Rock Star Death Notices - June 2012
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Adam Yauch, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Lloyd Brevett
Larry Donn (Larry Donn Gillihan) - Died 5-1-2012 (Rockabilly) Born 6-7-1941 in Bono, Arkansas, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and pianist - (He did, “Honey-Bun” and “That’s What I Call A Ball”) - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Muddy Fraser (Robert Scrivens) - Died 5-1-2012 in Vancouver, BC, Canada - Cardiac arrest (Blues) He was 62 years old - Born in Ottawa, ON, Canada - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Bad Whiskey” and “You Upset Me”) - Worked with The Take It Easy Blues Band.
Alan Mintz - Died 5-2-2012 - Acute myelogenous leukemia - He was 58 years old - Was a GM for Epic Records, a manager and producer at Red Light Entertainment, an A&R executive for Sony Music and a musician - Worked with Herbie Hancock, Nirvana, Aerosmith, Poison, Jane’s Addiction, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Carly Simon, The Black Crowes, Marcy Playground and Sheryl Crow.
David Hodson (David Richard Hodson) - Died 5-2-2012 - Multiple systems atrophy (Rock) Born 6-4-1947 in Chorley - Guitarist - Worked with The Trespasses, Good Goods, Smiler and Millennium.
Lloyd Brevett - Died 5-3-2012 in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica (Ska) Born 8-1-1931 in Kingston, Jamaica - Double bassist - Was a member of The Skatalites.
Willie French Lowery - Died 5-3-2012 in Robeson County, North Carolina, U.S. (Gospel - Blues - Country - Children’s Music) Born 1944 in Robeson County, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, “Streets Of Gold” and wrote the music for, “Strike At The Wind!”).
Felix Werder - Died 5-3-2012 (Electronic - Classical) Born 2-24-1922 in Berlin, Germany - Composer - (He wrote, “Ill-Tempered Clavier” and “Dice”) - Founder of Australia Felix - Son of composer, Boaz Bischofswerder.
Nenad Saric Brada - Died 5-3-2012 - Born 10-10-1946 - Drummer - Was a member of Novih Fosila.
Edith Bliss (aka Edith Tanner) - Died 5-3-2012 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Pop) Born 9-28-1959 in Brisbane, Queensland, Austriala - Singer - (She did, “If It’s Love You Want” and “Two Single Beds”).
Bobby Thomas - Died 5-3-2012 - Complications of diabetes (R&B) Born 5-3-1935 in Point Pleasant, NJ, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Crooners, The Vibranaires, The Vibes (They did, “Stop Torturing Me” and “Doll Face”), The V-Eights (They did, “Papa’s Yellow Tie” and “My Heart”) and The Orioles.
Adam Yauch (Adam Nathaniel Yauch) (aka MCA and Nathaniel Hornblower) - Died 5-4-2012 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Cancer of the parotid salivary gland (Rap - Rock) Born 8-5-1964 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Singer, bassist and keyboardist - Was a member of The Beastie Boys (They did, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”) - Rock And Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee.
David Lescht - Died 5-4-2012 - He was 64 years old - Managed The Brotherhood Band - Was the founder and director for The Outside In, a program that brought music to jails, hospitals and rest homes.
Jose Perez (aka Tinoco) - Died 5-4-2012 in Mooca, Zona Leste, Sao Paulo, Brasil - Complications of respiratory failure (Sertanejo) Born 3-2-1917 in Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Singer - He was half of the duo, Tonico And Tinoco (They did, “Tristeza de Jeca” and “O menino da porteira”).
Sweet Joe Russell - Died 5-5-2012 (Soul - Gospel - R&B) Born in North Carolina, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Persuasions. (They did versions of, “Papa Oom Mow Mow” and “Any Way The Wind Blows”).
Chance Taylor (Jarrett Chance Taylor) - Died 5-5-2012 - Car accident that also took the life of his father, Randy (Rock) He was 26 years old - Drummer - Worked with Barefoot West, Tobacco Apache (They did, “Appalachian Boy” and “Va Breeze”), The Aurora Observatory and Drown The Messenger.
Frederick J. Brown - Died 5-5-2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S. - Cancer - He was 67 years old - Painter - He painted portraits of hundreds of jazz and blues artists including Thelonious Monk, B. B. King, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Ornette Coleman, Billie Holliday, Stagger Lee and John Henry.
Michael Burks (aka Iron Man) - Died 5-6-2012 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Heart attack (Blues) Born 7-30-1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “I Smell Smoke” and “Hard Come, Easy Go”) - Worked with Johnnie Taylor, O.V. Wright and Marquise Knox - Son of bassist, Frederick Burks.
Ernest Warren (Reverend Ernest Douglas Warren) - Died 5-7-2012 in Gary, Indiana, U.S. (R&B) He was 78 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Hudsonaires who became The Spaniels (They did, “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite” and “The Bells Ring Out”) - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Everett Lilly (Charles Everett Lilly) - Died 5-8-2012 in Clear Creek (Bluegrass) Born 7-1-1924 - Played mandolin - He was one of The Lilly Brothers, The Confederate Mountaineers and The Lilly Mountaineers - Worked with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs - West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Massachusetts Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.
Donald “Duck” Dunn - Died 5-13-2012 in Tokyo, Japan (R&B - Rock) Born 11-24-1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Royal Spades, The Mar-Keys (They did, “Last Night”), Booker T And The M.G.s and The Blues Brothers band - Worked with Ben Branch, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Trond Brathen (aka Trondr Nefas) - Died 5-13-2012 (Metal) Born 5-28-1977 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Urgehal.
Maude Aimee Humbard - Died 5-14-2012 - Complications from Alzheimer’s disease (Gospel) She was 89 years old - Singer - Wife of televangelist, Rex Humbard.
Belita Woods (Belita Karen Woods) - Died 5-14-2012 - Heart failure (R&B) She was 63 years old - Singer - (She did, “Magic Corner” and “Grounded”) - Was a member of Brainstorm (They did, “On Our Way Home” and “Hot For You”) - Worked with The P-Funk All-Stars (“Scratched” and “When Jack Met Jill”).
Chuck Brown - Godfather of Go-Go - Died 5-16-2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. - Multiple organ failure (Go Go - Funk) Born 8-22-1936 in Gaston, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer and Guitarist - Led Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers (They did, “Bustin’ Loose” and “We Need Some Money”) - Worked with Jerry Butler And The Earls Of Rhythm.
Doug Dillard (Douglas Flint Dillard) - Died 5-16-2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Lung infection (Bluegrass - Country Rock) Born 3-6-1937, Salem, Missouri, U.S. - Played banjo - Was a member of The Dillards who portrayed The Darlings on TV’s, The Andy Griffith Show and also was a member of Dillard & Clark (They did, “Don’t Come Rollin” and “Something’s Wrong”) - International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Donna Summer (LaDonna Adrian Gaines) (aka Donna Gaines and Gayn Pierre) - Queen of Disco - Died 5-17-2012 in Key West, Florida, U.S. - Lung cancer (Disco) Born 12-31-1948 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (She did, “Love To Love You Baby” and “Hot Stuff”) - Was a member of Crow - Worked with FamilyTree and Three Dog Night - She had been married to actor, Helmuth Sommer.
Nobuyuki Morikawa - Died 5-17-2012 - Lung cancer (Jazz) He was 79 years old - Played saxophone - Worked with Nobuo Hara And His Sharps & Flats.
Peter Jones - Died 5-18-2012 in Melbourne, Austriala - Brain cancer (Rock) He was 49 years old - Born in Liverpool, England - Drummer - Worked with Crowded House, Deadstar, Lucy’s Crown, Harem Scarem, Ross Hannaford, Rowland S. Howard, Lisa Miller, Kate Ceberano, Tinpan Orange, David Hosking and Stove Top.
Thomas Kaimbi (aka Okanambaka and Tommy Amukanya Kaimbi) - Died 5-18-2012 - Car accident - Near Usakos and Arandis - Born 4-2-1950 in Walvis Bay - Singer - Was a member of Children From Pluto.
Robin Gibb (Robin Hugh Gibb) - Died 5-20-2012 in London, England - Colorectal cancer (Pop - Rock - Disco) Born 12-22-1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man - Singer - (He did, “Saved By The Bell” and “Give Me A Smile”) - Was a member of The Bee Gees (They did, “Stayin’ Alive” and “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You”) - Rock And Roll Of Fame Inductee, Dance Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, ARIA Hall Of Fame Inductee and Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Robert Nix - Died 5-20-2012 (Rock) He was 67 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Atlanta Rhythm Section - Worked with The Candymen and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Carrie Smith (Carrie Louise Smith) - Died 5-20-2012 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. - Cancer (Gospel - Jazz - Blues) Born in Fort Gaines, GA, U.S. 8-25-1941 or 8-25-1925 - Singer - Worked with The Back Home Choir, Big Tiny Little, Tyree Glenn - Appeared in the Broadway musical Black And Blue.
Steeve Hurdle - Died 5-20-2012 - Complications after surgery (Metal) Born 1971 - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Gorguts (They did, “Obscura” and “Nostalgia”), Negativa (They did, “Rebellion” and “Chaos In Motion”) and Purulence (They did, “Inverted Decay” and “Sinking Into Transparency”).
Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. (aka Eddy Bell) - Died 5-21-2012 in Palos Heights, Ill., U.S. - Multiple organ failure (Polka - Rockabilly) Born 7-12-1941, in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer, bassist and bandleader - (He did, “The Masked Man (Hi Yo Silver)” and “The Great Great Pumpkin”) - Was a member of The Versatones (They did, “Angeline Be Mine Polka” and “Polka Hero”).
Masud Sadiki (Kevin Donovan) (aka Stitch In Time) - Died 5-21-2012 - Hanged himself (Reggae - Calypso) He was 37 years old - (He did, “Count Your Blessings” and “I’m Still In Love”).
Bryan Hagan (aka Big Hurkin) - Died 5-21-2012 (Metal) Born 3-24-1973 - Singer - Was a member of the reformed Heir Apparent.
Jhojan Bernal - Died 5-21-2012 (Metal) Born 11-2-1984 - Guitarist - Worked with Mortalem.
Janet Carroll - Died 5-22-2012 in New York, NY, U.S. - Brain tumor (Jazz - Cabaret ) Born 12-24-1940 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and actress - Led Janet Carroll And The Hollywood Jazz Cats - Worked with The Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band - Appeared in the film Risky Business.
Kuly Ral - Died 5-22-2012 in Houston, Texas, US - Brain tumour (Soul - Hip Hop) He was 35 years old - Was a member of RDB (Rhythm, Dhol, Bass) (They did, “Singh Is King” and “Shera Ki Kaum Punjabi”).
Kathi Goldmark (Kathi Kamen Goldmark) - Died 5-24-2012 - Breast cancer (Country - Rock) Born 8-18-1948 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Singer - (She wrote, “That’s A Lot Of Heartache For A Guy”) - Was a member of Los Train Wreck and The Rock Bottom Remainders - She wrote the book And My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You and co-wrote The Great Rock & Roll Joke Book.
Mark “Bam Bam” McConnell - Died 5-24-2012 in Gainesville, Alachua County, FL, U.S. - Kidney and liver failure (Rock) Drummer - Worked with Sebastian Bach and Blackfoot.
Yoshiyuki Suzuki - Found dead 5-24-2012 in Tokyo, Japan - Liver failure (Rock) He was 65 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Takeshi Terauchi & The Bunnys.
Walter Malli (aka Muhammad Malli) - Died 5-25-2012 (Jazz) Born 1940 in Graz - Drummer and saxophonist - Was a member of Masters Of Unorthodox Jazz and The Reform Art Unit - Worked with Hip Hop Finger and Eugene Chadbourne.
Ales Zimolka - Died 5-26-2012 in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic - Injuries from a car crash during Rally Cesky Krumlov in which he was the navigator (Rock) Born 4-7-1963 - Drummer - Member of Merlin (They did, “Tibet” and “Pokuseni”) and Empire (They did, “Lobotomie” and “Miss Erotika”).
Georgy Espíritu - Died 5-28-2012 - Cancer (Metal) Born 11-6-1973 - Keyboardist - Worked with Kranium (They did, “Guerreros” and “El Obraje”).