Rock Star Death Notices - April 2019

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guitarist Bernie Torme with Ozzy Osbourne

guitarist Bernie Torme with Ozzy Osbourne

Mark Hollis - D. 2-25-2019 - 64 - short illness - an English musician and singer-songwriter - co-founder and lead singer of 80’s band Talk Talk.

Doug Sandom - D. 2-27-2019 - English drummer who was the first drummer for the rock band the Who just before Keith Moon.

Stephan Ellis - D. 3-1-2019 - 69 - bass player for the American rock band Survivor.

Paul Williams - D. 3-1-2019 - 78 - English blues rock singer - played bass along side Police guitarist Andy Summers in Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and replaced John McVie in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers - later joined Juicy Lucy featuring Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody and featured in the 1971 film Bread.

Keith Charles Flint - D. 3-4-2019 - 49 - suicide by hanging - an English singer, musician and dancer, best known as a vocalist and dancer for the band The Prodigy.

Mike Grose - D. 3-8-2019 - was Queen’s first bassist, playing with the band for their first three shows in the summer of 1970.

Charlie Karp - D. 3-10-2019 - 65 - Emmy winning producer, guitarist and songwriter - started career in 1970 recording as a teenager with legendary drummer Buddy Miles - played with White Chocolate, The Dirty Angels, James Taylor, Carole King, Don Henley, Billy Joel - wrote hit songs for Joan Jett, Joe Perry as well as producing Ram Jam’s Black Betty.

Hal Blaine (Harold Simon Belsky) - D. 3-11-2019 - 90 - American drummer and session musician estimated to be among the most recorded studio drummers in the history of the music industry, claiming over 35,000 sessions and 6,000 singles. His drumming is featured on 150 US top 10 hits, 40 of which went to number one.

Dick Dale (Richard Anthony Monsour) - D. 3-16-2019 - 81 - King of the surf guitar - played with Dick Dale and the Del Tones - pioneered the use of distortion and reverb on the electric guitar.

Bernie Torme - D. 3-17-2019 - 66 - double pneumonia - guitarist for Gillan Band (with Ian Gillan) - joined Ozzy Osbourne for a short time after the death of Randy Rhoads.

Christoper W. Fox - D. 3-22-2019 - 44 - of Madison - passed in sleep - drummer - marched with Madison Junior Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 1988 to 1992.

Scott Walker - D. 3-25-2019 - American-born British singer-songwriter - plated with the Walker Brothers, The Routers - known for his distinctive baritone voice.

Ranking Roger (Roger Charley) - D. 3-26-2019 - 56 - cancer - British vocalist with The English Beat, General Public, as well as solo.

Stephen Fitzpatrick - D. 3-27-2019 - killed in head on collision on tour - half of the duo HER.

Audun Laading - D. 3-27-2019 - killed in head on collision on tour - half of the duo HER.

Trevor Engelbrektson - D. 3-27-2019 - killed in head on collision on tour - from Minneapolis - bassist, sound engineer, tour manager for duo HER - worked at many Minneapolis clubs.

Nipsy Hussle (Ermias Joseph Asghedom) - D. 3-31-2019 - 33 - murdered outside his clothing sotre in NYC - Grammy nominated American rapper.