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Rockstar Death Notices - July 2015


Photo Caption: Chris Squire of YES circa 1970's

Chris Squire of YES circa 1970's

Rocky Frisco (Don Roscoe Joseph III) (aka Rocky Frisco and Rocky Curtiss) - Died 5-26-2015 (Rock - Folk - Blues) Born 7-26-1937 in St. Louis, Missouri, - Pianist and singer - Worked with Gene Crose, Clyde Stacy, Flash Terry, The Four Flames, The Don White Band, The John D. LeVan Band, JJ Cale, Danny McBride, Bill David, Gus Hardin, Tom Skinner’s Science Project, Eric Clapton and Tommy Overstreet - Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Art Thieme (Arthur Thieme) - Died 5-26-2015 (Folk) Born 7-9-1941 in Chicago, Illinois, - Sang and played guitar, banjo and saw.

Christer Jansson - Died 5-27-2015 - Cancer (Pop Rock) He was 51 years old - Drummer - Worked with Poul Krebs and Roxette.

Dennis Sheehan - Died 5-27-2015 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, - Heart attack - He was 68 years old - Born in Waterford - Was a tour manager for U2.

Johnny Keating (John Keating) - Died 5-28-2015 in London, England - Born 9-10-1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland - Trombonist, songwriter, producer and arranger - (He wrote, “Theme from Z-Cars” for TV’s, Z-Cars and “Bunny Hop”) - Worked with Ted Heath, Eden Kane, Adam Faith, Petula Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., Anthony Newley and Caterina Valente.

Ronnie Gilbert (Ruth Alice Gilbert) - Died 6-6-2015 in Mill Valley, California, - Natural causes (Folk) Born 9-7-1926 in New York, New York, - Singer - Was a member of The Weavers (They did, “This Land Is Your Land” and “On Top Of Old Smoky”) - Worked with The Priority Ramblers, Holly Near, The Vancouver Men’s Chorus, Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

Christopher Lee (Christopher Frank Carandini Lee) - Died 6-7-2015 in Chelsea, Westminster, London, England - Born 5-27-1922 in Belgravia, Westminster, London, England - Actor - (He sang, “Jingle Hell” and a version of, “My Way”) - He portrayed Count Dracula in Hammer Horror films.

Ornette Coleman (Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman) - Died 6-11-2015 in New York, NY, - Cardiac arrest (Jazz) Born 3-9-1930 in Fort Worth, Texas, - Played saxophone, violin and trumpet - Was a member of The Jam Jivers - Worked with Pee Wee Crayton, Paul Bley, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Eric Dolphy, Elvin Jones, Jerry Garcia and Pat Metheny - At one time married to poet, Jayne Cortez - Down Beat Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Harold Battiste (Harold Raymond Battiste Jr.) - Died 6-19-2015 (Jazz - R&B) Born 10-28-1931 in New Orleans, Louisiana, - Played saxophone and piano and was a composer and arranger - Worked with Alvin Batiste, Edward Blackwell, Barbara George, Sam Cooke, Joe Jones, Tom Waits, Lee Dorsey, Sonny And Cher and Dr. John.

Wendell Holmes - Died 6-19-2015 - Complications of pulmonary hypertension (Blues - Soul - Gospel - Country - R&B) He was 71 years old - Born in Christchurch, Virginia, - Played trumpet, organ and guitar and sang - Was a member of The Sevilles and The Holmes Brothers - Worked with Van Morrison, Joan Osborne, Freddie Roulette, Phoebe Snow and Inez And Charlie Foxx.

Gunther Schuller - Died 6-21-2015 (Jazz) Born 11-22-1925 - Played French horn and flute - Was a member of The Modern Jazz Society and The New England Ragtime Ensemble - Worked with Miles Davis, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Father of percussionist, George Schuller and bassist, Ed Schuller.

James Horner (James Roy Horner) - Died 6-22-2015 in Los Padres National Forest, California, - The plane he was piloting crashed - Born 8-14-1953 in Los Angeles, California, - Film composer - Wrote music for more than 100 films including Titanic and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

The Lau (Matheus J. Lau) - Died 6-23-2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands - Lung cancer - Born 7-17-1952 in Bergen, Netherlands - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Scene and Neerlands Hoop Express - Worked with Jan-Peter Bast and Lange Frans.

Marujita Díaz (María del Dulce Nombre Díaz Ruiz) - Died 6-23-2015 in Madrid, Spain - Cancer - She was 83 years old - Born in Triana district, Seville, Spain - Singer and actress - (She did, “Soldadito Espanol” and “Banderita”) - At one time married to dancer, Antonio Gades.

Cristiano Araujo (Cristiano Melo Araujo) - Died 6-24-2015 in Goiania, Goias, Brazil - Car accident (Sertanejo - Arrocha) Born 1-24-1986 in Goiania, Goias, Brazil - Singer - (He did, “Mente pra mim” and “Voce mudou”) - Worked with his sister Ana Cristina.

Chris Squire (Christopher Russell Edward Squire) (aka Fish) - Died 6-27-2015 in Phoenix Arizona, - Acute erythroid leukemia (Prog Rock - Pop) Born 3-4-1948 in London, England - Bassist, keyboardist and singer - (He did, “You By My Side” and “Lucky Seven”) - Was a member of The Selfs, The Syn (They did, “Breaking Down Walls” and “Golden Age”), XYZ, Conspiracy and Yes (They did, “I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Yours Is No Disgrace”) - He had been married to singer, Nikki Squire and actress, Melissa Morgan.

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