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Rock Star Death Notices - October 2014


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Bobbie Clarke (Robert William Woodman) (aka The Man Who Drummed The World) - Died 8-31-2014 - Illness (Rock - Jazz) Born 6-13-1940 in Coventry, England - Drummer - Led The Bobby Woodman Noise - Was a member of Vince Eager’s Beat Boys who became The Wildcats backing Marty Wilde - Worked with Eric Delaney, Johnny Hallyday’s Golden Stars, Tom Jones, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Bodast, Chuck Berry, Vince Taylor And The Playboys, Arthur Lee’s Love and Roundabout - Coventry Music Wall Of Fame Inductee.

Nicky da B (Nickesse Trimaine Toney) - Died 9-2-2014 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Illness (Bounce) He was 24 years old - Born in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - (He did, “Drop It Hot Potato Style” and “Express Yourself”).

Go Eun-bi (aka EunB and Eunbitamin) - Died 9-3-2014 in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea - Car accident (Pop) Born 11-23-1992 in Seoul, South Korea - Singer - Was a member of Ladies’ Code (They did, “Bad Girl” and “Pretty Pretty”).

Gustavo Cerati (Gustavo Adrian Cerati) - Died 9-4-2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina- Respiratory arrest (Rock) Born 8-11-1949 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Sang and played piano, guitar and bass - (He did, “Rio Babel” and “Bocanada”) - Was a member of Savage, Vozarron, Triciclo and Soda Stereo (They did, “Te Hacen Falta Vitaminas” and “Afrodisíacos”).

Hopeton Lewis - Died 9-4-2014 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Kidney failure (Reggae) Born 10-3-1947 in Kingston, Jamaica - Singer - Worked with The Regals, Lynn Taitt And The Jets (“Take It Easy”), Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and Duke Reid.

Simone Battle - Died 9-5-2014 - Hung herself (Pop) Born 6-17-1989 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Singer and actress - (She did, “He Likes Boys”) - Was a member of G.R.L. (They did, “Ugly Heart” and “Girls Are Always Right”).

Kerrie Biddell (Kerrie Agnes Biddell) - Died 9-5-2014 - Stroke (Jazz) Born 2-8-1947 in Kings Cross, New South Wales - Singer and pianist - Worked with The Echoes, The Affair (They did a version of, “Sing A Simple Song”), The Daly Wilson Big Band and Dusty Springfield - She had been married to saxophonist, David Glyde.

Yoko Yamaguchi - Died 9-6-2014 - Respiratory failure - Born 5-10-1937 in Nagoya - Lyricist, actress and author - (She wrote Hiroshi Itsuki’s, “Yokohama Tasogare” and Yujiro Ishihara’s, “Brandy Glass”).

Yoshiko Otaka (aka Li Xianglan, Pan Shuhua and Shirley Yamaguchi) - Died 9-7-2014 in Tokyo, Japan - Born 2-12-1920 in Fushun, Manchuria - Singer and actress - (She did, “Fragrance Of The Night” and “Suzhou Serenade”) - Acted in the films Japanese War Bride and House Of Bamboo.

Kwon Ri-sae (aka Rise) - Died 9-7-2014 in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea after a car accident (Pop) Born 8-16-1991 in Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan - Singer - Was a member of Ladies’ Code (They did, “Kiss Kiss” and “Hate You”).

Gerald Wilson (Gerald Stanley Wilson) - Died 9-8-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Illness (Jazz) Born 9-4-1918 in Shelby, Mississippi, U.S. - Trumpeter - Worked with The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, The Great Lakes Experience Big Band,  Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie - Wrote arrangements for Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Benny Carter, Dinah Washington, Julie London, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson.

Eddie Smith - Died 9-9-2014 - Cancer (Rock) He was 55 years old - Singer and poet - Was a member of The Gargoyles.

Robert Young - Found dead 9-9-2014 in Hove, East Sussex (Rock) Born 1964 or 1965 - Played guitar, bass and harmonica - Was a member of Primal Scream (They did, “Slip Inside This House” and “Screamadelica”) - Worked with Felt (“Get Out Of My Mirror” and “Cartoon Sky”).

Al Neese - Died 9-10-2014 (Jazz) He was 82 years old - Born in Greensboro - Trumpeter - Led The Al Neese Jazz Project - Worked with Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and Jackie McLean.

Bob Crewe (Stanley Robert Crewe) - Died 9-11-2014 in Scarborough, Maine, U.S. (Rock - Pop) Born 11-12-1930 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Songwriter, dancer, singer and producer - Led The Bob Crewe Generation - His songs have been recorded by The Four Seasons (“Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Rag Doll”), Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels, Herman’s Hermits (“Silhouettes”), The Rays, Diane Renay, Freddy Cannon, Michael Jackson, Lesley Gore, Patti LaBelle, Bobby Darin, Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson - Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Cosimo Matassa - Died 9-11-2014 - Born 4-13-1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Recording engineer and studio owner - He recorded Fats Domino (“The Fat Man”), Tommy Ridgley, Little Richard (“Tutti Frutti”), Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Lee Dorsey, Dr John, The Spiders, Smiley Lewis and Bobby Mitchell - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Johnny Rotella - Died 9-11-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. (Jazz) Born 11-4-1920 in Jersey City, NJ, U.S. - Played clarinet and saxophone and was a composer - Worked with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Jerry Gray, Jimmie Haskell, Earle Hagen, Buddy Baker, Ethel Mermen, Billy Ekstine, Neil Diamond, Frank Zappa and Steely Dan - His songs have been recorded by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Rosemarie Clooney, Doris Day and Tony Bennett.

Andrea Marongiu - Died 9-12-2014 (Dance) Drummer - Was a member of The Crystal Fighters.

Joe Sample (Joseph Leslie Sample) - Died 9-12-2014 in in Houston, Texas U.S. (Jazz) Born 2-1-1939 in Houston, Texas U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Swingsters, The Modern Jazz Sextet and The Jazz Crusaders - Worked with Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, B. B. King, Joe Cocker, Minnie Riperton, B. B. King, Joni Mitchell, Anita Baker, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan and The Supremes - Father of bassist, Nicklas Sample.

Johnny Gus (John Frederick Gustafson) - Died 9-12-2014 (Rock - Jazz Fusion) Born 8-8-1942 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England -  Bassist, guitarist. pianist and singer - Worked with Cass And The Cassanovas, The Big Three, The Merseybeats, Gordon Giltrap Band, Johnny Gus Set, Episode Six, Roxy Music, Quatermass, Ian Gillan Band, Hard Stuff, John And Johnny, The Pirates, Poormouth, The Quotations, The Seniors and Shawn Phillips.

Tom Skeeter - Died 9-12-2014 - He was 82 years old - Owner of The Sound City Studios where artists Neil Young, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Ronnie James Dio, Weezer, Foreigner, Johnny Cash, The Black Crowes, Nirvana and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recorded - Served as the CEO of Rainy Day Records and president and co-founder of Carman Productions.

Peter Gutteridge - Died 9-14-2014 in Auckland, New Zealand (Rock) Born about 1961 in Dunedin, New Zealand - Singer, guitarist and bassist - Worked with The Clean, The Chills, The Cartilege Family, The Great Unwashed, Snapper, The Alpaca Brothers and The Puddle.

Jackie Cain (Jacqueline Ruth Cain) - Died 9-15-2014 in Montclair, New Jersey, U.S. - Complications of a 2010 stroke (Jazz) Born 5-22-1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. - Singer - Was half of the duo Jackie And Roy (They did, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” and “Full Moon”) with her husband, Roy Kral - Worked with Charlie Ventura.

Bea Best (Beatrice Best) - Died 9-15-2014 (R&B) Singer - Was a member of The Jive Five (They did, “A Happy Man” and “What Time Is It”).

George Hamilton IV (George Hege Hamilton IV) - The International Ambassador of Country Music - Died 9-17-214 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - After a heart attack (Country - Pop - Gospel) Born 7-19-1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “A Rose And A Baby Ruth” and “Abilene”) - North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Kenny Wheeler (Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler) - Died 9-18-2014 in London, England, UK (Jazz) Born 1-14-1930 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Played trumpet and flugelhorn - Worked with Tommy Whittle, John Stevens Parker, The Spontaneous Music Ensemble, The Globe Unity Orchestra, Buddy Featherstonhaugh, Tubby Hayes, John Dankworth, The Anthony Braxton Quartet, Eric Burdon, Azimuth and Ronnie Scott.

Milton Cardona - Died 9-19-2014 - Heart failure (Jazz) Born 11-21-1944 - Percussionist, bassist and singer - Worked with Kip Hanrahan, Paul Simon, Willie Colon, David Byrne, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Celia Cruz, Jack Bruce, Larry Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Don Byron, Guaco, Hector Lavoe and Ned Rothenberg.

U. Srinivas (Uppalapu Shrinivas) - Died 9-19-2014 in Chennai, India - Born 2-28-1969 in Palakol, West Godavari Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India - Played mandolin - Worked with Michael Nyman, Nana Vasconcelos, Trey Gunn, John McLaughlin, Nigel Kennedy and Michael Brook.

Pete Shutler (Peter Cecil Shutler) - Died 9-21-2014 in Sherborne - Cancer (Folk) Born 10-6-1945 in Mudford, near Yeovil, Somerset - Accordionist and singer - Was a member of The Yetties.

Erik van der Wurff - Did 9-22-2014 in Soest, Utrecht, Netherlands - Cancer - Born 7-8-1945 in De Bilt, Utrecht, Netherlands - Pianist and composer - Worked on film soundtracks (Ciske The Rat) and for television (Coverstory) - Collaborated with Van der Wurff.

Jaak Joala - Kremlin’s Nightingale - Died 9-25-2014 - Born 6-26-1950 in Viljandi - Singer - Worked with Kristalllid, Virmalised (They did, “Taas on paev” and “Naer”) and Radar.

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