Rock Star Death Notices - April 2015

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Wisconsinite Ryan Stanek, founding member of Broken Hope

Wisconsinite Ryan Stanek, founding member of Broken Hope

Ryan Stanek - Died 3-1-2015 in Wisconsin, U.S. (Metal) He was 42 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Broken Hope (They did, “Siamese Screams” and “Skin Is In”) - Worked with Key Thirteen and Hawse Creed.

Brian Carman (Brian Craig Carman) - Died 3-1-2015 in Santa Ana, Calif., U.S. - Complications of Crohn’s disease (Surf) Born 8-10-1945 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Chantays (They did, “Pipeline” and “Monsoon”).
Frank Orsini - Died 3-3-2015 - Cancer (Dance) Singer and trumpeter - Was a member of Don’t Call Me Francis.

Ted Reinhardt (Ted D. Reinhardt) - Died 3-4-2015 in Norfolk, VA, U.S. - Small plane crash (Jazz - Prog) Born about 1952 - Drummer - Was a member of Gamalon - Worked with Spyro Gyra, Willie & The Reinhardts, Ron LoCurto & The Reinhardts, Ernie Watts, Rushour and The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble - Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jim McCann (James McCann) - Died 3-5-2015 (Folk) Born 10-26-1944 in Dublin, Ireland - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Grace” and “Some Day Soon”) - Worked with The Ludlow Trio (They did, “The Sea Around Us”) and The Dubliners.

Vlada Divljan (Vladimir Divljan) - Died 3-5-2015 in Vienna, Austria - Illness (Rock) Born 5-10-1958 in Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia - Singer, guitarist and pianist - (He did, “Moj grad” and “Patuljci”) - Was a member of Faraoni renamed Holipe, Merlin, Zvuk Ulice, Decaci, Idoli (They did, “Retko te vidam sa devojkama” and “Pomoc, pomoc”) and Nevladina Organizacija.

Gene Lynn (Leon Campbell) - Died 3-7-2015 (Jazz) He was 78 years old - Born in Mobile, AL, U.S. - Singer and nightclub owner - Artists who performed at his clubs include Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams and Lou Rawls - St. Louis Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Lew Soloff - Died 3-8-2015 in New York, NY, U.S. - Heart attack (Jazz Rock) Born 2-20-1944 - Played trumpet and flugelhorn - Worked with Blood, Sweat And Tears (They did, “Spinning Wheel” and “And When I Die”), The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Chuck Mangione, Members Only, Machito, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Tony Scott, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Jeremy Steig, Tito Puente, Maynard Ferguson and Ornette Coleman.

Nkululeko Habedi (aka Flabba) - Died 3-9-2015 in Alexandra, Johannesburg. - Stabbed (Rap) He was 38 years old - (He did, “Isbhamu somdoko” and “Bho Fatshe”).

Jerry Brightman (Gerald Warner Brightman) - Died 3-9-2015 in Ohio, U.S. (Country) Born 1953 - Steel guitarist - Worked with Buck Owens And The Buckaroos, David Frizzel, Susan Raye, Tony Booth and Arlo Guthrie.

Scott Gildersleeve (aka Tulu and John Truth) - Died 3-?-2015 in Kittery (Punk) He was 56 years old - Played bass and drums - Was a member of The Queers (They did, “Nothing To Do” and “I Spent The Rent”) - Worked with The Drunken Cholos and The Monsignors.

Jimmy Greenspoon (aka Maestro) - Died 3-11-2015 in Montgomery County, Maryland, U.S. (Rock) Born 2-7-1948 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. - Keyboardist and singer -  Was a member of The New Dimensions and Three Dog Night (They did versions of, “One” and “Try A Little Tenderness”) - Worked with Sound Of The Seventh Son, The East Side Kids, Superband, Shaun Cassidy, America, Linda Ronstadt, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Neil Argo, Jimi Hendrix, Lowell George, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Cheech & Chong, Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Jeff Beck, The Beach Boys, Chris Hillman, The Wrecking Crew, Nils Lofgren, Leon Russell, James Burton, Osibisa and Redbone - Son of actress, Mary O’Brien.

Erol Buyukburc - Died 3-12-2015 in Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey - Natural causes (Rock - Pop) Born 3-22-1936 in Adana, Turkey - Singer - (He did, “Kiss Me” and “Lover’s Wish”) - Worked with Rustu Kurtulus, Nuceyim Fener, The Efsaneler Orkestras, Kadri Unalan, Nejat Alpay and Altan Irtel.

Daevid Allen (Christopher David Allen) - Died 3-13-2015 - Cancer (Rock) Born 1-13-1938 in Melbourne, Australia - Guitarist and singer - (He did, “Stoned Innocent Frankenstein” and “I Am a Bowl”) - Was a member of The Daevid Allen Trio, Soft Machine, Gong (They did, “Princess Dreaming” and “Flying Teapot”) and New York Gong (They did, “Much Too Old” and “Hours Gone”).

Mike Porcaro (Michael Joseph Porcaro) - Died 3-15-2015 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Rock) Born 5-29-1955 in South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Toto - Worked with Michael Franks, Seals & Crofts, Larry Carlton and Boz Scaggs - Brother of musicians, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro - Son of drummer, Joe Porcaro.

Bruce Crump - Died 3-16-2015 (Rock) Born 1-17-1957 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Molly Hatchet (They did, “Flirtin’ With Disaster” and “Trust Your Old Friend”) - Worked with Streetheart,Gator Country, White Rhino and China Sky.

Andy Fraser (Andrew McLan Fraser) - Died 3-16-2015 in California, U.S. (Rock) Born 7-3-1952 in Paddington, London, England - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Free (They did, “All Right Now"and “Mr. Big”), Toby, Sharks and The Andy Fraser Band - Worked with John Mayall.

Samuel Charters (Samuel Barclay Charters IV) (aka Sam Charters) - Died 3-18-2015 in Arsta, Sweden - Myelodysplastic syndrome - Born 8-1-1929 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. -  Music historian, author, producer and musician - He was half of the duo, The New Strangers - Worked with The Ragtime Jug Stompers - He wrote the books, “The Country Blues” and “Jazz New Orleans” - Produced  Country Joe & The Fish, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Charlie Musselwhite.

Michael Brown (Michael David Lookofsky) - Died 3-19-2015 (Rock) Born 4-25-1949 in New York, NY, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Left Banke (They did, “Walk Away Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina”) - Worked with Montage, Stories and The Beckies - Son of violinist, Harry Lookofsky.

A. J. Pero (Anthony Jude Pero) - Died 3-20-2015 (Rock) Born 10-14-1959 in Staten Island, New York, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Twisted Sister (They did, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”) - Worked with Cities, No More Tears, Circle Of Thorns,  Eric Carr and The Adrenaline Mob.

Jackie Trent (Yvonne Burgess) - Died 3-21-2015 in Minorca, Spain - Illness (Pop) Born 9-6-1940 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England - Singer - (She did, “Pick Up The Pieces” and “Where Are You Now”) - She had been married to Tony Hatch (They did, “The Two Of Us”).
Gabo Maumus (Gabriela Lujan Maumus) - Died 3-24-2015 in France - Plane crash in the Alps (Rock) She was 28 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Asalto Al Parque Zoologico.

John Renbourn - Died 3-26-2015 in Hawick, Scotland - Possible heart attack (Folk - Baroque - Jazz - Blues) Born 8-8-1944 in Marylebone, London, England - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Mac MacLeod, Dorris Henderson, Bert Jansch (“East Wind” and “Along The Way”) and Pentangle (They did, “Bells” and “I’ve Got A Feeling”).

Jeremy Brown - Died 3-30-2015 - (Rock) He was 34 years old - Guitarist - was a member of Scott Weiland’s new band The Wildabouts whose debut album, “Blaster” released on 3-31-2015