Rock Star Death Notices - January 2013
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Richard "Dick" Story, co-owner of the Crystal Corner bar in Madison
Mario Clington - Died 12-4-2012 - Illness - Born 1938 - Was a member of Escola de Samba, Fogo Negro, Batuki and Gongo.
Nito Nunes - Died 12-4-2012 in Luanda, Angola - Illness - Singer - (He did, “Nadia M’gongo Ge” and “O relogio Marca a Hora”).
Dave Brubeck (David Warren Brubeck) - Died 12-5-2012 in Norwalk, Conn., U.S. - Heart failure (Jazz) Born 12-6-1920 in Concord, California, U.S. - Pianist - (He did, “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk”) - Led The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Worked with Paul Desmond, Cal Tjader and Ron Crotty - Was a member of The Wolfpack - California Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Sammy Arena (Salvatore Arena) - Died 12-5-2012 - Illness (Pop) Born 9-1-1931- Singer - He was half of the duo The Arena Twins with his brother, Andy Arena (They did, “Judy Says” and “Oh, What A Shame”).
Sarah Kirsch (Mike Kirsch) - Died 12-5-2012 - Fanconi anemia (Punk) She was 42 years old - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Baader Brains, Fuel (They did, “The Name Is” and “Not Up For Sale”), Torches To Rome, Bread And Circuits, The Skinflutes, Sawhorse, Navio Forge, Sixteen Bullets, Colbom and Pinhead Gunpowder.
Ewan Robertson (aka Offshore) - Died 12-5-2012 (Electronic) He was 27 years old - (He did, “Downer” and “Bake Haus”).
Mary Jane Ventanilla (Mary Jane Lazenby) (aka Jane Lazenby) - Died 12-5-2012 (Rockabilly) She was 70 years old - Born in Memphis, Tenn., U.S. - Was half of the duo, The Lazenby Twins (They did, “Ooh La La, I Fooled You” with The Jordanaires).
Ed Cassidy (aka Cass and Mr. Skin) - Died 12-6-2012 in San Jose, Calif., U.S. (Rock - Jazz) Born 5-4-1923 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Rising Sons, The Red Roosters and The Spirits Rebellious who became Spirit (They did, “Mechanical World” and “I Got A Line On You”) - Worked with Julian Cannonball Adderley, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, Art Pepper, Roland Kirk, Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz.
Huw Lloyd Langton (Richard Hugh Lloyd-Langton) - Died 12-6-2012 - Cancer (Space Rock) Born 2-6-1951 in Harlesden, London, England - Guitarist - Was a member of Winston G, Hawkwind (They did, “Hurry On Sundown” and “Mirror Of Illusion”), The Lloyd Langton Group (They did, “Night Air” and “Lunar-Tic”) and Widomaker (They did, “On The Road” and “Pin A Rose On Me”) - Worked with The Meads Of Asphodel and Leo Sayer.
Ammar Elsherei - Died 12-7-2012 in Cairo, Egypt - Born 1948 in Egypt - Composer and pianist - (He wrote, “Habibati” and “Al Hodoud”) - Hosted TV’s, A Diver In A Sea Of Tunes - Wrote soundtracks and scores for movies and television.
Tony Robertson - Died 12-7-2012 in Vancouver - Complications from a blood disorder (Blues - R&B) He was 62 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Vaqueros (They did, “Lose Your Inhibitions” and “Second Chance”) - Worked with Long John Baldry, Keith Guthrie and The Henry Small Ban.
Jeni LeGon (Jennie Ligon) - Died 12-7-2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Born 8-14-1916 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer and tap dancer - Worked with Bill Bojangles Robinson and Cab Calloway (“I’m Livin’ In A Great Big Way”) - Appeared in the films, Stormy Weather and Hi-De-Ho.
Hal Schaefer (Harold Herman Schaefer) - Died 12-8-2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S. - Congestive heart failure (Jazz) Born 7-22-1925 in Queens, NY, U.S. - Pianist - (He did, “Blues For Marilyn” and “Yes”) - Worked with Benny Carter, Harry James, Max Roach, J.J. Johnson, Boyd Raeburn, Vic Damone, Peggy Lee and Billy Eckstine - He was a vocal coach for Marilyn Monroe (“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”), Mitzi Gaynor, Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland - He wrote scores for the films The Money Trap and The Amsterdam Kill.
Jenni Rivera (Jenny Dolores Rivera Saavedra) - Died 12-9-2012 in Iturbide, Nuevo Leon, Mexico - Plane crash (Norteno - Banda) Born 7-2-1969 in Long Beach, California, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “Chuper Amigos” and “Culpable o Inocente”).
Alkis Alkaios - Died 12-10-2012 - Cancer - He was 63 years old - Poet and lyricist - Worked with Thanos Mikroutsikos, Sokratis Malamas and Babis Stokas.
Sam Banda (Simon Banda) (aka Mahlaba) - Died 12-10-2012 - Illness - He was 47 years old - Singer, drummer, dancer and choreographer - Worked with The Sunduza Boys.
Ravi Shankar (Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury) - Died 12-11-2012 in San Diego, California, U.S. (Hindustani Classical) Born 4-7-1920 in Varanasi, United Provinces, Indian Empire - Played sitar - Worked with Yehudi Menuhin, Ali Akbar Khan and George Harrison - He performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and the Woodstock Festival - Father of singer and actress, Norah Jones and sitar player, Anoushka Shankar.
Eddie “Guitar” Burns (Eddie Burns) (aka Big Daddy, Little Eddie and Big Ed) - Died 12-12-2012 - Heart failure (Blues) Born 2-8-1928 in Belzoni, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer, harmonica player and guitarist - (He did, “Notoriety Woman” and “Papa’s Boogie”) - Worked with John Lee Hooker (“Real Folk Blues”) and Little Sonny - Brother of guitarist and singer, Jimmy Burns.
Gil Friesen - Died 12-13-2012 - Leukemia - He was 75 years old - Music and film executive and promotion representive - Worked for Capitol Records, Kapp Records and was a general manager and president for A&M Records which distributed recordings by Procol Harum, The Baja Marimba Band, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, The Captain And Tennille, Cat Stevens, Peter Frampton, Quincy Jones, Styx, Humble Pie and Supertramp.
Willie Ackerman (William Paul Ackerman) - Died 12-13-2012 (Country) Born 5-1-1939 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Marty Robbins (“El Paso”), Louis Armstrong, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Tom T. Hall, The Monkees, Waylon Jennings (“Black Rose”), Slim Whitman, Roger Miller, Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Bill Anderson, George Jones (“The Grand Tour”), Loretta Lynn, Johnny Paycheck and Jerry Reed (“Amos Moses”).
Keith Deen - Died 12-13-2012 - Cancer (Metal) He was 56 years old - Singer - Was a member of Holy Terror.
Lauri Aitonurmi - Died 12-14-2012 - Car accident (Metal) Bassist - Was a member of Ruinside (They did, “Shower Of Accusations”) - Worked with OTW, Necropolis Depths, Dragonwing and GARM.
Sheila McKinley (Sheila Casey) - Died 12-16-2012 - Cancer (Pop) She was 71 years old - Singer - She was half of the duo, The McKinleys (They did, “Sweet And Tender Romance” and “When He Comes Along”) - She was married to saxophonist, Howie Casey.
Pecker Dunne (Patrick Dunne) - Died 12-19-2012 in Killimer, County Clare, Ireland (Irish Folk) Born 4-1-1933 in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland - Sang and played banjo, fiddle, melodeon, guitar and mandolin - (He wrote, “Sullivans John” and “The Miximatosis Rabbit”) - Worked with Margaret Barry.
Inez Andrews (Bishop Inez Andrews) - Died 12-19-2012 (Gospel) Born 4-14-1929 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “Lord Don’t Move The Mountain”) - Was a member of The Caravans (They did, “Lord Keep Me Day By Day” and “I’m Not Tired Yet”) - Gospel Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Ken Chaney - Died 12-19-2012 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Natural causes (Jazz) Born 12-21-1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Pianist - (He wrote “The Creeper”) - Led The Awakening and The Ken Chaney Xperiencean - Worked with Young-Holt Unlimited (“Soulful Strut”).
Kamil Sonmez - Died 12-20-2012 in Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey (Turkish Folk) Born 1947 in Persembe, Ordu, Turkey - Singer and actor - Appeared in the films Deli Kan and Islak Sokak.
Jimmy McCracklin (James David Walker) - Died 12-20-2012 in San Pablo, California, U.S. - Illness (Blues - R&B) Born 8-13-1921 in Helena, Arkansas or St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Pianist and singer - (He did, “Just Got To Know” and “The Walk”) - Led Jimmy McCracklin And His Blues Blasters - His songs have been recorded by Otis Redding, Carla Thomas and Salt-n-Pepa.
K. Gyasi (Kay Gyasi) - Died 12-21-2012 - Prostate cancer (Highlife) Born 1929 - Guitarist - Was a membeer of The Appiah Adjekum Band and The Noble Kings (They did, “Akwantia Ye Musu” and “Wiase Afefedee”).
Franco Ceccarelli - Died 12-21-2012 in Modena, Italy (Pop - Rock) Born 5-13-1942 in Modena, Italy - Guitarist, singer and producer - Was a member of Equipe 84 - Father of actress, Sandra Ceccarelli.
Leah Rule - Died 12-21-2012 - Cancer (Rock) She was 44 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of The Mammy Nuns (They did, “Victoria Snelling” and “3 Chords”).
Lee Dorman (Douglas Lee Dorman) - Found dead 12-21-2012 in Laguna Niguel, California, U.S. - Natural causes (Metal - Rock) Born 9-15-1942 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Bassist and keyboardist - Was a member of Iron Butterfly (They did, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and “Termination”) and Captain Beyond (They did, “Astral Lady” and “Myopic Void”).
Meredith Israel Thomas - Died 12-21-2012 - Breast cancer - She was 39 years old - RCA Records publicist - Worked with Kings Of Leon and The Dave Matthews Band.
Terry Huff - Died 12-21-2012 in Clinton, Md., U.S. - Colon cancer (Soul) Born 10-16-1947 in North Carolina, U.S. - Singer - Led Act 1 who became Terry Huff And Special Delivery (They did, “I Destroyed Your Love” and “The Lonely One”) - Was a member of Andy And The Marglows (They did, “Just One Look” and “I’ll Get By”).
Marva Whitney (Marva Ann Manning) - Died 12-22-2012 - Complications of pneumonia (Gospel - Funk) Born 5-1-1944 in Kansas City - Singer - (She did, “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who To Sock It To)” and “Unwind Yourself”) - Was a member of The Manning Gospel Singers - Worked with James Brown.
Mike Scaccia (Michael Scaccia) - Died 12-23-2012 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. - After collapsing on stage (Metal - Industrial) Born 6-14-1965 in Babylon, New York, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Rigor Mortis (They did, “Foaming At The Mouth” and “Welcome to Your Funeral”) - Worked with Ministry (They did, “N.W.O.” and “Scare Crow), The Revolting Cocks and Lard.
Jack Klugman (Jacob Joachim Klugman) - Died 12-24-2012 in Northridge, California, U.S. - Born 4-27-1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Actor - (He did, “Applause! Applause!” and a version of, “You’re So Vain” with Tony Randall) - Worked with Ethel Merman (“You’ll Never Get Away From Me” and “Small World”) - He portrayed Dr. Quincy on TV’s, Quincy M.E. and Oscar Madison on TV’s, The Odd Couple.
Ray Collins - Died 12-24-2012 in Pomona, Calif., U.S. - After being in a medically induced coma following cardiac arrest (Doo-Wop - Rock) Born 11-19-1936 - Sang and played harmonica - Was a member of Baby Ray & The Ferns (They did, “How’s Your Bird?”) and The Soul Giants who became The Mothers Of Invention (They did, “Call Any Vegetable” and “Who Are The Brain Police?”) - Worked with Little Julian Herrera And The Tigers.
JayLoud (Joshua Davis) - Died 12-25-2012 - Shot (Rap) He was 18 years old.
Augusto Bracca - Died 12-25-2012 (Venezuelan Folk)- Born 4-23-1918 in Trinidad de Orichuna, Apure - Composer and singer - (He wrote, “Mi llano es un paraíso” and “Mi rancho llanero”) - His songs have been recorded by Eneas Perdomo, Edith Salcedo, Quinto Criollo, Lila Moreno, Juan Galea, Lilia Madrigal, Jose Catire Carpio and Roiman Meza.
Fontella Bass - Died 12-26-2012 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Complications from a heart attack (R&B) Born 7-3-1940 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (She did, “Rescue Me” and “Recovery”) - Worked with Little Milton, The Oliver Sain Soul Revue, Maurice White, Minnie Riperton, Bobby McClure (‘You’ll Miss Me (When I’m Gone)”) and The Art Ensemble Of Chicago - She had been married to trumpeter, Lester Bowie - Daughter of singer, Martha Bass and sister of singer, David Peaston.
Helen Kardon Moss (Helen Rubinstein) - Died 12-26-2012 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Parkinson’s related illness (Musicals) Born 12-26-1931 - Singer - Appeared in touring companies and theater productions of Oklahoma, Guys And Dolls, The Music Man and on Broadway’s, New Faces.
Rick Cimato (Patrick J. Cimato) - Died 12-26-2012 in Connecticut, U.S. - Car accident (Metal - Rock) Born 6-19-1975 in Lewiston - Drummer - Worked with The Thinning Heard (They did, “Never Wanted”), Hickory Hawkins & The Sniffers, Gods Green Earth and The Nassau Chainsaw Band.
Lloyd Charmers (Lloyd Tyrell) - Died 12-27-2012 in London, England - Heart attack (Reggae - Ska) Born 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica - Singer, keyboardist and producer - Worked with The Charmers, The Uniques (They did, “Let Me Go Girl”), The Messengers, Winston “Niney” Holness and The Now Generation - Produde Ken Boothe, David Gates, Lloyd Parks, B. B. Seaton and The Gaylads.
Yevgeny Guberman - Died 12-29-2012 (Rock) Born 7-30-1955 - Drummer - Worked with Telewizor, Akvarium and Zoopark.
Mike Auldridge - Died 12-29-2012 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S. - Prostate cancer (Bluegrass - Country) Born 12-30-1938 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Seldom Scene - Worked with Darren Beachley And The Legends Of The Potomac, Cliff Waldron And The New Shades Of Grass, Emerson And Waldron, Chesapeake, The Good Deale Bluegrass Band, John Starling And Carolina Star, Lyle Lovett, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless and Emmylou Harris.
Richard “Dick” Story - Died 12-29-2012 in Madison, WI - Died unexpectedly at home - Born 9-11-1946 - Co-owner of the Crystal Corner bar in Madison since 1974. A super fan of the UW Marching band.