Rock Star Death Notices - December 2013
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Pete Haycock (Peter John Haycock) - Died 10-30-2013 (Blues Rock) Born 3-4-1951 in Stafford, Staffordshire, England - Guitarist and singer - Was a membrer of The Mason-Dixon Line, The Climax Blues Band, (They did, “Couldn’t Get It Right” and “I Love You”), H Factor and The Electric Light Orchestra Part II.
Little Leon (Horace Mills) - Died 10-30-2013 in Mount Clemens, Mich., U.S. (Rock - Blues) He was 64 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Uprising (They did a remake of “Long Hard Road”), Brat and Brataxis.
Frank Wess (Frank Wellington Wess) - Died 10-30-2013 - Kidney failure (Jazz) Born 1-4-1922 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. - Played saxophone and flute - Worked with The Two Franks, Billy Eckstine, Count Basie, Clark Terry, The New York Jazz Quartet, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, John Pizzarelli, Louie Bellson, Buck Clayton, Mel Torme, Benny Carter, Howard Alden, Billy Taylor, Jane Jarvis, Harry Edison, Ernestine Anderson, Dick Hyman, Frank Vignola and The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra.
Bobby Parker (Robert Lee Parker) (aka Bobby Parks) - Died 11-1-2013 (Blues - Rock) Born 8-31-1937 in Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Watch Your Step” and “Blues Get Off My Shoulder”) - Worked with Otis Williams And The Charms, Bo Diddley, Paul Williams, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Jackie Wilson, LaVern Baker and Clyde McPhatter.
Jack Alexander - Died 11-2-2013 (Folk) Born 1935 in Cambusnethan, Scotland - Pianist and singer - He was half of the duo, The Alexander Brothers (They did, “Nobody’s Child” and “Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl”).
Betsy Smittle (Elizabeth Harriett Smittle) - Died 11-2-2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. - Cancer (Country) She was 60 years old - Singer and bassist - (She did, “If I Don’t Stay The Night” and “Hard To Believe”) - Worked with her half brother, Garth Brooks and with her mother, Colleen Carroll Brooks (“This House”) and with Gus Hardin.
Anthony Delmonte Lyon - Died 11-4-2013 in Hilversum, The Netherlands - Illness (Punk - Rock) Born 6-30-1960 in Den Haag, The Netherlands - Drummer - Worked with The Mollesters, Herman Brood And His Wild Romance (They did, “Checkin’ Out” (co-written by Lyon) and “(No More) Dancin’ In The Street”), De Raggende Manne (They did, “Fok Me Niet Op” and “Lullen Bij De Bus”) and Personnel (They did, “See Her Again Tonight”).
Charlie Chesterman (aka Chuckie Suicide) - Died 11-4-2013 - Cancer (Cowpunk - Rock) Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Ona Stacka Bibles” and “Short, Brown Hair Brown Eyes”) - Was a member of The Flashbacks, White Lunch, The Law, Scruffy The Cat (They did, “My Baby, She’s Alright” and “Never Forget”), The Harmony Rockets (They did, “Thunderlizard”), The Legendary Motorbikes and Chaz And The Motorbike.
Lee Crystal - Died 11-6-2013 - Complications from multiple sclerosis (Rock) Drummer - Worked with The Boyfriends, Sylvain Sylvain, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (They did, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Fake Friends”), Crash Conference and Secret Chiefs.
Clyde Stacy - Died 11-6-2013 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S. - Car accident - (Rockabilly) Born 8-11-1936 in Eufala, Oklahoma, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Hoy Hoy” and “So Young”).
Michael P. Miller (“Iron Mike” Bensson) - Died 11-7-2013 - (cancer) - Born 10-17-1953 - DJ for Ontario station, 97.7 HTZ - Iron Mike was a free spirit who loved pushing the boundaries over the airwaves with his irreverent humor. He was a true music aficionado who shared his love of music with everyone around him. He was a devoted husband and father and his dedication to his job earned him his nickname, “Iron Mike”.
Soroush Farazmand (aka Looloosh) - Died 11-11-2013 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Shot (Punk - Dance) He was 27 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Yellow Dogs (They did, “Gastronomic Meal” and “Ooh My Soul!”).
Arash Farazmand (aka Sina) - Died 11-11-2013 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Shot (Punk - Dance) He was 28 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Yellow Dogs (They did, “Until The Night Was Done” and “Molly”).
Ali Eskandarian - Died 11-11-2013 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Shot - He was 35 years old - Singer - (He did, “Song For Sarajevo”) - Worked with The Yellow Dogs.
Ali Akbar Mohammed Rafie (aka Raefe Akhbar) - Died 11-11-2013 - Shot himself after a shooting spree - He was 29 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Free Keys.
Billy Adamson - Died 11-11-2013 in France (Rock) Drummer - Worked with The Searchers, Lulu and Emile Ford.
Georgina Anderson - Died 11-14-2013 - Liver cancer - Born 10-?-1998 - Singer and guitarist - (She did, “Two Thirds Of A Piece” and a version of, “I Can’t Make You Love Me”).
Olufemi Mayomi (aka Father U-Turn) - Died 11-17-2013 in Lagos, Nigeria - Kidney disease (Dancehall) He was 36 years old - Singer - (He did, “African Culture” and “Shakara And Yetunde”).
David Neil Bebbington - Died 11-17-2013 - Single car accident - Born 1973 in Lancaster - Was a member of Gruffalo’s Child and Midlife Crisis.
Blackie Schackner (Alan Schackner) - Died 11-19-2013 (Blues) He was 96 years old - Played harmonica - He wrote the book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Chromatic Harmonica But Didn’t Know Who to Ask.
Pavel Bobek - The Ideologist of Czech Rock’n'Roll and the Gentleman of Czech Country - Died 11-20-2013 in Prague, Czech Republic - Illness (Rock - Country) Born 9-16-1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Singer - Co-founder of FAPS Orchestra - Worked with The Olympic (“Oh Boy” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”) , Skupina F. R. Cecha (“Nedelni rano” and “Pojd stoupat jak dym”), Country Beat Jiriho Brabce (“Together Again” and “Daydream”), Gros (“Lasko, mne ubyva sil”), Skupina Milose Nopa, Johnny Cash and Charlie McCoy - Academy Of Popular Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Nick Babeu - Died 11-21-2013 (Punk) Singer - Was a member of Trigger Effect (They did, Susceptibility” and “Voracity Just Can’t Be Beat”).
Ronny Coaches (aka Ronnie Coaches) (Ronnie Quainoo Coaches) - Died 11-21-2013 in Accra, Accra Metropolis District, Greater Accra Region, Ghana (Hiplife) Born in Ghana - He was half of the duo, Buk Bak (They did, “Feelings” and “Ex Girlfriend”).
Paulo Camilo (aka Max Love) - Died 11-21-2013 in Quelimane, Mozambican - Shot by police - He was 19 years old - Musician.
Brian Dawson - Died 11-22-2013 (Folk) Born 8-16 or 17-1939 - Singer and musician - Was a member of The Meggies, The Higgeldy Piggeldy Band and The Broadside.
Wayne Mills (Jerald Wayne Mills) - Died 11-23-2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Shot (Country) He was 44 years old - Born in Arab, Ala., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led The Wayne Mills Band (They did, “Last Honky Tonk”).
Ricky Sugarfoot Wellman (Ricardo Dalvert Wellman) (aka Ricky Tricky Sugarfoot Wellman) - Died 11-23-2013 - Pancreatic cancer (Funk - Go Go) Born 4-11-1956 in Bethesda - Drummer - Worked with Chuck Brown And The Soul Searchers, Miles Davis and Carlos Santana - Go-Go Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Olivia Wise - Died 11-25-2013 - Inoperable brain tumor (Pop) She was 16 years old - Singer - (She did, “Simple Girl” and a version of, “Roar”).
Bob Day (Bernard Colin Day) - Died 11-25-2013 - Illness (Pop) Born 2-2-1941 - He was half of the duo The Allisons (They did, “Are You Sure?” and “Lessons In Love”).
Douglas Anderson-Jordet - Died 11-25-2013 in Arcata - Stabbed - He was 50 years old - Musician - Was a member of The Anderson Metcalf Band - Worked with Daniel Wilson.
Chico Hamilton (Foreststorn Hamilton) - Died 11-26-2013 in Manhattan, New York, NY, U.S. (Jazz) Born 9-20-1921 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Drummer - (He did, “Carol’s Walk” and “Conquistadores”) - Was a member of Players and Euphoria - Worked with Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Buddy Collette, Slim & Slam, Jack Kelso, Sammy Davis Jr., Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Lena Horne, Count Basie, Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Billie Holiday and Gerry Mulligan - Brother of actor, Bernie Hamilton.
Arik Einstein (Arieh Einstein) (aka Ari Goren) - Died 11-26-2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel - Ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm (Rock) Born 1-3-1939 in Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine - Singer and actor - (He did, “Ani Veata” and “Sa Le’at”) - Worked with The Churchills, Batzal Yarok, Shlishiyat Gesher HaYarkon, HaHalonot HaGvohim, Shalom Hanoch, Miki Gabrielov, Itzhak Klepter, Shem Tov Levy and Yoni Rechter,
Lewis Collins - Died 11-27-2013 Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Cancer (Rock) Born 5-26-1946 in Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside, U.K. - Drummer, bassist and actor - Was a member of The Renegades and The Mojos (They did, “Goodbye Dolly Gray” and “Until My Baby Comes Home”) - Worked with The Savoy Swinger, The Eyes, The Georgians and The Kansas City Five - He turned down an audition with The Beatles - He was Bodie on TV’s The Professionals.
Dick Dodd (Joseph Richard Dodd - Died 11-29-2013 in Fountain Valley, California, U.S. - Cancer (Rock) Born 10-27-1945 in Hermosa Beach, California, U.S. - Singer and drummer - Was a member of The Bel-Airs, Eddie & The Showmen and The Standells (They did, “Dirty Water” and “Why Did You Hurt Me?”).
Oliver Cheatham - Died 11-29-2013 - Heart attack (R&B - Funk) Born 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Get Down Saturday Night” and “S.O.S.”) - Worked with Jocelyn Brown (“Turn Out The Lights” and “Mindbuster”), The Young Sirs, Mad Dog And The Pups, Gaslight, The Sins Of Satan, Roundtrip and Leo Sayer.
Tabu Ley Rochereau (Pascal Tabu Ley) - Died 11-30-2013 in Belgium (Congolese Rumba) Born 11-13-1927 in the western Congolese province of Bandundu - Singer - (He did, “Adios Thethe” and “Mokolo nakokufa”).
Peter Streicher - Died 11-21-2013 ( Alternative Rock - Punk Rock) - Born 4-22-1969 - Guitarist for the band Blue Ruin (They did “Rats and Dogs” and “The Water”) worked with Turkish artist Ilhami Atalay, co-founder of Madison’s satirical newspaper “The Rock N Roll Probe”, founder of the Madison Arts Office (MAO), founder of the MediaWorks program (Goodman Center), and Writer and Director of the movie, S.C.A.R.E. International. Peter was also a talented graphic designer, writer, woodworker, painter, cook, and photographer.