Rockstar Death Notices - May 2019

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Madison bassist David Davenport

Madison bassist David Davenport

Maury Laws - D. 3-28-2019 - 95 - American television and film composer for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and The Little Drummer Boy.

Billy Adams - D. 3-30-2019 - 79 - Rockabilly Hall of Famer who wrote and recorded the rockabilly staple Rock Pretty Mama.

Rick Elias - D. 4-2-2019 - 64 - brain cancer - American musician and founding member of A Ragamuffin Band.

Gary Stewart - D. 4-11-2019 - 62 - American music executive and archivist (Rhino Records, Apple Inc.)

Earl Thomas Conley - D. 4-10-2019 - 77 -  cerebral atrophy - American country music singer-songwriter.

Johnny “Hutch” Hutchison - D. 4-12-2019 - 79 - British dummer for the Merseybeat, The Big Three - turned down job for The Beatles after his friend Pete Best was fired.

Paul Raymond - D. 4-13-2019 - 73 - heart attack - British keyboardist for UFO, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, and Michael Schenker Group - at the time of his death, UFO had just started their final world tour, dubbed “Last Orders: 50th Anniversary”.

Les Reed - D. 4-15-2019 - 83 - songwriter, arranger, musician and light-orchestra leader - songwriter for Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Joe Terry - D. 4-15-2019 - 78 - American rock and roll singer for Danny & the Juniors.

Frederick Hemke - D. 4-17-2019 - 83 - American saxophonist - professor at Northwestern University.

David Davenport - D. 4-17-2019 - 67 - cancer - Madison bassist who played with Steely Dane, Java, Millstreet Foundation, Four Chairs No Waiting, Jan Wheaton, Geri Dimaggio and was a regular at many local open jams.

Dave Samuels - D. 4-22-2019 - 70 - American percussionist (vibraphone and marimba) - played mainly for Spyro Gyra, recorded with Bobby McFerrin, and created the Caribbean Jazz Project.

Dick Rivers - D. 4-24-1945 - 74 - French singer and actor - important figure in introducing rock and roll in France - sang with Les Chats Sauvages before a long solo career.

Jack de Mello - D. 4-27-2019 - 102 - Hawaiian musician, composer, producer.

Phil McCormack - D. 4-27-2019 - 58 - Singer for Molly Hatchet - performed on five of the band’s albums after replacing the band’s classic singer, Danny Joe Brown in 1996 - also former singer for Savoy Brown and the Road Ducks.

John Ballor - D. 4-29-2019 - 62 - bladder cancer/MS - American guitarist - played with the Romantic Noise and The Buttons.