Rock Star Death Notices - March 2013
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Pat J. Peterson – Died 02-07-2013, in Whitewater, WI, brain cancer- Age 40- guitarist and songwriter (pop, rock, reggae) - originator and front man for The Pipe Circus, Avengers Assemble, Savage Myth, Sector 3, Ruthless Acoustic - Dueling Guitars, and Pat’s Solo Act. Pat was also Co-Founder of Innabeat Music & Entertainment. Pat was a compelling performer, a true humanitarian, a devoted husband and father, and his diagnosis only spurred him on to do as much as he could. 10 days after a surgery to remove the brain tumor in 2011, he was on stage at Summerfest, performing for a crowd. He was just that motivated and passionate about his music. Pat (together with his beloved wife Ruth) was involved in over 100 events for local charities. Pat’s musical talent, and his big-heartedness is inspiring, and he will be missed, but not forgotten.
Marques Bovre – Died 02-11-2013 in Madison, WI, cancer- Age 50 – Guitarist, singer, and songwriter (rock) – solo artist and originator of Marques Bovre & The Evil Twins and Marques Bovre & SoDangYang. Marques was not only an amazing musician, but a person whose example we should all strive to emulate. He loved and accepted all, he never took himself seriously and never complained, despite being in excruciating pain. His humor was irreverent, but never cruel, and to know Marques was to love him. Marques’ music, while not “mainstream”, was powerful and influential in its own right. Marques could have been famous, he was that talented. But his heart and soul were drawn to something even greater: marriage and family and making music purely because he enjoyed it. The world lost a bright beacon of light with Marques’ passing, but he will never be forgotten.
Sally Starr (Alleen Mae Beller) - Died 1-27-2013 in Berlin, New Jersey, U.S. (Rockabilly) Born 1-25-1923 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. - Television personality and singer - (She did, “Our Gal Sal” backed by Bill Haley & His Comets and “A.B.C. Rock”).
Danilo Jacques - Died 1-27-2013 in Santa Maria, Brazil - In a nightclub fire that killed at least 233 people - He was 28 years old - Played accordion - Was a member of Gurizada Fandangueira.
Ferdi Ozbegen - Died 1-28-2013 in Istanbul, Turkey - Cancer - Born 8-17-1941 in Izmir, Turkey - Singer, pianist and actor - (He did, “Altin Mikrofon” and “Bu da Bizden”).
George Higgs - Died 1-29-2013 - Respiratory and heart ailments (Blues) Born 1930 in Speed, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, U.S. - Sang and played harmonica and guitar - (He did, “Somebody Tell Somebody” and “My Hook’s In The Water”) - Worked with The Friendly Five Gospel Quartet - Twin County Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Ken Hodges (Kenneth Hodges) - Died 1-29-2013 - Pneumonia (Folk - Rock) He was 76 years old - Singer and bassist - Was a member of The Folksters, The Bitter End Singers and Spanky And Our Gang (They did, “Like To Get To Know You” and “Lazy Day”).
Bobby Sharp - Died 1-29-2013 - He was 88 years old - Singer - (Wrote Ray Charles’, “Unchain My Heart”).
Patty Andrews (Patricia Marie Andrews) - Died 1-30-2013 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. (Pop - Swing) Born 2-16-1918 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. Singer - She was one of The Andrews Sisters (They did, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Of Company B)” and “Rum And Coca-Cola”) - Worked with Bing Crosby and The Glenn Miller Orchestra - She had been married to movie producer, Marty Melcher and pianist, Wally Weschler.
Nene Benvenuti (Livio Benvenuti Junior) - Died 1-30-2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Lung cancer (Rock) He was 65 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Rebels and The Incriveis - Worked with Roberto Carlos, Elis Regina and Raul Seixas.
Vladimir Vlasak - Died 2-1-2013 in Prague, Czech Republic - Lung cancer - Born 2-11-1958 in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia - Rock and pop critic for the magazines Melodie, Rock & Pop and for the daily newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes.
Cecil Womack (Cecil Dale Womack) (aka Zekkariyas) - Died 2-1-2013 in South Africa (R&B - Soul - Gospel) Born 9-25-1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and pianist - He was half of Womack And Womack (They did, “Teardrops” and “Baby I’m Scared Of You”) - Was a member of The Valentinos - (They did, “Lookin’ For A Love” and “It’s All Over Now”) - Husband of singer, Linda Womack, son-in law of singer, Sam Cooke and former husband of singer, Mary Wells.
Rudolf Dasek - Died 2-1-2013 in Prague, Czech Republic (Jazz) Born 8-27-1933 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Guitarist - Worked with System Tandem which included Jiri Stivin (They did, “Puzzle Game” and “That Was A Time”), SHQ, George Mraz, Lou Bennett, Benny Bailey, Carmell Jones, Tony Scott, Leo Wright and Laco Deczi’s Jazz Celula.
Rudi Merk - Died 2-3-2013 in Freiburg, Germany - Drowned in the Dreisam river (Rock) Sang and played guitar and bass - Worked with Heavy Load, Livid, Wild Turkey, Rattlesnake, Scuttle and Super 6 (They did, “Chill Out” and “Weh”).
Reg Presley (Reginald Maurice Ball) - Died 2-4-2013 in Andover, Hampshire, England - Lung cancer (Rock) Born 6-12-1941 in Andover, Hampshire, England - Singer - Was a member of The Troggs (They did, “Wild Thing” and “With A Girl Like You”).
Darlene McCrea (Ethel McCrea) - Died 2-4-2013 - Cancer (R&B) Singer - Born in North Carolina, U.S. - Was a member of The Cookies (They did, “Don’t Let Go” and “All Night Mambo”) and The Raelettes who backed Ray Charles.
Donald Byrd - Died 2-4-2013 (Jazz - R&B) Born 12-9-1932 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Played trumpet - Was a member of The Blackbyrds (They did, “Happy Music” and “Walking In Rhythm”) and Donald Byrd & The 125th St. NYC Band - Worked with Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Jackie McLean, Cannonball Adderley, Ahmad Jamal, Mal Waldron, Hank Jones, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, The Mizell Brothers, Oscar Pettiford, Pepper Adams, Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery, Eric Dolphy and Gigi Gryce.
Tommy Cassel (Tommy Gordon Cassel) - Died 2-4-2013 (Rockabilly) Born 5-16-1924 in Converse, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Rockin’ Rock And A Rollin’ Stone” and “Go Ahead On”).
Alva “Reggie” Lewis - Died 2-4-2013 in St Andrew - Natural causes - He was 63 years old - Born in Manchester - Guitarist - Was a member of The Hippy Boys and The Upsetters - Worked with Lee Scratch Perry, Max Romeo, Bob Marley and Pat Kelly.
Pat Halcox - Died 2-4-2013 (Jazz) Born 3-18-1930 in Chelsea, London, England - Trumpeter - Led The Pat Halcox Allstars - Worked with Mick Mulligan, Colin Kingwell And The Brent Valley Stompers, The Albermarle Jazz Band, The Chris Barber Band, Muddy Waters, Brownie McGhee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry, Elton John and Dr John.
Jindra Stahlavsky - Died 2-5-2013 - Cancer (Country) Born 2-24-1945 in Usti nad Labem, Czechoslovakia - Singer - Worked with Fesaci (They did, “Jaro” and “Plava Jane”).
Paul Tanner - Died 2-5-2013 Carlsbad, California, U.S. - Pneumonia (Swing) Born 10-15-1917 in Skunk Hollow, Kentucky, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and with The ABC Orchestra where he worked with Leonard Bernstein, Andre Previn and Arturo Toscanini - Developed the Electro-Theremin which was used for The Beach Boys for “Good Vibrations” and for TV’s, My Favorite Martian.
Mo-Do (Fabio Frittelli) - Died 2-6-2013 in Udine, Italy - Suicide (Techno - Rock) Born 7-24-1966 in Monfalcone, Italy - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Blue The King, Validi Alibi and Mo-Do (They did, “Eins, zwei, Polizei"and “Super Gut”).
Jan Sochor - Died 2-6-2013 in Berlin, Germany (Rock - Soul - Pop) Born 8-8-1947 in Havlickuv Brod, Czechoslovakia - Cancer - Singer, keyboardist and composer Worked with Progress Organization (They did, “Klic k poznani” and “Ikaros”) renamed Barnodaj (They did, “Pram z tramu”), Bob Fridl, Martha & Tena, Ex Libris, The Soulband and Key Band.
Roscoe Chenier - Died 2-7-2013 - Kidney ailments related to diabetes (Blues) Born 1941 in St. Landry Parish, in Louisiana, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, “Born For Bad Luck,” and “Annie Mae’s Yo-Yo”) - Worked with Rockin’ CD And The Blues Runners - Cousin of accordion player and singer, Clifton Chenier.
Rick Huxley (Rick Huxley) - Died 2-11-2013 (Rock) Born 8-5-1940 in Dartford, Kent, England - Bassist - Was a member of The Dave Clark Five (They did, “Bits And Pieces” and “Glad All Over”) - Worked with The Riverside Blues Boys and The Spon Valley Stompers - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Lim Yoon Taek - Died 2-11-2013 in Seoul, South Korea - Gastric cancer (Pop) Born 1980 - Singer - Was a member of Ulala Session.
Lanier Greig - Died 2-?-2013 in Austin, Travis County, Texas, U.S. (Rock - Jazz) Born 1949 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, U.S. - Organist and bassist - Worked with Neal Ford And The Fanatics and ZZ Top (They did, “Salt Lick” and “Miller’s Farm”).
Arlene DeMarco (aka Granny) - Died 2-13-2013 (Pop) Born 1933 in Rahway, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Five DeMarco Sisters. (They did, “This Love Is MIne” and “Dreamboat”) - Mother of actress, Melissa Brasselle.
Tim Dog (Timothy Blair) - Died 2-14-2013 - Complications of diabetes (Rap) Born 1-1-1967 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. - (He did, F Compton” and “I Ain’t Havin’ It”) - Was half of the duo, Ultra - Worked with The Ultramagnetic MCs, Percee P and Apache Indian.
Goldie Harvey (Susan Oluwabimpe Filani) - Died 2-14-2013 in Lagos, Nigeria - Intracerebellar haemorrhage (R&B - Pop - Rap) Born 10-23-1983 in Lagos, Nigeria - Singer - (She did, “Give It To Me” and “Don’t Touch My Body”).
Mark Kamins - Died 2-14-2013 in Guadalajara, Mexico - Massive coronary - Born 4-13-1955 - DJ and producer - Helped launch the career of Madonna and produced her first single, “Everybody” - Worked with Karen Finley, Tommy Page, David Byrne, Ofra Haza, UB40, Sinead O’Connor and The Beastie Boys.
Shadow Morton (George Francis Morton) - Died 2-14-2013 in Laguna Beach, California, U.S. - Born 9-3-1940 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. - (He wrote The Shangri-Las’, “Remember (Walking In The Sand)” and “Leader Of The Pack”) - Was a member of The Marquees - Worked with Janis Ian (“Society’s Child”), Vanilla Fudge (“You Keep Me Hangin’ On”), Haystacks Balboa, Iron Butterfly (“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”), Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Blues Project, Mott The Hoople,The New York Rock And Roll Ensemble, The New York Dolls and Isis - Long Island Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Dennis Palmer - Died 2-15-2013 (Rock) Born 1957 - Synthesizer player and visual artist - Co-founded Shaking Ray Levis (They did, “Angels In The Grass” and “Misery And Torment”) - Worked with The Rev. Howard Finster, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Eugene Chadbourne, David Greenberger, Shelley Hirsch, Borbetomagus, John Zorn and Col. Bruce Hampton.
El Gran Fellove (Francisco Fellove) - Died 2-15-2013 in Mexico City, Mexico (Filin - Bolero - Jazz) He was 89 years old - Singer - (He did, “El Jamaiquino” and a verison of, “Walking On The Moon”) - (Wrote, “Mango Mangue” which was recorded by Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco) - Worked with Tito Puente and Machito.
Tony Sheridan (Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity) - Died 2-16-2013 in Hamburg, Germany (Rock - Jazz) Born 5-21-1940 in Norwich, Norfolk, England - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Cherry Wainer (“Happy Organ”), Gene Vincent, Charly Garcia, Conway Twitty, The TCB Band and The Beatles (“My Bonnie”).
Marife de Trian (Maria Felisa Martinez Lopez) - Died 2-16-2013 in Benalmadena, Spain - Cancer (Coplas - Flamenco - Ranchera) Born 9-13-1936 in Burguillos, Spain - Singer and Actress - (She did, “Torre de arena” and “La loba”).
Stanley Knight (Stanley Glen Knight) (aka Goober) - Died 2-16-2013 in Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas, U.S. (Rock) Born 2-12-1949 in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, steel guitar and organ - Was a member of Black Oak Arkansas (They did, “Hot And Nasty” and “Uncle Lijiah”).
Kevin Peek - Died 2-?-2013 in Perth, Australia - Cancer (Rock - Classical) He was 66 years old - Born in Adelaide, Australia - Guitarist - Led The Kevin Peek Trio - Worked with James Taylor Move (They did, “And I Heard The Fire Sing” and “Baby Jane”), Cliff Richard, Lulu, Manfred Mann, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Sky.
Mindy McCready (Malinda Gayle McCready) - Died 2-17-2013 in Heber Springs, Ark., U.S. - Shot herself (Country) Born 11-20-1975 in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “Guys Do It All the Time” and “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do)”) - She was married to record producer, David Wilson.
Shmulik Kraus - Died 2-17-2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel - Swine flu (Rock - Pop) Born 7-1-1935 in Jerusalem, Israel - Singer - Was a member of The High Windows (They did, “Einech Yechola” and “Chayal Shel Shokolad”) and The Lool Clan - Wrote songs for Arik Einstein (“When You Cry, You’re Not Pretty”), The Good, The Bad And The Girl Group (“Days Of Cinema”), Arik Lavie (“It Happens”) and Shalom Hanoch - At one time married to singer, Josie Katz.
Mike Westhues (Michael Westhues) - Died 2-17-2013 (Rock - Jazz - Blues - Folk - Country) Born 1-22-1949 in Missouri, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, “Fools Like Us” and “Missisippi Trail”) - Was a member of The Yellow Dog Band - Worked with Wigwam and Dave Lindholm.
Kathleen McCormack - Died 2-18-2013 in London, England (Country - Ballards) She was 83 years old - Born in Taree, Australia - Singer and actress.
Damon Harris (Otis Robert Harris, Jr.) - Died 2-18-2013 - Prostate cancer (Soul - R&B) Born 1-17-1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Young Tempts (They did versions of, “I’ve Been Good To You” and “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”) renamed The Young Vandals (They did, “In My Opinion” and “I’m Gonna Wait For You”) and Impact (They did, “Happy Man” and “Give A Broken Heart A Break”) - Worked with The Temptations.
Kevin Ayers - Died 2-18-2013 in Montolieu, France (Rock - Psychedelic - Prog - Pop) Born 8-16-1944 in Herne Bay, Kent, England - Singer, guitarist and bassist - (He did, “Oh! Wot A Dream” and “Take Me To Tahiti”) - Was a member of The Wilde Flowers and The Soft Machine (They did, “Joy Of A Toy” and “Priscilla”) - Worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, Bridget St John, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Phil Manzanera, Andy Summers, Lady June, Mike Oldfield, Nico and Ollie Halsall.
Lil Ced (Cedric Morgan) - Died 2-20-2013 - Shot (Rap) He was 24 years old - (He did, “D.E.C.” and “Yellow Diamond Shawty”).)
Magic Slim (Morris Holt) - Died 2-21-2013 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. (Blues) Born 8-7-1937 in Tarrence, Miss., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Scufflin” and a version of “Mustang Sally”) - Led Magic Slim And The Teardrops - Worked with Magic Sam - Father of singer and guitarist, Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt.
Kenny Clutch (Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr.) - Died 2-21-2013 in Las Vegas, Nev, U.S. - Shot while driving, his car then crashed into a taxi cab which exploded killing the cabbie and his passenger (Rap) He was 27 years old - Worked with TeeJ (“Stay Schemin” and “Free”).
Norma Zenteno - Died 2-21-2013 - Complications from breast cancer (Latin - Jazz - Rock) She was 60 years old - Singer and guitarist - Led The Norma Zenteno Band - Daughter of trumpet player, Robert Zenteno.
Mariano Civico - Died 2-21-2013 in Madrid, Spain - Cardiac arrest due to flu (Salsa) He was 58 years old - Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico - Singer - Worked with Orquesta Caribe.
Cleotha Staples (aka Cleedi) - Died 2-21-2013 in Cook County, Chicago, Ill., U.S. (Gospel - Soul - R&B) Born 4-11-1934 in Drew, Sunflower County, Miss., U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Staple Singers (They did, “Uncloudy Day” and “I’ll Take You There”) - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Smash (Terrel Dishon Taylor) (aka T-Mac) - Died 2-22-2013 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Congestive heart failure (Rap) He was 31 years old - (He did, “A Bit Too Much For Me”).
Diane Lampert (Diane Charlotte Lampert) - Died 2-22-2013 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Heart failure - Born 9-25-1924 in Bronx, New York, U.S. - (Co-wrote, “Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees)” and “Break It To Me Gently”) - Her songs have been recorded by Brenda Lee, Jerry Wallace, Judith Durham, Tommy Sands, Steve Lawrence, Earl Grant, Tex Williams, Red Foley and The Lettermen.
Virgil Johnson (Virgil Lewis Johnson) - Died 2-24-2013 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, U.S. (Doo-Wop) Born 12-29-1935 in Cameron, Milam County, Texas, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Velvets (They did, “Tonight (Could Be The Night)” and “That Lucky Old Sun”) - Worked with Boots Randolph and Floyd Cramer - West Texas Walk Of Fame Inductee.
Dan Toler (aka Dangerous Dan Toler) - Died 2-25-2013 (Rock - Jazz) Born 1948 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Townsend Toler Band - Worked with Bill Lakes And The Playboys, The Melting Pot Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern (“Leavin’ Me Again” and “Shady Streets”), The Allman Brothers Band (“Maybe We Can Go Back To Yesterday” and “Straight From The Heart”), The Gregg Allman Band (“I’m No Angel” and “Lead Me On”) and The Renegades Of Southern Rock - Brother of drummer, David “Frankie” Toler.
Chief Joseph Olayiwola Afolabi - Died 2-25-2013 - Illness - He was 80 years old - Music executive - He ran Ogo-Oluwa Kitan Records - Handled promotions and marketing for Dele Abiodun, Fatai Olowoyo, King Sunny Ade, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Ayinla Omowura and Ayewa.
Bob Fridl (Josef Fridl) - Died 2-25-2013 in Brno, Czech Republic - Cancer (Folk - Pop) Born 11-13-1947 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, “Madona” and “Jen vitr to vi”) - Worked with Green Spaedars, Jana Sochora, Folk Team and Martha & Tena.