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Rock Star Death Notices - April 2012


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Roland Bautista - Died 2-29-2012 - Natural causes - Guitarist - Worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Randy Crawford, Tom Waits, The Jackson 5, The Ronnie Laws Band, The Crusaders, George Duke and Ramsey Lewis.

Lucio Dalla - Died 3-1-2012 in Montreux, Switzerland - Heart attack (Jazz) Born 3-4-1943 in Bologna, Italy - Sang and played clarinet and keyboards - (He did, “Piazza Grande”) - Was a member of The Rheno Dixieland Band - Collaborated with Roberto Roversi - Worked with Stadio.

Gerard Rinaldi - Died 3-2-2012 - He was 69 years old - Musician and actor - Was a member of Les Charlots (They did, “Merci Patron” and “Paulette, la reine des paupiettes”).

Ronnie Montrose - Died 3-3-2012 - Prostate cancer (Rock) Born 11-29-1947 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Played guitar, mandolin, koto, bass and mandocello - (He did, “Open Fire” and “Heads Up”) - Was a member of Sawbuck, Montrose (They did, “Rock Candy” and “Rock The Nation”) and Gamma - Worked with The Edgar Winter Group, The Neville Brothers, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Rail, The Beau Brummels, Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock and Van Morrison (“Listen To The Lion”).

Robert Sherman (Robert Bernard Sherman) - Died 3-5-2012 in London, England - Born 12-19-1925 in in New York, NY, U.S. - Songwriter - (He co-wrote many songs for Disney including, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “It’s A Small World After All”) - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joe Byrd (Gene Herbert Byrd) - Died 3-6-2012 in Maryland, U.S. - Car accident (Jazz) Born 1933 in Chuckatuck, Virginia, U.S. - Bassist and pianist - Led The Joe Byrd Trio - Worked with his brother, Charlie Byrd and with Jimmy Witherspoon, Mose Allison, Coleman Hawkins and The Great Guitars - Performed for three U.S. presidents.

Charlie Lamb - Died 3-7-2012 - Complications of pneumonia - Journalist, promoter, executive, humorist and publicist - He was 90 years old - He was a founding member of The Country Music Association and a member of board of the Nashville chapter of The Recording Academy.

Lucia Mannucci - Died 3-7-2012 in Milan, Lombardia, Italy - Born 5-18-1920 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy - Singer - Worked with The Quartetto Cetra - She was married to singer, Virgilio Savona.

Brenner Eugenides (Brenner Fillmore Eugenides) - Died 3-7-2012 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Complications of diabetes (Rock) Born 11-6-1985 in Grosse Pointe, Mich., U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Broken Glow (They did, “Month Of May”).

Jimmy Ellis (James Thomas Ellis) - Died 3-8-2012 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S. - Complications from Alzheimer disease (Disco) Born 11-15-1937 - Singer - Was a member of The Trammps (They did, “Disco Inferno” and “That’s Where The Happy People Go”) - Dance Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bugs Henderson (Buddy Henderson) - Died 3-8-2012 - Liver cancer (Blues) Born 10-20-1943 in Palm Springs, CA, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Sensores, Mouse And The Traps and The Shuffle Kings - Worked with Fancy Space & The Rockin’ Rhythm Daddies, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Ted Nugent.

Big Walter Price (Walter Travis Price) (aka The Thunderbird) - Died 3-8-2012 (Blues) Born 8-2-1914 in Gonzales, Texas, U.S. old - Pianist and singer - (He did, “I Don’t Know” and ” and “Pack Fair And Square”) - Led Big Walter And His Thunderbirds (“Calling Margie”) - Worked with Jerry Lightfoot.

Terry Knutson (Terence Blaine Knutson) (aka Terry Teene and Blaine Bel Aire) - Died 3-9-2011 - His bike was hit by a tow truck (Rockabilly - Country) Born 2-?-1942 - Singer and pianist - (He did, “Curse Of The Hearse” and “Pussy Galore”) - Was a member of Terry And The Pirates - Worked with The Fireballs - He also was a clown performing as ToBo and Clownzo.

Benjamín Escoriza - Died 3-9-2012 - Illness (World) Born 12-20-1953 in Colomera, Granada - Singer - (He did, “Lamento”) - Was a member of Radio Tarifa.

Domna Samiou - Died 3-10-2012 - Illness - Born 10-12-1928 in Kaisariani, Athens, Greece - Singer and Greek folk music researcher.

Matthew Smith - Died 3-11-2012 in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S. (Rock) He was 28 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Marbles For Eyes (They did, “Yellow Lights” and “Under a Lampshade”).

Rick Vail - Died 3-?-2012 - Complications from cancer (Rock) Bassist - Was a member of Level Rising.

Michael Hossack (aka Big Mike) - Died 3-12-2012 in Dubois, Wyo., U.S. - Cancer (Rock) Born 10-17-1946 in Paterson New Jersey, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Mourning Reign, Bonaroo, DFK and The Doobie Brothers (They did, “Listen To The Music” and “Black Water”).

Pat Newman (Patrick Newman) - Died 3-12-2012 - Liver cancer - Born in Santa Rosa - He was 59 years old - Harmonica player and singer - Was a member of Skeeball Jacobs and The Steve Jaxon Drive - Worked with The Rough Mix.

Bodjie Dasig - Died 3-13-2012 in California, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Ale (Nasa Langit Na Ba Ako)” and “Sakayan Ng Jeep”) - Led Bodjie’s Law of Gravity (They did, “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko”) - Produced Ariel Rivera, Rico J. Puno, Rachel Alejandro and Vina Morales - He was married to his collaborator and songwriter, Odette Quesada.

Karl Roy - Died 3-13-2012 - Cardiac arrest (Rock) He was 43 years old - Singer - Was a member of Advent Call, P.O.T. and Kapatid (They did, “Prayer” and “Pagbabalik ng Kwago”).

Eddie King (Edward Lewis Davis Milton) (aka Little Eddie King) - Died 3-13-2012 in Peoria, Illinois, U.S. (Blues) Born 4-21-1938 in Talladega, Alabama, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Shakin’ Inside” and “Love You Baby”) - Led Eddie King And The Kingsmen - Worked with Willie Dixon,  Detroit Junior, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Koko Taylor.

Cedric Sharpley (aka Ced Sharpley) - Died 3-13-2012 - After a heart attack (Rock) Born 7-2-1952 - Drummer - Was a member of Druid, Dramatis (They did, “I Can See Her Now” and “Face On The Wall”) and Tinderfish (They did, “Move Along There” and “All The Love”) - He worked with Tubeway Army and Gary Numan (“Cars” and “Metal”).

James Arneson - Died 3-14-2012 - Car accident (Gospel) He was 64 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Crossroads Quartet.

Andy Brown - Died 3-16-2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe - Pneumonia (Afro Pop) Born 3-15-1962 - Musician - (He did, “Mapurisa” and “Daisy”) - Was a member of Impact and The Storm - Worked with Grabb, The Rusike Brothers, Don Gumbo and Busi Ncube.

Andre Catlett (aka Big Cat) (Andre R. Catlett) - Died 3-16-2012 - Thymic carcinoma (Rap) Born 11-5-1979 in Fredericksburg VA, U.S. - (He did, “Victory” and “Pardon Me”).

Gary Cornell - Died 3-17-2012 in Perth, Western Australia - After he collapsed on stage of a possible heart attack (Rock) He was 34 years old - Singer - Was a member of Pyramid Of The Coyote (They did, “Hail To The Monkey” and “Self Destruction”).

Bob Henry - Died 3-18-2012 in Laguna Beach, CA, U.S. - He was 92 years old - TV producer and director - Worked on The Nat King Cole Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Carpenters Show, The Perry Como Show, The Glen Campbell Music Show, Barbara Mandrell And The Mandrell Sisters Shows, The Captain And Tennille Shows, The Gladys Knight And The Pips Shows and a Tribute To Mother Maybell Carter Show.

Warren Luening Jr. - Died 3-19-2012 - Complications of cancer (Jazz) He was 70 years old - Born in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played trumpet and flugelhorn - Worked with Lawrence Welk, Bob Florence, The Ronnie Dupont Quartet and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Doc Stovall - Died 3-19-2012 in Cartersville, GA, U.S. - Car accident - He was 70+ years old - Singer and guitarist - Led Doc Stovall And The Tumbleweed Cowboy Band - Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ernie Williams - Albany’s Ambassador of the Blues - Died 3-21-2012 in Albany, NY, U.S. - Cerebral hemmorhage (Blues) He was 87 years old - Singer and guitarist - Led Ernie Williams And The Wildcats.

Johnny McCauley - Died 3-22-2012 in London, England (Country) Born 4-23-1925 in Fahan, County Donegal, Ireland - Singer - (He wrote, “Pretty Little Girl From Omagh” and “Destination Donegal”) - Led The Johnny McCauley Trio - Was a member of The Westernaires - His songs have been recorded by Christy Moore and Daniel O’Donnell.

Chico Anysio (Francisco Anysio de Oliveira Paula Filho) - Died 3-23-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Multiple organ failure - Born 4-12-1931 in Maranguape, Ceara, Brazil - Composer, actor and comedian - Brother of actress, Lupe Gigliotti.

Eric Lowen (David Eric Lowen) - Died 3-23-2012 - Complications of ALS (Rock - Pop) Born 10-23-1951 - He was half of the duo, Lowen & Navarro (They did, “Learning To Fall” and “Purpose”) - Wrote songs for Pat Benatar (“We Belong”), David Lee Roth, The Bangles, The Temptations, Dave Edmunds and The Four Tops.

Will - Died 3-23-2012 - Car accident (Metal) Singer - Was a member of Mastic Scum.

Khalil Shaheed (Thomas Howard Hall) - Died 3-23-2012 in Oakland - Lung cancer (Jazz - Classical) Born 1949 - Played trumpet - Was a member of The Khalil Shaheed Quartet, Big Belly Blues, The Open Mind Ensemble, The Redwood Brass and The Mo’ Rockin Project - Worked with Buddy Miles, Woody Shaw, Taj Mahal, John Handy, The Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, Billy Higgins and Jimi Hendrix.

Joao Mineiro - Died 3-24-2012 in Jundiaí, Brazil - Cardiac arrest after complications for gallbladder surgery - He was 76 years old - Singer - He was half of the duo, Joao Mineiro e Marciano.

Nick Noble (Nicholas Valkan)- Died 3-24-2012 (Pop - Country) Born 6-21-1926 or 1936 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer - (He did, “The Tip Of My Fingers” and “Moonlight Swim”).

Vince Lovegrove (Vincent Lovegrove) - Died 3-24-2012 in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia - Car accident (Rock - Pop) Born 1948 in Fremantle, Western Australia -  Journalist, manager and singer - Was a member of The Valentines with Bon Scott (They did, “Juliette” and “Nick Nack Paddy Wack”) - Wrote for the music newspaper Go-Set - Managed Jimmy Barnes and The Divinyls.

Marion Marlowe - Died 3-24-2012 in Tucson, Arizona, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 3-7-1929 - Singer and actress - (She did, “The Man In The Raincoat” and “Heartbeat”) - Worked with Frank Parker (“Moonlight And Roses”) - She was married to TV producer, Larry Puck.

Tommy Wells (James T. Wells)  Died 3-26-2012 - Complications related to cancer - Born 10-23-1941 in Bermuda - Guitarist - (He wrote the theme for TV’s, “WKRP In Cincinnati”) - Was a member of The Wild Hots - Worked with Tommy George And The Fabulous 50s.

Ademilde Fonseca (Delfino Ademilde Fonseca) - Queen of Choro - Died 3-27-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Born 3-4-1921 in Sao Goncalo do Amarante, Brazil - Singer - (She did, “Tico-Tico no Fuba ” and “Rato, Rato”) - She had been married to musician, Naldimar Gedeao Delfim.

Murio Gian Franco - Died 3-27-2012 in Argentina - Cardiac arrest - Born 7-26-1941 in Naples, Italy - Singer - (He did, “Chau amor chau”) - (He wrote, “Las cosas que me alejan de ti” and"Amigos míos me enamore”).

Earl Scruggs (Earl Eugene Scruggs) - Died 3-28-2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Natural causes (Bluegrass) Born 1-6-1924 in Shelby, North Carolina, U.S. - Played banjo and guitar - (He did, “The Ballad Of Jed Clampett” with Jerry Scoggins and Lester Flatt) - Led The Earl Scruggs Revue - Was one of The Foggy Mountain Boys who became known as Flatt And Scruggs (They did, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”) - Worked with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Steve Martin, Paul Shaffer, Leon Russell, Marty Stuart and Vince Gill - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee and Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

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