The Dead Rock Stars Club, an extensive list of dead rock stars and people related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - 2000

Doc Rock Presents,

 Welcome to The Dead Rock Stars Club. This site is  a list of dead rock stars, dead people associated with rock and dead people whose music helped influence and create rock (which I feel includes Jazz and Country artists), sorted by the date of their demise. This is a tribute to them.

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Harry Catarancuic - Died 200? ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Jagged Edge (They did, "Delilah").

Blan Heath - Dioed 2000 - Farming accident - Keyboardist and singer - Was a member of The River City Street Band (They did, "Lamp Of Love" and "Some Other Man").

Randy Montana - Died 2000 - Car accident ( Country ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Back Seat Driver (They did, "Let It Ring" and "Party Man").

Tom Devaney (aka Tommy Devaney) - Died 2000 ( Jazz - Pop ) Played saxophone and clarinet - Worked with The Brose Walsh Band, The Seapoint Orchestra, Jack Ruane Orchestra, The Devonaires, The West Coast Jazzband, The Pete Brown Band and The Pat Friel Group.

Roger Saunders - Died 2000 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 3-9-1947 - Guitarist, keyboardist and singer - (He did, "Unanswered Question" and "Who Knows") - Was a member of The Washington DCs and  Freedom (They did, "Nobody" and "Ain't No Chance To Score") - Worked with Medicine Head ("Rising Sun" and "Slip And Slide"), The Telstars, The Crusaders, The Three Degrees, The Drifters and Gary Glitter.

Bill Fulwiler - Died 2000 ( Big Band ) Pianist and arranger - Was a member of Men Of Note And Claudia - He was married to Claudia, the singer of the band.

Stan Moore - Died 2000 ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Zakary Thaks (They did, "Bad Girl" and "Face To Face").

Spyder Mittleman (Bruce Mittleman) - Died 2000 - Heroin overdose? ( Rock ) Born 7-23-1953 - Played saxophone - Worked with St. Theodore & The Sinners, Dee Dee King (Dee Dee Ramone), Kid Ramos and  Maria McKee - He appeared in the film, Voyage Of The Rock Aliens and on an episode of TV's, Tales From The Crypt.

Cyril Simons - Died 2000 ( Record Exec ) He was 75 years old - Was the head of Leeds Music who signed Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and The Moody Blues.

Sol Stanley Weiss - Died 2000 - Born 1916 - Record label owner - He and his brother Max Lewis Weiss founded Fantasy Records and established Galaxy Records, issuing R&B music.

Nikifor Semjonow - Died 2000 ( Folk - Prog ) Singer - Was a member of Czolbon.

Bengt Frippe Nordström - Died 2000 ( Jazz ) Played clarinet - Was a member of The Environmental Control Office (They did, "Fripping" and "Fasching") - Worked with Don Cherry.

Bjorn Alke - Died 2000 ( Jazz ) Bassist - Was a member of The Environmental Control Office (They did, "Fripping" and "Fasching").

John Lehmann - Died 2000 - Songwriter - Was married to singer, Evelyn Knight.

Chris Takino - Died 2000 - Leukemia - Founder of Ups Records which relesed recordings by The Sick Bees, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Mike Johnson, Juned and Octant.

Henry Nemo - Died 2000 - Pneumonia ( Songwriter ) He was 93 years old (He wrote Frank Sinatra's,"Don't Take Your Love From Me" and Nat King Cole's,"Tis Autumn").

Kiki Blast - Died 2000 ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Prom Queen Starz.

Jurandy Trindade Abreu da Silva - Died 2000 ( Rock - Instrumental ) Drummer -  Was a member of The Jet Black's who where originally named The Vampires.

Nat Adderley (Nathaniel Adderley) - Died 1-2-2000 - Diabetes ( Jazz ) Born 11-25-1932 in Tampa, FL, U.S. - Cornetist (He composed,"Work Song" and "Jive Samba") Was a member of The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Worked with Sonny Fortune and Vincent Herring - Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee.

Harmonica Fats (Harvey Blackston) (aka Heavy Juice) - Died 1-3-2000 - Complications of cancer and renal failure ( Blues - R&B ) Born 1928 in McDade, Louisiana, U.S. - Harmonica player (He did,"Tore Up") Was a member of The Bernie Pearl Blues Band.

Henry Pleasants - Died 1-4-2000 ( Spy - Author - Critic ) Born 1911 - Wrote the books "The Agony of Modern Music" which showed his dislike for all but Jazz in modern music and "Serious Music and All That Jazz" - Was a music critic for The New York Herald Tribune for 30 years - Also worked as an American spy in postwar Germany for the CIA.

Milton Pitre - Died 1-4-2000 ( Cajun ) Born 1941 - Worked with Kyle Veillon & The Flatland Band, The Swamp Gold Band, The Southern Drifters and The Country Diamonds.

Roger Frampton - Died 1-4-2000 in Fairy Meadow, Australia - Brain tumour ( Jazz ) Born 5-20-1948 in Portsmouth, England - Pianist, saxophonist and composer - (He did, "Fragmentation" and "After Before") - He worked with Ten Part Invention, The Engine Room, Don Rendel, Bill Le Sage, Joe Harriott, Teletopa and The Don Rader Group.

Vic Schoen - Died 1-5-2000 - Pneumonia ( Big Band Arranger & Composer ) Born 1917 - Worked with Glenn Miller, Al Jolson, Count Basie, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Patti Page and The Andrews Sisters - Was married to singers Kay Starr and Marion Hutton.

Bob McFadden - Died 1-7-2000 ( Novelty ) Born 1-19-1923 in E. Liverpool OH, U.S. - Comedian - Was half of Bob McFadden and Dor (They did,"The Mummy") (Dor was Rod McKuen).

Bernice Petkere - Died 1-7-2000 - Heart failure ( Pop ) Born 8-11-1906 - Was a singer for duo The Baby Dolls -  She wrote songs performed by Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Kate Smith,  and others (Songs she wrote include,"Half A Mile Away From Home" and "Close Your Eyes").

John DuBois - Maurice Chevalier of the Bayous - Died 1-8-2000 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( Cajun ) Born 1926 - Singer - (He did, "Allons 'A La Queue (De) Tortue").

Willa Mae Buckner (aka Princess Ejo, Snake Lady, The Wild Enchantress and The Black Gypsy) - Died 1-8-2000 in Winston Salem, NC, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 6-15-1922 in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - Worked with The Jimmy Simpson Show, Diamond Teeth Mary, Guitar Gabriel, Blind Willie James, Tim Duffy, and Michael Parrish - She worked traveling minstrel show, midnight rambles, carnivals, Carnegie Hall and did her own snake show.

Joe Dan Petty - Died 1-8-2000 in Macon, GA, U.S. - Private plane crash ( Southern Rock - Blues Rock ) Born 1948 - Was the bassist for Grinderswitch (They did, "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" and "Eighty Miles To Memphis") and was a guitar tech for The Allman Brothers Band.

Josef Simek - Died 1-8-2000 (Country ) Born 9-4-1941 - Played mandolin - Was a member of Zelenaci (Greenhorns).

Wade Walton - Died 1-10-2000 - During an operation for an intestinal blockage ( Blues ) Born 10-10-1923 in Lombardy, MS, U.S. - (He did, "Choo Choo de Shoo Shoo" and "Rock Me, Mama").

Richard "Dimples" Fields - Died 1-12-2000 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Stroke ( R&B ) Born 3-21-1942 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - (He did, "If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another" and "Your Wife Is Cheating On Us") - Worked with Prodigal (They did, "Invisible Man" and "Easy Street") and  produced Pat Benatar.

Jose Luis Miceli - Died 1-14-2000 - Car crash ( Manager ) He managed Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas (They did, "Jaguar House" and "Hombre Blanco").

Gene Harris (Eugene Harris) - Died 1-16-2000 in Boise, ID, U.S. - Complications from kidney failure, he was to receive a kidney from his daughter in a month ( Jazz ) Born 9-1-1933 in Benton Harbor, MI, U.S. - Pianist - (He did, "Grandpa's Hands" and "Listen Here") - Was a member of The Three Sounds - Worked with Joe Williams, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Nancy Wilson and Dizzy Gillespie.

John Morris Rankin - Died 1-16-2000 - His truck plunged into the Gulf of St. Lawrence ( Celtic Pop ) Born 4-28-1959 - Played fiddle and piano - Was a member of The Rankin Family (They did, "Fisherman's Son" and "North Country").

Will Dub Jones - Died 1-16-2000 - Diabetes ( Rock N' Roll - Gospel ) Born 5-14-1928 - Was the bass vocalist for The Cadets (They did,"Stranded In The Jungle"), The Coasters (They did, "Charlie Brown", "Yakety Yak" and "Along Came Jones") and The Mighty Travelers - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Juggy Gayles (George Resnick) - Died 1-17-2000 - Cancer ( Promoter - Music Publisher ) Born 1914 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Plugged such songs as Irving Berlin's, "White Christmas", Silver Convention's "Fly, Robin, Fly" and Herb Alpert's "Rise" - Was a partner of Sleeping Bag and Fresh Records which released Hip Hop recordings - His friendship with DJ Alan Freed led to early rock and roll successes like,"The Hucklebuck".

Philip Jones - Died 1-17-2000 - Born 3-12-1928 in Bath, England - Trumpeter - Led The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.

Helen Wheels (Helen Robbins) - Died 1-17-2000 - Staph infection after surgery on her neck ( Rock ) Born 5-6-1949 in Queens, NY, U.S. - Was the member of The Helen Wheels Band (They did, "Room to Rage" and "Carry My Own Weight"), Static Cling and The Skeleton Crew (She wrote, "Sinful Love" and "Tattoo Vampire" for Blue Oyster Cult).

Snuff Johnson (Alfred Johnson) - Died 1-18-2000 ( Country Blues ) Born  8-10-1913 in Cedar Creek, TX, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Good Morning Blues" and "Hey Little Girl").

Isabella Yurieva (aka White Gypsy)- Died 1-19-2000 ( Russian Romance ) Born 1900 - Singer (She did, "Turquoise Rings" and "Capricious And Stubborn").

Josh Clayton-Felt - Died 1-19-2000 - Testicular cancer ( Rock ) Born 5-18-1967 - Singer, guitarist and drummer = (He did, "Window" and "Soon Enough") - Was the lead singer for School Of Fish (They did, "Three Strange Days" and "Under The Microscope").

Don Abney (John Donald Abney) - Died 1-20-2000 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 3-10-1923 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. - Pianist - Was a member of The Bubby Johnson Band and The Terry Gibbs Trio - Worked with Pearl Bailey, Rosemary Clooney, Jack Jones, Benny Carter and Ella Fitzgerald.

Ray Jones (Raymond Jones) - Died 1-20-2000 - Heart attack? ( Rock ) Born 10-20-1940 in Oldham, Lancashire - Was the bassist for Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas (They did, "Little Children" and "Bad To Me").

Gregg Spence - Died 10-21-2000 - Cancer of the stomach ( Rock ) Born 1968 - Singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer - Was a member of Underdogs, The Killjoys, Cage (They did, "Household Finance" and "Worst Case Scenario") Real Lulu (They did, "We Love Nick") and The Mulchmen (They did, "Greetings From Planet Stupider" and "Delta Velocity").

Lin Halliday - Died 1-25-2000 - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 6-16-1936 in De Queen, Ark., U.S. - Tenor saxophonist - Was a member of Maynard Ferguson's Orchestra - Worked with Joe Maini, Louis Bellson and Philly Joe Jones.

Don Ralke - Died 1-26-2000 ( Composer - Arranger ) Born 1920 - Was a member of Don, Dick &
Jimmy (They did,"Love Is A Many Splendored Thing") He composed and/or arranged music for TV shows including, "77 Sunset Strip," "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley" -  He also arranged the songs, "Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb" and Connie Stevens,"16 Reasons".

Friedrich Gulda - Died 1-27-2000 - Heart attack ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 5-16-1930 in Vienna, Austria - Pianist (He did, "The Veiled Old Land" and "Drop-Out, Oder Gustav der Letzte") - He founded The Eurojazz Orchestra - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea.

Thomas Bowles (aka Beans) - Died 1-28-2000 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Motown ) Born 1927 in South Bend, IN, U.S. - Played saxophone and flute - Played on Marvin Gaye's, "What's Going On", and The Supremes', "Baby Love" - Worked with Martha And The Vandellas, Billie Holiday and Billy Eckstine.

Jack "The Rapper" Gibson - Died 1-30-2000 - Prostate Cancer ( D.J. - Promoter ) Born 1921 - Creator of "Jack The Rapper" hip hop music conventions - Was a music promoter for Motown Records and founded W.E.R.D., the nation's first African-American owned radio station.

Si Zentner (Simon Hugh Zentner) - Died 1-31-2000 - Leukemia ( Jazz ) Born 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Trombonist (He had a hit with,"Up a Lazy River") Worked with Les Brown, Harry James and Jimmy Dorsey - Played at Disneyland's Carnation Plaza Gardens for 25 years.

Peter Tripp (aka the Curly Headed Kid in the Third Row) - Died 1-31-2000 - Stroke ( D.J. ) Born 1927 - Was a popular top 40's D.J. of the 50's and 60's who was linked to a payola scandal. He denied ever taking bribes to play selected records.

Ross Russell - Died 1-31-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 3-18-1910 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Managed and recorded Charlie Parker ("Lover Man" and other songs) - Wrote the biography of Charlie Parker, "Bird Lives! The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker" - Owned and ran Tempo Music, a jazz record store.

Yevgeny Nazarov - Died 2-?-2000 - Heart failure ( Rock ) Born 1980 - Drummer - Was a member of Kirpichi.

John Ngereza - Died 2-?-2000 ( Pop ) Guitarist - Was a member of Les Wanyika Band.

Louis Parker - Died 2-1-2000 - Cancer - He was 52 years old - Record Executive - He was the director of Concorde Artistes - He worked with Nirvana, Therapy and Marvin Gaye.

Alfred A. "Snooky" Valente - Died 2-2-2000 - Stroke ( Promoter ) He worked for Motown Records - He was also ran  Italian restaurants.

Ustad Allarakha Khan - Died 2-3-2000 - Heart attack, died after learning his daughter had died ( Indian ) Born 4-29-1919 in Phagwal, village of Jammu - Played the tabla (Indian drum) - Worked with Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Buddy Rich, Vilayat Khan, Ali Akbar Khan, The Beatles and Mick Jagger - Father of tabla pkayer, Zakir Hussain.

Doris Coley  (Doris Coley Kenner and Doris Kenner Jackson)- Died 2-4-2000 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. - Breast cancer ( Rock - Pop ) Born 8-2-1941 in Passaic, NJ, U.S. - She was a singer for The Poquellos, later renamed The Shirelles (They did,"Soldier Boy" and "I Met Him On Sunday") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joachim-Ernst Berendt - Pope of Jazz - Died 2-4-2000 - Hit by a car while walking ( Producer - Musicologist - Author - D.J. ) Born 1922  in Berlin, Germany - Wrote books on jazz, classical and blues music including "The Jazz Book" and "I Hear, Therefore I Exist" - Co-founded the radio station Suedwestrundfunk.

John Vincent Imbragulio (aka Johnny Vincent) - Died 2-4-2000 - Heart failure ( Producer - Record Exec ) Born 10-3-1927 in Hattiesburg, MS, U.S. - Founder of The Ace Record label - He produced, Huey "Piano" Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu" and Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise".

Hugh O'Donnell (Hugh Daniel O'Donnell) - Died 2-3-2000 in Allentown PA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1915 in Philadelphia PA, U.S. - Worked with Art Mooney.

Gus Johnson Jr. - Died 2-6-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 11-15-1913 in Tyler, Texas, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Duke Ellington and others.

Big Pun (Christopher Rios) (aka Big Punisher and Big Moon Dog) - Died 2-7-2000 - Heart attack ( Rap ) Born 11-9-1971 (He did,"You Ain't A Killer" and " I'm Not A Playa I Just Crush Alot") Worked with Jennifer Lopez and Fat Joe.

Lonesome Dave Peverett (David Peverett) - Died 2-7-2000 in Orlando, FL, U.S. - Complications from kidney cancer ( Blues - Rock ) Born 4-16-1943 in Dulwich, South East London, England - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Savoy Brown (They did, "Looking In" and "Money Can't Save Your Soul") and Foghat (They did, "I Just Want To Make Love To You" and "Slow Ride") - Worked with The Roadrunners, The Cross Ties Blues Band, The Lonesome Jax Blues Band and Les Questions.

Doug Henning - Died 2-7-2000 - Liver cancer ( Magician ) Born 1948 in Winnipeg, Manitoba - His Broadway hit, "The Magic Show" mixed rock and pop music with magic - The songs were later released on a album - Songs  from the show include, "Up To His Old Tricks", which Doug co-wrote and "Solid Silver Platform Shoes".

Jim Varney (aka Ernest P. Worrell) - Died 2-10-2000 - Lung cancer ( Comedian ) Born 1950 in Lexington, Ky., U.S. (He sang,"Hot Rod Lincoln" in the movie "The Beverly Hillbillies) He did many "Ernest" movies, commercials and voice overs.

George Jackson - Died 2-10-2000 - Stroke ( Record And Film Exec ) Born 1958 - Former President of Motown Records - Oversaw The Temptations and 98 Degrees.

William "Bill" Warren -Died 2-11-2000 - Stroke ( Blues ) Born 1920 -  Played trumpet, drums and sang - Worked with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon and Jimmie Lee Robinson ("Big Fine Girl" and "Riding In My New Jaguar").

Pete McMahan (Preston McMahan) - Died 2-11-2000 ( Country ) Born 11-18-1918 in Blufton, Missouri, U.S. - Fiddler - Missouri State Fiddling Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) - Grand Master of calypso - Died 2-11-2000 - Kidney failure and bone marrow cancer ( Calypso ) Born 1923 (He did,"Mama Dis Is Mas" and "Give Me the Ting").

Andy Lewis - Died 2-12-2000 - Suicide ( Rock ) Born 1966 - Was the bassist for The Gadflys and The Whitlams.

Screamin Jay Hawkins (Jalacy J. Hawkins) - Died 2-12-2000 - After surgery for an aneurysm ( R&B - Rock ) Born 7-18-1929 in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. (He did,"Constipation Blues" and "I Put A Spell On You") Worked with Fats Domino,  Tiny Grimes, Johnny Sparrow and Keith Richards.

Oliver (William Oliver Swofford) - Died 2-12-2000 - Cancer ( Pop ) Born 1946 (He did,"Good
Morning, Starshine" and "Jean") Was a member of The Good Earth.

John C. Kuehne (aka John London) - Died 2-12-2000 ( Rock ) Born 2-6-1942  in Bryan, TX, U.S. - Played bass for The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and James Taylor.

Andy Sojka (Andrzej Sojka) - Died 2-12-2000 - Multiple myeloma ( Soul ) Born 7-10-1951 - Guitarist - Was a member of Atmosfear (They did, "Dancing In Outer Space") - Produced Level 42.

Donald "Tee" Carson (Donald Tecumseh Carson) - Died 2-13-2000 - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1930 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Pearl Bailey and Tony Bennett - He replaced Count Basie on piano in Basie's band after his death.

Olgita DeCastro Marino - Died 2-14-2000 - After an asthma attack ( Pop ) Born 1936 - Was a singer for The DeCastro Sisters .

Leonard Hochman (Arnold Leonard Hochman) - Died 2-16-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1934 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.  - Saxophonist - (He did, ''Until Tomorrow'' and ''Manhattan Morning'') - Worked with Phil Woods and Charlie Barnet.

Vivian Harris - Died 2-18-2000 ( Comedian - Chorus Girl ) Born 12-23-1902 in Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S. ( She sang,"I May Be Wrong, But I Think You're Wonderful") She was a member of Duke Ellington's chorus line at The Apollo Theater where she had the most recorded appearances (10,000) and was "The Voice of the Apollo" - Worked with Pigmeat Markham and others.

Peter Freedman - Died 2-21-2000 - Acute bronchial pneumonia complicated by staph infection ( Manager ) Born 1961 - Was a manager for Live .

Matty Blag (Matthew Roberts) - Died 2-22-2000 - Drug overdose ( Punk - Rap ) Born 1964 - Was a member of The Blaggers ITA (They did,"Abandon Ship").

Wee Gee Howard (William Franklin Howard II) - Died 2-22-2000 in Bronxville, New York, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 7-13-1950 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Hold On (To Your Dreams)" and "You've Been A Part Of Me") - Was a member of The Sir Primes and  The Dramatics (They did, "Watcha See Is Watcha Get" and "In The Rain").

Ofra Haza - Died 2-23-2000 - Massive organ failure brought on by influenza and pneumonia resulting from AIDS ( Bubble Gum - Techno ) Born 11-19-1959 in Hatikva, Tel-Aviv, Israel (She did,"Hi!", "The Tart's Song" and "Im Nin'al") She worked with Sisters of Mercy, Thomas Dolby, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Paula Abdul - Her voice was sampled for the rap songs, "Paid In Full" and "Pump Up The Volume".

Paul Rich - Died 2-23-2000 - Heart failure - Born 8-20-1921 in London, England - Singer, guitarist and music publisher - (He did, "Keep Searchin'") - Led The Fortune Airs - Worked with Harry Leader, Eddie Carroll, Ronnie Munro, Oscar Rabin and The Lou Preager Band.

Lynn Shults - Died 2-24-2000 - After a heart attack ( Record Exec ) Born 1945 -  Worked for United Artists, Plantation, RCA and Capitol Records - He is credited with discovering Garth Brooks.

Bill Lewis Downer - Died 2-26-2000 - Congestive heart failure ( Music Publisher - Executive) Born 1914 - Worked for Decca Records and MCA Music - Worked with Billie Holiday, Jackie Wilson, Sammy Davis Jr. and Al Hibbler.

George Duning - Died 2-27-2000 - Cardiovascular disease ( Film & TV Composer - Jazz ) Born 1908 - Trumpeter - Besides being in various jazz bands he composed music for the TV shows, Star Trek and The Big Valley and for the films, Jolson Sings Again and No Sad Songs For Me - Was a musical director for the  radio game show "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge.

George Siravo - Died 2-28-2000 - Heart failure ( Arranger ) Born 1917 - Played reeds for The Cliquot Club Eskimos - Worked with Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Charlie Barnet, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Tony Bennett and Jan Savitt - Was a staff arranger and conductor for Columbia Records and work on the radio program "Your Hit Parade"

Gary Boggs - Died 2-28-2000 - Cancer ( Country ) Born 1940 - Played pedal steel guitar - He founded Southern Mix - Worked with Hank Williams Jr., Connie Smith, George Jones and Vern Gosdin.

Dennis Danell (Dennis Eric Danell) - Died 2-29-2000 in Newport Beach - Brain aneurysm ( Rock - Punk ) Born 6-24-1961 - Guitarist - Was a member of Social Distortion (They did, "Ball And Chain" and "Let It Be Me"), Strung Gurus, The Aunt Bettys and Fuel.

Lenny Souza (Leonard Souza) - Died 3-?-2000 ( Rock ) Drummer - Worked with Stark Naked And The Car Thieves.

Edmund Fortuno - Died 3-2-2000 - Meningitis ( Rock ) Drummer - Worked with Sampaguita, The Swooners (They did, "Sonata Of Love") and Foodbrain - Worked with Chuck Berry - Son of drummer, Ramon Fortuno.

Diamond Teeth Mary (Mary Smith McClain) (aka Walking Mary) - Queen of the Blues -  Died 3-4-2000 in St. Petersburg ( Blues ) Born 1902 in Logan County, W.Va., U.S. - Worked in minstrel and medicine shows and appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theatre and The Cotton Club - Half sister of singer, Bessie Smith.

King Ernest (Ernest Baker) - Died 3-5-2000 near Santa Maria, CA, U.S. - Car crash ( Blues - Soul ) Born 5-30-1939 in Natchez, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (He did,"I Feel Alright" and "That's When I Woke Up")

Walter Dana (Wladyslaw Dan Danilowski) - Died 3-4-2000 in Miami, FL, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz - Polka ) Born 1902 in Warsaw, Poland - Composer and pianist - (He wrote, "Longing For You" which was recorded by Sammy Kaye and Vic Damone and "Who Stole The Kishka?") - Was the leader of Chor Dana - Founded Dana Records - Credited for introducing polka music to the US - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Pee Wee King (Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski) - Died 3-7-2000 in Louisville, KY, U.S. - A week after a heart attack ( Country - Polka ) Born 2-18-1914 in Abrams, Wis., U.S. - Played fiddle - (He did, "Slow Poke" and Co-wrote, "Tennessee Waltz'') - Was a member of Frankie More's Log Cabin Boys and The Golden West Cowboys - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Margaret Rosezarian Harris - Died 3-7-2000 - Heart attack - Born 9-15-1943 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Conductor, musician and educator -  She was the director of the Broadway musical, "Hair" - Was the first black woman to conduct the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Chicago and 14 other American cities.

Charles Gray - Died 3-7-2000 ( Rock ) Was the narrator in The Rockey Horror Picture Show - (Sang on "(Let's Do) The Time Warp (Again)").

Dr Collela Mazee (Richard Owino) - Died 3-7-2000 in Nairobi ( Benga ) Guitarist - He was the leader of The Collela Mazee's Victoria Band.

Leon Kelner - Died 3-8-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1923 - Pianist - Was the leader of The Leon Kelner Orchestra.

Ivo Robic (aka Mister Morgen) - Died 3-9-2000 - Born 1-29-1923 - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Morgen" and "Ta Tvoja Ruka Mala" (That Little Hand of Yours)) - Worked with Bert Kaempfert, Freddy Quinn, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Tony Flaim - 3-10-2000 - Heart attack ( Blues ) Singer for The Downchild Blues Band.

Cab Kaye (Augustus Kwamlah Quaye) - Died 3-13-2000 in Amsterdam, Holland ( Jazz ) Born 9-3-1921 in London, England - Worked with Billy Cotton's band (They did, "Shoe Shine Boy"), Roy Eldridge, Doug Swallow, Hal Swain, Ivor Kirchin and Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson.

Phil Kahl (Philip F. Kolsky) - Died 3-10-2000 in Boca Raton, FL, U.S. - Born 10- 10-1916 in Lodz, Poland - Record executive - Co-founder of Diamond Records which recorded artists, Ronnie Dove, Johnny Thunder, Ruby Winters and Gary Criss.

Tommy Collins (Leonard Raymond Sipes) - Died 3-14-2000 in Ashland City, Tenn., U.S. - Emphysema ( Country ) Born 9-28-1930 outside of Bethany, Oklahoma, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He wrote, "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" and "If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl") - He led The Rhythm Okies - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

 Stanley Ralph Ross - Died 3-16-2000 - Lung cancer ( Actor, Song And TV Script Writer ) Born 1936 - Wrote for The Beach Party Movies and The Monkee's TV show - Wrote songs for Anthony Newley, Henry Mancini, Sid Kuller, Bill Conti, Charles Fox, Jimmy Haskell and many others.

Randi Hultin - Died 3-18-2000 ( Writer - Critic ) Born 1926 in Norway - She wrote the book "Jazzens Tegn" and wrote Jazz articals for Norwegian publications, "Dagbladet" and "Aftenposten" - She also wrote for, "Jazz Forum", "Jazz Journal International" and "Down Beat".

Richard Fulton - Died 3-18-2000 - Throat cancer ( Coffeehouse Owner ) Born 1944 - Owned and ran Los Angeles' "5th Street Dick" coffeehouse, home to jazz artists Horace Tapscott, The Ron Muldrow Quartet and Dan Bagasoul - Other artist to to get their start there where B Sharp, Columbia and Black/Note.

Layton Martens - Died 3-18-2000 - Heart attack ( Jazz - Orchestra ) Born 1943 - Trombonist and cellist - Was a member of The Spirit of New Orleans Brass Band and The New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra - He also was an activist for musician's rights.

Everett L. Edstrom (Everette Leonard Edstron) - Died 3-19-2000 in Palm Desert, Riverside, California, U.S. ( Dance ) Born 12-12-1915 in Worthington, Minnesota, U.S. - Stroke - Was a member of The Hal Leonard Orchestra - He was a co-founder with his brother of one of the largest sheet music companies, The Hal Leonard Corporation.

Tom O'Grady (Thomas B. O'Grady) - Died 3-20-2000 - Heart failure ( Country ) Born 6-24-1926 in Chehalis, Washington, U.S. - Was a founder of Kicking Bird Music and Bud Dog Music and a Nashville Songwriters Association board member.

Gene Eugene - Died 3-20-2000 ( Christian Alternative Rock ) Born 1962 - Singer, songwriter, musician and producer - Was a member of Adam Again (They did, "Bad News On The Radio" and "Eyes Wide Open") - Worked with Tooth & Nail, The Swirling Eddies, Starflyer 59, Joy Electric, Daniel Amos and many others.

Andre Fourie  - Died 3-21-2000 ( Rock ) Guitarist - (He did, "Savron" and "Walking Through Fire") Worked with The Omega Limited, Mike McCully's Sixty Something Band and Cindy Alter's Zia.

John Richard Wright Jr. - Died 3-22-2000 ( Blues ) Born 1948 in New Orleans, LA. - Drummer - Worked with James Rivers.

Mel Collins - Died 3-22-2000 in Maywood, IL, U.S. - Lung cancer -  Born 6-19-1932 in Wilkinson City, MS, U.S. - Producer - Co-owner of the Giant And Glory labels releasing recordings by Jo Armstead, Little Jimmy Scott, Shirley Wahls, The Smokey Smothers, Fenton Robinson and Garland Green - Hosted radio's, Heaven Bound and owned the Colfam music publishing company.

Ed McCurdy - Died 3-23-2000 - Heart failure ( Folk ) Born 1919 Willow Hill, Pa, U.S. - (He did, "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream") - His songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Simon and Garfunkel - Worked with Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

Steven Dromgoole (Steven D. Dromgoole) (aka Scooch) - Died 3-23-2000 - Multiple organ failure ( Rock - Experimental ) Born 7-25-1958 in Utica, NY, U.S. - Played keyboards and bass - Worked with The Larry Mondello Band (They did, "My Gal"), Cargo Of Dispair and Chalk.

Al Grey (Albert Thornton Grey) - Died 3-24-2000 in Phoenix, AZ, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Jazz ) Born 6-6-1925 in Aldie, VA, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Carter, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton.

Joe Talbot - Died 3-24-2000 - Lung cancer complications ( Country ) Born 1928 - Steel guitar player, song publisher, record manufacturer and one of five permanent Lifetime Directors of the Country Music Association -  Worked with Hank Snow.

Ian Dury (Ian Robbins Dury) - Died 3-27-2000 - Colon cancer ( New Wave ) Born 5-12-1942 in Harrow Weald, Harrow, Middlesex, England - Was the singer for Kilburn And The High Roads (They did, "Huffety Puff" and "Crippled With Nerves"), Kilburn Davey Payne and Ian Dury And The Blockheads (They did, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", "Wake Up And Make Love With Me" and "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick").

Johnny Keenan - Died 3-27-2000 ( Irish Folk ) Played banjo, fiddle, low whistle, uilleann pipes and guitar - Was a member of The Pavees and Tipsy Sailor - Worked with The Furey Brothers and Raphy Doyle.

Jack Nance (Richard Jackson Nance) Died 3-31-2000 - Lung cancer ( Pop - Country - Rock ) Born 1936 (Co-wrote, ''It's Only Make Believe'' with Conway Twitty) - Worked with The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

Adrian Fisher - Died 3-31-2000 in Koh Samui, Thailand - Myocardial infarction ( Rock - Blues ) Born about 1950 - Was a guitarist for Sparks (They did, "Propaganda" and "Achoo") and Boxer (They did, "Everybody's A Star So What's In A Name" and "Can't Stand What You Do") - Worked with Paul Rodgers and Chris Townson.

Earl Bethel (John Earl Hesketh Bethel) - Died 4-?-2000 - Diabetic complications ( Rock ) Born 10-14-1971 in Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, "These Blues" and "Pick Up Yer Dawgs") - He passed away right before he was to begin performing with The Blue Man Group.

Ervin Charles - Died 4-1-2000 ( Blues ) Born 1932 in Port Barre, LA, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, "So Mean To Me" and "Sweet Woman's Love") - Was a member of The Hollywood Bearcats and The Nite Riders - Worked with Sam Young And The Soul Lovers, Richard Earl and Big Sambo And The Housewreckers.

Terrence McKenzie - Died 4-1-2000 - Shot ( Producer ) Born 1973 - Worked with U.G.K. (Underground Kingz).

James Hutchison - Died 4-2-2000 ( R&B ) Born 1944 - Saxophonist - Was a member of Hutch, The Originals and The Sparks -  Worked with Irma Thomas and Frankie Ford - Louisiana Entertainment Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Steve Whisnand - Died 4-3-2000 - Cancer ( Rock ) Drummer, singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Bristols and The Back Porch String Band.

Francis Lee Armstrong - Dies 4-4-2000 ( String Band Music ) Born 1919 - Played the guitar, the mandolin and the ukulele - Worked with his brother, Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong.

Larry Stevens - Died 4-5-2000 - Liver cancer ( Pop ) Born 1923 - Was a singer on Jack Benny's NBC radio show.

Richard Trice (aka Little Boy Fuller) - Died 4-5-2000 ( Blues - Gospel ) Born 1917 in North Carolina, U.S. - Worked with Blind Boy Fuller.

Yuri Kachalin - Died 4-5-2000 - Hung himself ( Country ) Born 4-8-1961 - Drummer - Was a member of Gradski Priisk.

Gene Pearson - Died 4-6-2000 - Lung cancer ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1935 - He sang with The Rivileers (They did, "Eternal Love" and "A Thousand Stars"), The Cleftones (They did, "Heart and Soul" and "How Do You Feel") and The Drifters.

Walter D. Nims - Died 4-6-2000 - Complications from a stroke ( Songwriter ) (He wrote the hit, "Precious And Few").

Joe Rock (Joseph V. Rock) - Died 4-6-2000 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Following quadruple bypass surgery for arterial sclerosis ( R&B ) Born 1937 - Songwriter and manager - (He co-wrote and produced the Skyliners, "Since I Don't Have You" and "This I Swear") - Managed The Jaggerz (They did, "The Rapper").

Gary Oickle - Died 4-7-2000 - Lou Gehrig's disease ( Rock ) Born 11-30-1953 - Guitarist - Was a member of Id (They did, "Sunrise (A New Deal)" and "Solar Wind").

Heinz (Heinz Burt) Died 4-7-2000 - Motor neurone disease ( Rock ) Born 1943 - (He did, "Just Like Eddie") - Was was a member of The Tornados (They did,"Telstar" and "Globetrotter").

Roger D. Kinkle - Died 4-8-2000 - Brain disease ( Author ) Born 1916 (He wrote, "The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz l900-1950" a five volume set).

Alan Betrock - Died 4-9-2000 - Cancer ( Journalist - Producer ) Born 1960 - He produced Richard Hell & The Voidoids and Blondie - Authored the books, "Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound" and "Hitsville: The One Hundred Greatest Rock N' Roll Magazines" - Founded the magazines, Jamz, The Rock Marketplace and New York Rocker - Founded Shake Records.

Cleveland Horne - Died 4-13-2000 - Heart attack ( R&B - Soul ) Was a member of Fantastic Four (They did, "The Whole World Is A Stage and "You Gave Me Something (And Everything's Alright)").

Michael Ganian - Died 4-13-2000 - Murdered ( Jazz ) Composer and  Accordionist - (He did,"Verucchio" and "The Magnificent One").

Mario Feinberg - Died 4-13-2000 - Car crash ( Rock ) Born 8-18-1962 in Brno, Czechoslovakia - Was a singer for Narvan (They did, "Snadna Ulice" and "L.O.V.E.").

Martin Pokora - Died 4-13-2000 - Car crash ( Rock ) Born 1-29-1969 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Narvan.

Pete Minger (George Allen Minger) - Died 4-14-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1-22-1943 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, U.S. - Worked with Count Basie, Al Grey, Curtis Fuller, The Philip Morris Superband, Mel Torme and The Tropic Breeze Band - Brother of Jimmy Minger.

Matt Tracy - Died 4-14-2000 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1966 - Was a guitarist for Surprise Truck, Red
Ball Jets, and Wide Open Spaces.

Ted Grouya - Died 4-14-2000 ( Songwriter ) Born 1911 in Romania (He wrote, "Flamingo" and "I Heard You Cried Last Night").

Arthur Morton (Arthur Goldberg) - Died 4-15-2000 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - Born 8-8-1908 in Duluth, MN, U.S. - Composer - Help create the sores for movies including, "Star Trek: First Contact" and TV shows such as, "My Three Sons", "Daniel Boone", "Laramie" and many others.

Jim Walsh - Died 4-16-2000 - Car crash ( Pop ) Born 1962 - Guitarist - Was a member of Raincheck.

Raphael Dupre Sr. - Died 4-17-2000 ( Cajun ) Born 1934 - Fiddler, accordion player and saxophonist - Was a member of Allen Fontenot & The Country Cajuns.

Betty O'Hara - Died 4-18-2000 - Complications of a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 1926 in Earl Park, Ind, U.S. - She was a a studio musician for the TV soundtracks, "Hill Street Blues" and "Magnum P.I." - Was a member of Maiden Voyage and The Jazzbirds.

Otis Jenkins - Died 4-18-2000 - Diabetes ( Blues - R&B ) Born 1944 - Singer - Worked with Tyrone Pollard and Yvonne Williams.

Billo Levati (Fabrizio Levati) - Died 4-18-2000 ( Beat ) He was 53 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of I Corvi (They did, "Un ragazzo di strada" and "Bang Bang").

Ronald Blackburn - Died 4-20-2000 - Shot outside a San Francisco nightclub - Born 1969 -  Hip-Hop producer - Was a co-founder of Ronlan Entertainment, an Oakland-based record company.

Neal Matthews Jr. - Died 4-21-2000 in Brentwood, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Gospel - Rockabilly - Country ) Born 10-26-1929 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Was a singer with The Jordanaires quartet who were often called,"The sound behind the King" (They backed Elvis Presley on, "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel") - Worked with Ricky Nelson, Marie Osmond, Kitty Wells, Tom Jones, Merle Haggard and others - He created the ''Nashville Numbering System'', an abbreviated form of a song arrangement that enables musicians to learn songs quickly by ear - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Clarence Hollimon (Milton Howard Clarence Hollimon) - Died 4-23-2000 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Heart failure ( Blues - Country ) Born 10-24-1937 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Bill Harvey Orchestra and The Hollimon Express - Worked with Bobby Blue Bland, O.V. Wright, Junior Parker, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, Charles Brown and Al Hinton among others - Was married to singer, Carol Fran.

Alexander Kosorunin - Died 4-23-2000 - After a long illness ( Heavy Metal ) Born 11-21-1961-  Was a member of Chiorny Kofe (Black Coffee).

Barkin' Bill Smith - Died 4-24-2000 - Pancreatic cancer ( Blues - R&B ) Vocalist - Worked with Dave Specter.

Johnny "Ace" Harris - Died 4-25-2000 ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 1917 - Was a pianist for The Ink Spots.

Q-Don (Raeneal Quann) - Died 4-25-2000 -  Shot outside a nightclub in Philadelphia during an attempted robbery ( Rap ).

Moise Robin - Died 4-26-2000 ( Cajun ) Born 1911 - Singer and accordion player - (He composed, "Tickle Me" and "Ti Yo Yo") - Worked with Leo Soileau.

Vicki Sue Robinson - Died 4-27-2000 - Cancer ( Pop - Gospel - Disco - Jingle Writer ) Born 5-31-1954 in Harlem - (She did, "Turn The Beat Around" and "House Of Joy") - She made her singing debut at the Philadelphia Folk Festival at 6 years old - She appeared in, "Hair" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" - She worked with Elton John and Cyndi Lauper - He mother is folk singer,  Jolly Robinson.

Meredith Reid (aka Yank) - Died 4-28-2000 in London, England ( Rock ) Born in 1965, Wichita, Kansas, U.S. - Sang and played harmonica - Was a member of Pusherman (They did, "First Time" and "Show Me Slowly").

Bobby Warren (Robert Warren) - Died 4-29-2000 - Shot while driving ( R &B - Doo-Wop ) Born 1943 - Was a member of The Drifters.

Timothy Kiley - Died 4-29-2000 - Lung cancer ( Director ) Born 1926 in Milwaukee - He directed, "The Sonny And Cher Show", "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", "The Mac Davis Show", "The Flip Wilson Show", "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "Star Search".

Willie Willis - Died 4-29-2000 in Dallas, TX, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 12-12-1931 in Fairfield, TX, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Good Black Night") - Was a member of The Third Division Players and The Wildcatters - Worked with Lowell Fulson, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Johnnie Taylor, Mercy Baby, Joe Simon, Mercy Baby and Albert King.

Bill Woods - Died 4-30-2000 - After triple bypass heart surgery ( Country Musician - Talent Scout - DJ ) Born 1924 in Denison, Texas, U.S. - (He did, "Truck Drivin' Man") - Was the leader of Bill Woods And His Orange Blossom Playboys - Helped originate The Bakersfield Sound (Okie music) - Worked with Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

Jonah Jones (Robert Elliott Jones) - Died 4-30-2000 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 12-31-1909 in Louisville, KY, U.S. - Trumpet player (He did, "On The Street Where You Live" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads") - Was a member of Tinsley's Royal Aces, Perdue's Pirates, Stuff Smith's Sextet and McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Worked with Cab Calloway, Lil Armstrong, Benny Carter and Fletcher Henderson.

Barry Ulanov - Died 4-30-2000 ( Jazz Author ) Born 1915 New York City, NY, U.S. - Wrote about Jazz for The The Spectator, The Metronome, Esquire, Vogue, and Down Beat - Wrote the books, "Duke Ellington", "The Incredible Crosby" "A History Of Jazz In America" and "A Handbook Of Jazz" - Son of concertmaster Arturo Toscanini.

Phil Palumbo - Died 5-?-2000 ( Jazz ) He was 74 years old - Played saxophone - Led Phil Palumbo And Pals and Phil Palumbo And Company - Worked with Gene Fiocca, Pete Nardella and Eddie Paolucci.

Beth Powell (Beth Stolz Powell) - Died 5-?-2000 ( Folk ) Singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Nyna "Napalm" Crawford - Died 5-?-2000 ( Punk ) Born 1956 - Singer and harmonica player - Was a member of VKTMS (They did, "Municide" and "Earthbound").

Peter Farmasonis - Died 5-?-2000 ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Cowboy Surfer (They did, "Overrated" and "Obstacle To Greed").

David Bryant - Died 5-1-2000 - Prostate cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1922 in Chicago, IL, U.S. -  Was a bassist for Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra - Worked with Buddy Collette, Charles Mingus, Benny Carter, Nat Cole, Dexter Gordon and Gerald Wilson.

Teri Thornton (Shirley Enid Avery) - Died 5-2-2000 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. - Bladder cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-1-1934 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Vocalist and pianist - (She did, "Somewhere In The Night" and "Knee Deep In The Blues") - She worked with Clark Terry, Britt Woodman, Jimmy Cobb, Wynton Kelly and Howard Johnson.

Bill Napier - Died 5-3-2000 ( Bluegrass ) Born 12-17-1935 in Wise County, VA, U.S. - Played guitar and mandolin - (He wrote, "Daybreak In Dixie") - Worked with The Stanley Brothers ("How Far To Little Rock") and Charlie Moore ("Praise God, I'm Ready To Go").

Craig Perkins - Died 5-5-2000 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1-28-1948 - Was a bass player for The Coachmen (They did, "Mr. Moon") and a member of Professor Morrison's Lollipop (They did, "You Got The Love").

Mike Makhalemele (aka Bra' Mike) - Died 5-6-2000 in Meadowlands - Illness ( Jazz ) He was 58 years old - Born in Alexandra Township - Saxophonist - (He did, "Soweto Dawn" and a remake of John Lennon's, "Mind Games") - Was a member of The Drive - Worked with Joe Henderson, Paul Simon, Curtis Mayfield, Champion Jack Dupree and Clarence Carter.

Virginia Seretny (aka Mrs. IPA) - Died 5-6-2000 ( Polka ) Born 10-4-1923 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Hosted radio's, Polkatime for 33 years - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Wilbur Brown - Died 5-7-2000 - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1932 - Was a saxophonist for The Cat And Fiddle - Worked with Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Hank Crawford, Woody Herman, Joe Liggens, Roy Milton and Red Garland.

Perry Jones - Died 5-7-2000 ( Western Swing ) Musician - Co-founded The Western Swing Society - Son of fiddler, Loyd Jones and pianist Bonnie Jones - Western Swing Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bobbi Martin (Barbara Anne Martin) - Died 5-9-2000 - Breast or lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 11-29-1943 in Brooklyn, New York, NY, U.S. - (She sang, "For The Love Of Him", and "Don't Forget I Still Love You").

Andre "Dede" Fortin - Died 5-10-2000 - Stabbed himself ( Pop - Rock ) Born 1963 - Was the singer for Les Colocs (They did, "Tassez-Vous de d'La").

Bill "the Fox" Foster - Died 5-10-2000 - Prostate cancer ( Bawdy Music ) Born 1932 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Was a singer of funny and bawdy songs at many clubs and on TV's, "The Man Show" - He was a champion chugger of beer, being able drink a pitcher of beer in 3.5 seconds.

Warren Ceasar - Died 5-11-2000 ( Zydeco ) Born 1952 - Singer,Trumpeter and flautist - Leader of The  Warren Ceasar & The Creole Zydeco Snap Band (They did, "La Lune Bleu" and "Zydeco Boogaloo") - Worked with Zachary Richard, Luther Ingram, Al Green, Guitar Gable, Clifton Chenier and Isaac Hayes.

Humberto Cane - Died 5-13-2000 ( Cuban Music ) Born 1918 in Matanzas - Was a member of Sonora Matancera, Conjunto Azul, Conjunto Yeyo y Cane, Rene Bloch Orchestra and Trio Los Panchos - Worked with Beny More and Tona La Negra.

Geoff Goddard (aka Anton Hollywood) - Died 5-15-2000 ( Pop) Born 1938 - Pianist and composer (Recorded, "Sky Men"and he wrote John Leyton's, "Johnny Remember Me")

Tony Charles - Died 5-17-2000 ( Zydeco ) Born 1945 - Drummer - Was a member of Rockin' Sydney's band - Worked with The Zydeco Brothers, The Boogie Kings, Curtis Mayfield and Jackie Wilson.

Richard Payne - Died 5-17-2000 ( R&B - Jazz - Classical ) Born 1932 - Bassist - Was a member of The Jazz Hounds - Worked with Professor Longhair, Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Duke Ellington and Allen Toussaint.

Danny Otholt (Daniel C. Otholt) - Died 5-17-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1946 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Three of Us - Worked with Betty Loo Taylor.

Jessie "Jay" Stutes - Died 5-19-2000 ( Cajun ) Born 1934 - Singer and steel guitar player - Was a member of Cleveland Crochet & The Hillbilly Ramblers (They did, "Sugar Bee").

Jean-Pierre Rampal - Died 5-20-2000 - Heart failure ( Baroque - Jazz - Japanese - Indian - English Folk ) Born 1-7-1922 in the southern port city of Marseille - (He did, "Ease On Down The Road" with Miss Piggy on the Muppet show) - His recording of Claude Bolling's, "Suite For Flute And Jazz Piano" was on the Billboard charts for ten consecutive years - Popularized the flute as a solo instrument.

Mike Farrell - Died 5-20-2000 - Heart attack - Producer and  guitarist.

Buzzy Drootin (Benjamin Drootin) - Died 5-21-2000 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 4-22-1920 in Kiev, Russia - Drummer - Was a member of The Jess Stacy All-Stars and The Drootin Brothers Jazz Band - Worked with Buck Clayton, Lee Wiley, Eddie Condon, Wingy Manone, Jimmy McPartland, Doc Cheatham, Peewee Russell, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Yusef Afloat Muhammad - Died 5-21-2000 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Found dead alongside a freeway  ( Hip-Hop ) He was 28 years old - Was 1/2 of The Nonce (They did, "The Mix Tapes" and "Keep It On").

Jeff Terra - Died 5-21-2000 in RI, U.S. - Had an attack while driving ( Blues ) Born 11-30-1962 in Bristol, RI, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Smith Hill Blues Band, The Hohners, Hugh Holmes, Professor Harp & The Showmen, The Kingpins and D.D. & The Road Kings (They did, "Change For A Life").

Inka Zemankova (Inez Konickova) - Died 5-23-2000 in Prague, Czech Republic ( Jazz - Swing ) Born between 1915 and 1925 in Prague - Singer - (She did, "Slunecnice" and "Rada zpivam hot").

Joe Massimino - Died 5-24-2000 - Complications of stomach cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1936 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Pianist - Bandleader for The Mike Douglas Show - Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Doc Severinsen, Joe Williams, Louis Bellson and Buddy Rich.

Joe "YoYo" Jaramillo - Died 5-24-2000 -  Natural causes ( Doo-Wop ) Born 10-15-1948 in Colusa, California, U.S. - Was a singer for Bobby & The Classics later renamed Cannibal And The Headhunters (They did, "Land Of 1000 Dances" and "Nau Ninny Nau").

Jim Lowe Jr - Died 5-28-2000 - Cancer - Born 1927 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. -  D.J. - He did "The Kats Karavan Show", a  program that brought rhythm and blues to white audiences - He was the voice of a 52 foot tall mechanical cowboy named Big Tex at the Texas state fair for 40 years.

Don Johnson - Died 5-29-2000 in Canberra, Australia - Cancer ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 8-7-1939 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Judy Garland, Art Mooney, Ray Eberle, Charlie Spivak, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke - Died 5-30-2000 - Respiratory arrest ( Jazz ) Born 2-12-1914 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. - Saxophonist and singer - Was a member of The Glenn Miller Orchestra (They did, "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" and "Jukebox Saturday Night"), The Ben Young Band, The Horace Heidt Big Band and was the leader of The Glenn Miller Band With Tex Beneke after Miller had died.

Tom Ayres - Died - 5-30-2000 ( Producer - Talent Scout ) Born 12-25-1933 in Sabine Parish, LA, U.S. - He played bass with The Johnny Burnette Quintet - Produced The Dartell's, "Hot Pastrami" -  Worked with David Bowie, Gene Vincent, The Sir Douglas Quintet, The Seeds and Kim Fowley.

Joe Puma (Joseph J. Puma) - Died 5-31-2000 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 8-13-1927 in the Bronx, N.Y., U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Sammy Kaye, Shaw's Gramercy Five, Herbie Mann, Don Elliot and Barry Galbraith.

Johnnie Taylor (Johnnie Harrison Taylor) - The Philosopher of Soul -  Died 5-31-2000 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. - Heart attack ( R&B - Gospel - Doo-Wop ) Born 5-5-1938 in Crawfordsville, Ark., U.S. - (He did, "Who's Making Love" and "Disco Lady") - Was a member of The Soul Stirrers, The Five Echoes and The Highway Q. C.'s (They did, "Somewhere To Lay My Head").

Hattie Littles - Died 6-?-2000 - Heart attack ( Soul - Blues ) Born 1938 - (She did, "Your Love Is Wonderful" and "After The Love Is Gone").

Tommy Scott - Died 6-?-2000 - Cancer and intestinal problems ( Rock ) Was was the lead singer for Steam (They did, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye") - Tommy was not on the original recording, but was the lead singer for the touring band when the song was a hit.

Clive Westlake - Died 6-?-2000 - After a heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1933 in Wales, England - (He wrote, "I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten" for Dusty Springfield, and "Here I Go Again" for the Hollies) - He also wrote songs for Roger Whittaker, Petula Clark, Elvis Presley, Vera Lynn and Tom Jones.

Tito Puente (Ernest Anthony Puente Jr.) - The King Of The Mambo - Died 6-1-2000 - Heart problem ? ( Latin Jazz ) Born 4-20-1923 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Bandleader, vibraphonist and percussionist - (He did, "Que No, Que No" and wrote Santana's,"Oye Como Va").

Ralph Jones - Died 6-1-2000 ( Rock ) Born 1921 - Drummer (He wrote, "Conga Rock") - Was a member of Little Ernie's Four Horsemen and Bill Haley And The Comets (They did, "See You Later, Alligator" and "The Paper Boy").

Adolph Hofner - Died 6-2-2000 - Lung cancer ( Country Swing ) Born 6-8-1916 in Moulton, TX, U.S. - (He did, "Maria Elena" and "Cotton-Eyed Joe") - Was a member of Jimmie Revard And His Oklahoma Playboys, The Hawaiian Serenaders, Tom Dickey and The Showboys (They did, "It Makes No Difference Now"), The Texans, and Adolph Hofner And The Pearl Wranglers.

Steve Waller (Steven Charles Waller) - Died 6-2-2000 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 6-30-1951 in South London, England - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Roger Ruskin Spear ("Doctor Rock" and "I'm A Fly"), Kevin Coyne and Manfred Mann's Earth Band ("Fritz The Blank" and "No Guarantee").

Luis F. "Lou" Catanho - Died 6-3-2000 - Cancer - Born 1962 - Soundman - Worked for The Illusions.

Ron Thorpe - Died 6-4-2000 - Car crash ( Rock ) Singer, percussion and guitarist - Was a member of  Terrasphere, No FixedAddress and Deadheart (They did, "Native Home" and "U People").

Sybil Trent - Died 6-5-2000 - Lymphoma ( Pop ) Born 1927 - (She sang, "Thank You For A Lovely Evening") - Was the host of her own radio show, "Baby Sybil Elaine And Her Kiddie Revue" when she was 6 years old and later hosted "Let's Pretend".

João Nogueira - Died 6-5-2000 - Heart attack ( Singer - Songwriter ) Born 1942 - His songs were recorded by Elis Regina, Beth Carvalho, Elizeth Cardoso, Emílio Santiago and Clara Nunes.

Arnold Ross (Arnold Rosenberg) - Died 6-5-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1-29-1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Charlie Parker, Frank Dailey, Jack Jenney, Vaughan Monroe, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Charlie Parker, Maureen O'Hara, Lena Horne, Spike Jones, The Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, Lester Young and others.

Clint Houston (Clinton Joseph Houston) - Died 6-6-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 6-26-1946 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Free Life Communications and The Stan Getz Quartet - Worked with Joanne Brackeen, Nina Simone, Woody Shaw and many others.

Rev. James Moore - Died 6-7-2000 - Heart failure, brought on by kidney disease ( Gospel ) Born 1956 in  Detroit, MI, U.S. - (He did, "It's Not Over (Till God Says It's Over)" and "I'm Going To Make It") - Was a singer for The Mississippi Mass Choir (They did, "Call Him Up, Pt. 1" and "I'm Pressing On").

John Rinaldo - Died 6-7-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1928 in Elgin, Ill, U.S. - Created one of the best jazz education programs in the U.S.

Anna Sosenko - Died 6-9-2000 - Heart failure ( Songwriter - Manager ) Born 6-13-1909 (She wrote, "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" and "Why Don't They Leave Us Alone?") - Was a longtime manager of Hildegarde.

Burgher "Buddy'' Jones - Died 6-9-2000 - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) Born 2-17-1924 in Hope, Ark, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Elliot Lawrence band and The Lennie Tristano Quintet -  Worked with Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Phil Woods and Gene Quill - Was a consultant for the motion picture "Bird'' a biography of Charlie Parker - Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee.

Abe  Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln)  - Died 6-9-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 3-29-1907 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with The Goofus Five, The California Ramblers, The Michigan Theatre Orchestra and The Abe Lincoln Orchestra.

Frank Patterson - Ireland's Golden Tenor - Died 6-10-2000 - Brain tumor ( Pop - Irish ballads ) Born 1942.

Ruth Rubin (Rifke Rosenblatt) - Died 6-11-2000 ( Folklorist ) Born 9-1-1906 in Montreal, Canada - She wrote, "A Treasury Of Jewish Folksong" and "Voices of A People: The Story of Yiddish Folksong" - She amassed about 2000 Yiddish songs that otherwise may have been  lost - Sang with Pete Seeger.

Merrill Moore - Died 6-14-2000 - Cancer ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 9-26-1923 in Algona, Iowa, U.S. - Was the founder of The Saddle Rhythm Boys (They did, "Big Bug Boogie" and "House Of Blue Lights") - Worked with Tommy Sands ("Teenage Crush"), Moon Mullican, Billy Strange and Faron Young - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bob Rolontz - Died 6-14-2000 - Complication of Parkinson's disease ( Record Exec ) Born 1921 - He was the originator of the platinum record - Worked for Billboard magazine, RCA Victor, Atlantic Records and Warner Communications - He co-founded the Ralph J. Gleason music book awards.

Paul Griffin - Died 6-14-2000 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( Gospel - Folk - Pop - Rock - Soul ) Born 1937 in Harlem, U.S. - Pianist and organist  - Studio musician - Was a member of The All-City Orchestra - Worked with Bob Dylan ("Blonde On Blonde"), Aretha Franklin ("Think"), Steely Dan ("The Royal Scam"), The Shirelles ("Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?"), Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Peter, Paul And Mary and many others.

Margie Rayburn - Died 6-14-2000 - Heart attack ( Pop ) Born 1924 in Madera, CA, U.S. (She did,"I'm Available" and "Freight Train") - Was a member of The Sunnysiders ("Hey Mr. Banjo") and The Ray Anthony Orchestra.

Bill Colleran - Died 6-15-2000 - Stroke ( TV Producer and Director ) Born 1923 - Worked on, "Your Hit Parade" and for TV specials for Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Barbara McNair and Debbie Reynolds - Was married to Lee Remick at one time.

Jimmy Self - Died 6-16-2000 ( Bluegrass ) Born 1922 - (He did, "Oh Babe").

Bill Barlip (William K. Barlip) - Died 6-16-2000 in Kunkletown, PA, U.S. ( Country ) Born 1939 in Allentown, PA, U.S. - Played bass and steel guitar - Was a member of The Gabb Band, Southern Comfort, Country Gold and The Scott Bedford Four.

Lorraine Marie Blue (aka Mama Blue and Mother Blue) - Died 6-16-2000 in Sacramento - Lymphoma - Born 12-15-1926 - Ran the club, Mother Blues which featured jazz musicians, folk musicians and commedians and where Spanky And Our Gang got their start.

Tommy Eldridge - Died 6-19- 2000 ( Doo-Wop - R&B ) Born 1941 - Was a member of The Jarmels (They did, "A Little Bit Of Soap").

Ronald "Green Apples" Williams - Died 6-22-2000 ( R&B ) Born 1944 - Was a member of Swiss Movement, The Orbiters and The Louisiana Purchase.

Jerome Richardson - Died 6-23-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1921 - Saxophonist and flutist - Was a member of The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra - Worked with Lionel Hampton (They did, "Kingfish"), Jimmie Lunceford, Marshall Royal, Teri Thornton, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Quincy Jones.

Joseph Troyan (aka Bashful Harmonica Joe) Died 6-24-2000 ( Country ) Worked with Pie Plant Pete (They did, "Boy! Am I Glad" and "The Rooster Seranade") and Grandpa Jones.

Rodrigo Bueno (Alejandro Rodrigo Bueno) (aka El Potro) - Died 6-24-2000 - Car accident while drunk ( Cuarteto - Pop ) Born 1973.

Ron Moseley (Ronald Moseley) - Died 6-24-2000 - Myasthenia gravis - He was 66 years old - Songwriter, producer and manager -  He managed Luther Vandross, Lou Rawls and The O'Jays - He founded Sussex Records and ran Earth Music.

Wilson Simonal (Wilson Simonal de Castro) - Died 6-25-2000 - Cirrhosis ( Rock - Pop ) Born 2-28-1938 in Agua Santa, a suburb of Rio, Brazil - Singer - (He sang, "Pais Tropical" and "Meu LimAo Meu Limoeiro") - He had been blacklisted after being accused of being an informant for the military regime, a charge never substantiated.

Myles F. O'Malley (aka The Tin Whistle King) - Died 6-26-2000 ( Irish Folk ) Born 1910 in Everett, MA, U.S.

Fundi Konde - Died 6-29-2000 ( Blues - Calypso -  Jazz - Pop ) Born 8-24-1924 - (He did, "Jambo Sigara" and "Mama Sowera") - Was a member of Peter Colmore's African Band and Shikamoo Jazz - Produced The Mushrooms.

Timothy Saunders (Timothy Paul Saunders) - Died 6-29-2000 - Born 3-9-1965 - Guitar tech for Kelly Gray.

Harold Aks - Died 6-30-2000 - Congestive heart failure ( Choral ) Born 1922 - Conductor and music teacher - Worked with The Interracial Fellowship Chorus and The Dorian Chorale.

Rik L. Rik (Richard Brian Elerick) (aka Rick L. Rick) - Died 6-30-2000 - Brain cancer ( Punk Rock - Hard Rock ) Born 9-30-1960 - Was the singer for F-Word (They did, "I Got Power" and "Do The Nihil"), Electric Frankenstein , The Slaves, Negative Trend and The Celestials - Worked with Will Shatter, Dim Wanker and Steve DePace.

Nick Von Robison - Died 7-?-2000 - Self inflicted ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Hatfields (They did, "The Kid From Cinci").

Cub Koda (Michael Cub Koda) - The living spirit of rock'n'roll - Died - 7-1-2000 in Chelsea, MI, U.S. - Complications of kidney disease ( Rock ) Born 10-1-1948 in Detroit MI, U.S. - Songwriter, guitarist - He was also a blues, rock and R&B historian, critic and journalist - He was a member of Brownsville Station (They did, "Smokin' In The Boys Room"), The Del-Tinos (They did a remake of, "Go, Go, Go"), The Points (They did, "Welcome To My Job") and The Bone Gods - He co-authored the book,"Blues For Dummies".

Fernando Albuerne - La Voz Romantica de Cuba - Died 7-3-2000 in Miami, U.S. - Parkinson's disease ( Bolero ) Born 10-28-1920 in Sagua de Tanamo, Cuba - Singer and publicist.

Chuck Briggs- Died 7-4-2000 - Aids related complications ( Rock ) Was  a guitarist for The U.S. Bombs (They did, "Garibaldi Guard" and "Never Mind The Opened Minds").

Yuri Hoi (Yuri Nikolaevich Klinskikh) - Died 7-4-2000 in Voronezh, Russia - Diabetes or alcohol overdose? ( Punk ) Born 7-27-1964 - Was a member of Sektor Gaza.

Mausberg (Johnny Burns) - Died 7-4-2000 in Compton - Shot while sitting in a car ( Hip Hop ) Born 1979 - Worked with DJ Quik (They did, "Down Down Down" and "Did Y'All Feel That") and Snoop Dogg (They did, "Don't Tell").

Slim Clark (Raymond LeRoy Clark) (aka Yodeling Slim Clark) - Died 7-5-2000 in St. Alban's, ME, U.S. ( Cowboy Music ) Born 12-11-1917 in Petersham, MA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "The Strawberry Roan'' and ''The Cat Comes Back") - Western Music Association Hall Of Fame inductee, Yodeler's Hall Of Fame Inductee, Cowboy Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Maine Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Harold Phillips (aka Lord Woodbine and Woodie) - Died 7-5-2000 in Toxteth, Merseyside, England - Smoke inhalation in a house fire ( calypso ) Born 1928 in Lavantille, Trinidad - Singer and promoter - Was a member of The All-Steel Caribbean Band - He was the first to promote The Beatles who were known as The Silver Beatles at the time.

Lew Bedell - Died 7-6-2000 - Cancer ( Songwriter )  Born 1919 in Texas - Founder of Dore Records - Worked with Ray Peterson, Jan & Dean, and Billy Joe & The Checkmates.

James Hill (James S. Hill) - Died 7-6-2000 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Gospel - Country - Rock - Pop ) Born 7-25-1916 in Bessemer, Ala., U.S. - Was a member of The Fairfield Four (They did, "Roll Jordan Roll " and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot") and The Skylarks (They did, "My Life Is In His Hands" and "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around") - Worked with Lee Roy Parnell, John Fogerty, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Kevin Welch, Steve Earle and The Nashville Bluegrass Band.

Michael Hartman - Died 7-6-2000 - Complications from Cystic Fibrosis ( Rock ) Born 2-4-1976 in Marion, Indiana, U.S. - Guitarist (He did, "A Song For Jeanie" and "Feel My Pain") - Worked with David Lee Roth ("King Of The Hill" and "Indeed I Do").

Rick Tait (Richard George Tait) - Died 7-10-2000 (Jazz - Funk) Born 10-11-1953 Was a member of Tommy Banks Band and Manteca (They did, "Perfect Foot" and "MCT").

Dick Glasser (Richard Eugene Glasser) - Died 7-10-2000 - Lung cancer ( Producer - Songwriter ) Born 12-8-1933 in Canton, Ohio, U.S. - (He wrote, "Come Runnin' Back" and "I'm In Love With You") - He had his songs recorded by the Kingston Trio, Chet Atkins, Buddy Greco,  Walter Brennan, Glen Campbell and Bobby Vee - Produced The Ventures, Vic Dana, The Everly Brothers, Gary Puckett And The Union Gap and others - Was a general manager of Dalton Records, an A&R director for  Warner Brothers Records and started Richbare Music.

Jaroslav Filip - Died 7-11-2000 - Heart attack ( Pop - Rock - Chanson ) Born 6-22-1949 in Hontianske Moravce, Czechoslovakia - Composer and keyboardist for Blues Five, actors Lasica & Satinsky (They did, "Vyletel Vtak" and "Bolo Nas Jedenast"), Dezo Ursiny (He did, "Apple Tree In Winter") and singer Richard Muller (He did, "Syn Nosi Moju Tvar") - Also composed  film and ad music.

Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman) (aka Lord Shorty) - Father of Soca - Died 7-12-2000 - Bone cancer ( Soca ) Born 1941 in Lengua, Trinidad - He created "Soca" a fusion of calypso and funk (He recorded, "Lesson In Love" and "Cloak And Dagger") - Was the leader of The Love Circle.

Cadillac Cook (Mark Cook) - Died 7-13-2000 - Motorcycle accident ( Blues ) Played Harmonica - Was a member of The Delta Rockets (They did, "Sweet Thang" and "Movin' Up").

Bill Barth (William Henry Barth) - Died 7-14-2000 - Heart attack ( Country Blues - Pop ) Was a member of Insect Trust (They did, "Miss Fun City" and "Declaration of Independence"), Bobby Ray Watson And The Del Rios" and "Red Hot & Blue.

Meredith MacRae ( Meredith Lynn Mac Rae) - Died 7-14-2000 in Manhattan Beach, CA, U.S. - Complications of brain cancer - Born 5-30-1944 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Singer and actress - (She did, "Image Of A Boy" and "Who Needs Memories Of Him") - She was one of The Girls From Petticoat Junction (They did, "I'm So Glad That You Found Me" and "Wheeling, West Virginia") - She portrayed Billie Jo on TV's, Petticoat Junction and Sally Ann on TV's, My Three Sons - She had been married to MGM executive, Richard Berger, actor, Greg Mullavey and CEO, Philip Neal.

Paul Young - Died 7-15-2000 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1947 - Was the singer for Sad Cafe (They did, "Run Home Girl" and "My Oh My") and Mike And The Mechanics (They did, "All I Need Is A Miracle" and "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)") - Worked with Marianne Faithfull, Hothouse Flowers, Fito Paez and Paul Carrack.

Johnny Duncan (John Franklin Duncan) - Died 7-15-2000 - Cancer ( Gospel - Country - Skiffle ) Born 9-7-1932 in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, U.S. (He did, "Last Train To San Fernando" and "Footsteps In The Snow") - Was a member of Chris Barber Skiffle Group.

Douglas "Jocko" Henderson (aka Ace from Outer Space) - Died 7-15-2000 - Diabetes? - Dee Jay -  Jocko and Alan Freed are credited with bringing Rock N' Roll to the masses via their radio shows - Was the first African-American to regularly host a Rock N' Roll TV show - He also hosted shows at the Apollo Theater.

Ronn Goedert - Died 7-16-2000 ( Rock ) Was the singer for White Witch (They did, "Don't Close Your Mind" and "Home Grown Girl").

Neuma Goncalves da Silva (aka Dona Neuma) -  First lady of samba - Died 7-17-2000 - Stroke ( Samba ) Born 1922 in Madureira- Was a director of The Mangueira Samba School.

Mabel Scott (Mabel Bernice Scott) - Died 7-19-2000 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 4-30-1915 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Fool Burro" and "Do The Thing") - She was briefly married to blues singer and pianist, Charles Brown.

H. LeBaron Taylor - Died - 7-19-2000 ( Record Executive ) Born 1935 - Worked for CBS Records in the Black Music Marketing department and for Atlantic Records - Was a vice president for corporate affairs at Sony Music Entertainment and the assistant to the general manager of WDAS in Philadelphia.

Kim Roberts (Rosemary Ann Cottnam) - Died 7-22-2000 - Heart problem ( Rock ) Born 4-11-1945 in Halifax - ( She did, "Prove It" backed by The Outlaws) - Was a member of Rusty And The Renegades and Limehouse - Worked with Lord Sutch, The Zaras, The Settlers, Joe Meek and Ritchie Blackmore.

Helen O'Brien - Died 7-23-2000 ( Jazz ) Singer - She was married to trumpeter, Chris Griffin.

Nick Null - Died 7-23-2000 - Heart attack ( Metal ) Drummer - Was a member of Lividity (They did, "The Urge To Splurge" and "Bloody Pit Of Horror") and Waco Jesus.

Frederick Marks (Frederick C. Marks) - Died 7-25-2000 - Brain tumour ( Exec ) Born 1925 - Was a director for Festival Records, Phillips Records and worked for Billboard magazine.

Rodney St. Pierre, Jr - Died 7-26-2000 - Jet-ski accident ( R&B ) Born 1961 - He was a singer for The Bayou Blues Band.

Alex "Sleepy" Stein - Died 7-27-2000 - Cancer ( DJ ) Born 1919 Savannah, Ga., U.S. - Founded KNOB, the first all Jazz radio station.

Jad McAdam - Died 7-27-2000 - Heroin overdose ( Electronic Pop ) Journalist, composer and DJ - Was a member of Lino (They did, "Troubleshooting" and "Wasted") - He wrote music for dance troupes One Extra Dance, Chunky Move,  Thwack! and Lucy Geurin.

Victor Perez - Died 7-28-2000 in Los Teques, Venezuela - Cancer ( Tropical ) Born 9-15-1917 in Margarita Island, Venezuela - Singer - Worked for Billo's Caracas Boys, Rafa y Victor, Sans Soucy, and the orchestras of Aldemaro Romero and Chucho Sanoja - (He did, "Campesino" (Country Man), "El Caiman" (The Cayman), "Maraquita" and "Guarachando").

Bill Roth (William E. Roth) - Died 7-29-2000 ( Jazz - Blues - Rock ) Born 1943 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. - He was the leader of The Mostly Blues Band and worked with many Akron, Ohio bands.

Joe Hackbarth - Died 8-?-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1931 in Germany - Was a drummer for The Wolfgang Lauth Quartet.

Jim Glimm - Died 8-?-2000 - Cancer ( Bluegrass - Folk ) Played banjo and sang and was a folklore scholar - Was a member of The Cherry Flats Ridge Pluckers.

William "Roscoe" Mercer - Died 8-1-2000 - Embolism - Born 5-27-1927 in New York City, N.Y., U.S. - DJ - Was a pioneer of free form FM radio, reading poetry and playing rock, soul, folk and jazz, freely choosing the music.

Johnny Morisette (aka Johnny TwoVoice) - Died 8-1- 2000 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 7-1-1935 in Montu Island, South Pacific - Singer - (He did, "Meet Me At The Twistin' Place" and "Sho' Miss You Baby") - Worked with The Medallions (They did, "My Pretty Baby" and "I'll Never Love Again").

Jerome Smith - Died 8-2-2000 - Crushed by a bulldozer he was operating after falling off ( Rock - Disco ) Born 6-18-1953 - Was the rhythm guitarist for KC & the Sunshine Band (They did, "That's The Way (I Like It)" and "Get Down Tonight").

Gilles Thibault - Died 8-2-2000 ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 9-21-1927 - Trumpet player - He wrote, "Comme D'Habitude" which Paul Anka gave English lyrics and called it "My Way" - He also wrote songs for Michel Sardou, Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday.

Maurice Irving Kinn (aka Alley Cat) - Died 8-3-2000 - Cancer ( Booking Agent - Concert Promotor ) Born 6-2-1924 - Founder of the influential New Musical Express (NME) magazine - He staged the first all-star jazz concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

Paul Conover - Died 8-4-2000 - Complications from a stroke ( Rock ) Born 1948 in California, U.S. - Was a bass guitarist and songwriter for The Weeds.

Professor Sam Akpabot - Died 8-7-2000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State ( High Life - Afrobeat ) Born 10-3-1932 in Etinam in Akwa Ibom State - Musician - (He did, "Oni dodo Oni moi moi") - Led The Sam Akpabot Sextet - Worked with Oludare Holloway.

Mark Hickey - Died 8-8-2000 - Liver and kidney failure ( Hard Core ) Born 1958 - He was a singer for Agression (They did, "Brain Bondage" and "Rat Race").

Richard McConnachie (Richard James McConnachie) - Died 8-9-2000 - Cardiomyopathy ( Rock ) Born 1981 - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Was a member of Donut (They did, "Let Me In, I'm Starving" and "Deformed Little Pinkie Toe").

Nazia Hassan - Died 8-13-2000 - Lung cancer ( Pop - Disco ) Born 4-3-1965 - (She sang, "If Someone Like You Comes Into My Life").

Leonard Kwan - Died 8-14-2000 - Heart failure ( Newage - Hawaian ) Born 1931 - Guitarist - (He did, "Opihi Moe Moe" and "Ke'ala's Mele").

Lawrence Reynolds - Died 8-15-2000 ( Country - Gospel ) Born 7-13-1944 in St. Stephens, Alabama , U.S. - Coronary artery disease - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Jesus Is A Soul Man" and wrote, "If God Is Dead, What's This Living In My Heart") - He wrote about 2,000 songs - His songs have been recorded by Conway Twitty, Lou Rawls, Johnny Rivers, Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn.

Alan Caddy - Died 8-16-2000 ( Rock ) Born 2-2-1940 in Chelsea, London - Was a gutiarist for The Five Nutters, Bats Heath And The Vampires, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates (They did, "Please Don't Touch") and a founding member of the Tornados (They, did, "Telstar" and "Globetrotter").

Bob Cummins - Died 8-17-2000 - Prostate cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1932 - Ran the Jazz record label, "India Navigation" - He recorded David Murray, Lester Bowie, Jay Hoggard, Kenny Barron, Chico Freeman and many others.

Jimmy Belken (James E. Belken Sr.)- Died 8-19-2000 - Liver cancer ( Country ) Born 1931 in Dallas, TX, U.S. -  Worked with The Oak Cliff Symphony, Mickey Tucker And The Corn Shuckers, Ray Price, Hank Thompson, Bob Wills, Mel Tillis, Red Foley and Merle Haggard-  Cowtown Society Of Western Music Inductee.

Tomata du Plenty (David Xavier Harrigan) - Died 8-20-2000 in San Francisco, CA, U.S - Cancer ( Techno Punk ) Born 1948 in Coney Island, NY, U.S - Was a singer for The Tupperwares and The Screamers.

Craig Shindler - Died 8-21-2000 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 34 years old - Bassist - Worked with Mash-O-Matic, K-9 Arts, Angerhead and Easy Way.

Wendy Mseleku (aka Powerhouse) - Died 8-21-2000 in Soweto, South Africa - Renal failure ( R&B - Gospel ) Born 1973 - Singer - Worked with her sister, Andile Mseleku - Neice of pianist, Bheki Mseleku.

Giulio Capiozzo - Died 8-22-2000 - Heart attack? ( Progressive Rock ) Born 2-18-1946 - Percussionist - Was a member of Area (They did, "Arbeit Macht Frei" and "Mirage, Mirage").

Djangi Yogo (aka Dindo (Theophile) Djangi) - Died 8-23-2000 - Heart problem ( Dance Music ) Born 12-30-1955 in Lokutu - Was a member of Orchestre Machi (They did, "Beyuna"), Etumba Na Ngwaka (They did, "Lola Muana"), Papa Wemba's Viva La Musica and Zaiko Langa Langa.

Nikita Zaitsev - Died 8-23-2000 - Liver failure ( Rock ) Violinist -  Was a member of DDT.

Audie Ashworth - Died 8-24-2000 - Heart failure ( DJ - Music Publisher ) He was 78 years old - He was a  music publisher for Audigram Music for songs by Kris Kristofferson, Bill Anderson, J.J. Cale, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Eric Clapton.

Jack Nitzche (Bernard Alfred Nitzsche) - Died 8-25-2000 - Cardiac arrest, brought on by a bronchial infection ( Rock ) Born 4-22-1937 in Chicago - Composer, pianist and arranger - (He did, "The Lonely Surfer") - (Co-wrote, "Up Where We Belong" and "Needles And Pins") - Worked with Phil Spector, Sonny Bono, The Crystals, Ike And Tina Turner, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones and many others - Was once married to Gracia Ann May and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Cliff Bruner (Clifton Lafayette Bruner)- Died 8-25-2000 - Cancer ( Western Swing ) Born 4-25-1915 - Fiddle player - Was a member of Milton Brown's Musical Brownies and The Texas Wanderers (They did, "It Makes No Difference Now") - Worked with Willie Nelson and Moon Mullican.

Leigh Lawson - Died 8-26-2000 ( Rock ) Was the bass player for Ten Foot Pole.

Allen Woody (Douglas Allen Woody) - Died 8-26-2000 ( Rock ) Born 1956 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Was a bassist for The Allman Brothers Band, Blue Floyd, The Artimus Pyle Bandand Gov't Mule.

Richard "Snax" Jaeger - Died 8-27-2000 ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 9-11-1947 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Percussionist - Worked with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Crosby, Stills And Nash, Dave Mason, The Pointer Sisters, The BoDeans, Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead.

Mort Ruby - Died 8-28-2000 ( Manager ) Born 1903 - Worked with Nat King Cole, Charlie Barnet and Spike Jones.

Sean McCabe (Sean Patrick McCabe)- Died 8-28-2000 - Choked to death while sleeping ( Punk ) Born 11-13-1972 - Singer -  Was a member of Ink and Dagger (They did, "Frigid Shortcomings" and "Shadowtalker").

Gary Caudel - Died 8-29-2000 ( Composer ) Born 1950 (He wrote Jeannie C. Riley's, "Here's To The Cowboys" and Jonhny Cash And Joann Cash Yates', "Duet").

Francis X. Aylward Jr. - Died 8-30-2000 - Melanoma ( Rock ) Born 1968 - Was a lead guitarist for Scarecrow, Mother Funk, and Wonderkat.

 Iggy Quail - Died 8-30-2000 ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 3-17-1926 in Guyana - Pianist - Worked with Lauderic Caton, The Guyanese Eytle Brothers and The Dominoes.

Harold Lee Clayton - Died 8-31-2000 - Killed in a hit and run crash ( Soul ) Born 1947 - (He did, "Take Your Time (Do It Right)") - He wrote for The SOS Band, Salt N Pepa, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eddie Kendricks and Wyclef Jean.

Saunders King (Saunders Samuel King) - Died 8-31-2000 - Heart failure ( Blues ) Born 3-13-1909 in Staple, LA, U.S. - (He did, "Saunders King Blues" and "Quit Hanging Around") - Worked with his son-in-law Carlos Santana.

Rebert H. Harris - Died 9-3-2000 in Chicago, IL, U.S. (Gospel - Soul ) Born 3-23-1916 in Trinity, Texas, U.S. - Was a member of The Soul Stirrers (They did, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and "By And By") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee .

Tommy Burton - Died 9-3-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1-10-1935 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton - Was a member of  Pete Young And His Chitterling Twisters, Johnny Fenton And The Fentones, The Sporting House Quartet, Thunderfoot Burton's Celestial Three, The Ravemen and The Tommy Burton Combo.

 Paula Ertz - Died 9-8-2000 - Traffic accident ( Jazz - Pop ) She was a singer, artist, sculptor, inventor and actress - Was helping to produce, "The Lionel Hampton Story" at the time of her death.

William "Porky'' Hill IV - Died 9-9-2000 - Blood disorder ( Rock ) Born 1949 -  Was a drummer for The Cate Brothers Band.

Victor Cross - Died 9-9-2000 - Tour bus accident ( Reggae ) Born 6-21-1960 in London, England - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Robotics and Norman Grant's Twinkle Brothers Band - Worked with Kofi and John McLean, Black Steel, Macka B, Jah Shaka, Bob Andy, Earl 16, Love Clinic, Horace Andy and others.

Roland Cook (aka Cookie) - Died 9-10-2000 ( R&B ) Born 1936 - Bassist - Worked with Ernie K-Doe, Fats Domino, Shirley & Lee, Dave Bartholomew and Allen Toussaint ("Long Lost Love").

David Brown (David Michael Brown) - Died 9-10?-2000 ( Rock ) Born 2-15-1950 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Was the bass guitarist for Santana - Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Stanley Turrentine ( Stanley William Turrentine) - Died 9 -11-2000 - Stroke ( Jazz - Bop - Soul ) Born 4-5-1934 in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, U.S. - Saxophonist (He did,"Sugar") Was a member of Four Bees And A Bop - Worked Lowell Fulson, Ray Charles, Tadd Dameron, Earl Bostic, Max Roach and Shirley Scott (who was once married to) He was the son of Thomas Turrentine of The Savoy Sultans.

James Epps - Died 9-11-2000 - Heart attack  ( R&B - Soul )  Was the lead singer of Fantastic Four (They did,"The Whole World Is A Stage and "You Gave Me Something (And Everything's Alright)").

Jack Cooper - Died 9-12-2000 - Heart attack ( Soul ) Born 1945 - Was a drummer for The O'Jays.

Bob Foster (Robert Lee Foster Jr.)- Died 9-12-2000 - ( Country ) Born 1929 - Steel guitar player - Worked with Patsy Cline ("A Church, A Courtroom" and "Goodbye"),Red Foley, Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce and Gene Autry.

Murray Wecht (Morris Wecht) - Died 9-12-2000 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Respiratory failure - He was 65 years old - Songwriter and pianist - (He co-wrote Jo Stafford's, "Wind In The Willow" and The Dreamlovers', "If I Should Lose You").

Nathan Kroll - Died 9-14-2000 ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 11-5-1911 in NY, NY, U.S. - He was a film producer and a Jazz orchestra conductor.

Morton A. Zolotow - Died 9-15-2000 - Pancreatic cancer ( Theater Manager ) Born 1931 - Handled rock concerts, touring musicals and more at The Blackstone Theater, The Shubert Theater, Carnegie Hall and other theaters - Worked with Harry Belafonte, Mary Martin, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.

Stuart McAllister -  Died 9-15-2000 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 53 years old - Was a member of Lee Scott & The Roulettes and was a CEO for the HMV Group.

Phamous Lambert - Died 9-16-2000 ( Jazz -  Blues ) Singer, banjo and piano player - Worked with The Dukes, Sammy Remington and The New Orleans All-Star Stompers - Brother of bass player Lloyd Lambert.

Paula Yates - Died 9-17-2000 - Accidental heroin overdose ( TV Personality ) Born 1960 - She compiled a book of photographs with Andy Warhol called, "Rock Stars in Their Underpants" and was the host of the TV music show, "The Tube" - Was married to Bob Geldof and was Michael Hutchence's campanion.

Gregory Amenta  - Died 9-19-2000 ( Pop ) Bandleader and trumpet player for The Soul Dukes.

Doug Curtis - Died 9-20-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1941 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. -  Played trombone and bass - Worked with The Albacore Stompers.

David Sletten - Died 9-21-2000 - Melanoma ( Jazz ) Born 1955 - Was a member of Willie And The Bees, Crossover, The Stud Brothers, Tropic Zone, Metropolis and The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre orchestra - Worked with The Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Peter Wittke - Died 9-21-2000 ( Metal ) Guitarist - Was a member of Iron Angel (They did, "Winds Of War" and "Fight For Your Life").

Willie Cook - Died 9-22-200 - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 11-11-1923 in Tangipahoa, La, U.S. - Trumpeter - Worked with Jay McShann's Orchestra (They did, "Say Forward, I'll March."), Duke Ellington's Orchestra, King Perry, The Alabama State Collegians, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, BB King and others.

Tony Tomasso - Died 9-25-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1924 - Was the bandleader for The Jewels of Dixie - Worked with Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw and others.

Tommy Reilly - 9-25-2000 ( Classical - Pop ) Born 8-21-1919 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada - Harmonica player - Played everything from Midnight Cowboy and British folksongs to compositions by Gordon Jacob and  Vilem Tausky.

Nick Fatool - Died 9-26-2000 ( Swing ) Born 1-2-1915 in Millbury, Mass, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Benny Goodman Sextet (They did, "Rose Room" and "Seven Come Eleven") - Worked with Artie Shaw, Claude Thornhill and Alvino Rey.

Carl Sigman - Died 9-26-2000 - Heart failure ( Song Writer ) Born 9-24-1909 in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, NY, U.S. (He wrote,"Pennsylvania 6-5000", "What Now My Love", "Dance Ballerina Dance" and "It's All In The Game") Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Baden Powell (Roberto Baden Powell de Aquino) - Died 9-26-2000 - Septicaemia ( Latin Jazz ) Born 8-3-1937 - (He did, "Samba Triste (Sad Samba)" and "Berimbau") - Worked with Vinicius de Moraes, Thelonious Monk and Stan Getz - Father of Marcel Powell and Philippe Baden Powell.

Paddy Chambers (Patrick John Chambers) - Died 9-28-2000 - Cancer ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 4-30-1944 in Liverpool, England - Guitarist - Was a member of The Creoles, Steve Bennett And The Syndicate, The Dominoes, The Eyes, Paddy, Klaus And Gibson, Sinbad, Faron's Flamingoes and The Big Three.

Jack Duff (John Black Wallace Duff) - Died 9-30-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 8-13-1940 in Edinburgh, Scotland - Played Saxophones and clarinet - Worked with The Edinburgh Jazz Orchestra, Fat Sam's Band and The Jazz Ecosse All-Stars

Ronnie Brown - Died 9-30-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1932 in Warwick, R.I., U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.

Jacquelyn Reinach - Died 9-30-2000 - Lung Cancer - Born 1930 - Was the writer of The "Sweet Pickles" children's books and musical recordings - (She did, "The Consonant Song" and the rock song, "Liberation, Now!").

Bobby Lowell - Died 9-30-2000 in Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S. ( Rockabilly ) Born 5-11-1937 in Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S. - (He did, "Um Baby Baby" and "16 Chicks") - He was the leader of Bobby Lowell And The Rock-A-Boogie Boys - Nebraska Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

B. Wilkinson - Died 10-?- 2000 in Florida, U.S. - Suicide ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of The Atlantics. (They did, "When You're Young" and "Where Would I Be Without Your Love").

Steve Woodard - Died 10-?-2000 - Heart failure - He was 53 years old - Songwriter and musician - (He co-wrote Pure Prairie League's, "Let Me Love You Tonight" and Friends By Feather's, "Friends").

Robert Allen - Died 10-1-2000 - Colon cancer ( Pop - Jazz ) Born in Troy, N.Y., U.S. (Collaborated on ''Chances Are'', "Home For The Holidays"and ''It's Not For Me To Say" with Al Stillman) He composed songs performed by Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Billie Holiday.

Benjamin Orr (Benjamin Orzechowski) - Died 10-3-2000 in Atlanta -  Pancreatic cancer ( New Wave ) Born 8-9-1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and bassist - (He did,"Stay The Night") -  Led Orr - Was a member of The Grasshoppers, Milkwood, Cap'n Swing, The Voices Of Classic Rock, Big People and The Cars (They did, "Drive" and "My Best Friend's Girl").

Bobby Wilson (Robert Wilson) Died 10-3-2000 ( R&B ) Born 1946 - Drummer - Worked with Fats Domino, Reggie Hall and Eddie Bo.

Neely Plumb - Died 10-4-2000 - Heart failure ( Composer - Arranger ) Born 1912 -  Produced the soundtracks for "True Grit", "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly", "Romeo & Juliet" and "The Sound Of Music" - Worked with Artie Shaw, The Limeliters, The Jefferson Airplane, Victor Young, Glenn Yarbrough, Sheb Wooley ("Purple People Eater") and Ann-Margret - Father of Eve Plumb of TV show, The Brady Bunch.

"Sleepy" Joe Estes - Died 10-5-2000 - Cancer ( R&B ) Guitarist - He was a member of The Ruby Falls Blues Band and The Smith Brothers.

Cuco Sanchez (Jose del Refugio Sanchez Saldana) Liver failure or lung ailment - Died 10-5-2000 ( Ranchera ) Born 1921 in Altamira, Mexico - Singer,  actor and composer (He did,"La cama de piedra" and "Anillo de compromiso").

Dennis Sandole - Died 10-7-2000  ( Jazz Guitarist - Teacher  ) Born 1913 - Worked with Charlie Barnet, Boyd Raeburn, Tommy Dorsey, Ray McKinley, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday - As a teacher some of his students were James Moody, Michael Brecker, Rob Brown, Bobby Zankel, Matthew Shipp, Sumi Tonooka, Jim Hall, Joe Diorio, Pat Martino and John Coltrane.

Jeff Hallberg - Died 10-10-2000 ( Rock ) Born 7-21-1955 in Rockford IL, U.S. - Poet, author and roadie - Was the guitarist for Infinite Numbers Of Monkeys and worked with The B-52's, The Cramps and Talking Heads.

Dan Shea - Died 10-10-2000 - Undetected heart condition ( Jazz - Symphonic ) He was 24 years old - Saxiphonist, composer and teacher.

Maurice Wellington (aka Blacka Morwell) - Died 10-12-2000 - Adenocarcinoma ( Reggae ) Born 8-19-1950 - Was a member of The Morwells Group (They did, "Bit By Bit" and "Swing and Dub") - Worked with Culture and Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont.

Franklin Felder - Died 10-12-2000 - Born 4-20-1964 - Was a bass tech for  Eddie Jackson.

Britt Woodman - Died 10-13-2000 in Hawthorne, CA, U.S. - Respiratory problems ( Swing ) Born 6-4-1920 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Was a member of The Woodman Brothers Biggest Little Big Band in the World, The Les Hite Band and The Stars of Swing - Worked with Dootsie Williams, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Phil Moore and Baron Moorehead - Son of William Woodman.

Zeke Manners (Leo Ezekiel Mannes) (aka Zeke Craddock) - The Jewish Hillbilly - Died 10-14-2000 - Heart failure ( Western Swing ) Born 10-10-1911 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - (He wrote, "The Pennsylvania Polka" and co-wrote, "Los Angeles" with Les Paul) - Was a member of The Beverly Hill Billies and Zeke & The City Fellers - Was a DJ for KFWB in Los Angeles, CA - Radio And Television Museum Halls Of Fame Inductee and Western Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Steve Day (Rodney James Pont) (aka Rod McKenzie) - Died 10-16-2000 Wirral, Merseyside, England ( Rock ) Born 8-17-1942 in Wallasey, Merseyside, England  - Singer, DJ and comedian - Was a member of Steve Day And The Drifters, The Black Jays and Steve Day And The Kinsmen.

Walter Shenson - Died 10-17-2000 - Stroke - Born 1911 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Movie Producer - He produced The Beatles movies, "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!"

Joachim Nielsen (aka Jokke)- Died 10-17-2000 - Drug overdose ( Rock ) Born 9-8-1964 in Norway - Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist - (He did, "Hvis Jeg Var Deg (If l Was You)" and "2 Fulle Menn Rider Igjen (2 Drunk Friends Ride Again)") - Was a member of Jokke & Valentinerne and The Tourettes.

Ron Anton (Ronald M. Anton) -  Died 10-18-2000 - In a house fire - Born 1929 - Record Exec - He was a BMI executive - He worked worked with songwriters for more than three decades - Co-founded Tin Pan South, an annual celebration in Nashville that has become the largest songwriting festival in America - Married to songwriter, Dene Anton.

Julie London (Gayle Peck) - Died 10-18-2000 in Encino, CA - Had been in poor health since suffering a stroke ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 9-26-1926 in Santa Rosa, Calif, U.S. - Singer and actress - (She did, "Cry Me A River" and "My Heart Belongs To Daddy") - She was an actress in movies and for TV - She sang with The Matty Malnech Orchestra - Was the daughter of the vaudeville team, Jack And Josephine Peck - She was married to Bobby Troupe and at one time to Jack Webb.

Hortense Ellis - Died 10-18-2000 in Kingston, Jamaica - Cancer ( Reggae ) Born 4-18-1941 in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica - (She sang, "Twelve Minutes To Go" and "Unexpected Places") - Worked with her brother, Alton Ellis.

Garth "Tyrone" Evans - Died 10-19-2000 ( Reggae ) He was a singer for The Paragons (They did, "Wear You To The Ball" and "Happy Go Lucky Girl") and The Techniques.

Herman Meyer (Herman Meijer) - Died 10-19-2000 ( Jazz - Rock ) Guitarist - Worked with Brainbox and Bowl (They did, "Standing Before The Window").

Bob Dawbarn - Died 10-2?-2000 ( Jazz Trombonist - Journalist ) Born 1928 - He wrote a gossip column, "The Raver", for the english music newspaper "Melody Maker" - Was a member of The Mick Mulligan Jazz Band.

Bob MacKenzie - Died 10-20-2000 - Heart failure( Gospel ) Produced The Bill Gaither Trio, The Cathedrals, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Luke Wills (Luther J. Wills) - Died 10-21-2000 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Stroke ( Country ) Born 9-10-1920 in Memphis, TX, U.S. - Played banjo and bass - Worked with Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Evelyn McKinney, Monte Mountjoy, Dean McKinney, Billy Bowman and M.H. DeWitt - Brother of Bob Wills.

Frankie Crocker (aka Chief Rocker, Hollywuuud, Love Man and Black Satin) - Died 10-21-2000 - Pancreatic cancer ( D. J. - V.J. ) Born in Buffalo, N.Y., U.S. -  Was a radio broadcaster and program director and a champion of black format radio - Coined the phrase "Urban Contemporary" - Was was the master of ceremonies of shows at the Apollo Theater and  was one of the first V.J.'s on VH-1.

Bobby Soxx (Bobby Glenn Calverley) - Died 10-22-2000 - Liver failure ( Punk ) Born 12-29-1954 - Singer - Was a member of Stick Men With Rays Guns (They did, "1,000 Lives (To Die)" and "Mow The Lawn").

Leo Killion - Died 10-24-2000 ( Novelty ) Born 1908 - ( He co-wrote, "The Hut Sut Song") The song was recorded by The Freddy Martin Orchestra, The Merry Macs, The Andrews Sisters and others.

Jeanne Lee - Died 10-24-2000 - Cancer ( Jazz avant-garde ) Born 1-29-1939 in New York City, New York, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Carla Bley (They did,"Escalator Over The Hill"), Marion Brown, Vocal Summit, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton and many others -  Was married to Gunter Hampel and at one time, David Hazelton.

Don Brooks - Died 10-25-2000 in New York, NY, U.S. - Leukemia - Born 1947 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Harmonica player - He worked with Judy Collins, Waylon Jennings, The Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Yoko Ono And The Plastic Ono Band and Harry Belafonte.

Billy Bennett (William Martin Bennett) - Died 10-25-2000 in Sykesville, MD, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1946 in Staten Island, N.Y, U.S. - Was the drummer for Frankie And The Ramrods, The Gypsies and Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs (They did, "Wooly Bully" and "Li'l Red Riding Hood").

Kenny Prymus - Died 10-26-2000 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. ( Blues - R&B - Jazz ) Born 12-1-1928 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - Singer and drummer - Worked with Jimmy Beasley, Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy Nolen, Big Jim Wynn, Pee Wee Crayton, Mel Brown and Harry "Little" Caesar.

 Winston Grennan (aka Winston Richards) - Died 10-27-2000 - Lung and bone cancer ( Reggae - Ska ) Born 9-16-1944 in Duckenfield, Jamaica - Was a member of Toots And the Maytals (They did, "Do the Reggay"), Kid Creole And The Coconuts and The Ska Rocks -  Inventor of the "one-drop" reggae rhythm - Worked with Bob Marley ("Rock My Boat"), Jimmy Cliff ("The Harder They Come"), Carl Dawkins ("Baby I Love You"), Paul Simon ("Mother and Child Reunion"), Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones.

Jack Eizman- Died 10-28-2000 (Swing ) Born 1905 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Was an orchestra leader - Worked with Eddie Duchin, Larry Green, Jack Grenard, Leo Risman, and many others.

Manolo Munoz (Manuel Munoz Velasco) - Died 10-29-2000 in Mexico City, Mexico - Stroke ( Rock ) Born 3-14-1941 in La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico - Singer.

Billy Boyo (Billy Theophilus Rowe) - Died 10-29-2000 - Brain tumor ( Reggae ) Born 9-21-1969 in Kingston, Jamaica - (He did, "One Spliff A Day" and "Zim Zim").

Steve Allen (Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen) (aka Steverino) - Died 10-30-2000 - Injuries to his heart suffered in a car crash a day earlier ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 12-26-1921 (He wrote, "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big" and "Impossible") - Founding father of late-night talk show - His TV shows showcased many musical artist including Bob Dylan, The Smothers Brothers, Elvis Presley and even a young Frank Zappa playing a bike as a musical instrument - Steve Allen composed more than 5,000 songs in his lifetime.

David Strome - Died 11-1-2000 - Drowned in the Mississippi river ( Rock ) Born 5- 28 1981 in Madison WI, U.S. -  Was the lead guitarist for Nightbreed.

Danny Edge - Died 11-3-2000 ( Rockabilly ) Born 1979 - Saxophonist - He was a member of The Kings Of Nuthin (They did, "Miss April " and "Livin' Or Dyin").

Al Grierson (Alan David Grierson) - Died 11-4-2000 - Swept away in a flash flood ( Folk ) Born 1948 in Canada - Songwriter (He wrote, "The Wild Dogs Of Kitwanga" and "Dust Bowl Don Quixote").

Vernel Fournier (Vernel Anthony Fournier)(Amir Rushdan) - Died 11-4-2000 - Cerebral hemorrhage ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 7-30-1928 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with King Kolax's Rhythm And Blues Band, Ahmad Jamal ("Poinciana"), Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Stephanie Lawrence - Died 11-4-2000 ( Musicals  ) Born 12-16-1949 in Hayling Island, Hampshire - Singer and actress - She played lead roles and sang in Cats, Evita, Starlight Express and Blood Brothers.

Bill McCauley (aka Bull) - Died 11-4-2000 - During a diabetic coma ( Pop - Rock ) Born in Fredericton, NB - Keyboardist - Worked with Redeye, Deborah Cox, Roger Whittaker, Shania Twain, Doug Riley, The Ritchie Oakley Band, Wayne Nicholson, Frank MacKay, Sam Moon, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, Roch Voisine, Frank Mills and Jeff Healy,

Joseph Robinson Jr . - Died 11-5-2000 - Cancer ( Rap ) Cofounder of Sugar Hill Records - He helped put rap in the commercial realm.

Sidney E. Woloshin - Died 11-5-2000 - Pneumonia - Born 1928 in Hartford Conn., U.S. - Violinist and jingle writter - (He wrote McDonald's, "You Deserve A Break Today",  Pepsi's, "Pepsi-Cola Hits The Spot" and the U.S. army's, "Be All That You Can Be") - He hired Barry Manilow, Ginny Redington and others to sing his jingles  - Worked with Kevin Gavin.

Jimmie Davis (James Houston Davis) - The Singing Governor - Died 11-5-2000 in Baton Rouge, LA, U.S. ( Country - Gospel ) Probally born on 9-11-1899 in Beech Springs, LA, U.S. - (He did, "You Are My Sunshine'' and "Sweethearts Or Strangers'') - Was a two term governor of Louisiana - He acted in fims and wrote about 400 songs - Husband of singer, Anna Gordon Davis (Anna Carter Gordon) - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Doug Nelson - Died 11-7-2000 - Hit by a pick up truck while walking ( Blues ) Born in 1954 Nebraska, CO, U.S. - Was a bassist for The Jonny Lang Band - Worked with Olivia Newton John, Lamont Cranston, This Oneness, Class  Action and Dr. Mambo's Combo.

Jimmy Hill - Died 11-7-2000 - Heart ailment ( Rock ) Born 1945 in New Zealand - Drummer - Was a member of The Flares, Ray Columbus & The Invaders (They did,"She's A Mod" and "Till We Kissed") and Max Merritt & The Meteors.

Dick Morrissey (Richard Edwin Morrissey) - Died 11-8-2000 in Dover, Kent, UK - Spinal  cancer ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 5-9-1940 in Horley, Surrey, UK - Played saxophone, flute and clarinet - Was a member of The Original Climax Jazz Band, If and Our Band - Worked with Harry South, Phil Seaman, Jimmy  Witherspoon, Ashley Kozak Quartet, Terry Smith, Jim Mullen, The Average White Band, Peter Gabriel, Brian Auger, Mike Carr, Gary Numan, Soft Machine, Roy Harper and Paul McCartney ("The Long and Winding Road").

Franck Pourcel - Died 11-12-2000 - Parkinson's disease ( Pop ) Born 1-1-1915 in Marseilles, France - He was the leader of Frank Pourcel's French Fiddles (They had a hit with,"Only You").

Cecil Blackwood - Died 11-13-2000 - Cancer ( Gospel ) Born 1934 Ackerman, Miss, U.S. - Was one of The Blackwood Brothers and The Songfellows - Worked with Elvis Presley.

David Wilson - Died 11-14-2000 - Cancer ( Doo-Wop - R&B ) Born 1937 - Was a drummer for The Cascades (They did,"Rhythm Of The Rain" and "Last Leaf").

Ray Odoms - Died 11-14-2000 - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 1935 - Keyboardist and singer - Worked with Dave Workman.

Russ Conway (Trevor Stanford) (aka The Prince Charming of Pop) - Died 11-15-2000 - Cancer ( Pop - Honky Tonk ) Born 9-2-1925 in Bristol - Pianist and composer (He did,"Side Saddle" and "Roulette") Worked with Dennis Lotis, Dorothy Squires and Gracie Fields.

Joseph Calleja (aka Joe C.) - Died 11-16-2000 - Chronic intestinal disorder ( Hard Rock - Rap ) Born 1974 - Was a member of Kid Rock's backup band, The Twisted Brown Truckers (They did,"Cowboy" and "Bawitdaba").

DJ Screw (Robert Earl Davis Jr.) - Died 11-16-2000 - Overdose of codeine and alcohol ( Hip Hop Producer ) Born 6-27-1971 - Pioneered the production style "screwed down" music" - Worked with Outkast and Three 6 Mafia.

Dusan Dejanovic - Died 11-16-2000 - Aids ( Rock ) Bassist - Worked with Katarina II and Disciplina Kicme.

Bim Sherman (aka Jarrett Tomlinson, Jarrett Vincent, Lloyd Vincent, J.L. Vincent, Bim Shieman and Lloyd Tomlinson) - Died 11-17-2000 - Cancer ( Reggae ) Born 1952 in Jamaica (He did,"Tribulation", "Miracle" and "World Go Round") Worked with Dudley Swabey.

Kathy Kidd - Died 11-18-2000 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Pianist and composer - She was a member of Kongo Mambo.

Paul Crane (Charles Crane) - Died 11-18-2000 in Liverpool, England - Complications from surgery for a perforated ulcer ( Rock ) Born 7-30-1947 in Liverpool, England - Singer - Was a member of The Protests, The Bumblies who became The Cryin' Shames (They did, "Please Stay") and finally became Paul And Ritchie And The Crying Shames (They did, "September In The Rain"), Gary Walker And Rain ("Spooky") and The Philadelphia Flyers.

Wim Bieler - Died 11-21-2000 ( Rock ) Vocalist for Q65 (They did,"The Life I Live" and "You're The Victor").

Bobby Sheen (aka Bob B Soxx) - Died 11-23-2000 - Pneumonia ( Rock and Roll ) Born 1943 in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. (He did,"Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart?" and "Not Too Young To Get Married") Was a member of Robins And The Coasters and the leader of The Blue Jeans - Worked with Phil Spector.

Allan Smethurst - The Singing Postman- Died 11-24-2000 - Heart attack ( Novelty ) Born 1927 (He did,"Hev Yew Gotta Loight Boy?" and "I Miss My Miss from Diss").

Stefano Cerri - Died 11-24-2000 ( Pop - Jazz ) Born 9-22-1952 in Milan, Italy - Bazz player - Worked with his father Franco and with Guido Manusardi, Tony Scott, Brian Auger and Jon Anderson.

Bruce Mayfield (aka Chip Banks and Bankie) - Died 11-25-2000 - Shot over a money dispute ( Rap - Hip Hop ) Born 1970 - Was a member of The American Cream Team (They did,"Stand For Something") Worked with B-Twizzy, Lord Superb, Rhyme Recka and Trife.

John "Frank" Smith - Died 11-26-2000 - Lung cancer ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1939 - Bass singer for The Monotones (They did,"The Book Of Love).

Steve Morenzi (Stephen P. Morenzi) - Died 11-26-2000 in Cranston, RI, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 10-31-1956 in Rhode Island, U.S. - Sang and played keyboards - Was a member of The Ellery Street Band (They did, "Olneyville" and "My Kind Of Gal") - Worked with The Complaints, Nasty Habits and The Senders.

Walter Bailes (Walter Butler Bailes) - Died 11-27-2000 in Sevierville, TN, U.S. - Heart failure ( Country ) Born 1-17-1920 in Kanawha County, WV, U.S. - (He did, "Give Mother My Crown") Was one of The Bailes Brothers (They did, "Dust On The Bible" and "The Drunkard's Grave").

Scott Smith - Died 11-30-2000 -  Drowned after being swept out to sea by a 25-foot wave while sailing ( Rock ) Born 1955 - Was bassist for the band Loverboy (They did,"Working for the Weekend" and "Turn Me Loose).

Skeets Tolbert (Campbell Arelius Tolbert) - Died 11-30-2000 ( Swing ) Born 2-14-1909, in Calhoun Falls, S.C., U.S. - Saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and composer (He composed,"You're My Meat") Was a member of His Gentlemen Of Swing (They did,"Hit That Jive") Worked with Dave Taylor's Dixie Serenaders and Jimmie Gunn And His Orchestra.

Pedro Juan Rodriguez Ferrer (aka Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez) Died 12-1-2000 - Heart attack ( Salsa ) Born 1932 in Puerto Rico (He did,"Pueblo Latino") Was a singer for Conjunto Sensación - Worked with Johnny Pacheco, The Fania All-Stars and Celia Cruz.

David W. Borst Sr - Died 12-1-2000 - Born 1918 - College radio pioneer.

George Finola - Died 12-1-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1945 - Was the leader of The Chosen Few.

Neal Creque (Earl Neal Creque) - Died 12-1-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 4-13-940, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - Keyboardist and composer - (He did, "Before The Rain Came" and "Nina") - Worked with Howie Smith and Grant Green - His songs have been recorded by Mongo Santamaria, Ramsey Lewis and Carmen McRae - Husband of jazz singer, Nina Creque.

Udi Yulyus Efendi - Died 12-1-2000 ( Rock ) Born 1957 - Guitarist - Worked with Embryo.

Harold D. Goodson - Died 12-2-2000 ( Rockabilly ) Born 1-20-1937 in Childress, TX, U.S. - He was the leader of Hal Goodson And The Raiders.

Hoyt Curtin - Died 12-3-2000 - Heart failure ( Cartoon Tunesmith ) Born 1928 - He wrote the theme to "The Flintstones" and the scores for Yogi Bear, The Jetsons and countless other cartoons.

Kevin Mills - Died 12-3-2000 - Motorcycle accident ( Christian Rock ) Born 1968 - Was a singer and bass player for Newsboys and White Heart.

Mañuel "Puntillita" Licea Lamot - Died 12-4-2000 ( Cuban Big Band ) Born 1-4-1927 - Singer - Was a member of The Afro-Cuban All Stars and The Buena Vista Social Club - Worked with Ry Cooder, Julio Cueva's Orchestra, La Sonora Matancera and Beny Moré.

Joe Nanini (Oliver Joseph Nanini) Died 12-4-2000 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Blood clot in his brain ( Punk - Jazz - New Wave - Country ) Born 1955 in Japan - Drummer Was a member of Wall Of Voodoo (They did," Mexican Radio") - Worked with Black Randy And The Metrosquad, The Plugz, The Bags and Lonesome Strangers.

Julian Infante (Julian Infante Martín Nieto) - Died 12-4-2000 in Madrid, Spain - Aids ( Rock ) Born 7-17-1957 in Madrid, Spain - Guitarist - Was a member of Tequila and Los Rodríguez.

Tapio Virtanen - Died 12-5-2000 - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 2-3-1966 - Drummer - He was a member of Kapsaek (They did, "Smoke Tastin' Whiskey" and "Works On Me").

Rick Chavoya - Died 12-5-2000 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-7-1952 in Corsicana - Was a drummer for The Others and The St. John Life Teen Band.

Barry Johnson - Died 12-5-2000 - Colon cancer ( Rock ) Born 1968 - Was a drummer for The Candy Snatchers (They did,"She Goes Down" and "Dirty Thang").

Mark Tucker - Died 12-6-2000 - Lung cancer ( Musician - Jazz Scholar ) Born 1954 - Pianist - He wrote, "Ellington: The Early Years", co-authored, "Jazz From the Beginning" and edited, "The Duke Ellington Reader".

David Egan - Died 12-6-2000 - Soft tissue sarcoma ( Rock - Experimental ) Born 9-25-1962 in Syracuse, N.Y., U.S. - Played guitar and keyboards - Was a Member of Porcelain Forehead, Ian's Kitchen, Sumac, Penguin and Frost Giant.

Al Timothy (Albon Timothy) (aka King Timothy and Timothy Otis) - Died 12-8-2000 ( Jazz - Cabaret - Calypso ) Born 7-5-1915 in Radix, Trinidad - Was the leader of Al Timothy And His All-Stars and The Timwu-Kee Sextet  - Worked with "Rannie" Hart and Lord Kitchener  (He composed "Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me", recorded by Shirley Bassey and "Don't Touch Me Nylon", recorded by The Charmer, (aka Louis Farrakhan).

Moses "Nahale" Kanahele - Died 12-9-2000 ( Traditional Hawaiian ) He was 66 years old - Born in Puuwai, Niihau - Singer and guitarist - Brother of singer and guitarist, Malaki Kanahele.

Danny Hernandez - Died 12-9-2000 in Pinellas Park, Florida, U.S. - Heart failure( Rock ) Born 7-29-1947 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Ones (They did, "As Long As I Have You" and "You Haven't Seen My Love").

Teresa Sterne - Died 12-10-2000 - Lou Gehrig's disease ( Record Company Exec ) Born 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Was the head of Nonesuch Records - Credited with restoring interest in Scott Joplin's ragtime music.

Charles Amato - Died 12-11-2000 - Cancer ( Radio Executive ) Born 1910 - Worked at New York's WINS radio station, one of the earliest rock 'n' roll stations.

Edmund Ntemi Piliso - Died 12-11-2000 - Illness related to diabetes ( Jazz ) Born 1925 - Saxophonist - was a member of The Alexandra All-Star Band and The African Jazz Pioneers (They did, "Sip n' Fly").

Velvert Turner - Died 12-11-2000 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 10-12-1951 - Guitarist and singer - Led The Velvert Turner Group (They did, "Madonna (Of The Seven Sons)" and "Strangely Neww") - Jimi Hendrix was his friend and mentor - Worked with Arthur Lee.

Bubba Guillory (Havenus C. Guillory) - Died 12-12-2000 ( Cajun ) Born 1929 - Band leader - Cajun Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dotty Todd (Doris Dabb) - Died 12-12-2000 in Encino - Born 6-22-1913 in Elizabeth, NJ, U.S. - Concert pianist and nightclub singer - She was half of the duo, Art & Dotty Todd with her husband (They did,"Chanson d'Amour (Song of Love)" and "Broken Wings").

Libertad Lamarque Bouza - Queen of melodramas - Died 12-12-2000 - Respiratory failure ( Tango singer - Actress ) Born 11-24-1908 in Rosario, Argentina (She recored, "Nostalgia" and "When I Return to Your Side") She made 2,000 recordings.

Carlos Cano - Died 12-12-2000 - Heart failure ( Coplas ) Born 1946 in Granada, Spain - Singer and songwriter.

Gerry Paraiso - Died 12-12-2000 ( Rock - Pop ) Composer and arranger (He composed, "You" which has been recorded by Basil Valdez and Roselle Nava) He was a keyboardist for Circus.

Rosa King - Died 12-12-2000 ( Jazz ) Born 1939 in Macon, Georgia, U.S. - She played the sax - Was the leader of Upside Down.

Valerio Longoria - 12-15-2000 - Cancer ( Conjunto ) Born 1924 in Clarksdale, Miss, U.S. - Played and taught accordion - Tejano Conjunto Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bob Holmes - Died 12-16-2000 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1935 - Was the leader of Jazz Excursion - His works have  included television themes, radio and television jingles - Worked with Duke Ellington, Clark Terry, Eubie Blake, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Cannonball Adderley and Milt Jackson - Developer of Nashville's first black Youth String Ensemble.

Pirkle Lee Moses, Jr. (aka Perk Lee) - Died 12-16-2000 - Cancer ( Doo-Wop ) Born 10-4-1937  in Chicago Ill, U.S. - He was a singer for The Five Stars and The El Dorados (They did,"At My Front Door" and "My Loving Baby").

Dino Barbis (Dino Constantine Barbis) - Died 12-16-2000 ( Record Exec ) Born 6-10-1938 in Alameda County, Calif, U.S. - Was a board member of The Musician's Assistance Program which did radio promotions for musicians who seek drug  treatment - Worked with worked with Joan Jett, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Commander Cody And  His Planet Airmen, Ray Charles, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, Tom Petty,  and others - He also worked for Warner Bros.

Tommy Bankhead - Died 12-16-2000 in St. Louis, MO., U.S. - Respiratory failure caused by emphysema ( Blues ) Born 10-24-1931 in Lake Cormorant, MS, U.S. - Played guitar, harmonica, drums and bass - Was a member of Cryin' Shame Limited - He worked with Howlin' Wolf, Houston Stackhouse,  Bobby Bland, Ike Turner, Oliver Sain, Albert King, Little Milton, Henry Townsend and Willie Love - Cousin of Elmore James.

Harold Rhodes (Harold Burroughs Rhodes) - Died 12-17-2000 - Complications from pneumonia ( Music Teacher - Inventor ) Born 12-28-1910 in San Fernando, CA, U.S. - Creator of the Rhodes electric piano which help the evolution of jazz-rock.

Kirsty MacColl (aka Mandy Doubt) - Died 12-18-2000 - Hit by a speedboat while swimming ( Folk Rock - Pop - Punk - New Wave ) Born 10-10-1959 in London, England (She did, "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" and "Walking Down Madison") - She wrote and recorded, "They Don't Know," which was later a hit for Tracey Ullman - Was a member of The Drug Addix - Worked with The Pogues (They did, "Fairytale Of New York"), Simple Minds, Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads and Robert Plant - Daughter of folk songwriter Ewan MacColl and dancer and choreographer Jean Newlove  - Was at one time married to record producer Steve Lillywhite.

Ruud de Wolff - Died 12-18-2000 - Cancer ( Pop - Rock ) Born 5-12-1941 - Was a singer and guitarist for The Blue Diamonds (They did remakes of, "Ramona" and "Pretty Blue Eyes").

James Mitchell - Died 12-18-2000 ( Soul ) Born 5-15-1931 - He was member of The Memphis Horns - He was an arranger for Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Sam And Dave, Joan Baez, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, The Doobie Brothers, Robert Cray, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Ann Peebles - He did arrangements on over 300 gold records.

Regis Irving (aka Mr. Reg. N.I.C.E) - Died 12-19-2000 - Complications from strep throat ( Gospel Rap ) Was a member of G.O.G.'z (God's Original Gangtaz).

Pops Staples (Roebuck Staples) - Died 12-19-2000 - Concussion from a fall ( Gospel - Pop - Blues ) Born 12-28-1915 in Winona, Mississippi, U.S. (He did, "Nobody's Fault But Mine") - Was a member of The Golden Trumpets, The Trumpet Jubilees and The Staple Singers (They did, "Respect Yourself", I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again") - Worked with Johnny Cash, David Byrne and John Lee Hooker - Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Milt Hinton (Milton John Hinton) (aka The Judge) - Died 12-19-2000 - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 6-23-1910 in Vicksburg, MS, U.S. - Was a bassist and a photographer - Worked with Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, The Drifters, The Coasters  and many others - Played on 600 to 1,000 records.

Rob Buck (Robert Buck) - Died 12-19-2000 - Liver failure ( Rock ) Born 8-1-1958 in Jamestown, N.Y, U.S. -  Was the lead guitarist for Still Life which later became 10,000 Maniacs (They did, "Hey Jack Kerouac" and "What's The Matter Here?").

Jimmy Kelley - Died 12-19-2000 - Heart attack ( Pastor - Musician - Producer ) Born 1946 - Owned the Rosewood Sound Recording Studio - Was a pianist for  The Johnnie High Country Music Revue - Worked with LeAnn Rimes.

Thomas G. Yohe - Died 12-21-2000 - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) Born 1937 - Creator and creative director of "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoons (The shows songs included, "Conjunction Junction", a jingle about grammar and "I'm Just A Bill", about how a bill becomes law).

Adrian Henri - Died 12-21-2000 in Liverpool, England - Illness ( Rock Poetry ) Born 4-10-1932 in Birkenhead, Cheshire - Was a member of The Liverpool Scene (They did, "Love Is" and "Son, Son").

Don Shephard - Died 12-22- 2000 ( Rock ) Lead guitarist and vocalist for The E-Types (They did, "It's Better Than I Planned" and "I Can't Do It").

Victor Borge (Borge Rosenbaum) - "The comedian of the keyboard" and "The unmelancholy Dane"- Died 12-23-2000 ( Comic Pianist - Pop - Classical ) Born 1-3-1909 in Copenhagen - Created the inflated language - Worked with Mel Brooks, Frank Sinatra, and Neil Simon.

Rudi Gassner (Rudolf L. Gassner) - Died 12-23-2000 - Heart attack - Born 1942 - Music executive - Worked for BMG records.

Jimmy Shand (Sir Jimmy Shand) - Died 12-23-2000 - Pneumonia ( Polka - Scottish Music ) Born 1-28-1908 in East Wemyss, in Fife - Accordionist and bandleader - Was the leader of The Jimmy Shand Band (They did, "The Bluebell Polka").

Noor Jehan (Allah Wasai) - The Melody Queen- Died 12-23-2000 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan - Heart failure - Born 9-21-1926 in Kot Murad Khan, Kasur, Punjab, British India - Singer and actress - She sang over 10,000 songs for films -  She had been married to  film director, Shaukat Hussain Rizvi and film producer, Ejaz Durrani.

Nick Massi (Nicholas Macioci) - Died 12-24-2000 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock - Doo-Wop ) Born 9-19-1927 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Was the bass vocalist for The Four Lovers and The Four  Seasons (They did, "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Rag Doll") - Worked with The Baby Toys, The Carmels and The Victorians - Rock N Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Vernon Green - Died 12-24-2000 - After a debilitating stroke ( Doo-Wop ) Born 5-1-1937 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. - Was the lead singer for The Medallions (They did, "Buick 59" and "The Letter") - He also sang with The Cameos, The Phantoms and Cliff Chambers.

The Famous Coachman (Aaron Benjamin Coachman) - Died 12-24-2000 - Born 5-22-1924 in Pensacola, Fla., U.S. - Blues and R&B DJ, promoter and  record store owner.

Johnny Flamingo (Melvin Broxton) (Born Melvin James Moore)- Died 12-24-2000 ( Pop ) Born 1-13-1934 in Houston, Texas, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "So Long" and "Paradise Hill") - Was a member of The Dots - Worked with his wife Jeanette Baker and Sonny Bono.

Ralph Case - Died 12-25-2000 - Stroke  Born 1909 in Chandler, N.C., U.S. - Square dance caller and country entertainer - Helped launch the career of Roy Clark.

John Pechickjian - Died 12-25-2000 - Brain seizure ( Blues - Rock - Country - Pop ) Born 1951 - Guitarist and musical director - Worked with Johnny Tillotson and Paul Marshall.

Johnny Hathcock - Died 12-26-2000 ( Country ) Born 1919 - Songwriter (He wrote, "Wake Up Irene" and "Welcome To My World") - He wrote over 400 songs.

Robert Paul Bellamy - The singing pharmacist - Died 12-26-2000 - Alzheimer's disease ( Singer ) Born 1915 in Cambridge, Neb, U.S. - Worked with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and Francis Langford.

Magik (Piotr Luszcz) - Died 12-26-2000 - Suicide ( Rap ) Born 1-18-1978.

Jack McVea (John Vivian McVea) - Died 12-27-2000 ( Jazz - Dixieland ) Born 11-5-1914 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Tenor saxophonist - (He did, "Open The Door, Richard") - Was a member of his fathers band, Satchel McVea And His Howdy Entertainers and fronted The Door Openers - Worked with Lionel Hampton - Was a regular at Disneyland, playing clarinet with The Royal Street Bachelors.

Danniebelle Hall - Died 12-28-2000 ( Gospel ) Born 10-6-1938 - Singer - (She did, "Let Me Have A Dream" and "I'm Not Here To Stay") - Leader of The The Danniebelles and was a member of Andre Crouch And The Disciples (They did, "Take Me Back" and "Soon And Very Soon").

Joan Durell (Joan Fry Flory) - Died 12-29-2000 - Parkinson's disease ( Jazz ) Born 1929 in Toronto, Canada - She was a singer for Joanie And Her Nighthawks - Worked with Art Mooney, Claude Thornhill and Ray Anthony - Was married to band leader Med Flory.

Willie D. Warren - Died 12-30-2000 ( Blues ) Born 9-11-1924 in Stamps, Ark, U.S. -  Singer, guitarist and bass player - Worked with Otis Rush, Al Benson, Little Sonny Cooper and David "Honeyboy" Edwards.

Edna Savage - Died 12-31-2000 - 50's singer (She did, "Arrivederci Darling").

Charlie Lourie - Died 12-31-2000 - Heart attack ( Jazz - Chamber Music - Symphony ) Born 4-20-1940 in Boston, Massachussetts, U.S. - Clarinetist - Worked with The Boston Symphony, The Boston Pops and a number of Jazz groups - He also worked as a record executive for Columbia Records, The Epic label, Blue Note Records, Warner Brothers Records and was a co-founder of Mosaic Records - Served on the board of The Jazz Foundation of America and The Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund.

Eddy Shaver (John Edwin Shaver) - Died 12-31-2000 - Accidental heroin overdose ( Rock - Country - Blues ) Born 6-20-1962 - Was a guitarist for Shaver (They did, "If I Give My Soul" and "Georgia On A Fast Train") Worked with Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam and his father Billy Joe Shaver.

Isaac Guillory - Died 12-31-2000 - Cancer ( Folk - Rock - Pop ) Born 2-27-1947 on the US naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba - Was a member of The Illusions and The Ravelles and played guitar, bass and keyboards for The Cryan' Shames (They did, "In The Cafe" and "It Could Be We're In Love") - Worked with Donovan, Pacific Eardrum, Joan Baez, Barbara Dickson and The Buggles ("Video Killed The Radio Stars").

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