When it comes to phony blues musicians, Bonnie Raitt is at the top of my list. Raitt was born with a silver bottleneck slide in her mouth. Her father was Broadway star John Raitt, best know for his lead roles on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, Show Boat, Carousel and Oklahoma! Growing up in an upper class Manhattan apartment is a far cry from dropping out of third grade to go pick cotton so the family could eat, like many real blues performers. Through her father's connection she was signed to Warner Records in 1971, when she was 22. Tell me if I'm wrong, but can anyone really sing the blues at that tender age? I also find it strange that she has always been signed to major labels, (Capital being the other label) even though she never sold a lot of records until 1989's over-hyped Nick of Time. I'm sure that one phone call to daddy always solved the problem of a gig that didn't pay or a broken down bus. Bonnie Raitt is a fake!
R.I.P. Bonnie Owens, ex-wife of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. She will need to rest in peace.
CLINT DUCH Died Mar. 20 in Sacramento, CA. Committed suicide. Born Aug. 17, 1982. Played guitar, drums and mandolin, and was a member of The Refinery and an original member of Nevada Backwards.
JEREMY MARTIN Died Mar. 25 in Seattle. He was one of six people killed in a shooting rampage at a rave party. (Rock) He was 26, and part of a music collective and performance rock band called Chickenhed.
NIKKI SUDDEN Died Mar. 26 in New York City. (Rock) Born July 19, 1956. A singer and guitarist, he was a member of The Jacobites and The Swell Maps .
PETE WELLS Died Mar. 27 of prostate cancer. (Rock) He was 58, a guitarist, and a member of Rose Tattoo.
DON ALIAS Died Mar. 29. (Jazz) Born Dec. 26, 1939. A percussionist, he was a member of Stone Alliance and worked with Roberta Flack, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Sting, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorious, Chick Corea and David Sanborn.
BUDDY BLUE Died April 2 in La Mesa, CA, of a heart attack (Cow Punk/ Blues/ Rock) Born Dec. 30, 1957, in Syracuse, NY. A singer and guitarist, he was a member of The Buddy Blue Band, The Beat Farmers and The Flying Putos.
DAVID TAFOLLA (aka DJ Dela Vie) Died April 3, was shot. (Hip Hop) Was 35, and a DJ and mixer.
MARTIN GILKS Died April 3, in London, England, via internal injuries from a motorcycle accident. (Rock) Was 41, a drummer, and a member of The Wonder Stuff .
GENE PITNEY Died April 5, in Cardiff, Wales, of coronary artery atherosclerosis (Pop/ Rock) Born Feb. 17, 1940 in Hartford, CT. A singer and songwriter, he did “Only Love Can Break A Heart” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” He wrote “Hello Mary Lou” for Rick Nelson and “He's a Rebel” for The Crystals, worked with Phil Spector, the Rolling Stones and Marc Almond, and was a Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame inductee.
GORDON TERRY Died April 9 in Spring Hill, TN after a lengthy illness. (Country) Born Oct. 7, 1931 in Moulton, Alabama. A fiddler, he worked with Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe and Johnny Cash.
PROOF Died April 11, in Detroit, MI, was shot. (Rap) He was a member of D12.
THANE K. LEIALOHA Died April 11, in Hilo, HI, shot by police as he tried to escape from a jail van. (Modern Hawaiian) He was 28, a singer, and in the band Sudden Rush.
FLIPPER SCHWARTZ Died April 12, when his truck collided with a semi-trailer. (Metal) Born June 8, 1981 in Orange, TX. The guitarist was a member of Barbwire Crown and Scobeys.
ZTEPHAN DARK Died April 19 (Metal) The guitarist was a member of Satanic Slaughter, and worked with Morbitity, Cruzified Angel, Morgue and Sounds of Death.
PHIL WALDEN Died April 23, in Atlanta, of cancer. Born Jan. 11, 1940 in Greenville, SC, he was the founder of Capricorn Records and helped launch the careers of Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers Band.