Rock Star Death Notices - May 2011

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Ray Herr - Died 3-29-2011 - Esophageal cancer (Rock) He was 64 years old - Guitarist, bassist and singer - Was a member of Ides of March (They did, “Vehicle” and “Superman”) - Worked with Second Story and The Orphanage.

Barney Barnwell - Died 3-29-2011 in Spartanburg, SC, U.S. (Bluegrass - Rock) He was 58 years old - Played fiddle - Was a member of The Plum Hollow Band (They did, “Campbeller” and “Who In The World Wants To Be A Hippie”).

Harley Allen (Harley Lee Allen) - Died 3-30-2011 in Brentwood, Tenn., U.S. - Cancer (Country) Born 1-23-1956 - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Worked with The Allen Brothers - His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson (“Everything I Love”), George Jones (“The Man He Was”), Alison Krauss (“It Doesn’t Matter”), Linda Rondstadt (“High Sierra”), Ricky Skaggs (“A Simple Life”), Garth Brooks (“Rollin”) and Dierks Bentley (“My Last Name”) - Husband of singer, Debbie Nims Allen and son of singer, Red Allen.

Mel McDaniel - Died 3-31-2011 - A result of a previous heart attack (Country) Born 9-6-1942 in Checotah, Oklahoma, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” and “Louisiana Saturday Night”).

Dennis Maitland (Dennis L. Maitland) - Died 4-1-2011 in New York, U.S. - He was 80 years old - Sound mixer - Worked with Sarah Vaughn, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald - Worked on the films, Up The Down Staircase, Mars Attacks!, Days Of The Condor, The Prince Of Tides and Moonstruck.

Vadim Gluhov (aka Wadim Gluchow) - Found dead 4-1-2011 - He had been missing since 1-18-2011 - Possible alcohol poisoning (Punk) Born 8-25-1965 - Guitarist - Was a member of Sektor Gaza.

Richard Patterson - Died 4-2-2011 - Neurological disorder (Pop) Born 1944 - Drummer - Was a member of The Esquires (They did, “So Many Other Boys” and “Cry Is All I Do”), Canada Goose, The Children and 3’s A Crowd.

Calvin Russell (Calvert Russell Kosler) - Died 4-3-2011 in Garfield, Texas, U.S. - Liver cancer (Country) Born 11-1-1948 in Austin, Texas, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “A Crack In Time” and “One Meat Ball”) - Was a member of The Cavemen.

Scott Columbus - Died 4-4-2011 (Metal) He was 54 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Manowar.

Ian Greenwood (aka Ian Stevens) - Died 4-5-2011 - Cancer (Rock - Funk - Soul) He was 55 years old - Singer, guitarist and keyboardist - Worked with International Rescue and Northern Souled.

Gil Robbins (Gilbert Lee Robbins)- Died 4-5-2011 in Esteban Cantu, Mexico - Prostate cancer (Folk) Born 4-3-1931 in Spokane, Washington, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Cumberland Three and The Highwaymen - Father of actor, Tim Robbins and husband of musician, Mary Robbins.

Coyote McCloud (aka Bill Scott) - Died 4-6-2011 - Illness (Rock) Born 8-31-1942 - Shock Jock - (He did, “Where’s The Beef?” with Clara Peller and “Nitty Gritty Rock And Roll”) - Was an on air voice for CMTV.

Matt The Batt (Matthew A. Calicoat) - Died 4-6-2011 (Punk) He was 38 years old - Played synthesizer and theremin - Was a member of The Dead Vampires (They did, “City Of Vampires” and “Abra Cadaver”).

Tal Herzberg - Died 4-7-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Illness - Born 1969 in Tel-Aviv, Israel - Engineer, mixer, producer, guitarist and bassist - Worked with Ofra Haza and Lady Gaga - Was an engineer and/or mixer for The Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Vanessa Carlton and Christina Aguilera.

Bill Pitcock IV - Died 4-7-2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. - Cancer (Pop - Rock - R&B) He was 58 years old - Guitarist - (He did, “Play What You Mean” and “One Track Mind”) - Worked with his father’s band Billy Pitcock And His Orchestra, The Mystery Band, The Dwight Twilley Band (“I’m On Fire” and “Looking For The Magic”), Michelle Brown, Phil Seymour (“Don’t Blow Your Life Away”) and Musicians Of Mass Destruction.

Roger Nichols (Roger S. Nichols) (aka The Immortal) - Died 4-9-2011 - Pancreatic cancer - Born 9-22-1944 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Recording engineer and producer - Worked with Steely Dan, John Denver, Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills And Nash, Roy Orbison, Cass Elliot, Toots Thielemans, Rickie Lee Jones, Kenny Loggins, Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Eddie Murphy, Michael McDonald and James Taylor.

Randy Wood (Randolph Clay Wood) - Died 4-9-2011 in La Jolla, CA, U.S. - Complications from injuries he received in a fall - Born 3-30-1917 or 1918 in Morrison or McMinnville, TN, U.S. - Founder of Randy’s Record Shop, Dot Records and Ranwood Records - His record labels released recordings by Pat Boone, Lawrence Welk, Billy Vaughn, Gale Storm, Tab Hunter, The Del Vikings, The Fontane Sisters, The Surfaris and The Hilltoppers.

Lacy Gibson - Died 4-11-2011 - Heart attack - Born 1936 in Salisbury, NC, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “My Love Is Real” and “Switchy Titchy”) - Worked with Buddy Guy and Son Seals.

Donald Mayberry - Died 4-12-2011 in Farmington Hills - Heart attack (Jazz) He was 60 years old - Born in Columbia, TN, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Lena Horne, Dorothy Ashby, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, David Bowie, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey.

Ben Andrews (Benjamin Michael Andrews) - Died 4-13-2011 in Martinsburg, WV, U.S. (Blues) Born 9-27-1959 in Belgrade, Serbia - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Blue Rider Trio (They did, “Easy Rider”) - Founding member of The D.C. Blues Society.

Arie Wibowo - Died 4-14-2011 in in West Jakarta - Heart attack - Born 4-15-1952 - Guitarist and singer -  (He did, “Madu dan Racun” and “Singkong dan Keju”)

Kent Morrill - Died 4-15-2011 in Tacoma - Cancer (Rock) He was 70 years old - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of The Fabulous Wailers (They did, “Dirty Robber” and “Tall Cool One”).

Henryk Zomerski (aka Janusz Horski) - Died 4-16-2011 in Opole, Poland (Rock) Keyboardist and bassist - Born 12-9-1942 in Starogard Gdanski, Poland - Worked with Niebiesko-Czarni, Czerwonych Gitar, Waganci and Pieciolinie.

Jimmy Pagano - Died 4-17-2011 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S. - Stabbed while trying to stop a bar fight (Rock - Blues - Country) He was 54 years old - Drummer and promoter - Worked with The Untamed Band.

Mary Robbins - Died 4-17-2011 in Esteban Cantu, Mexico - Heart arrhythmia - She was 78 years old - Musician - Mother of actor, Tim Robbins and wife of singer, Gil Robbins.

Eddie Burris (Roy Edward Burris) - Died 4-19-2011 in Tulsa, OK, U.S. - He was 79 years old - Born in Tulsa, OK, U.S. - Drummer - (He co-wrote, “Okie From Muskogee”) - Worked with Merle Haggard in The Strangers.

Jim Dickson - Died 4-19-2011 in Costa Mesa, CA, U.S. - He was 80 years old - Born in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Producer - Managed The Byrds - Produced The Dillards, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Hillmen.

David Hebert (aka Bones) - Died 4-?-2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Shot by police (Metal) Drummer - Was a member of Tragos (They did, “Echos Of Decay” and Life”).

Gerard Smith (Gerard A. Smith) - Died 4-20-2011 (Rock) Lung cancer - He was 36 years old - Bassist, singer and keyboardist - Was a member of TV On The Radio (They did, “Second Song” and “No Future Shock”).

Matt LaPorte (Matthew LaPorte) - Died 4-20-2011 - Possible heart failure (Metal) He was 40 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Jon Oliva’s Pain (They did, “Maniacal Renderings” and “Timeless Fligh”).

Yoshiko Tanaka (aka Sue) - Died 4-21-2011 - Breast cancer (Pop) Born 4-8-1956 in Adachi, Tokyo, Japan - Actress and singer - Was a member of The Candies (They did, “Hohoemi Gaeshi” and “Heart Dorobo”).

Joe Pennell - Died 4-21-2011 - He was 66 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Rivieras (They did, “California Sun”).

Hazel Dickens (Hazel Jane Dickens) - Died 4-22-2011 (Bluegrass) Born 6-1-1935 in Mercer County, West Virginia, U.S. - Singer, double bassist and guitarist - (She did, “You’ll Get No More Of Me” and “It’s Hard To Tell The Singer From The Song”) - She was half of the duo, Hazel And Alice (They did, “Pretty Bird” and “My Better Years”) - Her songs have been recorded by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Kathy Mattea - West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Norio Ohga (aka Norio Oga) - Died 4-23-2011 - Born 1-29-1930 in Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan - Opera singer - Was a president, CEO and a chairman of Sony Corporation - Helped develop the compact disc.

Huey P. Meaux (aka The Crazy Cajun) - Died 4-23-2011 - Born 3-10-1929 in Louisiana, U.S. - Recording studio owner and producer - Produced Barbara Lynn, Big Sambo And The Housewreckers, The Triumphs, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter and Sunny And The Sunliners.

Tom King - Died 4-23-2011 in Wickliffe, Ohio, U.S. (Rock) He was 68 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Starfires who became The Outsiders (They did, “Time Won’t Let Me” and “Girl In Love”).

Poly Styrene (Marian Joan Elliott-Said) (aka Mari Elliot) - Died 4-25-2011 in Hastings, Sussex, England - Breast cancer (Punk) Born 7-3-1957 in Bromley, Kent, England - Singer - (She did, “Toytown” and “Goodbye”) - Was a member of X-Ray Spex (They did, “The Day The World Turned Day-Glo” and “Oh Bondage Up Yours!”).

Tanya Rose - Died 4-25-2011 in La Mesa - Pancreatic cancer (Folk) Born 3-30-1937 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Buffalo Chip Kickers.

Phoebe Snow (Phoebe Ann Laub) - Died 4-26-2011 in Edison, NJ, U.S. - Complications from a 2010 brain hemorrhage (Jazz - Pop - Rock - Soul) Born 7-17-1952 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (She did, “Poetry Man” and “Sweet Disposition”) - Worked with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt,  Boz Scaggs, Cyndi Lauper, Roger Daltrey, Chaka Khan, Lou Rawls, Buddy Miles, Al Green, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Laurie Anderson, Garland Jeffreys, Jewel, Donald Fagen,  Billy Joel, Queen and Jackson Browne.

Dag Stokke - Died 4-27-2011 - Cancer (Metal - Glam) Born 4-1-1967 in Gjovik, Norway - Keyboardist and mastering engineer - Worked with TNT and Vagabond.

Deacon Anderson (James Anderson) - Died 4-30-2011 in Montgomery, TX, U.S. - Played steel guitar - (He co-wrote, “Ragg-Mopp” and “Red Hot Flame”) - He was 86 years old - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.