Rock Star Death Notices - December 2014

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Hugues Le Bars (aka Ch’Kinteu) - Died 11-1-2014 - Illness - Born 1950 in Versailles Yvelines, France - Composer and multi-instrumentalist - Wrote music for films (“Confessions d’un barjo”) and TV (“Oggy et les Cafards”) - Collaborated with Bertrand Blier (“Les Cotelettes”) - Son of painter and sculptor, Charles Le Bars.

Michael Shamberg (Michael H. Shamberg) - Died 11-1-2014 - Illness - Born 10-27-1952 in New York, New York, U.S. - Music video producer - Worked with New Order and Lawrence Weiner.

Acker Bilk (Bernard Stanley Bilk) - Died 11-2-2014 in Bath, Somerset, England (Jazz) Born 1-28-1929 in Pensford, Somerset, England - Singer and clarinetist - (He did, “Stranger On The Shore” and “I Like Beer”) - Was a member of The Chew Valley Jazzmen which became The Bristol Paramount Jazz Band - Worked with Ken Colyer’s band.

Michael Coleman - Died 11-2-2014 (Blues) Born 6-24-1956 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led The Backbreakers - Worked with Midnight Sun, Junior Wells, Johnny Dollar, Buster Benton, Jimmy Dawkins, Eddy Clearwater, James Cotton, Malik Yusef, Syl Johnson, Aron Burton and John Primer.

Augusto Martelli - Died 11-3-2014 in Milan, Italy - Born 4-15-1940 in Genoa, Italy - Composer, conductor and arranger - (He wrote, “Djamballa” the theme for the film “Il dio serpente”) - Collaborated with singer, Mina - Co-founded the record company PDU - Son of composer, Giordano Bruno Martelli.

Bernie Fleischer - Died 11-3-2014 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. - Born 11-10-1931 - Played reeds - Was a member of The Baja Marimba Band (They did, “Comin’ In the Back Door”).

Gary McMillan (Gary Lane McMillan)- Died 11-5-2014 - Lung cancer (Rock) Born 9-13-1938 in St Paul, Minnesota, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Standells (They did, “Dirty Water” and “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”).

Manitas de Plata (Ricardo Baliardo) - Died 11-5-2014 in Montpellier, France (Flamenco) Born 8-7-1921 in Sete, France - Guitarist.

Rick Rosas - Died 11-6-2014 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Lung disease (Rock) Born 9-10-1949 in West Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Mark & The Escorts and Tango - Worked with Etta James, Pegi Young & The Survivors, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Bluenotes, The Buffalo Springfield, The Creatures, Johnny Rivers, Ron Wood, Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh, The Waddy Wachtel Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Maggie Boyle - Died 11-6-2014 - Cancer (Folk) Born 12-24-1956 in Battersea, south London, England - Sang and played flute, whistle and bodhran - Was a member of The Boyle Family, Ship Of Fools and Grace Notes - Worked with Ralph McTell, Peter Bellamy, Jez Lowe, Gordon Tyrrall, Duck Baker, John Renbour, Bert Jansch, John McCormick, Damien Barber, Ben Paley and Pete Coe - At one time married to singer, Steve Tilston - Mother of guitarist, Joe Tilston.

Big Paybacc (Habeeb Ameer Zekajj) - Died 11-6-2014 in Palmdale, California - Shot (Rap) (He did, “Gangster Love”).

Hugo Duarte (Hugo A. Duarte) - Died 11-7-2014 (Folk - Country) He was 59 years old - Born in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Frozen Gringos” and “A Nickel and a Bad Name”) - Was a member of The Full Sail Band - Worked with Jimmy Buffett, Fingers Taylor, Russ Kunkel, Michael Utley and Larry M. Lee.

Jonathan Athon - Died 11-9-2014 - Motorcycle accident (Metal) He was 32 years old - Bassist -  Was a member of Black Tusk (They did, “Truth Untold” and “Snake Charmer”).

Big Bank Hank (Henry Lee Jackson) (aka Imp the Dimp) - Died 11-11-2014 in Englewood, New Jersey, U.S. - Kidney complications due to cancer (Rap) Born 1-11-1956 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. - Was a member of The Sugarhill Gang (They did, “Rapper’s Delight” and “Sugarhill Groove”).

Buddy Catlett (George James Catlett) - Died 11-12-2014 (Jazz) Born 5-13-1943 - Bassist and multi-instrumentalist - Worked with Louis Armstrong, Bill Coleman, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Curtis Fuller, Freddie Hubbard, Quincy Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Taylor, Bumps Blackwell, Junior Mance, Chico Hamilton, Johnny Griffin, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Cal Tjader.

Little Joe Washington (Marion Washington) - Died 11-13-2014 (Blues) Born 3-1-1939 - Sang and played guitar and drums - (He did, “Hard Way” and “Someone Loves Me”) -  Worked with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland.

Carlos Emilio Morales - Died 11-13-2014 (Jazz) Born 11-6-1939 - Guitarist - Worked with The Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and Irakere.

Mike Burney (Michael Burney) - Died 11-13-2014 - Cancer (Rock - Pop - Jazz) Born 11-1-1944 in Great Barr, Birmingham, England - Played saxophone, flute and clarinet - Worked with Roy Wood’s Wizzard, The Beach Boys, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Fury, Chaka Khan, Ruby Turner, Adam Faith, Cliff Richard, Petula Clark, Memphis Slim, Steve Winwood, Matt Monro, Cilla Black, Dionne Warwick, The Million-Airs Big Band & Concert Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Johnny Elichaoff (aka Johnny Toobad) - Died 11-13-2014 in Bayswater, London, England - Fell from the top of a shopping center (Rock) He was 55 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Baby And The Blackspots - Worked with The League Of Gentlemen, The B-52’s and Stark Naked And The Car Thieves - Was a manager for Tears For Fears - Ex-husband of fashion guru, Trinny Woodall.

Morteza Pashaei - Died 11-14-2014 in Tehran, Iran - Stomach cancer (Pop) Born 8-13-1984 in Tehran, Iran - Composer and singer - (He did, “Be Dadesh Residam” and “Setayesh”).

Brian Griffith - Died 11-14-2014 (Blues - Reggae - Rock - Country - Jazz) He was 60 years old - Born in Hamilton - Guitarist - Worked with Willie Nelson, Lori Yates, Tom Wilson, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Harrison Kennedy and Dave Rave.

Cherry Wainer - Died 11-15-2014 in Las Vegas, U.S., Nevada, U.S. - Born 3-2-1935 in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa - Played The Hammond organ - Was a member of Lord Rockingham’s XI (They did, “Hoots Mon” and “Fried Onions”).

Jimmy Ruffin (Jimmy Lee Ruffin) - Died 11-17-2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. (Soul) Born 5-7-1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted"and “Hold On To My Love”) - Worked with The Dixie Nightingales, Maxine Nightingale, Brenda Holloway and Robin Gibb - Brother of David Ruffin of The Temptations.

Florian Kondi (aka Doktor Flori and Dr. Flori) - Died 11-17-2014 - Cardiac arrest (Rap) Born 2-28-1979 in Tirane, Albania - Was a member of The West Side Family (They did, “O cike cike”) - Worked with Ermal Mamaqi.

Dave Appell - Died 11-18-2014 - Born 3-24-1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Guitarist, engineer and arranger - Led The Dave Appell Four who became The Applejacks (They did, “Rocka-Conga” and “The Mexican Hat Rock”) - Worked with Charlie Gracie (“Butterfly”), John Zacherle (“Dinner With Drac”), The Orlons, Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, Bobby Rydell and The Dovells - Arranged for Benny Carter and Earl “Fatha” Hines and produced Tony Orlando And Dawn.

Johnny Okura (Yoichi Okura) - Died 11-19-2014 in Tokyo, Japan - Pneumonia (Rock) Born 9-3-1952 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Carol (They did, “Louisiana” and “Funky Monkey Baby”) - Acted in the films, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and Boiling Point.

Jeremy Pryor (Arthur C. Pryor Jr.) - Died 11-21-2014 - Car accident - He was 32 years old - Drummer, bassist and guitarist - Worked with Billy Swayze.

Claire Barry (Clara Bagelman) (Claire Barry Easton) - Died 11-22-2014 in Aventura, Florida, U.S. (Jazz) Born 10-17-1920 in the Bronx, New York, U.S. - Singer - Was one half of The Bagelman Sisters and The Barry Sisters, also know as Merna And Claire Barry.

Clive Palmer - Died 11-23-2014 in Penzance, Cornwall, England - Illness (Folk) Born 5-13-1943 in Edmonton, North London, England - Played banjo - Was a member of The Incredible String Band (They did, “Empty Pocket Blues” and “October Song”), The Famous Jug Band, The Stockroom Five, The Temple Creatures and C.O.B. (Clive’s Original Band).

Agustin Briolini - Died 11-23-2014 in Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba, Argentina - Electrocuted by a microphone (Rock) Born 4-6-1992 in Las Sierras, Cordoba, Argentina - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Krebs.

Petr Hapka - Died 11-25-2014 in Okor, Czech Republic - Born 5-13-1944 in Prague, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia - Composer and singer - Wrote music for films which includes “Perinbaba” and “Devate srdce” - Collaborated with lyricist, Michal Horacek.

Sabah (Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali) - Empress of the Lebanese Song - Died 11-26-2014 in Beirut, Lebanon (Pop - Arabic Music - Lebanese Music) Born 11-10-1927 in Bdadoun, Greater Lebanon - Singer and actress - (She did, “Zay el-Assal” and “Akhadou el-Reeh”).

Frances Nero (Willie Frances Peak) - Died 11-28?-2014 (Soul) Born 3-13-1943 in Asheville, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “Keep On Lovin’ Me” and “Footsteps Following Me”) - Worked with The Tams (with William “PO Bill” Mills) and The Untils.

Thomas Warren (Thomas Daniel Warren) - Died 11-29-2014 in Indian River County, Florida, U.S. - Car accident - He was 24 years old - Singer, bassist and guitarist - Was a member of The Sweet Chariots.

Luc De Vos - Died 11-29-2014 in Ghent, Belgium (Rock) Born 7-12-1962 in Evergem-Wippelgem, Belgium - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Gorki (They did, “Lieve kleine piranha” and “Joerie”) and Automatic Buffalo.

Bobby Keys (Robert Henry Keys) - Died 12-2-2014 in Franklin, Tennessee of cirrhosis at age 70 - Born 12-18-1943 in Slaton, Texas (Rock, Jazz) - Saxophonist - was a member of The Rolling Stones (They did “Brown Sugar”, Keys provided the solo) and worked with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, Joe Ely, Sheryl Crow, John Lennon, Leon Russell, Plastic Ono Band, and Harry Nilsson.