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  • Rockstar Death Notices June 2020

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    Minnesota rapper George Floyd

    Minnesota rapper George Floyd

    Charlie Daniels - D. 7-6-2020 -  83 - hemorrhagic stroke - singer and fiddle for Charlie Daniels Band - member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry - most famous for the song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”.

    J. Marvin Brown - D. 7-3-2020 - 66 - Baltimore - American soul singer for The Softones. 

    Maximilian (Max Crook) - D. 7-1-2020 - 83 - American keyboard player and songwriter. 

    Jeffry Eckels - D. 7-1-2020 - jazz - legendary Madison upright bassist - suicide after withdrawal from antidepressant medication - played with Kelly DeHaven, Clyde Stubblefield - original full time bassist for the “Whad’ya Know Show”  - moved to Nebraska and Texas to become a professor at UNT in Texas.

    Stepa J. Groggs - D. 6-29-2020 - 32 - Phoenix - American rapper for Injury Reserve.

    Johnny Mandel - D. 6-29-2020 - 94 - Oscar and Grammy winning songwriter - wrote the theme from “M*A*S*H.

    Benny Mardones - D. 6-29-2020 - 73 - Parkinson’s disease - rock and soul singer-songwriter behind the 80s hit “Into the Night.

    Pete Carr - D. 6-27-2020 - 70 - American guitarist for LeBlanc and Carr - Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section guitarist Jesse Willard “Pete” Carr, who played on hits including “Kodachrome,” “Tonight’s The Night” and “Down on Mainstreet”.

    Freddy Cole - 6-27-2020 - 88 - cardiovascular disease - Atlanta - American jazz singer and pianist.

    Tom Finn - 6-27-2020 - 72 - American musician for The Left Banke.

    Bris (Christopher Treadwell) - D. 6-24-2020 - 24 - shot - Sacramento - American rapper.

    Sandra Feva - D. 6-26-2020 - 73 - American soul singer.

    Huey (Lawrence Franks Jr.) - D. 6-25-2020 - 31 - shot - American rapper.

    Tray Savage - D. 6-19-2020 - 26 - shot - Chicago - American rapper.

    Hux Brown (Lynford Brown) - D. 6-18-2020 - 75 - Oakland - Jamaican guitarist for Toots and the Maytals - prolific session guitarist who played on classic songs like Jimmy Cliff’s The Harder They Come and Mother and Child Reunion.

    Vera Lynn - D. 6-18-2020 - 103 -  British singer was best known for performing hits such as We’ll Meet Again to troops on the front line in countries including India and Egypt - also mentioned in Pink Floyd song “Vera”.

    Yuji Adachi - D. 6-16-2020 - 56 - sepsis - member of the Japanese heavy metal band Dead End from 1986 to 1990 and from 2009 to 2020.

    Keith Tippett - D. 6-14-2020 - 72 - British jazz pianist and composer - played with King Crimson.

    Ash Quinn - D. 6-11-2020 - 27 - accidental overdose - Madison punk guitarist, singer and songwriter - played with the Skizzwhores, Sassy Come Home, Call Them Q, 90’s Dreamboy - used music to highlight and support the LGBT Community.

    Paul Chapman - D. 6-9-2020 - 66 - British guitarist for UFO (replaced Gary Moore) and Waysted.

    Bonnie Pointer - D. 6-8-2020 - 69 - cardiac arrest - American singer for The Pointer Sisters.

    Frank Bey - D. 6-7-2020 - 74 - American Blues singer - known as the “Southern Gentleman of the Blues”.

    Allan Evans - D. 6-6-2020 - 64 - American record producer and musicologist.

    Steve Priest - D. 6-4-2020 - 72 - bass player who co-founded the British glam group Sweet that had hits including “Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox on the Run” and “Love Is Like Oxygen”

    Dulce Nunes (Duklce Pinto Bressane) - D. 6-4-2020 - 90 - Covid-19 - Brazilian actress and singer-songwriter of the genre MPB.

    Fabiana Anastácio Nascimento - D. 6-4-2020 - 45 - Covid-19 - Brazilian singer of Contemporary Christian music.

    Joey Image - D. 6-1-2020 - 63 - liver cancer - NYC - American drummer for Misfits.

    Evaldo Gouveia (Evaldo Gouveia de Oliveira) - D. 5-29-2020 - 91 - Covid-19 - Brazilian singer-songwriter of the genre MPB.

    Bob Kulick - D. 5-28-2020 - 70 - American guitarist for Lou Reed and record producer for Kiss, Meatloaf, Lou Reed.

    George Floyd - aka Big Floyd - D. 5-25-2020 - 46 - police brutality - Minneapolis - former rapper for Screwed Up Click - killed by police during an arrest which has ignited the Black Lives Matter movement with protests across the nation and world against systemic racism.

    Bucky Baxter - D. 5-25-2020 - 65 - American pedal steel guitarist for Bob Dylan.

    Al Rex - Albert Piccirilli - D. 5-24-2020 - 91 - American bassist for Bill Haley & His Comets.

    Jimmy Cobb - D. 5-24-2020- 91 - American jazz drummer who played on Miles Davis’s famous jazz album Kind of Blue.

    KJ Balla (Kennedy Noel) - D. 5-22-2020 - 23 - shot - Brooklyn - NYC rapper.

    Bobby Digital - D. 5-21-2020 - 59 - kidney illness -  Jamaican legendary studio engineer and reggae/dance-hall producer.

    Lucky Peterson - D. 5-17-2020 - 55 - Legendary American Blues guitarist - Organ B3.

    Phil May - D. 5-15-2020 - 75 - complications of hip surgery - English singer for The Pretty Things -  peers of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.

    Joey Giambra - D. 5-14-2020 - 86 - Covid-19 - American jazz musician, playwright and actor.

    Yoshio (Gustavo Nakatani Ávila) - D. 5-13-2020 - 70 - Covid-19 - Mexican singer of Japanese descent whose greatest hits were in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Derek Lawrence - D. 5-13-2020 - 78 - English record producer for Deep Purple’s first 3 albums.

    Renée Claude - D. 5-12-2020 - 80 - Covid-19 - Canadian actress and singer.

    Alberto Carpani - D. 5-11-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 - Italian singer - Albert One (70’s & 80’s) - Eurodance DJ - producer.

    David Antônio Corrêa - D. 5-10-2020 - 82 - Covid-19 - Brazilian singer and songwriter - samba, samba-enredo and pagode.

    Carlos José - D. 5-9-2020 - 85 - Covid-19 - Brazilian singer-songwriter - seresta.

    Andre Harrell - D. 5-8-2020 - 59 - American record producer and founder of Uptown Records.

    İbrahim Gökçek - D. 5-7-2020 - 41 - suicide by starvation - Turkish bass player for Grup Yorum - A second member of a leftwing popular folk music group banned in Turkey has died after a hunger strike in protest of the government’s crackdown on the band.

    Ty (Ben Chijioke) - D. 5-7-2020 - 47 - Covied-19 - British rapper - released the albums Awkward (2001), Upwards (2004), Closer (2006), Special Kind of Fool (2010) and A Work of Heart (2018).

    Brian Howe - D. 5-6-2020 - 66 - heart attack - English rock singer for Bad Company (replaced Paul Rodgers in 1986) - sang on Ted Nugent’s “Penetrator” album.

    Florian Schneider - D. 5-6-2020 - 73 - cancer - German electronic musician and co-counder of Kraftwerk.

    Millie Small - D. 5-5-2020 - 73 - stroke - Jamaican singer - had hit My Boy Lollipop in the 1960s.

    Kiing Shooter (William Daniels) - D. 5-5-2020 - 24 - Covid-19 - New York rapper - worked with NYC rapper Dave East - released several freestyle recordings with the rapper in 2017.

    Alfred “Uganda” Roberts - D. 5-5-2020 - 77 - lung cancer - American percussionist for Professor Longhair.

    Ciro Pessoa Mendes Corrêa - D. 5-5-2020 - 62 - Covid-19 - also known by his Dharma name Tenzin Chöpel - Brazilian singer-songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, screenwriter, journalist, writer and poet - famous for being one of the founding members of the influential rock band Titãs and for his later work with pioneering post-punk/gothic rock band Cabine C. He also formed numerous other short-lived and lesser known projects in the mid-1980s/1990s before beginning a solo career in 2003.

    Sweet Pea Atkinson (Hillard Atkinson) - D. 5-5-2020 - 74 - heart attack - American singer for Was (Not Was).

    Aldir Blanc Mendes - D. 5-4-2020 - 73 - Covid-19 - Brazilian author and lyricist - composed many songs with singer-songwriter João Bosco, guitarist Guinga, and many others.

    Dragan Vučić - D. 5-4-2020 - 65 - Covid-19 - Macedonian composer, singer and TV host.

    David Paul Greenfield - D. 5-3-2020 - 71 - after contracting Covid-19 following a stay in hospital for heart problems - English keyboardist, singer and songwriter of The Stranglers.

    Cady Groves - D. 5-2-2020 - 30 - American singer-songwriter.

    Richie Cole - D. 5-2-2020 - 72 -  American jazz saxophonist referred to by Downbeat magazine as “the sax machine”.

    Óscar Chávez - D. 4-30-2020 - 85 - Covid-19 - Mexican singer, songwriter and actor - major proponent of the Nueva Trova movement in Mexico in the 1960s and 1970s.

    David S. Boe -  D. 4-28-2020 - 84 - Covid-19 - organist and head of the organ department of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he taught from 1962 to 2008 - most notable for his work as a pedagogue, having trained a large number of organists during his time at Oberlin.