I was fortunate in 2006, because no close friends of mine died this year. The one person that I was acquainted with that did pass away was Erik Kleven, who was the ultimate bassist (stand-up, electric and tuba) and music instructor. Over the years he had played with Bo Diddley, The Henry Robinett Group, The Camelia Symphony, Nagual, Cab Calloway and Anton Barbeau. Erik died in a fiery head on collision on his way to a show outside of Sacramento. He had been a fill-in bassist for Nevada Backwards and had just joined the band full-time when he was killed. Over the years Kleven taught 100’s of bassist how to play, inspired 1,000’s and was always a pleasure to be around. He could not hide his joy when he played. Rest In Peace Mr. Kleven.
Legends: James Brown, Larrissa Strickland (The Laughing Hyenas) Lou Rawls, Alex St. Claire, Martha Redhed, Wilson Pickett, Clifton James, Ray Barretto, Syd Barrett, Buck Owens, Nikki Sudden, Gene Pitney, June Pointer, Phil Walden, Ron Capone, Clifford Antone, Grant McLennan, Desmond Dekker, Billy Preston, Maynard Ferguson, Boz Burrell, Henry Townsend, Freddy Fender, Snooky Pryor, Sandy West (The Runaways), Tillman Franks, Dirk Dirksen, Robert Lockwood Jr., Anita O'Day, Anna Marly, Perry Henzell, Arthur Lee, Cindy Walker, Lula Mae Hardaway.
Murdered: Bryan Harvey (House of Freaks), Hadji, Richard Gribble (Dot), 747, Johnny Jackson, Henrik Johansson (Apostasy), Prozpect, Jeremy Martin (Chickenhed), DJ Dela Vie, Mario Pivaral, Corey Wooley, Proof, Big Hawk, MC Slinga (YGC Crew),
AKA Benz, Leonard Basley Sr. (The New England Sound), Gregory Greenawalt (Relic), The Rapattic, Antonio Invito, Mario Mendoza, Laurie Jean Lawrence (The Sierra Blues Tribe/The X-Factor), Larry McKenzy (The House Of Representatives), Yesh Boerstler (The DC's), Danny Redeemar (Mind, Body And Soul/ Rewind), Valentin Elizalde, Dinerral Shavers (The Hot 8 Brass Band).
Bob Feldman, Larry Neill, Ronald Bacon Rogers, Mel Larson (The Mel-o-Notes Band), Don Vanden Branden (The Green Bay Shrine), Jimmie Maddin, Drew Gordon (The New Psychenauts/Gondwana), Stefan Olson (Expandable Hole Filler), Dan Ditella (Hurtlocker), Jim Jim Autz, Frankie Havlik (Frankie And The Ampitones), Denise Carlson (Everybody And His Brother).
Sucide: Slim Rome, Lester King, T-Bone Stinson, Clint Duch (Nevada Backwards), Danny McKenna, Spencer Sinkov (Chromaticism), Vince Welnick (The Grateful Dead/The Tubes), Dan Wooley (The Wooley Brothers), Jason DiEmilio (The Azusa Plane/The Spires Of Oxford), Ralph Rebel, Otto Wiklund (In Battle), Jimmy Reject (The Gobshites /The Dimestore Haloes), Jon Nodtveidt (Dissection), Chiemi Kai, Michael O'Neill (The Unrequited Loves), Danny Z (Jet City).
Killed In Iraq/Afghanistan: Lance Cpl. Aaron William Simons (Bucket Of Funk and Innuendo Blü) and Brian M. Moquin Jr. (Coordinates Cartesia)
Odd: Gerald Georgettis - Louise Garforth, bassist of the Swiss Punk band Snitch died after giving birth to her daughter Annabelle - Matthew Hutchinson of Steel Toed Youth, accidentally shot himself with a gun that he bought to protect himself from Skinheads -Shawn Kettlewell, drummer of the metal band, Prolific was hit by an airborne car battery while he was driving, that had been ejected from a single car accident on the other side of the freeway - Bluesman Windy Johnson froze to death in East St. Louis, IL. The 82-year-old guitarist and singer had once worked with Miles Davis and was the son of guitarist Lonnie Johnson.
Rock: Ernie McGinn (Killpact), Rick van der Linden (Ekseption), Pig Champion (Poison Idea), Jason Sears (Rich Kids On LSD), Bruce Findlay (The Electric Lunatics), Allen Leonard Paulino (The Nervous Eaters), Jim McAllister (The Left Banke/Sparks), Janeen Martin (Mudflap), Steve Swaim (The Clocks), TonyLister (Murderer's Holiday), Alan Confrey (Blood Or Whiskey), Buddy Blue (The Beat Farmers), Sammy Harrell (The Nerve), Ztephan Dark (Satanic Slaughter), Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death), John Locke (Spirit), Bruce Gary (The Knack), Boulder (Hatebreed), Andy Capps (Built To Spill), Freddie Garrity (Freddie & The Dreamers), Hilmer Staacke (Rough Silk), Vincent McAllister (Macabre Pentagram), Jared Anderson (Morbid Angel/Hate Eternal),Bryan Hipp (Brutality, Cradle Of Filth), Christian Loos – (Funeral/Fallen), Doug Harrington (Defiance), Mariska Veres (Shocking Blue), Ian Nelson (Red Noise/Fiat Lux), Sob (Merauder), Scott Preston (Revolt/Under The Sun), Johnny Paris (Johnny & The Hurricanes), Steve Cooper (Liquid Sky/S.A. Slayer/ Juggernaut), Nancy Arlen (Mars), Leffe Cuzner (Nihilist/Rapture), Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet), Robbie "Rocket" Watts (The Cosmic Psychos), Willie Denson, Toni Stranius (XYSMA), Chris Day (Bent/Dark Horse), Richard Wright (Tattoo Rodeo/Fast Machine), Nigel Gray (Color Blind/Flipside), Eric Friesen (Windham Hell), Evan Tyson (The Abusers /Highlonesome), Tracy Coss (Spider Virus), Dan Moura (Ruffians), The Lord Provos (Love And Money), Dr. Bruce W. Hudson (The Dynamics), AJ Robey (Lovers Lane/Gangsters Of Blues), Garry Dalloway (The Handsome Beasts), Maxine Edgington, Rob Fried (Max Creek), Clyde Holly (Double Down), Jamie Lyons (The Music Explosion), Anicee Alvina (Here Paris), Ian Rilen (Rose Tattoo), Jo Jo Laine, Art Wood (The St Valentine's Day Massacre), Ian Walker (Zebra)
Hip Hop/Rap: Jay Dee (Slum Village/The Ummah), Professor X (X-Clan)
Reggae: Scott Palmer (John Brown's Body), Steve Roberts (Screaming Target /Dreadzone), Brent Dowe (The Melodians), Ruddy Thomas, Joseph Hill (Culture),
Surf/Rockabilly: Johnny Fortune, Dave Lepard (The SurfNiks), Ethan Barborka, Eddy Medora (The Sunrays), Michael White (The Chest Pains/The Aqua Men/The Joy Buzzers), Cecil Moore, Ken Scott (The Strikes), Jumpin' Gene Simmons, Al Casey (The Sunset Riders/ The Al Casey Combo), Johnny Grande (Bill Haley & His Comets).