2014 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 singers and musicians, 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.
LONG LIVE ROCK !!
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Tabby Thomas (Ernest Joseph Thomas) (aka Rockin' Tabby Thomas) - Died 1-1-2014 ( Blues ) Born 1-5-1929 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana., U.S. - Sang and played guitar and piano - (He did, "Voodoo Party") - Led The Mellow, Mellow Men - Ran the blues club, Tabby's Blues Box.
Pierre Cullaz - Died 1-1-2014 ( Jazz ) Born 7-31-1935 in Paris, France - Guitarist and cellist - Worked with Art Simmons, Martial Solal, Guitars Unlimited, Eddy Louiss, Claude Bolling, Buck Clayton, Leon Francioli, Michel Gaudry, Jef Gilson, The Golden Gate Quartet, Guy Lafitte, Sir Charles Thompson, Sarah Vaughan, Andre Hodeir, Claude Nougaro and Ivan Jullien.
Herman Pieter de Boer (aka Johnny Austerlitz) - Died 1-1-2014 in Eindhoven, North Brabant, Netherlands - Illness - Born 2-9-1928 in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands - Lyricist, writer and journalist - (Wrote the lyrics for, "Oh Waterlooplein" and "Visite").
Simone Bose - Died 1-1-2014 - Complications from pneumonia - He was 51 years old - Was a President of Universal Music, a co-founder of the music company BajaMusic and was a chairman of EMI Music Spain where he oversaw the development of artists like Bebe and Pablo Alboran.
Thomas Kurzhals - Died 1-2-2014 in Glauchau - Cirrhosis of the liver ( Rock ) Born 1953 in Ronneburg - Was a member of Stern-Combo Meissen which became The Stern Meissenand and Karat (They did, "Uber sieben Brucken musst du gehn") - Worked with The Exitas Combo - Produced Katrin Sass.
Jay Traynor (John Traynor) - Died 1-2-2014 in Tampa, Florida, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Pop - Doo-Wop ) Born 3-30-1943 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "I Rise, I Fall" and "Up & Over") - Was the original singer for Jay And The Americans (They did, "She Cried") - Worked with The Mystics (They did versions of, "The White Cliffs Of Dover" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Li Tai-hsiang - Died 1-2-2014 - Thyroid cancer ( Folk ) He was 73 years old - Composer - (He wrote, "The Olive Tree" and "Because Fall Is Almost Ending").
Javier de Cambra - Died 1-2-2014 in Madrid, Spain - Born 11-5-1954 in Barcelona, Spain - Music journalist.
Sam Ulano (aka Mr. Rhythm) - Died 1-2-2014 in New York, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 8-12-1920 in New York, NY, U.S. - Drummer and drum teacher - Wrote instruction books for the drums - Worked with Moondog, Public Image Ltd., Bill Snyder, Tony Parenti, Dick Wellstood, Judy Garland, Sol Yaged, Bob Cantwell and Max Kaminsky - Father of sound engineer, Mark Ulano.
Phil Everly (Phillip Everly) - Died 1-3-2014 in Burbank, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( Rock - Country ) Born 1-19-1939 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "She Means Nothing To Me" and "Louise") - He was half of the duo, The Everly Brothers (They did, "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Cathy's Clown") - Worked with Roy Wood and Warren Zevon - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Saul Zaentz - Died 1-3-2014 - Born 2-28-1921 in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S. - Record company executive and film producer - Worked for Jazz At The Philharmonic managing concert tours for Duke Ellington and Stan Getz and also worked for Fantasy Records - He co-produced the film, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and produced the film Amadeus.
Yashiki Takajin- Died 1-3-2014 - Born 10-5-1949 in Nishinari-ku, Osaka, Japan - Singer and television personality - (He did, "Suna no Jujika" and "Star Children").
Joseph MacDonald (Joseph W. MacDonald) - Died 1-3-2014 in Melrose, MA , U.S. ( Jazz ) He was 89 years old - Born in West Medford, MA, U.S. - Musician - Worked with The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra.
Shigeyuki Imai - Died 1-4-2014 - Esophageal cancer - Was 81 years old - Composer and theater director - Scored music for documentary films and television.
K. P. Udayabhanu - Died 1-5-2014 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - Parkinson's disease ( Playback ) Born 6-6-1936 in Tharoor, Palakkad district, Kerala, India - Singer - (He did, Enthinithra panchasara" and "Anuraga nadakathin") - Was a member of Old Is Gold - He was married to singer, Vijayalekshmi.
Nelson Ned (Nelson Ned d'Avila Pinto) - El Pequeno gigante de la cancion - Died 1-5-2014 in Sao Paolo Brazil - Pneumonia - Born 3-2-1947 in Uba, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Singer - (He did, "Happy Birthday My Darling" and "Domingo a Tarde").
Herbie Van Note (Herbert A. Van Note III) - Died 1-5-2014 in Pennsylvania, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 56 years old - Born in Long Branch, PA, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with After The Reign.
Maureen Gray (Maureen S. Gray) - Died 1-5-2014 - Cancer of the bile duct ( Doo-Wop ) She was 65 years old - Born in New York City, NY, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and keyboadist - (She did, "Today's The Day" and "Dancing The Strand") - Worked with John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Billy Preston and Bob Marley.
Luc Romann - Died 1-6-2014 - After an operation - Born 12-5-1937 - Singer and composer - (He did, "L'habitude") - Worked with Cyril Duclos.
H. Owen Reed (Herbert Owen Reed) - Died 1-6-2014 - Born 6-17-1910 - Composer, conductor, teacher and pianist - Worked with The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - (He wrote, "La Fiesta Mexicana" and "Missouri Shindig").
Hugo de la Torre - Died 1-6-2014 - Cancer ( Folk ) Born 1953 in San Juan, Puerto Rico - Singer - He was half of the duo, Los Hermanos de la Torre.
Reather Dixon Turner (Reather Elizabeth (Dixon) Turner) - Died 1-7-2014 in New York, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( R&B ) Born 5-1-1944 - Singer - Was a member of member of The Bobbettes (They did, "Mr. Lee" and "Mr. Johnny Q").
Tommy Morrison (Thomas Morrison) - Died 1-7-2014 - Illness ( Rock ) He was 67 years old - Guitarist - - (He did, "Blind Driver" and "You Ain't Got Nothing") - Worked with Paul Rodgers.
Chris Peigler - Died 1-8-2014 - Complications related to the flu after surgery ( Punk ) He was 50 years old - Was a member of The Rogue Nations (They did, "Alice Bag" and "Always At War") and My So Called Band.
Samong Traisattha - Died 1-8-2014 in Bangkok - Stabbed ( Metal ) He was 36 years old - Singer - Was a member of Surrender Of Divinity.
Ges Smith (Gerald Smith) - Died 1-8-2014 ( Psychedelic - Rock ) Born 1947 - Played keyboards and bass - Was a member of Dawnwatcher, The Ratfinks, Carnal Horus, Kaboss, Abyss and Intrepid Birdman.
Eddie Boggs (Eddie A. Boggs) - Died 1-9-2014 in Sylvania, OH, U.S. - Cancer ( Folk ) Born 8-10-1945 in Soldier, KY, U.S. - Played guitar, banjo, mandolin and violin - Worked with Kerry Patrick Clark, Pat Dailey, Diane Scribner and The New Christy Minstrels.
Roy Campbell Jr. - Died 1-9-2014 ( Jazz - R&B - Funk ) Born 9-29-1952 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Played trumpet, flugelhorn and cornet - Was a member of Other Dimensions In Music and The Pyramid Trio - Worked with Klaas Hekman, Yo La Tengo, William Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Matthew Shipp and Don Cherry.
Amiri Baraka (Everett LeRoi Jones) (aka Imamu Amear Baraka) - Died 1-9-2014 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Complications from surgery - Born 10-7-1934 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Jazz critic, writer, activist, poet and theater director and producer - Worked with The Roots on the song "Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)" - He wrote, Blues People: Negro Music In White America, Black Music and co-authored the autobiography of Quincy Jones - At one time married to poet, Hettie Jones - Father of writer, Lisa Jones.
Bob Frettlohr (Robert Frettlohr) - Died 1-?-2014 ( Jazz ) He was 89 years old - Played double bass - Was a member of The White Eagles who played The Cavern Club.
Edward Villalba - Died 1-10-2014 in San Jose, CA, U.S. - Illness ( Latin Rock ) He was in his 50s - Bassist - Was a member of Mystique (They did, "By The Fireside" and "Dreams")
Luke Rachwalski (Henry Luke Rachwalski) - Died 1-10-2014 in Montreal, Canada - House fire ( Jazz-Rock ) He was 22 years old - Singer - Was a member of Canvas.
Daniel Wilder (Daniel Craig Wilder) - Died 1-10-2014 in Huntsville, AL, U.S. - Stroke ( Rock ) He was 59 years old - Keyboardist - Worked with The Brakers.
Mark VanZanten (Mark Ross VanZanten) - Died 1-10-2014 - Truck accident - Born 10-25-1972 in Longview - Sang and played keyboards, timpani, percussions, guitar and bass - Was a member of The Brass Knuckles - Worked with The Southwest Washington Symphony.
Mark Burgess - Died 1-?-2014 in Miami, Florida, U.S. ( Blues Rock ) He was 56 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Dischords and Last Rites (They did, "Chained To The Rock").
Freddie Fingers Lee (Frederick John Cheesman) - Died 1-13-2014 - After contracting pneumonia ( Rock ) Born 11-24-1937 in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England - Pianist - (He did, "One Eyed Boogie Boy" and "Dib Dab Boogie") - Led Fingers Lee And The Upper Hand - Worked with Screaming Lord Sutch, Ritchie Blackmore, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Eden Kane, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, The Crickets and Gene Vincent - Appeared in the rockabilly documentary Blue Suede Shoes.
Cecil McEachern - Died 1-13-2014 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada - He was 88 years old - Guitarist and fiddle player - Worked with Don Messer And His Islanders.
Ronny Jordan (Ronald Laurence Albert Simpson) - Died 1-13-2014 ( Jazz ) Born 11-29-1962 in London, England - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "The Jackal" and "Nite Spice").
Beloyd Taylor (Bernard Taylor) - Died 1-13-2014 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 9-7-1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Get Into Your Life" and wrote, "Getaway" for Earth, Wind & Fire) - Was a member of S.O.U.L. (Sounds Of Unity and Love) - Worked with Gary Bartz, Hiroshima, Afterbach and Donald Byrd.
Geoff Stevens (Geoffrey Scott Stevens) - Died 1-14-2014 - Cancer - Born 7-16-1965 - Guitarist and fiddler - Was a member of Outskirts, Stone Road and The Geoff Stevens Band.
Dianne Christian - Died 1-14-2014 ( Doo-Wop ) Born in 1943 - Singer - (She did, "Has Anybody Seen My Boyfriend" and "Why Don't The Boy Leave Me Alone") - Was a member of The Rosettes (They did, "You Broke My Heart" and "It Must Be Love"), The Darlettes (They did, "Here She Comes" and "Just You"), The Chic-lets (They did, "I Want You To Be My Boyfriend" and "Don't Goof On Me"), The Liberty Belles (They did, "Shing-A-Ling Time" and "Just Try Me") and Diane & The Delights.
Jeff Strahan - Died 1-15-2014 in Austin, TX, U.S. ( Blues Rock ) He was 53 years old - Singer, guitarist and pianist - Led The Jeff Strahan Band (They did, "Love Me Right Now" and "Smoke Filled Room").
Bruce Brucato (Bruce Charles Brucato) - Died 1-15-2014 - Cancer ( Jazz Fusion - Prog ) He was 60 years old - Guitarist - Was a member Rodan, Junction West and Gamalon (They did, "The Wait" and "Shred Off") - Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Fergie Frederiksen (Dennis Frederiksen) (Dennis Hardy Frederiksen) (aka David London) - Died 1-18-2014 in Mound, Minnesota, U.S. - Inoperable cancer ( Rock ) Born 5-15-1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Common People, MSFunk, Trillion, Angel, Le Roux ("Carrie's Gone"), Abandon Shame ("You Can't Do That" and "Burnin' In The Third Degree"), Toto ("Stranger in Town"), Mecca, Survivor ("American Heartbeat") and The World Classic Rockers.
Wee Willie (aka Bill Makovsky) (William Makovsky) - Died 1-19-2014 ( Polka ) He was 73 years old - Sang and played the concertina - Led The Wee Willie Band.
Steve McManus - Died 1-19-2014 - Cancer - He was 48 years old - Played bass and double bass - Performed in the orchestra pit for West End shows - He can be heard on the soundtracks for Torchwood, The Witches Of Eastwick, Doctor Who and The Hunger Games.
Jud Kingsley - Died 1-19-2014 in Henry County - Car accident - He was 36 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Matt Pippin Band - Worked with Jason Aldean.
Steven Fromholz - Died 1-19-2014 in Eldorado, Texas, U.S. - Accidentally shot himself when he dropped his rifle ( Country - Folk ) Born 6-8-1945 in Temple, Texas, U.S. - Singer - (Wrote Willie Nelson's, "I'd Have To Be Crazy") - He was half of the duo, Frummox - Produced and wrote songs for Lyle Lovett - Worked with Manassas, Hoyt Axton, John Denver, Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Nesmith.
Jan Manschot - Died 1-21-2014 - Brain tumor ( Rock ) He was 66 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Achterhoekse, Boh Foi Toch and Normaal (They did, "Oerend Hard").
Fred Bertelmann - Died 1-22-2014 in Berg, Upper Bavaria, Germany - Pneumonia ( Swing ) Born 10-7-1925 in Duisburg, Germany - Played cello, trumpet, guitar and was a singer and actor - (He did, "Wenn es Nacht wird in Montana" and "Der lachende Vagabund" a version of Jim Lowes', "Gambler's Guitar") - He had been married to actress, Ruth Kappelsberger.
Riz Ortolani (Riziero Ortolani) - Died 1-23-2014 in Rome Italy ( Jazz ) Born 3-25-1926 in Pesaro, Marche, Italy - Composer - Worked on over 200 films, including Revenge Of The Dead, The Spy With A Cold Nose, Castle Of Blood and The Yellow Rolls-Royce. - He was married to actress and singer, Katyna Ranieri.
Rusty York (Charles Edward York) - Died 1-26-2014 in Redington Shores, Fla., U.S. ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 5-24-1935 in Harlan, Kentucky, U.S. - Played guitar and banjo - (He did, "Sugaree" and "Red Rooster") - Led Rusty York And The Kentucky Mountain Boys and Rusty And Cajuns - Worked with Willard Hale, Bobby Bare and Jackie De Shannon - Owner of Jewel Records - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Pete Seeger (Peter Seeger) (aka Pete Bowers) - Died 1-27-2014 in New York, NY, U.S. - Natural causes ( Folk ) Born 5-3-1919 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano and ukulele - (He did, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" and "Turn, Turn, Turn!") - Was a member of The Almanac Singers and The Weavers (They did, "Goodnight, Irene") - Worked with Donovan, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bruce Springsteen, Arlo Guthrie, Lee Hays, Woody Guthrie, The New Lost City Ramblers and Neil Young - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee - Brother of musicians, Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger.
Johnny Allen - Died 1-29-2014 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Complications from pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 9-20-1917 in Uchee, Ala., U.S. - Pianist and arranger - He arranged the Theme From Shaft with Isaac Hayes and wrote arrangements for the Motown and Stax labels for artists such as The Originals, The Temptations, The Staple Singers, The Dramatics, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes.
Roger Pomphrey (Roger Peter Pomphrey) - Died 1-29-2014 in London, England - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1-11-1954 in Bristol - Guitarist and director - Was a member of Loony Tunes - Worked with The Eurythmics ( "English Summer" and "Caveman Head") and The Troggs - Directed videos for George Harrison, U2, Ziggy Marley, Big Country and Babyshambles.
Mike Mirro - Died 1-30-2014 ( Rock ) He was 36 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Umphrey's McGee (They did, "Hurt Bird Bath" and "Headphones & Snowcones").
The Mighty Hannibal (James Timothy Shaw) (aka Jimmy Shaw) - Died 1-30-2014 ( R&B - Soul - Funk ) Born 8-9-1939 - Singer - (He did, "Hymn No.5" and "Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um") - Was a member of The Overalls - Worked with Dennis St. John And The Cardinals, Elton John and Leon Russell - Cousin of civil rights activist and lawyer, Vernon Jordan - Was married to singer, Delia Gartrell.
Daniel Jaffke - Died 1-31-2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. - Shot while delivering pizza ( Rock ) He was 30 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Two O'clock Twilight (They did, "Thin Air" and "Because Of You").
Jeff Leonard (Jeffrey G. Leonard Sr.) - Died 1-31-2014 ( Doo Wop ) Born1944 in Mount Carmel, PA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Elads who became Little Joey & The Flips (They did, "Bongo Stomp" and "Fool, Fool, Fool").
Anna Gordy Gaye (Anna Ruby Gordy) - Died 1-31-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 1-28-1922 in Milledgeville, Georgia, U.S. - (Co-wrote The Originals', "Baby, I'm For Real" and Stevie Wonder's, "What Christmas Means To Me") - Co-founder of Anna Records - Sister of Motown founder, Berry Gordy - She had been married to singer, Marvin Gaye.
Gwen Avery - Died 1-31-2014 in Santa Rosa - Complications from gallbladder surgery ( Blues - Gospel ) She was 71 years old - Born in Verona, PA, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Sugar Mama") - Worked with Full Moon.
Murry (Kasmuri) - Died 2-1-2014 in Jatisampurna, Bekasi, West Java ( Rock - Pop ) Born 6-19-1949 in Jember, East Java - Drummer - Was a member of Koes Plus.
Miguel Silva (aka M.I.G.) - Died 2-1-2014 - From injuries sustained in a fight with a member of his band ( Hip Hop ) He was 31 years old - Was a member of Hooligan Boyz (They did, "We Are Now" and "So Hard").
Bunny Rugs (William Clarke) - Died 2-2-2014 in Orlando, Florida, U.S. - Cancer ( Reggae ) Born 2-6-1948 in Mandeville, Jamaica - Singer - (He did, "Land We Love") - Was a member of Charlie Hackett And The Souvenirs, Inner Circle, Hugh Hendricks And The Buccaneers, The Bluegrass Experience, The Wild Bunch and Third World and was half of the duo, Bunny & Ricky (They did, "Freedom Fighter" and "Bushweed Corntrash") - Worked with Lee "Scratch" Perry, Papa San, Shabba Ranks and Gregory Isaacs.
Sean Kilbane - Died 2-2-2014 - Fell down a flight of stairs ( Rock ) He was 43 years old - Worked with Tadpole Jr. (They did, "Little One" and "Face").
Bob McQuillen (aka Mac and Mr. Mac) - Died 2-4-2014 in Manchester - Stroke ( Hillbilly ) He was 90 years old - Played piano and accordian - Wrote over 1,000 songs including, "Scotty O'Neil" - Worked with Ralph Page.
George Harper Jr. (George E. Harper Jr.) - Died 2-5-2014 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 3-7-1942 in Savannah, GA, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Caldwell, Jimmy Smith and Doug Carn.
Tzeni Vanou (Eugenia Vrachnou) - Died 2-5-2014 in Piraeus, Attica, Greece - Cancer - Born 2-10-1939 in Athens, Greece - Singer.
Vace Zela - Died 2-6-2014 in Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland - Born 4-7-1939 in Lushnje, Fier, Albania - Singer - (She did, "First Child").
Brian Herbert - Died 2-7-2014 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1943 in Loughborough - Played banjo and guitar - Was a member of The Cherry Tree Band and The Kalahari Bushmen.
Dick Berk (Richard Alan Berk) - Died 2-8-2014 in Portland, Oregon, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 5-22-1939 in San Francisco, California, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Billie Holiday, Ted Curson, Bill Barron, Blue Mitchell, Charles Mingus, George Duke, Mose Allison, Walter Bishop Jr., Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader and Jean-Luc Ponty.
Shirley Temple (Shirley Temple Black) - Died 2-10-2014 in Woodside, California, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 4-23-1928 in Santa Monica, California, U.S. - Actress, singer and dancer - (She did, "On The Good Ship Lollipop" and "Animal Crackers In My Soup").
Wayne Gardner (Joel Wayne Gardner) - Died 2-10-2014 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. - Shot himself ( Prog Rock - Metal ) Born 6-23-1961 - Bassist, guitarist and singer - Was a member of Magellan (They did, "Breaking These Circles" and "No Time For Words").
Will Greenwood (Stephen Worley) - Died 2-10-2014 ( Rock ) Born 6-13-1959 in Greenwich, South London, England - Guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and drummer - Was a member of The Space Pirates and Will Greenwood's Impossible Stress Factor - Worked with Blue Cheese From Space, Splatman, Glass Unicorn, Spannerman, Titanic Dance Band, Medicine, Kemunnos, Hubba, Indivisible, Invisible Opera, The Kaputniks and The Glissando Orchestra.
Alice Babs (Hildur Alice Nilson) - Died 2-11-2014 - Complications from Alzheimer's disease ( Jazz ) Born 1-26-1924 in Vastervik, Sweden - Singer - (She did, "After You've Gone" and "Lady Be Good") - Was a member of Swe-Danes - Worked with Duke Ellington.
Sean Potts - Died 2-11-2014 ( Folk ) Born 1930 in The Liberties, Dublin, Ireland - Played tin whistle, the bodhran and bones - Was a member of Ceoltoiri Chualann and The Chieftains.
Sid Caesar (Isaac Sidney Caesar) - Died 2-12-2014 in Beverly Hills, CA, U.S. - Illness - Born 9-8-1922 in Yonkers, NY, U.S. - Played saxophone and clarinet and was a comedian - Worked with Mike Cifichello's Swingtime Six, Charlie Spivak, Claude Thornhill, Art Mooney, Benny Goodman and Shep Fields - One of the first stars created by television with his TV program, Your Show Of Shows - Television Academy Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Santiago Feliu (Santiago Vicente Feliu Sierra) - Died 2-12-2014 in Cuba - Heart attack ( Nueva Trova ) Born 3-29-1962 in Havana, Cuba - Singer - (He wrote, "For Barbara" and "Without Julieta").
Marvin Spencer (Marvin E. Spencer Sr.) - Died 2-12-2014 in Waterloo, Iowa ( Rock - Soul ) Born 5-2-1938 in Marshalltown - Singer - Was a member of The Cavaliers (They did, "Wait For Me I'm Coming") - Father of singer, Tracie Spencer - Iowa Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
J. Jaye Steele (Jeff Myers) - Died 2-12-2014 in Florida, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of Push - Worked with Head East, Quiet Riot, Poison and Wintercat.
King Kester Emeneya (Jean Emeneya Mubiala Kwamambu) - Died 2-13-2014 in Paris, France ( Congolese ) Born 11-23-1956 in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo - Singer - Led Victoria Eleyson - Worked with Viva La Musica.
Gerd Krawinkel (aka Kralle) - Died 2-16-2014 ( New Wave - Rock - Folk ) Born 4-21-1947 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Vampyr, MacBeats, Just Us, Cravinkel, The Emsland Hillbillies, George Meyer & Company and Trio (They did, "Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha" and "Anna") - Worked with Marius Muller-Westernhagen, Nena and Wilfried Szyslo - Husband of television producer, Monika Kolling.
Raymond Louis Kennedy - Died 2-16-2014 ( Pop - Rock - Jazz - Country - R&B ) Born 11-26-1946 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer, saxophonist and producer - (He co-wrote The Beach Boys', "Sail On, Sailor" and The Babys', "Everytime I Think Of You") - He was half of the duo, Jon And Ray - Was a member of Group Therapy - Worked with Kenny Gamble ("Number 5 Gemini"), Dizzy Gillespie, J. J. Johnson, Brenda Lee, Buddy Rich, Dave Mason, The Gene Krupa Jazz Group and Gerry Mulligan.
Bob Casale - Died 2-17-2014 in New York, U.S. - Heart failure ( New Wave ) Born 7-14-1952 in Kent, Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist, keyboardist, singer and sound engineer - Was a member of Devo (They did, "Whip It" and a version of, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction") - Worked for Mutato Muzika - Was an engineer for Andy Summers - Brother of bassist and synthesizer player, Gerald Casale.
Frankie Kao (Kao Ling-feng) (aka The Frog Prince) - Died 2-17-2014 in Xindian District, New Taipei City, Taiwan - Born 2-28-1950 in Kaoshiung, Republic of China, Taiwan - Singer - (He did, "Flaming Phoenix").
Wayne Smith - Died 2-17-2014 - Heart attack ( Reggae - Dancehall ) - Musician - (He did, "Under Mi Sleng Teng").
Bernd Noske - Died 2-18-2014 ( Prog Rock ) Born 8-17-1946 - Drummer and singer - Was a member of Birth Control.
Brian Harrison (aka Brain) (Brian S. Harrison) - Died 2-18-2014 in Donelson ( Country ) Born 1959 - Played bass, guitar, flute, piano and drums and was a recording engineer and producer - Was a member of The Guinea Horn Quintet and The Hubcap Thieves - Owned The Rendering Plant Studio.
Maria Franziska von Trapp (Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina von Trapp) - Died 2-18-2014 in Stowe, Vermont, U.S. - Born 9-28-1914 in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria-Hungary - Singer - Was a member of The Trapp Family Singers who inspired the play and film, The Sound Of Music.
Simon Diaz (aka Uncle Simon) (Simon Narciso Diaz Marquez) - Died 2-19-2014 in Caracas, Venezuela - After battling Alzheimer's disease ( Folk ) Born 8-8-1928 in Barbacoas, Aragua, Venezuela - Singer - (He did, "Caballo Viejo").
Duffy Power (Raymond Leslie Howard) - Died 2-19-2014 ( Rock - Blues ) Born 9-9-1941 in Fulham, London, England - Singer - (He did a version of, "I Saw Her Standing There") - Led Duffy And The Dreamers - Worked with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Graham Bond, Dana Gillespie, John McLaughlin and Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated.
Tex Montana (Larae Dirickson) - Died 2-19-2014 - Complications of cancer ( Rock - Cowpunk ) She was 49 years old - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Wrecking Ball" and Devil Doll") - Led Tex Montana's Fireball Four.
Tommy Osh (Thomas Oshanick) - Died 2-20-2014 - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 47 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Outta Hand, The Addicts, Trash Vegas (They did, "Evening Crazies" and "Make Me Into Your Monster"), The Social Wrecks, The Ultimatics (They did, "Every Trick In The Book" and "You're So Gone") and Tom Kurlander & PaleBlueSound.
Martin Neish (aka Protag) Died 2-?-2014 - Cancer ( Punk ) He was 54 years old - Born in Scotland - Bassist - Worked with Blyth Power, Instant Automatons (They did, "Ballad Of The New Things"), Zounds and Alternative TV.
Sakis Boulas (Athanasios Boulas) - Died 2-21-2014 in Athens, Greece - Cancer - Born 3-11-1954 in Kilkis, Greece - Singer, comedian and actor - Worked with Yannis Zouganelis, Dimitris Starovas, Thanos Mikroutiskos, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Nikolas Asimos, Lavrentis Machairitsas, Mimis Plessas and Dionisis Savopoulos.
Francesco Di Giacomo - Died 2-21-2014 in Siniscola, Italy - Car accident ( Prog ) Born 8-22-1947 in Zagarolo, Italy - Singer - Was a member of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.
Chip Damiani (Rudolph Damiani) - Died 2-23-2014 in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S. - Complications of a stroke or a brain hemorrhage ( Rock ) Born 6-16-1945 in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Remains (They did, "Don't Look Back" and a version of, "Diddy Wah Diddy").
Franny Beecher (Francis Beecher) (aka Frank Beecher and Fran Beecher ) - Died 2-24-2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Natural causes ( Rock - Jazz - Country ) Born 9-29-1921 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Guitarist - (He wrote, "Goofin' Around" and "Shaky") - Worked with Bill Haley & His Comets, The Kingsmen, The Merri-Men, Buddy Greco And The Sharps and Benny Goodman - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Kelly Holland - Died 2-24-2014 in Raleigh, NC, U.S. - Abdominal infection ( Rock ) He was 52 years old - Singer and drummer - Was a member of Cry Of Love (They did, "Peace Pipe" and "Drive It Home") - Worked with Crush.
Philip Smart (aka Prince Philip) - Died 2-25-2014 in Port Washington, New York, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer - Born 4-9-1960 Kingston, Jamaica - Producer - Worked with Augustus Pablo, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Monyaka, Horace Andy, Audrey Hall and Johnny Osbourne.
Gene Pyrz - Died 2-25-2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Cancer ( Rockabilly ) Born 5-30-1956 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Singer, bassist and actor - Was a member of Combo Combo - Worked with The Rowdymen - Acted in the films, Cinderella Man and Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Angele Arsenault - Died 2-25-2014 in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada - Cancer - Born 10-1-1943 in Abrams Village, Prince Edward Island, Canada - Singer, pianist and guitarist - (She did, "De temps en temps moi j'ai les bleus" and "Acadian Queen").
Peter Callander (Peter Robin Callander) - Died 2-25-2014 - Born 10-10-1939 in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England - Songwriter and producer - (Co-wrote Georgie Fame's, "The Ballad Of Bonnie and Clyde" and Vanity Fare's, "Hitchin' A Ride") - Collaborated with Mitch Murray - Produced Paper Lace, The Brothers and Tony Christie - His songs have been recorded by Wayne Newton, Cilla Black, Tom Jones, The Tremeloes, Cliff Richard, Manfred Mann and Tony Christie.
Paco de Lucia (Francisco Gustavo Sanchez Gomes) - Died 2-25-2014 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Heart attack ( Flamenco - Classical - Jazz ) Born 12-21-1947 in Algeciras, Andalusia, Spain - Guitarist - Led The Paco de Lucía Sextet - Worked with his brother, Pepe de Lucía and with Camaron de la Isla, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana, Al Di Meola and Larry Coryell - Brother of guitarist, Ramon de Algeciras.
Frankie Sardo (Frank Avianca) - Died 2-26-2014 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1939 - Singer - (He did, "Fake Out" and "Class Room") - Was half of the duo, Frankie And Johnny Sardo (They did, "Together Tonight").
Frank Reed (Frank Kevin Reed) - Died 2-26-2014 ( Soul ) Born 9-16-1954 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Michigan Avenue and The Chi-Lites - Brother of actor, Darryl Alan Reed, and cousin of singer, Laurnea.
Georges Hamel - Died 2-26-2014 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada ( Country ) Born 1-20-1948 in Sainte-Francoise-de-Lotbiniere, Quebec, Canada - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "A Propos de Mon Village" and "Comme La Vie Passe").
Lou Lehman (Louie Lehman) - Died 2-28-2014 - Heart attack ( Metal ) Guitarist and singer - Worked with Mutilation, Generation Kill, Robot Slaves, Louie James Demons, BTL and Bad Seed.
Des Lumsdon - Died 3-?-2014 - Illness - Born 3-?-1926 in Castletown - Played saxophone, clarinet and flute - Worked with Jackie Brown, Billy Carr, Eric Delaney, Syd Lawrence, Ken Mackintosh, Cyril Stapleton, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink and The Joe Loss Orchestra.
Jap Chong (Chong Chow Pin) - Died 3-2-2014 - Heart attack ( Rock ) He was 71 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Quests (They did, "Shanty" and "Tea Break") and Penny Lane.
Dave Sampson (David John Sampson) - Died 3-5-2014 ( Rock ) Born 1-9-1941in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England - Singer - Led Dave Sampson And The Hunters (They did, "Sweet Dreams" and "Why The Chicken?").
Selim Lemouchi - Died 3-5-2014 ( Metal ) He was 33 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Devil's Blood (They did, "On The Wings Of Gloria" and "Feverdance") and Lemouchi Selim And His Enemies - Brother of singer, Farida Lemouchi.
Jaek Young - Died 3-6-2014 in Mandaluyong City, The Philippines - Jumped from the 24th floor of a building - He was 35 years old - Musician.
Speaker Knockerz (Derek McAllister) - Found dead 3-6-2014 in Columbia, SC, U.S. ( Rap ) He was 19 years old - (He did, "Lonely").
Selim Lemouchi - Died 3-?-2014 - Suicide ( Metal ) Born 1980 - Guitarist - Led Selim Lemouchi And His Enemies - Was a member of The Devil's Blood (They did, "On The Wings Of Gloria" and "The Thousandfold Epicentre") - Worked with Watain.
Charles Love - Died 3-7-2014 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. - Complications of pneumonia ( Funk - Soul - R&B ) Born in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Sinceres (They did, "Don't Waste MyTime") who became Bloodstone (They did, "Natural High" and "Tell It To My Face") - Kansas Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Buren Fowler (James Van Buren Fowler) - Died 3-8-2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 6-29-1959 - Guitarist and guitar tech - Was a member of Drivin' n' Cryin' (They did, "Fly Me Courageous" and "Build A Fire") - Worked with R.E.M..
Jerry Corbitt - Died 3-9-2014 in Smiley, Texas, U.S. ( Folk Rock ) Born in Tifton, GA, U.S. - Sang and played guitar and harmonica and was a producer - (He did, "Along For The Ride" and "Two Shades Of Blue") - Was a member of The Youngbloods (They did, "Get Together" and "Grizzly Bear") - Was half of the duo, Corbitt And Daniels - Worked with Don McLean, Pete Seeger, Buffy St. Marie, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, The Rooftop Singers, Joy Of Cooking, Janis Ian, Felix Pappalardi, Charlie McCoy, Brownie McGee, Cypress Hill and Sonny Terry.
Michael Jagosz (Michael T. Jagosz) - Died 3-9-2014 ( Rock ) Born 12-13-1965 in Hollywood, California, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of L.A. Guns (They did, "Don't Love Me" and "When Dreams Don't Follow Through").
Mohamed Suleyman Tubeec (aka Boqorka Codka) - Died 3-11-2014 in Germany - Singer - (He did, "Alla Maanta ayaanta" and "Heesta Sanadka") - Was a member of The Waberi band.
Iola Brubeck (Iola Whitlock) - Died 3-12-2014 in Wilton, Connecticut, U.S. - Cancer - She was 90 years old - Lyricist - Wife of musician, Dave Brubeck - She was her husband's manager, booker, publicist and collaborater.
George Donaldson (aka Big George) - Died 3-12-2014 in Glasgow - Heart attack - Born 2-1-1968 - Played guitar and flute and sang - Was a member of Celtic Thunder - Worked with Jim McCann and Phil Coulter.
Gary Burger - Died 3-14-2014 - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) Born 1942 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Five Torquays who became The Monks (They did, "Complication" and "Cuckoo") - At one time he was mayor of Turtle River, Minnesota.
Scott Asheton (aka Rock Action) - Died 3-15-2014 - Illness ( Rock - Punk ) Born 8-16-1949 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Stooges (They did, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "Raw Power") - Worked with The Scott Morgan Band, Scots Pirates, Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Sonny Baise, Steve Baise, Destroy All Monsters, Captain Sensible and Sonny Vincent - Brother of guitarist, Ron Asheton - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Cees Veerman (aka Poes) - Died 3-15-2014 in Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia ( Rock ) Born 10-6-1943 in Volendam, Edam-Volendam of North Holland - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Sailor, Sail On (Dreamer, Dream On)") - Was a member of The Mystic Four, The Blue Cats and The Cats (They did, "Lea" and "One Way Wind").
Joe Lala (Joseph Lala) - Died 3-18-2014 in Tampa, Florida, U.S. - Complications of lung cancer ( Rock - Pop ) Born 11-3-1947 in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, U.S. - Drummer, singer and actor - Was a member of Blues Image (They did, "Ride Captain Ride" and "Leaving My Troubles Behind") - Worked with The West Tampa Four, The Bee Gees, The Byrds, Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers, Neal Diamond, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Manassas, Poco, Spirit, John Mellencamp, Ringo Starr, Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, Rick Derringer, Dolly Parton, Grace Slick and Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young - He can be heard on the soundtracks for the films Saturday Night Fever and Staying Alive.
Rob Rose - Died 3-19-2014 in Reading, England - Cancer ( Rock - Soul ) Born 1956 - Singer and guitarist - Led The Romantix (They did, "Honey You're In My Head"), Red For Go (They did, "Soul Town" and "Press Gang"), The Rob Rose Band, The King Cats, Chain Gang and Get Rhythm.
Almaz Tafara - Died 3-22-2014 in Addis Ababa - Blood cancer ( Oromo ) Born 1957 in Western Hararghe, Doba district - Singer - Worked with Misiraq Barenga, Ali Shabo, Kadir Said, Adam Harun, Musa Turki and Worku Bikila
Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) (David Murray Brockie) - Died 3-23-2014 in Richmond, VA, U.S. ( Metal ) Born 8-30-1963 in Ottawa, Canada - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Death Piggy (They did, "Bathtub In Space" and "No Prob, Dude"), GWAR (They did, "Ham On The Bone" and "Vlad The Impaler"), X-Cops (They did, "Junkie" and "Beat You Down") and The Dave Brockie Experience (They did, "I Clean Up Real Good" and "40,000 Times").
Paulo Schroeber - Died 3-24-2014 in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil - After a surgery to reset an artificial pacemaker type device in his chest ( Metal - Jazz - Rock ) Born 8-18-1973 in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil - Guitarist - (He did, "Fusion Headache" and "Insert Coins") - Worked with Fear Ritual, Burning Hell, Predator, Fall Up, Naja, Almah (They did, "Birds Of Prey" and "Invisible Cage"), Astafix (They did, "False Eyes" and "Drown Your World") and Hammer 67 (They did, "Dance Of The Madman" and "I Am a Warrior").
Bill Merritt - Died 3-25-2014 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 66 years old - Bassist and singer - Worked with Mood Jga Jga (They did, "Queen Jealousy" and "I Am What I Am What I Am"), Fabulous George And The Zodiacs, Be Bop Beluga, Rocky Rolletti and Prairie Dog - He was one of the founders of The Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Joe Frazier - Died 3-28-2014 ( Folk ) Born 1939 in Lebanon, PA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Chad Mitchell Trio (They did versions of, "Draft Dodger Rag" and "I Can't Help But Wonder") - Worked with The Robert Shaw Chorale.
Anderson Mar (Anderson Lynne Mar) (Anderson Mar-Desjardins) - Died 3-28-2014 in Providence, RI, U.S. - From injuries suffered in an apartment fire ( Punk - Goth ) Born 4-11-1972 - Singer - Was a member of Solace, Gallows Hill and Sans Nomenclature (They did, "Get Off The Dole" and a cover of "Paint It Black") - Instructor at The Boston School Of Rock and a founder of Dark Sky Productions.
George Winfield (George Everette Winfield) (aka Buggs) - Died 3-30-2014 in Hampton, Virginia, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 7-2-1936 - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of The Chateaus (They did, "Ladder Of Love" and " You'll Reap What You Sow"), The Rings, The Jammin Jammers Orch. and Rudy West's 5 Keys.
Samuel Leon (aka Sammy Sax) - Died 3-30-2014 in Bethlehem, PA, U.S. - Complications from heart surgery ( R&B ) Born 12-15-1950 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Singer and saxophonist - Was a member of Sammy Sax And The MD's and La Fantastica Orchestra - Worked with Earl Lewis And The Channels, Cleveland Still's Dubs, The Limelites, The Eternals and The Saturday Night Live band.
Oscar Aviles - Died 4-5-2014 ( Folk ) Born 3-24-1924 in Callao - Singer and guitarist - Worked with La Limenita y Ascoy, Los Morochucos, Chabuca Granda and Arturo "Zambo" Cavero.
Alan Davie - Died 4-5-2014 - Born 9-28-1920 - Musician and painter -
Mickey Rooney (Joseph Yule Jr.) - Died 4-6-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Born 9-23-1920 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Actor, singer and entertainer - (He did, "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Jing Jing Jive") - Worked with Judy Garland ("I Wish I Were In Love Again" and "Good Morning"), Dean Martin, Kate Smith and Barbara Eden - Acted in the films, Atomic Boy and The Black Stallion - He had been married to actress Ava Gardner, singer Betty Jane Baker, actress Martha Vickers and singer Jan Rooney.
Leee Black Childers (Lee Black Childers) - Died 4-6-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Born 7-24-1945 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, U.S. - Photographer, writer and manager - Was a tour manager for Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Johnny Thunders - Some of his photographs were of Debbie Harry, Wayne County and The Sex Pistols - Was an assistant to Andy Warhol at The Factory.
Ed Hurt - Died 4-6-2014 in Augusta, GA, U.S. ( Bluegrass ) He was 90 years old - Born in Hazard, Kentucky, U.S. - Fiddle and mandolin player - Led Ed Hurt And The Cross Country Express - Worked with Flo Carter.
Peter Kaberere - Died 4-6-2014 - Electrocuted at a car wash ( Gospel ) Singer - (He did, "Nisamehe, Just A Way").
Erzsi Kovacs (Erzsebet Kovacs) - Died 4-6-2014 in Budapest, Hungary - Illness ( Pop - Jazz - Blues - Bossa Nova ) Born 6-2-1928 in Budapest, Hungary - Singer - (She did, "Regi ora halkan jar" and "Hova tunt a sok virag").
George Shuffler - Died 4-7-2014 in Valdese, North Carolina, U.S. ( Bluegrass - Gospel ) Born 4-15-1925 in Valdese, North Carolina, U.S. - Guitarist and bassist - (He did, "When I Receive My Robe And Crown") - Worked with The Shuffler Family, The Carolina Boys, The Melody Mountain Boys, Mustard And Gravy, The Bailey Brothers, Don Reno & Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups, The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Jeremy Little (Jeremy Ahmad Maikel) - Died 4-9-2014 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia ( Reggae ) Born 3-9-1983 - Turntablist, keyboardist and producer - Was a member of Prana (They did, "Copore" and "Better Than That") - Co-founded Laguna Music which handled SevenCollar T-Shirt, Estrella and Lab The Rat.
Jesse Winchester (James Ridout Winchester) - Died 4-11-2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. - Cancer ( Folk - Blues - Country ) Born 5-17-1944 in Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "Yankee Lady" and "Say What") - Led Jesse Winchester And The Rhythm Aces - Worked with Les Astronautes - His songs have been recorded by Patti Page, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, The Everly Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins, Nicolette Larsen, Tim Hardin, Joan Baez, Fairport Convention, Reba McEntire, Tom Rush, Brewer & Shipley, Raffi, Skydiggers, Wilson Pickett and Anne Murray.
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