Rock Star Death Notices - October 2019
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Jimmy Pitman - D. 8-29-2019 - 72 - singer-guitarist for the US psychedelic band Strawberry Alarmclock, Big Bad Wolf.
Jimmy Ray Johnson - D. 9-5-2019 - 76 - kidney failure - legendary guitarist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
Jeff Fenholt - D. 9-10-2019 - 68 - American singer for Bible Black and Geezer Butler Band - Jesus Christ Superstar - Television Evangelist - worked with Toni Iommi and Black Sabbath.
Eddie Money - D. 9-13-2019 - 70 - esophageal cancer - American rock singer and songwriter who had success in the 1970s and 1980s with 11 Top 40 songs.
Julian Piper - D. 9-14-2019 - 72 - passed away after falling from his bicycle - British blues guitarist for Junkyard Angels - only British guitarist to have produced and played on two albums which have received the prestigious WC Handy Award in Memphis - worked with Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson.
Ric Ocasek - D. 9-15-2019 - cardiovascular disease - record producer and founding member, lead vocals, songwriter with pop band The Cars - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Mick Schauer - D. 9-16-2019 - 44 - cancer - keyboard player for the US-hardrock band CLUTCH, Jook, and Swoon.
Tony Mills - D. 9-18-2019 - 57 - pancreatic cancer - British rock singer for Shy and TNT.
Ryan Gronli - D. 9-18-2019 - 44 - complications from brain cancer - Madison, WI singer, songwriter, guitarist- bartender and manager at Brasserie V - played with Active Ingredients, The Bar Code, Falling Upstairs as well as many of the Halloween tribute acts including Mookie Blaylock (Pearl Jam).
Larry Wallis - D. 9-19-2019 - 70 - original Motörhead guitarist - also played with The Pink Fairies, The Deviants, Mick Farren.
Yonrico Scott - D. 9-20-2019 - 63 - Grammy winning drummer for The Derek Trucks Band - also worked with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and many more.
Robert Hunter - D. 9-24-2019 - 78 - American lyricist, singer-songwriter, translator, and poet, best known for his work with the Grateful Dead.
Jim Johnson - D. 9-26-2019 - 76 - esophageal cancer - Minnesota rock pioneer - founding member and guitarist for the American progressive rock band GYPSY and Underbeats.
Busbee - D. 9-29-2019 - 43 - glioblastoma - American songwriter, record producer, publisher, record label executive and multi-instrumentalist.
Jimmy Spicer - D. 9-27-2019 - 61 - brain/lung cancer - legendary American rapper and influential MC.
Louie Rankin - D. 9-30-2019 - 61 - traffic collision - Jamaican-born Canadian dancehall reggae artist and actor (Belly).
Bat McGrath - D. 10-1-2019 - 73 - liver cancer - American musician and songwriter.
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins - D. 10-1-2019 - 80 - Atlanta “lowdown blues” guitarist - earned a W.C. Handy Blues Award nomination for her debut solo album, recorded when she was 60.