Rock Star Death Notices - May 2009
Photo Caption: Marilyn Chambers on the cover of the Ivory Snow Box
Marilyn Chambers (Marilyn Ann Briggs) - Died April 12 at age 56 in Canyon Country, CA. She was an adult film actress and singer. She did, “Benihana” and “So I Cried A Little Bit.” She sang the title song for the film, Insatiable.
Paulie Rocco - Died March 26 in Houston of liver failure at age 47. He was a guitarist and singer. He worked with The Chesterfield Kings, Johnny Thunders, Mick Taylor, Gilby Clarke and The White Devils. They did, “Take It Right Back” and “The Next Tragedy.”
John Mayhew - Died March 26 of a heart-related condition. He was born on March 25, 1947 or 1948. He was a drummer and singer. He worked with Genesis. They did, “White Mountain” and “The Knife.”
William Reynolds (William Jensen Reynolds) - Died March 28 in Nashville, TN. He was born 1920 in Iowa. He was a musician, composer and arranger. He wrote, “Share His Love” and “People To People.” He wrote the book, A Joyful Sound: Christian Hymnody.
Andy Arnold - Died in March in Weymouth of a brain tumor at age 51. He was a singer and a member of The Wildcats and Bop Street.
Travis Criscola - Died March 28 in Cincinnati, Ohio, in his sleep after combining alcohol and pills at age 24. He was a guitarist and worked with The Cute Lepers.
Brikk (Robert Brown IV) - Died March 28 in Chattanooga, Tennessee at age 33. He was shot in an armed robbery at his home. He was half of the duo, Pinney Woods. They did, “Cheesecake” and “To Be Loved.”
Dan Baldwin - Died March 28 in Portland, Oregon. He was born in 1966. His motorcycle was hit by a drunk driver. He was a percussionist and a member of Power Of County.
Robert Anderson (aka Andy Anderson) - Found dead on March 29 at age 71. He shot his wife, Karla and himself. He played banjo and guitar. He led Andy And The Manhattans.
Hal Durham - Died March 29 in Cape Coral, Florida at age 77. He was a general manager for The Grand Ole Opry and a program director for the Opry’s radio home.
Monte Hale (Samuel Buren Ely) - Died March 29 in Studio City, CA at age 89 of an illness. He was a singer, guitarist and actor. He did, “In My Stable There’s An Empty Stall” and “Statue In The Bay.” He helped found of The Autry National Center Of The American West and was the original owner of The Los Angeles Angels baseball team. He is a Western Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Andy Hallett (Andrew Alcott Hallett) - Died March 29 at age 33 in Los Angeles, CA, of heart disease. He was a singer and actor. He appeared on TV’s, Angel. He did, “Lady Marmalade” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green” for the Angel: Live Fast, Die Never soundtrack.
Maurice Jarre (Maurice-Alexis Jarre) - Died March 29 at age 84 in Los Angeles of cancer. He was a composer. He wrote over 150 film scores which includes Ghost, Doctor Zhivago, Enemy Mine, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Lawrence Of Arabia.
Bill Moreside (Dr. Bill Moreside) - Died March 29 at age 85. He played trombone and worked with Don Warner’s Orchestra.
Dennis Donovan (aka Sox) - Died March 29 at age 55 in Dana Point. He drove his car off a cliff. He was a bassist and worked with The Flowers.
Grayson Wells (Grayson Dunlap Wells) - Died March 29 at age 39 of cancer. He was a composer and played keyboards and violin. He did, “Here Come The Wolves.” He was a member of Mechanical Soul and worked with Off Kilter.
Lyndon Stauber - Died March 29 at age 25. He was a bassist. He worked with Southwest Of Sanity.
Israel Chatama - Died March 29 at age 16 in Dowa district due to head injuries after jumping from a moving vehicle. He was a musician. He did, “Moyo” and “Siyawo.” He worked with Lawrence Mbenjere.
Buddy Christian (Howard Seton Christian II) - Died March 29 at age 91 in Manhattan, NY. He was a drummer. He worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Red Norvo, Ina Ray Hutton, Teddy Powell, Joe Marsala and “Chief” Russell Moore.
Terry Foy - Died March 30 at age 56. He was a singer and bassist. He was a member of East Street, Boys Will Be Boys, Dreamweaver and August.
Martin May - Died March 30 at age 51 of lymphoma. He worked with The Moondogs, Lipstick, The Lone Sharks and The House Doctors.
Paul Dennis Kastor - Died March 31 at age 58 in Fremont. He was a musician and worked with F-Troop, Half And Half, Justus, Boys And Me and Paulie And Friends.
Michael Cox (aka Matthew Ellis and Obie Clayton) - Died March 31 of cancer. He was born in 1948 in Northamptonshire. He was a singer, songwriter and novelist. He did, “In The Old Days” and “Am I?” as Matthew Ellis. He wrote the book, The Meaning Of Night.
Joanna Jones - Died March 31 at age 27 in Crawley in a car accident. She was a singer and a member of Chasing ORA (They did, “Here And Winning” and “Running Scared”).
Beppe Quirici - Died March 31 at age 55 in Genoa, Italy. He was a producer. He worked with Giorgio Gaber, Ornella Vanoni and Ivano Fossati.
Darrel Ogden - Died March 31 at age 59. He played organ. He wrote, “Torpedoes And Bullets.” He worked with Tom’s Rigg, The Perfect Circle, Powerhouse 6 and The Chants.
Jack Velker - Died March 31. He was a pianist, accordion player and singer. He worked with Boz Scaggs, Colin James, The Ambassadors and Charlie Musselwhite.
Chris Wright - Died in April at age 59. He played drums, guitar and harmonica. He worked with Patchwork and Baby Blue.
Pedro Infante Jr. (Pedro Infante Torrentera) - Died April 1 in Los Angeles, CA, of pneumonia. He was born in 1950. He was a singer and actor. He was son of singer and actor, Pedro Infante Sr. and dancer, Lupita Torrentera.
Duane Jarvis (aka D.J.) (Duane Douglas Jarvis) - Died April 1 at age 51 in Marina del Rey, CA, of colon cancer. He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He co-wrote, “Still I Long For Your Kiss.” He was a member of The Odds - Worked with Long Tall Marvin, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, Peter Case, John Prine, Frank Black, Amy Rigby and Giant Sand. He was an Oregon Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Joe Bird - Died April 1 at age 41 of a heart attack. He played guitar and mandolin/ He was a member of Hookahman and Three Dead Trolls In A Baggie (“They did, “The War Of 1812” and “It’s All Your Fault”).
Joe Don Davidson - Died April 1 at age 58 of liver cancer. He was a guitarist. He worked with Joe Ely, The Traveling Salesmen, Ace Liquidators, The Planets and The Mike Pritchard Band.
Gajanan Watve - Died April 2 at age 92 of natural causes. He was a singer. He did, “Gagani ugavala sayantara” and “Vara phophavala.”
Bud Shank (Clifford Everett Shank Jr.) - Died April 2 at age 82 in Tucson, Arizona. He was a saxophonist and flautist. He led The Bud Shank Big Band. He worked with The LA Four, Charlie Barnet, Stan Kenton, The Mamas And The Papas, Gene Clark and Ravi Shankar.
Freddie Everett - The Texas Legend – Died April 2 at age 49 of Lou Gehrigs Disease. He was a guitarist and singer. He led The Freddie Everett Band. They did, “Where Are You Now” and “Change Of Heart.”
John King - Died April 3. He was born on 1953. He played guitar and ukulele. He did remakes of “PuPu A’o Ewa” and “Ahe Lau Makani. He also released a CD of music by Johann Sebastian Bach played on the Ukulele.
Salvatore Caffarello (aka Sal and HoneyBoy Dupree) - Died April 3 at age 56 in Phoenix AZ, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was a singer and bassist. He led HoneyBoy Dupree And The Smokehouse Players. They did, “Walking Sin” and “Fly Away.” He can be heard on the scores for My Fair Lady and West Side Story.
Charlie Kennedy (Charles Sumner Kennedy) - Died April 3 at age 81 in Ventura, CA, of pulmonary disease. He was a saxophonist. He worked with Gene Krupa (“Disc Jockey Jump” and “I Should Have Kept On Dreaming”), Charlie Ventura, Flip Phillips, Chico O’Farrill, Med Flory, Bill Holman, Terry Gibbs’ Dream Band and Louis Prima (“White Cliffs Of Dover”).
Roosevelt Dean - Died April 4 at age 65 in Syracuse, NY, of cancer. He was a singer and guitarist. He did, “Drivin’ All Night” and “Jack Daniels.” He led The Roosevelt Dean Blues Band and Roosevelt Dean And The Spellbinders. He worked with Carolyn Kelly. He was a Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Steve Raitt - Died April 4 at age 61 in Los Angeles of brain cancer. He was a singer, percussionist and sound engineer. He was a member of The T.C. Jammers. He worked with Willie And The Bees, The Lamont Cranston Band and The Doug Maynard Band. He was brother of singer, Bonnie Raitt.
Eduardo Parra (aka Tío Lalo Parra) (Eduardo Emeterio Parra Sandoval) - Died April 4 at age 90 in Santiago, Chile of septic shock. He was a guitarist and composer. He worked with his daughter, Clarita Parra and with Los Hermanos Parra (They did, “Los Marcianos” and “Como Te Poni”) and Los Viejos Parra.
Phillip Falcocchio - Died April 4 at age 62 in Irwin. He was a drummer. He worked with The Starfires, B.E. Taylor, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Sonny And Cher, Simon And Garfunkel, The Vogues, The Shondells and The Knobs (They did, “4 Bucks A Gallon” and “Lonely At The Bottom”).
Tina Lad’e (Tina Harrison) - Died April 4 at age 39 in Tampa, FL, in a car accident. She was a singer and pianist. She did, “Lock You Inside.” She was a member of The On Que Players.
Richard Wade - Died April 4. He was born in 1948 in Albany. He was a singer and keyboardist. He was also a member of Paul Bearer And Hearsemen.
Nancy Overton (Anne Swain) - Died April 5 at age 83 near Blairstown, NJ, of esophageal cancer. She was a singer. She worked with Tommy Tucker’s Two Timers, The Heathertones and The Chordettes. She was married to pianist, Hall Overton and is the mother of comic, Rick Overton.
Chano Lobato (Juan Ramírez Sarabia) - Died April 5 in Sevilla. He was born in 1927 in Santa Maria, Cadiz. He was a singer and worked with Antonio El Bailarin Lobato, Manuel Morao and El Serna.
Kristian Dragge - Died April 5 at age 39. He was a guitarist and a member of The Smut Peddlers. He was brother of guitarist, Fletcher Dragge.
Tony D (Anthony Depula) (aka Harvee Wallbangar and Grand Pubha Tony D) - Died April 5 at age 42 in Hamilton, NJ, in a car accident. He was a DJ and musician. He worked with The Crusaders For Real Hip Hop. He produced Outsidaz, Pace Won, Scott Lark, Poor Righteous Teachers, DJ Muggs, Young Zee, Blvd Mosse and King Sun.
Mari Trini (Maria Trinidad Perez de Miravete Mille) - Died April 6 at age 61 in Murcia, Spain. She was a singer. She did, “Yo no soy esa.”
Jacques Hustin - Died April 6 at age 69. He was a singer. He did, “Fleur de liberte” and “Adresse Inconnue.”
Jan Eriksson (aka Tollarparn) - Died April 6 at age 59. Pianist and worked with Sonja Stjernquist, Lasse Lonndahl and Thore Skogman.
A Sun (A Sang) (Judy Huang Yanlin) - Died April 6 at age 34 in Taiwan of breast cancer. She was a singer. She did, “Ye Zi” and “Mo Zai Chang Ge.”
Bob Jeske (Robert Jeske) - Died April 6 at age 34. He was shot in police standoff. He was a singer, bassist and drummer. He worked with Downside Of Truth, Buried By Hope and Beyond Forever.
Dr. Olin Harris Sr. - Died April 7 at age 74 in Harrisburg, PA, of bone cancer. He was a singer and radio host. He did a version of, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” He was the executive producer for radio’s, Echoes of Glory and Gospel Cavalcade Live. He performed for President Ronald Reagan. He was a Broadcasters Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Walt Redmond Jr. - Died April 7 at age 35 of a drug overdose. He was a guitarist and singer. He did, “Twang” and “Free At Last.”
Warren Henry Mays Jr. (aka Swinging Gate) - Died April 7 at age 63. He was a musician and songwriter. He wrote, “(You Got The) Same Thang On.”
Tam Paton (Thomas Dougal Paton) - Died April 8 at age 70 in Edinburgh, Scotland of cardiac arrest. He was a manager for The Bay City Rollers.
Pop Winans (David Glenn) - Died April 8 at age 74 in Nashville, TN, due to complications from a heart attack and stroke. He was a singer and patriarch of The Winans Family.
Suma Paz - Died April 8 at age 70 in Buenos Aires, Argentina from a result of cardiac arrhythmia. She was a singer and guitarist. She did, “Monte Callado ” and “Guitarra Dimelo Tu.”
Phillip Dennis (Phillip Robert Dennis) - Died April 8 at age 51 Granada Hills, CA, of cancer. He was a costume designer. He worked for Barry Manilow and Elton John.
Randy Cain (Herbert Randal Cain III) - Died April 9 at age 63 in Maple Shade, NJ. He was a member of The Four Gents who became The Orphonics who then became The Delfonics (They did, “La - La Means I Love You” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”) and Blue Magic (They did, “Sideshow”).
Dwight Daugherty (Dwight Anderson Daugherty) - Died April 9 at age 52 in Red Brush, Jackson County of an illness. He played guitar, dobro, upright bass, mandolin and banjo. He was a member of The Red Brush Band. He worked with Mike Morgan, Walt Cook and John Jones.
Duke D’Mond (Richard Edward Palmer) - Died April 9 at age 66. He was a singer and was a member of The Knights Of The Round Table who became The Barron Knights (They did, “Taste Of Aggro” and “Call Up The Groups”).
Naum Olev (Naum Mironovich Olev) - Died April 10 at age 70 in Moscow, Russia. He was a lyricist and poet. He wrote songs for the films, Mary Poppins, Goodbye and Treasure Island.
Rocky Hill (John Rockford Hill) - Died April 10 at age 62 in Houston area, TX, due to undisclosed complications of a medical condition. He was a guitarist and singer. He worked with The Starliners, Lightnin’ Hopkins and American Blues. He was brother of bassist, Dusty Hill.
Dave Boon - Died April 10 at age 47 in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire. The plane he was piloting crashed. He was a guitarist and singer. He was a member of Hardware. They did, “Americian Sky” and “Free To Be Me.”
Johnny Roadhouse Sr. (John Roadhouse Sr.) - Died April 11 due to illness. He was born in 1921 in Sheffield. He was a saxophonist. He worked with Elton John, Bonelli’s Orchestra, The Northern Variety Orchestra, The Northern Dance Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, The Liverpool Philharmonic and The English Philharmonic. He owned Johnny Roadhouse Music in Manchester, England which served customers such as Oasis, Happy Mondays, Nine Black Alps and Paul McCartney.
Paul Frank - Died April 11 at age 62 while waiting for a kidney transplant. He was a guitarist and singer. He was a member of Head Over Heels, Chromium Plated Streamlined Baby, Fresh Start and Bruzer. He worked with Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Buddy Miles and Leon Russell.
Bobby Panvelle (Robert Joseph Harry Panvelle Jr.) (aka Guitar Man) - Died April 11 at age 52. He was a guitarist. He was a member of Driftwood, Vince Anthony And The Blue Notes, Earthrise, Southern Express and LA-Reign.
Zeke Zarchy (Rubin Zarchy) - Died April 12 at age 93 in Irvine due to complications from pneumonia. He was a trumpet player. He worked with Joe Haymes, Benny Goodman (“Bugle Call Rag”), Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller (“Moonlight Cocktails”), Red Norvo, Bob Crosby (“South Rampart Street Parade”), Mildred Bailey, Frank Sinatra, Helen Ward, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Tommy Dorsey, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald and The Mills Brothers.
Ron Stallings (Ronald Jerome Stallings) - Died April 13 at age 62 in Berkeley, CA, of cancer. He sang and played saxophone, clarinet and flute. He worked with Huey Lewis And The News, The Machete Ensemble, McCoy Tyner, Gladys Knight, Mike Bloomfield, Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Merl Saunders, Elvin Bishop, Jesse Colin Young and Que Calor.
Kirk Ellard - Died April 14 at age 39 of cancer. He was a bassist and a member of Fatal Mistake, Soul Tattoo and Bobo Bush. He produced Everlea.
Robert Brookins (Robert F. Brookins Jr.) April 15 at age 46 in Elk Grove, CA, of a heart attack. He was a singer, songwriter, producer, drummer, bassist, guitarist and keyboardist. He led Little Robert & The Fondeles. He worked with Afterbach (They did, “It’s You”), Stephanie Mills, Bobby Brown, Analysis, Bruce Hornsby, The Company and Philip Bailey. His songs have been recorded by Deniece Williams, George Howard, Nancy Wilson, Stanley Clarke, Roy Ayers, The Isley Brothers and The Whispers.
James Houston (James D. Houston) - Died April 16 at age 75 in Santa Cruz, CA, due to complications of lymphoma. He was an author and played stand up bass and guitar. He collaborated with Eddie Kamae with who he also co-authored the book, Hawaiian Son: The Life & Music Of Eddie Kamae. He also wrote the book, Snow Mountain Passage and co-wrote, Farewell To Manzanar.
Martha Linton (Martha Palubiski) - Died April 17 at age 82 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was two days after open heart surgery. She was singer and guitarist. She worked with Ray Chapeskie and The Wilno Express.
Mohammad-Hossein Kiani - Died April 17 of a heart attack. He was born in 1915. He was a singer.
Bruce Holloway (Bruce J. Holloway) - Died April 17 at age 49 in Nashville, TN. His motorcycle was hit by a car. He was born in Mangalore, Tasmania, Australia. He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He did, “Too Short Anyway” and “Things That I Didn’t Do.” He was a member of Oakleaf. They did, “Just The Kind Of Day It’s Been” and “Missing Beautiful Days.” He worked with Susannah Stone.
Bruno Adams - Died April 18 at age 46 in Berlin, Germany of cancer. He was a singer and guitarist. He was a member of Once Upon A Time (They did, “Song For Ghost” and “Planetarium”) and Fatal Shore (They did, “Angel Street” and “World Away.”) He worked with The Saints, Crime And The City Solution and Laughing Clowns.
Tilahun Gessesse - Died April 19 at age 68 in Addis Aababa after returning from the United States of a possible heart attack. He was a singer and worked with The Imperial Bodyguard Band and Kibur Zebegna.
Anatoliy Kuleshov - Died April 19 at age 49 in Moscow, Russia in a car accident. Singer and a member of Lyube (They did, “Bat’ka Mahno” and “Ne valyai duraka, Amerika!”) Performed for Vladimir Putin.
Ramon Pinon - Found dead April 19 at age 84 in San Benito, Texas-beaten. He played guitar - Led Ramon Pinon y Su Conjunto Los Pumas (They did, “Contestacion a Con Cartitas.”) He worked with Freddy Fender (“Alegre Me Ando Paseando” and “La Traicionera”).
Malcolm Carl Walls Sr. - Died April 20 at age 60 in Southaven, MS, of an illness. He helped to expand The Mississippi Delta Blues And Heritage Festival from a flatbed truck to an event that draws thousands.
Arthur Johnson - Died April 21 at age 81 in Harlan County, KY in a house fire. He played banjo, guitar, dulcimer, piano and accordion. He was a regular performer at The Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’.
Iqbal Bano - Died April 21 of an illness. She was born in 1935 in Delhi. She was a singer. She sang the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and sang in the films, Gumnaam and Qatil.
Ruth Bowen (Ruth Jean Goode Bowen-Bryant) - Died April 21 at age 84 in New York City of a brain tumor. She was a booking agent and publicist. She was the founder of The Queen Booking Corporation, Renaissance Talents and The Bowen Agency Ltd which handled Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Charles, The Four Tops, Kool And The Gang, Sammy Davis Jr., The Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick and Bobby Womack. She had been married to singer, Billy Bowen of The Ink Spots.
Supriti Ghosh - Died April 22 at age 87 in Kolkata. She was a singer. She did, “Baluka Balai Aloso.” She sang in the film, Abhoybiye.
Marilyn Cooper (Harriet Marilyn Cooper) - Died April 22 at age 74 in Englewood, NJ, of an illness. She was an actress and singer. She did a duet with Lauren Bacall, “The Grass Is Always Greener.” She appeared in the musicals, The West Side Story and Woman Of The Year.
Bob Hardwick (Charles R. Hardwick) - Died April 22 at age 67 in Houston, TX. He played bass and was a member of The Poor Boys (They did, “‘The Poor Boys.”) He was aWest Texas Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Fraser Cameron (Malcolm Fraser Cameron) - Died in April at age 45 in Germany of cancer. He was a guitarist, pianist and percussionist. He did, “Run In This Race.” He was a member of The Hole In The Wall Gang, The Honeythieves and Fraser, Marie & Gaz. He wrote music for TV and movies.
Carolyn Jones-Knighten - Died April 22 at age 37 in Toledo, Ohio. She was a singer. She was half of the duo, C.J. and Company.
Timothy Wright (Rev. Timothy Y. Wright) - Died April 23 in Bronx, NY., U.S. - From injuries he received in a car accident in 2008 (Gospel) Born 6-17-1947 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - (He did, “Been There Done That” and “Who’s On The Lord’s Side”).
Bijan Taraqqi - Died April 25 and was born in 1929 in Tehran, Iran. He was a poet and lyricist. He co-wrote, “Fire Remaining From The Caravan.”
Bea Arthur (Beatrice Arthur) (Bernice Frankel) - Died April 25 at age 86 in Los Angeles, CA, of cancer. She was an actress, comedian and singer. She did remakes of, “If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep Sittin’ On It” and “Isn’t He Adorable?” She acted in the musicals, Fiddler On The Roof and Mame and on TV’s, Maude and The Golden Girls. She was an Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Sixto Palavecino - Died April 25 at age 94 in Barrancas, Salavina, Santiago del Estero, Argentina. He played violin and sang. He did, “Madre tierra” and “La amorosa.” He hosted radio’s, Alero Quechua Santiagueno.