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Rock Star Death Notices - March 2012


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Anders Askildsen Eikas - Died 1-31-2012 - Car accident (Punk) Born 1-20-1992 - Drummer - Was a member of Honningbarna (They did, “Nikkedemokrati” and “Fri Palestina”).

Leslie Carter (Leslie Barbara Carter) - Died 1-31-2012 in Buffalo, New York, U.S. (Pop) Born 6-6-1986 in Tampa, Florida, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “Like Wow!” and “I Need To Hear It From You”) - Led The Other Half - Sister of singers, Nick Carter and Aaron Carter.

King Stitt (Winston Sparks) - Died 1-31-2012 in Kingston, Jamaica - Prostate cancer (Reggae) Born 9-17-1939 in Kingston, Jamaica - Singer and deejay - (He did, “Herbman Shuffle” and “Fire Corner”).

Ricky Staple (Ricardo Staple) - Died 1-31-2012 in Panama City, Panama - Heart disease - Percussionist - Worked with Victor Boa.

Don Cornelius (Donald Cortez Cornelius) - Died 2-1-2012 in Sherman Oaks, California, U.S. - Shot himself - Born 9-27-1936 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Created and hosted the music TV show, Soul Train which featured artists such as Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

Mike Kelley (Michael Kelley) - Found dead 2-1-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Suicide (Punk) Born 1954 in Wayne, Mich., U.S. - Singer, pecussionist and artist -  (He did, “Gerber Gerbil” and “Outer Rink Magnifique”) - Was a member of Destroy All Monsters (They did, “Crying In Bed” and “I Love You But You’re Dead”) and The Poetics.

David Peaston - Died 2-1-2012 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Complications of diabetes (R&B - Gospel) Born 3-13-1957 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make A Right)” and a version of “Can I”) - Worked with The Distinguished Gents and Lester Bowie - Brother of singer, Fontella Bass and son of singer, Martha Bass.

Jonathan Gopani - Died 2-1-2012 - Car accident (Gospel) Born 4-1-1971 - Was a member of The Adams Family (They did, “Amandikonda”).

Nello Ferrara - Died 2-3-2012 in River Forest - He was 93 years old - Singer - He sang in duets with Frank Sinatra - Was the chairman for The Ferrara Pan Candy Company and invented the candies, Atomic FireBalls and Lemonheads.

Al DeLory (Alfred De Lory) - Died 2-5-2012 - Pianist, producer and arranger - Born 1-31-1930 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - (Co-wrote Larry Verne’s, “Mr. Custer”) - Worked with The Crystals (“He’s A Rebel”), The Beach Boys, Tina Turner and The Righteous Brothers - Produded and arranged Glen Campbell (“Gentle On My Mind” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix) - Produced Wayne Newton, Dobie Gray, The Lettermen and The Turtles - Father of singer, Donna De Lory.

Noel Kelehan - Died 2-6-2012 in Dublin, Ireland - Illness (Jazz - Irish) Born 12-26-1935 - Pianist - Conducted of The RTE Concert Orchestra and 29 Eurovision Song Contest entries and was a musical director for Radio Telefís Eireann - Wrote the string arrangements for U2’s, The Unforgettable Fire album.

Alori Joh (Loriana Johnson) - Died 2-6-2012 - Jumped from a radio transmission tower (Hip-Hop) She was 25 years old - Singer - (She did, “Talking To Myself” and “The Love Religion”) - Worked with Schoolboy Q (“Phenomenon”), Kendrick Lamar (“HiiiPower”), Jay Rock and Ab-Soul (“More Of A Euphoria”).

Ronnie Tait (aka Ronnie Jack) - Died 2-7-2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland (Blues) Born 11-20-1946 in Roseburn, Edinburgh, Scotland - Sang and played harmonica and guitar - (He did, “You Are No Angel”) - Was a member of The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band - Worked with The Rapiers, Bronco and The Blues Brotherhood.

Luis Alberto Spinetta (aka El Flaco) - Died 2-8-2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Lung cancer (Rock) Born 1-23-1950 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Sang and played guitar and keyboards - Was a member of Almendra (They did, “Tema de Pototo” and “Muchacha ojos de papel”), Pescado Rabioso, Invisible (They did, “Durazno Sangrando”), Spinetta Jade and Spinetta y los Socios del Desierto - Father of singer, Dante Spinetta.

Wando (Wanderley Alves dos Reis) - Died 2-8-2012 in Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Cardiopulmonary arrest (Brega) Born 10-2-1945 in Cajuri, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Singer and songwriter - (He wrote, “Fogo e Paixao” and Roberto Carlos’s, “A Menina e o Poeta”).

Jimmy Sabater (Jaime Sabater Sr.) - Died 2-8-2012 (Salsa) Born 4-11-1936 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer and and timbales player - Worked with The Joe Cuba Sextet (They did, “To Be With You” and “Sock It To Me”) and Tito Puente.

Billy Fayard - Died 2-8-2012 in Louisiana, U.S. - From gunshot wounds he sustained in January (R&B) He was 70 years old - (He did, “I Don’t Know” and “I Get Mad, So Mad”) - Was a member of The Stokes (They did, “Whipped Cream”) - Worked with Allen Toussaint (“Sawdust Floor” and “Poor Boy Got To Move”).

Joe Moretti (Joseph Edward Moretti) - Died 2-9-2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa (Rock - Skiffle - Pop) Born 5-10-1938 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland - Guitarist - Worked with Gene Vincent, Vince Eager, The Playboys, Vince Taylor (“Brand New Cadillac”), Lesley Duncan, Nero And The Gladiators, Ronnie Jones And The Nightimers, Eddie Calvert, Johnny Duncan’s Bluegrass Boys, Tom Jones, Colin Hicks And The Cabin Boys, Chris Farlowe and Johnny Kidd And The Pirates (“Shakin’ All Over” and “Restless”).

Thomas Andrew Kravitz-Hear - Died 2-9-2012 in Las Vegas - Born 8-23-1972 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Soulja Boy and Outkast.

Whitney Houston (Whitney Elizabeth Houston) - Died 2-11-2012 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. (Pop - Soul - R&B - Gospel) Born 8-9-1963 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer, pianist, model and actress - (She did, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and Dolly Parton’s, “I Will Always Love You”) - Acted in the films, The Bodyguard and Waiting To Exhale - She had been married to singer, Bobby Brown - Daughter of singer, Cissy Houston and entertainment executive, John Russell Houston Jr. - Cousin of singers, Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick - Aretha Franklin is her godmother.

Delores Ware-Spires - Died 2-12-2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Illness (Gospel) She was 74 years old - Pianist - Developed the piano playing Spires Method.

Jodie Christian - Died 2-13-2012 (Jazz) Born 2-2-1932 - Pianist - Worked with Ira Sullivan, Eddie Harris, The Jazz Showcase, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Roscoe Mitchell, Buddy Montgomery and The Experimental Band - Co-founded The AACM (Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians).

Ice Pick Walt Gibson (Walter P. Gibson) - Died 2-13-2012 - Complications from cancer (Blues) He was 56 years old - Played dobro, piano, guitar and bass - Worked with The Dinosaurs and Flash Terry.

Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan - Died 2-14-2012 - Cardiac arrest - Born 1938 in Baroda - Played sitar - Worked with Ustad Alla Rakha, Buddy Rich and Paul Horn - He was a pupil of Ravi Shankar.

Dory Previn (Dorothy Veronica Langan) (aka Dory Shannon and Dory Langdon) - Died 2-14-2012 in Southfield, Massachusetts, U.S. - Born 10-22-1925 in Rahway, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (She did, “Twenty-Mile Zone” and “I Ain’t His Child”) - She wrote music for films including Pepe, Valley Of The Dolls and The Sterile Cuckoo - Her songs have been recorded by Doris Day,  Rosemary Clooney, Chris Connor, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Dionne Warwick, The Sandpipers, Eileen Farrell, Jack Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Marilyn Maye, Frank Sinatra and Carmen McRae - At one time married to pianist, Andre Previn.

Tonmi Lillman (Tonmi Kristian Lillman) (Tommi Lillman) - Died 2-14-2012 (Rock) Born 6-3-1973 in Helsinki, Finland - Played drums, guitar, keyboards and bass and was a studio engineer and a graphic designer - Worked with Lordi, Sinergy, Kylahullut, Vanguard, Lie In Ruins, Reflexion, Twilight Ophera, Fear Of Domination, 3rror and To/Die/For.

Clive Shakespeare (Clive Richard Shakespeare) - Died 2-15-2012 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Prostate cancer (Pop - Rock) Born 6-3-1949 in Southampton, Hampshire, England - Guitarist - Was a member of Down Town Roll and Sherbet (They did, “Summer Love” and “Cassandra”) - Worked with The Road Agents - Produced Paul Kelly.

Luke Brandon - Died 2-15-2012 in Oak Ridge - Lung cancer - Guitarist, singer and producer - He was 87 years old - Born in Rockwood - Worked with Don Gibson, Archie Campbell, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers (“When Will I Be Loved”). Ricky Nelson, David West and Cowboy Copas - Produced Bobby Bare (“All American Boy”) - Son of guitarist, Luke Brandon Sr.

Gonny Klazen - Died 2-15-2012 in Rehoboth - Heart attack - He was 63 years old -  Played saxophone, keyboards, guitar and drums - Was a member of The Reho Combo Langarm Band.

Jon McIntire - Died 2-16-2012 - Natural causes (Country - Rock) Born 8-13-1941 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, U.S. - Pianist - Was a manager for The Grateful Dead.

Bubi Chen - The Pearl of the East - Died 2-16-2012 in Semarang, Central Java - Cardiac arrest (Jazz) Born 2-19-1938, in Surabaya, East Java - Played piano and kecapi - Led The Chen Trio - Worked with The Jack Lesmana Quartet and The Indonesian All Stars.

Bruce McNichols - Died 2-16-2012 - Stroke (Jazz) Born 4-6-1939 in Oceanside, NY, U.S. - Played banjo and sang - Was a member of The Smith Street Society Jazz Band - Worked with Henry Newberger.

Michael Davis - Died 2-17-2012 in Chico, CA, U.S. - Liver failure (Rock) Born 6-5-1943 - Bassist and singer - Was a member of The MC5 (They did, “Kick Out The Jams” and “High School”), DKT-MC5, Destroy All Monsters (They did, “Meet The Creeper” and “Little Boyfriend”), Blood Orange and Rich Hopkins And The Luminarios.

Debby Jones (Ethel Deborah-Lee Jones) - Died 2-17-2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Born 6-25-1954 In Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada - Sang and played clarinet and flute - Was a member of Four The Moment.

Enrique Sierra - Died 2-17-2012 - Kidney disease (Rock) He was 54 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Kaka de Luxe and Radio Futura (They did, “Enamorado de la moda juvenil” and “La estatua del jardín botanico”).

Mohammed Osman Wardi - Died 2-18-2012 - Kidney problem - Born 7-9-1932 in Swarda, Sudan - Played the stringed oud and the Nubian tanbur and was a songwriter - Worked with Abdelaziz Mohamed Dauod, Osman Hussaein, Ibrahim Awad and Ismail Hassan.

Ken Goodwin - Died 2-18-2012 in Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales - Born 4-7-1933 in Manchester, England, UK - Comedian and singer - (He did, “Settle Down” and “Keep Your Heart”) - Appeared on TV’s, The Comedians.

Jaroslav Velinsky (aka Kapitan Kid, Vaclav Rabsky, C.P. Stonebridge and Agata Bila) - Died 2-19-2012 in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic - Lung cancer (Tramp Songs - Folk) Born 12-18-1932 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Songwriter, guitarist and banjoist - (He did, “No to se vi” and “Jenofefa” and “Slaboch Ben”) - Co-founder of the folk, country and tramp festival, Porta - He also was an author of detective, sci-fi and adventure literature.

Bob Hendrix (Robert F. Hendrix) - Died 2-19-2012 in Hawaii, U.S. - Born 3-17-1946 - He was a senior VP and COO of Experience Hendrix a company he helped manage for the legacy of his cousin, Jimi Hendrix.

Latif Ibrahim - Died 2-20-2012 - He was 61 years old - Heart attack - Singer - (He did, “Nora” and “Mengharap Kasihmu”) - Brother of singer, Datuk Khadijah Ibrahim.

Joe Thompson - Died 2-20-2012 - Illness - Born 1918 in North Carolina, U.S. - Played fiddle - Worked with The Carolina Chocolate Drops - Brother of banjo player, Nate Thompson.

Thom Enright (Thomas W. Enright) - Died 2-20-2012 in Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S. - Brain cancer (Rock - Blues) Born 9-26-1952 in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S - Bassist and guitarist - Was a member of The Young Adults (They did, “Complex World” and “Beer”) and The Night Drinkers (They did, “Intoxicated”).

Christopher Reimer - Died 2-21-2012 (Rock) He was 26 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Women (They did, “Black Rice”) and The Dodos.

Koji Kita - Died 2-22-2012 - Liver cancer - Born 1-20-1949 - Singer - Was a member of The Four Leaves (They did, “Olivia no Shirabe”).

Mike Melvoin - Died 2-22-2012 (Jazz) Born 5-10-1937 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Frank Rosolino, Leroy Vinnegar, Gabor Szabo, Gerald Wilson, Paul Horn, Peggy Lee, Tom Waits, Bill Henderson, Terry Gibbs, Joe Williams, Plas Johnson, Milt Jackson and Herb Ellis - Father of singers, Wendy Melvoin and Susannah Melvoin and keyboardist, Jonathan Melvoin.

Billy Strange (William Everett Strange) - Died 2-22-2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Born 9-29-1930 in Long Beach, California, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (Co-wrote Elvis Presley’s, “A Little Less Conversation” and Chubby Checker’s, “Limbo Rock”) - Worked with Willie Nelson, The Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys (“Sloop John B”), Nancy Sinatra (“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”), Nat King Cole, Wanda Jackson, Randy Newman, Jan & Dean and The Ventures - He did arrangments for Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Duane Eddy - Was married to singer, Jeanne Black and at one time married to actress, Joan O’Brien - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ray Lamere (aka Sugar Ray) - Died 2-22-2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S. - Cancer (Big Band) Born 7-20-1929 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Sang and played double bass - Led The Ray Lamere Orchestra - Worked with The Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Sande Williams, Bobby Sherwood, Tommy Tucker, The First Class Orchestra and Meyer Davis.

Istvan Anhalt - Died 2-24-2012 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Electroacoustic) Born 4-12-1919 in Budapest, Hungary - Composer - Was the head of music at Queen’s University and a professor of music at McGill University - Some of his pupils were Donald Patriquin, Clifford Ford, Richard Hunt, John Hawkins and John Fodi.

Pery Ribeiro (Peri Oliveira Martins) - Died 2-24-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Heart attack (Jazz - Bossa Nova) Born 10-27-1937 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Singer - (He did, “Garota de Ipanema” and “O Barquinho”) - Worked with Leny Andrade and Bossa 3 - He was the voice of Bashful in the Walt Disney movie Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs - Son of singers, Dalva de Oliveira and Herivelto Martins.

Andy Cornett - Died 2-24-2012 (Blues) He was 61 years old - Played bass and harmonica - Worked with Henry Gray And The Cats and Rue Boogaloo.

Red Holloway (James W. Holloway) - Died 2-25-2012 (Jazz) Born 5-31-1927 in Helena, Arkansas, U.S. - Played saxophone, banjo and harmonica - Worked with Roosevelt Sykes, Etta James, Red Rodney, Lester Young, Carmen McRae, Willie Dixon, Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Sonny Stitt, Memphis Slim, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Rushing, Arthur Prysock, Brother Jack McDuff, Dakota Staton, Eddie Vinson, Al Smith, George Benson, Wardell Gray, Sonny Rollins, Chuck Berry, Ben Webster, Joe Williams, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Aretha Franklin, Clark Terry, Junior Parker, Lloyd Price and John Mayall.

Louisiana Red (Iverson Minter) (aka Rocky Fuller) - Died 2-25-2012 in Hanover, Germany - After a stroke (Blues) Born 3-23-1932 in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S. - Sang and played guitar and harmonica - (He did, “Sweet Blood Call” and “I’m Too Poor To Die”) - Worked with John Lee Hooker and Tommy Tucker.

Raul Abzueta - Died 2-25-2012 - Stroke - He was 49 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Caracas Sincronica.

Dee Cernile - Died 2-25-2012 - Lung cancer (Rock) He was 46 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Sven Gali (They did, “Under The Influence” and “Tie Dyed Skies”).

Michael Parrish - Died 2-25-2012 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - Run over during an altercation (Rock) He was 56 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of The Free Wheels, Sleeper and Nasty Habits (They did, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and “Ten 8”).


Davy Jones (David Thomas Jones) - Died 2-29-2012 in Indiantown, Florida, U.S. - Heart attack (Pop - Rock) Born 12-30-1945 in Openshaw, Manchester, Lancashire, England - Singer and actor - He was 66 years old - Jones joined The Monkees in 1965, with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.

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