Rockstar Death Notices - April 2017

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James "Snuffy" Smith of Madison RIP

Trish Doan - D. 2-11-2017 - 31 - Canadian bassist for the metal band Kittie.

Robbie Hoddinott - D. 3-6-2017 - 62 - San Francisco, CA - Founding member and guitarist of the band Kingfish guitarist, worked with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.

Joni Sledge - D. 3-10-2017 - 60 - natural causes - one of four founding sisters of the group Sister Sledge who is best known for their hit We Are Family.

Robert ‘P-Nut’ Johnson - D. 3-12-2017 - 69 -  singer with Bootsy Collin’s Rubber Band, Parliament and Funkadelic.

Joey Alves - D. 3-12-2017 - 63 - ulcerative colitis - Longtime Y&T guitarist.

James “Snuffy” Smith - D. 3-15-2017 - 53 - unexpected - Madison, WI - Country singer - played with The Clyde Stubblefield All-Stars as well as the Bad Daddies.

James Cotton - D. 3-15-2017 - 81 - legendary American blues harmonica player. Played with Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield, Johhny Winter.

Chuck Berry - D. 3-18-2017 - 90 - Legendary American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music. (Wiki)

Paul Laganowski - D. 3-20-2017 - 53 - pancreatic cancer - Milwaukee, WI - guitarist for Milwaukee metallers from the 1980’s Realm (Roadrunner Records) and White Fear Chain.

Tony Terran - D. 3-20-2017 - 90 - American trumpet player and member of The Wrecking Crew - session work from Elvis to the Beach Boys to Ray Charles. Was last surviving member of the Desi Arnaz Ochestra from I Love Lucy TV Comedy.

Sib Hashian - D. 3-22-2017 - 67 - Collapsed on stage aboard a cruise ship during the “Legends of Rock” tour - former drummer for 1970’s band Boston

Pete Shotton - D. 3-24-2017 - 75 - heart attack - original member of The Quarrymen (that became the Beatles in 1960) and long time friend of John Lennon.

Alessandro Alessandroni - D. 3-26-2017 - Rome, Italy - Italian musician known for his whistle in many soundtracks composed by Ennio Morricone for spaghetti western movies directed by Sergio Leone (i.e.: A Fistful of Dollars).

Clem Curtis - D. 3-27-2017 - 76 - stroke - singer for The Foundations, jazz singer.

Lonnie Brooks - D. 4-1-2017 - 83 - Legendary Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Father of blues musicians Ronnie Baker Brooks and Wayne Baker Brooks.

Ikutaro Kakehashi - D. 4-1-2017 - 87 - was an engineer, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Japanese manufacturers electronic musical instruments Ace Tone, Roland Corporation and ATV.