Rock Star Death Notices - October 2013

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Lorne Black of Great White

Larry Petit - Died 9-1 or 2-2013 - Esophageal cancer - He was 58 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Booker Mini Band and Foundation.

Kenny Whiteside (Kenneth P. Whiteside) - Died 9-4-2013 in Huntington, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B - Doo-Wop) Born 6-15-1943 - Singer - Worked with The Cleftones.

Isamu Jordan (aka Darkside Som) - Died 9-5-2013 in Spokane, Washington, U.S. - Suicide ( Hip Hop ) He was 37 years old - Was a member of The Flying Spiders (They did, “Break Ya Spine (The Spokanthem)” and “Get Out Cha Seat”).

Cosmo Cosdon (Tommy Cosdon) - Died 9-6-2013 ( Rock - Soul ) He was 69 years old - Singer - Led Cosmo And The Counts (They did, “I’m A Little Mixed Up”) - Was a member of The Sultans (They did, “It’ll Be Easy”), The Grand Dads and Soul, Inc. (They did, “Hanging Out My Tears”).

Bobby Martin (Robert L. Martin) - Died 9-6-2013 - Illness - Born 5-4-1930 - Pianist, arranger and producer - One of the architects of the Sound of Philadelphia - Arranged the theme song for TV’s Soul Train - Worked with Illinois Jacquet, The MFSB Orchestra (Mother Father Sister Brother), The Intruders, Dusty Springfield, Whitney Houston, The O’Jays, Benny Golson, Patti LaBelle, Billy Paul, Lou Rawls, L.T.D., Archie Bell, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, John Handy, The Jacksons, Etta James, Lesley Gore, Wilson Pickett, The Manhattans and Tavares.

Susan Fuentes (Susan Toyogan) - Queen of Visayan songs - Died 9-7-2013 in Quezon City, Philippines - Colon cancer or kidney ailment - She was 58 years old - Born in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines - Singer - (She did, “Matud Nila” and “Gimingaw Ako”).

Lee Tanner (Lee Elliot Tanner) - Died 9-7-2013 in San Andreas, CA, U.S. - Born 5-28-1931 in New York, U.S. - Photographer - His subjects were, among others, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk - His photos have used for many album covers - Produced the TV music show Mixed Bag.

Fred Katz - Died 9-7-2013 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-25-1919 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cellist - Worked with Chico Hamilton and Carmen McRae.

Forrest (Forrest M. Thomas Jr.) - Died 9-9-2013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands ( Soul ) Born 4-21-1953 in Galveston, Texas, U.S. - Singer - (He did remakes of, “Rock The Boat” and “Feel The Need In Me”) -  Worked with Planet Hardsoul (They did a remake of, “Where Did Our Love Go”) - He had been married to TV presenter, Manon Thomas.

Paul Despiegelaere (aka Paul Mellow) - Died 9-11-2013 - Illness ( Rock ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Machines (They did, “The Lies In Your Eyes” and “Money In My Wallet”) and The Apples - Produced The Man, The Romans, Mama’s Jasje, Kamiel Kafka & Co, The Romans, Pitti Polak, Derek & The Dirt,  Red Zebra, Eden, Xink!, The Dentists, Slade and Noordkaap.

Sayan Sanya (Pornsayan Chokedeesamer or Sayan Deesamer) - The Charming Hoarse - Died 9-11-2013 in Thailand - Pancreatic or liver cancer - Born 1-31-1953 in Doembang Nangbuat, Suphan Buri, Thailand - Singer and actor - He did, “Police Chief’s Daughter”).

Terry Iovino - Died 9-12-2013 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Hit by a car while crossing a freeway ( Punk ) He was 26 years old - Singer - Was a member of Product Of Waste (They did, “Take That How You Wanna” and “You’re Siding With The Enemy”).

Ray Dolby (Ray Milton Dolby) - Died 9-12-2013 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Leukemia - Born 1-18-1933 in Portland, Oregon, U.S. - Engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system Dolby NR used in the music and film industry - Past president of The Audio Engineering Society.

Ray Whitehorn (Raymond Whitehorn) - Died 9-12-2013 - After heart complications - He was 70 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Reunion, The Chalybeats, Sherry, One Step Raymond and Gold.

Tony Skrasek (Antonin Skrasek) - Died 9-12-2013 in Prague, Czech Republic - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) Born 9-21-1941 in Moravske Budejovice, Protektorat Bohmen und Mahren - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Thje Big Beat Club, The Classic Rock’n'roll Band (They did remakes of, “Stagger Lee” and “Rock Around The Clock”) and The Rock’n'roll Gang (They did remakes of, “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven”).

David Mason - Died 9-13-2013 in Tallahassee, FL, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Keyboardist - Worked with The Sundowners, Blacklash, Collage, George Clinton, Styrofoam Soule, The Steve Morris Band, Joe Walsh, Elton John and Todd Rundgren.

Jorge Pedreros (Jorge Arnaldo Pedreros Aviles) - Died 9-14-2013 in Santiago, Chile - Liver problem ( Rock ) Born 8-8-1942 in Santiago, Chile - Keyboardist, producer and comedian - Was a member of The Lyons - He had been married to actress and comedian, Gladys del Río.

Tomas O Canainn - The Pennyburn Piper - Died 9-15-2013 in Cork City, Ireland - Born 1930 in Pennyburn, Ireland - Played uilleann pipes and accordion and was a singer - Was a member of Na Fili.

Gene Bretecher - Died 9-15-2013 in Shuswap Lake in British Columbia, Canada - Drowned ( Bluegrass ) He was 74 years old - Banjo player - Worked with Chris Stevens.

Bobby Mansfield - Died 9-15-2013 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. ( Doo-Wop ) Born 8-26-1937 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. -  Singer - Was a member of The Wrens (They did, “Come Back My Love”).

Joe Martin - Died 9-15-2013 in Forest - He was 85 years old - Bassist - Husband of pianist, Irene Martin.

Jackie Lomax (John Richard Lomax) - Died 9-16-2013 in Wirrel, Merseyside, England - Illness ( Rock - Soul - R&B ) Born 5-10-1944 in Wirrel, Merseyside or Wallasey, Cheshire, England - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Sour Milk Sea” and “How the Web Was Woven) - Was a member of Dee And The Dynamites, The Undertakers (They did, “Just A Little Bit"and “Everybody Loves A Lover”), The Lomax Alliance, Heavy Jelly (They did, “Chewn In” and “Time Out”) and Badger (They did, “White Lady” and “Don’t Pull the Trigger”) - Worked with The Tea Bags, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Gene Clark, Jeff Beck, John Stewart, P.F. Sloan, Lucinda Williams, Leon Russell and Nicky Hopkins.

Roger Pope - Died 9-17-2013 in England - Illness ( Rock ) He was 66 years old - Born in Kent, England - Drummer - Was a member of The Soul Agents, Loot, China and Hookfoot - Worked with Elton John, Seals And Crofts, Kiki Dee, Buddy Guy, Al Stewart, Chris Darrow, Harry Nilsson, Cliff Richard, Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Bernie McGann (Bernard Francis McGann) - Died 9-17-2013 - After heart surgery ( Jazz ) Born 6-22-1937 in Granville, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Saxophonist - Worked with Southern Comfort, The Last Straw, Sonny Stitt, John Pochee and Paul Grabowsky.

Kristian Gidlund - Died 9-17-2013 in Sweden - Stomach cancer ( Rock ) Born 9-21-1983 in Borlange, Sweden - Drummer - Was a member of Sugarplum Fairy (They did, “Sweet Jackie” and “Morning Miss Lisa”).

Marvin Rainwater (Marvin Karlton Percy Rainwater) - The Rockabilly King - Died 9-17-2013 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Heart attack ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 7-2-1925 in Wichita, Kansas, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Whole Lotta Woman” and “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird”)  - Worked with Roy Clark and Connie Francis (“The Majesty Of Love”) - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Thomas Frimpong - Sied 9-18-2013 - Illness ( Hilife ) He was 70 years old - (He did, “Menenamu” and “Odo pa”).

Johnny Laboriel (Juan Jose Laboriel Lopez) - Died 9-18-2013 in Mexico City, Mexico - Prostate cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-9-1942 in Mexico City, Mexico - Singer - Was a member of Los Rebeldes del Rock (They did,  “Rock del angelito” and “Melodia de amor”) - Son of actor and composer, Juan Jose Laboriel and actress, Francisca Lopez de Laboriel.

Lindsay Cooper - Died 9-19-2013 - Multiple Sclerosis ( Avant-rock - Experimental - Classical ) Born 3-3-1951 in Hornsey, London, England - Bassoon, flute, recorder and oboe player - Worked with The Lindsay Cooper Film Music Orchestra, Henry Cow, Comus, News From Babel, National Health, Mike Oldfield, Steve Hillage, Egg, Art Bears, Hatfield And The North and David Thomas And The Pedestrians.

Ready Teddy McQuiston (Terence McQuiston) - Died 9-19-2013 - Complications from a 2011 fall ( Blues ) Singer, promoter and DJ - Was a member of The Swamp Daddys - Worked with Little Richard.

Alun Jones - Died 9-20-2013 in Gillingham - Smoke inhalation at a house fire ( Rock ) He was 47 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Dentists.

Tommy Hughes - Died 9-21-2013 ( Skiffle - Jazz ) Born 5-7-1938 - Sang and played banjo and keyboards - Worked with The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Kansas City Five, Faron And The Flamingos and The Mojos.

Gia Maione Prima (aka JoAnn) - Died 9-23-2013 ( Jazz ) Born 5-20-1941 in Roebling, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer - She was married to singer, Louis Prima (They did, “Little Girl Blues” and “Sunday Lover”).

Bill Bartell (aka Pat Fear) - Died 9-24-2013 ( Punk ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of White Flag (They did, “Forever Changes” and “2B Or Not 2B”).

Allan Faull - Died 9-24-2013 in Cape Town - Heart attack at a recording studio ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Guitarist, keyboardist and singer - Was a member of Falling Mirror (They did, “Revolver Wolf” and “We’re All Lost In This Universe”).

Tommy Wells - Died 9-24-2013 - Brain aneurysm - Born 6-18-1951 - Drummer - Worked with Jimmy Hall, Carolyn Martin, Charlie Daniels, Poter Wagoner, Lynn Anderson, Charley Pride, Gene Cotton, American Ace, Bill Kennaugh, Bill Doggett, Candy Johnson, Roy Clark, Jonathon Edwards, Foster & Lloyd (“Crazy Over You” and “Sure Thing”), B.J. Thomas, Jimmy Hall And The Prisoners Of Love, Ray Stevens, Don McLean, Charlie Daniels, Dust, Jo-El Sonnier, First Gear, RPM and The Statler Brothers.

Oscar Castro-Neves - Died 9-27-2013 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Bossa Nova )- Born 5-15-1940 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Guitarist - (He did, “Chora Tua Tristeza”) - Worked with The Paul Winter Consort, Stan Getz, Yo Yo Ma, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Carol Welsman, Stevie Wonder, Toots Thielemans, Joao Gilberto, Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour, John Klemmer, Airto Moreira, Diane Schuur and Sergio Mendes.

Lorne Black - Died 9-27-2013 ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Great White (They did, “Out Of The Night” and “Dead End”).