Madison's legendary bassist for a million bands and songs.. Gordon Ranney
Maurice White (aka Reese) - Died 2-4-2016 in Los Angeles, California, - Parkinson’s disease (R&B - Soul - Funk) Born 12-19-1941 in Memphis. Singer and drummer - Was a member of The Salty Peppers, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Jazzmen who became The Pharaohs - Worked with The Emotions, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Cher, Billy Stewart, Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, The Impressions, The Dells, Betty Everett, Fontella Bass, Minnie Riperton, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Weather Report, Buddy Guy, Deniece Williams, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee, Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee and NAACP Image Award Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Bobby Caldwell - Died 2-4-2016 in in Beverly Hills, FL, - Cancer (Rock) Born 4-5-1947 in Hernando, MS, - Keyboardist - Was a member of Terry Knight And The Pack and of the stage band for Gary Marshall productions for TV’s Happy Days, Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley where they played during filming breaks for the live audiences.
Jimmie Haskell (Sheridan Pearlman) - Died 2-4-2016 - Born 11-7-1936 in Brooklyn, New York, - Composer - Wrote music for TV’s The Hollywood Squares and Bewitched - Was an arranger for Ricky Nelson, Chicago, The Grass Roots, Simon & Garfunkel, Bobbie Gentry and Blondie.
Dan Hicks (Daniel Ivan Hicks) - Died 2-6-2016 in Mill Valley, California, - Throat and liver cancer (Folk - Jazz - Country - Swing - Bluegrass - Pop) Born 12-9-1941 in Little Rock, Arkansas, - Singer, guitarist and drummer - Led Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks and The Acoustic Warriors - Worked with The Charlatans, Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello, Brian Setzer, Tom Waits and Bette Midler.
Kim Williams (Kim Edwin Williams) - Died 2-11-2016 - Born 6-28-1947 in Kingsport, Tennessee, - Songwriter - His songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie, Rascal Flatts, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Craig Tarry - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident - Manager of Viola Beach.
River Reeves - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident (Rock) Guitarist - Was a member of Viola Beach.
Kris Leonard - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident (Rock) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Viola Beach.
Tomas Lowe - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident (Rock) Bassist and drummer - Was a member of The Stocks and Viola Beach.
Jack Dakin - Died 2-13-2016 in Sodertalje, Sweden - Car accident (Rock) Drummer - Was a member of Viola Beach.
Devin Bachmann - Died 2-13-2016 in Dayton, Ohio, - Car accident (Rock) He was 26 years old - Singer - Was a member of CounterFlux.
Earl Miller II - Died 2-13-2016 in Dayton, Ohio, - Car accident (Rock) He was 27 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of CounterFlux.
Kyle Canter - Died 2-13-2016 in Dayton, Ohio, - Car accident (Rock) He was 23 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of CounterFlux.
LC Ulmer (Lee Chester Ulmer) - Died 2-14-2016 in Ellisville, Mississippi, - Natural causes (Blues) Born 8-28-1928 in Stringer, Mississippi, - Sang and played guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin - Worked with Muddy Waters, J.B. Lenoir, Hound Dog Taylor, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Thompson, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy.
Vanity (Denise Katrina Matthews) (aka Denise Matthews-Smith and D.D. Winters) - Died 2-15-2016 in Fremont, California, (R&B) Born 1-4-1959 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada - Singer - Was a member of Vanity 6 - Worked with Prince and El DeBarge.
Johnny Reynolds (Johnny T. Reynolds) - Died 2-16-2016 in Memphis, TN, U.S.- After a truck accident - Born 3-29-1947 - Sang and played piano and bass - Worked with Leroy Van Dike, Connie Smith, Chad Atkins and Jerry Reed.
Paul Gordon (Paul Christian Gordon) - Died 2-16-2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, - Illness (Rock) Born 1963 in Newport, Rhode Island, - Keyboardist and guitarist - Worked with The New Radicals, Natasha Bedingfield, Eran DD, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lisa Marie Presley, Lila McCann, Mandy Moore, Danielle Brisebois, Prince, Jennifer Nettles, Charles & Eddie, The Devlins, Jeffrey Gaines, John Gregory, Nona Hendryx, Carly Hennessy, The Wild Orchid, Jenny Muldaur, The Juliet Dagger, David Yazbekand, Jill Jones, Chaka Khan, Trine Riene and The B-52’s.
Brendan Healy - Died 2-18-2016 - Cancer - Born 12-18-1956 - Comedian, keyboardist and trombonist - Worked with John Miles, Goldie and Lindisfarne - Played music for TV’s, Razzamatazz - Co-wrote a musical with Brian Johnson of AC/DC called, “Face Of A Woman”.
Rusty Burns (James Russell Burns) - Died 2-19-2016 in Denver, Colorado, - Lung cancer (Rock) Born 1952 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Southpaw who became Point Blank - Worked with Johnny Winter, The Allman Brothers Band and ZZ Top.
Sonny James (James Hugh Loden) - The Southern Gentleman - Died 2-22-2016 in Nashville, TN, - Natural causes (Country) Born 5-1-1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama, - Singer, guitarist and fiddler - Worked with Jim & Jesse - Produced Marie Osmond - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Gordon Ranney - Died 2-27-2016 Died in Madison, lung cancer, he was 53 (Rock) - Bassist - Prog, Steely Dane, V05, Gomeroke, and many more including in the orchestra for Madison Ballet’s orginal “Dracula”. Was also a talented patent illustrator and artist.