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Rock Star Death Notices - September 2012


Photo Caption: Matt Mueller-Photo By Nick Vlcek

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Matthew M. Mueller - Died 8-4-2012, 42, Madison/Minneapolis/California, fatal car accident in Nevada City, CA, bassist in the band Funamungus, MUST, manager for Les Ballets Africains, professional tour support, onetime owner of Pachyderm Studio.

Rick Murphy - Died 8-31-2012, 63, legendary Radio Personality for WORT, WHA, helped found Radio Free Madison and founders of one of Madion’s first professional recording studio, a talented composer and lyricist, concert promoter.

Geoffrey Hughes - Died 7-27-2012 - Prostate cancer - He was 68 years old - Actor - He was the voice of Paul McCartney in The Beatles’ film, Yellow Submarine -  He portrayed Eddie Yeats on Coronation Street.d

Osvaldo Fattoruso (Jorge Osvaldo Fattoruso) - Died 7-29-2012 in Montevideo, Uruguay - Cancer (Rock - Jazz) Born 5-12-1948 in Montevideo, Uruguay - Drummer, singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Hot Blowers,, Los Shakers, Opa and Trio Fattoruso - Worked with Litto Nebbia, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Alejandro Lerner, Leon Gieco, Fito Paez, Mariana Ingold and Ruben Rada.

Sluggy Ranks (Andrew Phillip Gregory) - Died 7-29-2012 - Car accident (Reggae) He was 44 years old - Born in Kingston - Singer - (He did, “95% Black 5% White” and “Ghetto Youth Bust”).

Jay Parker (John Gale Parker Jr.) - Died 7-30-2012 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Born 2-1-1925 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. U.S. - Artist - Designer of the Sun Records logo - He also designed packages for Alka-Seltzer and Super Bubble gum.

David Ellenburg - Died 7-30-2012 - Complications of a stroke (Metal) Born 7-17-1964 - Guitarist - Was a member of Dogbane (They did, “God Forgive You” and “Residual Alcatraz”).

Bill Doss - Died 7-30-2012 - (Indie - Rock) Born 9-12-1968 in Dubach, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and keyboardist - Was a member of The Olivia Tremor Control (They did, “Hideaway” and “The Opera House), The Apples In Stereo (They did, “Dance Floor” and “Wings Away”), Chocolate USA (They did, “Playing In The Mud” and “Lunik’s Furniture”), The Sunshine Fix (They did, “Sail Beyond The Sunset” and “Enjoy The Teeth”) and Synthetic Flying Machine (They did, “Candy Striped Motion Sickness Carriage” and “Playing Scrabble”) - Was the co-founder of The Elephant 6 Recording Company.

Sera (Sarah Nampijja) - Died 7-31-2012 - Born 1991 in Kampala, Uganda - Singer - (She did, “One Ting Man” and “Sunrise”) - Worked with Jeff Blaise (“Contageous”).

Lucio Quarantotto - Died 7-31-2012 - Jumped from a window of his apartment - Born 1957 - Lyricist - (Co-wrote, “Con te partiro” (“With You, I Will Leave”)” and “Canto della Terra”).

Tony Sly (Anthony J. Sly) - Died 7-31-2012 (Punk - Pop) Born 11-4-1970 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of No Use For A Name (They did, “It Won’t Happen Again” and “Don’t Miss The Train”) - Worked with Joey Cape.

Eduardo Quesada - Died 7-31-2012 in Bouwer (Argentine Folk) He was 70 years old - Singer - Was a member of Los Fronterizos.

Jimmy Jones (James Jones) - Died 8-2-2012 in Aberdeen, NC, U.S. (R&B) Born 6-2-1930 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Handy Man” and “Good Timin’”) - Worked with Jones, Jones And Jones, The Berliners, The Sparks Of Rhythm, The Jones Boys and The Savoys.

Tomasz Szukalski - Died 8-2-2012 in Warsaw, Poland (Jazz) Born 1-8-1947 in Piaseczno, Poland - Saxaphonist - Worked with Partita, The Quartet, Blues Duo SZ-SZ, Bluffmania, Janusz Muniak , Tomasz Ochalski, Arild Andersen, Dave Holland, Edward Vesala, Palle Danielsson, Terje Rypdal, Palle Mikkelborg, Juhani Aaltonen and Antti Hytti.

Severino Araujo (Severino Araujo de Oliveira) - Died 8-3-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Multiple organ failure (Choro - Jazz) Born 4-23-1917 in Limoeiro, Brazil - Clarinetist - (He wrote, “Espinha de Bacalhau”) - Led Orquestra Tabajara.

Gaspero C.  Trainito (aka Happy) - Died 8-3-2012 in Cambridge , MA, U.S. - Illness (Big Band) Born 12-10-1922 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Pianist - (Wrote The Tune Weavers’ , “My Congratulations To You Baby”) - Worked with The Glenn Miller Band - Was a conductor for The Radio City Music Hall.

Jason Noble - Died 8-4-2012 - Synovial sarcoma (Rock - Chamber Music) Guitarist and singer - Worked with Rodan, Per Mission, Rachel’s, Gold Jacket Club, Shannonwright, Coliseum and Shipping News.

Johnnie Bassett - Gentleman of the blues - Died 8-4-2012 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Cancer (Blues - Jazz) Born 10-9-1935 in Marianna, FL, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Joe Weaver & The Blue Notes, Little Willie John, John Lee Hooker, Dinah Washington, Big Joe Turner, Lowell Fulson, Ruth Brown, Tina Turner, and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

Stuart Swanlund (aka Stubie) (Stuart Craig Swanlund) - Died 8-4-2012 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. Natural causes (Southern Rock) Born 4-3-1958 in Puerto Rico - Guitarist and slide guitarist - Was a member of The Marshall Tucker Band (They did, “Fire On The Mountain” and “Can’t You See”) and The Tone Generators.

Chavela Vargas (Isabel Vargas Lizano) - Died 8-5-2012 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico - Respiratory failure (Ranchera) Born 4-17-1919 in San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica - Singer and guitarist - (She did, “Flor de azalea” and “Paloma Negra”).

Stephen Hill - Died 8-5-2012 - Heart attack (Gospel) He was 55 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Don McLean, Jessy Dixon, Squire Parsons, Dottie Rambo, Charlie Louvin, Bill Gaither, Vern Gosdin, Sam Moore, Lynn Anderson, Karen Peck, Randy Travis, Marie Osmond, Ernie Haase, Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra.

Michael Bartee - Died 8-5-2012 in Lacey’s Spring, AL, U.S. (Rock - Blues) Played guitar, drums and sang -Worked with White Dog and Other Foot.

Celso Blues Boy (Ricardo Celso Furtado de Carvalho) - Died 8-6-2012 in Joinville, Brazil - Cancer of the throat (Blues - Rock) Born 1-5-1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Aumenta que Isso Ai E Rock’n Roll” and “Amor Vazio”) - Was a member of Legiao Estrangeira - Worked with Raul Seixas and Sa e Gurabyra.

Marvin Hamlisch (Marvin Frederick Hamlisch) - Died 8-6-2012 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Illness (Pop - Musicals - Symphonic) Born 6-2-1944 in New York, New York, U.S. - Composer and conductor - (Co-wrote Lesley Gore’s, “Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows” and “California Nights”) - Wrote music for the Woody Allen films, Take The Money And Run and Bananas and also wrote music for the films, The Sting, The Spy Who Loved Me, Ordinary People and Sophie’s Choice - Worked with Barbra Streisand, Groucho Marx, Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Mathis - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Polys Kermanidis - Died 8-6-2012 - Cancer (Folk) Born 1946 - Singer - (He did, “File Mou Esy Ta Ftais
” and “Tora Xenaki Egina”).

James McLaren - Died 8-6-2012 - Car accident - Born 1978 - Journalist and photographer - He championed Welsh music both old and new - Worked for the Welsh Music Foundation producing Sound Nation, a monthly magazine.

Mark O’Donnell - Died 8-6-2012 in New York City, New York, U.S. - Respiratory arrest - Born 7-19-1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Co-wrote the books for the Broadway musicials Hairspray and Cry-Baby.

Mike Kelly - Died 8-7-2012 - Cancer (Doo-Wop) Singer - Worked with The Duprees (They did, “You Belong To Me”) and The Chaperones.

Ranking Trevor (Maxwell Grant) - Died 8-7-2012 in Jamaica - His motorcycle collided with a car (Rap Reggae) (He did, “Caveman Skank” and “Three Piece Chicken And Chips”).

Jairo Varela - Found dead 8-8-2012 in California, U.S. - Heart attack (Salsa) Born 12-9-1949 in Quibdo, Colombia - Singer and guiro player - Was a member of La Timba and Grupo Niche (They did, “Buenaventura y Caney” and “Cali Pachanguero”).

Magro Waghabi (Antonio Jose Waghabi Filho) - Died 8-8-2012 - Prostate cancer (Samba - Pop) Born 11-14-1943 in Itaocara, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Singer and instrumentalist - Was a member of Quarteto do CPC who became Musica Popular Brasileira 4 (MPB4) - Worked with with Toquinho, Quarteto em Cy and Chico Buarque.

Carl Davis (Carl H. Davis, Sr.) - Died 8-9-2012 in Summerville, South Carolina, U.S. - Pulmonary Fibrosis - Born 9-19-1934 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Record producer and music executive - Produced Gene Chandler, Major Lance, Billy Butler, Jackie Wilson, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, The Artistics, Mary Wells, Hamilton Bohannon, The Chi-Lites and Walter Jackson.

Von Freeman (Earle Lavon Freeman Sr.) (aka Vonski) - Died 8-11-2012 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Heart failure (Jazz) Born 10-3-1923 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Saxophonist -  Worked with Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie - Turned down offers to gig with Miles Davis, Billy Eckstine and King Kolax - Father of saxophonist, Chico Freeman.

Patrick Cochrun (aka Pakelika) - Died 8-11-2012 - Cardiac arrest after an asthma attack (Hip Hop - Punk) He was 34 years old - Born in Virginia, U.S. - Was a member of The Kottonmouth Kings (They did, “Suburban Life” and “Dog’s Life”) and The Middle Class Casualties.

Lucius Reichling (Lucius B. Reichling) - Died 8-14-2012 -  Pneumonia and cancer (Country) He was 65 years old - Sang and played fiddle and guitar - Was a member of Truck Stop (They did, “Take it easy, altes Haus” and “Hilly Billy, Country Lilly”).

Bob Birch (Robert Wayne Birch) - Died 8-15-2012 - Shot himself (Rock) Born 7-14-1956 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Sang and played bass, bassoon and saxophone - Worked with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Keith Emerson, Steve Porcaro, Glenn Hughes, Ronnie Montrose, Sting, Akio Katsuyama, John Mayer, Guy Babylon, Phil Collins, Zak Starkey, Jose Feliciano and LeAnn Rimes.

Altamiro Carrilho (Altamiro Aquino Carrilho) - Died 8-15-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Lung cancer (Choro - Classical) Born 12-21-1924 in Santo Antonio de Padua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Flautist - (He did, “Rio antigo” and “A galope”) - Worked with Caetano Veloso, Orlando Silva, Banda Lira de Arion, Vicente Celestino, Elizeth Cardoso, Francisco Alves, Moreira da Silva, Sílvio Caldas and Chico Buarque Regional do Canhoto.

Bill Tillman (William Wayne Tillman)- Died 8-15-2012 in Houston, Texas, U.S. - After falling in the bathroom (Jazz - Rock - Swing) Born 5-14-1947 - Saxophonist, flutist and singer - Led The Bill Tillman Band - Was a member of Rose Colored Glass (They did a version of, “Can’t Find The Time”) and Blood, Sweat & Tears (“Look Up To The Sky” and “Thinking Of You”) - Worked with The North Texas Lab Band, The Coasters, Chuck Berry, Bo Didley, Roy Orbison and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

John Stockfish (John Arthur Stockfish) - Died 8-17-2012 in Windsor, Ont. Canada - Natural causes - Born in Canada - He was 69 years old - Bassist - Worked with Tommy Danton And The Echoes, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot (“Sundown”), Tommy Hunter, Dan Hill, Cab Calloway and Mel Torme.

Lou Martin (Louis Martin) - Died 8-17-2012 in Bournemouth, England (Rock - Blues Rock) Born 8-12-1949 in Belfast, Northern Ireland - Played keyboards,  mandolin and guitar - Worked with Killing Floor, Rory Gallagher, Ramrod, The Downliners Sect, Screaming Lord Sutch, Chuck Berry, Albert Collins and The Nickey Barclay Band.

Scott McKenzie (Philip Wallach Blondheim) - Died 8-18-2012 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. (Pop - Doo-Wop) Born 1-10-1939 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” and “Like An Old Time Movie” and co-wrote the Beach Boys’, “Kokomo”). - Worked with The Singing Strings, The Abstracts, The Smoothies, The Journeymen and a new version of The Mamas And The Papas.

Phyllis Diller (Phyllis Ada Driver) - Died 8-20-2012 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.- Born 7-17-1917 in Lima, Ohio, U.S. - Actress and comedienne - (She sang, “You’re Different” and a cover of, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and recorded five comedy albums) - She had two TV shows (The Phyllis Diller Show and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show) and was a co-star with Bob Hope for 23 television specials.

Eric Cook - Died 8-23-2012 - Cancer (Metal) Guitarist - Was a member of Lethal (They did, “Programmed” and “Obscure The Sky”).

George Gallacher - Died 8-25-2012 - Heart attack (Blues - Psychedelic - Pop) Singer - Was a member of The Poets (They did, “Call Again” and “I Am So Blue”).

Marianne Challis - Died 8-29-2012 in New York, NY, U.S. (Cabaret) She was 58 years old - Singer - (She did, “Something In Red” and “Vice on Ice”) - She was a vocal technician for Disney Productions and The Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts.

Max Bygraves (Walter William Bygraves) - Died 8-31-2012 in Hope Island, Queensland, Australia - Born 10-16-1922 in Rotherhithe, London, England - Singer and comedian - (He did, “Cowpuncher’s Cantata” and “Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be”).

Mark Erickson - Died 8-?-2012 (Rock) Singer - Was a member of Colorstore, Sweetbleeders, Roar and Gospel Claws.

Terez Hepburn - Died 8-31-2012 - After a stroke - She was 48 years old - Singer - (She did, “Mr. Bus Driver”).

Hal David (Harold Lane David) - Died 9-1-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Stroke - Born 5-25-1921 in New York, NY, U.S. - Lyricist - His songs had been recorded by Marty Robbins (“The Story Of My Life”), B. J. Thomas (Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”), Dionne Warwick (“Walk On By”), Herb Alpert, (“This Guy’s In Love With You”), Naked Eyes (”(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me”), Perry Como (“Magic Moments”), The 5th Dimension (“One Less Bell To Answer”), Tom Jones (“What’s New Pussycat?”) and many others - Collaborated with Burt Bacharach - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee.

Mark Abrahamian - Died 9-2-2012 in Norfolk, Neb., U.S. - Heart attack after a concert (Rock) Born 2-23-1966 - Guitarist - Worked with Starship, Fee Waybill, John Cafferty, Pat Travers, Doug Fieger, Tommy Tutone and Christopher Cross.

Oleg Klimchenko - Died 9-2-2012 on stage in Gomel, Belarus - Electric shock or heart attack (Metal) Born 1976 - Bassist - Worked with Litvintroll, Ossuary and Partyzone.

Lillian Lopez (Lillian Lopez Collazo Jackson) - Died 9-4-2012 - Cancer (Disco) Born 11-16-1935 in Connecticut, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Odyssey (They did, “Use It Up And Wear It Out” and “Native New Yorker”).

Joe South (Joseph Alfred Souter) - Died 9-5-2012 in Buford, GA, U.S. (Country - Rock - Folk) Born 2-28-1940 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, “Games People Play” and “Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home”) - Worked with Aretha Franklin (“Chain Of Fools”), Tommy Roe (“Sheila”), Bob Dylan, Eddy Arnold and Marty Robbins - His songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, The Osmonds, Deep Purple, Billy Joe Royal (“Down In The Boondocks”), Lynn Anderson (”(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”), Bryan Ferry, Coldcut and Gene Vincent - Produced Royal, Sandy Posey and Friend And Lover - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

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