Evansville native and Grammy-nominated recording engineer Ethan Willoughby died Feb. 18, when a drunk driver smashed into his car in Sherman Oaks, CA. The 1995 graduate of Evansville High attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ, earning a degree in engineering and production education. After moving to L.A., he began working as an assistant under renowned mix engineer Dave Pensado, at The Enterprise Studio in North Hollywood, CA. While working with Pensado, Willoughby worked on projects for Pink, Christina Aguilera, Brian McKnight, Jessica Simpson, Mya, Lionel Richie and Destiny's Child, as well as Justin Timberlake's debut album, “Justified.” Stepping up as lead engineer, Willoughby went on to work with The Rolling Stones, Busta Rhymes, the Game, Fergie, Sergio Mendes, Macy Gray, John Legend and Common. Willoughby's work on Timberlake's “FutureSex/LoveSounds” earned him a 2007 Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Ethan Willoughby had achieved all of these things, and had a wife and two children before he was 30. He truly was a Wisconsin boy done good, and I, along with the entire staff of Maximum Ink, send our deepest condolences to his family. It is a tragic loss for the human race.
RIP: I wonder what the fifth member of Banda Fugaz has got to say?
CARLOS ALBERTO HURTADO, DANIEL GOMEZ PIMENTEL NOAH CAMARGO MENDOZA and CRISTOBAL JIMINEZ SERRANO, all members of Banda Fugaz, were shot to death Feb. 18, in Puruaran, Turicato, Mexico.
BILL CARSON Died Feb. 16, in Franklin, TN, of cancer. The country western guitarist, who Leo Fender designed the Stratocaster for, was 80. He worked with Hank Thompson, Spade Cooley and Billy Gray.
KIRK RUNDSTROM Died Feb. 22, in Wichita, KS, of esophageal cancer. The singer, songwriter and guitarist was 38, and led Split Lip Rayfield, Grain And Demise and Scroat Belly. (Maximum Ink cover story, Oct. '06)
IAN WALLACE Died of throat cancer Feb, 22. The legendary British drummer was 60, and worked with King Crimson, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Warren Zevon, Brian Eno, Keith Emerson, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh and The Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few.
DONNIE BROOKS: Died Feb. 23, of congestive heart failure, in Burbank, CA. The singer and Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee was 66, and did “Lil' Sweetheart” and ”Mission Bell.”
MARK SPOELSTRA: Died Feb 25, in Pioneer, CA, of pancreatic cancer. The singer, songwriter and guitarist was 66, and hung out with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee when he was a teenager and was a member of the early 1960's Greenwich Village folk scene. Before almost completely dropping out of the music world in the mid 1970s, Spoelstra recorded for Folkways, Elektra, Columbia, Aslan, Inwood and Origin Jazz Library Records.
BILLY THORPE Died Feb. 28, in Sydney, Australia, of a heart attack. The singer, songwriter and guitarist was 60, and a member of The Aztecs, who did “Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)” and “Poison Ivy.” (Australian Record Industry Association Hall Of Fame Inductee)
JOHN MACISACC Died March 2 after impaling his leg while trying to hop a spiked steel fence on the way to a party. The singer of the Southampton band Machs Chau bled to death, hanging upside down, and was found in the morning by a dog walker.
JOHNNY WIDEBARDS [JOHN TAYLOR] and his wife LAURA ANN died March 4 in a motorcycle accident. The former Chicagoan, 46, sang and played guitar in Johnny Widebars And The Shovelheads.
BRAD DELP Committed suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning March 9, in Atkinsonm NH. Delp was the original singer of the rock band Boston.
JERRY SMITH Died March 9 of a heart attack. The Godfather of Country Music was 68, and the guitarist of The Country Rhythm Masters and Solid Country.
THE MIGHTY TERROR Died March 14 of cancer of the throat, at the age of 85. The Calypso singer did “Women Police In England” and “Patricia Gone With Millicent.”
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