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Rock Star Death Notices - July 2013


Photo Caption: Joey Covington of Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane

Joey Covington of Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane

Andreas Thein - Died 5-30-2013 - Cancer (Synth-Pop) He was 59 years old - Was a member of Propaganda (They did, “Dr. Mabuse” and “Duel”), Rififi (They did, “Dr. Acid And Mr. House”) and Kino (They did, “Room In The Heart”).

Gail Heil (Gail Andrea Heil) - Died 5-30-2013 in Spring Grove - Colon cancer (Folk) Born 8-20-1945 in St. Louis, MO. U.S. - Singer, fiddler,autoharp player and guitarist - Worked with The Mound City String Band and her husband, Bob Bovee.

Richard Raines - Died 6-1-2013 in Mineola, Texas, U.S. (Country) He was 48 years old - Guitarist -  Was a member of Midnight Express who became Perfect Strangers (They did, “You Have The Right To Remain Silent"and “Ridin’ The Rodeo”) - Worked with Shinebox and Baby Alligators.

Rick Neeley (Richard Ray Neeley) - Died 6-2-2013 in Barrington, Ill., U.S. - Illness (Folk) Born 1-15-1949 in Moline, Ill., U.S. - Played guitar and banjo - Was a member of Rick Neeley And Friends and The McNamara And Neeley Duo.

Mr. Yunupingu - Died 6-2-2013 in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia (Aboriginal Rock) Born 9-17-1956 in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Yothu Yindi (They did, “Treaty” and “Djapana (Sunset Dreaming)”) - ARIA Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Piano C. Red (James Wheeler) (Cecil Fain) - Died 6-3-2013 (Blues) Born 9-14-1933 in Montevallo, Alabama, U.S. - Pianist - (He did “Cab Driving Man” and “Miss Annie Lou”) - Worked with Muddy Waters, B.B King, Fats Domino and Buddy Guy.

Joey Covington (Joseph Edward Covington) (aka Joey Michno) - Died 6-4-2013 in Palm Springs - Single car accident (Rock) Born 6-27-1945 in East Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Worked with The Vibra-Sonics (“Drag Race”), Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane (“Pretty As You Feel” and “Turn My Life Down”), Jefferson Starship and The San Francisco Allstars.

Marshall Sewell - Died 6-4-2013 - Cancer (Doo-Wop) Born 8-29-1937 - Singer - Member of The Edsels (They did, “Rama Lama Ding Dong” and “Bone Shaker Joe”).

Ben Tucker (Benjamin Tucker) - Died 6-4-2013 in Hutchinson Island, Georgia, U.S. - Hit by a car while driving a golf cart across a road (Jazz) Born 12-13-1930 in Tennessee, U.S. - Played upright bass - (Co-wrote, “Comin’ Home Baby”) - Worked with Quincy Jones, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Howard Paul, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Rich and Peggy Lee.

Jim Sundquist (James D. Sunquist) - Died 6-4-2013 in Fairfax, Minnesota, U.S. - Cancer (Rockabilly) Born 11-26-1937 in Niagara, Wisconsin, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Fendermen (They did, “Mule Skinner Blues” and “Don’t You Just Know It”).

Cornelius “Neeny” “Nini” Harp (Cornelius Richard Harp Jr.) - Died 6-4-2013 in Homestead, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Natural causes (Doo-Wop) Born 9-14-1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Marcels (They did, “Blue Moon” and “Heartaches”) - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Robert Yates - Died 6-?-2013 in West Hampstead - Throat cancer (Punk) He was 52 years old - Born in Uxbridge - Singer - Was a member of The VIPs, The Final Solution and The Normal Family -

Don Bowman - Died 6-5-2013 (Country) Born 8-26-1937 in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. - Singer, radio host and comedian - (He did, “Chit Atkins, Make Me A Star” and wrote Jim Stafford’s, “Wildwood Weed”).

Bert Wilson - Died 6-6-2013 in Olympia, Washington, U.S. - Heart attack (Jazz) Born 1939 in Evansville, Ind., U.S. - Saxophonist - Was a member of Rebirth - Worked with Chuck Stentz, Sonny Simmons, James Zitro, Smiley Winters, Barbara Donald and John Coltrane - He developed a technique for playing saxophone called multiphonics.

Arturo Vega - Died 6-8-2013 - Born 1948 in Chihuahua, Mexico - Graphic designer and artistic director for The Ramones - He designed their logo and many of their album covers.

Harry Fulcher (Harry S. Fulcher) - Died 6-8-2013 - Motor Neurone Disease (Jazz) Saxophonist - Member of The Limbic System (They did, “My Cats A Private Detective”) - Worked with The Fabbies.

Murray McNabb - Died 6-9-2013 (Jazz) He was 66 years old - Pianist - Worked with Space Case, Dr. Tree, Band R. and Modern Times - He scored music for TV and movies.

Johnny Smith (John Henry Smith Jr.) - Died 6-11-2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S. - Natural causes (Jazz) Born 6-25-1922 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Guitarist - (He wrote, “Walk, Don’t Run” which was recorded by Chet Atkins and The Ventures) - Worked with Uncle Lem And The Mountain Boys, The Airport Boys and Stan Getz - Was a NBC studio musician.

Roger LaVern (Roger Jackson) - Died 6-15-2013 (Rock) Born 11-11-1938 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Tornados (They did, “Telstar” and “Robot”) who backed Billy Fury.

Alastair Donaldson (aka William Mysterious) - Died 6-18-2013 (Rock - Pop) Played bass and sax - Was a member of Silly Wizard and The Rezillos (They did, “Flying Saucer Attack” and “My Baby (Does Good Sculptures)”) - Worked with The Revillos.

Slim Whitman (Ottis Dewey Whitman Junior) - Died 6-19-2013 in Orange Park, Florida, U.S. - Heart failure (Countrypolitan) Born 1-23-1924 or 1923 in Tampa, Florida, U.S. - Singer, yodeller and guitarist - (He did, “Indian Love Call” and “Rose Marie”) - Worked with The Variety Rhythm Boys - In the film Mars Attacks!, Slim’s version of Indian Love Call killed the Martians and saved the day.

Mary Love (aka Mary Love Comer) (Mary Ann Allen or Mary Ann Varney) - Died 6-21-2013 (Gospel - Soul) Born in Sacramento, California, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet” and “Move A Little Closer”) - Worked with her husband, Brad Comer (“Come Out Of The Sandbox”).

Gary Pickford-Hopkins - Died 6-22-2013 - Cancer (R&B - Prog) Born 1948 in Neath - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Smokestacks, Eyes Of Blue, Ray Taff Williams, Steve Jenkins, Wild Turkey and Rick Wakeman.

Wendy Saddington (Wendy June Saddington) - Died 6-22-2013 (Blues - Soul - Jazz) Born 1949 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Singer - (She did, “Looking Through A Window”) - Was a member The Wendy Saddington Band - Worked with Revolution, James Taylor Move, Peter Head, Chain and Copperwine.

Bobby Blue Bland (Robert Calvin Brooks) - The Lion of the Blues - Died 6-23-2013 in Germantown, Shelby County, Tennessee, U.S. - Illness (Blues - Soul - R&B) Born 1-27-1930 in Rosemark or Millington, Tennessee, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Turn On Your Love Light” and “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do”) - Worked with The Miniatures, Angelo Earl, Billy “Red” Love, Junior Parker And The Blue Flames, Van Morrison and B.B. King - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jeanne Arland (Jeanne Arland Peterson) - Died 6-23-2013 in Eden Prairie (Jazz) Born 1922 - Pianist and singer - Was a member of Women Who Cook - Worked with Sonny Stitt, Roy Eldridge, George Benson, Bud Shank and with her brother saxophonist, Donald Pouliot and her husband keyboardist, Willard Peterson - Minnesota Music Hall Of Fame Inductee. and Minnesota Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Puff Johnson (Ewanya Johnson) - Died 6-24-2013 - Cervical cancer (R&B) Born 12-10-1972 in Detroit, Mich, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “Forever More” and “Over & Over”) - Worked with Somethin’ For The People and Tupac Shakur (“Me Against The World”) - Her first album was produced by Randy Jackson.

Alan Myers - Died 6-24-2013 - Cancer (Rock) Drummer - Worked with Devo (They did, “Peek-A-Boo!” and “Whip It”), Babooshka, Skyline Electric, Swahili Blonde and Jean Paul Yamamoto.

Paul Giacalone - Died 6-27-2013 (Doo-Wop) Was a member of The Fireflys who became The Fireflies (They did, “You Were Mine” and “Can’t Say Goodbye”).

Silvi Vrait - Died 6-28-2013 (Jazz - Country - Rock - Folk) Born 4-28-1951 in Kehra, Harju County, Estonia - Singer and pianist - (She did, “Vaikene rahvas, vaikene maa” and “Ei ole uksi ukski maa”).

David James Ladwig - Died 6-22-2013 (Metal - punk/hardcore) - He was 25 - Stoughton, WI, USA - Guitarist/ Bass guitarist - developed a love of music as a teenager and learned to play guitar,  Big fan of baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers, loved tinkering with cars, and was devoted to his family.

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