Rock Star Death Notices - June 2013

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Phillip Beurstatte (Philo) of  Last Crack, White Zombie pictured with son Zed from Last Crack 2009 Reunion in Madison - photo by Todd Winger

Phillip Beurstatte (Philo) of Last Crack, White Zombie pictured with son Zed from Last Crack 2009 Reunion in Madison
photo by Todd Winger

Stu Page - Died 4-28-2013 - Lung cancer (Country) Born 5-12-1954 in Leeds West Yorkshire UK - Singer and guitarist - Led The Stu Page Band (They did, “Too Country For The City” and “I Got Drove To It”) - Worked with The Gritt Band, Whistler, Midnight Flyer and Wild Hogs.

Deanna Durbin (Edna Mae Durbin) - Reported dead 4-30-2013 in Neauphle-le-Chateau, France - Born 12-4-1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Singer and actress - (She did the standards, “Love’s Old Sweet Song” and “God Bless America”) - She acted in the films, Every Sunday with Judy Garland, Three Smart Girls and Can’t Help Singing - She had been married to director, Vaughn Paul, producer, Felix Jackson and director, Charles David.

Chris Kelly (aka Mac Daddy) - Died 5-1-2013 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. (Rap) Born 8-11-1978 - Half of the duo Kris Kross (They did, “Jump” and “Warm It Up”).

Jeff Hanneman (Jeffrey John Hanneman) - Died 5-2-2013 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cirrhosis after a flesh eating disease caused by a spider bite (Metal) Born 1-31-1964 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Pap Smear and Slayer (They did, “Raining Blood” and “War Ensemble”).

Sid Selvidge (Sidney Davis Selvidge Jr.) - Died 5-2-2013 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Cancer (Folk, Blues) - Born 7-21-1943 in Greenville, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and pianist - (He did, “Going Through Another Change” and “Wreck On The Highway”) - Was a member of Mud Boy And The Neutrons (They did, “Dear Dad” and “Split Pea Shell”) and Jim Dickinson And The New Beale Street Sheiks - Worked with Furry Lewis and Alex Chilton.

Cedric Brooks (aka Im) - Died 5-3-2013 in Queens, NY, U.S. - Cardiac arrest (Reggae) Born 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica - Played saxophone, flute and percussions - Led The Divine Light which became Light Of Saba - Worked with Im & David, The Vagabonds, The Granville Williams Band, Burning Spear, The Skatalites, Carlos Malcolm, Zimbobway’s King Kingston Orchestra, Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari.

Milan Peroutka (aka Ferda) - Died 5-4-2013 in Prague, Czech Republic - Fell off the stairs while carrying drum and cymbals - (Rock) Born 1-19-1964 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Drummer - Member of Kvintet FM, SLS Leska Semelky, OK Band, Olympic (They did, “Kanagom” and “Kdyz ti sviti zelena”) and ASPM (They did, “Az srdce useda” and “Zrzava palice”).

Cesar Portillo de la Luz - Died 5-4-2013 in Havana, Cuba - Born 10-31-1922 in Havana, Cuba - Guitarist, lyricist and composer - (He wrote Andy Russell’s, “Contigo en la distancia”) - His songs have been recored by Jose Jose. Nat King Cole, Lucho Gatica and Christina Aguilera.

Greg Quill - Died 5-5-2013 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - Complications of pneumonia - Born 1947 in Australia - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Fleetwood Plain”) - Was a member of Country Radio (They did, “Listen To The Children” and “Gyspy Queen”) and Southern Cross - He was a entertainment critic for The Toronto Star.

Ray Whitley (Robert Ray Whitley) - Died 5-5-2013 - Illness - Born 11-22-1943 in Columbus, Georgia, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, “Deeper In Love”) - His songs have been recorded by The Tams (“Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” and “What Kind Of Fool”), Joe South, Billy Joe Royal (“Everything Turned Blue”) and Tommy Roe - Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Martin Angume - Died 5-6-2013 in Kampala, Uganda - Multiple organ failure - Singer - (He did, “Switch” and “Gear”) - Was a member of The Compressive Band - Worked with Betty Mpologoma

Eric Kitteringham - Died 5-7-2013 - Cancer (Rock - Blues) Bassist - He was 66 years old - Was a member of The Axels and Taste (They did, “Blister On The Moon” and ” Born On The Wrong Side Of Time”).

Romanthony (Anthony Moore) - Died 5-7-2013 in Austin (Hip - Hop - R&B) Born 1967 - Producer, singer and DJ - Worked with Daft Punk (“One More Time” and “Too Long”) and Kris Menace (“2Nite4U”).

Bill Langstroth - Died 5-8-2013 - Born 11-5-1930 - Producer - Hosted TV’s, Singalong Jubilee - Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Juan Tarodo - Died 5-8-2013 in Madrid, Spain - Leukemia (Pop) Born 6-12-1960 - Drummer and producer - Was a member of Ole-Ole (They did, “No controles” and “Conspiracion”) - As a producer he worked with Jose Luciano, Pedro Marin, Anibal Berraute, Juan Gabriel and Jose Luis Rodriguez.

Ken Whaley - Died 5-8-2013 (Rock) Born 1945 or 1946 - Bassist - Was a member of Help Yourself (They did, “Watching At The Station” and “Who Killed Paradise”), Ducks Deluxe, The Archers and Green Ray - Worked with Man (“Rock And Roll You Out” and “You Don’t Like Us”), Deke Leonard’s Iceberg, Barry Melton, Black Cat Bones, Growth, Tyla Gang and Donovan’s Brain.

Ray Deville - Died 5-9-2013 - After a stroke (Rock - Pop) He was 68 years old - Played organ and harmonica - Worked with Millie Small’s backing band The Five Embers, Brian Bentley And The Kingsmen, The Missing Links, The All Night Workers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Grayson Minney - Died 5-11-2013 in Hebron, Connecticut , U.S. - Car accident (Rock) He was 28 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Columbia Fields (They did, “Wake Me Up” and “When It’s Over”).

Nico van Rensburg in Pretoria - Died 5-12-2013 - Acute heart failure - He was 76 years old - Played concertina.

Big Ben Atkins - Died 5-13-2013 (Soul) Singer - (He did, “Come On Over” and “It Would Take A Miracle”) - Led Big Ben Atkins & The Nomads.

Ouma Basement (Charles Ouma) - Died 5-14-2013 Ringiti Islands - He was 26 year old - Musician - (He did, “Bibi na Bwana”) - Was a member of Extra Nyamolo.

Albert Nejmeh (Albert A. Nejmeh) - Died 5-14-2013 in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. - Died in the line of duty serving as a Tacoma firefighter - Born 8-15-1943 - Singer and songwriter.

Monroe Hopper (Monroe Archer Hopper) - Died 5-17-2013 in Madison, NC, U.S. (Gospel) Born 12-26-1926 in Rockingham County - Singer - Was a member of The Hoppers and The Hopper Brothers & Connie - Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Alan O’Day (Alan Earle O’Day) - Died 5-17-2013 in Westwood, Los Angeles, U.S. - Brain cancer (Pop - Rock) Born 10-3-1940 in Hollywood, California, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, “Undercover Angel” and “Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love”) - Was a member of The Shoves, The Renes, The Archers and Alan & Bob & Denny - Worked with The Imperials - His songs have been recorded by Helen Reddy (“Angie Baby”), Cher (“Train Of Thought”), Bobby Sherman (“The Drum”) and The Righteous Brothers (“Rock And Roll Heaven”).

Sue McLean - Died 5-17-2013 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Cancer - Born 1953 - Concert promoter - Booked for The Minnesota Zoo, The Guthrie Theater and The Basilica Block Party.

Phil Buerstatte - Died 5-19-2013 (Metal), Madison, WI, US - Born 4-7-1967- He was 46 years old - Drummer - Founding member and drummer for Last Crack, and was drummer for White Zombie from 1992 to 1994. He played on the La Sexorcisto tour, as well as playing on tracks “Feed The Gods” on The Airheads Soundtrack, “Children of the Grave” and “I AM HELL” from the Beavis and Butthead soundtrack.

Jimmie Steward (James Steward) - Died 5-18-2013 in Jacksonville, FL, U.S. (R&B) Born 5-27-1926 -  Singer - Was a member of The Ravens (They did “Green Eyes” and a version of, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”).

Nicholas “Nikk” Cramer - Died 5-18-2013 in Madison, WI, U.S. (Rock) Born 1-21-1980 in Appleton, WI, U.S. - Guitarist- Was a member of Venice Gas House Trolley (they did “Garden” and “Brain Cells Are Invisible”)

Ray Manzarek (Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr.) - Died 5-20-2013 in Rosenheim, Germany - Complications related to bile duct cancer (Rock - Jazz - Blues) Born 2-12-1939 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. -  Keyboardist, guitarist, percussionist and singer - Was a member of Rick & The Ravens and The Doors (They did, “Light My Fire” and “The End”), Nite City (They did, “Summer Eyes"and “In The Pyramid”) and Manzarek-Krieger - Worked with Philip Glass, Michael McClure, Michael C. Ford, Weird Al Yankovic and Iggy Pop - Produced Echo & The Bunnymen and X - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Zach Sobiech (Zachary David Sobiech)- Died 5-20-2013 in Lakeland, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S. - Complications of osteosarcoma (Folk - Rock) Born 5-3-1995 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of A Firm Handshake (They did, “Clouds).

Ronnie Splinter - Died 5-20-2013 - Cancer (Rock - Psychedelic) Born 8-27-1948 in Amsterdam - Guitarist - Was a member of The Outsiders (They did, “You Mistreat Me” and “Lying All The Time”).

Trevor Bolder - Died 5-21-2013 - Cancer (Rock) Born 6-9-1950 in Kingston upon Hull, England - Bassist, trumpeter and singer - Worked with The Rats, Uriah Heep (“Fear Of Falling” and “Lost”), David Bowie And The Spiders From Mars (“Life On Mars?” and “Changes”), The Cybernauts and Wishbone Ash (“Engine Overheat” and “Me And My Guitar”).

Rudy Mockabee (Jesse R. Muckabee Jr.) - Died 5-21-2013 in Huntsville, AL, U.S. (R&B) Born 1-15-1944 in Cowpens, SC, U.S. - (He did, “Sweet Thing” and a version of “Cheer Up (Daddy’s Coming Home)”) - Led The Rudy Mockabee Band - Was a member of The Yakity Yaks (They did, “Soul Night”) - Worked with The Drifters (“You Got To Pay Your Dues” and “Black Silk”) and The Flashbacks.

Georges Moustaki (Giuseppe Mustacchi) - Died 5-23-2013 in Nice, France - Illness - Born 5-3-1934 in Alexandria, Egypt - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Les amis” and “Gaspard”) - His songs have been recorded by Brigitte Fontaine, Edith Piaf (“Milord”), Cindy Daniel, Yves Montand, Juliette Greco, Pia Colomba, Dalida, Francoise Hardy, Herbert Pagani and France Gall.

Ed Shaughnessy (Edwin Thomas Shaughnessy) - Died 5-24-2013 in Calabasas, California, U.S. - Heart attack (Jazz) Born 1-9-1929 in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Count Basie, George Shearing, Jack Teagarden, Gene Ammons, Roy Eldridge, Billie Holiday, Mundell Lowe, Teo Macero, Shirley Scott, Jack Sheldon, Horace Silver, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Ventura and Doc Severinsen And The Tonight Show Band - He was married to singer and actress, Ilene Woods.

Rona Newton-John - Died 5-24-2013 in the US - Brain cancer - Born 1943 in Cambridge, England - Model and actress - (She did, “Just Us Two”) - Sister of singer, Olivia Newton-John - Mother of singer, Tottie Goldsmith and professional racing driver, Emerson Newton-John - She had been married to nightclub king,  Brian Goldmsith and actor, Jeff Conaway.

Marshall Lytle - Died 5-25-2013 (Rock - Country - Rockabilly) Born 9-1-1933 in Old Fort, North Carolina, U.S. - Played double bass and guitar - Was a member of The Saddlemen who became Bill Haley & His Comets (They did, “Crazy Man, Crazy” and “Rock Around The Clock”) and The Jodimars. (They did, “Well Now Dig This” and “Let’s All Rock Together”).

Clarence Burke Jr. (Clarence Newton Burke Jr.) - Died 5-25-2013 (R&B - Pop) Born 5-24-1951 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Five Stairsteps (They did, “O-o-h Child” and “From Us To You”)  and The Invisible Man’s Band (They did, “All Night Thing” and “Really Wanna See You”).

Lee Rigby- Died 5-22-2013 - beheaded - Born 7-1987 in Manchester, UK - Drummer for Corps of Drums, 2nd Batallion to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

James “Mo” Becker - Died 5-27-2013 - natural causes - Born 9-27-1965 - Madison, WI, USA - Host of the radio show, “The Arena of Rock” on 94.1 WJJO, and Promoter and Music Manager at V.N.C.

Little Tony (Antonio Ciacci) - Died 5-27-2013 - Lung cancer ( Rock - Pop ) Born 2-7-1941 in Tivoli, Italy - Singer - (He did, “Il ragazzo col ciuffo” and “Cuore matto”) - Led Little Tony & His Brothers (They did, “I Can’t Help It” and “Too Good”).

Fotis Polymeris (Fotios Palimeris) - Died 5-28-2013 ( Light Music ) Born in 1920 in Patras - Singer and guitarist - (He wrote, “Enas xaroumenos alitis” and “Asta ta mallakia sou”).

Svatopluk Kosvanec - Died 5-29-2013 - ( Jazz ) Born 1-2-1936 - Played trombone - Worked with Ustí nad Labem and Laca Deczi.

Mulgrew Miller - Died 5-29-2013 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Stroke ( Jazz ) Born 8-13-1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Betty Carter, Derrick Hodge, Karriem Riggins, Woody Shaw and Art Blakey.

Marvin Junior - Died 5-29-2013 in Harvey, Illinois, U.S. - Kidney failure ( R&B ) Singer - He was 77 years old - Was a member of The El-Rays (They did, “Darling I Know”) and The Dells (They did, “Oh What a Night”) - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jerry McGill (aka Curtis Buck) - Died 5-30-2013 in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. - He was 73 years old - Born in Binghamton, Alabama, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Topcoats (They did,  “Lovestruck” and “I Wanna Make Sweet Love”) - Worked with Waylon Jennings.