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Rock Star Death Notices - August 2012


Photo Caption: Jon Lord

Jon Lord

Jammer (Jamie Airns) - Died 7-1-2012 - Car accident (Metal) Drummer - Worked with Anger Management, Medulla Nocte and Murder One.

Ossie Hibbert (Oswald Hibbert)- Died 7-2-2012 in New York, U.S. (Reggae) Born about 1950 in Jamaica - Keyboardist, producer and sound engineer - Worked with Dennis Brown, The Professionals, The Aggrovators, The Revolutionaries, Gregory Isaac, Johnny Clarke, Jimmy London, Delroy Wilson and Linval Thompson.

Nico Takara (aka Nicolas Takara and Pablo Nicolas Takara) - Died 7-2-2012 - Cancer (Metal) Born 11-10-1968 - Guitarist - Worked with Arraigo, El Reloj, Heinkel, Simbiosis, Tintoreros and Los Parralenos.

Steven Pratt - Died 7-3-2012 - After an altercation (Punk) He was 44 years old - Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. - Drummer and bassist - Worked with The Slammies, Edgar Strange, The Tea Bags, Dutch 45, SuperFatFlyBoy, Drunko, The Mighty John Waynes, The Retreads, Hot Damn!, Poison Center, Pig Pen and Poop.

Ben Kynard - Died 7-5-2012 - Complications from a stroke (Jazz) He was 92 years old - Saxophonist - (He co-wrote, “Red Top”) - Worked with The Lionel Hampton Orchestra and The Hottentots.

Paul Ponnudorai - Died 7-7-2012 - Organ failure (Blues - Rock - Jazz) He was 51 years old - Singer and guitarist - (Co-wrote, “One Thousand Million Smiles”) - Worked with Datuk Sheila Majid, Aubrey Suwito, Wynton Marsalis and Billy Cobham.

Dennis Flemion - Died 7-7-2012 in Racine County, Wisconsin, U.S. - Drowned (Rock) Born 6-6-1955 - Percussionist and keyboardist - He was 1/2 of The Frogs (They did, “Whether U Like It Or Not I Love U” and “Stand Up For Your Rights (Or Sit Down)”) - Worked with The Smashing Pumpkins.

Tamango - Died 7-8-2012 - After a stroke - He was 66 years old - Sang and played the spoons - Was a member of The Shukar Collective (They did, “Malademna” and “Dalladida”).

Lol Coxhill (George W. Lowen Coxhill) - Died 7-10-2012 - Illness (Jazz - Rock) Born 9-19-1932 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK - Saxophonist - Worked with Carol Grimes And Delivery, Steve Miller, G. F. Fitzgerald, The Brotherhood Of Breath, The Dedication Orchestra, David Toop, Fred Frith, Caravan, Django Bates, The Damned, Hugh Metcalfe, Derek Bailey, Welfare State, Kevin Ayers And The Whole World, Mike Oldfield and Morgan Fisher.

Maria Cole (Maria Hawkins) (aka Maria Hawkins Ellington) - Died 7-10-2012 in Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. (Jazz) Born 8-1-1922 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Duke Ellington and Count Basie - Wife of singer, Nat King Cole, mother of singer, Natalie Cole and niece of academic, Charlotte Hawkins Brown.

Perry Baggs - Found dead 7-12-2012 in Goodlettsville, Tenn., U.S. (Cowpunk) Born 1962 in Nashville, Tenn., U.S. - Drummer and singer - Was a member of Jason And The Scorchers (They did, “If Money Talks” and “White Lies”).

Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason) - The Queen of Country Music and The Clock Stopper - Died 7-16-2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Complications after a stroke (Country) Born 8-30-1919 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (She did, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” and “Release Me”) - Was a member of Johnnie Right And The Harmony Girls - Worked with Red Foley (“One By One” and “As Long As I Live”) - She was married to singer, Johnnie Wright - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jon Lord (Jonathan Douglas Lord) - Died 7-16-2012 in London, England - Pulmonary embolism (Rock) Born 6-9-1941 in Leicester, England - Keyboardist and singer - Founded Deep Purple (They did, “Smoke On The Water” and “Hush”) - Worked with Red Bludd’s Bluesicians, The Artwoods, Whitesnake, Paice, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Ashton & Lord, The Kinks, Nazareth, Cozy Powell, Alvin Lee and The Flower Pot Men.

Bob Babbitt (Robert Kreinar) - Died 7-16-2012 - Brain cancer (Soul - Rock ) Born about 1938 - Bassist - He was one of The Funk Brothers - Worked with Stevie Wonder (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”), Edwin Starr (“War”), Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (“The Tears Of A Clown”), The Temptations (“Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”), Jim Croce (“I Got A Name”), Gladys Knight & The Pips (“Midnight Train To Georgia”), Jimi Hendrix and Phil Collins.

Danny Abromovitz (Daniel Isaac Abromovitz) (aka Danny American) - Died 7-17-2012 (Punk) He was 32 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The West End Crooks (They did, “Livin’ Large” and “Godfather”).

Lowell Lundstrom - Died 7-20-2012 - Parkinson’s disease (Gospel) Born 11-28-1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - Evangelist, musician and song writer - Wrote over 600 gospel songs - Minnesota Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Pat Tiernan - Died 7-23-2012 in East Greenbush - Born 1983 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Mobana and Odus Budd.

Andrew Davey - Died 7-23 or 24-2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S. (Rock) Bassist and singer - He was 24 years old - Was a member of The Strange (They did, “Hangman And Me” and “Tie Keys To The Kite”).

Carl Rasmussen (Carl C. Rasmussen) (aka Spike Viper) - Died 7-23-2012 in Worcester, MA, U.S. - His bicycle collided with a car (Punk) Born 8-?-1964 - Guitarist - Was a member of Dead-Wrong (They did, “Worcester Blues” and “Quinsigamond Girl”).

Larry Hoppen - Died 7-24-2012 in Florida, U.S. (Pop - Rock) Born 1951 - Singer, bassist, keyboardist, trumpeter and guitarist - Was a member of Boffalongo (They did, “Please Stay” and “Tomorrow Not Today “) and Orleans (They did, “Dance With Me” and “Still The One”) - Worked with Jackson Browne, John Sebastian, Bonnie Raitt, Livingston Taylor, Graham Parker, The Blues Traveler, Lulu, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Michael Franks, Levon Helm, Michael Brecker, Chet Atkins, Artie Traum and Bela Fleck.

Sherman Hemsley (Sherman Alexander Hemsley) - Died 7-24-2012 in El Paso, Texas, U.S. (R&B - Jazz) Born 2-1-1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Actor, singer and keyboardist - (He did, “Dance” and a version of, “Louie, Louie”) - Worked with Jon Anderson - He portrayed George Jefferson on TV’s, The Jeffersons.

Big Walter Smith - Big Man of the Blues - Died 7-24-2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer (Blues) Born 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Groove Merchants (They did, “Big Storm Coming” and “Rainy Chicago Blues”), Cross Roads, Big Walter Smith’s Blues Revue and Brass Magic - Worked with The Antares, Albert King, B.B. King and Bobby Blue Bland - Minnesota Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Darryl Cotton - Died 7-27-2012 - Liver cancer (Pop) Born 9-4-1949 in Adelaide, Australia - Singer, guitarist and actor - (He did, “Don’t Let It Get To You” and “Same Old Girl”) - Was a member of Down the Line who became Zoot (They did, “1x2x3x4” and a version of, “Eleanor Rigby”) and Cotton Keays & Morris - Worked with Shaun Cassidy, Olivia Newton-John, The Osmonds and Cliff Richard.

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