2004 January To June
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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2004 January To June
Terry Hand - Died 2004 - Heart failure ( Rock ) Played drums - Was a member of The Crossfires, Eddie & The Showmen and The Everpresent Fullness (They did, "Wild About My Lovin" and "Darlin' You Can Count On Me") - Worked with The Turtles.
Krishna Hangal - Died 2004 - Singer - Worked with her mother, singer Gangubai Hangal.
Alex MacNicol - Died 2004 ( Rock ) Born 1960 - Drummer - Was a member of Green On Red (They did, "Gravity Talks" and "Narcolepsy").
Joseph Stephens (Joseph E. Stephens) - Died 2004 - Born 1929 - Musician - Grandson of drummer, Ragbaby Stephens.
Dwight Eckert - Died 2004 ( Country - Rock ) Born 1948 - Bassist - Was a member of The Stretch Wabash Band.
Olsson Backstrom (Ola Backstrom) - Died 2004 ( Pop - Punk - Reggae ) Born 1-?-1953 - Guitarist - Worked with Dag Vag.
Justin Bosworth - Died 2004 - Head injuries received from a skateboarding accident ( Rock ) Born 1980 - Bassist - Was a member of Deerhunter (They did, "Adorno" and "Tree Spies").
Negry (Chandramohan) - Died 2004 - Leukemia ( Rock ) He was 31 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Keys.
Laurent Bernat - Died 2004 in France - Overdose ( Metal ) Bassist - Was a member of Satan Jokers ( They did, "Samouraï" and "Les fils du metal").
Ray Druschel (Rolf Druschel) - Died 2004 ( Metal ) Singer - Worked with Darkness.
Roy Barnes - Died 2004 ( Country ) Singer, songwriter, DJ and guitarist - Was a member of The Wyoming Range Riders - Wyoming Broadcasters Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Belino Presa - Died 2004 ( Rock ) Pianist and producer - Was a member of Los Dominic's - Worked for Orfeon records.
Robbie G - Died 2004 ( Blues ) Played harmonica and was a singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Smith Brothers, Batman Chevy, Feral Cats, Suprise Package and The Texas Road Kill Band. - Worked with Sleepy Joe Estes.
Vernon Alley - Died 2004 ( Jazz ) He was 89 years old - Bassist - Worked with Lionel Hampton and The Count Basie Orchestra - Brother of drummer Eddie Alley.
Dick Arter (Richard Arter) - Died 2004 - Musician - Was a member of Variety.
Chuck Davis - Died 1-?-2004 ( Blues - Boogie ) Keyboardist - Was a member of Electric Mudd.
Christopher J. Martinez - Died 1-1-2004 in West Brighton - His car hit a guard rail ( Rock ) Born 2-11-1966 - Played guitar and drums - Was a member of several bands that played many times at CBGB's.
Etta Moten Barnett - Died 1-2-2004 in Chicago, Ill., U.S.- Pancreatic cancer ( Singer - Actress ) Born 11-5-1901 in Weimar, Texas, U.S. - Worked with The Jackson Jubilee Singers and Duke Ellington - She appeared in the Broadway production of "Porgy And Bess" and the film "Flying Down To Rio" in which she sang "The Carioca".
Earl Rodney Jones - Died 1-2-2004 in Baton Rouge - Colon cancer ( DJ - Bluesologist ) Born 8-8-1927 in Texarkana, Ark., U.S. - He brought the Blues to many who had not heard of the Blues before - E. Rodney Jones & Larry & The Hippies Band did a 45 entitled, "Right On, Right On (Sex Machine)".
Henry Tinker - Died 1-2-2004 ( Musician ) Born 7-1-1915 on Swan's Island - Played saxophone, violin and banjo - Was a member of The Swingtimer's Band.
André Persiany (André Paul Stephane Persiani) - Died 1-2-2004 in Paris France - Liver cancer ( Jazz ) Born 11-19-1927 in Paris, France - Pianist - Worked with Jonah Jones, Mezz Mezzrow, Lionel Hampton, Sidney Bechet, Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Budd Johnson and Charlie Shavers.
Burt Massengale (Burdette F. Massengale) - The Old Silver Fox - Died 1-3-2004 in Greensboro, NC, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-26-1911 in Mississippi, U.S. - Bandleader - Led The Burt Massengale Band.
Roger Trauth (Roger L. Trauth)- Died 1-3-2004 in Cincinnati, OH, U.S. - Colon cancer ( Experimental - Rock ) Born 12-2-1946 - Played tuba, trumpet, guitar and keyboards - Member of The P.O.S. Symphony and The Joe Dixon Trio - Worked with The....
Donald Leight - Died 1-3-2004 Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Pneumonia and complications of Parkinson's disease ( Jazz ) Born 2-7-1923 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Played trumpet - Led The Masters of Swing - Worked with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr. and Claude Thornhill.
Jake Hess (William Jesse Hess) - Died 1-4-2004 in Opelika, Ala., U.S. - He had suffered a heart attack December 16th ( Gospel ) Born 12-24-1927 in Mt. Pisgah, Ala., U.S. - Was a member of The John Daniel Quartet, The Statesmen Quartet, The Imperials and Bill Gaithers Homecoming Friends - Worked with The Masters V and Elvis Presley - Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and The Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Brian Gibson - Died 1-4-2004 in London, England - Ewings Sarcoma ( Film Director ) Born 1944 - He directed the films, "The Josephine Baker Story", What's Love Got To Do With It?" about Tina Turner, "Breaking Glass" about a punk rock singer and "Still Crazy In London," a parody about aging rockers.
Joe Freyre (Joseph L. Freyre) - Died 1-4-2004 in Flint, MI, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 4-6-1933 in Saginaw MI, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Method and Master Plan.
Peter Torres - Died 1-5-2004 - Seizure ( Rock ) Born 6-27-1943 in Bryn Mawr - Falsetto singer, keyboardist and songwriter - Was a member of Billy And The Essentials (They did, "The Dance Is Over" and "Maybe You'll Be There").
Esther Shapiro (Esther Ringel Shapiro) - Died 1-5-2004 in Deerfield Beach, Fla., U.S. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 2-20-1919 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Singer.
John Guerin (John Payne Guerin) - Died 1-5-2004 in West Hills, CA, U.S. - Heart failure, complications of the flu ( Rock - Pop - Jazz ) Born 10-31-1939 in Hawaii, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with The Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons, Skip Battin, Joni Mitchell, Cass Elliot, Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, Thelonious Monk, Peggy Lee, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Rawls, Jean-Luc Ponty, George Harrison, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers and many others.
Wojciech Seweryn - Died 1-5-2004 ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 1968 - Guitarist - Worked with Lech Janerka Band.
Keith Allan - Died 1-5-2004 in Petaluma - Heart attack ( Rock - Pop - Jazz ) He was 50 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Phoenix Band and half of the duo Party Of Two - Worked with New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Nina Gerber, Bonnie Hayes, Peter Welker, Mumbo Gumbo, Norton Buffalo, Maria Muldaur, Steve Miller and The Longhouse Band.
Gus Dewey - Died 1-5-2004 ( Rock ) He was 57 years old - Born in Mankato, MN, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - Worked with The Gestures (They did, "Run, Run, Run" and "Don't Mess Around") and City Mouse.
Thomas G. Stockham Jr. - Died 1-6-2004 - Alzheimer's disease ( Electrical Engineer ) Born 12-22-1933 - He did pioneering work for converting analog sound to a digital format helping develop the technology that was instrumental in the creation of the compact disc.
Dennis Batson (Dennis M. Batson) - Died 1-6-2004 - Heart attack ( Music Promoter ) Born 5-14-1942 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. - He co-founded The Memphis Dulcimer Festival, The North American Folk Music And Dance Alliance and a key founder of alternative radio station WEVL, playing rockabilly, zydeco, blues and Celtic music.
Mikael Sjostrand - Died 1-8-2004 - Skin cancer ( Metal ) Born 1976 in Vaxjo, Sweden - Was a member of Hypnosia (They did, "Act Of Lunnacy" and "The Last Remains").
Robinson Martin - Died 1-8-2004 in Humboldt County - Drowned ( Rock - Reggae ) Born 1-9-1985 - Guitarist - Was a member of SBC Houseband.
Michael Pluto (Michael A. Pluto)- Died 1-8-2004 in Harwich - Congestive heart failure ( Polka ) Born 11-8-1919 in South Boston, MA, U.S. - Played the cordovox and pianio - Co-founder of radio's "Lithuanian Melody Hour".
Johnny Neill (John K. Neill) - Died 1-8-2004 in Austin, Texas, U.S. - Complications of heart disease ( Jazz ) Born 6-14-1914 - Pianist, music director and bandleader - Worked with Johnny Dunn's Hollywood Revue - Was a musical director for The Lawrence Welk Orchestra.
Hal Shaper (Harold David Shaper) - Died 1-8-2004 in Cape Town, S.A. ( Songwriter ) Born 7-18-1931 in Muizenberg, Cape Town, S.A. - (He wrote the lyrics for, "Softly As I Leave You" and "I'm Going To Fall In Love Again").
John Kalishes - Died 1-9-2004 - After a brief illness ( Rock ) Guitarist - Worked with Benjamin Orr in ORR, Riser, Susan, Foreign Legion.
Lorene Allen (Lorene Linville Allen) - Died 1-9-2004 - Cancer ( Country ) Born 10-13-1925 in Hominy, Okla., U.S. - Songwriter - (She wrote, "Another Man Loved Me Last Night" and "Let Me Go, You're Hurtin' Me") - Her songs have been recorded by Loretta Lynn, Pat Boone, Sonny James, Marie Osmond, Charlie Louvin, Conway Twitty, Eddy Arnold, Dottie West, Ernest Tubb and Don Gibson - Was the general manager for Loretta Lynn Enterprises.
Max D. Barnes (Max Duane Barnes) - Died 1-11-2004 -Complications from pneumonia ( Country ) Born 7-24-1936 in Hardscratch, IA, U.S. - Founder of The Golden Rockets - Singer and songwriter - (He co-wrote, "Chiseled In Stone" and "Look At Us") - His songs have been recorded by Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill and others - Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall Of Fame .
Tuba Fats (Anthony Lacen) - Died 1-11-2004 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Heart disease ( Jazz ) Born 9-15-1952 - Played tuba - He led The Chosen Few Jazzmen and was a founding member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Worked with The Olympia Brass Band.
Eddy Ottenstein (Edward Carl Ostrow) - Died 1-11-2004 in Willits, Mendocino County - Heart attack while driving ( Rock - Blues ) Born 12-25-1948 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - Led II Big and Gone Johnson - Worked with Jesse Colin Young, Van Morrison and Steve Miller.
Luis Guerena - Died 1-11-2004 in Tijuana, Mexico - Heart attack ( Ska - Rock - Punk ) Singer and drummer - Was a member of Tijuana No! (They did, "Pobre de Ti").
Randy VanWarmer (Randall Edwin VanWarmer) - Died 1-12-2004 in Seattle - Leukemia ( Pop ) Born 3-30-1955 in Indian Hills, Colo., U.S. - Guitarist and songwriter (He did, "Just When I Needed You Most" and wrote, "I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why") - Worked with Razzy Bailey.
Hugh Harris (Hugh N. Harris) - Died 1-12-2004 in Texas- Lung cancer ( Country ) Born 3-3-1932 - Played fiddle - He led the house band at The Big Texan for over 30 years.
Fred Holstein ( Fredrick M. Holstein)- Died 1-12-2004 - During stomach surgery ( Folk ) Born 12-9-1942 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Frets.
Richard Rust - Died 1-13-2004 - Melanoma ( Rock ) Born 3-9-1971 - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Distractions, The Nixon Clocks, The Dharma Sons and The Breakup Society - Worked with The Affordable Floors.
Donald Siegal (Donald Alan Siegal) - Died 1-13-2004 - L ukemia ( Composer - Lyricist ) Born 7-28-1950 - He wrote songs for TV's Captain Kangaroo and worked with Jim Henson to write songs for TV's Sesame Street - His songs have been preformed by Roberta Flack, Betty Buckley, Faith Prince and Debbie Shapiro.
Philip Crosby (Philip Lang Crosby)- Died 1-13-2004 in Woodland Hills, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Singer ) Born 7-13-1934 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Was a member of The Crosby Boys - Son of singer Bing Crosby and jazz singer Dixie Lee.
Cynthia Tyson - Died 1-14-2004 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 10-17-1946 - Vocalist.
Anne Grimes (Anne L. Grimes) - Died 1-14-2004 in Ohio, U.S. ( Folk ) Born 5-17-1912 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Played the dulcimer and piano and also was a singer - (She recorded, "Ohio State Ballads: History Through Folk Songs") - She had been president and editor for The Ohio Folklore Society, a member for the Advisory Board Of The National Folk Festival and also was an archivist for The National Federal Of Music Clubs.
Jimmi Lawrence (James Lawrence) - Died 1-15-2004 in Box near Bath - Found hanging in a recording studio ( Rock ) Born 1-25-1977 in Chichester, Sussex - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Screwpitch and Hope Of The States (They did, "Black Dollar Bills" and "Enemies/Friends").
Randy Colville (Randolf Colville) - Died 1-15-2004 in Gillingham, Kent ( Jazz ) Born 5-22-1942 in Glasgow - Arranger, composer, clarinettist and saxophonist - He led The Colville Collection - Was a member of The Saints Jazz Band - Worked with The Midnite Follies Orchestra, Alan Elsdon and Harry Gold.
Valfar (Terje Bakken) - Died 1-16-2004 in Reppastølen - Hypothermia ( Death Metal ) Born 1978 - Singer and musician - Led Windir (They did, "On The Mountain Of Goats" and "Journey To The End").
G. Jack Vanderslice (George Jackson Vanderslice Jr.) - Died 1-16-2004 in Bloomsburg, PA, U.S. ( Swing ) Born 12-11-1910 in Bloomsburg, PA, U.S. - Musician - Founder of The Johnny Hayes Orchestra.
Walter Martin Jr. (Walter M. Martin Jr.) - Died 1-16-2004 in Memphis, TN, U.S.- Heart attack ( Music Instructor ) Born 6-15-1932 - He taught music to Booker T. Jones of Booker T And The MGs, Andrew Love of The Memphis Horns, Maurice White of Earth Wind And Fire and members of The Bar-Kays.
John Siomos (aka Johny Slowhand and John Headley-Down) - Died 1-16-2004 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 7-30-1947 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Peter Frampton, Todd Rundgren, Mitch Ryder and Moogy And The Rhythm Kings.
Judge James Roberson (James Clifton Roberson) - Died 1-16-2004 ( Folk ) Born 3-26-1928 - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of The George Dickel Band (They did, "We Don't Want Your Damned Ol' Meatloaf").
Mike Ramsden (Michael John Ramsden) - Died 1-17-2004 in Totnes, Devon ( Folk ) Born 6-21-1943 in Totnes, Devon - Guitarist and singer - Founding member of Silkie (They did a cover version of, "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" with John Lennon and Paul McCartney and "Blood Red River").
Tom Rowe (Thomas J. Rowe)- Died 1-17-2004 in Portland, Maine, U.S. - Throat cancer ( Folk ) Born 11-4-1950 in Lewiston, Maine, U.S. - Played bass, clarinet, saxophone and was a tenor singer and recording engineer - Was a member of Chord Majority, The Flairs, Voyage, Devonsquare, Schooner Fare, Rowe By Rowe and Turkey Hollow.
Daniel Riddick (Daniel Maurice Riddick) - Died 1-17-2004 - Shot ( Rap ) Born 11-7-1980 - He performed on a CD produced for at-risk youth.
Brock Elliott (Phillip Brock Elliott) - Died 1-17-2004 in Asheville, NC, U.S. - Skiing accident ( Pop ) Born 8-12-1986 - Guitarist and singer - (Recorded, "Second: Broken Melodies Of A Heart Long Lost" with Luke Rodriguez).
Erin Hines Hughes (Erin E. Hines Hughes) - Died 1-17-2004 - Car accident ( Folk ) Born 4-11-1980 - Singer - She performed in clubs with her mother Jennifer Noble.
Czeslaw Niemen (Czeslaw Juliusz Wydrzycki) - Died 1-17-2004 in Warsaw, Poland - Cancer ( Electronic - Jazz Rock - Prog Rock ) Born 2-16-1939 in Stare Vasilicki, Soviet Union - Keyboardist - (He did, "Dziwny jest ten swiat (Strange Is This World)" and "Bema pamieci zalobny rapsod") - Member of Akwarele, Niebiesko-Czarni (They did, "Czy mnie jeszcze pamietasz" and "Dziwny jest ten swiat"), Enigmatic, Grupa Niemen and Aerolit - Worked with Jan Hammer and Rick Laird.
Jim Bob Tinsley - Died 1-18-2004 in Brevard, NC, U.S. ( Country ) Born 8-12-1921 in Brevard, NC, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and author - Western Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and National Cowboy Song And Poetry Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Ray Jardine (Raymond S. Jardine) - Died 1-18-2004 in Mechanicsville, MD, U.S. ( Pop ) Born 8-23-1954 - Guitarist - (He wrote Dan Fogelberg's, "Blue Star") - Was a member of Twang Pie and Brik - Worked with Steely Dan and Loggins & Messina.
Ed Gordon (Edgar E. Gordon) - Died 1-18-2004 in Lake Talquin, FL, U.S. ( Jazz - Babershop ) Born 8-16-1906 - Played trombone, violin, banjo, guitar and was a baritone singer - Was a member of The Capital Chordsmen - He also was an artist and illustrated for the Dick and Jane books.
Douglas R. MacPherson - Died 1-18-2004 in Palm Desert, CA, U.S. - Complications of pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 10-12-1909 - Played drums and trumpet - The depression ended his professional jazz career but still had jazz friends such as Duke Ellington, Ruby Braff, Eddie Condon, Wild Bill Davison and Herb Jeffries - Co-founder of The La Quinta Jazz Festival.
Rod Hausen - Died 1-18-2004 - Complications from cancer - He was 52 years old - Born in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist, composer, arranger and vocal teacher - Worked with Jamie deRoy, Pat Benatar, Englebert Humperdinck, Baby Jane Dexter, Tony Orlando and BJ Thomas.
Tommy DeNoble (Thomas G. DeNoble) - Died 1-19-2004 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Sepsis ( Engineer ) Born 10-3-1939 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - (He recorded, "Count Every Star") - He was one of the original regulars on TV's American Bandstand.
Herb Johnson (Herbert Earlshell Johnson Jr.)- Died 1-19-2004 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B - Soul ) Born 12-26-1935 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Guilty" and "Have You Heard") - Was a member of The Lyrics, The Ambassadors, The Zip Codes and A Moment's Pleasure - Worked with Barbara Mason ("Yes I'm Ready").
Michael Lepinski (Michael L. Lepinski) - Died 1-19-2004 ( Polka ) Born 4-13-1924 - Played piano, trumpet and violin - (He composed, "Stevens Point Polka") - Was a member of The Benny Gagas Orchestra.
J.J. "Bad Boy" Jones (Esserlaine Jones) - Died 1-19-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart atack ( Blues ) Born 1-3-1927 in Baton Rouge, LA, U.S. - Guitarist - He led The Bad Boys.
Walter Grealis - Died 1-20-2004 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Cancer - Born 2-18-1929 in Toronto, Canada - He was an Ontario promotion manager for London Records and founder of RPM magazine - Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Bob Nixon (Robert E. Nixon) - Died 1-20-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 6-1-1936 in New Mexico, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Ernestine Anderson, Dee Daniels, Marlena Shaw, Jay Clayton, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Red Holloway, James Moody, Eddie "LockJaw" Davis, Harry "Sweets" Eddison, Jay Thomas and Rufus Reed.
Deanna L. Stottlemyer - Died 1-21-2004 near Williamsport - Industrial accident ( Bluegrass - Gospel ) Born 1966 - Played upright bass - Worked with Ernie Bradley And Grassy Ridge.
Roger del Castillo (Rogaciano Palomar del Castillo Sr.) - Died 1-21-2004 in Connecticut, U.S. - Born 1-13-1910 in Passi, Iloilo, Philippines - Played saxophone and clarinet - Was a member of The Palacios del Castillo Family Band.
Emma Foy (Emmalu O'Rear Foy) - Died 1-21-2004 in Auburn, AL, U.S. - Pneumonia - ( Singer - Pianist ) Born 7-24-1920 - She starred in many musicals including Gypsy.
Bill Yancey (William E. Yancey) - Died 1-21-2004 in Gresham ( Jazz ) Born 1933 in Kansas City, Mo., U.S. - Played bass - Worked with Sol Hicks Orchestra, The John Young Trio, Eddie Harris, Brother Jack McDuff, Tony Bennett, Floyd McDaniel, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Gina Gibson.
Billy May (William Edward May Jr.) - Died 1-22-2004 in San Juan Capistrano, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 11-10-1916 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Bandleader, composer, arranger and trumpeter - (He composed, "Lean Baby" and "Fat Man Boogie") - Worked with Frank Sinatra, The Charlie Barnet Band, Glenn Miller, Les Brown, Woody Herman, Alvino Rey and Peggy Lee.
Milt Bernhart (Milton G. Bernhart)- Died 1-22-2004 in Glendale, CA, U.S. - Multiple organ failure ( Jazz ) Born 5-25-1926 in Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with Stan Kenton, Boyd Raeburn and Frank Sinatra.
Will Kueffner (Wilbert G. Kueffner) - Died 1-22-2004 in Albuquerque, N.M., U.S. - Cancer ( Swing ) Born 3-21-1919 in Cincinnati - Played bass and violin - Worked with The Cecil Young Orchestra.
Horace E. Smith (aka Smitty) - Died 1-22-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 4-19-1926 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with The Note Benders, The Quintones, Duke Ellington, Mercer Ellington, The Jackson Five, Von Freeman, George Freeman, Wallace Burton's Clefs, Lucius Bell's Seven Eighth Notes and Tommy Ryan's Jazzmen.
Aaron Pope - Died 1-22-2004 in Fort Collins - Cardiac complications ( Western Swing ) Born 1979 in Denver - Played upright bass - Was a member of The Blue Ribbon Boys and The Dalhart Imperials (They did, "Lost Forever").
Dick Rodgers (Richard Rogers) - Died 1-22-2004 ( Polka ) Born 3-1-1927 - Musician and TV host - Worked with Dick Metko.
Bob Keeshan (aka Captain Kangaroo) - Died 1-23-2004 in Vermont, U.S. - After a long illness ( Children's Music ) Born 6-27-1927 in Lynbrook, N.Y., U.S. - (He did, "Six Little Taxi's" and "Knife, Fork And Spoon") - He hosted TV's Captain Kangaroo and was Clarabell The Clown on The Howdy Doody Show.
Nicholas T. Cavas - Died 1-24-2004 in Miami Beach, Fla., U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 5-29-1928 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Played trombone - Was a member of The Duke Belaire Orchestra - Worked with Lucky Millinder, Hal McIntyre, Sam Donahue, Frankie Carl, Johnny Long, Tex Beneke, Ralph Martiere and Ray Anthony.
Gene Metcalf (Thomas Metcalf) - Died 1-24-2004 in Wichita, KS, U.S. - Shot during a robbery ( Blues ) Born 1-24-1924 - Drummer and singer.
Rene Deknight - Died 1-24-2004 in Shingle Springs, CA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 1914 - Worked with The Delta Rhythm Boys.
Jason Chalfant (John Chalfant) (aka CoolHand)- Died 1-24-2004 in Hagerstown - Car accident ( Blues ) Born 10-2-1954 in Waynesboro, Pa., U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Rudy And The Bluefish - Worked with Kartune City, The Shift, Side Street and Dem Guise.
Ronald L. Fredianelli (aka Ronnie Gaylord) - Died 1-25-2004 in Las Vegas - Cancer ( Pop ) Born 1-12-1930 in Dertroit, MI, U.S. - Was a member of The Gaylords (They did, "Tell Me You're Mine" and "The Little Shoemaker") - Father of guitarist Anthony Fredianelli of Third Eye Blind.
Stanislav Zolotov - Died 1-25-2004 - Was a member of Obliko Morale.
Dave Kennedy - Died 1-26-2004 in Newburgh, NY, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 1942 - Singer - Was a member of The Ambassadors (They did, "Wooden Heart").
Sam Furnace - Died 1-26-2004 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1954 - Saxophonist - Worked with The Jazz Passengers, The Temptations, The Henry Street Settlement Jazz Band, Julius Hemphill, Fred Ho, Johnny Copeland, The New York Composers Orchestra, Joss Stone and The Four Tops.
Lord Melody (aka John Frederick and Mohammed Abdullah) - Died 1-27-2004 - Stomach cancer ( Calypso ) Born 1936 in Grenada, West Indies - Musician and songwriter - Worked with The Melody Makers and John Lenney Jr.
Vincent J. Gamelli (aka Jimmy James) - Died 1-27-2004 in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 8-4-1912 in Springfield, MA, U.S. - Played banjo, trombone and guitar - (He wrote, "I Can't Lie To Myself") - He wrote over 200 songs - Worked with Frankie Carle & His Orchestra - He was also a part of a music and comedy act with his first wife, the late singer, Patti Kelly.
Dino Dines (Peter Dines) - Died 1-28-2004 in in Hertford, UK - Heart atack ( Rock ) Born 12-17-1944 in Hertford, UK - Keyboardist - Was a member of T.Rex ("Soul Of My Suit" and "Zip Gun Boogie") and T.Rextasy - Worked with The Keef Hartly Band, P.P.Arnold and The Hollies.
Mel Pritchard (Melvyn Paul Pritchard) - Died 1-28-2004 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1-20-1948 in Oldham, UK - Drummer - Was a member of Heart And Soul And The Wickeds, The Blues Keepers and Barclay James Harvest (They did, "Mocking Bird" and "She Said").
Ed Sciaky (Edward L. Sciaky) - Died 1-29-2004 ( DJ ) Born 4-2-1948 in New York, U.S. - Known for promoting new artists, he helped bring Bruce Springsteen, Yes and Billy Joel to the radio.
Guusje Nederhorst (Barbara Augustine Nederhorst) - Died 1-29-2004 in Scheveningen,Netherlands ( Singer - Actress ) Born 2-4-1969 in Amsterdam - She was the wife of rocker Dinad Woesthoff.
Richard L. Tate Sr. - Died 1-29-2004 in Mount Airy - Acute pulmonary arrest ( Jazz - Gospel ) Born 2-4-1956 - Played bass - Was a member of The Random Access Group - Worked with Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle, Grover Washington Jr., The Dixie Hummingbirds and Kevin Eubanks.
Wili Moku (Michael Saragosa) - Died 1-30-2004 - His heart stopped during a dialysis session ( DJ ) Born 1956 - Singer and guitarist - (He recorded, "Palolo Valley Girls").
Frank Mantooth (Frank T. Mantooth) - Died 1-30-2004 in Garden City, KS, U.S. - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 4-11-1947 in Tulsa, OK, U.S. - Pianist - (He did, "Dangerous Precedent" and "Should You Feel Like Cryin'") - He wrote for Doc Severinsen, The Kansas City Symphony, Louie Bellson, Art Farmer, Carla Helmbrecht and The Madison Symphony Orchestra - Worked with Wayne Darling and Ashley Alexander - Illinois and Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Julius Dixon (Julius Dixson Sr.) - Died 1-30-2004 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Rock - R&B ) Born 5-20-1913 in Barnwell, S.C., U.S. - Songwriter - (He wrote, "Lollipop" and co-wrote, "Dim, Dim The Lights") - His songs have been recorded by James Brown, Kitty Wells, Annie Laurie and The Chordettes.
Malachi Favors (Malachi Favors Maghostut) - Died 1-30- 2004 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Avant-Garde Jazz ) Born 8-22-1927 in Lexington, MS, U.S. - Bassist - Founding member of The Art Ensemble of Chicago - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Bascomb and Freddie Hubbard.
Derek McCormack (aka Big Detser) - Died 1-30-2004 ( Irish - Folk ) Bassist and singer - Worked with The Fureys.
Bob Barratt - Died 1-30-2004 - Liver cancer - Producer - He was 65 years old - Worked with Max Boyce, Vince Hill and The Wurzels.
Suraiya (Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh) - Died 1-31-2004 in south Mumbai ( Singer ) Born 1928 - She sang in many movies including Hamari Baat and Mirza Ghalib.
Vishnu Govind Jog - Died 1-31-2004 in Calcutta ( Hindustani ) Born 1921 in Bombay, India - Violinist - Worked with Brijbhushan Kabra, Zakir Hussain and Tarun Bhattacharya.
Stu Leathwood (Stuart Leathwood) - Died 1-31-2004 ( Rock ) Born 4-?-1942 in Rock Ferry, Merseyside - Singer and guitarist - Worked with (The Midnighters, The Kubas, The Koobas (They did, "Constantly Changing" and "Mr. Claire") and March Hare.
John Joyce - Died 2-?-2004 ( Folk ) Born 1933 - Played 12 string guitar - Worked with Paul Brett, Howling Wolf, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee, Paul Simon, Al Stewart, Sandy Denny, The Strawbs, Velvet Opera, Davy Graham, The Levee Breakers and Roy Harper.
Buzz Gardner (Charles Guanerra) - Died 2-1-2004 ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 1931- Played trumpet - Was a member of Menage A Trois - Worked with his brother Bunk Gardner and with Jack Wilson, Herbie Mann, Rene Thomas and Andre Hodeir, Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention and The Grandmothers.
Rocco Clein (Stefan Bickerich) - Died 2-1-2004 in Cologne, Germany - Cerebral haemorrhage ( Punk ) Born 7-20-1968 in Munich, Germany - Journalist, singer and guitarist - Worked with Oxalic Lynxs (They did, "Absolut " and "Baby Till The End Of Time") - Wrote for music magazines Visions and Spex.
Aleksandr Losev - Died 2-1-2004 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 5-27-1949 - Singer and bassist - Worked with VIA and Tsvety who became Stas Namin's Group.
Sullivan Jackson - Died 2-2-2004 in Selma, AL, U.S. - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 1-23-1920 - Played saxophone - He played a role in Alabama's civil rights history and was an old friend of Martin Luther King Jr., housing and feeding him during the Selma to Montgomery demonstrations - Brother of activist Marie Foster.
Joe Sheets (Joseph B. Sheets) - Died 2-2-2004 in Mechanicsville, Virginia, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 4-13-1949 in Virginia, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Don't Axe Me and Mo DeBree - He also was a sound engineering for Alpha Audio and In Your Ear.
Riki Maiocchi (Riccardo Maiocchi) - Died 2-2-2004 ( Rock ) Born 5-27-1940 in Milano, Italy - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Ma l'amore no" and "Io sono qui") - Was a member of Camaleonti.
Gene Hughes (Eugene V. Hughes) - Died 2-3-2004 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Complications from auto accident ( Doo-Wop ) Born 7-11-1936 - Was a member of The Casinos (They did, "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye").
Jason Raize Rothenberg - Died 2-3-2004 in Yass, Australia - Suicide ( Singer - Actor ) (He did a cover of "The Sounds of Silence") - Appeared in stage productions of West Side Story and La Cage aux Folles - He provided the voice of Denahi in the Disney movie, "Brother Bear".
Nia George - Died 2-4-2004 - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia ( Rock ) Born 1982 - Singer, bass player and songwriter - Was a member of Jylt (They did, "Fall On Me").
Levon Lindsey (Levon L. Lindsey) - Died 2-4-2004 near Opelousas, LA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues - R&B ) Born 10-2-1952 in Jackson, Miss., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The House Rockers.
Cornelius Bumpus - Died 2-4-2004 - Heart attack while on a commercial flight from New York to California ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 1-13-1952 in Santa Cruz, CA, U.S. - Played saxophone - (He did, "Jupiter Spin" and "Meganita") - Worked with The Doobie Brothers, Bobby Freeman, Moby Grape, Boz Scaggs, Lacy J. Dalton, Jeff Lorber, The Chet McCracken Band and Steely Dan.
Richie Restivo (Richard V. Restivo) - Died 2-6-2004 in Overland Park, KS, U.S. - Stabbed during a fight ( Rock - Ska ) Singer - Born 6-7-1985 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - Was a member of The Sloppy Popsicles and The Uprights (They released an EP, "Going Somewhere").
Percy Welch (Melvin C. Welch)- Died 2-8-2004 in Maco, GA, U.S. - Kidney failure - Born 5-12-1928 - Musician - Coached Otis Redding - Worked with Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Gladys Knight and The Drifters.
Cem Karaca - Died 2-8-2004 - Heart failure ( Rock ) Born 4-5-1945 in Istanbul - Singer - Was a member of The Apaslar (They did, "Hudey" and "Emrah").
Isimeli Loga - Died 2-9-2004 in Tavua ( Composer - Musician ) (He composed, "Adi Kalavo" and "Ni Lutu Na Tegu,") - Member of Miramira Ni Katudrau and Viti na Wai - He wrote over 200 songs - His songs have been done by Sakiusa Bulicokocoko, Laisa Vulakoro, Kabani, Lia Osborne and other musicians.
Russ Gall - Died 2-11-2004 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Complications of diabetes ( Country Rock ) Singer - Was a member of Flatbush.
Preston Love (Preston Haynes Love) - Died 2-12-2004 in Omaha, NE, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 4-26-1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. - Played saxophone - Was a member of The Count Basie Orchestra - Worked with Ray Charles - He was the West Coast house bandleader for Motown Records.
Sauli Lehtisaari (aka Sauli Karkkunen) - Died 2-12-2004 - Cancer ( Metal ) Born 1978 - Singer - Was a member of Twilight Ophera (They did, "Mid Nightmare" and "Pandemonium Bizarre").
Bob Greenlee (aka Rattlesnake) (Robert F. Greenlee) - Died 2-13-2004 in Sanford, Florida, U.S. - Pancreatric cancer ( Rock - Blues ) Born 11-19-1944 in Daytona Beach, FL, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Midnight Creepers and Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band - (They did, "Boogie 'Til You Puke" and "Mood Ring") - Owner of the blues label, Kingsnake Records.
Walter Perkins - Died 2-14-2004 - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 2-10-1932 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Percussionist.
Tebogo Madingoane - Died 2-14-2004 - Shot after an altercation ( Kwaito - Pop ) Born 1972 - Was a member of Mafikizolo.
Leroy Breaux (Leroy Nathaniel Breaux) - Died 2-14-2004 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1-3-1943 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Olympia Brass Band.
Chris Saathoff - Died 2-14-2008 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Killed by a hit and run driver ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Chin Up Chin Up (They did, "We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers" and "The Architect Has A Gun").
Abbie Neal ( Esther Mckinnon) ( Esther Amanda Neal) - Died 2-15-2004 in Reno, Nevada, U.S. - Cancer related illness ( Country ) Born 4-4-1918 in Brookville, Jefferson County - Played violin and steel guitar - She led Abbie Neal And Her Ranch Girls.
Pedro Escovedo (Pedro B. Escovedo)- Died 2-15-2004 in Brighton Place in La Mesa - Natural causes ( Mariachi - Jazz ) Born 9-1-1907 in Saltillo, Mexico - Singer - Grandfather of singer Sheila E.
Fiorella Bini (Fiorella Cherubini) - Died 2-15-2004 in Rome, Italy - Born 12-2-1933 in Milan, Italy - Singer - (She did, "Sorrisi e lacrime") - Daughter of composer Bixio Cherubini.
Doris Troy - Died 2-16-2004 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Emphysema ( Soul ) Born 1-6-1937 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Just One Look") - She worked with Pink Floyd ("Dark Side Of The Moon"), Dusty Springfield ("In The Middle Of Nowhere") and The Rolling Stones ("You Can't Always Get What You Want") - The musical, "Mama I Want To Sing'' was based on her life.
Miloslav Simek - Died 2-16-2004 in Prague, Czech Republic - Leukemia ( Comic - Writer - Actor ) Born 3-7-1940 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (at the time Protektorat Bohmen und Mahren) - Worked in a duo with the late country singer and songwriter Jiri Grossmann (They sang, "Archimeduv Zakon", "Drahy Muj" and "Onehdy Jsem Po Ranu"). They founded the music club, Klub Olympik and edited a music magazine.
Jimmie Smith (Jimmie Lee Smith) - Died 2-16-2004 in Davenport, FL, U.S. - Cancer ( Gospel ) Born 11-20-1934 in Union Springs, Ala., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Traveling Four and a member and manager of The Supreme Wonders Gospel Quartet.
Ella Johnson (Ella Mae Johnson)- Died 2-16-2004 in New York, NY, U.S. - Alzheimer's Disease ( Jazz ) Born 6-22-1919 in Darlington, S.C., U.S. - Singer - Worked with her brother Buddy Johnson (They did, "Please, Mr. Johnson" and "Since I Fell For You").
Calixto Leicea - Died 2-16-2004 in New York, NY, U.S. - He was 94 years old - Trumpet player - Was a member of Sonora Matancera (They did, "Se Formó la Rumbantela" and "Rumbambaramba") - Worked with Celia Cruz.
Albert J. Gentile - The Dean of Big Bands - Died 2-17-2004 in New Britian, CN, U.S. - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 5-15-1912 in New Britian, CN, U.S. - Musician and bandleader - Performed with Sammy Davis Jr., Cab Calloway, Gene Krupa and The Ink Spots.
Joshua Von Holder - Died 2-17-2004 - Shot by a neighbor ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 1974 - Songwriter and musician - (He did, "Twilight").
Bruce Brownfield (Bruce O. Brownfield Sr.) - Died 2-17-2004 - He was 82 years old - Pianist - He led The Bruce Brownfield Orchestra - Worked with Vic Damone - Was a staff musician for CBS - Son of accordionist and vaudevillian, Harvey Brownfield.
Dave Pinkston (Pappy Dave Stone) - Died 2-18-2004 - Born 1913 - He gave Buddy Holly his first radio program, "The Buddy And Jack Show" - He founded radio's KDAV, the first all country radio station.
Luke Collins - Godfather of Zydeco - Died 2-19-2004 ( DJ ) He was 63 years old - He hosted radio's, "The Luke Collins Zydeco Special" - He was the first zydeco radio announcer in the United States.
J.J. Malone (John Jacob Malone) - Died 2-20-2004 in Hawaii, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 8-20-1935 in Pete's Corner, AL, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and keyboardist - (He did, "It's a Shame" and "Danger Zone") - Was a member of The Rhythm Rockers - Worked with Troyce Key, Jill Baxter, Steve Vega, David Vega, Scott McKenzie and Frankie Lee.
Thomas Soffron - Died 2-21-2004 ( String Band ) Born 1907 in Kalamata, Greece - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Talambekos Mandolinata - Co-owner of Soffron Brothers Clam Company which helped bring clam strips nationwide.
Les Gray - Died 2-21-2004 in Portugal - Heart attack after fighting throat cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-9-1946 in Carshalton, Surrey, England - Singer - Was a member of Mud (They did, "Tiger Feet" and "Oh Boy").
Odessa Edwards (Odessa Glasgoe) - Died 2-22-2004 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( Gospel ) Believed to be in her 80's she was born in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - Founding member of The Harmoneers later renamed The Original Gospel Harmonettes.
Daniel Conca (Daniel J. Conca) - Died 2-22-2004 ( Metal ) He was 39 years old - Singer - Was a member of Jag Panzer (They did, "Psycho Next Door" and "Edge of Blindness").
Don Cornell (Luigi Francisco Varlaro) - Died 2-23-2004 in Aventura, FL, U.S. - Emphysema and diabetes ( Jazz ) Born 4-21-1919 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "It Isn't Fair" and "I'm Yours") - Worked with Red Nichols and Sammy Kaye - Big Band Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Carl Anderson (Carlton Earl Anderson) - Died 2-23-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Leukemia ( Jazz ) Born 2-27-1945 in Lynchburg, VA, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "How Deep Does It Go" and "Pieces Of A Heart") - Was a member of The Anderson Family Singers and The Second Eagle - Worked with Gloria Loring ("Friends And Lovers") and Nancy Wilson - He protrayed Judas in the stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Bob Mayo - Died 2-23-2004 in Basel, Switzerland - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1951 in New York, U.S. - Played keyboards and guitar and was a singer and songwriter - Was a member of Doc Holliday, Rat Race Choir and The Renovators - Worked with Peter Frampton ("Love Stands Alone"), Foreigner, Joe Walsh, Ian Hunter, Hall And Oates The Average White Band and Robert Plant,.
Bart Howard (Howard Joseph Gustafson) - Died 2-23-2004 in Carmel, New York, U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 6-1-1915 in Burlington, IA, U.S. - Songwriter and pianist - (He wrote, "Let Me Love You" and "In Other Words" now known as "Fly Me To The Moon" of which Frank Sinatra's version was the first song heard on the moon).
Alvino Rey (Alvin McBurney) - King of the Guitar - Died 2-24-2004 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 7-1-1911 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Played steel guitar and was a bandleader - Led The Alvino Rey Orchestra (They had a hit with, "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" and recorded, "Cement Mixer") - Worked with The Phil Spitalny Orchestra, Horace Heidt's Musical Knights, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Ray Conniff, Billy May and The King Sisters - He was married to Luise King of The King Sisters.
Evelyn Adams (Evelyn Beatrice Roseberry Adams) - Died 2-24-2004 in Atlanta- Lung cancer ( Gospel ) Born 1923 - Singer - Worked with The H.T. Thomas Gospel Chorus, The Atlanta Masonic Choir and The James Cleveland Gospel Workshop Of America.
A. C. Reed (Aaron Corthen) - Died 2-25-2004 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Complications of cancer ( Blues ) Born 5-9-1926 in Wardell, Mo., U.S. - Saxophonist and singer - (He did, "I'm In The Wrong Business'' and "I Am Fed Up With This Music") - He led The Spark Plugs - Worked with Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Junior Wells.
Jimmy Coe - Died 2-26-2004 - After a long illness ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 3-20-1921 in Tompkinsville, KY, U.S. - Bandleader and saxophonist - Worked with Jay McShann.
Jack Sperling - Died 2-26-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 8-17-1922 - Drummer - Worked with Bunny Berigan, Tex Beneke, Les Brown, Bob Crosby, Dave Pell, Eddie Miller, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Pete Fountain, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra,d Sammy Davis Jr. and The NBC Orchestra.
Louie Boyleston Jr. - Died 2-26-2004 ( Rock ) Born 9-20-1949 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Dickens (They did, "One Of A Kind Woman").
Debbie Campbell - Died 2-27-2004 - Adenocarcinoma ( Rock - Swing - Cabaret - Country ) Born 1951 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. - Singer - She was a member of Kandy Kanes and Buckwheat.
Ken "Hubcap" Carter - Died 2-28-2004 ( DJ ) Born 4-29-1943 in Lufkin - He played obscure DooWop, Rockabilly and R&B on his show, The Hubcap Chronicles - Texas Radio Hall Of Fame Inductee .
Gene Allison - Died 2-28-2004 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Liver and kidney failure ( R&B - Gospel ) Born 1935 - Singer - (He did, "You Can Make It If You Try" and "Have Faith") - Worked with The Fairfield Four and The Skylarks.
Steve Duboff - Died 2-28-2004 Malibu - After a long illness ( Pop ) Born 1942 - Singer, songwriter and producer (He co-wrote Crispian St. Peters', "The Pied Piper" and The Cowsills', "The Rain, The Park And Other Things").
Randy McDaniel - Died 2-29-2004 in Alabama, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Gospel ) Piano player - Worked with The Thrasher Brothers and Jerry Goff & The Goffs.
Joe Moshay - Died 2-29-2004 in Beverly Hills - Natural causes ( Bandleader - Songwriter ) Born 1909 in Norfolk, Va., U.S. - Played violin - (He wrote, "There's Something About Her" and "Josie") - He was a musician for the movie studios MGM, Columbia and Paramount.
Lavell C. Lindsey - Died 2-29-2004 - Stabbed ( Rap ) Born 1988 - Musician.
Donal O'Donovan - Died 3-?-2004 ( Dance Hall ) Drummer - Was a member of The Troubadors - He was married to singer, Eileen O'Donovan.
Willie Phelps (William Thomas Phelps Sr.) - Died 3-1-2004 ( Country ) Born 1914 - Singer, drummer and guitarist - (He wrote, "I'm Beginning To Forget You" and "I Want To Die With A Guitar In My Hands") - Was one of The Phelps Brothers and a member of Norman Phelps And The Virginia Rounders.
Tony Lee (Anthony Leedham Lee) - Died 3-2-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 7-23-1924 - Pianist - Led his own band and worked with Tommy Whittle and Phil Seamen.
Bret Bogan - Died 3-2-2004 ( Bluegrass ) Musician - He helped his father with The annual Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival which is now named Bret Bogan Memorial Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival.
Claude Nougaro - Died 3-4-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz - Chanson ) Born 9-9-1929 in Toulouse - Singer - (He did, "Je Suis Sous (I Am Drunk)" and "Cécile, Ma Fille (Cecile, My Daughter)").
John McGeoch (John Alexander McGeoch) - Died 3-4-2004in London, England ( Rock ) Born 5-28-1955 in Greenock, Scotland - Guitarist - Was a member of The Slugband and Magazine ("Shot By Both Sides" and "My Mind Ain't So Open") - Worked with Public Image Ltd. (They did, "The Body" and "Fat Chance Hotel"), The Armoury Show, Visage ("Fade To Grey"), Generation X, The Skids and Siouxsie & The Banshees ("Happy House" and "Christine").
Priscilla Paris (Priscilla Anne Filtzer) - Died 3-5-2004 in Paris, France ( Pop ) Born 1-4-1941 in San Francisco, CA - Singer - (She did, "He Noticed Me" and a cover version of, "Crazy He Calls Me") - She was the youngest of The Paris Sisters (They did, "I Love How You Love Me" and "Be My Boy"). Her sisters were Albeth Carole Filtzer and Sherrel Willain Filtzer.
Anna Carter Gordon Davis (Effie Carter) - Died 3-5-2004 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 2-15-1917 in Shannon, TX, U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Chuck Wagon Gang - Wife of Governor Jimmie "The Singing Governor" Davis - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Peggy DeCastro (Peggy DeCastro Lilly) - Died 3-6-2004 in Las Vegas, NV - After a long illness ( Pop ) Born 6-24-1921 in the Dominican Republic - Singer - She was one of The DeCastro Sisters (They did, "Teach Me Tonight" and "Boom Boom Boomerang") - Casino Legends Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Robert Manardo - Died 3-6-2004 in Warren, MI, U.S. - Cancer ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1937 - Singer - He was a founding member of The Falcons (They did, "Baby That's It" and "This Day").
Ruth Ellington Boatwright - Died 3-6-2004 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Business Manager ) Born 7-2-1915 in Washington, DC, U.S. - She was president of her brother Duke Ellington's company, Tempo Music.
Mark Randall McClung - Died 3-7-2004 - Motorcycle accident - ( Rock ) Born 1957 - Drummer- Was a member of Voodoo Johnson.
Ray Young (Vale Ray Young) Died 3-7-2004 - Inoperable liver cancer ( Bluegrass) Born 1-3-1952 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Bullamakanka - (They did, "Home Among The Gumtrees") - Tamworth Country Music Hands Of Fame Inductee.
Fernando Afonso - Died 3-8-2004 in Taleigao ( Indian ) Born 3-2-1904 - Played violin and was a choirmaster teaching Western-style music - Was a member of orchestra of the maharaja of Malerkotla.
John Mayer - Died 3-9-2004 in England - Car accident ( Jazz ) Born 10-28-1930 in Chandni Chawk, Calcutta - Composer and violinist - (He wrote, "Nine For Bacon") - Was a member of Indo-Jazz Fusions.
Alf Bicknell - Died 3-9-2004 in Oxford - Born 1929 - He was a chauffeur for The Beatles during the 60's and was the inspiration for their song, "Baby You Can Drive My Car".
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (aka Perk) - Died 3-9-2004 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Cancer ( Composer - Conductor ) Born 6-14-1932 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Pianist - He combined styles from the classics to jazz to create music for symphonies and also for scores for films and TV - He played in The Max Roach Quartet - He did arrangments for Marvin Gaye, Harry Belafonte and Melvin Van Peebles.
Kyle Tullis - Died 3-9-2004 - Liver and bone cancer ( Country Rock ) Born 1948 - Bassist - Worked with Gram Parsons, Steve Wariner, Lorrie Morgan, Larry Coryell, Dolly Parton, Johnny Rodriguez, Emmylou Harris, Vern Gosdin, Marshall Chapman and The Oak Ridge Boys.
Rust Epique - Died 3-9-2004 in Las Vegas - Heart attack ( Rap - Metal ) Born 1969 - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Crazy Town (They did,"Butterfly" and "Only When I'm Drunk") and Pre)thing (They did, "Faded Love").
Dottie Denny (Dorothy Denny Scardino) - Died 3-9-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1921 - Pianist - Worked with The Joe Venuti Band and Lester Lanin's Society Orchestra - She played piano for customers inside the Manhattan Savings Bank for 25 years - She was married to bassist Charles Scardino.
Ruby Wright - Died 3-9-2004 ( Singer ) Born 1910 - (She did, "Let's Light The Christmas Tree" and "A Kick In The Conscience").
Dave Blood (Dave Schulthise) - Died 3-10-2004 in North Salem, NY, U.S. - Suicide ( Rock ) Born 9-16-1956 - Bassist - Was a member of The Dead Milkmen - (They did,"Bitchin' Camaro" and "Punk Rock Girl").
Joseph Morris (Joseph Austill Morris Sr.) - Died 3-10-2004 - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 12-28-1931 in Edgard, La., U.S. - Saxophonist and bandleader - Worked with The Excelsior Band, The Men Of Distinction, The E.B. Coleman Orchestra and Total Darkness.
Vernon Williams - Died 3-11-2004 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - After a long illness ( R&B ) Born 1938 - Singer - Worked with The Royal Holidays, The Rayber Voices, Marv Johnson, The Satintones (They did, "I Know How It Feels"), The Pyramids and The Four Sonics.
Joel E. Siegel - Died 3-11-2004 - Spinal meningitis ( Critic - lyricist - Producer ) Born 1941 - (He wrote, "The Ways Of Love" and "I Watch You Sleep") - Produced Shirley Horn and Patti Wicks - He wrote reviews for JazzTimes.
Zaki Nassif - Died 3-11-2004 in Ein Rummaneh, Beirut - Heart attack ( Singer ) Born 1916 - He composed songs for Fayrouz and Wadih Safi.
Edmund Sylvers - Died 3-11-2004 in Richmond, VA, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Funk - Soul ) Born 1-25-1957 - Singer - (He did, "That Burning Love) - He was a member of The Sylvers (They did, "Boogie Fever" and "Wish That I Could Talk To You").
Thilo Krasmann - Died 3-11-2004 - Born 4-16-1933 - Played accordion - Led Thilo's Combo - Worked with Duo Ouro Negro and Simone de Oliveira.
Mary Ann Fisher - Died 3-12-2004 in Louisville ( R&B ) Born 1923 in Henderson County - Singer - (She did, "Wild As You Can Be") - Toured with Ray Charles.
Charlie Bailey - Died 3-12-2004 in Bear, Delaware, U.S. ( Bluegrass ) Born 2-9-1916 in Happy Valley, Tennessee, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and mandolin player - He was a member of The Happy Valley Boys and half of the duo, The Bailey Brothers (They recorded, "The Sweetest Gift" and "Alabama") - Worked with Charlie Cope.
David Ice - Died 3-12-2004 ( Gospel ) Baritone singer - Was a founding member of The Conquerors.
Vilayat Khan (Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan) - Died 3-13-2004 in Mumbai - Born 1928 in Gouripur - He is considered to be one of the greatest sitar players of his generation.
Sydney Carter (Sydney Bertram Carter) - Died 3-13-2004 in London, England ( Folk ) Born 5-6-1915 in Camden Town - Singer and composer - (He wrote, "Lord Of The Dance" and "Friday Morning").
Max Harris - Died 3-13-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 9-15-1918 in Bournemouth, Hampshire - Pianist, composer and arranger - (He did, "Pancho" and "Wheels") - He did the theme music for TV's, The Strange World Of Gurney Slade and Porridge - Worked with Yehudi Menuhin, Lew Foster, Stan Atkins, Ronnie Monro and Stéphane Grappelli - He wrote arrangements for Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Dick Haymes.
Genevieve (Ginette Marguerite Auger) - Died 3-14-2004 in Venice, Calif., U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( Singer - Comedian ) Born 4-17-1920 in Paris, France - She appeared on Jack Paar's, "Tonight Show".
Chuck "Be-Bop Charlie" Niles (Charles Neidel) (aka Mr. Jazz and the Minister of Cool)- Died 3-15-2004 in Santa Monica - Complications of a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 6-24-1927 in Springfield, Mass., U.S. - Played clarinet and saxophone - Was a jazz radio host - He inspired the songs,"Niles Blues" by Louie Bellson, "The Hippest Cat In Hollywood" by Horace Silver and "Bebop Charlie" by Bob Florence.
Eloy Alquinta - Died 3-15-2004 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 6-22-1971 - Singer, saxophonist and percussionist - Was a member of Los Jaivas.
Anibal M. Texeira - Died 3-16-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 8-8-1919 in Puerto Rico - Drummer - Worked with Jimmy Dorsey, Tito Puente and Xavier Cugat.
Bill Wilhm (William J. Wilhm) - Died 3-16-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 10-10-1920 in Kansas City, Kan., U.S. - Tenor saxophonist - Founded The Bonner Springs Kicks Band (They did, "The Bonner Springs Blues") and was a member of The Swing Patrol.
Hank Marr (Henry L. Marr) - Died 3-16-2004 in Columbus, OH, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1-30-1927 in Flytown, Columbus, OH, U.S. - Organist - (He did, "What! Not Another Greasy Spoon?" and "Chicken Pickin'") - Worked with Charlie Brantley And The Honeydippers, Rusty Bryant, Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons and Lou Rawls.
Chuck Hall (Charles William Hall) - Died 3-16-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 3-23-1917 - He led The Chuck Hall Dance Band and The Chuck Hall Orchestra - Was a member of The Jack Schultz Orchestra and The Austin City Jazz Band.
Tony Meilandt (Anthony Meilandt) - Died 3-16-2004 in New York, U.S. ( Manager - Producer ) Born 1957 - Worked with Herbie Hancock.
J.J. Jackson (John Jackson) - Died 3-17-2004 in Los Angeles, CA., U.S. - Heart attack ( VJ ) Born 1942 - One of the first MTV on-air Vee-Jays.
Flash Terry (Verbie Gene Terry) - Died 3-18-2004 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. - After suffering a stroke ( Blues ) Born 6-17-1934 in Inola, Oklahoma, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He recorded, "Enough Troubles Of My Own") - Worked with Jimmy "Cry Cry" Hawkins and Curtis Mayfield - Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee and Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Wallace Foster Davenport - Died 3-18-2004 in New Orleans, LA., U.S. ( Jazz ) Played trumpet - Worked with Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.
Vytas Brenner - Died 3-18-2004 in Saltzburg, Austria - Heart attack in a recording studio ( Rock - Folk - Jazz ) Born 9-19-1946 - Keyboardist and composer - Founded La Ofrenda - Directed The Venezuela Symphonic Orchestra for his work, "Oro Negro".
Lonny Lee Walker (Ronald Baker) (aka Piano Man) - Died 3-19-2004 - Heart attack ( Pop ) Born 1-3-1953 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada - Pianist and band leader.
Johnny Bristol (John William Bristol) - Died 3-21-2004 in Howell, Brighton Township, Michigan, U.S. - Natural causes ( Soul ) Born 2-3-1939 in Morganton, N.C., U.S. - Producer, singer and writer - (He did, "Someday We'll Be Together" with Jackie Beavers and "Hang On In There, Baby" with Alton McClain) - Worked with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross & The Supremes.
Steve Richards (aka Rocker) - Died 3-21-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Brain cancer - Born 6-15-1967 - He managed Slipknot, Motograter, Sworn Enemy and Mudvayne - Founder of No Name Worldwide.
Don Thompson (aka DT) - Died 3-21-2004 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-19-1932 in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada - Saxophonist - (He did, "Early Autumn" and "If I Had My Way") - Worked with Anne Marie Moss and Pat Riccio.
Herschel Lester (Herschel LuMeart Lester) - Died 3-21-2004 ( Gospel ) Born 3-6-1927 in Maplewood, MO, U.S. - Musician and singer - Was a member of The Lester Family - Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Ramone C. Davis - Died 3-22-2004 in Kansas City, Kan., U.S. - Shot during a robbery ( Rap ) Born 1973.
Slobodan Kovacevic (Slobodan Boda Kovacevic) - Died 3-22-2004 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 12-29-1946 - Guitarist - Was a member of Indexi (They did, "Negdje na kraju u zatisju").
Roy "Pop" Lewis - Died 3-23-2004 in Washington, GA, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 9-22-1905 in Pickens, SC, U.S. - A patriarch of four generations of gospel music artists - The Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Tom Wilson - Died 3-25-2004 ( DJ - Producer ) Worked with N-Trance, TTF, Belinda Carlisle, Ice MC, Scooter, Mary Kiani and DJ Dado.
Ernesto Phillips (Ernesto McKenzie Phillips) - Died 3-25-2004 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. ( R&B ) Singer, guitarist and trumpeter - Was a member of Licyndiana and Starpoint (They did, "Object of My Desire") - Produced Toni Braxton and Kimberly Scott.
Fred Karlin (Frederick James Karlin) - Died 3-26-2004 in Culver City - Cancer - Born 1937 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Composer - (He co-wrote, "For All We Know" and "Come Saturday Morning") - He scored over 130 movies and co-wrote the books "Listening To Movies: "The Film Lover's Guide To Film Music" and "On The Track" - Worked with Benny Goodman.
Jan Berry (William Jan Berry) - Died 3-26-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Seizure ( Rock ) Born 4-3-1941 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer - He was a member of The Barons and half the duo of Jan & Arnie (They did, "Jennie Lee") and Jan & Dean (They did, "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" and "Surf City").
Adan Sanchez (Adan Chalino Sanchez)- Died 3-27-2004 in Sinaloa, Mexico - Car accident ( Balladeer ) Born 1984 in Torrance CA., U.S. - Singer - Son of balladeer, Marcelino Chalino Sanchez.
Paolo De Ceglie - Died 3-27-2004 ( Rock ) Born 2-25-1944 in Milano, Italy - Drummer - Was a member of Camaleonti.
Hubert Gregg - Died 3-29-2004 in Eastbourne, southern England - Born 1914 - Composer and broadcaster - (He wrote, "Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner" and "I'm Going To Get Lit Up When The Lights Go Up In London") - He hosted BBC Radio's, "Thanks For The Memory" - He also was an actor and novelist.
Bob Copper (Robert James Copper) - Died 3-29-2004 in Brighton, East Sussex ( Folk ) Born 1-6-1915 in Rottingdean, Sussex - Singer - Patriarch of The Copper Family.
Judy Argo - Died 3-29-2004 in Atlanta, GA., U.S. ( Cabaret - Jazz ) Born 1945 - Singer - Worked with Gerry Mulligan, Mike Renzi, Ray Brown and Toots Thielemans.
Timi Yuro (Rosemarie Timotea Aurro) - Died 3-30-2004 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Brain cancer ( Rock ) Born 8-4-1940 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Hurt" and "What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)") - Worked with Johnnie Ray, Phil Spector and Willie Nelson.
Keith Summers - Died 3-30-2004 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England - Cancer ( Folkologist ) Born 12-11-1948 in London, England - Editor of the magazine Musical Traditions.
Ronnie Neal - Died 4-?-2004 ( Blues ) Singer and drummer - Was a member of The Neal Brothers - Son of blues artist, Raful Neal.
Ken Morrell - Died 4-?- 2004 - Leukemia ( Jazz ) Pianist.
Paul Atkinson - Died 4-1-2004 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - Liver and kidney disease ( Rock ) Born 3-19-1946 in Cuffley, Herts, England - Guitarist - Was a member of The Zombies (They did, "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season") - He also was a record executive signing ABBA, Bruce Hornsby, Mr. Mister, Michael Penn, Judas Priest and Patty Smyth.
Jay Dee Morgan - Died 4-1-2004 in Red Bluff, CA, U.S. - Car accident ( Country - Rock ) Born 1966 - Played bass guitar and sang - Was a member of The Fire Mountain Rock Band and The Last Call Band.
Pat McJimsey (George Patrick McJimsey) (aka Bear) - Died 4-1-2004 - Heart attack ( R&B ) Born 3-21-1950 in Wichita - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Hot Change") - Was a member of Velvet Honey, The Bear Valley Blues, The Entire British Navy and 4 Brothers - Worked with John Salem, Drake Macy and Bill Hawks.
Gus Statiras (aka Gus Grant) - Died 4-2-2004 in Milledgeville, GA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1923 in Jersey City, NJ, U.S. - Producer and manager - He founded Progressive Records.
Gabriella Ferri - Died 4-3-2004 - She fell from the third-floor balcony of her home ( Singer ) Born 1942 - (She did, "Sempre" (Always)).
Chico Feitosa (Francisco Libório Feitosa) (aka Chico Fim de Noite) - Died 4-3-2004 in Rio De Janeiro - Lung cancer ( Bossa Nova ) Born 1935 - Composer - Worked with Maria Bethânia, Baden Powell, Tim Maia and Wilson Simonal.
Kim Yvette Dobbs - Died 4-3-2004 - She and her husband Brian were murdered in their home ( Gospel - Pop - R&B ) Singer.
Kent Glenn - Died 4-3-2004 in Hoboken, NJ, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1943 - Band leader, pianist and composer - Worked with Herb Geller, Sonny Stitt, King Pleasure, Dave Pike, Stephanie Hayes and Walter Benton.
Nikita Bogoslovsky - Died 4-4-2004 ( Composer ) Born 1914 - (He did, "Dark Night" and "I Dreamed Of You For Three Years") - He wrote over 300 musical scores.
Gito Baloi - Died 4-4-2004 in in Johannesburg, South Africa - Shot during a robbery ( Jazz ) Born 9-30-1964 in Maputo, Mozambique - Played bass guitar - (He did, "Herbs & Roots" and "Township Drive") - Was a member of Tananas and led The Gito Baloi Band.
Diane Tobola - Died 4-5-2004 - Cancer ( Opera - Cabaret ) Born 1942 - Singer and pianist - She opened the cabaret show, Spice! Sizzle! And Sheen!
Thomas Kini - Died 4-5-2004 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1943 in Gisborne - Bass player - Worked with Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock.
Chet Wiggins (E. Chester Wiggins) - Died 4-5-2004 in Myrtle Beach - From injuries he received from a fall from a tree while he was cutting limbs ( Country ) Born 1916 in Duplin County, N.C., U.S. - Worked with Roy Clark, Elton Brit, Marty Robbins, Marvin Rainwater and The Wilburn Brothers.
Niki Sullivan - Died 4-6-2004 in Sugar Creek, MO, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 6-23-1937 in South Gate, CA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did,"It's All Over") - Was a member of Buddy Holly's Crickets (They did, "That'll Be The Day" and "Maybe Baby"), The Plainsmen, The Hollyhawks and The Whitesidewalls.
Charlie Boncoddo (Cosimo C. Boncoddo) - Died 4-6-2004 in Weymouth, MA, U.S. ( Dance ) Born 1909 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Played bass violin - Worked with The Mal Hallet Dance Orchestra.
Jeff Newman - Died 4-7-2004 near Lynnwood, TN, U.S. - The plane he was piloting crashed while attempting to land ( Country - Rock - Bluegrass ) Born 1-7-1942 in Arkansas City, KS, U.S. - Played steel guitar - Worked with Alex Chilton, James Dickenson, Jim & Jesse, Mike Auldridge and Ferlin Husky - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Dustin Fletcher - Died 4-8-2004 - Car accident - Born 1979 - Bassist - Was a member of Moloko.
Chief Bey (James Hawthorne) (aka Baba Hawthorne Bey) - Died 4-8-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1913 in Yamassee, NC, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Drums Of Passion - Worked with Herbie Mann, Pharoah Sanders and Art Blakey.
Curtis Edwards (aka Hillbilly) - Died 4-9-2004 in Flint, Mich., U.S. - Cancer ( Bluegrass - Gospel ) Born 1935 - Sang and played guitar, violin, harmonica and mandolin.
Jerry Howorth (Gerald Howorth) - Died 4-9-2004 in Punta Gorda, Fl, U.S. - Heart failure ( Country ) Born 1920 - He was half of the duo, Jerry & Sky - New England Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Milan Balcar - Died 4-9-2004 ( Rock ) Born 11-15-1956 - Drummer - Was a member of Katapult and Abraxas.
Curtis Butler - Died 4-9-2004 ( Blues ) Born 1-21-1942 in Florence, AL, U.S. - Played guitar - He was one of The Butler Twins (They did, "The Butler's Boogie").
Tajilli Talisman (William E. Wichman) - Died 4-10-2004 - Liver and kidney failure - Born 6-27-1940 on the island of Mindanao in the Phillipines - Played the Osaka, Conga and talking drums, Lakota flute, rhythm guitar, Tibetan bells, kalimbas, pan pipes and synthesizer.
Jacek Kaczmarski - The Voice Of Solidarnosc - Died 4-10-2004 - Cancer of the larynx - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Born 3-22-1947 - (He did,"Walls" and "Wolf Hunt")
Charlie Cutten (Charles Edward Logan Cutten) - Died 4-12-2004 - Car accident ( Jazz - Rock - R&B ) Born 8-?-1948 in San Jose, CA, U.S. - Singer, pianist and guitarist - (He did, "St. Ignatius" and "Late Bloomer Blues").
Ray Woodruff - Died 4-12-2004 in Hobart ( Rock ) Born 1938 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Kravats (They did, "Baby Let Me Take You Home").
Andy Kieley - Died 4-12-2004 ( Rock ) Born 1975 - Drummer - Was a member of Geyser (They did, "On The Brink" and "Downtime").
Ritchie Cordell (Richard Joel Rosenblatt) - Died 4-13-2004 - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock - Bubblegum ) Born 3-10-1943 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Songwriter and producer - Worked with Tommy James ("I Think We're Alone Now"), Joan Jett, Bow Wow Wow, Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company ("Indian Giver"), Crazy Elephant ("Gimme Gimme Good Lovin"), The Music Explosion and The Ramones.
Porky Cohen (Zolman M. Cohen) - Died 4-14-2004 in Providence RI, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 6-2-1924 in Springfield, MA, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with Steveie Ray Vaughn, W.C. Handy, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Lucky Millinder, The Jewels Of Dixie and Roomful Of Blues.
Jack Toney - Died 4-14-2004 in Boaz, AL, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 8-24-1933 Sand Mountain, near Boaz, AL, U.S. - Singer - (He wrote, "I Will Rise Up From My Grave" and "Ridin' High") - Member of The Statesmen Quartet, The SongMasters, The Prophets Quartet, The Florida Boys, The Dixie Echoes and Rosie Rozell & The Searchers.
Ray Condo (Ray Tremblay) - Found dead 4-15-2004 in his Vancouver apartment ( Rockabilly - Punk ) Born 1951 in Hull, Quebec - Singer - Was a member of The Peasants, The Secret Vs, The Hardrock Goners and Ray Condo And The Ricochets (They did, "Swing, Brother, Swing" and "Door To Door Maniac").
Phyllis Dillon - The queen of rocksteady - Died 4-15-2004 in Long Island, New York, U.S. - Cancer ( Rocksteady) Born 1945 in Linstead, St. Catherine, Jamaica - Singer - (She did, "Don't Stay Away" and "One Life To Live") - Worked with Alton Ellis ("Remember That Sunday") and Hopeton Lewis ("Walk Through This World With Me").
Paul Shaghoian (Paul Alan Shaghoian) - Died 4-16-2004 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Played trumpet - Born 5-2-1958 in Kingsburg, CA, U.S. - Was a member of The One O'Clock Lab Band and The Jazz Composer's Orchestra.
Dave Kirby - Died 4-17-2004 in Branson, Missouri, U.S. - Multimyloma cancer ( Country ) Born 7-10-1938 in Brady, Texas, U.S. - Guitarist and songwriter - (He wrote, "Down By the River" and "Is Anybody Going To San Antone?") - Worked with his wife Leona Williams and also with Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Janie Fricke, Ringo Starr, Don Williams, Moe Bandy, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Milsap, Crystal Gayle, Wynn Stewart, Ray Price, Connie Smith and Kenny Price - Nephew of Big Bill Lister.
Charlie Bieker (Charles R. Bieker) - Died 4-19-2004 ( Rock - Country ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Easy Chair, Struggle and The Blind Willie Band - Worked with Red Thelin's Country Starlighters.
Dick Metko - Died 4-20-2004 ( Polka ) Born 1932 - Accordionist - Worked with The Lawrence Duchow Red Raven Orchestra, Dick Rodgers and led Dick Metko And His Boys.
Red Craddock (Walter Marshall Craddock) - Died 4-20-2004 ( Bluegrass ) Born 1938 in Henry County, Virginia, U.S. - Musician.
Lizzy Mercier (aka Rosa Yemen) (Martine-Elisabeth Mercier Descloux) - Died 4-20-2004 in Saint Florent, Corsica - Cancer ( Punk - World ) Born 12-16-1956 in Les Halles, Paris - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Mais où sont passées les gazelles" and "Wakwazuku Kwezizulu Rock") - Half of the duo Rosa Yemen - She was a correspondent for the magazine Rock News.
Paul J. Quinn (aka The Mighty Quinn) - Died 4-22-2004 in Parma - Complications from lung cancer ( Irish Folk ) Born 1947 - Singer - (He did, "This Is Your City").
Wayne Phillips - Died 4-22-2005 - Leukemia ( Ska - Rock ) He was 22 years old - Saxophonist - Was a member of The Conspiracy.
Matt Osborne (Matthew John Osborne) - Died 4-23-2004 ( Blues - Rock - Folk ) Born 1972 - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (He did, "I Want A Girl With Glasses" and "I Wanna Be The Mayor").
Peter Morgenstern-Clarren - Died 4-23-2004 - Hit by a train ( Rock ) Born 5-29-1981 - Musician, singer and songwriter - Was a member of 8 Fingered Jacob.
John Seely (Seely John Gilfilen) - Died
4-23-2004 in Oakland ( Composer ) Born 8-23-1923 - Pianist - He composed
themes and background music for "Looney Tunes", "Dennis The Menace" and
Donna Reed Show".
Terence Pamplin (Terence Michael Pamplin) - Died 4-24-2004 in Newark, Nottinghamshire ( Skiffle - Dance - Jazz ) Born 5-30-1941 in Worcester Park, Surrey - Played violin, viols, guitar, flute and saxophone - Worked with John Mills, The Maryland Skiffle Group and The Dave Stuart Five - President of The National Early Music Association and a junior warden of The Worshipful Company Of Musicians.
Joachim Gaiser - Died 4-24-2004 - Illness ( New Wave ) Born 12-12-1956 - Was a member of Kiz (They did, "Die Sennerin vom Konigsee").
Eddie Jooste - Died 4-25-2004 - Car accident ( Jazz ) Born 1968 - Double-bass player - Worked with The Alvin Dyers Band, Mark Fransman, Buddy Wells, Andre Petersen and Camillo Lombard.
Scott Williams (James Scott Williams) - Died 4-26-2004 - Shot in a murder suicide ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Soilent Green.
Tui Ravai - Died 4-26-2004 - Keyboardist - Worked with The Freelancers and The Qaliwai Trio.
Britley Black (Lawrence Black) - Died 4-27-2004 - Complications of diabetes ( Punk ) Drummer - Was a member of Crime and led Britley Black's Next - Son of Jazz drummer, Dave Black.
Art Kirkpatrick - Died 4-28-2004 ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1937 - Singer - Was a member of The Five Quails (They did, "Get To School On Time") - Worked with Marvin Gaye.
Peter Vinikow (Peter Nelson Vinikow) - Died 4-28-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1957 - Bassist - Worked with Mel Torme, Diane Schuur, Ernestine Anderson, Greta Matassa, Brian Nova, Bert Wilson and The Ted Weems Orchestra.
Ulli Grun - Died 4-28-2004 ( Rock ) Born 1-25-1945 - Played guitar, organ and harmonica - Was a member of The Boots (They did, "But You Never Do It Babe" and "Dimples").
Dr. Horse (Al Pittman) - Died 4-28-2004 ( Blues ) Born 9-17-1917 in Vinnia, GA, U.S. - Singer and producer - (He did, "Jack, That Cat Was Clean" and "Crazy Beat") - Worked with Sammy Price & His Bluesicians.
Debjit Sengupta (aka Joy) - Died 4-29-2004 - Car accident - Born 1971 - Played the tabla - Worked with singer Nachiketa.
Claude Williams (aka Fiddler) - Died 4-30-2004 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-22-1908 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S. - Played fiddle and guitar - Worked with The Twelve Clouds Of Joy, Count Basie, Roy Milton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and The Four Shades Of Rhythm - Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Caspar Pound - Died 4-30-2004 - Cancer ( Techno ) Born 1971 - Producer and remixer - Was a member of A Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dredd.
Felix Haug - Died 5-1-2004 in in Uster, Zurich, Switzerland - Heart attack ( Pop - Rock ) Born 1952 - Drummer and keyboardist - Was a meber of Ping Pong and half of the duo, Double (They did, "The Captain Of Her Heart" and "Love Is A Plane") - Worked with Yello.
Anitha Zucker - Died 5-?-2004 - Multiple organ failure ( Jazz ) Born 9-?-1924 - Singer - Worked with Don Albert.
Ken Keene (Kenneth Wayne Keene) - Died 5-2-2004 - Complications of diabetes - Born 4-12-1941 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, U.S. - Manager and producer for Frankie Ford - The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Curtis Gordon (Edward Curtis Gordon) - Died 5-2-2004 in Georgia, U.S. ( Western swing - Country - Rockabilly ) Born 1928 - Singer - (He did, "Caffeine And Nicotine" and "Draggin") - Worked with Chet Atkins, and Eddie Hill and Hank Garland - His songs have been recorded by George Jones and Fats Domino.
Albert Letecheur - Died 5-3-2004 After a long illness ( Rock ) Keyboardist - Was a member of Moby Dick who changed their name to Machiavel (They did, "Leave It Where It Can Stay" and "Cry No More").
Homer Carlson - Died 5-3-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1922 - Pianist and singer - Worked with Val Eddy and Dave LaMond - As The Val Eddy Trio, they had thier own TV show, "The Song Shop".
Larry Sapp (aka Mausolus) - Died 5-3-2004 ( Metal ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Astaroth and Abomination who changed their name to Darkness and then to Brutality.
Robert Plunkett (Robert Garlon Plunkett) - Died 5-3-2004 in Chicago, IL, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 10-19-1931 in Benton, MS, U.S. - Drummer and singer - (He did, "Sweet Tooth" and "“You’re My Sweet Baby") - Worked with Buster Brown, Little Walter, Fenton Robinson, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, John Littlejohn, Ricky Allen, Luther Johnson, Elmore James and Freddie King.
Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd (Clement Seymour Dodd) - Died 5-4-2004 - Heart attack ( Reggae ) Born 1-26-1932 in Kingston, Jamaica - Producer - Credited with launching the career of Bob Marley And The Wailers - He opened The Jamaica Recording And Publishing Studio.
George Gillespie - Died 5-4-2004 - Heart attack ( Rock - Country ) Born 1946 - Played guitar, violin, banjo and mandolin - Was a member of Night Shift and Family Circle.
Tony Winslow - Died 5-4-2004 - Multiple Sclerosis ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of The Gas Company, The Northwest Rock And Roll Band and The Capers - Worked with The Kingsmen, Junior Cadillac, Kracker and Dennis Roberts.
Ritsuko Okazaki - Died 5-5-2004 - Sepsis shock ( Pop ) Born 1959 - Singer and composer - (She wrote, "Fruits Basket" and "Kokoro Harete Yoru mo Harete") - Was a member of Melocure (They did the theme song for Stratos 4).
Jose Maceda (Dr. Jose Monserrat Maceda) - Died 5-5-2004 in Quezon City - Lung ailment ( Filipino Music ) Born 1-17-1917 in Manila - Pianist and composer - (He wrote, "Ugma-ugma" and "Pagsamba").
Barney Kessel - Died 5-6-2004 in San Diego - Brain cancer ( Jazz ) Born 10-17-1923 in Muskogee, Okla., U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Charlie Parker, Chico Marx, Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Charlie Barnet, Sonny & Cher, Benny Goodman, The Beach Boys, Liberace, Buffalo Springfield, Frank Sinatra and Art Tatum.
John Christnovich (aka Johnny Christian and Johnny Paladin) - Died 5-6-2004 in Cudahy - Stroke and heart attack ( Country - Polka ) Born 1941 in Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin - Drummer and singer - He led Johnny Christian And The Burglars and Johnny Christian And The Oak Creek Band - Worked with Eddie Blazonczyk, The Fendermen, Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard and Dottie West.
Rudy Maugeri - Died 5-7-2004 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1-27-1931 - Singer - Was a member of The Jordonaires and The Crew Cuts (They did, "Ko Ko Mo (I Love You)" and a cover of "Sh-Boom").
Brenda Fassie - Died 5-9-2004 in Johannesburg - Drug overdose ( Pop ) Born 1964 in Langa, Cape Town - Singer - (She did, "Weekend Special") - Worked with Joy, Blondie and Papa Wemba.
Bobby Jaggers (Robert William Jaggers)
- Died 5-9-2004 ( Music Entrepreneur ) Born 1982 - He helped produce the
video for Elton John's, "Pinball Wizard" - He opened Jaggers Productions
John Whitehead (John Cavadus Whitehead) - Died 5-11-2004 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Shot while working on a car ( R&B ) Born 7-10-1948 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and keyboardist - (He co-wrote, "Back Stabbers" and "Wake Up Everybody") - Was a member of The Epsilons (They did, "The Echo") and McFadden & Whitehead (They did, "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" and "I've Been Pushed Aside").
Thomas Powell Knox - Died 5-11-2004 in Columbia, S.C., U.S. - Septicemia ( Compose - Arranger ) Born 1938 in Danville, Ill., U.S. - (He wrote, "God Of Our Fathers" and "Sea Songs") - His music was often based on hymns, folk music and patriotic tunes.
James 'Bull' Durham - Died 5-11-2004 - Deteriorative lung disease ( Country ) Born 1928 - (He recorded, "The Girl I Left Behind Me'' and ''Songs About Trains'') - Worked with Kris Kristofferson.
Tom Vance - Died 5-11-2004 - Massive stroke ( Rock ) Born 1966 - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Mommy's Little Monster and The Lovedogs
John D. LaPorta - Died 5-12-2004 ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 4-13-1920 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Clarinetist - Worked with Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Leopold Stokowski and The Boston Pops.
Herbie Rich (Herb Rich) - Died 5-12-2004 in Mableton, Georgia, U.S. ( R&B - Rock ) Played keyboards and saxophone and sang - Was a member of The 7-Wonders, The Electric Flag (They did, "Over-Lovin' You" and "Easy Rider") and The New Breed - Worked with , Jimi Hendrix, Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg and The Buddy Miles Express - The Nebraska Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Buddy Beek (Leroy Beeckler) - Died 5-13-2004 - Aneurysm ( Polka - Jazz ) Born 5-17-1915 in Waldo - Played drums and trumpet - Led Buddy Beek's Orchestra.
Sonny Chapman (Charles Michael Chapman) - Died 5-13-2004 - His car collided with a train ( Country - Rock ) Born 1952 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Canyon River Band.
Glen Ambrose - Died 5-14-2004 - Heart attack ( Musician ) Born 1957 - He was a member of Lost City.
Marius Constant - Died 5-15-2004 in Paris, France ( Composer ) Born 2-7-1925 in Bucuresti, Romania - He wrote the opening and closing themes for TV's, The Twilight Zone.
Clint Warwick (Albert Clinton Eccles) - Died 5-15-2004 in Birmingham, England - Liver damage ( Rock ) Born 6-25-1940 in Birmingham, England - Bass player and singer - Was a member of Danny King And The Dukes, Gerry Day And The Dukes and The Moody Blues - (They did, "Steal Your Heart Away" and "Go Now").
Peter Nelson (Aldric Peter Nelson) - Died 5-15-2004 - Heart attack ( Reggae ) Born 1945 in Trinidad - Played saxophone and drums - Was the leader of Shangoya.
June Carroll - Died 5-16-2004 ( Singer - Lyricist ) (She wrote, "Love Is A Simple Thing" and "Penny Candy") - Wife of screen writer, Sidney Carroll.
Marika Roekk (Marie Karoline Rökk) - Died 5-16-2004 in Baden, south of Vienna - Heart failure ( Singer - Actress - Dancer ) Born 11-3-1913 in Cairo.
Alex Nelson - Died 5-17-2004 in Palm Springs, Florida - Car accident ( Metal ) Born 1963 - Guitarist - Was a member of Lizzy Borden.
Brian Carver - Died 5-17-2004 - Brain tumor ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 1951 - Musician - Was a member of Booper Seattle - (He did, "Hey Moe") - He also was a comedian.
Julian Aberbach (Julian J. Aberbach) - Died 5-17-2004 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Heart failure ( Music Publisher ) Born 1909 in Vienna, Austria.
Tony Randall (Leonard Rosenberg) - Died 5-17-2004 in New York, U.S. - Complications of a prolonged illness ( Actor ) Born 2-26-1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. - He acted as Felix Unger on TV's The Odd Couple - He and Jack Klugman recorded an album titled, "The Odd Couple Sings" doing songs such as, "When Banana Skins Are Falling" and "You're So Vain".
Elvin Jones (Elvin Ray Jones) - Died 5-18-2004 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 9-9-1927 in Pontiac, MI, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, Allen Ginsberg, Tony Bennett and also with his brothers Hank Jones and Thad Jones.
Lee Martin - Died 5-18-2004 - Complications after a fall ( Jazz ) Born 1917 - Played saxophone, flute, clarinet and piccolo - He was a music arranger for The Jackie Gleason Show - Worked with Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett and Tiny Tim.
Gatemouth Moore (Arnold Dwight Moore) - Died 5-19-2004 in Yazoo City, MS, U.S. - After a long illness ( Blues - Gospel ) Born 11-8-1913, in Topeka, Kan., U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Somebody's Got To Go" and "I Ain't Mad At You Pretty Baby") - Worked with Bennie Moten, Tommy Douglas and Walter Barnes.
Marty Garner (Marion Franklin Garner) - Died 5-19-2004 - Cancer ( Country ) Born 7-24-1926 in Riverside, Arkansas, U.S. - Bass player - Worked with Hank Williams Sr., Tex Ritter, Red Foley, Willie Nelson, Ken Curtis, Sleepy Waters and Patsy Cline.
Rick Henderson ( Richard Andrew Henderson ) - Died 5-21-2004 in Washington. D.C., U.S. - Arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease ( Jazz ) Born 4-25- 1928 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Saxophonist, composer and arranger - (He wrote, "Frivolous Banta" and "Commercial Time") - Worked with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Illinois Jacquet and Billy Taylor.
Herbert Sam - Died 5-21-2004 in Opelousas, LA, U.S. ( Zydeco ) Born 1924 - Musician - Brother of accordionist Ambrose Sam.
Charles Chase - Died 5-21-2004 in Claremont - Stroke ( Poet ) Born 1915 - He ran The Folk Music Center and repaired instruments for 50 years.
Tom Nystrom (Thomas Nystrom) - Died 5-22-2004 - Colon cancer ( Rock - Country ) Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Underbeats (They did, "Footstompin" and "Annie Do The Dog"), Gypsy and The Accents (They did, "Why?") - Worked with Ringer and The Alfalpha Males - Minnesota Rock And Country Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Anjuman Ara Begum - Died 5-22-2004 in Bangladesh - Acute pneumonia ( Singer ) Born 1942.
Jim MacLeod - Died 5-?-2004 in Dunblane - Cancer ( Dance ) Born 1928 - Band leader.
Gundars Mausevics - Died 5-23-2004 - Car crash ( Rock ) Born 1974 - Bassist - Was a member of BrainStorm (aka Prata Vetra) (They did, "My Star").
Scott Hock - Died 5-25-2004 in Grand Rapids, Mich., U.S. - Lung and liver cancer ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Fiddler's Crab, Vic Amato And Company and Ozz.
John R T Davies (John Ross Twiston Davies) - Died 5-25-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 3-20-1927 - Trombonist and saxophonist - Was a member of The Crane River band and The Temperance Seven (They did, "You're Driving Me Crazy" and "Pasadena") - Worked with Mick Mulligan and Ken Colyer.
Cal Thomas - Died 5-25-2004 ( Soul ) Born 1945 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The TSU Toronados (They did, "Tighten Up" with Archie Bell And The Drells).
Henry Thompson (aka HT) - Died 5-26-2004 ( Soul ) Was a member of The Seven Souls .
Margie Dreyer (Margie Ann Dreyer) (Margie Ann Oesch) - Died 5-26-2004 - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 11-26-1929, in Portland, OR, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Three Squares And A Curve - Worked with Bruce Kelly's Combo and The Bobby Baker Band.
Garland Frady - Died 5-27-2004 in North Carolina, U.S. - Cancer ( Country ) Born 1-?-1941 - Singer - Fronted The Red Rhodes Band - Apeared on the first Willy Nelson Jam Session in Texas - (He released the album, "Pure Country" which was produced by Mike Nesmith).
Derek Frigo - Died 5-28-2004 in Beverly Hills ( Rock ) Born 7-26-1966 - Guitarist - Member of Enuff Z'nuff (They did, "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle") - Worked with Logan's Heroes and Texas Terri - Son of violinist Johnny Frigo.
Irene Manning (Inez Harvuot) (aka Hope Manning) - Died 5-28-2004 - Congestive heart failure ( Singer ) Born 1913 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Recorded with Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces Band - She appeared in the films, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Shine On, Harvest Moon.
Barry Brown - Died 5-29-2004 in Kingston, Jamaica - Fell and hit his head at The Sone Waves Recording Studio ( Reggae ) Singer - (He did, "Natty Rootsman" and "Not So Lucky").
Robert Quine (Robert Wolfe Quine) - Died 5-31-2004 in New York, NY, U.S., his body was discovered five days later - Heroin overdose ( Punk ) Born 12-30-1942 in Akron, OH, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Jody Harris (They did, "Flagpole Jitters" and "Pardon My Clutch"), Fred Maher (They did, "Summer Storm" and "Bandage Bait"), Richard Hell And The Voidoids, James White & The Blacks, Matthew Sweet, Brian Eno, Marianne Faithfull, Lydia Lunch, Material and Lou Reed.
Jerry Schuft - Died 6-?-2004 - Heart attack ( Polka ) Born 1937 - Played accordion - Minnesota Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Keith Bleasby - Died 6-?-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz - Folk ) Born 1942 - Percussioinist and flautist - Worked with Eric Roche, Fiona Lander, Paul Mason, Bo Diddley Diddley, Bopp! and The Spell.
Byron King - King of Rotary Sing-Along - Died 6-1-2004 in Santa Paula, CA, U.S. - Born 5-29-1911 in Santa Paula, CA, U.S. - Pianist.
John F. Sheehan - Died 6-1-2004 in Brockton. MA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1927 - Band leader and drummer - Was a member of The Heritage Jazz Band - He also was a pitcher for The New York Giants minor league system.
Roland Lavallee - Died 6-1-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 2-24-1922 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada - Played piano and trumpet - Worked with The Roland David big band, Russ Meredith, Murielle Millard, Johnny Gilbert, Percy Ferguson, Lloyd Duncan, The Sealey Brothers, Charlie Biddle and Bix Belair
Tony De la Rosa (Antonio De la Rosa) (aka El Conde) - Died 6-2-2004 in Corpus Christi, TX, U.S. - Complications of open-heart surgery ( Conjunto ) Born 10-31-1931 in Sarita, Texas, U.S. - Played accordion - The Tejano Conjunto Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Steve Lacy (Steven Norman Lackritz) - Died 6-4-2004 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 7-23-1934 in New York, NY, U.S. - Soprano saxophonist - (He did, "The Bath" and "The Gleam") - Worked with Mal Waldron, Henry Red Allen, Cecil Scott, Pee Wee Russell, Musica Elettronica Viva, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Buck Clayton, Hot Lips Page and Masahiko Togashi - Husband of singer Irene Aebi.
Augie Colon - Died 6-4-2004 ( Exotica ) Born 1930 - Percussionist - He had the ability to mimic tropical birds and jungle animals - Worked with Martin Denny (They did, "Quiet Village") - Father of percussionist Lopaka Colon.
Zyda Mhlongo (aka Zabelana)- Died 6-4-2004 in Mozambique - After a long illness ( Disco ) Born in Mozambique - Singer - She worked with Ntombi Marhumbini and Carlos Mhlongo.
Justin Eyerly (Sgt. Justin Eyerly) (Justin Lynn Eyerly) - Died 6-4-2004 in Baghdad, Iraq - Ambushed while coming to the aid of fellow soldiers from another unit ( Rock ) Born 8-8-1980 - Musician and songwriter - He recorded as Soul Driver ("Push" and "My Own Time").
Bohländer - Died 6-5-2004 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( Jazz
) Born 9-25-1919 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany - Played trumpet - He co-founder
The Frankfurt Hot Club and played in the
Club's combo - He also founded the Jazz club, Jazzkeller.
Wilbert Rawlins (Wilbert Joseph Rawlins Sr.) (aka Wilbert Widow) - Died 6-6-2004 - Cancer ( Soul ) Born 1945 in Beaumont, Texas - Drummer - Was a member of Irma Thomas And The Professionals.
Thomas Forsberg (aka Quorthon) - Died 6-7-2004 in Stockholm, Sweden - Heart failure ( Metal ) Born 1965 - Member of Bathory (They did, "Massacre" and "Chariots Of Fire").
Eugene Raskin - Died 6-7-2004 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Songwriter ) Born 1910 - Musician - He turned a Russian folk song into "Those Were The Days" which was a hit for Mary Hopkin.
Wayne Kolbeck - Died 6-7-2004 - Cancer - Born 1951 - Played guitar, pedal steel guitar and banjo - Was a member of The Trashy White Band and The Wolf Creek Band.
Hermon Fernando - Died 6-7-2004 ( Pop ) Keyboardist - Was a member of Family Affair.
Marc Fredericks (Marc Edmonds) - Died 6-8-2004 in Syosset - Fire in his home ( Jazz ) Played piano - Was a member of his father's band, The Freddy Edmonds Trio - He composed musical scores for the films,The Red Mantle and Seeds Of Evil - Worked on ad campaigns with Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson.
Bill Lowery - Died 6-8-2004 - Cancer ( Music Publisher ) Born 1925 - He is responsible for publishing Be-Bop-a-Lula", "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden", "Games People Play" and "I Love The Nightlife" among others - The Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee
Red Kelly (Thomas Kelly) - Died 6-9-2004 - Complications of cancer and other ailments ( Jazz ) Born 1928 in Shelby, Mont., U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Charlie "Yardbird" Parker and Billie Holiday.
Jimmy Hill - Died 6-9-2004 in Greenburgh - Emphysema ( Jazz ) Born 1928 - Saxophonist - Led The Jimmy Hill Quartet - Worked with Etta Jones, Joe Puma and Della Griffin.
Alistair Taylor (aka Mister Fix-it) - Died 6-9-2004 in northern England ( Record Exec ) Born 1935 near Liverpool in Runcorn, Cheshire, England - He wrote the book, "Yesterday, My Life With The Beatles" - He was Brian Epstein's right hand man, a General Manager at NEMS Enterprises and Apple Records.
Ike Clanton - Died 6-9-2004 in Jackson, Louisiana, U.S. - He was 64 years old - Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. - (He did, "Down The Aisle" and "Sugar Plum") - Brother of singer, Jimmy Clanton.
Ray Charles (Ray Charles Robinson) - Died 6-10-2004 in Beverly Hills, CA, U.S. - Acute liver disease ( R&B ) Born 9-23-1930 in Albany, GA, U.S. - Singer, bandleader and pianist - (He did, "What'd I Say", "Busted" and "Hit The Road Jack") - Worked with Guitar Slim, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. and many others - Blues Foundation's Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Graeme Kelling - Died 6-10-2004 in Glasgow - Cancer of the pancreas ( Rock ) Born 4-4-1957 - Guitarist - Was a member of Deacon Blue (They did, "Fellow Hoodlums" and "Cover From The Sky").
Larry Glover (Lawrence D. Glover) - Died 6-10-2004 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Heart atack ( Jazz ) Born 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Drummer - He was the president of the Northeast Ohio Jazz Society.
Kiki Djan - Died 6-10-2004 in Ghana - Ailments due to drug use ( Afro-Beat ) Born 1957 in Ghana - Keyboardist - Was a member of Osibisa (They did, "Welcome Home" and "Ojah Awake") - Worked with Santiagos.
Sean McGrath - Died 6-11-2004 in New Jersey, U.S. - Cholangiocarcinoma ( Rock ) Born 1-27-1976 in Hamilton, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - He was a member of Mouthpiece, Hands Tied, The Alps and Saves The Day.
Will Connolly (Willard F. Connolly) - Died 6-11-2004 in Houston, TX, U.S. ( Dixieland ) Born 1911 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Over The Hill Gang - Worked with Lawrence Welk.
Jeff Reid - Died 6-11-2004 - Lung cancer ( Rock - Punk ) Born 4-12-1968 - Sang and played bass and keyboards - Was a member or SR-71 (They did, "Right Now" and "Politically Correct").
Auntie Martha (Martha Poepoe Hohu) - Died 6-12-2004 ( Hawaiian Hymnals ) Born 1907 - Conductor, composer, arranger, singer and organist.
Eamonn McGirr - Died 6-14-2004 in Schenectady, New York, U.S. - Complications of paralysis ( Irish Folk ) Born 1941 in Derry, Northern Ireland - Guitarist and singer (He did, "The Bravest", commemorating the bravery of the New York firefighters on 9/11 and "Up Went Nelson") - He is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records for his non-stop singing for 11 days and 20 minutes.
Lennie Bush (Leonard Walter Bush) - Died 6-15-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 6-6-1927 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England - Double-bass player - Worked with Nat Gonella, Jack Parnell, Zoot Sims, Roy Eldridge, Joe Pass and Stephane Grappelli, Louis Armstrong and Roy Fox.
Jimmy Arnold (James F. Arnold) - Died 6-15-2004 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Pop ) Born 1-4-1932 in Toronto, Canada - Singer - Was a member of The Four Lads (They did, "Standing On The Corner" and "Moments To Remember") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Paul Jackson - Died 6-15-2004 ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1937 -Was a member of Vallejos, The Falcons (They did, "My Only Love" and "Now That It's Over") and The Lyrics (They did, "Come On Home" and "Why Don't You Stop").
Paul Braucher - Died 6-16-2004 in LaGrange, Illinois, U.S. - Cancer ( Artist - Musician ) Born 6-25-1954 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Coocoohandler.
Kirsten Malone (aka Lady K) - Died 6-16-2004 in Massachusetts, U.S. - Head injuries after being hit by a car while riding a bike ( Punk ) Born 1975 - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of The Statue Factor and The Faux - She also was an experimental and conceptual artist.
Ben Shabalala - Died 6-16-2004 in Durban, in South Africa - Shot ( African Folk ) Singer - Was a member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Worked with Paul Simon on his Graceland album.
Richard Tepp (Howard Richard Tepp) - Died 6-17-2004 in Hunter, NY, U.S. ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of The Emeralds, The Original Kounts and Richard And The Young Lions (They did, "Open Up Your Door" and "You Can Make It") and T.I.M.E. ("Trust In Men Everywhere").
Jackie Paris (Carlo Jackie Paris) - Died 6-17-2004 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Complications of bone cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-20-1925 in Nutley, NJ, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Charlie Parker, Lionel Hampton and Charles Mingus - He was at one time married to singer Anne-Marie Moss.
Nap Turner (Napoleon Turner Jr.) - Died 6-17-2004 - Liver disease ( Blues ) Born 1931 in Tams, W.Va., U.S. - Sang and played bass - Worked with Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Mary Jefferson and Webster Young.
Charles Pearl (Charles Ray Pearl Jr.) - Died 6-18-2004 in Springfield, MO, U.S. - Illness - Born 9-10-1940 in Cassville - He was a president of The Blues Society Of The Ozarks .
Marge Hilton (Martha Louise Gosnell) (aka Grandma Jazz) - Died 6-19-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1918 in Union City, Pa., U.S. - Pianist - She led The Marge Hilton Trio - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Jerry Pascoe's Kats 'n' Jammers and The Count Basie Orchestra.
Chris Cravens (Chris Reid Cravens) - Died 6-20-2004 in Carmichael, CA, U.S. - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Born 9-16-1983 in Sacramento CA, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Avington (They did, "A Picture" and "Sank").
Clifford Solomon - Died 6-21-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 1-17-1931 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Tenor saxophonist - With Johnny Otis, John Mayall, Charles Brown, Ray Charles and others.
Ken Darby (Kenneth Darby) - Died 6-22-2004 in California, U.S. - Motorcycle accident ( Folk ) Born 1957 - Played mandolin and guitar and was a songwriter - Was a member of The Black Irish Band.
Lloyd Washington (Lloyd James Washington) - Died 6-22-2004 in New Orleans, LA, U,S, - Liver cancer ( R&B ) Born 1921 - Singer - He sang with a reformed Ink Spots with Charlie Fuqua and Deek Watson.
Tau Moe (Tau Savea Moe) - Died 6-24-2004 in Laie ( Hawaiian Music ) Born 8-13-1908 in American Samoa- Played steel guitar - He was a member of Madame Riviere's Hawaiians - Worked with his wife, singer Rose Kaohu and also with M.K. Moke, John Almeida and David Kaili.
James Novlan - Died 6-24-2004 in Wildwood North, Sandwich ( Big Band ) Born 5-26-1932 in La Salle - Musician - He led The James Novlan Band.
Stanley M. Gortikov - Died 6-24-2004 in Brentwood - Natural causes ( Record Executive ) Born 1919 - He was a former head of Capitol Records and also served as president of The Recording Industry Association Of America and was on The Black Music Association's board of directors.
Naomi Shemer - First Lady of Israeli Song - Died 6-24-2004 - Illness ( Singer - Songwriter ) Born 1930 in Kvutzat Kineret, Israel - Pianist - (She did, "Jerusalem Of Gold" and "Lu Yehi").
Joe Durkin - Died 6-24-2004 - Liver cancer ( Rock ) Born 1948 - Guitarist - Worked with The Ray Burgess Band and Abba.
Billie Joe Cadle - Died 6-25-2004 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1941- Singer - Was a member of BC & The Verbasonics.
Sgt. Charles Corrado (Charles Vincent Corrado) - Died 6-26-2004 in Potomac - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( Musician ) Born 1940 - Keyboardist - He was the longest serving musician in the U.S. Marine Band, playing for 10 U.S. Presidents - He was a member of Picnic - Duke Ellington, Bill Monroe and Bill Clinton have sat in on a set with him.
Agnes Cunningham (aka Sis) - Died 6-27-2004 in New Paltz, NY, U.S. ( Folk ) Born 1909 in Watonga, Okla., U.S. - Singer and an accordionist - (She wrote, "Sundown" and co-wrote, "My Oklahoma Home (It Done Blowed Away)") - Worked with The Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie - She was a co-founder of the folk song journal Broadside, publishing more than 1,000 songs by artists such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Janis Ian, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton.
Arthur Harper Jr. - Died 6-28-2004 in Germantown - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1939 in North Carolina, U.S. - Upright bassists - Worked with The Heath Brothers, The Bryant Brothers, Lee Morgan, Shirley Scott, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, The Charlie Parker All Stars, Betty Carter, Bud Powell, Mary Lou Williams and Granville "Mickey" Roker.
Ryan Noel - Died 6-28-2004 - Heroin overdose ( Electroclash ) Born 1975 - Guitarist - Was a member of A.R.E. Weapons (They did, "Don't Be Scared" and "Hey World").
Jimmy Lee Fautheree - Died 6-29-2004 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Cancer ( Rockabilly - Country ) Born 1934 in El Dorado, AR, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, " I Found The Doorknob" and "I'm Diggin' A Hole (To Bury My Heart)") - He was half of the duo, Jimmy & Johnny (They did, "If You Don't, Somebody Else Will" and " I'm Beginning To Remember") - Worked with Deke Dickerson.
Arik Lavi - Died 6-29-2004 in Petah Tikva - Illness ( Singer - Actor ) Born 1927 in Germany - ( He did, "Noa", written by Naomi Shemer ) - Worked with The Arava Trio - Husband of actress and singer Shoshik Shani.
Gary Sage - Died 6-29-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 1942 in Carmel - Pianist - He was one of the most respected piano restorers in the nation.
Pete Geddes - Died 6-29-2004 ( Rock ) Bassist - He was a member of The Southern Rock Allstars.
Gerardo Lopez - Died 6-29-2004 in Cordoba - Cancer ( Argentine Folk ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Los Fronterizos.
Onodolapo Onojobi (aka Dolapo) - Died 6-30-2004 - Bus accident ( Gospel - Pop ) Singer - (He did, "Eternally" and "Everythin").
Ronnie Evans - Died 6-30-2004 in Brooklyn,
New York, U.S. ( Emcee - Bodyguard - Valet ) Born 6-18-1935 - Worked for
The Shirelles (He would open their shows with, "They'll make your back
crack, your liver quiver, and your knees freeze. And if you don't
dig that you've got a hole in your soul, so let's give a big warm welcome
for my gals, your gals, everybody's gals, the fabulous Shirelles), Shirley
Alston Reeves and Pearl Bailey.
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