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Rock Star Death Notices - November 2013


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Lou Reed

Poly Panou (Polytimi Koliopanoy) - Died 9-27-2013 - Cancer - Born 10-8-1940 in Athens, Greece - Singer - (She did, “Ti sou ekana kai pineis” and “Anapse To Tsigaro”).

Nobandla Mangisa - Died 9-28-2013 in the Eastern Cape, South Africa - Car accident (Gospel) She was 36 years old - Born in Tsojana - Singer - Led The Nobandla Gospel Group (They did, “Inkonzo Yasengqondweni”).

Dennis Langfield (Dennis Percy Langfield) - Died 9-28-2013 -  He was 83 years old - Saxophonist - Led The Dennis Langfield Sound.

Dean Barlow (Grover Barlow) - Died 9-29-2013 in Edenton, NC, U.S. (R&B) Born 1935 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Singer - (He did, “I’ll String Along With You” and “Love, Is That You”) - Was a member of The Crickets (They did, “You’re Mine” and “For You I Have Eyes”), The Bachelors (They did, “I Want To Know About Love” and “Baby”) and The Montereys (They did, “Dearest One” and “Through The Years”) - United In Group Harmony Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Keith Crier (aka Sabu) (Keith Raymond Crier) - Died 9-29-2013 (Disco - R&B - Funk) He was 58 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Sabu & The Survivors, The Rhythm Makers (They did, “Zone”) and GQ (They did, “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)” and “Sitting In The Park”) - Son of singer, Arthur Crier and uncle of musician, Keith Sweat.

Jake Nielsen - Died 9-30-2013 (Rock - Classical) He was 40 years old - Pianist and singer - (He did, “A Still Small Voice” and “To Be Content “) - Worked with The Fourth Generation - Organizer of The Richmond School Of Rock.

Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy Scott - Died 9-30-2013 - Complications from a car accident (Bluegrass - Country - Rockabilly) Born 6-24-1917 in Toccoa, Georgia, U.S. - Singer, guitarist, ventriloquist, actor and comedian - (He did, “Rosebuds And You” and “Gonna Paint The Town Red”) - Worked with The Kentucky Partners - Appeared in the films Trail Of The Hawk and Hillbilly Harmony - Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Margaret Ann Williams - Died 10-1-2013 (Soul) Singer - Worked with Aretha Franklin and with The Sweet Inspirations backing Elvis Presley.

Zdenek Rytír - Died 10-2-2013 in Prague, Czech Republic - Heart failure (Pop - Rock - Country) Born 4-11-1944 in Tabor, Protektorat Bohmen und Mahren - Sang and played banjo, harmonic, guitar, bass and was a lyricist - Worked with Crossfire, Apollobeat, Hells Devils, Blue Five, Karkulka, Mefisto, (They did, “Monika” and “Keep On Running”) and Tucnaci - Wrote lyrics for Golden Kids (“Nautilus” and “Micro-Magic-Circus”),  Michal Tucny (“Bajecna zenska” and “Posledni kovboj”), Petr Spaleny (“Kolej Albertov” and “Dite stesteny”), Petra Janu, Hana Hegerova, Helena Vondrackova, Hana Zagorova and Karel Gott.

Riyo Riebasweti (Christopher Monyoncho) - Died 10-3-2013 in Kisii, Kenya (Benga - Jazz) Born 1945 in Kitutu Chache, Kenya - Guitarist - (He did, “Emeremo Yamasamba” and “Entereba Egatinda Ekarara”) - Was a member of The Kegogi Jazz Band.

Stevie “Maroono” Sekul - Died 10-3-2013 - Cancer (Blues - Country - Cajun)- Born 1-1-1954 - Sang and played guitar, squeeze box and harmonica - Worked with George Mason.

Frank D’Rone (Frank Caldarone) - Died 10-3-2013 in Wheaton, Illinois, U.S. - Cancer (Jazz) Born 4-26-1932 in Brockton, Mass., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Strawberry Blonde (The Band Rocked On)” and “Falling In Love With Love”) - Worked with Carl Stevens & His Orchestra.

Butch Warren (Edward Warren) - Died 10-5-2013 (Jazz) Born 8-9-1939 - Double bassist - Worked with Kenny Dorham, Herbie Hancock (“Watermelon Man”), Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Joe Henderson, Sonny Clark, Jackie McLean, Stuff Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon and Thelonious Monk - Was a house bassist for Blue Note Records.

Steve Demarest - Died 10-5-2013 - Complications of an aortic dissection (Folk Rock - Hip Hop - Celtic Punk) Born 1953 in Camden - Bassist - Worked with The Hens, Leisure Kings, Chet Delcampo, Kenn Kweder, Burn Witch Burn, John Train and Slo-Mo.

Mike Boone (Michael Boone) - Died 10-6-2013 in New York, NY, U.S. (Sludge - Doom - Metal) Born 1973 - Bassist - Worked with Ancient Spacecraft, Betrayer, Faceloss, S.O.L., Silver Judas and Sourvein.

Butch Lewis (Melvin Lewis) - Died 10-6-2013 - Overcome by fumes of freon gas used in air conditioning equipment at a hospital where he worked (Go Go - Funk - Jazz) He was 50 years old - Drummer - Worked with Experience Unlimited (EU) (They did, “Doin’ The Butt”) and Little Benny And The Masters.

Phil Chevron (Philip Ryan) - Died 10-8-2013 - Cancer (Folk - Rock - Punk - Celtic) Born 6-17-1956 in Santry, Dublin, Ireland - Sang and played guitar, banjo and mandolin - Was a member of The Radiators From Space (They did, “Television Screen” and “Kitty Ricketts”) and The Pogues (They did, “Parting Glass” and “Thousands Are Sailing”).

Danny Wilder - Died 10-9-2013 - Lung cancer (Rock - Hip Hop) Born 2-11-1986 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Kings Of The City (They did, “Listen To The Old Man” and “I Try”).

Nyika Jamal Mataure - Died 10-9-2013 in Mutare, Dangamvura, Zimbabwe - Born 7-17-1976 in Mozambique - Singer and keyboardist - (He did, “Kurwizi”) - Worked with Betty Makaya.

Jan Kuehnemund (Janice Lynn Kuehnemund) - Died 10-10-2013 - Cancer (Hard Rock - Glam - Metal) Born 11-18-1961 in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Vixen (They did, “Edge Of A Broken Heart” and “Cryin’”).

Cal Smith (Calvin Grant Shofner) - Died 10-10-2013 in Branson, Missouri, U.S. (Country) Born 4-7-1932 in Gans, Oklahoma, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Country Bumpkin” and “It’s Time To Pay The Fiddler”) - Worked with The Texas Troubadours.

Mike O’Neill - Died 10-10-2013 - Cancer of the liver (Rock) Guitarist - Born 1938 in Leigh, Lancashire - Was a member of The Wabash Skiffle Group and Nero And The Gladiators (They did, “Entry Of The Gladiators” and “In The Hall Of The Mountain King”) - Worked with Vince Taylor, The Cabin Boys, The John Barry Seven, Head Hands & Feet, Georgie Fame, David Bowie, Gene Vincent, Dusty Springfield (“You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me”), Shirley Bassey, The Ivy League (“Tossin’ And Turnin”), Eddie Cochrane and Donovan.

Jim Shumate - Died 10-10-2013 (Bluegrass - Country) Born 10-21-1921 - Fiddler and singer - Was a member of Sons Of The Carolinas -  Worked with Bill Monroe And The Blue Grass Boys and The Foggy Mountain Boys.

Wadih El Safi (aka Wadee al-Safi) -  The man with the golden voice and Sawt Lobnan Al Khaled - Died 10-11-2013 in Mansourieh, Lebanon (Tarab - Folk) Born 11-1-1921 in Niha, Lebanon - Singer and instrumentalist - (He did, “Grishlah Idi”) - Worked with Mohammed Abdul-Wahhab, Najwa Karam, Fairouz, Sabah and Farid al-Atrash -  He wrote over 3,000 songs.

Robbie Heape - Died 10-11-2013 - Mitochondrial disease (Rock) He was 67 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Senators, The Pacifics, The Backboards, The Drifters, The Dream Machine, Hammerhead which became Canyon and Afterglow.

Frank Landry - Died 10-12-2013 - Motorcycle accident (Metal) Singer, guitarist and drummer - Worked with Obnoxious, Dischord and Tempting Tragedy.

Andrew Duncan Brown - Died 10-?-2013 (Folk) He was 27 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “All That You Need” and “I Was So Confused”) - Worked with The Dirty Rascals - Formed The Smoking Pirate Records label.

Angela Moldovan - Died 10-13-2013 in Chisina, Bucharest, Romania - Heart problems (Folk - Opera) Born 9-19-1927 in Chisinau - Singer - (She did, “La Oglinda” and “Mi-am facut bundita noua”) - Worked with Barbu Lautaruand and Ciocarlia.

Mats Olsson - Died 10-?-2013 - Illness (Jazz - Pop) Born 11-3-1929 in Stockholm, Sweden - Pianist, arranger and composer - Worked with Arthur Osterwall’s Orchestra, Carl-Henrik Norin’s Orchestra and Thore Ehrling’s Orchestra - Arranged for and/or produced Jan Malmsjo, Lars Lonndahl, Towa Carson, Mona Wessman, Lenne Broberg and Claes Goran Hederstrom - Started The Planet Records & Music label.

Edward Albert Altesleben (aka Fast Eddie) - Died 10-13-2013 (Punk) Born 5-16-1981 - Drummer - Was a member of The Clone Defects (They did, “Bottled Woman” and “Scissors Chop”).

Tommy Whittle - Died 10-13-2013 - Pneumonia (Jazz) Born 10-13-1926 in Grangemouth, Scotland - Saxophonist - Worked with Claude Giddins, Laurie Johnson, Johnny Claes, Lew Stone, Jack Parnell, Cyril Stapleton, Carl Barriteau, Harry Hayes, Benny Goodman, The Pizza Express Allstars Jazz Band, Don Lusher, Tony Kinsey and Ted Heath.

Bob Greene (Robert Stern Greenstein) - Died 10-13-2013 in Amagansett, NY, U.S. - Lung cancer (Jazz) Born 9-4-1922 - Pianist - Led Bob Greene’s Jelly Roll Morton Jazz Band - Worked with The New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band - He was a Jelly Roll Morton devotee bringing Jelly Roll’s music to many counties.

Amy Ross - Died 10-14-2013 in Tucson, Arizona, U.S. - Before heart surgery related to an infection (Folk) She was 39 or 40 years old - Singer and keyboardist - She was half of the duo Nowhere Man And A Whiskey Girl (They did, “If Only I” and “Drunk As Dragons”).

Derrick Ross - Died 10-14-2013 in Arizona, U.S. - Suicide (Folk) He was 40 or 39 years old - Guitarist - He was half of the duo Nowhere Man And A Whiskey Girl (They did, “For The Birds” and “All I Know).

Ginger Dinning (Virginia Lutke) - Died 10-14-2013 (Pop) Born 1924 - Singer - She was one of The Dinning Sisters (They did, “Buttons and Bows” and “Pig Foot Pete”).

Frank Moore (Frank James Moore) - Died 10-14-2013 in Berkeley, California, U.S. - Pneumonia - Born 6-25-1946 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Pianist, performance artist, poet, essayist and painter - Worked with Linda Sibio, Barbara Smith and The Feederz.

Gloria Lynne (Gloria Alleyne) - Died 10-15-2013 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Heart attack (Jazz) Born 11-28-1931 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “I Wish You Love” and “June Night”) - Worked with Billy Eckstine, The Enchanters, Quincy Jones, Bobby Timmons, Philly Joe Jones, Harry “Sweets” Edison and The Dell-Tones - National Black Sports And Entertainment Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Geoffrey Zigoma (aka Mzungu ndi Mzungu) - Died 10-17-2013 in India - Cancer (Gospel) He was 36 years old - Singer, keyboardist and guitarist - (He did, “Ken Ning’ang’a”).

Roland Janes - Died 10-18-2013 (Rockabilly - Rock) Born 1933 in Brookings, AK, U.S. - Guitarist, producer and engineer - (He did, “Guitarville” and “Rolando”) - Worked with Jerry Lee Lewis (“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “High School Confidential”), Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Rich and Sonny Burgess.

James Urquhart - Died 10-?-2013 - He was 25 years old - Musician - Was a member of Rant.

Marc Trovillion (Marc William Trovillion) - Died 10-?-2013 - Heart attack (Alt Country) He was 56 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Lambchop (They did, “Oh, What A Disappointment” and “So I Hear Your Moving”).

Ronald Shannon Jackson - Died 10-19-2013 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. (Jazz) Born 1-12-1940 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Decoding Society - Worked with James Clay, Cecil Taylor, Charles Mingus, Betty Carter, Charles Tyler, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Stanley Turrentine, Ornette Coleman, Prime Time and Albert Ayler.

Lage Fosheim - Died 10-19-2013 - Cancer (Ska - Pop) Singer - Was a member of Broadway News and was half of the duo, The Monroes (They did, “Sunday People” and “Cheerio”).

Noel Harrison - Died 10-19-2013 in in Devon (Pop) Born 1-29-1934 in London, England - Singer, actor and and olympic skier - (He did, “The Windmills Of Your Mind” and “Suzanne”) - He protrayed Mark Slate on TV’s, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. - Son of actor, Rex Harrison.

Zubaida Khanum - Died 10-19-2013 in Thalassery - Cardiac arrest (Playback) Born 1935 in Amritsar - Singer - (She did,  “Kiya hua dil pe sitam” and “Balam tum haar gaye jeeta mera pyar”).

K. Raghavan (aka Raghavan Master) - Died 10-19-2013 in Thalassery, Kerala, India - Born 12-2-1913 in Thalassery, Malabar district, British India - Sang and played Tabla, keyboards, thambaru and drums - Wrote music for more than 60 films.

Gianni Ferrio - Died 10-21-2013 - Born 11-15-1924 in Vicenza, Italy - Composer, conductor and arranger - Collaboration with Mina (“Parole Parole”) - Composed about 120 film sound tracks - He was married to actress, Alba Arnova.

Taidhg Burke - Died 10-22-2013 in Bantry, Ireland - Injuries from a car accident (Country Rock) He was 32 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Calvinists (They did, “Jump In To My Arms” and “Anchor”).

Aivars Brize - Died 10-22-2013 in Gdynia, Poland - Pneumonia (Rock) Born 1961 in Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR (now Latvia) - Singer, guitarist, keyboardist and trombonist - Worked with Neptuns, Livi (They did, “Dzelzgriezejs"and “Ozolam”) and Legions.

Gypie Mayo (aka John Mayo) (John Phillip Cawthra) - Died 10-23-2013 (Rock) Born 7-24-1951 in Hammersmith, London, England - Guitarist - Worked with White Mule, Halcyon, 747, Alias, Concrete Mick, Dr. Feelgood (They did, “Milk And Alcohol” and “Down At The Doctors”) and a reformed Yardbirds.

Manolo Escobar (Manuel García Escobar) - Died 10-24-2013 in Benidorm - He was 82 years old - Born in El Ejido - Sang and acted and played the lute and piano - (He did, “Y Viva Espana”).

Manna Dey (Prabodh Chandra Dey) - Died 10-24-2013 in Bangalore, India (Playback) Born 5-1- 1919 in Calcutta, British India - Singer - (He did, “O Prem Diwani Sambhal Ke Chalna” and “Dil Churaney Ki Liye From Dur Chaley”) - Worked wth Suraiya (“Jago Aayee Usha Ponchi Boley Jago”), Amira Bahee (“E Diniya Jara Suney”) and Meena Kapoor (“Aaj Bor Aayee”).

Al Carter (Alonzo Carrington) - Died 10-24-2013 - Hit by a truck while crossing a street (Blues) He was 66 years old - Born in Windsor - Guitarist, bassist and singer - Led Al Carter And The Gang.

Lou Reed (Lewis Allan Reed) - Died 10-27-2013 in Southampton, New York, U.S. - IlIness related to a liver transplant (Rock - Punk - Experimental - Drone) Born 3-2-1942 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica and drums - (He did, “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Vicious”) - Was a member of The Jades, The Primitives (They did, “The Ostrich”), The Warlocks, The Velvet Underground (They did, “Sweet Jane” and “What Goes On”) and The Metal Machine Trio - Worked with Metallica (“The View” and “Pumping Blood”) - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee - He was married to singer, Laurie Anderson.

Christopher Greenwood Williams - Died 10-16-2013 in Madison, WI, U.S. - Born 06-19-1962 in Lawrence, Kansas, U.S. - He was 51 years old - Christopher had a great love of dogs and enjoyed listening to music, watching thriller movies, painting and other fine art.  He enjoyed music so much, he could often be found working the doors to local music venues such as Genna’s, Paradise, Black Bear, and as the security chief at the Mifflin Street Block Party, 25th Anniversary.  He was an integral part of the local music scene, and will be greatly missed.

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