Rock Star Death Notices - October 2015

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Gary Richrath of REO Speedwagon

Gary Richrath of REO Speedwagon

Dennis Greene (Frederick “Dennis” Greene) (aka Denny) - Died 9-5-2015 in Columbus, Ohio - Esophageal cancer (Rock) Born 1-11-1949 in New York, NY - Singer - Was a member of The Columbia Kingsmen who were renamed Sha Na Na.

Tony Minardi - Died 10-5-2015 in Madison, WI - 51 years old - killed by a vehicle that drove onto the sidewalk - worked with My Latest Obsession - soundman - worked with Lewis Audio - Memorial Union -

Bryn Merrick - Died 9-12-2015 in Cardiff, Wales, UK - Cancer (Punk - Goth) Born 10-12-1958 in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK - Bassist - Worked with Victimize, The Damned, and The Shamones.

Gary Richrath - Died 9-13-2015 (Rock) Born 10-18-1949 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of REO Speedwagon (“Take It On The Run” and “Ridin’ The Storm Out”).

Peggy Jones (aka Lady Bo) - Queen Mother of Guitar - Died 9-16-2015 (R&B - Rock - Soul - Blues - Jazz) Born 7-19-1940 in Harlem, NY, U.S. - Guitarist, percussionist and singer - Led The Jewels - Worked with The Bop Chords, Bo Diddley , Les Cooper, Eric Burdon And The Animals, James Brown and Sam And Dave - She was married to bassist, Wally Malone.

Kenny Baldwin - Died 9-18-2015 - cancer - Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee legend and icon - owned Starship nightclub in Milwaukee from 1979-1982 - played drums for The Prosecutors, Colour Radio, Locate Your Lips

Ray Warleigh (Raymond Kenneth Warleigh) - Died 9-21-2015 - Cancer (Jazz) Born 9-28-1938 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Played saxophone, clarinet and flute - Worked with Alexis Korner, Tubby Hayes, Paz, Humphrey Lyttelton, Dusty Springfield, Scott Walker, Stevie Wonder, Terry Smith, Ronnie Scott, Long John Baldry, John Mayall, Allan Holdsworth,  P. C. Kent, The Soft Machine, Georgie Fame, Mike Westbrook, Champion Jack Dupree, Marianne Faithfull, Dick Morrissey, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Watts, Mike Oldfield and Nick Drake.

Ben Cauley - Died 9-21-2015 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. (Soul) Born 10-3-1947 in Memphis, Tennessee. U.S. - Played trumpet and sang - Was a member of The Imperials renamed The Bar-Kays who backed-up Otis Redding, Carla Thomas and Sam And Dave - Worked with Liz Lottmann - He was the sole survivor of the plane crash that took the lives of Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays

Jamie Prefontaine (aka Brooklyn) - Died 9-22-2015 (Hip Hop) He was 30 years old - Was a member of Winnipeg’s Most.

Frankie Ford - The New Orleans Dynamo - Died 9-28-2015 - Illness (R&B - Rock) Born 8-4-1939 in Gretna, LA, U.S. - Singer -  Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Phil Woods - Died 9-29-2015 in East Stroudsburg, PA -  emphysema - (Jazz) - played alto-sax - Nov. 2, 1931, in Springfield, MA -  worked with many jazz greats including Charlie Parker - won 4 Grammy awards