Rock Star Death Notices - January 2010

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Jimmy Sullivan, The Rev, Drummer of Avenged Sevenfold RIP

Jimmy Sullivan, The Rev, Drummer of Avenged Sevenfold RIP

Jimmy Sullivan (aka The Rev, The Reverend Tholomew Plague and Rat Head) (James Owen Sullivan) - Died 12-29-2009 in Huntington Beach, CA, US - Natural causes (Rock - Metal - Punk - Ska) Born 2-10-1981 - Drummer, singer, pianist and guitarist - Was a member of Avenged Sevenfold (They did, “Bat Country” and “Almost Easy”), Suburban Legends (They did, “Alternative Is Dead” and “Me And You”) and Pinkly Smooth (They did, “The Body Of Death Of The Man With The Body Of Death” and “Nosferatu Does A Hefty Dance”).

Bob Keane (Robert V. Kuhn) - Died 11-28-2009 in Hollywood, CA, U.S.  - Renal failure - Born 1-5-1922 in Manhattan Beach, CA, U.S. - Producer and clarinet player - Owned Del-Fi Records which released recordings by The Nite Hawks, Chan Romero, Frank Zappa, The Bobby Fuller Four and Henri Rose and Keen Records which released recordings by Sam Cook - Managed Ritchie Valens.

Jacques Braunstein - Died 11-28-2009 in Caracas, Venezuela - Heart failure - Born 8-30-1931 in Bucharest, Romania - Publicist and DJ - Hosted radio’s, Idioma del Jazz - Wrote for Billboard and Down Beat - Organized concerts with artists that included Woody Herman, Barney Kessel, Tito Puente, Nat Adderley, Jeff Berlin, Eddie Bert, Randy Brecker, Gary Burton, Paul Winter, Paco de Lucia, Charlie Byrd, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Bill Evans, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie.

Stephen Taylor (Stephen Glyn Taylor) - Died 11-28-2009 - Heart attack - He was 41 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Backtrack - Worked with Shufty, Winter and Tiger Rose.

Miguel Aristizabal (aka El Halcon del Norte) - Died 11-29-2009 - Heart attack - He was 58 years old - Singer and musician - (He did remakes of, “Las Dos Monjas” and “El Caballo Del Diablo”).

Eric Boswell - Died 11-29-2009 - He was 88 years old - (He wrote, “Little Donkey” and “There’s Mair To Life Than Women And Beor”) - His songs have been recorded by Gracie Fields, Matt Monro and The Beverley Sisters.

Gina Hotta (Eugina Haruko Hotta) (aka Mama G) - Died 11-29-2009 - Heart attack - Born 1953 in Monterey - Played saxophone, flute and taiko - Worked with Jon Jang and Francis Wong - Hosted radio’s, Apex Express and was a journalist and activist.

Joaquin Rivera - Died 11-29-2009 - Heart attack (Plena) He was 63 years old - Played guitar - Was a member of Los Pleneros del Batey.

Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan - Died 12-1-2009 - Born 1955 in Multan - Singer.

Ramses Shaffy - Died 12-1-2009 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Esophageal cancer - Born 8-29-1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France - Singer and actor - (He did, “We zullen doorgaan” and “Laat me”) - Worked with Liesbeth List and Louis van Dijk.

Lee Talboys (aka Homer T. Barfarkle) - Died 12-1-2009 in Lansing, MI, U.S. - He was 79 years old - Played keyboards and saxophone - Worked with Don Lee Bloomquist and Peg Leg Bates.

Jack Cooke - Died 12-1-2009 in Norton, VA, U.S. (Country) Born 12-6-1936 - Bassist and singer - Led Jack Cooke And The Virginia Mountain Boys - Worked with The Stanley Brothers, The Blue Grass Boys (They did, “Gotta Travel On” and “Tomorrow I’ll Be Gone”), Earl Taylor And The Stonemans and The Clinch Mountain Boys.

Richard Nader (Richard R. Nader) - Died 12-1-2009 in Stony Brook, NY, U.S. - Complications of Parkinson’s disease - Born 10-30-1940 in Masontown, PA, U.S. - Operated Richard Nader Entertainment - Produced the annual Rock n Roll Revival Show which has hosted acts such as Jay Black And The Americans, Bill Haley And The Comets, Shep And The Limelights, The Five Satins, The Penguins, Jackie Wilson, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Shirelles and many others - Was a talent agent for The Premier Talent Agency representing The Who and Herman’s Hermits.

Donald Washington Sr. - Died 12-1-2009 in Haddon Heights - Lung cancer (Jazz) He was 79 years old - Born in West Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Saxophonist - Was a member of The Marlboro Men - Worked with Jerry Butler, Nat King Cole, B.B. King, Horace Silver, Neil Sedaka, Sammy Davis Jr., Donald Byrd and Diana Ross.

Big Bill Lister (Weldon E. Lister) - Died 12-1-2009 in San Antonio, TX, U.S. (Country) Born 1-5-1923 in Kenedy, TX, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, “There’s A Tear In My Beer” and “RC Cola And A Moon Pie”) - Worked with Hank Williams And The Drifting Cowboys .

Aaron Schroeder (Aaron Harold Schroeder) - Died 12-2-2009 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. - Born 9-7-1926 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Credited with writing or co-writing 1,500 songs including A Big Hunk O’ Love, It’s Now Or Never, Good Luck Charm and the theme song for, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! - His songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Pat Boone, Sammy Davis Jr., Perry Como and Nat King Cole - Founder of Musicor Records.

Eric Woolfson - Died 12-2-2009 in London, England - Cancer (Prog Rock) Born 3-18-1945 in Charing Cross, Glasgow, Scottland - Singer, songwriter and pianist - Co-founded The Alan Parsons Project (They did, “Time” and “Eye In The Sky”) - Collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - His songs have been recorded by Peter Noone, Marianne Faithfull, Frank Ifield, Dave Berry, Joe Dassin, Marmalade and The Tremeloes.

Ucok (Andalas Datoe Oloan Harahap) - Died 12-3-2009 in Surabaya, East Java - Cancer (Rock) He was 70 years old - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of AKA, Uhisga and Duo Kribo (They did, “Neraka Jahanam”).

Torrie Zito - Died 12-3-2009 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Emphysema - Born 10-12-1933 in Utica, NY, U.S. - Pianist and arranger - Worked with Bobby Darin, John Lennon, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Clay Aiken, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Mann, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon and Sinead O’Connor - Husband of singer, Helen Merrill.

Liam Clancy (William Clancy) - Died 12-4-2009 in Cork, Ireland - Pulmonary fibrosis (Irish Folk) Born 9-2-1935 in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland - Singer and guitarist - He was one of The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem (They did, “Finnegan’s Wake” and “Reilly’s Daughter”) and half of the duo, Makem And Clancy - Worked with Pete Seeger.

Greg Johnson (aka Screamin’ Greg Gory) - Died 12-4-2009 - Complications from an infected heart valve (Garage) He was 41 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Fiends (They did, “X-Ray Eyes” and “Gravedigger”) and The Worst.

Jack Rose (aka Dr. Ragtime) - Died 12-5-2009 - Heart attack (Noise - Blues - Ragtime) Born 2-16-1971 in Virginia, U.S. - Played guitar and lap slide guitar - (He did, “Kensington Blues” and “Cross The North Fork”) - Worked with Pelt.

Helena Nuwegeld - Died 12-5-2009 near Beaufort West - Shot (Karoo Blues) She was 85 years old - Singer - Worked with David Kramer.

Lee Daniell (John Lee Daniell) - Died 12-6-2009 - Complications of kidney disease (Gospel) He was 83 years old - Singer - Worked with The Songmasters and The Ambassadors.

Eldred Stebbing - Died 12-6-2009 - He was 88 years old - Recording engineer - Owner of the Zodiac Records label - Worked with The Howard Morrison Quartet, Ray Columbus & Invaders, La De Das, Dragon, Hello Sailor, Th’ Dudes, Max Merritt And The Meteors, Patsy Riggir, Gray Bartlett, The Underdogs and Human Instinct.

Dr. Don Bevins (Donald Everett Bevins) - Died 12-6-2009 - Heart problem (Rock) He was 61 years old - Keyboardist and a radio and television personality - Was a member of The Stepin’ Stones.

Poggy Poggensee (Edward A. Poggensee) - Died 12-6-2009 in Naples, FL, U.S. - Heart failure - He was 87 years old - Born in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Gloria Van, The Henry Brandon Orchestra and The Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.

Teddy Vann - Died 12-6-2009 - Cancer - Born 5-3-1934 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Songwriter and producer - (Co-wrote Johnny Thunder’s, “Loop De Loop” and Luther Vandross’, “The Power Of Love /Love Power”) - Worked with Roberta Meshel, Lou Donaldson. John Fogerty and Donna Summers.

Bruce Allen (Bruce C. Allen) - Died 12-7-2009 (Rock) He was 54 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Suburbs (They did, “Music For Boys” and “Waiting”) - Worked with The Pilgrims and Buzzwell.

Butch Strong (Lyman Strong) - Died 12-7-2009 - He was 69 years old - Born 12-24-1939 - Keyboardist - Worked with Ruff Francis & The Illusions, Bob Piorun, Nancy Kelly and Ronnie Leigh.

Jimmy Shendo - Died 12-7-2009 in San Juan County - Car accident (Rock - Roots) He was 59 years old - Musician and songwriter - (He did, “Walking The Life Road” and “Fry Bread Lover”).

Lance Ong - Died 12-7-2009 - Cancer - Keyboardist - Worked with Erykah Badu, The Pointer Sisters, David Sanborn, Frankie Beverly, Maze, Andrae Crouch and Grand Funk Railroad - Husband of singer, Nicole Hart.

Ralph Johnson - Died 12-7-2009 (Jazz - R&B) He was 71 years old - Played clarinet and saxophone - Worked with The Imperial Brass Band, The Eureka Brass Band, Wallace Davenport, Herman Sherman, Gregg Stafford, Johnny Adams, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, The Jazz Hounds, Allen Toussaint, The ELM Music Company, Jerry Butler, The Onward Brass Band, Placide Adams’ Dixieland Hall Jazz Band and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Son of clarinetist, George “Son” Johnson.

Su Cruickshank - The Diva on the Hill - Died 12-8-2009 -  Heart and kidney failure (Jazz) She was 63 years old - Singer and comedian - Hosted the Midsummer Festival Of Jazz at Sydney’s Domain for the Festival of Sydney.

Luis Dias (aka El Terror) (Luis Diaz Portorreal) - Died 12-8-2009 in Santo Domingo - After a heart attack (Rock) Born 1953 in Bonao, Dominican Republic - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “El Guardia del Arsenal” and “La Porqueria”) - Wrote lyrics for Sergio Vargas and Fernando Villalona.

Dean Fasano (Dean C. Fasano) - Died 12-8-2009 in Perth Amboy - Coronary artery disease (Rock) Born 1955 in Mountainside, NJ, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and keyboardist - Worked with Prophet (Everything You Are”), Mirthrandir, Richie Sambora, The Vinnie Moore Group, Chuck Burgi, Brand X, Hall And Oats, Michael Bolton, Billy Joel. Phantom’s Opera, Jon Bon Jovi, Adrian Dodz and Message (They did, “Any Other Girl” and “Lessons”).

Gene Barry (Eugene Klass) - Died 12-9-2009 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Born 6-14-1919 in New York, NY, U.S. - Actor, singer and violinist - Appeared in the musicals, La Cage aux Folles, Kismet and Destry Rides Again - Starred in TV’s, Bat Masterson.

Kenneth Fischer - Died 12-9-2009 - Illness - Played saxophone - He was a Professor of Saxophone at The University Of Georgia School Of Music - Performed at The World Saxophone Congress and The North American Saxophone Alliance.

Rip Spencer (Sheridan Spencer) - Died 12-9-2009 in Compton, CA, U.S. - Shot (R&B) He was 70 years old - Singer - Worked with The Sabers (“Always, Forever”), The Chavelles, The Valiants (“This Is The Night” and “Frieda Frieda”), The Untouchables (“Lovely Dee”), The Alley Cats (“Puddin N’ Tain”) and Africa.

Deck Hogin - Died 12-10-2009 in Modesto - Leukemia (Jazz) Born 1-10-1922 in Modesto - Played trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn and vibes - Led Hogin’s Heroes - Worked with The Tut Lombardo Band - Co-founder of The Modesto Dixieland Jazz Society.

Kenny Dino - Died 12-10-2009 in Florida, U.S. - Heart attack (Rock) Born 2-12-1942 in Astoria, Queens, NY, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night” and “You Had Your Chance”) - Worked with with Doug Sahm.

Ready Martinez (Raymond Martinez) - Died 12-11-2009 in New York, NY, U.S. - Shot by police after he opened fire on them (Rap) (He did, “Over My Dead Body”).

Troy Young - Died 12-11-2009 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Shot (Rock Funk) He was 29 years old - Drummer and singer - Was a member of Curious Mishap (They did, “Not Many” and “Smooth River”).

Dale Kidd - Died 12-12-2009 - Complications of swine flu (Folk Pop) Born 3-6-1954 - Guitarist and singer - (He co-wrote, “Rideaway” and wrote, “Endlessly”) - He was half of the duo Kydd & Byrd - Worked with The Skates, The Dale Savage Band, The Hang Loueys and Coffee And Alcohol.

Nicanor Leon - The conquistador of Peruvian folklore - Died 12-13-2009 in Lima, Peru - Shot (Folk) Singer - He was 37 years old.

Douglas Boucher - Died 12-13-2009 - After being tasered - He was 39 years old - Musician - Worked with Hellcat Alley.

Philip Vance - Died 12-13-2009 - He was 44 years old - (He sang on Clint Holmes’s, “Playground In My Mind”) - Son of songwriter, Paul Vance.

Donald Barney (Donald K. Barney) - Died 12-13-2009 in Watertown, Jefferson, NY, U.S. - Born 8-14-1919 in Bombay - Played piano and organ - Worked with Swingtime who performed at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.

Yvonne King Burch (aka Vonnie) - Died 12-13-2009 in Santa Barbara, CA, U.S. (Swing) Born 1-15-1920 - (She did, “Nighty-Night”) - She was one of The King Sisters (They did, “Mairzy Doats” and “Hut-Sut Song”) and was a member of The Alvino Rey-King Sisters Orchestra.

Curly Musgrave (Jim Musgrave) (aka Gentleman Jim) - Died 12-13-2009 - Malignant brain tumor (Country) He was 60 years old - Guitarist - (He did, “My Daddy’s Hat” and “Born To Be A Cowboy”) - Worked with Belinda Gail.

Jason Darrow - Died 12-13-2009 - He was 68 years old - Manager, producer and composer - Worked with Jane Olivor - Collaborated with Stephen Schwartz, Georges Delerue and Gilbert Becaud - Wrote a concept musical of Dracula and produced shows for Marcus Simeone.

George Bradley (aka Prince) (George Edward Bradley) - Died 12-14-2009 in Sharptown - Born 8-23-1927 in Sharptown - Played trumpet - Was a member of The Mello Notes.

Chris Feinstein (aka Space Wolf) - Died 12-14-2009 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. (Rock - Folk - Country)  He was 42 years old - Bassist and singer - Worked with Ryan Adams & The Cardinals (They did, “Fix It” and “Let Us Down Easy”), Albert Hammond Jr. (They did, “Sacred”), Santigold, Gin Wigmore, Willie Nelson, Minnie Driver, Moby, Patty Griffin, The Questionaires, Shadow 15, Bedlam, Tim Finn, Matthew Ryan, Fat Joe and Jack Ingram.

Robby Snowden - Died 12-15-2009 in Surfers Paradise, Australia - Stomach cancer (Rock) He was 61 years old - Born in Farnborough, England - (He did, “The Wanderer” and “No One Really Loves A Clown”).

Ron Stone - Died 12-16-2009 in San Antonio , TX, U.S. - Stroke (Rock) He was 57 years old - Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Ronks, Southwest, BF Wrinkle, El Paso and The Bobby Fuller Faux.

Squirrel Garrison (Jim Garrison) - Died 12-16-2009 - He was 65 years old - Musician and singer - Was a member of Dixie Gray And The Villagers.

Doug Furze (aka Boulas) - Died 12-17-2009 - Cancer (Rock - Blues) He was 50 years old - Was a member of The Blunatics, The Boulas Trio and The High Salsalitos.

Alaina Reed-Amini (Alaina Reed Hall) (Bernice Ruth Reed) - Died 12-17-2009 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - Cancer (Cabaret - Musicals) Born 11-10-1946 in Springfield, OH, U.S. - Actress and singer - She was a cast member on TV’s, Sesame Street - Appeared in musicals, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Eubie! and the revival of Hair.

Jane Donahue - Died 12-18-2009 - From injuries suffered in a car accident - She was 77 years old - Jazz promoter and editor of The Twin Cities Jazz Society’s, Jazz Notes monthly newsletter.

Rex Yetman - Died 12-18-2009 (Bluegrass) He was 76 years old - Born in Jamestown, N.L. - Sang and played mandolin - Was a member of The York County Boys (They did, “You Done Me Wrong” and “Down The Road Blues”) - Worked with The Crooked Stovepipe.

Harmon Bethea (aka The Masked Man) - Died 12-18-2009 in Washington, D. C., U.S. (Gospel - R&B) He was 86 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Cap-Tans (They did, “Tight Skirts And Crazy Sweaters” and “Yes”), Maskman And The Agents (They did, “One Eye Open” and “My Wife, My Dog, My Cat”), The Progressiveaires and The Octaves - Worked with The Progressive Four and The Corinthian Singers.

Bill Betzler (William Bernard Betzler) - Died 12-19-2009 (Jazz) He was 87 years old - Drummer and singer - Worked with Big Daddy And The Dixie Cats, Jack Friedenberg, Eric Friedenberg, Homer Cassidy, Gerry Davidson, Frank Hoeldtke and Hazel Proctor.

Brittany Murphy - Died 12-20-2009 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cardiac arrest - Born 11-10-1977 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Actress and singer - (She did, “Faster Kill Pussycat” with Paul Oakenfold and also did remakes of, “Wonderland” and Queen’s, “Somebody To Love”) - Appeared in the films, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Riding In Cars With Boys - Wife of screenwriter, Simon Monjack.

James Gurley - Died 12-20-2009 in Palm Desert, CA, U.S. - Heart attack (Rock) Born 12-22-1939 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Guitarist and bassist - Was a member of Big Brother And The Holding Company (They did, “Piece Of My Heart” and “Summertime”) and Red Robin And The Worms - Worked with J.P. Pickens And The Progressive Bluegrass Boys and Muruga Booker.

Joe Dennis (aka Mr. Bellevue) (R. Joe Dennis) - Died 12-20-2009 in Bellevue - Renal failure - He was 84 years old - Played saxophone - Worked with Paul Moorhead’s Orchestra.

Tom Croghan  - Died 12-20-2009 - Brain cancer (Jazz) He was 70 years old - Pianist - Worked with Eric Snyder.

Jorge Garcia - Died 12-20-2009 in Havava, Cuba (Nueva Trova Movimiento) Born 1959 in Havana, Cuba - Singer and guitarist - (Recorded the albums, “Cambios” and “1,2,3 trovando”).

Cam Waters - Died 12-20-2009 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. (Folk - Blues) He was 51 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Ragged And Dirty” and “One Less Name In The Telephone Book”) - Was a member of The Sugar Kings.

Arnold Stang - Died 12-20-2009 in Newton, MA, U.S. - Pneumonia - Born 9-28-1918 in New York, NY, U.S. - Actor and voice over artist - (He did the novelty songs, “Where Ya Callin’ From, Charlie?” and “Ivy Will Cling”) - He was the voice of TV’s Top Cat - Appeared in the films, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Man With The Golden Arm.

Pete King - Died 12-21-2009 - Illness (Jazz) Born 8-23-1929 - Saxophonist - Worked with Jiver Hutchinson, Kenny Graham, Oscar Rabin, Kathy Stobart, Teddy Foster, Saxes ‘N’ Sevens, The Ronnie Scott Quintet, Jack Parnell and Leon Roy - He was the manager for the jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s.

Mick Cocks - Died 12-22-2009 - Liver cancer (Rock) Guitarist - Was a member of Rose Tattoo (They did, “Bad Boy For Love” and “We Can’t Be Beaten’”) - Worked with Heaven (They did, “Rock School”), Doomfoxx, Pete Wells Heart Attack and The Ted Mulry Gang.

Rev. Roger Barkley Sr. (aka Papa Barkley) - Died 12-22-2009 in Scott County, KY, U.S. - Car accident (Gospel) He was 61 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Barkley Family.

Richard Strange (aka Doc) (Richard E. Strange) - Died 12-22-2009 - Prostate cancer (Jazz - Classical - Broadway) He was 81 years old - Played clarinet, saxophone and flute.

Derek Loux - Died 12-23-2009 in Nebraska, U.S.- Car accident (Christian) He was 37 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Your Only Child” and “Blow My Mind”).

Judy Kreston - Died 12-23-2009 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer (Cabaret) She was 76 years old - Born in Chicago , Ill., U.S. - Singer - Worked with her husband, David Lahm - Daughter in-law of lyricist, Dorothy Fields and daughter of pianist, Gitta Gradova.

Oleg “Jethro” Utjupin - Died about 12-24-2009 in Chelyabinsk, Russia - Stroke - Born 5-11?-1969 in Katajsk, Kurgankaja oblast, USSR - Rock promoter - Owner of Jethro-Club.

Masahiko Shimura - Died 12-24-2009 (Rock) Born 7-10-1980 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Fujifabric (They did, “Yogisha” and “Chocolate Panic”),

Tim Hart - Died 12-24-2009 (Electric Folk) Born 1-9-1948 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England - Was a member of The Rattfinks and Steeleye Span (They did, “Gaudete” and “All Around My Hat”) - Worked with Maddy Prior (“Sorry The Day I Was Married” and “A Wager A Wager”) - Produced The Monochrome Set.

Asheem Chakravarty - Died 12-25-2009 in New Delhi, India - Cardiac arrest (Rock - Jazz - Fusion) He was 50 years old - Singer and percussionist - Was a member of Indian Ocean (They did, “Brisk Lonely Walk” and “Desert Rain”).

Vic ChessnutVic Chesnutt (James Victor Chesnutt) - Died 12-25-2009 in Athens, GA, U.S. - Suicide by overdose of muscle relaxants (Folk - Rock - Alternative) Born 11-12-1964 in Jacksonville, FL, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, “Isadora Duncan” and “Flirted With You All My Life”) - Was a member of Brute (They did, “All Kinds” and “Let’s Get Down To Business”), The La-Dee-Das, The Amorphous Strums - Worked with Elf Power, Lambchop, Widespread Panic, Van Dyke Parks, Michael Stipe, Victoria Williams, Bill Frisell, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Guy Piccioto, The Cowboy Junkies and Liz Durrett - Appeared in the film, “Sling Blade”.

Tony Bellamy (Anthony Bellamy) (Anthony Avila) (aka T-Bone) - Died 12-25-2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. - Liver failure (Rock) Born 9-12-1940 - Guitarist, pianist and singer - Was a member of Redbone (They did, “Come And Get Your Love” and “The Witch Queen Of New Orleans”) and Bimbam - Worked with Dobie Gray - Native American Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

David Burchfield (David Paul Burchfield) - Died 12-26-2009 - Car accident (Blues - Boogie) He was 32 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Electric Mudd (They did, “Double Quick Chicken” and “Bike Song”).

Isaac Schwartz - Died 12-27-2009 near St. Petersburg, Russia - Born 1923 in the Soviet Ukraine - Composer - (Wrote music for the films, “The White Sun Of The Desert” and “The Captivating Star Of Happiness”) - Collaborated with composer, Dmitri Shostakovich.

Emilio Aguilar Sr. - Died 12-27-2009 - Complications of Alzheimer’s disease (Conjunto) Born 8-8-1939 in Atascosa - Accordionist - Was a member of Conjunto Guadalupano and Los Aguilares (They did, “El Parrandero” and “Naci de Este Lado”) - Conjunto Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Rowland Howard (aka Rowie) (Rowland Stuart Howard) - Died 12-30-2009 - Liver cancer (Rock) Born 10-24-1959 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Boys Next Door (They did, “Shivers”) and The Birthday Party - Worked with Crime And The City Soultion, These Immortal Souls, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch and Nikki Sudden.

Lhasa (Lhasa de Sela) - Died 1-1-2010 in Montreal, Canada - Breast cancer (Pop- World - Latin - Fusion) Born 1972 in Big Indian, New York, U.S. - Singer - (She did, “Floricanto” and “A Fish On Land”) - Worked with Tindersticks (“Sometimes It Hurts”), Stuart Staples (“That Leaving Feeling”), Arthur H, Jerome Miniere and Bratsch.

Gregory Slay (Gregory Scott Slay) - Died 1-1-2010 - Cystic fibrosis (Rock) Born 1969 - Drummer - Was a member of Remy Zero (They did, “Save Me” and “Propechy”) and Sleepwell (They did, “Invitation To The Routine”) - Worked with Eliot Morris.

Keisham Jaminikanta - Died 1-3-2010 in Keishampat Leimajam Leikai, Impahl - Born 10-16-1930 - Singer - (He did, “Nong-en Chekla Lakle” and “Chingi thambal U-thambal”).