Rockstar Death Notices - July 2017
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local Wisconsin recording engineer & producer Jack Le Tourneau
Freeman Brown - D. 1-17-2017 - 74 - drummer - played with Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Earl Gaines and with Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox in an outfit named Johnny Jones and the King Casuals.
John Potier - D. 1-20-2017 - 70 - Louisiana - keyboards - played with The Drifters, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Joe Tex.
Robert “Skinman” Murphy - D. 2-21-2017 - 89 - drummer - played with Clifton Chenier, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown and Pete Mayes.
Keith Mitchell - D. 5-14-2017 - American drummer - Mazzy Star, Opal, Monitor, Green on Red.
Frankie Paul (Paul Blake) - D. 5-18-2017 - 51 - kidney failure - Jamaican singer who was a leading player in the Dancehall Reggae revolution of the 80’s and 90’s.
Carl (Carlo) Driggs - D. 5-31-2017 - 67 - singer with 70s bands Kracker and Foxy and then Paul Revere and the Raiders from 1983 till 2004.
Skipp Pearson - D. 6-4-2017 - 79 - bone cancer - South Carolina jazz legend - worked with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Wynton Marsalis, and Pattie LaBelle.
Matt Reynolds - D. 6-4-2017 - 37 - unexpected - member & tour manager of The Dark Star Orchestra and singer/songwriter
Anita Pallenberg - D. 6-13-2017 - 75 - hepatitis C, Italian actress, artist, and modeel. Rolling Stones influence and groupie - romantic interest of Brian Jones and mother of three children with Keith Richards.
Sonny Knight - D. 6-17-2017 - 69 - cancer - Minneapolis - Singer - Sonny Knight & the Lakers - recorded “Tears on my Pillow” as a teenager then joined the army and worked as a truck driver and didn’t achieve success as a singer until 2014 with the Lakers on Secret Stash Records.
Prodigy (Albert Johnson) - D. 6-20-2017 - 42 - sickle-cell anemia - Las Vegas - American rapper with Mobb Deep, Havoc
John Dizek - D. 6-27-2017 - 68 - illness - Pennsylvania - vocalist with 60s band The Hassles (Billy Joel’s first band)
Dave Rosser - D. 6-27-2017 - 50 - colon cancer - guitarist with The Afghan Whigs, Gutter Twins, Twilight Singers
Jack Le Tourneau - D. 6-28-2017 - 65 - cancer - Madison - guitar - producer - engineer - ran sound for defunct Madison clubs Merlins and Bunky’s - worked with Dr. Bop & the Headliners, Clyde Stubblefield, Ben Sidran, Garbage, Pat McDonald, Laurie Anderson and many more artists.
Phil Cohran - D. 6-28-2017 - 90 - jazz trumpet - Chicago - played with Sun Ra and his Arkestra
John Blackwell Jr. - D. 7-4-2017 - 43 - brain tumor - drummer - singer - R&B, jazz, funk, fusion - played with Prince, Patti Labelle, Cameo, P Diddy, Justin Timberlake