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Rock Star Death Notices - February 2012


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Simon Cassell - Died 1-1-2012 - Injuries from a car accident (Turkish Folk) Musician - Was a member of Bazigah and Campagnie Guilia.

Enrique de Melchor (Enrique Jimenez Ram’edrez) - Died 1-1-2012 (Flamenco) Born 1950 or 1951 in Marchena, Seville Andaluc’eda, Spain - Guitarist - Worked with El Fary, Maria Jimenez, Antonio Mairena, Camaron de La Isla, La Perla de Cadiz, Pansequito, Jose Menese Roc’edo Jurado, Chiquetete and El Lebrijano - Son of guitarist, Melchor de Marchena.

Ian Bargh (Ian Martin Bargh) - Died 1-2-2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Jazz) Born 1-8-1935 in Prestwick, Scotland, U.K. - Pianist - Worked with Buddy Tate, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Tyree Glenn, Buck Clayton, Zoot Sims, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hackett, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson, Jim Galloway, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and Edmund Hall.

Gilbert Gray - Died 1-2-2012 (Rockabilly) Born 10-10-1941 in Carlsbad, NM, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Bobby Crown (“One Way Ticket” and “Your Conscience”).

Bob Weston (Robert Joseph Weston) - Found dead 1-3-2012 in Brent Cross, London, England - Gastrointestinal hemorrhage (Rock) Born 11-1-1947 in Plymouth, Devon, England - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Fleetwood Mac (They did, “Remember Me” and “Forever”), Murray Head (“Silence Is A Strong Reply”), Graham Bond, Long John Baldry, Dana Gillespie, Sandy Denny, Bob Welch, Dick Morrissey and Frank Baijens.

Carlock Stooksbury - Died 1-3-2012 in Oak Ridge, TN, U.S. - He was 88 years old - Born in Union County - Played harmonica, spoons, juice harp and mouth bow - Was a member of The Museum Of Appalachia String Band.

Robert Jenkins - Found dead 1-3-2012 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Natural causes (Punk) Singer and guitarist - Worked with Audio Letter, Officer Down, Peyote Feminist, Tactile, The Nordstroms, New Art Orchestra, Hells Smells and Mia Zapata (“Devil In The Bottle”).

Keegan Melville - Died 1-3-2012 near Hagar, Ontario, Canada - Car accident (Rock) He was 18 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Shapes Of Grey (They did, “Little Bones” and “Voids”).

Fingers Lombard (Joey Lombard) (Joseph G. Lombard) - Died 1-3-2012 (Metal) Born 3-10-1969 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Incantation.

Kerry McGregor - Died 1-4-2012 in Pumpherston, West Lothian, Scotland - Complications from bladder cancer - Born 1974 in Pumpherston, West Lothian, Scotland - Singer - (She did, “Yodel In The Canyon Of Love”) - Worked with Nexus and QFX - Appeared on the UK show, The X Factor mentored by Sharon Osbourne.\

Amit Saigal (aka Papa Rock) - Died 1-5-2012 in Goa, India - Drowned (Rock) Born 7-6-1965 in Allahabad, India - Musician - Was a member of Impact - Founded the magazine, Rock Street Journal.

Hikaru Hayashi - Died 1-5-2012 - Born 10-22-1931 in Tokyo. Japan - Composer and pianist - Wrote music for the films, Brave Records of the Sanada Clan and Voice Without a Shadow.

Osmar Navarro - Died 1-5-2012 in St. Vincent, Brazil - Born 11-19-1930 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Singer - (He did, “Quem e?”).

Selwyn Baptiste - Died 1-5-2012 - Cancer - Born about 1936 in Trinidad - Played steel drum - One of the organizers of the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

Hikaru Hayashi - Died 1-5-2012 - After hitting his head in a fall - Born 10-22-1931 - Composer, conductor and pianist - Wrote scores for films including Voice Without A Shadow and Death By Hanging - Cousin of flautist, Ririko Hayashi.

Tom Ardolino - Died 1-6-2012 - Illness (Rock) Born 1-12-1955 - Drummer and singer - Was a member of NRBQ (New Rhythm And Blues Quartet) (They did, “Tapdancin’ Bats” and “Spider”).

Nicole Bogner - Death announced 1-6-2012 - Illness (Symphonic Metal) Born 1984 - Singer - Was a member of Visions Of Atlantis.

Sizanempi Nxusa (aka George Nxusa) - Died 1-7-2012 Bloemfontein South Africa - Heat stroke before his band was about to go on stage - He was 54 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Ihashi Elimhlophe.

Dave Alexander (aka Omar Sharriff, Omar the Magnificent and Omar Hakim Khayam) (David Alexander Elam) - Died 1-8-2012 in Marshall, Texas, U.S. - Shot himself (Blues) Born 3-10-1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He did, “Sufferin’ With The Lowdown Blues” and “So You Wanna Be A Man”) - Worked with Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Jimmy Witherspoon.

Aidy Lawrence (Aidan Lawrence) - Died 1-8-2012 - Internal bleeding - He was 45 years old - Bassist - Worked with Busby Stoop And His Aunties, The Woolgatherers, Bataboys, The Tadpoles, Streetbeat, John Miles, Meat Loaf, Supertramp, Toto and Status Quo.

Craig Fotheringham - Died 1-8-2012 - Pancreatic cancer - He was 58 years old - Pianist and producer - Worked with C-Weed, The Foster Martin Band, The Fotheringham-McMahon Group, Curtis Newton and Kimberley Dawn.

Bridie Gallagher - The Girl from Donegal - Died 1-9-2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Pop) Born 12-7-1924 in Creeslough, County Donegal, Ireland - Singer - (She did, “A Mother’s Love’s A Blessing” and “Goodbye Johnny”).

Ruth Fernandez (Ruth Noemi Fernandez Cortada) - Soul of Puerto Rican song - Died 1-9-2012 - Septic shock and pneumonia - Born 5-23-1919 in Ponce, Puerto Rico - Singer - (She did, “Cuando Vuelvas”) - Worked with Mingo And The Whoopee Kids.

Cliff Portwood (Clifford Portwood) - Died 1-10-2012 in Basingstoke, England - Lung disease - Born 10-17-1937 in Salford, Manchester, England - Singer and footballer - (He did, “Up There O\rquote England”) - Worked with Keith Moon, Dick Emory and Frankie Vaughan.

Mojeed Rahimi (aka Apanpa) - Died 1-10-2012 - After a machete attack (Hip Hop) Musician.

Curle Hollingsworth (Ray D. Hollingsworth) - Died 1-10-2012 in Hubbard, TX, U.S. (Country) Born 6-7-1932 in Turnersville, TX, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Dewey Groom, Tommy Allsup, Red Foley, The Miller Brothers, Bob Wills, Leon Rausch, Tommy Duncan, The Texas Playboys II, Tommy Morrell, Dick Gimble and Johnny Gimble.

Nick Neric (Nikolas Neric) - Died 1-10-2012 (Rock) He was 26 years old - Bassist, percussionist and guitarist - Was a member of Mossy Chops (They did, “Everything’s Okay With Bacon Jr” and “Domestic Deer”).

John Forrest (aka Blackie) - Died 1-10-2012 (Jazz - Rock) He was 58 years old - Played stand-up bass, trumpet and accordion - Was a member of The Deadly Nite Shades - Worked with The Vancouver Island Symphony and Buddy Rich.

Shawn Yoho - Died 1-11-2012 in Utah, U.S.- Car accident (Christian Rock) He was 20 years old - Musician - Worked with Til The Day, The Found and The Kyle Hope Band.

Charlotte Nooe (Charlotte Anna Nooe) - Died 1-11-2012 (Rock) Born 2-28-1989 in Neenah, Wis., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Charley And The Cynics (They did, “Stompin’ Boots”).

Edgar Kaiser Jr. (Edgar Fosburgh Kaiser Jr.) - Died 1-11-2012 in Toronto, Canada (Soft Rock) Born 7-5-1942 in Portland, Ore., U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Threads Of My Life” and “Over 50 Blues”) - Former owner of The Denver Broncos.

Charlie Collins (Charles Edward Collins) - Died 1-12-2012 - After a stroke (Country) Born 4-5-1933 in Pioneer, TN, U.S. - Played guitar, fiddle and mandolin - Worked with Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys.

Sadao Bekku - Died 1-12-2012 (Jazz Influenced Symphonic)- Born 5-24-1922 in Tokyo, Japan - Composer - Wrote scores for films including Attack Of The Mushroom People and White Rose Of Hong Kong.

Sean Taylor (aka Fish) - Died 1-12-2012 in Harton Lane, South Shields, UK - Illness (Rock) He was 47 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Letters and Pineapple Head.

Phil Kraus - Died 1-13-2012 - Born 1918 in New York, U.S. - Played marimba and xylophone - Worked with Ben E. King (“Spanish Harlem” and “Stand By Me”), Billie Holliday, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Doc Severinson, Carol King, Buddy Holly, Ella Fitzgerald, Percy Faith,Tony Bennett and Ray Charles - Played in bands for TV’s, The Ernie Kovacs Show, The Perry Como Show and The Howdy Doody Show- He can be heard on the soundtracks for the films, Midnight Cowboy, Carrie and The Godfather.

Denis Petrov - Died 1-13-2012 in Kursk, Russia - Car accident (Rock) He was 28 years old - Born in Kursk, Russia - Singer - Was a member of Opium Project (They did, “Krasivaja” and Ona odn).

Anthony Maonde (aka BaTony) - Died 1-14-2012 near Chisekese and Mazabuka - Car accident which also took the life of his sister (Traditional Zambian - Jazz) He was 73 years old - Pianist - Was a member of The Rokana Melodies and The Los Comrados (They did, “Chomba Malaila”) - Worked with James Brown, The Broadway Quintet, The Africa Focus Band, Wilson Picket, Duke Harringtone, Huge Masekela, Mirrian Makeba, Dorothy Masuka and Champion Banda.

Robbie France - Died 1-14-2012 (Jazz - Rock) Born 12-5-1959 in Sheffield, England - Drummer - Was a member of Carnival and One Nation - Worked with David Bentley, Ivan Chandler’s All Star Quintet, UFO, Ellis, Beggs & Howard (E.B.H.) (“Big Bubbles, No Troubles”) and Diamond Head (“Making Music”).

Pee Wee Moultrie (Cois E. Moultrie) - Died 1-15-2012 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, U.S. - Heart attack (Country) Born 5-24-1922 in Albertville Alabama, U.S. - Singer and accordionist - Worked with Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys (“Fan It”).

Terry Dolan - Died 1-15-2012 in Novato - Illness (Rock - Folk) Born 8-5-1943 - Singer and guitarist - Led Terry And The Pirates (They did, “Inlaws & Outlaws” and “Ain’t Living Long Like This”) which included Nicky Hopkins and John Cipollina.

Jimmy Castor - Died 1-16-2012 in Henderson, Nevada, U.S. (Funk - Doo-Wop) Born 6-23-1940 in New York, NY, U.S. - Saxophonist and singer - (He did, “I Promise To Remember”) - Led The Jimmy Castor Bunch (“Troglodyte (Cave Man)” and “The Bertha Butt Boogie”) - Worked with The Teenagers, Dave “Baby” Cortez (“Rinky Dink”) and Joyce Sims (“Love Makes A Woman”).

Carminha Mascarenhas (Carmina Allegretti) - Died 1-16-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Born 4-14-1930 in Muzaffarpur, Brazil - Singer - Was a member of As Eternas Cantoras do Radio.
Jake Evans Jr. - Died 1-?-2012 (Rock) Bassist and singer - Worked with The Dovells, Dee Dee Sharpe, McFadden & Whitehead (“Aint No Stoppin’ Us Now”), Jake Evans Jr. & The South Beach Band and Chubby Checker.

Kearney Barton - Died 1-17-2012 - Illness - Born 1931 Oregon, Missouri, U.S. - Sound engineer - Worked for Quincy Jones, Ann Wilson, Bonnie Guitar, The Sonics, The Wailers, Don And The Goodtimes, The Kingsmen, The Frantics, The Ventures, The Kingsmen, The Counts, Little Bill Engelhart, The Playboys, Stan Boreson and The Fleetwoods.

Johnny Otis (Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes) - Godfather of Rhythm and Blues - Died 1-17-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S (Swing - R&B) Born 12-28-1921 in Vallejo, CA, U.S. - Singer, composer, arranger, producer, vibraphonist and percussionist - (He did, “Willie And The Hand Jive”) - Led The Johnny Otis Show and Snatch And The Poontangs (“Big John Jeeter” and “Two Time Slim”) - Worked with his son, Shuggie Otis and with Lloyd Hunter’s Serenaders, Harlan Leonard’s Rockets, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and Esther Phillips - Produced Etta James and Big Mama Thornton - Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee, Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Leroy Taylor (Leroy R. Taylor Jr.) - Died 1-17-2012 (R&B - Funk) Born 12-19-1944 - Bassist - Was a member of The Nite-Liters (They did, “K-Jee” and “Tanga Boo Gonk”) who became New Birth (They did, “I Can Understand It” and “It’s Been A Long Time”).

Walter Gaines - Died 1-17-2012 - Illness (R&B - Disco) Singer - Was a member of The Originals (They did, “Baby I’m For Real” and “Down To Love Town”).

Al Urban - Died 1-18-2012 in Seguin, TX, U.S. (Rockabilly - Country) Born 3-1-1935 in Gonzales, TX, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Lookin’ For Money” and “I Don’t Want To Be Alone”) - (Wrote Charley Pride’s, “I’m Beginning To Believe My Own Lies”) - Was a member of The Daybreakers.

Henry Davis (Henry E. Davis) - Died 1-18-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. (R&B - Funk) Bassist, flutist, keyboardist and singer - Was a member of L.T.D. (Love, Togetherness, and Devotion) (They did, “Holding On (When Love Is Gone)” and “April Love”) - Worked with Friends Of Distinction, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

Winston Riley - Died 1-19-2012 in Kingston, Jamaica - After being shot in November 2011 (Reggae) Born 1946 in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica - Producer and singer - Was a member of The Techniques (“Love Is Not A Gamble” and Travelling Man”) - Worked with The Soul Syndicate Band, The Escorts, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Osbourne, Sister Nancy, Dave Barker, Ansell Collins and Buju Banton.

Errol Scorcher (Errol Archer) - Died 1-19-2012 in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica (Reggae) Born 1956 in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica - Singer and Deejay - (He did, “Leggo Mi Hand Babylon” and “Roach In A De Corner”) - Worked with The Revolutionaries and Ansell Collins (“Mosquitoes”).

Etta James (aka Miss Peaches) (Jamesetta Hawkins) - Died 1-20-2012 in Riverside, CA, U.S. - Leukemia (Blues - Jazz - R&B - Rock) Born 1-25-1938 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (She did, “At Last” and “I Just Want to Make Love To You”) - Was a member of The Peaches (They did, “Dance With Me, Henry”) - Worked with Chuck Berry (“Back In The USA”) - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

John Levy - Died 1-20-2012 in Altadena, California, U.S. (Jazz) Born 4-11-1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Double-bassist - Worked with Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Errol Garner, Milt Jackson and The George Shearing Quintet - Managed Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Cannonball Adderley and Shirley Horn - International Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Larry Butler - Died 1-20-2012 in Pensacola, FL, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 3-26-1942 in Pensacola, FL, U.S. - Keyboardist, singer, songwriter and producer - (Wrote Tammy Wynette’s, “Only The Strong Survive” and co-wrote B.J. Thomas’, “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”) - Was a member of Jerry Woodward And The Esquires and The Gentry (They did, “Keep On Dancin’” and “Every Day I Have To Cry Some”) - Worked with The Harry James Orchestra, Red Foley, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Bobby Goldsboro, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roger Miller - Produced Kenny Rogers (“The Gambler” and “Lucille”), Jean Shepard, Debby Boone and Mac Davis.

Irena Jarocka - Died 1-21-2012 in Warsaw, Poland - Brain cancer (Pop) Born 8-18-1946 in Srebrna Gora, Poland - Singer - (She did, “Motylem jestem” and “Po prostu czlowiek”) - Worked with Czerwone Gitary and Budka Suflera.

Steve Falomir (Steve Carlos Falomir) - Died 1-21-2012 (R&B) Bassist - Born 3-1-1951 - Was a member of Tierra (They did, “Together” and “Sonya”).

Jeffrey Johnson (Jeffrey Todd Johnson) - Died 1-22-2012 in Eau Claire - Heart failure (Rock) Born 5-18-1963 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Movies, Tatters, Another Carnival (They did, “Rain On Me” and “Still (Enjoy The Ride)”) and Supercell (They did, “Escaping Light” and “I’ve Heard It Before”) - Was a stage manager for The Knack.

Robert Lockhart - Died 1-23-2012 - Heart attack - Born 3-26-1959 in Wigan - Pianist and composer - Was a musical director for the films, Distant Voices and Still Lives.

Stig Vig (Per Odelthorp) - Found dead 1-23-2012 in Stockholm, Sweden (Rock - Reggae) Born 11-19-1948 in Boden, Sweden - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Dag Vag (They did, “Idioterna” and “Ograset”).

Mark Reale - Died 1-25-2012 in San Antonio - Complications of Crohn’s disease (Metal) Born 6-7-1955 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Riot (They did, “Swords and Tequila” and “Fire Down Under”).

Dick Kniss (Richard Lawrence Kniss) - Died 1-25-2012 in Kingston, NY, U.S. - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Folk - Jazz) Born 4-24-1937 in Portland, Ore., U.S. - Bassist - (Co-wrote, “Sunshine On My Shoulders”) - Worked with Peter, Paul And Mary, The John Denver Band, Herbie Hancock and Woody Herman.

Alexander Zitinski (aka Rock-diletant) - Died 1-25-2012 - Heart attack - Born 1-19-1941 - Writer and music critic - Championed many Russian rock musicians.

Andrew MacNaughtan - Died 1-25-2012 - Heart attack - Photographer - His photos include Rush, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, The Trailer Park Boys, The Tragically Hip, Margaret Atwood and Peter Mansbridge.

Johnny Schott - Died 1-25-2012 in Tennessee, U.S. - Musician, singer and concert producer - (He wrote The Heywoods’, “The Watcher”) - Worked with The Radicals and The Black Watch, Mama’s Boys, Dime A Dance and The Heywoods (They did versions of, “Hey Joe” and “Midnight Hour”).

Clare Fischer - Died 1-26-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. (Jazz) Born 10-22-1928 in Durand, Michigan, U.S. - Keyboardist and arranger - (He wrote, “Pensativa”) - Led Salsa Picante - Worked with The Hi-Lo’s, Dizzy Gillespie, Celine Dion, Donald Byrd, Robert Palmer, Rufus, Prince, Michael Jackson, Cal Tjader and Paul McCartney.

Deepali Joshi Shah - Died 1-27-2012 in Kuwait - Car accident - She was 35 years old - Singer - Wife of composer, Paresh Shah.

Todd Buffa - Died 1-27-2012 (Jazz) Born 1952 - Singer - Was a member of Rare Silk (They did, “New Weave” and “American Eyes”).

Salvador Guerzo - Died 1-31-2012 in Langkawi, Malaysia (Jazz) He was 70 years old - Saxophonist and arranger - Was a member of The Solianos.

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