Dead Rock Stars Club, an extensive list of dead musicians and dead singers related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - 2015 July to December

Doc Rock Presents,

2015 July To December
 Welcome to The Dead Rock Stars Club. 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.

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2015 July To December

Red Lane (Hollis Rudolph DeLaughter) - Died 7-1-2015 - Cancer ( Country ) Born 2-9-1939 in Zona, Louisiana, U.S. - Guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "The World Needs A Melody") - Worked with Merle Haggard, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings - His songs have been recorded by Sammi Smith, Eddy Arnold and Tammy Wynette - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Val Doonican (Michael Valentine Doonican) - Died 7-1-2015 in Buckinghamshire, England ( Pop - Country ) Born 2-3-1927 in Waterford, Ireland - Singer and drummer - (He did, "Walk Tall" and "What Would I Be") - Worked with The Four Ramblers.

Roy C. Bennett (Israel Brodsky) - Died 7-2-2015 in Queens, New York, U.S. - Songwriter - Born 8-12-1918 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Collaborated with Sid Tepper (They wrote, "Red Roses For A Blue Lady" and "Suzy Snowflake") - His songs have been recorded by Rosemary Clooney,  Vic Dana, Eddy Arnold, Wayne Newton, Dean Martin, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Marty Robbins, The Ames Brothers, Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians, Andy Williams and Vaughn Monroe.

Camille Bob (aka Lil' Bob and Little Bob) - Died 7-6-2015 in Opelousas, Louisiana, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 11-7-1937 in Arnaudville, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer and drummer - Led Lil' Bob And The Lollipops (They did, "I Got Loaded" and "Nobody But You").

Govind Marodia - Died 7-8-2015 - After a car accident ( Prog Metal ) He was 24 years old - Singer - Was a member of Colossal Figures (They did, "Stone To Water" and "Brand New Sun").

Ernie Maresca (Ernest Peter Maresca) - Died 7-8-2015 in Florida, U.S. - Illness  (Doo-Wop - Rock ) Born 8-21-1938 in the Bronx, New York, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out") - (He wrote, "The Wanderer" and co-wrote, "Donna The Prima Donna" with Dion DiMucci) - Was a member of The Regents (They did, "Barbara Ann").

Hussein Fatal (Bruce Washington Jr.) - Died 7-11-2015 - Car accident ( Rap ) Born 4-3-1977 in Montclair, New Jersey, U.S. - Was a member of The Outlawz and The Outlaw Immortalz - Worked with Tupac Shakur.

David Somerville (aka Diamond Dave Somerville and David Troy)- Died 7-14-2015 in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( R&B - Doo-Wop - Folk ) Born 10-2-1933 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada - Singer - Was a member of The Diamonds (They did, "Little Darlin") and WW Fancy - Worked with The Four Preps - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee, Doo Wop Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Buddy Buie (Perry Carlton Buie) - Died 7-18-2015 in Dothan, Alabama, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 1-23-1941 in Dothan, Alabama, U.S. - Songwriter, producer and manager - Wrote and co-wrote over 300 songs - His songs have been recorded by Tommy Roe ("Party Girl"), Classics IV ("Spooky" and "Traces"), The Atlanta Rhythm Section ("So Into You" and "Imaginary Lover"), Wynonna Judd, Gloria Estefan, Garth Brooks, Carlos Santana and David Sanborn - Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dave Black - Died 7-18-2015 in Cullercoats - Hit by a train ( Rock ) He was 62 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Goldie (They did, "Making Up Again") - Worked with The Spiders From Mars.

Van Alexander (Alexander Van Vliet Feldman) - Died 7-19-2015 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 5-2-1915 in New York, New York, U.S - Composer and bandleader - (Co-wrote, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Ella Fitzgerald) - Wrote music for films ("Baby Face Nelson" and "The Private Lives Of Adam And Eve") and TV ("Bewitched" and "I Dream Of Jeannie") - Worked with Peggy Lee, Kay Starr, Dakota Staton, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Doris Day and Dinah Shore.

Dieter Moebius - Died 7-20-2015 ( Experimental - Ambient - Electronic ) Born 1-16-1944 in St. Gallen, Switzerland - Keyboardist and guitarist - Was a member of Kluster,  Cluster (They did, "Im Suden" and "Georgel") and Harmonia (They did, "Sometimes In Autumn" and "When Shade Was Born") - Worked with Conny Plank, Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier.

Theodore Bikel (Theodore Meir Bikel) - Died 7-20-2015 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. ( Folk ) Born 5-2-1924 in Vienna, Austria - Singer, guitarist and actor - Acted in the musical, Fiddler On The Roof and the film, The Defiant Ones - Co-founder of The Newport Folk Festival - Worked with Judy Collins.

Wayne Carson ( Wayne Carson Head) (aka Wayne Carson Thompson) - Died 7-20-2015 ( Country ) Born 5-31-1943 in Denver, Colorado, U.S. - Songwriter, producer, percussionist, pianist, guitarist, and bassist - (He co-wrote "The Letter" and "Always On My Mind") - His songs have been recorded by The Box Tops,  Gwen McCrae, Brenda Lee, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Deborah Washington, Sammi Smith, Eva Cassidy, Shaun Cassidy, The Pet Shop Boys, John Wesley Ryles, Eddy Arnold, Ike & Tina Turner, Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, Alabama, Conway Twitty, Johnny Paycheck, Glen Campbell and Joe Cocker - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Mitch Aliotta (Mitchell A. Aliotta) - Died 7-21-2015 ( Psychedelic Soul - Rock ) Born about 1944 - Bassist and singer - Worked with The Rotary Connection (They did, "Want You To Know" and "Pink Noise") and Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah (They did, "Lake Shore Drive").

Arthur G. Wright - Died 7-?-2015 ( R&B ) Born 1937 - Guitarist and singer - He can be heard on over 5,000 recordings - Was a member of The Wright Bros. Flying Machine - Worked with Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Ray Charles, The Friends Of Distinction, Jimmy Witherspoon, The Righteous Brothers, The Jackson 5, Billy Preston, Bettye Swann, The Emotions, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder, The 5th Dimension, Donna Summer, Jose Feliciano, Ike & Tina Turner, Billy Preston, Marvin Gaye ("Let's Get It On") and The Temptations.

Eddie Hardin - Died 7-22-2015 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 2-19-1949 in London, England - Pianist and singer - (He did, "Little Teaser" and "That's What The Lady Said") - Worked with Axis Point, Hardin And York, Deep Purple and The Spencer Davis Group ("Feel Your Way" and "I'm A Man").

Doug Rowe - Died 7-23-2015 ( Country Rock - Pop ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Flying Circus (They did, "Hayride" and "Run Run Run").

Rickey Grundy (Ricky R. Grundy) - Died 7-27-2015 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Illness ( Gospel ) Born 1-30-1959 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Singer - Led The Rickey Grundy Chorale.

Buddy Emmons (Buddie Gene Emmons) (aka Big E) - Died 7-29-2015 ( Country - Jazz ) Born 1-27-1937 in Mishawaka, Indiana, U.S. - Played steel guitar - Worked with The Choctaw Cowboys, Casey Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens And The Country Boys ("Raising The Dickens" and "Buddie's Boogie"), Faron Young, Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours ("Half A Mind (To Leave You)"), Ray Price And The Cherokee Cowboys ("You Took Her Off My Hands" and "Touch My Heart"), Judy Collins, George Jones, Melba Montgomery, Linda Ronstadt, Ernest Tubb, Roger Miller, John Hartford, The Carpenters, Nancy Sinatra, Gram Parsons, John Sebastian, Ray Charles, The Everly Brothers, Mel Tillis, Donna Fargo, Duane Eddy, George Strait, Gene Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Walker, The Redneck Jazz Explosion, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson, The Swing Shift Band and Lenny Breau - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Lynn Anderson (Lynn Rene Anderson) - Died 7-30-2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 9-26-1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S. - Singer - (She did,  "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" and "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)") - Worked with Gary Morris and Ed Bruce - Daughter of songwriters, Casey and Liz Anderson - At one time married to songwriter and producer, Glenn Sutton.

Cilla Black (Priscilla Maria Veronica White) (aka Swinging Cilla) - Died 8-1-2015 in Estepona, Costa del Sol, Spain - Stroke ( Pop - Merseybeat ) Born 5-27-1943 in Vauxhall, Liverpool, England - Singer and actress - (She did, "You're My World" and "Alfie") - Hosted TV's, "Cilla" - Worked with Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, Kingsize Taylor And The Dominoes and The Big Three - She had been married to songwriter, Bobby Willis.

Billy Sherrill (Billy Norris Sherrill) - Died 8-4-2015 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Illness ( Country ) Born 11-5-1936 in Phil Campbell, Alabama, U.S. - Producer, songwriter and arranger - (Co-wrote, "Almost Persuaded" and "Stand By Your Man") - Worked with Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, Ray Charles, Ray Conniff, Bobby Vinton, Elvis Costello, Johnny Paycheck, Andy Williams, David Allan Coe, Cliff Richard, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Cash, David Houston, Charlie Rich and George Jones - Musicians Hall Of Fame And Museum Inductee and Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Giancarlo Golzi - Died 8-12-2015 - Heart attack ( Progressive - Pop ) Born 2-10-1952 in Sanremo, Italy - Drummer - Worked with Museo Rosenbach - Was a founding member of Matia Bazar (They did, "Solo Tu" and "Ti Sento").

Danny Sembello (Daniel Sembello) - Died 8-15-2015 - Drowned in the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Born 1-15-1963 - Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - Wrote songs for The Pointer Sisters ("Neutron Dance"), Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle ("Stir It Up"), Irene Cara, Rene & Angela and Jeffrey Osborne - Produced George Benson and Pebbles - Brother of singer and musician, Michael Sembello.

Doudou N'Diaye Rose (Mamadou Ndiaye) - Died 8-19-2015 in Dakar, Senegal - Born 7-28-1930 in Dakar, Senegal - Drummer - Led The Doudou Ndiaye Rose Orchestra - Worked with Miles Davis, The Drummers Of West Africa, Dizzy Gillespie, Alan Stivell, The Rolling Stones, Josephine Baker, Peter Gabriel, Bill Bruford and Les Rosettes.

Daniel Rabinovich (Daniel Abraham Rabinovich Aratuz) - Died 8-21-2015 - Cardiac problems ( Comedy Music ) Born 11-18-1943 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Sang and played guitar, drums and violin -  Was a member of Les Luthiers.

Eric LeBlanc (Eric Stephen LeBlanc) - Died 9-2-2015 in Victoria, Canada - Born 3-19-1946 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada - Blues and jazz historian - Co-wrote the book, "Blues, A Regional Experience" - Host of radio's, "Let The Good Times Roll" - Was the web master for "Eric’s Blues Date"  a daily feed of vital statistics (including dates of births and deaths) for blues musicians - Taught the history of jazz and blues at the Victoria Conservatory of Music - He was a regular contributor to The Dead Rock Stars Club.

Judy Carne (Joyce Audrey Botterill) - Died 9-3-2015 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England - Pneumonia - Born 4-27-1939 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England - Actress - (She did the song, "Sock It To Me") - She was a regular on TV's, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - She had been married to actor, Burt Reynolds and producer, Robert Bergmann.

Dennis Greene (Frederick "Dennis" Greene) (aka Denny) - Died 9-5-2015 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Esophageal cancer ( Rock ) Born 1-11-1949 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Columbia Kingsmen who were renamed Sha Na Na (They did versions of, "Tears On My Pillow" and "At The Hop").

Bryn Merrick - Died 9-12-2015 in Cardiff, Wales, UK - Cancer ( Punk - Goth ) Born 10-12-1958 in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK - Bassist - Worked with Victimize, The Damned (They did, "Thanks For The Night" and "Nasty") and The Shamones.

Gary Richrath - Died 9-13-2015 ( Rock ) Born 10-18-1949 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of REO Speedwagon (They did, "Take It On The Run" and "Ridin' The Storm Out").

Peggy Jones (aka Lady Bo) - Queen Mother of Guitar - Died 9-16-2015 ( R&B - Rock - Soul - Blues - Jazz ) Born 7-19-1940 in Harlem, NY, U.S. - Guitarist, percussionist and singer - Led The Jewels - Worked with The Bop Chords, Bo Diddley ("Aztec" and "Road Runner"), Les Cooper ("Wiggle Wobble"), Eric Burdon And The Animals ("San Franciscan Nights"), James Brown and Sam And Dave - She was married to bassist, Wally Malone.

Ray Warleigh (Raymond Kenneth Warleigh) - Died 9-21-2015 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-28-1938 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Played saxophone, clarinet and flute - Worked with Alexis Korner, Tubby Hayes, Paz, Humphrey Lyttelton, Dusty Springfield, Scott Walker, Stevie Wonder, Terry Smith, Ronnie Scott, Long John Baldry, John Mayall, Allan Holdsworth,  P. C. Kent, The Soft Machine, Georgie Fame, Mike Westbrook, Champion Jack Dupree, Marianne Faithfull, Dick Morrissey, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Watts, Mike Oldfield and Nick Drake.

Ben Cauley - Died 9-21-2015 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 10-3-1947 in Memphis, Tennessee. U.S. - Played trumpet and sang - Was a member of The Imperials renamed The Bar-Kays (They did, "Soul Finger" and "Knucklehead") who backed-up Otis Redding, Carla Thomas and Sam And Dave - Worked with Liz Lottmann - He was the sole survivor of the plane crash that took the lives of Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays

Jamie Prefontaine (aka Brooklyn) - Died 9-22-2015 ( Hip Hop ) He was 30 years old  - Was a member of Winnipeg's Most (They did, "All That I Know" and "Bang Bang").

 Wilton Felder (Wilton Lewis Felder) - Died 9-27-2015 in Whittier, CA, U.S. ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 8-31-1940 Born in Houston, TX, U.S. - Saxophonist and bassist - Was a member of The Swingsters and The Jazz Crusaders which became The Crusaders (They did, "Street Life") - Worked with The Jackson 5, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Joni Mitchell, John Cale, Marvin Gaye, Grant Green, Joe Cocker, Randy Newman, America, Seals And Crofts, Joan Baez and Steely Dan.

Frankie Ford - The New Orleans Dynamo - Died 9-28-2015 - Illness ( R&B - Rock ) Born 8-4-1939 in Gretna, LA, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Sea Cruise" and "Dog House") -  Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Simon Cowe - Died 9-30-2015 in Toronto, Canada - Illness ( Folk Rock - Progressive ) Played guitar, mandolin, banjo and keyboard and sang - Was a member of Brethren, Jack The Lad and Lindisfarne (They did, "Uncle Sam" and "Passing Ghosts").

Billy Joe Royal - Died 10-6-2015 in Morehead City, North Carolina, U.S. ( Pop - Country ) Born 4-3-1942 in Valdosta, Georgia, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Down In The Boondocks" and "Burned Like A Rocket").

Jim Diamond (James Aaron Diamond) - Died 10-8-2015 in London, England ( Rock ) Born 9-28-1951 in Glasgow, Scotland - Singer - (He did, "I Should Have Known Better") - Was a member of The Method, Jade, PhD (They did, "I Won't Let You Down" and "Little Suzi's On The Up"), Bandit, The Blue Shoes and Slick Diamond - Worked with Gully Foyle, Bacco and Alexis Korner.

Steve Mackay - Died 10-10-2015 in Daly City, California, U,S. - Sepsis ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 9-25-1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan,, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worke with Carnal Kitchen, The Stooges, Snakefinger, Violent Femmes, Smegma, Zu, Commander Cody, The Clubfoot Orchestra, Andre Williams, The Moonlighters and The Radon Ensemble.

Smokin' Joe Kubek - Died 10-11-2015 ( Blues ) Born 11-30-1956 in Grove City, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, "Driving Sideways" and "Other Side Of Love") -  Worked with Freddie King and Bnois King.

Cory Wells (Emil Lewandowski) - Died 10-20-2015 ( Rock ) Born 2-5-1942 in Buffalo, New York, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Hold On And Do It Right" and "You Don't Know Like I Know") - Was a member of The Enemies, The Vibratos, The Enemys (They did, "Hey Joe" and "Sinner Man"), The Cory Wells Blues Band and Redwood which became Three Dog Night (They did versions of, "Try A Little Tenderness" and "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)").

Vlad telea - Died 10-30-2015 - In a night club fire that killed 63 people, started by the band's pyrotechnics ( Metalcore ) Guitarist - Was a member of Goodbye To Gravity (They did, "The Day We Die" and "I Won't Wait").

Mihai Alexandru - Died 10-30-2015 - In a night club fire that killed 63 people, started by the band's pyrotechnics ( Metalcore ) Guitarist - Was a member of Goodbye To Gravity (They did, "The Cage" and "Shadow Pupets").

Raul Rekow - Died 11-3-2015 - Cancer ( Latin Rock ) Born 1954 - Percussionist - Was a member of Soul Sacrifice and Santana - Worked with Malo, Sapo, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and Whitney Houston.

 Lothar Meid - Died 11-3-2015 in Hamburg, Germany ( Jazz Rock ) Born 8-28-1942 in Babenhausen, Germany - Bassist and singer - Worked with Embryo, Amon Duul II, Klaus Doldinger and Passport.

Eddie Hoh (Edward Hoh) (aka Fast Eddie) - Died 11-7-2015 in Westmont, Illinois, U.S. - Natural causes ( Rock - Pop - Folk ) Born 10-16-1944 in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with The Downbeats, The Millionaires, The Strangers, The Invaders, The Modern Folk Quartet, Robby & The Troubadours, Donovan, The Mamas And The Papas, Charlie Musselwhite, Barry Goldberg, Lee Michaels, Tim Buckley, The Giant Sunflower, Gene Clark, Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills and The Monkees.

Bogdan Enache - Died 11-8-2015 - Due to a night club fire that killed 63 people, started by the band's pyrotechnics ( Metalcore ) Drummer - Was a member of Goodbye To Gravity (They did, "Vanishing Point" and "Waking Up").

Andy White (Andrew White) - Died 11-9-2015 in Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S. - Stroke ( Rock ) Born 7-27-1930 in Glasgow, Scotland - Drummer - He can be heard on The Beatles, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" - Worked with Marlene Dietrich, Chuck Berry, Rod Stewart, Anthony Newley, Bert Weedon, Billy Fury, Lulu ("Shout"), Herman's Hermits, The Smithereens and Tom Jones ("It's Not Unusual") - He had been married to singer, Lyn Cornell and voice actress, Thea White.

Martin Beard - Died 11-10-2015 ( Rock ) He was 68 years old - Born in London, England - Bassist - Was a member of Sopwith Camel (They did, "Hello, Hello" and "Cellophane Woman").

Allen Toussaint (aka Allen Orange, Al Tousan, Clarence Toussaint and Naomi Neville) Died 11-10-2015 in Madrid, Spain ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 1-14-1938 in Gert Town, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer, pianist and songwriter - Was a member of The Flamingos - Worked with Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis and Lee Allen - (Wrote Ernie K-Doe's, "Mother-in-Law"and Benny Spellman's, "Fortune Teller") - His songs have been recorded by The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, The Nashville Teens and The Who - Produced Dr John, Jessie Hill and Labelle - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Phil Taylor (aka Philthy Animal) - Died 11-11-2015 - Liver failure ( Metal ) Born 9-21-1954 in Hasland, Chesterfield, England - Drummer - Was a member of Motorhead and Operator - Worked with Waysted, The Web Of Spider, Capricorn, Overkill, Mick Farren And The Deviants and Frankie Miller.

Andrei Galut - Died 11-11-2015 - Due to a night club fire that killed 63 people, started by the band's pyrotechnics ( Metalcore ) Singer - Was a member of Goodbye To Gravity (They did, "Heed The Call" and "What If").

P. F. Sloan (aka Flip) (Philip Gary Schlein) - Died 11-15-2015 Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) Born 9-18-1945 in New York, New York, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did,  "I Can't Help But Wonder" and "The Sins Of A Family") - Collaborated with Steve Barri - Was a member of Philip And Stephan, The Wildcats, The Street Cleaners, The Rally-Packs, Themes Inc. and The Lifeguards - Worked with The Fantastic Baggys, Jan And Dean, Bruce & Terry, The Rip Chords, The Mamas & The Papas, The Grass Roots and The Fifth Dimension - Wrote songs for Barry McGuire ("Eve Of Destruction"), The Turtles ("You Baby"), Herman's Hermits ("A Must To Avoid"), Johnny Rivers ("Secret Agent Man") and The Searchers ("Take Me For What I'm Worth").

Dave Trupp (David A. Trupp) - Died 11-17-2015 - Pulmonary embolism ( Rock - Blues ) Born 7-10-1943 in Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Cotton and The Liberation Blues Band - Worked with The Eccentrics, Zager & Evans ("In The Year 2525"), Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Wayne Cochran and The Everly Brothers.

Cynthia Robinson - Died 11-23-2015 in Carmichael, California, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock - Funk ) Born 1-12-1944 in Sacramento, California, U.S.- Trumpeter and singer - Was a member of Sly And The Family Stone (They did, "Dance To The Music" and "Higher") - Worked with Graham Central Station - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Eli Avramov - Died 11-24-2015 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 1954 in Jerusalem, Israel - Guitarist - Was a member of HaClique (They did, "Incubator" and "Golem").

Wayne Bickerton (Arthur Ronald Bickerton) - Died 11-29-2015 ( Rock ) Born 7-11-1941 in Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales, U.K. - Guitarist and songwriter - Worked with Steve Bennett And The Syndicate, The Bobby Bell Rockers, The Remo Four, Lee Curtis & The All Stars, The Pete Best Four, Petula Clark, Tom Jones and Kenny Everett -  Produced Giles, Giles & Fripp, The Focal Point, Pacific Drift, Granny's Intentions, Mongrel and World Of Oz - Wrote songs for The Flirtations ("Nothing But A Heartache") and The Rubettes ("Sugar Baby Love").

Kelvin Knight - Died 12-2-2015 - Liver and kidney failure ( Punk ) He was 56 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Axe and Delta 5 (They did, "Mind Your Own Business" and "Try") - Managed New Southern Electric.

Scott Weiland (Scott Richard Weiland) (Born Scott Richard Kline) - Died 12-3-2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Rock ) Born 10-27-1967 in San Jose, California, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Missing Cleveland" and "Beautiful Day") - Was a member of The Stone Temple Pilots (They did, "Plush" and "Vasoline"), Velvet Revolver (They did, "Slither" and "Fall To Pieces"), The Wondergirls (They did, "Let's Go All The Way" and "Drop That Baby") and Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts (They did, "Circles" and "Blues Eyes").

John Garner - Died 12-5-2015 - Liver failure ( Metal ) Drummer and singer - Was a member of Sir Lord Baltimore (They did, "Master Heartache" and "Caesar LXXI")  and The Lizards (They did, "Grip Of Love" and "The Rats And Us").

Gary Marker (aka Magic Marker) - Died 12-8-2015 - Stroke ( Rock - Jazz - Psychedelic ) Born 5-23-1943 - Bassist and recording engineer - Was a member of The Rising Sons (with Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal) and Fusion - Worked with The Jazz Folk, Juicy Groove, The New World Jazz Company (with John Locke, Randy California and Ed Cassidy) and Captain Beefheart.

Bonnie Lou (Mary Joan Okum) (Born Mary Joan Kath) (aka Sally Carson and Mary Jo The Yodeling Sweetheart) - Died 12-8-2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. ( Country - Rock - Rockabilly ) Born 10-27-1924 in Towanda, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Seven Lonely Days" "Daddy-O") - Was a member of The Rhythm Rangers - Worked with The Girls Of The Golden West and Rusty York (They did, "La Dee Dah" and "I Let The School Bell Ding-a-Ling") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Rusty Jones (Isham Russell Jones II) - Died 12-9-2015 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 4-13-1942 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with George Shearing's Trio, Marian McPartland, Stephane Grappelli,  Flip Phillips, Morgan King, Red Holloway, Eddie Higgins, Ike Cole, Clifford Jordan, Franz Jackson, Bobby Enriquez, Monty Alexander, Catherine Whitney, Adam Makowicz, Buddy DeFranco, Art Van Damme, Kai Winding, Larry Novak, Frank D'Rone, Patricia Barber, Ira Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Lee Konitz, Wild Bill Davison, Anita O'Day, Mark Murphy, Art Hodes and J.R. Monterose.

Rainer Bloss - Died 12-10-2015 ( Electronic Music ) Born 1946 in Saxony, Germany - (He did, "Drive Me Funky" and "Lovely Hitchhiker") - Collaborated with Klaus Schulze.

Adam Roth - Died 12-16-2015 - Bile duct cancer ( Rock ) He was 57 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Del Fuegos - Worked with Denis Leary, Jim Carroll, David Johansen, Evan Dando, John Giorno, Hoy Boy And The Doys, The Enablers and The Liza Colby Sound.

Gareth Mortimer - Died 12-17-2015 in Rhondda, Wales, UK - Cancer ( Pop ) He was 66 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Racing Cars (They did, "‘They Shoot Horses Don't They" and "Bring On The Night") - Worked with The Beach Boys and Bryan Adams.

Mick Lynch - Died 12-17-2015 - ( Experimental Punk ) Singer - Was a member of Stump (They did, "Buffalo" and "Charlton Heston").

Sam Killing - Died 12-17-2015 in Droitwich - Hit by a train ( Rock ) He was 20 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Juice (They did, "Acid Kids" and "Sugar").

Selma Reis - Died 12-19-2015 - Brain cancer - Born 8-24-1960 in Sao Goncalo, Rio de Janeiro - Singer and actress - (She did, Espuma y Arena" and "Mi Amor Fugaz").

Peter Broggs (Henry James) - Died 12-19-2015 ( Reggae ) Born 1954 in Hanover Parish, Jamaica - (He did, "Jah Golden Throne") - Worked with  The Wailers, Roots Radics and Jah Warrior.

Peter Lundblad (Gustaf Peter Lundblad) - Died 12-22-2015 - Prostate cancer ( Pop - Rock ) Born 8-26-1950 in Sodermanland, Sweden - Singer - (He did, "Ta mig till havet" and "Ge apan i dig en chans") - Worked with The most Remarkable Nailband and Duga.

Carson Van Osten - Died 12-22-2015 in Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 9-24-1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Woody's Truck Stop and The Nazz (They did, "Open My Eyes" and "Hello It's Me").

Zemya Hamilton (Zemya Sylveta Larsson Auna) - Died 12-24-2015 - Multiple sclerosis ( Pop ) Born 12-8-1965 in Hedvig Eleonora forsamling, Stockholm, Sweden - Singer - (She did, "Min arm omkring din hals") - Worked with Clubland (They did, "Hold On (Tighter To Love)").

William Guest (William Franklin Guest) - Died 12-24-2015 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( R&B ) Born 7-2-1941 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Gladys Knight & The Pips (They did, "Midnight Train To Georgia" and "Neither One Of Us") -  Cousin of Gladys Knight - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

 Ove Johansson (Karl Ove Gunnar) - Died 12-24-2015 ( Jazz ) Born 12-2-1936 in Alingsas, Sweden - Saxophonist - Worked with Mwendo Dawa, Natural Artefacts and Susanna Lindeborg.

Takeharu Kunimoto - Died 12-24-2015 ( Traditional Japanese - Bluegrass - Rock ) Born 11-1-1960 in Chiba, Japan - Sang and played shamisen and mandolin - (He did, "Makura") - Was a member of The Last Frontier (They did, "Alcatraz Island Blues" and "Chinese Caravan").

Tore Andersen (Tore Sonnik Branaes Andersen)- Died 12-25-2015 - Illness ( Country ) Born 3-22-1960 in Sorkedalen, Oslo - Singer, mandolinist, keyboardist and guitarist - (He did, "Hard Water" and "Goodbye Blues") - Was a member of Trondersk Talent.

Geraldo Roca - Died 12-25-2015 in Campo Grande, Chacara Cachoeira, Sul-mato-grossense - Shot - Born 6-9-1954 in Rio de Janeiro - Guitarist - (He did, "Trem do Pantanal" and "Mochileira").

Manuel Agujetas (Manuel de los Santos Pastor) (aka El Agujetas and El Agujeta) - Died 12-25-2015 ( Flamenco )Born 5-17-1939 in Rota, Spain - Singer - Son of singer, Agujetas el Viejo.

Elvin Ordubadli (Elvin Ramazan oglu Quliyev) - Died 12-25-2015 in Ordubad, Nakhitsjevan, Den aserbajdsjanske, Baku - Jumped from a building - Born 11-1-1989 - Singer (He did, "Divlerin yalnizligi").

Stevie Wright (Stephen Carlton Wright) (aka Little Stevie) - Died 12-27-2015 ( Rock ) Born 12-20-1947 in Leeds, England - Singer - (He did, "Evie") - Was a member of The Outlaws, Chris Langdon & The Langdells and The Easybeats (They did, "Friday On My Mind" and "She's So Fine") - Led The Stevie Wright Band and Stevie Wright & The Allstars - Worked with Black Tank and Rachette - Produced Bootleg - ARIA Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Andy M. Stewart - Illness - Died 12-27-2015 ( Folk ) He was 63 years old - Sang and played banjo and tin whistle - Was a member of Puddock’s Well and Silly Wizard (They did, "Valley Of Strathmore" and "The Queen Of Argyll") - Scots Trad Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Lemmy (Ian Fraser Kilmister) (Born Ian Fraser Willis) - Died 12-28-2015 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock - Metal - Space Rock ) Born 12-24-1945 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England - Singer, bassist and guitarist - Was a member of The Sundowners, The Rainmakers, The Motown Sect, The Rockin' Vickers ("It's Alright"), Sam Gopal ("Horse"), Opal Butterfly, Hawkwind (They did, "Silver Machine" and "Urban Guerrilla") and Bastard which became Motorhead (They did, "Ace Of Spades" and "Snaggletooth") - Worked with The Damned, Robert Calvert ("Ejection"and "Lord Of The Hornets"), Slash and Wendy O. Williams ("Stand By Your Man") - Wrote songs for The Ramones and Ozzy Osbourne.

John Bradbury (aka Brad) - Died 12-28-2015 ( Ska - Soul ) Born 2-16-1953 in Coventry, England - Percussionist, keyboardist and singer - Was a member of The Specials (They did, "The Selecter" and "Gangsters"), The Special AKA and JB's Allstars.

Ron Ford (aka The Prophet) - Died 12-28-2015 ( Funk ) He was 67 years old - Singer and songwriter - Worked with Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Parlet, The Brides Of Funkenstein and The P-Funk All-Stars.

Joe Houston - Died 12-28-2015  in Long Beach, California, U.S. - After a series of strokes ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 7-11-1926 in Bastrop, Austin, Texas, U.S - Saxophonist - (He did, "Worry, Worry, Worry" and "Hard Time Baby") - Was a member of The Rockets and The Defrosterz -  Worked with King Kolax's band, Amos Milburn, Betty Roche Wynonie Harris and Big Joe Turner.

 Rusty Paul (Russ Les Paul Jr.) - Died 12-31-2015 in New Jersey, U.S. - Complications related to diabetes - Born 1941 - Guitarist - Promoted the legacy of his father guitarist, Les Paul.

Natalie Cole (Natalie Maria Cole) - Died 12-31-2015 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( R&B - Pop ) Born 2-6-1950 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (She did, "This Will Be" and "Inseparable") - Worked with Andrea Bocelli - She had been married to singer, Marvin Yancy and drummer, Andre Fischer - Sister of actress and music producer, Carole Cole and daughter of singers, Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Ellington.

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