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 - 2005 January to June

Doc Rock Presents,

2005 January to June
 Welcome to The Dead Rock Stars Club! This site is  a list of dead rock stars, dead people associated with rock and dead people whose music helped influence and create rock (which I feel includes Jazz and Country artists), sorted by the date of their demise. This is a tribute to them.

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2005 January to June

Mike Martin (Michael Martin) (aka Narley Dude and Mojo) - Died 2005 - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Guitarist - Worked with Black Oak Arkansas.

Alvin Reynolds III - Died 2005 - Failed liver transplant ( Bluegrass ) Played mandolin and was a songwriter.

Kid Krupa (Jon McLoughlin) - Died 2005 - Complications of diabetes ( Rock ) Born 1962 - Guitarist - Worked with The Revillos ("Rev Up" and "Hippy Hippy Sheik"), Tim Finn, Roger Daltrey, Del Amitri, Bonnie Tyler and Shakin' Stevens - Produced The Pork Dukes.

Delby Reil - Died 2005 - Born 1949 - Bassist - Was a member of Volume IV (aka Mark IV).

Patricia Cumings Dort - Died 2005 - Co-founder of The Flint Institute Of Music.

Bob Moyer - Died 2005 ( Jazz ) He was 81 years old - Led The Bob Moyer Big Band - Worked with Pat Steel.

Bill Tanner - Died 2005 ( Swing ) Played clarinet - Was a member of The Brass, Key & Wind Band.

Mariusz Scjerski - Died 2005 - Was a member of Honor.

Len Grazier - Died 2005 ( Jazz - Swing ) He led The Len Grazier Orchestra.

Nick Thomas - Died 1-?-2005 - Sudden adult death syndrome ( Rap ) He was 25 years old - Singer, lyricist and DJ.

Steven Parrino - Died 1-1-2005 - Motorcycle accident ( Punk ) Born 1958 in New York, NY, U.S. - Played guitar and was a painter - Worked with Electrophilia.

Hugh Davies (Hugh Seymour Davies) - Died 1-1-2005 in London, England ( Electronic Music ) Born 4-23-1943 in Exmouth, Devon, England - Composer, musicologist and instrument maker - Was a member of Gentle Fire - Worked with The Music Improvisation Company, Han Bennink and Hans-Karsten Raecke.

Dale Canfield (George Canfield) - Died 1-2-2005 - Complications from a fall ( Jazz ) Born 1926 in Conrad, Iowa, U.S. - Played trombone - Was a member of Memories and Red Beans And Rice.

Big John (John Joseph Lepner) - Died 1-2-2005 - Cancer ( Swing ) He was 77 years old - Keyboardist.

A.J. Abdallah (Amjed A. Abdallah) - Found dead 1-4-2005 in the studio he owned "Studio 8". It's likely he died 2 days earlier - Shot ( Rock ) He was 36 years old - Percussionist and singer - He was a member of Like A Star and The Howling Diablos.

 Humphrey Carpenter (Humphrey William Bouverie Carpenter) - Died 1-4-2005 in Oxford, England - Pulmonary embolism ( Jazz ) He was 58 years old - Played bass fiddle - Was a member of Vile Bodies - He was a biographer and writer of children's books.

Danny Sugerman - Died 1-6-2005 - Lung cancer ( Manager - Writer ) He was 50 years old - He managed The Doors and Iggy Pop - Co-authored the Jim Morrison biography, "No One Here Gets Out Alive" - He was the husband of Fawn Hall.

Warlord Blakie - Died 1-6-2005 in Mount Hope ( Calypso ) (He did, "Steelband Clash" and "Send Them Back").

Frankie Francis (Francisco Francis) - Died 1-6-2005 in San Fernando ( Calypso ) Played saxophone - Worked with John "Buddy" Williams, Sid Joe and Harry Belafonte.

Jeremy Hare (Jeremy Charles Hare) - Found dead 1-6-2005 in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. - He fell from the fourth floor of a parking garage ( Rock ) Born 1972 - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "In The Morning Sun").

David McNeil - Died 1-7-2005 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 1932 - Bass singer - Worked with The Southern Harmonaires, The Selah Singers, The Four Barons ("Got To Go Back Again"), The Jubilators, The Larks, Billy Ward's Dominoes ("Pedal Pushin' Papa"), Charlie Fuqua's Ink Spots ("Hawaiian Wedding Song") and The Fabulous Ink Spots - UGHA Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Clive Burrows - Died 1-7-2005 ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 7-14-1939 - Composer, arranger and saxophonist - Worked with The Wes Minster Five, The Ian Bird Quintet,  The Big Roll Band, The New Jazz Orchestra, Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames, Alan Price, The Gene Washington Band, The Jazz Company and Zoot Money - Was a music publishing executive for MCA.

Bobby D (Robert Ellison Dorsey) - Died 1-9-2005 - Pancreatic cancer ( Blues ) Born 12-19-1946 - Drummer - Was a member of Bob And The Raiders, Firestorm, The Jumpin Mudcats, Blues Union, Queen Bee And The Blue Hornet Band and Big Daddy's Blues Revival.

Charlie Womack (Charles Womack) - Died 1-10-2005 in La Conchita, CA, U.S. - He was killed in a mudslide ( Musician ) He was 51 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of 7th Day - The Womack and Wallet Memorial Fund.

Mike Allen - Died 1-10-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 60 years old - Pianist - Led The Mike Allen Trio.

Jimmy Griffin  (James Arthur Griffin) - Died 1-11-2005 in Franklin - Complications from cancer ( Pop - Country ) Born 8-10-1943 in Cincinnati, OH, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He wrote Conway Twitty's, "Who's Gonna Know", Restless Heart's, "You Can Depend On Me" and co-wrote The Carpenters' "For All We Know") - He was a founding member of Bread (They did, "Baby I'm-a Want You" and "Everything I Own"), The Remingtons (They did, "A Long Time Ago" and "Wall Around Her Heart") and Black Tie ("Learning The Game") - Worked with Lynn Bryant ("Can We Still Be Friends") and Terry Sylvester.

Spencer Dryden - Died 1-11-2005 in Petaluma - Colon cancer ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 4-7-1938 in New York, NY, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Ashes who later became The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Jefferson Airplane (They did, "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit"), The New Riders Of The Purple Sage (They did, "Panama Red" and "Cement, Clay And Glass") and The Dinosaurs - Worked with Charles Lloyd and Bobby Hutcherson - Nephew of actor Charlie Chaplin - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Chris Harris - Died 1-13-2005 - Illness ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of The Walrus, Chrome Dinette and The Haole Boys.

Marty Mazanec - Died 1-14-2005 in Solon, Ohio, U.S. - Inoperable brain tumor ( Musician ) Played violin - Was a member of Jambe And The Sauce.

Rocky Roberts (Charlie Roberts) - Died 1-14-2005 in Rome, Italy - Lung cancer ( Soul ) Born 8-23-1941 in Miami, FL, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Stasera Mi Butto (I Will Try Tonight)" and "Sono Tremendo") - He had been a boxer in the U.S. for 10 years.

Rodgers LaRue (Rodgers L. LaRue Sr.) - Died 1-14-2005 ( Doo-Wop - Gospel ) - He was 66 years old - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Timetones (They did, "In My Heart" and "Pretty, Pretty Girl").

Dudley Hill - Died 1-15-2005 in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. - Colon cancer ( Bluegrass - Rock - Jazz ) Born 4-19-1948 in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. -  Guitarist - Was a founding member of Pearl Django (They did, "Blue Drag" and "Lover's Leap").

Evan Aurand - Died 1-16-2005 ( Blues ) Born 5-12-1952 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Little George Band (They did, "Bust The Boss" and "Silicon Valley Game").

Atul Gautam - Died 1-16-2005 - Brain hemorrhage - He was 33 years old - Played tabla - Worked with Sarita Mishra and Dhrubesh Chandra Regmi.

Larry Pilon (Laurier Pilon) - Died 1-16-2005 ( Country ) He was 73 years old - Born in Ottawa Valley - Sang and played guitar, fiddle, piano and mandolin - Was a member of The Journeymen and led Larry Pilon And The Country Kings.

William Pippin - Died 1-16-2005 in Columbus, Georgia, U.S. ( Gospel ) He was 45 years old - Singer - (He wrote, "His Second Time Around" and "I'll See You Soon") - Founding member of The Chosen - Worked with Segos And Naomi and Jerry And The Singing Goffs.

Andy "Henner" Allendorfer - Died 1-16-2005 - Car accident ( Metal ) Born 1967 - Singer - Was a member of Squealer (They did, "My Last Goodbye" and "Out Of The Dark").

Bezerra da Silva - Died 1-17-2004 in Rio de Janeiro - Pulmonary emphysema ( Samba ) Born 1927 in Pernambuco in northeast Brazil - Singer, musician and composer - (He did, "Malandragem Da um Tempo (Hey Cat, Give us a Break)", and "Sequestraram Minha Sogra (Somebody Kidnapped My Mother-in-Law)") - Worked with Moreira da Silva and Dicro.

Marko Busch - Died 1-17-2005 - Stomach cancer ( Punk ) Born 4-29-1969 - Was a member of Dritte Wahl (They did, "Macht die Augen auf").

Jody Berry - The Singing Fighter - Died 1-18-2005 in Beverly Hills, CA, U.S. - Cancer - He was 68 years old - He appeared in the musicals, "Guys And Dolls", "Music Man", "Carousel", "Oklahoma" and his own "Memory Lane Of Fame" - Sang with Ella Fitzgerald - As a teenager, he won the Kentucky Golden Gloves heavyweight championship.

Billy Tolles - Died 1-18-2005 - Cancer ( R&B - Swing ) Born 5-11-1924 in Waukegan, Ill., U.S. - Played tenor saxophone - He led The Billy Tolles Express - Worked with Billy Eckstine, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles - He hosted TV's, "The Billy Tolles Rock And Roll Show".

Solomon King (Allen V. Levy) - Died 1-20-2005 in Norman, Oklahoma, U.S. - Cancer - Born 8-13-1930 in Lexington, KY, U.S. -  Singer - (He did, "She Wears My Ring" and "When We Were Young").

Stephen Mark Gray who changed his name from Stephen Fitch Hubert (aka Stevie Guitar and Stevie Sparks) - Died 1-20-2005 in Plains, Mont., U.S. - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( Country - Rock - R&B - Pop - Jazz ) Born 10-5-1950 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Composer and guitarist - Was a member of The Elektras, The Vagrants, Stillroven and The Leisure Scientists (They did, "Happy Juice" and "Movin' To The Rhythm").

Mort Fega - Died 1-21-2005 in Boynton Beach, FL, U.S. - Complications from surgery ( Jazz ) Born 7-4-1921 in New Rochelle, NY, U.S. -  DJ and producer - He formed Focus Records - He produced Bobby Dorough and Carmen McRae - Hosted radio's, Jazz Unlimited and Focus On Jazz.

Steve Susskind - Died 1-21-2005 in California, U.S. - Car accident ( Doo-Wop ) He was 62 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Roomates (They did a version of, "Someone To Watch Over Me") - Worked with Cathy Jean ("Please Love Me Forever").

Ruth Rice (Ruth Harris Rice) - Died 1-21-2005 - Respiratory failure ( Gospel ) She was 80 years old - Singer - She was a member of The Mayfield Gospel Singers and The Marvin Anderson Singers.

Rodger Ryan (Rodger W. Ryan) - Died 1-21-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 68 years old - Played drums - Was a member of Trio Grande - Worked with Swing Fever, Henry Shapiro, Don Aliquo's Quartet and The Flo Cassinelli Quartet - He had been a music director for Bobby Ridarelli (Bobby Rydell).

Consuelo Velazquez - Died 1-22-2005 in Mexico City, Mexico - Respiratory problems ( Romantic ) Born 1916 in Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico - Singer, composer and pianist - (She wrote, "Besame Mucho (Kiss Me A Lot)" and "No Me Pides Nunca").

Johnny Carson (John William Carson) - Died 1-23-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Emphysema ( Comedian ) Born 10-23-1925  in Corning,  Iowa, U.S. - (He and Paul Anka co-wrote, "Johnny's Theme" which opened TV's, "The Tonight Show" that Johnny hosted for thirty years) - Television Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Art Stamper - Died 1-23-2005 in Louisville, KY, U.S. - Throat cancer ( Bluegrass ) He was 71 years old - Played fiddle - Worked with The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, The Osborne Brothers and The Goins Brothers - The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jorge Monjaras - Died 1-23-2005 in Bakersfield, CA, US - Heart attack ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of La Central de Musica, Grupo Tabasco, Crash, Talk Of The Town and ASAP.

Bill Simmons (William Freeman Simmons) - Died 1-24-2005 in Irving - Esophageal cancer ( Western Swing ) He was 80 years old -  Born in Tampa, FL, U.S. - Played keyboards, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, fiddle mandolin and bass - (He wrote, "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I") - Was a member of The Light Crust Doughboys - The Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame, The Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame, The Rockabilly Hall Of Fame and The International Country Gospel Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Maebelle Kittle Smith - Died 1-24-2005 ( Singer ) She was 97 - She was half of the duo The Kittle Sisters later known as Corinne And Maebelle - Daughter of opera singer Bessie Driver Kittle.

Rico Turchetti - Died 1-24-2005 - Born 1-22-1917 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Played pedal steel guitar - (He did, "That Da Da Strain" and  "There's A Small Hotel") - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Rolando Carpio (aka Chino) - Died 1-24-2005 - Illness ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Los Saicos (They did, "Demolicion" and "Saicomania").

Ron Kersey - Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey (Tyrone Garfield Kersey) - Died 1-25-2005 - Complications from pneumonia ( Disco ) Born 4-7-1949 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Producer, keyboardist and songwriter - He was a member of The Volcanos who became The Moods who finally became The Trammps (They did, "Disco Inferno,") - Worked with The O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, The Salsoul Orchestra, Staci Lattisaw, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, Grace Jones, Gloria Gaynor, Jeffrey Osborne, Lou Rawls, Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, The Dells and Gladys Knight And The Pips.

Ray Peterson - The Golden Voice of Rock 'n' Roll - Died 1-25-2005 in Smyrna - Cancer ( Rock - Country ) Born 4-23-1935 in Denton, TX, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Tell Laura I Love Her" and "Corrina, Corrina") - He formed Dunes Records - Worked with Phil Spector.

Daggeth (Anthony Patrick Panter) - Died 1-25-2005 - Car accident ( Metal ) He was 24 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Bloodstained Dusk.

Clarence Bassett (Clarence Henry Bassett Jr.) - Died 1-25-2005 in Richmond, VA, U.S. - Complications of emphysema ( Doo-Wop ) Born 3-13-1936 in Jamaica, NY, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Shep And The Limelites (They did, "Daddy's Home" and "Three Steps To The Altar") - Worked with The Five Sharps, The Flamingos, The Videos and Creative Funk.

John Borthwick - Died 1-26-2005 ( Musician ) He was 78 years old - Worked with Sid Phillips, Edmundo Ros and Victor Silvester.

Ray Pollard - Died 1-26-2005 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 8-25-1930 - Singer - (He did, "Darling, Take Me Back I'm Sorry" and "Lie, Lips, Lie") - He was a member of The Wanderers who were sometimes billed as The Singing Wanderers (They did, "A Teenage Quarrel" and "I'll Never Smile Again") - Worked with The Joe Cuba Sextet and Paul Kalet's Ink Spots.

Mark Evans - Died 1-26-2005 in London, England - Strangled ( Rock ) He was 48 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Warrior Soul (They did, "Song In Your Mind" and "The Wasteland").

Robert Sadowski - Died 1-26-2005 - Heart problem ( Punk ) Born 11-24-1963 - Guitarist -  Was a member of Houk, Kobong and Madame.

Brett Wilson (Brett Owen Wilson) - Died 1-26-2005 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 3-7-1949 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Was a member of Space Opera (They did, "Mother Nature Father Time" and "Who's Calling") - Worked with The Ridgeway Scott Orchestra and The Richard Powell Trio.

Pawel Berger (Pawel Jozef Berger) - Died 1-27-2005 - Bus accident ( Blues - Rock - Reggae ) Born 9-6-1950 - Keyboardist - Was a member of Dzem.

Irma E. McGovney Johnson - Died 1-27-2005 - She was 76 years old - Born in Pachaug, Long Island, NY, U.S. - Played accordion, piano and organ - She was a member of The Three Honeys with her sisters.

Paul Nash - Died 1-27-2005 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. - Complications of a brain tumor ( Jazz ) He was 56 years old - Composer and guitarist - (He wrote, "Still Sounds Run Deep") - He led The Paul Nash Ensemble and co-founded The Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra.

Donald Dempsey Sr. - Died 1-27-2005 in Osceola County - Stroke ( Record Exec ) He was 73 years old - He helped the careers of Merle Haggard, Ozzy Osbourne and Dan Fogelberg - Worked with Quiet Riot, The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Culture Club, Ricky Skaggs, George Jones and The Clash - Senior VP for CBS Records for 25 years - Was a general manager for Epic, CBS Associated Labels Group and Portrait .

Eddie Burks - Died 1-27-2005 in Miller, Ind., U.S. - Car accident ( Blues - Gospel ) Born 9-17-1931 in Greenwood Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and harmonica player - Worked with Eddie Shaw and Jimmy Dawkins - He was featured in the film, "Blues Highway".

Jim Capaldi (Nicola James Capaldi) - Died 1-28-2005 in London, England - Stomach cancer ( Rock ) Born 8-2-1944 in Evesham, Worcestershire, England - Drummer and singer - (He did, "Johnny Too Bad" and "Ancient Highway") - Was a member of Traffic (They did, "Dear Mr Fantasy" and "The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys"), The Hellions, Deep Feeling, Wooden Frog and The Contenders - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Carl Sauceman - Died 1-28-2005 in Gonzales, Louisiana, U.S. - Cancer ( Bluegrass ) He was 82 years old - Singer and guitarist - He was one of The Sauceman Brothers (They did, "Little Birdie" and "Pretty Polly"), The Hillbilly Ramblers and The Green Valley Boys (They did, "A White Cross Marks The Grave" and "I’ll Be An Angel Too") - Worked with Carl Butler, Joe Stuart and Tater Tate.

David Lerchey - Died 1-29-2005 in Miami, FL, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 1937 - Was a member of The Del Vikings (They did, "Come Go With Me" and "Whispering Bells") - Doo-Wop Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Sheryl Hackett - Died 1-29-2005 in Heidelberg, Germany ( Rock ) Born 5-4-1959 in Bridgetown, Barbados - Percussionist - Worked with BAP.

Eric Griffiths (Eric Ronald Griffiths) - Died 1-29-2005 in Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland - Pancreatic cancer ( Skiffle ) Born 10-31-1940 in Denbigh, North Wales - Played guitar and sang - Was a founding member of The Quarrymen who would later become The Beatles - Worked with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Dave Camara (David Patrick Camara) - Died 1-30-2005 in Churchill County - Shot by his wife ( Rock ) He was 33 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Covert Operations and Twenty4seven.

Martyn Bennett - Died 1-30-2005 in Edinburgh - Cancer - ( Celtic - Techno ) Born 2-17-1971 in Newfoundland, Canada - Played bagpipes and fiddle - Was a member of Cuillin - Worked with Huun-Huur-Tu.

Wes Wehmiller - Died 1-30-2005 in California, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 9-12-1971 - Played bass guitar and was a photographer - Worked with Duran Duran, Warren Cuccurullo and Missing Persons.

Warunee Pimpabutr - Died 1-30-2005 in Mukdahan - Murdered, drowned in a bathtub ( Cabaret ) He was 25 years old - Singer.

Julie Anne Webb (Brit Julia Anne Webb) - Died 1-30-2005 in California, U.S. - The car she was in backed into a canyon - She was 34 years old - Born in London, England - Musician and music producer.

Marv Koral (Marvin A. Koral) - Died 1-31-2005 - Complications from surgery ( Jazz ) Born 1-3-1926 in Oakland Park, Ill., U.S. - Alto saxophonist and bandleader - He led Marv Koral & His All Stars - Worked with Red Norvo, The Johnny Haig Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James.

Tony Hobson - Died 1-31-2005 ( Jazz ) Born 8-27-1929 - Played trombone, piano, banjo and was a singer - Member of The Eagle Jazz Band.

Franco Mannino - Died 2-1-2005 - Complications following surgery ( Composer ) Born 1924 - Pianist - He wrote more than 600 musical compositions and more than 100 film scores - He wrote music for the films, "I, Vampiri", "Beat The Devil" and "Death In Venice".

Richard Wolfson (Richard Jonathan Wolfson) - Died 2-1-2005 ( Folk - Rock - Experimental ) Born 4-25-1955 in Solihull - Played piano, saxophone and guitar - Member of Warm And Wet, Art Hammer Duo, Missing Morris and Towering Inferno (They did, "Reverse Field" and "Kaddish") - Worked with Fischer-Z.

Jimmie Crawford - Died 2-2-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 9-17-1935 in Obetz, Ohio, U.S. - Played steel guitar and was a guitar builder - Worked with Johnny Paycheck, Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Radney Foster and George Jones - Co-founder of The JCH Steel Guitar Co. - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.

 Big Joe Burrell - Died 2-2-2005 in Burlington, Vt., U.S. - Complications following abdominal surgery ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 2-?-1924 in Michigan, U.S. - Sang and played saxophone - Was a member of The Unknown Blues Band.

Edward Palattella - Died 2-3-2005 in Arlington, Texas, U.S. - Heart complications ( Doo-Wop ) He was 64 years old - Singer - He was a founding member of The Chancellors (They did, "There Goes My Girl") who later changed their name to The Five Chancellors - They were the first racially mixed group to perform at The Apollo Theater.

Ed Kelly (Edwin Kelly)- Died 2-4-2005 - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 10-4-1935 in Wharton, Texas, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Hutcherson, John Handy, Ray Drummond and Pharoah Sanders - The Northern California Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Warren Vache Sr. - Died 2-4-2005 in Rahway, NJ, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1914 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Pee Wee Russell, Bobby Hackett, Doc Cheatham and Vic Dickenson - He authored the books, "This Horn for Hire: The Life and Career of Pee Wee Erwin" and "Crazy Fingers: Claude Hopkins' Life in Jazz" - Father of cornetist Warren Vache Jr. and clarinetist Allan Vache.

 Little Jimmy Oliver (James Henry Oliver) - Died 2-4-2005 - Heart failure ( Jazz ) He was 80 yeras old - Born in Columbia, S.C., U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Mickey Roker, Bootsie Barnes, Max Roach, The Heath Brothers and Philly Joe Jones.

Andy Woolf - Died 2-4-2005 - Heart attack ( Country ) He was 59 years old - Fiddle and banjo player and was a  comedian - (He did, "Hiccup Hmm" and "Dangerous Ankles") -  Worked with Don Pedi.

Matthew Golay - Died 2-5-2005 ( Promoter ) He was 30 Years old - Songwriter and guitarist - Managed The Automatics.

Sunny Spencer (Robert J. Spencer) - Died 2-5-2005 in Tucson, Ariz., U.S. - Respiratory failure ( Country ) He was 75 years old - Born in Kentucky, U.S. - Played saxophone, bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, trumpet, clarinet and the jug - Was a member of The Pioneer Trio and The Sons Of The Pioneers (They did, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds").

Sonny Mann - Died 2-5-2005 in Caparo - Illness ( Soca ) He was 70 years old - Singer - (He did, "Lotay La").

Sonny Day - Died 2-6-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Bone cancer ( Country ) He was 80 years old - Accordionist - Was a member of Roy Acuff's, The Smokey Mountain Boys - Worked with Tanya Tucker, Minnie Pearl, Vince Gill and Patsy Cline.

Merle Kilgore (Wyatt Merle Kilgore) - Died 2-6-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Complications from treatment for cancer ( Country ) Born 8-9-1934 in in Chickasha, Okla., U.S. - Singer, songwriter, DJ, actor and manager - (He wrote Johnny Horton's, "Johnny Reb" and co-wrote Johnny Cash's, "Ring Of Fire") - Managed Hank Williams Jr. - Worked with Hank Williams Sr. - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Pastor Buldeski (Piotr Buldeski)- Died 2-6-2005 - Cancer - Born 1948 - Singer.

Armand Kaproff - Died 2-6-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Musician - Producer ) He was 85 years old - Born in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Cellist - Led The Kaproff Trio - Worked with The NBC Orchestra, The
              Budapest Quartet, The Los Angeles String Quartet, The Pacific Arts Piano Quartet, The Long Beach Symphony, The Pasadena Symphony, The California Chamber Symphony, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones.

Alexander Blinov - Died 2-6-2005 in Ireland - Drummer - Worked with Haivei (Highway).

Sergei Chikishev - Died 2-6-2005 ( Metal ) Singer - Was a member of K.P.D.

Grantley Dee (Grantley De Zoete) - Died 2-7-2005 ( Rock  ) He was 57 years old - DJ and singer - (He had a hit with a remake of, "Wild One").

Steve Burgh - Died 2-7-2005 in Kingston, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( Producer - Musician ) Born 11-17-1950 in Trenton, NJ, U.S. - Born in Trenton - Guitarist - Was a member of Jacob's Creek - Worked with Billy Joel ("Just The Way You Are"), John Prine, Judy Collins, Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Goodman, Phoebe Snow, Steve Forbert, David Bromberg, Gladys Knight, Paul Anka and Richie Havens - He owned The Baby Monster Recording Studio which was used by Cypress Hill, Emmylou Harris, John Cage, Luscious Jackson, Daniel Lanois and The Ramones.

S. Wayne Easley - Died 2-7-2005 in Elgin - Colon cancer ( Gospel ) He was 53 years old - Born in Urbana - Singer and pianist.

Joe Rust (Joe Doe) (Joseph Felton Rust) - Died 2-7-2005 in Eureka Springs, AR, U.S. - Shot himself ( Blues - Country - Rock ) Born 11-6-1956 in Germany - Guitarist and singer - He was one of The Doe Brothers - Worked with The Monty Montana Band, Phantom, The Lazy Alien Blues Band and Mystery Train.

Enos Payne - Died 2-7-2005 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Brain aneurysm ( Jazz ) Born 3-31-1955 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Pianist - Led The Circumference Jazz Ensemble - Worked with Billy
     Mitchell, Jimmy Heath and The Jazzmobile All Stars Big Band - Founded The Circumference School Of Jazz.

Jimmy Smith (James Oscar Smith Jr.) - Died 2-8-2005 in Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S. - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 12-8-1925 in Norristown, PA, U.S. - Played organ - (He did, "Walk On The Wild Side" and "Got My Mojo Working") - Worked with Tina Brooks, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Ponder, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Ike Quebec and Jackie McLean.

Keith Knudsen - Died 2-8-2005 in  Kentfield, CA, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Rock ) Born 2-18-1948 in LeMars, Iowa, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Doobie Brothers (They did, "Black Water" and "What a Fool Believes") and Southern Pacific (They did, "Any Way The Wind Blows" and "Perfect Stranger") - Worked with The Blind Joe Mendlebaum Blues Band and Lee Michaels.

Nick Kilroy - Died 2-8-2005 - Overdose - He was the founder Kin Records - Discovered The Junior Boys - He also was a photographer.

Hynek Zalcik - Died 2-8-2005 - Illness ( Rock - Folk ) Born 4-9-1949 in Novy Jicin, Czechoslovakia - Producer (He produced, Flamengo's, "Kure V Hodinkach", The Progress Organization's "Barnodaj", Framus Five's, "Mesto Er", Dezo Ursiny's, "Provizorium" and the first album for Energit) - Worked with folk singer Jaroslav Hutka ("Stuj, Brizo Zelena") and the folk singers' association Safran (Saffron).

Juggy Murray (Henry Murray Jr.) (aka Juggy Murray Jones) - Died 2-8-2005 in New York, NY, U.S. - Born 11-24-1923 in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. - He co-founded Sue Records which released records by The Matadors ("Vengeance"), Don Covay ("Believe It Or Not"), Ike & Tina Turner ("It's Gonna Work Out Fine"),  Inez Foxx ("Mockingbird"), Johnny Moore, Wilbert Harrison ("Let's Work Together"), Baby Washington ("That's How Heartaches Are Made"), The Soul Sisters, Bobby
Hendricks ("Itchy Twitchy Feeling"), The Ray Bryant Combo, Jimmy McGriff and Ernestine Anderson.

Nona Holm - Died 2-9-2005 - Carbon monoxide poisoning ( Singer ) She was 64 years old - She appeared in the stage productions of Closer Than Ever and Cabaret.

Tyrone Davis - Died 2-9-2005 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( R&B - Blues ) He was 66 years old - Born in Greenville, Miss., U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Can I Change My Mind" and "Turn Back The Hands Of Time").

Christopher Roberto - Died 2-10-2005 - From injuries he sustained in a car crash a month earlier ( Rock ) He was 35 years old - Guitarist - (He and his brother Joseph Roberto did, "Raise 'Em Up For A Friend").

Jack Segal - Died 2-10-2005 in Tarzana - Natural causes ( Lyricist ) He was 86 years old - Born in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. (He wrote, "Scarlet Ribbons" and co-wrote, "When Sunny Gets Blue") - His songs have been recorded by Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, Harry Belafonte, Perry Como and Frank Sinatra.

             David Goodman - Died 2-10-2005 in Mellieha, Malta ( Rock ) Born 3-29-1951 in London, England - Producer, guitarist, singer and songwriter - Was a member of Frinton Bassett Blues, Orange Rainbow and The Internet Café Orchestra - Worked with The Sex Pistols on their Spunk album - He also worked with The Users, Chelsea, Front, The Vibrators, UK Subs and Tribesman.

Bob Money - Died 2-10-2005 ( Gospel ) Born 5-4-1929 - Pianist - Was a member of The Jordanaires - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Pete Sayers (aka Dennis of Grunty Fen) - Died 2-11-2005 - Cancer ( Country ) Born 11-6-1942 in Bath, Somerset, England - Singer, guitarist, songwriter and comedian - Led The Bluegrass Cut-Ups - Worked with Johnny Duncan.

Sammi Smith (Jewel Fay Smith) (aka Girl Hero) - Died 2-12-2005 in Oklahoma City, OK, U.S. - Emphysema? ( Country ) Born 8-5-1943 in Orange, CA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (She did, "Help Me Make It Through The Night" and "So Long Charlie Brown, Don't Look For Me Around") - Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bill Potts (William Orie Potts)- Died 2-16-2005 in Plantation, Fla., U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Jazz ) Born 4-3-1928 in Arlington, VA, U.S. -  Pianist, composer and arranger - Worked with Woody Herman, Bobby Vinton, Paul Anka, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich and Ella Fitzgerald.

Bob Brown - Died 2-16-2005 in Pensecola, Florida, U.S. - Heart attack - Guitarist - Worked with Billy Joe Shaver.

Vernon Young - Died 2-17-2005 in Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean ( Doo Wop ) Born 1-13-1949 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Singer - Led Vernon Young & The Touchtones - Worked with Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters, The Outlaws and Archie Bell & The Drells.

Michael Schmale - Died 2-17-2005 ( Metal ) He was 33 years old - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Lemming Project.

Brian Cookman (Brian Christopher Cookman) - Died 2-18-2005 - Cancer ( Folk - Pop ) Born 11-22-1946 in India - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Jug Trust, Bronx Cheer (They did, "Hold On To Me") and The Brian Cookman Band.

Oscar McDonald - Died 2-18-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Kidney failure ( R&B ) He was 66 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Daniels (They did, "(I Lost My Love In) The Big City"), The Elgins (They did, "Uncle Sam's Man" and "Casey's Cop") and The Bagdads (They did, "Bring Back Those Doo Wops" and "Love Has Two Faces").

Joe Martin (Joseph Martin) - Died 2-19-2005 in New York, NY, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( Doo Wop ) Born 2-12-1935 in Harlem, New York, U.S. - Baritone singer - Was a member of The Dovers who changed their name to The Five Willows (They did, "My Dear Dearest Darling") and then to The Willows (They did, "Church Bells May Ring" and "Dolores").

Rachel Bissex - Died 2-20-2005 in Burlington, VT, U.S. - Breast cancer ( Folk ) Born 12-27-1956 in Boston, Mass., U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (She did, " Dancing With My Mother" and "Drive All Night ").

Larry Kingston (Larry Randal Kingston) - Died 2-20-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 8-10-1941 in Lafayette, Indiana, U.S. - Songwriter - (He did, "Good Morning Loving" and wrote, "It's Not Over If I'm Not Over You" and "Thank God And Greyhound") - He wrote songs for Porter Wagner, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck,  Reba McEntire, Roy Clark, Don Williams, Ringo Starr, Vern Gosdin, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mark Chesnutt.

Pam Bricker (Pamela Carroll Bricker) - Died 2-20-2005 in Takoma Park, MD, U.S. - Hanged herself ( Jazz - Electronic ) Born 7-7-1954 in Richmond, VA, U.S. - Played guitar and sang - (She did, "It's Not Too Soon") - Led The Bricker Band and was a member of Mad Romance and The Thievery Corporation (They did, "Lebanese Blonde") - Worked with Rick Harris ("Guido's Lament" and "You Can Tell"), Louis Bellson, Buck Hill and Charlie Byrd.

Jerome Wheeler (aka Cesspool Baker) - Died 2-20-2005 in Columbia, Missouri, U.S. - Congestive heart failure - Born in Columbia, Missouri, U.S. - Sang and played banjo - Was a member of  The Celebrated Renaissance Band (They did, "Vibration 2.2"), The New Morning Singers, The Barbecue Brothers and Lee Ruth - He wrote and produced the rock operas, "Gomez And The Catnip Mouse" and "B-Movies From Outer Space".

Randy Leiner - Died 2-20-2005 - Natural causes - He was 51 years old - Guitarist, singer and harmonica player -  Was a member of The Melroys (They did, "The Hideaway" and " She Don’t Even Make A Bubble").

John Raitt (John Emmett Raitt) - Died 2-20-2005 in Pacific Palisades, CA, U.S. - Complications from pneumonia ( Musicals ) Born 1-19-1917 in Santa Ana, CA, U.S. - Singer and actor - Appeared in the musicals, Carousel, Oklahoma! and The Pajama Game - Father of singer, Bonnie Raitt.

Rusty McHugh - Died 2-21-2005 in Pensacola, FL, U.S. ( Country ) Born 6-30-1948 - Singer, songwriter and musician - Led The Rusty McHugh Band and was a member of The Fish Camp Band - He was half the duo of Rusty McHugh And Mike Fincher (They did, "She Put A Louisiana Liplock On My Alabama Porkchop" and "I Always Get Battered When She Gets Fried")

Harry M. Simeone (Harry Moses Simeone) - Died 2-22-2005 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Born 5-9-1911 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Conductor, arranger and pianist - (His choral group had hits with, "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?") - Worked with Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians, Victor Young and Bing Crosby.

Smokey Hampton (Vandy Hampton) - Died 2-22-2005 in East Chicago, Lake, Indiana, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 11-15-1949 in Illinois, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Chi-Lites and The Impressions.

Goldie Hill (Argolda Voncile Hill) - The Golden Hillbilly - Died 2-24-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Complications of cancer ( Country ) Born 1-11-1933 in Karnes City, Texas, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes" and "Lovable Fool") - Worked with Justin Tubb ("Looking Back
         To See"), Red Sovine ("Are You Mine"), Webb Pierce and her brothers Tommy and Ken Hill - She was married to singer, Carl Smith.

Norberto Pappo Napolitano - Died 2-24-2005 near Lujan, Argentine - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Born 3-10-1950 in Argentina - Guitarist - Worked with Los Abuelos de la Nada, Los Gatos, Crucifixión No. 5, La Pesada del Rock And Roll, Manal, Pappo’s Blues, Aeroblus and Riff.

Edward Patten (Edward Roy Patten) (aka Daddy Patten) - Died 2-25-2005 in Livonia, Mich., U.S. - Stroke ( Soul ) Born 8-22-1939 in Atlanta, Ga., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Gladys Knight & The Pips (They did, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "Midnight Train To Georgia") - Co-founders of Crew Records - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Penny Maxedon (aka Penny West) (D.J. Maxedon) - Died 2-25-2005 in Fort Thomas ( Country ) Born 6-19-1924 in Wabash, Ind., U.S. - Sang and played bass fiddle - She was a member of Lucky Pennies - Wife of Dean Richard Maxedon who hosted TV's "Hayride".

Jarek Woluszko (aka Butcher) - Died 2-26-2005 ( Metal ) Singer - Worked with Exorcist and Pol.

Chris Curtis (Christopher Crummy) - Died 2-28-2005 in Liverpool, England - After a long illness ( Merseybeat ) Born 8-25-1941 in Oldham, Lancs - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Searchers (They did, "Needles And Pins" and "Love Potion Number 9"), The Flowerpot Men ("Let's Go To San Francisco"), Roundabout who later became Deep Purple and The Merseycats - Produced Paul and Barry Ryan.

Phillip Fuemana - Died 2-28-2005 in Auckland, New Zealand - Heart attack ( Hip Hop ) Born 1-6-1964 - Musician and producer - Was a member of Otara Millionaires Club (They did, "How Bizarre?").

Roger Clements - Died 2-?-2005 - Cancer - Musician - He was 57 years old - Was a member of The Crystal Palace Band.

 Wild Child Butler (George Butler) - The Swamp harp King - Died 3-1-2005 in Windsor, Ontario - Pulmonary embolism ( Blues ) Born 10-1-1936 in Autaugaville, Alabama, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and harmonica player - (He did, "Gravy Child" and "Everybody Got A Mojo") - Worked with Big Walter Horton, Jimmy Rogers, Sammy Lawhorn, Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay, Aaron Burton, Mighty Joe Young, Big Walter Horton and Willie Dixon.

James Cassily (James F. Cassily) - Died 3-1-2005 in Holland, Mich., U.S. ( Producer - Engineer ) Born in Hamtramck - He was 60 years old - He produced Bob Seger and mixed sounds for Janis Joplin - Inventor of the Interactive Metronome.

Yngve Hanssen - Died 3-2-2005 - Car accident ( Metal ) Born 1975 - Bassist - Worked with Gaia Epicus (They did, "Wings Of Freedom" and "Time And Space").

Martin Denny - Died 3-2-2005 in Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, U.S. ( Exotica - Jazz ) Born 4-10-1911 in New York, NY, U.S. - (He did a version of, "Quiet Village") - Worked with Arthur Lyman.

Joe Carter - Died 3-2-2005 - Liver cancer ( Country ) He was 78 years old - Singer - Worked with his sister, Janette Carter.

Dorris Henderson - The Lady Dorris - Died 3-3-2005 in London, England ( Folk ) Born 1933 in Lakeland, Florida, U.S. - Sang and played autoharp - Worked with with John Renbourn, Lord Buckley, Bob Kerr and Eclection - She was married to guitarist Mac McGann - Mother of guitarist Eric Jones.

Vesa Lattunen (Vesa Antero Lattunen) - Died 3-3-2005 in Lahti, Finland ( Prog Rock ) Born 12-31-1949 in Oulu, Finland - Singer, guitarist and keyboardist - Worked with The Roundbeats, The Wanderers, The Lords, Tinkle, Haikara (They did, "Poika pilvella" and "Koyhan pojan kerjsys") and Osviitta.

Marvin Jenkins - Died 3-4-2005 in Pasadena, CA, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 12-8-1932  in Aultman, Ohio, U.S. - Played piano, flute and was a songwriter - (He wrote, "Big City" which has been
   recorded by Cannonball Adderley, Shirley Horn and Les McCann ) - Worked with The Barney Kessel Trio, Marvin Gaye ("Let's Get It On") and Della Reese.

Philip Alleman Sr. - Died 3-5-2005 in Eunice, LA, U.S. - Cancer ( Cajun ) Born 1940 in Rayne, LA, U.S. - Sang and played drums and steel guitar - (Wrote the lyrics for, "The Last Waltz" and "I'll Be Lonely") - Worked with The Lafayette Playboys, Blackie Forestier, Aldus Roger, Cajun Fever, The LeRoy Broussard Louisiana Cajun Heat Band and Donald Thibodeaux - Cajun Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Tommy Vance (Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston) (aka Rick West) - Died 3-6-2005 in Kent - Stroke ( DJ ) He was 63 years old - Born in Eynsham, Oxfordshire - He worked on the pirate station, Radio Caroline and on Radio 1 - Was a presenter for Top Of The Pops and VH1's, Friday Night Rock show.

Helon Blount (Helon Blount Kaldenberg) - Died 3-7-2005 - After a long illness ( Actress - Singer ) Born in Big Spring, TX, U.S. - She was 76 years old - She appeared in the stage productions, The Most Happy Fella, Greenwillow, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Musical Chairs and Riverwind.

Valerie Cizmarova - Died 3-7-2005 in Prague, Czech Republic - Heart failure ( Pop ) Born 1-29-1952 in Michalovce, Czechoslovakia - Singer - (She did, "Leta leti", "Sunny" and "Padal dest").

Brigitte Mira - Died 3-8-2005 in Berlin, Germany ( Cabaret - Musicals )  Born 4-10-1910 in Hamburg, Germany - Actress, singer and dancer - She appeared in the films, "Angst essen Seele auf" ("Fear Eats The Soul") and "Jeder fuer sich und Gott gegen alle" ("The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser") and performed the role of the "Broadway-Baby" in the musical, "Follies" - She sang with the trio Drei alte Schachteln -  Worked with Richard Tauber, Leo Slezak, Harald Juhnke, Gunther Pfitzmann and Willy Milowitsch.

Kathie Kay (Connie Wood) - Died 3-8-2005 - Alzheimer's disease ( Big Band ) She was 86 years old - Singer - (She did, "We Will Make Love" and "A House With Love In It") - Worked with The Billy Cotton Band Show, Harry Lauder, George Formby and Hughie Green.

Jerry Russell (Jeremy B. Russell) - Died 3-8-2005 in in Tucson, AZ, U.S. - After a long battle with Myelodysplasia ( Rock ) Born 8-31-1944 in New York, U.S. - Co-founder of Blue Cheer - Worked with Sly Stone, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Steve Winwood.

Larry Bunker - Died 3-8-2005  in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 11-4-1928 in Long Beach, CA, U.S. - Percussionist - Worked with Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Art Pepper, Howard Rumsey, Gerry Mulligan, Barney Kessel, Peggy Lee, Henry Mancini and The Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Chris LeDoux - Died 3-9-2005 - Complications of liver cancer ( Country ) Born 10-2-1948 in Biloxi, Miss., U.S. - Played harmonica, guitar and was a singer and songwriter - (He did, "Even Cowboys Like A Little Rock And Roll" and "Riding For A Fall") - Worked with with Garth Brooks ("Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy"), Toby Keith ("Copenhagen") and Jon Bon Jovi ("Bang A Drum") - Former rodeo world champion bareback rider.

George Scott (George Lewis Scott) - Died 3-9-2005 in Durham, NC, U.S. - Complications from diabetes and a heart condition ( Gospel ) Born 3-18-1929 in Notasulga, Ala., U.S. - Baritone singer and guitarist - He was a member of The Happy Land Jubilee Singers who were renamed The Blind Boys Of Alabama (They did, "I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine").

Kurt Struebing - Died 3-9-2005 - His car fell through the opening of a draw bridge ( Metal ) He was 39 years old - Guitarist and singer - He was a member of NME (They did, "Acid Reign" and "Brick Wall").

Chris Cox (Christopher Caldwell Cox) - Died 3-9-2005 - He was 58 years old - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Worked with Suzanne Paris, Bobby Mason, Dan Forde, Richard Hathaway, Brian DeWolf, Jason Perrin, Tai Vare, Bobby Yang, Dave Johnson, Buddy Miles and Khristie Krantz.

Chepe Ruiz (Joe Ruiz) - Died 3-9-2005 ( Corridos ) He was 91 years old - Born in Mexico's Guanajuato state - Played saxophone and violin - Was a member of The Rhythm Kings.

 Donald Diffenbaugh ( Donald Louis Diffenbaugh) - Died 3-9-2005 - Parkinson's disease ( Dance Music ) He was 77 years old - Played  saxophone and clarinet - Was a member of The Rhythm Rockets, The Harmoniers and The Sonny Hawthorn Band.

Tony Vadnal (Anthony Vadnal) - Died 3-9- 2005 ( Polka ) Born 8-4-1918 - Singer and bassist - (He did, "No Beer On Sunday" and "Teach Me How To Yodel") - Was a member of The Vadnal Quartet, The Vadnal Orchestra and The Vadnal Reveliers - Worked with Chuck Smith, John Urankar, John Trinko, The Lausche Trio, Vic Intihar, Johnny Pecon, Lou Trebar, and Bobby Timko - National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jackie Neal - Died 3-10-2005 - Shot ( Blues - Funk - Pop ) Singer - (She did, " Barking Up My Tree" and " Right Thang, Wrong Man") - Daughter of singer Raful Neal and sister of musician Kenny Neal.

Danny Joe Brown - Died 3-10-2005 in Davie, FL, U.S. - Complication of diabetes ( Southern Rock ) Born 8-24-1951 in Jacksonville, FL, U.S. - Singer - Member of Molly Hatchet (They did, "Flirtin' With Disaster" and "Whiskey Man") - Led The Danny Joe Brown Band (They did, "The Alamo" and "Sundance").

Stephanie Shepard (Stephanie Jane Shepard) - Died 3-10-2005 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 5-18-1940 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Sang and played the recorder - Was a member of Tafel Music.

Jeanette Schmid (aka Baroness Lips von Lipstrill) (Rudolf Schmid) - Died 3-10-2005 in Vienna - Born 11-6-1924 - She was born a man in what is now the Czech Republic - Whistler - Worked with Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra.

Mindy Jostyn - Died 3-10-2005 in NY, U.S. ( Folk Hymns ) Played violin, guitar, piano, accordion, harmonica and was a singer and songwriter - (She did, "Touch of the Master's Hand" and "My Father's World") - Was a member od The Tigers and The Cyclone Rangers - Worked with her husband, Jacob Brackman and with Carly Simon ("Angel Of The Darkest Night"), Cindy Lauper, John Mellencamp, Garth Hudson, Joe Jackson, Billy Joel, Laura Nyro, The Hooters and Donald Fagen.

Danny Taylor - Died 3-10-2005 in Kingston, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( Experimental ) Born 5-1-1948 - Drummer - Was a member of The Silver Apples (They did, "Oscillations" and "Misty Mountain").

Charles Blackwell - Died 3-11-2005 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Jazz ) Musician and entertainment promoter - Worked with Sonny Stit, Gene Ammons and Jimmy Oliver.

Bruce Slusher - Died 3-12-2005 - Suicide ( Southern Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Cottonmouth.

Lyn Collins - The Female Preacher - Died 3-13-2005 in Los Angeles, California, U.S - Complications from a seizure ( Soul ) Born 6-12-1948 in Lexington - Singer -  (She did, "Unlucky In Love" at 14 years old and "Wheel Of Life") - Worked with James Brown, Martha High and Patra ("Think (About It)") - She can be heard on the soundtrack for the film, "Dr. Detroit" and on music for the TV series, "Fame".

J.J. Dickens - The Illinois Valley's Godfather of Country - Died 3-13-2005 in Peru, Illinois, U.S. ( Country )  Born in Hennessy, Oklahoma, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - He was a member of The Barrier Breakers later renamed The Western Perceptions - Worked for Hugh Hefner.

Eddie Richards (Gareth Bonetto) - Found dead  3-14-2005 in Nantgarw - Suicide ( Metal ) Singer - Was a member of Blood Retch.

Hector Monteverde - Died 3-14-2005 in Caracas, Venezuela ( Folk - Pop ) Born 12-23-1918 in Cumana, Venezuela - Disc jockey, singer, actor, producer and publicist - Pioneer of Venezuelan radio and TV - (He did "El Muñeco de la Ciudad (The Puppet of the City)").

Mix Master Spade (Frank Antonia Williams) - Died 3-15-2005 - Motorcycle accident ( Rap ) Born 11-1-1961 - Worked with King Tee and Toddy Tee.

Justin Hinds - Died 3-16-2005 in Steertown, St. Anns, Jamaica - Lung cancer ( Ska - Reggae ) Born 5-7-1942 in St Anns, Jamaica - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Carry Go Bring Come" and "Jump Out The Frying Pan") - Was a member of The Dominoes - Worked with The Jamaica All Stars.

Jakson Spires (aka Thunderfoot) - Died 3-16-2005 in Fort Pierce, FL, U.S. - He had suffered a brain hemorrhage earlier ( Rock ) Born 4-12-1951 in Raleigh, N.C., U.S. - Drummer, singer and songwriter - Was a member of Blackfoot (They did, "Highway Song" and "Fly Away") and The Southern Rock All-Stars - Worked with Benny Mardones, Phil Lynott, Willie Dixon and Albert King.

Saul Israel Holiff - Died 3-17-2005 in in Nanaimo, B.C. ( Concert promoter ) He was 79 or 80 years old - He managed Johnny Cash, Tommy Hunter and The Statler Brothers.

Lalo Guerrero (Eduardo Guerrero Jr.) - Father of Chicano music - Died 3-17-2005 in Rancho Mirage, California, U.S. ( Corrido - Chicano music ) Born 12-24-1916 in the Barrio Viejo neighborhood of Tucson, Ariz., U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Nunca Jamas", "Cancion Mexicana" and the parodies, "Pancho Claus" and  "Elvis Perez) - He created Las Ardillitas, a trio of singing squeaky voiced squirrels for children's albums.

Renee Diggs (Renee Diggs-Phillips) (Sherlyn Renee Diggs) - Died 3-18-2005 in Annapolis, MD, U.S. - Complications from Multiple Sclerosis ( R&B ) Born 7-23-1954 in Annapolis, MD, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Licyndiana later renamed Starpoint (They did, "Object Of My Desire" and "What You Been Missin") - Worked with James Ingram, Bob James, Michael Franks and Cliff Dawson.

Barry Stern - Died 3-18-2005 - Complications incurred from hip replacement surgery ( Metal ) Drummer and singer - Was a member of Zoetrope (They did, "Seeking Asylum" and "Company Man") and Trouble (They did, "At The End Of My Daze" and "All Is Forgiven") - Worked with Debris Inc.

Wayne Southworth - Died 3-18-2005 - Epileptic seizure ( Punk ) He was 28 years old - Singer - Was a member of Doom, Blood Sucking Freaks, State Of Filth, The Devils, The Pheramones and Unicorn Love.

Ronnie Howard - Died 3-18-2005 Shaker Heights, OH, U.S. - Murdered ( R&B ) He was 67 years old - Was a member of The Spartans.

Uncle Joe (Joseph Kuewa Keaulana, Jr.) - Died 3-19-2005 ( Hawaiian ) Born 4-11-1939 - Standup bass player and singer - Was a member of Lei Hulu - Worked with Violet Pahu, Lei Hulu, Kimo Alama Keaulana, Leonard Kwan, Leilani Sharpe Mendez, Kekua Fernandes, Peter Ahia, John Lino, Genoa Keawe, Kealoha Kalama, Hokulani Meatoga,  Lilikoi, Agnes AhSee, Ainsley Halemanu, Clyde Lono, Walter Mookini, Noe Kimi Buchanan, Mabel Kekino, Lem Aweau and Kaipo Asing.

Ken Johnson (aka The Snake) - Died 3-19-2005 in Jonesboro, GA, U.S. - Diabetes complications ( Rock Blues ) He was 53 years old - Drummer - Worked with Ike And Tina Turner, The Steve Miller Band, The Chi-Lites, Kenny Neal and James Cotton.

Phillip Ballou (Phillip Demitrius Ballou) - Died 3-19-2005 in New York, U.S. - Stroke ( Soul - Pop - Gospel ) Born 2-22-1950 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Revelation (They did, "Get Ready For This" and "Where It's Warm") - Worked with Vickie Sue Robinson, Luther Vandross, Todd Rundgren, Laurie Anderson, John Hall, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Tom Jones, George Benson, Billy Ocean, Kashif, Nona Hendryx, Jonathan Butler, Teddy Pendergrass, Melba Moore, Irene Cara, John Hall, Asleep At The Wheel, James Taylor, The SOS All-Stars and Tramaine Hawkins - Son of gospel singer Roosevelt Payne.

Paul Adducci - Died 3-20-2005 in Lakewood, CO, U.S. - He was 86 years old - Born in in Denver, CO, U.S. - Saxophonist - Lifetime member of The Denver Musicians Association.

Forrest Rose - Died 3-20-2005 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. ( Bluegrass ) Born 7-6-1965 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. - Played bass fiddle and sang - Worked with The Mudbugs, The Rank Sinatras, The Mid-Missouri Hell-Band, Monkey Grip, The Boxbeaters, The  New Madrid Earthquake, Perfect Strangers (They did, "Bluegrass In The Backwoods" and "Pineville Breakdown"), David Olney, Kenny Baker and Bill Monroe.

Bobby Short (Robert Waltrip Short) - Died 3-21-2005 in New York, NY, U.S. - Leukemia ( Cabaret ) Born 9-12-1924 in Danville, IL, U.S. - Singer and pianist - He played for presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Ken Hunt (aka Sketch) - Died 3-21-2005 in Chicago, Ill., U.S - Injuries ( Rock ) He was 34 years old - Bassist, drummer, singer, writer, journalist and poet - He was a member of Toast, Harvey Wallbanger, Self-Help Seminar, Unplanned Pregnancy and Mayor Daley - Was a national finalist in Slam Poet.

Lee Mallory (aka Prez) - Died 3-21-2005 - Liver cancer - Born 1-10-1945 in  San Francisco, CA, U.S. ( Folk - Rock ) Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Millennium and Saggitarius - Worked with The Association and co-wrote their, "Better Times" and "Just About The Same".

Rod Price - Died 3-22-2005 in Wilton, New Hampshire - Head trauma from a fall precipitated by a heart attack ( Rock - Blues - Boogie ) Born 11-22-1947 in London, England - Guitarist - (He did, "Dynaflate" and "Straight Laced Breakdown") - Was a member of Foghat (They did, "Fool For The City" and "Slow Ride") - Worked with Champion Jack Dupree, Duster Bennett, Eddie Kirkland, Shakey Vick, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and Honey Boy Edwards.

Ann Dee (Angela Maria De Spirito) - Died 3-22-2005 in Joshua Tree, Calif., U.S. ( Jazz - Cabaret ) She was 85 years old - Singer and club owner - Helped the career of Johnny Mathis.

Russell Hayes-Cook - Died 3-24-2005 - Possible heart attack ( Rock ) He was 52 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Geritones.

Paul Henning - Died 3-25-2005 in Burbank, CA, U.S - Natural causes - Born 9-16-1911 in Missouri, U.S. - He created TV's, The Beverly Hillbillies and wrote its theme song, "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett" - He also created TV's, Petticoat Junction and wrote for radio's, Fibber McGee and Molly and The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show.

Paul Hester (Paul Newell Hester) - Died 3-26-2005 in Melbourne - Suicide ( Rock ) Born 1-8-1959 in Melbourne -  Drummer - Was a member of The Sea Monsters, The Cheks, Deckchairs Overboard, Split Enz (They did, "This Is Massive" and "One Mouth Is Fed"), The Mullanes, later renamed Crowded House (They did, "Weather With You" and "That's What I Call Love") and Ultrasound - Worked with with Richard Pleasance, Deborah Conway, The Bay Of Pigs, Tarmac Adam and Penny Flanagan - He also was a TV personality.

George Atwood (aka Big George) - Died 3-27-2005 in Twin Falls ( Jazz - Pop - Rock ) Born 10-17-1920 in Tuscaloosa, AL, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Buddy Holly And The Crickets ("Heartbeat" and "Love's Made A Fool Of You"), The Picks ("Moondreams" and "Look Into The Future"), The Norman Petty Trio, The Roses, Roy Orbison and Buddy Knox - The Norman Petty Studios Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Eddie Hrebic - Died 3-28-2005 - Pulmonary embolism - He was 30 years old - Singer, drummer, guitarist and songwriter.

Derrick Plourde - Died 3-30-2005 - Shot himself ( Punk ) Born 10-17-1971 in Goleta, CA, U.S. - Drummer and songwriter - Was a member of Lagwagon, Bad Astronauts, Rich Kids On LSD (aka R.K.L.) and The Ataris - Worked with The Mad Caddies, Jaws, and Threatend Hope.

Hideaki Sekiguchi (aka Billy) - Died 3-31-2005 in Tokyo, Japan - Heart attack ( Punk ) He was 38 years old - Played bass - Was a member of Guitar Wolf (They did, "Run Wolf Run" and "Jett Rock").

Jason Dermos (aka Jason Cross) - Died 3-31-2005 - Respiratory failure ( Rock ) He was 31 years old - Singer - Was a member of Koyl and Rekoyl.

Dan Burkholder - Died 4-?-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 90 years old - Saxophonist and clarinetist - (He composed, "Foundation") - Worked with The Frankie Masters Band and The Danny Burke Orchestra.

Tom Payne - Died 4-?-2005 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 44 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Leonards (They did, "Can’t Change" and "She Said Goodbye").

Jack Keller - Died 4-1-2005 - Leukemia ( Pop ) Born 11-11-1936 - Songwriter - (He co-wrote, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and "My Heart Has A Mind of Its Own" and the theme songs for TV's, "Bewitched" and "Gidget") - He produced The Monkees - Worked with Howard Greenfield and Ernie Sheldon.

Harald Juhnke (Harry Heinz Herbert Juhnke) - The German Frank Sinatra - Died 4-1-2005 in Fredersdorf, Germany ( Singer - Actor ) Born 7-10-1929 in Berlin, Germany - (He did, "Ich versetze Berge" and "Barfuss oder Lackschuh") - Worked with Brigitte Mira, Hans Albers, Dalida ("Nein, zärtlich bist du nicht"), Veronika Fischer and Peggy March.

Fazal Prendergast - Died 4-1-2005 - Drowned after his car veered off the highway and plunged into a River ( Reggae ) He was 46 years old - Born in Jamaica - Guitarist - Was a member of The Yellow Wall Dub Squad.

Walt Solek (Walter Solek) - The Polish Spike Jones and The Clown Prince of Polkas - Died 4-1-2005 in Meriden, CT, U.S. ( Polka ) Born 9-28-1910 in Meriden, CT, U.S. - (He did, "Julida Polka" and "Pierogi Polka") - Worked with The Krakowska Orchestra - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame inductee.

Bernard Owen Mast - Died 4-2-2005 in West Toledo, Ohio, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 4-12-1923 in Topeka, Ind., U.S. - Played guitar, piano, French horn and was a singer - Worked with Reed Baker.

Kenny Gardner (Kenneth A. Gardner) (aka The Book) - Died 4-2-2005 - Heart attack after an appendectomy ( Singer ) Born 3-20-1913 - Worked with Guy Lombardo - Hosted radio's, "Easy Does It".

Betty Bolton - Died 4-2-2005 - ( Dance - Comedy ) Born 1-26-1906 - Singer and actress - She appeared in the films, "Wolves" and "Balaclava".

Jeff Wallack - Died 4-2-2005 - Brain aneurysm ( Rock ) Born in Altoona - Guitarist - Worked with Sea Hag, Waysted Reindeer, Rapid Fire, Shattered China and Dash Riprock.

Don Pierce - Died 4-3-2005 ( Record Label Executive ) He was 89 years old - Born in Ballard, Wash., U.S. - Worked for Four Star Records and was president of Starday Records which released albums by bluegrass and old time music artists.

Eric Larson - Died 4-3-2005 - Born 1954 - Producer and engineer - Founder of The New Mexico Music Industry "MIC" Awards.

 Jacob Faust - Died 4-4-2005 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Shot by police - Born 2-1-1980 in Denver, CO, U.S. - Played guitar, bass, piano, accordian, pump organ, violin and trumpet and was an artist - Was a member of The Carnival Barkers.

Ernest Allen Sr. - Died 4-5-2005 in Chicago, Ill., U.S.- Heart attack ( Gospel - Jazz ) He was 77 years old - Born in Chicago - Founder and owner of The Allen Studio of Music - Worked for American Music World.

Monty Matthews (Warren Matthews) - Died 4-5-2005 in Springfield, MO, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 8-25-1927 in Pulaski, Ky., U.S. - Singer - Co-founder of The Matthews Brothers Quartet, The Jordanaires and The Foggy River Boys Quartet - Worked with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Red Foley and Bill Gaither - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Foundation Inductee and  Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

William G. Havemann - Died 4-5-2005 in Aurora - Cancer ( Jazz ) He was 81 years old - Born in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played the piano and banjo and was a conductor and composer.

Duke McFadden (John McFadden)  - Died 4-5-2005 ( Rock ) Songwriter and pianist - (He co-wrote, "I Could Be Good For You") - He was an original member of 707.

Grant Kitchings - Died 4-5-2005 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( R&B ) He was 66 years old - Singer - Was a member of Johnny Moore's Drifters and Jimmie Nabbie's Ink Spots.

Shelby Vest - Died 4-6-2005 - Abdominal aneurysm ( Bluegrass ) Fiddler - Was a member of The Foggy Mountain Five.

Grigoris Bithikotsis - Died 4-7-2005 - While recovering from surgery for aortic aneurism ( Greek Folk - Bouzouki ) Born in 1922 in Athens, Greece -  Songwriter.

Jose Melis - Died 4-7-2005 in Sun City, AZ, U.S. - Born 2-27-1920 in Havana, Cuba - Pianist - Was a Musical Director for Jack Paar's Tonight Show writing the theme song, "I-M-4-U" - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Tito Puente and The Boston Pops.

Domingo Rojas (aka Kutimba) - Died 4-9-2005 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. - Stabbed ( Merengue ) He was 32 years old - Singer - (He did, "Don't Take My Life" and "The Woman of My Dreams").

Wally Tax (Wladimir Tax) - Died 4-10-2005 in Amsterdam, Holland ( Psychedelic ) Born 2-14-1948 in Amsterdam, Holland - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and flutist - Member of The Outsiders (They did, "Lying All The Time" and "Summer Is Here") - Led Tax Free (They did, "Yiva" and "My Lady Truth") - Worked with John Cale, Bamboule, George Cash, Watermen and The Mustangs.

George Younce - Died 4-11-2005 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. ( Gospel ) He was 75 years old - Singer - (He did, "This Old House" and "Thanks To Calvary") - Founding member of The Cathedral Quartet and The Old Friends Quartet - Worked with The Weatherfords, The Blue Ridge Quartet, Bill Gaither and The Signature Sound Quartet - Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jerry Byrd - Died 4-11-2005 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. ( Country - Hawaiian ) Born 3-9-1920 in Lima, Ohio, U.S. - Played steel guitar - Worked with Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Hui 'Ohana, Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Danny Kaleikini, Red Foley, Alan & Julie Grier, Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Burl Ives, Chet Atkins, Emma Veary, Karen Keawehawai'i, Don Ho, Joe Recca, Eddie Kekaula and Gary Aiko - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Junior Delgado (Oscar Hibbert) - Died 4-11-2005 in London, England ( Reggae ) He was 46 years old - Born in Kingston, Jamaica - Singer - (He did, "Sons Of Slaves" and "Raggamuffin Year") - Worked with Lee Perry, Maxi Jazz, Sly And Robbie, Jerry Dammers, Time Unlimited and Dennis Brown ("Tition").

Bob Jacob (Robert Jacob) - Died 4-11-2005 ( Jazz ) Born 7-19-1951 - Musician and songwriter - Was a founding member of The Naked Sunday Collective.

LondiBenito Valderrama (aka Junior and Music Man) - Died 4-12-2005 near Largo, Maryland, U.S. - Accident ( Promoter ) Born in Willingboro, New Jersey, U.S. - He promoted music by go-go, gospel and Latino bands.

Johnnie Johnson ( Johnnie C. Johnson) - The founding father of rock and roll - Died 4-13-2005 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. ( Rock - Jazz - Blues ) Born 7-8-1924 in Fairmont, West Virginia, U.S. - Pianist and composer - (He did, "Son's Dream" and "Movin' Out") - Led The Johnnie Johnson Trio and Johnnie Johnson And The Kentucky Headhunters (They did, "That'll Work" and "She's Got To Have It") - Worked with Chuck Berry ("Roll Over Beethoven" and "No Particular Place To Go"), Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Salvatore Tutti Camarata (aka Toots) - Died 4-13-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Big Band ) Born 5-11-1913 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S. - Trumpeter, arranger, conductor, musical director and record company executive - Worked with Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra, Charlie Barnet, Paul Whiteman, The Casa Loma Orchestra, Billie Holiday and Benny Goodman - Music Director for Decca - Co-founder and director of music for Disneyland Records.

Benny Bailey (Ernest Harold Bailey) - Died 4-14-2005 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands ( Jazz ) Born 8-13-1925 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with The Counts Of Rhythm, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Bull Moose Jackson, Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Harry Arnold, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones, Eric Dolphy, George Gruntz, Scatman Crothers and The Paris Reunion Band.

Steve Jablecki (Stephen H. Jablecki) - Died 4-14-2005 in Pawtucket, RI, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 59 years old - Born in Providence, RI, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Wadsworth Mansion (They did, "Sweet Mary" and "Michigan Harry Slaughter") and Slingshot.

Cootie Stark (James Miller) - King of the Piedmont Blues - Died 4-14-2005 in Greenville, SC, U.S. ( Blues - Gospel ) Born 12-9-1927 in Abbeville, SC, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Metal Bottoms" and "Sandyland").

John Fred (John Fred Gourrier Jr.) - Died 4-15-2005 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( Rock - R&B ) Born 5-8-1941 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - Led John Fred And The Playboys (They did, "Shirley") and John Fred & His Playboy Band (They did, "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" and "Hey, Hey Bunny") - Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jimmy Vincent (James Faraci Sr.) - Died 4-15-2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 6-30-1923 in East Boston Mass., U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Louis Prima and The Goofers.

Laura Canales - Queen of Tejano music - Died 4-16-2005 in Corpus Christi - Complications, including pneumonia, after a gall bladder surgery ( Tejano ) Born 8-19-1954 in Kingsville, TX, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Cuatro Caminos" and "Dame La Mano") -  Led Laura Canales And Encanto (They did, "Si Vivi Contigo") - Worked with Los Unicos and El Conjunto Bernal, Snowball & Co. ("Midnight Blue") - Tejano Roots Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Wataru Takada - Died 4-16-2005 in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan - Heart failure ( Folk ) Singer.

Andrew Steele (Andrew Roy Malcolm Steele) - Died 4-18-2005 in Alaska, U.S. - Cancer after having been exposed to asbestos during work in his teens ( Rock ) Born 8-2-1941 in Hendon, Middlesex, England - Drummer - Was a member of The Herd (They did, "Fare Thee Well" and "Paradise Lost") - Worked with The T-Bones, The Family Dogg, The Mick Cox Band, Stealers Wheel, Kid Gloves, Gerry Rafferty, Laurie Styvers, Neil Sedaka, Chris Rainbow, Doggerel Bank and Gary Shearston.

Jock Elliott (William Sinnett Elliott III) - Died 4-18-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Music Executive ) He was 36 years old - Worked for Rhino Records, Geffen Records, MCA Records and Epic Records - Helped to break Incubus.

Miguel Acuna - Died 4-18-2005 in Margarita Island, Venezuela - Heart attack ( Folk ) Born 5-31-1914 in Las Trincheras, Venezuela - Guitarist and Singer - Co-founder of The Cuarteto Caraquita - Worked with Valeriano Ramos, Napoleon Baltodano, Eduardo Serrano, Chucho Sanoja and Los Antaños del Stadium.

Rick Lewis (Richard Lewis) - Died 4-19-2005 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Kidney failure ( Doo-Wop - Gospel ) Born 9-2-1933 - Tenor singer - Was a member of The Phialadelphia Boys' Choir, The Parakeets, The Gospel Tornadoes, The Thunderbirds who changed their name to The Silhouettes (They did, "Get A Job") and was a road manager for The Turbans.

 Danny Wilder - Died 4-19-2005 - Overdose ( Rock ) Born 1968 - Bassist - Was a member of Paradise and Tuff - Worked with Emi Canyon.

Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen (aka NHOP) - Died 4-19-2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 5-26-1946 in Osted, Danmark - Double bassist - Worked with Oscar Peterson, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, The Danish Radio Big Band, Art Farmer, Roland Kirk, Kenny Drew, Joe Pass, Philip Catherine and Bill Evans - He played on over 400 albums.

Bryan Ottoson - Died 4-19-2005 in his band's tour bus in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. - Prescription drug overdose ( Industrial - Metal ) Guitarist and songwriter- Was a member of American Head Charge (They did, "Take What I've Taken" and "Erratic").

Blade Icewood (Darnell Lyndsey) - Died 4-19-2005 - Shot ( Hip Hop ) Born 1977 - Worked with The Street Lordz.

Tony Weston - Died 4-19-2005 ( Cabaret ) Born 9-?-1931 in Cornwall - Actor and singer - He appeared in the musical "Zip Goes A Million".

 Rosetta Otey - Lady of the Ivories - Died 4-20-2005 ( Gospel ) Born 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Pianist - Cleveland Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Stan Levey - Died 4-20-2005  in Van Nuys, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 4-5-1926 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Drummer -  Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Milt Jackson, The Lighthouse All-Stars, Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz and Stan Kenton.

Bill Mabe - Died 4-21-2005 in Nixa - After a short illness ( Country - Gospel ) He was 74 years old - Played Dobro guitar and sang - Was a co-founder of The Baldknobbers.

Bob Gardiner (James Robbins Gardiner) - Died 4-21-2005 in Grass Valley - Suicide - He was 54 years old - Born in Torrance - Artist, writer and musician - He performed original satiric songs and was known for his clay animation that he called sculptimation which he used in a short film about Elvis Presley for Rolling Stone Magazine's 10th anniversary broadcast - Worked with Mason Williams for two Smothers Brothers specials.

Leo Pacheco - Died 4-21-2005 in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela - Heart Attack ( Latin ) Born 5-17-1948 in Las Gonzalez, Venezuela - Worked for La Renovacion and Oscar D'Leon y La Salsa Mayor.

Arnie Lawrence (Arnold Lawrence Finkelstein) - Died 4-22-2005 in Jerusalem, Israel - Lung and liver cancer ( Jazz ) Born 7-10-1938 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Saxophonist - Was a member of Treasure Island and Children of All Ages - Worked with Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen and Budd Johnson - Co-founder of The New School for Jazz And Contemporary Music.

Robert Farnon - Died 4-23-2005 on The British island of Guernsey - Heart attack ( Light Orchestral Music - Jazz ) Born in 7-24-1917 in Toronto, Canada - Composer, conductor, trumpeter and arranger - He wrote music for more than forty films including "Spring In Park Lane" and "Captain Horatio Hornblower" - Led The Robert Farnon Orchestra - Worked with Lynn Fields ("You Can't Be True Dear"), Norman Wisdom, Denny Dennis, Beryl Davis, Reggie Goff, Scotty McHarg, Dick James,  Donald Peers, The CBC Orchestra, The Johnston Brothers, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Jose Carreras.

Jimmy Woode (James Bryant Woode) - Died 4-23-2005 in Lindenwold, NJ, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 9-23-1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with his daughter, singer Shawnn Monteiro and with Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Earl Fatha Hines.

Scott Larned - Died 4-24-2005 in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 7-3-1969 - Keyboardist and singer - Was a co-founder and mananger of The Dark Star Orchestra.

Otze (Dieter Ehrlich) - Died 4-25-2005 - Heart attack ( Punk ) Born 1964 - Singer and drummer - Was a member of Schleim-Keim.

Haru Kobayashi - Died 4-25-2005 in Kurokawa, Niigata Prefecture ( Singer ) She was 105 years old - She was a  member of a traveling entertainer group called Goze.

Hasil Adkins (aka The Haze) - Died 4-26-2005 in Madison, WV, U.S. ( Rockabilly ) Born 4-29-1937 in Boone County, WV, U.S. - Played guitar, harmonica and drums - (He did, "She Said" and "Chicken Walk").

Frederick Fulton - The Chet Atkin of Minto - Found dead 4-26-2005 in Minto, New Brunswick - Stabbed, his common-law wife, Veronica Decarie was also killed ( Country ) He was 74 years old - Guitarist - The Minto Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Big Red Anderson (James Anderson) - Died 4-27-2005 in Jonesboro, GA, U.S. ( R&B ) He was 80 years old - Was a member of The Swanee Quintet.

Percy Heath - Died 4-28-2005 in Southampton, New York, U.S. - Bone cancer ( Jazz ) Born 4-30-1923 in Wilmington, N.C., U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Modern Jazz Quartet and The Heath Brothers (They did, "Rejoice" and "Move To The Groove") - Worked with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman.

Lane Nakano - Died 4-28-2005 in Sherman Oaks - Emphysema - He was 80 years old - Singer and actor- He co-starred in the film, "Go For Broke!".

Dylan Maunder (aka D-Rock) - Died 4-28-2005 ( Punk ) Born 1968 - Singer and bassist - Worked with Cooker, False Alarm (They did, "Tell Me Who I Am" and Youth Gone Mad"), Sacro and Weed.

Johnnie Stewart (Lorn Alastair Stewart) - Died 4-29-2005 in East Dereham, Norfolk, England - Born 11-7-1917 in Tonbridge, Kent, England - Musician - He created TV's, Top Of The Pops and produced Sing It Again, BBC Jazz Club and Juke Box Jury.

Tom Jones - Died 4-29-2005 in Ramsey St. Mary, Cambridgeshire - Killed by a hit and run driver while walking ( Rock ) He was 17 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Inkus (They did, "One More Chance" and "What Happens Now?").

 William Shepherd (aka Shep) - Died 4-29-2005 in Parma ( Jazz ) Born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with The Evelyn Freeman Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Charlie Parker, John Lewis, Milt Jackson, James Moody and Billie Holiday.

Gary Montgomery - Died 4-29-2005 in Elkhart, IN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 3-3-1942 in London, Canada - Singer, pianist and songwriter - Was a member of Colours (They did, "I Think Of Her (She's On My Mind)" and "Love Heals") - Worked with Carl Radle - Father of singer and keyboardist Anna Montgomery.

Jim Pash - Died 4-29-2005 in Yucca Valley - Congestive heart failure ( Surf Rock ) He was 56 years old - Guitarist- Was a member of The Surfaris.

Luke Grant (Lucas Grant) - Died 4-29-2005 - Motorcycle accident ( Pop - Punk ) Bassist - Was a member of Neverdown.

Jothan Callins - Died 4-30-2005 - Myeloma ( Jazz ) Born 1943 - Played trumpet and keyboards and was a songwriter - (He wrote, "Birmingham Blues" and "Councill") - Was a member of The Sounds Of Togetherness - Worked with Stevie Wonder, Sun Ra, The Lionel Hampton Orchestra, B.B. King, Lonnie Liston Smith, George Coleman, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, Joe Henderson, Tiny Grimes and Chuck Mangione - Founded The Birmingham Youth Jazz Ensemble - Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Norma-Jean Richardson (aka Duchess) (Norma-Jean Wofford) - Died 4-30-2005 in Fontana, CA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - She was a member Bo Diddley's band.

Edward Hicks - Died 4-30-2005 - He was 75 years old - Singer and guitarist - Led The Hicks Family.

Lone Kellermann - Died 4-30-2005 ( Rock - Blues ) Born 3-20-1943 in Copenhagen - Singer and actress - Led Lone Kellermann & Rockbandet (They did, "Se Venedig og Do" and "Fod under eget bord") - Worked with Blues Power.

Idaly Rodriguez - Died 5-?-2005 - Melanoma - Singer - Worked with her husband guitarist, Ramon Rodriguez and with Marta Fiol in the group, Sonidos Del Caribe.

Otieno Jagwasi - Died 5-?-2005 - Liver failure ( Rock - Benga ) He was 34 years old - Born in Nyanza, Kenya - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Extra Solar Africa and Orchestra Hits International - Worked with Circle K and Extra Golden.

Keith Barber - Died 5-?-2005 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-17-1947 in Kilburn, Middlesex, England - Drummer - Was a member of The Wild Cherries (They did, "Get Out Of My Life") and The La De Das (They did a cover of, "Come Together").

Tito Larregui - Died 5-1-2005 in Madrid, Spain ( Rock ) Born 12-10-1956 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Guitarist - Was a member of Avalancha, Cisco Kid, La Banda del Paraiso, Moris, Rubi y Los Casinos, Miki y Los Tonis, Hot Dogs, Blues Machine, Canones y Mantequilla, Lonely Stranger and Blues Makers.

Avis Adkins - Died 5-1-2005 ( Gospel ) He was 77 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Dixie
Melody Boys and The Nobleman Quartet.

 Alfredo Rastelli - Died 5-1-2005 ( Musical Clown ) He was 83 years old - He was a member of the clown act Chocolate And Company in which he played two trumpets simultaneously and did a solo act playing 22 different instruments in one sitting.

Jerry Zimmer - Died 5-1-2005 in Sylmar, CA, U.S. - Leukemia - Pianist - (He released the CDs, "When It's You And Me" and "Blame It On My Youth") - He appeared on TV's, The Love Boat, The Tracey Ullman Show and Dynasty.

Doc Carroll (Martin O'Carroll) - Died 5-1-2005 in Dublin, Ireland - Illness ( Showband ) Born 11-19-1939 in Tourmakeady, County Mayo, England - Singer, pianist and guitarist - Was a member of The Royal Blues (They had a hit with a version of, "Old Man Trouble"), Doc Carroll And The Night Runners and Doc Carroll And The All-Stars - Worked with The Pete Brown Showband and The Cleffonaires.

Zoltan Pasztory - Died 5-1-2005 in Budapest, Hungary - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 10-3-1944 in Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary - Drummer for rock group Illes (They did, "Igen", "Teged var" and "A kugli").

Charley Pelley - Died 5-2-2005 in Dracut ( Big Band ) Born 4-1-1913 - Singer - Worked with The Speare House Camelots (They did, "Lowell Massachusetts USA"), The Bernie Larkin Band and Billy Notini.

Pat McGonigle - Died 5-2-2005 ( Showband ) Trombonist - Was a member of The Melody Aces Showband.

Pierre Moerlen - Died 5-3-2005 in Strasbourg ( Rock - Jazz - Fusion ) Born 10-23-1952 in Colmar, Alsace-Lorraine - Drummer and singer - Was a member of Gong and Pierre Moerlen's Gong (They did, "Aeroplane" and "What You Know") - Worked with Mike Oldfield, Mick Taylor,  Stevie Winwood and Brand X.

Jim Anders (James B. Anders) (aka Rock Action) - Died 5-3-2005 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1964 - Bassist and singer - Was a member of  Tanjent Image (They did, "Suranland" and "One Nation"), Walk On Water, Grinder and Novadriver (They did, "Satellite Night" and "Sleep").

Gale L. Weisman - Died 5-3-2005 in Virginia, U.S. - Cancer of the appendix  ( Folk ) He was 64 years old - Born in Paulding County - Was a member of the duo Folk Salad.

Ricardo Guzman Sr. - Died 5-4-2005 - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( Tejano - Conjunto ) He was 76 years old - Played accordion - He fronted Ricardo Guzman y Sus Tres Aces (They did, "El Ocho" and "Yo Fue El Primero").

Big Daddy Pattman (Neal Pattman) - Died 5-4-2005 in Athens, Georgia, U.S. - Bone cancer ( Blues ) Born 1-10-1926 in Madison County, GA, U.S. - Sang and played harmonica - (He did, "Prison Blues" and "Goin' Back To Georgia") - Worked with David Herndon, Cootie Stark, Taj Mahal, Timothy Duffy, Mudcat, Jimmy Rip and Lee Konitz.

Johnny Gallagher (aka Johnny "Guitar" Gallagher) - Died 5-4-2005 ( Showband ) Guitarist and singer  - Was a member of The La Scala Danceband and The Keynotes Showband.

John Judnich - Died 5-5-2005 in Fortuna, CA, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Sound Engineer ) He was 67 years old - Worked with Tim Hardin, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Bruce and The Doors - He helped create Tychobrae Sound Systems used in concerts.

Siwsann George - Died 5-6-2005 - Cancer ( Welsh Folk ) She was 49 years old - She played harp, guitar, concertina and spoons and was a singer - Was a member of Mabsant and the founder of The Siwsann George Welsh Road Show.

Herb Sargent - Died 5-6-2005 - Heart attack ( Writer - Producer ) He was 81 years old - He worked on TV specials for Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach.

Philip Campanella (Philip A. Campanella) - Died 5-?-2005 - Arterial thrombosis - Born 5-24-1948 - Composer, lyricist, pianist, singer and performer - Wrote the music and lyrics for "James Joyce’s The Dubliners" - Musical director for The Roundabout Theater and executive director for The Singers Forum - Worked with Maxine Andrews and Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Louise O'Neil (Louise Westergaard O'Neil) (Louise Arnold) - Died 5-6-2005 in New York, U.S. - Leukemia - Born 9-2-1937 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - She produced the musical revues, "Sophisticated Ladies" which was based on the music of Duke Ellington and "Dream".

Buzz Peterson (Roger Peterson) - Died 5-7-2005 - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) He was 75 years old - Played trumpet and trombone - Worked with Gene Autry, The Bjorn Skarning Territory Band, The Don Cavitt Band and The Mouldy Figs.

Tristan Egolf - Died 5-7-2005 in Lancaster, PA, U.S. - Shot himself ( Punk ) Born 12-19-1971 in San Lorenzo de Escorial, Spain - Singer and political activist - Member of Kitchchau and Doomed To Obscurity (They did, "Better Days" and "The Twelfth One") - He was the author of the novels, "Lord Of The Barnyard" and "Kornwolf".

Elmer Maas - Died 5-7-2005 Voluntown, Conn., U.S. - Heart failure - Musician, teacher and civil rights worker - He co-wrote the musical comedy, "The Insurance Company" and wrote, "Dusk Leaves".

Nasrat Parsa - Died 5-8-2005 in East Vancouver, Canada - Attacked outside his hotel ( Pop ) He was 36 years old - Born in Kabul, Afghanistan - Singer - He released 10 albums and sang for radio and in musicals.

Tony Monforte - Died 5-8-2005 - Heart failure while he was being treated for cancer - He was 69 years old - Drummer - Worked with Don Godfrey and Mason Warrington - Founder of The Tony Monforte School of Modern Drumming.

Aylie Sparkes (Peter Thiessan) - Died 5-8-2005 - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 5-25-1966 - Guitarist - (He did, "Hellhounds" and "Gypsy’s Lament").

Brian Evans - Died 5-8-2005 - He was 63 years old - Cornettist - Led Scratch Brass - Worked with Chadderton And District, Barton Hall Works, Manchester CWS, Faireys, British Vita, The Brighouse And Rastrick Band (They did, "The Floral Dance"), Black Dyke Mills Band, Queensbury, Versatile Brass and The Wingates.

Johnny Moore - Died 5-8-2005 Chicago, Ill., U.S. ( Soul ) Singer and songwriter - (He did, "It's Just My Way Of Loving You" and "It May Be Tears Of Joy").

Jah Bull (Woolton Harrison) - Died 5-8-2005 ( Reggae ) Born 1950 in Jamaica - DJ - Worked with Ras Michael and Augustus Pablo.

La Marr Thomas - Died 5-9-2005 ( R&B ) He was 62 years old - (He co-wrote, "Love Depression" and "Free" which were recorded by Johnnie Taylor).

David Wayne - Died 5-10-2005 in Tacoma, WA, U.S. - From injuries he sustained in a car crash several months earlier ( Metal ) Born 1-1-1958 in Renton, WA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Metal Church (They did, "Gods Of Wrath" and "Watch The Children Pray") and Reverend.

 Joe Arico (Joseph Annicchiarico) - Died 5-10-2005 in Concord ( Musician ) He was 82 years old - Played clarinet and saxophone - Led his own band for 20 years.

Frankie LaRocka - Died 5-11-2005 in New York, U.S. - After undergoing heart surgery ( Rock ) He was 51 years old - Drummer and record executive - Played drums for David Johansen, Bryan Adams, Hot Monkey Love and John Waite - Co-produced The Spin Doctors - Ran Straight Line Prods and worked for Epic Records.

Jordan Pouzzner - Died 5-12-2005 - Car crash ( Rock ) He was 30 years old - Born in Hartford, Conn., U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Gum Wrapper Curb (They did, "Sober Kiss" and "You're The girl") and Virgin Wool - Worked with Cliff Hendrix.

Monica Zetterlund (Monica Nilsson) - Died 5-12-2005 in Stockholm, Sweden - In an apartment fire ( Jazz ) Born 9-20-1937 in Stockholm, Sweden - Singer and actress - (She did, "Waltz For Debby") - Worked with Zoot Sims, Harry Belafonte, Bill Evans and Ib Glindeman.

Eddie Barclay (Edouard Ruault) - Died 5-13-2005 in Paris, France - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1-26-1921 in Paris, France - Pianist - Founder of Barclay Records - He wrote the score for the film, Bob le Flambeur - Worked with Quincy Jones - He recorded and/or promoted Leo Ferre, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Blossom Dearie, Claude Nougaro and Mireille Mathieu.

Eddie Habat - Died 5-13-2005 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. ( Polka ) Born 9-16-1926 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Played accordion - Led The Eddie Habat Orchestra (They did, "Go, Man, Go" and "Hi Lee, Hi Lo") - Was a member of the Tunemixers - Worked with The Johnny Pecon Orchestra - International Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jimmy Martin - King Of Bluegrass - Mr. Good N' Country - Died 5-14-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Bluegrass ) He was 77 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Rock Hearts" and "Hold Watcha Got") - Led The Sunny Mountain Boys - Worked with The Blue Grass Boys and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - The International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall Of Honor Inductee.

Ed Kelleher - Died 5-14-2005 in Annandale, VA, U.S. - He had a degenerative brain disease - He was 61 years old - Screenwriter, playwright, rock music critic, film critic and publicist - Worked for Creem, Billboard and Cashbox magazines - Was a publicist for CBS Records and for singer Melanie - He wrote screenplays for films such as, "Invasion Of The Blood Farmers" and "Shriek Of The Mutilated".

Theola Kilgore - Died 5-15-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( R&B - Gospel ) She was 79 years old - She may have been born in Shreveport, LA., U.S. -  Singer - (She did, "The Love Of My Man" and the answer song to Sam Cooke's, "Chain Gang" called, "Sounds Of My Man Working On The Chain Gang").

Wayne Perry (Darrell Perry) - Died 5-15-2005 - Cancer ( Country ) He was 55 years old - Songwriter - He wrote songs for The Backstreet Boys and Tim McGraw ("Not A Moment To Soon" and "I'll Go Anywhere For You").

Ivan Sokolovsk - Died 5-15-2005 - Stroke ( Electronic ) Born 2-10-1962 in Leningrad - Played synthesizers and tape recorders - Was a member of Night Prospekt .

Papi Nokwe - Died 5-15-2005 in Durban, South Africa - Renal failure - He was 50 years old - Musician - Son of musician, Alfred Nokwe and singer, Patty Masuku.

 Mausolus Arguelles Von Kiszka (Larry Sapp) - Died 5-?-2005 ( Metal ) Guitarist - Was a member of Brutality (They did, "Ashes And Snow" and "Gates Of Thorn").

Keith Miller - Died 5-17-2005 - Brain hemorrhage ( Rock ) Keyboardist and guitarist - Born 4-15-1947 in Manchester - (He co-wrote Divine's, "You Think You're A Man") - Was a member of St Louis Union - Worked with Rod Stewart, Viv Stanshall, Robert Plant, Rick Wakeman, Sniff 'N' The Tears ("Driver's Seat"), The Raymond Froggatt Band, Culture Club, Locomotive, Paul McCartney, The Steve Gibbons Band, Ultravox and Pete Townsend.

Ty Westerhoff (Ty W. Westerhoff) - Died 5-17-2005 - Stomach cancer ( Rock ) Born 9-27-1962 in Kankakee - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Pyscho Boyfriend and  Julliet (They did, "Nothing Rhymes With Rachael" and "Boys Will Be Boys").

George Bold (George A. Bold IV) - Died 5-17-2005 ( Rock ) Born 5-23-1969 - Guitarist - (He did, "Next Year") - Was a member of Rebel Amish Radio (They did, "Pal" and "Doing Nothing"), Zoe and Julius Bloom.

Shaima Rezayee - Died 5-18-2005 - Shot in her home in Kabul, Afghanistan - She was 24 years old - She had been the host of the pop music tv show "Hop", a job she was fired from after being criticized by conservatives.

Bobby Thompson (Robert Clark Thompson) - Died 5-18-2005 ( Bluegrass ) Born 1937 - Played banjo and guitar - Worked with  Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Jim & Jesse, Leon Russell, Hank Snow, Tammy Wynette, Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Eddy Arnold, Les Paul, Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Olivia Newton-John, Trini Lopez, The Monkees, Melanie, Jimmy Buffett and Dr Hook.

Anthony R. Marino (aka Tony and Doc ) - Died 5-18-2005 - Illness - Born 3-17-1937 in East Boston, MA, U.S. - Musician - He led Tony Sacco And The Playboys.

Nelly  Uchenna Ikpeze (Uchendu) - The Golden Voice of Nigeria - Died 5-19-2005 - Illness - She was 55 years old - Actress, singer and musician - (She did, "Love Nwantiti").

Linda Martinez - Died 5-19-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Suicide ( Jazz ) She was 29 years old - Pianist and composer - (She did, "Gunther And I") - She wrote music for the films, Catching Kringle and Boy Next Door - Worked with Laura Karpman.

Terry Burke (Terrance Burke) - Died 5-19-2005 in Fremont - Cancer ( Big Band ) He was 82 years old - Drummer - Led The Terry Burke Trio - Worked with Benny Goodman and and Lawrence Welk.

Rev. William Peoples - Died 5-19-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Gospel ) He was 83 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Wings Over Jordan Choir.

Zoltan Pasztory - Died 5-19-2005 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 10-31-1944 - Drummer - Was a member of Illes (They did, "Meg faj minden csok (Every Kiss Hurts)").

Mark Ryan Nathan - Died 5-20-2005 in Glendale, Ariz., U.S. - He was 33 years old - Audio engineer and sound mixer - Worked with 98 Degrees, SWV and Paul Anka.

 Chris Messier (Christopher A. Messier) (aka Mess) - Died 5-20-2005 in Nashua, NH, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 4-18-1965 in Nashua, NH, U.S. - Singer and drummer - Member of Project Mess .

Augustus Rumwaropen - Died 5-?-2005 in Canberra - Heart attack ( Rock - Reggae ) He was 52 years old - Singer, lyricist and guitarist - Was a member of The Black Brothers.

Bo Tompkins - Died 5-21-2005 - He was 42 years old - Percussionist - Worked with The Flicker Orchestra, Synchilla, Houston, Eraser-in-Law, Glen Lizzy, Sky City, Sky Lab and Medaglia D'ora.

Bill Massey (William Massey) - Died 5-21-2005 in Palo Alto - Heart ailment ( Bluegrass ) Born 12-16-1940 in Long Beach - Guitarist - Was a member of The Back In Time String Band - He belonged to The Santa Clara County Fiddlers Association.

Adam Rust - Died 5-21-2005 in Tasmania - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 28 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Superlux (They did, "Ignorable" and "Deadwood").

Elmer Mackall (Elmer Elijah Mackall) - Died 5-22-2005 in Prince Frederick, Maryland, U.S. - Emphysema ( Gospel ) He was 81 years old - Born in Calvert County - Singer and pianist.

John Daley - Died 5-22-2005 - Heart complications ( Jazz ) He was 74 years old - Bass player - Worked with Joel Robin.

Terry Carisse (Terrance Victor) - Died 5-22-2005 in Ottawa, Ontario - Cancer ( Country ) Born 7-11-1946 in Ottawa, Ontario - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He wrote, "Sparkle in Her Eyes" and "Love Sweet Love") - Worked with Bruce Rawlins - His songs have been recorded by Bill Anderson, Charlie Louvin, The Mercey Brothers ("Hello Mom"), Carroll Baker, Marie Bottrell and Ralph Carlson - The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Thurl Ravenscroft - Died 5-22-2005 in Fullerton, CA, U.S. - Prostate cancer - Born 2-6-1914 in Norfolk, Neb., U.S. - Singer - He was a member of The Mellomen who performed with Danny Kaye, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Rosemary Clooney and a member of The Johnny Mann Singers who were background singers for Bobby Vee, Gene McDaniels, Johnny Burnette and P.J. Proby -  He was the voice for Kellogg's, Tony the Tiger ("They're Grrrrreeeat!").

Tom Swanson (Thomas W. Swanson, Sr.) - Died 5-23-2005 in Ansonia, Ct., U.S. - Heart attack while performing on stage ( Rock ) He was 45 years old - Born in Bridgeport, Conn., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of TymePeace (They did, "Ricochet Hooray" and "You Went Away").

Mike Jastremski (aka Yaz) - Died 5-23-2005 - Heart attack ( Metal ) Born 3-16-1963 -  Bassist - Was a member of Heathen (They did, "Opiate Of The Masses" and "Eye Of The Storm").

Fat Tone (Anthony Watkins) - Died 5-23-2005 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Shot ( Rap )

Dusty Harrell (Samuel Harrell) - Died 5-24-2005 ( Country ) He was 73 years old - Guitarist - Worked with The Star Dusters Orchestra, Curtis Gordon, Elvis Presley, The Carter Sisters, The Radio Ranch Boys and George Morgan.

Daniel Heilicher - Died 5-24-2005 - Complications of cancer - He was 81 years old - Record distributor and producer - Co-founded Soma Records releasing The Fendermen's, "Muleskinner Blues", Dave Dudley's, "Six Days On The Road" and The Trashmen's, "Surfin' Bird.

Mike Mahaffey - Died 5-24-2005 in Murfreesboro, TN, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 1967 - Guitarist - Was a member of Self (They did, "So Low" and "Cannon") - Worked with Blackfish - Brother of singer and guitarist, Matt Mahaffey.

Ben Peters (Ben James Peters) - Died 5-25-2005 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Pneumonia and other complications ( Country ) Born 6-20-1933 in Greenville, Mississippi, U.S. - Songwriter, singer and musician - (He wrote, "Daytime Friends And Nighttime Lovers" and "Kiss An Angel Good Morning") - His songs have been recorded by Tammy Wynette, Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles, Freddie Fender, Engelbert Humperdinck, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Brenda Lee, Charley Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barbara Mandrell, Dean Martin, Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Kenny Rogers - International Music Songwriter Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Domenic Troiano - Died 5-25-2005 - Cancer ( Rock - R&B - Soul ) Born 1-17-1946 in Italy - Guitarist - (He did, "War Zone" and "Here Before My Time") - Worked with The Five Rogues, Mandala, Black Market, Bush,  Ronnie Hawkins, The James Gang, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Robbie Lane And The Disciples, The James Gang, Todd Rundgren and The Guess Who - The Canadian Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Mike Mahaffey (Michael Darren Mahaffey) - Died 5-25-2005 ( Rock ) Born 1967 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Unknown (They did, "Hey Julie' and 'Sugar Shack") who changed their name to Blackfish (They did, "Easy As Saying Goodbye" and "I Wanna Know") and Self (They did, "The End Of It All" and "Better Than Aliens") - Worked with Bret Michaels.

Chuck Usery - (Charles Edward Usery Sr.) - Died 5-25-2005 in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 9-21-1950 in Little Rock, Ark., U.S. - Drummer - Worked with The Cavaliers and The Supreme Court Decision Band - He was also a member of The Abu Bekr Clowns going by the name Chuckles.

S. Nzante Spee - Died 5-25-2005 - Born 1953 in Mbem, Cameroon, West Africa - Musician, singer and painter.

Eddie Albert (Edward Albert Heimberger) - Died 5-26-2005 near Pacific Palisades, CA, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Actor - Singer ) Born 4-22-1906 in Rock Island, Ill., U.S. - (He did "Little Child" with Sondra Lee and released an album with his wife Margo) - He was a member of The Threesome - He portrayed Oliver Wendell Douglas on TV's Green Acres for which he sang the theme song.

Doug Dugger (Lloyd Dugger) - Chaplain of country music - Died 5-26-2005 - Congestive heart failure ( Country ) He was 79 years old - (He did, ""Bummin' Around" and "Deck Of Cards") -  Worked with T. Texas Tyler and Ozark Jubilee - Founded the syndicated radio show, Legends And Legends In The Making - The Country Legends Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Corky McCormick (Charles Owen McCormick IV) - Died 5-27-2005 in Bargersville ( Rock ) He was 18 years old - Guitarist - Member of The Spade Kicks.

 Dave Williams (David Williams) - Died 5-27-2005 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 84 years old - Born in Columbia, KY, U.S. - Songwriter - (He co-wrote, "Whole Lotta Shaking Going On'').

Loyd Rogers - Died 5-28-2005  in Franklin TN, U.S. - Motorcycle accident which also killed his girlfriend Jennifer Bell ( Rock ) Born 12-4-1959 - Bassist and vocalist - Was a member of Stage Fright and Axis.

Oscar Brown Jr. - Died 5-29-2005 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Complications of osteomyelitis ( Jazz - Blues - R&B ) Born 10-10-1926 in Chicago, Ill, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and playwright (He wrote, "The Snake" and "Signifyin' Monkey").

Russ McMillan - Died 5-29-2005 ( Country ) He was 65 years old - Guitarist and singer - He was a member of Shenandoah and The Dallas Band.

Percy Strother - Died 5-29-2005 in Minneapolis, Minn, U.S. - Complications from liver cancer and diabetes ( Blues ) Born 7-23-1946 in Vicksburg, MS, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "She Gives Me Good Lovings" and "Home At Last").

Ricky Allen (Richard A. Allen) - Died 5-29-2005 ( Soul - Blues ) Born 1-6-1936 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "You'd Better Be Sure" and "Cut You-A loose").

Jay Sheridan - Died 5-?-2005 in Tucson Arizona, U.S. ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of The Black Watch.

Dr. Mike Taylor - Died 5-?-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 62 years old - Bassist - Worked with The Frank Cunimondo Trio, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Eckstine, Woody Shaw, Ahmad Jamal, Mary Lou Williams. Sandy Dowe, Marlena Shaw and with Johnny Costa for "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood".

Radeúnda Lima - Died 5-30-2005 in Havana, Cuba - Born 8-28-1923 in the province of Villa Clara - Singer and composer - She wrote more than 100 songs which include sones, montunos, guarachas, guajiras.

Kip White - Died 5-30-2005 in the Maroon Bells wilderness near Aspen, Colorado, U.S. - Mountaineering accident ( Folk ) Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Tongue-tied" and "Next Right Turn").

Jaime Mendoza-Nava - Died 5-31-2005 in Woodland Hills - Pianist and composer - He was 79 years old - Born in La Paz, Bolivia - Composed music for Disney's, "The Mickey Mouse Club" and "Zorro" - Was the music director for United Productions Of America working on the cartoon series "Mr. Magoo" - He scored music for over 200 films including, "Ballad Of A Gunfighter" and "The Vampire Hookers".

Lee Haynes - Died 5-31-2005 - Medical complications ( Rock ) Born 1979 - Drummer - Was a member of Audio Justice (They did, " Where The Sun Don't Shine" and "Peanut Blues").

Herbert Junck - Died 5-31-2005 ( Rock ) Born 11-25-1949 - Drummer - Was a member of Silly.

 Jenny Richards (Jenny Richards Woodward) - Died 6-1-2005 - Cancer ( Country ) Singer, guitarist and songwriter - She was 46 years old - (She wrote, "Full Moon Drumming") - Was a member of Rusty Richards And Family.

Boris Vachniuk - Died 6-2-2005 - Car accident - Born 10-16-1933 - Singer and songwriter.

Aileen June Roberts - Died 6-2-2005 in Parma - She was 89 years old - Singer and pianist - Was a member of The Parma Sweet Adelines.

Mr. Looks (Roosevelt Hines) - Died 6-2-2005 in southwest Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. - Shot ( Rap )

Danny Thomas - Died 6-2-2005 in Abilene, Texas, U.S. - Possible heart attack - He was 53 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Eric Anderson, Lee Hatch and Evan Christian.

Emil Laghia - Died 6-3-2005 - Stabbed ( Rock ) He was 36 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Compact.

Ralph Wells - Died 6-3-2005 - Played tuba and double bass - Was a member of Oompah Band.

Arturo Pavón - Died 6-6-2005 in Madrid, Spain ( Flamenco ) He was 74 years old - Born in Seville, Spain - Pianist - Worked with his father in law, singer Manolo Caracol.

Patrick Charles Robertson (aka the Brown-Eyed Alligator) - Died 6-6-2005 - Cancer ( Blues ) He was 69 years old - Born in Opelousas, La., U.S. - Worked with Kenny Neal and Bobbie Webb.

Michael Paulich (Michael James Paulich) - Died 6-6-2005 in Seattle, WA, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 2-7-1981 Redmond, WA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Karuna.

Chuck Oliver - Died 6-6-2005 - He was 77 years old - Singer - Worked with The Robert Shaw Chorale and The American Savoyards and appeared on The Perry Como Christmas Show.

Si Waronker (Simon Waronker) - Died 6-7-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Born 1915 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Played violin - Founder of Liberty Records - David Seville who joined Liberty named one of his chipmunks after Simon.

Aline White - Queen of gospel - Died 6-7-2005 ( Gospel - Jazz )  Born 1913 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Wallace Davenport Singers - Worked with The Magnolia Jazzband (They did, "Hesitating Blues" and "His Eye Is On The Sparrow").

Mark Manetta - Died 6-7-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 49 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Chuck Mangione.

Brian Pickett (R. Brian Pickett) - Died 6-7-2005 - Heart attack - Born 5-21-1962 - musician, engineer, producer and songwriter.

Alex Purvis - Died 6-7-2005 - While rafting down the Azusa River ( Metal ) Guitarist - Was a member of Emetic Death.

Barry Phillips - Died 6-8-2005 - Complications from a heart attack ( Blues - Country - Rock ) He was 53 years old - Born in Wichita, Kansas, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Phillips Brothers and Flipside.

Keith Morris - Died 6-8-2005 in Newcastle upon tyne - Hit by a car while walking; hit and run ( Jazz ) He was 52 years old - Born in Wales - Played piano, clarinet, sax and bass guitar and was a composer - Worked with The Grand Union Orchestra, The Lewis Watson Quartet, Red Music and The John Warren Octet - Partner of poet Ellen Phethean.

Joe Scurfield - Died 6-8-2005 in Newcastle upon tyne - Hit by a car while walking in a hit-and-run ( Country & Western )  He was 46 years old - Played fiddle and mandolin and was a composer - Was a member of The Old Rope String Band - Worked with The Pickets, The Cheated Hearts, The Occasional Bluegrass Band, Red Music and The We Don't Want The Peanuts We Want The Plantation' Dance Band.

Jody Gibson (Joseph Paul Katzberg) - Died 6-8-2005 in Newport, RI, U.S. ( Folk - Rockabilly ) Born 8-5-1929 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Played banjo and guitar - (He did, "Good Morning Captain") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Stan Wilson - Died 6-8-2005 - Heart disease ( Jazz ) Born 5-2-1922 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He wrote, "Jane, Jane, Jane" and "Rollin' Stone" for The Kingston Trio").

LeAnne Romano Bell - Died 6-9-2005 - She was 58 years old - Played bass guitar - Worked with her husband Wrecks Bell and with guitarist Gary Ragan - Co-owner of The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe nightclub which hosted acts such as Townes Van Zandt, Steve Fromholz, Willis Alan Ramsey and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Thomas J. Floyd Jr. (aka T. J.) - Died 6-9-2005 - Cancer - Born 5-26-1934 in Del Rio, Texas, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Linda Miller Brown and for The Floyd Country Jamboree.

Verne Meisner - Died 6-10-2005 - Complications of melanoma ( Polka ) He was 66 years old - Accordionist and composer - (He did, "Memories Of Vienna" and "El Rio Drive") - Led Verne Meisner And The Polka Boys - The International Polka Hall Of Fame and The Wisconsin Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jon Clarke - Died 6-10-2005 in Kauai, Hawaii, U.S. - Kidney cancer ( Rock - Jazz ) He was 54 years old - Played sax and oboe - Was a member of California Earthquake (They did, "Bible Salesman" and "Who Is That Man?") and Loggins & Messina's band ("Your Momma Don't Dance") - Worked with Don Ellis, Robbie Patton, Mick Fleetwood, David Byrne, Sinead O'Connor, Vikki Carr, Natalie Cole and The Academy Awards orchestra - Played music for the HBO's series, "Six Feet Under" and the film, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".

Ozzie Merritt (John Merritt) - Died 6-10-2005 - Alzheimer's disease ( Dance ) He was 89 years old -  Born in Grimsby - Pianist - Was a member of The Morgan Thomas Dance Band.

Mitzi Ross - Died 6-11-2005 ( R&B ) Singer - Was a member of The Sharmeers (They did, "A Schoolgirl In Love" and "You're My Lover").

Dorothy Chase (Dorothy Edna Udin) - Died 6-11-2005 in Claremont - Supranuclear palsy - She was 85 years old - Played guitar and dulcimer - Co-founder of The Claremont Folk Music Center and Folk Festival - Worked with Pete Seeger - Grandmother of singer songwriter Ben Harper.

Jennifer Lara - Died 6-11-2005 in Kingston, Jamaica - Brain hemorrhage and high blood pressure - She was 52 years old - Singer - (She did, "Consider Me") - Worked with Dalton Browne ("Ordinary People"), The Ethiopians, Dennis Brown The Jays and Freddy McGregor.

Jerry Mayeron - Died 6-12-2005 in Minneapolis, MN, U.S. - Illnesses ( Big Band ) He was 83 years old - Pianist and band leader - Worked with Tiny Tim.

Julian Winston (aka Winnie Winston) - Died 6-12-2005 ( Folk - Country ) Born 5-31-1941- Played banjo and pedal steel guitar - (He did, "High Sierra" and "Head Works") - Was a member of The New York Ramblers - Worked with City Limits, Bill Monroe, The Greenbriar Boys, Steve Goodman, David Bromberg, Rosalie Sorrels, Jim Ringer & Mary McCaslin, Saul Broudy and Ar-Kay Cajun Band.

Bob Stata - Died 6-14-2005 - Brain cancer ( Jazz ) He was 52 years old - Born in Brookville, Ontario - Bassist - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Barry Harris, Stanley Turrentine, The Mambo Kings, Marion McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Gap Mangione, Eric Reed, Bill Dobbins, Darrell Grant, Fred Wesley, Diane Schuur and Bob Sneider.

Robie Lester - Died 6-14-2005 in Burbank, CA, U.S. - Cancer - She was 75 years old - Born in Megargel, Texas, U.S. - Singer and actress - She was the singing voice for Eva Gabor in the film, "The AristoCats" - She recorded more single Disney records than any other performer - Worked with Henry Mancini and Herb Alpert - Wife of producer Geoff Eccleston.

Gloria Ann Taylor-James - Died 6-15-2005 ( Gospel ) She was 54 years old - Born in Selma, Ala., U.S. -  Played piano - Was a choir director for Pilgrim Baptist Church and the minister of music for St. Peter Claver Church - Worked with The Leigh Morris Chorale and The University Of Minnesota Symphonic Chorus.

Albert R. Kahn - Died 6-15-2005 - Pneumonia ( Inventor ) He was 98 years old - Co-founded Electro-Voice Inc. which developed the shotgun microphone, the noise canceling microphone and the stereo magnetic phono cartridge - Also co-founded the radio equipment maker Ten-Tec Inc.

Larry Derr (aka Doctor Derr) (Larry S. Derr) - Died 6-16-2005 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, U.S. - Cardiac arrest due to complications of asthma ( R&B - Rock ) Born 1-25-55 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Boys Of Summer, Little Sister, Stovall Brown, Almost Home, Steve Smith & The Nakeds, Blueswagon, Tom Estes’s Ocean Grove All-Stars, Rick Mendes & Blues Wagon, Chuck Smith and Smiles.

Willie Eason - Died 6-16-2005 in St. Petersburg, FL, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 6-26-1921 in La Crosse, GA, U.S. - Singer and lap steel guitarist - (He did, "I Want To Live" and "Little Wooden Church On a Hill").

Ronald Winans - Died 6-17-2005 in Detroit Mich., U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 6-30-1956 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Singer and producer - He was one of The Winans.

Karl Mueller - Died 6-17-2005 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Throat cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-27-1963 - Bass player - Was a member of Loud Fast Rules who changed their name to Soul Asylum (They did, "Runaway Train" and "Somebody To Shove").

Billy Bauer (William Henry Bauer) - Died 6-17-2005 in New York, U.S. - Complications of pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 11-14-1915 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Lennie Tristano, Benny Goodman, Lee Konitz, Jerry Wald, Woody Herman, Jack Teagarden, Warne Marsh and Charlie Parker - He wrote the autobiography, "Sideman".

        Keith Morris - Missing and presumed drowned off Guernsey 6-17-2005 ( Rock Photographer ) Born 8-15-1938 in Wandsworth, London, England - He did album covers and took pictures of Nick Drake, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Elvis Costello and Fred Astaire - Worked for Oz magazine.

Hamilton Castro - Died 6-17-2005 - Shot a thief who was trying to steal his bicycle ( Metal ) Drummer - Worked with Neurosis Inc..

Johnny Reed - Died 6-18-2005  in Lakewood, NJ, U.S. - After a long illness ( R&B ) Born 8-16-1923 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Bass singer and bass player - Was a member of The Vibranaires who became The Orioles (They did, "It's Too Soon To Know" and "Tell Me So") - Worked with Bobby Thomas' Orioles, William Ross' Avenue Playboys and Deek Watson's Ink Spots - The Vocal Group Hall Of Fame and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Wayne Nicholls - Died 6-18-2005 in in London, England - Motorcycle-car accident that also took the life of his wife Jackie ( Rock ) He was 38 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Rapiers.

Georgie Woods (aka The Man With the Goods) - Died 6-18-2005 in Boynton Beach, Florida, U.S. - Heart attack ( DJ ) He was 78 years old - Helped popularize R&B acts - He was a civil rights activist - Broad Cast Pioneers Of Philadelphia Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Douglas Smith - Died 6-18-2005 near Guerneville - Motorcycle accident ( DJ ) Born 6-18-1959 - He was a tour manager for John Lee Hooker and headed The San Francisco Rosebud Agency management team that worked with Robert Cray, J. J. Cale and Loudon Wainwright III - Owned Smith And Bowker Productions whiched staged The Sonoma County Blues Festival.

Linell Plair (aka Deli Ray) - Died 6-18-2005 at Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Shot ( Hip Hop ) He was 29 years old - Was a member of The Sevens.

Chris Griffin (Gordon Griffin) - Died 6-18-2005 in Danbury, Conn., U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 10-21-1915 in Binghamton, N.Y., U.S. -  Played trumpet - Worked with Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Rudy
Vallee, The CBS Radio Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and with the orchestras of The  Ed Sullivan and The Jackie Gleason shows.

Tich Gwilym (Robert John Gwilliam) - Died 6-19-2005 in Canton, Cardiff - House fire ( Rock ) He was 55 years old - Guitarist - Member of Kimla Taz and Geraint Jarman a'r Cynganeddwyr - Worked with Heather Jones.

Rachael Speight - Died 6-19-2005 in Kentucky - Bike-car accident - She was 21 years old - Alto singer - Was a member of the women's a cappella group, The New Blue (They did a remake of "These Boots Are Made For Walking").

Totta Naslund - Died 6-19-2005 - Liver cancer ( Rock - Blues ) Born 4-1-1945 in Sandviken - Singer and guitarist - Led Totta's Bluesband - Worked with Nynningen and Nationalteatern.

Hugh Adams (aka Hughmanities) - Died 6-20-2005 - He was 91 years old - Band director and musician - Performed with Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson - Played for Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Edward R. Hieber (aka Ed the tinker) - Died 6-21-2005 in Bolinas, CA, U.S. - He was 55 years old - Born in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Played guitar - Worked with Buddy Craig.

Harvey Schaps - Died 6-21-2005 - He was 62 years old - He was a tour manager and/or an accountant for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Matchbox 20, Steely Dan, Earth, Wind & Fire, Van Halen and Stevie Nicks.

John Hogston (John Thomas Hogston) - Died 6-21-2005 ( Swing ) He was 54 years old - Drummer - Member of The Saltines Of Swing and Amarcord.

Paul Westmoreland - Died 6-21-2005 in Burney CA, U.S. ( Honkey Tonk - Country ) Born 9-18-1916 in Texas, U.S. -  (Wrote, "Detour" which was covered by Dean Martin and Patti Page) - He was the owner of the Sacramento nightclub, The Detour.

Mickey Collins (William Collins Sr.) - Died 6-21-2005 in Burlington County, Willingboro - Heart failure - He was 79 years old  - Drummer, singer, vibraphonist and bandleader - Led the Mickey Collins Orchestra - Worked with Tiny Grimes, Ray Bryant and Charlie Gaines.

Big Daddy (Harry Hypolite) - Died 6-22-2005 in Port Allen, LA, U.S. - Car accident ( Blues ) He was 68 years old - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Louisiana Country Boy" and "Someday") - Worked with Clifton Chenier and C.J. Chenier.

Carson Parks (Clarence Carson Parks II) - Died 6-22-2005 in St. Marys, GA, U.S. - Kidney failure ( Pop - Folk ) Born 4-26-1936 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He wrote Frank and Nancy Sinatra's, "Somethin' Stupid" and also wrote, "Cab Driver (Drive By Mary's Place)" and "Open For Business As Usual") - He was half of the duo, The Steeltown Two - Worked with The Greenwood Country Singers, The Easy Riders, Carson & Gaile, The Southcoasters and Bud Dashiell & The Kinsmen - Brother of musician and film composer Van Dyke Parks.

Aziz Jaafar - Died 6-23-2005 in Subang Jaya - He was 69 years old - Singer, director and actor - Sang with The Shaw Brothers.

Raymond Drake (Raymond Osegueda) - Died 6-24-2005 in Alameda - Natural causes - Born 7-18-1914 - Pianist - Led The Ray Drake Trio which included his wife Jean Truett - Worked with Shirley Temple.

Chet Helms (Chester Leo Helms) - Died 6-25-2005 in San Francisco, California, U.S.- Complications from a stroke ( Promoter - Manager ) Born 8-2-1942 in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, CA, U.S. - Managed Big Brother And The Holding Company and brought Janis Joplin to sing with them - He produced rock concerts at The Fillmore Auditorium and The Avalon Ballroom.

Dickson Hughes - Died 6-25-2005 in Palm Springs - He was 82 years old - Born in Akron, Ohio, U.S. - Singer, pianist, songwriter and music director - Was musical director for Musical Chairs, a group that stages musical revues - Wrote the first musical version of Sunset Boulevard with Gloria Swanson - He conducted more than 50 musicals.

Pete Jewell (Glen Jewell Jr.) - Died 6-25-2005 in Denver, Colorado, U.S. - Suicide ( Prog Metal ) Born 4-29-1970 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Quiet Room (They did, "Realms Of Deceit" and "Reason For Change").

Steve Patke (Steven Joseph Patke) - Died 6-25-2005 - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz - Polka - Classical ) Played saxophone, piccolo, clarinet and flute - Was a member of The New Red Onion Jazz Babies, The Dave Stephens Swing  Orchestra and The Alpen Spielers Polka Band - Worked with The Kansas City Symphony.

Kazim Koyuncu - Died 6-25-2005 in Istanbul, Turkey - During treatment for lung cancer ( Folk - Rock ) Born 11-7-1971 in Hopa, Artvin Province, Turkey - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of Zugasi Berepe - Worked with Grup Dinmeyen.

Ray Smooth (Raymond Maxwell) - Died 6-26-2005 - Shot ( Hip Hop ) He was half of the duo, 2 Tha Hard Way.

David P. Lewis Jr. - Died 6-26-2005 in West Scranton, PA, U.S. - House fire - He was 32 years old - Born in Scranton, PA, U.S. - Played bass guitar - Was a member of Demeter and Fallen.

Frank Harte - Died 6-27-2005 in Chapelizod, Dublin ( Irish Folk ) Born in Liffey, Chapelizod, Dublin - He was 72 years old - Singer - Worked with Donal Lunny - He collected over 15,500 folk songs.

Smokey Drollinger (Lyle D. Drollinger) - Died 6-27-2005 in Iowa City - Complications of encephalitis ( Jazz ) Born 1-8-1923 in Essex - Trumpeter and drummer - Led The Iowa City Slickers, The Brass Image and The Lyle Drollinger Orchestra - Worked with Dick Watson.

Dale Norris - Died 6-28-2005 in Tucson, AZ, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) He was 68 years old - Born in Manhattan, Kan., U.S. -  Worked with The Stan Kenton Orchestra, The NBC Staff Orchestra, Ralph Marterie, Buddy Morrow, Tommy Dorsey and Henry Mancini.

Jim Hamm (aka Fiddlin' Jim) - Died 6-29-2005 - He was 87 years old - Played bugle and was a fiddler - Worked with Hank Snow and performed on Don Messer's Jubilee.

Clancy Eccles - Died 6-30-2005 in Spanish Town outside of Kingston, Jamacia - After a stroke ( Ska - Reggae ) Born 12-9-1940 - Singer and producer - (He did, "River Jordan" and "Auntie Lulu") - Produced Lloyd Creator, The Dynamites and Stranger Cole.

Subramanian Potti - Died 6-30-2005 - Electrocuted while adjusting a spotlight on stage - He was 47 years old - Percussionist - He played the edakka - Husband of Sathi.

Lew Leary - Died 6-30-2005 - Heart attack ( DJ ) Worked for gospel radio station, WJIZ.

John La Grand - Died 6-30-2005 - Illness ( Blues ) Born 3-27-1949 - Played harmonica - Was a member of Livin' Blues - Worked with Harry Muskee.

John "So Blue" Weston - Died 6-30-2005 ( Blues ) Born 12-12-1927 in Helena, AR, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and harmonica player - (He did, "I'm Not Your Garbage Man" and "Side Dish") - Worked with Mark Simpson.

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