2016 January to June
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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Annie de Reuver (Anna Maria Clasina de Reuver)- Died 1-1-2016 - After and an operation on her hip ( Pop - Big Band ) Born 2-19-1917 in The Nederland - Singer - (She did, "Kijk eens in de poppetjes van mijn ogen" and "Hands Across The Table") - Worked with The Blue Blowers, The Ramblers and Coleman Hawkins.
Mark B (Mark Barnes) - Died 1-1-2016 ( Hip Hop ) Born 1970 - Producer and DJ - Worked with Task Force and Blade.
Michel Delpech (Jean-Michel Delpech) - Died 1-2-2016 in Puteaux, France ( Pop ) Born 1-26-1946 in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine, France - Singer - (He did, "Wight Is Wight" and "Pour Un Flirt").
Gig Michaels - Died 1-3-2016 in North Carolina , U.S. - Pneumonia ( Rock ) Born 1-4-19?? - Singer - Was a member of Swamp Da Wamp (They did, "That Easy" and "Two Wheels").
Jason Mackenroth - Died 1-3-2016 in Nevada, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Rock ) He was 46 years old - Saxophonist, singer, guitarist and drummer - Worked with The Rollins Band (They did, "Too Much Rock And Roll" and "Nowhere To Go But Inside"), Mack (They did, "Turn Around" and "Passing Thru"), The Lovemakers, Meat Loaf, Mother Superior and The Blue Man Group.
Paul Bley (Hyman Paul Bley) - Died 1-3-2016 ( Jazz ) Born 11-10-1932 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Pianist - Worked with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, The Jimmy Giuffre 3, Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Annette Peacock, Don Cherry, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and Ben Webster.
Isaac Yeboah - Died 1-3-2016 - Car accident - Managed Amakye Dede.
Robert Stigwood - Died 1-4-2016 - Born 4-16-1934 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia - Entertainment entrepreneur - Managed Cream and The Bee Gees - Founded The Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO).
Long John Hunter (John Thurman Hunter Jr.) - Died 1-4-2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 7-13-1931 in Ringgold, Louisiana, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "El Paso Rock" and "Alligators Around My Door").
Achim Mentzel - Died 1-4-2016 in Cottbus, Brandenburg, Germany - Born 7-15-1946 - Guitarist, singer and TV presenter - Hosted TV's, Achims Hitparade - Was a member of Fritzens Dampferband - Worked with The Monokel Blues Band.
Georgette Twain Sieff - Queen of the Banjo - Died 1-4-2016 in Reno, Nevada, U.S. - Born 6-10-1925 in Martinez, CA, U.S. - Sang and played banjo - Worked with her daughter fiddler, Cecilia Yale - National Four String Banjo Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Pierre Boulez - Died 1-5-2016 ( Classical - Electronic ) Born 3-26-1925 in Montbrison, Loire, France - Conductor, writer and pianist - Worked with Frank Zappa on the album, "Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger".
Nick Caldwell (Nicholas Caldwell) - Died 1-5-2016 - Cancer ( R&B ) He was 71 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Whispers (They did, "And The Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Pachy Carrasco - Died 1-5-2016 in Santo Domingo - He was 47 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Bossa Pop.
Elizabeth Swados (aka Liz) - Died 1-5-2016 - Complications following surgery for esophageal cancer ( Experimental ) Born 2-5-1951 in Buffalo, New York, U.S. - Composer and director for the musicals, "Runaways" and "Doonesbury" - Composed music for the films, "Four Friends" and "Seize The Day".
Alfredo Armenteros (aka Chocolate) (Teodolo Alfredo Armenteros) - Died 1-6-2016 in Mohegan Lake, New York, U.S. - Complications of prostate cancer - Born 4-4-1928 in Santa Clara, Las Villas, Cuba - Trumpeter - Worked with Nat King Cole, Tito Puente, Arsenio Rodríguez, Generoso Jiménez, Chico O'Farrill, Wynton Marsalis, Orchestra Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Cachao and Mongo Santamaria.
Amy Regan - Died 1-6-2016 ( Folk - Pop ) She was 30 years old - Born in Morristown, NJ, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Getting Undressed" and "Haven't Changed Yet").
Kitty Kallen (Katherine Kalinsky or Katie Kallen) - Died 1-7-2016 in Cuernavaca, Mexico ( Pop - Swing ) Born 5-25-1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Little Things Mean A Lot" and "Chapel In The Moonlight") - Worked with Jack Teagarden, Harry James ("I'm Beginning To See The Light" and "It's Been A Long, Long Time") and Jimmy Dorsey ("Besame Mucho") - Hit Parade Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Troy Shondell (Gary Wayne Schelton) - Died 1-7-2016 in Picayune, Mississippi, U.S. - Complications of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease ( Rock ) Born 5-14-1939 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "This Time (We're Really Breaking Up)" and "Kissin' At The Drive-In").
Jit Samaroo (Jit Sukha Samaroo) - Died 1-7-2016 ( Calypso ) Born 2-24-1950 in Surrey, Trinidad - Played steelpan and bass - Worked with The Lever Brothers Canboulay Steelband and The Samaroo Jets - Was an arranger for The Charlotte Street band and The Amoco Renegades.
Otis Clay - Died 1-8-2016 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Heart attack ( Soul - R&B - Gospel ) Born 2-11-1942 in Waxhaw, Bolivar County, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "When The Gates Swing Open" and "Trying To Live My Life Without You") - Worked with The Voices Of Hope, The Christian Travelers, The Golden Jubilaires, The Famous Blue Jay Singers, The Holy Wonders, The Pilgrim Harmonizers and The Gospel Songbirds - Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Red Simpson (Joseph Simpson) - Died 1-8-2016 in Bakerfield, California, U.S. ( Country ) Born 3-6-1934 in Higley, Arizona, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He did, "I'm A Truck" and "The Flying Saucer Man And The Truck Driver") - Worked with Lorraine Walden ("Truck Driver Man And Wife") and Junior Brown ("Semi Crazy" and "Nitro Express").
Jeff Martell - Died 1-8-2016 in West Springfield - Car accident ( Folk ) Born 8-4-1965 in in Pittsfield - Sang and played guitar and harmonica (He did, "I Got A Guitar" and "Crossroads").
Brett Smiley - Died 1-8-2016 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Glam ) Born 9-25-1955 - Singer - (He did, "Va Va Va Voom" and "Space Ace").
John Berry (John Kenneth Berry) - Died 1-9-2016 ( Rock ) Born 1964 - Guitarist and drummer - Was a member of Idaho - Son of actor, Ken Berry and actress, Jackie Joseph.
Janis Vaisla - Died 1-9-2016 - Cardiac amyloidosis ( Pop ) He was 46 years old - Musician - Was a member of Pirates Of The Sea (They did, "Wolves Of The Sea" and "Happy Balalaika").
Cielito del Mundo - Died 1-9-2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. - Stroke and brain tumor ( Pop ) Born 1935 or 1936 - Singer, actress, politician and television host - (She did, "Your Tender Touch").
Bud Rehak - Died 1-10-2016 - (Co-writer of Diane Renay's, "Navy Blue" and "Kiss Me Sailor").
Hernan Gamboa - Died 1-10-2016 ( Venezuelan Folk ) Born 6-18-1946 - Singer and musician - Was a member of Serenata Guayanesa.
Jack Penland - Died 1-10-2016 - House fire ( Bluegrass ) He was 79 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Stoney Creek Boys and Uptown Grass.
David Bowie (David Robert Jones) - Died 1-10-2016 in Manhattan, New York, NY, US - Liver cancer ( Rock - Glam - Pop ) Born 1-8-1947 in Brixton, London, England - Sang and played guitar, keyboards, harmonica, viola, cello, drums and saxophone - (He did, "Rebel Rebel" and "Changes") - Was a member of Davie Jones And The King Bees ("Liza Jane") and The Manish Boys ("I Pity The Fool"), The Lower Third ("You've Got A Habit Of Leaving"), The Buzz ("Do Anything You Say"), The Riot Squad and Tin Machine - Worked with Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, Bing Crosby ("Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy"), Queen ("Under Pressure"), Mick Jagger ("Dancing In The Street"), The Pet Shop Boys ("Hallo Spaceboy"), Arcade Fire, David Gilmour, Marianne Faithfull ("I Got You Babe") and Mott The Hoople - Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Joe Moscheo - Died 1-11-2016 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 8-11-1937 in Albany, New York, U.S. - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of The Imperials - Worked with The Harmoneers, The Prophets, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Dean, Roy Clark, Carol Channing and Pat Boone - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Hoyt Scoggins (Rev. Hoyt Scoggins) - Died 1-13-2016 ( Rockabilly - Gospel ) Born 1-9-1926 in LaFayette, GA. U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Trudy" and "What's Gonna Happen To This Old World") - Led The Saturday Night Jamboree Boys (They did, "Tennessee Rock") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Gary Loizzo (Gary Alexander Loizzo) - Died 1-16-2016 - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) Born 8-16-1945 - Singer. guitarist and engineer - Was a member of The American Breed (They did, "Bend Me, Shape Me" and "Step Out Of Your Mind") - As an engineer he worked with Styx, Bad Company, REO Speedwagon, Survivor, Slash and Liza Minnelli.
Blowfly (Clarence Reid) (Clarence Henry Reid) - Died 1-17-2016 - Liver cancer ( R&B - Rap - Rock ) Born 2-14-1939 in Cochran, Georgia, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "I'm Gonna Tear You A New Heart" and "I'm Gonna Do Something Good To You") - Wrote for and/or produced Sam & Dave, Betty Wright, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Gwen McCrae, KC & The Sunshine Band and Bobby Byrd - He has been sampled by Beyonce, Wu Tang Clan, Eazy-E, Big Daddy Kane and Mary J. Blige.
Dale Griffin (aka Buffin) (Terence Dale Griffin) - Died 1-17-2016 - Alzheimer’s disease ( Rock ) Born 10-24-1948 in Ross-on-Wye, England - Drummer - Was a member of The Silence, The Charles Kingsley Creation, The Yemen, The Shakedown Sound, Silence, Mott The Hoople (They did, "All The Young Dudes" and "All The Way From Memphis"), The British Lions and Mott - Worked with Mick Ralphs and The Doc Thomas Group - Produced Hanoi Rocks and The Cult.
Glenn Frey (Glenn Lewis Frey) - Died 1-17-2016 in New York, NY, U.S. - Complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia ( Rock ) Born 11-6-1948 in Detroit, Michigan, US - Sang and played guitar, keyboards, harmonic and bass - (He did, "The Heat Is On" and "Smuggler's Blues") - Was a member of The Subterraneans, The Four Of Us, The Mushrooms, The Heavy Metal Kids, Longbranch Pennywhistle and The Eagles (They did, "Heartache Tonight" and "Hotel California") - Worked with Bob Seger and Linda Ronstadt - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Mic Gillette - Died 1-17-2016 - Heart attack ( R&B ) Born 5-7-1951 - Played trumpet and trombone - (He did, "Before I Go" and "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself)") - Was a member of The Opposite Six, Tower of Power, Cold Blood, and The Sons Of Champlin (They did, "Sing Me a Rainbow" and "Fat City") - Worked with Santana, The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, The Doobie Brothers, Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jefferson Starship, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Huey Lewis And The News - Son of trombonist, Ray Gillette.
Lee Abramson - Died 1-20-2016 in Lansing, Michigan - Born 9-13-1970 in Lansing, Michigan, U.S. - Musician - (He did, "Give Me A Glass" and "The Agony and Ecstasy") - First person to write music using ModelTalker a computerized speech production program - Worked with Violet Wine and Punchy - Ran for President of the United States as an independent in 2012.
Alec Wishart - Died 1-22-2016 - Lung cancer - He was 76 years old - Singer and percussionist - Was a member of The Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band (They did, "Pretty Girl" and "All Our Own Work") which became Hogsnort Rupert.
Cadalack Ron (Robert Paulson) - King Of The Mid Tier - Died 1-23-2016 ( Rap ) He was 34 years old - (He did, "Walk In" and "Burnt").
Jimmy Bain (James Stewart Bain) - Died 1-23-2016 - Possibly pneumonia ( Rock ) Born 12-19-1947 in Newtonmore, Highland, Scotland - Bassist, keyboardist and singer - Worked with Street Noise, Harlot, Rainbow, John Cale, Wild Horses (They did, "Face Down" and "Criminal Tendencies"), "Dio ("Rainbow In The Dark" and "Holy Diver"), Phil Lynott, Roger Chapman, The Scorpions, Roy Harper, Gary Moore, World War III, The Hollywood All Starz, 3 Legged Dogg, Kate Bush and Last In Line.
Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) - Died 1-26-2016 in Cork, Ireland - After a car accident ( Pop ) Born 5-26-1962 in Liverpool, England - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Wonderful Life" and "Sweetest Smile") - Husband of singer, Camilla Griehsel.
Paul Kantner (Paul Lorin Kantner) - Died 1-28-2016 in San Francisco, California, U.S. - Multiple organ failure and septic shock after a heart attack ( Rock ) Born 2-17-1941 in San Francisco, California, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, harmonica and banjo - Was a member of Jefferson Airplane (They did, "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love"), Jefferson Starship and The KBC Band - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Signe Anderson (Signe Toly Anderson) - Died 1-28-2016 in Beaverton, Oregon, U.S. ( Jazz - Folk - Rock ) Born 9-15-1941 in Seattle, Washington, US - Singer - Was a member of Jefferson Airplane (They did, "Chauffeur Blues" and "Let's Get Together) and Carl Smith And The Natural Gas Company - She made guest appearances with The KBC Band and Jefferson Starship.
Maurice White (aka Reese) - Died 2-4-2016 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Parkinson's disease ( R&B - Soul - Funk ) Born 12-19-1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Singer and drummer - Was a member of The Salty Peppers (They did, "La La Time"), Earth, Wind & Fire (They did, "Shining Star" and "Sing a Song") and The Jazzmen who became The Pharaohs - Worked with The Emotions (They did, "Best Of My Love"), Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Cher, Billy Stewart, Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, The Impressions, The Dells, Betty Everett, Fontella Bass, Minnie Riperton, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Weather Report, Buddy Guy, Deniece Williams, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee, Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee and NAACP Image Award Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Bobby Caldwell - Died 2-4-2016 in in Beverly Hills, FL, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-5-1947 in Hernando, MS, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of Terry Knight And The Pack and of the stage band for Gary Marshall productions for TV's Happy Days, Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley where they played during filming breaks for the live audiences.
Joe Dowell - Died 2-4-2016 in Bloomington, Illinois, U.S. - After a heart attack ( Pop ) Born 1-23-1940 in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Little Red Rented Rowboat" and a version of "Wooden Heart").
Jimmie Haskell (Sheridan Pearlman) - Died 2-4-2016 - Born 11-7-1936 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Composer - Wrote music for TV's, The Hollywood Squares and Bewitched - Was an arranger for Ricky Nelson, Chicago, The Grass Roots, Simon & Garfunkel, Bobbie Gentry and Blondie.
La Velle (Louise Lavelle McKinnie Duggan) - Died 2-4-2016 in Saint-Cergue ( Jazz - Gospel - R&B - Blues ) She was 72 years old - Born in in Kankakee, Ill., U.S. - Singer - Worked with Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Quincy Jones and Buddy Rich.
Dan Hicks (Daniel Ivan Hicks) - Died 2-6-2016 in Mill Valley, California, U.S. - Throat and liver cancer ( Folk - Jazz - Country - Swing - Bluegrass - Pop ) Born 12-9-1941 in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and drummer - Led Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks (They did, "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music") and The Acoustic Warriors - Worked with The Charlatans, Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello, Brian Setzer, Tom Waits and Bette Midler.
Gilles Brown - Died 2-6-2016 in Montreal, Canada - Born 2-6-1943 in Montreal, Canada - Singer - (He did, "C'est toi que j'aime") - Worked with Yves Martin.
Eddy Wally (Eduard Van De Walle) - Died 2-6-2016 - Effects of a stroke ( Pop ) Born 7-12-1932 in Ertvelde, East Flanders, Belgium - Singer - (He did, "Cherie" and "Ik spring uit een vliegmachien").
Obrey Wilson (Obrey Dean Wilson) - Died 2-6-2016 ( Soul ) Born 2-27-1942 - Singer - (He did, "A Little Bit Of Heart Ache" and "Sho Nuff You Can").
Rick Wright (Richard W. Fagel Wright) - Died 2-7-2016 in White House, Tennessee, U.S. - Car accident ( Country ) He was 57 years old - Guitarist - Worked with The Music City Playboys and The Sundowners who backed Connie Smith.
Roy Harris (aka Burl) - The gentleman of folk song - Died 2-9-2016 ( Folk ) Born 6-15-1933 on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border - Singer - Worked with Notts Alliance - Founded The Nottingham Traditional Music Club.
Kim Williams (Kim Edwin Williams) - Died 2-11-2016 - Born 6-28-1947 in Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S. - Songwriter - His songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks ("Ain't Goin' Down Till the Sun Comes Up"), Joe Diffie ("If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)"), Rascal Flatts, Randy Travis ("Three Wooden Crosses") and Reba McEntire - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Craig Tarry - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident - Manager of Viola Beach.
River Reeves - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Viola Beach (They did, "Swings and Waterslides" and "Cherry Vimto").
Kris Leonard - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Viola Beach (They did, "Swings and Waterslides" and "Cherry Vimto").
Tomas Lowe - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident ( Rock ) Bassist and drummer - Was a member of The Stocks and Viola Beach (They did, "Swings and Waterslides" and "Cherry Vimto").
Jack Dakin - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Viola Beach (They did, "Swings and Waterslides" and "Cherry Vimto").
Devin Bachmann - Died 2-13-2016 in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 26 years old - Singer - Was a member of CounterFlux (They did, "Radio Hit" and "Assassin").
Earl Miller II - Died 2-13-2016 in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 27 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of CounterFlux (They did, "Radio Hit" and "Assassin").
Kyle Canter - Died 2-13-2016 in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 23 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of CounterFlux (They did, "Radio Hit" and "Assassin").
LC Ulmer (Lee Chester Ulmer) - Died 2-14-2016 in Ellisville, Mississippi, U.S. - Natural causes ( Blues ) Born 8-28-1928 in Stringer, Mississippi, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin - Worked with Muddy Waters, J.B. Lenoir, Hound Dog Taylor, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Thompson, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy.
Vanity (Denise Katrina Matthews) (aka Denise Matthews-Smith and D.D. Winters) - Died 2-15-2016 in Fremont, California, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 1-4-1959 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada - Singer - (She did, "Pretty Mess" and "Mechanical Emotion") - Was a member of Vanity 6 (They did, "Nasty Girl" and "Drive Me Wild") - Worked with Prince and El DeBarge.
Johnny Reynolds (Johnny T. Reynolds) - Died 2-16-2016 in Memphis, TN, U.S.- After a truck accident - Born 3-29-1947 - Sang and played piano and bass - Worked with Leroy Van Dike, Connie Smith, Chad Atkins and Jerry Reed.
Paul Gordon (Paul Christian Gordon) - Died 2-16-2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Illness ( Rock ) Born 1963 in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. - Keyboardist and guitarist - Worked with The New Radicals, Natasha Bedingfield, Eran DD, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lisa Marie Presley, Lila McCann, Mandy Moore, Danielle Brisebois, Prince, Jennifer Nettles, Charles & Eddie, The Devlins, Jeffrey Gaines, John Gregory, Nona Hendryx, Carly Hennessy, The Wild Orchid, Jenny Muldaur, The Juliet Dagger, David Yazbekand, Jill Jones, Chaka Khan, Trine Riene and The B-52's.
Brendan Healy - Died 2-18-2016 - Cancer - Born 12-18-1956 - Comedian, keyboardist and trombonist - Worked with John Miles, Goldie and Lindisfarne - Played music for TV's, Razzamatazz - Co-wrote a musical with Brian Johnson of AC/DC called, "Face Of A Woman".
Harald Devold - Died 2-19-2016 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 5-13-1964 in Langevag, Sula, Møre og Romsdal - Played saxophone and flute - Worked with The Oslo Groove Company and Siellu Dalkas.
Vi Subversa (Frances Sokolov) - Died 2-19-2016 - Illness ( Punk ) Born 6-20-1935 in London, England - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Poison Girls (They did, "Bully Boys" and "All Systems Go!").
Rusty Burns (James Russell Burns) - Died 2-19-2016 in Denver, Colorado, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 1952 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Southpaw who became Point Blank (They did, "Bad Bees" and "In This World") - Worked with Johnny Winter, The Allman Brothers Band and ZZ Top.
Sonny James (James Hugh Loden) - The Southern Gentleman - Died 2-22-2016 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Natural causes ( Country ) Born 5-1-1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and fiddler - (He did, "Young Love"and "You're The Only World I Know") - Worked with Jim & Jesse - Produced Marie Osmond - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Hans Reffert - Died 2-22-2016 ( Rock ) Born 1946 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany - Guitarist - Worked with Guru Guru, Borgward, Flute & Voice, Zauberfinger, Werner Goos, Thomas Vogel, Sanfte Liebe, Schlauch, Idole, Mani Neumeier, Claus Boesser-Ferrarri and Schrammel & Slide.
Lennie Baker - Died 2-24-2016 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, U.S. ( Rock - Doo-Wop ) Born 4-18-1946 in Whitman, Massachusetts, U.S. - Singer and saxophonist - Was a member of Danny And The Juniors and Sha Na Na.
Gayle McCormick - Died 3-1-2016 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock - Pop - R&B ) Born 11-26-1948 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "It's A Cryin' Shame") - Was a member of The Klassmen (They did, "Without You") and Smith (They did, "Baby It's You" and "Take A Look Around").
John Thomas - Died 3-3-2016 ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Budgie (They did, "I Turned To Stone" and "Crime Against The World").
Gavin Christopher - Died 3-3-2016 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( R&B ) Born 5-1-1949 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and keyboardist - (He did, "One Step Closer to You" and "You Are Who You Love") - Worked with Lyfe, Rufus, High Voltage, Curtis Mayfield and Herbie Hancock - Produced The Ritchie Family, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa - Brother of singer, Shawn Christopher.
Fred Romain (Frederick D. Romain) - Died 3-7-2016 in Fairfield, California, U.S. ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1-30-1938 in Port Arthur, Texas, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Be My Girl" as Fred Romaine) - Was a member of The Mellowtears who became The Native Boys (They did, "Strange Love" and "Native Girl").
Bruce Geduldig - Died 3-7-2016 in Sacramento, California, U.S. - Illness ( Experimental - Electronic Pop ) Born 3-7-1953 - Synth musician and singer - Was a member of Tuxedomoon, The Weathermen (They did, "Poison") and Microdot - Worked with Cult With No Name.
George Martin (George Henry Martin) - The Fifth Beatle - Died 3-8-2016 in Wiltshire, England - Born 1-3-1926 in Highbury, London, England - Played oboe and piano and was a producer, arranger and composer - Arranged and/or added music to many Beatles' songs including, "Yesterday" and "Lovely Rita") - Produced Matt Monro, Cilla Black, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, The Fourmost, David And Jonathan, The Action, The King's Singers, America, Jeff Beck, John Williams, Neil Sedaka, Ultravox, Kenny Rogers, Cheap Trick, Elton John and Celine Dion - Worked with Dire Straits, Pete Townshend and Elton John.
Andrew Loomis - Died 3-8-2016 - Lymphoma ( Punk ) Born 1961 - Drummer - Was a member of Dead Moon (They did, "Don't Burn The Fires" and a version of, "Parchment Farm") and The Shiny Things.
Gogi Grant (Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg) (aka Audrey Brown and Audrey Grant) - Died 3-10-2016 ( Pop ) Born 9-20-1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "The Wayward Wind" and "Suddenly There's A Valley").
Keith Emerson (Keith Noel Emerson) - Died 3-10-2016 in Santa Monica, California, U.S. - Shot himself ( Prog - Jazz - Classical ) Born 11-2-1944 in Todmorden, West Riding of Yorkshire, England - Keyboardist - (He did, "Honky Tonk Train Blues" and "Barrelhouse Shake-Down") - Led The Keith Emerson Trio - Was a member of John Brown's Bodies, The T-Bones, The V.I.P.'s, The Nice (They did a version of, "America"), The Best and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) (They did, "Lucky Man" and "Abaddon's Bolero").
Tommy Brown (aka Weepin' Tommy Brown) - Died 3-12-2016 ( R&B ) Born 5-27-1931 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Atlanta Boogie") - Was a member of The Griffin Brothers (They did, "Weepin & Cryin") - Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Lee Andrews (Arthur Lee Andrews Thompson) - Died 3-16-2016 ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1936 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Lee Andrews & The Hearts (They did, "Teardrops" and "Long Lonely Nights").
Frank Sinatra Jr. (Francis Wayne Sinatra) - Died 3-16-2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Pop ) Born 1-10-1944 in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Spice" and "Black Night") - Son of singer, Frank Sinatra and brother of singer, Nancy Sinatra and TV producer, Tina Sinatra.
Steve Young - Died 3-17-2016 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 7-12-1942 in Newnan, Georgia, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Seven Bridges Road" and "It's Not Supposed To Be That Way") - Worked with Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, Van Dyke Parks and Stone Country - His songs have been recorded by The Eagles, Joan Baez, Hank Williams Jr., Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth, Waylon Jennings, Ian Matthews and Rita Coolidge.
David Egan (Reuben David Egan) - Died 3-18-2016 - Lung cancer ( Rock - Cajun-Rock - Blues ) Born 3-20-1954 in Shreveport, LA, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He did, "Slingshots And Boomerangs" and "Twenty Years Of Trouble") - Was a member of Lil Band O Gold - His songs have been recorded by Irma Thomas, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Solomon Burke, Tab Benoit, Marcia Ball, Marc Broussard and Percy Sledge.
James Terry Johnson - Died 3-19-2016 - Illness - Born 4-3-1943 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Mar-Keys who were a studio session band for Stax Records.
Patty Duke (Anna Marie Duke) (aka Patty Duke Astin and Anna Duke-Pearce) - Died 3-29-2016 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S. ( Pop ) Born 12-14-1946 in Elmhurst, New York, U.S. - Actress and singer - (She did, "Don't Just Stand There" and "Say Something Funny") - She portrayed Helen Keller in the film, "The Miracle Worker" and acted on TV's, "The Patty Duke Show" portraying Patty Lane and her identical cousin.
Andy Newman (aka Andy "Thunderclap" Newman) - Died 3-30-2016 ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 11-21-1942 in Hounslow, London, England - Played piano, saxophone and clarinet and sang - Was a member of Thunderclap Newman (They did, "Something In The Air" and "Wild Country").
Carlo Mastrangelo - Died 4-4-2016 ( Doo-Wop - Progressive Rock-Jazz ) Born 10-5-1937 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Dion And The Belmonts (They did, "A Teenager In Love" and "I Wonder Why") and Pulse.
Leon Haywood ( Otha Leon Haywood ) - Died 4-5-2016 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Funk - Soul ) Born 2-11-1942 in Houston, Texas, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He did, "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You" and "She's With Her Other Love") - Worked with Guitar Slim, Big Jay McNeely, Sam Cooke, The Packers and Dyke & The Blazers - Produced Clay Hammond, Jimmy McCracklin, Buddy Ace and Ronnie Lovejoy.
Merle Haggard (Merle Ronald Haggard) - Died 4-6-2016 in Palo Cedro, California, U.S. - Complications from pneumonia ( Country ) Born 4-6-1937 in Oildale, California, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and fiddler - (He did, "Okie From Muskogee" and "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" - Was a member of The Strangers - Worked with his wife, Bonnie Owens and wife Leona Williams and with Asleep At The Wheel, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Gretchen Wilson, Buck Owens, Janie Fricke, Hank Williams Jr., Porter Wagoner, Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam, Jewel, Willie Nelson and Albert E. Brumley - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Dennis Davis - Died 4-6-2016 - Cancer - Born 8-28-1951 in New York, NY, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with David Bowie, The Clark Terry Big Band, Roy Ayers, Stevie Wonder, George Benson and Carlos Santana.
Jimmie Van Zant - Died 4-7-2016 in Florida, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 1956 in Jacksonville, FL, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Unfinished Life" and "Feels Like Freedom") - Cousin of Ronnie Van Zant, Johnny Van Zant and Donnie Van Zant.
Jade Lemons - Died 4-7-2016 - Drug overdose ( Rock ) Guitarist, bassist and singer - Was a member of Injected (They did, "Faithless" and "Bullet") - Worked with Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros.
Tony Conrad (Anthony Schmaltz Conrad) - Died 4-9-2016 in Cheektowaga, New York, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Avant-Garde - Drone ) Born 3-7-1940 in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S. - Guitarist and violinist - Was a member of The Primitives (They did, "The Ostrich" and "Sneaky Pete") and The Theatre Of Eternal Music - Worked with Faust, Jim O' Rourke, David Grubbs, Angus MacLise, Charlemagne Palestine, Genesis P-Orridge, Rhys Chatham and Kevin Drumm - He also was an experimental film maker with, "The Flicker" and "Pickled Film".
Big Al (Allan Pavlow) - Died 4-10-2016 - Born 1938 - Producer and author - He wrote the book, "The R&B Book: A Disc-History of Rhythm & Blues" - Produced Cal Raye, The Ascots ("Midnight Hour") and Deviled Ham - Co-founder and board member of The Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.
Michael Lazo (aka Mike Lazo and Michael Daye) - Died 4-12-2016 - Illness ( Pop ) Born 5-1-1932 - Singer - Was a member of The Hilites and The Tempos (They did, "Prettiest Girl In School" and the first version of, "See You In September").
Gib Gilbeau (Floyd August Guilbeau) - Died 4-12-2016 ( Country Rock - Cajun Rock ) Born 9-26-1937 in Sunset, Louisiana, U.S. - Sang and played fiddle, guitar and mandolin - Was a member of The Four Young Men which became Bobby Edwards & The Four Young Men (They did, "You're The Reason"), The Castaways, The Reasons, Nashville West, Swampwater, and The Flying Burrito Brothers (They did, "Wind And Rain" and "River Road") - Worked with The Gosdin Brothers - His songs have been recorded by Rod Stewart, Ricky Nelson, Ronnie Wood and Bobby Womack.
Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) (aka ) - Died 4-21-2016 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S. ( Pop - Funk - R&B ) Born 6-7-1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S - Singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and drummer - (He did, "Little Red Corvette" and "When Doves Cry") - Was a member of Grand Central and Champagne - His songs have been recorded by Sinead O'Connor ("Nothing Compares 2 U"), The Bangles ("Manic Monday") and Tom Jones ("Kiss") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Lonnie Mack (Lonnie McIntosh) - Died 4-21-2016 in Smithville, Tennessee, U.S. ( Rock - Country - Blues ) Born 7-18-1941 in West Harrison, Indiana, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Wham" and a version of, "Memphis") - Was a member of The Twilighters - Worked with The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Brown, Max Falcon, Beau Dollar And The Coins, Denzil Rice, Albert Collins, The Charmaines, Roy Buchanan, Dobie Gray, Freddie King and Joe Simon.
Billy Paul (Paul Williams) - Died 4-24-2016 in Blackwood, New Jersey, U.S. ( Soul - Jazz - R&B ) Born 12-1-1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Me And Mrs. Jones" and "Ebony Woman") - Was a member of The Jazz Blues Symphony Band.
Phil Ryan ( Philip Ryan) - Died 4-30-2016 ( Rock - Psychedelic - Prog ) Born 10-21-1946 in Port Talbot, South Wales - Played keyboards and trombone - Was a member of The Smokestacks, The Eyes Of Blue, Man and The Neutrons - Worked with The Flying Aces, Ancient Grease, Buzzy Linhart, Clive John, Pete Brown and Quincy Jones.
Doug Raney - Died 5-1-2016 ( Jazz ) Born 8-29-1946 - Guitarist - Worked with his father, Jimmy Raney and with SteepleChase, Chet Baker, Kenny Barron, Billy Hart, Duke Jordan, Joey DeFrancesco, Horace Parlan, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Tomas Franck, Jesper Lundgaard and Bernt Rosengren.
Marlene Marder (aka Marlene Marti) - Died 5-15-2016 in Switzerland ( Punk ) Born 1954 in Zurich, Switzerland - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Kleenex (They did, "Ain't You" and "Nice") and Liliput (They did, "When The Cat's Away" and "Hedi's Head").
Marshall Jones (aka Rock) - Died 5-27-2016 - Cancer ( Funk - R&B ) Born 1-1-1941 in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. - Bassist and percussionist - Was a member of The Ohio Players (They did, "Love Rollercoaster" and "Sweet Sticky Thing") - Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Inductee.
Floyd Robinson - Died 5-28-2016 in Hendersonville, Tennessee, U.S. - Illness ( Country - Pop ) Born 1932 - Singer - (He did, "Makin' Love" and wrote, "The Little Space Girl" for his cousin, Jesse Lee Turner).
Wendy Leigh - Died 5-29-2016 in London, England - Fell or jumped from the balcony of her apartment - She was 65 years old - Author - She wrote biographies for David Bowie (Bowie: The Biography), Patrick Swayze and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Thomas Fekete - Died 5-30-2016 - Cancer ( Rock - Pop ) He was 27 years old - Guitarist - (He did, "Loser Uncle" and "Knife Bank") - Was a member of Surfer Blood (They did, "Swim").
Brian Rading - Died 6-8-2016 in Hull, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada - Natural causes ( Rock ) He was 69 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of The Regals, The Staccatos, (They did, "Small Town Girl" and "Poor Baby"), The Five Man Electrical Band (They did, "Signs" and "Hello Melinda Goodbye"), Powerhouse, Backyard Symphony, Messenger and Crucial Moments.
Christina Grimmie (Christina Victoria Grimmie) - Died 6-10-2016 in Orlando, Florida, U.S. - Shot after a concert performance ( Pop ) Born 3-12-1994 in Marlton, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer, pianist drummer and guitarist - (She did, "Advice" and "Cliche") - Was a participatant in The Voice - Worked with Selena Gomez.
Shane Tomlinson (Shane Evan Tomlinson) - Died 6-12-2016 in Orlando, FL, U.S. - Shot in The Pulse nightclub massacre by a terrorist; one of 49 killed - He was 33 years old - Singer and saxophonist - Was a member of The Frequency Band.
Kim Venable (Clayton Kimbal Venable) - Died 6-12-2016 ( Rock ) Born 5-5-1944 - Drummer - Was a member of The K-Otics (They did, Charlena" and "I'm Leaving Here") and The Classics IV (They did, "Stormy" and "Traces").
Chips Moman (Lincoln Wayne Moman) - Died 6-13-2016 in LaGrange, Georgia, U.S. - Lung disease - Born 6-12-1937 in LaGrange, GA, U.S. - Guitarist, producer and engineer - (Co-wrote James Carr's, "Dark End Of The Street" and Aretha Franklin's, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man") - Worked with Warren Smith, Johnny Burnette and Gene Vincent - Worked for Stax Records producing The Mar-Keys, Carla Thomas and William Bell - Founded American Sound Studio - Formed The Memphis Boys studio band - Produced Elvis Presley ("In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds"), Bobby Womack, Merrilee Rush, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Gary Stewart, Tammy Wynette, Ronnie Milsap, Petula Clark, The Triumph, The Highwaymen, The Gentrys, BJ Thomas and Neil Diamond.
Randy Jones - Died 6-13-2016 - Heart failure ( Jazz - Rock ) He was 72 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Maynard Ferguson Big Band, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Cleo Laine, Tony Bennett, Billy Eckstine, Bill Watrous and The Dave Brubeck Quartet (They did, "Mr. Fats" and "Tritonis").
Henry McCullough (Henry Campbell Liken McCullough) - Died 6-14-2016 in Ballywindelland, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland ( Rock ) Born 7-21-1943 in Portstewart, Northern Ireland - Singer, bassist and guitarist - Worked with The Skyrockets, Gene And The Gents, The People, Eire Apparent, Paul McCartney & Wings, Spooky Tooth, Roy Harper, Frankie Miller, Eric Burdon, Marianne Faithfull, Ronnie Lane, Donovan, Joe Cocker (Who he performed with at The Woodstock Festival), The Frankie Miller Band, The Fleadh Cowboys, Dr. Feelgood and Sweeney's Men.
Jano Fuentes (Alejandro Fuentes) - Died 6-18-2016 in in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Shot - Born 6-16-1971 - Singer - Was a participatant in La Voz Mexico, the Mexican version of The Voice where he was coached by Lucero - Ran a performing arts studio in Brighton Park called Tras Bambalinas.
Wayne Jackson (Wayne Lamar Jackson) - Died 6-21-2016 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Heart failure ( Soul - R&B ) Born 11-24-1941 in West Memphis, Arkansas, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with The Mar-Keys, The Memphis Horns, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Al Green, Otis Redding, The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Cray, Sam & Dave and Dusty Springfield.
Amjad Sabri (Amjad Farid Sabri) - Died 6-22-2016 in Liaquatabad Town, Karachi, Pakistan - Shot ( Qawwali ) Born 12-23-1978 in Pakistan - Sang and played harmonium - Worked with his father, Ghulam Farid Sabri.
Shelley Moore - Died 6-23-2016 ( Jazz ) Born 3-10-1932 in England - Singer - Worked with Ramsey Lewis, Eddie Harris, Plas Johnson and John Collins.
Ralph Stanley (aka Dr. Ralph Stanley) (Ralph Edmund Stanley) - Died 6-23-2016 in Coeburn, Virginia, U.S. ( Bluegrass ) Born 2-25-1927 in Big Spraddle Creek County, VA, U.S. - Played banjo and sang - Was a member of The Stanley Brothers and The Clinch Mountain Boys - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.
Bernie Worrell (George Bernard Worrell Jr.) - The Wizard of Woo - Died 6-24-2016 in Everson, Washington, U.S. ( Funk - Rock - R&B ) Born 4-19-1944 in Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S. - Keyboardist - (He did, "Insurance Man For The Funk" and "I'll Be With You") - Was a member of Parliament-Funkadelic - Worked with Chubby & The Turnpikes, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Parlet, The Brides Of Funkenstein, The Horny Horns, The Talking Heads, Gov't Mule, Jack Bruce, Black Jack Johnson, Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains, SociaLybrium and Fred Schneider - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Lor Scoota (Tyriece Travon Watson) - Died 6-24-2016 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Shot after he left a charity basketball game calling for peace in the streets ( Rap ) He was 23 years old - (He did, "Bird Flu" with Shy Glizzy and "Snapchat").
Steve Meisburg - Died
6-26-2016 ( Folk ) He was 74 years old - Guitarist - He was half of the
duo, Meisburg And Walters. (They did, "
I Need You After All" and "Life Is Never Knowing").
Scotty Moore (Winfield Scott Moore III) - Died 6-28-2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. ( Rock - Country ) Born 12-27-1931 in Gadsden, Tennessee, U.S. - Guitarist and recording engineer - Was a member of The Starlite Wranglers and The Blue Moon Boys - Worked with Elvis Presley ("That's All Right" and "Heartbreak Hotel") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
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