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Rock Star Death Notices - June 2015


Photo Caption: Kenosha, Wisconsin's Ryan Shutler of Lazarus A.D.

Kenosha, Wisconsin's Ryan Shutler of Lazarus A.D.

Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) - Died 4-30-2015 (R&B - Soul) Born 9-28-1938 in Henderson, North Carolina - Singer -  - Worked with The Five Crowns, The Drifters (They did, “There Goes My Baby” and “Sometimes I Wonder”) and Bo Diddley - North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

John Tout - Died 5-1-2015 in London, England - Lung failure (Rock) Keyboardist and singer - Worked with Wishbone Ash, Renaissance and John Lennon.

Craig Gruber - Died 5-5-2015 - Cancer (Rock) Born 6-22-1951 - Bassist - Was a member of Rainbow, Zvekan, Bible Black and ED3N - Worked with Elf, Gary Moore and Raven Lord.

Errol Brown (Lester Errol Brown) - Died 5-6-2015 in The Bahamas (Funk - Pop - Soul) Born 11-12-1943 in Kingston, Jamaica - Singer - (He did, “Body Rocking” and “Still Sexy (Yes U Are)”) - Was a member of Hot Chocolate (They did, “You Sexy Thing” and “Brother Louie”).

B.B. King (Riley B. King) (aka Beale Street Blues Boy) - The King of Blues - Died 5-14-2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Blues - R&B) Born 9-16-1925 near Itta Bena, Mississippi - Singer and guitarist - (He did “The Thrill Is Gone”) - Worked with U2 (“When Love Comes To Town”), Gary Moore, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton - Blues Foundation Hall Of Fame Inductee, Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ryan Shutler - Died 5-17-2015 - probable heart attack - He was 28 years old and from Kenosha, WI - Drummer for Lazarus A.D. on Metal Blade Records.

Mac Poole - Died 5-21-2015 - Throat cancer (Rock - Jazz - Prog - R&B) He was 69 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Dangerfield Band, Warhorse, The Honeycombs, Billy Ocean, Hazel O’Connor, Big Bertha, Marsha Hunt, Johnny G, Micky Jupp, Rick Wakeman, Magill, Hush, Broken Glass, The Foundations, Hungry Heart, P J Proby, The Vernons Girls, John Leyton, Tommy Bruce, Danny Williams, Freddy Starr, Bradley Walsh, Bobby Davro, Peter Green, Paul Kossoff, Denny Laine, Jet Harris, Heinz, Screaming Lord Sutch, Billie Davis, Nick Simper’s Fandango and Gong.

Twinkle (Lynn Annette Ripley) - Died 5-21-2015 in The Isle of Wight, England - Cancer (Pop) Born 7-15-1948 in Surbiton, London, England - Singer.

Louis Johnson (Louis E. Johnson) (aka Thunder Thumbs) - Died 5-21-2015 (Funk - Soul - R&B - Jazz)
Born in 1955 in Los Angeles, California - Bassist - Was a member of The Brothers Johnson - Worked with Michael Jackson, George Benson, Herb Alpert, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Jeffrey Osborne, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, Grover Washington Jr. and Earl Klugh.

Darius Minwalla (aka Take One) - Died 5-21-2015 in Vancouver, Canada (Rock) Drummer - He was 39 years old - Worked with The Posies, Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Super Deluxe, Tiz, Harvey Danger, Hugh Cornwell and The Long Winters.

Liv Marit Wedvik - Died 5-23-2015 in Risor, Aust-Agder, Norway - Drowned (Country) Born 1-16-1970 in Skien in Telemark, Norway - Singer.

Marcus Belgrave - Died 5-24-2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan - Heart failure (Jazz) Born 6-12-1936 in Chester, Pennsylvania - Trumpet player - Worked with Ray Charles, John Sinclair, Max Roach, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, La Palabra, Gunther Schuller, Carl Craig, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie.

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