Rock Star Death Notices - September 2013

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Blue Oyster Cult (Allen Lanier)

Blue Oyster Cult (Allen Lanier)

Rita Reys (Maria Everdina Reijs) - Europe’s first lady of jazz - Died 7-27-2013 in Breukelen, The Netherlands (Jazz) Born 12-21-1924 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Singer - Was a member of Rita Reys & The Wessel Ilcken Sextet and The Rita Reys Sextet - Worked with The Ove Lind Sextet, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Oscar Pettiford, Herbie Mann, Lester Young, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and The Chico Hamilton Group - She had been married to drummer, Wessel Ilcken and pianist, Pim Jacobs.

Sharon Mosby (Sharon Lee Smith) - Died 7-30-2013 in Knoxville, TN, U.S. - Lung cancer (Jazz - Blues) Born 5-26-1943 in Knoxville, MS, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “I Can Handle That” and “Mama’s House”) - Worked with Soul Sanction and The Wendel Werner Quartet.

Nick Nixon - Died 7-30-2013 - Pulmonary lung disease (Country) He was 74 years old - Born in Poplar Bluff, MO, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Rocking In Rosalee’s Boat” and “A Habit I Can’t Break”) - His songs have been recorded by Barbara Fairchild (“The Teddy Bear Song”), Willie Nelson, Roy Rogers (“Lovenworth”), Barbi Benton, Waylon Jennings and Tanya Tucker.

Oliver Simon (Werner Gensmantel) - Died 7-31-2013 - Brain tumor (Pop) He was 56 years old - Sang and played guitar, piano, drums and trombone - Member of Mixed Emotions (They did, “You Want Love (Maria, Maria)” and “I Never Give Up”).

Mike Hinton (Micheal D. Hinton) - Died 8-1-2013 - Heart attack (Rock) Guitarist - Worked with Keystone Revisited, High Noon, Country Joe And Friends, The Rainforest Band, Roky Erickson, The Jerry Garcia Band, Barry “The Fish” Melton, Rick Danko, Merle Saunders, Freddie Roulette And Friends, Norton Buffalo and Tony Saunders.

Kerry Strayer - Died 8-1-2013 - Prostate cancer (Jazz) He was 56 years old - Born in Fairbury, Nebraska, U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with Randy Brecker, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Some Like It Hot, Kerry Strayer And The New Kansas City 7 and The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra.

Steve Jones (Steven Manley Jones) - Died 8-2-2013 in Herndon, VA, U.S. - Illness - Born 5-11-1956 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Music critic - Wrote for USA Today - Interviewed Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, James Brown, Jay Z, Ray Charles and Kanye West.

Pixie Costello (Pixie Williams) (Pikiteora Maude Emily Gertrude Edith Williams) - Died 8-2-2013 - Illness (Pop) Born 7-12-1928 in Mohaka, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand - Singer - (She did, “Blue Smoke"and “Let’s Talk It Over”).

Nat Weiss (Nathan M. Weiss) - Died 8-3-2013 in New York, NY, U.S. - Attorney - He was in charge of merchandising for The Beatles in the U.S. - He and Brian Epstein co-founded Nemperor Artists - He was an attorney and/or manager for musicians that included The Cyrkle, Peter Asher, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Andy Pratt, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Romantics, Tommy Bolin, Jan Hammer, Stanley Clarke, Miles Davis and John McLaughlin.

Bob Reuter - Died 8-3-2013 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. - Fell down an elevator shaft (Rock - Roots) He was 61 years old - Singer, guitarist and photographer - Was a member of Thee Dirty South, The Dinosaurs, Kamikaze Cowboy and The Alley Ghost (They did, “Cheap Infatuation” and “Already Used Me Up”).

Craig Goodwin (Thomas Craig Goodwin) - Died 8-3-2013 (Rock) Born 1956 - Guitarist and bassist - Worked with McGuffey Lane and Phil Dirt And The Dozers.

Tim Wright - Died 8-4-2013 (Rock - No Wave - Punk) Born 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Pere Ubu (They did, “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” and “Final Solution”) and DNA (They did, “Blonde Red Head” and “Lying On The Sofa Of Life”) - Worked with Brian Eno and David Byrne (“America Is Waiting”).

George Duke (George Mac Duke) - Died 8-5-2013 in Santa Monica, California, U.S. (Jazz) Born 1-12-1946 in San Rafael, California, U.S. - Singer, keyboardist and trombonist - Worked with Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, The Don Ellis Orchestra, Regina Belle, Dianne Reeves, Harry Sweets Edison, Phil Collins, Eddie Henderson, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Sheila E, The Keynotes, Joe Sample and Cannonball Adderley’s band.

James Gray - Died 8-5-2013 - Heart attack (Country Rock) He was 52 years old - Keyboardist - Worked with Blue Rodeo.

Christian Fagg - Died 8-5-2013 in Rodenkirchen, Germany - Drowned in the Rhine river (Metal) He was 24 years old - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Calling The Shots and Trollkraft.

Willie Dunn - Died 8-5-2013 in Ottawa, Canada (Folk) Born 1942 in Montreal, Canada - Singer, guitarist, film maker and politician - (He did, “The Ballad Of Crowfoot” and “Son Of The Sun”).

Bill Putt - Died 8-6-2013 in Strathewen, Melbourne, Australia - Heart attack (Rock - Prog) Bassist - Was a member of Spectrum (aka The Indelible Murtceps) (They did, “I’ll Be Gone”) and Ariel.

Marilyn King - Died 8-7-2013 in Laguna Niguel, CA, U.S. - Cancer (Pop) Born 1931 in Glendale - Singer - She was one of The King Sisters (They did, “The Thrill Was New” and “Hawaii Is Calling Me”) - Worked with Alvino Rey, Les Brown, Harry James and Ray Anthony.

Cowboy Jack Clement (Jack Henderson Clement) - Died 8-8-2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Born 4-5-1931 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Sang and played guitar and dobro and was a producer - Worked at Sun Records with Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis - His songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Dickey Lee, Bobby Bare, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cliff Richard, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Charley Pride, Hank Snow and Tom Jones - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Karen Black (Karen Blanche Ziegler) - Died 8-8-2013 in Santa Monica, California, U.S - Born 7-1-1939 in Park Ridge, Illinois, U.S. - Actress and singer - Worked with The New Christy Minstrels and L7 (“Bang, Bang”) - Appeared in the films, Nashville (She sang, “Rolling Stone” and “Memphis”), Easy Rider and Trilogy Of Terror.

Eduardo Falu - Died 8-9-2013 in Cordoba, Argentina (Folk) Born 7-7-1923 in El Galpon, Salta, Argentina - Guitarist - Worked his son, Juan Falu and with Cesar Perdiguero.

Eddie Perez (aka The Bullet) - Died 8-9-2013 in Puerto Rico - Blood infection (Salsa) Played saxophone - Was a member of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.

Paul Walter - Died 8-9-2013 in Paranus, N.J., U.S. - Brain cancer (Pop) He was 56 years old - Singer and drummer - Worked with The Letterman, The Franklin Mint and Diane “Momma” Ray.

Batile (Batili Alake) - Died 8-10-2013 (Waka) Born in Ijebu - Igbo, Ogun State - She was 78 years old - Singer.

Jody Payne (James L. Payne) - Died 8-10-2013 - Heart failure (Country) Born 1-11-1936 in Garrard County, Kentucky, U.S. - Gutarist, mandolinist and singer - Worked with Charlie Monroe, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Tanya Tucker, Leon Russell and Willie Nelson - At one time married to singer, Sammi Smith - Father of singer, Waylon Payne.

Phil Baheux - Died 8-10-2013 (Metal) He was 45 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Channel Zero.

Eydie Gorme (Edith Garmezano) - Died 8-10-2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. - Illness (Pop - Big Band - Easy Listening) Born 8-16-1928 in The Bronx, New York, U.S - Singer - (She did, “Blame It On The Bossa Nova” and “Yes, My Darling Daughter”) - Performed with her husband, Steve Lawrence as Steve And Eydie (They did, “I Want To Stay Here”) - Worked with Tex Beneke, The Tommy Tucker Orchestra, Trio Los Panchos, Dick Noel and Don Brown - Cousin of singer, Neil Sedaka.

Errol de Cruz (Gerard Errol de Cruz) - Died 8-10-2013 - He was 59 years old - Heart attack - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Two Hats Gang.

Perla Cabral - Died 8-10-2013 in Lehigh Gorge State Park, Lehigh Township, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Fell from a waterfall (Rock - Punk) She was 31 years old - Born in San Diego, California, U.S. - Guitarist, DJ and event promoter - Was a member of TereZ & Velvet Tornado (They did, “So Green Love” and “Hello Zero”).

Mafunyeta (Patrick Magalasi) - Died 8-11-2013 just hours after returning from his sister Mphatso’s funeral who had died of the same ailment - Asthma attack (Dancehall) Musician - (He did, “Kangobwera” and “My Queen”) - Was a member of The Mabilinganya Empire and Runtings.

Pepa Streichl (Josef Streichl) - Died 8-12-2013 in Ostrava, Czech Republic (Folk - Blues) Born 9-8-1949 in Orlova, Czechoslovakia - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, “Bicycle”, “Kamila” and “Dzbanky”) - Was a member of Truc Blues - Collaborated with Pavel Dobes and Jaromir Nohavica.

Brent Stratten - Died 8-12-2013 in Wichita Falls (Gospel) He was 84 years old - Organist.

Gyorgy Vukan - Died 8-12-2013 in Gardony, Hungary (Jazz - Opera - Symphonic) Born 1941 Budapest, Hungary - Pianist - Was a member of The Creative Art Jazz Trio - Worked with Kenny Wheeler, Philly Joe Jones, Linda Hopkins, Anette Lowman, Frank Foster and Clifford Jordan - Scored music for ballet and films.

Jason Rosenthal - Died 8-12-2013 in Austin, Texas, U.S. - Heart attack (Hardcore) He was 35 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of On The Might Of Princes (They did, “And The Hat Stays On” and “You Can Only Be So Careful”), The Brass (They did, “Sleep, City, Sleep” and “Triggers”), Vehicles and Oscenita.

Eyob Mekonnen - Died 8-12-2013 in Kenya - After a stroke (Reggae) Born 1975 in Jijiga, Ethiopia - Singer - Was a member of The Zion Band.

Jon Brookes - Died 8-13-2013 - Brain cancer (Rock) He was 44 years old - Drummer - Member of The Charlatans (They did, “The Only One I Know” and “Can’t Get Out Of Bed”).

Tompall Glaser (Thomas Paul Glaser) - Died 8-13-2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Illness (Country) Born 9-3-1933 in Spalding, Nebraska, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Put Another Log On The Fire” and “Bad, Bad, Bad Cowboy”) - Was a member of Tompall & The Glaser Brothers - Worked with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Jessi Colter.

Rob Bawdon - Died 8-13-2013 - From a shotgun wound - Sang and played guitar, banjo and mandolin - Was a member of Lady Winwoods Maggot.

Allen Lanier (Allen Glover Lanier) - Died 8-14-2013 - Complications from C.O.P.D. (Rock) Born 6-25-1946 in Long Island, New York, U.S. - Guitarist and keyboardist - Was a member of Soft White Underbelly who became Blue Oyster Cult (aka B.O.C.)(They did, “True Confessions” and “Tenderloin”) - Worked with Patti Smith, The Clash, The Dictators and Jim Carroll.

Jane Harvey (Phyllis Taff) - Died 8-15-2013 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Stomach cancer (jazz) Born 1-6-1925 in Jersey City - Singer - Worked with Benny Goodman, Desi Arnaz, Les Paul and Duke Ellington.

Tim Stevens (Timothy H. Stevens) (aka Timmay) - Died 8-17-2013 in Doylestown, PA, U.S. (Rock) He was 39 years old - Born in Meadowbrook, PA, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Wineskin (They did, “Make It Work” and “The Peaceful Man”) - Worked with Bernie Worell and David Lowery.

Kjell Lund - Died 8-17-2013 - Born 6-18-1927 in Lillehammer, Norway - Singer and architect - (He wrote, “Her kommer guttemusikken” and “Den store sinte svarte skumle katta til fru Haugen”) - Worked with Nils Slaatto.

Joseph F. Pulice Sr. - Died 8-18-2013 (Jazz) He was 85 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The John Bunic Big Band.

Abdur Rahman Boyati - Died 8-18-2013 - After a stroke (Folk) Born 1939 in Dayaganj - Singer.

Eyob Mekonnen - Died 8-18-2013 in Kenya (Reggae) Born 1975 in Jijiga, Ethiopia - Singer - Was a member of The Zion Band.

Cedar Walton (Cedar Anthony Walton, Jr.) - Died 8-19-2013 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Illness (Jazz - Funk) Born 1-17-1934 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. - Pianist - Led Mobius - Worked with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Leo Wright, Don Ellis, John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Criss, Pat Martino, Eric Kloss, Abbey Lincoln, Lee Morgan, Charles McPherson, The Jazztet, Gigi Gryce and Eddie Harris.

Donny Gross (Donald Elwood Gross) - Died 8-19-2013 in Warrington Township, PA, U.S. - Car accident (Country) Born 9-12-1967 in Harrisburg, PA, U.S. - Played steel guitar - Was a member of The Country Aires Band.

Donna Hightower (Donna Lubertha Hightower) (aka Little Donna Hightower) - Died 8-19-2013 in Austin, Texas, U.S. (R&B - Jazz - Soul) Born 12-28-1926 in Caruthersville, Missouri, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “I Ain’t In The Mood” and “The World Today Is A Mess”) - Worked with The Maxwell Davis Orchestra and Danny Daniel (“El Vals de las Mariposas”).

Gabriel Balachsan - Died 8-20-2013 (Rock) He was 37 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Ugly Little Morris” and “Snickers”) - Wrote music for Algir.

Marian McPartland (Margaret Marian Turner) - Died 8-20-2013 in Long Island, New York, U.S. - Natural causes (Jazz) Born 3-12-1918 in Slough, England - Worked with her husband cornetist, Jimmy McPartland and with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Morello, Carmen McRae and Shirley Horn - Her songs have been recorded by Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan - Radio Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Sathima Bea Benjamin - Died 8-20-2013 in Cape Town, South Africa (Jazz) Born 10-17-1936 in Johannesburg, South Africa - Singer - Worked with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn - She had been married to pianist Dollar Brand (aka Abdullah Ibrahim) - Mother of musician, Tsakwe Ibrahim and rapper, Jean Grae.

Big Bopper Jr. (Jay Perry Richardson) - Died 8-21-2013 in Katy, Texas, U.S. - Heart failure (Rock) Born 4-28-1959 in Houma, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer - Son of singer, The Big Bopper.

Fuji Keiko (Junko Utada) - Died 8-22-2013 in Nishi Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan - Possible suicide, falling 13 floors from her apartment building (Ballads) Born 7-5-1951 in Iwate Prefecture, Japan - Singer and actress - (She did, “Keiko No Yume Wa Yoru Hiraku” and “Shinjuku no Onna”) - She had been married to singer, Kiyoshi Maekawa and record producer, Teruzane Utada - Mother of singer, Hikaru Utada.

Jetty Paerl (Henriette Nanette Paerl) - Died 8-22-2013 - Born 5-27-1921 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Singer - (She did, “De Vogels Van Holland”).

Joseph “Joey” LaCaze - Died 8-23-2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana - Respiratory Failure/Asthma (Metal) - He was 42 years old - Drummer - was a member of the metal bands, Eyehategod, Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, and Outlaw Order. Also did ceremonial voodoo drumming and numerous solo experimental electronic projects.

Vanoye Aikens - Died 8-24-2013 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - He was 96 years old - Singer and dancer - Worked with choreographer, Katherine Dunham - Appeared in the film I Eat Your Skin and had a small role in the film Cleopatra.

Kelly Kiemele - Died 8-25-2013 - Liver cancer - He was 64 years old - Played guitar and mandolin - Was half of the duo The Old Five & Dimers and a member of The Frog Holler String Band - Worked with Preston Schmidt.

Chris Friedrich - Died 8-25-2013 (Rock) Bassist - Was a member of Caspian (They did, “Halls Of The Summer” and “High Lonesome”).

Abigail Henderson - Died 8-27-2013 - Cancer (Rock) She was 35 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout (They did, “Blood And Bone” and “Be Safe Home”) and Tiny Horse (They did, “Wind and Rain” and “Ghost”) - Co-founded The Midwest Music Foundation which helped to make health care more affordable for musicians.

Joe Kelley - Died 9-1-2013 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Cancer ( Rock - Blues ) Guitarist and bassist - (He did, “Can’t Be Satisfied” and “Have You Ever Been Busted”) - Was a member of The Exides, The Vectors and The Shadows Of Knight (They did, “Gloria” and “I’m Gonna Make You Mine”) - Worked with Buddy Miles, Sam Lay, The Allman Brothers, Wild Child Butler, Long John Hunter, Willie Nixon, Freddie King and The Outsiders (“Time Won’t Let Me”).