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Rock Star Death Notices - July 2014


Photo Caption: Milwaukee's Vodie Rhinehart pictured left with his band Leroy Airmaster

Milwaukee's Vodie Rhinehart pictured left with his band Leroy Airmaster

Steve Becker (Stephen E. Becker) - Died 6-1-2014 - Illness (Rock)  Born 11-7-1952 in East Orange, NJ, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes.

Victor Agnello (Dr. Victor A. Agnello) - Died 6-1-2014 - Complications of leukemia (Metal) He was 50 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Laaz Rockit (They did, “Silent Scream” and “Stand Alone”).

Dennis McCarthy - Died 6-2-2014 (R&B - Rock) He was 62 years old - Musician and singer - Led The Dennis McCarthy Band - Worked with The Dynamic Johnsons, The Groovemasters, Brass Attack, Murphy and McLeod & McCarthy.

Weldon Myrick - Died 6-2-2014 - After a stroke (Country) Born 4-10-1938 in Jayton, Texas, U.S. - Played steel guitar and sang - Worked with The Ben Hall Trio, Connie Smith (“Once A Day”), Bill Anderson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Delbert McClinton, Linda Ronstadt, Donna Fargo (“Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.),  Ronnie Milsap and the Grand Ole Opry staff band - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ralph Pruitt - Died 6-3-2014 - Natural causes (R&B) He was 74 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Fantastic Four (They did, “The Whole World Is A Stage” and “I Love You Madly”).

Brian Alguire - Died 6-4-2014 - Suicide (Punk) He was 37 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Crazy Ivans (They did, “My Favorite Song” and “On My Way”).

Doc Neeson (Bernard Patrick Neeson) - Died 6-4-2014 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Blues - Rock) Born 1-4-1947 in Belfast, Northern Ireland - Singer, bassist and guitarist - Was a member of The Moonshine Jug And String Band (They did, “That’s Alright With Me”), The Innocents, The Keystone Angels and The Angels (They did, “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” and “Hot Lucy”).

Jayare (Cahron Childs) - Died 6-6-2014 - Cardiac arrest due to sickle cell anemia (Hip Hop) He was 25 years old - Was a member of Cali Swag District (They did, “Teach Me How To Dougie”).

Bambi Fossati (Pier Niccolo Fossati) - Died 6-7-2014 in Genova, Italy - Illness (Prog - Rock - Blues) Born 4-28-1949 in Genova, Italy - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Gleemen (They did, “Divertimento” and “Spirit”) and Garybaldi (They did, “Maya Desnuda” and “L’Ultima Graziosa”).

Alan Douglas - Died 6-7-2014 in Paris, France - Born 7-20-1931 - Producer -  Worked with Jimi Hendrix, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Lenny Bruce,  King Pleasure, Herbie Mann, Betty Carter and The Last Poets - Owned the record label, Douglas Records.

Jimmy Scott (James Victor Scott) (aka Little Jimmy Scott) - Died 6-12-2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. - Cardiac arrest (Jazz) Born 7-17-1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Singer - Led The Jazz Expressions - Worked with The Lionel Hampton Band (“Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”), Charlie Parker and Lou Reed (“Power And Glory”).

Jim Keays (James Keays) - Died 6-13-2014 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Pneumonia due to complications of myeloma (Rock) Born 9-9-1946 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK - Sang and played guitar and harmonica - (He did, “Kid’s Blues”) - Led Jim Keays’ Southern Cross - Was a member of The Mustangs who became The Masters Apprentices (They did, “Turn Up Your Radio” and “Living In A Child’s Dream”), The Manning/Keays Band, The Keays and Cotton, Keays & Morris - ARIA Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Casey Kasem (Kemal Amin Kasem) - Died 6-15-2014 in Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S. - Born 4-27-1932 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. -  Disc jockey, radio personality and actor - Hosted radio’s American Top 40, American Top 20 and American Top 10 - NAB Broadcasting Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Justin Ayers (Steven Justin Ayers) - Died 6-17-02014 in Panama City, Florida, U.S. - Accidentally shot (Rock) Born 2-9-1981 in Panama City, Florida, U.S. - Guitarist - Was half of the duo The Ayers with his wife Jessica (They did, “Unusual Love”).

Horace Silver (Ward Martin Tavares Silva) - Died 6-18-2014 in New Rochelle, New York, U.S. - Natural causes (Jazz) Born 9-2-1928 in Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S. - Pianist, saxophonist and composer - Worked with Stan Getz, The Jazz Messengers, Silver ‘N Strings and The Miles Davis All Stars.

Johnny Mann - Died 6-18-2014 in Anderson, SC, U.S. - Born 8-30-1928 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Composer, arranger and singer - Led The Johnny Mann Singers - Worked with Johnny Burnette, The Crickets, Eddie Cochran, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra - Was a musical director for the original Alvin And The Chipmunks TV show where he sang the voice of Theodore.

Gerry Goffin (Gerald Goffin) - Died 6-19-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.  - Born 2-11-1939 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Lyricist - (Co-wrote, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Take Good Care Of My Baby”) - His songs have been recorded by Bobby Vee, Tony Orlando, Billy Fury, Little Eva, The Shirelles, Steve Lawrence, Donny Osmond, Grand Funk Railroad, The Chiffons, The Drifters, The Animals, Maxine Brown, Rod Stewart, Herman’s Hermits, Dusty Springfield, The Byrds, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees - He had been married to singer, Carole King - Father of singer, Louise Goffin - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Cliff Dunn (Clifton Dunn) - Died 6-22-2014 (R&B) Singer - Was a member of The Romancers who became The Midnighters who became The Dreamlovers (They did, ” When We Get Married” and “If I Should Lose You”) - Worked with Chubby Checker (“The Twist”).

Lee McBee - Died 6-24-2014 (Blues) Born 3-23-1951 - Singer and harmonica player - Was a member of The Passions and Lee McBee And The Confessors - Worked with Mike Morgan And The Crawl, Bob Wire And The Worm Ranch Wranglers, Screaming Lee And The Rocktones, Used Parts, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Rogers, Doug Sahm, Johnny Winter and The Lynch-McBee Band -  Kansas Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bobby Womack (Robert Dwayne Womack) - Died 6-27-2014 (Soul - Gospel - R&B) Born 3-4-1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “It’s All Over Now”) - Was a member of The Womack Brothers (They did, “Buffalo Bill”), The Valentinos (They did, “Looking For A Love”) - Worked with Sam Cooke, Joe Tex, Aretha Franklin, Sly And The Family Stone, Todd Rundgren, Janis Joplin and The Box Tops - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Vodie Rhinehart - Died 6-8-2014 (Rock - Blues) He was 57 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Haskels, Midwest Blues All-Stars, and Leroy Airmaster.

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