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  • Rockstar Death Notices - Special Covid-19 edition

    Honoring and Documenting artists we have lost to Covid-19
    by Rökker
    April 2020

    John Prine in his younger days

    John Prine in his younger days

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, and has since spread globally, resulting in the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

    The following are musicians who have died after contracting Covid-19. RIP. Page updated as necessitates.

    Yoshio (Gustavo Nakatani Ávila) - D. 5-13-2020 - 70 - Covid-19 - Mexican singer of Japanese descent whose greatest hits were in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Renée Claude - D. 5-12-2020 - 80 - Covid-19 - Canadian actress and singer.

    Alberto Carpani - D. 5-11-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 - Italian singer - Albert One (70’s & 80’s) - Eurodance DJ - producer.

    David Antônio Corrêa - D. 5-10-2020 - 82 - Covid-19 - Brazilian singer and songwriter - samba, samba-enredo and pagode.

    Carlos José - D. 5-9-2020 - 85 - Covid-19 - Brazilian singer-songwriter - seresta.

    Ty (Ben Chijioke) - D. 5-7-2020 - 47 - Covied-19 - British rapper - released the albums Awkward (2001), Upwards (2004), Closer (2006), Special Kind of Fool (2010) and A Work of Heart (2018).

    Kiing Shooter (William Daniels) - D. 5-5-2020 - 24 - Covid-19 - New York rapper - worked with NYC rapper Dave East - released several freestyle recordings with the rapper in 2017.

    Ciro Pessoa Mendes Corrêa - D. 5-5-2020 - 62 - Covid-19 - also known by his Dharma name Tenzin Chöpel - Brazilian singer-songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, screenwriter, journalist, writer and poet - famous for being one of the founding members of the influential rock band Titãs and for his later work with pioneering post-punk/gothic rock band Cabine C. He also formed numerous other short-lived and lesser known projects in the mid-1980s/1990s before beginning a solo career in 2003.

    Aldir Blanc Mendes - D. 5-4-2020 - 73 - Covid-19 - Brazilian author and lyricist - composed many songs with singer-songwriter João Bosco, guitarist Guinga, and many others.

    Dragan Vučić - D. 5-4-2020 - 65 - Covid-19 - Macedonian composer, singer and TV host.

    David Paul Greenfield - D. 5-3-2020 - 71 - Covid-19 - English keyboardist, singer and songwriter of The Stranglers.

    Óscar Chávez - D. 4-30-2020 - 85 - Covid-19 - Mexican singer, songwriter and actor - major proponent of the Nueva Trova movement in Mexico in the 1960s and 1970s.

    David S. Boe -  D. 4-28-2020 - 84 - Covid-19 - organist and head of the organ department of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he taught from 1962 to 2008 - most notable for his work as a pedagogue, having trained a large number of organists during his time at Oberlin.

    Alan Abel - D. 4-25-2020 - 91 - Covid-19 - American percussionist, music educator, and inventor of musical instruments - Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1959 until his retirement in 1997.

    Robert Mandell - D. 4-25-2020 - 90 - Covid-19 - an American-born British-based conductor - particularly noted in the United Kingdom for his popular family and children’s concerts, and stage musicals.

    Troy Sneed - D. 4-24-2020 (announced) - 52 - Covid-19 - Florida - American gospel singer.

    Fred the Godson (Frederick Thomas) - D. 4-23-2020 - 35 - Covid-19 - NYC - American DJ and rapper.

    Bootsie Barnes (Robert Barnes) - D. 4-22-2020 - 82 - Covid-19 - Philadelphia - American jazz saxophonist - widely respected tenor saxophone player whose hard-driving sound and restless creative spirit become synonymous with Philadelphia jazz over a six-decade career

    Enrique Castellón Vargas - D. 4-22-2020 - 88 - Covid-19 - El Príncipe Gitano (“The Gypsy Prince”) was a Spanish flamenco singer, actor and dancer.

    Jacques Pellen - D. 4-21-2020 - 63 - Covid-19 - France - French jazz guitarist.

    Arlene Saunders - D. 4-17-2020 - 89 - Covid-19 - Cleveland - American spinto soprano opera singer - after making her operatic debut as Rosalinde von Eisenstein, in Die Fledermaus, with the National Opera Company in 1958, she made her first appearance with the New York City Opera in 1961, as Giorgetta in Il tabarro.

    Giuseppi Logan - D. 4-17-2020 - 84 - Covid-19 - NYC - was a jazz musician, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who taught himself to play piano and drums before switching to reeds at the age of 12. At the age of 15 he began playing with Earl Bostic and later studied at the New England Conservatory.

    Matthew Seligman - D.4-17-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 - English bass guitarist -  member of The Soft Boys, Thompson Twins, Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club, The Dolphin Brothers and was a sideman for Thomas Dolby - backed David Bowie at his performance at Live Aid in 1985.

    Christophe - D. 4-16-2020 - 74 - Covid-19 - French singer.

    Henry Grimes - D. 4-15-200 - 84 - Covid-19 - American jazz double bassist, violinist, and poet - after more than a decade of activity and performance, notably as a leading bassist in free jazz, Grimes completely disappeared from the music scene by 1970.

    Lee Konitz - D. 4-15-2020 - 92 - Covid-19 - American composer and alto saxophonist. He performed successfully in a wide range of jazz styles, including bebop, cool jazz, and avant-garde jazz.

    Kishen Bholasing - D. 4-12-2020 - 35 - Covid-19 - Amsterdam - Surinamese singer and percussionist.

    Maurice Barrier - D. 4-12-2020 - 87 - Covid-19 - French actor and singer.

    Marc Engels - D. 4-9-2020 - 54 - Covid-19 -  Belgian sound engineer and Le Bureau des légendes.

    Dmitri Smirnov - D. 4-9-2020 - 71 - Covid-19 - London -Russian-born British a Russian composer, poet, translator.

    Eddy Davis - D. 4-7-2020 - 80 - Covid-19 - a banjoist and bandleader who enjoyed a sprawling career in traditional jazz, most visibly through a decades-long association with Woody Allen.

    Nathaniel Valentine - D. 4-7-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 - Richmond gospel singer and well-known choir member at New Life Deliverance Tabernacle.

    Xudeydi - D. 4-7-2020 - 91 - Covid-19 - London - Somali musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein (Xudeydi/Hudeydi) known as “King of Oud” - one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music.

    John Prine - D. 4-7-2020 - 73 - Covid-19 -  American country folk singer-songwriter.

    Hal Wilner - D. 4-6-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 -  American music producer (Saturday Night Live, Stay Awake).

    Patrick Gibson - D. 4-4-2020 - Covid-19 - vocalist and drummer for the group Gibson Brothers.

    Guus Smeets - D. 4-2-2020 - 71 - Covid-19 - Dutch singer for Ezzebleef.

    Nirmal Singh Khalsa - D. 4-2-2020 - 67 - Covid-19 - Former Hazoori Ragi of the Golden Temple.

    Bucky Pizzarelli - D. 4/1/2020 - 94 - Covid-19 - American jazz guitarist.

    Adam Schlesinger - D. 4/1/2020 - 52 - Covid-19 - singer and songwriter for Fountains of Wayne and Emmy-winning songwriter for TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”.

    Ellis Marsalis Jr. - D. 4/1/2020 - 85 - Covid-19 - Jazz piano legend, teacher and patriarch of one of New Orleans’ great musical families.

    Cristina Monet-Zilkha “Cristina” - D. 4/1/2020 - 61 - Covid-19 - new-wave pop singer.

    Wallace Roney - D. 3-31-2020 - 59 - Covid-19 - Grammy winning American jazz trumpeter - studied with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie - worked with Art Bakey’s Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis Quintet.

    Joe Diffie - D. 3-29-2020 - 61 - Covid-19 - Nashville - American country music singer.

    Alan Merrill - D. 3-29-200 - 69 - Covid-19 - played with the Arrows and Runner - wrote “I Love Rock n Roll” for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - worked with Rick Derringer, Meat Loaf and many others.

    Lou “L.A.” Kouvaris - D. 3-28-2020 - 66 - Covid-19 - Greek-born American original guitarist for Riot.

    Kerstin Behrendtz - D. 3-28-2020 - 69 - Covid-19 - Swedish music programmer and editor for Sveriges Radio.

    Wayman Henry - D. 3-27-2020 - 66 - Covid-19 - Mobile, Alabama - American musician - guitarist.

    Martinho Lutero Galati - D. 3-26-2020 - 66 - Covid-19 - Brazilian conductor.

    Naomi Munakata - D. 3-26-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 - Japanese-Brazilian conductor.

    Olle Holmquist - D. 3-26-2020 - 83 -  Covid-19 - Swedish trombonist (James Last Orchestra) - played with Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones and ABBA, and many others.

    DJ Griff Gotti (Conrad Buchanan) - D. 3-26-2020 - 39 - Covid-19 - Florida - American DJ.

    Luigi Roni - D. 3-26-2020 - 78 - Covid-19 - Italian Singer.

    Freddy Rodriguez Sr. - D. 3-26-2020 - 89 - Covid-19 - American saxophone player, Denver, Colorado.

    Cy Tucker - D. 3-25-2020 - 76 - Covid-19 - English musician (Liverpool) -  in the Sixties, he played alongside the Beatles with Earl Preston and the TTs.

    Landon Spradlin - D. 3-25-2020 - 66 - Covid-19 (virus hoaxer) - American Musician & Preacher - Virginia.

    Detto Mariano - D. 3-25-2020 - 82 - Covid-19 - Italian musician (I Ribelli) and composer.

    Manu Dibango - D. 3-24-2020 - 86 - Covid-19 - Cameroonian saxophonist (“Soul Makossa”).

    Nashom Wooden - D. 3-23-2020 - 50 - Covid-19 - American drag performer (The Ones, Flawless, Swoon)

    Mike Longo - D. 3-22-2020 - 83 - Covid-19 - American jazz pianist - musical director for Dizzy Gillespie.

    Rod Powell - D. 3-21-2020 - Covid-19 - American musician - Vail, Colorado.

    Enrique del Portal - D. 3-20-2020 - 87 - Covid-19 - Madrid - Spanish operatic tenor.

    Black N Mild “Oliver Stokes Jr.” - D. 3-19-2020 - 44 - Covid-19 - American bounce music deejay.

    Aurlus Mabélé - D. 3-19-2020 - 66 - Stroke/Covid-19 - Congolese singer and composer.

    Joey Bautista - D. 3-19-2020 - Covid-19 - Filipino singer - Mulatto.

    Jean Leber - D. 3-18-2020 - 70–71 - Covid-19 - French violinist.

    Sergio Bassi - D. 3-16-2020 - 69 - Covid-19 - Italian folk singer-songwriter.

    Marcelo Peralta - D. 3-10-2020 - 59 - Covid-19 - Argentine saxophonist - Madrid, Spain.

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