Rock Star Death Notices - September 2008
Photo Caption: Hiram Bullock in Berlin, Germany 4-25-2002
Hiram Bullock - Died July 25 at age 42 of cancer. He was a guitarist and singer. He was a member of Paul Shaffer’ The World’s Most Dangerous Band and The 24th Street Band. He worked with Marcus Miller, Carla Bley, David Sanborn, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, Roberta Flack, Spyro Gyra, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Sting, Miles Davis, Phyllis Hyman, The Brecker Brothers, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Chaka Khan, Pete Townsend, Ruben Rada and Gil Evans.
Janet Beers Boyer - Died July 25 at age 80 of cancer. She played banjo and cello. She performed with her husband, Bill Boyer Jr. She was the co-founder of The Music Folk music store, The Focal Point a music venue and coffee house and The St. Louis Folk Music Society.
Michael Berniker - Died July 25 at age 73 in Great Barrington, MA due to complications from kidney disease. He was a producer. He worked with Barbra Streisand, Ben Webster, Charlie Rouse, Paquito D’Rivera, Eydie Gorme, Irakere, Johnny Mathis, Thomas Hampson and Perry Como.
Fernanda Baptista - Died July 25 at age 79 in Cascais, Portugal. She was a singer and actress.
Christopher Tucker - Died July 25 at age 36. He co-wrote The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s, “If Love Is the Drug.” He was a member of The Situation. He worked with The Gatecrash, The Verge, Elan and Orphan Family.
Santha P Nair - Died July 26 at age 79 in Chennai due to an illness. She was a singer. She did, “Unarunaroo Unikkanna” and “Kadavathu Thoniyaduthappol.” She is mother of singer, Latha Raju.
Rosalyn Brunswick-McDuffie (aka Roz) (Rosalyn Renee Brunswick-McDuffie) - Died July 26 at age 39 in Houston, TX of ovarian cancer. She was a singer. She did, “Speak Of Me.” She worked with Donnie McClurkin, Rhonda McLemore, Al Jarreau and Chris Walker.
Ted Hall - Died July 26 in Santa Monica, CA at age 48. He was a guitarist and sound mixer. He was a member of The Fents. They did, “Artichoke” and “Stick In The Mud.” He was a senior mixer for POP Sound. He remixed music for Alanis Morrisette, U2, Linkin Park and Sting.
Faisal Helwani - Died July 27 in Lebanon of an illness. Musician, composer, sound engineer and producer. Worked with E.T. Mensah, Onipa Nua, Hedzole, Koo Nimo and Hugh Masekala.
Levi Dixon Jr. - Died July 27 at age 17. He was shot in Tampa, FL. He was a singer and a member of The Top Prospects.
Graeme Crallan (aka Crash) - Died July 27 at age 50 in London, England, from head injuries from a fall. He was a member of White Spirit. They did, “High Upon High” and “Backs To The Grind.” He worked with Tank.
Michael Dwamena (aka the Ice Cream Man) - Died July 28 at age 44 in Texas. He was a musician. He did, “Ngozi” and “Mama.” He worked with Batman Samini, Shortman and Samuel Owusu.
Papa Wendo (Antoine Wendo Kolosoy) - Died July 28 at age 82 of organ failure in Kinshasa. He was a singer and songwriter. He did, “Albertina” and “Marie-Louise” for which he was jailed as it was believed the song raised the dead. He worked with The Victoria Kin Band.
Suzanne Tamim (Suzanne Abdel Satar Tamim) - Died July 28 at age 30 in Palm Jumeira, Dubai where she was stabbed. She was a singer. She did, “Lovers.”
Dan “The Man” Segura (Daniel Segura) - Died July 28 in Rosenberg, Texas of a heart attack. He was born in 1950 in Flatonia. He was a musician and DJ. He worked with Gary And The Epics and Los Kasinos.
Danny Kahn - Died July 28 in Atlanta, GA. He was murdered. He was born in 1948. He was a singer and guitarist. He did, “Where Did You Go” and “Who Would You Rather.”
Bert Tolley - Died July 28 in Eureka (Country) Born 6-28-1947 in Arcata, CA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Country Fever.
Jeff Thomas (Jefferson Thomas) - Died July 28 of natural causes. He was a guitarist. He was a member of Sonic Wallpaper and of The Fabulous Motels with Charles Rocket.
Keith Shadwick - Died July 28 of Mesothelioma. He was born in 1951. He played sax, flute and piano and was a journalist and author. He did, “Tomorrow Has Gone” and “If You Try To Be Honest.” He was a member of Sun.
Ishmeet Singh (Ishmeet Singh Sodhi) - Died July 29 at age 18 in Male, Maldives. He drowned in a pool. He was a singer and the champion of 2007 Star Voice Of India competition.
Adelina Ramos - Died July 29 at age 94. She was a singer. She did, “Nao Passes Com Ela a Minha Rua.”
Oscar Golden (Oscar Isaac Goldenberg Jimenez) - Died July 29 at age 62 in Bogota, Colombia of liver cancer. He was a singer. He did, “Zapatos de Pom Pom” and “Boca de Chicle.” He was an integral part of TV’s, Club del Clan. He is the brother of actress, Diana Goldenberg.
Dave Fernandez - Died July 29 of a heart attack. He was a guitarist and a member of Suburban Legend.
Sam Gorman (Samuel D. Gorman) - Died July 29 at age 52 in Melbourne, FL of congestive heart failure. He was a guitarist, bassist, singer and saxophonist. He was a member of Loose Ends, The Brassfire Band, Street Life and Ace Mellwood And His Horns.
Pablo Beltran Ruiz - Died July 29 at age 93. He was a bandleader and composer. He wrote, “Quien Sera” which became, “Sway.”
Lawrence E. Dysart - Died July 29 at age 76. He was a pianist and a member of The Gospelaires.
Piano Jack (Jack Earl Myllymaki) - Died July 29 at age 57 in Belt, Montana, of a heart attack (Jazz - Blues) He was 57 years old - Played piano - (He did, “The Vietnam Bombing Song”).
Daniel Cox (aka MC WiZe) - Died in July of a brain tumor at age 22. He was a director for Rhyme And Rhythm Productions. He formed Lil Mysteries.
Margaret Allison - Died in July. She was a singer and a member of The Angelic Gospel Singers. They did, “Touch Me Lord Jesus.” She worked with The Soul Stirrers, The Might Clouds Of Joy, Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Caesar and The Dixie Hummingbirds.
Speedy Moore (William Moore) - Died in July and was born in 1912. He played fiddle, banjo and saxophone and was a journalist and author. He was a member of The Nighthawks and jammed with Bill Clinton.
Brother Yusuf Salim (Joseph Oliver Blair) - Died July 31 at age 78 of prostate cancer. He was a pianist. He worked with Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins.
Richard Betancourt - Died July 31 at age 38 in a car accident. He was a guitarist and a member of Cellar Poets.
Lee Young (Leonidas Raymond Young) - Died July 31 at age 94 in Los Angeles, CA. He was a drummer, singer and producer. He worked with Mutt Carey, Ethel Waters, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole. He was the brother of saxophonist, Lester Young.
Bob Button - Died in August. He was a pianist and a member of Button And Bows, The Bob Button Orchestra, The Melody Men and Connecticut Playmakers On Wheels.
David Breytman - Died in August and was born in Odessa, Ukraine. He was a bayan player and a musical director for The Sadko Balalaika Orchestra. He was also a member of Klezmania. They did, “Fun Kosev” and “New Orleans Khasene.”
Tas Blizzard (Tasman Blizzard) - Died August 1. His car plunged into a dam. He was a guitarist and a member of The Meanies (They did, “Lyin’” and “Probe TV”) and The Seaweed Gorillas.
Tony Schepkens - Died August 1 at age 35. He was a bassist and a member of Agathocles.
Fred Falco (Ferdinand Falco) - Died August 2 at age 80 in Maryland, NY of cancer. He was a singer and bass guitarist. He was a member of The Keynotes.
Memo Salamanca (Guillermo Salamanca) - Died August 2 at age 83 in Puerto de Veracruz, Mexico of natural causes. He was a composer, musician and singer . He did, “Mambo y trompeta” and “Mambo numero 5.” He worked with Damaso Perez Prado, Arturo Nunez, Marco Antonio Muniz and Celia Cruz.
Alex McCulloch - Died August 2 at age 20 in New Hall Lane. He fell 50 feet. He played guitar. He was a member of Me Versus Hero. They did “Starraiders And Spaceinvaders” and What Seems To Be The Officer.”
Matt Nozzolio (Matthew Anthony Nozzolio) - Died August 2 in New Haven, CN. He was born in 1954. He sang and played accordion, bass and dobro. He did, “Pot Of Gold” and “Walk On Boy.” He was a member of Traver Hollow, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters and The Bristol Boys. He worked with Jon Swift, Allan Harris And The Cross That River Band, Lost Highway, Deep Ellum, Charter Oak Bluegrass, The Remnants and Horizon Blue.
Erik Darling - Died August 2 at age 74 near Chapel Hill, NC of Burkitt’s lymphoma. He sang and played guitar and banjo. He was a member of The Tunetellers later renamed The Tarriers (They did, “Cindy, O Cindy” and a version of “The Banana Boat Song”), The Weavers and The Rooftop Singers (They did, “Walk Right In” and “Tom Cat”).
Bill Marten - Died August 2 and was born in 1960. He committed suicide. He was a bassist and a member of Houndgod, The Inca Babies (They did, “Grunt Cadillac Hotel” and “Big Jugular”) and TAB-D (They did, “Quicksand” and “That’s What I Want”).
David Lander - Died August 2 of a heart attack. He managed Kittie. He was the father of Kittie band members, Morgan and Mercedes.
Tadashi Hattori - Died August 2 at age 100 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a composer. He wrote music for the films, No Regrets For Our Youth and They Who Step On The Tiger’s Tail.
Roger Dean (David Roger Bryan Dean) - Died August 3 at age 65 of brain cancer. He was a guitarist. He worked with The Nu-Notes (They did, “Hall Of Mirrors” and “Kathy”), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (“Crocodile Walk” and “Crawling Up A Hill”), Mike Hurst & The Methods, The Stingrays, Ronnie Jones And The Bluejays, The Bad Boys, The Three Degrees, Jimmy Helms and Sheer Elegance.
Lou Teicher (Louis Teicher) - Died August 3 at age 83 in North Carolina of a heart attack. He was half of piano duo, Ferrante & Teicher. They did, “Theme From The Apartment” and “Midnight Cowboy.”
Paul “Moon” Mullins - Died August 3 and was born in 1936 in Frenchburg, Kentucky. He played fiddle and was a radio personality. He did, “Katy Daly.” He worked with The Stanley Brothers, The Bluegrass Playboys, Charlie Moore, Bill Napier, Larry Sparks, The Goins Brothers, Charlie Monroe, Earl Taylor, Jim McCall, Jimmy Martin and The Boys From Indiana.
Kawai Eri - Died August 4 in Japan due to an illness. She was a singer and songwriter. She was a contributor to anime series Utawarerumono and was the singing voice of Athena Glory in the series ARIA.
Manny Furia (Manuel Furia) - Died August 4 at age 77 of liver failure. He played accordion and piano and was a member of The Foursome.
Barbara Gilliam - Died August 4 in Alexandria, Virginia. She was a singer and a member of The Passionettes who changed their name to The Fuzz. They did, “I Love You for All Seasons” and “Like an Open Door.”
Jim Johnstone - Died August 4 at age 71. He was an accordionist. He worked with Bobby Colgan, Willie Donaldson and Andrew Rankine. He was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame.
Reg Lindsay - Died August 5 in Newcastle, New South Wales of pneumonia. He was born in 1929 in Sydney, New South Wales. He sang and played harmonica, banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle. He did, “Armstrong” and “Empty Arms Hotel.” He wrote over 500 songs. He was inducted into the Australia’s Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Geno Williams (Eugene Williams Jr.) - Died August 5 at age 64 in Las Vegas of pancreatic cancer. He was a singer and a member of The Vells And The Precision Six and The Buck Ram Platters.
Mike Sobon - Died August 5 at age 19 in Middletown, PA. He was hit by a train. He was a singer and a member of The Hostages.
Robert Hazard (Robert Rimato) - Died August 5 in Boston, MA, after surgery for pancreatic cancer. He was born in 1948 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a singer, musician and songwriter. He wrote Cyndi Lauper’s, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” He led Robert Hazard And The Heroes. They did, “Escalator Of Life” and “Change Reaction.”
Nathan Kaproff - Died August 6 at age 86. He was a violinist. He worked with Glenn Miller, The Monkees, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Tom Waits, Santana and The Jackson 5. He was a musical contractor for many films including, Edward Scissorhands, Indecent Proposal and Rocky.
Wayne Mulraney - Died August 6 at age 47 in Jabiru, Northern Territory in a car accident. He was a singer and guitarist. He did, “The Barefoot Cattleman” and “It’s Time To Go Home.”
Douglas Bashaw - Died August 6 at age 44 in Lebanon, NH, in a motorcycle accident. He was a bassist and singer. He was a member of SunKing.
Joseph Brazil - Died August 6 at age 80. He worked with John Coltrane and Roy Ayers. He is the founder of The Brazil Academy Of Music.
Chris Calloway - Died August 7 at age 62 of breast cancer. She was a singer and bandleader. She worked with her father, Cab Calloway’s, Hi-De-Ho Orchestra and with The Bert Dalton Trio. She portrayed Billie Holiday in the play, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She is niece of bandleader, Blanche Calloway.
Chester Smith - Died August 8 in Palo Alto. He was a singer and radio broadcaster. He did, “Wait a Little Longer, Please, Jesus.” He worked with Merle Haggard.
Horace Linsley - Died August 8 at age 88. He was a songwriter. He wrote, Buddy Holly’s “Fool’s Paradise” and Gisele MacKenzie’s, “Never Go’way.”
Aiden Lynch (Ainey) - Died August 8. He sang and played trumpet and was a member of The Kells Silver Band.
Yodrak Salukjai (Nipon Praiwan) - King of luk tung music - Died August 9 of liver cancer. He was born 1956 in the central province of Phichit. He was a singer. He did, “Chakayan khon jon” and “Samsib yong Jaew.” He recorded over 4,000 songs.
Frank Welsh (Frank W. Welsh) - Died August 9 at age 76 in Timonium, MD, of kidney failure. He played clarinet and saxophone and led Frank Welsh’s Orchestra.
Nathan Ndjiharine - Died August 9 at age 46. He drowned in the Muskegon River. He was a guitarist and a member of Yoroka and Zion Lion.
Dale Warren (Dale Henry Warren) - Died August 9 at age 83 in Branson, MO, of heart failure. He was a singer and a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers who are believed to be the oldest continually performing musical group in history. He worked with with Cliffie Stone’s Hometown Jamboree, Foy Willing And The Riders Of The Purple Sage and The All American Jamboree.
Mauro Scavroni (Mauro Scavroni Ughi) - Died August 9.He was a bassist and a member of Los Memphis. They did, “Me Haces Feliz Todo El Tiempo” and “Mujer Olvidada.”
Jerry Venturi - Died August 10 at age 67 of cancer. He played accordion and led The Jerry Venturi Trio. He owned Venturi’s House Of Music.
Isaac Hayes (Isaac Lee Hayes Jr.) - Died August 10 at age 65 in Memphis, TN, of a stroke. He sang and played piano, flute and saxophone and was a songwriter, producer, arranger and actor. He co-wrote Sam & Dave’s, “Soul Man.” He did “Theme From Shaft”, “I Can’t Turn Around” and “Joy.” He worked with Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sammy Davis Jr., Albert King and Alcia Keys. He was the voice of the cartoon character Chef on TV’s, South Park. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Alex Wallace (aka Lil’ Bill) - Died August 10 at age 83. He was a guitarist and worked with T-Bone Walker.
Frankie Tam (Frank P. Tam Sr.) (Francisco Paul Tamburo) - Died August 10 at age 93 of congestive heart failure. He played violin and guitar and sang. He led Frankie Tam And His Orchestra and Frankie Tam And The Next Generation. He worked with Bobby Hackett and Carmen Cavallaro.
Derek “Dexter” Whitehall (aka Dexter The Insulter) - Died August 10 at age 69 in England of cancer. He played saxophone and clarinet. He did, “Tango Macabre.” He worked with Robert Ellis Hawke, Chet Baker, Nina Simone, The Buena Vista Social Club and Geno Washington.
Don Helms - Died August 11 at age 81 in Nashville, TN. He played steel guitar. He wrote, Brenda Lee’s, “Fool Number One.” He was a member of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys (“Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Cold, Cold Heart”) He worked with Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Stonewall Jackson, The Nashville Tennesseans and Brazilbilly. He was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame.
David Melle - Died August 11 at age 66 in Catawba Island Township due to complications from cancer. He played saxophone, flute and clarinet. He was a member of and a director for The Toledo Jazz Orchestra.
Mario Zuleta (Mario Jose Zuleta Diaz) - Died August 11 in Cabo de la Vela, Guajira, Colombia from ingesting poison. He was born 1955 in Villanueva, Guajira, Colombia. He was an accordionist, composer and producer . He wrote, “Cantando me divierto”, “la herida de mi alma” and “El cobarde de mi pueblo.” He worked with Jairo Serrano. He was the son of composer and accordionist, Emiliano Zuleta Baquero, brother of singer, Poncho Zuleta and accordionist, Emiliano Zuleta and uncle of accordionist, Ivan Zuleta.
Christie Allen - Died August 12 at age 53 in Australia of pancreatic cancer. She was a singer. She did, “Goosebumps” and “He’s My Number One.”
Orlando “Puntilla” Rios - Died August 12 at age 60 in New York after a heart operation. He was a percussionist and singer. He led Nueva Generacion.
Donald Erb - Died August 12 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio due to an illness. He was born in 1927 in Youngstown, Ohio. He was a composer and trumpeter. He wrote, “Reconnaissance” and “Three Pieces For Brass Quintet And Piano.”
Eval Manigat - Died August 12 in Haiti. He was in his late 60s. He was a musician and led Tchaka. He worked with with Vaccine, Buzz and The Young Latins.
Hosea Leavy - Died August 12 of liver cancer. He was born in 1927 in Altheimer, AR. He played guitar, bass, drums and keyboards and sang. He did, “Cummins Prison Farm” and “It’s Too Early In The Morning.” He worked with Harmonica Slim and Chris Millar.
Lita Roza (Lilian Patricia Lita Roza) - Died August 14 at age 82. She was a singer. She did, “(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?” and “Hey There.” She worked with Edmundo Ros, The Harry Roy Orchestra and The Ted Heath Band. She was the first British female singer to top the UK singles charts.
Terry Wallace - Died August 14 at age 66 of Mesothelioma. He sang and played guitar and banjo. He was a member of Carl Wayne And The Vikings (They did, “What’s The Matter Baby” and “This Is Love”) and The Southerners. He worked with Sounds Hawaiian, The Nightshift and Mike Sheridan’s New Lot.
Leo Gomez (Leonardo Gomez Jr.) - Died August 15 in Valledupar, Colombia in a car accident. He was born in 1983 in Valledupar, Colombia. He was a singer, musician and composer. He wrote Luifer Cuello’s, “Pin Pon Pan”, Peter Manjarres’, “La Duena de mi vida” and Jacobo Fonseca’s, “Pinta un bosque y pierdete.” He worked with Diomedes Dionisio Diaz.
Francisco Andres Beleno (aka Pacho Beleno) - Died August 15 in Valledupar, Colombia in a car accident. He was born in 1985 in Valledupar, Colombia. He was a musician and a member of Los K Morales. He was son of singer and musician, Andres Beleno.
Thomas Furtaw - Died August 15 at age 43 after he collapsed on stage. He was a guitarist and a member of The Spitting Nickels.
Jerry Wexler (Gerald Wexler) - Died August 15 at age 91 in Sarasota, FL, of congestive heart failure. He was a producer. He signed and/or produced Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, George Michael, Dusty Springfield and others. He was a writer for Billboard Magazine. He coined the term “Rhythm And Blues.” He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall Of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame.
Dorival Caymmi - Died August 16 at age 94 in Copacabana, Río de Janeiro, Brasil of multiple organ failure. He was a singer and composer. He did, “Oracao de Mae Menininha”, “Promessa de Pescador” and “O que e que a baiana tem?” His songs have been recorded by Carmen Miranda, Gal Costa and Maria Bethania. He is the father of singers, Dori, Danilo and Nana Caymmi and husband of singer, Stella Maris.
Ronnie Drew - Died August 16 at age 73 in Dublin, Ireland due to an illness. He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He founded The Ronnie Drew Group which became The Dubliners. They did, “Seven Drunken Nights” and a version of “Finnegan’s Wake.” He worked with The Pogues, Eleanor Shanley, Christy Moore, Antonio Breschi and The Dropkick Murphys.
Johnny Moore (aka Dizzi) (John Arlington Moore) - Died August 16 at age 70 of colon cancer. He was a trumpeter and a founding member of The Skatalites. They did, “Confucious” and “Red Is Danger.”
Pervis Jackson - Died August 18 at age 70 of cancer. He was a singer and a member of The Spinners (Also known as The Motown Spinners and The Detroit Spinners) They did, “They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play)” and “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love.”
Clyde Balfour Jones (aka Daddy Jones) - Died August 18 at age 85. He was an organist and managed The Troubadours.
Joe Shikany - Died August 18. He was hit by a falling tree. He was a singer, guitarist and bassist. He worked with Paul Rodgers, Bighorn, The Allies, Magic Bus, Sex And Violins, N’Sane, PowerCell, The Davanos and Spike And The Impalers.
LeRoi Moore (Gary Lee Moore) - Died August 19 at age 46 in Los Angeles of injuries suffered in an all terrain vehicle accident in June. He played saxophone, flute, clarinet and wooden penny whistle. He was a member of The Dave Matthews Band. They did, “Too Much” and “Stay.” He worked with Code Magenta and Soko.
Wayne Wadhams (Wayne N. Wadhams) - Died August 19 at age 61. He was a singer and keyboardist. He was a member of The Demen who changed their name to The D-Men (They did, “Don’t You Know” and “I Just Don’t Care”) and then to The Fifth Estate (They did, “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” and “Morning Morning.” He was the founder of The Boston Skyline record label.
Danny Young (aka the Mayor of South Austin) - Died August 20 at age 67 in South Austin, TX, of a heart attack. He played rub board. He worked with Cornell Hurd and Ponty Bone.
Phil Guy - Died August 20 at age 68 in Chicago Heights, Il from complications of prostate cancer. He was a singer and guitarist. He did, “Last Of The Blues Singers.” He worked with his brother, Buddy Guy and with Big Poppa And The Country Boys, Junior Wells, Slim Harpo and Raful Neal.
Little Arthur Duncan - Died August 20 at age 74 in Northlake, IL, due to complications from brain surgery. He played harmonica and sang. He was a member of The Backscratchers. He worked with Twist Turner, Illinois Slim and Rick Kreher.
Oscar Ferrari (Oscar Samuel Rodríguez de Mendoza) - Died August 20 at age 84 in Buenos Aires, Argentina of gastric affection. He was a singer and professor. He was a member the orchestras of Juan Calo, Alfredo Gobbi, Edgardo Donato (“Galleguita”), Astor Piazzolla and Jose Basso. He was the son of the dancers, Roberto Salvador and María Antonia Quimino.
Barbara Jamerson - Died August 20 at age 59 in San Diego, CA, of cardiac arrest. She was a singer. She did, “I Wish You Love.” She led Barbara Jamerson & 2 Deep. She worked with The Fro Brigham’s Preservation Band, Hot And Spicy Etouffee, The Pacific Brass And Electric, Capricorn, The Sophisticates and Women In Jazz. She was inducted into the African American Musicians’ Heritage Hall Of Fame.
Buddy Harman (Murrey Mizell Harman Jr.) - Died August 21 at age 79 of congestive heart failure. He was a drummer. He worked with Elvis Presley (“Little Sister”), Perry Como, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), Roy Orbison (“Pretty Woman”), Connie Francis,, Johnny Cash (“Ring Of Fire”), Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette (“Stand By Your Man”), Ray Price and many others. He was the first staff drummer for The Grand Ole Opry. He performed for John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He can be heard on over 18,000 recordings.
Doris May Ueberroth Smith (Doris May Mossing) - Died August 21 at age 83 in Perrysburg Township, Ohio due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was a director and member of The Kitchenettes, a comedic kazoo band which also played homemade instruments. They formed in 1958.
Jerry Finn - Died August 21 at age 39 due to a brain hemorrhage he suffered in July. He was a producer. He worked with The Offspring, AFI, Morrissey, Bad Religion, Blink-182, Sparta, Smoking Popes, Alkaline Trio, Tiger Army, The Muffs, MxPx, Rancid, Pennywise, Green Day and Sum 41.
Ralph Young - Died August 22 at age 85 in Palm Springs, CA. He was a singer and comedian. He was half of the duo, Sandler And Young. He worked with Les Brown, Tommy Reynolds and Shep Fields.
Gini Northup (Virginia Schiller Northup) - Died August 22 at age 45 of a blood clot. She was a singer and keyboardist. She was a member of The Boilermakers and Two For The Show with her husband, Jerry Northup and also was a member of Passion Play and Girls Night Out.
Ron Epstein (Ronald A. Epstein) - Died August 23 at age 58 due to complications after lung surgery. He played clarinet and was a member of The Pitman Hobo Band.
Harold Nicholls (Harold Carey Nicholls Sr.) - Died August 23 at age 94 in Great Falls due to an illness. He played organ and led The Harold Nicholls Big Band. He worked with his wife, singer Beth Halmes Nicholls.
Loren Blahovec (aka Loren Blake) - Died August 23 at age 80. He was a pianist. He worked with his wife, singer Janet Blahovec and with The Four Preps, The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, George Shearing, Stan Getz, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Charo and The Joe Hary Quartet.
Miguel Durier - Died August 23 at age 59 in Bogota, Colombia from a stroke. He was a singer and guitarist. He Did, “El Melenudo”, “Los Cuervos Estan de Luto” and “El Pajaro Taladro.” He was a member of Los Flippers, Glass Onion, La Banda del Marciano and La Leyenda.
“California” Eddie Jones - Died August 23 at age 72. He was a singer, keyboardist and songwriter. He was a member of The Demens (They did, “Take Me As I Am” and “The Greatest Of Them All”) and The Emersons (They did, “Joannie, Joannie” and “Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde”).
Jimmy Cleveland - Died August 23 at age 82. He was a trombonist. He worked with Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Lucky Thompson, Oscar Peterson and James Brown.
Steve Foley - Died in August in Minneapolis, MN from an accidental overdose of prescription medication. He was born in 1959. He was a drummer. He worked with Curtiss A, Wheelo, Snaps, The Replacements and Bash & Pop.
Hansi Lang - Died August 24 at age 53 in Vienna, Austria of a stroke. He was a singer and actor. He was a member of Hallucination Company, Dreamboat and Slow Club.
Yau Aaron Chan - Died August 24 at age 25 in Vancouver, Canada. He was stabbed. He was a singer. He did, “No Tomorrow.”
Chad Ingle - Died August 24 at age 26 of food poisoning. He was a singer, guitarist and pianist. He did, “It’s A Miracle” and “From Heaven’s Point Of View.”
Jack Hutton - Died August 24 at age 80 in London, England. He played trumpet and was a journalist. He was a member of The Codgers. He was an editor for Melody Maker and worked for Kerrang!, Popswap and Sounds. He interviewed many jazz artists including Sidney Bechet, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Count Basie, Diana Washington and Sammy Davis Jr. He co-founded The Dundee Jazz Club.
Naheed Gohar - Died August 25 at age 40 in Pakistan. She was shot. She was a singer.
Davy Hammond (David Hammond) - Died August 25 at age 79 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a singer and film maker. He worked with The Clancy Brothers, Donal Lunny, Neil Martin, Alan Lomax and Pete Seeger. He was a founding member of The Field Day Theatre Company.
Simoes Manuel - Died August 27 at age 91 in Lisbon. He was a producer. He recorded Maria de Lourdes Resende, Tristao da Silva, Francisco Jose, Berta Cardoso, Manuel de Almeida ,Casimiro Ramos, Maria Jose da Guia, Argentina Santos, Alfredo Marceneiro, Anita Guerreiro, Manuel Fernandes, Jose António and Maria Antonieta.
Jez Bird - Died August 27 at age 50 of cancer. He was a singer and guitarist. He was a member of The Lambrettas. They did, “Da-a-a-nce” and a version of, “Poison Ivy.”