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Rock Star Death Notices - May 2014


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Anderson Mar (Anderson Lynne Mar) (Anderson Mar-Desjardins) - Died 3-28-2014 in Providence, RI, U.S. - From injuries suffered in an apartment fire (Punk - Goth) Born 4-11-1972 - Singer - Was a member of Solace, Gallows Hill and Sans Nomenclature (They did, “Get Off The Dole” and a cover of “Paint It Black”) - Instructor at The Boston School Of Rock and a founder of Dark Sky Productions.

George Winfield (George Everette Winfield) (aka Buggs) - Died 3-30-2014 in Hampton, Virginia, U.S. (R&B) Born 7-2-1936 - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of The Chateaus (They did, “Ladder Of Love” and ” You’ll Reap What You Sow”), The Rings, The Jammin Jammers Orch. and Rudy West’s 5 Keys.

Samuel Leon (aka Sammy Sax) - Died 3-30-2014 in Bethlehem, PA, U.S. - Complications from heart surgery (R&B) Born 12-15-1950 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Singer and saxophonist - Was a member of Sammy Sax And The MD’s and La Fantastica Orchestra - Worked with Earl Lewis And The Channels, Cleveland Still’s Dubs, The Limelites, The Eternals and The Saturday Night Live band.

Oscar Aviles - Died 4-5-2014 (Folk) Born 3-24-1924 in Callao - Singer and guitarist - Worked with La Limenita y Ascoy, Los Morochucos, Chabuca Granda and Arturo “Zambo” Cavero.

Alan Davie - Died 4-5-2014 - Born 9-28-1920 - Musician and painter -

Mickey Rooney (Joseph Yule Jr.) - Died 4-6-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Born 9-23-1920 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Actor, singer and entertainer - (He did, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Jing Jing Jive”) - Worked with Judy Garland (“I Wish I Were In Love Again” and “Good Morning”), Dean Martin, Kate Smith and Barbara Eden - Acted in the films, Atomic Boy and The Black Stallion - He had been married to actress Ava Gardner, singer Betty Jane Baker, actress Martha Vickers and singer Jan Rooney.

Leee Black Childers (Lee Black Childers) - Died 4-6-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Born 7-24-1945 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, U.S. - Photographer, writer and manager - Was a tour manager for Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Johnny Thunders - Some of his photographs were of Debbie Harry, Wayne County and The Sex Pistols - Was an assistant to Andy Warhol at The Factory.

Ed Hurt - Died 4-6-2014 in Augusta, GA, U.S. (Bluegrass) He was 90 years old - Born in Hazard, Kentucky, U.S. - Fiddle and mandolin player - Led Ed Hurt And The Cross Country Express - Worked with Flo Carter.

Peter Kaberere - Died 4-6-2014 - Electrocuted at a car wash (Gospel) Singer - (He did, “Nisamehe, Just A Way”).

Erzsi Kovacs (Erzsebet Kovacs) - Died 4-6-2014 in Budapest, Hungary - Illness (Pop - Jazz - Blues -  Bossa Nova) Born 6-2-1928 in Budapest, Hungary - Singer - (She did, “Regi ora halkan jar” and “Hova tunt a sok virag”).

George Shuffler - Died 4-7-2014 in Valdese, North Carolina, U.S. (Bluegrass - Gospel) Born 4-15-1925 in Valdese, North Carolina, U.S. - Guitarist and bassist - (He did, “When I Receive My Robe And Crown”) - Worked with The Shuffler Family, The Carolina Boys, The Melody Mountain Boys, Mustard And Gravy, The Bailey Brothers, Don Reno & Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups, The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jeremy Little (Jeremy Ahmad Maikel) - Died 4-9-2014 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (Reggae) Born 3-9-1983 - Turntablist, keyboardist and producer - Was a member of Prana (They did, “Copore” and “Better Than That”) - Co-founded Laguna Music which handled SevenCollar T-Shirt, Estrella and Lab The Rat.

Steve Backer - Died 4-10-2014 in Englewood, N.J., U.S. - Pneumonia - Born 6-3-1937 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Music industry executive - He was involved with releases by Duke Ellington, Gato Barbieri, Charlie Parker, The Brecker Brothers, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Roy Hargrove and Chet Baker.

Jesse Winchester (James Ridout Winchester) - Died 4-11-2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. - Cancer (Folk - Blues - Country) Born 5-17-1944 in Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, “Yankee Lady” and “Say What”) - Led Jesse Winchester And The Rhythm Aces -  Worked with Les Astronautes - His songs have been recorded by Patti Page, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, The Everly Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins, Nicolette Larsen, Tim Hardin, Joan Baez, Fairport Convention, Reba McEntire, Tom Rush, Brewer & Shipley, Raffi, Skydiggers, Wilson Pickett and Anne Murray.

Nandu Bhende - Died 4-11-2014 - Heart attack (Rock) He was 58 years old - Singer and guitarist - Led The Nandu Bhende Band - Was a member of Savage Encounter, Brief Encounter, Atomic Forest, Ebony and Velvett Fog.

Dave Innes - Died 4-11-2014 in Aberdeen - Stomach cancer (Rock) Born 1961 Drummer - Worked with The Gerry Jablonski Electric Band (They did, “Dave Says” and “Twist of Fate”), Bryan Adams and Status Quo.

Brita Koivunen (Brita Koivunen-Einio) - Died 4-12-2014 - Natural causes (Pop) Born 8-31-1931 - Singer - (She did, “Savel rakkauden” and a version of, “Mamma, tuo mies minua tuijottaa” (Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)) - Worked with Pirkko Mannola and Vieno Kekkonen - Wife of music producer, Paavo Einio.

Boris Karadimchev - Died 4-12-2014 - Born 1933 in Yambol, Bulgaria - Composer - Wrote 300 songs and composed the music for over 40 films.

Fred Ho (Fred Wei-han Houn) - Died 4-12-2014 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. (Jazz) Born 8-10-1957 in Palo Alto, California, U.S. - Saxophonist and social activist - Led The Afro Asian Music Ensemble and The Monkey Orchestra.

Dick Gordon (Richard C. Gordon Sr.) - Died 4-12-2014 - He was 93 years old - Guitarist and instructor - Was a member of Bob, Dick & Ed - Some of his students were Pat Kelley, Sanford Clark, Jimmy Byfield and Garth Brooks.

Kshetra Pratap Adhikari - Died 4-13-2014 - Heart attack - Born 1942 in Mirlung of Tanahun - Lyricist and poet - (Co-wrote, “Ma Ta Laligurans Bhayechhu”).

Armando Peraza - Died 4-14-2014 in San Francisco, California, U.S. - Pneumonia (Latin Jazz - Latin Rock) Born 5-30-1924 in Lawton Batista, Havana, Cuba - Percussionist - Worked with Ruiz’s Conjunto Kubavana, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Slim Gaillard, George Shearing, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Perez Prado, Judy Garland, Cal Tjader and Carlos Santana (“Gitano” and “Mandela”).

Pete Buckmaster - Died 4-14-2014 in Feltham - Car accident (Rock) He was 22 years old - Played drums, guitar, bass and keyboards and sang - Was a member of By Starlight (They did, “So Desperate” and “Nothing At All”).

Little Joe Cook (Joseph Cook) - Died 4-15-2014 in Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S. (R&B) Born 12-29-1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Singer - Led Little Joe & The Thrillers (They did, “Peanuts” and “Do The Slop”) - Was a member of The Evening Stars (They did, “Say A Prayer For The Boys In Korea”) and The Sherrys (They did, “Pop Pop Pie-Pie”).

Junior (Antonio Morales Barretto) - Died 4-15-2014 in Torrelodones, Spain - Born 9-10-1943 in Manila, Philippines - Singer and actor - (He did, “Yakap”) - Was a member of Jump, Los Brincos and Juan And Junior - He was married to singer, Rocio Durcal - Father of singer, Shaila Durcal and actress, Carmen Morales.

Shane Gibson (Shane Paul Gibson) - Died 4-15-2014 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Complications of a blood clotting disorder (Metal) Born 2-21-1979 in Houma, Louisiana, U.S. - Guitarist, bassist and singer - Worked with Korn, stOrk (They did, “Metal Fatigue” and “MoonRock”), SchwarZenatoR and Echoes The Fall.

Zackariah Rathwell - Died 4-15-2014 in Brentwood, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Stabbed (Rock) He was 23 years old - Singer and guitarist - Led Zackariah And The Prophets (They did, “Cat Eyes” and “Sick Daze”).

Josh Hunter - Died 4-15-2014 in Brentwood, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Stabbed (Rock) He was 22 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Zackariah And The Prophets (They did, “High Hopes” and “Lockstock”).

Stan Kelly (Stan Kelly-Bootle) - Died 4-16-2014 (Folk) Born 9-15-1929 in Liverpool, England - Singer - (He did, “Liverpool Lullaby”).

Jose Luis “Cheo” Feliciano - Died 4-17-2014 in San Juan - Car accident (Salsa) He was 78 years old - Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico - Musician and singer - (He did, “Anacaona” and “Amada Mia”).

James Knowles - Died 4-17-2014 (Blues - Gospel - Jazz - Rock) Drummer - Worked with Tyrone Davis, R Kelly, Bernard Allison, Sugar Blue, Carlos Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Terisa Griffin , Melvin Taylor and Chicago Cats.

Mike Atta (Michael John Atta) - Died 4-20-2014 - Kidney and lung cancer (Punk) He was 53 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Middle Class (They did, “Out Of Vogue” and “Scavenged Luxury”).

DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney “Skip” Bryce) - Died 4-27-2014 (Hip Hop) He was 46 years old - He was half of the duo, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock (They did, “It Takes Two” and “DJ Interview”).

Idris Sardi - Died 4-28-2014 in Cibubur, Indonesia - Born 6-7-1939 in Jakarta, Indonesia - Violinist and composer - Wrote music for the films Pengantin Remaja (Young Newlyweds) and Doea Tanda Mata (Two Mementos) - Worked for The RRI Studio Jakarta orchestra - Son of violinist, M.Sardi and actress, Hadidjah - Father of actress, Santi Sardi and actor, Lukman Sardi.

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