The Dead Rock Stars Club, an extensive list of dead rock stars and people related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - 2004 July To December

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2004 July To December
 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 July To December

Joseph Petteruti - Died 2004 in Cranston, RI, U.S. ( Musician ) Born 1905 in Rocca Monvina, Italy - Played steel guitar and ukulele - He led The Hawaiian Islanders.

Jason Ward (aka Purple) Died 7-?-2004 - He had Marfan Syndrome which led to his death ( Rock ) He was 25 years old - Bassist - Was a member of El Doper.

Daniel J. Rhodes - Died 7-1-2004 - Trucking accident - Born 11-9-1963 - Drummer - Worked with Hoyt Axton.

Alecia Tennison - Died 7-2-2004 - Complications from a car accident 12 days earlier ( Christian Music ) Born 1977 - Singer - She was a member of Just Praise.

Tony Audate (Antoine N. Audate) - Died 7-3-2004 in Dorchester, MA, U.S. - Cancer ( Gospel ) Born 1960 in Carice, Haiti - Singer, guitarist and composer.

Elinor M. Di Resta (Elinor M. Di Rienzo)-The jukebox operator's sweetheart - Died 7-4-2004 ( DJ ) Born 1923 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Songwriter - She had been a manager at Boston Record Distributors.

Cal Green - Died 7-4-2004 in Lake View Terrace, CA, U.S. - Aneurysm ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 6-22-1935 in Dayton, Liberty Co., TX, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "What Makes Your Pretty Head So Hard" and "Big Leg Woman") - Worked with  Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (They did, "Annie Had A Baby" and "Tore Up Over You"), Little Willie John, Brother Jack McDuff and Lou Rawls.

Don Rader - Died 7-5-2004 in Michigan, U.S. - Heart disease ( Rock - Country ) Born 12-15-1937 in Hazel Park, Mich., U.S. - He led Don Rader And The Five Stars (They did, "Rock & Roll Grandpap" and "Rockin' The Blues") and Don Rader And The 20th Century Ranch Boys (They did, "Area Code To Heaven" and "Goodbye, I Hate To See You Go").

Syreeta Wright (Rita Wright) (Syreeta Wright Muhammed) - Died 7-6-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Bone cancer ( Soul ) Born 8-3-1946 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (She did, "Spinnin' and Spinnin'" and "Your Kiss Is Sweet") - Worked with Billy Preston ("With You I'm Born Again"), G. C. Cameron ("Let's Make A Deal"), Michael Bolton, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder, who she was at one time married to.

Julitta McFarlane (Julitta F. McFarlane ) - Died 7-6-2004 in Minneapolis, MN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Reggae ) Born 8-14-1965 in Worthington, Minn., U.S. Singer - Was a member of Ipso Facto and Ethical Treatment.

Skip Bey (Kaspar Crumby Bey) - Died 7-7-004 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 5-24-1937 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Tim Jackson, Nina Simone, Lee Shaw, Oliver Jones, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Tony Bennett, Art Blakey, Nat Adderley and Milt Jackson - Husband of classical pianist, Diane Gagne.

Bill Randle ( William McKinley Randle Jr.) - Died 7-9-2004 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Cancer ( DJ ) Born 3-14-1923 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - He expanded the careers of  Elvis Presley, Johnnie Ray, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, The Crew-Cuts, Bill Haley And The Comets, Rosemary Clooney, The Diamonds, Johnnie Ray, The Four Lads, Patti Page and Fats Domino.

 Rick Mendes ( Ricardo Mendes) - Died 7-9-2004 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Renal-cell carcinoma ( Rock - Blues ) Born 10-6-1954 in Pawtucket, RI, U.S. -  Singer and musician - Was a member of The Probers (They did, "It's Over" and "I Saw You Looking"), The Heat, The Warm Missiles, The Nightbirds and Blueswagon.

Evgeni Uszov - Died 7-9-2004 ( Folk - Rock ) Born 8-27-1983 - Musician - Worked with Pelageya.

Zoran Bozinovic - Died 7-11-2004 ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - Worked with Four You, Rokeri, Exelent, Dzentlmeni, Intro, Pop Masina, Rok Masina and Zona B.

Ersel Hickey - Died 7-12-2004 in NY, New York, U.S. - Complications from bladder cancer ( Rockabilly ) Born 6-27-1934 in Brighton, New York, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (He did, "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" and "Baby You're No Good") - His songs have been recorded by Jackie Wilson ("The Millionare"), The Serendipity Singers, LaVern Baker and The Beach Boys .

Arthur "Killer" Kane (Arthur Harold Kane Jr.) - Died 7-13-2004  in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from leukemia ( Punk ) Born 2-3-1951 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The New York Dolls (They did, "Trash", "Private World" and "Personality Crisis").

Karel Zich - The Czech Elvis Presley - Died 7-13-2004 in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France - Collapsed after diving ( Rock - Blues - Gospel - Folk - Pop ) Born 6-10-1949 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Mas Chut Majoranky", "Alenka V Risi Divu" and "Parada") - Was a member of Framus Five and Spiritual Kvintet (They did, "Jednou Budem Dal") - Worked with Lenka Filipova and  Wanda Jackson.

Hal Carter (Harold Carter Burrows) - Died 7-13-2004 in London, England ( Manager - Agent - Producer ) Born 7-13-1935 in Liverpool, England - (He composed, "Come On And Twist") - Worked with Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, The Liverpool Express, Coast To Coast and The Kinks.

Andy McGann - Died 7-13-2004 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Irish Folk ) Born 1929 - Played fiddle - Worked with Joe Burke, Felix Dolan, Paul Brady and Paddy Reynolds.

Charles Worden (Charles K. Worden)  - Died 7-14-2004 in Walker, Cass Co., MN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock - Blues ) Born 7-7-1956 in White Bear Lake, MN, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Chain Lightning.

  David Baker (David Howard Baker) - Died 7-14-2004 in Rochester, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( Audio Engineer ) Born 1946 either in Atlanta, GA, U.S. or in Mount Vernon, N.Y., U.S. - Worked with Shirley Horn, The Mothers Of Invention, The Fugs, Larry Coryell and John McLaughlin.

David Crane - Died 7-15-2004 - Liver cancer ( Rock - R&B ) Born 1953 in Vancouver, British Columbia - Singer, songwriter and guitarist (He did, "Nice Little Life" and "Live Without You").

Billy Mo (Peter Mico Joachim) - Died 7-16-2004 in Hannover, Germany ( Jazz ) Born 2-22-1923 in Trinidad - Trumpeteer and singer - (He did, "Ich kauf`´ mir lieber einen Tyroler-Hut (I'd Rather Buy A Tyrolian Hat)" and a remake of "Buona Sera") - Worked with The Bert Kaempfert Band.

Bee Wilson (Bee Butler Wilson) - Died 7-17-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1917 - Pianist - Was a member of The Syncopaters, Bee & Friends and The Dixie Bearcats - She helped start The Ocala Jazz Society.

Jacek Lenartowicz (aka Luter) - Died 7-17-2004 - Brain cancer ( Punk ) Born 1961 - Drummer - Was a member of Deadlock and Tilt.

        Jim Hendry - Found dead July 17th or 18th, 2004 in Dunfermline ( Jazz ) Born 1946 - Pianist - Worked with Ronnie Scott, Vince Hill and The Tommy Sampson Big Band.

Philip Healy (Philip M. Healy) - Died 7-18-2004 Milford, DE, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 1-25-1963 - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Knobs (They did, "If I Die In A Car Crash").

Edd Shonk (Edward McKinley Shonk) - Died 7-18-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 9-29-1933 in Honolulu - Played stand-up bass and was an arranger - Worked with The Joe Castro Trio, Rene Paulo, Jimmy Borges, Alan Naluai and Louis Armstrong.

The Duck (Richard Andrew Hackworth) - Died 7-18-2004 in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S. - Illness ( Country ) Born 1946 in Ashland, KY, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with The Charlie Daniel's Band, David Allen Coe, Johnny Paycheck and Ron Harris And The Knott Brothers.

 Richie Puente (Richard Puente) (aka One Take Richie) - Died 7-18-2004 - After a long illness ( Rock - Disco ) Played  bongos, congas, timbales, guitar and piano -  Was a member of Foxy (They did, "Get Off" and "Hot Number") - Worked with Peter Frampton, Eddie Money, George and Gwen McRae, Blowfly and Abba - Son of Tito Puente.

Frederick J. Nelson Jr. (aka Daddy Fred) - Died 7-20-2004 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( Jazz - Gospel ) Born 1922 in Lookout Mountain, Tenn., U.S. - Organist - He co-founded The Chicago Police Jazz Orchestra and was a music director for The First Church Of Deliverance.

James Williams - Died 7-20-2004 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Jazz ) Born 3-8-1951 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with The Contemporary Piano Ensemble, The Magical Trio,The Intensive Care Unit, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Wynton Marsalis and Bobby Watson - He formed Finas Sound Productions.

Byron Pearson (aka B Nasty) - Died 7-21-2004 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Shot ( Rap )

Jerry Goldsmith - Died 7-21-2004 in Beverly Hills, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Composer ) Born 2-10-1929 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S.- He composed music for TV's, "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" and "Dr. Kildare" and also for the films, "The Omen" and "Basic Instinct".

Sweetie Jones (James R.  Jones) (aka JR) - Died 7-21-2004 ( Rockabilly ) Born 1942 in Chauncey, Georgia, U.S. - He led Sweetie Jones And The Messengers - Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Illinois Jacquet (Jean-Baptiste Jacquet) - Died 7-22-2004 in Queens, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 10-31-1922 in Broussard, LA, U.S. - Saxophonist - (He did, "Black Velvet" and "Robbins' Nest") He led The Illinois Jacquet Big Band - Worked with Lionel Hampton ("Flying Home"), Count Basie, Dan Frank, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Jo Jones, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Gene Krupa and Cab Calloway - He jammed with Bill Clinton and played for Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan - Brother of trumpet player, Russell Jacquet.

Arthur Crier (Arthur Griffin Lewis Crier Jr.) - Died 7-22-2004 in Warsaw, NC, U.S. - Heart failure ( Doo-Wop ) Born 4-1-1935 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and producer - Was a member of The Heavenly Five, The Chimes (They did, "Dearest Darling"), The Hummers, The Mellows (They did, "Moon Of Silver" and "Lucky Guy"), The Halos (They did, "Nag") and The Morrisania Revue - Worked with Bobby Vinton, Little Eva, Connie Francis, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash, Barry Mann, Curtis Lee ("Pretty Little Angel Eyes"), Johnny Mathis, Dion and The Coasters.

Sacha Distel - Died 7-22-2004 in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, France - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1-29-1933 in Paris, France - Singer and guitarist - (He did "Oh la belle vie (The good life)" and "Scoubidou") -
Nephew of Ray Ventura - Worked with Brigitte Bardot and Sarah Vaughan.

Bill Brown - Died 7-23-2004 in Springfield, Missouri, U.S. - Smoke inhalation in a house fire ( Rock - Blues ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Misstakes, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and The Titanic Blues Band.

Don Shipps - Died 7-23-2004 in Springfield, Missouri, U.S. - Smoke inhalation in a house fire ( Rock - Blues ) Bassist - Was a member of Granny's Bathwater (They did, "Then We Have It") and The Titanic Blues Band - Worked with Martha Reeves.

Piero Piccioni - Died 7-23-2004 in Rome, Italy ( Jazz - Soundtracks ) Born in Turin, Italy - Pianist - He wrote music for over 100 movies including, "Help Me My Love" and "The Mattei Affair" - Worked with Mauro Bolognini and Luchino Visconti.

Serge Reggiani - Died 7-23-2004 in Paris, France - Heart failure ( Chanson ) Born 5-2-1922 in Reggio Emilia, Italy - Singer and actor - (He sang "Ma liberté" and "Les loups sont entres dans Paris") - Worked with Georges Moustaki and Jean-Loup Dabadie.

Carlos Paredes - Died 7-23-2004 - Bone illness and diabetes ( Fado ) - Played the Portuguese guitar - Born in Coimbra - (He wrote the score for the film "Os Verdes Anos" "(The Green Years)").

Joe Raynor - Died 7-23-2004 - Complications from a fall ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 1923 - Drummer - He worked with Albino Torres and George Olsen and also with Henry King's Orchestra backing Dinah Shore, Pete Fountain, Tony Martin and Frank Sinatra.

Skip Gibbs (Merle Dennis Gibbs) - Died 7-26-2004 - Liver cancer ( Rock - Country ) Born 1940 - Singer - Was a member of The Three Dimensions (They backed Bob Kuban And The In-Men's on, "The Cheater") and South.

Sipho Gumede - Died 7-26-2004 in Durban - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1952 in Durban - Played bass guitar and was a songwriter - (He did, "Faces And Places" and "When Days Are Dark (Friends Are Few)") - Was a member of Roots, Spirits Rejoice and Sakhile.

Christal Garoutte - Died 7-27-2004 - Heart attack ( Country - Gospel ) Born 7-13-1964 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Ramblin' Fever Band, The Texas Legend Band and Crimson.

George Williams (George Reginald Williams Jr.) - Died 7-28-2004 in Maple Shade, New Jersey, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 12-6-1935 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.  - Singer - Was a member of The Tymes (They did, "So Much In Love" and "Somewhere") - He founded StefCourt Music Publishing Company.

Pratima Bandopadhyay - Died 7-29-2004 in Kolkata, India - Heart attack ( Singer ) Born 1933 - (She did, "Baro Shadh Jage").

Huby Heard (James Hubert Heard) - Died 7-29-2004 - Heart ailment ( Rock - Soul - Pop - Gospel ) Born 1951 in Hamilton - Singer, songwriter and keyboardist - Was a member of Billy Preston's, The God Squad - Worked with Roger Troutman, The Gap Band ("Early In The Morning" and "Drop The Bomb"), Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Ray Charles, Little Bootsy Collins, The Brothers Johnson, The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman.

Roberto Zenteno - Died 7-29-2004 ( Jazz - Salsa - Meringue ) Born 1928 in Monterrey, Mexico - Played trumpet - Led The Roberto Zenteno Band - Worked with Perez Prado.

Steven Thurley (Steven C. Thurley) - Died 7-30-2004 in Pawtucket, RI, U.S. ( New Wave - Pop ) Born 1959 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Felbs (They did, "Stop And Go World").

 Bill Ward - Died 7-30-2004 ( Broadcaster - DJ ) Born 1939 in Italy, Texas, U.S. - He boosted the popularity of country music in Southern California - He had been a president of The Academy Of Country Music, president of Gene Autry's Golden West Broadcasters and president of Metromedia.

Keith Hill - Died 8-?-2004 ( Folk ) Musician - Worked with Wendy Eades in the duo, Affinity.

Johnny Bruneau - Died 8-?-2004 ( Country ) Born in Latchford, Ontario, Canada - Played fiddle - He led Johnny Bruneau And The Northern Ridge Runners - He hosted TV's , "The Northern Hoedown".

Don Tosti - Died 8-2-2004 - Prostate cancer ( Pachuco - Jazz - R&B ) Born 1923 - Musician and composer - (He did, "Pachuco Boogie").

Akwasi Ampofo Adjei (aka Mr AAA, Dada Thick and The Music Prophet) - Died 8-2-2004 ( Pop ) Born 1947 - Cardiac arrest - Worked with The Akosa Show Believers Band and founded The Kumapem Royals International Band - He released over 30 albums.

Travis Parker - Died 8-2-2004- Shot ( Country Rock ) He was 30 years old - Sang and played fiddle - Led The Travis Parker Band - Worked with Shooter Jennings and Marcel Chagnon.

Ray McKinney (Raymond Patterson McKinney) - Died 8-3-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 3-28-1931 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Roland Hanna, Barry Harris, Dorothy Ashby, Max Roach, Red Garland, Charles McPerhson, Harold Ousley and Yusef Lateef - Brother of pianist Harold McKinney.

Hunter Hancock (aka Ol' HH) - Died 8-4-2004 in Claremont, CA, U.S. - Natural causes ( DJ ) Born 1916 in Uvalde, TX, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Considered to be one of the first DJ's in the western United States to play R&B and Rock And Roll - He hosted TV's, "Rhythm And Bluesville" and radio's, "Harlem Holiday" and "Songs Of Soul And Spirit" - Co-founded Swingin' Records.

Pat Horine (George Horine) - Died 8-4-2004 in Lexington, KY, U.S. - House fire ( Folk ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Rock Castle County Line and The New Kingston Trio.

Anthony Salaycik (aka Duke Brown) - Died 8-5-2004 - Heart atack ( Blues ) Born 1954 - Guitarist -  He led The Duke Brown Blues Band.

Willie Egan (Robert Egan) - Died 8-5-2004 in Inglewood, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Blues - R&B ) Born 10-1-1933 near Minden, LA, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He did, "Wow Wow" and "Rock And Roll Fever") - He was half of the duo, Marvin & Johnny.

Gurney Rhodes (aka Bug) - Died 8-5-2004 - Cancer ( Country ) Born 1927 - Played fiddle - Worked with Udell Butler.

Bill Asp (William Robert Asp) - Died 8-5-2004 in Phoenix, AZ, U.S. - Stabbed himself ( Promoter - Manager ) Born 1951 in Washington - He managed The Insect Surfers - Worked with Tru Fax & The Insaniacs, Tiny Desk Unit, Beex, The Young Caucasians and The Beatnik Flies - Founder of Wasp Records.

Rick James (James Johnson Jr.) - King of Punk Funk - Died 8-6-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Natural causes ( Funk ) Born 2-1-1948 in Buffalo, NY, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Give It To Me Baby" and "Super Freak") - Worked in The Mynah  Birds with Neil Young, Goldie McJohn and Bruce Palmer and also worked with Teena Marie, Roxanne Shante, The Mary Jane Girls and The Temptations.

David Cathey (David T. Cathey) - Died 8-6-2004 - Born 4-1-1951 in Richmond, VA, U.S. - Musician and singer - He played 26 instruments - Saxophonist for The Younger Brothers Band.

Jacques Douai (Gaston Tranchant) - The troubadour of modern times -  Died 8-7-2004 in Paris, France ( Chanson ) Singer - Born 12-11-1920 in Douai - (He did, "File the laine" and "Colchic in the prés") - He recorded over 250 songs.

Rick Smith - Died 8-7-2004 - Complications from a heart attack ( Country ) Born 12-3-1956 - Producer - He was a concert producer and president of Fort Worth based, Smith Music Group.

Paulette Valenzuela - Died 8-7-2004 in Point Loma - Shot ( Punk ) Singer - Was a member of The Abuse (They did, "Control Freak" and "Zeroness").

Patrick Balisidya - Died 8-7-2004 in Kibaha, Tanzania ( Afrosa ) Born 4-18-1946 in Mvumi, Tanzania - (He wrote, "Harusi") - Co-founder of The Afro 70 Band - Worked with Archimedes.

Granville Edwards (Granville Mortlock Edwards) - Died 8-7-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 2-3-1921in Brownstone - Played tenor saxophone - Worked with Eric Deans, Martin Boorman, Sheila Collier, Tubby Hayes, Joe Harriot and Dave Donahoe's Hi-Life Band.

David Raksin - Died 8-9-2004 in Van Nuys, CA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Composer ) Born 8-4-1912 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Pianist and singer - (He wrote, "Laura" and "The Bad And The Beautiful") - He wrote music for TV's, "Ben Casey" and "Life With Father" and for the films, "Carrie" and "Apache" - His songs have been recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra  and Ella Fitzgerald - He composed music for over 100 films.

Tony Mottola - Died 8-9-2004 - Complications from double pneumonia and stroke - Born 1918 - Guitarist - Worked with Frank Sinatra and Skitch Henderson's orchestra on TV's, The Tonight Show.

Emil Haddad - Died 8-9-2004 in Worcester, MA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1922 - Played trumpet - Worked with Dick Odgren.

Kenneth Wells - Died 8-9-2004 in Rochester, Minn., U.S. - After a long illness - Born 1952 - Played guitar and violin and was an artist - One of his paintings hangs in a Tibetan monastery, the only non-Tibetan artist to accomplish this.

Earl White (Earl Clinton White) - Died 8-9-2004  in Quantico, MD, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Blues ) Born 1919 in Dames Quarter, Deal Island, MD, U.S. - Guitarist.

Joel Bedore (Joel Douglas Bedore) - Died 8-9-2004 - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 1980 - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of Ren The Director.

Samuel Harper Hogin (Samuel Hogin) - Died 8-10-2004 - Complications from diabetes ( Country ) Born 1950 - Songwriter - (He co-wrote, "I Believe In You" and "A Broken Wing") - His songs have been recorded by Martina McBride, George Jones, Shania Twain, Trace Adkins, Lonestar and Sara Evans.

Rock N' John Henry - Died 8-10-2004 ( Rock ) Singer and guitarist - Founding member of The Bop Cats - He was an oldies DJ and hosted radio's, Smoke House Blues - The Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Michael Tomeczko (Michael Joseph Tomeczko) - Died 8-10-2004 - Cancer - Born 6-3-1976 - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Palomine.

David Hamilton - Died 8-10-2004 - A bus he was in rolled down an embankment ( Jazz ) Born 1971 - Played trombone -  Worked with The Bournemouth Scout Band, The New Dorset Dance Orchestra, The New Forest Big Band And Society Swing, The Beaulieu Brass Band and The Peninsula Marching Band.

Michael Eagan - Found dead 8-11-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Musician - Composer ) Born 1949 in Berkeley, CA, U.S. - Played the lute - He co-founded Musica Angelica - Composed music for TV and films - He sometimes combined his music with a Nashville and Jazz sound.

Mickey Larson (Michael K. Larson) - Died 8-12-2004 - Throat cancer ( Blues ) Pianist - Born 1947 - Worked with The Dick Clark Show Band, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, The Tongue Band and fronted The Mickey Larson Band.

Eddie McGlothlin - Died 8-12-2004 ( Bluegrass ) Played bass - Worked with Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen.

Gnonas Pedro (Gnonas Sossou Pierre Kouassivi) - Died 8-12-2004 in Cotonou, Benin ( Salsa ) Born 1-10-1943 in Bossa, Benin - Singer, trumpeter and saxophonist - Was a member of Orchestra Poly-Rythmo (They did, "Fes Jaiye"), Ses Dadjes and Africando (They did, "Dagamasi" and "Musica en Verite").

Pearl Helyar (Peter Anthony Helyar) - Died 8-13-2004 in Bolinas - Hung himself ( Jazz ) Born 10-2-1958 in London, England - Played guitar and bass and was a singer - Was a member of The West Marin Chorus and The Bolinas Town Choir.

Jack Stafford (aka Jak Airport) - Died 8-13-2004 - Cancer ( Punk ) Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Puncture, X-Ray Spex (They did, "Oh Bondage, Up Yours" and "The Day The World Turned Day-Glo") and Classix Nouveaux.

Andy Rodgers (aka Midnight Cowboy) - Died 8-14-2004 in Redding - Complications from diabetes ( Blues - Country ) Born 1922 in Liberty, Miss., U.S. - Played guitar and harmonica - Worked with Box Car Willie, Bill Cosby, Rose Maddox, Roy Acuff and Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys.

Brian Ogilvie - Died 8-14-2004 in Inverness, Scotland - Liver and kidney failure ( Jazz ) Born 3-20-1954 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Played clarinet and tenor saxophone - Worked with The Climax Jazz Band, Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band, Dan Barrett, Randy Sandke, Bob Wilber, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and The New Black Eagle Jazz Band.

Forrest Goodenough - Died 8-14-2004 in Gravette, Ark., U.S. - Heart failure ( Classical - Jazz ) Born 1918 - Pianist and composer - Worked with Frank Sinatra.

Pete Strange (aka worried of Banstead) - Died 8-14-2004 - Cancer of oesophagus ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 1938 - Trombonist - Worked with The Eric Silk Southern Jazz Band, The Royal Lancashire Fusiliers, Humphrey Lyttelton, Sonny Morris, Charlie Gall, Ken Sims, The Bruce Turner Jump Band, Freddy Randall, Joe Daniels, Ron Russell, Alan Elsdon and The Midnite Follies Orchestra.

Lum York (William York) - Died 8-15-2004 in Baton Rouge, LA, U.S. - Heart disease ( Country ) Born 1919 - Played upright bass and spoons and also was a comedian - Worked with Hank Williams' Driftin' Cowboys, Lefty Frizzell and Marty Robbins.

P. G. Krishnaveni (aka Jikki) - Died 8-16-2004 in Chennai - Liver cancer ( Singer ) - Born in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh - (She sang, "Prema Lekhalu" and "Pandhitlo Pellavuthunnaadhi") - Worked with her husband, singer and composer A. M. Raja.

Phil Nelson (Nickolas Battiato) - Died 8-16-2004 ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 1914 in Nicosia, Sicily - Played string bass - Led The Phil Nelson Orchestra and The Phil Nelson Trio.

Arthur Silhan - Died 8-16-2004 - Heart disease ( Choral ) Born 1925 - Singer - Founder and director of The Lindblom Alumni Acappella Choir which became The Chicago Choral Club and then finally The Musichorale.

Melvin Endsley - Died 8-16-2004 - Heart complications ( Country ) Songwriter - Born 1934 - (He wrote, "Singing The Blues" and "I'd Just Be Fool Enough To Care") - He wrote over 400 songs - Arkansas Entertainer Hall Of Fame Inductee.

El Indio (Isidro Lopez) - Died 8-16-2004 - Complications of a stroke and brain aneurysm ( Tejano ) Born 1929 - Singer and saxophone player - He led The Isidro Lopez Orchestra - Worked with Freddy Fender, Tony De La Rosa, Beto Villa, Narciso Martinez, Steve Jordan and Flaco Jimenez - Tejano Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Guy Roth - Died 8-17-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1941 - Played trombone and vibraphone.

D-Roc (Dennis Miles) - Died 8-17-2004 in Duarte, CA, U.S. - Mycosis fungoides ( Metal - Rap ) Born 1959 - Guitarist - Was a member of Body Count (They did, "Shallow Graves" and "Born Dead").

Bertrand Odom - Died 8-17-2004 - Kidney failure ( Soul ) Born 1932 - Played bass guitar - Worked with James Brown ("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World") and The Joe Morris Band.

Tony Sena - Died 8-17-2004 in Marina Del Ray, Calif., U.S. - Possible heart failure ( Rock ) Born 1951 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Archers who played for Jimmy Carter.

Rev. David Timothy Estes - Died 8-18-2004 in Warsaw ( Gospel ) Born in Louisville, KY, U.S. - Played keyboards, guitar and sang.

Elmer Bernstein - Died 8-18-2004 in Ojai ( Composer ) Born 4-4-1922 New York City, NY, U.S. - Pianist - He wrote music for over 200 films including, The Man With The Golden Arm and The Magnificent Seven and also for TV's, Gunsmoke and Julia.

Charlie Waller - Died 8-18-2004 in Gordonsville, VA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Bluegrass ) Born 1935 in Joinerville, TX, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - He led Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen - Worked with Buzz Busby's Bayou Boys - International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall Of Honor Inductee.

Sam Blackshaw - Died 8-18-2004 - Aneurysm ( Jazz ) Born 1937 - Singer, organist and pianist - Worked with Moms Mabley, George Benson and Robert Lockwood Jr.

Tim Belbe - Died 8-18-2004 in Wiesbaden ( Rock ) Born 9-22-1944 in Bad Schwalbach - Saxophonist - Worked with Xhol Caravan (They did, "Electric Fun Fair" and "Raise Up High"), Xhol and Embryo.

Monte Zak - Died 8-19-2004 - Car accident ( Rock ) Singer, saxophonist and guitarist - Was a member of The Shmelbys. (They did, "Bm's Night On The Town").

Michael Lewis Sanders - Died 8-20-2004 in Fresno, CA, U.S. - After being jolted several times with a Taser ( Musician ) Born 1964 - Played keyboards and guitar.

 Martin Banks ( Martin Buford Banks Jr.) - Died 8-20-2004 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 6-21-1936 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Played Trumpet -  Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, B.B. King, Count Basie, James Brown, Larry DC Williams, Sun Ra, King Curtis, David "Fathead" Newman and Freddie King - The Texas Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Benji Cantwell (Benjamin Cantwell) - Died 8-22-2004 in the Santa Cruz Mountains - Motorcycle accident ( Christian Rock ) Born 1979 - Musician.

Elly Wamala (Elishama Wamala) (aka Evergreen) - Died 8-22-2004 - Cancer and diabetes - Born 12-13-1935 in Bulucheke, Mbale in Eastern Uganda - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Nabutono" and "Kaama Katono") - He led The Mascots - Worked with The Big 5 and Jimmy Katumba - Father of gospel singer, Fiona Wamala.

John Defauw - Died 8-22-2004 in Hammond - Complications from emphysema ( Jazz ) Born outside London, England - Guitarist - He was a founding member of The Jazz Institute Of Chicago and a member of The Illiana Club Of Traditional Jazz.

Robert Zielinski - Died 8-23-2004 - Complications of a cerebral hemorrhage ( Polka ) Born 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. - Musician - Was a member of The King's Men Orchestra.

Milt Arlow - Died 8-23-2004 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Complications from esophageal cancer ( Tamburitza ) Born 1935 - Played string bass - He was a member of The Continental Strings.

Yoko Royama (Yoko Yamada) - Died 8-23-2004 in Nishi-Tama gun, Tokyo, Japan - Illness ( Prog ) Born 10-8-1962 in Kitami, Hokkaido, Japan  - Played flute, keyboards and sang - (She did, "Sunny Days " and "The Bird") - Was a member of Vermilion Sands (They did, "Living In The Shiny Days" and "Ashes Of The Time") and Theta (They did, "The Toy-Airplane" and "Afterglow") - Was married to keyboardist, Masahiro Yamada.

Dr. Noble Watts (aka Thin Man ) - Died 8-24-2004 in DeLand, FL, U.S. - Emphysema ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 1926 in DeLand, FL, U.S. - Saxophonist - (He did, "Hard Times (The Slop)" and "Jookin") - He led the house band at  Sugar Ray Robinson's club in Harlem - Worked with The Midnight Creepers, Lionel Hampton, Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams and Taj Mahal.

Fleetwood Starbuck (Bruce Richmond Starbuck) - Died 8-24-2004 - Complications from hepatitis C ( Blues ) Born 1949 - Played guitar, bass and harmonica and was a singer - Was a member of The Blind Tigers and The Fleetwood Starbuck Blues Band.

Jimmy Noon - Died 8-25-2004 - Born 1915 - Played accordian and was a music director - He was half of the duos The Noon Brothers and The Capaldi Brothers.

Laura Branigan - Died 8-26-2004 in East Quogue, NY, U.S. - Brain aneurysm ( Rock - Pop ) Born 7-3-1957 in Brewster, NY, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Gloria" and "Self Control") - Worked with Leonard Cohen and David Hasselhoff (They did, "I Believe") - She portrayed Janis Joplin in the musical, "Love, Janis".

David Myers - Died 8-26-2004 in Marin County - After suffering a stroke a week earlier ( Cinematographer )  Born 1914 in Auburn, N.Y., U.S. - He did camera work for "Woodstock", "Elvis On Tour", "The Last Waltz", "The Grateful Dead Movie", "Mad Dogs & Englishmen", "Let The Good Times Roll", "Wattstax," "Johnny Cash: Live at San Quentin", "Cracked Actor: A Film About David Bowie", "Hard Rain", "Shadows And Light", "Gospel" and "Willie Nelson's Fourth Of July Picnic.

Maciej Prochnicki - Died 8-27-2004 - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 5-16-1961 - Drummer - Was a member of Golden Life.

Clement Barone - Died 8-28-2004 - Cancer ( Classical - Soul ) Born 12-7-1921 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. -  Piccoloist - Worked with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and was a session musician for Motown.

Jim Beebe (James D. Beebe) - Died 8-29-2004 in La Crosse, Wis., U.S. - Lung failure ( Jazz ) Born 1931 - Trombonist - Worked with Chicago Jazz, Bob Scobey, The Dukes Of Dixieland, Bill Reinhardt and Art Hodes' Stars Of Jazz.

Laura Cantu - Died 8-29-2004 - Natural causes ( Tejano - Blues - Swing ) Born 1936 - Singer - She was half of the duo, Carmen y Laura.

Dave Williams - Died 8-30-2004 in St Asaph - After a long illness ( Musician - Photographer ) Born 1933 - Played brass instruments - Was a member of The Colwyn Borough Band and played in a duo with Fred Williams.

Joe Barry (Joseph Barrios) - Died 8-31-2004 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Multiple medical complications ( Swamp Pop ) Born 7-13-1939 in Cut Off, LA, U.S. -  Singer -  (He did, "I'm a Fool to Care" and "Teardrops In My Heart").

Carl Wayne - Died 8-31-2004 - Cancer of the esophagus ( Rock ) Born 8-18-1943 in Birmingham - Singer - (He did, "Maybe God's Got Something Up His Sleeve" and "A Little Give, A Little Take") - Was a member of Carl Wayne And The Vikings and The Move (They did, "Flowers In The Rain" and "Night Of Fear") - He sang with The Hollies and The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

Baba Ara (Roland Olubukola Olomola) - Died 8-31-2004 in Shagamu - Heart attack ( Gospel ) Born 1963 - Musician - Was a member of Divine Voices International - Worked with Femi Opalemo.

Raful Neal - Died 9-1-2004 in Baton Rouge, LA, U.S. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 1936 - Sang and played harmonica - (He did, "Sunny Side Of Love" and "Man, Watch Your Woman") - Louisiana Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Johnny Bragg (John Henry Bragg) - Died 9-1-2004 in Madison, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 2-26-1925 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Singer - (He co-wrote, "Just Walkin' In The Rain") - Was a member of The Prisonaires later renamed The Marigolds (They did, "Rolling Stone").

Larry Alan Dicks - Died 9-1-2004 in Summit ( Rock ) Born 1950 - Singer and keyboardist - Worked with The Del Phonics, The Dark Side, The Cabinet, The Presidents, Teachers Plus 3, Fire Zone and Phyllis Hyman.

Michael Hyer - Died 9-1-2004 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - From the effects of leukemia ( Rock ) Born 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Played guitar, tuba, bass, keyboards, electro-drums and harmonica and also was a songwriter and producer - Was a member of Pow'r Play.

Tom Capone (Luis Antonio Ferreira Goncalves) - Died 9-2-2004 in Van Nuys, CA, U.S. - Motorcycle crash ( Producer ) Born 1966 - Worked with Maria Rita, Skank, Paralamas do Sucesso, Legiao
Urbana, Cassia Eller, Raimundos, O Rappa, Milton Nascimento, Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown.

Donald James Leslie - Died 9-2-2004 in Altadena ( Inventor ) Born 1911 - He invented the speaker that made The Hammond organ famous - Led Zeppelin, Boston and Joey DeFrancesco are just some of the musicians that utilized Leslie speakers in The Hammond organ.

Michael Connor (Michael Edward Connor) - Died 9-2-2004 in Siesta Key near Sarasota, FL, U.S. - Cancer ( Country Rock ) Born 12-7-1949 - Pianist - Was a member of Pure Prairie League (They did, "Amie" and "Let Me Love You Tonight  ").

Billy Davis (Roquel Davis) - Died 9-3-2004 in NY, NY, U.S.- After a long illness ( Soul ) Born 7-11-1932 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Songwriter and producer - (He co-wrote Jackie Wilson's, "Reet Petite", "Lonely Teardrops" and the jingle "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke") - He wrote songs for Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, The Supremes and Gladys Knight.

Tom McFarland - Died 9-3-2004 in Salt Lake City - Congestive heart failure ( Blues ) Born 1-30-1945  in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and composer - (He wrote, "Goin' Back to Oakland" and "Blue Reverie").

Robert Cotoia (Robert N. Cotoia) - Died 9-3-2004 in Burlington, MA, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 1953 - Keyboardist - Was a member of John Cafferty And The Beaver Brown Band (They did, "C-I-T-Y", "On The Dark Side" and "Matter Of Time").

Buddy Conner (John Conner ) - Died 9-3-2004 in Berkeley, CA, U.S. ( Blues - Gospel - Jazz ) Singer - Born 6-7-1930 in Berkeley, CA, U.S. - Worked with Earl "Fatha" Hines.

Wes McKenzie (Wesley Melvin McKenzie Jr. ) (aka Doc McKenzie) - Died 9-4-2004 - Cerebral
  hemorrhage while receiving a double lung transplant ( Musician ) Born 9-17-1945 in LaGrange, Ga., U.S. -  Composer - He also was a music teacher.

Lance Dennett (Lance Clark Dennett) - Died 9-4-2004 ( Rock ) Born 5-18-1964 - Drummer - Was a member of Justice.

Elin Overskott - Died 9-6-2004 - Heroin overdose ( Metal ) Keyboardist - She worked with Dismal Euphony (They did, "Spellbound" and Trollbundet").

Cyril Gabby Reis Gomes - Died 9-6-2004 ( Musician ) Born 1922 - He worked with The Kalima Brothers Orchestra and led The Seaside Boys.

Big Butch Dixon (Arthur Dixon) (aka Baby Boogie) - Died 9-6-2004 - Van accident ( Blues ) Born 1959 - Pianist and drummer - Worked with his father Willie Dixon and with Chuck Berry - He had also been a bodyguard for Twista and R. Kelly.

Marko Sibanda - Died 9-8-2004 in Harare - After a short illness ( Museve - Jambanja ) Born 1958 in Insiza -  (He did, "Jambanja paHotera" and "Matsotsi Haagerane") - He was a member of The Kasongo Band and The Insiza Brothers.

K.D. Bell (aka King Drummer) (Frederick Carver Bell) - Died 9-8-2004 - Congestive heart failure ( Blues ) Born 6-15-1943 in Union Springs, AL, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Led KD & The Dimensions - Worked with The Blues Party.

Dan Spataru (Dan George Spataru) - Died 9-8-2004 in Bucharest - Heart attack ( Pop ) Born 10-2-1939 - Singer - Was a member of Sincron.

Al Tercek ( Albin J. Tercek) (aka Personality Kid) - Died 9-9-2004 in Springfield Township - Complications of a stroke ( Polka ) Born 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with The Eddie Habat Orchestra, The Tunemixers, Frankie Yankovic, Russ Carlyle and Johnny Vadnal - He backed The Everly Brothers, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Theresa Brewer and Johnny Ray.

Louis Naudi - Died 9-9-2004 in the UK - Leukemia - Born 1965 - Drummer - Co-founder of The Voices.

Ernie Ball - Died 9-9-2004 in San Luis Obispo, CA, U.S. - After a long illness ( Guitar String Maker ) Played guitar - Worked with The Tommy Duncan Band and played on the staff band for TV's, "Western Varieties" - He developed the guitar strings called "Slinkys" specifically designed for rock and roll electric guitar.

 Bishop O'Brien (Joel O'Brien) - Died 9-9-2004 - Cancer ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 1943 - Played drums, piano, vibes, sax and flute- Worked with The Glitterhouse with Mark Moogy Klingman, The Stryders,  Jo Mama, The King Bees, The Flying Machine with James Taylor, Carole King ("It's Too Late"), Jackie Lomax, John Stewart, James Cotten.

Larry Hass (Larry R. Hass) (aka Butch and Clyde) - Died 9-10-2004 ( Rock ) Born 6-8-1950 in Viroqua, Wis., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Rode Hard and Put Up Wet - He also was an Elvis impersonator.

Dinky Diamond (Norman Diamond) - Died 9-10-2004 in Sandhurst, Berkshire - Hanged himself ( Rock ) Born 12-15-1952 in Aldershot, England - Drummer - Worked with The Sky Blue, Sparks (They did, " Achoo" and "At Home, At Work, At Play") and The Four Squares.

Fred Ebb - Died 9-11-2004 - Heart attack ( Lyricist ) Born 4-8-1933 in New York, U.S. - (He co-wrote, "New York, New York" and "Chicago") - He wrote for the musicals "Kiss Of The Spider Woman", "Zorba" and many others.

Jimmy Lewis (James E. Lewis) - Died 9-11-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Soul ) Born 11-19-1937 in Itta Bena, MS, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - Worked with Ray Charles ("If It Wasn't For Bad Luck") - He wrote songs for Bobby Womack, Ted Taylor, and Z.Z. Hill - He produced Latimore and Peggy Scot-Adams ("Bill") - Owned Miss Butch Records.

Craig Garber - Died 9-11-2004 - Construction accident, he fell 40 feet when a forklift dropped the crate he was standing in ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Monster Trux and Twenty Four Frames.

Gordon Brisker - Died 9-12-2004 in Blue Ash, Cincinnati, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1938 - Played saxophone, piano, flute and clarinet and also was a songwriter and an arranger - Worked with Ralph Marterie, Dee Felice's Quintet, The Clyde Trask Orchestra, The Al Belletto Sextet, Sol Yaged, The Bobby Shew Quintet, Tony Bennett and Woody Herman.

Kenny Buttrey - Died 9-12-2004 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-1-1945 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Barefoot Jerry, Charlie McCoy And The Escorts, Area Code 615, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Robert Knight ("Everlasting Love"),  J.J. Cale, Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot, Elvis Presley, Mickey Newbury, Donovan, George Harrison, The Stray Gators, Joan Baez, Joe Simon, Dan Fogelberg, Kris Kristofferson, Leo Kottke and Jimmy Buffett ("Margaritaville").

Steven Herwarth - Died 9-12-2004 near La Junta, Colo., U.S. - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Born 1978 - Singer - Was a member of The Full Frontals.

Giuni Russo  (Giuso Romeo) - Died 9-14-2004 in Milan, Italy - After a long illness ( Pop ) Born 9-10-1951 in Palermo, Italy - Singer - (She did, "Un'estate Al Mare" and "Limonata Cha Cha").

Johnny Ramone (John William Cummings) - Died 9-15-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Punk ) Born 10-8-1948 in Long Island, NY, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Tangerine Puppets and a founding member of The Ramones (They did, "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Pinhead") - Long Island Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Donald Yetter Gardner - Died 9-15-2004 in Brockton - Complications from an operation after falling ( Songwriter ) Born 1913 in Portland, PA, U.S. - He played many instruments - (He wrote, "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" which has been recorded by Spike Jones, George Strait, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole).

Victor Hugo Ruiz - Died 9-15-2004 in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico - Heart attack ( Grupero ) Born 1956 - Musician - Founding member of Zaaz.

Riggy LaVella (John LaVella) - Died 9-15-2004 - Complications following a fall ( Swing ) Born 10-20-1926 in Herminie - Played clarinet and was a bandleader and singer - Was  member of The Lou LaVella Quartet and led The Riggy LaVella Trio - Worked with Chick Ross And The Cavaliers and The Four Freshmen.

Dolly Radebe - Died 9-16-2004 after a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 1930 - Worked with The Elite Swingsters, Sophie Mgcina, Tshepo Tshola, Sibongile Khumalo, Robbie Jansen, Mankunku Ngozi and Miriam Makeba.

Izora Armstead (Izora Rhodes Armstead) - Died 9-16-2004 - in San Leandro, CA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Disco ) Born 7-6-1942 - Singer - She was one of Two Tons O' Fun (They did, "I Got The Feeling" and "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven") and The Weather Girls (They did, "It's Raining Men" and "Dear Santa (Bring Me A Man This Christmas)") - Worked with Sylvester ("Dance (Disco Heat)").

Ann Thomas - Died 9-16-2004 in Lake Wales - Lymphoma ( Folk ) Born 1946 in Coral Gables - Played the bass and was a songwriter - Worked in a duo with her husband Frank Thomas - The Florida Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Michael Donaghy - Died 9-16-2004 in London, England ( Poet - Musician ) Born 5-24-1954 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. - Was a member of the Irish music group, Samradh Music and the jazz band, Lammas - Husband of  musician, Maddy Paxman.

Lalomie Washburn (Lalomie Marion Washburn) (aka Lomie) - Died 9-18-2004 - Liver cancer ( Soul ) Singer and songwriter - (She did, "Try My Love" and "Freaky Strangeness") - Worked with Hi Voltage, Buddy Miles, D.J. Rogers, Rufus, Stevie Wonder, Paulinho Da Costa, Quincy Jones and Greg Phillinganes.

Peter Nicoll - Died 9-18-2004 - Cancer ( Rock ) Musician - Was a member of The Flies,The Wild Colonials and The New Dream.

Skeeter Davis (Mary Frances Penick) - Died 9-19-2004 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Breast cancer ( Country ) Born 12-30-1931 in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, U.S. - Singer  - (She did, "Set Him Free" and "The End Of The World") - She was one of The Davis Sisters.

Gary Strater - Died 9-19-2004 - Cancer of the pancreas ( Prog Rock ) Born 1-14-1953 - Bassist - Was a member of St. James who changed their name to Mad John Fever and then to Pegasus and finally to Starcastle (They did, "Diamond Song (Deep Is The Light)" and "Can't Think Twice") and ESP.

Frog Joseph (Waldren Joseph) - Died 9-19-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1918 - Played trombone - Worked with Joe Robichaux, Papa Celestin, Paul Barbarin and Harold Dejan.

Joe Palermino (Joseph P. Palermino) - Died 9-19-2004 in Sunbridge ( Jazz ) Born 1915 - Bassist - Was a member of The Bo Winiker Band - Worked with Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett and Dionne Warwick.

James Sigler (James Edward Sigler) - Died 9-19-2004 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 12-18-1929 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Songwriter and pianist - (He wrote The O'Jays', "Your Body's Here With Me", The Spinners', "He Don't Love You" and Patti LaBelle's, "I'm In Love Again") - Worked for Philly International Records and with Dinah Washington - Brother of Bunny Sigler.

Johnny Bradford - Died 9-20-2004 - Stomach cancer ( Jazz - Country - R&B - Pop ) Born 1938 - Pianist and singer - Was a member of The Giggolos.

 Mar'shal Baxter-Beckley (Mar'shal Gillespie) - Died 9-21-2004 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 1948 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Tangenettes - Worked with Eddie Baccus - Performed for Bill Clinton.

U.P. Wilson (Huary Perry Wilson) - Died 9-22-2004 in Paris, France ( Blues ) Born 9-4-1934 in Catto Parish, LA, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, "Come On Baby, Go Home With Me" and "Who Wil Your Next Fool Be?") - He was half the duo of The Boogie Chillun Boys.

Dirk van der Horst - Died 9-22-2004 ( Rock ) Born 11-15-1946 - Guitarist - Was a member of Take Five who changer their name to The Dizzy Man's Band ("They did, "Zig Zag City" and "Tickatoo") and with B.Z.N. and Teckels.

André Hazes - Died 9-23-2004 in Woerden - Cardiac arrest ( Singer ) Born 6-30-1951 in Amsterdam - (He did, "De vlieger (The Flyer)" and "Het is koud zonder jou (It Is Cold Without You)").

Roy Drusky (Roy Frank Drusky Jr.) - Died 9-23-2004 in Portland, TN, U.S. - After a long battle with emphysema ( Country - Gospel ) Born 6-22-1930 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - (He did, "Three Hearts In A Tangle" and "Second Hand Rose") - Was a member of The Southern Ranch Boys - Worked with Priscilla Mitchell ("Yes, Mr. Peters").

Kelly Keller - Died 9-25-2004 ( Promoter ) Born 1960 in Eunice - Managed Dash Rip Rock - She was a promoter of New Orleans' alternative rock scene - Co-owner of The Circle Bar .

Manny Garza (Manuel Garza III) (aka Junior) - Died 9-25-2004 in Wonder Lake ( Rock ) Born 6-15-1974 in Harvard - Guitarist and vocalist - Was a member of Stonegate.

Tony Greco (Anthony J. Greco Jr.) - Died 9-26-2004 in Warwick, RI, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1942 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Played saxophone - He led Tony Greco And The Royal Romans.

Jim Hurt - Died 9-26-2004 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Songwriter ) Born 1939 - Sang and played bass - (He co-wrote, "Put Me On A Train Back To Texas" and  Alabama's, "Love In The First Degree") - Worked with Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth.

Don Conka - Died 9-26-2004 ( Psychedelic ) Drummer - Worked with Love.

Shobha Gurtu - Died 9-27-2004 in Bombay, India - Cardiac arrest ( Thumri ) Born 1925 - Singer - She also composed music for movies - Mother of jazz musician, Trilok.

Dewey Rosman - Died 9-27-2004 in Allouez - Heart attack ( Polka - Jazz ) Born 1932 - Played accordion and trumpet -  Worked with Van Ess' Talk Of The Town, The River City Six, The Diplomats, The Don Schleis Band, The Pete Peterson Combo and The Allouez Village Band.

Louis Satterfield - Died 9-27-2004 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. ( Soul - Jazz ) Born 4-3-1937 in Shaw, Mississippi, U.S. - Bassist and trombonist - Was a member of The Pharaohs and The Jazzmen - Worked with Fontella Bass, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Phenix Horns.

Scott Muni (aka The Professor and Scottso) - Died 9-28-2004 ( DJ ) Born 1930 in Wichita, Kan., U.S. - He was a leader of the freeform radio movement - He had interviewed Paul McCartney, Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen.

Roger Mayne (Roger Samuel Mayne) - Died 9-28-2004 in Toronto, Canada - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 9-17-1946 in Toronto, Canada - Guitarist - Was a member of Strolling Bones who changed their name to The Ugly Ducklings (They did, "Don't Bug Me" and "Nothin'") -  Managed The Viletones.

Barbara Schwei - Died 9-29-2004 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Breast cancer ( Producer ) Born in Milwaukee, MS, U.S. - She produced concerts by Enrico Macias, Gilbert Bécaud, Charles Trenet and Domenico Modugno - Co-founder and producer of The American Indian Dance Theater.

Jacques Levy - Died 9-30-2004 - Cancer ( Composer - Writer - Director ) Born 1935 - He headed Colgate's theater program for 12 years and directed, "The Rolling Thunder Review" - Co-wrote songs with Bob Dylan ("Hurricane") and for The Byrds ("All The Things") and Roger McGuinn ("Chestnut Mare").

Richard "Weazel" Tairoa - Died 9-30-2004 near Tatum, New Mexico, U.S. - Traffic accident - Born 1943 - Played guitar and saxophone - Worked with The Quin Tikis.

Kevin Westlake (Kevin Patrick Westlake) - Died 9-30-2004 ( Rock ) Born 3-5-1947 - Drummer, guitarist and composer - Worked with Johnny B. Great & The Quotations, The Ingoes who changed their name to Blossom Toes, Mickie Most, Gary Farr ("Everyday" and "Green"), Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance.

Herman Smak - Died 9-30-2004 ( Rock ) Keyboardist - Worked with The Dizzy Man's Band.

Dick Burgess (Richard Burgess) - Died 10-?-2004 - Played guitar and dobro - Worked with Jerry Burns And Company and The Robin Banks Band.

Ndala Kasheba - Died 10-?-2004 ( World ) Led Fauvette and The Orchestra Safari Sound.

Rossella Uttaro - Died 10-1-2004 in Latina near Rome, Italy ( Singer - Actress ) Born 1979.

Robert Grundner (Robert H. Grundner) (aka Bubba) - Died 10-2- 2004 - Small cell lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 1957 in Bay City Michigan, U.S. - Drummer - Memeber of The Brotherhood Band, Life Support and Big Foot Bob And The Toetappers - He worked with The Mark Farner Band, Rare Earth and Dolly Parton.

Max Geldray (Max Leon van Gelder) (aka Conk) - Died 10-2-2004 in Palm Springs, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-12-1916 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Played harmonica - He was a member of The Hollander Boys and The Goon Show - Worked with Ray Ventura, Django Reinhardt, Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra - He was a pioneer of the jazz harmonica.

Sammy Hopkins - Died 10-3-2004 in San Diego, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1916 - Played saxophone - He led The Spiritual Rhythm Boys - Worked with Zach White, Chic Carter, Lucky Millinder and Gene Walker - The Columbus Senior Musicians Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bruce Palmer - Died 10-1-2004 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 9-9-1946 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada - Bassist - Was a member of The Mynah Birds and The Buffalo Springfield (They did, "For What It's Worth" and "Mr. Soul") - Worked with Rick James - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Larry Veley - Died 10-4-2004 - Blood clot after a bout with pneumonia ( Rock - Country ) Guitarist, singer and sound tech - Was a member of Mane Street.

Rodney Dangerfield (Jacob Cohen) - "I don't get no respect" - Died 10-5-2004 - Complications after a heart surgery ( Comedian ) Born 11-22-1921 in Long Island, NY, U.S. - (He did, "Rappin' Rodney") - He wrote songs for the cartoon, "Rover Dangerfield" - Appeared on TV's, Johnny Carson's Tonight Show over 70 times and was in the movies, Natural Born Killers and Caddyshack.

Marvin Santiago - Died 10-6-2004 in Bayamón ( Salsa ) Born 12-26-1947 - Singer - Worked with Bobby Valentin (They did, "Pirata de la Mar (Pirate Of The Seas)" and "Soy Boricua (Im A Boricua)") and The The Fania All Stars.

Wally Harper - Died 10-8-2004 - Cardiac arrest ( Musicals ) Born 1942 - Pianist, arranger, composer and director - Worked with Barbara Cook.

Gottfried Janko - Died 10-8-2004 ( Rock ) Born 7-19-1948 - Keyboardist and singer - Was a member of Jane.

Paul Moen (aka Jazzmo) - Died 10-10-2004 in Bremerton, WA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1953 in Bremerton, WA, U.S. - Played saxophone - (He wrote, "Latin Silk") - Worked with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie and Cab Calloway.

Nathan Heathman (Nathan Wayne Heathman) - Died 10-10-2004 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Massive heart attack ( Soul ) Born 1957 in Washington D.C., U.S. - Played clarinet and saxophone - Worked with Jennifer Holliday, Phyllis Hyman, Rachelle Farrell, Angela Bofill, Norman Connors, Jean Carne and Miki Howard.

Jerry Nahmias - Died 10-10-2004 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1951 - Bass player - Was a member of The Vermont Jazz Ensemble - He taught at his Burlington Academy of Music for 20 years.

Les Beigel - Died 10-10-2004 ( Dixieland ) Born 12-4-1908 - Played trumpet -  Was a member of The Dixie Dandies - Worked with Red Nichols, Jimmy McPartland, Gus Arnheim and Glenn Miller.

Calvin Jones (Calvin J. Jones) - Died 10-10-2004 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1929 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Trombonist, bassist, pianist, composer and arranger - Worked with Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, The Howard University Jazz Repertory Orchestra and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Johnny Sacks - Died 10-11-2004 in Orlando, Fla., U.S. - Colon cancer ( Rock ) Born 9-6-1951 - Bassist - Was a member of The Secret Kids and Beru Revue.

Erik Bye (Erik Erikssonn Bye) - Died 10-13-2004 - Cancer ( Folk ) Born 3-1-1926 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Singer, journalist, author and actor.

Sittich Neumann - Died 10-13-2004 in Hamburg, Germany ( Punk ) Singer - Was a member of Sittich & The Sicks Sicks Sicks.

Robert Lissauer - Died 10-14-2004 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. ( Music Historian ) Born 5-1-1917 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - (He wrote, "I Feel So Low When I'm High" and "Hello And Goodbye") - He wrote, Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music In America and supervised the music for Irving
        Berlin's revue, This Is The Army.

Pat Best (William Henry Best) - Died 10-14-2004 in Roseville, CA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 6-6-1923 in Wilmington, NC, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He wrote, "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" and "I Understand Just How You Feel") - Was a member of Deek Watson And The Brown Dots, The Four Tunes, The Tunes Plus One and The Rainbeaus.

Cordell Jackson - The Rockin' Granny - Died 10-14-2004 - After a long illness ( Rockabilly ) Born 1923 in Pontotoc, Mississippi, U.S. - Guitarist (She did, "Beboppers Christmas" and "Rock And Roll Christmas") Was a member of The Fisher Air Craft Band - She was the first female recording engineer in the U.S. - Founder of Moon Records which released recordings by Allen Page And The Big Four - She did a Budweiser commercial with Brian Setzer.

Henry Hoffman - Died 10-15-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1911 in Utica, NY, U.S. - Trumpeter and singer - Worked with The Mirk Ellis Band (They did, "Confessin") and The Jack Sadlon Band.

Bill Eyden (William James Eyden) - Died 10-15-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 5-4-1930 in Hounslow, Middlesex - Drummer - Was a member of The Jazz Couriers and The Vic Ash-Harry Klein Quintet - Worked with Alexis Korner, Long John Baldry, Stan Tracey, Procol Harum ("A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), The
                   Charlie Watts Big Big Band and Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames.

Dave Godin - Died 10-15-2004 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK - Lung cancer ( Writer - Critic ) Born 6-21-1936 in Lambeth, South London, UK - Founder of the record labels, Soul City and Deep Soul - He coined the term, Northern Soul.

Steve McDonough (aka Scuba) - Died 10-15-2004 - After having multiple heart bypass surgery ( Metal ) Born in London, England - Guitarist - Was a member of Stranglehold.(They did, "Tourniquet").

Lee Welker (Eric Welker Jr.)- Died 10-15-2004 in Greensboro, NC, U.S. -  Undetected heart ailment ( Blues - Alternative - Metal - Techno - Ambient - Dance - Country ) Born 10-25-1984 in North Carolina, U.S. - Played piano, violin, harmonica and guitar - (He did, "Never Going To Feel Like This" and "It Smells Good") - He helped produce a local cable blues show - Worked with Willa Mae Buckner, Carl Rutherford, Capt. Luke, Macavine Hayes, Abe Reid, Timothy Duffy, Drink Small and Soul Glo.

Ron Koss (Ronald Jerome Kossajda) - Died 10-16-2004 ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Group, The Scarlet Letter (They did, "Macaroni Mountain" and "Mary Maiden"), Savage Grace (They did, "Lady Rain" and "Turn Your Head") and was half of the duo Seanor & Koss (They did, "Mystery Train" and "Homegrown") - Worked with Wilson Pickett.

Doug Bennett (Douglas Craig Bennett) - Died 10-16-2004 in Calgary, Canada - A week after falling into a coma ( Rock ) Born 10-31-1951 in Toronto, Canada - Singer - Led Doug And The Slugs (They did, "Too Bad" and "Tomcat Prowl") - Directed and produced music videos for Zappacosta, The Headpins, Images In Vogue and Trooper.

Randy Rickman - Died 10-17-2004  in Beaumont, Calif., U.S. ( Rock - Christian Music ) Born 1953 - Singer, musician and producer - Was a member of The Velvet Rainbow, Hard Road and Lotus - Worked with Exile and Head East.

Paul Rice - Died 10-17-2004 - Cancer ( Country ) Born 1943 - Played guitar, dulcimer, drums, banjo and was a composer (He wrote, "Love Across The Miles").

John Faulk - Died 10-17-2004 ( Cajun ) He was a member of The Hackberry Ramblers.

Uzi Hitman - Died 10-17-2004 - Heart attack - Born 6-9-1952 - Singer, songwriter, TV personality - (He did, "Todah" and "Kan").

Clarence Atkins - Died 10-18-2004 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Writer - Jazz Historian ) Born 4-1-1921 in Jacksonville, FL, U.S. - Wrote for The Jazz Times, The New York Beacon, Jazz Spotlight and Jazziz.

Greg Shaw (Gregory Alan Shaw) - Died 10-19-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart failure - Born 1-29-1949 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Publisher, editor, manager and rock historian - He started Mojo-Navigator Rock & Roll New and Who Put The Bomp fanzines - Managed The Flamin' Groovies - Founder of Bomp/Voxx records which has released records by The Modern Lovers, The Sonics, Iggy Pop and Beachwood Sparks among others - He has been credited by many with coining the term, "Garage Rock".

C. P. Spencer (aka Spencer Craftman) (Crathman Plato Spencer) - Died 10-20-2004 in Oak Park, MI, U.S. - Heart attack ( R&B ) Born 1-13-1938 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Originals (They did, "Baby I'm For Real", produced by Marvin Gaye) - Worked with The Voicemasters.

Marianne Mayfield - Died 10-20-2004 in Springfield - Liver cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1936 - Singer - Was a member of The Three V's - She worked with Leroy Vinnegar and Mel Brown.

Ildo Lobo - Died 10-20-2004 in Praia - Heart attack or complications from diabetes ( Mornas - Coladeras ) Born 11-25-1953 on the island of Sal in the town of Pedra de Lume - Singer - (He did, "Nos Morna" and "Intelectual") - Was a member of Os Tubaroes.

 Bessie M. Johnson - Died 10-21-2004 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. ( Song And Dance ) Born 1920 in Cincinnati, OH, U.S. -  She was half of the duo, "Ree And Bee" with her sister Marie Goins - Worked with The Count Basie Band.

Bill Reed (William Reed) - Died 10-22-2004 in Port St Lucie, FL, U.S. - Cancer ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1-11-1936 in Toronto, Ontario - Singer - Was a member of The Diamonds (They, did, "Little Darlin" and "The Stroll").

Patrik Stoklasa - Died 10-23-2004 in Brno, Czech Republic - Injuries from a car crash returning from the Social Democracy vote campaign, where he sang ( Pop - Musicals ) Born 1982 in Czechoslovakia - Singer and actor - Sang in the musicals, Rebelove, Kleopatra, Kraska a zvire (Beauty and the Beast) and Miss Saigon - One of the members of Cesko hleda Superstar (Czech version of World Idol).

Andrew Sewell (aka Stig) - Died 10-23-2004 in Hackney, London, England - Possible heart attack ( Punk ) Singer - Was a member of Icons Of Filth.

Charles Zawose - Died 10-24-2004 in Stockholm, Sweden - Aids-related condition ( Jazz ) Born 7-3-1970 - Musician - Led Charles Zawose And African Fire - Worked with his uncle Dr. Hukwe Zawose - Son of music maestro, Prof. Hukwe Ubbi Zawose.

 Peter John Kekligian Jr. (aka Mr. K) - Died 10-24-2004 in Newport, RI, U.S. -  Born 5-24-1929 in Revere, Mass., U.S. - Pianist -  He was a member of The Four Esquires and The Vin Perry Quartet.

Julian Brooker (aka Joolz) - Died 10-24-2004 - Accidentally touched the live rail on a railway line ( Rock ) Born 1981 - Played guitar and cello - He was a member of Aped Bi Sapien.

Chrislo Haas - Died 10-24-2004 in Berlin ( Techno ) He was 48 years old - Worked with Minus T. Delta, DAF, Liasons Dangereuses, Crime And The City Solution, Phew and Armed Response.

John Peel ( John Robert Parker Ravenscoft) - Died 10-25-2004 in Cuzco, Peru - Heart attack ( DJ - Music Promoter ) Born 8-30-1939 in Heswall near Chester, England - He was  BBC's longest serving radio DJ - First DJ to introduce U2, Roxy Music, The Smiths, The Fall, Rod Stewart, Blur, The Sex Pistols, T-Rex and others to the masses - Founded Dandelion Records which released records by Gene Vincent, Lol Coxhill and Kevin Coyne - Maybe best known for his, "Peel Sessions" releases of live radio broadcasts of different music groups.

Robin Kenyatta (Robert Prince Haynes) - Died 10-26-2004 in Lausanne, Switzerland ( Jazz ) Born 3-6-1942 in Monk's Corner, S.C., U.S. - Played saxophone and flute - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Valerie Capers, Roswell Rudd, Andrew Hill, Sonny Stitt, Paul Simon, The Isley Brothers, and B.B. King.

Lester Lanin (Nathaniel Lester Lanin) - Died 10-27-2004 in Manhattan, New York, U.S. ( Swing - Dixieland - Light Rock ) Born 8-26-1907 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Bandleader - (He wrote, "Pink Petal Waltz") - His bands have played for many presidential inaugurations and for Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding reception for which he wrote, "My Lady Love" - The Big Band Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Gil Melle - Died 10-28-2004 in Malibu, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Electronic Music - Jazz ) Born 12-31-1931 in New York, NY, U.S. - Composer and saxophonist - He wrote the scores for "The Andromeda Strain" "Night Gallery" and "Fatal Vision" - Was a member of The Electronauts - He painted album covers for Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins.

Vaughn Meader (Abbott Meader) - Died 10-29-2004 in Auburn, ME, U.S. - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( Country - Bluegrass ) Born 3-20-1936 in Waterville, ME, U.S. - Singer and pianist - Led The Blue Bunny Express - He released the multimillion selling comedy album, "The First Family" poking fun at the presidency of John F. Kennedy.

James H. Binger - Died 10-29-2004 - in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Cancer - Born 1916 - Chairman
of Jujamcyn Theaters - Produced the musicals, "Jelly's Last Jam" and "City Of Angels".

Jimmy Lovelace (James Ross Lovelace) - Died 10-29-2004  in Manhattan, NY, U.S.  - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) Born 2-6-1940 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - Played drums - Worked with George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Tony Scott, Junior Mance, Frank Hewitt, Across 7 Street and Claude "Fiddler" Williams.

Billy Jim Layton - Died 10-30-2004 in Cambridge, Mass., U.S. - Pneumonia ( New Liberalism - Jazz ) Born 11-14-1924 in Corsicana, Tex., U.S. - Composer, saxophonist, pianist and clarinetist.

Liang Hongzhi - Died 10-30-2004 - Cancer of the pancreas or heart failure - ( Composer ) Born 1960 - Musician - (He wrote, "Just Like Your Gentleness" and "Wrong Parting") - His songs have been recorded by Tsai Chin, Teresa Deng, Jiang Yuheng and So Yui - He wrote more than 500 songs.

Daryl Pediford - Died 10-30-2004 ( Rock ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra (aka TSO) (They did, "Three Kings" and "Music Box Blues").

Mac Dre (Andre Hicks) - Died 11-1-2004 in Kansas City, Kan., U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) Born 7-5-1970 - He started Thizz Entertainment Records.

Terry Knight (Richard Terrance) (Born Richard Terrance Knapp) - Died 11-1-2004 in Killeen, TX, U.S. - Stabbed ( Rock ) Born 4-9-1943 in Flint, Michigan, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led Terry Knight And The Pack - Managed and produced Grand Funk Railroad.

Lady Byron (Evelyn Ruth Moseley Lathan) - Died 11-1-2004 in Silver Spring - Stroke ( Jazz - Blues - Gospel ) Born 1930 in Hartford, Ky., U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, Pearl Bailey, Lena Horne, Patti Page, Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Billy Eckstine, Hank Jones, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Jim Martinez and Billie Holiday - Performed for Queen Elizabeth II, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton - She had been married to jazz organist, "Brother" Jack McDuff.

Mark Ledford - Died 11-1-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. Heart disease ( Jazz ) Born 1960 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Was a singer, guitarist, trumpeter and drummer - Worked with Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Bobby
     McFerrin and Mary J. Blige.

Joe Bushkin - Died 11-3-2004 in Santa Barbara, Calif., U.S. - Pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 1917 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Pianist and songwriter - Worked with Bunny Berigan, Billie Holiday, Eddie Condon, Tommy Dorsey, Fats Waller, Frank Sinatra, The NBC Orchestra, Milt Hinton, Jo Jones and Buck Clayton.

Rob Heaton (Robert Charles Heaton) - Died 11-4-2004 in Bradford, West Yorkshire - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-6-1961 in Knutsford, Cheshire - Drummer, instrumentalist and songwriter - Was a member of New Model Army (They did, "Poison Street" and "Here Comes The War") - Worked with Joolz.

Fanyana Dube (aka Isiqholwane Sezhowane) - Died 11-4-2004 ( Afro Jazz ) Born 1946 in Tsholotsho - Singer, guitarist and saxophonist - (He did, "Imali" and "Ekhaya") - Worked with AmaChina Amahle, The Jairos Jiri Sunrise Kwela Kings, The Elbow, The Jobs Combination, Champ, Lovemore Majaivana, The Zulu Band and Nkwenkwezi.

Johnny Owens (Roland A. Pelletier) - Died 11-5-2004 in Warwick, RI, U.S. ( Country ) Born 1923 in Fall River, MA, U.S. - Musician - Worked with The Hank Snow Group, The Ray Dixon Group and Eddie Zack - Rhode Island Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Simpleton (Christopher Harrison) - Died 11-5-2004 in Kingston, Jamaica - Agter a a heart attack ( Reggae ) He was 33 years old - Deejay - (He did, "Coca Cola Bottle Shape" and "Quarter To Twelve").

Carol Wargin - Died 11-6-2004 - Breast cancer - Born 1957 - Musician - Recorded with her brother, Philip Eubanks.

Pete Jolly (Peter A. Ceragioli Jr.) - Died 11-6-2004 in Pasadena, CA, U.S. - Complications of bone marrow cancer and an irregular heartbeat ( Jazz ) Born 6-5-1932 in New Haven, Conn., U.S. - Pianist and accordion player - (He wrote, "Little Bird") - He led The Pete Jolly Trio - Worked with Benny Carter, Chet Baker, Herb Geller, Barney Kessel and The Shorty Rogers Giants.

Kermon Richard - Died 11-6-2004 - Heart attack ( Promoter ) Born 1941 - He owned and operated Richard's Club in Lawtell, LA, a famous zydeco club since 1970, hostings acts like Rockin Doopsie, Keith Frank, Big Ed Poullard, Clifton Chenier, Beau Jacque, Boozoo Chavis, Buckwheat Zydeco, Willis Prudhomme, John Delafose and Nathan Williams.

Charles French (Charles W. French) - Died 11-6-2004  in Cambridge, MA, U.S. - Ruptured ulcer ( Jazz ) Born 1914 in Newtonville - Pianist - He owned and operated four recording studios, recording artists such as Nat "King" Cole, Rudy Vallee, radio personalities Bob And Ray, Roy Haynes, Milt Jackson, Arthur Fiedler and the first album for Tom Lehrer.

Gibson Kente (aka Bra Gibs) - Died 11-7-2004 in Soweto - After a long illness ( Playwright ) Born 7-?-1932 in East London, South Africa - He produced musicals including, "Manana, The Jazz Prophet", "How Long?" and "Sekunjalo" - He produced and recorded musicians in his garage - Worked with Brenda Fassie.

Lenny Mayes (Leonard Cornell Mayes) - Died 11-7-2004 in Southfield, Michigan, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 4-5-1951 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Casanovas,The Sunrise Movement and The Dramatics (They did, "You Could Become The Very Heart Of Me").

Howard Keel (Harry Clifford Leek) - Died 11-7-2004 in Palm Desert, CA, U.S. - Colon cancer ( Singer - Actor ) Born 4-13-1919 in Gillespie, Ill., U.S. - He appeared in the musicals, "Annie Get Your Gun", "Showboat" and  "Kiss Me Kate" - He also acted in the film, The Day Of The Triffids and as the character Clayton Farlow on TV's, Dallas.

Thomas B. Allen - Died 11-8-2004 in Sarasota, Fla., U.S. - Complications of heart surgery ( Illustrator ) Born 1-28-1928 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - He did impressionistic illustration for country & western, bluegrass and jazz album covers including those for Marty Stuart, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Whitney Balliet and James Rushing.

Roger Johnston - Died 11-8-2004 in Bemidji, Minnesota, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 12-26-1939 in Texas, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Torquays (They did, "There She Walks") later renamed The Monks (They did, "Shut Up" and "Complication").

Ernie Garven - Died 11-9-2004 - Cardiopulmonary arrest ( Jingles ) Born 1910 - Played accordion, keyboards and was a singer - He was a member of The Three Tones, The Red River Gang and
         Ernie And Hal - The Harmony Pals - He composed the music for, "From The Land Of Sky Blue Waters" for Hamm's Beer and jingles for Wheaties, Dairy Queen and Snickers/Mars Bars.

Lady Charlotte (Olivia Cook) - Died 11-9-2004 ( Jazz ) Born 1913 - Pianist and singer - Worked with Herbert Leary.

Larry Logan - Died 11-10-2004 in Lafayette - Born 1927 - Played harmonica - Worked with Rudy Vallee, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, Cab Calloway, The St. Louis Symphony, The Washington Symphony, The New Orleans Philharmonic and The Singapore Radio Orchestra.

Vincent Clarke - Died 11-10-2004 in Kearny Mesa - Pneumonia ( Jazz - Pop - Classical ) Born 1913 - Played trombone - Worked with Paul Whiteman, Tommy Dorsey, The NBC Symphony, Arthur
Fiedler, The Seaport Village Band, The Scottish Rite Orchestra and The Mesa College Orchestra.

Rex Mclean - Died 11-?-2004 ( Country ) Singer - Worked with The Welcome Strangers.

Billy Scott (William Scott) (aka Uke) - Died 11-12-2004 ( Music Hall ) Born 3-12-1923 in Sunderland - Played ukelele and banjolele and was a singer and songwriter - (He did, "He's Only Singing For One") - Worked with The Saturated Seven.

O.D.B. (Russell Tyrone Jones) (aka Ol' Dirty Bastard, Joe Bannanas, Dirt Dog, Dirt McGirt and Big Baby Jesus) - Died 11-13-2004 in a recording studio in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Rap ) Born 11-15-1969 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - (He did, "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and "Got Your Money") - Founding member of The Wu-Tang Clan - Worked with Mariah Carey ("Fantasy").

Dan O'Hara - Died 11-13-2004 ( Showband ) Guitarist - Worked with Philomena Begley and The Overlanders Showband.

Errol Thompson - Died 11-13-2004 - After a series of strokes ( Recording Engineer ) Born 12-29-1948 - He engineered tracks by Bob Marley, Augustus Pablo, Big Youth, Prince Fari, Culture, Dennis Brown, Yellowman, Frankie Paul and Burning Spear - Worked with Clive Chin and Joe Gibbs.

 Stan Bloch (Manfred Bloch) (aka Stan Townhouse and Sonic Stan) - Died 11-13-2004 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock - Punk ) Born 11-9-1950 - Played guitar, harp, harmonica and percussions and was a songwriter - Was a member of The Baloney Heads (They did, "I'm A Drunk" and "Life's Rough"), The Vacant Lots and The Dukes Of Windsor - He managed The V-Necks and Beyond Blue.

 John Balance (Geff Rushton) (Born Geoffrey Laurence Burton)- Died 11-13-2004 - He fell from a window at his home ( Rock ) Born 2-16-1962 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England-  Co-founder of Coil (They did, "Wrong Eye" and "Airborne Bells") - Worked with  Zos Kia, Psychic TV, 23 Skidoo, Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and Death In June.

Michel Colombier - godfather of French fusion - Died 11-14-2004 in Santa Monica - Cancer ( Composer ) Born 1939 in France - Pianist - He scored over than 100 movies and television shows  including, "White Nights", "Against All Odds", "Swept Away", "New Jack City", "Purple Rain" and "Tales From The Crypt".

Shiv Shanker Mahandhar - Died 11-14-2004 - Liver cancer ( Nepalese Music ) Born 1932 - Musician, singer, composer and actor - Composed music for more than 1,200 songs  - Known as the architect of modern Nepalese music.

Ian Croft - Died 11-14-2004 - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 31 years old - Played bass guitar - Was a member of Casual Terraces.

Jackie Madondo - Died 11-17-2004 in Harare - Car accident which also killed her daughter ( Gospel ) Born 1980 - She was a member of Vessels Of Honour, The Ruvhuvhuto Sisters (They did, "Come to
Victoria Falls") and The Joystreet Choir which backed gospel singer Shingisayi Suluma - Worked with Ivy Kombo ("Utiziro").

Cy Coleman (Seymour Kaufman) - Died 11-18-2004 in New York, NY, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz - Pop - Musicals ) (He wrote, "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet To Come") Born 6-14-1929 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist and  composer - Led The Cy Coleman Trio - Wrote for the musicals, "Sweet Charity" and "City of Angels" - Worked with lyricist Carolyn Leigh and lyricist Dorothy Fields - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jim Ritz (James F. Ritzenthaler) - Died 11-18-2004 - Alzheimer's disease ( Country ) Born 1934 - Played steel guitar - Worked with Randy Shaffer And The Honky Tonk Heroes.

George Canseco - Died 11-19-2004 - Complications from liver disease and lung cancer ( Songwriter ) Born 1934 - (He wrote, "I Am A Filipino", commissioned by Imelda Marcos) - He wrote over 160 songs.

Terry Melcher - Died 11-19-2004 in Beverly Hills, CA, U.S. - Melanoma ( Rock ) Born 2-8-1942 in New York, NY, U.S. - Producer, singer, pianist and songwriter - (He co-wrote, "Kokomo") - He was half of the duo, Bruce & Terry (They did, "Custom Machine" and "Summer Means Fun") and was a member of The Rip Chords (They did, "Hey, Little Cobra") - He produced The Byrds ("Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn, Turn, Turn") and Paul Revere And The Raiders - Worked with The Beach Boys, Gram Parsons, The Mamas And The Papas, Bobby Darin, Glen Campbell and Ry Cooder - Son of actress Doris Day and trombonist Al Jorden.

David Grierson - Died 11-20-2004 - Heart attack ( Writer ) Born 1955 - He wrote about jazz for The Georgia Strait, Downbeat and Swing Journal - He was a radio and television host.

Gene Greif - Died 11-20-2004 in Manhattan, New York, U.S. - Complications from hepatitis C ( Graphic Designer ) Born 1954 - He designed many album covers including those for Phoebe Snow, The B-52's and The Clash ("Give 'Em Enough Rope") - He had also been was a staff designer for Rolling Stone magazine and an art director for Vogue and Working Woman magazines.

Bob Maize - Died 11-20-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Accidentally inhaled chlorine while cleaning his pool ( Jazz ) Born 1-15-1945 - Bassist - Worked with Mel Torme, Boots Randolph, Anita O'Day and Tal Farlow.

Jenny Ross (aka Jennifer Cassidy) - Died 11-20-2004 - Cancer ( Rock ) She was 42 years old - Singer and keyboardist - Worked with Section 25 - She had been married to singer, Larry Cassidy.

Harold L. Roberts (aka Robby and Tommy) - Died 11-21-2004 - Complications of a stroke ( Jazz - Big Band ) Born 1918 in Buffalo, NY, U.S. - Played trombone - He served as a bandleader in the Army directing musicians that included Gene Krupa, Ray Eberle, Ish Kabibble and Xavier Cugat.

Jim Boone - Died 11-21-2004 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - After a brief illness ( R&B ) Born 1-?-1929 - Singer - Worked with The Cardinals (They did, "Have I Been Gone Too Long" and a remake of "Choo Choo").

Ford Dickson (Milford Dickson) - Died 11-22-2004 outside Houston, TX, U.S. - The private jet he was piloting hit a a light pole and crashed as it approached the airport ( Country ) Born 1937 - Played bass guitar - Worked with Fred Prentice - He was a pilot for rock stars, former presidents and sports teams.

Francess Lantz - Died 11-22-2004 in Santa Barbara - Ovarian cancer - Born 1952 - Author, guitarist and composer - She gave up her rock career and became an author writing the Luna Bay series of books - She also wrote, "Good Rockin' Tonight", about a 15 year old girl who wants to be a rock star.

Frank Hille - Died 11-24-2004 in Berlin, Germany - Cancer ( Rock - Pop ) Born 1941 - Singer and drummer - Worked with Franz Bartzsch, Panta Rhei, Veronika Fischer and 4 PS.

Frank Haggerty (Frank Edward Haggerty) - Died 11-25-2004 in El Dorado Hills, CA, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 11-24-1918  in San Mateo - Guitarist - Was a member of The Cactus Boys - Worked with Frank Sinatra Sr., Frank Sinatra Jr., Jimmy Dorsey, Jimmy Durante, Mel Torme and Andy Williams, The Columbia Broadcasting System Orchestra and Bill Dickson.

Delto Simas - Died 11-26-2004 - Heart attack ( Progressive Rock ) Played bass - Was a member of Bacamarte (They did, "Controvérsia" and "Miragem").

JJ Belle (Roger Elvidge Belle) - Died 11-26-2004 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 11-17-1955 in French Guyana - Guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, singer, producer, composer and engineer - (He did, "U-can't Live Rhy-them" and "What 'Bout Me?") - Worked with The Petshop Boys, Grace Jones, George Michael, Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield , Liza Minelli, Johnny Hates Jazz, Alison Limerick, Janet Jackson, Cher, Chaka Khan, Elton John, Madonna, Run DMC, Barry White, Dionne Warwick, Robert Palmer, Roberta Flack, Phil Collins, Leo Sayer, Kim Wilde, Linda Ronstadt, Lionel Ritchie and others.

Joe L. Arriola - Died 11-27-2004 - Cancer ( Mariachi ) Born 7-25-1916 in San Bernardino, CA, U.S. - Singer and guitar player - Was a member of Los Charros.

Lucille Rollins - Died 11-27-2004 in Germantown, NY, U.S. ( Manager ) Born 7-5-1928 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - She managed the career of her husband, Sonny Rollins.

James Willis Justice - Died 11-29-2004 in Florence, KY, U.S. ( Country ) Born 3-22-1932 - Musician - Worked with Jimmy Skinner.

Jim Grant (James Grant) - Died 11-29-2004 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1943 in Hugo, Okla., U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Mutineers who became The Five Americans (They did, "I See The Light" and "Western Union").

Bob Paisley (James R. Paisley) - Died 11-29-2004 - Cancer ( Bluegrass ) Born 3-14-1931 in North Carolina, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led Bob Paisley And The Southern Grass - Worked with Ted Lundy and The Southern Mountain Boys.

Dennis McCarten - Died 12-?-2004 in Surrey, England - Kidney illness ( Metal ) Born 1950 - Bassist - Was a member of Heaven and Hot Spring Water who changed their name to Heavy Hand and finally to  Necromandus (They did, "Still Born Beauty" and "Homicidal Psychopath") - Worked with Ozzy Osbourne.

Manzanita (Jose Ortega Heredia) - Died 12-?-2004 in Alhaurin de la Torre, Spain ( Flamenco - Cano Roto ) Singer - Born 1956 - Worked with Joaquin Sabina and Mecano.

Robert  Smith (aka Snoopy) - Died 12-?-2004 - Born 1958 - Played keyboards, congas, trumpet and saxophone - Worked with The Nite Riders and The Cadillacs.

Jody Noa - Died 12-?-2004 - Cancer ( Blues ) Played harmonica - Led Jody Noa And The Sho Nuff Blues Band.

Les Smithhart - Died 12-1-2004 ( Western Swing ) Born 1920 - Played fiddle - Led Les Smithhart And The Super X Cowboys - He also was a violin crafter.

Norman Newell - Died 12-1-2004 ( Pop ) Born 1-25-1919 - Songwriter and producer - (He wrote, "A Portrait Of My Love" and "This Is My Life") - Produced Noel Coward, Jake Thackray, Russ Conway, Gladys Mills and Shirley Bassey - Credited with discovering Petula Clark, The Beverley Sisters and Peter And Gordon.

Ethel Elliott - Died 12-1-2004 in Chapel Hill, NC, U.S. - Complications from a stroke ( Gospel ) Born 1928 in Johnston County - Singer - She was half of the duo The Branchettes.

Gino M. Bona - Died 12-2-2004 in Williamstown - After a long illness - Born 5-11-1915 in Colrain - Played  mandolin - was a member of The Aladdins.

Kevin Coyne - Died 12-2-2004 in Nuremberg, Germany - Lung fibrosis ( Rock ) Born 1-27-1944 in Derby, England - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "Turpentine" and "Sunday Morning Sunrise") - Was a member of Siren (They did, "First Time I Saw Your Face" and "Shake My Hand").

Don Mazza - Died 12-2-2004 ( Blues ) Born 1951- Guitarist - He was a member of The Blues Express and An American Band.

Nadine Renee (Nadine Shamir) - Died 12-2-2004 in Miami, FL, U.S. - Complications from childbirth ( Dance ) Born 1972 in New York, U.S. - Singer and song writer - (She did, "Be A Better Man" and "Say You'll Stay") - Was a member of Planet Soul (They did, "Set U Free").

Willem Duyn (aka Mouth) - Died 12-3-2004 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 3-31-1937 - Singer and drummer - He was half of the duo, Mouth & McNeal (They did, "How Do You Do" and "I See A Star") and  Big Mouth & Little Eve (They did, "Jingle Jungle Johnny" and "Welcome Home") - Worked with The Holland Quintet, The Jayjays and Les Etoiles.

Ralph Blizard - Died 12-3-2004 in Blountville ( Country ) Born 1919 - Played fiddle - Was a member of The Southern Ramblers - Was a co-founder of The Traditional Appalachian Music Heritage Association -  The American Fiddlers Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jim Csibi - Died 12-3-2004 - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) He was 52 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Shades Of Sound and Fishstyx.

Jaiye Aboderin - Died 12-3-2004 - While playing basketball - Born 1971 - Musician - Was a member of The Synergy Band - He was married to singer and actress, Stella Damasus.

Teo Peter - Died 12-4-2004 in Bucharest, Romania - Killed in a car crash by a suspected drunk driver ( Rock ) Born 4-11-1954 - Guitarist and producer - Was a member of  Compact.

Thomas DeStefano (aka Big Daddy) - Died 12-5-2004 in Port Salerno - A spider bite became infected by a bacteria that produced a disorder known as flesh eating disease ( Blues ) Born 1954 - Led Big Daddy & The Reign - Worked with Cookie & The Vagrantz and The Invaders.

Richard Henry (aka Big Boy) - Died 12-5-2004 in Beaufort, NC, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 5-26-1921 in Beaufort, NC, U.S. - Singer, composer and guitarist - Worked with Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry.

Bill Maybray (William R. Maybray Sr.) - Died 12-5-2004 - Complications related to cancer ( Rock ) Born 1944 - Played drums, bass and was a singer  - Was a member of The Jaggers who changed their name to The Jaggerz (They did, "The Rapper" and "Baby I Love You").

Delsey McKay - Died 12-5-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1924 - Pianist and songwriter - (She did, "Hold Her Hand A Little Higher" and "Sing American Sing").

Hugh McIntyre - Died 12-6-2004 in London, England - After a short illness ( Noise Music ) Born 1936 - Bass player - Was a member of The Nihilist Spasm Band (They did, "Poughkeepsie" and "Why Try").

John Marabuto - Died 12-6-2004 in El Cerrito - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1925 in Oakland - Played accordion, saxophone, piano and was an arranger and composer - Worked with Zoot Sims, Cal Tjader, Earl Hines, Gil Evans, Brew Moore, Irene Kral and Mel Lewis - He wrote arrangements for Johnny Coppola, Chuck Travis and Rudy Salvini.

Frankie Lester (Frank J. DiVito) - Died 12-6-2004 ( Swing - R&B )  He was 83 years old - Worked with The Ted Lewis Orchestra, Hal McIntyre, The Buddy Morrow Orchestra, The Billy May Orchestra and The Eddie Howard Orchestras.

Jerry Scoggins - Died 12-7-2004 - Natural causes ( Country ) Born 1911 in Mount Pleasant, Texas, U.S. - Singer - (He sang, "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett" which was the theme song for TV's, The Beverly Hillbillies) - Was a member of The Cass County Kids later renamed The Cass County Boys - Worked with Bing Crosby, Gene Autry and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs - The Western Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Rita Mills (aka Aunty Rita Mills)- Died 12-7-2004 - After battling Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease ( Traditional Indigenous Australian Music - Blues ) Born 1935 in The Torres Strait's Naghir Island - Singer - Was a member of The Mills Sisters.

Zuzana Navarova de Tejada - Died 12-7-2004 in Prague, Czech Republic - Cancer ( Folk - Folk Rock - Chanson - South American Music ) Born 6-18-1959 in Hradec Kralove, Czechoslovakia - Singer, composer and producer - She led KOA (They did, "Barvy vsecky" and "Jako Santidevi") and was a member of Nerez (They did, "Za poledne", "Na vareny nudli") - Worked with guitarist Ivan Gutierrez (They did "Trez" and "Zelene"), folk singer Karel Plihal (On his album "Nebe pocka") and Slavek Janousek - Produced singer Vera Bila and was a mentor for accordionist, singer and composer Raduza.

Jose Libertella - Died 12-8-2004 in Paris, France - Heart attack ( Tango ) Played bandoneon - Born 7-9-1933 in Italy - Member of Sextetto Mayor - Worked with Luis Spazo and The Osmar Maderna Orchestra.

Dimebag (Darrell Abbott) (aka Diamond Darrell) - Died 12-8-2004 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Shot while on stage ( Metal ) Born 8-20-1966 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did a cover of Ace Frehley's, "Fractured Mirror") - Was a member of Pantera (They did, "Cemetery Gates" and "Cowboys From Hell") and Damageplan (They did, "Blink Of An Eye" and "New Found Power") - Worked with Nickleback - Son of country songwriter Jerry Abbott.

Jeffrey "Mayhem" Thompson - Died 12-8-2004 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Shot at the Damageplan concert - He had been their head of security ( Celtic ) Born 1964 - Played the bodhran - Was a member of The Rogues.

Jackson Mac Low - Died 12-8-2004 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( Experimental ) Born 9-12-1922 in Chicago, Ill, U.S. - Poet, composer and performance artist - Was a member of Fluxus - Worked with his wife, Anne Tardos and with John Cage.

Willie Metcalf Jr. - Died 12-9-2004 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1930 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Pianist, actor and teacher - (He did, "Getting It Together") -  Worked with Sonny Stitt - Tutored Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison Jr. - He appears in the theatrical production of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and in the movie "Ray".

Morgan Cavett - Died 12-9-2004 in Pinon Hills, Calif., U.S. - Cancer ( Composer - Producer ) Born 4-26-1944 in Hollywood, CA, U.S. - He contributed to the musical scores for the films "Swing Shift" and "Overboard" - Produced The Captain and Tennille - Worked with Bruce Langhorne and Danny Johnson - Son of screenwriter Frank Cavett.

Danny Hayes - (Daniel J. Hayes) - Died 12-10-2004 in New York, NY, U.S. - Brain cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1946 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, Reggie Johnson, Lionel Hampton, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

Doyle Faler - Died 12-10-2004 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Complications of lung disease ( Jazz ) Born 1928 - Pianist - Was a member of The Sentimental Journey Orchestra.

M S Subbulakshmi (Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi) - The nightingale of Carnatic music - Died 12-11-2004 in India - Broncho pneumonia and cardiac irregularities ( Carnatic ) Born 9-16-1916 in Madurai, India - Singer and actress - (She did, "Vaishnava Janatho") - Worked with  Semmangudi, Papanasam Sivan and Siddheswari Devi.

Harry Roesli (Djauhar Zaharsjah Fahrudin Roesli) - Died 12-11-2004 in West Jakarta - Heart disease ( Experimental - Prog ) Born 9-10-1951 in Bandung - Guitarist, composer and singer - He founded Depot Kreasi Seni Bandung (DKSB) and The Gang Of Harry Roesli.

Jimmy Dowell - Died 12-11-2004 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Following a battle with a type of lupus ( Gospel ) Born 1945 - Singer and pianist - (He did, "I Really Love The Lord") - The Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Margaret Fay Shaw - Died 12-11-2004 in Fort William, Inverness-shire ( Folkologist - Photographer ) Born 11-9-1903 in Glenshaw, PA, U.S. - Played piano - She wrote down and annotated folksongs of South Uist and the stories behind them using her knowledge of Scottish Gaelic, later publishing the book Folksongs And Folklore of South Uist.

Spc. Robert Hoyt - Died 12-11-2004 - Died in an attack while serving in Iraq ( Rock ) Born 1983 - Drummer - Was a member of Clarion.

Peter Chang Jr. - Died 12-11-2004 in Santa Cruz - Lung cancer - He was 67 years old - Born in Hawaii - He once performed with Louis Armstrong.

 Bert Reid (Bertram Charles Reid Jr.) - Died 12-12-2004 in New York, U.S. - Pneumonia due to lung cancer ( Funk - Disco ) Born 10-25-1956 in New York, U.S. -  Singer, saxophonist, songwriter and producer - Was a member of The Crown Heights Affair (They did, "Every Beat Of My Heart" and "Dreaming A Dream") - Worked with Unlimited Touch, Raw Silk and Barbara Tucker.

Frank Isola - Died 12-12-2004  in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Congestive heart failure and liver disease ( Jazz ) Born 2-2-1925 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Stan Getz, Peggy Lee, Charlie Parker, Louis Prima, Elliot Lawrence, Mose Allison, John Williams, Claude Thornhill, Franz Jackson, Marcus Belgrave and Gerry Mulligan.

Herbert Dreilich - Died 12-12-2004 in Berlin, Germany - Liver cancer ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 12-5-1942 in Austria - Singer - Was a member of Puhdys, Panta Rhei and Karat (They did, "Ueber sieben Brücken (Over Seven Bridges)" and "Schwanenkoenig"  (Swanking)").

Onika Bostic - Died 12-12-2004 - Car accident ( Soca ) Born 12-16-1978 - Singer - She was a member of The Burning Flames (They did, "Mash It Up" and "Get On Bad").

Chet Zablocki (Chester Zablocki) - Died circa 12-12- 2004 - Born 1920 - Singer and DJ - (He did, "Johnny From Poland") - Owner of Musicale Records which released recordings by Johnny Lipinski, Ed Markowiak and Marsha Data - Published the Polka newspaper, The Polka Star -   International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Alex Soria - Died 12-13-2004 in Montreal, Canada - Hit by a train ( Punk ) He was 38 years old - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Nils (They did, "Bandito Callin" and "Young Man In Transit"), Los Patos and Chino.

Michael Hill (Michael Dennis Hill) (aka Madd Dog" and "Mykill) - Died 12-13-2004- Born 1-2-1946 - Drummer - Was a member of Night Beat - Worked with The Choozen Phew Band.

Craig Eaton - Died 12-13-2004 - Heart attack ( Rock ) He was 51 years old - Born in Illinois - Played piano - Worked with Charlie Evaro and Bobby Craig - He was a Motown Records staff songwriter - Appeared on TV's, "Hawaii 5-0" and "Magnum P.I.".

Britta Neander - Died 12-14-2004 - After a  heart operation ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Britta, Carambolage and Lassie Singer - Worked with Rio Reiser.

Michael Combs (aka Mad Dog) - Found dead 12-15-2004 near the bottom of Vail Mountain, he had been snowboarding ( Rock - Punk ) Born 1962 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Cadillac Tramps and The Back Alley Gators - Worked with 911, Strong Arm, Wrathchild and Jackpot.

Martha Carson (Irene Ethel Amburgey) - The Rockin' Queen of Happy Spirituals , The First lady of Gospel Music - Died 12-16-2004  in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Gospel - Rockabilly - Country ) Born 5-19-1921 in Neon, KY, U.S. - Played guitar and sang - (She did, "Satisfied" and "I'm Gonna Walk") - Was a member of The Sunshine Sisters, The Coon Creek Girls and The Hoot Owl Holler Girls - She had been married to mandolin player James Carson (James Roberts) and promoter Xavier Cossé.

Haleloke Kahuaolapua (aka Hale)- Died 12-16-2004 in Union City ( Hawaiian ) Born 1922 - Singer and dancer - She was a regular on radio's Hawaii Calls and TV's Arthur Godfrey's variety show.

Freddie Perren - Died 12-16-2004 - After a long illness ( Producer ) Born 1943 - He produced Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive"), The Jackson Five ("The Love You Save"), The Miracles ("Love Machine"), Peaches And Herb ("Reunited"), The Sylvers ("Boogie Fever"), Tavares ("Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel") and songs from the "Saturday Night Fever" album.

Smokey 007 (Leroy Cleveland McKenzie) - Died 12-16-2004 in Jubilee Gardens, New Providence ( Bahamian - Pop ) Born 8-16-1945 in  McCullough Corner, Nassau - Singer - (He recorded, "The Big Bamboo") - He led The Exciters.

Delfina Fasano (Terzina Fasano) - Died 12-16- 2004 - Born 9-21-1924 in Turin, Italy - Singer - She was half of Duo Fasano with her twin sister, Dina (They did, "Hernando un caffe" and "Occhiali blu") - Worked with Gino Latilla.

Johnnie Carl - Died 12-17-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S.- Shot himself ( Conductor - Arranger ) Born 1947 - Pianist - He conducted The Crystal Cathedral's Orchestra - Worked With Celine Dion, John Tesh and Michael Crawford.

Dick Heckstall-Smith (Richard Malden) - Died 12-17-2004 - Cancer ( Rock - Blues -  Celtic Folk - Jazz ) Born 9-26-1934 in Ludlow, England - Saxophonist - (He did, "Grind, Glitch, And Snit" and "Watching Your Every Move") - Was a member of Colosseum(They did, "The Road She Walked Before" And "Those Who Are About To Die"), Manchild and Mainsqueeze - Worked with The Hamburg Blues Band, John Mayall, Pete Brown & His Battered Ornaments, Alexis Korner, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Ginger Baker.

Frank Adessa - Died 12-17-2004 - Complications from a stroke - Born 12-28-1936 - Played trumpet - Worked with Louie Prima - He had been a mayor for Chester, NJ for 10 years.

Brandon Possible (Brandon Chevalier-Kolling) - Died 12-17-2004 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 1980 - Drummer - Worked with Leftover Crack.

Doug Earp - Died 12-17-2004 - Complications due to cancer - Born 12-20-1953 - Patriarch for local Flint underground music and was a music promoter - He sponsored the punk music radio and TV show, "Take No Prisoners" and owned Wyatt Earp Records - He helped out with the career of the grindcore band, Repulsion.

Michael Chilenski - Died 12-18-2004 in Newville - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 1981- Guitarist - Was a member of Anatomy Of You.

Bud Gasdek (Walter F. Gasdek) - Died 12-19-2004 - Complications of cancer ( String Band ) Born 1941 - Singer and musician - Was a member of Acoustic Shadows Of The Blue And Gray.

Gary Lupico - Died 12-19-2004 in Texas, U.S. - Aneurysm ( Punk - Country ) Born 1955 in Elyria, OH, U.S. - Guitarist, composer and producer - Was a member of The Kneecappers, Dr. Blood Money, St. Jayne and California Speedbag - Co-owner of The Interzone Recording Studio.

Johnny Williams (John Lee Williams) - Died 12-19-2004 ( R&B ) Born 10-27-1940 - Singer -  Was a member of The Drifters (They did, "(If You Cry) True Love, True Love" and "This Magic Moment") - Worked with The Embraceables ("My Foolish Pride") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

 Son Seals (Frank Seals) - Died 12-20-2004 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Blues ) Born 8-14-1942 in Osceola, Arkansas, U.S. - Guitarist, drummer and singer - (He did, "Funky Bitch" and "Four Full Seasons Of Love") - Worked with Earl Hooker, James Cotton, Albert King, Hound Dog Taylor, Junior Wells, Phish and Buddy Guy.

Andy Brown (Andy Fraser Goldie Brown) - Died 12-20-2004 in Auckland, New Zealand - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 10-2-1938 in Auckland, New Zealand - Bassist -  Founding member of The Heads - Worked with Judy Garland, Anita O'Day, Mavis Rivers, Elaine Delmar, Cleo Laine, Ernestine Anderson, Shirley Bassey, Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, Ray Charles, Norman Wisdom, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Herb Ellis and many others.

Mack Vickery (aka Atlanta James and Vick Vickers)- Died 12-21-2004 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 1938 in Town Creek, Alabama, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He wrote Jerry Lee Lewis', "Rockin' My Life Away" and George Strait's, "The Fireman") - Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Leslie Gourse (Roberta Leslie Gourse) - Died 12-23-2004 in New York, U.S. - Respiratory ailment ( Biographer ) Born 1939 in Fall River, MA, U.S. - She was a biographer of jazz artists for Art Blakey, Louis Armstrong, Nat "King" Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Williams, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday - Wrote for Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines.

Joseph Alessi - Died 12-24-2004 - Born 1915 - Played trumpet and was a teacher - Worked with The Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and The San Francisco Symphony - With William Vacchiano, he created the straight mute which allows a trumpet to reach very low notes that it couldn't do otherwise.

Jon Andreas Bjerk - Died 12-24-2004 ( Metal ) Born 4-2-1975 - Was a member of Helheim.

Sam Evans - Died 12-23-2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa ( Pop ) Born 1947 in Glasgow, Scotland - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Ain't Love A Funny Thing" and "Baby, Don't Push Me") - Worked with Charles Jacobie, The G-Men and The A-Cads.

Peter Fiala - Died 12-26-2004 near Prievidza, Slovakia - Car crash  ( Pop - Rock ) Born 12-29-1977 in Trencin, Czechoslovakia - Singer - (He did, "Vojna a mier" and "Ver mi alebo nie") - Was a member of The Message.

Mieszko Talarczyk (Mieszko A. Talarczyk) - Missing since 12-26-2004 - He was vacationing in Thailand when a tsunami struck ( Grindcore ) Born 1974 - Singer and guitarist - Member of Nasum.

Sigurd Kohn - Died 12-26-2004 in Thailand - Tsunami ( Jazz ) He was 45 years old - Saxophonist - Was a member of Lava - Worked with A-ha.

Aki Sirkesalo - Died 12-26-2004 ( Rock ) Born 7-25-1962 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Giddyups.

Hank Garland (Walter Louis Garland) (aka Sugarfoot) - Died 12-27-2004 ( Country - Jazz ) Born 11-11-1930 in Cowpens, South Carolina, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Paul Howard, Cowboy Copas, Jim Reeves, Conway Twitty, The Everly Brothers ("Bye Bye Love"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Elvis Presley ("It's Now Or Never"), Roy Orbison ("Pretty Woman") and Charlie Parker.

Zigmund Puzon - Died 12-27-2004 in Dyer, Ind., U.S.- Complications after several heart attacks ( Polka ) Born 1918 - Played clarinet, saxophone and flute - Was a member of The Polka Chips - He ran Puzon's Musical Instrument Repair Service.

Janusz Poplawski - Died 12-27-2004 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 3-21-1936 or 3-20-1938 - Guitarist - Was a member of Niebiesko-Czarni.

Wally Varner (Wallace B. Varner) - Died 12-28-2004 - Rare bone disease ( Gospel ) Born 1-13-1926 - Pianist and songwriter - (He wrote, "Crown Him King" and "Bell Of Joy Keep Ringing") - Worked with The Blackwood Brothers Quartet -  Co-owner of Varner Music Inc - Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Brian Gianelli (Brian Edward Gianelli) - Died 12-29-2004 in Granite Creek - Canoeing accident ( Rock ) Born 3-2-1979 - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - Member of Bueno and All Autonomy.

Artie Shaw (Arthur Jacob Arshawsky) - Died 12-30-2004 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications of diabetes ( Jazz ) Born 5-23-1910 in East Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Clarinetist and bandleader - (His band did, "Begin The Beguine" and "Stardust") - Worked with Johnny Cavallaro, Austin Wylie, Helen Forrest, Buddy Rich, Billie Holiday, Hot Lips Page, Zoot Sims, Irving Aaronson, Willie "The Lion" Smith and many others - He had been married to actresses Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Doris Dowling and Evelyn Keyes and to novelist Kathleen Winsor.

Johnny Farrow (John Joseph Faracchio, Jr.) - Died 12-30-2004 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. ( Songwriter ) Born in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - He was 92 years old - Singer and music publisher - (He wrote "I Have But One Heart" and "I'm Sorry I Answered The Phone").

Robert Parker (Robert Noel Parker) - Died 12-30-2004 - Born 12-24-1936 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Sound engineer, jazzologist and broadcaster - Hosted radio's, Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo.

Smiling Billy (Billy Orcutt) - Died 12-?-2004 ( Bluegrass ) He was 61 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Cecil Ross.

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