2003 July - December
Welcome to the club rock stars are dying to get into. Rock and Roll may never die but rock stars do! 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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2003 July - December
Jim Lippincott - Died 7-?-2003 - Asbestos related cancer ( Rock ) Singer, keyboardist and guitarist - Worked with The Rumbles - Iowa Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Mark Storm - Found dead 7-?-2003 in Lake Ontario, he had been missing since November 2002 ( Goth Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of The National Velvet (They did, "Flesh Under Skin" and "Sex Gorilla").
Hiski Salomaa (Heikki Juhani Salomaa) - Died 7-1-2003 ( Comedy Rock ) Born 8-17-1959 - Singer - Was a member of Lapinlahden Linnut.
Herbie Mann (Herbert Jay Solomon) - Died 7-1-2003 - Prostate cancer ( Jazz ) Born 4-16-1930 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Played Flute and clarinet - (He did, "Comin' Home Baby") - Led The Afro-Jazz Sextet - Worked with Mat Mathews, Chick Corea, Dave Valentin and Bill Evans.
Monchy Font (Ramon Font) - Died 7-1-2003 ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Los Pacíficos.
Tim Kelley - Died 7-2-2003 in Caledonia, Livingston County - Electrocuted ( Pop ) Born 1960 - Played Trumpet - Was a member of The Skycoasters.
Jean-Pierre Marceau - Died 7-2-2003 in Montreal, Canada - His motorcycle collided with a van ( Chansonnier ) Born 1954 - Musician.
Bertha Egnos - Died 7-2-2003 in Johannesburg ( Jazz ) Born 1913 - Pianist (She wrote, "Mama Thembu's Wedding" and "The Warrior") - She and her daughter Gail Lakier wrote the musical, Ipi Ntombi.
Jim Cotton (James Leslie Cotton) - Died 7-2-2003 - Heart attack ( Engineer - Producer ) Born 1947 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - He co-produced Billy Ray Cyrus's, "Achy Breaky Heart" and was an recording engineer for Alabama - Worked with George Jones, Shania Twain, Emmylou Harris, Tanya Tucker, Montgomery Gentry and Kenny Chesney.
Leroy Garvin - Died 7-3-2003 in Topeka - Sang and played autoharp ( Spirituals - Jazz ) Born 1927 - Worked with Dan Kozak.
Skip Scarborough (Clarence Scarborough) - Died 7-3-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Composer - Producer ) Born 1945 - Pianist - (He wrote and/or co-wrote Earth, Wind And Fire's, "Can't Hide Love", Anita Baker's, "Giving You The Best That I've Got" and many other songs).
Dirt Hooligan (Derek Kopetzki) - Died 7-3-2003 in New Port Richey - Hit by a car and a truck while crossing a street ( Punk - Reggae ) Born 1974 - Bassist - Was a member of Skif Dank and Crizzy And The Punx .
Barry White (Barry Eugene Carter) - King of make out music - Died 7-4-2003 - Kidney failure ( Soul - R&B ) Born 9-12-1944 in Galveston, TX, U.S. - Singer, keyboardists and arranger - (He did, "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" and "I've Got So Much to Give") - Was a member of The Upfronts (They did, "Little Girl") - Worked with Issac Hayes, ("Dark And Lovely") - He also was the arranger on Bob & Earl's original version of, "Harlem Shuffle".
Andre Claveau - Died 7-4-2003 Brassac, France - Born 12-17-1915 or 1991 in Paris, France - Singer - (He did, "Dors, mon amour").
Fernando Arbex - Died 7-5-2003 in Madrid, Spain - Illness ( Pop - Disco - Rock ) Born 5-19-1942 in Madrid, Spain - Singer, drummer, producer and composer - Member of Los Brincos, Los Estudiantes, Los Brincos, Alacran, Barrabas - Produced José Feliciano, Rita Pavone, Harry Belafonte, Nana Moskouri, Camilo Sesto, Aviator Dro and Emilio Aragon.
Clyde "Skip" Battin - Died 7-6-2003 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Complications related to Alzheimer's disease( Folk - Country - Rock ) Born 2-18-1934in Gallapolis, Ohio, U.S. - Sang and played bass and piano - Was a member ofEarl Mock & The Mockingbirds,Skip & Flip (They did, "It Was I" and "Cherry Pie"), Evergreen Blueshoes, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The New Riders Of The Purple Sage.
Linda Schroeder (Linda Schroeder Milazzo) - Died 7-10-2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1947 - Singer - She was a member of The Teardrops (They did, "Tonight I'm Gonna Fall In Love" and "Call Me And I'll Be Happy").
Alvin Alcorn (Alvin E. Alcorn Sr.) - Died 7-10-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 9-7-1912 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played Trumpet - Worked with A.J. Piron, Kid Ory and George Lewis.
John Purdell - Died 7-10-2003 ( Rock ) Born in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Cancer - Keyboardist and producer - Worked with The Lou Gramm Band - (Co-wrote, "No More Tears" and "Tomorrow") - Produced L.A. Guns, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, Dream Theater, Cinderella, KIX and Alice Cooper.
Woolf Phillips - Died 7-11-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1-5-1919 - Bandleader - His band accompanied Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Sammy Davis Jr. - Composed the theme for TV's, What's My Line
Lee Roy Matocha - Died 7-12-2003 - Heart attack ( Polka - Czech Music ) Born 8-2-1932 in La Grang - Played accordion and piano - He led The Lee Roy Matocha Orchestra.
Benny Carter (Bennett Lester Carter) - Died 7-12-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 8-8-1907 in New York, NY, U.S. - Played saxophone, clarinet and trumpet and he was a composer and arranger - (He did, "A Walkin' Thing" and "How Can You Lose") - Worked with Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten, Miles Davis, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach and others.
Howard Morehead - Died 7-13-2003 in West Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications of cardiovascular disease ( Photographer ) Born 1924? - He was a photographer of jazz musicians - His photographs appear in the book, "The Black Music History of Los Angeles - Its Roots" - He did album covers for Ray Charles and others.
Nick Byckoff (Nicholay Byckoff) - Died 7-13-2003 - Car accident ( Death Metal ) Drummer - Was a member of Merlyn.
Compay Segundo (Maximo Francisco Repilado Munoz) - Died 7-13-2003 in Havana, Cuba - Kidney failure ( Salsa ) Born 11-18-1907 in Siboney - (He did, "Chan Chan") - Led Compay Segundo y sus Muchachos and was half of the duo, Los Compadres - Worked with Los Cuban Stars, Nico Saquito, Ry Cooder and The Cuarteto Hatuey.
Eileen Rodgers - Died 7-13-2003 in Charlotte, NC, U.S. - Lung cancer - Born 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Miracle Of Love") - She was in the musicials, Fiorello! (Singing, "Gentleman Jimmy"), Tenderloin and a revival of Anything Goes - Worked with Charlie Spivak.
Celia Cruz - Queen of Salsa - Died 7-16-2003
in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S. - Cancerous brain tumor (
Salsa ) Born 10-21-1924 in Barrio Santra Suarez, Havana, Cuba - Singer - Was a member of La
Sonora Matancera - Worked with Tito Puente and Johnny Pacheco - She was married to trumpet
player Pedro Knight.
Jacques Plante - Died 7-16-2003 in Paris, France ( Composer ) Born 1920 in Paris France - (He co-wrote, "Domino" and Little Peggy Marsh's, "I Will Follow Him").
Matthew Fitzgerald (aka Matt Lock) - Died 7-20-2003 near Eugene, Oregon, U.S. - The van he was in flipped over - ( Punk Rock ) Born 1983 - Was a member of The Exploding Hearts - (They did,"(Making) Teenage Faces" and "Modern Kicks").
Jeremy Gage (aka Kid Killer) - Died 7-20-2003 near Eugene, Oregon, U.S. - The van he was in flipped over - ( Punk Rock ) Born 1982 - Was a member of The Exploding Hearts - (They did,"(Making) Teenage Faces" and "Modern Kicks").
Adam Cox (aka Baby) - Died 7-20-2003 north of Eugene, Oregon, U.S. - he van he was in flipped over ( Punk - Power Pop ) Born 1980 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Exploding Hearts (They did, "(Making) Teenage Faces" and "Busy Signals") and The Spider Babies.
Thomas "Goat" Johnson Jr. - Died 7-21-2003 in Richmond ( Gospel ) Born 1913 - Singer - He was a member of The Harmonizing Four (They did, How Great Thou Art" and "God Will Take Care Of You").
Oscar Jackson - Died 7-22-2003 in Randolph, MA, U.S. ( Radio Host ) Born 1945 - He was the host of radio's, "Jazz Grotto" for over 30 years.
Bobby Thomson - Died 7-23-2003 in Birmingham, Mich., U.S. - He had throat cancer ( Tour Manager ) Born 1953 - Worked for Ozzy Osbourne for 23 years.
E.G. Clawson (Elmer G. Clawson) - Died 7-23-2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Drummer - Worked with The Fugitives (They did, "You Can't Make Me Lonely" and "On Trial") and Scot Richard Case (SRC) (They did, "I'm So Glad" and "Who Is That Girl").
Erik Braunn - Died 7-25-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Psychedelic ) Born 8-10-1950 in Pekin, Ill., U.S. - Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer - Was a member of Iron Butterfly (They did, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" and "Termination").
Darlene Stewart ( Darlene Collins) -
Died 7-26-2003 ( Country ) Was one of The Collins Sisters -
Worked with her husband, Henry Redd Stewart.
Tim Hemensley - Died 7-26-2003 - Heroin OD? ( Rock ) Born 1972 - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Royal Flush, Powder Monkeys, Bored! and GOD.
Dainis Virga - Died 7-26-2003 - Car accident ( Metal - Punk ) Drummer - Was a member of Livi.
Juris Jakovlevs - Died 7-26-2003 - Car Accident - Sound engineer for Livi.
Henry Meyer - Died 7-27-2003 - Car accident ( Country - Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Jasper Stone.
Aaron Bell - Died 7-28-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 4-24-1922 in Muskogee, OK, U.S. - Played bass, pianio and was a composer - Worked with Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Andy Kirk, Lester Young, Teddy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday.
Rene Berg - Died 7-28-2003 ( Rock ) Bassist, singer and composer - (He did, "If I Had Wings" and "Can't Get To Sleep") - Worked with The Hollywood Killers, The Brood, Idle Flowers, Westend Central, Bernie Tormé, Rat Scabies, Chuck Berry and Hanoi Rocks.
Sam Phillips (Samuel Cornelius Phillips) - Died 7-30-2003 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Respiratory failure ( Producer ) Born 1-5-1923 in Florence Alabama, U.S. - Founder of Sun Records which released records by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash - Help launch Elvis Presley's career - The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, The Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and The Country Music Hall Of fame Inductee.
Tim Cordin - Died 8-?-2003 - Cancer ( Folk ) Played fiddle.
Bushy Seatlholo - Died 8-?-2003 - Car accident - Keyboardist - Worked with The Sounds, The Chosen Few, Theta, Chico Twala, Brenda Fassie, Spirits Rejoice, Hugh Masekela, Joy and The Big Dudes.
Redd Stewart (Henry Ellis Stewart) - Died 8-2-2003 in Louisville, KY, U.S. ( Country ) Born 5-27-1923 in Ashland City, Tenn., U.S. - Singer and songwriter, played piano, guitar and fiddle - ( He co-wrote, "Tennessee Waltz" and "Soldier's Last Letter") - Worked with his wife Darlene - Was a member of Pee Wee King's, The Golden West Cowboys - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Andrey Baranov - Died 8-2-2003 - Car accident ( Folk ) Born 8-17-1960 in Volzhsk, Mariy El republic, Russia - Played guitar, yambra, kobza, gusli, greek buzuki, kashgarian rubob and ukulele - Was a member of Trio Baranoff - Worked with Vladimir Nazarov, Mikhail Mikhanovich and Anatoliy Negashev.
Roger Voudouris (John Roger Voudouris) - Died 8-3-2003 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. - Natural causes ( Rock ) - Born 12-29-1954 In Sacramento CA, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Voudouris (they did "Get Used To It") - Worked with David Kahne and Bob Welch.
Catalino Curet (Catalino ''Tite'' Curet Alonso) - Died 8-5-2003 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Respiratory disease ( Samba - Salsa - Danza ) Born 1926 in southeastern Guayama - Composer - (He wrote, "The Pretty Faces'' and ''By All Means") He composed almost 2,000 songs.
Grover Mitchell (Grover Curry Mitchell) - Died 8-6-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 3-17-1930 in Whatley, Alabama, U.S. - Trombonist and band leader - Worked with Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington.
Alexei Savlenkov - Died 8-8-2003 - Killed by burglars - Born 9-25-1955 - Guitarist - Was a member of Taynoe Golosovanie.
Ebony Gray (Carolyn Anne) (aka Carole Williams) - Died 8-8-2003 ( Soul - Jazz ) Born 1-25-1954 - Singer and actress - Worked with Steel'n'Skin and Osibisa - She protrayed Cassie Charlton on TV's Brookside.
Murray Sennett (Murray F. Sennett) - Died 8-8-2003 (Jazz ) Born 3-15-1918 in Toronto, Canada - Drummer - Worked with Spike Jones, Alvino Rey and Sophie Tucker.
Bill Perkins - Died 8-9-2003 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1924 - Played saxophone, flute and clarinet - Worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Holman and The Tonight Show Band.
Gregory Hines - Died 8-9-2003 - Cancer
( Singer - Dancer - Actor ) Born 2-14-1946 in New York, NY,
U.S. - Worked with Luther Vandross (They did, "There's Nothing Better Than Love").
Dan Birney (Daniel Wayne Birney) - Died 8-9-2003 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. - Cardiovascular disease ( Rock ) Born 8-21-1950 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Head East (They did, "Monkey Shine" and "Dancer Road").
Matt Davis - Died 8-10-2003 in Iowa City, IA, U.S. - Seizure ( Rock ) Born 1977 - Vocalist and guitarist - Was a member of Ten Grand.
Alexander Raymond Poole - Died 8-10-2003 in Citrus Heights, CA, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 2-23-1986 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Five Minute Ride.
Stanley Lowe - Died 8-12-2003 - Abdominal aneurysm ( Bluegrass ) Born 1942 - Played double bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and was a singer - Was a member of The Oak Harbor Boys.
Bayo Martins (Adebayo Santos Martins)
- Died 8-12-2003 ( Afro Jazz )- Born 11-24-1932 in Calabar, Nigeria - Drummer
and singer - Was a member of Koriko Klan, Band Africana and The African
Messengers- Worked with Inyang Henshaw, Chris Ajilo and Bobby Benson.
Ava Aldridge - Died 8-12-2003 in Sheffield, AL, U.S. - Born 2-21-1946 in Arizona, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - Worked with Amy Grant, Hank Williams, Jr., Mac Davis, T. Graham Brown, Wilson Pickett, Narvel Felts, Crystal Gayle, Billy Vera, Percy Sledge, Joan Baez, Roy Clark, Lenny LeBlanc, Steve Forbert, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ronnie Milsap, Delbert McClinton, Patti Austin and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Ed Townsend - Died 8-13-2003 in San Bernardino, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock - Soul ) Born 4-16-1929 in Fayetteville, TN, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "For Your Love" and "Glad to Be Here'") He wrote, The Impressions, '"Finally Got Myself Together (I'm a Changed Man)" and co-wrote with Marvin Gaye, "Let's Get It On" - Worked with Nelson Riddle.
Matt Moffitt (Matthew Moffitt) - Died 8-13-2003 in Sydney, Austraila - Stroke ( Rock ) Born 8-20-1956 in Sydney, Australia - Singer, songwriter and musician - Worked with Rum Jungle and Matt Finish (They did, "Short Note" and "Blue").
Roy Ames (Roy C. Ames) - Died 8-14-2003 in West University Place, TX, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 4-8-1937 in Beaumont, TX, U.S. - Managed Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter and Isaac Payton Sweat.
Oscar Vallejo Sr. (Oscar Vallejo de la Garza) - Died 8-13-2003 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico ( Rock ) Born 10-26-1951 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico - Singer, drummer, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist - Was a member of El Amor (They did, "Quiza manana" and "El hombre es cruel").
Eric Nisenson - Died 8-15-2003 in Malden, MA, U.S. ( Author - Writer ) Born 2-12-, 1946 in New York, NY, U.S. - He wrote biographies for Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins - Wrote for the magazines DownBeat, Jazziz and The Jazz Report.
Gösta Sundqvist - Died 8-15-2003 in Espoo, Finland ( Folk - Pop ) Born 1957 - Singer and songwriter - He fronted Leevi And The Leavings.
Mac Magaha - Died 8-15-2003 - After a bout with pneumonia ( Country ) Born 1929 - Played fiddle - Was a member of Don Reno And Red Smiley's Tennessee Cut- Ups - Worked with Porter Wagonner.
Andrew Jackman - Died 8-15-2003 ( Rock ) Keyboardist - Was a member of The Syn.
Joe DelCalzo - Died 8-16-2003 ( Pop ) Born 1914 - Played accordion - Was a member of The Musical Counts and The Cocktail Trio.
Clifton Skinner (ala Old Man Skinner) - Died 8-16-2003 ( Sound engineer )- Born 4-9-1907 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S. - Owner of Skinner Sound Studio - Helped make demo recordings for Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Doobie Brothers and Carlos Santana.
Steven Miller (aka Mr. Blues) - Died 8-17-2003 in Cocoa Beach, FL, U.S. - Cirrhosis of the liver ( Blues ) Born 11-8-1942 - Keyboardist - (He did, "Got Frustration" and "Pink Steam") - Worked with The Groove Monsters, Grinderswitch, Elvin Bishop, Earl Hooker and The Winos For Peace.
Tony Jackson (Anthony Paul Jackson) (aka Black Jake) - Died 8-18-2003 in Nottingham, Notts ( Merseybeat ) Born 7-16-1938 in Liverpool, England - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Martinis, The Searchers (They did, "Don't Throw Your Love Away" and "Sugar And Spice"), The Vibrations (They did, "Bye Bye Baby") and The Tony Jackson Group ("You're My Number One").
Victor Constantino - Died 8-18-2003 in Mexico - Heart attack ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - (He did "Agitese" and "Ruede") - Was a member of The Loud Jets, Los Play Boys and Los Novels - Worked with Bill Halley And His Comets, Los Zarzoza, Los Hooligans and Los Juniors.
Rev. Israel Jacob Fontaine - Died 8-19-2003 -While recuperating from a heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1910 - Played trumpet - Worked with The Dixie Musicmakers and Louis Armstrong - Founded The Austin Express newspaper.
Wesley Willis - Died 8-21-2003 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia? ( Rock ) Born 5-31-1963 (He did, "I Wupped Batman's Ass" and "I'm Sorry That I Got Fat") - He led, Wesley Willis Fiasco.
Myk Taylor - Died 8-21-2003 - Leukemia ( Rock ) Born 1962 - Guitarist - Worked with Angel Witch.
Wild Bill (William F. Whelan) - Died 8-21-2003 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Kidney failure after a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 1927 - Cornetist, bassist, singer and bandleader - He led The Dixie Six and The Bicentennial Jazz Band - Worked with Fat Cat's Festival Jazzers, Docs Of Dixieland, Washington Monumental Jazz Band, Shakey's Pizza Band, The Band Trom Tin Pan Alley and The Happy Hicks.
Floyd Tillman - Died 8-22-2003 in Bacliff, TX, U.S. - Leukemia ( Country ) Born 12-8-1914 in Ryan, OK, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (He did, "Drivin' Nails In My Coffin" and "Slipping Around") - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Glenn Stetson (Glenn Campbell Stetson) - Died 8-22-2003 in Orlando, FL, U.S. - Skin cancer ( R&B ) Born 11-12-1940 in Ramseyville, near Ottawa - Singer - He led Glenn Stetson And The Diamonds (They did, "The Stroll" and "Silhouettes") and The Executives - Founder of Little Darlin's Rock-n-Roll Palace.
Michael Johnson (aka Black Cop) - Died 8-22-2003 in Pittsburgh - Shot ( Rap ) Born 1978 - Singer.
Lloyd Brault - Died 8-22-2003 - Cancer ( Road & Production Manager ) Born 1949 - Worked with April Wine, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2 and The Bee Gees - Was the director of Celine Dion's production company, CDA.
Charlie Turner - Died 8-26-2003 ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 1922 - Played trumpet .
Wayne Andre - Died 8-26-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 11-17-1931 in Manchester, Conn., U.S. - Played Trombone - Worked with Charlie Spivak, Roy Ayers, Benny Goodman, Kai Winding, Woody Herman, Manny Albam and Patti Austin.
Wilma Burgess - Died 8-26-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 6-11-1939 in Orlando, FL, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Misty Blue" and "Tear Time").
Marc Robine - Died 8-26-2003 - Cancer ( Chanson - French Folk ) Born 1950 in Casablanca - Singer and songwriter and played banjo, guitar and dulcimer - Was a member of Tulipe Noire, Perlimpinpin Folk, Bière Brune & Misère Noire.
Sandy Riner (Clarence Riner) (aka Mr. Banjo) - Died 8-27-2003 - Born 1922 in South Bend,Indiana, U.S. - Played banjo - Worked with The Sahib Shrine Banjo Band, LeRoy Longnecker, Horace "Big Sut" Sutcliffe and The Crew Chiefs - Appeared on TV's, Hayloft Jamboree - National Four String Banjo Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Stanislav Prochazka ml. - Died 8-29-2003 in Prague, Czech Republic - Parkinson's disease ( Pop - Rock ) Born 10-8-1954 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Singer (He did, "Maturitni Leto", "Dest" and "Kamion").
Jimmy Rivers (Walter James Fewell) - Died 8-29-2003 in Placerville, CA, U.S. ( Western Swing) Born 2-12-1926 in Hockerville, Oklahoma, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Gadabouts and The Cherokees - Worked with Bob Ringwald and The Fulton Street Jazz Band - Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee.
Bashi Lebasho (Christopher Lobatlamang) - Died 8-3?-2003 - After a long illness ( Disco - Pop ) Born 1972 in Kanye - Singer - Produced Natural Kids and Gilly Force - Worked with Alberto "Tom" Olebile.
Timothy Colwell - Died 9-?-2003 - Murdered ( Jazz ) Born 1938 - Played saxophone - Was a member of Kenny Ball's Jazzmen and led Tim Colwell's Jazzfriends.
Danais Wynnycka (aka Dana) - Died 9-?-2003 - Singer ( Rock ) Was a member of Arco Iris.
Michael Bettell - Died 9-?-2003 - Brain tumour ( Metal ) Born 1962 - Drummer - Worked with Tank.
Bruce Waibel - Died 9-2-2003 in Sarasota, FL, U.S. - Apparent suicide ( Rock ) Born 1964 in Dover, New Jersey, U.S. - Bassist, singer and guitar tech - Was a member of Firehouse and worked with The Gregg Allman Band.
Phelony Phil Suarez - Died 9-1-2003 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1967 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Kenmores, To Hell You Ride and The Syphiloids
Wes Bowen - Died 9-2-2003 ( Radio Host ) Born 1924 - He was a DJ and promoter of Jazz - He was fixture in the Utah broadcasting community for almost 40 years - He could be heard on radio's, "Just Jazz".
William Roy (aka Billy Roy) - Died 9-2-2003 in West Palm Beach, Fla., U.S. - Respiratory failure after a series of small strokes ( Composer - Arranger - Director ) Born 1928 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Pianist and singer - Worked with Julie Wilson, Bernadette Peters, Rosemary Clooney, Dorothy Dandridge, Ginger Rogers, Sylvia Syms, Margaret Whiting, Chris Connor, Carol Lawrence and Bobby Short.
Buddy Ray (Robert James Ray) - Died 9-3-2003 - After a long illness ( Western Swing ) Born 11-30-1919, in Waco - Violinist, saxophonist and singer - (He wrote, "I Don't Want Anyone But You" and "Tulsa Twist") - Was a member of The Modern Mountaineers, The Texas Wanderers and The Village Boys - Worked with Bob Wills, Ray Price, Nat King Cole, Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys, Merle Travis, Sammi Smith, The Braton And Price Swingmasters Revue and Jimmy Wakely.
Terome "T-Bone" Hannon - Died 9-4-2003 in Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S. - Brain aneurysm ( Rock ) Born 1964 - Bassist - Played in Jewel's band and worked with Shania Twain, Amy Grant and SheDaisy.
Bob Pinson - Died 9-4-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Leukemia ( Musicologist ) Born 4-29-1934 - Scholar and collector of country music - He was a researcher and reference librarian for The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum.
D.O. Cannon (Gerald Fields) - Died 9-5-2003 in New York, NY, U.S.- Shot ( Rap ) Born 1977.
Gisele MacKenzie (Gisele Marie-Louise Marguerite LaFleche) - First Lady of Song - Died 9-5-2003 in Burbank, CA, U.S. - Colon cancer - Born 1-10-1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba - Singer and violinist - (She did, "Hard To Get" and "My City, L.A.") - Worked with The Bob Shuttleworth Band - She appeared regularly on TV's, The Jack Benny Show and Your Hit Parade.
Frank Collins (Frank Charles Collins) - Died 9-6-2003 in West Vincent Township - Car accident ( Country - Folk - Rock ) Songwriter, guitarist and singer - Was a member of Tracks and Wire & Wood - (He co-wrote, "You're The Power" for Kathy Mattea).
Warren Zevon (Warren William Zevon) - Died 9-7-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 1-24-1947 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played guitar and piano and was a singer and songwriter - (He did, "Lawyers, Guns And Money" and "Werewolves Of London").
Arthur Schurgin - Died 9-7-2003 in Southfield - Congestive heart failure ( Promoter ) Born 1920 in northwest Detroit, MI, U.S. - He brought The Beatles to Detroit in 1964 and promoted local appearances by Harry Belafonte, The Monkees, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Artie Shaw and Buddy Rich.
Jimmy Gilreath (James William Gilreath)- Died 9-7-2003 in Saltillo, Miss., U.S. - Tractor accident ( Pop ) Born 11-14-1936 in Una Community, Clay County, near Prairie, Miss., U.S. - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist - (He did, "Little Band of Gold" and "I Need It") - Was a member of The Nite-Liters (They did, "Nervous").
Lou Haber (Louis Harber) - Died 9-8-2003 - Parkinson's Disease ( Studio Musician ) Born 1-10-1910 - Violinist and composer - He wrote, "Thursday" for Lew Leslie's Blackbirds).
Kawa (Jerzy Kawalec) - Died 9-9-2003 ( Rock Jazz ) Born 5-14-1954 - Bassist - Was a member of Krzak.
Charlie Harris - Died 9-9-2003 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1916 - Bassist - Worked with Nat King Cole ("Mona Lisa" and "Ramblin' Rose") and Three Strikes And A Miss.
Larry Hovis - Died 9-9-2003 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Esophagus cancer ( Pop ) Born 2-20-1936 in Wapato, Washington, U.S. - Singer and actor - (He did, " We Could Have Lots Of Fun" and "Silly Tears") - Was a member of The Mascots (They did, "Please Have Mercy" and "Java Jive") and The Bill Gannon Trio (They did, "Them There Eyes" and "No Moon At All") - He is best remembered for his role as Sgt. Carter on TV's, "Hogan's Heroes".
Robert "Buddy" Ray - Died 9-10-2003 in Waskom, LA, U.S. - After a long illness ( Western Swing ) Born 1920 - Violinist and fiddler - Was a member of The Modern Mountaineers, The Texas Wanderers and The Village Boys - Worked with Bob Wills, Ray Price, Nat King Cole, Sammi Smith and Jimmy Wakely.
Nestor Sanchez - Died 9-10-2003 in New York, U.S. - Cystic fibrosis ( Jazz - Salsa ) Singer - Worked with La Protesta, El Conjunto Candela and Larry Harlow.
Johnny Cash (J. R. Cash) - The Man in Black - Died 9-12-2003 in Nashville, Tenn., U.S. - Respiratory failure a complication from diabetes ( Country ) Born 2-26-1932 in Kingsland, AR, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "I Walk The Line" and "Ring Of Fire") - Worked with Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis - Was the husband of June Carter - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Arval Hogan (Arval Albert Hogan) - Died 9-12-2003 in Charlotte, NC, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country - Bluegrass ) Born 7-24-1911 in Robbinsville, North Carolina, U.S. - Sang and played mandolin - He was half of the duo Whitey & Hogan (They did, "Jesse James") and was a member of The Briarhoppers.
Ed Morgan (Edward Franklin Morgan II) - Died 9-12-2003 ( Rock ) Born 1-10-1940, in Beaumont - Guitarist - He produced, managed and or influenced Sammi Smith, John Anderson, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, George Jones, Burl Boykin, J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) - Traditional Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and The Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Frank "Andy" Starr - Died 9-12-2003 ( Rockabilly ) Born 10-21-1932 near Combs, Arkansas, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "The Dirty Bird Song" and "Dig Them Squeaky Shoes") - The Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Jerry "Pork" Armstrong - Died 9-13-2003 in Harristown, IL, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country Rock ) Born 1948 - Singer - Was a member of The Orphans and led Pork & The Havana Ducks. (They did, "Giving Whiskey One More Chance" and "We Ain't Leavin' Til We're Heavin").
Billy Wade Sanders - Died 9-14-2003 in Bedford, TX, U.S. - Cancer ( Country Rock ) Born 1942 - Guitarist - Worked with Delbert McClinton and The Rondels (They did, "If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go").
Carl Cotton - Died 9-14-2003 in Highland Park - Shot ( Soul ) Singer - Worked with Smokey Robinson And The Miracles and Enchantment.
Michael Knust (Michael Stephen Knust) - Died 9-15-2003 in Spring Branch, TX, U.S. ( Psychedelic ) Born 5-11-1949 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Fever Tree (They did, "San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native)" and "Girl, Oh Girl (Don't Push Me)").
Sheb Wooley (Shelby F. Wooley) (aka Ben Colder) - Died 9-16-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Novelty - Country ) Born 4-10-1921, near Erick, Okla., U.S. - Singer and songwriter (He did, "The Purple People Eater" and "That's My Pa").
James Durant (aka Phat Nasty) - Died 9-17-2003 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - After a seizure ( Jazz ) Born 1972 - Saxophonist - Worked with Alert King, Buck Wheat Zydeco and The Rebirth Brass Band.
Robbie King - Died 9-17-2003 in Vancouver - Throat cancer ( R&B ) He was 56 years old - Keyboardist - Worked with Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers (They did, "Does Your Mama Know About Me?"), Skylark, Olivia Newton-John, Terry Jacks, The Supremes, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson.
Ken Gudman - Died 9-17-2003 - Born 10-5-1947 in Copenhagen - Drummer - Worked with The Defenders, Young Flowers, Savage Rose, Sebastian, Povl Dissing, Lasse And Mathilde and Culpeper's Orchard - Was a married to actress, Helle Fastrup.
Slim Dusty (David Gordon Kirkpatrick) - Died 9-19-2003 in Sydney, Australia - Cancer ( Country ) Born 6-13-1927 in Kempsey, New South Wales - Singer, songwriter and guitarist (He did, "A Pub With No Beer" and "The Way The Cowboy Dies").
Frank Lowe - Died 9-19-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 6-24-1943 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Saxophonist - (He did, "Soul Of Fortune " and "Nothing But Love ") - Was a member of Saxemble (They did, "Four Five Six") - Worked with Alice Coltrane and Don Cherry.
Johnny Best - Died 9-20-2003 in La Jolla, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 10-20-1913 in Shelby, NC, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby, The Bob Cats and Glenn Miller.
Jerel Spruill (aka Water Water) - Died 9-20-2003 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Car crash ( Rap ) Born 1973 - Was a member of The Spooks (They did, "Things I've Seen").
Tary Owens - Died 9-21-2003 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Throat cancer - Born 1942 in Illinois - Producer - He owned Catfish Records - He revived the careers of Roosevelt "Grey Ghost" Williams, T.D. Bell and Erbie Bowser - Married to singer, Maryann Price.
Charles Dungey - Died 9-22-2003 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Cerebral hemorrhage ( Jazz ) Born 6-10-1938 - Bass player and singer - Worked with J.J. Cale, Teddy Wilson, Buddy Emmons, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey, Eartha Kitt and Bob Crosby and also was a member of the orchestra for The Mike Douglas Show.
Al Trobbe (aka Big Al) - Man With a Thousand Fingers - Died 9-23-2003 in Grass Valley - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 1922 - Pianist - He led The Al Trobbe Orchestra.
Lawrence Dominguez (Lawrence Anthony Dominguez) (aka Lightning Lar) - Died 9-23-2003 ( Psychedelic ) Born 1962 in Albuquerque - Guitarist - Was a member of Ritual, The Molly McGuire Band and Strawberry Zots - He also was a DJ and did audio productions.
Roy Horton (Roy T. Horton) - Died 9-23-2003 in Connecticut, U.S. - After battling diabetes and congestive heart failure ( Country ) Born 11-5-1914 in Broad Top City, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Bass player - Was a member of The Pinetoppers (They did, "Mockin' Bird Hill") - Worked for Southern Music Publishing promoting Jimmie Rodgers, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family, Floyd Tillman and Lefty Frizzell - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Matthew Jay - Died 9-24-2003 in Nottingham, England - Fell from his seventh floor apartment window ( Rock ) Born 1978 in Plymouth, England - Singer and songwriter (He did, "Only Meant To Say" and "You're Always Going Too Soon").
Rosalie Allen (Julie Marlene Bedra) - Queen of the Yodelers - Die 9-24-2003 in Van Nuys, CA, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( Country ) Born 6-27-1924 in Old Forge, PA, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" and "Guitar Polka") - Worked with Elton Britt ("The Yodel Blues" and "Quicksilver") - Country Music Disc Jockey Hall Of Fame Inductee and Western Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Vadik Pokrovsky - Died 9-24-2003 - Alcohol related liver problems ( Rock ) Born 3-25-1967 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Dva Samolioota.
Robert Palmer (Alan Palmer) - Died 9-26-2003 in Paris, France - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1-19-1949 in Batley, England - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Addicted To Love" and "Simply Irresistible") - Was a member of The Alan Bown Set, Dada (Later renamed Vinegar Joe) and The Power Station (They did a remake of, "Bang A Gong").
Shawn Lane - Died 9-26-2003 in Memphis TN, U.S. - Lung disease ( Hard Rock - Fusion ) Born 3-21-1963 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Guitarist and keyboardist - Worked with Black Oak Arkansas, DDT, Joe Walsh, Alex Chilton, Sam And Dave, dc Talk, and The Highwaymen.
Paul Burlison - Died 9-27-2003 in Horn Lake, Tenn., U.S. - Cancer ( Rockabilly ) Born 2-4-1929 in Brownsville, Tenn., U.S. - He was a member of The Rock 'n' Roll Trio (They did, "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" and "Tear It Up") - Worked with Howlin' Wolf, Los Lobos and The Band - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Webster Cross Harris - Died 9-29-2003 - Diabetes ( Doo-Wop ) Was a member of The Jive Five and The Drifters.
Ted Wood - Died 9-29-2003 in London, England ( Jazz ) Born 1939 - Drummer - Was a member of New Temperance 7 and Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band - Brother of guitarist Ron Wood.
Wesley Tuttle - Died 9-29-2003 in Sylmar, CA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Country ) Born 12-30-1917 in Lamar, CO, U.S. - Singer, yodeler and guitarist - (He did, "With Tears In My Eyes" and "Detour") - Was a musical director for TV's, "Town Hall Party" - Worked with The Beverly Hillbillies, Jimmie Lever And His Saddle Pals and The Sons Of The Pioneers - Western Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Eddie Gladden - Died 9-30-2003 in Newark, NJ - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 12-6-1937 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with James Moody, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Woody Shaw and Larry Young.
Fran Watt - Died 10-?-2003 - She was 81 years old - Singer and entertainer - Was half of the duo, The Price Sisters who became known as Fran And Anna who were regulars on TV's, Thingummyjig.
Stanley D. Hoffman - Died 10-?-2003 ( Composer ) Born 6-21-1926 - He wrote the scores for a few obscure musicals including, "Diana! A Musical Drama Of Princess Diana".
Nick Andros - Died 10-?-2003 - An undiagnosed heart condition ( Rock ) Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Poke, Red Room and Garden Grey.
Rick Wiesend (aka Tim Tam) - Died 10-?-2003 ( Rock ) Singer - Led Tim Tam & The Turn-Ons (They did, "Wait A Minute" and "Don't Say Hi").
John Brim (aka The Ice Cream Man) - Died 10-1-2003 in Gary, IN, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 4-10-1922 in Hopkinsville, KY, U.S. - Harmonica player, guitarist and singer - (He did, "Ice Cream Man" and "Rattlesnake") - Worked with Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Albert King and Jimmy Reed.
Chubby Jackson (Greig Stewart Jackson) - Died 10-1-2003 in Rancho Bernardo, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 10-25-1918 in New York, NY, U.S. - Double bass player - Worked with Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton and his son, Duffy Jackson.
Edith Lorraine Baker - Died 10-1-2003
( Radio Broadcaster ) Born 1935 - She is credited with helping
to open the airwaves for women and Tejano music.
Moacir Peixoto - Died 10-1-2003 in Rio de Janeiro - Hepatitis ( Jazz ) Pianist - Brother of musician, Arakem Peixoto and singer, Cauby Peixoto.
Bob Loewy (Robert Loewy) - Died 10-2-2003 in Evanston - Kidney failure ( Jazz ) Born 1926 - Guitarist and vocalist - Was a member of The Three Talents - He wrote arrangements for Al Morgan and The Fletcher Henderson Band.
J.D. Kimball - Died 10-3-2003 - Cancer ( Metal ) Singer and songwriter - Was a member of Omen (They did, "Battle Cry" and "Warning Of Danger").
Terry Bonchaka (Terry Adjetey) - The puulele man - Died 10-3-2003 - Car accident ( Hiplife ) - Singer.
Sandile Shange - Died 10-4-2003 in Durban - Car accident ( Jazz ) Guitarist - Was a member of Twasa and The Shange Brothers - Worked with Darius Brubeck and Mbongeni Ngema.
Clarence B. Cagle - Died 10-5-2003 ( Country ) Born 1920 - Played piano, violin and banjo - Worked with Herb Goddard's Oklahoma Wanderers and The Texas Playboys - Western Swing Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Spekt 1 (Chad Snow) - Died 10-5-2003 in Palo Alto, CA, U.S. - Run over by a SUV, homicide? ( Rap ) Born 1980 in Quincy, CA, U.S.
Andrew Trudeau - Died 10-5-2003 - Hit by a truck ( Rock ) Born 1988 - Drummer - Was a member of Broken Angels.
Papa Pilgrim - Died 10-5-2003 in Aberdeen, Scotland - Massive stroke ( Radio Host - Writer ) Born in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - He co-founded The Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide (RAW) - He wrote about Reggae in The Beat, Dub Missive, CD Review and Reggae Report.
Mick Cowdroy - Died 10-6-2003 in Newcastle - Injuries sustained from a car crash ( Country Rock ) Born 1970 - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - Was a member of Southbound (They did, "You Don't Need The World").
Vincent Salerno (Vincent Frank Salerno) - Died 10-6-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1925 in Uniontown, Pa., U.S. - Played piano - Was a member of The Variations - Worked with Danny Hale, Dick Braun and Joe Pallazola.
Tom King - Died 10-6-2003 - Congestive heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1912 - Trumpet player - He led Tommy King And His Music and The Capitol City Jazz Band - He helped found The Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
Doug Tuchman - Died 10-6-2003 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( Promoter - DJ ) Born 1940 - He was the first editor of Pickin' magazine and hosted radio's, "Honky Tonkin" - Credited with being one of the first to bring bluegrass to New York.
Ronnie Dawson (aka Blonde Bomber and Ronnie D.) - Died 10-7-2003 in East Dallas, TX, U.S. ( Rockabilly - Rock ) Born 8-11-1939 in Waxahachie, TX, U.S. - Singer and guitarist (He did, "Action Packed" and "I Make the Love") He led Ronnie Dee And The D Men and was a member of The Levee Singers and Steelrail - Son of band leader, Pinky Dawson.
Johnnie Jessen (John Pagaard Jessen) - Died 10-7-2003 in Magnolia ( Jazz ) Born 5-13-1909 in Seattle. WA, U.S. - He played saxophone, flute and clarinet - Was a member of The Rinky Dinks and The Esquires - Worked with Judy Garland and Sammy Davis Jr. - He was a music instructor for Kenny Gorelick (Kenny G).
Patti Fallon (Patti Nuckols Fallon) - Died 10-8-2003 -Ovarian cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1958 - Played saxophone - She was a member of Domino and Random Acts Of Sax.
Carl Fontana (Charles Fontana) - Died 10-9-2003 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Alzheimer's disease ( Jazz ) Born 7-18-1928 in Monroe. LA, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with Frank Sinatra, The Third Herd, Stan Kenton, Kai Winding and Duke Ellington - He created the technique called "doodle tonguing".
Don Lanphere (Donald Gale Lanphere) - Died 10-9-2003 in Redmond, Washington, U.S. - Hepatitis C ( Jazz ) Born 6-26-1928 in Wenatchee, WA, U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Fats Navarro, Woody Herman, Charlie Parker and Max Roach - He co-hosted radio's "Don And Bud Show", a jazz show.
Paul Ah Yo (Paul K. Ah Yo Jr.) (aka Braddah Paul) - Died 10-10-2003 - Heart attack ( Blue Grass ) Born 1949 - Musician - Worked with The Prospect Street Blue Grass Hawaiian Band.
Marie Marcus - Died 10-10-2003 in Cape Cod, MA, U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 1914 - Pianist - Worked with Alma Gates White and Dick Johnson - She formed The Cape Cod Jazz Society.
Kelly Schweinsberg - Died 10-13-2003 in New York, U.S. ( Promoter ) Born 1961 - She worked for Pantera Productions working with Expose, handled dance music promotion at RCA working with, Black Box, Robert Owens and Quadrophonia and headed the marketing and promotion department of Lou Pearlman's TransContinental Records.
Anne Ziegler - Died 10-13-2003 in Colwyn Bay, Wales ( Pop ) Born 6-22-1910 in Liverpool, England - Singer - She was half of the duo, Ziegler And Booth with her husband, Webster Booth (They did, "Only A Rose").
Hershel Wooten - Died 10-14-2003 in Winston-Salem, NC, U.S. - Complications from a stroke ( Gospel ) Born 1928 - Singer - He was a member of The All American Quartet, The Crusaders and The Harvesters.
Eddie DeWitt (Edward DeWitt)- Died 10-14-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1928 in Geneva - Drummer and band leader - He led The Eddie DeWitt Quintet.
Francois Beranger - Died 10-14-2003 - Cancer ( Folk ) Born 8-28-1937 in Amilly, near Montargis - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Tranche de Vie").
Gary Buck - Died 10-14-2003 in Didsbury, Alberta - Cancer ( Country ) Born 1940 - Singer, songwriter and producer - (He did, "Happy To Be Unhappy" and "The Wheel Song") - He founded The Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame - At one time married to singer Louise Mandrell- The Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Anna Franklin Callwood - Died 10-16-2003 ( Blues ) Born 1909 in Bamberg, S.C., U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Franklin Quartet.
William S. Kennedy Jr. - Died 10-17-2003 - Diabetes ( Jazz ) Born - 1-23-1926 in South Norfolk, VA, U.S. - Played sax, clarinet and guitar - Worked with Billy Butterfield and Pat Curtis.
Carmen Accordino - Died 10-18-2003 in South Miami, FL, U.S. - Complications of a pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 1929 in Clearfield, Pa., U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Williams, Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence - He perform with The Sammy Spear Orchestra and on The Jackie Gleason Show.
Roy Silver - Died 10-18-2003 Effects of a brain tumor ( Manager - Producer ) Born 1932 - He managed Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Tiny Tim, Fanny, Jackson Browne and The Big Three.
Marty Zivko (Martin Zivko) - Died 10-18-2003 - Massive stroke ( Polka ) Born 10-10-1915 in Milwaukee, WI, U.S. - Played accordion - Led Marty Zivko And The Polka Boys - Owner and manager of Marty Zivko's Rock 'n Roll Palace.
Rev. Willie Lee Morganfield - Died 10-18-2003 in Memphis, TN, U.S. ( Gospel - Blues ) Born 7-11-1927 in Stovall, MS, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The New Orleans Chosen Five and The Kings Of Harmony.
Mary Lofstrom - Died 10-20-2003 - Scleroderma and ovarian cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1965 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Singer and drummer (She recorded the CD's, "My Secret Joy" and "Ginger Comes To Stay").
Mildred Jones - Died 10-20-2003 - Cancer ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 1933 - Singer - Worked with B.B. King.
Maxine Daniels (Gladys Lynch) - Died 10-20-2003 in Romford, Essex ( Jazz ) Born 11-2-1930 in Stepney, East London, England - Singer - Sang with Harlem - Worked with The Denny Boyce Band, Ted Beament, Dominic Green and John Rees-Jones - Sister of Kenny Lynch.
Elliott Smith (Steven Paul Smith) - Died 10-21-2003 - Suicide ( Folk Punk ) Born 8-6-1969 in Ohamha, Nebraska, U.S. - Singer songwriter (He did, "Miss Misery" and "Between The Bars") - He was a member of Heatmiser (They did, "Bottle Rocket" and "Stray").
Fred Schloss (Frederick Schloss) - Died 10-21-2003 ( Big Band ) Musician.
Eduardo Rogatti - Died 10-21-2003 - Cancer ( Prog Rock ) Born 1954 in Buenos Aires - Guitarist - Was a member of Bubu (They did, "Suenos de Maniquí" and "El Cortejo de un Día Amarillo") - Worked with Juan Carlos Baglietto.
Rick Wiesend - Died 10-22-2003 in Detroit Mich., U.S. - Myelodysplastic syndrome ( Rock ) Lead singer for Tim Tam & The Turn Ons (They did, "Wait A Minute" and "Cheryl Ann").
Matt Strubble (aka Curly Bob) - Died 10-22-2003 in Florida, U.S. - Car crash ( Rock ) Born 5-15-1981 in Heidelberg, Germany - Singer, saxophonist, drummer and guitarist - Was a member of Fish House Punch.
Rosey Nix Adams (aka Rosey Carter Adams) - Found dead 10-24-2003 in Montgomery County, TN, U.S. - Carbon monoxide poisoning ( Bluegrass ) Born 1958 - Singer and songwriter - Daughter of singer June Carter Cash.
Jimmy Campbell - Found dead 10-24-2003 in Montgomery County, TN, U.S. - Carbon monoxide poisoning ( Bluegrass ) Born 1963 - Played fiddle - Was a member of The Sidemen.
Peter Niklas Wilson - Died 10-26-2003 in Hamburg, Germany - Leukemia ( Jazz ) Born 5-20-1957 in Hamburg, Germany - Bassist, composer and writer - Worked with Maize Quadrangle, Fred Frith, Anthony Braxton, Kai Horsthemke, Hannes Wienert, The True Muze All Stars, Malcolm Goldstein and The Ton Art Ensemble.
Nati Kaji (Amrit Lal Maleku) - Died 10-26-2003 - Respiratory disease ( Nepalese ) Born 1925 - Singer.
Bill Shaw (William E. Shedosky) - Died 10-26-2003 in Lake Shore - Aneursym ( Jazz - Blues - Rock - Folk ) Born 1949 - Played guitar and keyboards and was a songwriter - Son of jazz trumpeter Eddie "Shaw" Shedosky.
Vigen (Vigen Derderian) - Soltan of Pop - Died 10-26-2003 in California, U.S. - Cancer ( Pop - Jazz ) Born 11-23-1929 in Hamadan, Iran - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Moonlight" and "Red Rose, Rival And Rain").
Roy Harte - Died 10-26-2003 in Burbank, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Drummer - Worked with Muggsy Spanier, Bobby Sherwood, George Paxton, Billie Rogers, Boyd Raeburn, Lucky Millinder, Vido Musso, Stan Kenton, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and many others - Co-founder of Pacific Jazz Records and Nocturne Records.
Stephanie Tyrell (Stephanie Georgia Manteris Tyrell) - Died 10-27-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Lyricist - Producer ) Born 1949 - (She co-wrote, "How Do You Talk To An Angel" and "Remember The Dream") - She was the wife of producer and songwriter Steve Tyrell.
Cindy R. Terry - Died 10-28-2003 in Kerrville - Car crash ( Folk - Pop ) Born 1958 - Played guitar and flute and was a songwriter - Was a member of Dime A Dozen (They did, "Strong Love" and "Sensitive Kind").
Oliver Sain - Died 10-28-2003 in St. Louis County - Bone and bladder cancer ( Blues ) Born 1932 - Saxophonist, keyboardist, bandleader, producer, arranger and writer - (He did, "Party Hearty" and "Booty Bumpin") - Worked with Little Milton Campbell.
Steve O'Rourke - Died 10-30-2003 in Miami, FL, U.S. - Stroke ( Manager - Producer ) Born 10-1-1940 in Willesden - Was Pink Floyd's manager.
Ron Davies (Ronny Wayne Davies) (Ronny Wayne Dickerson) - Died 10-31-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Composer ) Born 1-15-1946 in Shreveport, LA, U.S. - (He wrote, "It Ain't Easy" and "Waitin' On A Dark-Eyed Girl") - His songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Three Dog Night, Joe Cocker, Dave Edmunds, Anne Murray, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Brother of recording artist Gail Davies.
Boston Mike - Died 11-?-2003 ( Hardcore ) Singer - Was a member of Skarhead.
Zikra - Died 11-?-2003 in Cairo, Egypt - Shot by her husband in a murder-suicide ( Tunisian ) Singer.
Khadiga - Died 11-?-2003 in Cairo,
Egypt - Shot by the husband of singer Zikra in a murder-suicide (
Manager ) He managed Zikra.
Elizabeth Wengenroth - Died 11-?-2003 - Cancer - Musician - Worked with with Frank Mantooth and Margaret Carlson.
George Kawaguchi - Died 11-1-2003 in Tokyo, Japan - Brain hemorrhage after a fall ( Jazz ) Born 1927 - Drummer.
Bennie G. Grammatico - Died 11-1-2003 - Cancer ( Swing ) Born 1924 - Played trumpet - Was the leader of The Gateswingers - Father of singer Lou Gramm (Louis Grammatico) of Foreigner.
John E. Muldowney (aka Johnny Moe) - Died 11-2-2003 in Cambridge, MA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Audio Engineer ) Born 1953 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Worked for John Cafferty And The Beaver Brown Band, New Kids On The Block, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Shania Twain and Bruce Springsteen.
Natikazi Shrestha - Died 11-2-2003 ( Nepalese ) Born 1925 - Singer and composer.
Earl Barnes (Earl Franklin Barnes) - Died 11-3-2003 in Santa Cruz ( Jazz ) Born 1902 - Sang, played drums and trombone - Worked with Col. Johnson's Rodeo Band, The Peoria Municipal Band, The Pekin Municipal Band and The Sally Rand Orchestra.
Stephen Bates - Died 11-5-2003 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Lymphoma ( Composer ) Born in Madison, WI, U.S. - Pianist, conductor, director and arranger - He wrote songs for TV's "Barney and Friends" and the musical, "Starr Struck" - He conducted a national tour of The Lion King.
Bobby Hatfield (Robert Lee Hatfield) (aka Blonde Bomber) - Died 11-5-2003 in Kalamazoo, Mich., U.S. - Heart attack ( Blue-Eyed Soul ) Born 8-10-1940 in Beaver Dam, Wis., U.S. - Singer - Was half the duo of The Righteous Brothers (They did, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration" and "Rock And Roll Heaven") - The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Jim Woolsey - Died 11-6-2003 in Sussex County ( Jazz ) Born 8-7-1900 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist - (He wrote, "USO Boogie") - Worked with Glenn Miller, The Jackie Gleason Orchestras, Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey.
Michael O'Neill - Died 11-6-2003 in Palo Alto - Car crash ( Pop ) Born 4-25-1962 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Comb Overs.
Guy Speranza - Died 11-8-2003 - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of RIOT (They did, "This Is What I Get" and "Rock City").
Buddy Arnold (Arnold Buddy Grishaver) - Died 11-9-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from open heart surgery ( Jazz ) Born 1926 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and Tommy Dorsey.
Al Corey (Elias J. Corey) - Died 11-9-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 1917 - Saxophonist - Led Al Corey's Big Band.
Art Carney (Arthur William Matthew Carney) - Died 11-9-2003 in Old Saybrook, Conn., U.S. ( Actor ) Born 11-4-1918 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., U.S. - (He sang, "Song Of The Sewer" and "Flop, Mop, Cotton & Pete") - He was a member of The Horace Heidt Orchestra - He portrayed Ed Norton on TV's, "The Honeymooners".
James Rich (aka Spider) - Died 11-9-2003 in Tennessee, U.S. - ( Country ) Born 1923 in Bremen, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, U.S. - Guitarist and songwriter - ( He co-wrote, "Yakety Sax" (which later became the theme song for Benny Hill's TV show) and also wrote "Hidden Charm" and "Hocus Pocus").
Bernard Brightman - Died 11-9-2003 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Complications from lung cancer ( Producer ) Born 1-9-1921 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Founder of Stash Records releasing recordings by SteveTurre and John Pizzarelli Jr. - He produced Hank Jones, Doc Cheatham, Buck Clayton, Helen Forrest and a host of others.
Davey Goldsworthy (David Goldsworthy) - Died 11-9-2003 in Oxford - Apparent hit and run collision ( Rock ) He was 40 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Chesterfields (They did, "Sweet Revenge" and "Love Mountain").
Jed Williams (John Ellis Dowell Williams) - Died 11-10-2003 ( Jazz ) Born 6-12-1952 in Cardiff - Drummer, director and journalist - Worked with Chris Hodgkins - He was an artistic director of The Brecon Jazz Festival in Wales and founding editor of the magazine JazzUK.
David O'Rourk - Died 11-10-2003 - Heart failure ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 1937 in Maple Heights, Ohio, U.S. - Tenor saxophonist - Worked with Joe Williams, Barbra Streisand, Henry Mancini ("Pink Panther Theme"), Mel Carter ("A Taste of Honey"), Nancy Wilson, Jack Jones, Natalie Cole, Sonny And Cher and Bobby Darin.
Lance Dickerson - Died 11-10-2003 in Fairfax, CA, U.S. - Suicide ( Rock ) Born 10-15-1948 in Latovia, Michigan, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (They did, "Hot Rod Lincoln"), John Lee Hooker, Thunderbyrd, Maria Muldaur, David Bromberg, Kenny "Blue" Ray, Mill Valley's Christmas Jug Band ("Uncorked"), Billy C. & The Sunshine, Mitch Woods and Charlie Musselwhite - Son of jazz drummer, Robert Dickerson.
Thomas Kamaki "Jigs" Leslie - Died 11-11-2003 ( Musician - Comedian ) Born 1928 in Molokai, Hawaii - Sang and played ukulele.
Tony Thompson - Died 11-12-2003 - Renal cancer ( Rock ) Born 11-15-1954 - Drummer - Worked with Labelle, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Power Station and Chic.
Daniel Goss - Died 11-12-2003 near Buckingham, England - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 1980 - Guitarist - Was a member of Pennywise.
Tom Donahue - Died 11-12-2003 - Complications from liver cancer ( Promoter ) Born 1950 - He promoted local Bloomington music groups as well as bringing in national acts - Owner of TD's Music store.
Carlo Spinazzola - Died 11-12-2003 - Suicide ( Blues ) Born 8-25-1970 in Sydney - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - He also painted, sculpted and made jewellery.
Ray Harris (Homer Ray Harris) - Died 11-13-2003 ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 9-7-1927 near Tupelo, MS, U.S. - (He did, "Come On Little Mama" and "Greenback Dollar Watch And Chain") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Lawrence Wright Jr. - Died 11-13-2003 ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 1928 - Played organ - Led The Starlighters and Lawrence Wright And The Outlets.
Clyde Hoyte - Died 11-14-2003 ( Journalist - Composer ) Born 1915 - He wrote Keith Stewart's "Jamaica Calling" as well as numerous parodies, hymns, jingles and mento tunes.
Speedy West (Wesley Webb West) - Died 11-15-2003 in Broken Arrow ( Country ) Born 1-25-1924 in Springfield MO, U.S. - Played steel guitar - Worked with Jimmy Bryant, The Missouri Wranglers, Spade Cooley, Eddie Kirk, Hank Penny, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kay Starr - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.
David Holt - Died 11-15-2003 ( Singer - Actor - Composer ) Born 8-14-1927 in Jacksonville, Fla., U.S. - (He co-wrote, "The Christmas Blues," with Sammy Cahn) - He composed many jazz albums.
Ihor Tanin (aka E) - Died 11-15-2003 in Brookfield, Milwaukee, U.S. - Shot himself after shooting his girlfriend ( Rock ) Was a member of Otto & The Elevators and The Skunks - He also was a repairman for equipment for many national music acts.
Ronnie Marlon Phillips (aka Ronnie Ron) - Died 11-15 or 16-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Rap ) Born 1954 - Producer and arranger - (He released the CD, "Gangsta Boom (Sample Your Ass Off)").
Danny Denver (Cole Ghoens) (aka Sammy Gowans) - Died 11-15-2003 in Laurel - Congestive heart failure ( Rockabilly ) Born 1937 in Hartsville, S.C., U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Rockin' By Myself" and "Kissin' At The Drive-In").
Shaun Solomon - Died 11-15-2003 ( Rock ) Bassist - Worked with The Chambers Brothers and Nona Hendryx.
Peter Budd Coleman - Died 11-16-2003 in Westerly, RI, U.S. - Plane collision ( Jazz ) Born 1945 - Clarinetist - Was a member of The Wakefield Civic Band.
Walt Conley (Walter Conley)- Died 11-16-2003 ( Folk ) Born 1929 - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Judy Collins and Clark Burch - Led Walt Conley And Company.
Arthur Conley (Arthur Lee Conley) - Died 11-17-2003 in Ruurlo, Netherlands - Intestinal cancer ( Soul ) Born 1-4-1946 in McIntosh, GA, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Sweet Soul Music" and "Funky Street").
Don Gibson (Donald Eugene Gibson) - The sad poet - Died 11-17-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 4-3-1928 in Shelby, NC, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (He wrote, "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Sweet Dreams") - Was a member of The Sons Of The Soil and Don Gibson & His King Cotton Kinfolks - Worked with Sue Thompson - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Frank Sellers (Francis Leo Schnurr) - Died 11-17-2003 - Cancer ( Country ) Born 1942 in Floral Park, N.Y., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Coachman Band.
Claude Trenier - Died 11-17-2003 - Cancer ( R&B - Rock ) Born 7-14-1919 in Mobile, Ala., U.S. - Worked with Jimmie Lunceford (They did, "I'm Gonna See My Baby" and "That Someone Must Be You") - He was one of The Treniers (They did, "Go! Go! Go!" and "Good Rockin' Tonight").
Michael Kamen - Died 11-18-2003 in London, England - Heart problem ( Composer ) Born 4-15-1948 in New York, NY, U.S. - He helped to found The New York Rock 'n' Roll Ensemble - (He co-wrote Bryan Adams', "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You") - He composed musics for the movies, "Lethal Weapon", "Die Hard" and many others - He was a musical director for David Bowie's Diamond Dog tour.
Arthur Griswold - Died 11-18-2003 ( Blues ) Born 1939 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Griswolds.
Greg Ridley - Died 11-19-2003 in Javea, Spain - While in a coma after a stroke ( Rock ) Born 10-23-1947 in in Carlisle, Cumbria, UK - Bass player and singer - Was a member of The Dakotas, The Ramrods, The VIPs, Art, Humble Pie and Spooky Tooth.
Steve Kapo - Died 11-19-2003 - Heart attack ( Metal ) He was 30 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Diegrinder.
Jiri Brabec - Died 11-20-2003 in Bozejov u Trhovych Svinu, Czech Republic - Shot himself ( Country - Rock N' Roll ) Born 7-2-1940 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (at the time Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren) - Singer and pianist - He founded FAPS and led The Country Beat (They did, "Shane" and "Blizzard") Worked with Nada Urbankova and Sarka Rezkova.
Bobby White (Floyd L. White) - Died 11-21-2003 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S. ( Country ) Born 6-15-1932 in Jenny Lind, Arkansas, U.S. - Steel guitarist - Worked with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, Hank Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys and was a member of the house band for The Crossroads Club, which he co-owned - Steel Guitar Hall Of fame Inductee.
Teddy Randazzo - Died 11-21-2003 in Orlando, FL, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 1935 - (He co-wrote, "Goin' Out Of My Head" and "Hurt So Bad") - His songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Linda Ronstadt, The Lettermen and The Temptations - Was a member of The Three Chuckles (They did, "Runaround").
Dick Thomas (Dick Thomas Goldhahn) - Died 11-22-2003 in Abington, Pa., U.S. ( Composer ) Born 9-4-1915 - Singer and yodeler - (He co-wrote, "Sioux City Sue").
Vince Matthews - Died 11-22-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Lymphatic cancer ( Composer ) Born 1940 - (He co-wrote, "Love In The Hot Afternoon" and "On Susan's Floor") - Worked with Kris Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein.
Shameik Moye - Died 11-22-2003 in Hempstead, NY, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) Born 1984 - Was a member of GS (God's Soldiers).
Jack Emerson (John Williams Emerson III) - Died 11-22-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Producer - Manager ) Born 1960 - He was a partner in Steve Earle's E-Squared Records which worked with Jason And The Scorchers (He was their original bass player), The Georgia Satellites, John Hiatt, Webb Wilder, Sonny Landreth and Steve Forbert.
Peggy Mortimer - Died 11-23-2003 in Sydney, Australia - After a long illness ( Cabaret ) Born 1927 - Singer, actress and musician.
Teddy Wilburn - Died 11-24-2003 in Nashville, TN, U.S.- Congestive heart failure ( Country ) Born 11-30-1931 in Thayer, MO, U.S. - Guitarist - He was half of the duo, The Wilburn Brothers (They did, "Hurt Her Once For Me" and "Trouble's Back In Town").
Michael Small - Died 11-25-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Composer ) Born 1939 in New York, NY, U.S. - He worked on the scores for the films, "Klute", "The Parallax View", "Marathon Man" and many others - He also wrote music for documentaries and commercials.
Soulja Slim (aka Magnolia Slim) (James Tapp) - Died 11-26-2003 in Gentilly, New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) Born 9-9-1977 - Worked with The ReBirth Brass Band, Snoop Dogg, C-Murder and Master P.
Jerome Evans - Died 11-26-2003 - Heart
attack ( R&B ) Born 1938 - Singer - (He wrote Freda Payne's,
I'll Do Anything For You" ) - Was a member of The Cyclones which became The Furys (They did,
"Zing Went the Strings Of My Heart") - Worked with The Coasters and The Drifters.
Robert Leroy Smith - Died 11-26-2003 in Granbury ( Bluegrass ) Born 9-7-1918 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. - Played guitar and french harp.
Meyer Kupferman - Died
11-26-2003 near Rhinebeck - Heart failure ( Composer ) Born 7-3-1926 -
Clarinetist - His composition included classical, opera, ballet and jazz.
Rick Jeffery - Died 11-27-2003 in Halifax
- Pneumonia ( Blues ) Played harmonica - (He recorded the
albums, "Too Cool For Comfort" and "Twice As Hard") - Worked with Dutch Mason.
K-rupt (Carlton Williams Bongo Juma) - Died 11-29-2003 - Shot ( Rap ) Born 11-?-1979 (He did, "Dada Njoo" and "Changamka") - Worked with Fizzle Dogg, BigPin and E-Sir.
James Carter - Died 11-29-2003 in Oak Park, Ill., U.S. - Stroke ( Singer ) Born 12-18-1925 in Sunflower, Miss., U.S. - T Bone Burnett used Mr. Carter's version of "Po' Lazarus" as the lead song on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.
Adhémar Dion - Died 11-29-2003 in Montreal, Canada - Bone cancer ( Musician ) Born 3-2-1923 in Les Méchins, a village on the north shore of the Gaspé coast - Played accordion - Farther of Celine Dion- He started Celine's career by bringing her to his club and have her sing.
Rose Lane (Rose LaMaskin, Rose Baroulia) - Died 11-30-2003 ( Vaudeville ) Singer - Born 1912.
Dai Francis - Died 12-?-2003 ( Dixieland ) Born 1930 in Swansea - Singer and dancer - Was one of The George Mitchell Singers and The Black and White Minstrels.
George Magnezid - Died 12-?-2003 ( R&B ) Tenor singer - Was a member of The Wrens (They did, "Come Back My Love" and The Solitaires.
Charles Mangena - Died 12-?-2003 in Hatfield - Heart ailment ( Jazz ) Musician - He was a member of Ilanga and Jabavu Highway.
Kenneth Thibodeaux - Died 12-1-2003
- Shot in a murder-suicide ( Cajun ) Played accordion - Leader
of Kenneth Thibodeaux And The Cajun Dance Band.
John Brimhall - Died 12-2-2003
( Composer - Arranger ) Born 11-22-1928 in Huntington Park, Calif.,
U.S. - Pianist - He wrote simplified versions of "Wind Beneath My Wings", "My Heart Will Go On",
"Winter Wonderland" and many other songs - He wrote over 500 books on music composition,
theory and performance.
Donald "Moose" Jamison - Died 12-2-2003 - Born 1927 in Lafayette - He was a a jazz historian, musician and radio personality - He hosted radio's, "The New Orleans Music Show".
Martin Tamburovich - Died 12-2-2003 - Bacterial infection ( Punk ) Born 1958 in Pedro - Singer - Was a member of The Reactionaries - Worked with The Silvers and The Plebs - Wrote lyrics to several Minutemen songs - Co-founder of New Alliance Records.
Al "TNT" Braggs - Died 12-3-2003 - After a series of strokes ( R&B ) Born 1938 - Singer, musician and songwriter - (He wrote, "Share Your Love With Me" and "Soul Of A Man") - Was a member of The Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks (They did, "Crying Man" and "You're The Only One for Me") - His songs have been recorded by The Band, Aretha Franklin, Phoebe Snow, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Freddy Fender and Ronnie Laws - He produced Little Joe Blue and Ernie Johnson and R.L. Griffin.
David Hemmings - Died 12-4-2003 in Romania - Heart attack ( Actor ) Born 1941 - He sang songs composed for him by Benjamin Britten - He narrated Rick Wakeman's "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" album.
Vernon Maney (Vernon Roy Maney) - Died 12-4-2003 - Complications from emphysema ( Country ) Born 1931 - Played piano, guitar and drums - He accompanied Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton - Worked with The Blends, The Yaarab Shrine Temple Entertainers and The Possum Creek Symphony - Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Gregory Garcia Segura - Died 12-5-2003 ( Composer ) He composed scores for over 200 films including, "Las Cosas del Querer".
Yutaka "Bahbu" Satake - Died 12-5-2003 in Tokyo, Japan - Multiple organ failure ( Singer - Actor ) Born 1935 (He did, "Onna Gokoro no Uta" (Song Of A Woman's Heart)").
Frankie Fanelli - Mr. Charisma - Died 12-6 or 7-2003 ( Pop ) Born 1932 - Singer - He sang at The Mapes Skyroom - Worked with Frank Sinatra and Jack Benny - He appeared in the movie, "The Misfits" with Marylin Monroe and Clark Gable.
Garry Jackson (Garry Anthony Jackson) - Died 12-7-2003 in Martinez - Heart attack while driving ( Rock ) Born 1958 - Bassist - Was a member of Straight Direct - Worked with Rhythm Nation, Ricardo Scales, John Payne And The Hurt, MC Hammer, Sly And The Family Stone, Sheila E, Larry Graham, Special Generation and Con Funk Shun.
Henry Qualls - Died 12-7-2003 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Complications from intestinal surgery ( Country - Blues ) Born 1934 - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Brian "Hash Brown" Calway.
George Jay - Died 12-7-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Natural causes ( Record Promoter ) Born 1918 - He promoted pop and rock singles to radio stations and published the newsletter, Inner-Views.
George Clayburn - Died 12-7-2003 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. ( Country ) Born 9-26-1926 in Atoka, OK, U.S. - Played fiddle and sang - Worked with The Lee Bell Band, Ray Reed and Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys. (They did, "Snap Your Fingers").
Ruben Gonzalez - Died 12-8-2003 in Havana, Cuba ( Jazz ) Born 1920 - Pianist - Was a member of The Buena Vista Social Club - Worked with Enrique Jorrin, Ry Cooder, The Afro-Cuban All-Stars and Orquestra de Los Hermanos.
Raul Vale - Died 12-8-2003 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Comedian - Actor - Musician ) Born 4-20-1944 in Maracaibo, Venezuela - He composed almost 700 songs.
Tymon Birchett (aka Tymex) - Found dead 12-9-2003 in Northwest Washington ( Promoter ) Born 6-17-1974 - He was a DJ and did independent promotions for record labels and for D.C. nightclubs.
Bill Chadney - Died 12-9-2003 in Palm Desert ( Jazz ) Born 1924 - Pianist - He was Emmett the piano player on TV's, "Peter Gunn" - He was at one time married to actress Lola Albright.
Gladys Shelley - Died 12-9-2003 in Manhattan ( Cabaret ) Born 1911 - Songwriter (She wrote, "Come On Over" and co-wrote, "How Did He Look?") - Her songs have been recorded by Joan Merrill, Connie Francis, Eydie Gorme, Mel Tormé and Vic Damone - She wrote lyrics for over 300 songs.
Bill Deal - Died 12-10-2003 - Heart attack ( Beach Music ) Born 1944 in Portsmouth - He fronted Bill Deal And The Rhondels (They did, "May I" and "I've Been Hurt") - Worked with Jimmy Soul.
Peter James Walker - Died 12-10-2003 - After a long illness - Born 1916 - Played saxophone and flute - Founder of the audio companies S.P. Fidelity Sound System and Quad.
Ron Aspery (Ronald Aspery) - Died 12-10-2003 in Saltdean, East Sussex, England - Stroke ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 6-9-1946 in Middlesborough, North Yorkshire, England - Saxophonist, keyboardist and composer - Was a member of Back Door (They did, "Jive Grind" and "Vienna Breakdown") - Worked with Eric Delane, Status Quo, Ronnie Scott, Sky, Roger Daltrey, Alexis Korner, Meat Loaf and Keith Richards - He also worked on music for TV's, Friends, Baywatch, Sesame Street and The Simpsons.
Tali Muhammad (Roger Hayes) - Died 12-11-2003 - Kidney failure ( Doo Wop ) Second tenor singer - Was a member of The Schoolboys (They did, "Please Say You Want Me").
Melanie Shanahan - Died 12-11-2003 - Suicide ( World Folk ) Born 1964 - Singer and songwriter - She was a member of Arramaieda (They did, "Tell Me Now" and "She Will Not Lose") and Akasa (They did, "Walk With Me" and "Human Zoo") - Worked with Coco's Lunch and Safara.
Roger McCall (aka Unkle Rog) - Died 12-12-2003 - Shot during a robbery ( DJ ) He would showcase local talent during his, "Homegrown" radio show - He was the longest running DJ at a single station in the US.
Frances Hicks - Died 12-12-2003 - Singer - Was a member of The Hicks Family.
Webster Young - Died 12-13-2003 in Vancouver, Wash., U.S. - Brain tumor ( Jazz ) Born 12-3-1932 in Columbia, SC, U.S. - Trumpeter - Worked with John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, Bud Powell and Jackie McLean - He had been a musical arranger and director for Ike and Tina Turner.
François Rauber - Died 12-14-2003 ( Composer ) Born 1-19-1933 in Neufchâteau, Vosges, France - Was a composer and a music director for films and TV.
Steve Kaplan - Died 12-14-2003 in Claremont - He was piloting a plane that crashed into a home ( Composer ) Born 1958 - Pianist - He wrote music for TV's, "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel Of Fortune" - Worked with Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.
Patrick Miller - Died 12-14-2003 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Experimental Rock ) Born 1952 in Glendale, CA, U.S. - Singer keyboardist and tape machine minipulator - Was a member of Tuxedomoon and Minimal Man.
Johnny Cunningham (John James Cunningham) - Died 12-15-2003 in New York, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( Folk - Celtic - Rock ) Born 8-25-1957 in Portobello, Scotland - Fiddler and producer - Was a member of Silly Wizard, Relativity, Nightnoise and The Raindogs - Produced Cherish The Ladies - Worked with Hall and Oates.
Mickey Day (Michael G. Dry) - Died 12-15-2003 - After a long illness ( Blues ) Born 1948 - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Prime Time.
John Machalowski - Died 12-15-2003 - Heart failure ( String Band ) Born 1942 - Played banjo and saxophone - Was a member of The Duffy String Band, The Greater Kensington String Band and The Fralinger String Band - The Mummers String Band Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Gary Stewart - Found dead 12-16-2003 in Fort Pierce, Florida, U.S. - Shot himself - ( Country - Honky Tonk ) Born 5-28-1945 in Letcher County, Ky, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Out Of Hand" and "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)") - Worked with Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman.
Don Jobe - Died 12-16-2003 - Car accident ( Rock - Jazz - Country ) Born 1952 - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Otis Wheat Band, Louisiana Hot Sauce and The Mason Dixon Band.
Joe Walls (Joseph Andrew Walls) - Died 12-16-2003 ( R&B ) Born 1938 - Tenor singer - Was a member of the reformed Rainbows (They did, "I Know" and "It Wouldn't Be Right").
Sonny Griffin (James Griffin) - Died 12-16-2003 in New Haven, Conn., U.S. ( R&B ) Born 1931 - Singer - Was a member of The Nutmegs (They did, "Story Untold" and "Comin' Home").
Peter Moscos - Died 12-17-2003 in Sydney, Australia - Cancer ( Rock - Pop ) Born 5-1-1948 in Brisbane, Australia - Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer - Member of The Sect (They did, "Lonely Road" and "St. John's Wood"), Burke And Wills (They did, "Thank You" and "Come With Me") who later became The Platter Pushers and Moscos And Stone (They did,"Captain Captain" and "Trouble In The City") - Worked with Kelly's Band and The Hi-Marks - Wrote songs for many Australian artists and TV productions and wrote musical plays.
Henry Cuesta - Died 12-17-2003 in Sherman Oaks, CA, U.S. ( Jazz - Pop ) Born in 1931 in McAllen, Tex., U.S. - Clarinetist - Led his own band and worked with Lawrence Welk, Jack Teagarden, Ted Lewis, Shep Fields, Mel Torme, Bobby Vinton, Bob Crosby and Paul Whiteman.
Paul Balon - Died 12-17-2003 - Heart disease ( Rock ) Born 1942 - Was a member of The Rebels who became The Buffalo Rebels and finally The Rockin' Rebels (They had a hit with, "Wild Weekend").
Marcus Alexander Brown - Died 12-17-2003 - Lung cancer ( Promoter ) Born 1919 - Worked with Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Hank Crawford, Dionne Warwick, Jimmy Smith,Billie Eckstein, Arthur Prysock, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Rawls, Miriam Makeba and Sonny Stitt.
Billy Weston (William Weston) - Died 12-18-2003 in Providence, RI, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1933 - Played trumpet and was a singer.
Dante R. Johnson (aka Mr. Livewire) - Died 12-18-2003 - Shot while driving on the highway ( Rap ).
Joe Mayer - Found dead 12-18-2003 in Huntsville, Ala., U.S. of drowning in a pond, he had been missing since 11-20-2003 ( Rock ) Born 1970 - Guitarist - Was a member of Black-Eyed Susan.
Gerald Baxter (Gerald Leroy Baxter) - Died 12-18-2003 - Complications of heart disease ( Soul - R&B ) Born 1942 in Birmingham, Ala., U.S. - Drummer - Led The Force Show Band - Worked with The Coasters, Dionne Warwick, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Etta James and The Staple Singers.
Ken Mahan (Kenneth R. Mahan) - Died 12-18-2003 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Cystic Fibrosis ( New Wave - Pop ) Born in Pawtucket, RI, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Felbs (They did, "Stop And Go World").
John Redmann (aka Elroy Booze) - Died 12-20-2003 - Drowned ( Blues ) Born 1964 - Singer - Was one of The Booze Brothers and Mid Life Crisis.
Charles R. Grean - Died 12-20-2003 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Composer - Arranger ) Born 1913 - (He wrote Phil Harris', "The Thing" and did the string arrangement for Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song").
Donald A. Lucki Sr. - Died 12-21-2003 - Cancer ( Polka ) Born 1930 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played trumpet - Was a member of The Li'l Wally Orchestra, The Naturals and The Chicago Polka Allstars - He produced radio's, The Polka Bandstand - The Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Hans Koller - Died 12-22-2003 - Following pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 2-12-1921 Vienna, Austria - Saxophonist and composer (He did, "52nd Street" and "Central Park") - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Albert Mangelsdorf, Oscar Pettiford and Stan Kenton.
Dave Dudley (Darwin David Pudraska) - Died 12-22-2003 - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 5-3-1928 in Spencer, WI, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did,"Six Days On The Road" and "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun") - He led The Dave Dudley Trio and The Country Gentlemen.
Clarence Butler - Died 12-22-2003 in Hamtramck, MI, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 1-21-1942 in Florence, Alabama, U.S. - Sang and played harmonica - Performed with his twin brother Curtis as The Butler Twins - Worked with John Lee Hooker, Ben Harper, Kenny Parker and Uncle Jessie White.
Herman Lamont Dunn (aka HD) - Died 12-22-2003 ( Entrepreneur ) Born 1949- He produced the song's, "Hawk Time" and "Cherish Our Loved Ones At Home" - Worked with Mike Foster and Enoch Morgan - Founder of Uptempo magazine.
Don Lamond - Died 12-23-2003 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 8-18-1920 - Drummer - Worked with Steve Allen, Woody Herman, Perry Como, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett - Husband of jazz singer Terry Lamond.
Ron Wilson (Deron Wilson) - Died 12-24-2003 - A tractor overturned on him ( Country ) Guitarist.
James E. "Rocky" Marciano - Died 12-24-2003 - Heart complications ( Country ) Born 1941 - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Country Legends and Hillbilly Deluxe.
Tracy McCleary - Died 12-24-2003 - Congestive heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1914 in McCurtain County, Okla., U.S. - Played saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and flute - He led The Royal Men Of Rhythm - Worked with Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.
John Apostle - Died 12-24-2003 ( R&B ) Singer - Worked with The Capris.
Rick Birman (ala G.C.) - Died 12-?-2003 in Tel Aviv, Israel - Heart atack while he was playing at a cafe ( Jazz ) Born in the late 1920's in Romania - Pianist.
Eddie Ware Jr. (aka Pete Ware) - Died 12-25-2003 - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1927 - Saxophonist - Led Pete Ware & His Colored Band - Worked with Butler Johnson and Billie Holiday.
Nicola Paone - Died 12-25-2003 in New Mexico, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Italian Folk - Novelty ) Born 1915 in Barnsboro, PA, U.S. - Singer - He did, "Uei Paesano" (My Countrymen)", "Blah Blah Blah" and "The Telephone No Ring").
Rob Out - Died 12-25-2003 in Laren, the Netherlands - Heat failure ( Pirate DJ ) Born 1939 - He is considered by some to be the father of Veronica Broadcasting the most successful name in Dutch broadcasting.
Bob DeDeckere - Died 12-26-2003 - Complications from a heart attack ( Road Manager ) Born 1951 - Was a road manager for Parliamentand was a roadie for The MC5, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith.
John Hart - Died 12-26-2003 ( Jazz - Zydeco ) Born 1932 - Played saxophone - Worked with King Charles, Lil' Bob And The Lollipops, Clifton Chenier And The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Rockin' Doopsie And The Zydeco Twisters and Nathan William And The Cha Chas.
Vestal Goodman (Vestal Freeman) - Queen of Gospel Music - Died 12-27-2003 in Florida, U.S. - Complications of the flu ( Gospel ) Born 12-13-1929 in Fyffe, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - She was one of The Happy Goodman Family (They did,"Give Up" and "I Don't Regret A Mile") - They were original members of "The Gospel Singing Jubilee" - The Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Dick St. John (Richard Gosting) - Died 12-27-2003 - Hit his head from a fall off a ladder ( Rock ) Born 1940 - Was half the duo of Dick & Dee Dee - (They did, "The Mountain's High" and "Thou Shalt Not Steal") - They also did a cover of The Rolling Stones song, "Blue Turns To Grey" with The Rolling Stones backing them up.
Bobbie Gordon (Bobbie Nell Brookshire Gordon) - Died 12-27-2003 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1939 - Singer - She worked with Duke Ellington ("Love You Madly" and "One More Time").
Leonard Gullotta in Elkhart - Died 12-27-2003 ( Dance ) Born 1924 - Played clarinet and saxophone - Led The Lenny Gullotta Dance Band - Worked with Benny Goodman - He was a woodwind technician and also an inventor, coming up with a hands free saxophone stand and helped to develope a 10-G clarinet.
Manny Dworman (Menachem Emanuel Dworman) - Died 12-28-2003 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Cancer - Born 1930 in Tel Aviv - Played oud, guitar and mandolin - Was a member of The Feenjon Group - He owned The Comedy Cellar, a club which was a starting point for comedians Colin Quinn, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart.
Rick Van Santen - Died 12-28-2003 in Ventura County - Flu-related complications ( ) Born 1962 in Las Vegas - He managed 45 Grave - Co-president of Goldenvoice promotion company - Jane's Addiction, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Social Distortion and Nirvana had their carreers boosted by Goldenvoice.
Jack G. Brown - Died 12-28-2003 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - Complications of coronary bypass surgery - Born 1-1-1913 - President of Rainbo Records who created the first picture discs and the first cereal box records.
Jose Antonio Diaz Fernandez (aka Chaqueton) - Died 12-29-2003 in Madrid ( Flamenco ) Born 1945 in Algeciras - Singer - Worked with Camaron de la Isla - Toured with El Ballet de Maria Rosa.
Harpo Kidwell (Horace Kidwell) - Died 12-29-2003 in Adairsville - Complications from Parkinson's disease ( Country ) Born 1912 - Played harmonica, bass, ukulele and guitar - (He wrote, "How Many Biscuits Can You Eat?" and "Boo-Hoo Blues") - Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Peter Selvaggio - Died 12-29-2003 - He was 62 years old - Sang and played accordion and piano - Worked with The Three Suns, Guy Lombardo, The Twin Pianos and The Four Lads.
Anita Mui (Mui Yim Fong) (aka Big Sis) - Died 12-30-2003 in Hong Kong - Cervical cancer, lung complications ( Cantopop ) Born 10-10-1963 in Hong Kong - Singer, actress and dancer - (She sang, "Dream Companion" and "Years Flow By Like Water").
Charles "Blackie" Hunt (Charles Henry Hunsberger) - Died 12-30-2003 - Heart failure ( Musician - Comedian ) Born 11-14-1930 in Pottstown, Pa., U.S. - Played piano, horn and accordion - Was a member of The Charlie Morrison Group and The Characters - Husband of Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt - Casino Legends Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Dr Hukwe Zawose - Died 12-30-2003 in Tanzania ( World Music ) Born 1938 - Played ilimba, izezs , filimbi and nguga and was a singer and composer - (He did, "Kuna Kunguni") - Worked with Peter Gabriel.
David R. A. Scaringe - Died 12-31-2003 in Albany, NY, U.S. - Accidentally shot by police as he walked down the street as they fired at a motorist ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 1979 - Played guitar, banjo and mandolin - Was a member of Five Foot Fungus.
Edsel Matthews - Died 12-31-2003 - Heart
failure ( Jazz Promoter ) Born 1950 - Founder of Matthews' Koncepts Cultural
Gallery which showcased performers and producers such as Billy Harper,
Charles Brown and Sun Ra.
To 2003 Jan - JunTo 2004 Jan - Jun