Rock Star Death Notices - November 2012

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Nick Curran

Nick Curran

Big Jim Sullivan (James George Tomkins) - Died 10-2-2012 - Born 2-14-1941 in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England - Session guitarist - Worked with The Wildcats, Tiger, Gene Vincent, Peter & Gordon (“A World Without Love”), Georgie Fame, Benny Hill, Dusty Springfield (“You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me”), Bobby Darin, The Seekers (“I’ll Never Find Another You”), George Harrison, Brian Poole And The Tremeloes, Thunderclap Newman (“Something In The Air”), Frank Zappa, Cilla Black, The Small Faces (“Itchycoo Park”), Olivia Newton-John, Gilbert O’Sullivan (“Clair”), Engelbert Humperdinck, Petula Clark (“This Is My Song”), Eddie Cochran and Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual”) - Performed on over a thousand charting singles.

Kazuo Shimada - Found dead 10-2-2012 in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Blues) Born 3-19-1954 in Osaka, Japan - Drummer.

Lori Brandon-Rainwater - Died 10-2-2012 in Jamestown, CA, U.S. - Cancer (Folk - Pop) Born 1-1-1956 in Torrance - Singer and guitarsit - Worked with Chris Miller and The New Christy Minstrels.

Kathi McDonald (Kathryn Marie McDonald) - Died 10-3-2012 in Seattle, Washington, U.S. (Blues - Rock) Born 9-25-1948 in Anacortes, Washington, U.S. - Singer - Led Kathi McDonald & Friends - Was a member of Big Brother & The Holding Company - Worked with Long John Baldry (They did a version of, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”), Ike And Tina Turner, Brian Auger, Rich Kirch and The Rolling Stones (“Tumbling Dice”) - Washington Blues Society’s Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Tom Guernsey - Died 10-3-2012 in Clackamas, Ore., U.S. - Complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Rock) He was 68 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Reekers (They did, “Don’t Call Me Flyface” and “Grindin’”) and The Hangmen (They did, “What a Girl Can’t Do”).

Albert Crump - Died 10-3-2012 in Jamaica, Queens, NY, U.S. - Lung and kidney cancer (Doo-Wop) Born 10-22-1936 - Singer - Was a member of The Hearts who became The Heartbeats (They did, “Stars In The Sky” and “Rockin-N-Rollin-N-Rhythm-N-Blues-N”).

Lloyd Dalton (aka Big Lloyd) - Died 10-4-2012 in Meadowlakes - Cancer (Country) He was 78 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with The Texas Trailblazers.

Richard Morris (Richard Farrell Morris) - Died 10-4-2012 - Lung cancer - Born 6-12-1948 in Waxahachie, Texas, U.S. - Percussionist - Worked with The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kris Kristofferson,  Johnny Cash, J.J. Cale, George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton Dan Fogelberg and Mickey Newbury.

John Ferguson - Died 10-6-2012 in Cole Harbour (Irish Folk) Sang and played guitar, bouzouki and fiddle - Was half of the duo, Ferguson And Stone - Worked with Miller’s Jug and McGinty.

Nick Curran - Died 10-6-2012 - Cancer (Blues - Rock - Rockabilly - Punk) Born 9-20-1977 in Biddeford, Maine, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led Nick Curran & The Nitelifes (They did, “It’s My Life Baby” and “Do You Wanna Be My Baby”) -  Was a member of Deguello (They did, “Filthy” and “Girl Like You”) and The Lowlifes (They did, “Kill My Baby” and “Reform School Girl”) - Worked with Ronnie Dawson, The Jaguars, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and The Flash Boys.

Wiley Reed (aka Moses “Turkey Slap” Washington) - Died 10-7-2012 in Herston, Queensland Australia - Complications from a fall (Blues) Born 1-5-1944 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. - Singer and pianist - Led The Wiley Reed Band.

John Tchicai (John Martin Tchicai) - Died 10-7-2012 in Perpignan, France (Jazz) Born 4-28-1936 in Copenhagen, Denmark - Saxophonist - Was a member of The New York Contemporary Five - Worked with The New York Art Quartet, John Coltrane, Irene Schweizer, Milford Graves, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and Albert Ayler.

Steve Adams (Steven E. Adams) (aka Stumbletown Adams) - Died 10-8-2012 (Rock - Country) Born 1955 - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Parallel Circles” and “Dogs Eye View”).

Geoff Agisim - Died 10-10-2012 - Pancreatic cancer (Sea Shanties - Folk) Born 6-13-1946 - Sang and played banjo - (He did, “Fiddler’s Green”) - Worked with Kathleen Woodfield.

Martin Labuschagne (aka Basvanger) - Died 10-10-2012 - Septicemia (Rock) He was 35 years old - Bassist - Worked with Jan Blohm, Jo Day, The New Academics, Gents Of Leisure and White Rabbit.

Mark Reed (Mark Andrew Reed) - Died 10-11-2012 in Ovington, Northumberland, England - Killed by a falling tree - He was 23 years old - Singer - Was a member of Amara.

Patricia Ann Mileski - Died 10-11-2012 in Glenview, Illinois, U.S. - Liver cancer - She was 60 years old - Singer and mental health therapist - Worked with Santana, Neil Young and Rita Coolidge

Frank Alamo (Jean-Francois Grandin) - Died 10-11-2012 in Paris, France - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Pop - Ye-ye) Born 10-12-1941 in Paris, France - Singer - (He did versions of, “Biche O Ma Biche” and “Je veux prendre ta main”)

Phatchara Waengwan (aka Ae) - Died 10-12-2012 in in California, U.S. - From injuries sustained in a car accident - Singer - She was 48 years old - Worked with The Ovation.

B.B. Cunningham (Blake Baker Cunningham Jr.) - Died 10-14-2012 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Shot while working as a security guard after he came to the aid of another security guard (Rock) He was 70 years old - Singer, keyboardist and bassist - Was a member of The Hombres (They did, “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)” and “Am I High (Boy Am I High)”) - Worked with Ronnie And The Daytonas and Jerry Lee Lewis - Was a chief engineer at Independent Recorders where he worked with Billy Joel, Elton John and Lou Rawls - Brother of Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops.

Rick Chadock - Died 10-15-2012 - Cancer (Rock) Guitarist - Was a member of White Sister (They did, “Save Me Tonight” and “Dancin’ On Midnight”).

Bizzle (Robert Labranche) - Died 10-16-2012 in Miami, FL, U.S. - Shot (Rap) (He did, “Lip Biting Animal”).

Dickie Freeman (Isaac Freeman) - Died 10-16-2012 (Gospel) Born 6-20-1928 - Singer - Was a member of The Skylarks - Worked with The Golden Tones, The Kings Of Harmony, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash and The Fairfield Four.

Komar Laszlo - Died 10-17-2012 in Budapest, Hungary - Illness (Rock) Born 10-28-1944 in Adasztevel - Singer - Was a member of The Dogs and Bergendy

Mary Campbell - Died 10-19-2012 in Bloomington, Ind., U.S. - Born 1934 in Mount Sterling, Ill., U,S. - Music writer for the AP - Interviewed Joe Cocker, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Tony Bennett, Mick Jagger, George Harrison and Paul Simon.

Przemystaw Gintrowski - Died 10-20-2012 in Warsaw, Poland - Born 12-21-1951 in Stargard Szczecinski, Poland - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Jacek Kaczmarski and Zbigniew Lapinski.

Richard Paolissi (Richard A. Paolissi) (aka Dick James)- Died 10-20-2012 - Lung cancer (Rock) He was 67 years old - Singer - Led Dick James & The Imitations.

Jo Dunne - Died 10-26-2012 in Birmingham, England - Cancer (Rock) Born 11-12-1968 in Birmingham, England - Guitarist, bassist, drummer and pianist - Was a member of Fuzzbox (aka We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Going To Use It) (They did, “Love Is The Slug” and “Pink Sunshine”).

Natina Reed (Natina Tiawanna Reed) - Died 10-26-2012 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S. - Hit by a car (R&B - Rap) Born 10-28-1979 in New York, New York, U.S.- Singer - Was a member of Blaque (They did, “Mind Of A King” and “Can’t Get It Back) - Cousin of singer, Farrah Franklin.