Rock Star Death Notices - June 2014

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Dennis Kamakahi - Died 4-28-2014 - Born 3-31-1953 - Slack key guitarist - Was a member of Na Leo O Nuuanu - Worked with Eddie Kamae And The Sons Of Hawaii - Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

Iveta Bartosova - Died 4-29-2014 in Praha-Uhrineves, Czech Republic - Threw herself under a train (Pop) Born 4-8-1966 in Celadna, Czechoslovakia - Singer and actress - (She did, “Vis Lasko” and “Malo me zna”) - Was a member of Dianthus - Worked with Petr Sepesi (“Knofliky lasky”), Frantisek Janecek, Balet (“Hej pane diskzokej”) and Ladislav Staidl - At one time married to married to actor and producer, Jiri Pomeje.

Paul Goddard - Died 4-29-2014 in Atlanta. GA, U.S. - Cancer (Rock) He was 68 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS) (They did, “So Into You” and “Imaginary Lover”).

Ventura Banuelos (aka Ventura Xiii) - Died 4-29-2014 in Lincoln Heights - Motorcycle accident (Metal) He was 35 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Black Lodge (They did, “Drag ” and “Never Clean”).

Monkey Black (Leonardo Michael Flores Ozuna) - Died 4-30-2014 in Barcelona, Spain - Stabbed (Rap) Born 1986 - (He did, “Tienen Miedo”).

Kartina Dahari - The queen of keroncong - Died 4-30-2014 - Ovarian cancer - She was 73 years old - Singer - (She did, “Sayang Di Sayang”).

Joe Young - Died 4-30-2014 (Punk) Born 1960 - Guitarist - Was a member of Antiseen (They did, “Walking Dead” and “Run My World”) - Worked with GG Allin.

Larry Ramos (Hilario Ramos) - Died 4-30-2014 - Metastatic melanoma (Pop) Born 4-19-1942 in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Association (They did, “Windy” and “Never My Love”) - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jessica Cleaves - Died 5-2-2014 (Soul - Funk - R&B) Born 12-10-1948 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Hi-Fi’s and The Friends Of Distinction (They did, “Going In Circles” and a vocal version of, “Grazin’ In The Grass”) - Worked with Earth, Wind & Fire and George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic.

Lester Armistead - Died 5-2-2014 - Cancer (Country) He was 71 years old - Played the jug and banjo and sang - Was a member of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (They did, “Too Old To Cut The Mustard” and “What A Waste Of Good Corn Liquor”).

Mary Ellen Tanner - Died 5-3-2014 in Covington - Multiple organ failure (Jazz) She was 67 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Blue Wisp Big Band - Worked with Lee Stolar, John Von Ohlen, Dee Felice and Frank Vincent - She was a regular on TV’s, The Bob Braun Show.

Ramon Gonzalez (aka Jadiel el Tsunami) - Died 5-10-2014 - Motorcycle accident (Reggaeton) He was 27 years old - Singer - (He did, “Ahora te Vas” and “Princesa”).

Andre Popp (Andre Charles Jean Popp) - Died 5-10-2014 (Space Age Pop ) Born 2-19-1924 in Fontenay-le-Comte, France - Keyboardist and composer - (He wrote Paul Mauriat, “Love Is Blue”) - Using Elsa Popping as a pseudonym, he released the album “Delirium in Hi-Fi”.

Ed Gagliardi (Edward John Gagliardi) - Died 5-11-2014 - Cancer (Rock) Born 2-13-1952 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Foreigner (They did, “Hot Blooded” and “Cold As Ice”) and Spy.

Nash The Slash (Jeff Plewman) - Died 5-12-2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Electronic - Progressive - Rock) Born 3-26-1948 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Played synthesizer, glockenspiel, harmonica, electric mandolin, electric violin and keyboards and sang - (He did, “Wolf” and “Metropolis”) - Was a member of FM (They did, “Phasors On Stun” and “Dialing For Dharma”) and Breathless (They did, “Slasher”).

Dick Orleans - Died 5-12-2014 - Natural causes (Folk) He was 63 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Elktones.

George Yoshida - Died 5-13-2014 - Illness (Jazz) He was 92 years old - Born in Seattle - Played saxophone - Was a member of The J-Town Jazz Ensemble.

Chris Donahue (aka Donnie Evil) - Died 5-13-2014 (Rock - Punkabilly) He was 32 years old - (He did, “Quietly Insane” and “Penny Postcard”) - Was a member of The Touchers, Oxide (They did, “Happy Children” and “Cave Girl”) and The Meatskin Jubilee Jug Band.

Akihiro Yokoyama - Died 5-13-2014 (Metal) He was 49 years old - Bassist - Was a member of United.

Ernie Chataway (Ernest Chataway) - Died 5-13-2014 - Cancer (Metal) Born 1952 in Winson Green, Birmingham, Warwickshire - Guitarist - Was a member of Judas Priest.

Sonny Rubinow (Roger Rubinow) - Died 5-16-2014 - He was 81 years old - Born in Boston, MA, U.S. - Played drums and tympani - Was a member of The Jolly Gents - Worked with The Middletown Symphonic Band - Ran Ruby’s Deli In Middletown.

Jerry Vale (Gennaro Luigi Vitaliano) - Died 5-18-2014 in Palm Desert, California, U.S.  (Pop - Standards) Born 7-8-1932 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Have You Looked into Your Heart” and “Al Di La”).

Randy Coven - Died 5-20-2014 (Rock) Born 1960 in Great Neck, New York, U.S. - Bassist - (He did, “Manhattan Mama” and “Funk Me Tender”) - Led The Randy Coven Band - Worked with Yngwie Malmsteen, CPR, Leslie West, Holy Mother, ARK, Blues Saraceno, Shadow Eden and Steve Vai.

Martin Lister - Died 5-21-2014 (Synthpop) Born 1962 - Keyboardist and singer - Was a member of Alphaville (They did, “Call Me Down” and “I Die For You Today”).

Mike Murphy - Died 5-23-2014 in Kenosha - Heart attack - He was 62 years old - Born in Milwaukee - Drummer - Worked with Sweetbottom, Matrix, Family At Max, Semi-Twang, Tony’s Tigers, Random Walk, Spider George And The Web and The Doo-Wop Daddies

Gabe Bianchini (Gabriel Bianchini) - Died 5-24-2014 (Jazz) Born 8-8-1964 - Guitarist - Worked with The Sugar Sticks and with his wife singer, Saffron Bradbury.

Tommy Blom (Tommy Albert Blom) - Died 5-25-2014 in Stockholm, Sweden (Rock - Psychedelic - Folk) Born 3-3-1947 in Gothenburg, Sweden - Singer - Was a member of Tages, Idolerna (They did, “Har kommer karleken”) and The Cadillac band.

Percy Tuesday (Percy Ogimaawigaabaw Tuesday) (aka The Reverend) - Died 5-26-2014 - Leukemia - Born 4-27-1942 - Guitarist - Worked with Billy Joe Green and Gerry McIvor.

Janice Scroggins - Died 5-27-2014 - Cancer (Jazz) Born 1955 in Idabel, Oklahoma, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with The Esquires, Linda Hornbuckle, Mel Brown, Curtis Salgado and Thara Memory - Oregon Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Cascade Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Gus Lezcano (Gustavo Lezcano)- Died 5-?-2014 - Possible heart failure - He was 59 years old - Played harmonica, guitar and keyboards - Was a member of The Miami Sound Machine (They did, “Dr. Beat” and “Eyes Of Innocence”) - Worked with Gloria Estefan, War and The Bee Gees.

Antonin Viktora - Died 5-29-2014 - Illness (Jazz) Born 5-29-1943 in HodonĂ­ne - Guitarist - Worked with Jazz Sanatoriu Ludka Hulana, Orchestru Karla Gotta and SHQ Karla Velebneho.

Tito Torbellino (Tomas Tovar Rascon) (Thomas Rascon Eduardo Tovar) - Died 5-29-2014 in Ciudad Obregon, Cajeme, Sonora, Mexico - Shot (Banda) He was 33 years old - Born in Phoenix, Ariz., U.S. - Singer and accordionist - (He did, “Te la pasas” and “No eres tu soy yo”) - Led Tito and su Torbellino - Worked with Espinoza Paz and Larry Hernandez.

Coleman Lewis - Died 5-30 or 31-2014 - Heroin overdose (Rock) Guitarist - Worked with Smoke, Cat Power and Ignitor Fool.