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  • Rockstar Death Notices - January 2020

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    UW Madison alumna and writer of TV show

    UW Madison alumna and writer of TV show "Friends" theme song Allee Willis

    Bill Folwell - D. 10-2-2019 - American jazz-bassist and trumpet player - played for Ars Nova, Insect Trust, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.

    Bodo Staiger - D. 12-4-2019 - 70 - German singer for Lilac Angels and Rheingold.

    Jerry Naler - D. 12-5-2019 - 80 - American country and rock and roll artist and broadcaster and inspirational speaker - from 1961-1964 was lead vocalist of The Crickets after the passing of Buddy Holly.

    Herbie Cox - D. 12-7-2019 - 81 - lead singer of the American doo wop band the Cleftones.

    Joe McQueen - D. 12-7-2019 - 100 - American jazz saxophonist.

    Michael Lamper - D. 12-7-2019 - 61 - American rock guitarist and musician who portrayed an Acamarian Gatherer in the Star Trek: The Next Generation third season episode “The Vengeance Factor” as well as husband of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi).

    Murray Bowles - D. 12-8-2019 - 68 - American music photographer - Green Day, Operation Ivy, Neurosis and more.

    Juice Wrld - D. 12-8-2019 - 21 - Chicago rapper (“All Girls Are the Same”, “Lucid Dreams”, “Bandit”), seizure after ingesting Percocet pills to hide them from federal law enforcement officers who were waiting for his private plane at Midway Airport in Chicago.

    Marie Fredriksson - D. 12-9-2019 - 61 - brain cancer - Swedish pop singer-songwriter, pianist and painter, known for forming pop rock duo Roxette in 1986 alongside Per Gessle. The duo achieved international success in the late 1980s and early ‘90s.

    Gershon Kingsley - D. 12-10-2019 - 97 - pioneer in electronic & Moog synthesizer music.

    Jack Scott - D. 12-12-2019 - 83 - Canadian-American singer-songwriter.

    Emil Richards - D. 12-13-2019 - 87 - American vibraphonist and percussionist.

    Roy Loney - D. 12-13-2019 - 73 - organ failure - American singer and guitarist for The Flamin’ Groovies.

    Irv Williams - D. 12-14-2019 - 100 - American (Saint Paul, MN) jazz saxophonist - played in bands behind Ella Fitzgerald, Fletcher Henderson, Mary Lou Williams, and Billy Eckstine.

    Kenny Lynch - D. 12-18-2019 - 81 - cancer - English singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor in 1960’s.

    Allee Willis (Alta Sherral Willis) - D. 12-24-2019 - 72 - cardiac event - Music industry mogul and UW-Madison alumna - two-time Grammy winner including for the TV show “Friends” theme song - her songs have sold more than 60 million records - also worked with Earth Wind and Fire, Ray Charles, Sister Sledge, Cyndi Lauper and The Pointer Sisters - The Color Purple - Beverly Hills Cop - inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    Dave Riley - D. 12-24-2019 - 59 - throat cancer - American bassist for Big Black.

    Les Chadwick - D. 12-26-2019 - 76 - British bassist for Gerry and the Pacemakers.

    Sleepy LaBeef - D. 12-26-2019 - 84 - American rockabilly artist whose career spanned the 1950s.

    Michael Bundt - D. 12-27-2019 - 70 - German bassist for Nine Days Wonder.

    Garrett List - D. 12-27-2019 - 76 - American trombonist, vocalist and composer.

    Jack Sheldon - D. 12-27-2019 - 88 - American jazz trumpeter - sessioned with the Monkees - had his own 60s tv series, “Run Buddy Run” & appeared in late 60s Dragnet episodes and sang “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” for Schoolhouse Rock.

    Neil Innes - D. 12-29-2019 - 75 - heart attack - British musician and Monty Python songwriter - played with The Rutles and Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band.

    Vic Juris - D. 12-31-2019 - 66 - liver cancer - American jazz guitarist.

    Marc Mourning - D. 12-31-2019 - 69 - Struck and killed by a car on New Year’s Eve in Witchita, KS - American drummer and percussionist - founding member of the Moanin’ Glories, Crank, and Stallion.

    Lexii Alijai - D. 1-1-2020 - 21 - American rapper from Saint Paul, MN.

    Marty Grebb - D. 1-2-2020 - 73 - cancer/suicide - Chicago keyboardist, saxophonist & guitarist for The Buckinghams - also worked as a producer/arranger for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Etta James & Leon Russell.

    Martin Griffin - D. 1-6-2020 - short illness - British drummer for Hawkwind and Hawklords ‘78.