Rock Star Death Notices - August 2011

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Jo Martinez Ramos (Josephine Martinez Ramos) - Died 6-27-2011 in Pasig, Philippines - Lung cancer - She was 54 years old - Singer - Worked with The Powerplay Band, Maritess Salientes, Louie Ocampo and Rowena Arrieta -  Daughter of former Philippines President, Fidel V. Ramos and wife of actor, Lloyd Samartino.

Benton Flippen (James Benton Flippen) - Died 6-28-2011 - Born 7-?-1920 - Played fiddle and banjo - (He did, “Raggedy Anne” and “Benton’s Dream”) - Was a member of The Green Valley Boys, The Camp Creek Boys and Benton Flippen And The Smokey Valley Boys.

Angelico Vieira (Sandro Milton Vieira Angelico) - Died 6-28-2011 - Car accident (Pop) He was 28 years old - Singer and actor - Was a member of D’Zrt (They did, “Verao Azul”)- Appeared on TV’s, Morangos com Acucar.

Perry Jordan - Died 6-29-2011 in Chicago Heights,, IL U.S. - Illness (Rock) Guitarist - Was a member of Heartsfield (They did, “Music Eyes”).

Christy Essien-Igbokwe - Lady of Songs - Died 6-30-2011 in Lagos - Illness - Born 11-11-1960 in Akwa Ibom state - Singer - (She did, “Omo Mi Seun ReRe” and “Hear The Call”).

Byrd Foster (Ron Foster) - Died 6-30-2011 in Deltona, FL, U.S. - Liver cancer (Rock) He was 61 years old - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Silencers (They did, “Shiver and Shake” and “Head On Collision”), The Iron City Houserockers (They did, “I Should’ve Never Let You Go” and “Girl Problems”) and Red Hot & Blue - Worked with The Igniters, Bon Ton Roulet, The Midnight Creepers and Roy Buchanan.

Jimmy Roselli - Died 6-30-2011 (Pop) Born 12-24-1925 in Hoboken, NJ, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “There Must Be A Way” and “Mala Femmena”).

Jay Dee Springbett - Died 6-30-2011 in Sydney, Australia - Cardiac arrest - He was 36 years old - Was a Senior Director of A&R for Sony Records working with Cassie Davis, Rogue Traders, Karnivool and Jessica Mauboy - Was a judge for Australian Idol.

John Kuzma - Died 7-1-2011 in Yardley (Rock) He was 60 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Hooters and Youth Camp.

Ruth Roberts - Died 7-1-2011 - She was 84 years old - Songwriter - (Co-wrote, “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” and “Meet The Mets”) - Her songs have been recorded by Hugo Winterhalter, Arthur Godfrey, The McGuire Sisters, Buddy Holly, Jerry Vale, Jimmy Dean, Steve Allen, Sarah Vaughn, Teresa Brewer and The Beatles - Mother of television writer and producer, the late Michael Piller and mother-in-law of singer, Sandra Piller.

Bebe Manga (Elizabeth Bessem Ayamo Manga) - Died 7-1-2011 in Douala, Cameroon - Heart attack (Makossa) She was 60 years old - Born in Mamfe, Manyu Division the South West Region, Cameroon - Singer - (She did, “Ami O” and “Mota Benamaa”).

Charlie Craig - Died - 7-1-2011 (Country) Born 1938 in Watts Mill, South Carolina, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He wrote, “The Generation Gap” and “Chicken Every Sunday”) - His songs have been recorded by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Kitty Wells, Reba McIntyre, B.J. Thomas, Wayne Newton, Jeannie C. Riley, Del Reeves and Travis Tritt - South Carolina Entertainment And Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Raymond Jones - Died 7-1-2011 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Pneumonia (R&B) Born 12-13-1958 in New York, NY, U.S. - Producer and keyboardist - Worked with Chic (They did, “Good Times” and “Le Freak”), Jeffrey Osborne, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Ecstasy Passion And Pain, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge and Stephanie Mills - Wrote songs for five of Spike Lee’s films.

Lyle Harris - Died 7-1-2011 in Columbia (Jazz) He was 77 years old - Guitarist.

Vikk Real (Victor Villarreal) - Died 7-2-2011 - His motorcycle collided with a horse trailer (Metal) He was 41 years old - Singer - Was a member of Byfist and One Of Sixx (They did, “Cry Of The Banshee” and “Nite Ryder”) - Husband of the late singer, Jessica Villarreal.

Alvin Mitchell (Alvin C. Mitchell) - Died 7-2-2011 in Gloucester, MA, U.S. - After a heart attack (Jazz) He was 92 years old - Born in Beverly, MA, U.S. - Played saxophone - Was a member of Manuel’s Black & White Orchestra.

Ali Bahar (Ali khamis Ibrahim Bahar) - Bob Marley of Gulf - Died 7-3-2011 - Lung infection (Pop - Reggae) Born 1960 - Singer, organist and guitarist - Was a member of Al Sakhra, The Stone and Al Ekhwa.

Colin Allin - Died 7-3-2011 in Managua, Nicaragua - Shot while his laptop was being stolen (Punk) He was 40 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Skin Barn (They did, “Playground” and “Quone”).

Jane Scott - Died 7-4-2011 - Illness - Born 5-3-1919 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Rock journalist and critic for 40 years - Worked for The Plain Dealer - Considered to be the world’s first full time rock critic - She championed for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to be built in Cleveland - Cleveland Press Club Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Michel Terstegen - Died 7-4-2011 - Cancer (Rock) He was 50 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Otherside - Worked with Ronnie And The Splinters - Ran Kelt Records - Published the magazine, Warm Sounds - Proprieter of Da Capo Records store.

Doc Shultz (Donald Schultz) - Died 7-6-2011 - Heart failure (Bluegrass) He was 71 years old - Musician - Led Dr. Schultz And The Last Frontier Band - Worked with Oldenweiser, Kathy Claiborne and Matt Hammer - Was a regular at The Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival.

Yuri Kukin - Died 7-7-2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia - Born 7-17-1932 in Syasstroy, Volkhovsky District, Leningrad Oblast, Russia - Bard, singer, guitarist and drummer.

Manuel Galban - Died 7-7-2011 in Havana, Cuba (Bolero - R&B - Calypso - Bossa Nova) Born 1-14-1931 - Guitarist and pianist - Worked with with The Buena Vista Social Club, The Orchestra Villa Blanca, Vieja Trova Santiaguera, Los Zafiros and Ry Cooder.

Billy Blanco - The Diamond of Bossa Nova - Died 7-8-2011 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Complications of a stroke (Bossa Nova) Born 1924 in Belem - Composer - Wrote over 300 songs - Collaborated with Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim and Baden Powell - His songs have been recorded by Elis Regina, Dick Farney, Lucio Alves and Dolores Duran.

Kenny Baker - Died 7-8-2011 (Western Swing - Bluegrass) Born 6-26-1926 in Burdine, KY, U.S. - Played fiddle - Was a member of The Bluegrass Boys - Worked with Don Gibson’s band - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.

Jon Cervoni (Jonathan Cervoni) - Died 7-8-2011 in El Paso, TX, U.S. - Hit by a car - He was 16 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Ancient Of Days (They did, “Don’t Let Go” and “The War At Home”).

Aaron Carrillo - Died 7-8-2011 in El Paso, TX, U.S. - Hit by a car - He was 16 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Ancient Of Days (They did, “We’re Not Out Of The Woods Yet” and “Don’t Bother The Judge”).

George McAnthony (Georg Spitaler) - Died 7-8-2011 in Terracina, Italy - Myocardial infarction (Country) Born 4-6-1966 in Appiano, Italy - Sang and played guitar, dobro, mandolin and harmonica - (He did, “Dust Off My Boots” and “Still That Boy”) - Worked with John Denver.

Facundo Cabral - Died 7-9-2011 in Guatemala City, Guatemala - Shot when gunmen attacked the car he was in (Folk) Born 5-22-1937 in La Plata, Argentina - Singer and guitarist - (He wrote, “No soy de aqui ni soy de alla”).

Wurzel (Michael Burston) - Did 7-9-2011 - Cardiomyopathy (Metal) Born 10-23-1949 in Cheltenham, England - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Motorhead (They did, “Jack The Ripper” and “Name In Vain”) and Leader Of Down - Worked with Bastard, The Ramones, Splodgenessabounds, Disgust, WVKEAF and Warfare.

Marshal Wild Windy Bill McKay (Daniel Claps) - Died 7-9-2011 - He was 90 years old - Born in New Rochelle, in Westchester County - Singer, actor and musician - Worked with The Cactus Cowboys and The Sons Of The Pioneers.

Fonce Mizell (Alphonso Mizell) - Died 7-?-2011 (Doo-Wop - Soul - Jazz) Born 1-15-1943 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. - Producer, songwriter and trumpet and keyboard player - Was a member of The Nikons and The Vanlords -  Was half of the production duo The Mizell Brothers and a member of the Motown songwriters, The Corporation (They wrote The Jackson 5’s’, “ABC” and Martha Reeves And The Vandellas’, “Bless You”) and The Sky High Production company.

Travis Bean - Died 7-10-2011 - Born 8-21-1947 - Guitar maker - His guitars have been played by Jerry Garcia, Joe Perry, Brian Robertson, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Slash, Bill Wyman, Peggy Foster and Roger Fisher.

Bishop F. C. Barnes - Died 7-11-2011 (Gospel) He was 82 years old - Singer and pianist - Worked with Rev. Janice Brown (They did, “Rough Side Of The Mountain” and “It’s Me Again Lord”) - Father of singer, Luther Barnes.

Rob Grill (Robert Frank Grill) - Died 7-11-2011 in Mt. Dora, FL, U.S. - After a head injury when he fell after suffering a stroke (Rock) Born 11-30-1943 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer and bassist - Was a member of The Grass Roots (They did, “Midnight Confessions” and “Let’s Live For Today”).

Chadd Thomas (Charles Thomas II) - Found dead 7-11-2011 in South Austin, TX, U.S. - Homicide (Rockabilly) He was 38 years old - Born in Birmingham, Ala., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led Chadd Thomas And The Crazy Kings (They did, “Rockin’ At The Dragstrip” and “Real Gone Daddy”).

Todd St. Clair - Died 7-12-2011 - Inoperable brain tumor (Rock) He was 47 years old - Singer - Worked with Shot Tower, Fast Passion, Catch 22, Loud Clangin’ And Bangin’ and Gasoline Alley.

Cornel Fugaru - Died 7-13-2011 in Bucharest - Cancer (Light Music - Rock) Born 12-2-1940 in Bucharest - Singer and composer - (He wrote, “Dau viata mea pentru o iubire” and “Nu sunt sclavul tau”) - Was a member of Sincron.

Adam Chisvo - Died 7-13-2011 - Complications of diabetes - Percussionist - Worked with Chiwoniso Maraire, James Mujuru, Willom Tight, Charles Summerfield, Andy Brown And The Storm, Oliver Mtukudzi, Busi Ncube and Oona McOuat.

Jerry Ragovoy (aka Norman Meade) - Died 7-13-2011 - After a stroke - Born 9-4-1930 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Songwriter and producer - (He wrote, “Time Is On My Side” and “Cry Baby”) - His songs have been recorded by The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Foghat, Janis Joplin, Manfred Mann, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Garnet Mimms And The Enchanters, Barry White, The Drifters, The Move, Bonnie Tyler, The James Gang, Jimi Hendrix, Barbara Acklin, Diana Ross and The Small Faces.

Francois Cahen (aka Faton) - Died 7-13-2011 - After a heart attack - Keyboardist - (He did, “Alize” and “Oriental Wind”) - Worked with Magma, Yochko Seffer, Zao, Ethnic Duo and Ethnic Trio.

David Carr - Died 7-?-2011 - Heart attack (Rock) Born 8-4-1943 in Leyton, East London - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Fortunes (They did, “You’ve Got Your Troubles”) - Worked with The Ventures.

Antonio Prieto (Juan Antonio Espinoza Prieto) - Died 7-14-2011 in Iquique, Chile - Born 5-26-1927 in Santiago de Chile, Chile - Actor and singer - (He did, “La Novia” and “El milagro”).

Eric Delaney - Died 7-15-2011 (Jazz - Rock) Born 5-22-1924 in Acton, London, England - Played drums, glockenspiel, timpani, xylophone, tubular bells and Chinese gongs - Led The Eric Delaney Band (They did, “Rock ‘n’ Roll King Cole” and a remake of, “Sing, Sing, Sing”) and Eric Delaney’s Big Beat Six (“Big Noise From Winnetka”) - Worked with The Bert Ambrose Octet and The Geraldo Orchestra.

Taiji Sawada - Died 7-17-2011 - Hanged himself (Metal) Born 7-12-1966 in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan - Singer and bassist - (He did, “Rain Song”) - Was a member of X (They did, “Desperate Angel” and “Voiceless Screaming”), D.T.R (Dirty Trashroad), Otokaze, Taiji With Heaven’s and TSP - Worked with Loudness (“Waking The Dead” and “Black Widow”), Dead Wire, Kings and Cloud Nine.

Joe Lee Wilson - Died 7-17-2011 (Jazz) Born 12-22-1935 in Bristow, Oklahoma, U.S. - Singer - Led Joe Lee Wilson Plus 5 - Was a member of Joy Of Jazz - Worked with Jackie McLean, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan, Kirk Lightsey, Eddie Jefferson, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis and Pharoah Sanders - Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Gil Bernal - Died 7-17-2011 - Congestive heart failure (Jazz - R&B) Born 2-4-1931 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Saxophonist - (He did, “The Whip”) - Worked with Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, The Coasters (“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and “Youngblood”), Big Mama Thornton, Ry Cooder, The Buena Vista Social Club, Ray Charles, The Dominos, Duane Eddy (“Rebel Rouser”) and Spike Jones And His City Slickers.

Sidney Cooper - Died 7-18-2011 in Lake Worth, FL, U.S. (Big Band) Born 1918 in Montreal, Canada - Played saxophone, clarinet, flute and piccolo - Worked with The Tonight Show Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey.

Mike Brassil (Michael Joseph Brassil) - Died 7-18-2011 in south St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Cancer of the esophagus - Born in Astoria, NY, U.S. - He was 70 years old - Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Sixteen Strings, Limerick, Blackthorn,  Tommy McEvoy and Gary Burger.

Isshi (Hitoshi Shinohara) - Died 7-18-2011 in Tokyo, Japan (Rock) He was 32 years old - Singer - Was a member of of Kagraa (They did, “Satsuki” and “Omou”).

Lil Greenwood - Died 7-19-2011 (Jazz) She was 86 years old - Born in Prichard - Singer - (She did, “Hello Little Boy” and “I Cry As Children Do”) - Worked with Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn.

Margaret Woodward - Died 7-?-2011 - She was 100 years old - Born in Olney Springs in the Lower Arkansas Valley, AR, U.S. - Pianist - Was a member of The Aristocrats - Worked with her husband Lou Woodward and with The Charlie Quaranta’s Colorado State Fair Band, Gene Autry, Rex Allen and Tony Bennett.

Bob Trendler (Robert Trendler) - Died 7-?-2011 in Florida, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 5-11-1912 - Pianist - Led The Bozo Big Top Band and was a musical director for The WGN Orchestra.

Kante Manfila - Died 7-20-2011 in Paris, France - Illness (Blues - Funk) Born 1946 in Farabanah, Republic of Guinea - Guitarist - Worked with Les Ambassadeurs.

Jesse E. Cooley Jr. - Died 7-20-2011 - Leukemia (Jazz) Born 11-2-1931 in Fresno - Drummer - Worked with The Cal Tjader Jazz Band, Jack Teagarden, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie.

Rukma Bai - Died 7-21-2011 (Rajasthani Folk) Singer.

Milly Del Rubio (Mildred Stuart Boyd) - Died 7-21-2011 - Respiratory failure (Pop) Born 8-23-1921 in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone - Singer and guitarist - Was one of The Del Rubio Triplets (aka 3 Gals, 3 Guitars) (They did remakes of, “Whip It” and “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead”).

Amy Winehouse (Amy Jade Winehouse) - Died 7-23-2011 in Camden, London, England (Soul - R&B - Jazz) Born 9-14-1983 in Southgate, London, England - Singer and guitarist - (She did, “Stronger Than Me” and “Rehab”) - Was a member of Sweet ‘n’ Sour - Worked with The Dap-Kings, Ghostface Killah, Mutya Buena and The Bolsha Band.

Johnny Hoes (Johannes Andreas Hoes) (aka De koning van de smartlap) - Died 7-23-2011 in Weert, The Nederlands - After a heart attack (Torch - Tearjerker) Born 4-19-1917 in Katendrecht, Rotterdam - Played guitar - (He did, “De smokkelaar” and “Och Was Ik Maar”).

Bill Morrissey - Died 7-23-2011 in Dalton, Georgia, U.S. - Heart disease (Folk) Born 11-25-1951 in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Small Town On The River” and “Ice Fishing”) - Worked with Greg Brown, Johnny Cunningham, Billy Conway, Edward Gerhard, Dana Colley and Dave Alvin.

David Blair (David Alan Blair) - Died 7-23-2011 - Born 9-19-1967 - Poet and musician - Was a member of The Boyfriends - Worked with The Urban Folk Collective.

Fran Landesman (Frances Deitsch) - Died 7-23-2011 - Born 10-21-1937 in New York, NY, U.S. -  Singer, lyricist and poet - (She co-wrote, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” and Nelson Algren’s, “Walk On The Wild Side”) - Collaborated with Tommy Wolf, Simon Wallace and Bob Dorough - Wrote songs for Dudley Moore, Pat Smythe, Georgie Fame, Miles Davis, Richard Rodney Bennett and Tom Springfield.

Dan Peek - Died 7-24-2011 (Rock - Pop - Christian) Born 11-1-1950 in Panama City, FL, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “All Things Are Possible” and “Forgive Me, Forgive You”) - Was a member of America (They did, “A Horse With No Name” and “Tin Man”) - Worked with Peace - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Danny Bobbis (Daniel Bobis) - Died 7-24-2011 - Drowned while surfing in South Sumatra, Indonesia, his body was found 4 days later (Hard Core) He was 32 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Cipher.

Mike Reaves (Michael Reaves) - Died 7-25-2011 - Prostate cancer (Metal) He was 52 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Voodoo Hippies who became Full Devil Jacket (They did, “Mr. Wiggly” and “Cardboard Believer”) - Worked with Travisty, Randy Lovelace, 3 Legged Dog and Jasmine Cain.

Joe Arroyo (Alvaro Jose Arroyo Gonzalez) (aka El Joe) - Died 7-26-2011 in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia - Heart failure (Salsa) Born 11-1-1955 in Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia - Singer - Led La Verdad - Worked with Fruko y sus Tesos.

Tim Smooth - Died 7-26-2011 - Lung cancer (Rap) He was 39 years old - (He did, “I Gotsta Have It” and “I Don’t Give A Damn”).

Alaba Pedro - Died 7-26-2011 - On a plane from New York to Nigeria (Highlife) He was 72 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Faaji Agba Collective - Worked with Roy Chicago, Victor Olaiya and Eddy Okonta.

Frank Foster - Died 7-26-2011 (Jazz) Born 9-23-1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Played saxophone and flute - Led Living Color, The Loud Minority, The Non-Electric Company and Swing Plus - Worked with Count Basie (They did, “Shiny Stockings” and “Blues In Hoss Flat”), Wardell Gray, Elvin Jones, Frank Wess, Horace Parlan, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Smith, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, Earl Coleman and Mel Lewis.

Rei Harakami - Died 7-27-2011 - Brain hemorrhage (Pop - Electronic ) Born 12-10-1970 - Musician and producer - (He did, “Curved Flow” and “Lane”) - Worked with Great 3, UA, Akiko Yano and Coldcut.

Bernd Cluver - Died 7-28-2011 in Palma , Spain - After falling down the stairs (Pop) Born 4-10-1948 in Hildesheim - Singer - (He did, “Der Junge Mit Der Mundharmonika” and “Das Tor zum Garten der Traume”).

Gene McDaniels (Eugene Booker McDaniels) - Died 7-29-2011 in Maine, U.S. (R&B - Pop) Born 2-12-1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, “A Hundred Pounds Of Clay” and “Tower Of Strength”) - His songs have been recorded by Roberta Flack, Les McCann and Eddie Harris.

Nella Martinetti - Died 7-29-2011 in Mannedorf, Switzerland - Born 1-21-1946 in Brissago, Switzerland - Singer and songwriter - (She wrote, “Bella Musica” and co-wrote Celine Dion’s, “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi”).

Jack Barlow (aka Zoot Fenster) - Died 7-29-2011 - Illness (Country - Novelty) He was 87 years old - Singer - (He did, “I Love Country Music” and “Catch The Wind”) - He wrote advertising jingles and did voice-overs.

Ljubisa Stojanovic (aka Louis) - Died 7-31-2011 near Feketic-Vrbas, Serbia - Car accident (World - Jazz - Folk) Born 6-25-1952 in Leskovac, SFR Yugoslavia - Singer - Worked with Flamingosi.

DeLois Barrett Campbell - Died 8-2-2011 (Gospel) She was 85 years old - Singer - Was one of The Barrett Sisters - Worked with The Roberta Martin Singers.