Rockstar Death Notices - July 2010

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Andrea Arzoomanian - Died 5-31-2010 in Tehran, Iran - Cancer - Born 1954 in Tehran, Iran - Pianist - (He did, “Golden Autumn” and music for the film, “The Scent Of Joseph’s Shirt”) - He wrote music for the films, “Razor And Silk” and “Fish”).

Esther Mabry (Esther Brown Mabry) (aka Mama Nip) - Died 5-31-2010 - She was 90 years old - She and her husband William owned and ran the club, Esther’s Orbit Room which hosted artists such as B.B. King, Charles Brown, Lou Rawls, T-Bone Walker, Jay Payton, Big Daddy O Gibson, Big Joe Turner, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ike And Tina Turner, Lowell Fulson, Al Green and Etta James - West Coast Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Brian Duffy - Died 5-31-2010 - Degenerative lung disease - Born 6-15-1933 in London, England - Fashion photographer - He did album covers including David Bowie’s, Aladdin Sane - His photographs include John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, Debbie Harry and Sammy Davis Jr. - Worked for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Town, Queen, Elle, The Daily Telegraph, Glamour and Esquire magazines - Co-produced the musical film, Oh! What A Lovely War.

Rick Sanchez (Richard A. Sanchez) - The Mexican Nightmare - Died 6-1-2010 in Pittsburgh - Illness (Rock) Born 8-18-1967 Born in East Liverpool - Bassist - Was a member of Kryton (They did, “Falling Apart” and “Door Hit Ya”).

Les Lockridge (Lester Lockridge) - Died 6-1-2010 in Spring Valley - Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Country Rock) He was 62 years old - Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Rain and Buckacre.

Jared Koston - Died 6-1-2010 in Madison, Ohio - Cancer (Metal) He was 40 years old - Was a member of Venomin James (They did, “Tierra Muerta” and “Cosmonaut”).

Dan Douma (aka Danny Douma) - Died 6-1-2010 - Cancer (Rock) Born 10-6-1946 in Patterson, NJ, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, “Hate You” and “Carnival Boy”) - Was a member of The Big Wha-Koo (They did, “Save Your Tears”) - Worked with Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Garth Hudson and Lindsay Buckingham - His songs have been recorded by The Hollies, Christine McVie and Juice Newton.

Kimin Mudin - Died 6-2-2010 - Heart ailment - He was 46 years old - Singer - (He did, “Sayang Kinabalu” and “Tambalut”) - Brother of songwriter, Asmin Mudin.

Andy Frost (Andrew Frost) - Died 6-2-2010 (Rock) Born 1-8-1978 - Drummer - Worked with Powertrane, The Hydromatics and The High Rollers.

Pance Pondaag (Pance Frans Pondaag) - Died 6-3-2010 in Jakarta, Indonesia - Complications from a stroke (Pop) Born 2-18-1951 in Makassar - Singer and songwriter - (He did, “Renungkanlah” and “Yang Pertama Kali”) - His songs have been done by Dian Piesesha (“Tak Ingin Sendiri”), Meriam Bellina (“Untuk Sebuah Nama”) and Susi Adella (“Orang ketiga”).

Rue McClanahan (Eddi-Rue McClanahan) - Died 6-3-2010 in New York, NY, U.S. - Stroke and brain hemorrhage - Born 2-21-1934 in Healdton, Oklahoma, U.S. - Actress - She produced and wrote the musical, Oedipus Schmedipus, As Long As You Love Your Mother - Appeared in the musicals, Jimmy Shine and Nunsense 2 - She portrayed Blanche Devereaux on TV’s, The Golden Girls.

Andi Meriem Matalatta - The Pearl from the South - Died 6-4-2010 in the Netherlands - Illness (Pop) Born 8-31-1957 in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province - Singer - (She did, “Andi Meriem Mattalatta” and “Cintaku”).

Tony Peluso - Died 6-5-2010 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart disease - He was 60 years old - Guitarist, singer, keyboardist, bassist and producer - Worked with Paul Revere And The Raiders, Gustavo Santaolalla and The Carpenters (“Goodbye To Love”) - Was a musical director for Bobby Sherman - Produced Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Michael Jackson and also produced or engineered for Seals And Crofts, Apollonia, Kenny Loggins, Boyz II Men, Player, Dave Koz, Animotion, Stephanie Mills and The Fixx.

Mike DeClouet (J. Michael DeClouet) - Died 6-5-2010 (Zydeco) - He was 59 years old - Born in southwest Louisiana, U.S. - Sang and played rubboard - Was a member of The Louisiana Mojo Dawg Band (They did, “Creole Man”) - He was the owner of The Zydeco Hall Of Fame.

Marvin Isley - Died 6-6-2010 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. (Funk) Born 8-18-1953 - Bassist - He was one of The Isley Brothers (They did, “Fight The Power” and “Between The Sheets”) and Isley-Jasper-Isley (They did, “Caravan Of Love”) - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Calvin Leavy - Died 6-6-2010 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas - Possibly from complications of diabetes (Blues) Born 4-20-1940 - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Cummins Prison Farm” and “If Life Lasts Luck Is Bound To Change”).

Dana Key - Died 6-6-2010 - Ruptured blood clot (Christian Rock) Born 12-30-1953 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of DeGarmo & Key (They did, “Let The Whole World Sing” and “Boycott Hell”) - Worked for Ardent Records - Great, great, great, great, great, great grandson of Francis Scott Key, author of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Greg Mauldin (Gregory Mauldin) - Died 6-6-2010 - Cardiac arrest while jogging - He was 59 years old - Percussionist and singer - Worked with Wee Willie And The Winks, The Platters, Kathy Lee Gifford, Mylon Lefevre, June Valley, Skip Duvall, Glen Smith, The GSU Jazz Ensemble and The MHG Project.

Stuart Cable - Died 6-7-2010 in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales (Rock) Born 5-19-1970 in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Tragic Love Company, Stereophonics (They did, “The Bartender And The Thief” and “Local Boy In The Photograph”) and Killing For Company- Worked with Tom Jones, The NailBombs and Stone Gods.

Oliver N’goma (aka Noli) - Died 6-7-2010 in Libreville - Kidney failure - Born 1959 in Mayumba, south-west Gabon - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Bane” and “Muetse”).

Aquiles Valdez Ortiz - Died 6-7-2010 - From injuries received in an assault in May (Folk - Mariachi - Classical - Jazz - Rock) He was 77 years old - Born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico - Guitarist - (He wrote, “Suite Fuensanta”) - Worked with Los Vagabundos, Los Violines Magicos De Villafontana, Rodriguez Reyes and Manuel Esperon.

Tony Cennamo - Died 6-8-2010 in Malden, MA, U.S. (Jazz) He was 76 years old - Was a trombonist and a Jazz DJ for Boston University’s WBUR for 25 years.

Porfi Jimenez (Porfirio Antonio Jimenez Nunez) - Died 6-8-2010 in Caracas, Venezuela (Merengue - Salsa - Cumbia) Born 2-16-1928 in Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic - Played trumpet and was a composer, arranger and bandleader - (He did, “Culu Cucu” and “Dolores”) - Worked with Rafael Minaya, Pedro Jose Belisario, Kiko Mendive, Chico Salas, Chucho Sanoja and The Billo’s Caracas Boys - Arranged for Felipe Pirela and Blanca Rosa Gil.

Crispian St. Peters (Robin Peter Smith) - Died 6-8-2010 in Swanley, Kent, England - Illness (Pop) Born 4-5-1939 in Swanley, Kent, England - Singer - (He had hits with, “The Pied Piper” and “You Were On My Mind”) - Was a member of The Hard Travellers, The Country Gentlemen, The Beat Formula Three, Crispian St. Peters And Old Crow, and Peter And The Wolves.

Nelson Knode (Nelson William Knode) - Died 6-8-2010 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Respiratory failure (Swing) He was 88 years old - Born in Baltimore, MD, U.S. -  Trumpeter - Led The Nelson Knode Orchestra - Worked with The Evening Sun Newsboys Band and The Martinaires.

Phil Petty - Died 6-8-2010 - Cancer (Southern Rock) Born 1951 - Bassist - Was a member of Point Blank (They did, “Free Man” and “That’s The Law”).

Ingeborg Schober - Died 6-9-2010 - Born 1947 in Sonthofen, Germany - Music journalist and DJ - Wrote, “Pop Tragodien, Die spektakularsten Falle von den Beach Boys bis Nirvana” (“Pop tragedies, The most spectacular cases of the Beach Boys to Nirvana”), “Tanz der Lemminge” a history of Amon Duul I and biographies for Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison - Promoted Brian Eno, Jonathan Richman, Kraftwerk and Ultravox in Germany.

Christine Johnson Smith - Died 6-9-2010 in Owensboro, KY, U.S. - She was 98 years old - Singer - She was Nettie Fowler in the 1945 Broadway musical, Carousel.

Danny O’Dea (Daniel O’Dea) - Died 6-9-2010 in Godfrey, Il, U.S. - Chronic pulmonary disease (Irish Folk) Born 5-25-1933 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Cass Elliot and Joan Baez.

Sam Maritza (Samantha Maritza) - Died 6-9-2010 in Lichfield, Midlands, UK - Hit by a train (Rock) She was 21 years old - Singer - Was a member of Maritza and China Red (They did, “Dirty Little Secrets” and “Please Let Me sleep”).

Dana Possin - Died 6-9-2010 - Kidney cancer (Rock) Born 3-1-1951 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S. - Sang and played keyboards and tuba - (He did, “Tumbleweed”).

Ella Brown Avery - Died 6-11-2010 in Warner Robins, Georgia, U.S. - Illness (Blues Rock - R&B) She was 62 years old - Singer - (She did, “Right Or wrong (I love Him)” and “I Love You Baby”) - She was half of The Williettes who sang backup for Wet Willie (“Mama Didn’t Raise No Fools”) - Worked with Paul Hornsby and Eddie Kirkland - Sister of singer, Donna Brown.

Myrtle McPherson (aka Bette Barclay) (Myrtle Mowry) - Died 6-12-2010 in Charleston, WV, U.S. (Swing) She was 99 years old - Singer - Worked with her husband in Hugh McPherson’s Band.

Beater Mangethe - Died 6-12-2010 in Bulawayo - Illness - She was 32 years old - Singer - (She did, “I Come From Makokoba”) - Wife of the late soccer star, Lenny Gwata.

David Tompkins - Died 6-12-2010 - Illness (Rock) He was 62 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Coachmen.

Jimmy Dean (Jimmy Ray Dean) - Died 6-13-2010 in Varina, VA, U.S. - Natural causes (Country) Born 8-10-1928 in Olton, TX, U.S. - Singer - (He did, “Big Bad John” and “PT-109”) - Co-founded the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Mercia Phinda - Died 6-13-2010 in South Africa (Gospel) She was 32 years old - Born in Bulawayo - Singer - (She recorded the albums, “Babambinise” and “Into Enhle”) - She was produced by Ezra Sibanda.

Lattie Moore (Lattie Harrison Moore) - Died 6-13-2010 (Rockabilly - Country) Born 10-17-1924 in Scottsville, Kentucky, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “I’m Not Broke But I’m Badly Bent” and “Juke Joint Johnny”) - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Larry Matti (Larry Lee Matti) - Died 6-13-2010 in n Tucson, Ariz., U.S. (Rock) Born 4-8-1938 - Played saxophone - Was a member of The Runabouts - He took what is considered to be the last known photos of Buddy Holly.

Ken Brown - Found dead 6-14-2010 in Essex (Rock) He was 70 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Les Stewart Quartet, The Quarrymen (with George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon) and The Blackjacks (with Pete Best).

Busi Mhlongo (Victoria Busisiwe Mhlongo) - Queen of Maskanda - Died 6-15-2010 in Cato Manor, Durban, South Africa - Breast cancer - Born 10-28-1947 in Inanda, South Africa - Singer - Worked with Dr. Philip Tabane, Mabe Thobejane, Hugh Masekela and Robert “Doc” Mthalane.

Bill Dixon (William Robert Dixon) - Died 6-15-2010 in North Bennington, VT, U.S. (Jazz) Born 10-5-1925 in Nantucket, MA, U.S. - Played trumpet, flugelhorn and piano - (He did, “Son Of Sisyphus” and “Silences For Jack Moore”) - Worked with Archie Shepp, Rob Mazurek, Tony Oxley, William Parker and Cecil Taylor.

Janis Grodums - Died 6-15-2010 - Liver failure (Metal) Born 6-10-1958 - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Livi (They did, “Noslepums” and “Nac Man Lidz”) - Worked with Jenny May (“Nak nakts”).

Jim Pugliano (aka Pugs) (James Pugliano) - Died 6-15-2010 in Harmony Township, Susquehanna County, PA, U.S. (Rock) He was 63 years old - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Jaggers who changed their name to The Jaggerz (They did, “The Rapper” and “At My Window”).

Professor Wendell Logan (Wendell Morris Logan) - Died 6-15-2010 - Illness (Jazz - Concert) Born 11-24-1940 in Thomson, GA, U.S. - Played saxophone and trumpet and was a composer - (He wrote, “Remembrances” and “Runagate, Runagate”).

Garry Shider (Garry Marshall Shider) (aka Diaper Man and Starchild) - Died 6-16-2010 - Complications of lung and brain cancer (Funk - Gospel - R&B) Born 7-24-1953 in Plainfield, NJ, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, “MisAmerica” and “Let’s Make It Last”) - Was a member of United Soul (They did, “I Miss My Baby” and “Baby I Owe You Something Good”), Parliament (“Party People” and “Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)”) and Funkadelic (“Maggot Brain” and “One Nation Under A Groove”) - Worked with Shirley Caesar, The Five Blind Boys, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy and The Black Crowes - Was a musical director for The P-Funk All-Stars - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Steve Charles - Died 6-16-2010 in Dorchester, Dorset, England - Throat cancer (Rock) He was 56 years old - Singer - Was a member of Nobby’s Cousins (They did, “Newspaper Love” and “Leopard Woman”).

Don LaVoie (Donald E. LaVoie) - Died 6-16-2010 in Clifton Park, NY, U.S. - Illness (Jazz) He was 75 years old - Born in Troy, NY, U.S. - Played coronet and banjo - Led Don LaVoie And His Starlighters and Don LaVoie’s 1927 Music Machine - Was a member of The Riverboat Jazz Band, The Jazz Cellar Six and Reggies’ Red Hot Feetwarmers.

Professor Jim Hurt - Died 6-16-2010 (Irish Folk - Blue Grass - Jazz) He was 76 years old - Played flute, acoustic bass and piccolo and was an author - Was a member of The Mellotones.

DJ Genius (Rudi Edrisse Jean-Baptiste Joseph) - Died 6-17-2010 - He was 26 years old - Motorcycle accident (Hip-Hop) DJ and musician - Produced Grand Puba.

Aaron Dodd - Died 6-17-2010 - Complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Jazz) Played tuba, piano, flute, saxophone and drums - Was a member of 8 Bold Souls (They did, “Through The Drapes” and “The Hunt”) - Worked with Leroy Hutson, The Pharaohs and Donny Hathaway.

Kalmen Opperman - Died 6-18-2010 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Complications of congestive heart failure - Born 12-8-1919 in Manhatten, NY, U.S. - Clarinetist - Performed in Broadway musicals including La Cage Aux Folles and was a principal clarinetist for The Ballet Theater.

David O’Docherty - Died 6-19-2010 in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, U.S. - While swimming (Irish Folk) Born 1935 in Dublin, Ireland - Sang and played piano, flute and tin whistle and was an artist.
Lee Parker - Died 6-19-2010 - He was 68 years old - Singer and guitarist - Complications of emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - Led Lee Parker & The Sharps - Worked with Reason Four, Little Bill & The Bluenotes and El Funko.

Bob Meide - Died 6-20-2020 - Korsakoff’s syndrome (Rock) He was 59 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Flamin’ Oh’s (They did, “I Remember Romance” and “I Won’t, She Don’t”).

Jimmy Pomeroy (James Richard Pomeroy) - Died 6-20-2010 in Oregon, U.S. (R&B) Born 3-26-1973 in East Liverpool, Ohio, U.S. - Sang and played harmonica - Led The Rowdy James Band (They did, “Curtain Call” and “Mama Told Me”) and The Rev. Dirty Mac (They did, “Don’t Need It” and “Don’t Keep Me Wating Too Long”).

Chris Sievey (aka Frank Sidebottom) - Died 6-21-2010 in Hale, Greater Manchester (New Wave) He was 54 years old - Comedian and singer - Was a member of The Freshies (They did, “Dancing Doctors” and “I’m In Love With The Girl On A Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk”).

Larry Jon Wilson - Died 6-21-2010 in Roanoke, VA, U.S. - After a stroke (Country) Born 10-7-1940 in Swainsboro, Emmanuel County, GA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, “Through The Eyes Of Little Children ” and “I Betcha Heaven’s On A Dirt Road”).

Tam White - Died 6-21-2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Blues) Born 7-12-1942 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - Singer and guitarist - Worked with The Boston Dexters, The Buzz, Charlie Musselwhite, B.B. King, Al Green, Van Morrison, James Taylor and Paul Jones.

Raymond Silva (Raymond T. Silva) - Died 6-21-2010 - Cancer - He was 64 years old - Saxophonist - Worked with The Casuals, Little Jr. Jesse And The Teardrops, The Royal Jesters, Sonny Ace And The Twisters, Dino And The Deltones and Pimienta.

Deborah Jo White (Jo Jo Billingsley) - Died 6-24-2010 in Cullman - Cancer (Rock) She was 58 years old - Born in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Singer and evangelist - (She did, “I Got A Right” and “Consider Him”) - She was one of The Honkettes who sang backup for Lynyrd Skynyrd (“That Smell” and “I Never Dreamed”) - Days before the plane crash that took the lives of members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, she had dreamed about it and had even warned them.

Pete Quaife (Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife) - Died 6-24-2010 in Herlev, Denmark (Rock) Born 12-31-1943 in Tavistock, Devon, England - Bassist - Was a member of The Golden Ravens who became The Kinks (They did, “You Really Got Me” and “Waterloo Sunset”) and Mapleoak (“Son Of A Gun”) - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and UK Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Fred Anderson - Died 6-24-2010 (Jazz) Born 3-22-1929 in Monroe, LA, U.S. - Played saxophone - (He wrote, “Little Fox Run”) - Worked with Hamid Drake, Billy Brimfield, Ken Vandermark, Robert Barry, Joseph Jarman and William Parker - He owned the jazz club, The Velvet Lounge - Father of drummer, Eugene Anderson.

Tommy Hoehn (Thomas Forbes Hoehn) - Died 6-24-2010 - Cancer (Rock) Born 1953 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and keyboardist - (He did, “Blow Yourself Up” and “She Might Look My Way”) - Worked with The Scruffs (“I’ve Got A Way” and “Hey Polarity”), Chris Bell and Alex Chilton.

Francis Dreyfus - Died 6-24-2010 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France - Born 1940 in Le Raincy, France - Producer - Founded the record labels Disques Dreyfus and Dreyfus Jazz which released recordings by Marcus Miller, Alan Stivell, Steve Grossman and Richard Galliano - He was married to actress, Pascale Audret - Father of actress, Julie Dreyfus.

Shoista Mullojonova (Shushana Rubinovna Mullodzhanova) - Died 6-26-20 - Heart attack (Shashmaqam) Born 9-3-1925 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan - Sang and played the Doira - Aunt of singers, Yudik Mullodzhanov and Rosa Mullodzhanova.

Benny Powell - Died 6-26-2010 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. (Jazz) Born 3-1-1930 - Played trombone - Worked with Lionel Hampton, Abdullah Ibrahim, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, John Carter, Randy Weston and Count Basie.

Ahmed Khan Madhosh - Died 6-26-2010 - Bone marrow cancer - Born 4-5-1931 in Sultan Chandio in Khairpur Nathan, Dadu District - Author and poet - His poems where put to music by singer, Mumtaz Lashari.

Katerious Moody - Died 6-26-2010 in East Point, GA, U.S. - Shot (Hip Hop) He was 18 years old - Was a member of The Polo Boys.

Sergio Vega (Jose Sergio Vega Cuamea) (aka El Shaka) - Died 6-27-2010 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico - Shot (Banda) Born 9-12-1969 in Hornos, Sonora, Mexico - Singer - Was a member of Los Hermanos Vega (They did, “Corazon de Oropel” and “El Rayo de Sinaloa”), Los Rayos del Norte (They did, “Olor a Hierba” and “Eres mi Estrella”) and Sergio Vega y Sus Shaka’s Del Norte.

Bill Aucoin (William Aucoin) (aka Gui) - Died 6-28-2010 in Aventura, FL, U.S. - Surgical complications - Born 12-29-1943 - Managed Kiss, Billy idol, Flipp, Crossbreed, Tantric, Billy Squier, Starz, The Early Strike, Nothing Rhymes With Orange, Rising Star, Manowar, Spider, Lordi and Dreaming In Stereo - Founded Aucoin Globe Entertainment.