller and The Ozzie Nelson Big Band - She appeared in the musicals, "Follow The Fleet" and "I'd Rather Be Right" - She is credited with starting Ronald Reagan acting career.

Edith Lefel - Died 1-20-2003 in Dreux, west of Paris, France - Heart failure ( Zouk - Creole ) Born 1964 in French Guiana - Singer and composer - (She did, "Bel Pawol" and "Petite Soeur") - Worked with Lazair, Simon Jurad and Kassav'.

Al Hirschfeld (Albert Hirschfeld) - Died 1-20-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Caricaturist ) Born 6-21-1903 in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. - His artwork has appeared on numerous album covers, such as Aerosmith's, Draw The Line, Benny Goodman's, Greatest Hits and for artists Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Arthur Fiedler, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne and many others - He was a caricaturist for The New York Times Drama Section for over 70 years.

Jack Maier ( John E. Maier) - Died 1-20-2002 - Cancer ( Musician ) Born 4-12-1919 - Worked with Russ David, Nick Mucci and The Mighty Mississippi Concert Band - He invented unusual musical instruments including the bell back shoulder holder tuba, the bohemian foldophone, the Serpentine Pedalphone and the siamese double french horn.

Russ David (Russell F. David)- Died 1-21-2003 - Congestive heart failure ( Jazz - Blues - Pop ) Born 11-20-1913 in north St. Louis - Songwriter, bandleader and pianist - Worked on the shows, St. Louis Serenade, Pevely Playhouse Party and St. Louis Hop - He performed at fuctions for 4 U.S. Presidents - He wrote jingles for Budweiser (Where There's Life, There's Bud), Pontiac and American Airlines - The St. Louis Radio Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Paul Haines - Died 1-21-2003 in Ennismore, Ontario, Canada ( Jazz ) Born 1933 - Composer, film producer and poet - Worked with Carla Bley (They wrote, "Escalator Over The Hill" and "Like Animals") - Father of songwriter and musician, Emily Haines .

Bernie Rabinowitz (Joseph Bernard Rabinowitz) - Died 1-21-2003 - Car crash ( Proprietor ) Born 9-21-1942 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Owner of "The Music Liberated" chain of record stores.

Carla S. Buchanan - Died 1-21-2002 - Heart attack ( Record Promoter ) Born 11-7-1949 - She worked with BMG RCA Records and Palo Duro Records - Wife of bassist, Preston Buchanan who died 3 days after her.

Nicole I. Chelmo - Died 1-21-2003 in St. Paul, MN, U.S. - Car crash ( Christian Pop ) Born 1-9-1983 - Singer - Was a member of The Reflection with her four sisters.

David R. Wendell - Died 1-22-2003 - Brain cancer ( Bluegrass ) Born 11-9-1953 in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. - Co-founder of The Bitter Root - He had been an assistant to U.S. President Gerald Ford.

Roger T. Lynch (aka Roger Troutman II) - Died 1-22-2003 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - From a head injury suffered several months back ( Funk ) Born 1-31-1970 - Singer (He did, "Can U Deal With This" and "Give It To You") He appeared with Zapp and worked with Mint Condition and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis - Son of the late Roger Troutman.

Nell Carter - Died 1-23-2003 in Beverly Hills, CA, U.S. ( Actress - Singer ) Born 9-13-1948 - She acted on TV's, "Gimme a Break!" - She sang in the musical "Hair" and sang, "Mean To Me" and "Honeysuckle Rose" in the Broadway musical, "Ain't  Misbehavin" - She also was a gospel singer.

Diana Lemchak (Diana J. Lemchak) - Died 1-23-2003 in Chestnut Ridge, New York, U.S. - Shot by her husband in a murder suicide ( Record Exec ) Born 1964 - She was the vice president of Warlock Records which specializes in rap, hip-hop, jazz and dance music and had been a production manager for Profile Records.

Gary Clugston - Died 1-23-2003 in Chestnut Ridge, New York, U.S. - Shot himself after killing his wife Diana Lemchak ( Sound Engineer ) Born 1966.

Tony Lala (Anthony Lala) - Died 1-23-2003 - Complications of a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 5-28-1916 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. -  Played trombone - Worked with The Billy Hays Band, Elliott Lawrence, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, Charlie Barnett, Diana Ross, Alex Bartha and Frank Sinatra.

Waldemar Goszcz - Died 1-24-2003 - Car accident - Born ?-14-1973 - Actor and singer.

Bob Haviland (Robert E. Haviland) - Died 1-24-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1915 - Played tuba - Worked with Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo and The Metropolitan Opera - He also was a film maker and director working on "Where's Joe?" and "Ohio Stories".

Preston Buchanan - Died 1-24-2003 in San Antonio, TX, U.S. ( Country - Rock ) Born 1948 - Played bass guitar -  Was a member of T.C. Taylor & His Family Cow Band - Worked with Charley Pride, Denny Ezba & The Goldens, The Galaxies, Gary Stewart, Ronnie Milsap and George Chambers & The Country Gentlemen.

Sabotage (Mauro Mateus dos Santos) - Died 1-24-2003 - Shot ( Rap ) He released the album, "Rap Is Commitment".

Tommy Thompson (Charles William Thompson) - Died 1-24-2003 in Durham, NC, U.S. - Complications of dementia ( Bluegrass - Folk - Blues - Jazz ) Born 7-22-1937 in St Albans, West Virginia, U.S. - Played banjo - Co-founder of The Red Clay Ramblers - The group appeared in the film, "Silent Tongue".

Cy Touff (Cyril James Touff) - Died 1-24-2003 in Evanston, Ill., U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-4-1927 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played trumpet, piano, trombone, xylophone and saxophone - Worked with Woody Herman, Charlie Ventura, Hyde Park After Dark, Boyd Raeburn and Ritchie Kamuca.

Sergey Ryzhov - Died 1-24-2003 - Illness - Born 6-16-1956 - Bassist - Was a member of The Dinamik and Vesiolye Rebyata.

Russell Tibbetts (Russell C. Tibbetts) - Died 1-25-2003 in Upper Providence, Delaware County, PA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz - Barbershop Quartet ) Born 1929 - Pianist and baritone singer - Was a member of The Sound Of Time.

Gabe Tucker (Gaylord Bob Tucker) - Died 1-25-2003 ( Manager - Entertainer ) Born 12-1-1915 in Green County Kentucky, U.S. - Managed Eddy Arnold and worked with George Jones - He co-wrote the book, "Up And Down With Elvis Presley".

Vladimir Mulyavin - Died 1-26-2003 in Moscow, Russia ( Folk - Pop - Rock ) Born 1-12-1941 -  Guitarist, singer and composer - Was a member of Kuzbass, Petrozavodsk, Sounds and The Lyavony who later changed their name to Pesnyary (They did, "My Bast Shoes Ceak" and "Dark Night").

Don Suhor (Donald J. Suhor) - Died 1-27-2003 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 8-30-1932 - Played alto saxophone and clarinet - Worked with Shirley Horn, Al Hirt, Lionel Hampton, Santo Pecora, George French's Storyville Jazz Band, Harry Connick Sr., Buck Hill, Don Vappie, Wendell Brunious, The Palm Court Cafe Jazz Band and The Amy Sharpe Trio.

Paul Warhurst - Died 1-27-2003 - Car crash ( Rock ) Born 1964 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Gargoyles (They did, "Dead Mens Boots" and "Everybody Loves The Gasman").

Philip Spicer (Philip D. Spicer) (aka Phil Battles) Died 1-28-2003 - Brain Hemorage ( Punk - Electronic ) Born 1964 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Black Eye and The Lee Unger Experience - He released 2 Cd's of experimental electronic music as "Earth's Battles" - He also  programmed and produced music for Bally arcade games.

Clifford J. Engels Jr. - Died 1-28-2003 - Heart problems ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 1938 - Played trumpet and string bass - Played for The Duluth Symphony and numerous Jazz and Dance bands.

Stan Martin (Stanley Martin Feuerman) - Died 1-28-2003 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Stroke ( Radio Personality ) Born 12-26-1938 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - He would have guests on his radio shows such as Rosemary Clooney and Tony Bennett - He also was a M.C. for cabaret shows.

Dino Conner (Keven A. Conner) - Died 1-28-2003 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Car crash ( R&B ) Singer - Born 11-18-1974 in Houston, TX, U.S. - He was a member of H-Town (They did, "Knockin' Da Boots").

Russell Parker (Charles Russell Parker) - Died 1-28-2003 in Seattle, WA, U.S. - Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis ( Jazz ) Born 11-15-1920 in Portland, WA, U.S. - Played drums - Was a member of The Renton City Concert Band and The Dixie Docs

James R. Bennage - Died 1-29-2003 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Liver and kidney failure ( Jazz ) Born 1-25-1927 - Drummer - He led Jim Bennage & His Band.

Tam Reid (Thomas Reid) - The King of the Bothy Ballad - Died 1-29-2003 in Cullerlie, Aberdeenshire ( Folk ) Born 5-15-1929 in Countesswells, Aberdeenshire - Singer - He is best known for singing the songs, "Princie And Jean" and "The Muckle Gawkit Gype".

Joan Williams - Died 1-30-2003 in Seattle, WA, U.S. - Complications from Parkinson's disease ( Avant-Garde ) Born 4-1-1930 in Brooklyn, WA, U.S. - She played piano and viola - Her compositions included frogs croaking ("Frogs"), city sounds, nails being hammered and clanks of wooden boards - She founded The New Dimensions In Music organization.

Ludwig Stimmler - Died 1-31-2003 in Weinstadt, Germany ( Jazz ) Born 9-29-1940 - Bassist - Worked with Major Holley, Bud Freeman, Billy Butterfield, Jimmy McPartland, Yank Lawson, Dick Cary, Danny Moss, Charly Antolini and many others.

Rev. Dr. Percell Perkins - Died 1-31-2003 in Helena, AR, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 2-6-1917 in Duncan, Miss., U.S. - Singer, composer and arranger - Worked with The Fairfield Four Of Alabama, The Soprocco Singers Of New Orleans, The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi (They did, "Our Father"), The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Fairfield Four, The Soprocco Singers, The Swan Silvertones, The Pilgrim Jubilee, Judge L.T. Simes And The Jury and The Glorybound Singers - He recorded more than 200 songs - Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jimmy Deak (James Lawrence Deak) - Died 2-?-2003 - Brain cancer - He was 28 years old - Musician and songwriter - Was a member of The Shine and Trust Fund Cowboys.

Mongo Santamaria (Ramon Santamaria) - Died 2-1-2003 in Miami, FL, U.S. - After a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 4-7-1917 in Havana, Cuba - Percussionist and bandleader (He did, "Afro Blue" and a remake of, "Watermelon Man") - Worked with Tito Puente, Peréz Prado, Ray Charles and Cal Tjader.

Michael McCanless - Died 2-1-2003 in Nashville, Tenn., U.S. - Cancer ( Country - Rock - Celtic ) Born 7-28-1962 in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. - Fiddler - Was a member of The Dale Thomas Band and worked with Hank Williams III.

Nancy Whiskey (Anne Alexandra Young Wilson) - Queen Of Skiffle - Died 2-1-2003 in Leicester, Leices - Heart attack ( Skiffle - Folk ) Born 3-4-1935 in Bridgetown, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland - Played guitar and sang - She was a member of The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group (They did, "Freight Train") and led Nancy Whiskey And Her Skifflers (They did, "Ella Speed" and "I Know Where I'm Going") and The Teetotallers - She was married to pianist, Bob Kelly.

Timothy Moore - Died 2-1-2003 ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 2-19-1922 in Cambridge - Pianist, composer and teacher - Worked with Humphrey Lyttleton and David Gribble.

Lou Harrison (Lou Silver Harrison) - Died 2-2-2003 in Lafayette, Indiana, U.S. - Heart attack ( Composer ) Born 5-14-1917 in Portland, Oregon, U.S. - He played harpsichord, clarinet, the horn and recorder - His compositions bordered on the experimental, incorporating world music and using unusual instruments such as coffee tins, brake drums and different lengths of pipe played with baseball bats - Worked with William Colvig and John Cage.

John Houston - Died 2-2-2003 in New York, U.S. - He had diabetes and a heart disease ( Manager ) Born 9-13-1920 in Trenton, NJ, U.S. - He managed The Sweet Inspirations, a group his wife, singer, Cissy Houston was a member of - Father of singer Whitney Houston.

Vincent Chin (Vincent G. Chin) (aka Randy)- Died 2-2-2003 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Record Exec ) Born 10-3-1937 in Kingston, Jamaica - He started Randy's Records, VP Records (recording Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond and Buju Banton) and Studio 17 (recording Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley).

Natalya Medvedeva - Died 2-3-2003 in Moscow, Russia - Possible heart attack ( Poet - Singer - Writer ) Born 6-14-1958 in Leningrad, Russia - She was also a model posing for Playboy magazine and the cover of The Cars debut album - She was married to The National Bolshevik party leader Eduard Limonov.

Charlie Biddle (Charles Reed Biddle) - Died 2-4-2003 in Montreal, PQ, Canada - Kidney cancer ( Jazz ) Born 7-28-1926 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Oliver Jones, Three Jacks And A Jill, Nelson Symonds, Lionel Hampton, Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner and Charlie Parker - He ran the club, Uncle Charlie's Jazz Joint.

Tony Bell (Anthony Salatore Bell) - Died 2-4-2003 in Tacoma, WA, U.S. ( Session Man ) Born 8-12-1947 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. -  He was a keyboadist, guitarist, songwriter, singer, arranger and engineer - Worked with Elton John, The Spinners, Lou Rawls, The Delfonics and Blue Magic - Brother of producer, keyboardist and arranger, Thom Bell.

Claude Pepper (John R. Mack) (aka Jack Mack) - Died 2-4-2003 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock - R&B ) Born 2-3-1952 - Drummer - Leader of Jack Mack And The Heart Attack (They did, "Cardiac Party " and "Give it Up") - Worked with Glen Frey.

Clyde D. Dickerson (Watergate Clyde) - Died 2-5-2003 in Washington DC, U.S. - After a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 2-10-1922 in Bristol, TN, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with Jimmy Burrell, Oran "Hot Lips" Page, David Ruffin, Rick James, The Mangione brothers, Shirley Horn, Byron Morris and Ron Holloway - He had also been a doorman at the Watergate Hotel for 20 years.

Bernie Turnbull (James Bernard Turnbull) - Died 2-5-2003 in Wayne County, MI, U.S. ( Doo-Wop ) Born 8-31-1936 - Tenor singer - Was a member of The Crescents, The Larados(They did, "Bad, Bad Guitar Man" and "Now The Parting Begins") and The Reflections - The Michigan Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Holmes 'Daddy-O' Daylie - Died 2-6-2003 in Evergreen Park - After suffering a stroke ( DJ ) Born 5-15-1920 in Covington, Tenn., U.S. -  He was the first African American to regularly host a radio show in Chicago - A chapter of the book, "An Autobiography Of Black Jazz" is devoted to Holmes.

Will Hastie (William Hastie) - The Laird Himself -  Died 2-6-2003 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 12-25-1926 - Played clarinet, saxophone, cornet, penny whistle and the bagpipes - (He wrote, "Loch Ness Clarionet" and "Tongue Twister") - Was a member of The Forth Brass Band and The Temperance Seven (They did, "You're Driving Me Crazy" and "Pasadena") - Worked with The Rhythm Rascals, Lennie Hastings, Mike Peters, Micky Ashman, The Temperance Seven, Alex Welshand and Duncan Whyte.

Malcolm Roberts - Died 2-7-2003 in Addlestone, Surrey - Heart attack ( Pop ) Born 3-31-1944 in Blackley, Manchester, England - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Time Alone Will Tell" and "May I Have The Next Dream With You") - Worked with Lynsey de Paul, Sammy Cahn and Les Reed.

Hal Wayne (Hal Wayne Vest) - Died 2-7-2003 near White House, Tenn., U.S. - Car crash ( Country ) Born 2-4-1946 - Singer, drummer and guitarist - Was a member of Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys Band - He produced Billie Jo Spears, David Rogers and Charlie Louvin - Brother of guitarist Jim Vest.

Kid Bastien (Cliff Bastien) - Died 2-8-2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada ( Jazz ) Born 1939 in London, England - Played trumpet, banjo and drums and was a singer - He led The Happy Pals and toured with The New Orleans Delight.

Sean Killeen (Sean Fahey Killeen) - Died 2-8-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Folkologist - Former Alderman ) Born 11-21-1942 - He was an expert on the music of folk artist, Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter and would often speak about him at music conventions - Founder of the Lead Belly Letter newsletter .

Sister Mary Ignatius Davies - Died 2-8-2003 in Kingston, Jamaica - Heart attack - Born 11-18-1921 in Innswood, St Catherine, Jamaica - She worked at and ran The Alpha boys' school, an orphanage in Kingston, Jamaica and even though she was not a musician herself, she made sure the boys there studied instruments and learned to read and write music - She must have done a good job because Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Johnny Moore, Joe Harriott, Bertie King, Wilton Gaynair, Alphonse "Dizzy" Reece and Harold McNair got their start there.

Keba Cissoko (Keba Bobo Cissoko) - Died 2-8-2003 ( World ) Born in Guinea Bissau - Sang and played the kora - He led Tamalalou - Worked with Maimouna Keita, Reginald Yates, Feraba and Fula Flute.

Ruby Braff (Reuben Braff) - Died 2-9-2003 in North Chatham, MA, U.S. - Complications of emphysema and asthma ( Jazz ) Born 3-16-1927 in Roxbury, Boston, MA, U.S. - Played cornet and trumpet - Worked with Pee Wee Russell, Urbie Green, Ellis Larkins, Tony Bennett, George Barnes, Benny Goodman and Vic Dickenson.

Lucille Jenkins (Lucille Monette Jenkins) - Died 2-9-2003 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Complications from a stroke ( Singer ) Born 11-8-1914 in Houston, TX, U.S. - She was a member of The Melody Lasses.

Roddy Chaney - Died 2-9-2003 in Emerald Isle, NC, U.S. - Smoke inhalation during a kitchen fire ( Rock ) Born 1970 - Singer - Was a member of Pure T Mommicked (They did, "Free World").

Consuello Antrom - Died 2-?-2003 - Heart attack ( Gospel ) Born 1934 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Imperial Gospel Singers (They sang songs such as, "Guide Me" and "Fountain Of Blood").

Cosma (Avihen Livne) - Died 2-10-2003 - Motorcycle accident ( New Wave - Trance ) Born 1979 near Haifa , Israel - Musician - Worked with Ido Ophir and Erez Eizen.

Dan Perz - Died 2-10-2003 ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 1952 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Guitarist - He released 16 albums with many of them having just Dan's solo guitar playing - Worked with Larry Bard and Jon
 Weinberg .

Chuck Lampkin - Died 2-10-2003 in New Brunswick ( Jazz ) Born 1925? - Drummer - Worked with Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Eddie ''Lockjaw'' Davis, Eddie Harris, Rex Stewart, Ahmad Jamal, Lalo Schifrin and Dizzy Gillespie - He also was a news anchor.

Janice D'Amico - Died 2-10-2003 in the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean- Scuba diving accident ( Rock ) Born 1956 in Syracuse, New York, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Sweet Jenny Grit.

Bill Matthews - Died 2-10-2003 ( Gospel ) Born 9-19-1923 in LaFollette, TN, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Jordanaires - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Foundation Inductee and Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Valjean Johns - Died 2-10-2003 in Shattuck, Oklahoma, U.S. - Kidney disease - Born 11-19-1934 in Shattuck, Oklahoma, U.S. - Pianist - (He did, "Theme From Ben Casey") - Worked with The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra.

Moses Hogan (Moses G. Hogan) - Died 2-11-2003 - Brain tumor ( Spirituals - Gospel ) Born 3-13-1957 - Pianist, arranger and conductor - He edited The Oxford Book Of Spirituals - His arrangements, of which there more than 70 have been performed by Barbara Hendricks, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Derek Lee Ragin - He founded The New World Ensemble and The Moses Hogan Singers.

Tommy Gwaltney (Thomas Oliver Gwaltney III) - Died 2-11-2003 in Virginia Beach, VA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-28-1921- Played clarinet, vibraphone and sax - Worked with Bobby Hackett, Billy Butterfield, Pee Wee Russell and Charlie Byrd - Founded The Blues Alley, a jazz nightclub.

Arndt Bause - Died 2-11-2003 in Berlin, Germany - Pulmonary embolism ( Pop ) Born 11-30-1936 in Leipzig, Germany - Composer and pianist - (He wrote, "Sing, mei Sachse, sing " and "Ich geh vom Nordpol zum Südpol zu Fuß (Going From The North To The South Pole On Foot)").

Frank Stuto (aka Frank Stuart) - Died 2-11-2003 in Woodbury - Complications related to Alzheimer's disease ( Jazz ) Born 1920 - Played french horn and saxophone - Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Raymond Scott, Dexter Gordon, Chico Marx, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Ben Webster, Mel Torme and Les Elgart.

Kemmons Wilson (Charles Kemmons Wilson Jr.) - Died 2-12-2003 in Memphis, TN, U.S. ( Entrepreneur ) Born 1-5-1913 in Osceola, Arkansas, U.S. - He started the Holiday Inn hotel chain - He and Sam Phillips started Holiday Inn Records, releasing records by Buck Griffin, Andy Starr, Ironing Board Sam and Charlie Feathers -  He also help fund Sam Phillips' all female radio station WHER .

Zoë Anglesey - Died 2-12-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Poet - Jazz Critic - Editor ) Born 1941 - She wrote for Down Beat, Jazziz, The Village Voice, BOMB, NPR Jazz, The MultiCultural Review, New York Latino and The San Francisco Examiner  - She wrote the book, "Something More Than Force: Poems for Guatemala".

Michel Graillier - Died 2-12-2003 in Paris, France - Illness ( Jazz ) Pianist - Born 10-18-1946 in Lens, France - ( He did, "Agartha" and "Pelado") - Worked with Chet Baker, Jean Luc Ponty and Pharoah Sanders.

David Frisch (aka Dr. Dave) - Died 2-13-2003 ( Bluegrass ) Sang and played guitar, dobro and harmonica - Was a member of Powdered Milk, PSY-KATS, Urban Swampgrass and The OMJ (Old Man Jam) Band - Worked with The Kootz.

Raymond McLain (Raymond Kane McLain) - Died 2-14-2003 in Lexington, KY, U.S. - Cancer ( Bluegrass ) Born 1929 - Leader of The McLain Family Band - He also was a professor of bluegrass and Appalachian music.

Jack Maher (John James Maher Jr.) - Died 2-14-2003 in Downers Grove, Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Natural causes ( Publisher ) Born 11-25-1924 in Oak Park, Ill., U.S. - He was the publisher for the jazz magazine, "Down Beat" for over 30 years.

Michael Hansen - Died 2-14-2003 - Liver cancer ( Jazz ) Saxophonist - Born 1942 - Worked with his wife, keyboardist Judie Hansen and also with Woody Herman and Joe Occhipinti.

Ralph Hauser III - Died 2-14-2003 - Heart attack while playing racquetball ( Promoter ) Born 1962 in Montebello - He represented Vicente Fernandez, Joan Sebastian and Juan Gabriel and his shows featured Luis Miguel and Rocio Durcal - He is credited with helping to elevate the profile of Mexican music in the U.S.

Horace Sullivan - Died 2-15-2003 in Rock Hill, SC, U.S. ( Rock - Gospel - Country ) Born 1940 - Played guitar and mandolin - Worked with Charley Pride, The DeVilles, Sammy Johns and The Charlie Daniels Band - He also owned Sullivan Music Center.

Kinny Abair (Herbert William McKinney) - Died 2-15-2003 in Houston,  TX, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Blues ) Born 10-16-1938 in Refugio  County, TX, U.S. -  Singer and guitarist - Worked with Lightnin'  Hopkins, John Hammond, Arnett Cobb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Sonny Boy  Terry and Eddy "Cleanhead" Vinson.

Ginni Clemmens (Virginia Clemmens) - Died 2-15-2003 in Maui, Hawaii, U.S. - Car crash ( Folk - Blues ) Born 2-28-1936 in Evergreen Park, Ill., U.S. - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and banjo player - (She did, "Wild Women Don't Get The Blues") - Founder of Open Door Records.

Sonny Monte - Died 2-16-2003 in Birkirkara, Malta - Car accident  ( Jazz ) Born 1948 - Singer.

Daryl Parvin - Died 2-16-2003 ( Metal ) Bassist - Was a member of Infamy.

Dr. Richie Moore (Richard Moore) (aka Dr. Dude) - Died 2-16-2003 ( Recording Engineer ) Born 1948 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. -  Worked with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton,  Country Joe McDonald, Canned Heat, Huey Lewis And The News, Pablo Cruise, Rita Coolidge and The Neville Brothers - He wrote for Mix magazine.

Rusty Magee (Benjamin Rush Magee) - Died 2-16-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Composer ) Born 1956 in Washington, DC -  He co-wrote the musical, The Czar Of Rock And Roll and arranged and performed the music for the production of The House Of Blue Leaves - He also wrote music for movies and TV - His songs have been recorded by Rebecca Luker and Mary Testa - Married to actress, Alison Fraser.

Felix Landau - Died 2-17-2003 in Garches, France - Complications of diabetes - Born 1924 in Vienna, Austria - He and his son Jeffrey co-wrote, "Shine Baby Shine" recorded by Martin Circus - He managed Pete Seeger and did public relations for Folkways Records - He was an art dealer for many years - Son of musician Fritz Landau.

Johnny PayCheck (Donald Eugene Lytle) (aka Donny Young) - Died 2-18-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - He had emphysema and asthma ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 5-31-1938 in Greenfield, Ohio, U.S. (He did, "Take This Job And Shove It" and "Don't Take Her, She's All I Got") - Worked with George Jones, Porter Wagoner, Faron Young, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Ernest Tubb.

Ray Sanders (Raymond Carl Sanders) - Died 2-18-2003 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Respiratory failure ( Rock ) Born 1949 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Memphis All-Stars and Mark Sallings And The Famous Unknowns - Worked with The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Rufus Thomas.

Jonathan Eberhart - Died 2-18-2003 in Silver Spring, MD, U.S. - Complications from multiple sclerosis ( Folk ) Born 1942 in Evanston, Ill, U.S. - Singer - (He wrote, "Lament For A Red Planet") - Was a member of The Boarding Party (They did, "Otho's Song" and "Truxtun's Victory") - He helped stage The Folklore Society's music festivals.

A.J. Murphy (Amuel Joseph Murphy) - Died 2-19-2003 Houston, TX, U.S. - Shortly after speaking at the funeral of singer and guitarist, Kinny Abair  ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 6-21-1946 in New York, U.S. - Played saxophone and flute - Led A.J. Murphy And The Houston All-Star Revue - Worked with Archie Bell And The Drells, Bobby Sherman and Calvin Owens.

GoGo DeLys (Marie Gabrielle Belanger (Redd)) - Died 2-19-2003 - Natural causes ( Singer ) Born 1908 in Canada - Worked with The Jimmy Grier Band - She hosted TV's, "Gogo DeLys Sings" and was one of the first female singers on "Your Hit Parade".

Ulrich Roski - Died 2-20-2003 in Belin, Germany - After a long illness ( Singer - Songwriter ) Born 1944 - Played piano and guitar - (He did, "I´m A Lonesome Cowboy" and "Schöner wohnen") - He also was a comedian.

Ty Longley - Died 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was performing at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( Rock ) Born 9-4-1971 in Sharon, PA, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Samantha 7 (They did, "I Wanna be Famous" and "Hollywood And Vine"), Nick Menza and Great White.

Mike Gonsalves (aka The Doctor and Doctor Metal) - Died 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was hosting the show at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( DJ ) Born 1962 -  Popular DJ for rock station WHJY - He would often play recordings of local groups on his show.

Keith Mancini (Keith A. Mancini) - Died 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( Rock ) Born 7-31-1968 - Bassist - Was a member of Nightfall, Skyhigh and Fathead that opened the show for Great White at the club - Cousin of Steven Mancini who also died.

Steven Mancini (and his wife Andrea) - Died - 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( Rock ) Born 1964 - Was a member of Fathead that opened the show for Great White at the club - Cousin of Keith Mancini who also died.

Scott Griffith - Died 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( Rock ) Born 1962 - Guitarist and songwriter - He was a member of Night Fall, Jagged Edge and StepChild - Worked with Section 8 and Prophecy.

Nicky O'Neill (Nicholas Philip O'Neill) - Died 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( Rock ) Born 1985 - Composer, guitarist and singer - He was a member of Shryne.

Dale Latulippe - Died 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( Rock ) Born 1957 - Drummer - Was a member of Ball And Chain.

Jeff Rader - Died - 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( Rock ) Born 1971 in Danville, CA, U.S. - Drummer and sound technician - Toured with Great White, Ted Nugent and Alice Cooper.

Thomas Marion (Thomas Frank Marion) - Died - 2-20-2003 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - He was at The Station night club that caught fire and killed 100 people - ( Rock ) Born 1976 - Guitarist.

Simon Collier (Simon Daniel White Collier) - Died 2-20-2003 - Pancreatic cancer ( Historian - Teacher ) Born 6-6-1938 - He was an authority on Latin American popular music and especially the tango - He wrote and edited many books, including "Tango!: The Dance, The Song, The Story" and The Life, The Music And Times Of Carlos Gardel.

Tom Glazer (Thomas Zachariah Glazer) - Died 2-21-2003 in Rochester, NY, U.S. ( Folk ) Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He wrote, "Talking Inflation Blues" and the lyrics for, "On Top Of Spaghetti") Born 9-2-1914 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.- He hosted the radio show, "Tom Glazer's Ballad Box" - Worked with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Josh White - His songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Perry Como and The Kingston Trio.

Esther Ridgeway - Died 2-22-2003 in Detroit, Mich., U.S.- Heart attack ( Soul - Disco ) Born 1960 - Singer - She was one of The Ridgeway Sisters (They did, "I Don't Know What I'd Do (If You Ever Left Me)") - Worked with Dionne Warwick, Jerry Butler, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Fontella Bass.

Dr. Bob Nielsen (Robert Nielsen) - Died 2-22-2003 - Heroin Overdose ( Punk Rock ) Born 6-13-1954 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Vindictives (They did, "Dummyroom" and "Ain't Got No Home").

Booker T. McGill - Died 2-23-2003 in Dallas, TX, U.S. ( Proprietor ) Born 10-17-1933 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Owned and ran Booker's Arandas Club which featured jazz and blues artists including Red Garland.

Howie Epstein (Howard Norman Epstein) - Died 2-23-2003 in Santa Fe, N.M., U.S. ( Rock ) Born 7-21-1955 in Milwaukee, WI, U.S. - Bassist - He was a member of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Worked with Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon and Carlene Carter - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

William "Sonny" Forrest - Died 2-23-2003 in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S. ( Doo-Wop ) Born 11-13-1936 - Singer - Was a member of The Fantastics (They did, "There Goes My Love" and "I Want To Be A Millionaire Hobo").

Walter Scharf - Died 2-24-2003 in Brentwood, CA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Composer - Arranger ) Born 8-1-1910 in New York, NY, U.S. - He wrote and/or arranged music for over 200 films and TV shows including Funny Girl, White Christmas and Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Wild Wild West - Worked with Barbra Streisand, Al Jolson, Rudy Vallee and Elvis Presley.

Susan Johnson (Marilyn Jeanne Johnson) - Died 2-24-2003 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. ( Singer - Actress ) Thought to be 75 years old - She appeared in many musicals including, "Donnybrook!", "The Most Happy Fella" (singing, Ooh, My Feet" and "Big D") and "Broadway Brigadoon" (singing, "My Mother's Wedding Day" and "The Love Of My Life").

Imogene Lynn - Died 2-24-2003 in Lancaster, CA, U.S. - Respiratory failure and renal cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1923 - Singer - She worked with Emerson Gill, Ray McKinely ("Big Boy" and "Who Wouldn't Love You"), Artie Shaw ("Accentuate The Positive"), Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and The MerryMacs.

Otha Turner - Died 2-26-2003 in Gravel Springs, Miss., U.S. ( Blues ) Born 1907 in Jackson County, Miss., U.S. - Played the fife - (He did, "Shimmy She Wobble" and "Station Blues") - Leader of The Rising Star Fife and Drum Corps.

Bernice Turner Pratcher - Died 2-26-2003 - Breast cancer ( Blues ) Born 1955 - Drummer and singer - She was a member and the manager of The Rising Star Fife And Drum Corps - Daughter of Otha Turner.

Erving Charles Jr. - Died 2-26-2003 - Heart attack ( R&B - Jazz - Rock ) Born 1942 - Bassist - Worked with Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Juanita Brooks, Bob French, Snooks Eaglin, Willie "Tee" Turbinton, Irma Thomas, Wanda Rouzan, Marva Wright and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

Earl Forest (Earl Lacy Forest) - Died 2-26-2003 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 12-1-1926 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Singer, songwriter, studio engineer and drummer - (He wrote, "Next Time You See Me") - He was one of the legendary "Beale Streeters" - Worked with Bobby Bland, Johnny Ace, Junior Parker, B.B. King, Billy Duncan and Rosco Gordon.

Al Rossi (Eligio D. Rossi) - Died 2-26-2003 in Wynnewood, PA, U.S. ( Music Teacher ) Born 1918 in Gessopalena, Italy - Played tuba and bass cello - His students included jazz artists, Stanley Clarke and Jamaaladeen Tacuma - He played for The Washington Symphony, The Philadelphia Grand and Lyric Opera Companies.

Gideon L. Sanders Sr. - Died 2-26-2003 in Houston, TX, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 9-24-1926 in Village Mills in Hardin County, TX, U.S. - Musician and teacher of gospel and choral music - Worked with Jennifer Holliday.

Alfred S. Badertscher - Died 2-26-2003 ( Pop - Swing ) Born 1909 - Played drums and vibraharp - Founder of The Stylists.

Fred Rogers (Fred McFeely Rogers) - Died 2-27-2003 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Stomach cancer ( TV Host ) Born 1928 in Latrobe, PA, U.S. - He hosted Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from 1968 to 2000 - He composed many children's song (He did,"Won't You Be My Neighbor" and "I Like To Take My Time") - Worked with Johnny Costa - His songs have been recorded by Amy Grant, Jon Secada, Maureen McGovern, Donna Summer and Ricky Skaggs.

Doug Gent - Died 2-27-2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1951 - Singer and drummer - Was a member of Evil Incorporated (They did, "Hey You" and "Baby It's You") He ran Media Productions studio, mastering recordings by Atomic Jo, Robert  Shafer, Jeanie Woods and Johnny Staats.

Jean Sullivan - Died 2-27-2003 - Cardiac arrest ( Musician - Dancer - Actress ) Born 1924 - Played cello, piano and Spanish guitar and was a flamenco dancer appearing on The Steve Allen Show and The Jackie Gleason show - She acted in the films, Uncertain Glory and Escape In The Desert - She also was a meteorologist.

Ameen Muhammad - Died 2-27-2003 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1955 in Miss., U.S. - Bandleader, composer and trumpeter - Was a member of Chicago 3-D - Worked with Ernest Dawkins and The Kahil El' Zabar Infinity Orchestra.

David Scott (aka Scotty) - Died 2-27-2003 - Prostate cancer ( Singer - DJ ) Born 1951 in Westmoreland - Was a member of Valman Smykle's Federals (They did, "Penny For Your Song") and The Chosen Few (They did, "Psychedelic Train").

Frankie Hewitt (Frankie Teague) - Died 2-28-2003 in Kensington, Maryland, U.S. - Cancer ( Producer - Director ) Born 1932 in Oklahoma, U.S. - She led the revival of Ford's Theatre in Washington and produced over 150 musicals and plays there including, "Songs From The Tall Grass", "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" and "Godspell".

Fred Ross - Died 2-28-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1918 - Played alto saxophone - Worked with Les Brown And His Band Of Renown and The National Symphonic Band - He owned Bandland for 26 years.

Andre Tanker - Died 2-28-2003 - Heart attack ( Latin American - African - Jazz - Calypso - World ) Born 9-21-1941 in Woodbrook, Port of Spain - Played vibraphone and harmonica - (He did, "Forward Home" and "Sayamanda") - Was a member of The Coronets and The Flamingoes - He arranged for The Invaders Steel Orchestra.

Norman Muscarello - Died 2-?-2003 ( Rock ) Born 1948 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Rippers - He is best known for his spotting of a UFO chronicled in the book, "Incident At Exeter".

Bala Miller - Died 2-?-2003 in Kaduna ( Afrobeat ) Born 3-?-1928 - Leader of Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of Afrika (They did, "Ikon Allah") - Worked with The Calabar Brass Band, The Sam Akpabot Band, The West End Club Musical Band and The Nigerian Ports Authority Habour Band.

George Kerezman - Died 3-?-2003 ( Rock ) Bassist and organist - Was a member of Crazy Mary (They did, "No Resistance" and "Shock Me").

Beryl Adams - Died 3-1-2003 - Possiby Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease ( Secretary ) Born 1937 in Liverpool, England - She was a secretary for The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and for Ray McFall, owner of The Cavern club- She also managed The Kirkbys - You can read about her life in the book, "The Tragical History Tour" to be released in the summer of 2003.

Christopher D. Marshall - Died 3-1-2003 ( Rock ) Born 1976 in Belleville - Singer - Was a member of Horsy (They did, "Mothra" and "Kickstand").

Hank Ballard (Henry Ballard) - Died 3-2-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Throat cancer ( Doo-Wop - R&B - Rock ) Born 11-18-1927 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Singer and songwriter - He wrote and recorded the original "The Twist" - He was a member of The Royals (They did, "Get It") who changed their name to The Midnighters (They did, "Annie Had A Baby" and "Work With Me Annie") - Worked with James Brown - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Oscar Ramos - Died 3-2-2003 ( Mariachi ) Born 1911 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico - Singer and radio personality - Was the lead singer for Rio Grande Ace.

Benjamin Nelson - Died 3-2-2003 in West Philadelphia, PA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1936 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Bass and piano player - Worked with Monty Alexander and Dakota Staton.

William Blezard - Died 3-2-2003 in Barnes, London, England ( Light Music ) Born 3-10-1921 in Padiham, Lancashire, England - Pianist and composer - He was a musical director for Joyce Grenfell, Noel Coward, Honor Blackman and Marlene Dietrich - He wrote music for theatre and film - He had been maried to musical conductor, Joan Kemp Potter.

Joan Schabacker - Died 3-3-2003 in Bridgewater, VA, U.S. ( Folk ) Born 1930 in New York, U.S. - She was a member of Strings And Things.

Celly Campello - Died 3-4-2003 - Breast cancer ( Rock ) Born 1942 - Singer - She had hits with Portuguese versions of American songs (She did, "Estupido Cupido" ("Stupid Cupid") and "Banho de Lua" ("Moon Bath")).

John Ridge - Died 3-4-2003 - Brain cancer ( Heavy Metal ) Born 1953 - Singer - (He did, "They Came From Far Away" and "Angels Cry") - Was a member of Cold Turkey, Machine and EF Band (They did, "Through The Enemy Line" and "Child Of Innocence").

Al Good - Died 3-5-2003 - Heart attack ( Ballroom - Swing ) Born 1917 - Bandleader - Worked with his first wife, singer Bettie Dunham and also with Jae Simmons, Anita Bryant, Carol Arnold, Sammy Smith and Mary Hart.

Manny Harmon - Died 3-5-2003 in Century City - Natural causes ( Band Leader ) Born 1910 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - He was the orchestra manager for Howard Hughes' RKO studio and a musical director for The Miss Universe contest - His band played at GOP conventions and at Democrat and Republican inaugural balls.

Richard D. Felts - Died 3-5-2003 - Congestive heart failure ( Musician ) Born 1948 - Played piano, bass guitar and trumpet - Worked with Melissa Manchester, Tom Saviano, and Leo Sayer.

Linton Garner (Linton Sylvester Garner) - Died 3-6-2003 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 3-25-1915 in Thomasville, NC, U.S. - Pianist  - Worked with Billy Eckstine, Burns Campbell, Miles Davis, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Connie Wainwright, Tommy Potter,  Ann Hathaway and Art Blakey - Brother of pianist Erroll Garner.

Alice Martineau (Alice Katherine Martineau) - Died 3-6-2003 in Kensington, west London, England - Cystic fibrosis, she was waiting for a heart, lung and liver transplant ( Pop ) Born 6-8-1972 in London, England - Singer and songwriter (She did, "If I Fall" and "Breathe Tonight") - Niece of rock producer, Tom Allom.

Robert M. Lopatka - Died 3-6-2003 in West Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Cancer ( Folk ) Born 1946 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Guitarist, singer and composer - He was a school administrator for many years.

Charles "Chuck" Opela - Died 3-6-2003 ( Jazz - Dance ) Born 1927 - Played bass violin - Worked with Glenn Miller and The Royal Strings.

Adam Faith (Terence Nelhams) - Died 3-7-2003 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England - Heart attack ( Pop ) Born 6-23-1940 in Acton, West London, England - Singer and actor - (He did, "What Do You Want" and "Made You") - He acted on TV's, "Budgie" and "Love Hurts" - He produced Roger Daltrey, Lonnie Donegan and Leo Sayer.

John Braunsdorf (John Thomas Braunsdorf) - Died 3-7-2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-3-1954 - Drummer - Worked with Bye-Bye Johnny.

Nikolay Shiryaev - Died 3-8-2003 - Born 12-5-1948 - Bassist - Was a member of  Arsenal, Moskvichi, and Vtoroje Dyhanie.

Nathen Page - Died 3-8-2003 in Bradenton, Florida, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 8-23-1937 in Leetown, WV, U.S. - Pianist and guitarist - Worked with Charles Tolliver, Rene McLean, Herbie Mann, Roberta Flack, Jimmy Smith, Lonnie Smith, Jackie MacLean, Alvin Queen and Sonny Rollins.

Kenneth Shepherd (aka Shep) - Died 3-10-2003 in Wyndmoor, PA, U.S. - Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease ( Jazz ) Born 1935 - Singer - (He recorded the CD, "Worth The Wait").

Jim Pfahler - Died 3-10-2003 ( Bubblegum ) Born 8-12-1948 - Singer, keyboardist and songwriter - Was a member of The Ohio Express (They did, "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" and "Hard Times").

Fish Alexander (Fisher Alexander Jr.) - Died 3-11-2003 in Clovis, NM, U.S. ( Country - Blues -  Gospel - Rock - Jazz ) Born 1-14-1917 in Fort Worth - Bassist - Worked with Andy Chase, Big Mac and Paul Saiz.

Sid Lippman (Sidney Lippman)- Died 3-11-2003 in North Bergen, NJ, U.S. ( Songwriter ) Born 3-1-1914 - (He co-wrote, "Too Young" and " 'A' - You're Adorable (The Alphabet Song)") - He collaborated with Sylvia Dee, Buddy Kaye and Fred Wise.

Zinn Arthur (Abrasha Choosidman) (Abrasha Zinberg) (Arty Zinn) - Died 3-11-2003 in West Hills, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Big Band ) Born 1913 in Ukraine - Bandleader, singer and guitarist - (He wrote and sang, "Darling") - He toured with Irving Berlin in ''This Is The Army'' - He was also a photographer releasing a book of celebrity photographs, "Shooting Superstars".

Lillian Strong (Lillian Strong Monroe) - Died 3-12-2003 ( Singer ) Born 1921 - She sang with The Bill Lagman Orchestra.

Roberto Murolo - Died 3-13-2003 ( Neapolitan - Italian Folk ) Born 1-23-1912 in Naples, Italy - Singer and guitarist - (He had hits with, "Sole Mio" and "Cu'mme").

Ian Samwell (Ian Ralph Samwell) - Died 3-13-2003 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Rock ) Born 1-19-1937 in Lambeth, London, England - Guitarist, producer and songwriter - (He wrote, "Move It" and "High Class Baby" for Cliff Richard) - He produced America ("A Horse With No Name" and "I Need You") and The Beer Dawgs.

Bobby Rodriguez - Died 3-13-2003 - Complications of stomach cancer ( Salsa ) Played clarinet - He was the founder and bandleader for La Compania (They did a remake of, "Latin From Manhattan").

William H. Tobin - Died 3-15-2003 in Bryn Mawr, PA, U.S. - Stroke ( Jazz ) Born 1921 - Played trumpet - He was a member of The Moonlighters.

Vera Kolb (Vera Conner Kolb) - Died 3-15-2003 in Birmingham, AL, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 1921 in Birmingham, AL, U.S. - Soprano singer - Was a member of The Original Gospel Harmonettes (They did, "Get Away Jordan" and "I'm Sealed").

Kenny Sinclair (Kenneth Francis Sinclair Jr.) - Died 3-16-2003 in Rialto, CA, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Doo-Wop ) Born 8-4-1939 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer - He was a member of The Six Teens (They did, "A Casual Look"), The Elgins, The Bagdads and The Olympics - Worked with Rosie And The Originals and Brenton Wood.

Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta - Died 3-16-2003 - Due to a fall ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Finntroll and Impaled Nazarene.

Buddy Pendergrass (Hardin T. Pendergrass) - Died 3-16-2003 in Tampa, FL, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 8-10-1947 in Chattanooga, TN, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of The The Tropics and White Witch (They did, "Help Me Lord'' and "And I'm Leaving").

Peter Dacre - Died 3-16-2003 ( Journalist - Lyricist ) Born 6-8-1925 in Yorkshire (He wrote the lyrics for Bing Crosby's, "That's What Life Is All About" and Donald Pears's, "Give Me One More Chance").

E-Sir (Issah Mmari) - Died 3-16-2003 - Car crash ( Rap ) Born 1982 - Singer - (He did, "Boomba Train" and "Mos Mos") - Worked with K-rupt and BigPin (They did, "Bamba").

Bill Carlisle (aka Jumpin' Bill) (William Carlisle) - Died 3-17-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( Country ) Born 12-19-1908 in Wakefield, KY, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, Too Old To Cut The Mustard" and "Poke Salad Annie") - Was a member of The Carlisles - Worked with Don Gibson, The Carter Family and Homer & Jethro - The Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Frank Horne - Died 3-17-2003 - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 10-25-1920 -  Played bass - Was a member of The Bourbon Street Six - He was a founding member of The Jazz Society Of Pensacola.

Les Strandt (aka Les Strand)- Died 3-17-2003 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1925 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Organist.

Alan Keith - Died 3-18-2003 ( D.J.) Born 10-19-1908 in London, England - He created and hosted radio's, "Your Hundred Best Tunes" - The oldest and longest serving disc jockey in Britain.

Freddie Trahan (Wilfred J. Trahan) - Died 3-18-2003 in North Eastham, MA, U.S. ( Dixieland ) Born 1908 - Played banjo and tuba - Was a member of The Orleans Town Band and led Freddie Trahan And The Good Time Guys.

Jan Krtitel Sykora - Died 3-20-2003 ( Rock Critic ) Born 5-14-1949 - Worked for Czech and Czechoslovak music magazines Melodie, Aktuality Melodie and Pop Music Express.

Sidney Castel - Died 3-21-2003 in Mathias Colomb First Nation, Canada - Heart attack ( Singer ) Born 1935 - (He did, "Pukatawagan").

Joe Lattanzi (Joseph R. Lattanzi) (aka JoJo) - Died 3-21-2003 in Brooklyn, Ohio, U.S. - Complications from cancer ( Pop ) Born 1926 in Dunbar, PA, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Revlons.

Jann Rutherford - Died 3-?-2003 - Cancer of the lymph gland ( Jazz ) Born 1964 in Dunedin, New Zealand -  Pianist and composer - (She did, "Discovery" and "Thanks For The Espresso") - She worked with singer Kate Swadling, bassist Craig Scott, saxophonist Paul Cutlan and pianist Julian Lee.

Esther Goldman (Esther Stepansky) (aka Esther Freeman) - Alzheimer's disease - Died 3-22-2003 in Skokie, IL, U.S. ( Torch - Blues ) Born 1918 - Singer - She sang in stage shows and on The Allied Expeditionary Forces Radio Service for American servicemen during World War II.

Patricia Walton - Died 3-23-2003 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. ( Radio Host ) Born 1925 in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. - She was the host of radio's "Mostly Jazz" often playing music by lesser known Jazz artists - She also was a member of the board of directors for The Twin Cities Jazz Society.

Fritz Spiegl - Died 3-23-2003 in Liverpool, England ( Broadcaster - Composer ) Born 1-27-1926 in  Zurndorf, Austria - Flautist - He and his 1st wife, Bridget Fry composed the theme music for TV's police series, Z Cars - Worked with The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and founded The Liverpool Music Group even arranging Beatles' songs for string quartet.

Juan Jose Calatayud - Died 3-23-2003 in Mexico City, Mexico ( Jazz ) Born 7-?-1939 in Cordoba, Mexico - Pianist.

Brandi Wells (Marguerite J. Pinder Bannister) - Died 3-25-2003 in Chester, PA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 5-13-1955 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "When It's Love" and "I Hate To See You Go") - Was a member of Slick (They did, "Space Bass") and Breeze who backed  Billy Paul, Fat Larry and Philly Cream - Worked with Twilight and Brown Sugar.

Chris Michie - Died 3-27-2003 - Melanoma ( Rock ) Born 1948 - Guitarist and composer - (He did, "A Bone To Pick" and "Burning Down The Wind") - Was a member of The Grapes Of Wrath, Mendelbaum and Lamb - Worked with Daniel Kobialka, Van Morrison, The Pointer Sisters, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur and Jerry Garcia - He can be heard in the film, "The Wild Parrots Of Telegraph Hill".

John Fisher - Died 3-28-2003 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Aneurysm ( Rock ) Born 1950 - He led The John Fisher Band - He also wrote the music column, "Inside The Rock".

Rusty Draper (Farrell H. Draper) - Died 3-28-2003 in Bellevue, Wash., U.S. - Pneumonia ( Pop - Country ) Born 1-25-1923 in Kirksville, MO, U.S. - Sang and played banjo and guitarist (He did, "Shifting Whispering Sands" and "Night Life").

Stuart Genovese (Stuart E. Genovese) - Died 3-28-2003 in Jupiter, FL, U.S. - Complications of lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1922 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played Saxophone and clarinet - Husband of singer Audrey Morris Genovese.

David Azarian - Died 3-29-2003 in Stoneham, MA, U.S. - Hit by a car while changing a tire ( Jazz ) Born 1951 in Yerevan, Armenia - Pianist (He did, "Stairway To Seventh Heaven" and "Living In Jazzland").

Placide Adams - Died 3-29-2003 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Illness ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 8-30-1929 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played string bass and drums - Led The Placide Adams Dixieland Jazz Band and was a member of The Onward Brass Band and The Alvin Alcorn combo - Worked with Big Joe Turner, Clyde McPhatter, Paul Barbarin, B.B. King, Sweet Emma Barrett, Ruth Brown, Papa Celestine and Roy Brown.

Arthur Olson (Arthur R. Olson) - Died 3-29-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 11-6-1908 in Denver, Colorado, U.S. - Played clarinet and saxophone.

Suzanne Fanckboner - Died 3-29-2003 in Arlington Heights, Ill., U.S. - Born 1928 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer, dancer, bassist and drummer - She was a member of The Northwest Choralettes.

Smitty Irvin - Died 3-?-2003 ( Country - Bluegrass ) Sang and played banjo - Was a member of The Texas Wildcats - Worked with Bill Harrell And The Virginians.

Napoleón "Poli" Chávez - Died 3-30-2003 in Portland, OR, U.S. - Suicide after being depressed about the death of his daughter ( Tex-Mex ) Born 2-15-1937 in Torreon, NM, U.S. - Trumpeter and saxophonist - Leader of Los Coronados.

Tim Murphy (aka Muddy) - Died 3-30-2003 in Palo Alto - Rare form of lung cancer ( Blues ) Born 8-13-1946 in Peoria, Ill., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Hit Men.

Tommy Seebach - Died 3-31-2003 ( Pop ) Born 1950 -  Singer (He did, "Disco Tango" and "Under The Stars In The Sky").

Rose Morse - Died 3-?-2003 - Illness ( Folk ) Born 1951 - Singer, pianist and guitarist - She established The Round Room Coffee House.

James Bilsbury - Died 3-?-2003 in Bonn, Germany - Heart failure ( Pop ) Born 1943 - Singer - Was a member of The Magic Lanterns (They did, "Shame, Shame"), Les Humphries Singers (They did, "To My Father's House" and "Mexico").

Leslie Cheung (Cheung Kwok-Wing)- Died 4-1-2003 in Hong Kong - Jumped from the 24th floor of a hotel ( Cantonese Pop ) Born 9-12-1956 in Hong Kong - Singer and actor (He did, "Meng Dao Nei He").

Justin Grimes - Died 4-1-2003 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S. - Respiratory failure (  Rock ) Born 1976 - Composer, guitarist and saxophonist - Was a member of The Three Apples High Band - Owner of Soft Touch Records producing, ''Bach For Babies: Soft Music For Little Ears" and ''Whale Song: Chorus Of The Deep''.

Edwin Starr (Charles Edwin Hatcher) - Died 4-2-2003 in Chiwell, England - Heart attack ( Soul ) Born 1-21-1942 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "War" and "Agent Double-O-Soul") Was a member of The Future Tones - Worked with Bill Doggett and Bruce Springsteen.

Al Ophus - Died 4-3-2003 in Robbinsdale, Minn., U.S. - Cancer ( Polka ) Born 1915 - Drummer - Was a member of The Ruth Adams Band also called The World's Most Dangerous Polka Band.

Homer Banks - Died 4-3-2003 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( Soul ) Born 8-2-1941 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Round The Clock Lover Man" and "Lady Of Stone" and co-wrote, "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)" and "Who's Making Love") - He was a member of The Soul Consolidators - Worked with Carl Hampton, Henderson Thigpen, Raymond Jackson and Bettye Crutcher - Worked for Stax Records as part of the We Three production team.

Resortes (Adalberto Martinez) - Died 4-4-2003 in Mexico City, Mexico - Pulmonary infection - Born 1-25-1916 in Tepito, Mexico - Singer, actor, comedian and dancer - He appeared in more than 100 movies.

Bertil Bertilsson - Died 4-4-2003 in Stockholms, Sweden ( Prog Rock ) Born 1-11-1940 in Stockholms, Sweden - Singer - Was a member of Rockfolket.

Rob Madna - Died 4-5-2003 in Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands ( Jazz ) Born 6-8-1931 in Den Haag, Netherlands - Pianist - Worked with Ann Burton.

Hans Engel -  Died 4-5-2003 in Aler, Spain - Shot by a real estate agent after a financial arguement ( Punk ) Born 1961 in Hoorn, The Netherlands - Singer and guitar player - Worked with Antidote, Vernon Walters, Something Happening and The Bird-Dogs - Owned the record label, Let's Make Our Own Records.

Babatunde Olatunji - Died 4-6-2003 in Salinas, CA., U.S. - Complications of diabetes ( Afrobeat - Jazz ) Born 4-7-1927 in Ajido - Drummer and bandleader - (He did, "Primitive Fire") - He led Drums Of Passion and was a member of Planet Drum - Worked with Carlos Santana.

Jutta Hipp - Died 4-7-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-4-1925 in Leipzig, Germany - Pianist - (She did renditions of, "Mad About The Boy" and "These Foolish Things") Worked with Zoot Sims.

Murio Mark Reynolds - Died 4-7-2003 ( Pop ) Singer - Was 1/2 the duo of Red Flag (They did, "Machines" and "Russian Radio").

Al Plank - Died 4-8-2003 in Marin County, Novato, CA, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 11-22-1932 in Muncie, Indiana, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with The Mastersounds, Woody Herman, Anita O'Day and Morgana King.

Fred Grady (Frederick Bernard Grady) - Died 4-9-2003 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Heart attack after a traffic accident ( Blues - Funk ) Born 1953 - Drummer - Was a member of T.H.E.M. and The Jimmy Johnson Blues Band - Worked with John Lee Hooker, Phil Guy, Otis Clay, Charlie Musselwhite, Eddie Clearwater and Buddy Guy.

Grayce Bradt Murabito (aka Grace Albert) - Died 4-9-2003 in Casoli de Camaiore, Italy ( Singer - Radio Actress ) Born 1904 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Pianist and folk singer - She sang with Herbert Nelson and Edward Heimberger (Eddie Albert) on radio - Married to artist Rosario Murabito.

Clarence Brown Jr. (aka Junie Boy and Mule) - Died 4-9-2003 - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 1941 - Drummer - Was a member of The Hawketts, The Willie Tee Band and The George French Band - Worked with Fats Domino for over 30 years.

Little Eva (Eva Narcissus Boyd) - Died 4-10-2003 in Kinston, NC, U.S. - Cervical cancer ( Rock - Pop ) Born 6-29-1943 in Bellhaven, NC, U.S. (She did, "The Loco-motion" and "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby").

Noel Fox - Died 4-10-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - After surgery following a series of strokes ( Country ) Born 10-31-1939 Columbia, TN, U.S. -  Bass singer - Was a member of The Oak Ridge Boys - Worked with The Tennesseans and The Harvesters Quartet - He also was a booking and talent manager - Was vice president of MCA Music-Nashville and president of The Maypop Music Group.

Mike Ruth (Michael L. Ruth) - Died 4-11-2003 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 9-20-1945 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with The Jack Halkides Band, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Rosemary Clooney, The Inkspots, The Temptations, The Four Lads, Eddie Fisher, Al Martino and Bobby Vinton.

Adib Casta (Jorge Casta) – Died 4-12-2003 in Caracas, Venezuela - Emphysema ( Pop - Rock ) Born 2-12-1946 in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela – Guitarist, painter and artist - Worked with Las Estrellas del Twist (as Johnny Twist), Ruddy & Los Twist-Cats, Los Migs, Tito Iglesias & sus Ciclones, Los Claners, Ladies W.C., The Ugliest Blues Band, The Naked Truth, Sky White Meditation, Acid Blues Movement, Trafico Pesado and Farmacia de Turno.

Mandla Masuku - Died 4-13-2003 - After a short illness ( Jazz ) Played saxophone - (He did, "Uyabazi Abantu") - He was a founding member of Stax - Worked with Hugh Masekela, Stimela, The Nu Jazz Band, Sipho Gumede and Sankomota.

Raúl Shaw Moreno - Died 4-13-2003 in Argentina - After a long illness ( Singer -  Composer ) Born 1923 in Oruro, Bolivia - (He did, "Lágrimas de Amor" and "Qué Saben de Mí"),  He was a member of Trio Los Panchos with Chucho Navarro and Alfredo Gil - He sang with Trío Los Peregrinos and Los Tres Caballeros.

Prentice ''Sean'' Delaney - Died 4-13-2003 in Orem, Utah - Stroke ( Songwriter -  Producer ) Born 1945 in Tempe, Ariz., U.S. (He co-wrote, ''Rocket Ride'' and ''All American Man'') He was partially responsible for signing KISS and also served as their road manager - Produced Gene Simmons.

Zeke Turner (Jim Grishaw) - Died 4-13-2003 in Daytona Beach FL, U.S. ( Country ) Born 1924 - Guitarist - Worked with Red Foley and Hank Williams - He pioneered the muted string technique for the guitar.

Allen Eager - Died 4-13-2003 in Daytona Beach, FL, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1-10-1927 in New York, NY, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Navarro and Gerry Mulligan.

Shirlee R. Kohn (Shirlee R. Rice) (aka Carol Ann Robins and Carol Lane) - Died 4-14-2003 in Deerfield - Complications of cancer ( Swing ) Singer and pianist - She hosted radio's, "A Serenade At Night".

Sumner Crane - Died 4-14-2003 in Manhattan, New York, U.S. - Lymphoma ( No Wave ) Born 4-24-1946 in The Bronx, New York, NY, U.S. - Guitarist and singer -  (He recorded the opera "John Gavanti") - Was a member of Mars (They did, "Puerto Rican Ghost" and "Helen Forsdale") - Worked with Brian Eno.

Michael Stillman - Died 4-15-2003  in Somers, NY, U.S. ( Record Exec ) Born 11-1-1915 in Saratov, Russia - Pianist - He founded The Innovative Record Company releasing Russian folk music, Greek folk music, German drinking songs and music by Rambling Jack Elliott.

Michael P. Hamilton - Died 4-16-2003 in Las Vegas - Kidney failure ( Pop ) Born 1956 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - He sang on TV's, The Dinah Shore Show, The Mike Douglas Show and Fantasy Spotlight.

Richie Borkan (Richard Franklin Borkan) (aka Old Green Eyes) - Died 4-16-2003 in Aventura, FL, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Rock ) Born 1939 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Kollektion (They did, "Savage Lost") and Sounds Unlimited - Worked with The Dovells ("The Bristol Stomp"), James Brown, Blues Image,  Jackie Gleason, Gemini And The Planets ("Scopa Tone"), Sonny & Cher and The Bee Gees.

Marty Mooney - Died 4-16-2003 - Acute respiratory failure ( Record Promoter ) Born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Promoted Bruce Springsteen, Meatloaf, Mott The Hoople and Chicago for Columbia Records and worked with Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and John Cougar Mellencamp while at Polygram Records.

Arthur Korb - Died 4-16-2003 in San Juan ( Composer ) Born 1910 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Pianist - (He wrote, "It Takes Time" and "Go On With The Wedding") His songs have been recorded by Bobby Vinton, Louis Armstrong and Patti Page.

Jasper Derby Smith - Died 4-16-2003 ( Romany Folk ) Born 6-25-1921in Epsom Downs -  Singer and instrumentalist.

Wicky Mosh (Wycliffe Omondi) - Died 4-17-2003 in Kenya - Hit by a bus ( Rap ) Born 1978 (He did, "Atoti" and "Winyo Nungo").

Earl King (Earl Silas Johnson IV) - Died 4-17-2003 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Diabetes related complications ( Blues ) Born 3-17-1934 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Songwriter and guitarist (He wrote, "Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)" and "Street Parade").

Baba Mokoena - Died 4-17-2003 in Durban - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1945 - Guitarist - Led The Four Wisemen - Worked with with Sipho Gumede, Gibson Kente, Mbongeni Ngema and Stax.

Bobby Geisler (Robert Max Geisler) - Died 4-18-2003 - Stroke ( Dance Music ) Born 1927 in San Antonio, TX, U.S. - Played trumpet - Led The Bobby Geisler Dance Band.

Fred Noble (Frederico Antonio Andrea Nobile) - Died 4-18-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 3-5-1914 in Hackensack, N.J., U.S. - Bandleader, pianist and drummer - Led The Freddie Noble Band and was a member of The Shep Fields Rippling Rhythm Orchestra - Arranged for Ricky Diaz and Phil Gray - Worked with Judy Garland, Vic Damone and Julius La Rosa.

Mothusi Oageng - Died 4-18-2003 - After a long illness ( Folk ) Born in 1931 in Machailo Ward in Shoshong - Sang and played the serankure.

Harry M. Dailey - Died 4-18-2003 in Falls Church, VA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock - Blues ) Born 1952 in Bethesda - Bass guitarist and singer - Worked with Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band (They did, "Volcano" and "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes"), Gove Scrivenor, Spare Parts, The Mad Beach Band, T.C. Carr And The Catch and Peter Merrigan.

Cholly Atkins (Charles Atkinson) - Died 4-19-2003 in Las Vegas ( Dancer ) Born 9-30-1914 in Prattville, Autauga Co., AL, U.S. - He performed with Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Count Basie - As a dance teacher he worked with Gladys Knight And The Pips, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson And The Miracles.

Michael O'Duffy - Died 4-19-2003 in Hertfordshire, England - Illness ( Irish Music ) Born 1919 in Derry - Tenor singer.

Conrad Leonard - Died 4-19-2003 ( Musician ) Born 10-24-1898  in South Norwood - Pianist - (He wrote, "My Love Is Only For You" and "I Heard A Robin Singing") - Worked with Fred Astaire, Petula Clark and Cole Porter - He recorded a CD at age 103.

Baba Mokoena Seakoeng - Died 4-?-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 194? in Umkumbane, Durban - Guitarist - Was a member of Mhlathi And His Comets and Izintombi Zamangwane - Worked with Dick Khoza, Pat
Matshikiza and Victor Gaba.

Johnny Douglas - Died 4-20-2003 in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England - Prostate cancer ( Composer ) Born 6-20-1920 - He created music for films including The Railway Children and for TV cartoons, Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends and The Incredible Hulk - Hosted radio's, "In The Still Of The Night".

Teddy Edwards (Theodore Marcus Edwards) - Died 4-20-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Jazz ) Born 4-26-1924 in Jackson, Miss., U.S. - Saxophonist, bandleader and composer - Worked with Benny Goodman, Milt Jackson, Tom Waits, Sarah Vaughn and Max Roach.

Wolle Kriwanek (Wolfgang Kriwanek) - Died 4-20-2003 ( Blues ) Born 1949 in Stuttgart -  (He did, "I fahr Daimler" and "UFO").

Walter Fuller - Died 4-20-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1910 in Dyersburg, TN, U.S. -  Singer and trumpeter - Worked with Earl "Fatha" Hines (They did, "Rosetta" and "After All I've Been To You"), Teddy Picou, Lionel Hampton and Ruth Jones (aka Dinah Washington).

George Anderson - Died 4-20-2003 in Dearborn - Leukemia ( Gospel ) Singer - Born 1927 in Beach, Miss., U.S. - He was a member of The Golden Harmoneers (They did, "Precious Memories") He also sang with The Sons Of Zion And The Heavenly Chandlers.

Bertram Ross - Died 4-20-2003 ( Cabaret ) Singer - Worked with John Wallowitch.

Nina Simone (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) - High Priestess of Soul - Died 4-21-2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, France - After a long illness ( Jazz - Blues - Soul - Gospel ) Born 2-21-1933 in Tryon, NC, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (She did, "Mississippi Goddam" and "Young, Gifted & Black").

Rose Augustine (Rose Lewis Augustine) - Died 4-21-2003 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Musician ) Born 2-10-1910 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Played piano and  harpsichord - She and her husband Albert developed the nylon guitar string.

Felice Bryant (Matilda Genevieve Scaduto) - Died 4-22-2003 in Gatlinburg, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( Country ) Born 8-7-1925 in Milwaukee, WI, U.S. - (She and her husband Boudleaux co-wrote, "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie") - She co-wrote over 800 songs - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Music Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Al Heath - Died 4-23-2003 ( Agent - Producer ) Born 11-1-1907 in Peckham - He was a member of The Broadway Melody Makers.

      Victor Marchese - Died 4-22-2003 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Bladder cancer ( Pop - Opera - Show Tunes ) Born 1921 in San Jose, CA, U.S.- Singer - (He did, "Flamingo" and "When I Dream Of Home") - Worked with Bobby Vinton and Jane Powell ("Love Can Change The Stars").

Nick DeVito (Nicholas DeVito) - Died 4-23-2003 ( Rock ) Born 9-15-1924 in Newark, N.J., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Variatones who became The 4 Lovers (They did, "You're The Apple Of My Eye") which included Frankie Valli.

Al Hood (Alastair Hood) - Died 4-25-2003 - Lung cancer ( Classical - Jazz - Avant-garde ) Born 1936 - Pianist, composer and teacher - Was a member of Dimensions In Music - Worked with Michael Davenport.

Ted Joans (Theodore Jones) - Died 4-25-2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia - Complications of diabetes ( Jazz Poet ) Born 7-4-1928 on a riverboat in Cairo, Ill., U.S. - Played  trumpet - He was a beat generation poet whose work reflected a black consciousness and avant-garde jazz.

Ustad Latif Khan - Died 4-?-2003 ( Indian Music ) Played sarangi, sitar, santoor and tabla - Worked with Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Kishori Amonkar, Amir Khan, Hirabai Barodekar, Nazakat And Salamat Ali Khan and Mallikarjun Mansur.

Clayton Hall - Died 4-?-2003 ( Country ) Born 1920 in Patrick Co., VA, U.S. - Sang and played banjo - Was a member of The Hall Twins And The Westerners and Roy Hall And His Blue Ridge Entertainers - Worked with Roy Rogers And The Sons Of The Pioneers and The Orange Blossom Boys.

Peter Stone - Died 4-26-2003 - Pulmonary fibrosis ( Playwright ) Born 2-27-1930 - He wrote the Broadway musicals, Sugar and Woman Of The Year, among others.

William R. Thomas - Died 4-27-2003 - Car accident ( Country ) Born 1936 - Played guitar, bass and mandolin - He led  Bill Thomas And The Country Tones.

Gloria Troy (aka Little Gloria Barbieri) - Died 4-27-2003 ( Singer ) Born 1923 - Sang on a weekly radio show opposite Rose Marie and in USO shows - She also worked for The Pat Sullivan Talent Agency.

Lauren Orton (Lauren Elizabeth Lipton Orton) - Died 4-27-2003 - Drowned in a whitewater rafting accident - Born 1-28-1971 in Houston, Texas, U.S, - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (She wrote, "Dry As A Bone" and "The Poet Song") - Was a member of The Tin Hat Trio - Wife of guitarist, Mark Orton.

Doc Pittman (Alvergous Pittman) - Died 4-28-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 9-17-1917 in Orlando, FL, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and drummer - Worked with bassist, Jimmy "The Face" Butts.

Brian D. Campbell - Died 4-29-2003 in Belleville, MO, U.S. - Shot with his wife in a double homicide ( Jazz ) Born 1955 - Drummer.

Christina Stafslien - Died 4-29-2003 - Coronary arrhythmia ( Contemporary Christian ) Born 1976 -  She played piano and flute and was a singer and composer.

Ray Butts - Died 4-?-2003 ( Guitar & Amp Maker ) Born in Ethel, Miss., U.S. - Accordion player - He made equipment for Chet Atkins, Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Roy Orbison and Grady Martin.

Bill Napier - Died 4-30-2003 in Hayward, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1927 - Played clarinet - Worked with Lu Watter, Turk Murphy and Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band.

George Wyle (Bernard Weissman) - Died 5-2-2003 in Tarzana - Leukemia ( Composer ) Born 1916 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist - (He co-wrote, "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" and the theme song for TV's "Gilligan's Island") He was a music director for TV's, The Dinah Shore Show and The Andy Williams Show - He wrote over 400 songs.

Cameron Howie - Died 5-2-2003 - Car crash which also killed his wife and child ( Salsa ) Born 1972 - Singer and percussionist - Was a member of The Linzi O Band.

Bob Hansen (aka The Colonel) - Died 5-3-2003 in Hayward ( Conductor ) Born 1-28-1918 in Alameda - Played trumpet - Was a member of The Golden Gate Park Band - He also was a music instructor even teaching music theory to Phil Lesh.

Rana Ross - Died 5-3-2003 - Liver failure ( Rock ) Born 1969 - Bassist - She was a member of Sinboy (They did, "Supersoniclovedrug" and "God Like Thunder") and Phantom Blue - Worked with Vixen.

Nigel Hammond - Died 5-4-2003 in Elgin - Drowned while trying to rescue his wife and their dog ( Jazz ) Drummer - Born 1961 - Worked with Billy Fury and PJ Proby.

Harmonica Slim (Richard Riley Riggins) - Died 5-4-2003 in Fresno, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 7-1-1921 in Tupelo,MS, U.S. - Played harmonica - Worked with with K.C. Douglas and Hosea Leavy.

Waly Salomao - Died 5-5-2003 - Cancer ( Poet ) Born 1944 - He wrote lyrics for songs by Caetano Veloso and other Tropicalista musicians.

Jerry Rusch (Jerome A. Rusch) - Died 5-5-2003 in Las Vegas - Liver cancer ( Jazz ) Trumpeter and composer - Worked with The Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Stan Kenton, Joe Henderson, Teddy Edwards, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, The Temptations and The Rolling Stones.

Harold Edward 'Quake' Johnson - Died 5-5-2003 in Whitehaven - Cancer ( Soul - Funk ) Born 1945 - Was a member of The Astors (They did, "Daddy Didn't Tell Me") and Brothers Unlimited - He was a road manager and sound technician for The Soul Children.

John V. Baker - Died 5-5-2003 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Colon cancer ( Musician ) Born 1952 in Dorchester, MA, U.S. - He was a member of Three Blind Mice, The Odd Couple Band and The Techniques - Played guitar, saxophone, harmonica, and flute - Worked with Stevie Wonder

Gerry Shephard (Gerald Edward Shephard) - Died 5-6-2003 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England - Illness ( Rock ) Born 12-28-1951 in London, England - Guitarist - He was a member of The Glitter Band (They did, "Angel Face") - Worked with Gary Glitter and The Boston International Showband.

Noble Jolley (Noble Levi Jolley Sr.) - Died 5-6-2003 in Washington, D.C., U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1955 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Played guitar, banjo, mandolin, sitar and piano and was a composer (He wrote, "God's Going To Show Us The Way" and the musical, "Alpha Centauri").

Dick Cross (Richard Cross)- Died 5-6-2003 - Homicide, acute pneumonia resulting from remote exposure to hydrochloric acid that had been poured onto the seat of his car ( Jazz ) Born 1930 in Spokane - Drummer - He toured  with several large jazz bands.

Martin Jenner - Died 5-7-2003 in Perth, Western Australia - Cancer ( Rock ) Guitarist  - Worked with Cliff Richard and The Everly Brothers.

Tim North - Died 5-7-2003 - Stomach cancer ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Naut Humon's Rhythm & Noise, Sound Traffic Control, Dow Jones And The Industrials and Sauce Of The Future - Worked with Scot Jenerik, Blaise Smith, Comfort Control, Crash Worship, Amber Asylum, Psychic TV, Beth Custer and Sky Saxon.

Norbert Beihoff - Died 5-9-2003 in Wauwatosa - Natural causes ( Innovator ) Born 1905 - Played saxophone and clarinet - Worked with Hildegarde - He started Beihoff Music which was the first "try before you buy" rental plan musical instrument store - His customers included Lawrence Welk, Johnny "Scat" Davis, Frankie Yankovic and Woody Herman.

Walter "Doc" Howen - Died 5-9-2003 - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 4-19-1917 in Anamoose, ND, U.S. - Played trumpet and piano - Was a member of The Lodi Community Band, The Lodi German Band and Led The Doc Howen Dixieland Band - He was a real Doctor and he delivered over 3000 babies.

Syl Liebl (Sylvester Liebl) - Died 5-10-2003 in La Crosse - Cancer ( Polka ) Born 1-18-1917 in Minnesota - Played concertina - Was a member of The Jolly Germans who changed their name to The Jolly Swiss Boys - National Concertina Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Noel Redding (Noel David Redding) - Died 5-11-2003 in Cork, Co Cork, Eire, Ireland - Natural causes ( Rock ) Born 12-25 1945 in Folkestone, Kent, England - Bassist - Was a member of The Strangers, The Lonely Ones, The Modern Jazz Group, The Loving Kind, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (They did, "She's So Fine" and "Foxey Lady"), Fat Mattress (They did, "I Don't Mind" and "Petrol Pump Assistant"), Road, and The Noel Redding Band (They did, "Eight Nights A Week" and "Got To Move Away") - Worked with The Burnettes and Phish - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dewey Terry (Dewey Steven Terry Jr.) - Died 5-11-2003 - Cancer ( Doo-Wop - Rock - Blues - R&B ) Born 7-17-1937 in Los Angeles -  Singer and keyboardist - (He did, "Deblooze (If You Wanna Get Groovy Now)" and  "Well Known Man") - Was a member of The Squires and half the duo, Don And Dewey (They did, "Jungle Hop" and "Justine") - Worked with Jimi Hendrix.

Scott Rogers (John Scott Rogers) (aka Rip Thrillby) - Died 5-11-2003 - Car crash ( Surf Rock ) Born 1967 in Northern Alabama, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Penetrators (They did, "Kings Of The High-Speed Weekend" and "Locked And Loaded").

Terry Thaddeus - Died 5-12-2003 in Malaysia - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 10-15-1947 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Teenage Hunters and The Strollers - Worked with The Pitiful Souls, X-Periments and Winds Of Change.

Lorne Gibson (Eric Brown) - Died 5-12-2003 ( Country ) Born 1940 in Edinburgh - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Some Do, Some Don't") - Led The Lorne Gibson Trio.

Chuck Honsa - Died 5-12-2003 - Complications of heart disease ( Jazz ) Born 1917 - Pianist - Worked with Art Mooney, The River City Six, Jack Teagarden and Chuck Foster.

George Holton (George Montague Holton III) (aka Montague The Human Metronome) - Died 5-12-2003 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Accidental overdose of prescription drugs ( Rock ) Born 1972 - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of The Woggles.

Kim Turner - Died 5-12-2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Cat Iron - He was a road manager and sound engineer for The Police - Produced Wishbone Ash.

Harry Hess (Harry Alan Hess) - Died 5-12-2003 - Heart failure ( Rock ) Born 1952 - Guitarist and songwriter - He led Harry Hess And The Hurricanes - Worked with Roky Erickson, Lou Ann Barton, Doug Sahm's Texas Tornados, Jimmy Vaughan and Herb Ellis.

Bross Townsend - Died 5-12-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 10-18-1933 in Princeton, KY, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Dinah Washington, Erskine Hawkins, Milt Jackson, Woody Herman, John Coltrane, Little Jimy Scott and Jimmy Reed.

Richard Kybic - Died 5-12-2003 in Prague, Czech Republic - Brain tumor ( Rock ) Born 12-1-1949 - Singer and guitarist - Founding member of Turbo (They did, "Chtel Jsem Mit" and "Hrac").

Kenneth Eugene Smith - Died 5-13-2003 - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 7-12-1931 near Strong, Ark., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led The Kenny Smith Trio.

Jack Lindsey Jr. - Died 5-13-2003 - Stroke ( Jazz ) Born 4-10-1922 in Chattanooga, TN, U.S. - Played sax and clarinet - Worked with  Tommy Dorsey, Jim Nabors, Louis Armstrong and Helen O'Connell.

Harold Edward Bates - Doed 5-13-2003 in Charles City ( Gospel ) Born 1927 - Bass singer - Was a member of The Silver Star Quartet who had a weekly show on radio's WRVA.

David Kupele (David Makahanohano Kupele) - Died 5-14-2003 ( Singer - Composer ) Born 1922 in Kalaupapa, Moloka'i - Played bass and ukulele - (He wrote, "Lehuanani" and "Four Lovely Dolls") - Worked with Alfred Apaka and The Hawaiian Chimes.

Jack Baird - Doed 5-15-2003 ( Night Club Owner ) Born 1925 - He owned The Colony Club where The Johnny Lewis Trio and  Pat Suzuki got their start -  He helped launch the career of The Brothers Four.

June Carter Cash - Died 5-15-2003 - Complications from heart surgery ( Country ) Born 6-23-1929 in Maces Springs, VA. U.S. - She sang, played guitar, autoharp and was a composer (She co-wrote, "Ring Of Fire") She worked with her husband, Johnny Cash, Flatt & Scruggs, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams Jr., Homer & Jethro, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Carter Family.

Jeri-Ann Sheehan - Died 5-15-2003 ( Rock ) Born 4-20-1959 in Edwards Air Force Base in CA, U.S. - Singer and bassist - She was a member of The Frances Farmer Gals.

Stan the Man (Stan Rofe) - Died 5-16-2003 in Melbourne, Australia - Cancer ( DJ ) Born 1934 - He was an influential DJ - Helped popularize rock and roll in Melbourne and supported Australian rockers - He wrote for the rock music weekly paper, Go-Set.

Alton Bernard Lowe Sr. - Died 5-17-2003 in Lakeland,FL, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz - Christian Music ) Born 6-24-1924 in Sanford, FL, U.S. - Composer and saxophonist - Worked with Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald - He was a director of music for The Tampa Bay Baptist Music Association.

Freddy Guerra - Died 5-17-2003 in Mesa, Ariz., U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 8-13-1923 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Played saxophone and clarinet - He was a member of Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band and led The Freddy Guerra Orchestra - His band backed up Tony Bennett, Judy Garland and Peggy Lee.

Freyda Epstein - Died 5-17-2003 in Madison County - Car crash ( Folk ) Sang and played violin - She was a member of Trapezoid and Freyda & Acoustic AttaTude - Worked with Doc Watson and Patty Larkin - Choral director for The World Harmony Chorus in San Francisco.

Paul Grosney - Died 5-17-2003 in Toronto, Canada ( Jazz ) Born 2-10-1924 - Played trumpet - He led The Kansas City Local - He also was a booking agency and music director the  jazz club, Bourbon Street.

Sandyl Cordell (aka Dorothy Dell) - Died 5-18-2003 ( Entertainer ) Born in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Singer and pianist - She was a USO performer for the troops and was a singer for several commercial cruise ship lines - Worked with Carol Channing.

Albert Sendrey - Died 5-18-2003 in Woodland Hills - Congestive heart failure ( Composer ) Born 12-26-1911 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Pianist -  He orchestrated, arranged and composed music for films and TV, his credits include TV's Bonanza, and Laramie and the films Easter Parade and Guys And Dolls - Worked with Tony Martin - Son of symphony conductor and composer, Alfred Sendrey and soprano singer, Eugenia.

Ras Bongo (Raymond Lindsay) - Died 5-19-2003 in Seattle, WA, U.S. - Stabbed ( Reggae ) Born 1950 - He sang and played the nyabinghi.

Camoflauge (Jason Eugene Johnson) - Died 5-19-2003 in Savannah, GA, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) Born 1981 in Savannah, Georgia, U.S. - (He did, "Cut Friends" and "Laying My Stunt Down").

Vic Hunt (Victor Hunt) - Died 5-19-2003 in northern Tasmania - Died after being thrown from a raft while whitewater rafting ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 1948 - He sang and played bass and harmonica - He was a member of Momma Don't Allow It and Malleeroots.

Leslie D. Archbold Jr. (aka Les Arnold) - Died 5-19-2003 - Multiple myeloma ( Jazz ) Born 1928 - Played saxophone and clarinet - He arranged music for Frankie Avalon.

Henry Miller - Died 5-19-2003 in Tarzana, CA, U.S. - Illness ( Agent ) Born 1913 - He was a founder of General Artists Corporation - He represented The Mills Brothers, Patti Page, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett and Frankie Laine.

 Jinny Osborn (Virginia Cole Janis) (Virginia Ann Janis) - Died 5-19-2003  in Palm Springs, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Doo-Wop - Pop ) Born 4-25-1927 in Seattle, Wash., U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Chordettes (They had hits with, "Mr. Sandman" and "Lollipop") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joe "Guitar" Hughes - Died 5-20-2003 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Blues ) Born 9-29-1937 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Played guitar - (He recorded, "The Shoe Shy" and "Ants In My Pants") - Was a member of The Dukes of Rhythm - Worked with Johnny Clyde Copeland, Bobby "Blue" Bland and The Upsetters (with Little Richard).

Lawson Wayne White - Died 5-20-2003 - Cancer ( Country ) Drummer, songwriter and arranger - Worked with Dottie West, Ernest Tubb, Mel Tillis, Ray Charles, Chet Atkins and Willie Nelson.

John W. Stanko - Died 5-21-2003 ( Band leader ) Born 1918 in Jersey City - Played accordion - He led The John Stanko Band.

Biddy Bastien - Died 5-21-2003 in Edina - Complications from Parkinson's disease ( Jazz ) Born 1915 in Little Falls, Minn., U.S. - Played string bass and tuba - Worked with Gene Krupa, The Minnesota Vikings' Band, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, The Manhattan Transfer, The Hormel Chili Beaners and The Jurassic Trio - Twin Cities Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jennifer Stowers (Jennifer Lee Stowers) - Died 5-21-2003 ( Musician - Teacher ) Born 5-16-1980 - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (She did, "The Song Of The Day (Bread And Roses)").

George Faith (Earl George Lawrence or Earl George Turner) - Died 5-?-2003 - Cancer ( Reggae ) Born 7-?-1946 in Rae Town, Jamaica - Singer and songwriter - (He recorded, "To Be A Lover" and "See Me").

Raymond Hall (Raymond Mark Hall) - Died 5-22-2003 in Attleboro, MA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1933 - Played saxophone - Led The Penthouse Serenaders.

Big DS - Died 5-22-2003 - Complications of cancer ( Rap ) Was a founding member of Onyx (They did, "Slam" and "Throw Ya Gunz").

Allen Rogers - Died 5-23-2003 in Westwood ( Pianist ) Born 1926 in Topeka, Kansas, U.S. - He accompanied Eileen Farrell, Martial Singher, Licia Albanese, Elena Nikolaidi, Jennie Tourel, Jan Peerce, and Theodore Uppman.

Anil Biswas - Died 5-24-2003 ( Composer ) Born 1914 in a province of East Bengal, (now Bangladesh) - He's credited with introducing orchestra music to movies in India - He help start the careers of singers Mukesh and Talat Mehmood in film.

Jeremy Michael Ward - Died 5-25-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Apparent drug overdose ( Rock ) Born 1976 - Keyboardist - Was a member of Defacto and Mars Volta.

Paul Everett Weaver - Died 5-26-2003 - Cancer ( Bluegrass ) Born 1926 - Played guitar, banjo and fiddle - He was a member of The Briarhoppers String Band.

Almir Chediak - Died 5-26-2003 - Shot after being kidnapped ( Producer ) Born 1951 - He also was a music professor working with Gal Costa, Tim Maia, Cazuza and Morares Moreira.

Jim Pascell - Died 5-26-2003 - Car crash ( Rock ) Born 1942 - Founding member of Glass
         Menagerie.

Artie Bittner (Arthur E. Bittner Jr.) - Died 5-26-2003 in Lewisberry, PA, U.S. - Brain cancer ( Country - Rock ) Born 3-31-1963 - Guitarist and bassist - Performed with David Frizzell and Jack Greene.

John Close - Died 5-26-2003 in Switzerland - Assisted suicide - He had  motor neurone disease ( Folk ) Born 9-24-1947 in London, England - Musician and songwriter - (He wrote, "The Dark Hill") - He was half of the duo Firefly (They did, "Don't Lean To Hard On Love" and "Ambulance Gurrl") - Worked with The Sasoon Band, Marge McKinnis, Cathy Clarke and Peggy Allin.

Dave Voss - Died 5-27-2003 ( Rock ) Born 1968 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Delusions - Worked with Happy Stars, Bone Cellar, Mugwump, Yab Yum, Way Beyond, The Groceries, Orange Peeler, and Daily Values.

Brett Youngs - Died 5-27-2003 in Lee - Found with head injuries after a house fire, which police believe was started deliberately ( Techno Musician ) Born 1973.

Luciano Berio - Died 5-27-2003 ( Experimental - Electronic ) Born 10-24-1925 in Oneglia - Composer - Taught at The Juilliard School, his students included Luca Francesconi, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen and The Grateful Dead's, Phil Lesh - Founded The Juilliard Ensemble.

Sandy Beverley - Died 5-28-2003 in Blenheim ( Jazz ) Born 1924 in Liverpool, England - Percussionist - He was a member of The Roy Martin Orchestra and The Marlborough District Brass Band.

Dutch Seutter (Gunter Herbert Seutter) - Died 5-29-2003 - Heart failure ( Club Owner ) Born 1930 in Weissach, Germany - He owned Fritzel's European Jazz Club in New Orleans for 29 years attracting Jazz musicians from all over the world.

Mickie Most (Michael Peter Hayes) - Died 5-30-2003 in London, England - Cancer ( Producer ) Born 6-20-1938 in Aldershot, England - Was a member of The Most Brothers and The Playboys - Worked with Jeff Beck, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Hot Chocolate ("You Sexy Thing"), Lulu, Kim Wilde, The Animals ("House Of The Rising Sun"), The Yardbirds, Herman's Hermits ("I'm Into Something Good") and Donovan ("Sunshine Superman").

Graham Amos - Died 5-30-2003 ( Rock ) Bass player - Worked with The Peeps, Rainbows and Still Life.

Don Banks (Robert Donal Banks) - Died 5-?-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1924 in Cleveland - Played guitar, bass and piano - He also he operated his own music school - Besides leading his own band, he sang with The Edna Duffy Chorale.

Sipho Mkhanda - Died 5-31-2003 - Collapsed during a break at a  performance - ( Funk ) He was an original member of The Soul Brothers.

Joe Thomas (aka Mr. Velvet Voice) - Died 5-31-2003 - Heart problem ( Romantic Ballads ) Born 1920 Groveton - Baritone and tenor singer - He also was an actor getting bit parts in the films Sidekicks, Robo-cop II and Charlie's Ear.

Don Rapp - Died 5-31-2003 ( Barber Shop ) Born 1929 - Singer - Was a member of The Lemon Bay Chord Company and The Venice Gondoliers.

Herschel Gilbert (Herschel Burke Gilbert) - Died 6-?-2003 ( Composer - Arranger ) Born 1918 - Wrote music for movies and for TV's, The Rifleman and other television shows.

Walter Delesandri - Died 6-?-2003 - Heart attack ( Blues ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Silvertones.

Jorge Pinchevsky - Died 6-?-2003 - Hit by a cyclist ( Avant-guarde - Psychedelic ) Born 9-10-1943 - Violinist - Worked with Gong and Clearlight.

Jan Pedersen - Died 6-?-2003 - Drowned in a windsurfing accident ( Rock ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Thursday's Children (They did, "Dominoes" and "Help, Murder, Police").

Kyle Kristopher Guyer - Died 6-1-2003 ( Rock ) Born 1980 - Drummer - Was a member of Easy Target.

Billy Hodges (William C. Hodges) - Died 6-1-2003 in Las Vegas - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1929 - Played trumpet - Worked with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and The Dick Palombi Orchestra.

Betty McDaniel (Betty Chaba) - Died 6-2-2003 in Knoxville TN, U.S. - After surgery for two brain aneurysms ( Soft Rock - Bluegrass - Christian Music ) Born 8-14-1953 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Singer and songwriter - Worked with Jim Woodyard (They did, "You Were Falling In Love With Me " and "Wipe Away My Tears"), Roy Forbes and The Foreman Young Band.

Julie Todd Hayes - Died 6-1-2003 - Leukemia - Born 1961 - She was an agent for The Ramones, The Replacements and other groups - She worked for Premier Talent where she was responsible for booking The Who, U2, Van Halen and Bon Jovi in the U.S. and Canada.

Freddie Blassie (Fred Blassman) (aka The Vampire and Fred The Sailor ) - Died 6-2-2003 - Born 1918 in St. Louis, MO. U.S. - Boxer and wrestler - (He did the novelty song, "Pencil Neck Geek") - World Wrestling Federation Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Kevin Pringle - Died 6-2-2003 in West Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Shot ( Gospel ) Born 1961- Singer, composer and musician - He led The Children of Israel, Kevin Pringle And The Followers Of Christ,  Kevin Pringle And The Voices Of Heaven and Alpha And Omega.

Ric Erlandson (Eric Erlandson) - Died 6-2-2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1952 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Dambreakers.

Derek Rushmer - Died 6-3-2003 - Brain tumour ( Folk ) Born 1950 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Silver Birch.

David Rairan - Died 6-3-2003 - Injuries from a tour bus crash ( Death Metal ) Guitarist - Was a founding member of Purulent.

Michael Denny - Died 6-4-2003 in Morristown ( Jazz ) Born 1938 in LaSalle, Ill., U.S. - Clarinetist - He led The Good Time Jazz Babies which became The Centennial Jazz Band - He developed International Jazz Day, which was endorsed by The United Nations.

Ava Williams (aka The Piano Lady) - Died 6-4-2003 ( Singer ) Born in Pendleton - Worked with Teddy Wilson, The Three Stooges, The Mills Brothers, Hazel Scott, Billy Daniels, Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short, Hildegarde, Judy Garland, Mildred Bailey and Red Norvo.

Frances McKinnie "Memaw" Fernandez - Died 6-4-2003 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1924 in Bolivar, TN, U.S. - She was the president of The New Orleans Jazz Club and promoted young musicians.

Matthew Sperry - Died 6-5-2003 - Hit by a car while riding a bike ( Jazz ) Born 1969 - Played bass - He led The Matthew Sperry Trio - Worked with Tom Waits, The Long String Instrument Band, iv bricoleurs, The Black Cat Orchestra, Gamelan Pacific, and Seattle Experimental Opera.

Chris Newton (Chris D. Newton) - Died 6-5-2003 in Salem - Hit by a train ( Punk ) Born 1985 - Guitarist - Was a member of Justifiable Homicide.

Ricardo Cane (Baldomero Ricardo Cane Gomez) - Died 6-5-2003 in Matanzas, Cuba - Heart attack ( Afro-Cuban ) Born 1949 in Matanzas - Singer and percussionist - Was a member of Grupo Afrocuba de Matanzas and Los Muñequitos de Matanzas originally named Guaguancó Matancero.

Dave Rowberry (David Eric Rowberry) - Died 6-6-2003 in Hackney, East London, England - Possible heart attack ( Rock ) Born 7-4-1940 in Nottingham, England - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Animals (They did, "You're On My Mind" and "She'll Return It")  and The Mike Cotton Jazzmen who changed their to The Mike Cotton Sound, backing up P.J. Proby, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones and others.

Louis Saverino - Died 6-6-2003 ( Marching Band - Jazz ) Born 1915 - Musician, composer and arranger - (He wrote, "March Of The Women Marines" and arranged the current "Hail To The Chief") He was a member of The United States Marine Band - After he retired from The Marine Band he played standup bass for a Jazz ensemble.

Tony McAuley - Died 6-7-2003 - Cancer ( Singer - Producer ) Born 1941- He is credited with bringing Clannad, Enya and Paul Brady to widespread attention.

Tommy Perkins - Died 6-7-2003 in Cotton County, Oklahoma - Car accident ( Western Swing ) Born 1934 - Drummer - Worked with Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys (They did, "Faded Love").

Hector Cabrera (El Poeta de la Canción) - Died 6-8-2003 in Caracas, Venezuela Cancer ( Folk ) Born 2-13-1932 in Caracas, Venezuela - Singer - (He sang, "Rosario" and "El Pajaro Chogui") - He also was a TV and movie actor.

Vladimir Tesarik - Died 6-9-2003 in Prague, Czech Republic - Blood poisoning after a fall from a bicycle ( Reggae - Pop - R&B ) Born 9-20-1947 in Svitavy, Czechoslovakia - Singer, keyboardist and composer - Was a founding member of Yo Yo Band (They did, "Kamila" and "Reggae jenom tak").

Stephen A. Hope - Died 6-9-2003 in Burbank, CA, U.S. - Heart and renal failure ( Music Editor ) Born 1932 - Played violin for The Beverly Hills Baby Orchestra and was a Jazz trombonist - As a music editor he worked on the movies, The Right Stuff, The Karate Kid, Harry And Tonto and Animal House and also for TV's, Remington Steele, Kojak and Baa Baa Black Sheep.

Clinton King - Died 6-10-2003 in Roanoke County ( Bluegrass ) Born 1930 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Virginia Mountaineers (They did, "True Loving Woman" and "King Shuffle").

Scotty Jernigan (Scot Jernigan) - Died 6-10-2003 in Seattle, WA, U.S. - Liver lacerations, the  boat he was in hit a dock and smashed into a tree ( Rock ) Born 1975 - Drummer - Was a member of The Bronze, KARP and The Whip.

Fred Gall (Frederick Erwin Gall) - Died 6-10-2003 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 6-3-1920 in Port Washington - Trombonist - Was a member of The Fredonia Fireman's Band, The Sesquicentennial All-Star Dixieland Band, later renamed The Dockside Ramblers Dixieland Band and The Port Washington City Band - Worked with The Lakeshore Symphonic Band, Gene Merrill and Harry Rothman.

        Stella Moya (Stella Rose Mantoux) - Died 6-10-2003 - Cancer ( Actress - Singer ) Born 7-18-1916 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - She sang with Nat Gonella's jazz band.

Itamar Assumpcao (Francisco Jose Itamar de Assumpcao) - Died 6-12-2003 in Sao Paulo - Intestinal cancer ( Reggae - Samba - Rock - Funk ) Born 1950 in Tiete in Sao Paulo - Guitarist.

Shirley Witherspoon - Died 6-12-2003 - Heart and kidney failure ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 1941 - Singer - Worked with Irv Williams, Duke Ellington and The Wolverines - Cousin of Jimmy Witherspoon.

Bert Francis (aka Beloved Silver Fox) - Died 6-13-2003 in Cape Canaveral - Heart complications - ( Jazz ) Tenor saxophonist.

Edwin Swanston (Edwin Schubert Swanston) - Died 6-13-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 9-20-1922 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist, organist, composer, arranger and a vocal coach - (He wrote, "Nightstick" and "Blue Friday") -  Worked with Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, Andy Kirk, The Lucky Thompson Orchestra, Hot Lips Page, Lucky Millinder, Art Blakey and The Harlem Blues And Jazz Band.

Harold Ashby (Harold Kenneth Ashby) - Died 6-13-2003 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-27-1925 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Jimmy Witherspoon.

Speedy Loc - Died 6-13-2003 - Illness ( Hip Hop ) Born 9-29-1978 - Worked with  Filthy Phil, E-Mack and Ree Ree.

Esmond Patterson - Died 6-14-2003 - Pneumonia ( Radio Host ) Born 1928 - He hosted the radio show, "Sunrise Morning Gospel" in Atlanta for over 45 years - He also was a gospel singer.

Jimmy Knepper - Died 6-14-2003 in Triadelphia, WV, U.S. - Complications of Parkinson's disease ( Jazz ) Born 1928 - Trombonist - Worked with Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, Stan Kenton and Benny Goodman.

Tom Steinbruecker (aka Steiny) - Died 6-14-2003 - Motorcycle crash ( Rock ) Bass guitarist - Was a member of Annex (They did, "Nicotine Queen" and "Time To Think").

Howard Lange - Died 6-14-2003 in Alexandria, VA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1911 in Neptune - Sang and played string bass - Worked with The Dorsey Brothers and Artie Shaw.

Volker Kriegel - Died 6-15-2003 in Spain ( Jazz ) Born 12-24-1943 in Darmstadt, Germany - Guitarist - (He did, "Mild Maniac" and "Schnellhorspiel") - Worked with The United Jazz And Rock Ensemble and The Dave Pike Set.

Sarah "Sally" Isabel Bennett - Died 6-15-2003 - Congestive heart failure ( Songwriter - Radio & TV Host ) Born 8-30-1917 in Fountain Springs, PA, U.S. - (She wrote, "Magic Moments") - Founder and president of The Big Band Hall Of Fame.

Malonga Casquelourd (Auguste Leonard Malonga) - Died 6-15-2003 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Car accident ( Congolese ) Born 11-5-1947 Duala, Cameroon - Drummer - Founder of The Congolese Dance & Drum Camp, Fua Dia Congo and Diata Diata, an all female drumming Congolese drum ensemble.

Al Vance (Albert J. Vance) - Died 6-15-2003 ( Rock - Pop ) Born 1923 - Played upright bass and bass guitar - Was one of The Seven Sounds - Worked with Benny & The Jets, Stokes and The Old Blues Boys.

June Faye Frye - Died 6-16-2003 - Cancer ( Gospel ) Born 1942 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer and organist - Worked with The Thompson Community Singers, The Maggie Bell Singers, The Chicago Community Choir, George Mays And The Voices Of Praise, The Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir and Steve Jones Jr.

Gerald J. Jagodzinski - Died 6-19-2003 in Perrysburg Township, Ohio, U.S. - Cancer ( Polka - Dance ) Born 1936 - Accordionist - Was a member of The Fran-Chet-Tones and The Jack Paul Combo.

Ethan James (Ralph Burns Kellogg) - Died 6-19-2003 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Rock ) Born 1947 in Pasadena, CA, U.S. - Played piano, guitar, bass, hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa and drums - Was a member of Mint Tattoo and Blue Cheer (They did, "When It All Gets Old" and "Aces 'n' Eights") - Worked with Minutemen, Firehose and Dos.

Madi Comfort (Mattie Huff Hodge) - Died 6-20-2003 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 10-19-1923 in Willowbrook - Singer, dancer, actress and artist - Sang with Duke Ellington who wrote, "Satin Doll" for her.

Peanuts Hucko (Michael Andrew Hucko) - Died 6-20-2003 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 4-7-1918 in Syracuse, NY, U.S. - Played clarinet and saxophone - Worked with Glenn Miller, Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Al Hirt, Lawrence Welk, Jack Teagarden and Ray McKinley.

Matthew Fitzgerald (aka Matt Lock) - Died 6-20-2003 north of Eugene, Oregon, U.S. - Car accident ( Punk - Power Pop ) He was 20 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Exploding Hearts (They did, "Your Shadow" and "Modern Kicks").

Jeremy Gage (aka Kid Killer) - Died 6-20-2003 north of Eugene, Oregon, U.S. - Car accident ( Punk - Power Pop ) He was 21 years old - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Exploding Hearts (They did, "I'm A Pretender" and "Sleeping Aides And Razorblades"), The Spider Babies and The Bedpans.

William Leslie (William C. Leslie) - Died 6-21-2003 in West Rockhill Township ( Jazz ) Born 1925 in Media - Played saxophone - Worked with The Louis Jordan Band and for TV's Your Hit Parade - Founder of The Philadelphia Clef Club.

Robert M. Millsap - Died 6-21-2002 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( Country ) Born 7-10-1939 in Oklahoma - Was a publisher, producer, DJ and songwriter.

Greg Dwinnell - Died 6-21-2003 in Brea, CA, U.S. - Esophageal cancer ( Record Exec ) Born 1961 - Founder and president of eggBERT Records which released recordings by The Posies, The Wondermints and The Jigsaw Seen.

Syd Friedman (Sidney Friedman) - Died 6-23-2003 ( Booking Agent ) Born 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - He ran the  All-Star Theatrical Agency which booked artists such as Evis Presley, Johnny Ray, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald.

Sergio Bruni (Guglielmo Chianese) - Died 6-23-2003 ( Singer ) Born 1921 in Villaricca.

Vic Taylor - Died 6-23-2003 in Rockville Centre, NY, U.S. - Cardiac arrest  ( Reggae ) Born 1947 - Singer - (He did, "Heartaches" and "For Your Precious Love") - Worked with Tommy McCook And The Skatalites and Byron Lee And The Dragonaires.

Orion Satushek - Died 6-25-2003 - Hit by a drunk driver while bicycling ( Rock ) Born 1976 - Singer and organist - Was a member of Reeks & The Wrecks and The Spooky Dance Band.

Michael Flannagan - Died 6-26-2003 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1962 - Drummer - Was a member of The Rattlehounds - He also was a reporter and radio host.

Glen Tomasetti - Died 6-26-2003 - After a long illness ( Folk ) Born 1929 - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - She also was a writer and political activist.

Joseph W. Lattanzi, - Died 6-28-2003 - Cancer ( Musician - Radio Personality ) Born 1951 in South Philadelphia - Played trumpet - He arranged Bobby Rydell's "Love Is All Around U" and Vaughn Mason's "Feel My Love" - Husband of singer and drummer Patti Nasuti.

Jessica Schwartzbauer (Jessica McDonald) - Died 6-30-2003 - Shot by her husband in a triple murder, suicide ( Rock ) Born 1970 -  Singer - Was a member of The Gooney Birds.

Maria Gabriela Epumer - Died 6-30-2003 in Buenos Aires, Argentina ( Rock ) Born 8-11963 in Villa Devoto, B.A., Argentina - Guitarist - He played with Maria Rosa Yorio, Rouge, Viuda e Hijas de Roque Enrol, Maleta de Loca, Celeste Carballo, Alejandro Lerner, L.A. Spinetta, Las Chicas, Charly Garcia and A1.

Richard Deperna - Died 6-30-2003 in Burbank, Los Angeles County, CA, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 3-18-1949 - Bassist - Was a member of The Boston Tea Party (They did, "Is It Love?" and "Free Service").



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