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 July to December

Doc Rock Presents,

2005 July to December
 Welcome to the club rock stars are dying to get into. Rock and Roll may never die but rock stars do! This site is  a list of dead rock stars, dead people associated with rock and dead people whose music helped influence and create rock (which I feel includes Jazz and Country artists), sorted by the date of their demise. This is a tribute to them.
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2005 July to December

James Kebodeaux - Died 2005 - After major surgery ( Zydeco ) He was 49 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Barney "Sunpie" Barnes And The Louisiana Sunspots.

Robin Holbrook - Died 7-?-2005 ( Folk ) (He did, "The Friendly Isle"' and "The Isle Of Wight Lies Waiting For You").

Remy Caffery - Died 7-?-2005 ( Rock ) Sang and played guitar, flute and harp - Was a member of Rocky Snow.

Willie Solburg (William Solburg) (aka Rock-Bottom Possum) - Died 7-?-2005 - Car accident - Bassist - Was a member of The Wakulla Band and The Late-Night Possums.

Ronnie Belcher - Died 7-?-2005 - Car accident ( Gospel ) Actor and singer - (He did, "Ramkat" and "Ek is verlief op jou") - He protrayed Doctor Daan Lategan on TV's, Cul de Sac.

Pat Glasser - Died 7-?-2005 - Producer - He produced Night Ranger,  Refugee, Rail and Giuffria.

Rod Johnson - Died 7-?-2005 in London, England ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Bruce Woolley And The Camera Club (They did, "Flying Man" and the first version of, "Video Killed The Radio Star").

Obie Benson (Renaldo Benson) - Died 7-1-2005 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Soul ) Born 6-14-1937 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Bass singer - (He wrote Marvin Gaye's, "What's Going On") - Co-founder of The Four Aims who changed their name to The Four Tops (They did, "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)").

Luther Vandross - Died 7-1-2005 in Edison, N.J., U.S. ( R&B ) Born 4-20-1951 in The Bronx, New York, NY, U.S. - singer and songwriter (He did, "Dance With My Father" and "Here And Now") - Worked with Mariah Carey ("Endless Love"), Roberta Flack, David Bowie, Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Chic,  Janet Jackson ("The Best Things In Life Are Free") and Aretha Franklin.

Bobby Torrey (Robert J. Torrey) - Died 7-1-2005 in Plympton, MA, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 22 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Buster Cherry.

Keith Orzech (Keith Martin Orzech) - Died 7-1-2005 in Madison, NJ, U.S. - Fell out a window ( Punk ) Born 12-22-1983 in MA, U.S. - Guitarist, singer, producer and director - Was a member of Kage-Bunshin - (They did, "Alice In Wonderland" and "Hotel Murderer At Hollywood Boulvard") - Worked with Sunrise Sunset, Paperbag Writer, Jan Brown And The Felchers, Firestorm and The Asskickers.

Johnny Ringo - Died 7-2-2005 ( Reggae ) Born 1961 - DJ - (He did,  "Working Class") - Worked with Asher Senator (They did, "JA To UK MC Clash").

Tom Talbert - Died 7-2-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Stroke ( Jazz ) He was 80 years old - Composer, pianist and arranger - Led his own band - Arranged music for Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Claude Thornhill - Worked with Patty McGovern - Wrote music for TV's, "Serpico" and "Emergency".

Gojma (Antal Kovacs) - Died 7-2-2005 in Budapest - Cancer ( Gipsy Music ) Singer and dancer - Was a member of Ando Drom and Romano Drom.

Audrey Brickley - Died 7-3-2005 - Acute respiratory distress syndrome ( Rock ) She was 58 years old - Singer - Was a member of Little Audrey And The Teenettes and The Orlons - Worked with Dee Dee Sharp ("Mashed Potato Time").

Pierre Michelot - Died 7-3-2005 in Paris, France ( Jazz ) Born 3-3-1928 in St. Denis, France - Bassist and arranger - Was a member of Hum and The Jacques Loussier Trio - Worked with Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Christian Garros, Kenny Clarke, Django Reinhardt and Chet Baker.

Hedy West - Died 7-3-2005 ( Folk ) Born 4-6-1938 in Cartersville, Georgia, U.S. - Sang and played banjo and guitar - (She did, "Anger In The Land" which her father, Don West wrote the lyrics for and also did, "500 Miles") - Worked with Martin Carthy and Bill Clifton.

Scott Byrne - Died 7-3-2005 - Acute pulmonary edema ( Rock ) Born 6-3-1961 - Drummer - Was a member of The Works and Instant Death.

 Henrietta Ronten ( Henrietta Nelson) - Died 7-4-2005 in Tuolumne, CA, U.S. - Born 1-23-1920 in Tuolumne, CA., U.S. - Played piano, organ and accordion - She appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show and played with dance bands.

Big Al Downing - Died 7-4-2005 - Complications from Leukemia (  R & B - Gospel - Country ) Born 1-9-1940 in Oklahoma, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He did, "You'll Never Miss The Water (Till The Well Runs Dry)" and "I'll Be Holdin' On") -  Worked with Wanda Jackson, Fat's Domino, Johnny Mathis, Dottie West, Little Esther Phillips, Lou Rawls and The Drifters - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

June Haver (June Stovenour) - Died 7-4-2005 - Respiratory failure ( Big Band ) Born 6-10-1926 in Rock Island, Illinois, U.S. - Singer, pianist and actress - Worked with Dick Jurgens, Freddie Martin and Ted Fio Rito - She appeared in the films, "Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "The Girl Next Door" - She was married to actor, Fred MacMurray.

John Stubblefield (John Stubblefield Jr.) - Died 7-4-2005 in The Bronx, NY, NY, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1945 in Little Rock, Ark., U.S. - Tenor saxophonist -  Worked with Abdullah Ibrahim, Mary Lou Williams, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Tito Puente and Anthony Braxton.

Ray Davis (Raymond Davis) (aka Stingwray) - Died 7-5-2005 in New Brunswick, NJ, U.S. - Respiratory complications ( Funk - Psychedelic ) Born 3-29-1940 in Sumter, S.C., U.S. - Singer- He was a founding member of Parliament (They did, "(I Wanna) Testify" and "A New Day Begins") and Funkadelic (They did, "One Nation Under A Groove" and "Flashlight ") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Shirley Goodman (Shirley Goodman Pixley) - Died 7-5-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from a stroke ( R&B - Rock - Disco ) Born 7-19-1936 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - She was half of the duos, Shirley & Lee (They did, "Let The Good Times Roll" and "I'm Gone") and Shirley & Jesse (They did, "Ivory Tower") - She led Shirley & Company (They did, "Shame, Shame, Shame" and "Cry, Cry, Cry") - Worked with The Rolling Stones and Dr. John.

Denis D'Ell (Denis James Dalziel) - Died 7-6-2005 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 10-10-1943 in Whitechapel,  East London, England - Sang and played bongos and harmonica - Was a member of The Honeycombs (They did, "Have I The Right?" and "Something Better Beginning") and The Southside Blues Band.

Arthur Frederick (Arthur Edlin Frederick) (aka Soul, Vision, Napo and Otis) - Died 7-7-2005 in Russell Square, London, England - The bus he was in was bombed by terrorist ( Calypso - Soul ) He was 60 years old - Singer - (He did, "Signs Of Christmas").

Prachin Songpao - Died 7-9-2005 - Heart failure - He was 59 years old - Musician and songwriter - He was a member of The Impossible.

Clyde Crawford - Died 7-9-2005 in Palm Coast - Liver cancer ( Jazz ) He was 67 years old - Played piano, drums, bass guitar, saxophone and flute - Was a member of The Crawford Brothers Band and led Clyde Crawford And Friends - Worked with Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis Jr., Lou Rawls and Ray Charles.

 J. Spencer (Jeffrey Spencer McCormick) - Died 7-9-2005 in Pleasanton ( Jazz ) Born 5-17-1969 in Berkeley - Saxophonist - Worked with En Vogue.

Darrell DeVore (aka The Flute Man, Mr. Sound Magic, Doctor of Universal Music and Dr. Um) - Died 7-9-2005 in Petaluma - Cancer ( Jazz - Psychedelic - Experimental ) Born 7-11-1939 in Saint Joseph, MO, U.S. - Worked with The Charlatans, Pygmy Unit and The Lingua Quartet - He created the instruments, the wind wand and the bamboo xylophone.

Dr. Cora Martin-Moore - Died 7-10-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 11-4-1927 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "On The Other Side" and "Every Once In A While") - Worked with The Sallie Martin Singers, The Simmons-Akers Singers, The St. Paul Baptist Church Choir Of Los Angeles and The Echoes Of Eden Choir - Adopted daughter of gospel singer, Sallie Martin.

Derek Hilton - Died 7-11-2005 in Didsbury ( Composer ) Born 2-3-1927 in Whitefield  - Played piano, trombone and accordion - Led The Rhythmic Blue Note and was a member of Besses o' th' Barn Brass Band - Wrote music for over 240 TV shows including, All Our Yesterdays, A Family At War and A Kind Of Loving - Worked with Shirley Bassey, Gracie Fields, Kay Kendall, Richard Tauber, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Tom Jones.

Frances Langford - Sweetheart of the Fighting Fronts - Died 7-11-2005 in Jensen Beach, FL, U.S. - Congestive heart failure - Born 4-4-1913 in Lakeland, FL, U.S. - Singer and actress - (She did, "I'm In The Mood For Love") - She appeared in the films, "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "The Glenn Miller Story" and "The Hit Parade".

John McGuff - Died 7-11-2005 - Cancer ( Jazz ) He was 73 years old - Born in Liberton - Played trombone - Was a member of The Clyde Valley Stompers and Mike Hart's Society Syncopators - Worked with Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk.

Keith Alexander - Died 7-11-2005 - Bike accident ( Rock ) Born 11-23-1964 - Guitarist - Was a member of Carnivore - Worked with Primal Scream, Savage Grace and Dee Snider.

Warren Luckey - Died 7-11-2005 - Kidney failure ( Jazz ) Born 3-5-1920 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin and Dizzy Gillespie.

Victor V. Bell - Died 7-12-2005 in Washington, U.S. ( Big Band ) He was 94 years old - Born in Canonsburg - Played trombone, sax, piano and accordion - Was a member of The Boyd Baldwin Band and played for maching bands.

Tim McGlashen - Died 7-12-2005 - Illness ( Funk Rock ) He was 49 years old - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Zealots and The Buddhacrush (They did, "Rendezvous With Beloved" and "Eating From So Many Plates").

Phillip Edwards (aka Phill Friendly) - Died 7-12-2005 - Hit by a car - He was 40 years old - Guitarist.

Michael Dahlquist - Died 7-14-2005 in Skokie, Ill., U.S. - The car he was in was rammed from behind by a woman in a suicide attempt ( Rock ) He was 39 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Silkworm. (They did, "Into The Woods" and "The Chain").

Douglas Meis - Died 7-14-2005 in Skokie, Ill., U.S. - The car he was in was rammed from behind by a woman in a suicide attempt ( Rock ) Born 1975 - Drummer - Was a member of The Dials (They did, "Do You Want Me" and "Dead Beat").

John Glick - Died 7-14-2005 in Skokie, Ill., U.S. - The car he was in was rammed from behind by a woman in a suicide attempt ( Rock ) He was 35 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Fez Petting Zoo and The Returnables.

Joe Harnell - Died 7-14-2005 - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 8-2-1924 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. - Pianist, composer and arranger - Worked with The Glenn Miller Air Force Band, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland,  Lester Lanin,  Maurice Chevalier, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey and Beverly Sills - Composed music for TV's, The Incredible Hulk and The Bionic Woman - Was a musical director for The Mike Douglas Show.

Kevin Powers (Kevin Berkeley Powers) - Died 7-15-2005 in Middlebury, VT, U.S. ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 7-22-1984 - Guitarist - Was a member of Fall Lineup - Worked with Jonathan Lorentz.

Michael Gibson - Died 7-15-2005 in Dover, N.J., U.S. - Lung cancer - Born 9-29-1944 in Wilmington, Del., U.S. - Played trombone and was a musical arranger and conductor - He did the orchestrations of the Broadway musicals, "Grease" and "Kiss Of The Spider Woman - Worked with John Kander, Fred Ebb and James Brown.

Cordell Kemp (aka Paw Kemp) - Died 7-15-2005 in Carthage ( Hillbilly ) He was 96 years old - Played banjo and sang - (He did standards such as "Cripple Creek" and "Cotton-Eyed Joe") - He learned to play banjo from Uncle Dave Macon.

Helen Schneyer (Helen Bonchek Schneyer) - Died 7-16-2005 in Barre, VT, U.S. - Cancer ( Folk ) Born 1-21-1921 in New York, U.S. - Singer and pianist - Was a member of The Priority Ramblers - Worked with Jonathan Eberhar and with her daughter Ericka "Riki" Schneyer.

Blue Barron (Harry Freidman) - Died 7-16-2005 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. ( Big Band ) Born 11-19-1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Led The Blue Barron Orchestra (They did, "Cruisin' Down The River" and "Sometimes I'm Happy").

Jackie Armstrong - Died 7-16-2005 ( Jazz ) Born 4-13-1920 in Consett, Co Durham - Trombonist - Was  member of Easington Colliery, Archie's Juvenile Band and Woolf Phillips And The Skyrockets - Worked with Cyril Stapleton and The Ted Heath Band.

Gerry Mackleduff - Died 7-16-2005 in Belfast, Ireland - Cancer ( Rock ) Drummer - Worked with The Pretenders.

Laurel Aitken (aka Boss Skinhead) - The Godfather of Ska - Died 7-17-2005 Leicester, England - Heart attack ( R&B - Boogie - Ska ) Born 4-22-1927 in Cuba - Singer - (He did, "Roll, Jordan Roll" and "Little Sheila") - Worked with The English Beat, Ska Flames, Busters, Potato 5 and The Toasters.

William Henry Weatherspoon - Died 7-17-2005 in Lathrup Village ( Soul ) He was 69 years old - Writer and producer - Was a member of The Tornados - Worked for Correc-Tone Records and Motown Records - Produced Jimmy Ruffin ("What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted") - Worked with Edwin Starr, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and Laura Lee.

Frank Deniz (Francisco Antonio Deniz) - Died 7-17-2005 in Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire - Born 7-31-1912 in Cardiff - Guitarist and bandleader - Led The Spirits Of Rhythm - Worked with The Blue Hawaiians, The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band, Ken "Snakehips" Johnson, Fela Sowande, Harry Roy, The Skyrockets, Nat Temple, Eric Winstone, Edmundo Ros, Harry Parry's Sextet and Stéphane Grappelli.

Patrick Sherry - Died 7-20-2005 - After he dived off a stage ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of The Bad Beat Revue (They did, "Still Cheating").

Long John Baldry (John William Baldry) - Died 7-21-2005 in Vancouver - Chest infection ( Blues ) Born 1-12-1941 in East Maddon, England - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Don't Try To Lay No Boogie-Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll" and "Let The Heartaches Begin") - Was a member of The Cyril Davies R&B All Stars which became Long John Baldry And His Hoochie Coochie Men and Bluesology - Worked with Blues Incorporated, Rod Stewart,  Steampacket, Ginger Baker, Elton John, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger.

Evan Maranville - Died 7-21-2005 ( Folk ) Singer and guitarist - Appeared at The Will McLean Folk Festival.

Eugene Record (Eugene Booker Record) - Died 7-22-2005 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Cancer ( Soul - Gospel ) Born 12-23-1940 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Laying Beside You") - Was a member of The Chanteurs (They did, "You Did That To Me") and The Hi-Lites who changed their name to The Chi-Lites (They did, "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her") - Worked with Jackie Wilson and C-Nario.

Jules Herman - Died 7-22-2005 in Mendota Heights - Heart failure ( Big Band ) He was 93 years old - Played trumpet and was a band leader - Worked with Lawrence Welk, Griff Williams and Wayne King - The Minnesota Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bart Bascone - Died 7-22-2005 in Kihei - He was 55 years old - Musician, arranger and songwriter - (He wrote, "Puka BVDs" and Don Ho's, "Who Is The Lolo (Who Stole My Pakalolo)" - Aranged songs for Yvonne Elliman, Keali'i Reichel, Uluwehi Guerrero, Mel Cabang and The Makaha Sons Of Niihau.

Viktor Berkovsky (Victor Semeonovich Berkovsky) - Died 7-22-2005 - Illness - Born 7-13-1932 Zaporozh'e - Singer - Worked with Dmitri Bogdanov and Galina Bochkina.

Myron Floren - Died 7-23-2005 in the Rolling Hills Estates in Los Angeles County - Cancer ( Polka - Big Band - Country ) Born 11-5-1919 in Day County, S.D., U.S. - Played accordion - Was a member of The Buckeye Four and Lawrence Welk's band - Worked with The Jimmy Sturr Band - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Eddie Shuler Sr. - Died 7-23-2005 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. ( Cajun ) Born 3-27-1913 in Wrightsboro, TX, U.S. - (He co-wrote, "Bon Ton Roula") - Worked with The Hackberry Ramblers - Founder and owner of Goldband Records - He produced the first Zydeco record, Boozoo Chavis', "Paper In My Shoe" and also produced recordings by Cookie And The Cupcakes, Freddie Fender, Cleveland Crochet, Katie Webster, Jimmy C. Newman, Juke Boy Bonner and Rockin' Sydney.

John Herald - Died 7-23-2005 in West Hurley, NY, U.S. ( Bluegrass - Folk ) Born 9-6-1939 in Greenwich Village, NY, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a founding member of the folk collective The Woodstock Mountain Review and a member of The Greenbriar Boys - Worked with Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt.

Victor Berkovsky (Victor Semenovich Berkovsky) - Died 7-24-2005 in Moscow, Russia - Illness - Born 7-13-1932 in Zaporizhia, Ukraine - Songwriter - (He co-wrote, "Grenada") - Worked with Sergei Nikitin, Yunna Morits, Dmitry Sukharev and Mikhail Svetlov.

Vandy Harris Jr. - Died 7-24-2005 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Lung failure ( Jazz ) Born 7-24-1941 in Wisner, LA, U.S. - Played saxophone and was a composer - Led The Obade Vocal Jazz Ensemble and The Frontburners - Worked with Joseph Jarman, Jack McDuff, Muddy Waters,  Elvin Jones, Muhal Richard Abrams, Malachi Favors and John Carter.

John Tamas - Died 7-25-2005 in Danbury, CN, U.S. - Two days after a car accident ( Metal ) Born 8-9-1979 - Guitarist and poet - Was a member of Palehorse (They did, "Mayday" and "Forty Eight").

Albert Mangelsdorff - Died 7-25-2005 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 9-5-1928 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany - Trombonist and guitarist - Worked with Joe Klimm, Hans
Koller, Hessischer Rundfunk, Joki Freund, Marshall Brown's International Youth Band, des Hessischen Rundfunks, Heinz Sauer, Günter Kronberg, Günter Lenz, Ralf Hübner, John Lewis, Palle Danielsson, Elvin Jones, Jaco Pastorius,  Alphonse Mouson, John Surman, Barre Phillips, Stu Martinand, The Frankfurt All Stars, Free Sound & Super Brass, Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra, The Reto Weber Percussion Ensemble, The Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker, Jenny-Clark and Wolfgang Dauner.

Ted Greene (Theodore Greene) - Died 7-25-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 58 years old - Born in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Guitarist and teacher - He wrote the books, "Chord Chemistry" and and the two volume, "Jazz Guitar: Single Note Soloing" - He released the album, "Solo Guitar".

Dom Um Romao - Died 7-26-2005 in Rio de Janeiro - Cerebral hemmorage ( Bossa Nova - Jazz ) Born 8-3-1925 in Rio de Janeiro - Drummer - Co-founded The Copa Trio - Worked with Radio Tupi's Orchestra, Elizeth Cardoso, Sergio Mendes, Cannonball Adderley, Astrud Gilberto, Tony Bennett, Stan Getz, Weather Report and Flora Purim who he was at one time married to.

Martin Leonard Smith Jr. - Died 7-27-2005 - Cirrhosis of the liver - He was 68 years old - Played trumpet and bagpipes - Was a member of The 202nd Battalion Army Band.

Robert Wright - Died 7-27-2005  in Miami, FL, U.S. - Natural causes ( Composer - Lyricist ) Born 9-25-1914 in Daytona Beach, FL, U.S. -  Pianist - Worked with George "Chet" Forrest on the Broadway musicals "Song of Norway" and "Grand Hotel" - Worked with Helen Morgan and Leonard Rose.

Art Collins - Died 7-27-2005 in Pine Bush, N.Y., U.S. ( Manager ) He was 52 years old - Managed Iggy Pop for 20 years - Worked for Atlantic Records and Rolling Stones Records - Worked with Joe Jackson, Marianne Faithfull and Marshall Crenshaw.

Danny Loren Guyer - Died 7-27-2005 - Stabbed - He was 30 years old - Drummer.

Roger Bunn - Died 7-28-2005 in London, England ( Blues - Jazz - Dance - Rock ) Born 7-19-1942 in Norwich, England - Singer, guitarist and double bass player - Worked with The Blue Notes, The  Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Marianne Faithfull, Peggy Seeger, Roxy Music, Pete Brown, Zoot Money and Billy Idol.

Al McKibbon - Died 7-29-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Kidney failure ( Jazz ) He was 86 years old - Born in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Bassist - Worked with George Shearing, Lucky Millinder, Coleman Hawkins, Norman Granz, J.C. Heard, Miles Davis, Benny Carter, Herbie Nichols, Sammy Davis Jr., Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.

Hildegarde (Hildegarde Loretta Sell) - The Incomparable Hildegarde - Died 7-29-2005 in New York, U.S. - Natural causes ( Cabaret ) Born 2-1-1906 in Adell, Wis., U.S. - Singer and pianist - (She did, "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup").

Fred Smith - Died 7-29-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart attack - He was 72 years old - Songwriter and producer - He produced and co-wrote songs for The Olympics ("Western Movies") and also wrote for Bob And Earl ("Harlem Shuffle") and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Worked with Cliff Goldsmith - Owned Keyman Records - Son of singer Effie Smith.

Ray Brand (Ray E. Brand) - Died 7-29-2005 - Cancer  ( Country ) Born 3-8-1946 - Guitarist - Worked with Jeff Everett, Buckeye, Slaughter Road, David Allen Coe, The Crawlers and Jamie Hurt And The Mariteens.

Lucky Thompson (Eli Thompson) - Died 7-30-2005 in Seattle, Washington, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 6-16-1924 in Columbia, S.C., U.S. - Played tenor saxophone - Worked with Billy Eckstein, Lucky Millinder, Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Dizzy Gillespie, The Stars Of Swing, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton and Count Basie.

Paul Hoeffler - Died 7-30-2005 - Cancer ( Photographer ) Born 1937 - He photographed many jazz greats such as Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington - His photos appear on albums for the Verve and Blue Note labels and were used in Ken Burns' Jazz documentary.

Roy Beltman - Died 7-30-2005 in Laarn, The Netherlands - Born 6-8-1946 in Amsterdam The Netherlands - Producer - Co-founder of the production company Corduroy who produced BZN.

Les Braid (William Leslie Braid) - Died 7-31-2005 in Liverpool, England - Cancer ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 9-15-1937 in West Derby, Liverpool, England - Played bass guitar and piano - Founding member of The Bluegenes which became The Swinging Blue Jeans (They did, "Hippy Hippy Shake" and "It's Too Late Now").

Dixon Edge Coulbourn - Died 7-31-2005 in Austin, Texas, U.S. - Swimming pool accident - Born 5-17-1962 - Journalist and photographer - Started the punk rock fanzine, "Idle Time" which featured photos and articles about artists such as Black Flag, The Circle Jerks and The Butthole Surfers.

Ronald Orton - Died 8-?-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 84 years old - Played tenor sax and clarinet - Worked with Frank Proctor, Les Pearce, Adam Proctor and The Stan Birch Trio.

Ace Hill - Died 8-?-2005 ( Jazz ) Pianist - Led The Ace Hill Trio.

Al Aronowitz (Alfred Gilbert Aronowitz) - Died 8-1-2005 in Elizabeth, N.J., U.S. - Cancer - Born 5-20-1928 in Bordentown, N.J., U.S. - Journalist - Managed The Velvet Underground and The Myddle Class- He wrote the books, "Bob Dylan And The Beatles" and "Bobby Darin Was A Friend Of Mine" - He introduced Bob Dylan to The Beatles.

Irene Wilson - Died 8-1-2005 in Sydenham - House fire ( Big Band ) She was 78 years old - Singer and pianist - Worked with Joe Loss, Guy Mitchell and Ken Mackintosh.

 John Matthews - Died 8-1-2005 ( Gospel ) Born 8-25-1923 - Baritone singer - Was a member of The Rebels Quartet and led The John Mathews Family.

Loulie Jean Norman - Died 8-2-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - She was 92 years old - Singer - She sang the wordless vocals for the theme to the original "Star Trek" TV show - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Ray Conniff Singers, The 'Gordon Jenkins Singers and Spike Jones & His City Slickers.

Dr. Jazz (Robert Caldwell) - Died 8-2-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 81 years old - Guitarist - Worked with The Jurassic Trio, Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett.

Stephen S. Sherwood - Died 8-3-2005 - Shot himself after he shot and killed his wife ( Metal ) Bassist - Was a member of Immortal Dominion.

Nick Perito - Died 8-3-2005 - Pulmonary fibrosis - He was 81 years old - Born in Denver - Composer, arranger, pianist and accordionist - Worked with Perry Como, Dorothy Dandridge, Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross.

Paddie Bell - Died 8-3-2005 in Edinburgh - Illness ( Folk ) She was 74 years old - Born in Belfast - Singer and guitarist - She was a member of The Corrie Folk Trio With Paddie Bell - Worked with Martin Carthy, Eddie & Finbar Furey and Dolina McLennan.

Little Milton Campbell (James Milton Campbell) - Died 8-4-2005 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Stroke ( Blues ) Born 9-7-1934 in Inverness, MS, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "The Blues Is Alright", "We're Gonna Make It" and "Your Wife Is Cheating On Us") - Worked with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Fontella Bass - Son of blues musician, Big Milton - Blues Foundation's Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Alojzy Thomys - Died 8-5-2005 in Dortmund ( Jazz ) Born 9-8-1929 in Tarnowskie Gory - Saxophonist and composer - (He composed, "Ten Miniatures in Various Styles") - Was a member of Melomani and The Polish Radio Orchestra.

Darren Dowlut - Died 8-5-2005 - Cancer ( Disco ) He was 26 years old - Producer, singer and songwriter - He was half of the duo Kaylan with his brother Dennis and they later became Disco Montego (They did, "Autumn Breeze" and "Beautiful") - Worked with Mariah Carey.

Spud Murphy (Lyle Murphy) - Died 8-5-2005 - Complications from surgery ( Jazz ) He was 96 years old - Born in Berlin - Composer, arranger, bandleader and teacher - Played trumpet, saxophones and woodwinds - Created or arranged music for The Three Stooges, The Honey Boys, Glen Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra and Benny Goodman - Composed music for over 50 films.

Ibrahim Ferrer (Septuagenarian Ibrahim Ferrer) - Died 8-6-2005 - Emphysema ( Latin ) Born 2-20-1927 in Santiago - Singer - Was a member of The Buena Vista Social Club - Worked with Pacho Alonso and Orquesta de Chepin.

Carlo Little - Died 8-6-2005 in Jarrow - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 67 years old - Drummer - Worked with Derek Addison's Rhythm Katz, Screaming Lord Sutch, Cyril Davies, The Royal Fusiliers, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Buddy Britain And The Regents, Neil Christian And The Crusaders, The Echoes, The Flowerpot Men and The Rolling Stones.

Keter Betts (William Thomas Betts) - Found dead 8-6-2005 in Silver Spring, MD, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 7-22-1928 - Born in Port Chester, N.Y., U.S. - Played upright bass - Worked with Charlie Byrd, Dinah Washington, Oscar Peterson, Nat Adderley, Stan Getz and Ella Fitzgerald - He can be heard on over 200 recordings.

Lester Buchanan - Died 8-6-2005 ( Country ) He was 85 years old - Born in Canton, Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist - Was half of the duo The Buchanan Brothers (They did, "Atomic Power") - The Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Camilo Domingos - Died 8-7-2005 in São Tome - Cancer - Musician and singer - (He did, "Bajuda").

Noel Nicola - Died 8-7-2005 in Havana, Cuba ( Composer ) Born 10-7-1946 in Havana, Cuba - (He did, "Por la vida juntos" (For Our Life Together) and "Es mas, te perdono" (Furthermore, I Forgive You) - Wrote music for movies and television - Was the founder and the first president of The Cuban New Song Movement.

Rabbi Joshua Simon - Brain cancer - Died 8-7-2005 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 44 years old - He had been an editor  for Life magazine and a rock musician in a series of bands.

Rick Epting - Died 8-?-2005 in Mount Vernon, Washington, U.S. - Heart failure ( Rock ) He was 62 years old - Born in Columbia, S.C., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Future Pastures Band - He was a music critic for The Argus.

Madikeri Nagendra - Died 8-8-2005 in Vivekanandanagar - Cardiac arrest ( Light Music ) He was 54 years old - Singer and composer - Sang for films - Worked with Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna.

Sen. Edwin G. Holl - Died 8-8-2005 - After a stroke - He was 88 years old - Born in Chester‚ Delaware County - Played trumpet - Led his own 18 piece band - Worked with The Red Hill Band, The Allentown Band, The Quakertown Band and The Pottstown Symphony.

Jocelyn Janssen - Died 8-8-2005 - Near Downstate Odell - Unknown cause while she was driving ( Contemporary Christian ) She was 29 years old - Singer - She had been working on a CD.

Richard Zvonar (aka Richard Griggs) - Died 8-8-2005 ( Rock ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Ill Wind (They did, "Flashes" and "People Of The Night").

The Rev. Al Carmines - Died 8-9-2005 - He was 69 years old - Composer, singer and actor - He helped popularize off-off-Broadway shows.

Detroit Junior (Emery Williams Jr.) - Died 8-9-2005 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Heart failure ( Blues ) Born 10-26-1931 in Haynes, AR, U.S. - Pianist and songwriter - (He did, "Money Tree" and "Too Poor") - Worked with Howlin' Wolf - His songs have been recorded by Koko Taylor.

Hal Rugg (Harald Rugg) - Died 8-9-2005 in Tucson, Ariz., U.S. - Complications of a brain tumor ( Country ) Born 7-21-1936 - Played steel guitar - Worked with George Jones, Gene Pitney, Ray Stevens, Ronnie Milsap, Joan Baez, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Ray Price, k. d. lang, Porter Wagoner, Benny Barnes, Floy Tillman, Billy Walker and Sammy Kershaw - The Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Stan Brennan (Stanley Leroy Brennan) - Died 8-9-2005 ( Dance ) He was 74 years old - Played saxophone and was a journalist - Worked with The Duke Ambassadors.

Daniel Todd - Died 8-9-2005 - Renal failure ( R&B ) He was 60 years old - Was a tenor singer and played keyboard and guitar - (He wrote, "I'm Yours") - Was a member of The Fabulous Performers and The Informers (They did, "One Little Kiss").

Michael Williams (Michael Leopold Williams) (aka Mikey Zappow) - Died 8-9-2005 - Natural causes ( Reggae ) Born 8-17-1943 -  Singer, bassist, drummer, guitarist, composer, arranger, producer and engineer - Member of The Winston Turner & The Untouchables Band and The Zap-pow Band (They did, "Mystic Mood" and "Last War").

Joe Riley - Died 8-10-2005 in Florida, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 15 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Voltz ( They did covers of, "Bartender And The Thief" and "Don't Look Back Into The Sun").

Tommy Thomas (Henry Thomas) - Died 8-10-2005 ( Cabaret - Jazz - Latin - R&B ) Born 11-6-1931 - Percussionist - Worked with Georgie Fame, Eartha Kitt, Afro-Cubists, Andre Rico's Cha-Chaleros, Woolf Phillips, Ido Martin and Lena Horne.

Rock Halsey - Died 8-10-2005 - Murdered in prison ( Punk ) Singer - Was a member of Rock Bottom & The Spys (They did, "(They did,"Rich Girl" and "Death Trap").

Billy Robinson - Died 8-11-2005 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 5-31-1939 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. - Composer, saxophonist and bandleader - Worked with Charles Mingus, Sadik Hakim and Archie Shepp.

Francy Boland - Died 8-12-2005 in Switzerland - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 11-6-1929 in Belgium - Pianist, arranger and songwriter - Worked with Kenny Clarke, Count Basie and Gitte Haenning.

Rufus Thibodeaux - Died 8-12-2005 in Nashville, Tenn., U.S. ( Cajun ) Born in 1934 - Fiddler - Worked with Jimmy C. Newman (They did, "Cry, Cry Darling" and "Lache Pas la Patate"), Rod Bernard, Zachary Richard, Tony Thibodeaux, Johnnie Allan, Warren Storm, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Porter Wagoner, Ferlin Huskey, The Everly Brothers, Hank Williams Jr., Neil Young, Lynn Anderson, Clint West and Bob Wills.

Jason Grinter and two members of his band - Died 8-12-2005 - Car accident ( Grind Gore ) Bassist and singer - Was a member of Blood Freak (They did, "Werewolf A-Gore-Gore" and "Dr. Cannibal ").

Peaches (Francine Edna Hurd Barker) - Died 8-13-2005 ( Soul ) Born 4-28-1947 in Washington D.C, U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Keynote, The Darlettes and The Sweet Things and was half of the duo of Peaches And Herb, nickname the Sweethearts of Soul (They did, "Let's Fall In Love" and "Close Your Eyes").

Allen Damron (Allen Wayne Damron) - Died 8-14-2005 in Terlingua, Texas, U.S. - Complications of pneumonia ( Folk ) Born 3-1-1939 near Raymondville, Texas, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "The Partisan Song" and "Nancy Whiskey").

Ryan Sumner - Died 8-14-2005 - A blood clot traveled to his heart ( Rock ) Born 9-9-1978 - Drummer - Was a member of Cocaine Unicorn.

Eldrick Johnson - Died 8-14-2005 in Johnston, RI, U.S. - Car accident - He was 36 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Deep Freeze.

Esther Wong - Godmother of punk - Died 8-14-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Natural causes - She was 88 years old - Born in Shanghai - She owned Madame Wong's restaurant which regularly featured punk and new wave bands such as Oingo Boingo, The Police, X, The Bus Boys, The Motels, The Knack, The Know, The Textones, 20/20, The Plimsouls, The Nu-Kats, The Go-Gos, Plane English and The Naughty Sweeties.

Herta Ware - Died 8-15-2005 in Topanga - Natural causes ( Folk ) Born 6-9-1917 in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and actress - Worked with  Woody Guthrie - She acted in  Broadway's , "The Cradle Will Rock",  the films, "Cocoon" and "Species" and TV's, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Amazing Stories"- She had been married to actors Will Geer and David Marshall.

Joyce Wein ( Joyce Alexander Wein) - Died 8-15-2005 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Promoter ) Born 10-21-1928 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Co-founder of The Newport Folk Festival.

Vassar Clements - Died 8-16-2005 in Goodlettsville, Tenn., U.S. - Lung, liver and brain cancer ( Country - Jazz - Bluegrass - Rock ) Born 4-25-1928 in Kinard, Calhoun County, FL, U.S. - Played fiddle - Worked with Paul McCartney, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, The Grateful Dead, Hank Williams Jr., Bruce Hornsby, The Byrds and Woody Herman - He can be heard on over 2,000 albums.

Marco Hendriks - Died 8-16-2005 - Cancer ( Metal ) Born 1969 - Singer - Was a member of Roadkill (They did, "Dying World" and "No One").

Charlie Hampton (aka Hamp) - Died 8-17-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 75 years old - Played piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone and was a composer and conductor - He led The Howard Theater orchestra working with Earl "Fatha" Hines, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, B.B. King, Bobby Darin, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Pearl Bailey, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan and Otis Redding.

Glen Sweeney - Died 8-17-2005 ( Rock - Progressive ) Drummer - Was a member of Third Ear Band (They did, "Behind The Pyramids" and "Flight Of The Oven").

Blake Donner - Died 8-18-2005 - Drowned in a cave ( Punk ) Born 1980 - Singer - Was a member of Parallax.

Magdalena Sanchez (aka La Unica) - Died 8-18-2005 Maracay, Venezuela ( Folk ) Born 4-9-1915 Puerto Cabello, Venezuela - Singer, DJ and actress - (She did "Los Caujaritos", "Mango Verde" (Green Mango),  "Pajarillo Verde" and "Tardes Cojedeñas") - She did La Negra Matea (The Black Matea) in the film, La Epopeya de Bolivar (Bolívar's Epic poem).

Docent Raczkowski (Krzysztof Raczkowski) (aka Doc) - Died 8-18-2005 ( Metal ) Born 1970 - Drummer - Member of Vader (They did, "Shape- Shiifting" and "We Wait").

 Randy Biscuit Turner (Randy J. Turner) - Died 8-18-2005 - Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging due to cirrhosis of the liver ( Punk - Funk ) Born 1956 in Gladewater, Texas, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Big Boys, Cargo Cult, Swine King and The Texas Biscuit Bombs - The Austin Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Benny Benevides (Bob Benevides) (Robert Benevides) - Died 8-18-2005 ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Ebb Tides (They did, "My Baby's Gone"), The Flower Pot and The Tangerine Zoo (They did, "One More Heartache" and "Trip To The Zoo").

Dave Fiester (aka Big Dave) - Died 8-20-2005 in Cocoa ( Blues - Rock ) He was 52 years old - He played guitar, slide guitar, harmonica and sang - He led Fresh Squeezed, Tight Shoes and Dave Fiester & The Legendary Groove Monsters - Worked with The Henry Paul Band ("766-2623 (Romance)" and "Longshot").

Bobby Ray Fletcher - Died 8-20-2005 - Cancer ( Jazz - Blues ) He was 56 years old - Played guitar.

Ernie Johnson (Ernest L. Johnson Jr.) - Died 8-20-2005 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. - Hit by a car ( Soul ) Born 10-22-1945 in Grimes County - Singer - He was half of the duo, Eddie & Ernie (They did, "Bullets Don't Have Eyes" and "I'm Going For Myself").

Stevo Jensen (Steven Ronald Jensen) - Died 8-20 or 21-2005 in Maui, Hawaii, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 1959 - Singer - Was a member of The Vandals (They recorded the album, "Peace Through Vandalism").

Bob Moog (Dr. Robert Moog) (Robert A. Moog) - Died 8-21-2005 in Asheville, North Carolina, U.S. - Brain cancer ( Engineer ) Born 5-23-1934 in Queens, NY, U.S. - He created one of the first electronic musical instruments, the Moog synthesizer.

Luc Ferrari - Died 8-22-2005 in Arezzo, Italy ( Electroacoustical ) Born 1929 in Paris, France - Composer and pianist - Worked with Groupe de Musique Concrète and Pierre Schaeffer.

Brock Peters (George Fisher) - Died 8-23-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer - He was 78 years old - Born in Harlem, New York, NY, U.S. -  Singer and actor - (He recorded the albums, "Sing'a Man" and " At The Villlage Gate") - Worked with Harry Belafonte -  He acted in the film, "To Kill A Mockingbird" and in musicals.

 Dominic Grech - Died 8-23-2005 ( Pop ) He was 55 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Rosebells, Gemini 5 and The Tramps (They did, "Sinjur Gib il-Paci" and "Xemx").

Billy Moughtin - Died 8-23-2005 - Car accident - He was 24 years old - Songwriter and musician - Was a member of Different Breed.

George Stahl - Died 8-23-2005 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - He had suffered a heart attack ( Jazz - Classical ) He was 79 years old - Born in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Fearsome Foursome, The Minnesota Orchestra and The Indianapolis Symphony.

Hal Kalin (Harold Kalin) - Died 8-23-2005 in Waldorf, Maryland, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 2-16-1934 in  Port Jervis, New York, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Kalin Twins (They did, "When").

Kaleth Morales - Died 8-24-2005 - Car accident ( Vallenato ) He was 21 years old - Singer.

Aaron Buchanan - Died 8-25-2005 in Wisconsin , U.S. - Five car accident ( Rock ) He was 25 years old - Drummer - He was a member of Fade and Rictus Grin.

Piggy (Denis D'Amour) - Died 8-26-2005 in Montreal - Colon cancer ( Metal ) He was 45 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of  Voivod (They did, "Gasmask Revival" and "Rebel Robot").

Jim Bescott - Died 8-31-2005 in Kitsilano - He was backed over by a semi-tractor trailer ( Punk - New Wave ) Bassist - Was a member of The Young Canadians (They did, "No Escape" and "Automan").

Jim Gilchrist - Died 9-?-2005 in Derry - Murdered ( Blues ) He was 62 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with The Jim Armstrong Band.

Karen "Grace" Kristin (Karen Kristin) - Died 9-?-2005 - Cancer ( Musicals ) Singer, dancer and choreographer - She appeared in Broadway's, "Funny Girl", "Canterbury Tales" and "Walking Happy".

K-Ruger - Died 9-?-2005 ( Rap ) He was one of  the first artists Jay-Z signed after becoming president of Def Jam Records.

Qorban Nazar - Died 9-?-2005 in Jawsjan, Afghanistan - Shot with six of his friends ( Pop ) Singer - Possibly killed by the Taliban because of their disdain for music.

Nobuo Fujioka - Died 9-?-2005 - Fell from a 5th floor office - He was 40 years old - Singer - (He did, "Magic Of Love") - He sang for TV dramas and video game software commercials.

Glenn Rambo (Glenn Marshall Rambo) - Found dead 9-1-2005 in Violet Louisiana, U.S. - Drowned during hurricane Katrina ( Metal ) Born 12-4-1970 - Singer - Was a member of Nuclear Crucifixion (They did, "Self Inflicted Catastrophe" and "Breeders") and Soilent Green (They did, "Circle Of Death" and "Monolith").

Thomas Barth (Thomas G. Barth) - Died 9-1-2005 - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) He was 55 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Offset, Purple Oz, Brother and Freedom - He invented the Tommy Hawk travel guitar - Owner of the music store, The Music Box.

Tiny McFarland (T.J. McFarland)  - Died 9-1-2005 - Complications from hepatitis C ( Blues ) Born 1948 - Drummer - Was a member of The Hub City Movers - Worked with Joe Ely and Stevie Ray Vaughan - He discovered singers Don Walser, Wayne "The Train" Hancock and Kimmie Rhodes and was a booking agent for R.C. Banks and Alvin Crow.

R.L. Burnside - Died 9-1-2005 in Memphis, Tenn., U.S. - Complications from an earlier heart attack ( Blues ) Born 11-23-1926 in Harmontown, Miss., U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Sound Machine - Worked with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

 Ami Kronfeld ( Amichai Kronfeld) - Died 9-1-2005 - Brain cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1947 in Hadera, Israel - Drummer - Was a member of The Lincoln Street Brigade - He was a well known peace activist.

Dru Lombar - Died 9-2-2005 in Jacksonville Beach - He had been in a coma since a massive heart attack in July ( Southern Rock - Blues ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Grinderswitch and Dr. Hector & The Groove Injectors.

Benny Miller (Benjamin Haim Miller) - Died 9-2-2005 - Suspected heart attack ( Blues - Punk ) Born 10-11-1947 in Harare - Guitarist, sound engineer and producer - Was a member of Otis Waygood and Klunk.

Pookie Johnson (Alonzo Johnson) - Died 9-3-2005 ( Jazz ) Born 1927 - Singer and saxophonist - Worked with Wes Montgomery, King Kolax, Eddie Byrd, The Jimmy Coe Big Band and The Hampton Sisters.

Milt Grayson (Milton B. Grayson Jr.) - Died 9-3-2005 in New York, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 8-22-1931 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Brooklyn Crusaders, Bernard "Jimmy" Beckum, Alvin Scott, Billy Ward And The Dominoes ("Deep Purple" and "St. Therese Of The Roses"), Duke Ellington's Orchestra and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Leonid Nerushenko - Died 9-4-2005 - Was a member of Dinamit.

Eric Roche - Died 9-6-2005 in Haverhill, Suffolk - Cancer ( Folk - Country - Rock - Jazz - Classical ) - Born 12-4-1967 in New York, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and writer - He wrote for magazines, Guitar Techniques and Acoustic and he wrote the book, The Acoustic Guitar Bible.

 Pete Perryer - Died 9-6-2005 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Singer and drummer - Was a member of The Late Edition and The Late which became Unicorn (They did, "Volcano" and "Bog Trotter") - Worked with Billy J. Kramer and David Gilmour.

Sergio Endrigo - Died 9-7-2005 in Rome, Italy - Lung cancer ( Romantic ) Born 1933 in the Croatian town of Pula which was then part of Italy - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Io che amo solo te (I Who Love Only You)" and "Canzone per te (Song For You)") - He collaborated with Vinicius de Moraes and Toquinho.

Ian Ledsham - Died 9-7-2005 in Ropley, Hampshire - Car accident ( Choral ) - He was 51 years old - Choirmaster and organist - Founder of The Jubilee Choir.

Fred E. Ahlert Jr. - Died 9-8-2005 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - He was 79 years old - Founder of the Fred Ahlert Music Group - He represented clients including his father songwriter, Fred E. Ahlert as well as Hal David and John Jacob Loeb.

Don Ricketts - Died 9-8-2005 - Pneumonia ( Rock ) Bass guitarist - Worked with The Shaggs, The Deltonas and The Montells.

Chris Jones (Christopher Paul Jones) - Died 9-9-2005 in Northeim, Germany - Lung cancer ( Blues ) Born 11-11-1958 in Reno, Nevada, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Sara K., Allan Taylor, Christian Willisohn, Werner Lämmerhirt, Paul Stephenson, Noel Shannon, Kieran Halpin, Steve Baker, Geraldine MacGowan, Brian O'Connor, Michael Sagmeister, Martin Rottger, Jon Strong, David Munyon, Reinhard Mey, Hannes Wader, Mike Silver and The Sunnyland Bluesband.

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Died 9-10-2005 in Orange, Texas, U.S. - Cancer ( Blues - Country - Jazz - Cajun ) Born 4-18-1924 in Vinton, La., U.S. - Singer and guitarist (He did, "Okie Dokie Stomp" and "Ain't That Dandy") - Worked with Roy Clark, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and Bonnie Raitt - Blues Foundation's Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Al Wilmot (Alan James Wilmot) - Died 9-10-2005 ( Rock )- Bassist - Worked with The Thyme, SRC and Lighthouse.

Al Casey (Albert Aloysius Casey) - Died 9-11-2005 ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 9-15-1915 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Helen Humes, Jay MacShann, Sidney Bechet, Teddy Wilson, Mezz Mezzrow, King Curtis, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday and The Harlem Jazz And Blues Band.

Dave Baney (Charles David Bany) - Died 9-11-2005 in Fairfield, OH, U.S. - Complications from emphysema ( Jazz ) Born 5-19-1943 in Dayton Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with his brother John Baney and with Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz and The Chuck Hedges Swingtet.

Vince Robson (aka Jah Vince) - Died 9-13-2005 - Heart attack - He was 52 years old - Sound engineer and DJ - ( He mixed the song, "Babylon Bus").

Mike Elliott - Died 9-14-2005 in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. ( Jazz - Country ) Guitarist, producer, engineer and songwriter - Born 5-18-1940 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Worked with Natural Life, Nashville, The Toronto Symphony, Clark Terry, Doug Kershaw, Les Paul, Chubby Checker, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Brenda Lee,  John Davidson, Johnny Cash and many others.

Robert Wise - Died 9-14-2005 - Born 9-10-1914 in Winchester, Indiana, U.S. - Film producer and director and a sound and music editor - Edited the film, Citizen Kane and directed The Day The Earth Stood Still, West Side Story and The Sound Of Music.

Ray Ruff (Marvin Ray Ruffin) - Died 9-15-2005 - Born 1938 - Producer and promoter - Worked with Pat Boone ("Texas Woman"), Debbie Boone, The Doobie Brothers, The Statler Brothers, Reba McIntire, George Strait, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs and Merle Haggard.

Dennis McGraw - Died 9-15-2005 - ( Standards ) He was 51 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Oshkosh Choraliers.

Billy Mills - Died 9-15-2005 ( Folk ) Singer - He appeared at The Sidmouth Folk Festival.

Bobby Lovless (aka Little Lee Allen) - Died 9-16-2005 ( Swamp-Pop ) He was 65 years old - Played saxophone - (He did, "Night Owl") - Led The Night Owls - Worked with Jimmy Clanton, Van Broussard, Bobby Darin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Ford and Johnny Rivers.

Andy Howard - Died 9-16-2005 ( Punk ) He was 23 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Twisted Method.

Alex Ogoltely (Alexander Strogachev) - Died 9-16-2005 - Heart failure ( Punk ) He was 43  years old - Bassist - Was a member of Avtomaticheskiye Udovletvoriteli and Narodnoye Opolcheniye.

Venmani Haridas - Died 9-17-2005 - While being treated for for gastric related ailments ( Kathakali ) He was 59 years old - Musician - Was a member of Kalamandalam.

Chas Smit - Died 9-17-2005 in Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town, South Africa - Hit by a drunk driver while crossing a street - He was 22 years old - Born in Cape Town, South Africa - Guitarist - Was a member of the duo Plush.

Michael P. Balocik (Singing Mike) - Died 9-17-2005 in McKeesport - He was 75 years old - Born in North Braddock - Sang and played guitar and drums - Was a member of Club 17.

Benny Garcia Jr. - Died 9-17-2005 ( Western Swing ) Born 3-20-1926 - Guitarist - Worked with The Tex Williams Band, Hank Penny, Johnnie Lee Wills, Bob Wills, Benny Goodman and Patsy Cline - Western Swing Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joel Hirschhorn - Died 9-17-2005 in Thousand Oaks, California, U.S. - Heart attack - He was 67 years old - Born in the Bronx, New York, U.S. - Songwriter, singer and pianist - Collaborated with Al Kasha (They wrote music for TV's, Knots Landing and the songs, "The Morning After" for the film The Poseidon Adventure and "We May Never Love Like This Again" for the film The Towering
          Inferno).

Constance Moore (Mary Constance Moore) - Died 9-17-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Illness - Born in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S. - She was 84 years old - Singer and actress - She appeared in the musicals, ''Show Business" and ''Hit Parade Of 1947" - She also appeared in the science fiction serial, ''Buck Rogers".

Jack Lesberg - Died 9-17-2005 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. - Complications of Alzheimer's disease ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 2-14-1920 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Played double bass and violin - Worked with Muggsy Spanier, Eddie Condon, Tommy Dorsey, Kai Winding, Jimmy McPartland, Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughan, Peanuts Hucko, Jack Teagarden, Coleman Hawkins, Wild Bill Davison, Urbie Green, Louis Armstrong and The New York City Symphony Orchstra.

Virginia Bunnell - Died 9-18-2005 ( Pop ) Singer - She was half of The Bunnell Sisters and Virginia & Nadine.

Peter "Pjotr" Kschentz - Died 9-18-2005 - Complications of lung cancer - Born 10-13-1941 - Played violin, saxophon, accordion, flute and guitar - Worked with The Shatters and The Klaus Renft Combo.

Bea Lilly (Mitchell Burt Lilly) - Died 9-18-2005 ( Bluegrass ) Born 12-15-1921 in Clear Creek, Raleigh County, West Virginia, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was one of The Lilly Brothers - West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.

Willie Hutch (Willie McKinley Hutchison) - Died 9-19-2005 in Duncanville, Texas, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 12-6-1944 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer - (He did, "Love Has Put Me Down" and "Give Me Some Of That Good Old Love") - (He co-wrote, "I'll Be There") - Was a member of The Ambassadors - Produced  Michael Jackson, The 5th Dimension, The Commodores and Smokey Robinson.

William Vacchiano - Died 9-19-2005 in Manhattan, NY, U.S.- Respiratory failure - He was 93 years old - Trumpeter and composer - He taught at The Juilliard School with his students including Wynton Marsalis and Miles Davis - He played for The New York Philharmonic and The Portland Symphony Orchestra - He wrote trumpet method books and designed a line of trumpet mouthpieces.

Billy Holmes (William Maura Holmes Sr.) - Died 9-19-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 91 years old - Played bass - Was a member of The Excelsior Band - Worked with The E.B. Coleman Combo and The Moderns.

David Edward Grombacher - Died 9-19-2005 Upland, California, U.S. - Born 10-9-1954 in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S. - Sound engineer - Worked with The Dead Boys and The Pat Benatar Band.

Scott Morrow - Died 9-20-2005 - Complications from a bone infection ( Punk ) Born 1958 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Fiends (They did, "Riot In The Men's Room" and "Rock All Night") and David And The Happenings - (He wrote L7's, "Packin' A Rod") - Worked with Jeff Dahl, John Doe and Thelonious Monster.

Eugene "Rims" Reardon (aka Gene Slaughter) - Died 9-20-2005 - Internal complications due to a torn aorta after his drum stool broke ( Rock ) Drummer - Worked with Slaughter, Neil Giraldo, Ron Schirmer and Andy Gerome.

Gene Forrell - Died 9-21-2005 in New York, NY, U.S. - He was 90 years old - Composer and conductor for dance, theater, television and films including the documentary To Be Alive and the films Boundary Lines and Picture in Your Mind - Composed commercial jingles and conducted and recorded The Firestone Christmas albums for many years.

Roshan Satarkar - Died 9-21-2005 in Jejuri - Cardiac arrest ( Marathi lavani ) She was 65 years old - Singer - (She did, "Mazhya Nauraya Ni Sodli Daru" and "Darling, Darling").

Derrill Bodley - Died 9-21-2005 - Motorcycle accident - Born 9-21-1945 - Played piano, organ, saxophone and flute - (He wrote, "The Dream Lives On!" and Dave Brubeck's, "Steps To Peace") - He was a music professor and a peace activist.

Gordon Kusayanagi - Died 9-21-2005 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Hit by a car while walking ( Rock ) Born 8-1-1953 in Gilroy, CA, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Savannah and 10 til 2.

Dave Robbins - Died 9-23-2005 in Gibsons - Heart attack ( Jazz ) He was 82 years old - Born in Greenburg, Ind., U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with The Harry James Orchestra and The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Kay Weber Sillaway - Died 9-23-2005 - Natural causes ( Swing ) She was 96 years old - Born in Ellinwood, Kan., U.S. - Singer and pianist - Worked with Lawrence Welk, The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra and Bob Crosby - She was married to trombonist, Ward Sillaway.

Przemyslaw Gwozdziowski - Died 9-23-2005 ( Jazz ) Born 1-15-1936 - Saxophonist - Worked with Axis, Bobem Longiem and Czerwono Czarni.

Fletcher Williams - Died 9-24-2005 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Doo Wop ) He was 70 years old - Singer - (He did, "Mary Lou" and "Stop, Look And Love Me") - Was a member of The Mellows who became The 4 Dots (They did, "Rita" and "He Man Looking For A She Girl").

Steve Marcus - Died 9-25-2005 in New Hope, Pa., U.S.  ( Jazz - Fusion ) Born 9-18-1939 in New York, NY, U.S. - Played saxophone - Was a member of Count's Rock Band - Worked with Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Buddy's Buddies, Larry Coryell, Woody Herman and Herbie Mann.

Georges Arvanitas (aka Georges une prise) - Died 9-25-2005 in Paris, France ( Jazz ) Born 6-13-1931 in Marseilles - Pianist - Worked with Mezz Mezzrow, Don Byas, Albert Nicholas, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Doug Watkins, Art Taylor, Yusef Lateef, Slide Hampton, T-Bone Walker, Ben Webster, Archie Shepp, Johnny Griffin and Ted Curzon.

Hal Nelson - Died 9-26-2005 in Mankato - Heart attack ( Jazz - Polka ) Played brass and woodwind instruments - He was 71 years old - Worked with Dick Hyland, The Blue Ox Jazz Babies, The Gar
Kuhfuss Band, The Norsemen, Schell's Hobo Band and The Turkey River All-Stars.

Alfred Brown - Died 9-26-2005 - Cancer ( Country - Gospel ) He was 79 years old - Singer, guitarist and composer.

Obias Mwamba (aka Mbyangu) - Died 9-26-2005 - Illness - He was 27 years old  - Drummer - Was a member of The Glorious Band.

Brian Roylance - Died 9-27-2005 in Guildford, England - Heart attack - Born 4-4-1945 in Newcastle-Emlin, Wales - He was a  publisher whose company, Genesis Publications released many books about rock artists such as The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Ravi Shankar, Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd and The Who - His company also published George Harrison's, ''I Me Mine", Ringo Starr's, ''Postcards From The Boys" and George Martin's autobiography, "Playback".

Qutice McGaughy (aka Cac) - Died 9-28-2005 - Shot ( Hip-Hop ) He was 26 years old - Worked with Interstate Ike.

Richard Jameson Bell Jr. - Died 9-28-2005 in Chester, NH, U.S. - Born 1-26-1947 in Winnsboro, SC, U.S. - Composer, arranger and pianist - Worked with Janis Joplin and with his wife, Tammy Grimes.

Helena Meirelles - Died 9-?-2005 in Campo Grande - Chronic pneumonia ( Rancheira - Rasqueados - Polcas ) She was 81 years old - Guitarist - In 1993, Guitar Player Magazine placed her in the top one hundred guitarists in the world.

Sean Blackburn ( Sean Francis Blackburn) - Died 9-29-2005 in Golden, Colo., U.S. - Heart attack ( Western Swing ) Born 12-13-1948 - Singer and guitarist - He was half of the duo Blackburn And Hull.

John D. Zysk-Buerger - Died 9-30-2005 near Milwaukee WI, U.S. - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) He was 36 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of  Rattling Snakes, formerly known as American Death.

Ernestine Lane - Died 9-30-2005 ( Jazz - Blues ) She was 54 years old - Singer - Worked with Mike Lenz.

Waleed Faisal Helwani (aka Wele) - Died 9-30-2005 - Motorcycle accident - Born 7-1-1985 - Guitarist, producer and sound engineer - (He wrote, "The Bus").

Paul Pena (aka Earthquake) - Died 10-1-2005 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Complications from pancreatitis and diabetes ( Blues ) Born 1-26-1950 in Hyannis, MA, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He wrote, "Jet Airliner") - Worked with T. Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Kongar-ol Ondar, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

Lissa Wales - Died 10-1-2005 - Mylogenous leukemia - She was 48 years old - Photographer who took pictures of hundreds of percussionists over the last 20 years, including some of the world's top rock bands - Her photographs have appeared in magazines in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Lee Nichols - Died 10-1-2005 in Spearman, Texas, U.S. - He was 99 years old - DJ -  (He wrote, "I'm Gonna Tie One On Tonight" which was recorded by The Wilburn Brothers and Ernest Tubb).

Abbot Alan Rees (Alan William Rees) - Died 10-2-2005 ( Gregorian ) - Born 2-1-1941 in Morriston - Played organ and was a composer - Contributor to the music of the Roman Catholic Church - Was a founder member of The Panel Of Monastic Musicians - He co-edited, "Hymns For Prayer And Praise".

Hamilton Camp (aka Bob Camp and Hamid Hamilton Camp) - Died 10-2-2005 in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Folk ) Born 10-30-1934 in London, England - Actor, singer and songwriter - (He wrote, "Pride Of Man" which was covered by Quicksilver Messenger Service) - Worked with Bob Gibson (They did, "You Can Tell The World" and "Well, Well, Well") - He appeared in the films, "Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman" and "Heaven Can Wait" and on TV's, "Mary Tyler Moore" and "Three's Company".

Karli Eaglesham - Died 10-2-2005 - Born 5-26-1973 - Cancer - Managed Say Nothing.

 Bob Houston - Died 10-3-2005 in London, England - Born 5-3-1939 in Glasgow - Journalist and editor - He was a production editor for Melody Maker magazine.

Leo Burns - Died 10-3-2005 - Born 1906 in Carlisle - Violinist and deputy conductor - Led The Coventry Hippodrome Orchestra - Provided music for the stars of his generation - Son of dance music composer Felix Burns.

Emilinha Borba (Emilia Savana da Silva Borba) - Died 10-3-2005 - Heart attack - Born 8-31-1923 in the Mangueira shantytown - Singer - (She did, "Pirulito" and "Chiquita Bacana") - Worked with Chico Buarque and Ney Matogrosso.

Herb Ludwig (Herbert Joseph Ludwig) - Died 10-3-2005 ( Folk Rock ) Born 1947 in New Brighton, Beaver Valley, PA, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and poet - Was a founding member of Devonsquare.

Mike Gibbins (Michael George Gibbins) - Died 10-4-2005 in Oviedo, FL, U.S. - Natural causes ( Rock ) Born 3-12-1949 in Swansea, Wales - Drummer - Was a member of Badfinger (They did, "Come and Get It" and "No Matter What").

Trevor Nicholas (aka Daddy Friday and Nick ) - Died 10-4-2005 - Complications of diabetes ( Calypso ) Born 12-28-1961 in Antigua - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Backbone" and "Tramping Style") - Was a member of  TNT Brass and led The Jam Band.

Herb Rogers - Died 10-4-2005 in Honolulu - Cancer - Born 8-15-1922 - He produced over 500 plays, musicals and concerts with such stars as Tony Bennett and Louis Armstrong among others.

 Eddie Young (Edward Neil Young) - Died 10-4-2005 - Traffic accident ( Rock - Chorale ) Born 4-16-1960 - Singer and composer - Was a member of The Valley Master Chorale.

 Harold Leventhal - Died 10-4-2005 in New York, U.S. - Born 5-24-1919 in Ellenville, NY, U.S. - Promoter, agent and music publisher - He  managed Woody Guthrie, Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Pete Seeger.

Nick Daddy Friday (Nicholas Friday) - Died 10-4-2005 - Complications from diabetes - Singer - Was a member of The Jam Band (They did, "Cool Um Down" and "Rise Up").

Teddy Popovich (Theodore Popovich) - Died 10-4-2005 - Played the tamburitza and sang - Was a member of The Popovich Brothers Orchestra and The Serbian Singing Society Sloboda.

Eric Maluenda - Died 10-4-2005 - Heart problem ( Chilean Folk ) Percussionist - Co-founding member of Illapu - Worked with Arak Pacha.

Charles Rocket (Charles Adams Claverie) (aka Charles Kennedy) - Died 10-7-2005 in Canterbury, CN, U.S. - Suicide ( Rock ) Born 8-24-1949 in Bangor, Maine, U.S. - Played accordion and was an actor - Was a member of The Fabulous Motels - Worked with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein - He was the Weekend Update anchor on TV's, "Saturday Night Live" - Appeared in the films, "Earth Girls Are Easy" and "Dumb And Dumber".

Gordon Minor - Died 10-8-2005 ( Swing ) Born 10-7-1915 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Griff Williams, Russ Morgan and Sid Hoff.

 Sonny Fisher (Therman Fisher) (aka Wild Man from Texas) - Died 10-8-2005 in Houston, Texas, U.S. ( Rockabilly ) Born 11-13-1931 in Chandler, Texas, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "Rockin' Daddy" and "Hold Me Baby") - Worked with Los Solitarios.

Wine Jones (Paul J. Jones) - Died 10-9-2005 in Jackson, MS, U.S. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 7-1-1946 in Flora, MS, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Pucker Up Buttercup" and "Dee, Dee, Dee").

Donna J. Runion - Died 10-9-2005 in Cincinnati, KY, U.S. - She was 64 years old - Musician - Was a member of The Friday Night Pickers.

Jan Rohde - Died 10-9-2005 in Stockholm, Sweden ( Rock ) Born 7-14-1942 in New York, U.S. - Was a member of Jan Rohde & His Cool Cats (They did, "Lotta Lovin'"), The Adventures and The Wild Ones.

Nick Hawkins - Died 10-10-2005 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 2-3-1965 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England - Guitarist - (He did, "Miss You" and "Chillin Wit Miss Illin") - Was a member of Big Audio Dynamite II (They did, "Rush" and "In My Dreams").

Huntington Howard - Died 10-10-2005 -  He was 95 years old - Born in Indian territory in Walla Walla, Wash., U.S. - Played the flute and piccolo - Worked with The Rockport Legion Band, The Beer Barrel Band, Bucci's Lousy Band, The Danvers Pops and The Danvers Yacht Club Band.

Maurice Miller - Died 10-10-2005  in Burbank, Calif., U.S. - Complications from diabetes - He was 73 years old - Born in Alton, Ill., U.S. - Musician, singer and songwriter - Worked with The Association and The Charles Wright 103rd St. Watts Band - Was a musical director for Lena Horne and a drummer for Broadway's, "Tommy" and "Hair" - Wrote jingles for Chevrolet.

Sonji Clay-Glover - Found dead 10-11-2005 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Possible heart attack - Singer - She was 59 years old - (She did, "I Can't Wait (Until I See My Baby's Face)" and "Here I Am and Here I'll Stay") - First wife of Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali).

George Smith (George Julian Smith) - Died 10-11-2005 in College Park, MD, U.S. - Ruptured ulcer ( Jazz - R&B ) He was 67 years old - Singer - Worked with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, B. B. King, Dionne Warwick, James Brown and The Ink Spots.

Sam Smith - Died 10-11-2005 - Cancer ( R&B - Gospel ) He was 47 years old - Singer - Worked with The Total Experience Gospel Choir And Jubilation and The Evolution Band.

Baker Knight (Thomas Baker Knight Jr.) - Died 10-12-2005 in Birmingham, Ala., U.S. - Natural causes - He was 72 years old - Born in Birmingham, Ala., U.S. ( Rock ) Guitarist and songwriter - Led Baker Knight And The Knightmares (They did, "Bring My Cadillac Back") - His songs have been recorded by Ricky Nelson ("Lonesome Town"), Paul McCartney, Dean Martin ("That Old Time Feelin"), Elvis Presley ("The Wonder Of You"), Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Mickey Gilley, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Oleg Lundstrem - Died 10-12-2005 near Moscow ( Jazz ) Born 4-2-1916 in the Siberian city of Chita - Musician and conductor - He set up Russia's first state jazz orchestra - Led The State Chamber Orchestra of Jazz Music and The Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra.

Kevin Alan Scott - Died 10-12-2005 - Heart attack - Born 2-13-1964 in Phoenix - Sound recording engineer and bass guitarist - Worked with Metallica, John Cross, The Grateful Dead, Keith Richards and Pearl Jam.

Sean Gwin (Sean Patrick Gwin) - Died 10-13-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Punk ) He was 46 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Fiends (They did, "Riot In The Men's Room" and "Rock All Night").

Peter Cain (Peter James Cain) - Died 10-13-2005 ( Punk ) Born 6-2-1958 - Bassist - Worked with New Toys, Lone Cowboys and Road Vultures.

Poxi Presha (Prechard Pouka Olang) - Died 10-14-2005 in Nairobi - Tuberculosis ( Rap ) He was 34 years old - Born in Mombasa - Singer - (He did, "Otonglo Time" and "Jaluo Jeuri Fullstop").

Marshall O'Neal Smith - Died 10-14-2005 ( Rock ) Born 6-27-1949 - Guitarist - Worked with Piranha, Wet Willie (They did, "Street Corner Serenade") and The Limit.

Marc Mason Harper - Died 10-16-2005 - Lung cancer ( Y'alternative West Texas Country Rock Music ) Guitarist, singer and songwriter - Worked with The Box Tops and The Kentucky Head Hunters.

David Reilly - Died 10-16-2005 - Complications of stomach problems ( Rock ) He was 34 years old - Singer - Was a member of God Lives Underwater. (They did, "Don't Know How To Be" and "From Your Mouth").

Len Dresslar (Elmer Dresslar Jr.) - Died 10-16-2005 in Palm Springs, CA., U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-25-1925 in St. Francis, KS, U.S. - Bass singer and voiceover artist - Was a member of The J's and The Singers Unlimited - He was the voice of the Jolly Green Giant.

Roberta Sweet (Roberta Evans) - Died 10-16-2005 in Maplewood, Minn., U.S. ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 12-24-1923 in Bloomington, Ill., U.S. - Sang and played the recorder - She was married to jazz pianist, Ken Sweet.

Kike Turmix - Died 10-16-2005 in Madrid, Spain - Cancer ( Punk ) Born 1957 in Spain - Sang, played harmonica and drums - Was a member of The Pleasure F--kers - Owner of Safety Pin Records.

Jeff Vail (Jeffrey Charles Vail) - Died 10-16-2005 - Drummer - Was a member of Sonic's Rendezvous Band.

Alhaji K. Frimpong - Died 10-18-2005 Kumasi, Ghana ( Highlife ) Singer - (He did, "Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu" and "Obi Nim").

Dallas Cook (Ryan Dallas Cook) - Died 10-19-2005 in in Orange County, CA, U.S. - His motorcycle hit a car ( Ska ) Born 6-5-1982 in  Huntington Beach, CA, U.S. - Trombonist - Was a member of Suburban Legends.

Shirley Horn - Died 10-20-2005 ( Jazz ) - Born 5-1-1934 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Pianist and singer - Worked with Stuff Smith, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Johnny Mandel.

Captain Jack (Francisco Gutierrez) (aka Franky Gee) - Died 10-22-2005 in Mallorca, Spain - After a stroke and coma - Born 1962 in Havanna, Cuba - Singer and dancer - (He did "Soldier, Soldier" and "Drill Instructor").

Polly Alexander (Paula Joan Alexander) - Died 10-22-2005 - Complications from a heart condition ( Rock ) Born 9-1-1958 in Rice Lake, Wis., U.S. - Was a member of Radio For Teens and Tetes Noires - Worked with Brian Ritchie and Victor DeLorenzo.

E. Thomas Bauer - Died 10-22-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 85 years old - Tenor saxophone player and organist - Worked with The Boyd Raeburn Band.

Simon Hobart - Died 10-23-2005 in London, England - Born 9-24-1964 - Promoter and DJ - He created the alternative club Popstarz.

"Handsome" Mel Williams - Died 10-23-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 10-23-1936 in Beaumont, TX, U.S. - Singer - Led Mel Williams And The Montclairs (They did, "Ooh Wah" and "Fools Fall In Love") - Was a member of The Jayos and The Sheiks ("So Fine").

Janita Claassen - Died 10-24-2005 in South Africa - Cancer - She was 58 years old - Singer - (She did, "Rolbos") -  Performed in musicals and on TV shows.

 Mickey Greco - Died 10-24-2005 - Complications of lung cancer ( Jazz ) He was 77 years old - Pianist - Worked with Ray Vidal and Armen Dirtadian.

Kay Arnold (Kay Arnold Doss) - Died 10-24-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 6-14-1926 in Bearden, Ark., U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (She wrote, "Cross The Brazos At Waco" and co-wote, "Paint A Smile On Me" with Merle Kilgore) - Worked with her husband, Marvin "Buster" Doss and with Gary Walker.

 Ron Simmonds (Ronald Alan Simmonds) - Died 10-24-2005 in Vania, Spain ( Jazz ) Born 10-16-1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba - Trumpeter, pianist and composer - Worked with Acker Bilk, Tommy Simpson, Oscar Rabin, Leon Roy, Vic Lewis, Ronnie Scott, The Skyrockets, Jack Parnell, The Squadronaires, Ted Heath, Bill Russo, Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Oliver Nelson, Henry Mancini and Quincy Jones.

 Art Sares (Arthur Paul Sares) - Died 10-24-2005 in Delray Beach, Fla., U.S. - Born 1923 - Trombonist - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Glenn Miller, The Jazz Trombones and The Chicago Festival Symphony Orchestra - He recorded over 1,500 Muzak tracks.

Mira Kubasinska - Died 10-25-2005 - Illness ( Rock - R&B ) Singer - Born 9-8-1944 - Was a member of Breakout - She was married to singer and guitarist, Tadeusz Nalepa.

David Townsend - Found dead 10-26-2005 in Northridge, CA, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 1955 - Singer, songwriter and producer - Was a member of Surface (They did, "Closer Than Friends" and "Shower Me With Your Love") - Worked with Sister Sledge, The Isley Brothers, Jermaine Jackson, The New Edition and Aretha Franklin - Son of singer and songwriter, Ed Townsend.

Tom Masland (Thomas Wootton Masland) - Died 10-27-2005 - Hit by a SUV ( Jazz ) Born 1950 in North Carolina, U.S. - Played Sax - Worked with Francois Bréant - He was also a journalist working for Newsweek.

Grimes Poznikov (aka The Automatic Human Jukebox) - Died 10-27-2005 - Alcohol poisoning - Musician - Appeared on The Mike Douglas Show and Charles Kuralt On the Road.

Michael Arnone (Michael J. Arnone) - Died 10-27-2005 in Wall, NJ, U.S. ( Doo-Wop ) He was 63 years old - Born in Jersey City - Singer - He was a member of The Duprees (They did, "You Belong To Me" and "My Own True Love").

Phil Brito (Philip Colombrito) - Died 10-28-2005 - ( Big Band ) He was 90 years old - Born in West Virginia, U.S. - Baritone singer - Worked with Jimmy Dorsey, Houston Ray, Lloyd Huntley, Jan Savitt and Al Donohue.

Fernando Quejas - Died 10-28-2005  in Portugal ( Mornas ) He was 83 years old - Singer and musician.

Marcel Evans (Joseph L. Evans) - Died 10-28-2005  in Covington, La., U.S. ( R&B - Country ) Singer - (He did, "Sweet Gemini") - Worked with The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Spinners and Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs.

Ronnie Ruben Gittens - Died 10-28-2005 - Aneurysm ( Rock ) He was 56 years old - Played harmonica and keyboards and was a songwriter - Was a member of The Shifters, The Maniacs, The Magnificent Maniacs, The Spontanes and The Catalinas (They did, "What'd You Do That For" and "You're Driving Me Crazy").

Baby Wayne (Wayne Parkinson) - Died 10-28-2005 in Kingston, Jamaica - Complications of pneumonia ( Reggae ) He was 37 years old - Deejay - Remembered for the songs, "Mama, Caa Live So" and "Mi Know Mi Fren".

James Taylor - Died 10-29-2005 near Hope - Highway accident ( Blues ) He was 33 years old - Born in Vancouver - Played standup bass - Worked with Cousin Harley, The Pete Turland Band and The
Twisters.

Barbara Pittman - Died 10-29-2005 in Memphis, TN, U.S. ( Rock - Rockabilly ) Born 4-25-1938 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "I Need A Man" and "No Matter Who's To Blame" with Clyde Leoppard's Snearly Ranch Boys) - Worked with Barbara And The Visitors and The Thirteenth Committee.

Rodney Richardson - Died 10-29-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 88 years old - Bassist - Worked with Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Harlan Leonard, Nat King Cole, The Kansas City Seven, Buddy Rich, Freddy Cole, Carmen McRae, Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Wilkins, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald - Brother of bassist James "Beans" Richardson.

P Leela - Died 10-30-2005 - After a long illness - She was 73 years old - Singer - She sang songs for the films, "Gunasundarikatha'' and ''Keelugurram" and scored the music for ''Chinnaripapalu".

 Emiliano Zuleta (Emiliano Zuleta Baquero) (aka el Viejo Mile) - King of Vallenato - Died 10-30-2005 in Valledupar, Colombia - Respiratory problems ( Vallenato ) Born 1-11-1912 in La Jagua del Pilar, Colombia - Singer, songwriter and accordionist - (He did, "La Gota Fría") - His songs have been recorded by Carlos Vives, Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan.

 Victor Gallego - Died 10-30-2005 ( Metal ) Drummer - Was a member of Masacre.

 Eric Pretto - Died 10-30-2005 in St. Petersburg - Aute myeloid leukemia ( Hip Hop ) He was 21 years old - (He did, "Ride For You" and "Get Da Girls").

Horst Barthel - Died 10-30-2005 in Hannover, Germany - Cancer - Founder of Schlawiner Records and Nasty Vinyl which released records by Tattoed Corpse, N.O.E., Rasta Knast, Scattergun, Cut My Skin and No-Exit.

Brian Murphy (aka The Source) - Died 10-31-2005 in Ottawa - He was 64 years old - DJ and  musicologist - He hosted Freeform Radio, The Source, Blues 106 and Jazz 106.

Beatz Holohan (John Holohan)- Died 10-31-2005 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S. - His band's van flipped over ( Rock ) Born 1971 - Drummer - Was a member of Bayside (They did, "Don't Call Me Peanut" and "They Looked Like Strong Hands") and was a director for St. John's Pep Band .

Ronald Lee Miller - Died 10-31-2005 in Luray - Cancer ( Big Band ) He was 70 years old - Worked with Bud Tysinger, Patsy Cline and Fats Domino.

Steve Hill - Died 10-31-2005 in Sydney, Australia - Cancer ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of Skyhooks - (They did, "Love On The Radio").

Vala Cupp (Valorie Diane Cupp) - Died 10-31-2005 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Hanged herself ( Blues ) Born 1-30-1954 San Luis Obispo, CA, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Chicken Plate and John Lee Hooker ("Crawlin' King Snake").

Cor Dekker - Died 10-31-2006 - Illness ( Progrock ) He was 57 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Ekseption (They did, " Rhapsody In Blue" and  "Air") and The Hottletts.

Kwela (Armas Johannes) - Died 11-?-2005 in northern Namibia ( Oshambo ) He was 62 years old - Singer.

Park Smith - Died 11-?-2005 in Texas, U.S. - Cancer - Guitarist - Worked with Biff Bobney And The Biffettes and Punch.

Richard Grace - Died 11-1-2005 - Swimming accident - He was 55 years old - Musician - Worked with Skylight and Dougherty And Grace.

Skitch Henderson (Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson) - Died 11-1-2005 in New Milford, Conn., U.S. - Natural causes ( Big Band ) He was 87 years old -  Born in England - Pianist and conductor - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Glen Gray, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw - The first "Tonight Show" bandleader and founder of The New York Pops.

Rev. Charles McLain - Died 11-1-2005 - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) He was 71 years old - Born in Iowa, U.S. - Trombonist and singer - Was a member of The Barrelhouse Jazz Band.

Rick Rhodes - Died 11-2-2005 in Oak Park, Calif., U.S. - Brain cancer ( Composer ) He was 54 years old - Born in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Was a member of Wonder - He collaborated with his wife, Vivian Rhodes ("Let's Be Lovers Again" and "Fasten Your Seat Belts") - He composed music for TV's, "The Guiding Light", "Another World", "Saturday Night Live" and "Friends".

Clyde Heaton (Clyde James Heaton) - Died 11-2-2005  - Glioblastoma ( Rock ) Born 7-13-1949 in in Seattle, Washington, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of Calliope and The Dimensions - Worked with Ransom and Score.

Ralph Padilla (Ralph Vincent Padilla) - Died 11-3-2005 ( Jazz - Standards ) Born 4-7-1929 in La Junta, Colo., U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Cindy Tag, Frank Chewiwie, Bob Martinez, M.J. Wilde, Bobby Shew, Arlen Asher, John Lewis, Fenton Katz, Duane Farmer, Nick Luchetti, Jay Blea and Dick Trask.

Eddie Alley - Died 11-3-2005 - Respiratory and liver failure ( Jazz ) Born 1910 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Bandleader and drummer - Led Eddie Alley And The Gentlemen of Jazz - Worked with Wesley Peeples - Brother of bassist, Vernon Alley.

Graham Payn - Died 11-4-2005 in Switzerland - Singer, dancer and actor - Born 4-25-1918 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa - (He did, "Matelot" which Noel Coward wrote for him) - He appeared in many musicials such as Up And Doing and Magic Carpet.

China Nishiura (Mana Nishiura) - Died 11-4-2005 - Her tour van flipped over durring an accident ( Rock ) Born 10-11-?? in Hiroshima, Japan - Drummer - Was a member of Shonen Knife and DMBQ - Worked with Rashinban, Jesus Fever, Teem, Music Start Against Young Assult and Cel.

Milton Holland - Died 11-4-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Alzheimer's complications and kidney failure ( Jazz ) He was 88 years old - Percussionist - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Henry Mancini, Benny Carter, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Duke Ellington - He was the sound of the twinkle of Tinker Bell in Disney's, "Peter Pan" and the twitch of Samantha's nose on TV's, "Bewitched".

Will Keys - Died 11-4-2005 - After a long illness ( Country ) Born 1923 in eastern Tennessee, U.S. - Played banjo - Was a member of The Homefolks.

Rob Cosma (Robert J. Cosma) - Died 11-5-2005 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - He was 51 years old - Born in Lakewood - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Brennan-Cosma Band and led Rob Cosma And Full Circle.

Derek Lamb - Died 11-5-2005 in Poulsbo, Wash., U.S. - Cancer ( Folk ) He was 69 years old - Singer - He also was an animation producer for Every Child, Special Delivery and The Sweater.

Link Wray (Frederick Lincoln Wray) - Died 11-5-2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark - Heart attack ( Rock - Rockabilly ) Born 5-2-1929 in Dunn, NC, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Rumble" and "Rawhide") - Was a member of Lucky Wray And The Lazy Pine Wranglers, Lucky Wray And The Palomino Ranch Hands - Led Link Wray And The Ray-Men - Worked with Robert Gordon. - His music can be heard in the films, "Pulp Fiction" and "Independence Day".

Len Barnard - Died 11-5-2005 ( Jazz ) Born 4-23-1929 in Melbourne, Austraila - Drummer and pianist - Worked with his brother Bob Barnard and with Scott Hamilton, The Ray Price Quintet, The Col Nolan-Errol Buddle Quartet, Milt Hinton and Galapagos Duck.

Mark Stead - Died 11-5-2006 - Drummer - Was a member of The Misdirected Blues Band.

Minako Honda (Minako Kudo)- Died 11-6-2005 in Tokyo, Japan - Acute myelocytic leukemia ( Pop ) Born 1967 in Tokyo, Japan - Singer - (She did, "One way Generation" and "No Turning Back") - She was a member of The Black Cats.

Marty Caruso (Michael A. Caruso)- Died 11-6-2005 - Cancer - He was 89 years old - Played saxophone and clarinet - Was a musical director for Al Alberts And The Four Aces and a music conductor for TV's, The Al Alberts Showcase - Worked with The Dick Stabile Orchestra, Marlene Dietrich, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

Ernie McDaniel - Died 11-7-2005  in Tarzana, CA, U.S. ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 1937 in Coates, Kansas, U.S. - Bassists - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstein, Benny Goodman, Errol Garner, Charlie Barnett, Duke Ellington, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Maynard Ferguson, Lou Rawls, Burt Bacharach, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass, Nelson Riddle, Ray Charles and Stan Kenton.

Johnny Tanner (John L. Tanner Sr.) - Died 11-8-2005 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. - Bone cancer ( R&B - Gospel ) Born 11-28-1926 in Forsyth County, NC, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Royal Sons Quintet which became The Five Royales (They did, "Help Me Somebody" and "Baby, Don't Do It") - The Raleigh R&B Hall Of Fame and The United In Group Harmony Association Hall Of Fame inductee.

George Engles Jr. - Died 11-8-2005 in Falmouth, MA, U.S. ( Cabaret ) He was 89 years old - Born in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist and composer - Worked with The Lucky 7th, The Jane Ellis Trio and Barbara Carol.

John Finch (John Marshall Finch) - Died 11-10-2005 ( Producer ) Born 12-19-1921 in Washington, GA, U.S. - Owner of The Finch Record Publishing Co. which recorded H-Bomb Ferguson ("She Don't Want Me"), Albert Washington, The Impossibles, The Cruisers, The Five Chances and The Al Franklin Combo.

Mick Brooks - Died 11-10-2005 - Illness ( Folk ) Fiddler and caller - He has appeared at The Bedworth Folk Festival.

 Keith Andes (John Charles Andes) - Died 11-11-2005 in Canyon Country, California, U.S. - Suicide - Born 7-12-1920 in Ocean City, New Jersey, U.S. - Actor and singer - He appeared in The Chocolate Soldier, Kiss Me Kate and with Lucille Ball in her only Broadway musical, Wildcat - Father of musician Mark Andes.

Patricia Jo Darbonne Walter - Died 11-12-2005 in Greeley ( Bluegrass - Country-Rock ) Born 7-19-1957 in Kansas City, Mo., U.S. - Sang and played bass - Was a member of Why?oming! and The Rough Cut Bluegrass Band.

Vigoon "Phai" Boonthanom - Died 11-13-2005 in Bangkok - Massive brain injuries from a fairground amusement ride accident ( Pop ) He was 22 years old - Singer.

Harry Gold (Harry Goldberg) - Died 11-13-2005 ( Jazz ) Born 2-26-1907 in Dublin - Saxophonist and arranger - Was a member of The Magnetic Dance Band, The Cubs, Roy Fox's band, Oscar Rabin's band, Al Winnett's band and Pieces Of Eight.

Timur Kacharava - Died 11-13-2005 in St. Petersburg - Stabbed by a gang possibly for his anti-fascist activities ( Punk ) Born 8-21-1985 - Guitarist - Was a member of Sandinista! and Distress.

Al Frazier (Alfred Frazier) - Died 11-13-2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. - Diabetic complications ( Rock ) Born 5-3-1930 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Lamplighters and The Rivingtons (They did, "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's The Word") - Worked with Paul Anka and Duane Eddy.

Ned Torney (Edward Johnston Torney III) - Died 11-13-2005 in San Francisco Bay Area, CA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Rock ) Born 1943 - Guitarist and keyboardist - Was a member of The Chocolate Watchband, The Roadrunners, The Other Side, Bogus Thunder and Brother Buzz.

Hanne Haller (aka Hansi Echner) - Died 11-15-2005 - Breast cancer ( Rock - Gospel - Pop ) Born 1-14-1950 in Rendsburg, Germany - Singer, songwriter and drummer - Was a member of Die Nebelkrahen later renamed The Rooks - Her songs have been done by Rex Gildo, Lena Valaitis, Catarina Valente, Katja Ebstein, Karel Gott, Tommy Steiner, Juergen Drews, Ingrid Peters, Shari Belafonte, Milva, Dalida and Johannes Hesters.

Val Perkins - Died 11-15-2005 in Jackson - She was 74 years old - Sang and played the piano - Worked with Martha Perkins Bain - Wife of Carl Perkins.

Roy Brooks - Died 11-16-2005 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 9-3-1938 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Drummer - Led The Artistic Truth - Worked with Horace Silver, Milt Jackson, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Yusef Lateef, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, The Aboriginal Percussion Choir and Charles Mingus.

Kenny Brown (Kenneth P. Brown) - Died 11-16-2005 ( Rock ) He was 32 years old - Played guitar - Was a member of The Lost Dogs

Milan Dufek - Died 11-17-2005 in San Andre Island, Columbia - Hit by a boat while diving ( Country ) Born 5-6-1944 in the Czech Republic, at the time Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren - Singer and songwriter - Member of The Rangers (They did, "Balicek karet" and "Male baby") who later changed their name to Plavci.

Greg Perkins (Gregory Jay Perkins) - Died 11-18-2005 - Cancer - He was 46 years old - Played bass guitar and was a songwriter - Worked with his father, Carl Perkins.

Steven Zorn (aka Mr. Pit) - Died 11-19-22005 - Accidently shot himself with a pen gun ( Rap ) Born 1983 - Singer.

Sweet Roy Jones (Roy Wallace Jones) - Died 11-19-2005 in Portsmouth ( Blues ) Born 6-3-1940, in Seneca Falls, N.Y., U.S. - Singer - Worked with Rick Rousseau and Pete Carlson.

Bob Enevoldsen (Robert Martin) - Died 11-19-2005 in Woodland Hills ( Jazz ) He was 85 years old - Born in Billings, Mont., U.S. - Played trombone, sax and bass - Worked with The Bill Holman Band, Harry Babasin, Gerry Mulligan, Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers, Bob Florence, Bobby Troup, Tex Beneke, Terry Gibbs, Bob Crosby, The Lighthouse All-Stars, Art Pepper and Henry Mancini.

Danny Harrison (Daniel L. Harrison) - Died 11-20-2005 in New York, U.S. - Stabbed during an argument - Born 11-20-1948 - He had been a manager for Billy Joel and Paul Simon.

 Fritz Richmond ( John B. Richmond, Jr.) - Died 11-20-2005 - Lung cancer - Born 7-10-1939 in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S. ( Folk - Jug Band ) Played the jug and washtub bass - Was a member of The Hoppers, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Metropolitan Jug Band and The Barbecue Orchestra - Worked with Bob Dylan, Tom Rush, Eric Von Schmidt, Ry Cooder, The Doors, John Sebastian, The Charles River Valley Boys, Jackson Browne and Geoff Muldaur - He also was an engineer and producer working with Bonnie Raitt, Lonnie Mack and The Everly Brothers.

Chris Whitley - Died 11-20-2005 - Lung cancer ( Rock - Blues - Alternative ) Born 8-31-1960 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "Soft Dangerous Shores" and "As Day Is long").

Blanche Coldiron (aka Blanche the Mountain Girl) - Died 11-20-2005 in Elsmere - Congestive heart failure ( Country ) She was 83 years old - Played banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bass and was a singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Kentucky Hillbillies - Kentucky Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Albert Avayou - Died 11-20-2005 in Upper Roxborough - Complications from lung disease - He was 93 years old - Born in Atlantic City - Musician and singer - Worked with Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Meyer Davis and Don Renaldo.

Bill Tracy (William Harrington Tracy) - Died 11-20-2005 in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. - Complications after heart surgery ( Swing ) Born 6-3-1933 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Singer - He was a member of The Modernaires - He appeared in films as a member of The Bob Mitchell Boys Choir and was half of the comedy team, Curtiss And Tracy.

Steve Gursky - Died 11-20-2005 - Natural causes - Recording engineer - Worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Robert Turner (Robert Duckett Turner) - Godfather of Gospel - Died 11-21-2005 ( Gospel ) He was 61 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Silver Heart Singers.

 Elizabeth Harvey (Eva Elizabeth Harvey) - Died 11-22-2005 in Virginia, U.S. ( Gospel ) She was 76 years old - Singer and pianist - Was a member of The Cora Harvey Armstrong And Full Deliverance gospel group and founder of The Harvey Family gospel group.

Kenneth Mackintosh (Kenneth Victor Mackintosh) (aka Andy Burton) - Died 11-22-2005 in Mitcham, Surrey ( Swing ) Born 8-4-1919 in Liversedge, Yorkshire - Bandleader and saxophonist - (He did, "The Creep").

Strath Clague - Died 11-22-2005 ( Folk ) Born 11-30-1931 - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "When I Had Enough" and "Happy Being Me").

Ray Driscoll - Died 11-23-2005 in Shropshire - Illness ( Folk ) Singer - (He did, "Wild, Wild Berry").

Strath Clague - Died 11-?-2005 - Cancer ( Folk ) Born 12-7-1931 - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (He wrote, "Samantha's Style" and "Always Tomorrow").

Bill D'Angelo - Died 11-?-2005 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Femme Fatale.

Wilson "Lit" Waters, Jr. - Died 11-24-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( Gospel ) Born 3-5-1931 in Nashville, TN., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of a reformed Fairfield Four - Worked with John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, The Skylarks and The Israelite Travelers.

Stephan Holmes (aka Professor) - Died 11-24-2005 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Heart attack ( Gospel ) He was 42 years old - Singer and pianist - He was a member of The Voices Of Inspiration.

John Simonton (John Stayton Simonton, Jr.) - Died 11-25-2005 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, U.S. - Esophageal cancer - He was 62 years old - Born in Honolulu, Hawaii - Founder and President of PAiA Electronics - Created kits to build modular synthesizers - Designed the Gnome MicroSynthesizer, the SMPL System SMPTE / MIDI / Machine synchronizer and the PAiA Programmable Drum Set - Was the publisher for magazines Polyphony and Electronic Musician.

Alberta Slim (Eric Charles Edwards) - The Yodelling Cowboy - Died 11-25-2005 in Surrey, BC, Canada  ( Country ) Born 3-24-1910 in  Whilsford, England - Singer and guitarist - (He did, " She Taught Me How to Yodel" and "Queen Of The Calgary Stampede").

Jerry Lynn Williams - Died 11-25-2005 in St. Martin, the French West Indies - Kidney and liver failure ( Rock - R&B ) Born 10-30-1948 in  Dallas, TX, U.S. - Played guitar and piano and was a songwriter  - Was a member of The Epics - (He wrote,  Eric Clapton's "Running On Faith", B.B. King's "Standing On The Edge Of Love" and Bonnie Raitt's "Real Man") - Worked with Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix - Father of the late singer and guitarist Chris Williams of Backbone69.

Jay Owens - Died 11-26-2005 in Orlando, FL, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Blues ) Born 9-6-1947 in Lake City, FL, U.S. - Guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "Where There's Love" and "We're Human") - Worked with Little Milton, Al Green, O.V. Wright, Stevie Wonder, Aaron Neville, Bobby Womack, Donnie Hathaway, The Pocket, The Barons, The Dynamites and The Funk Bunch.

Mark Craney - Died 11-26-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 8-26-1952 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Zero Ted, Rushmore, Heartland Rhythm Section, Gino Vanelli, Jean Luc Ponty, Tommy Bolin, Tower Of Power, Eddie Jobson, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Burdon, Jethro Tull and Jeff Beck.

Joe Jones - Died 11-27-2005 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from quadruple bypass surgery ( R&B ) Born 8-12-1926 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Singer, pianist and arranger - (He did, "You Talk Too Much") - Worked with B.B King.

Tony Meehan (Daniel Meehan) (aka The Baron) - Died 11-28-2005 in Paddington, west London, England - Head injuries due to a fall ( Rock ) Born 3-2-1943 in Hampstead, England - Drummer, guitarist and bassist - Was a founding member of The Drifters who changed their name to The Shadows ( They did, "Apache") who also backed Cliff Richard ("Living Doll" and "Please Don't Tease") - Worked with Jet Harris (They did, "Diamonds" and "Applejack"), John Leyton, Billy Fury and Frank Ifield and also led The Tony Meehan Combo ("Song Of Mexico").

Kurt Orose (Gerald C. Orose) - Died 11-28-2005 - Born 1-26-1963 - Singer - Was a member of Asylum.

Wayne Brewer - Died 11-29-2005 in Florida, U.S. - Blood clot ( Gospel ) He was 57 years old - Singer - Appeared on TV's, Celebration.

Bob Brown (Robert Edward Brown) - Died 11-29-2005 in La Mesa, CA, U.S. ( World Music - Dance ) Born 4-18-1927 in Utica, NY, U.S. - Played timpani, bass drum, double bass and cello and was a musicologist - Was a member of One Meatball and led Bobby Brown And His Swingsters - Coined the term "world music" -  A track from his recording, "Ketawang:Puspawarnaa" is on the gold plated copper record that was placed on the space probe Voyager in 1977.

William Frazier - Died 11-29-2005  in Detroit, MI, U.S. - After a series of strokes ( R&B ) Singer - Was a member of The Four Sonics.

Andy Ortiz - Died 12-?-2005 - Heart attack ( Rock - R&B - Blues ) Pianist - Worked with The Sunglows and Little Sammy.

Veza Goniwe (Velile Goniwe) - Died 12-?-2005 - He was 68 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Cradock Male Singers and The Spellbound Boogies.

Pete Upton - Died 12-?-2005 - Keyboardist and singer - Was a member of The Sultans.

Dusty Rhodes - Died 12-1-2005 in Poplar Bluff, MO, U.S. - Cancer ( Country ) Born 6-5-1920 in Manila, Ark., U.S. - Fiddler - Was a member of The Log Cabin Mountaineers and The Rhodes Family Band - Worked with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

Sophie Mgcina (Sophie Thoko Mgcina) - Died 12-2-2005 - Illness ( Jazz ) She was 67 years old - Actress, singer and composer.

Gerry Humphreys - Died 12-2-2005 in London, England - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 7-19-1944 in London, England - Singer - Was a member of The Red Onions Jazz Band and The Loved Ones (They did, "Everlovin' Man" and "The Loved One").

Maurice Harris - Died 12-2-2005 in Palm Desert, CA, U.S. - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 2-25-1921 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Trumpet player - Was a member of a member of Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Orchestra - Worked with Freddie Martin, Merv Griffin, David Rose, Frankie Lane, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Dean Martin, Maynard Ferguson, Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Andre Previn, Jerry Fielding and John Williams - He can be heard on the film, "Rocky" and TV's, "Bonanza".

Betty Dugan (Elizabeth Gawlas) - Died 12-3-2005 - Heart failure - She was 89 years old - Pianist - She was a musical director for radio's "Starlets On Parade" for which she wrote the theme song - Led The Betty Dugan Singers.

Clive Bradley - Died 12-3-2005 Port of Spain, Trinidad - After a stroke - He was 69 years old - Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad - Played guitar and keyboards - Led The Bradley Bunch and Sounds Incorporated - He was an arranger for Lord Kitchener, D'Radoes Steel Orchestra, The Witco Desperadoes, Lord Nelson, The Pantonic Steel Orchestra, The Mighty Swallow and Sugar Aloes.

Trey (Richard Normand Michaud III) - Died 12-3-2005 - Shot while breaking up a fight ( Hip-Hop ) He was 23 years old - Was a member of Tre Stylez.

Frederick Bird - Died 12-3-2005 - Cancer ( Jazz - Dance - Musicals ) He was 92 years old - Born in Norwich - Pianist and composer - Was a member of The Western Command Dance Orchestra, The Hospitables and The Elizabethans.

Ray Scudero (aka Ariel David ben Sarah) - Died 12-3-2005 - After a long illness ( Folk ) He was 59 years old - Born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "The Sky Has Broken" and "When You're Not Looking") - Worked with his wife, Joanna Katzen (They did, "Poor Working Slob" and "Can't Fix Everything That's Broken") - Was the owner and chief sound engineer of Argaman Studios.

Jerry Healy - Died 12-3-2005 - Emphysema - He was 51 years old - Played guitar, fiddle, mandolin and was a singer - Worked with Alan Mann Band, Beru Revue, Randy 'Dance' Bucksner and Windmill.

Don Charles (Walter Stanley Scuffham) (aka Don Bennett) - Died 12-4-2005 in Herstmonceux, East Sussex ( Ballards ) Born 12-10-1933 in Yorkshire - Singer - (He did, "Walk With Me, My Angel" and "Bring Your Love To Me") - Produced The Tornados ("Space Walk" and "Goodbye Joe").

Alan Simms - Died 12-5-2005 - Car accident - He was 51 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Prestons and Eight.

Gloria Lasso (Rosa Maria Coscolin) - Died 12-5-2005 in Cuernavaca, Mexico ( Romantic Ballads ) She was 83 years old - Singer - (She did, "Extranos en el Paraiso" (Strangers In Paradise) and "Padre").

Ran Rover (Ranzer Wallace) - Found dead 12-5-2005 in North Central Dade, FL, U.S. ( Hip Hop ) He was 25 years old - (He did, "Game In Me" and "Run Wit Us") - Was a member of Dirty Wayz - Worked with Snoop Dogg and Juvenile.

Hanns Dieter Hüsch - Died 12-6-2005 in Köln, Germany ( Folk - Protest ) Born 5-6-1925 in Moers, Germany - Singer, songwriter, keyboardist, poet, commedian and actor - (He did, "Liedermacher" and "Hagenbuch") Worked with Franz Josef Degenhardt, Dieter Süverkrüp, Wolfgang Neuss, Helga Mummert, Bill Ramsey, Schobert & Black, Konstantin Wecker and Dieter Hildebrandt.

Tommy Ables - Died 12-6-2005 in Texarkana, Texas, U.S. - Shot after he accompanied a customer on a test-drive ( Rock - Pop ) He was 52 years old - Keyboardist and singer - Worked with Chasing Rita, Cross Tie Junction and River City.

Danny Williams - Died 12-6-2005 - Cancer ( Pop - Cabaret ) Born 1-7-1942 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Singer - (He did, "Moon River" and "White On White") - Was a member of The Golden City Dixies.

Stephen Mosko - Died 12-6-2005 in Green Valley, Calif., U.S. ( New Music ) He was 58 years old - Musician, composer and conductor - Co-founded The California EAR Unit and was a music director for The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

Ake Bylund - Died 12-6-2005 ( Prog Rock ) Born 11-23-1948 - Singer - Was a member of Morbylangan.

Donald Martino - Died 12-8-2005 on a cruise ship in the Caribbean en route to Antigua - Cardiac arrest  ( Modernist  - Jazz ) He was 74 years old - Played clarinet, saxophone and oboe and was a composer.

Grace B. Perry - Died 12-8-2005 in Wareham ( Gospel ) She was 74 years old - Singer and pianist - Was a member of The Mansion Heirs.

Jerome Leshay - Died 12-8-2005 - Respiratory failure - He was 78 years old - Director, producer and composer - (Wrote Joe Pass's, "The Sands Of Time") - Worked with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and Bobby Troup ("Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast") - Worked on The Judy Garland Show, Fernwood
2Night and Days Of Our Lives.

Gerry Deiter - Died 12-9-2005 in Victoria - Heart attack ( Photographer ) He was 72 years old - Born in  New York, U.S. - Photographer of John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their 1969 Montreal bed-in - He had been giving tours a day earlier (the 25th anniversary of John's death) at the Royal British Columbia Museum of his 25 photos of John and Yoko, sharing an exhibition of photographs by Linda McCartney.

 Phil Tate (John Philip Tate) - Died 12-9-2005 ( Dance ) Born 4-28-1922 in Bramley - Played violin, clarinet and saxophone - Led The Five Quavers, The RAF Silver Wings Dance Orchestra and Phil Tate And His Orchestra - He was a musical director for The Miss World contest and director of the Music Users' Council.

Mike Botts (Michael Gene Botts) - Died 12-9-2005 in Burbank, CA, U.S. - Colon cancer ( Rock ) Born 12-8-1944 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Drummer, singer and songwriter - (He did, "What's That Comin'" and "The Wait") - Was a member of Bread (They did, "Make It With You" and "I Want You With Me") - Worked with Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, The Travelers Three, Joshua Fox, Bill Medley, Karla Bonoff, Tina Turner, Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg and Eddie Money.

Jim Kelly (Dennis J. Kelly) - Died 12-9-2005 in Kankakee, Ill., U.S. ( Rockabilly ) Born 1-12-1939 in Kankakee, Ill., U.S. - Played organ and guitar - Was a member of The Rock-A-Beats (They did, "Little Chickie").

Sydney Leff - Died 12-10-2005 in Ossining, N.Y., U.S. ( Illustrator ) Born 11-18-1901 in Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. - He illustrated sheet music drawings during the 1920s and 1930s for artists like Harold Arlen ("Stormy Weather") Duke Ellington ("Sophisticated Lady") and many for Irving Berlin - Husband of the late painter and illustrator, Rita Zion Leff.

 Robin Sylar (Robert Harold Siler Jr.) - Died 12-10-2005 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. - Shot himself ( Rock - Blues ) Born 3-12-1951 in Dallas  County, TX, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Shannon, Bruce Bowland and Uncle John Turner in Krackerjack and with Doyle Bramhall ("Sugar (Where'd You Get Your Sugar From)").

Shirley Lee Burnham - Died 12-10-2005 ( Gospel ) Born 1947 in Norfolk County -  Singer - Was a member of The Gospel Loves.

George Javori - Died 12-10-2005 - Suicide - Born in Hungary - Drummer and musical director - Worked with Joan Baez, Erin McKeown, Firewater, Katell Keineg, TImothy Hill, Pete Galub and Martha Wainwright.

Finn Ziegler - Died 12-11-2005 - After being operated for cancer of the jaw ( Jazz ) He was 70 years old - Played the violin and was a bandleader and composer - He can be heard on about 1000 recordings and wrote over 200 compositions.

 Bob Olah - Died 12-11-2005 - Cancer ( Big Band ) He was 81 years old - Played  violin, clarinet and sax - Worked with The 580th Army Air Force Band, Dick Jurgens, Wayne King and Lawrence Welk - The Fox Valley Arts Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ray Spears (Raymond O. Spears) - Died 12-11-2005 ( Bluegrass ) He was 67 years old - He hosted TV and radio shows bringing traditional Gospel based bluegrass to Central Virginians.

Flap McQueen (Jackson McQueen Jr.) - Died 12-11-2005 n East Orange, NJ, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 7-21-1916 in Cincinnati, OH, U.S. - Bass player - Was a member of The Pancho Diggs Orchestra and The Ray-O-Vacs (They did, "I'll Always Be In Love With You" and "Besame Mucho").

Andrzej Pluszcz - Died 12-12-2005 - Illness ( Blues - Rock ) Born 8-30-1948 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Recydywa.

Johnny Pierce - Died 12-12-2005 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Cancer - Sang and played guitar, bass, Mandolin and was a percussionist, songwriter and producer - Worked with Jimmie Spheeris, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Juice Newton, Phoebe Snow, Chick Corea, The Palomino Riders, Marty Robbins,  Buffy Sainte Marie,  Dwight Yoakam, Baillie & The Boys, Johnny Rodriquez, Freddie Fender, Micky Gilley, Heart, Terri Gibbs and Johnny Lee - He created the production facility, CedarHouse.

Bomber Manzullo (Richard Anthony Manzullo) - Died 12-12-2005 ( Punk ) Born 7-19-1967 - Drummer - Was a member of Rich Kids On LSD (RKL) (They did, "Life In A Bottle" and "I'm Locked Up") and The Other (They did, "High School Drop Out Reunion" and "Haight Street Girl").

 Dick Nolan (Richard Francis Nolan) - Died 12-13-2005 in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Canada ( Country ) Born 2-4-1939 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Aunt Martha's Sheep" and "Me And Brother Bill") - Worked with The Blue Valley Boys, Marlene Beaudry and his daughter Bonnie Lou Nolan.

Jack Langstaff (John Langstaff) - Died 12-13-2005 in Switzerland ( Folk ) Born 12-25-1920 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Singer - He founded "Revels", the traditional folk music pageant  - Worked with producer George Martin.

Tim Jordan - Died 12-13-2005 in Camden, Ark., U.S. - Suicide ( Rock ) He was 24 years old - Keyboardist - Was a member of Welton - Worked with The All American Rejects.

Edwin Duncan (Edwin E.J. Duncan) - Died 12-13-2005 - Shot in a basement studio in a quadruple homicide in Dorchester, MA, U.S.  ( Rap ) He was 21 years old - Was a member of Graveside (They did, "Stomp").

Jason Bachiller (Jason J. Bachiller) - Died 12-13-2005 - Shot in a basement studio in a quadruple homicide in Dorchester, MA, U.S. ( Rap ) He was 21 years old - Was a member of Graveside (They did, "Stomp").

Chris "Fat Boy" Viera (Christopher Vieira) - Died 12-13-2005 - Shot in a basement studio in a quadruple homicide in Dorchester, MA, U.S. ( Rap ) He was 19 years old - Was a member of Graveside (They did, "Stomp").

Lio Mariz - Died 12-13-2005 ( Rock ) He was 23 years old - Singer - Was a member of Som de Rua.

Lulu Gontsana - Died 12-14-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 45 years old - Born in Port Elizabeth - Drummer - Worked with The Soul Jazzmen, Brubeck's Jazzanians and Zim Ngqawana.

Scott Reiss - Died 12-14-2005 in Arlington - Shot himself ( Folk ) He was 54 years old - Born in Coopersburg, PA, U.S. - Played the recorder, the Irish penny whistle, hammered dulcimer, Arabic drums and clarinet - Was a member of The Folger Consort and Hesperus - Worked with his wife, Tina Chancey - He co- founded the workshop, Sound Catcher.

Art Minson - Died 12-14-2005 ( Jazz ) He was 90 years old - Played trumpet - Led The Art Minson Band - Worked with Count Basie and Duke Ellington - Was a community activist who worked with civil rights, labor and community issues.

AC Chill (Kim Coleman)- Died 12-14-2005 - Heart attack after being in a coma due to an aneurysm ( Hip Hop ) Born 1969 - (He did, "Ghetto Tales" with South Park Mexican).

Rusty Miller (Eileen G. Miller) - Died 12-14-2005 ( Country ) She was 67 years old - Played piano and sang - Led The Rusty Revue - The Michigan Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Stevenson J. Palfi - Died 12-14-2005 - Shot himself - He was 53 years old - Film maker - His documentary, "Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together" is about Isidore "Tuts" Washington, Henry Roeland "Professor Longhair" Byrd and Allen Toussaint - He also made films about Ernie K-Doe, Manny Sayles and Papa John Creach.

Gordon Duncan - Died 12-14-2005 in Edradour, Pitlochry, Perthshire - Suicide ( Celtic Folk ) Born 1964 - Pipers - Worked with The Tannahill Weavers, Wolfstone, Ceolbeag and The Dougie MacLean Band.

Brian O'Neill (Brian William O'Neill)- Died 12-15-2005 in New Orleans,  LA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Funk - Rock - Jazz - R&B ) Born 5-31-1955 in Buffalo, NY, U.S. - Composer, arranger, vocalist, trombonist and pianist - Was a member of Bonerama - Worked with Trick Bag and Wayne Cochran And The CC Riders.

Pavel Litvinov - Died 12-15-2005 - Stroke ( Art Rock ) He was 43 years old - Percussionist - Was a member of Auktsyon.

Sumi Nishihata Jenner - Died 12-15-2005 - Cancer - Born 9-25-1935 in Canada - Manager - She worked with Pink Floyd, T. Rex, Ian Dury, Roy Harper, Eddi Reader, Robyn Hitchcock, The Broughtons, Kevin Ayers, Billy Bragg and The Clash.

Witt Drawls (Witt Katherman) - Died 12-15-2005 ( Punk ) Born 11-9-1967 - Guitarist - Was a member of Acadoos, The M-80's (They did, "The Last Blackout") and Big Bobby & The Nightcaps.

Tracy McLain - Died 12-16-2005 east of Basalt - Car accident ( Country ) She was 45 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Dan Forde, Hayden Gregg, John Sommers and her father, Doug McLain.

Enzo Stuarti - Died 12-16-2005 - Heart failure ( Musicals - Pop ) Born 3-3-1919 in Rome, Italy -  Singer - Appeared on TV's, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show and Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show and in the musicals, Kiss Me Kate and South Pacific.

 Tiny Wilson (John L. Wilson) - Died  12-16-2005 in Queens, New York, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 8-1-1932 in Harlem, NY, U.S. - He was the original first tenor in Lillian Leach And The Mellows (They did, "Smoke From Your Cigarette" and "Yesterday's Memories").

Andy Smith - Died 12-16-2005 - Accidental overdose of prescription drugs - He was 22 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Family Tree.

Mike Gius (Anthony Mikel Gius) - Died 12-17-2005 - Hit by a car while riding a bike ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of !!! (They did, "s/t") - Worked with The Yahmos (They did, "Off Your Parents") and The Popesmashers (They did, "This Is A Test").

Eddie Holler (Ralph Edward Holler) (aka Mole) - Died 12-17-2005 in Brandy Station, Virginia, U.S. - Hit by a car ( Blues ) Born 9-26-1952 - Guitarist - Was a member of Holler's Web, Gashouse Dirty & Friends, Mole Holler & The Underground, EVJ, Holy Moley, TBW and The Below Average White Band.

Brooklyn Hooks ( Jason Jackson) - Died 12-19-2005 - Shot ( Rap ) He was 28 years old - Co-founded Black Beret Entertainment.

James R. Honeycutt - Died 12-19-2005 - Shot ( Reggae ) He was 30 years old - Bass player - Was a member of Code-e-defunct.

Ray Roberts - Died 12-19-2005 - Mobile home fire - He was 81 years old - Steel guitarist - Was a member of The Roberts Brothers Band - He had been a pitcher for The Montrose Elks.

 Billy Amstell (Barnet Amstell) - Died 12-19-2005 in London, England ( Jazz ) Born 8-20-1911 in London, England - Clarinettist and saxophonist - Worked with The Ambrose Orchestra, George Chisholm, Freddy Gardner, Stanley Black's Orchestra and Spike Hughes - He was married to actress and model, Tessa Gee.

René Herrera - Died 12-20-2005 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Cancer ( Tejano ) Born 1935 - He was half of the duo René Y René also know as Rene & Rene (They did, "Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero" and "Angelito") - The Tejano Roots Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Gaylord Klancnik - Michigan Polka King - Died 12-21-2005 - Car accident ( Polka ) Musician.

Jack Lee (Jack Kenneth Lee) - Died 12-23-2005 - Alzheimer's disease ( Marching Band - Jazz ) He was 84 years old - Band director and pianist - (He wrote, "Bear Down") - Was a member of The Hepcats - He was a band director for over 30 years.

Bhanumathi - Died 12-24-2005 in India - Renal failure - She was 81 years old - Actress, director, writer, singer and music director.

Luis Le Batard - Died 12-24-2005 in Miami, FL, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz ) He was 87 years old - Played saxophone - Was a member of Le Batard Brothers Orchestra.

James Austin Jr. (James Charles Austin Jr.) - Died 12-24-2005 - Lung cancer ( R&B ) He was 68 years old - Baritone singer - Worked with The Bill Harvey Orchestra and The Platters - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Constance Keene - Died 12-24-2005 in New York, U.S. ( Classical ) Born 2-9-1921 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with with The Berlin Philharmonic, Benny Goodman and Yehudi Menuhin - She had been married to pianist and composer Abram Chasins.

Jamie Chez - Died 12-24-2005 ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Tamara And The Seen (They did, "Everybody Dance" and "Affection").

Derek Bailey - Died 12-25-2005 in Barcelona, Spain - Motor neuron disease ( Jazz ) He was 75 years old - Born in Sheffield, England - Guitarist - Worked with Gracie Fields, Tony Oxley, Gavin Bryars, The Spontaneous Music Ensemble and The Music Improvisation Company - He co-founded the record label Incus.

Mark Rattan - Died 12-26-2005 - Murdered - He was 18 years old - Played  guitar, trumpet and piano and was a songwriter - Was a member of Splinter.

Bill DeArango - Died 12-26-2005 in East Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 9-20-1921 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Red Norvo, Charlie Ventura, Ben Webster, Sarah Vaughn, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Chazz Mewhort (aka Emperor) (Charles Alan Mewhort) - Died 12-27-2005 - After a long illness ( Jazz ) Born 5-11-1942 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66, Bossa Rio, Jan Deneau and Nancy Wilson.

Joe Ireland - Died 12-27-2005 - After a long illness ( Brass Band ) He was 77 years old - Played cornet - Led The Dearham Brass Band.

Hartmut Enke - Died 12-27-2005 ( Prog Rock ) Born 10-20-1952 - Bassist - Was a member of The Steeple Chase Bluesband which became Ash Ra Tempel (They did, "Amboss" and "Traummaschine").

Joe Daly - Died 12-?-2005 in Broken Hill, north west New South Wales - Emphysema ( Country ) Born 1927 in Broken Hill, north west New South Wales - Co-wrote over 50 songs with Slim Dusty.

Paul Myers - Died 12-28-2005 - Suicide ( Rock ) He was 24 years old - Born in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Holy Mountain later renamed Detroit - Was a  tour manager for Leon Russell.

Barry Cowsill (Barry Steven Cowsill) - Found dead 12-28-2005 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drowned, Hurricane Katrina related - He was last heard from on September 1st ( Pop ) Born 9-15-1954 in Newport, RI, U.S. - Played bass - (He did, "My Car Don't Lock" and "Another Was A Brother") - Was a member of The Cowsills(They did, "Hair", "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" and the theme song for TV's, "Love American Style").

Anne C. Gregory (Ann Miltner) - Died 12-29-2005 in Sedona, Arizona, U.S. ( Pop ) Born 10-17-1917 in Garwood, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer and pianist - She worked with The Chordettes - Wife of actor, James Gregory.

Joanne Schreiber - Died 12-30-2005 - Lung cancer ( Rock - Country ) Born 4-4-1951 in New York, NY, U.S. - Musician and artist - Worked with Isi, Nancy Goodman and Jon Holland.

Kevin Bullock (Kevin Eugene Bullock) - Died 12-30-2005 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-22-1955 in Soda Springs, Idaho, U.S. - Played guitar, keyboards, drums and was a singer - Was a member of Sojourn and Spencer/Bullock (They did, "Tell Me What Angels Do" and "Healing Wings").

Isaac Figgs (Isaac Cunningham Figgs) - Died 12-30-2005 - Suicide ( Rock ) He was 22 years old - Guitarist and songwriter - (He wrote, "The Graduation Song") - Co-founded Virtuosity Productions.

Huang Chien-fu - Died 12-31-2005 in Beijing - Fell down an onstage ladder during a concert ( Pop ) He was 36 years old - Musician and songwriter.

Jan Jirucha - The Czech Satchmo - Died 12-31-2005 in Prague, Czech Republic - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 6-24-1945 in Novy Bydzov, Czechoslovakia - Imitator of Louis Armstrong -  Founder and leader of J. J. Jazzmen (They did remakes of, "Hello Dolly" and "What A Wonderful World").

Kent Wood (Kent Ricardo Wood) (aka Keyboard Kenny and Hotdog)- Died 12-31-2005 in Orange County, VA, U.S. - Single car accident ( Go-Go - Pop ) He was 38 years old - Keyboardist - Was a member of Experience Unlimited (EU) (They did, "Da Butt" and "Buck Wild") - Worked with Chuck Brown, Eva Cassidy, Britney Spears and Rare Essence.

Gerry Tolman (Gerald Dennis Tolman) - Died 12-31-2005 - Car accident - Born 2-12-1953 in Santa Monica, California, U.S. - Music business manager - Worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Chris Iijima - Died 12-31-2006 - Blood disease - He was 57 years old - Born in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Yellow Pearl - The group appeared on The Mike Douglas Show the week John Lennon and Yoko Ono hosted it.



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