An extensive list of dead rock stars and people related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - 2008 January To June

Doc Rock Presents,

2008 January to June
 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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2008 January to June

  Jess LaFollette - Died 2008 ( Country - Rock ) Born 1954 - Bassist - Was a member of The Stretch Wabash Band.

Eddie Singleton - Died 1-?-2008 in South Africa - Songwriter and producer - (He wrote The Four Tops', "Don't Bring Back Memories" and Lada Edmund Jr.'s, "The La Rue") - Ran The Shrine record label - Worked with Barbara Lewis, The Matadors and Marie Knight - He had been married to Berry Gordy's ex-wife, Raynoma - Husband of singer, Barbara Randolph.

June Scopes - Died 1-?-2008 - Liver disease ( Country - Rock ) She was 70 years old - Singer - Was a member of Wild Honey.

Rick Wright - Died 1-?-2008 ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Brutus And The Bullies.

Dennis Clifton (Dennis Allen Clifton) - Died 1-1-2008 in Florence,  AL, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz - Bluegrass ) Born 1-28-1953 - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and studio engineer - Was a member of Surprise  Package and FCC (Funky Communications Commission) (They did, "Baby I Want You") and Cornbread Red - Produced Iron Horse.

Robert L'Herbier (Robert Joseph Samson) - Died 1-1-2008 - Illness ( Pop ) Born 2-5-1921 in Levis - Singer and songwriter - Canadian Association Of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

El Charico (Victor Quero Blaya) - Died 1-1-2008 in a coma after an accident ( Flamenco ) Born 1979 in Albayzin, Granada - Singer - Worked with Grupo Maya, Emilio Maya and Jaime El Parron.

Danny Bonk - Died 1-1-2008 ( Musicals - Rock ) He was 57 years old - Born in Windsor - Was a member of  The Lost Morals, Hard Top And The Convertibles, Lucky and Justine.

Steve Docherty (Stephen Docherty) - Died 1-1-2008 - Snowmobiling accident - He was 43 years old - Singer - Was a member of Power Ten.

Ben Marlin (aka Benny) - Died 1-2-2008 - Cancer ( Metal ) Born 3-18-1976 - Bassist - Was a member of Strangulation and Disgorge.

Jimmy Ray (Ray A. Staszak) - Died 1-2-2008 - Colon cancer - Born 7-3-1910 in Bridgeport - Played clarinet and saxophone - Led The Jimmy Ray Orchestra.

O.G. Style (Eric Woods) (aka Prince Ezzy-E)- Died 1-3-2008 - Brain hemorrhage ( Rap ) He was 37 years old - (He did, "Catch 'Em Slippin' (I Know How To Play 'Em)" and "Steppin' on Toes") - Worked with K-Rino and Bun B.

Margie Gray (Margie Hoffman Toscano) - Died 1-3-2008 - Heart attack - She was 83 years old - Singer - Worked with Boyd Raeburn, Randy Brooks, Gray Adams and Bobby Sherwood.

Stanley Gaines Sr. - Died 1-3-2008 - Congestive heart failure - Born in Atlantic City - He was 80 years old - Guitarist - Led Stanley Gaines And The Hurricanes.

Henri Chopin - Died 1-3-2008 ( Avant-garde ) Born 6-18-1922 in Paris, France - Sound poet and musician.

Winchester Davis - Died 1-4-2008 - He was 99 years old - Played saxophone - Led Little Wynn And The Deluxe Aces.

Mort Garson - Died 1-4-2008 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Renal failure ( Electronic ) Born 7-20-1924 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada - Composer, arranger and accompaniest - Played the Moog synthesizer - (He co-wrote Ruby And The Romantics', "Our Day Will Come") - Worked with Mel Torme, The Lettermen, The Sandpipers, The Sugar Shoppe, The Hollyrdige Strings, The Sunset Strings, Doris Day, Glenn Yarborough and Glen Campbell.

Doc Soul Stirrer (Harry Young, Jr.) - Died 1-4-2008 in Bessemer, Alabama. U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock - Blues ) Born 5-8-1940 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Singer and columnist.

Earl May (Earl Charles Barrington May) - Died 1-4-2008 in South  Orange, NJ, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 9-17-1927 in Harlem, NY, U.S. - Bassist -  Led The Earl May Quartet - Worked with Carmen McRae, Coleman Hawkins, Cab Calloway, Doc Cheatham, Ruth Brown, Jon Hendricks, Frank Foster, Dizzy Gillespie, Gloria Lynne, Moms Mabley, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Mercer Ellington, The Buddy Rich Big Band, John Coltrane, Herbie Mann and Lester Young.

Tony Ben (Anthony Joseph Ben) - Died 1-4-2008 ( Jazz - Disco ) Born 8-2-1942 - Drummer - Worked with The Sylvers, Ronnie Laws And Pressure and A Taste Of Honey ("Boogie Oogie Oogie") - CCHS Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Arcani Crosswords (Michael Francis) - Died 1-4-2008 - Accidental self inflicted gun shot ( Rap ) He was 32 years old - Co-owner of Fam Tide Records.

Irene Reid (Irene Frances Redfield) - Died 1-4-2008 in  Bronx, NY - Cardiac arrest ( Jazz ) Born 9-23-1930 in Savannah, GA, U.S. - Singer  - Led Irene Reid And Company - Worked with Charles Earland, The Dick  Vance band and Count Basie's band - Appeared in Broadway's, "The Wiz".

Vernon Derrick - Died 1-4-2008 ( Country ) Born 1933 in Grant, AL, U.S. - Played fiddle and mandolin - Worked with Hank Williams Jr., Flatt And Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers and Jimmy Martin And The Sunny Mountain Boys.

Keith Baxter - Died 1-4-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1971 in Lancaster, U.K - Drummer - Was a member of Skyclad, 3 Colours Red, Elevation and Baby Judas.

Keith Smith (Keith John Smith) - Died 1-4-2008 in London, England ( Jazz ) Born 3-19-1940 in Isleworth, Middlesex - Trumpeter and bandleader - Worked with The San Jacinto Jazz Band, The New Teao Brass Band, Mickey Ashman, Mac Duncan, Bobby Mickleburgh's Confederates, The Climax Jazz Band, George Lewis, Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band, Hefty Jazz, The Louis Armstrong All Stars and The Fron-Zi-Me Jazz Band.

Leigh Tomlinson - Died 1-5-2008 - Breast cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1961 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. - Singer and actress - Led her own quartet and sang with The Sammons Jazz Program.

Drew Glackin (Andrew Glackin) - Died 1-5-2008 - Heart damage ( Country ) Born 1963 - Bassist - Was a member of Scapegoat and The Silos (They did, "Come On Like The Fast Lane" and "Sunset Morning") - Worked with Graham Parker, The Hold Steady and Susan Tedeschi.

Ken Nelson (Kenneth F. Nelson)- Died 1-6-2008 in Somis, CA, U.S. - Born 1-19-1911 in Caledonia, Minn, U.S.- Was the head of country A&R for Capitol Records - Produced Hank Thompson, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, Ferlin Husky, Wynn Stewart, Tommy Collins, The Louvin Brothers a and Jean Shepard - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Cy Leslie (Seymour Marvin Leslie) - Died 1-6-2008 in Roslyn, NY, U.S. - Born 12-16-1922 in Brooklyn NY, U.S. - Founder of Pickwick  Records - Was a Vice Chairman of The Songwriters Hall Of  Fame.

Dan Falley - Died 1-6-2008 - Car accident - He was 55 years old - Guitarist - Worked with The Chevelles and Fyrestorm - Was the owner of Dan's Guitar Shop.

Samir Hussein - Died 1-6-2008 - Fell from a sixth floor apartment ( Rap ) He was 34 years old.

Wally Willette (Wallace D. Willette) - Died 1-6-2008 ( Rockabilly ) Born 7-2-1929 in Bangor, Maine, U.S. - (He did, "Pink Elephants" and "Eenie Meenie") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bill Belew - Died 1-7-2008 in Palm Springs, CA, U.S. - Born in Crocet, Vir., U.S. - He was 77 years old - Fashion designer - Created jumpsuits for Elvis Presley and costumes for Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Gloria Estefan.

Valdo Delgado - Died 1-7-2008 in Uruguay- Car accident ( Charango ) He was 41 years old - Musician - Born in Chile - Worked with  Eduardo Pinto.

Eduardo Pinto - Died 1-7-2008 in Uruguay- Car accident ( Charango - Folk - Rock - Reggae - Jazz ) He was 28 years old - Played piano, guitar, percussions and was a singer and producer - Worked with Valdo Delgado.

Ichtys Niger - Died 1-7-2008 - Shot himself ( Metal ) Drummer - Was a member of Murder Rape, Insane Devotion and Evil Wars.

Roberto del Fierro Lugo - Died 1-8-2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico - Shot - He was 47 years old - Was a marketing manager for Mexican musician, Jesus "El Flaco".

Clyde Otis (Clyde Lovern Otis Jr.) - Died 1-8-2008 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. - Born 9-11-1924 in Prentice, MS, U.S. - Songwriter and  producer - Worked with Brook Benton ("It's Just A Matter Of Time" and  "Endlessly") - Produced Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Rich, Sonny James,  Timi Yuro and The Diamonds.

Sondra Isaminger - Died 1-8-2008 - Cancer ( R&B - Funk - Soul ) She was 51 years old - Singer - Was a member of Under The Influence.

Daniel Hetu - Died 1-8-2008 - Cirrhosis of the liver - Born 12-1-1950 in Montreal, Canada - Pianist and songwriter - (He did, "Je t'attendais") - Was a musical director for Rene Simard.

Doc Hunter (William Hunter III) - Died 1-8-2008 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 7-11-1937 in San Bernardino, CA, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with The South Market Street Jazz Band, The Chicago 6 andBill Allred's Classic Jazz Band - He was the husband of dancer, singer and actress, Nanci Hunter.

Charlie Hahn (aka Banjeau Chucque ) (Charles Daniel Hahn II) - Died 1-9-2008 - Lung cancer ( Folk - Bluegrass - Gospel - Jazz - Irish ) Born 10-10-1945 in Auburn, Nebraska, U.S. - Played banjo, tin whistle and bodhran - (He did, "Pigs In A Polka") - Worked with Rarely Heard, The Poultrygeist Band and The Greatful Stones.

Lew Spence - Died 1-9-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Born 6-29-1920 in Cedarhurst, Long Island, NY, U.S. - Composer - (He co-wrote, "So Long My Love" and "Nice 'n Easy") - His songs have been done by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Short, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine and Dinah Shore.

Dr. Kenneth R. Henderson - Died 1-9-2008 - Born 1-19-1935 in Wheatland, Wyo., U.S. - Played trumpet - Was a member of The Golden Eagle Concert Band.

Dr. Roi Kwabena (Roi Ankhkara Kwabena) - Died 1-9-2008 - Born 1956 in Trinidad - Poet, musician, historian and publisher - Worked with Hugh Masekela, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Opai Adisa Palmer.

Rod Allen (Rodney Bainbridge) - Died 1-10-2008 in Coventry - Liver cancer ( Rock ) Born 3-31-1944 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England - Singer and bassist - Was a member of The Cliftones who became The Fortunes (They did, "You've Got Your Troubles" and "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling").

Vampira (aka Maila Nurmi) (Born Maila Elizabeth Syrjaniemi) - Died 1-10-2008 - Born 12-21-1921 in Petsamo, Finland now Pechenga, Russia - Actress and TV horror host - (She can be heard on Satan's Cheerleaders' songs, "I'm Damned" and "Tribute To Elvis") - Appeared in Ed Wood's movie,
"Plan 9 From Outer Space".

Dave Day (Dave Havlicek) - Died 1-10-2008 in Renton, Washington,U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1941 in Renton, WA, U.S. - Sang and played banjo and guitar - Was a member of The Torquays (They did, "Boys Are Boys" and "There She Walks") who becameThe Monks (They did, "Shut Up" and "Complication").

Freddy Nieuland - Died 1-10-2008 ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Singer and drummer - Was a member of The Wallace Collection (They did, "Daydream").

Stelio Valle (Stelio Romero do Valle) - Died 1-10-2008 - Stroke - Born 5-25-1950 - Singer and guitarist.

Pete Candoli (Walter Joseph Candoli) - Died 1-11-2008 in Studio City, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 6-28-1923 in Mishawaka, Indiana, U.S. - Trumpeter - Worked with Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Peggy Lee, Henry Mancini, and Frank Sinatra.

Bob Enos (Robert Manuel Enos) - Died 1-11-2008 in Douglas, GA, U.S. - Possible heart failure ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 7-4-1947 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Trumpet player - Worked with Jack Radcliffe And The New Viper Revue, Channel One and Roomful Of Blues.

Angel Gonzalez - Died 1-12-2008 in Madrid, Spain - Lung illness - Born 9-3-1925 in Oviedo, Spain - Poet - Recorded with singer Pedro Guerra.

Ahmad Ashurpur - Died 1-12-2008 in Tehran, Iran - Lung infection ( Folk ) Born 1917 in Bandar Anzali, Iran - Singer - (He did, "O Leily" and "Bandar Anzali's Moonlight") - Worked with Ruhollah Khaleqi, Morteza Mahjubi and Hossein Khaleqi.

George Denham - Died 1-12-2008 - Cancer - He was 65 years old - DJ - Co-hosted radio's, "Yesterday's Memories".

Jon Stoll - Died 1-12-2008 - Illness - Born 11-6-1953 in Mamaroneck, NY, U.S. - Founder of concert promotion and booking company, Fantasma Productions and was a president for The National Association Of Concert Promoters - Worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Frank Sinatra.

Duke Zitnik (Dusan Zitnik) - Died 1-12-2008 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Born 5-14-1934 in Slovenia - Played accordion, trumpet and drums - Was a member of The Duke Marsic Band.

Gabriel Mannelli - Died 1-12-2008 in Buenos Aires - Hodgkin lymphoma ( Rock ) He was 37 years old - Was a member of Los Brujos and Babasonicos - Worked with Juana La Loca and Los Macarra.

Jim Faraday - Died 1-12-2008 - Illness ( Symphony - Jazz ) Percussionist.

Herb Staehr (Herbert Rhett Staehr) - Died 1-12-2008 - Cancer - Born 1949 in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. - He authored a book chronicling Ten Years After's career entitled, Alvin Lee & Tens Years After Visual History.

Neker Jacques (aka N Jay) - Died 1-12-2008 - Shot ( Reggae ) Musician.

Ruby Corrine Morgan Mercer - Died 1-12-2008 in Longview, Wash., U.S. - Born 6-11-1924 in Texas, U.S. - Singer - She was one of The Morgan Family - Sister of actress and singer, Jaye P. Morgan.

Ron Murphy (aka Motown Murphy) (Ronald C. Murphy) - Died 1-12-2008 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Born 3-3-1947 - Mastering engineer and record producer  - Worked with Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson  and Jeff Mills - Worked for Sound Enterprises.

Matt Hogan - Died 1-13-2008 - Natural causes ( Rockabilly ) He was 54 years old - Born in Red Bluff - Guitarist - Was a member of The Incredible Diamonds - Worked with Brutilicus Maximus.

Jeremy Jenniges (Jeremy Cletus Jenniges) - Died 1-13-2008 in Tacoma - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Born 9-28-1971 in Bremerton, Washington, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and pianist - Was a member of Street Heart which became Jaded Mary. (They did, "By Your Side" and Harder").

Harry Whitney (Harry O. Whitney) - Died 1-13-2008 ( Gospel ) Liver cancer - He was 66 years old - Pianist - Was a member of  The Way We Used To Sing Choir - Worked with The Sunshine District Choir and The General Baptist State Convention Choir.

Richard Noble - Died 1-13-2008 - Prostate cancer - He was 75 years old - Songwriter - Wrote songs for Doreen Gravesande ("Lovely"), Monica 'Lady Guymine' Chopperfield, Billy Wade ("Deep Down Inside Of Me" and "If You Tell Me") and Lord Canary.

Kevin O'Brien - Died 1-13-2008 - He'd been attacked and robbed ( Metal ) Bassist - Was a member of Garden Of Remembrance and Spandex Caravan.

Jorge Antonio Sepulveda - Found dead 1-15-2008 near Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico - Shot ( Folk ) Singer.

Fr. Eddie Hontiveros (Fr.Eduardo Hontiveros) (aka Fr. Honti) - Died 1-15-2008 ( Hymns ) Born 12-20-1923 in Molo, Iloilo City in the Philippines - Composer and musician - (He wrote, "Papuri sa Diyos" and "Magnificat").

Brad Renfro (Brad Barron Renfro) - Died 1-15-2008 ( Rock ) Born 7-25- 1982 in Knoxville, TN, U.S. - Actor and musician - Acted in the films, The Client and Sleepers - Was a member of Frodad.

 Paul Kuulei Kekoa - Died 1-15-2008 in Wisconsin, U.S. - Renal failure - Ukulele player - Worked with The Royal Hawaiian Girls Glee Club and The Kodak Hula Show.

Tim Phillips - Died 1-15-2008 ( Rock ) Born 1952 - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Ruins (They did, "The End" and a remake of "Take My Love (And Shove It Up Your Heart)").

Steve Gould - Died 1-16-2008 - Complications from diabetes ( Jazz ) He was 47 years old - Played saxophone, flute, clarinet and piano - Worked with The Instigators, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, The Temptations, Liberace and Gregg Allman.

Robert Rogers - Died 1-16-2008 - Pancreatic cancer - He was 71 years ld - Pianist - Worked with The Vancouver Symphony, The CBC Orchestra, The Purcell String Quartet and Piano Power.

Marcin Malecki - Died 1-16-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 12-3-1964 - Pianist and composer - Led The MM Trio.

Stonard Lungu - Died 1-17-2008 in Blantyre - Skin cancer - Born 1949 in Messina, South Africa - Musician - (He did, "Anachita Chobaya" and "Nkhutukumve") - Worked with San B ("Zapadziko").

Stompie Mavi - Died 1-17-2008 in Port Elizabeth - Pneumonia and low blood pressure ( Jazz ) He was 57 years old - Born in Queenstown -Singer - (He did, "Mother Africa" and "Umbongo") - Worked with Victor Ntoni.

Kyle Parnell (Kyle D. Parnell) (aka K-Nell) - Died 1-17-2008 in Joliet - Shot in the recording studio, I Eat U Eat Sound Lab ( Rap ) He was 19 years old - Sang and played drums.

Carlos (Yvan-Chrysostome Dolto) - Died 1-17-2008 - Cancer - He was 64 years old - Singer - (He did, "La vie est belle").

Cooper Hawthorne Jr. - Died 1-17-2008 - Complications from cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-28-1946 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Clique (They did, "Sugar On Sunday" and "Superman").

Frank Lewin - Died 1-18-2008 - Congestive heart failure - Born 3-27-1925 in Breslau, Germany - Composer - Wrote music for TV's, The Nurses and The Defenders.

Eric Ferris - Died 1-18-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cancer - He was 41 years old - Born in Tampa, FL, U.S. - Music executive - Worked on the release of albums by Breaking Benjamin, Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Aly & AJ and The Polyphonic Spree and guided The Rolling Stones, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Spice Girls and Lenny Kravitz - Worked for Hollywood Records and Virgin Records.

Allen J. Bloom (Allen Jay Bloom) - Died 1-18-2008 in Bethesda,  Maryland. - Lymphoma - Born 8-28-1935 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Worked  for Irvin and Israel Feld of Feld Entertainment managing road tours  for Buddy Holly, The Coasters, Frankie Lyman, Richie Valens, The  Drifters, Paul Anka, Bill Haley And The Comets, The Big Bopper, The  Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

Freddie Cavalli (Freddie van Kampen) - Died 1-18-2008 - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 9-23-1955 - Bassist - Was a member of Herman Brood & His Wild Romance (They did, "Saturday Night" and "Never Be Clever") - Worked with The Meteors, Vitesse and Jan Akkerman.

Rex Gregory - Died 1-18-2008 ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of The Marauders, The Riptides and Zakary Thaks (They did, "Bad Girl" and "Face To Face").

John Stewart (John Coburn Stewart)- Died 1-19-2008 in San Diego, CA, U.S. ( Folk ) Born 9-5-1939 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Played guitar and banjo and was a singer and songwriter - (He wrote The Monkees', "Daydream Believer") -Led Johnny Stewart And The Furies (They did, "Rockin' Anna") - Worked with The Woodsmen, The Cumberland Three and The Kingston Trio - He was married to singer Buffy Ford.

Andy Palacio (Andy Vivian Palacio) - Died 1-19-2008 in Belize - Stroke and heart attack ( Punta ) Born 12-2-1960 in Barranco - Musician and singer - (He did, "Gaganbadiba" and "Show Your Motion").

Suzanne Pleshette - Died 1-19-2008 in Los Angeles, CA., U.S. - Respiratory failure - Born 1-31-1937 in New York, NY, U.S. -  Actress - (She sang, "The Girls Of San Francisco" and "Happiness") - Best known as Emily Hartley on TV's, The Bob Newhart Show.

Trevor Taylor - Died 1-19-2008 in Cologne, Germany - Heart attack ( Pop ) Born 1-11-1958 in Montego Bay, Jamaica - Singer - Was a member of Bad Boys Blue (They did, "You're A Woman" and " Pretty Young Girl") - Worked with Street Noise, Osazuwas, Supa T and Umoya.

Haj Qorban Soleimani - Died 1-20-2008 in Aliabad, Iran - Pneumonia - Born 1920 in Aliabad, Iran - Singer and dotar player - Worked with Gholamhossein Bakhshi Jafarabadi, Mohammad Qeitani and Avaz Bakhshi - Son of musician, Karbalaii Ramezan.

Tommy McQuater (Thomas Mossie McQuater) - Died 1-20-2008 in London, England ( Jazz ) Born 9-4-1914 in Maybole, Ayrshire - Played trumpet - Worked with The Maybole Brass Band, Louis Freeman, Jack Payne, Lew Stone, Benny Carter, The Swing Rhythm Boys, Danny Polo And His Swing Stars, The Ambrose Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Vera Lynn, Nat "King" Cole, Benny Goodman, Cliff Richard and The Squadronaires.

Jimmy Dougherty Sr. - Died 1-20-2008 - He was 56 years old ( Rock ) Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Allen Collins Band (They did, "Ready To Move" and "One Known Soldier") and Alias.

Glynda Cox - Died 1-20-2008 - She was 64 years old - Managed Center Stage and was a partner for Chameleon's Coffee House - Was a co-founder of the Austin, Texas venue, Chicago House which hosted astists such as Alejandro Escovedo, Tish Hinojosa, Jo Carol Pierce, Jimmy LaFave, David Rodriguez, Slaid Cleaves, Betty Elders, Will T. Massey and Marco Perella.

Zoe Collins (Zoe Collumbine) - Died 1-?-2008 ( Jazz ) She was 75 years old - Singer - (She did, "Seven Eleven").

Francis Clay (Francis Potter Clay) - Died 1-21-2008 San Francisco, CA, U.S. ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 11-16-1923 in Rock Island, IL, U.S. - Drummer - Led Francis Clay And His Syncopated Rhythm - Worked with Jay McShann's band, George "Harmonica" Smith, Jack McDuff, Shakey Jake Harris, Sunnyland Slim, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Bobby Fields, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Victoria Spivey and Muddy Waters.

Ljubow Zaharczenko - Died 1-21-2008 - Born 4-4-1961 - Singer and songwriter - Russian bard.

Benson Krause - Died 1-22-2008 - Suicide ( Pop ) He was 29 years old - Singer - Was a member of Fertility and Ophur.

Jack D. Johnson - Died 1-24-2008 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Congestive heart failure - He was 79 years old - Born in Knoxville, TN, U.S. - Managed Charley Pride, Ronnie Milsap and T.G. Sheppard.

David Lee Durham - Died 1-24-2008 in Indianola, MS, U.S. - Natural causes ( Blues ) Born 1943 in Sunflower, MS, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Ladies' Choice Band and The True Blues Band (They did, "Struggling And Straining" and "Crosscut Saw").

Marian Davies (Sometimes misspelled Marion Davies) - Died 1-24-2008 in Surrey, England ( Pop ) Born 11-23-1940 in Crynant, Wales, UK - Singer - Was a member of The Ladybirds - Worked with  Marc Bolan, Sandie Shaw, Rolf Harris, Des O'Connor and John Entwistle.

Lady Barbirolli (Evelyn Rothwell) - Died 1-25-2008 - Born 1-24-1911 in Wallingford-on-Thames, Berkshire - Played oboe and piano - Worked with Reginald King's salon orchestra, Lew Stone's band and The London Symphony Orchestra.

Adrian Clarke - Died 1-25-2008 ( Jazz ) He was 70 years old - Pianist - Worked with Andre Woodvine, Rosemary Phillips and Errol Bradshaw.

Jeff Salen - Died 1-26-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Guitarist, singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Tuff Darts (They did, "Who's Been Sleeping Here?" and "All For The Love of Rock and Roll") - Led Tuff Jeff Salen & The Silencers - Worked with Robert Gordon, Chris Spedding and Ian Hunter.

Islam Rzayev - Died 1-26-2008 - Born 1934 in Fuzuli region - Singer.

Don Watkins (Donald H. Watkins) - Died 1-26-2008 in Dobson, NC, U.S. - Heart attack ( Bluegrass - Gospel ) Guitarist and singer - Led The Watkins Family (They did, "Power Of The Holy Ghost").

Adam Parker Block - Died 1-27-2008 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Pulmonary illness - Born 2-7-1951 - Rock journalist - Wrote the column, "Block On Rock" for The Advocate and also wrote for Mother Jones, The New Musical Express and Creem.

 Jane Bowman Nigon (Jane A. Bowman Nigon) - Died 1-28-2008 near Rochester - Car accident - Musician - Born 6-13-1961 in Rochester - Worked with The Back Porch Band, The Shamrock Strings and The Bitter Creek Band.

Ben McMillan - Died 1-28-2008 - Complications from diabetes ( Rock ) He was 46 years old - Singer - Was a member of Gruntruck and Skin Yard.

Louise Bennett Smith - Died 1-28-2008 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Natural causes - She was 91 years old - Born in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Phil Harris, Ligon Smith and The Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

Uncle Jessie White - Died 1-29-2008 in Southfield, MI, U.S. - Complications after a heart attack - ( Blues ) Singer and pianist - Born  9-24-1920 in Terry, MS, U.S. - Recorded for Blues Factory Records.

Len Nickelson (Leonard C. Nickelson ) - Died 1-29-2008 in Rogers, Minn., U.S. - Born 5-13-1914 in Duluth - Musician - Was a member of The Four Playboys - Owner of Nickelson's Music.

Bill Saragih (Bill Amirsjah-Rondahaim Saragih) - Died 1-29-2008 in South Jakarta - Stroke ( Jazz ) Born 1-1-1933 in Pematangsiantar, North Sumatra - Played flute, piano and saxophone - (He wrote, "Anna My Love" and "Billy's Groove") - Was a member of The Jack And Indra Lesmana Quintet.

Elaine O'Donnell (Elaine Muriel O'Donnell) (Elaine Muriel Slawter) - Died 1-29-2008 - Pancreatic cancer ( Standards ) She was 80 years old - Singer and pianist - Worked with her husband, Harry Reese O'Donnell and with Fran Kosienski.

Lindy Polk - Died 1-29-2008 - Heart attack - ( Blues ) He was 49 years old - Sang and played harmonica - Led Lindy And The Night Howlers.

Kim Chang-ik - Died 1-?-2008 in Vancouver, Canada ( Rock ) He was 50 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Sanulrim.

Don Pavel (Donald Stanley Pavel) - Died 1-30-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock - Bluegrass - Blues ) Born 1947 in St. Paul - Guitarist - Led The Big Top Chautauqua - Was a member of Nothin' To It, The Lost Nation String Band and The Blue Canvas Orchestra - Was the band director of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua.

Miles Kington - Died 1-30-2008 in Limpley Stoke -  Near Bath, England - Pancreatic cancer - ( Jazz - Cabaret ) Born 1941 in Northern Ireland - Writer, humourist and bassist - Worked with Instant Sunshine.

Rosli Khamis (aka Loloq) - Died 1-30-2008 in Petaling Jaya - After brain surgery - He was 50 years old - Born in Singapore - Songwriter - Collaborated with singer, songwriter and composer M. Nasir ("Andalusia, Bonda" and "Nafas Cinta").

Ted Arighi - Died 1-30-2008 - Lung cancer ( Rock ) He was 58 years old - Guitarist - Worked with The Misfits, The Faragher Brothers, The Precious Few, The Blue Flames, The Tiks and Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose.

Gary Weber - Died 1-30-2008 ( Polka ) He was 55 years old - Played concertina and accordion - Was a member of The Polka Preps, The Electra Tones and The Treltones.

Sean Finnegan (Sean P. Finnegan) - Died 1-30-2008 in Maryland, U.S. - Heart attack ( Punk ) He was 43 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Void (They did, "Think" and "Get Out of My Way").

Carlos Nieto - Died 1-31-2008 in Buenos Aires - Cancer ( Folk ) He was 63 years old - Singer and composer - (He did, "Captive Moon" and "On The Pampa Of The Guanacos").

Big Joe Turner - Died 1-31-2008 in Pascagoula ( Blues ) Born 7-4-1944 in Jackson, Tenn., U.S. - Bassist and trombonist - Worked with B.B. King, Albert King, Little Milton, Isaac Hayes, Earl Lee Hooker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.

Michal Bukovic - Died 1-31-2008 in Prague, Czech Republic - Throat cancer ( Pop Rock - Country ) Born 9-17-1943 in Prague - Songwriter - He wrote songs for Karel Gott, Vera Martinova, Michal Tucny ("Prodavac") and Karel Zich ("Parada").

Sister A. Maryam Muhammad (Carolyn Marie White) - Died 1-31-2008 - Cancer - She was 63 years old - Singer and musician - Was a member of The Royal Heritage Ensemble with her husband guitarist, Jose Roberto Bonilla.

Clive Jarrett - Died 1-31-2008 in Kingston, Jamaica - Shot ( Reggae ) He was 51 years old - Founder of The Dynamite label - Worked with Sly And Robbie, Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston and Al Campbell.

Reynaldo Díaz (aka Tucky) - Died 1-31-2008 in Guadalajara ( Rock ) Played guitar and harmonica - Was a member of Los Spiders (They did, "Love Is The Way" and "Nothing More To Say").

Clark Robinson - Died 2-?-2008 - Illness - He was 57 years old - Drummer - Worked with Rancho Rebop And The Full Moon Howlers, Southpaw, Redwing, The Wichita Showband, The Cavaliers, Lateshift, Box o' Bananas and Wang Dang Delta Blues.

Tigist Shibabaw - Died 2-?-2008 in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia  ( World ) Born in Chagni - Singer - She can be heard on The Bole 2 Harlem CD and Radioaxiom - A Dub Transmission.

Shell Kepler - Died 2-1-2008 - Kidney failure - She was 49 years old - Born in Painsville, Ohio, U.S. - Actress - ( She did, "Popular Girl") - Best know as Amy Vining on TV's, General Hospital.

Robert Luly (Robert A. Luly) - Died 2-1-2008 - He was 65 years old - Born in San Bernardino, CA, U.S. - He invented rock and roll's earliest amplifiers - He built amplifiers for Chicago, ZZ Top, Three Dog Night, Bread and The Beach Boys - Worked as a guitarist for Frank Zappa.

German Dizecko - Died 2-1-2008 - Fell out a window ( Punk ) Singer - Was a member of Matrosskaya Tishina.

Vance Walker (Vance X. Walker) - Died 2-1-2008 ( R&B ) He was 63 years old - Singer - Was a member of Patty & The Emblems (They did, "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl").

Iwan Miscienko - Died 2-2-2008 in Russia - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 22 years old - Musician.

Jackie Orszaczky (Miklos Orszacky) - Died 2-3-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz - Rock - Pop ) Born 5-8-1948 in Budapest, Hungary - Bassist, singer and producer - (He did, "Taken To The Cleaners" and "What Is Hip") - Worked with Syrius ("Psychomania" and "Crooked Man"), Bakery, Marcia Hines, Tony Buck, Chris Abrahams and Tina Harrod.

Fred Leadston - Died 2-3-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 2-3-1935 - Played trombone, bass and euphonium - Worked with The Regimental Band, The Artillery Band, The Central Band, The Vimy Band, The Music Vets and The New Orleans Express.

Tata Guines (Federico Aristides Soto) - Rey de los tambores (King of the drums) -  Died 2-4-2008 in Havana, Cuba - Kidney infection ( Jazz ) Born 6-30-1930 in Guines, Cuba - Percussionist and bassist - Worked with The Estrellas Nacientes Orchestra,  Josephine Baker, Arsenio Rodriguez, Dionisio Martínez, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis, Bebo Valdes, Israel "Cachao" Lopez and Frank Sinatra.

Chris Anderson - Died 2-4-2008 - Complications from a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 2-26-1926 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Dinah Washington, Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons, Charlie Parker, Roland Kirk, Leo Blevins, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Howard McGhee and Max Roach.

Alan Jay Axelrod - Died 2-4-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from diabetes - He was 61 years old - Born in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Keyboardist - Worked with Barry Manilow - Was a musical director for The Groundlings.

Deryck Bernard - Died 2-5-2008 - Heart attack - Born 4-12-1950 - Politician, preacher, author, musician, singer, composer and arranger - Was a member of The Woodside Choir, The Gospel Heralds, Unshackled, Korokwa and a conductor for The Joint Methodist Choir.

Schoolboy Cleve (Cleveland White) - Died 2-5-2008 in Daly City, CA, U.S. ( Blues ) He was 82 years old - Played harmonica and guitar - Worked with Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Ron Thompson.

Winston Walls - Died 2-5-2008 in Fort Myers, FL, U.S. - Congestive heart failure and diabetes ( Jazz ) He was 65 years old - Played the organ and drums - Worked with Bill Doggett, Dionne Warwick, Sonny Stitt, Lou Donaldson Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith and Groove Holmes - Son of pianist, Harry Van Walls.

Sepp Stark - Died 2-5-2008 in Munich, Germany - Heart failure ( Punk ) Drummer - Was a member of ZSD.

Kevin Hass (Kevin Joseph Hass) - Died 2-5-2008 in Hawarden, IA, U.S. - Colon cancer ( Rock - Punk ) Born 3-12-1970 in Hawarden, IA, U.S. - Bass guitarist, guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of The Flak Jakets, White Hot And Blue, Headshot, The Chew Toys, The Velour Prunes, From Within, Search For George and Three Man - Worked with Guns For Hyre and Razor Kane.

Bud Cairns (Arthur Stanley Cairns) - Died 2-6-2008 in Myrtle Beach, NC, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 7-27-1919 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Played trombone - Was a member of The Swing Time Band and The Ambassadors Of Dixie.

Phil Bullard - Died 2-6-2008 - Colon cancer ( Metal ) He was 59 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Black Death - Worked witn Mandrake.

Yu Zhou - Died 2-6-2008 in Qinghe, China after being detained by the police for 10 days ( Folk ) Sang and played guitar, drums and harmonica - Was a member of Xiaojuan & Co-Residents In The Valley (They did, "Sunset Glow" and "My Home").

Chano O'Ferral (Rufino O'Ferral) - Died 2-6-2008 in New York, U.S. - Cancer - Born 1944 in Puerto Rico - Percussionist - (He wrote, "Love Is Love" and "Life Is Just A Moment" (Part 1 and 2)) -
Worked with Roy Ayers' Ubiquity.

Benny Neyman - Died 2-7-2008 - Cancer - Born 6-9-1951 - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Waarom fluister ik je naam nog?" and "Vrijgezel").

Slawomir Kulpowicz - Died 2-7-2008 in Warsaw ( Jazz ) He was 56 years old - Pianist - Led In Formation - Worked with Zbigniew Namyslowski, Shujaat Khan, Burhan Ocal and Tomasz Szukalski.

John Wright - Died 2-7-2008 ( Folk ) He was 60 years old - Born in Bournemouth - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Peace On The Border" and "The Foray") - Led The John Wright Band.

H.K. Narayan - Died 2-8-2008 - Illness - He was 72 years old - Composer and singer - (He wrote, Nissar Ahmed's, "Nadavirada Baduke" and Da. Ra. Bendre's, "Shubha Nudiye Shakunada Hakki").

Sami McKinney (Samuel McKinney) - Died 2-8-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Born 9-23-1957 - Producer and songwriter - Worked with Patti LaBelle, Nancy Wilson, Anita Baker, Santana, George Duke, Lalah Hathaway, Martha Wash, Grover Washington, Chaka Khan and Phyllis Hyman.

Jane Lumb (Jane Katherine Lumb) - Died 2-8-2008 - Breast cancer - Born 11-23-1942 in West Riding of Yorkshire, England - Model and actress - She worked in public relations for Showaddywaddy and The Bay City Rollers - She appeared in The Beatles' film, A Hard Day's Night and The Rolling Stones' promotional film for the song, Ruby Tuesday - She had been married to music manager, Tony Gourvish.

Scot Halpin (Thomas Scot Halpin) - Died 2-9-2008 ( Rock - Jug Band ) Born 2-3-1954 - Drummer, guitarist, singer and songwriter - Worked with SnakeDoctor, Plank Road, The Sponges, Funhouse and Folklore - Performed with The Who filling in for an ailing Keith Moon who had left the stage.

Chris Townson - Died 2-10-2008 in London, England ( Rock ) Born 7-24-1947 in Battersea, London, England - Drummer - Worked with John's Children, The Who, Jook, Radio Stars, Martin Gordon and Jet.

Ross McGarry - Died 2-10-2008 - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) He was 34 years old - Guitarist, singer and keyboardist - Was a member of Wish who became Stars and then The Sci Fi Lullabies.

Harold B. Andrews (aka Professor) - Died 2-10-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 1916 in Pensacola - Played bass and was a singer - Was a member of The Tuskegee Collegiates - Worked with Joe Occhipinti and Dizzy Gillespie.

Sergey Bashkirov (aka Funeral) - Died 2-10-2008 - Lung illness ( Metal ) He was 37 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Saints Everlasting Rest.

Freddie Bell (Ferdinando Dominico Bello) - Died 2-11-2008 - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 9-29-1931 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Trombonist, bassist, drummer and singer - Led Freddie Bell And The Bellboys (They did, "Giddy Up A Ding Dong" and a version of, "Hound Dog") - Appeared in the movies, "Rock Around The Clock" and "Get Yourself A College Girl" - Worked with Ernie Ventura and his successive spouses, Roberta Linn and Patti York.

S C R Bhat - Died 2-?-2008 in Central Mumbai - Cardiac failure - He was 90 years old - Singer and teacher.

Mark Stenberg (aka Blu Crush and Dozzieloc) - Died 2-12-2008 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) Born 1-2-1979 in Han Yan, Korea - (He did, "Earthquake Shake" and "Jailhouse Dreams").

John Brunious Jr. - Died 2-12-2008 in Orlando, FL, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 10-12-1940 - Trumpeter - Was a member of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Worked with Ellis Marsalis - Son of trumpeter, John Brunious Sr.

Wilson Hermosa Gonzalez - Died 2-12-2008 in Cochabamba - Stroke ( Pop ) Born 1944 - Played the charango and was a composer - Was a member of Los Kjarkas (They did, "Llorando se Fue").

Rick Selvin - Died 2-12-2008 - Multiple organ failure - He was 64 years old - Guitarist - Son of big band leader, Ben Selvin.

Monica Morell (Monica Wirz-Romer) - Died 2-12-2008 in Zurich - Cancer ( Pop ) Born 8-6-1953 in Menziken - Singer - (She did, "Spater, wann ist das?" and "Danny, mein Freund").

Henri Salvador - Did 2-13-2008 in Paris, France - Aneurysm ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 7-18-1917 in Cayenne, French Guiana - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Zorro est arrive" and "Mais Non Mais Non") - Worked with Django Reinhardt and Quincy Jones.

Smokey Dawson (Herbert Henry Dawson) - Died 2-13-2008 - Illness ( Country ) Born 3-19-1913 in Warrnambool, Victoria - Singer and guitarist - Hosted radio's, The Adventures of Smokey Dawson - Australian Record Industry Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jerome Petitgirard (aka The Horns Guy) - Died 2-13-2008 in the Laurentians, Quebec, Canada - Car accident ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 10-22-1968 in Paris, France - Played flute, trumpet and saxophone.

Gregory Barker - Died 2-13-2008 in the Laurentians, Quebec, Canada - Car accident ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 12-11-1978  in Ottawa - Pianist.

Glen Annicchiarico (Michele Glen Annicchiarico) - Died 2-13-2008 ( Rock ) He was 49 years old - Born  in Milan, Italy - Played guitar, bass, keyboards and sang - Was a member of Zizzetope.
 

Maysel Davis (Maysel G. Davis) - Died 2-13-2008 - Born 5-25-1922 in Brockville, Ontario, Canada - Played piano - Was a member of The Country Cousins.

 Jesus Rey David Alfaro (aka El Gallito) - Died 2-?-2008 in Tijuana, Mexico - Shot ( Grupera ) He was 26 years old - Singer.

Jose Topete Guadeloupe - Died 2-?-2008 in Tijuana, Mexico - Shot - Assistant to Jesus Rey David Alfaro.

Israel Torres - Died 2-?-2008 in Tijuana, Mexico - Shot - Manager for Jesus Rey David Alfaro.

Philip C. Costa - Died 2-14-2008 ( Big Band ) He was 91 years old - Born in Italy - Played saxophone, clarinet and flute - Worked with Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Peggy Lee, Joe Payne and Les Elgart.

Jerry Graff - Died 2-14-2008 in Encino, CA, U.S. - Born 11-17-1920 in New York, NY, U.S. - Musician, conductor, singer and arranger - Was a member of The Beachcombers - Worked with The Pied Pipers.

William Clemmer - Died 2-14-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz ) He was 80 years old - Born in Waltham, MA, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with The Worcester Music Association and The Winiker Orchestra.

Dennis DePianto (aka D.D. Meanie, Dipper and the Deedster) - Died 2-14-2008 in Melbourne, Australia - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 45 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Oxymorons and The Meanies (They did, "Ton of Bricks" and "10% Weird").

Gary Jude Anderson - Died 2-14-2008 ( Rock ) Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Bridget" and "Weekend Skulk") - Worked with The Scofflaws, Steve Prisco and Roy Wilson.

Joaquim Costa - Died 2-15-2008 ( Rock ) Born 1936 - Singer and guitarist.

Willie P. Bennett (William Patrick Bennett) - Died 2-15-2008 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada - Heart attack ( Folk ) Born 10-26-1951 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Played mandolin and harmonica and was a singer and songwriter - Worked with Fred Eaglesmith - Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Maria Dolors Laffitte - Died 2-15-2008 in Girona, Spain ( Folk ) Born 8-?-1949 in Roda de Ter, Spain - Singer and songwriter - She formed La Corranda, L'Arc en el Cel, Els Trobadors, Ensemble Llull and Joi de Trobar.

Bobby Lord - Died 2-16-2008 - Illness ( Country ) He was 74 years old - Singer - (He did, "Without Your Love" and "Life Can Have Meaning") - Hosted TV's, "The Bobby Lord Show".

Charlie Ryan (Charles Ryan) - Died 2-16-2008 in Spokane, Washington, U.S. - Heart disease ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 12-19-1915 in Graceville, MN, U.S. - Musician and songwriter - (He co-wrote, "Hot Rod Lincoln") - Led Charlie Ryan And The Livingston Brothers and Charlie Ryan And The Timberline Riders - Minnesota Rock & Country Hall Of Fame Inductee and The Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jose Aguila (aka Joe Joe) - Died 2-16-2008 - Acute myelogenous leukemia - He was 56 years old - Born in Havana, Cuba - Drummer and TV videographer - Worked with Rudy Sarzo.

Tebogo Ndlovu (aka Zombo) - Died 2-17-2008 - Aids - Producer, songwriter and singer - (He wrote Herald "Speedy" Matlhaku's, "Amasiko") - Was a member of Abashante.

Jackie Street (Jackie Lane Street) - Died 2-17-2008 - Complications from diabetes ( Christian - Country, R&B - Rock ) Born 6-17-1959 - Bassist - Worked with The Love Slaves, The Dynamites, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Little Big Town and Jars Of Clay.

Aysel Gurel - Died 2-17-2008 - Chronic bronchitis - Born 2-?-1929 - Lyricist and actress.

Andrey Girnyk - Died 2-17-2008 - Heart attack ( Metal ) Born 3-7-1961 - Bassist - Was a member of Krasnyi Rassvet and Tjazoly Dien.

Jim Jones (James E. Jones) - Died 2-18-2008 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 3-12-1950 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Easter Monkeys, Lazarus and Foreign Bodies - Worked with Pere Ubu, Mirrors, The Electric Eels, Home & Garden, David Thomas And The Pedestrians, The Wooden Birds and The Styrenes.

 Patti Lane - Died 2-18-2008 ( Jazz ) Singer - Worked with her husband Patrick Palomo in his band The Kasuals.

Tomek "Fil" Gorawski - Died 2-18-2008 - Car accident ( Metal ) Born 2-4-1982 - Drummer - Was a member of Element and Neolith.

Egor Letov - Yegor Letov (Igor Fyodorovich Letov) -  Died 2-19-2008 in Omsk - Heart attack ( Punk ) Born 9-10-1964 in Omsk, USSR - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Posev and Grazdanskaya Oborona - Worked with Communism and Yanka Dyagileva - He was married to bassist, Natalya Chumakova.

Arakem Peixoto - Died 2-19-2008 in Rio de Janeiro - Heart attack ( Jazz ) He was 77 years old - Musician - Brother of pianist, Moacir Peixoto and singer, Cauby Peixoto.

Janina Misciukaite - Died 2-19-2008 - Ilness ( Pop ) She was 59 years old - Singer.

Esther Craw - Accordion with Legs - Died 2-19-2008 in Orlando, FL, U.S.- Heart failure - She was 87 years old - Played accordion - Was a member of Very Big Band - Columbus Senior Musicians Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Teo Macero (Attilio Joseph Macero) - Died 2-19-2008 in Riverhead, NY, U.S. - Illness ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 10-30-1935 in Glens Falls, NY, U.S. - Producer, composer and saxophonist - Worked with Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Robert Palmer, The Lounge Lizards, Vernon Reid, D.J. Logic, The Sandole Brothers, Third Stream and Miles Davis and worked at Columbia Records with Dave Brubeck, J. J. Johnson, Mahalia Jackson, Johnny Mathis and Thelonious Monk.

Jack Bradley - Died 2-19-2008 ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of A Boy And His Dog.

Allen Strange - Died 2-20-2008 in Bainbridge, Washington, U.S. ( Electro-music ) Born 6-26-1943 in Calexico, CA, U.S. - He wrote, "Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques and Controls" - Co-founder of  the performance groups, Biome and The Electronic Weasel Ensemble - Worked with his wife, composer and musician, Patricia.

Bobby Lee Trammell - Died 2-20-2008 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S. ( Rockabilly ) Born 1-30-1933 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S. - Singer  and guitarist - (He did, "Arkansas Twist" and "You Mostest Girl") -  He was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Calvin Owens - The Maestro - Died 2-21-2008 - Kidney failure ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 4-23-1929 - Trumpeter, composer and bandleader - Led Blues Orchestra and True Blue - Worked with  B.B. King, Pete Mayes, T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn, David "Fathead" Newman, Arnett Cobb, Gloria Edwards, Junior Parker, Otis Turner, Willie Nelson and Johnny Bush - Was a session player for Peacock Recording Co.

Mel Zelnick - Died 2-21-2008 in Mayer - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 9-28-1924 in Harlem, NY, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole.

Robert L. Moore Jr. (aka Robin Moore) - Died 2-21-2008 in Hopkinsville - Illness - Born 10-31-1925 in Massachusetts, U.S. - Author - (Co-wrote Barry Sadler's, "The Ballad Of The Green Berets") - He wrote The French Connection and The Green Berets.

Neil Chotem - Died 2-21-2008 ( Classical - Jazz ) Born 9-9-1920 in Saskatoon, Sask. - Pianist and musical arranger - Wrote music for TV's, Empire.

Joe Gibbs - Died 2-21-2008 in Kingston, Jamaica - Heart attack ( Reggae ) He was 65 years old  - Producer and recording engineer - Worked with Beres Hammond, The Diamonds, J C Lodge ("Someone Loves You Honey") and Dennis Brown.

Dangerman - King of the ghetto - Died 2-21-2008 - Shot ( Rap )

Nunzio Gallo - Died 2-22-2008 in Telese Terme, Benevento, Italy ( Pop - Neapolitan folk - Opera ) Born 3-25-1928 in Naples, Italy - Singer and actor - (He did "Mamma" and "Corde della mia chitarra") -
Worked with Claudio Villa and Aurelio Fierro.

Phil Gernhard - Died 2-22-2008 - VP of A&R for Curb Records - Produced Dion's, "Abraham Martin And John", Lobo's, "Me And You And A Dog Named Boo", Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs's, "Stay", Jim Stafford's, "Spiders And Snakes", The Bellamy Brothers', "Let Your Love Flow" and The Royal Guardsmen's, "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron".

Tim Walters - Died 2-23-2008 - Heart attack ( Country ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Rawhide.

Paul Milne - Died 2-23-2008 - Car accident ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a memeber of Lock N Load.

Larry Norman (Larry David Norman) - The father of Christian rock - Died 2-24-2008 in Salem, Oregon, U.S. - Heart failure ( Rock - Christian ) Born 4-8-1947 in Corpus Christi, TX, U.S. - Singer, musician and songwriter - Was a member of People! (They did, "I Love You") - Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee and The San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Phil Bodner - Died 2-24-2008 - Conductor, composer and arranger and also a woodwind and saxophone player - Led The Brass Ring (They did, "The Dis-Advantages Of You") - Worked with Dick Hyman, Frank Sinatra, Doc Severinson, Mel Torme and Urbie Green.

Brian Scott "Bert" Phillips (aka BB Slags) - Died 2-24-2008 ( Punk ) Born 6-13-1959 in Racine  - Singer - Led Beautiful Bert And The Slags, Beautiful Bert And The Crotch Krickets and Beautiful Bert And The Lucious Ones.

Alan Dargin - Died 2-24-2008 in Sydney - Cerebral hemorrhage - Born 7-13-1967 in Wee Waa, New South Wales, Australia - Didgeridoo player and actor - Worked with  Jimmy Page, Yothu Yindi, Robert Plant, Tommy Emmanuel, Don Burrows and Jimmy Barnes.

Clive Millward - Died 2-?-2008 - Illness ( Jazz ) He was 69 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Fortunes, The Arthur Brown Jazz Band and The Heart Of England Jazz Band.

Dee Robb (David Donaldson) - Died 2-?-2008  Throat cancer ( Pop - Rock ) Was a member of The Robbs (They did, "Race With The Wind" and "Rapid Transit") who changed their name to Cherokee (They did, "Girl, I've Got News For You") - Appeared on TV's, "Where The Action Is" - Worked with Del Shannon and Chris Hillman.

Ian Hodgson - Died 2-?-2008 in Hull - He was 49 years old - Played percussion instruments and piano - Worked with Cilla Black, Matt Monro and The Ken Mackintosh Orchestra.

Aunty Genoa Keawe (Genoa Leilani Adolpho Keawe-Aiko) - Hawaiian Lady of Song - Died 2-25-2008 in Papakolea, Hawaii, U.S. ( Hawaiian ) Born 10-31-1918 in Honolulu, Hawaii - Singer - Led Aunty Genoa's Hawaiians - Cousin of singer and guitarist, Ray Kane - Hawaiian Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Static (Stephen Garrett) - Died 2-25-2008 Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. - Possible brain aneurysm ( R&B ) Born 1976 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and producer - (Co-wrote Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody") - He also wrote songs for Nicole Wray, Brandy and Destiny's Child - Was a member of Playa.

Charlie Adams (Charlie Adams) - Died 2-25-2008 in Montreal, Canada - Internal abdominal bleeding ( Country - Folk - Rock ) Born 12-24-1953 in an igloo near Inukjuak - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Quviasupunga" and "Aulaajingnatit") - Was a member of Sikumiut.

Johnny Vadnal - Cleveland's Polka King - Died 2-25-2008 in Willoughby, Ohio, U.S. ( Polka ) Born 3-14-1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Accordionist and bandleader - (He did, "Yes, Dear Waltz" and "No Beer On Sunday") - The International Polka Association's Hall Of Fame Inductee, The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee and The National Broadcasters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Norman Andrews - Died 2-25-2008 - Born 4-11-1934 - He was 73 years old - He sang and played harmonica and bass - Led Norman Andrews And The Concrete Bubble.

Mike Rice - Died 2-25-2008 - Lung disease ( Rock ) He was 56 years old - Singer - Was a member of Billy And The Kids (They did, "Say You Love Me" and "It's Not The Same").

Speedy Haworth (Herschel Haworth Jr.) - Died 2-26-2008 ( Country ) He was 85 years old - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Red Foley and Porter Wagoner - Appeared on TV's, Ozark Jubilee.

Oscar Pyle - Died 2-26-2008 - Illness - He was 86 years old - Founded The Casablanca Steelband and co-founded The Steelband Association.

Buddy Miles (George Allen Miles Jr.) - Died 2-26-2008 in Austin, Texas, U.S. ( Rock - R&B ) Born 9-5-1947 in North Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Led The Buddy Miles Express - Was a  member of Electric Flag and Band Of Gypsys - Worked with Jimi  Hendrix, The Bebops, Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Barry White, The  Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, David Bowie, Ruby & The  Romantics, George Clinton, Carlos Santana and Bootsy Collins.

Giles Clark (aka Uncle Giles) - Died 2-26-2008 - He was 79 years old ( Country - Gospel - Folk ) Sang and played accordion, harmonica, banjo and guitar.

Mabuti Johannes Nkuna (aka Umanji) - Died 2-26-2008 in South Africa - Aids related Illness - Musician, singer and songwriter - (He did, "Moruti Samba").

Gaspar de Utrera (Gaspar Fernandez Fernandez Utrera) - Died 2-26-2008  Utrera, Sevilla province - Illness ( Flamenco ) Born 1932 - Singer.

Frank Lucas - Died 2-26-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock ) He was 45 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Cold Sweat.

Byrdie Green (Bertha Greene) - Died 2-26-2008 ( Jazz - R&B ) Born in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Don't Make It Hurt" and "Get A hold Of Yourself") - Worked with  Johnny "Hammond" Smith.

Ray Kane (Raymond Kaleoalohapoina'oleohelemanu Kane) - Hawaii's slack  key ambassador - Died 2-27-2008 in Waianae, HI, U.S. ( Hawaiian ) Born  2-10-1925 in Koloa, Kaua'i, HI - Slack key guitarist and singer - (He did, "Popoki Slack Key" and "I Ka Po Me Ke Au") - Worked with his  wife, Elodia Kane (They did, "KeKali Nei Au") - Cousin of singer, Aunty Genoa Keawe.

Mandi Lampi - Died 2-27-2008 - Born 10-25-1988 - Actress and singer - (She did, "Miks kaikki kiusaa") - Daughter of actor Jussi Lampi.

Ivan Rebroff (Hans-Rolf Rippert) - Died 2-27-2008 in Frankfurt, Germany - Illness ( Folk - Opera - Light Classics ) Born 7-31-1931 in Berlin, Germany - Singer.

Lorene Forsyth - Died 2-27-2008 in Redlands - Cancer - Born 8-20-1928 in Loma Linda - Pianist - Worked with The San Francisco String Quartet, The Syracuse Symphony, Henry Mancini, John Williams, Liza Minnelli, Ethel Merman and The Metropolitan Opera - Once gave lessons to singer, Joan Baez.

Igor Kruzalin (aka Gosza arbatski) - Died 2-27-2008 - Illness ( Shanson ) Singer and saxophonist - Worked with Juri Loza, Alexander Iwanow and Igor Talkow.

Mike Smith (Michael George Smith) - Died 2-28-2008 in Edmonton, North London, England - Pneumonia ( Rock ) Born 12-6-1943 in Edmonton, England - Singer, keyboardist, songwriter and producer - Led Mike Smith's Rock Engine - Was a member of The Dave Clark Five (They did, "Glad All Over" and "Catch Us If You Can") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bangun Sugito (aka Gito Rollies) - Died 2-28-2008  in Jakarta - Lymphatic cancer ( Rock ) He was 60 years old - Singer - (He did, "Cinta Yang Tulus") - Was a member of The Rollies.

Mike Conley (Michael Conley) - Died 2-28-2008 in in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Head injury ( Punk ) Born 1959 - Singer - Was a member of The Swell and M.I.A. (They did, "Boredom Is The Reason" and "Haven't You Heard").

Jimmy Faulkner - Died 3-?-2008 - Guitarist - Led Jimmy Faulkner And The Houseshakers - Worked with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Mary Coughlan, Paul Brady, Freddie White, The Red Peters Blues Band, Kieran Halpin and Luka Bloom.

Alun Davies - Died 2-28-2008 - Suicide due to health problems ( Jazz - Rock - Prog ) Born 1964 - Bassist, producer, composer and engineer - Worked with Antizario ("Chicken Bionic Woman" and "Nail'er"), Amy Brandon ("Blue In Green"), Maestro Fresh Wes, Glenn Lewis, 2Rude and Rob McFadden ("The Gucci Effect").

Robert Goldsborough - Died 3-?-2008 ( Irish Folk ) He was 59 years old Singer, songwriter and political activist - (He did, "Mr. Spazzman") - Worked with David Ritchie.

Tom Collins - Died 3-?-2008 in Layer-de-la Haye - Natural causes ( Jazz ) He was 75 years old - Born in the Colchester area - Played trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn - Led The Colchester Jazz Club band.

Wally Bussey (Walter Bussey) - Died 3-?-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 1931 in London, England - Played saxophone, clarinet and flute - Worked with The Colin Fraser Quintet.

Aden Hasan Salad - Died 3-?-2008 in Waberi, Mogadishu, Somalia - Shot by three men - Musician - Was a member of The Waberi National Band.

Jeff Healey (Norman Jeffrey Healey) - Died 3-2-2008 in Toronto, Canada - Cancer ( Rock - Jazz - Blues ) Born 3-25-1966 in Toronto, Canada - Played guitar, trumpet and clarinet and was a singer - Led The Jeff Healey Band (They did, "Angel Eyes" and "Confidence Man") and Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards - Worked with B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Harrison, Mark Knopfler, Chris Barber and Jimmy Rogers.

Roy Ramos (aka Pia) - Died 3-2-2008 - Illness - He was 62 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Texas Revolution.

Harry Buddy Vaughan - Died 3-2-2008 - Born 11-9-1919 in Waterbury, Conn., U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Arthur Fieldler, Alvino Ray, Johnny Mandrell, Skitch Henderson and LeRoy Anderson.

Norman Smith (aka Hurricane Smith) - Died 3-3-2008 in East Sussex, England - Born 2-22-1923 in London, England - Musician and producer - (He did, "Don't Let It Die" and "Oh Babe What Would You Say?") - Was an engineer for all of The Beatles recordings until 1965 - Produced Pink Floyd and The Pretty Things.

Suzi (Martina Carina Peereboom) - Died 3-3-2008 in Nordmaling, Sweden ( Pop ) Born 8-21-1946 in Tilburg, Holland - Singer - (She did, "Johnny Loves Me" and "Max and Moritz").

Johnny Gordon - Died 3-3-2008 in North Carolina, U.S. - He was 70 years old - Pianist and singer - Longtime Bourbon Street entertainer.

Ronnie I (Ronald A. Italiano) - Died 3-4-2008 in Clifton, NJ, U.S. - Cancer - Born 2-1-1941 in Passaic, NJ, U.S. - DJ and record store owner - Was  the president and founder of The United In Group Harmony Association (U.G.H.A.) which is dedicated to the preservation and exposure of Doo-Wop music and the remembrance of Doo-Wop artists.

Leonard Rosenman - Died 3-4-2008 in Woodland Hills, California, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 9-7-1924 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Composer - He wrote music for films including, Rebel Without A Cause, Fantastic Voyage and Beneath The Planet Of The Apes and for TV's, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Combat!.

Tim Miller (Timothy Miller) - Died 3-5-2008 in Dubuque, IA, U.S. - Fell down a flight of stairs ( Rock ) Born 7-8-1972 in Dubuque, IA, U.S. - Played guitar and drums and sang - Was a member of Ng Kindheit (They did, "Hell To Get Along With" and "Deaf Like Me").

Mel Durham - Died 3-5-2008 ( Big Band - Rockabilly - Bluegrass - Folk ) - He was 93 years old - Played fiddle, banjo and guitar - Was a member of The Ray Middleton Trio, Frankie Gould's Big Band and The Wayne County Apple Knockers - Was a president for The Southern California Old Time Fiddlers Association.

Rick Rodenbaugh - Died 3-5-2008 ( Rock ) Born 1954 - Singer - Was a member of Yezda Urfa.

Gloria Shayne Regney Baker - Died 3-6-2008 in Stamford, CT, U.S. - Lyricist and pianist - (She co-wrote, "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "Goodbye Cruel World") - She had been married to composer, Noel Regney.

Lili Boniche - Died 3-6-2008 in Paris, France (Francarabe ) Born 1921 in the Kasbah of Algiers - Played the ud and guitar and was a composer - He mixed the music of rumba, pasodoble, tango, mambo and Arab-Andalusian.

Dave Wheeler - Died 3-7-2008 - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) He was 77 years old - Born in Coshocton - Clarinetist, saxophonist and pianist - Worked with Vic Damone, Stan Kenton and The Columbus Jazz Orchestra - The Columbus Senior Musicians Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Cliff Thomas (Clifton A. Thomas)- Died 3-7-2008 in Gulfport, MS, U.S. -  Cancer - Born 6-18-1941 in Jackson, MS, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led The Cliff Thomas Trio - (He co-wrote, "Lovers Holiday" and "Pickin'  Wild Mountain Berries") - He recorded on Sun Records and Ace Records.

Chet Matthew Lane (aka Mr. Music) - Died 3-7-2008 - Illness - He was 79 years old - Played accordion - Worked with his wife, Helene Lane and with Johnny Kaaihue's band, The Four Tophatters and The Mary Kaye Trio - Appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.

Dorothy Stone (Dorothy Ann Stone) - Found dead 3-7-2008 in Green Valley, CA, U.S. - Born 6-7-1958 in Kingston - Played flute and was a composer - (She did, "Wizard Ball") - Co-founder of The E.A.R. Unit.

Jeff Lindsey (aka The Fat Boy) - Died 3-8-2008 - Heart attack ( Gospel ) He was 50 years old - Singer, guitarist and keyboardist.

Michael Sucher - Died 3-8-2008 - Complications from lung cancer ( Jazz ) He was 49 years old - Played keyboards, guitar, bass and harmonica and was a singer and songwriter - (He did, "Twilight Morning" and "Liquid Sun") - Was a member of Theory In Practice, The Sandra Wright Band and Rush Hour - Worked with Big Joe Burrell, Mighty Sam McClain, Danny Gatton, Tom Principato, and Tim Eyermann's East Coast Offering.

Mark Barrett - Died 3-8-2008 - Heart attack - Guitarist - Worked with Inertia (They did, "Angel" and "Harlequin"), Mexico 70 and Q Lazzarus.

Samy Al-Maghribi (Salomon Amzallag) - Died 3-9-2008 in Canada - Born 1922 in Morocco - Played the Oud and was a singer and composer.

Warren Harry (aka Warren Bacall) - Died 3-9-2008 - Pulmonary embolism - He was 54 years old - Songwriter - (He wrote or co-wrote Bucks Fizz's, "When We Were Young" and Yoko Oginome's, "This Is Pop").

Sai Htee Saing - Died 3-10-2008 - Born 1950 in Lin Khae in southern Shan State - Singer and songwriter - Co-founder of The Wild Ones.

Dennis Irwin - Died 3-10-2008 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Liver failure due to cancer ( Jazz ) Born 11-18-1951 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Red Garland, Johnny Griffin, Matt Wilson, John Scofield, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Ted Curson and Betty Carter- Played on over 500 albums - He was the partner of singer, Aria Hendricks.

Chuck Day - The soul of the Fairfax music scene - Died 3-10-2008 - Illness ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 8-6-1942 in Chicago, Ill, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Pony Tail Partner" and "Mama's Place") - Led The Burning Sensations - Worked with Johnny Rivers ("Secret Agent Man"), Shel Siverstein and The Mamas And The Papas ("Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin") - Father of Mama Cass Elliott's daughter.

Byrd Burton (Barry Burton) - Died 3-10-2008 in Hendersonville - Myelodysplastic syndrome ( Rock - Country ) He was 61 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Amazing Rhythm Aces (They did, "Third Rate Romance" and "The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune)") and The Loved Ones.

Brian Connolly - Died 3-10-2008 in San Rafael - Heart attack - Born 1956 in Montclair, NJ, U.S. - Sound engineer and singer - As a Sound engineer he worked for Mel Torme, Christine Ebersole and B.B. King.

Carl B. Kramer - Died 3-11-2008 - Born 10-311922 - Played guitar, steel guitar, banjo and fiddle - Appeared on The Country Boy Eddie Show.

J. Vance Boughner - Died 3-12-2008 in Longwood at Oakmont -  He was 93 years old - Born in York, York County - Played piano and organ - (He wrote, "One For Oliver") - Worked with The Fran Eichler Orchestra, Buddy Lee's Orchestra and Barry Blue.

Ed Megrant - Died 3-12-2008 - Liver cancer - He was 75 years old - Played piano and guitar - Worked with The Everly Brothers and Larry Robinson and played at his Magnolia Cafe.

Bob Wayne (Born Robert Weiss) - Died 3-12-2008 - Complications from heart disease - He was 93 years old - Singer - Led The Rollicaires - Worked with Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians.

Martin Fierro (aka The Meester) - Died 3-13-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 1-18-1942 in Mexico - Played saxophone and flute - Was a member of Shades Of Joy, Legion Of Mary, Zero and Al Rapone And The Zydeco Express -  Worked with Jerry Garcia, Chuck Berry, James Cotton, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Loudon Wainwright III, The Allman Brothers, The Maxnava Jazz Four, Mother Earth, The Sir Douglas Quintet, String Cheese Incident, Queen Ida, Yonder Mountain String Band, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Dark Star Orchestra, New Monsoon and The Grateful Dead.

Singkham Bandith - Died 3-13-2008 in Bridgeport, CN, U.S. - He was 35 years old - Born in Laos - Musician, composer and actor - Appeared in and wrote music for the film, Blood Money (2006).

Wilfred Middlebrooks (aka Walkin' Willie) - Died 3-13-2008 in Pasadena, CA, U.S. - Heart failure - Born 7-17-1933 in Chattanooga, TN, U.S. - Double bassist - Worked with Ella Fitzgerald, The Chattanooga Symphony and The Paul Smith Trio.

Bill Bolick (William A. Bolick) - Died 3-14-2008 in Hickory, NC, U.S. - ( Country ) Born 10-28-1917 - Played mandolin and sang - Was a member of The Blue Sky Boys and The Crazy Hickory Nuts.

Rev. Bruce Hilton - Died 3-14-2008 - Kidney failure ( Jazz ) Born 1930 in Plymouth, Wis., U.S. - Played tuba - Was a member of The Joyful Noise Jazz Band - He was a social justice and civil rights activist.

William H. Ruddy Jr. - Died 3-14-2008 ( Jazz ) He was 86 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Tommy Sheridan, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Milwaukee Clipper Band and George Pritchett.

Mikey Dread (Michael Campbell) - Died 3-15-2008 in Connecticut - Brain tumor ( Reggae ) Born 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica -  Singer, producer and broadcaster - (He did, "Break Down The Walls" and "Vegetable Mater") - Worked with King Tubby, The Clash and Carlton Patterson.

Vytautas Kernagis - Died 3-15-2008 - Gastric cancer ( Pop ) Born 5-19-1951 in Vilnius, Lithuania - Singer, songwriter, actor  and TV announcer - Was a member of Aisciai and Rupus Miltai - Appeared in the rock opera, Velnio Nuotaka.

King Alex Littlejohn - Died 3-15-2008 ( Blues ) Born 1934 in Arkansas, U.S. - Singer and bassist - (He did, "Hot As A Coffee Pot" and "Huchia Cuthia Lovin' Man") - Led King Alex And The Untouchables - Worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King and Provine "Little" Hatch.

Stu Nevitt (Stuart Nevitt) - Died 3-15-2008 in Rio Rancho, NM, U.S. - Complications from diabetes - He was 55 or 56 years old - Born in Elizabeth, NJ, U.S. - Percussionist and composer - Was a member of Shadowfax - Worked with Kim Angelis.

Ola Brunkert - Found dead 3-16-2008 in Mallorca, Spain - Fell through a glass wall ( Pop - Jazz - Blues ) Born 9-15-1946 in Orebro, Sweden - Drummer - Was a member of Opus III, Science Poption and Slim's Blues Gang - Worked with ABBA ("People Need Love" and "Waterloo").

Daniel MacMaster - Died 3-16-2008 - Staph infection ( Rock ) He was 39 years old - Singer - (He did, "One Step Behind" and "Bleeding Hearts Collide") - Was a member of Bonham (They did, "Cross Me And See" and "Wait For You").

Patti Bown (Patricia Anne Bown) - Died 3-16-2008 in Media, PA, U.S. -  Complications from diabetes and kidney failure ( Jazz ) Born  7-26-1931 in Seattle - Pianist - (She did, "G'won Train") - Worked  with Quincy Jones, Billy Eckstine, Gene Ammons, Oscar Brown Jr., Jimmy Rushing, Dinah Washington and Leon Redbone.

Pete Montan (Vegas Pete) - Died 3-17-2008 ( Rock - Blues ) Drummer.

Steve Wages (Stephen Glenn Cook Wages) - Died 3-17-2008 ( Country - Blues - Rock ) Born in Forrest City - Guitarist - Member of The Steve Wages And The Bad Habit Band.

Nicolas Villanueva - Died 3-18-2008 in Quechultenango, Guerrero, Mexico - Shot more than 20 times by gunmen as he and his band played on stage - He was 38 years old - Singer - He was a member of Brisas del Mar.

Helen Abdallah (Helen J. Abdallah) - Died 3-18-2008 - Heart condition - Born 3-22-1915 - Sang and played mandolin, banjo, piano, organ and Hawaiian guitar - She was a member of The Irregulars.

MaWillies (William Bongani Makhubela) - Died 3-18-2008 in Soweto, South Africa - Possible TB - Born 4-18-1969 in the Meadowlands - Singer - (He did, "Intwenjani" and "Hoezit") - Worked with Mahoota ("Qolo"), Mandla Spikiri, Jacarumba and Brown Dash - Son of musician, Abel Mkhachane Makhubela.

Terry Carroll - Died 3-19-2008 - Lung cancer - He was 64 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Springfield Country Band.

Devin Ossman - Found dead 3-19-2008 in Mount Rainier - Hypothermia ( Celtic Folk - Classical - Jazz ) He was 45 years old - Played flute, piccolo, saxophone and penny whistle - Was a member of Indigo - His father is David Ossman, a member of the comedy troupe, The Firesign Theatre.

Mia Permanto - Died 3-19-2008 in Helsinki, Finland ( Pop ) Born 1988 - Singer - (She did, "Rising Sun" with Heikki Liimatainen").

 Graham McKeel - Died 3-19-2008 in Tampa, FL, U.S. - Heart failure ( Rock ) Born 1945 - Drummer - Was a member of The Echoes - He was a blocking fullback for the Florida Gators.

Sam Weiss - Died 3-19-2008 in Boca Raton, FL, U.S. - Born 9-19-1926 in the Bronx,  NY, U.S. - Co-founder (with his brother, Hy Weiss) of Old Town Records  which released recordings by Robert & Johnny, The Fiestas, The Earls and The Capris.

Miles Bell - Died 3-19-2008 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Kidney Failure - He was 61 years old - Born in Clarksburg, WV, U.S. -  Manager - Worked with Sandy Hackett, 4 The Cause, The Blues Other Brothers, The Moffatts, Sandy Kastel and Cledus T. Judd.

Bill Brown (William Joseph Brown) - Died 3-20-2008 - Complications of a brain tumor ( Jazz ) Born 9-2-1953 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played French horn and saxophone and was a band director - Was a member of Smooth & Saxy - Worked with The Tyrone Davis Group and Dominant Factor.

Judy Frankel (Judy Bradbury) - Died 3-20-2008 - Illness ( Ladino - Rock ) Born 8-12-1942 - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Ill Wind, The San Francisco Symphony Chorus and The San Francisco Consort -  Performed and help preserve music that originated with Spanish Jews over 500 years ago.

John Fowler - Died 3-21-2008 - Brain aneurism ( Rock ) Born 11-21-1965 - Drummer - Worked with The Voodoo Jets ("Spaceman"), Steelheart ("I'll Never Let You Go"), Smoke and Hipnotic.

Shusha Guppy (Shansi Assar) - Died 3-21-2008 in London, England ( Ballads - Chansons - Folk ) Born 12-24-1935 in Tehran, Iran - Singer and writer.

Dillard Crume Jr. - Died 3-21-2008 in Reidsville, GA, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born  6-20-1935 in Portageville, MO, U.S. - Producer, guitarist and singer - Was a  member of The Soul Stirrers and The Crume Brothers - Worked with The  Blind Boys Of Mississippi and The Highway QC's.

Klaus Dinger - Died 3-21-2008 - Heart failure ( Krautrock ) Born 3-24-1946 in Germany - Singer, guitarist, keyboardist, percussionist and songwriter - Was member of Kraftwerk, NEU! (They did, "Super 16") and La Dusseldorf (They did, "Silver Cloud").

Cachao(Israel  Lopez) - Died 3-22-2008 in Coral Gables, FL, U.S. - Complications from kidney failure ( Mambo ) Born 9-14-1918 in Havana, Cuba - Bassist and songwriter - Worked with Gloria Estefan, Tito Puente, Machito, Chico O'Farrill, Eddie Palmieri and Tito Rodrigues - He is considered to be the creator of Mambo.

Jason Rae - Died 3-22-2008 in Leeds - Accidental overdose of methadone and alcohol ( Funk ) Born 1976 - Played saxophone - Was a member of Haggis Horns who worked with Nightmares On Wax, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Mark Ronson and also with Jason's wife, Corinne Bailey Rae.

Bill Ludwig (William Frederick Ludwig II) (aka The Chief) - Died  3-22-2008 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Born 9-13-1916 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Patriarch  of The Ludwig Drum Company and developer of many percussion products.

Michael Kassel (Vampyre Mike) - Died 3-22-2008 San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Illness ( Blues Rock ) He was 54 years old - Guitarist, pianist, percussionist and poet - Was a member of The Hellhounds.

Doug Hall - Died 3-23-2008 - Brain cancer ( Jazz ) He was 48 years old - Born in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Pianist - (He did, "JiHi" and "Once Around The Block") - Worked with Chet Baker, Bill Waltrous, Dave Liebman, James Moody, Joe Farrell, Lee Konitz, and Victor Wooten.

Pepe Bayard (Pierre Bayard) - Died 3-23-2008 in Miami Beach, FL, U.S. - Cancer - Born 11-18-1945 in Ouanaminthe, Haiti - Led The All-Stars Caribbean Pirates.

 Roger Rich (Roger K. Rich) - Died 3-23-2008 ( Gospel ) He was 64 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Rhythmaires who became The Servants - Worked with Jerry Stone - Son of singer, Claude J. Rich.

Walter Robert Slingerland Jr. - Died 3-23-2008 in North Carolina, U.S. - He was 80 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Roosevelt Military Academy Drum & Bugle Corps and The Rogers Park Drum & Bugle Corps - Sat in with The Gene Krupa orchestra - Was a consultant for the publishing of the Slingerland Drum & Banjo Company history, "The Slingerland Book".

Neil Aspinall also known as the Fifth Beatle - Died 3-24-2008 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer - Born 10-13-1942 in Prestatyn, North Wales - Was a road manager and personal assistant to The Beatles and an executive for Apple Corps  - He sang backing vocals on "Yellow Submarine" and played harmonica on "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!".

Doug Simon - Died 3-24-2008 ( Jazz - Funk ) He was 58 Years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Dayton - Worked with Brother Jack McDuff and Vesta Williams - He played music for TV's, The Young And The Restless.

Spanky Alford (Chalmers Edward Alford) - Died 3-24-2008 in  Huntsville, AL, U.S. ( Jazz - Blues - Soul - Gospel ) Born 5-22-1955 in North Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Played guitar - Worked with A Tribe Called  Quest, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, John Mayer, Joss Stone, Common, The Roots, Angie Stone, D'Angelo, Eric Benet, Toto, Roy Hargrove, Raphael  Sadiq, Jill Scott, Al Green, Fred Hammond, Mary J. Blige, The Williams Brothers, Erykah Badu, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland and The Bee Gees.

Ahmed Nur Jango - Died 3-25-2008 in Mogadihsu - Heart attack - Singer and musician - (He did, "Daljir" and "Ladi waayey") - Worked with Amina Muse Milano, Ahmed Ali Egal and Amina Abdullahi.

Alex Freidin - Died 3-25-2008 - Congestive heart failure ( Dance ) He was 90 years old - Pianist and composer - He was an opening act for Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.

Bud Norfleet (Junious Norfleet) - Died 3-25-2008 in Burbank, IL, U.S. - Complications after a stroke ( Gospel ) Born  3-20-1926 in Perry County, AL, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Norfleet Brothers (They did,  "Shadrack" and "None But The Righteous").

Gene Puerling (Eugene Thomas Puerling) - Died 3-25-2008 near San  Francisco, CA, U.S. - Complications of diabetes ( Jazz ) Born 3-31-1929 in  Milwaukee, Wis., U.S. - Singer and arranger - Was a member of The Hi-Lo's and The Singers Unlimited.

Butch Daniels (Virgil Daniels) - Died 3-25-2008 - Stroke ( Blues - Rock ) He was 61 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Night Riders.

Cavlar (Leval Lyde) - Died 3-26-2008 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) He was 36 years old.

Joe Brunetto (Joseph Brunetto III) - Died 3-26-2008 - Cancer ( Big Band - Pop ) Born 1951 - Keyboardist - Led Raintree - Worked with The Rick Brunetto Big Band and Ray Cincione.

 Frank Condo (Frank J. Condo) (aka Tweetie) - Died 3-26-2008 - Lung cancer - He was 65 years old - Born in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Rick And The Masters, Memory Lane and  45RPM.

Olga de Volga - Died 3-26-2008 ( Punk ) Bassist - Worked with The Lewd (They did, "Mobile Home"), Vs and The Offs.

Toti Fuentes (Francisco Fuentes) - Died 3-27-2008 in the U.S. - Stomach cancer ( Jazz ) He was 55 years old - Born in Cagayan de Oro City - Pianist - Worked with Richard Merk, The Apo Hiking Society, Hajji Alejandro, Aretha Franklin, Sergio Mendes, Basil Valdez, Pilita Corrales and Natalie Cole.

Elston Blain - Died 3-27-2008 - ( Cabaret - Jazz ) Played saxophone - Worked with The Doug Heinz Orchestra.

Denise Daye (Denise D. Daye) - Died 3-27-2008 ( R&B ) Born 2-18-1953 - Singer - Worked with husband, Eddie Daye as Eddie And Denise And The Good Time Band.

Mike Morgan (Michael J. Morgan) - Died 3-28-2008 - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 12-9-1948 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S. - Singer and drummer - Was a member of The Underdogs (They did, "Love's Gone Bad" and "Get Down On Your Knees").

KL (Kenny Lou) (aka Kamakazee) - Died 3-28-2008 - After suffering an asthma attack ( Rap ) Was a member of Screwball (They did, "Who Shot Rudy?").

Glenn Barber (Martin Glenn Barber) - Died 3-28-2008 ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 2-2-1935 in Hollis, Okla., U.S. - He sang and played  guitar, bass, drums, dobro and mandolin - (He did, "Stronger Than Dirt" and "First Love Feelings") - Was a member of  The Western Swingmasters.

Vic Kuckoverov  (Victor Kuckoverov ) - Died 3-28-2008 ( Metal ) Singer and bassist - Was a member of Forgive-Me-Not.

Allan Ganley - Died 3-29-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 3-11-1931 in Tolworth, Surrey, England - Drummer, composer and arranger - Worked with The Jimmy Walker Quintet, The New Jazz Group, Jack Parnell's orchestra, Mary Lou Williams, Kenny Baker's Dozen, The Tubby Hayes Quintet, Indo-Jazz Fusions, Ronnie Scott, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, The Jazzmakers, John Dankworth, Yehudi Menuhin and Stephane Grappelli.

Toto Rotblat (Gerardo Rotblat) - Died 3-29-2008 in Buenos Aires - Pulmonary edema ( Rock ) He was 38 years old - Born in Buenos Aires - Drummer - Was a member of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (They did, "El Matador") and Dancing Moods.

Alan Dunford - Died 3-29-2008 - Played cornet - Worked with The Shrewton Silver Band.

Sean Levert - Died 3-30-2008 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Natural causes ( R&B ) Born 9-28-1968 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Put Your Body Where Your Mouth Is" and "Same One") - Was a member of LeVert (They did, "Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop (Goes My Mind)" and "Casanova") - Son of singer Eddie Levert.

Minani Rwema - Died 3-30-2008 in India - Liver disease - Born 1975 in Gatumba in neighboring Burundi - Musician - (He did, "Sur la terre").

Ollie Nicholls - Died 3-30-2008 - Hit by a car in a hit and run - He was 41 years old - Singer, songwriter, pianist and sound engineer - (He did, "Purple Rainclouds" and "In Or Out") - Worked with Clare Teal, Herbie Flowers, Bert Jansch, Anita Dobson, Tim van Eyken, Jacqui Dankworth and Incantation.

Anders Gothberg - Died 3-30-2008 in Stockholm, Sweden - Suicide ( Rock ) Born 10-9-1975 - Guitarist - Was a member of Broder Daniel aka BD.

Jerry Kravat (Jerome Kravat) - Died 3-31-2008 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Complications after cancer surgery - He was 72 years old - Born in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Bandleader and pianist - Owned The Jerry Kravat Entertainment Services which booked or managed Barbara Cook, Steve Allen, Eartha Kitt, Joel Grey, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Bobby Short and Sylvia McNair.

William J. Lewis - Died 3-31-2008 ( R&B ) He was 70 years old - Worked with The Fabulaires.

Clifton Carter - Died 4-?-2008 - Musician - Was a member of Children Of Soul and Truly Committed.

Matthew Chase (Christopher Tallman) (aka Chris) - Died 4-13-2008 off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa - Boating accident - Born 1974 - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Believe" and "Feel You Near").

Petar Slavov - Died 4-1-2008 ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 8-13-1941 - Drummer and music manager - Was a member of FSB.

Bevin Fagan (Lannie Glenmore Fagan) (aka Bagga Matumbi and Running Water) - Died 4-2-2008 - Heart attack ( Reggae ) Born 5-11-1953 near Kingston, Jamaica - Singer, songwriter and producer - Was a member of Matumbi (They did, "Blue Beat And Ska" and "Point Of View") and half of the duo, Fire & Water.

Brendan O'Brien - Died 4-3-2008 in Blackpool in Cork city - Possible heart attack ( Showband ) He was 67 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Dixies (They did, "Little Arrows").

Adina Edwards - Died 4-4-2008 in the West Indies ( Gospel ) She was 83 years old - Singer - (She did, "Don't Forget To Remember Me").

Dr. Robert Good - Died 4-4-2008 - Head injury from a fall ( Big Band ) He was 83 years old - Played saxophone, piano and flute - Worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra - As a physician he delivered over 3,000 babies.

Lee Roy Kirksey - Died 4-4-2008 ( Jazz ) He was 86 years old - Musician - Worked with The Johnny Holloway orchestra.

Marty Gemmer (Martin Wayne Gemmer) - Died 4-4-2008 - Natural causes ( Rock ) Born 9-20-1948 in Mount Vernon Wash., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Organization.

Fay McKay - Died 4-4-2008 in Las Vegas, Nev., U.S. - Born 1930 in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "The Twelve Daze Of Christmas").

Bob Dunnavant Sr. - Died 4-5-2008 - Illness ( Country ) He was 85 years old - Born in Limestone County - Broadcaster and musician - He was a member of Chigger Dunnavant And The Dark Town Strutters.

Donald Walden - Died 4-6-2008 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Complications from cancer ( Jazz ) Born 7-?-1938 in St. Louis - Played saxophone - Worked with Aretha Franklin, Grant Green, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Joe Chambers, Booker Ervin and Sun Ra.

Larry Brown (Lawrence Lloyd Brown Sr.) - Died 4-6-2008 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Respiratory condition ( R&B ) Born 11-5-1944 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (They did, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and "The Love I Lost").

Kohan Kawauchi (Kiyoshi Kawauchi) - Died 4-6-2008 Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan - Bronchial pneumonia - Born 2-26-1920 in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan - Composer, lyricist, novelist, scriptwriter and comic writer.

Phil Urso (Philip Anthony Urso) - Died 4-7-2008 in Denver, Colorado, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 10-2-1925 in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. - Played saxophone and was a composer - Worked with Elliot Lawrence,  Chet Baker, Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, Miles Davis, Claude Thornhill, Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Dorsey and Bob Brookmeyer.

Dan Bennie (Daniel H. Bennie) - Died 4-7-2008 ( Rock - Doo-Wop ) Born 3-13-1940 in Johnstone, Scotland - Singer - Was a member of The Reflections (They did, "(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet" and "I'm Sweet On You").

Cedella Marley Booker (Cedella Malcolm) - Died 4-8-2008 in Miami, Florida, U.S. - Natural causes ( Reggae ) Born 7-23-1926 in Rhoden Hall, St. Ann, Jamaica - Singer and writer - (She did, "Awake Zion" and "Mother Don't Cry") - Mother of singer, Bob Marley.

Michael Paul Miller - Died 4-8-2008 in Oxnard - He was 56 years old - Born in Compton - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - Was a member of Blue Stew.

Louie Wayne Ash (Cherokee Ash) - Died 4-8-2008 - Illness ( Country ) Born 10-27-1931 in Pryor OK, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Wynn Stewart, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.

Anthony Priolo - Died 4-8-2008 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Car accident ( Metal ) He was 21 years old - Bassist - Was a member of This Dying Soul.

Choubeila Rached (Aroussia Bent Ali Abbes)- Died 4-9-2008 in Tunis, Tunisia ( Tunisian ) Born 1933 in Tunis, Tunisia - Singer.

Erkki Junkkarinen (Erkki Aukusti Junkkarinen) - Died 4-9-2008 in Hameenlinna ( Humppa - Tango ) Born 4-22-1929 in Suonenjoki - Singer and whistler.

Flora Pereira - Died 4-9-2008 ( Fado ) Was 79 years old - Singer.

Bob Kames - The Chicken Dance King - Died 4-9-2008 - Prostate cancer ( Polka ) Born 1925 - Played organ - (He did, "You Are My One True Love" and "Dance Little Bird" (The Chicken Dance)) - He wrote, "High Life Polka" for the  Miller High Life Beer advertising campaign - His songs have been recorded by Bobby Vinton, Frankie Yankovich and Lawrence Welk.

Dr. George Butler (George T. Butler Jr.) - Died 4-9-2008 in Castro Valley, CA, U.S. - Complications of Alzheimer's Disease - Born 9-2-1931 in Charlotte, NC, U.S. - Producer  and talent scout - Worked with Shirley Bassey, Wynton Marsalis,  Brandon Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. - Worked for Sony Music, Columbia Records, United Artists and Blue Note Records.

Ozzie Cadena (Oscar Cadena) - Died 4-9-2008 in Torrance - Pneumonia  - Born 9-26-1924 in Oklahoma City. OK, U.S. - Was a producer for Savoy Records recording artists such as Cal Tjader, Fats Navarro, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Kenny Clarke, Donald Byrd, Little Jimmy Scott, Esther Phillips, John Lee Hooker, Clara Ward, James Cleveland, Cannonball Adderley and Nat Adderley - He also worked for Prestige, Blue Note and Fantasy Records.

Jock Paull (James Paull) (aka Tony Coitus) - Died 4-9-2008 - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-1-1957 in Blackburn - Guitarist - Led Blind Lemon Chicken - Was a member of TISM (This Is Serious Mum) (They did, "Greg The Stop Sign" and "(He'll Never Be An) Old Man River") - Worked with Astrid Munday.

Aunty Nona Beamer (Winona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha Beamer) - Died 4-10-2008 in Maui Hawaii, U.S. ( Hawaiian ) Born 8-15-1923 in Honolulu, Hawaii - Played ukulele and was a songwriter, author, chanter and dancer.

Carl Evans Jr. - Died 4-10-2008 in San Diego - Complications from diabetes ( Jazz ) Born 2-9-1955 in Portsmouth, VA, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and keyboardist - Was a member of Power and Fattburger (They did, "Sizzlin" and "Bleu Cheese") - Worked with Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Cannonball Adderly and Ricky Lawson - The African American Musicians Heritage Foundation Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Phil Gast (Phillip H. Gast) - Died 4-11-2008 in Lakewood ( Big Band ) He was 79 years old - Born in Newark - Sang and played vibes and drums.

Jarvis Benoit - Died 4-11-2008 in Halifax - Complications after an operation - He was 83 years old - Fiddler - Led The Jarvis Benoit Quartet.

Aileen Figueroa (Aaawok Aileen Figueroa) - Died 4-11-2008 - Complications of pneumonia ( Yurok ) Born 1912 on the Lower Klamath River - Singer - (She did, "Love Song" and "Brush Dance Song (Don't Make Fun Of My Sweetheart)").

Jack Hart (John Hart Jr.) - Died 4-11-2008 - Heart failure ( R&B ) He was 67 years old - Organist - Was a member of The Volcanoes which became The Trammps (They did, "Disco Inferno" and a remake of "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart").

Donald Kahn - Died 4-11-2008 - Born 7-17-1918 - Songwriter - (He co-wrote, "A Beautiful Friendship") -  His songs have been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Margaret Whiting, Kenny G., Bobby Troup, Jack Jones, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney - Son of composer, Gus Kahn.

Nani Lee Meadows (Rose Frances Naone Leinani Lee Meadows) - Died 4-12-2008 - Cancer ( Hawaiian ) She was 76 years old - Singer and dancer - Worked with her husband singer, Kui Lee and with Don Ho, Zulu And The Son's Of Hawaii and Sterling Mossman's Barefoot Bar Gang.

Mary Pearl Gorman Dodson - Died 4-12-2008 in Poland, Ohio, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Country ) Born 3-30-1928 in Blair County, PA, U.S. - Sang and and played upright bass and drums - Worked with Stoney & Chuck And The Blue Sky Boys.

Jim Olivier - Died 4-12-2008 in Lafayette - He was 57 years old - Singer - (He did, "Comme Un Cadien (Just Like A Cajun)" and "I Love My Saturday Night").

Mel Dalton - Died 4-12-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz ) He was 77 years old - Saxophonist - Worked with Lloyd Price - Backed Bobby Darin, The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly.

Norm Bobrow - Died 4-13-2008 in Seattle - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1917 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Promoter, actor, producer and broadcaster - The Seattle Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Robert Reed (aka Syke Dyke) - Died 4-13-2008 in Arlington, VA, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Go-go ) He was 50 years old - Born in Newport News, VA, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of Trouble Funk (They did, "Hey Fellas" and "Let's Get Small").

Igor Wdowczenko - Died 4-13-2008 - Jumped from a window ( Reggae - Folk - Rock ) Born 1965 - Guitarist - Worked with Kowczeg and Umka i Bronewiczokborn.

Cliff Davies (Clifford Davies) - Died  4-13-2008 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Shot himself ( Rock ) Drummer, singer and producer - Worked with Ted Nugent ("Cat Scratch Fever"), Grand Funk Railroad and If ("Pick Me Up (And Put Me Back On The Road)" and "Another Time Around (Is Not For Me)").

Marisa Sannia - Died 4-14-2008 in Cagliari, Italy - Born 2-15-1947 in Iglesias, Italy - Singer, songwriter and actress - (She did "Casa bianca" and "La compagnia").

Kevin Brown - Died 4-14-2008 - Complications of injuries from a fall - He was 53 years old - Guitarist and sound engineer - Co-owner of Brown And Brown Recording Studio.

Phil Agins (aka Phil Royale) - Died 4-14-2008 - He was 25 years old - Played guitar, bass, piano, banjo and drums - Was member of The Royale Brothers Band (They did, "Dudleytown" and "Holy Smoke") - Worked with The Joe Richardson Express.

Lorne White (Dr. R. Lorne White) - Died 4-14-2008 in New Ulm, Texas, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 12-16-1928 - Singer - Was a member of The White Family Singers - Worked with The Jubilee Four, The Jubilee Singers ("Welcome Table" and "Live A Humble") and The Dropouts ("Robinson Crusoe").

Mahinarangi Tocker - Died 4-15-2008 - After her life support was turned off; she had suffered an asthma attack a week earlier ( Maori ) Born 1955 in Taumarunui - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (She did, "Kei Hea Koe") - Worked with Shona Laing.

Sean Costello - Died 4-15-2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 4-16-1979 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Susan Tedeschi, Levon Helm, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins and James Cotton.

Brian Davison (aka Blinky) - Died 4-15-2008 in Horns Cross, Devon - Brain tumour ( Prog Rock ) Born 5-25-1942 in Leicester, Leicestershire - Drummer - Was a member of The Mark Leeman Five, The Nice (They did, "Dawn" and a remake of Tim Hardin's, "Hang On To A Dream"), Every Which Way and Refugee (They did"Papillion" and "Someday") - Worked with Gong and Jackson Heights.

Michael Raven - Died 4-15-2008 in North Staffordshire - Pneumonia ( Folk - Flamenco ) He was 70 years old - Born in Cardiff - Guitarist - Was a member of The Black Country Three - He was an author of over 80 music books.

Robert Mackey - Died 4-15-2008 - Car accident - He was 19 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Area 15 and The Vicky Bodman Guitar Orchestra.

Dick Charlesworth (Richard Anthony Charlesworth) - Died 4-15-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 1-8-1932 in Sheffield, England - Clarinettist and saxophonist - Led Dick Charlesworth & His City Gents - Worked with Jim Wheeler's Jazzmen, Alan Littlejohn, Keith Smith and Rod Mason.

Tacey Robbins (Joan Mahoney) - Died 4-15-2008 - Mesothelioma ( Pop ) She was 69 years old - Singer and actress - (She sang, "My L.A" and "Ordinary Boy") - Worked with with Perez Prado's orchestra - Appeared in the movie, Psycho A Go-Go.

Thomas Humphrey - Died 4-16-2008 in Gardiner, NY, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 11-13-1948 in St. Joseph Township, Minn., U.S. - Guitar designer and maker - His  best known model is the Millennium used by David Starobin, Eliot Fisk, Sergio Assad, Odair Assad and Sharon Isbin.

Joe Feeney - Died 4-16-2008 in San Diego - Born 8-15-1931 in Grand Island, Neb., U.S. - Singer - Appeared on TV's, The Lawrence Welk Show for 25 years - He sang for five U.S. Presidents and for Pope Paul VI.

John Young (John Merritt Young) (aka Young John Young) - Died 4-16-2008 - Multiple myeloma ( Jazz ) Born 3-16-1922 in Little Rock, Ark., U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Andy Kirk And His 12 Clouds Of Joy, Eddie Johnson, Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, Big Joe Turner, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams and Von Freeman.

Floyd M. Ramsey - Died 4-16-2008 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. - Born 3-22-1926 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. - Owned the studio Audio Recorders Of Arizona where his clients included Duane Eddy, Wayne Newton, Waylon Jennings, Sanford Clark, Phil Spector, Donna Fargo, Elton John and Marty Robbins - Ran The Liberty Bell, Rev and Ramco record labels - Arizona Music And Entertainment Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Danny Federici (aka Phantom and Miami Dan) (Daniel Paul Federici) -  Died 4-17-2008 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Melanoma ( Rock - Jazz ) Born  1-23-1950 in Flemington, NJ, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band (They did, "Hungry Heart" and "The Rising").

Bigg Jake (Jrozzney D. Morrison) - Died 4-17-2008 in Texas, U.S. ( Rap ) He was 21 years old - Born in Lufkin, TX, U.S. - (He did, "Show Me How You Move" and "Stay Ready") - Worked with Corey Clark.

Chris Gaffney (Christopher F. Gaffney) - Died 4-17-2008 in Newport  Beach, CA. - Liver cancer ( Country - R&B ) Born 10-3-1950 in Vienna,  Austria - Played accordion and guitar and was a singer and songwriter  - (He did, "Artesia" and "The Gardens") - Led Chris Gaffney & The Cold Hard Facts - Was a member of The  Hacienda Brothers (They did, "Uncle Sam's Jail" and "I Still  Believe") and Dave Alvin's backing band, The Guilty Men (They did, "Six Nights A Week").

Charlie Blacklock - Died 4-17-2008 - Complications from a cold - He was 91 years old - Played harmonica and the saw - Led Charlie's Band - Designed, produced and sold his own line of musical saws - Founded The California Saw Players Association - Grandfather of fiddler, Kenny Blacklock - American Old-Time Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Steve Barats (Stephen C. Barats) (aka Stevepop) - Died 4-17-2008 - Lung cancer ( Country ) He was 72 years old - Singer - Led Steve Barats And The Road Rangers.

Elena Paz Meltzer - Died 4-17-2008 - Illness - Born 1921 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Hosted the radio show, Songs Of Love & Revolution - Worked with Carlos Garcia Travesi.

Mikhail Tanich (Mikhail Isaievich Tankhilevich) - Died 4-17-2008 - Illness ( Chanson ) Born 9-15-1923 n Taganrog - Poet and songwriter - Worked with Lesopoval (They did, "God za dva" and " Solovi").

Mildred A. Pinter (nee Duer) (aka Goby) - Died 4-18-2008 in Kingston of Vermilion - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 4-30-1911 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer and pianist - Worked with The Artie Shaw Orchestra.

Bobby Bush (Robert Alexander Bush) - Died 4-18-2008 - Lung sickness - He was 61 years old - Singer - Was a member of The John Marshall Guardenias and PlayBack - Worked with The Monicos, Bubba Boyd's Rock 'n Roll Kings, The Ron Norwood Revue and The East Coast Players.

Peter Howard (Howard Weiss) - Died 4-18-2008 - Pneumonia - Born 7-29-1927 in Miami, Florida, U.S. - Music director, arranger, vocal coach, dance supervisor, composer and conductor - Worked on the Broadway musicals The Tap Dance Kid,  Annie, Barnum, 1776, Minnie's Boys, Chicago, Crazy For You and Swinging On A Star.

Andrej Labath - Died 4-18-2008 ( Rock ) He was 53 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Orbita and The Old School Band.

Kent Steadman (Kent Moedl Steadman) - Died 4-19-2008 in Burien, WA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Folk ) Born 1-17-1942 - Played the dulcimer - He invented a way of playing the Appalachian dulcimer that was coined the Steadman Method.

Gerald Cook - Died 4-19-2008 - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 1935 in Queen's Road - Played banjo - Was a member of The Geoff Elliston Band.

Jose Simon - Died 4-19-2008 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Born in Mexico City - Bassist and comedian - Was a member of Sapo - Worked with The Four Of A Kind.

Iris Bell - Died 4-19-2008 in Buckhannon - Cardio-respiratory failure ( Jazz ) Born 7-21-1934 - Pianist and singer - (She wrote, "This Is My West Virginia") - Led The Iris Bell Trio (They did, "Something Else" and "Baby You've Got Soul") and The Iris Bell Adventure - Wife of guitarist, Derek Pierson.

VL Mike (Michael Allen) - Died 4-20-2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) Born 1-19-1978 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - (He did, "Money In Here") - Was a member of The Chopper City Boyz.

Bebe Barron (Charlotte Wind) - Died 4-20-2008 - Natural causes ( Electronic ) Born 6-16-1925 in Minneapolis, Minn,. U.S. - Composer - She and her husband Louis created the score for the film,  Forbidden Planet - Worked with John Cage.

Orish Grinstead - Died 4-20-2008 in Las Vegas - Kidney failure ( R&B ) Born 6-2-1980 - Singer - Was a member of Sweeta Than Suga who became 702 - Worked with Subway ("This Lil' Game We Play").

Leo Birnbaum - Died 4-20-2008 - Born 2-9-1911 in London, England - Viola player - Worked with The London Philharmonic, Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra, The Bee Gees and The Beatles - Played on the soundtrack for the first Star Wars film.

Al Wilson (Allen LaMar Wilson) - Died 4-21-2008 in Fontana,  California, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 6-19-1939 in Meridian, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Show And Tell" and "The Snake") - Worked  with Johnny Harris And The Statesmen, The Jewels, The Rollers and The  Souls - Recorded for Soul City Records, Wand Record, Bell Records, Carousel Records and Rocky Road Records.

Monna Bell (Nora Bell) - Died 4-21-2008 in Tijuana, Mexico - Stroke  ( Ballads - Jazz - Blues ) Born 1-23-1938 in Santiago de Chile, Chile - Singer - (She did, "Un Telegrama" and "Envidia") - Worked with Roberto Inglez.

Dr. Aaron Shearer - Died 4-21-2008 - Born 9-6-1919 - He was a director of the guitar program at Peabody Conservatory and The North Carolina School Of The Arts and was a professor of classical guitar at Duquesne University - He wrote many guitar technique and instructional books.

Bruce Kapp - Died 4-21-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart attack - He was 57 years old - Concert promoter - He promoted The Super Bowl Of Rock series which included Pink Floyd, ELP, Ted Nugent and Peter Frampton - Worked with NWA, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Jimmy Buffett, Def Leppard and Jonas Brothers - Formed Celebration Concerts and worked for Live Nation, Celebration Concerts and PACE Concerts.

Paul Davis (Paul Lavon Davis) - Died 4-22-2008 ( Soul - Country - Pop ) Born 4-21-1948  in Meridian, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "I Go Crazy" and "Cool Night") - Was a member of Six Soul Survivors and Endless Chain - Worked with Marie Osmond, Tanya Tucker and Paul Overstreet.

Bob Childers - Died 4-22-2008 in Stillwater - Emphysema and lung disease ( Folk - Country - Red Dirt ) Born 11-20-1946 in West Union, W.VA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "I Ain't No Jukebox" and "Woody's Road") - Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joe Davis (aka Joe Jett) - Died 4-22-2008 in Dallas, TX, U.S. ( Rock ) Drummer - He was 63 years old - Led The Joe Davis Allstars - Was a member of The Guilloteens (They did, "I Don't Believe" and "Hey You") - Worked with The Mar-Keys and LeSabres.

E.Z. Ed Wright - Died 4-22-2008 in South Bend, IN, U.S. ( Soul ) He was 57 years old - Singer - Worked with Deja Vu, The Soul Sounds, The Funkmeisters, The Essentials, Billy Stix Nick & The Ns & Outs, Jeff Bosko and Darryl Buchanan.

Keith Witham - Died 4-?-2008 - Cancer ( Blues Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Mojo Walks.

Ruth Bernz (Ruth Levine) Died 4-?-2008 in Westchester County ( Folk - Choral ) Born 1922 - Singer, writer and activist - (She co-wrote, "The War Is Over" with Lee Hays) - Wife of musician, Harold Bernz and mother of singer, David Bernz.

Joe Brown - Died 4-?-2008 in Rock Hill ( Gospel ) He was 62 years old - Singer and bassist - Was a member of The Thrashing Wonders.

Kenneth Keith Kallenbach - Died 4-23-2008 in Chester County - Complications from pneumonia ( Rock ) He was 39 years old - Singer, guitarist and comedian (He did, "Psycho Chicks" and "I Got Beers").

Tristram Cary (Tristram Ogilvie Cary) - Died 4-23-2008 ( Electronic ) Born 5-14-1925 in Oxford - Composer - Wrote music for films (Quatermass And The Pit and  The Ladykillers) and television, including several episodes of Doctor Who.

Don Carter (Donald Harry Carter) (aka Sticks) - Died 4-23-2008 - Illness ( Country - Gospel ) He was 81 years old - Drummer and singer - Was a member of  The Rockets and Flo Carter & The Sounds Of Joy.

Darren Kirkness - Died 4-23-2008 in Yesnaby, Orkney - His car plunged off a cliff ( Rock ) He was 20 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Whistling Gypsies.

 Buzz Shields (John Shields) - Died 4-23-2008 in South Carolina, U.S. - Aortic dissection - He was 55 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Wes Neal Band, The Modulators, Little Joe Williams, Uncle Fuzzy, Savage Cabbage, Studillac and Mandicore.

Canhoto da Paraiba (Francisco Soares de Araujo) - Died 4-24-2008 in Recife, Brazil - Heart attack ( Choro ) Born 1927 in Princesa Isabel - Guitarist - (He wrote, "Com Mais de Mil" and "Visitando o Recife") - Worked with Rossini Ferreira and Luperce Miranda.

Jimmy Giuffre (James Peter Giuffre) - Died 4-24-2008 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S. - Pneumonia and Parkinson's Disease ( Jazz ) Born 4-26-1921 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. - Played saxophone and clarinet and was a composer and arranger - (He wrote, "The Train And The River" and "Four Brothers") - Worked with Woody Herman and Shorty Rogers ("Martians Go Home").

Bill Burk (Bill Eugene Burk) (aka 007) - Died 4-24-2008 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Heart attack - He was 75 years old - Author and newsman - As a a columnist he wrote about 400 stories about Elvis Presley - He also published many books about the singer and the quarterly magazine, Elvis World.

Humphrey Lyttelton (Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton) (aka Humph) - Died 4-25-2008 in Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK - After sugery to repair an aortic aneurysm ( Jazz ) Born 5-23-1921 in Eton, Berkshire,  England - Played trumpet and was a BBC radio host and cartoonist - (He  did, "Bad Penny Blues") - Led The Humphrey Lyttelton Band - Worked  with Sidney Bechet, Buck Clayton, Tony Coe and Alan Barnes.

Vernon Castle - Died 4-25-2008 - Pprostate cancer ( Big Band ) He was 79 years old - Played drums and trumpet - Led Castle And His Last Dance Band  - Worked with The Bud Wilber Orchestra and The Stardusters - Recorded many radio jingles including one Wrigley's chewing gum.

John Wesley Farris - Died 4-25-2008 ( R&B ) He was 67 years old - Played trumpet - Was a member of The Claudettes - Worked with Joe Tex, Z.Z. Hill, The Temptations and Otis Redding.

 Elmer Franklin - Died 4-25-2008 in Louisian, U.S. ( Gospel ) Was a member of The Mighty Clouds Of Joy.

Henry Brant - Died 4-26-2008 in Santa Barbara, CA, U.S. ( Jazz - Art ) Born 9-15-1913 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Composer - He played flute, violin, tin whistle, percussions, organ and piano - He developed the concept of spatial music - (He composed, "Verticals Ascending" and "Ice Field").

Thomas Oteri (Gaetano Thomas Oteri) - Died 4-26-2008 - Bled to death after being stabbed on the wrist - He was 69 years old - Music producer - Collaborated with songwriter Richard Fagan - Father of comedian, Cheri Oteri.

Nino Candido - Died 4-26-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Natural causes - He was 66 years old - Actor and singer - He recorded the album, "And They Danced" - Acted on TV's, The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet", "Leave It To Beaver", "The Time Tunnel" and "Mod Squad - Son of comedian, Candy Candido.

Marios Tokas - Died 4-27-2008 in Athens, Greece - Cancer ( Religious - Folk - Greek ) Born 6-8-1954 in Limassol, Cyprus - Was a composer, singer, guitarist and pianist - Worked with Yiannis Parios, Aleka Kanellidou, Charis Alexiou, Dimitra Galani, Dionisis Theodosis, Katerina Kouka, Antonis Kalogiannis and Dimitris Mitropanos - He also wrote music for TV.

Hal Stein (Harold Jerome Stein) - Died 4-27-2008 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-5-1928 in Weehawken, NJ, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with Plank 'n' Stein, Artie Shaw, Roy Haynes, Gerry Mulligan, Charles Mingus, Claude Thornhill, Elvin Jones, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Benny Carter, Don Byas and Gene Krupa.

Tarka Cordell - Died 4-28-2008 in London, England - Suicide ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Wide Awake In A Dream" and "Lovely NY") - Worked with C.C. Adcock - Son of music producer Denny Cordell.

Ernesto Bonino (Ernesto Pietro Bonino) (aka Mr. Swing) - Died 4-29-2008 in Milan, Italy ( Swing ) Born 1-16-1922 in Turin, Italy - Singer - (He did "Se fossi milionario" and "Conosci mia cugina?") - Worked with The Trio Lescano and Tina de Mola.

Alan Baker (aka Slapper) - Died 4-29-2008 in Harlow Town - Hit by a train - He was 54 years old - Drummer - Worked with Lord's Rhythm Method.

Kim Min-soo - Died 4-29-2008 - Motorbike accident ( Pop ) Born 1-4-1985 - Singer - Was half of the duo Monday Kiz (They did, "Bye Bye Bye" and "Promise").

Pinkie Mseleku - Died 4-?-2008 in Durban ( Jazz ) Born in Amanzimtoti on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal - She was 66 years old - Singer and activist - (She did, "Wamemeza") - Worked with Hugh Masekela.

Alexander Zaitsev - Died 5-?-2008 - His body was found 11-21-2008 in Yurevets, Ivanovo, Russia - Kidnapped and murdered, possibly for his apartment ( Rock ) Born 8-3-1958 - Keyboardist - Worked with Mashina Vremeni.

Jim Hager - Died 5-1-2008 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 8-30-1941 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer, guitarist, comedian and drummer - He was one of The Hager Twins (They did, "Gotta Get To Oklahoma ('Cause California's Gettin' To Me)") - Appeared on TV's, Hee Haw - Worked with Buck Owens.

Tony K (Tony Kostrzewa) (Julian Anthony Kostrzewa) - Died 5-1-2008 in Leeds - Cancer - Born 10-18-1949 in Bradford, Yorkshire - He ran Red Rhino Distribution Ltd which released The Toy Dolls', "Nellie The Elephant" and Akrylykz's, "Spiderman" - Worked with Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Skeletal Family and Front 242 - Was a business manager for The Catalogue music magazine.

Gary Kryshak (Gary M. Kryshak) - Died 5-1-2008 in Madison, WI, U.S. - Born 1-16-1959 in Madison, WI, U.S. - Saxophone and clarinet player.

Columbus Mitchell - Died 5-1-2008 ( R&B ) He was 69 years old - Was a member of The Skarlettones (They did, "Do You Remember" and "Will You Dream").

Dave Roberts (David Lee Roberts) - Died 5-2-2008 - Born 4-26-1943 in Allentown, PA, U.S. - Played piano - Worked with Ye Wanton Singers.

Frantisek Sahula - Died 5-2-2008 in Skuher u Kamenice, Czech Republic - Murdered and robbed ( Punk - Rock ) Born 4-8-1963 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Guitarist and singer - Member of Tri sestry (They did, "Sovy v mazutu" and "Hroch") and Synove vycepu (They did, "Lambada" and "Bobecky") - Worked with Hagen Baden (They did, "Prusa").

Tripp Joye - Died 5-2-2008 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 25 years old - Drummer - Worked with Red Orchestra Radio and Anything On Fire (They did, "Gene  Therapy" and "Robot Hate Sex").

Ilyas Malayev - Died 5-2-2008 in Flushing, NY, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Shash Maqam ) - He was 72 years old - Born in Mary - Played the tar, the tambur and violin and was a poet - Worked with The Uzbek Song And Dance Ensemble and The Folk And Variety Orchestras Of Uzbekistan Radio.

Ian Berry (Ian James Berry) - Died 5-2-2008 - Lung cancer ( Jazz - Rock - Country ) Born 3-8-1943 in Belleville, Ont., Canada - Played saxophone and keyboards - Worked with Sweet Beaver, 6 Cylinder, The New Breed, The Cement City Cowboys, The Wildroot Orchestra and John Lee Hooker.

Artie Singer (Arthur Singer) - Died 5-2-2008 in King Of Prussia, PA. U.S. - Born 2-1-1919 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Bass player, bandleader, songwriter, label owner (Singular Records) - Produced Danny & The Juniors', "At The Hop" and "Rock 'N' Roll Is Here To Stay" - Collaborated with Roy Straigis - Appeared on TV's, The Paul Whiteman Show - Was a vocal coach for Chubby Checker, Al Martino, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydel.

Graham Bell - Died 5-2-2008 in London, England - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-24-1948 in Blyth, Northumberland, England - Singer - Was a member of  Skip Bifferty (aka Heavy Jelly) (They did, "On Love" and "Happy Land"), Every Which Way and Bell & Arc.

Mark Kelley (Mark Douglas Kelley) - Died 5-3-2008 - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 10-28-1962 - Bassist, singer guitarist and keyboardist - Was a member of The Pillbugs. (They did, "Plastic Surgical Holiday" and "The Plot Next To Garcia").

Bob Norman - Died 5-4-2008 in Lawrenceville - Metastatic prostate cancer ( Folk ) He was 61 years old - Born in New London, CT, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Down By Me") - Was an editor for Sing Out! magazine.

Kishan Maharaj - Died 5-4-2008 in Khajuri near Varanasi - Born 1923 in Benares, United Provinces, British India - Played the Tabla - Worked with Ravi Shankar, Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Bhimsen Joshi.

Leo Jackson (George Jackson) - Died 5-4-2008 - Shot himself ( Country ) He was 73 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Jim Reeves' Blue Boys ("Distant Drums"), George Strait ("Right Or Wrong" and "Let's Fall To Pieces Together"), Moe Bandy ("It's A Cheating Situation) and Tom T. Hall.

Jeanne Fells (Georgjean Augusta Fells) - Died 5-4-2008 ( Doo-Wop ) Born 1-15-1939 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Singer - She was a member of The Quintones (They did, "Down The Aisle Of Love").

John Altieri - Died 5-4-2008 in Las Vegas Nevada, U.S. - Pneumonia - He was 38 years old - Born in Brockton, MA, U.S. - Singer and actor - Played Bob Crewe in the Broadway musical, Jersey Boys.

Andy Schwarzin - Died 5-4-2008 - Heart problems - He was 45 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of DNA.

William Moss (aka Billy Ding) - Died 5-4-2008 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Hit by a truck ( Boogie-Woogie ) He was 42 years old - Pianist - Was a member of The Hot Wings.

Tom Boggs (Thomas Boggs) - Died 5-5-2008 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Drummer - Worked with Tommy Burk And The Counts, Flash And The Board Of Directors and The Box Tops (They did, "Soul Deep" and "I Must Be The Devil").

Jerry Wallace (Jerry Leon Wallace) - Died 5-5-2008 in Corona, CA, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( Pop - Country ) Born 12-15-1928 in Guilford, MO, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and actor - (He did, "Primrose Lane" and "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry") - Composed music for films and TV.

D.C. Minner - Died 5-6-2008 ( Blues ) Born 1-28-1935 in Rentiesville in eastern Oklahoma, U.S. -  Played guitar and bass - Was a member of D.C., Selby And Blues On The Move - Worked with Larry Johnson And The New Breeds, O. V. Wright, Jim Donovan, Freddie King, Tony Mathews, Chuck Berry, Eddie Floyd and Bo Diddley - Co-founder of the Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival - He was married to singer and bassist, Selby Minner - Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Franz Jackson (Franz Robert Jackson) - Died 5-6-2008 in Niles, Mich., U.S. - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 11-1-1912 in Rock Island, Ill., U.S. - Saxophonist, clarinetist and singer - Led The Original Jass  All-Stars - Worked with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Fletcher Henderson and Jelly Roll Morton.

David Williams - (David B. Williams) - Died 5-6-2008 in Montgomery, AL, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer - Born 2-7-1961 - Guitarist, singer and artist - Worked with The Old Flickers.

Scott Gibson - Died 5-6-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1966 - Guitarist - Worked with The Marvins, Large Mammal, Turning Wheel, The Amazing Dog & Pony Show and Thread.

Earlston Smith - Died 5-6-2008 - He was 86 years old - Saxophonist - Was a member of The Aldano Sextet - Worked with Ghandi Burgess' band.

Micky Waller (Michael Waller) - Died 5-6-2008 in London, England ( Rock - R&B ) Born 9-6-1941 in Hammersmith, West London, England - Drummer - Worked with The Flee-Rekkers (They did, "Greenjeans"), Joe Brown And The Bruvvers, The Cyril Davies R&B All Stars, The Wildecats, Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames, Brian Auger, The Steampacket, Chicken Shack, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Jeff Beck Group, Andy Bown, Rod Stewart ("Maggie May"), The Deluxe Blues Band, Chuck Berry and The Terry Smith Blues Band.

Dick Rodgers (Richard L. Rodgers) - Died 5-6-2008 - Heart attack ( Folk ) He was 70 years old - Sang and played fiddle, guitar, bagpipes and a homemade hurdy-gurdy - Was a member of The Cathedral Avenue Cacophony.

Walter Malgoni (Gualtiero Malgoni) - Died 5-6-2008 in Milan, Italy - Born 1-18-1924 in Milan, Italy - Songwriter - (He wrote, "Guarda che luna" and "Tua").

Jose Antonio Velasquez - Died 5-7-2008 in Ventura ( Mariachi ) Born 5-10-1921 in Tlajumulco, Jalisco, Mexico - Played bass - Was a member of Mariachi Nacional of Lolo Ruiz - Worked with Antonio Aguilar - Performed for President Jimmy Carter.

Jim Whitley (James Alton Whitley) - Died 5-7-2008 - Heart ailment ( Bluegrass ) Played banjo - Was a member of Chicken Hotrod and The Kilocycle Kowboys.

Ray Williams (aka Mr. Barbershop) - Died 5-8-2008 - He was 79 years old - Founding member of The Trentones and The Big 8 Harmonizers.

Larry Levine (Lawrence R. Levine) - Died 5-8-2008 in Encino, CA, U.S. - Born 5-8-28 in New York City, NY., U.S. - Recording engineer - Worked on recordings for Eddie Cochran, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass,  Quincy Jones, Brian Wilson and for producer Phil Spector (The Crystals, The Bob B. Soxx, The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, Leonard Cohen, Ike And Tina Turner and The Ramones).

LonPaul Ellrich (LonPaul Stewart Ellrich) - Died 5-7-2008 ( Rock ) He was 37 years old - Sang and played keyboards, guitar and drums - Was a member of Marmoset -  Worked with Sardina ("Back Stage Pass" and "Blues In Three"), The Wine Chuggers ("Long Circuitous Path"), Dow Jones And The Industrials, June Panic, Jorma Whitaker, The Panoply Academy and The Impossible Shapes.

John Earle (aka Irish) - Died 5-7-2008 in Dublin, Ireland - Possible heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1944 - Played saxophone and flute and sang - Worked with Ruthless Blues, Graham Parker & The Rumour, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, The Boomtown Rats, Rory Gallagher, The Subtonics, Shaking Stevens, Adam Faith, Randy Crawford, Cliff Richard, Johnny Thunders, Motorhead, Dana Gillespie, Dave Edmonds, Wreckless Eric, Gnidrolog, Joan Jett and Thin Lizzy.

Eddy Arnold (Richard Edward Arnold) - The Tennessee Plowboy - Died 5-8-2008 in Franklin, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 5-15-1918 in Henderson, TN. U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Cattle Call" and "Make The World Go Away") - Worked with Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

William E. Regan Jr. - Died 5-8-2008 in Berlin, MD, U.S. - He was 67 years old - Born in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Sang and played tin whistle - Was a member of The Jasper Greens.

Ric Maroni ( Ricardo Maroni) - Died 5-8-2008 - Born 1930  in Verona - Played trumpet - Led Ric Maroni And The Jets - Worked with Harold Betters, Sandy Stacey, Jan Needham and Michelle Benson.

Loretta Thomas (aka Loretta Whyte) (Loretta Estelle Simpson) - Died 5-8-2008 - Natural causes ( Jazz ) She was 97 years old - Born in St. Louis - Played piano - Led her own band at The Flame Club which she co-owned - Worked with Bernie Young and Tommy Fox And The Clever Little Foxes - Played music for silent films and speakeasies.

Pascal Sevran (Jean-Claude Jouhaud) - Died 5-9-2008 in Limoges, France - Lung cancer - Born 10-16-1945 in Paris, France - Lyricist, singer and TV producer - (He wrote Dalida's, "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans").

Jimmy Cook - Died 5-9-2008 in West Toledo - Cancer ( Jazz ) He was 78 years old - Trumpeter - Was a member of The Parker-Cook Quintet and The Toledo Jazz Orchestra.

Mick Blanchett - Died 5-9-2008 in Corby - Multiple sclerosis ( Rock ) He was 45 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of General Lee, Mixed Emotions and Dark Crystal.

Maria Alves (aka Cookie) - Died 5-9-2008 ( Fado ) She was 84 years old - Singer - Worked with Manuel Leite.

John Spencer - Died 5-9-2008 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) He was 79 years old - Drummer - Worked with Peter Warner.

Matt Blake (Matthew Blake) - Died 5-9-2008 in Pontiac - Heart attack ( Rock - Jazz ) Drummer and artist - Worked with Bogue, Misty and Skeeter Shelton.

Mario Schiano - Died 5-10-2008 in Rome, Italy ( Free Jazz ) Born 7-20-1933 in Naples, Italy - Played saxophone, organ and was a singer - Was a member of The Gruppo Romano Free Jazz and The Italian Instabile Orchestra - Worked with Eugenio Colombo, Famoudou Don Moye, Joelle Leandre, Ernst Reijseger and Gianluigi Trovesi.

Dottie Rambo (Joyce Reba Lutrell) - Died 5-11-2008 in Mount Vernon, Missouri, U.S. - Bus accident ( Gospel ) Born 3-2-1934 in Madisonville, Kentucky, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and musician - (She wrote, "I Go To The Rock" and "He Looked Beyond My Fault") - Led The Gospel Echoes - Was a member of The Singing Rambos with her husband, Buck Rambo - Worked with Jimmie Davis, Barbara Mandrell, Porter Wagoner, Mel Tillis, Dickie Betts, The Dunaways and David Robertson - Her songs have been recorded by many artists - Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

John Rutsey - Died 5-11-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1953 - Drummer and singer - Co-founder of Rush (They did, "Finding My Way" and "In The Mood").

Don Mayo (Domenic M. Petrocelli) - Died 5-11-2008 - Stroke - He was 84 years old - Bandleader, musician and singer - Was a member of The Classiques, The Chord-Aires, The Musictones and The Don Mayo Orchestra.

Pat Gordon (Patrick Barry Gordon) - Died 5-11-2008 ( Soul ) He was 64 years old - Singer - Led Pat And The Blenders (They did, "Just Because" and "Candy Man").

Mike Jones (Michael Edwin Jones) - Died 5-11-2008 - Heart attack ( Folk - Pop ) Born 9-16-1943 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Birmingham Folk Four who became The Settlers (They did, "Lightning Tree" and a cover of The Beatles', "Nowhere Man").

Steve Campbell (Steve T. Campbell) - Died 5-12-2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 12-14-1947 in Gauley Bridge, W.VA, U.S. - Played drums and guitar - Worked with The 389th Army Band, George Legg, Dave Baber, Glenn Smith, Joe Pass, Ronnie Hawkins, Gino Vannelli and Charity Brown.

Jossy Olajoyegbe (Josaiah Olagunju Olajoyegbe) - Died 5-13-2008 - Producer - Ran the Jofabro recording company which recorded Adeolu Akinsanya, Tunde Western Nightingale, Ojoge Daniel, I.K. Dairo and Fatai Rolling Dollar - Managed Eddy Okonta And The Jofabro Star Aces.

Neyyatinkara Vasudevan - Died 5-14-2008 ( Carnatic ) Born 1940 - Singer - He can be heard in the films, Enipadikal and Mazha.

Wander Taffo - Died 5-14-2008 in Brazil - Cardiorespiratory arrest ( Rock ) He was 53 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Radio Taxi(They did, "Coisas de Casal" and "Garota Dourada") - Worked with Rita Lee.

Bob Florence (Robert Chase Florence) - Died 5-15-2008 in Los Angeles, CA - Pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 5-20-1932 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. -  Arranger and pianist - Was a member of The Limited Edition - Worked  with Alvino Rey, Les Brown, Harry James, Martin Denny and Si Zentner.

 Justin Delano - Died 5-15-2008 - A school bus hit his motorcycle ( Rock - Acid Jazz ) He was 24 years old - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Small Town Night Life. (They did, "5 AM Amy" and "Sheepish Luke").

Al Gallico - Died 5-15-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cardiac arrest due to pulmonary disease - Born 6-5-1914 - Worked for Lou Levy's Leeds Music and was a general manager for music publisher Shapiro-Bernstein where he was involved in Claude King's, "Wolverton Mountain" and Johnny Cash's, "Ring Of Fire - Owned Al Gallico Music Corporation.

Alexander Courage - Died 5-15-2008 in Pacific Palisades, CA, U.S. - Born 12-10-1919 - Composer and arranger - Wrote music for TV's, Lost In Space, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Daniel Boone and the theme for Star Trek - Orchestrated and/or arranged music for the films, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Gigi.

 Geoff Coughlin - Died 5-15-2008 ( Rock ) Bassist and singer - Was a member of Hotrod Fury, Commando Baby and Sweetbox - Worked with The Irrelevants.

Walt Dickerson (Walter Rolland Dickerson) - Died 5-15-2008 in Willow Grove, PA, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Jazz ) Born 4-16-1928 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Vibraphonist - As a leader, he recorded for Prestige, New Jazz,  Dauntless, MGM, Audio Fidelity, SteepleChase, Soul Note and other record
labels - Recorded with Elmo Hope, Richard Davis, Sun Ra and Andrew Cyrille.

Mickey Barks (Forrest Barks) - Died 5-16-2008 in Painesville - Born 3-31-1948 in Painesville - Guitarist - Was a member of After Six.

Bill Reichenbach Sr. (William Frank Reichenbach II) - Died 5-16-2008 in Hollywood, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Drummer - Born 12-18-1923 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Worked with Charlie Byrd, Stan Getz, Tommy Dorsey and  Georgia Gibbs - Father of trombonist, Bill Reichenbach Jr. and singer, Kurt  Reichenbach.

Bobbie Chudzik (Beatrice A. Chudzik) (Beatrice A. Valachovic) - Died 5-16-2008 - Ovarian cancer - She was 85 years old - Born in Baton Rouge, LA, U.S. - Singer and dancer - Worked with her sister Nona - Performed with Jimmy Durante, The Mills Brothers and Nat King Cole.

Will Michael (William Michael) - Died 5-16-2008 - Illness ( Jazz ) He was 54 years old - Pianist.

Professor Wilfrid Mellers - Died 5-17-2008 - Born 4-26-1914 - Composer, author and musicologist - Wrote the books, "Twilight Of The Gods: The Beatles In Retrospect" and "A Darker Shade Of Pale: A Backdrop To Bob Dylan".

Jacob Forbes (Jacob Cole Forbes) - Died 5-17-2008 in Carroll County - Car accident ( Hardcore ) Born 12-2-1987 in Warrensburg - Singer - Was a member of The Lights Go Out In Georgia (They did, "Sweaty Teddys Rockin Steady" and "We Don't Need Roads").

Margo Davidso - Died 5-17-2008  in Toronto, Canada ( Pop ) Was 50 years old - Sang and played sax and bongos - Was a member of The Parachute Club (They did, "Rise Up").

Jack Duffy - Died 5-19-2008 in Toronto, Canada - Natural causes - Singer, actor and comedian - Born 9-27-1926 in Montreal, Canada - Was a member of The Bob-O-Links - Worked on The Perry Como Kraft Music Hall and with Tommy Dorsey's orchestra.

 Bill Flurry ( Thomas B. Flurry) - Died 5-19-2008 - Stomach cancer ( Gospel ) He was 75 years old - Singer - Worked with his wife, Marilyn Flurry - Owner of The Joyful Noise Christian supper club that launched gospel singers and featured established act.

 Irvine Mitchell (Irvine Morris Mitchell) - Died 5-19-2008 ( Gospel ) Born 1-6-1924 in Penniac - Singer - Was a member of The Gospelaires.

Laura Allan (Laura Rachel Allan) - Died 5-19-2008 in Berkeley CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Pop - Rock ) Born 2-1-1952 - Sang and played zither and dulcimer - (She did, "Hole In My Bucket" and "Slip And Slide") - Worked with Jackson Browne, Jeff Porcaro, The Fairfax Street Choir, David Crosby, Paul Horne and Eric Carmen.

Michelle Meldrum - Died 5-21-2008 in Burbank, CA, U.S. - Cystic growth on her brain ( Metal ) Born
  9-28-1968 in Detroit, Michigan, U,S, - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Wargod, Phantom Blue (They did, "Anti-love Crunch" and "Cookie") and Meldrum (They did, "Miss Me When I'm Gone" and "Bite The Pillow").

Dee Kilpatrick (Walter David Kilpatrick Jr.) - Died 5-21-2008 in Franklin, TN, U.S. - Record executive and producer - Born on 7-18-1919 in Charlotte, NC, U.S. - Worked for Capitol Records, Mercury Records, Warner Bros. Records and Philips Records - Produced Martha Carson And The  Statesmen, Hank Thompson, Tex Ritter, Carl Butler, Johnny Horton, Jimmy Dean and Carl Story - Was a manager for The Grand Ole Opry and  co-founded The Country Music Association.

Tubby T (Anthony Robinson) - Died 5-22-2008 - Stroke ( Reggae ) Born 9-9-1974 - Singer - (He did, "Ready She Ready" and "Back In Da Day").

Ray Hattersley - Died 5-?-2008 - Throat cancer - He was 65 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Mike Shane And The Chevrolets.

Frank Clarke - Died 5-?-2008 ( Big Band ) He was 88 years old - Saxophonist and clarinet player - Worked with The Johnny Stiles Band, Albion Street, Swindon Big Band and The U3A Band.

Vuyo Mokoena - Died 5-23-2008 in Brakpan - Illness ( Gospel ) Singer - Worked with Melodi, Pure Magic and Rebecca Malope.

U. Utah Phillips (Bruce Duncan Phillips) - Died 5-23-2008 in Nevada City, California, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( Folk ) Born 5-15-1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Moose Turd Pie" and "Daddy, What's A Train?") - Worked with Ani DiFranco, Rosalie Sorrels, Kate Wolf and John McCutcheo - His songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris,  Ian Tyson, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Tom Waits and Joe Ely.

Danny Rhodes - Died 5-23-2008 in Cottonwood, Ariz., U.S. - Complications of gastric cancer ( Blues ) Born 1950 - Guitarist and singer - (He wrote Etta James', "Get Funky") - Led Danny Rhodes And The Messengers - Was a member of The Nerve - Worked with Dicky Betts, Gregg Allman, Rodney Crowell, Gatemouth Brown and Dash Crofts - Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Earl Root (Earl Jefferey Root) - Died 5-23-2008 - Complications from non-Hodgkin's regenerative lymphoma ( Metal ) Born 1962 - Guitarist, DJ - Was the head of Root Of All Evil record label and Root Cellar Records store owner - Worked with Aesma Daeva. (They did, "Since The Machine" and "The Camp Of Souls").

Martin Kini - Died 5-?-2008 ( Pop ) Singer - Was a member of The Kini Quartet (They did, "Under The Sun" and "Hard Times Are Comin'") - Worked with The Dave Donovan Quartet.

Jimmy McGriff (James Harrell McGriff Jr.) - Died 5-24-2008 in Voorhees, NJ, U.S. ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 4-3-1936 in Germantown, PA, U.S. -  Played the Hammond B-3 organ, bass, saxophone, drums, vibes and piano - (He did, "All About My Girl" and an instrumental version of, "I've  Got A Woman") - Worked with Charles Earland, Don Gardner, Arthur  Prysock, Junior Parker, Buddy Rich, David "Fathead" Newman and Carmen  McRae - Owned jazz club, The Golden Slipper.

Brady Roberts - Died 5-24-2008 in Covington - Leukemia ( Rock - Blues - Country ) Born 1961 - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Born In Mississippi" and "Roll With The Flow") - Worked with Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, Ed King, Andy Timmons, Kenny Wayne Shepard, The Kentucky Headhunters and John Mayall.

John Robert Jeffrey Sr. (aka Johnny J.) - Died 5-24-2008 - Born 4-1-1965 - Drummer and guitarist - Led Johnny J. And The Turmoils - Was a member of The Hackers.

Sonny Okosuns (Francis Okosun) - Died 5-25-2008 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Colon cancer ( Afro Pop - Gospel ) Born 1-1-1947 in Enugu in eastern Nigeria - Guitarist - Was a member of The Postmen, Paperback and Ozziddi (They did, "Help") - Worked with Sir Victor Uwaifo.

Camu Tao (Tero Smith) - Died 5-25-2008 - Lung cancer ( Hip Hop ) Born 6-6-1977 in  Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Was a member of The  Weathermen - Worked with The Nighthawks, S.A. Smash, MHz and Central Services.

David Gahr (David Gahrruth Gahr) - Died 5-25-2008 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Born 9-18-1922, in Milwaukee, Wis., U.S. -  Photographer of  American folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians which included Bob  Dylan, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Pete  Seeger, Judy Collins, Buddy Guy, Sonny Terry, Junior Wells, Johnny  Cash, Phil Ochs, Mary Travers and others - His photographs have  appeared on many album covers.

Delton McCall Jr. - Died 5-25-2008 ( R&B ) He was 73 years old - Born in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Orioles (They did, "Secret Love" and "In the Chapel In The Moonlight"), The Castelles, The Cobras ("La La"), The Spaniels and The Dreams.

Donald Watson (Donald Joseph Watson) (aka D.J.) - Died 5-26-2008 - Parkinson's disease  ( Jazz ) Born 8-7-1930 - Drummer and singer.

Dick Rose (Richard Allen Rose) - Died 5-26-2008 in Bemidji - Pancreatic cancer ( Folk ) Born 3-6-1942 in Peoria, Ill., U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Was a member of Joyful Noise.

Howlin' Dave (Dante David) - Died 5-26-2008 in Quezon City, Philippines - Stroke - Born 7-16-1955 - DJ - Hosted radio's, Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm and Tapsi Rock - Promoter of Pinoy rock - NU Rock Awards Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Earle Hagen (Earle Harry Hagen) - Died 5-26-2008 in Rancho Mirage, Ca, U.S. - Illness ( Swing ) Born 7-9-1919 in Chicago, Ill, U.S.  - Played trombone and composed music - (He co-wrote, "Harlem Nocturne") - Wrote music for TV's, The Andy Griffith Show (He's the one whistling), I Spy, That Girl, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mod Squad and for the films, Let's Make Love and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Worked with Benny Goodman, The California Collegians, Ben Pollack, Isham Jones, Tommy Dorsey and Ray Noble's orchestra.

Ken Glidewell (Gerald Ken Glidewell) (aka Mr. K) - Died 5-27-2008 in Indianapolis, IN, U.S. - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) He was 48 years - Born in Oxford, IN, U.S. - DJ and bassist - Produced Dallas Moore - Was a member of Big In Iowa.

Farlan Myers (Farlan I. Myers) - Died 5-27-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - He was 89 years old - Composer and musician - Wrote the theme song for TV's, Our Miss Brooks and music for the film, The Incredible Flight Of The Snow Geese and jingles for Ford Motors and Hunt Foods.

Jerry Cole (Jerald Edward Kolbrak) - Died 5-28-2008 in Corona, CA, U.S. -  Heart attack - Born 9-23-1939 in Green Bay, Wis., U.S. - Guitarist and  singer - Was a member of The Champs (They did, "Tequila") - Worked  with The Beach Boys, Gene Vincent, B.B. King, The Byrds, Roger  McGuinn, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood, Ricky Nelson,  Paul Revere And The Raiders, Elvis Presley and Roger Miller -  Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Danny Moss (Dennis Moss) - Died 5-28-2008 in Perth, Western Australia ( Jazz ) Saxophonist - Born 8-16-1927 in Redhill, Surrey, England - Worked with The Vic Lewis Orchestra, Basil Kirchin, Tommy Sampson, Ted Heath, The Oscar Rabin Band, The Squadronaires, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, Humphrey Lyttelton, John Dankworth and The Pizza Express All-Stars - He was married to singer, Jeanie Lambe.

Barry Dunnery (aka Baz) - Died 5-29-2008 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 56 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Jug, Hot Spring Water which was renamed Taurus and then renamed Heavy Hand and finally renamed Necromandus and Violinski (They did, "Clog Dance").

Charlie Newman (Charles S. Newman) - Died 5-29-2008 in Hattiesburg ( Jazz ) He was 80 years old - Born in Laurel - Drummer - Was a member of The Modernists.

Steve Rhodes ( Stephen Bankole Omodele Rhodes) (aka Uncle Steve) - Died 5-29-2008 in London, England ( Highlife - Jazz ) Born 4-8-1926 in Lagos, Nigeria - Composer, conductor, producer and bassist - Led The Steve Rhodes Orchestra and Steve Rhodes' Voices - Workd with The Oxford University Band Beats.

Sammy Needle (Samuel Odeh) - Died 5-29-2008 in Lagos, Nigeria - Illness ( Calypso Reggae ) Born 6-21-1971 in Lagos, Nigeria - Singer and producer - Owned The Sammy Needle Rhythm and Culture (SNRC) label.

Campbell Burnap (Campbell Crichton Mackinnon Burnap) (aka Mr. Charm) - Died 5-30-2008 in London, England ( Jazz ) Born 9-10-1939 in Derby - Trombonist, singer and broadcaster - Worked with Terry Lightfoot, Monty Sunshine, Alan Elsdon, Ian Armit, The Midnite Follies Orchestra, Pat Halcox's All Stars, Pete Allen, Acker Bilk and Keith Smith.

Nat Temple (Nathan Temple) - Died 5-30-2008 - Born 7-18-1913 in Tower Hamlets, London, England - Bandleader and clarinettist - Led The Club Royal Orchestra (They did, "Nattering Around") - Worked witn Sam Costa, Syd Roy's RKOlians, Joe Daniels, Hoagy Carmichael, Eartha Kitt, Matt Munro, Mel Torme and Harry Roy.

Hugh Jarrett (aka Big Hugh Baby) - Died 5-31-2008 - Injuries from a car accident ( Rock - Gospel ) Born 10-11-1929 in Nashville, Tenn., U.S. - Singer and DJ - Was a member of Elvis Presley's back up quartet, The Jordanaires ("Don't Be Cruel") - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Sweet Lou Velez  (Louis C. Velez) - Died 5-31-2008 ( R&B ) He was 62 years old - Singer - Worked with The Del-Vikings.

Don Johnson - Died 6-?-2008 - Lung cancer - Guitarist - Worked with Tom Zachry and Daniel Yuhasz.

Kenny Hoyle - Died 6-?-2008 - Malignant melanoma - He was 55 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Rev-elator Band and Souled Out.

Daniel Yuhasz - Died 6-?-2008 - Played autoharp - Was a member of The Silver City Guard - Worked with Tom Zachry and guitarist, Don Johnson.

Michael Kahan - Died 6-1-2008 - Stabbed ( Klezmer ) He was 39 years old - Played violin - Was half of the duo Shta'im Lecha'im renamed The Klezmer Gourmets.

Alton Kelley - Died 6-1-2008 - Complications from a long illness - Born 6-17-1940 - Artist - He created posters, album covers and tour logos for The Grateful Dead, Journey, Steve Miller, The Beatles, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix - Created posters for concerts at The Fillmore Auditorium, Winterland arena, The Fillmore West and The Avalon Ballroom - Collaborated with Stanley Mouse.

Al Jones (Alun Ashworth Jones) - Died 6-1-2008 ( Folk - Blues ) Born 8-31-1945 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Anderson, Jones, Jackson with Elliot Jackson and Ian A. Anderson.

James Steinhafel - Died 6-2-2008 - Complications of a bladder infection - He was 90 years old - Played trumpet and drums - Was a member of The Four Aces.

Bo Diddley (Otha Ellas Bates) (Ellas McDaniel) - the Originator - Died 6-2-2008 in Archer, Florida, U.S. - Heart failure ( Blues - R&B - Rock ) Born 12-30-1928 in McComb, Mississippi, U.S. - Guitarist, songwriter and singer - (He did, "Who Do You Love?, "I'm A Man" and "Bo Diddley") - Was a member of The Hipsters and Langley Avenue Jive Cats - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame Inductee, Washington Area Music Association's Hall Of Fame Inductee, Blues Foundation's Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee, Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and North Florida Music Association's Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Gerry Holley - Died 6-2-2008 in Vernon, British Columbia - Illness - He was 66 years old - Singer - Was a member of Roger And The Playboys (They did, "Heart" and "Too Blind To See") - Worked with The Pete Porter Orchette.

Alfred Nokwe (Alfred D. Nokwe) - Died 6-2-2008 in KwaMashu, Durban, South Africa ( Jazz ) Born 4-1-1935 in Durban, South Africa - Drummer, singer, guitarist and manager - Was a member of The Rockets, The Three Aces, The Black Cowboys and Thomas Ndaba's Swingsters Band - Husband of singer, Patty Masuku and father of singers, Tu Nokwe and Marilyn Nokwe and musician, Papi Nokwe.

Veeva Ellen Daniels Hamblen (aka My Suzy) - Died 6-2-2008 in Santa Clarita - Congestive heart failure ( Gospel ) Born 1907 in Gage, Okla., U.S. - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Cowboy Church Sunday School (They did, "Open Up Your Heart (And Let The Sunshine In)") - She was married to singer and songwriter, Stuart Hamblen.

Pecos Kanvas (Hernan Jesus Gonzalez) - Died 6-2-2008 - Heart Attack ( Pop ) Born 11-11-1953 in Caracas, Venezuela - Singer - (He did, "Tu Carino Se Me Va",  "Amame" and "Maldito Orgullo") -Was a member of Hierbas and Escena.

Bo Roberts (Boyd Gorman Roberts) - Died 6-3-2008 in Mobile - Illness ( Blues ) He was 39 years old - Singer, songwriter and keyboardist - Was a member of The Port City Allstars.

Jose Antonio Ramos - Died 6-4-2008 in a recording studio ( Spanish Folk - Jazz - Flamenco - Celtic ) Born 11-10-1969 in Las Palmas, Canary Islands - Timple and guitar player - Worked with Trio Simple, The Chieftains, Carlos Nunez, Kepa Junkera, Pedro Guerra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria,  Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Jorge Pardo and Juan Manuel Canizares.

Bill Finegan (William J. Finegan) - Died 6-4-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 4-3-1917 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Bandleader, pianist, arranger and composer - Worked for Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Mel Lewis's orchestra - Was a member of The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra (They did, "Doodletown Fifers").

Peter Kapetan (Peter Murray Kapetan) - Died 6-4-2008 - Born 10-21-1956 - Snger, dancer and actor - Appeared in Broadway's, The Wedding Singer and Got Tu Go Disco and Off-Broadway's, Camelot with Richard Burton.

Igor Borodkin - Died 6-4-2008 - Heart attack ( Metal ) Guitarist - Worked with Splaw and Lewostoronneje Dvizenie (LSD).

Marlys A. Nelson - Died 6-6-2008 - Illness - Born 6-8-1921 in Minneapolis, MN, U.S. - Pianist - Was a member of The Harris Nelson Family who  appeared on TV's, Hollywood Palace and a Walt Disney production.

  Richard Wright  (Richard J. Wright) - Died 6-6-2008 in Knoxville, Tenn., U.S. ( R&B ) He was 71 years old - Born in Knoxville, Tenn., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Richard And The Chancellors.

Bill Coday - Died 6-7-2008 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Stroke ( Soul ) Born 5-10-1942 in Coldwater, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Get Your Lies Straight" and "When You Find A Fool, Bump His Head").

Adam Thomas - Died 6-7-2008 in Mucla, Turkey - Fell or jumped from a hotel balcony ( Rock ) He was 22 years old -  Guitarist, drummer and singer - Was a member of The Big Shiny Cave.

Ross Kinnear (William Ross Kinnear) - Died 6-7-2008 in Berlin - Fell from the roof of a building ( Rock ) He was 20 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Go Vegas, Suicidal Pussycat, The October Effect and Co: Pilot Down.

Saban Bajramovic - King of Roma music - Died 6-8-2008 in Nis, Croatia - Heart attack ( Roma ) Born 4-16-1936 in Nis, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) - Singer, composer, poet and actor - (He did, "Maruska" and "Kamerav") - Led Crna Mamba - Worked with Cubismo.

Prince Kupi - Died 6-8-2008 near Heidelberg, Johannesburg - Car accident that also took the life of his wife actress, Zandile Ngcobo ( Jazz ) He was 36 years old - Born in Soweto - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Livin' In Da Pocket " and "Song For Bheki ") - Led Ba'Agisane - Worked with Hugh Masekela and Judith Sephuma.

Nick Sanderson - Died 6-8-2008 in London, England - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-22-1961 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England - Drummer and singer - Worked with Clock DVA, The Gun Club, Earl Brutus, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Freeheat.

 Moto Silumo (Obed Siluma) (aka Tiny) - Died 6-9-2008 in Joubert Park, Joburg - Shot ( Reggae - Rap ) He was 42 years old - Musician and actor - Worked with his cousin, Lucky Dube.

Diane Muise - Died 6-9-2008 - Four days after a heart bypass operation ( Gospel ) She was 59 years old - Born in Georgia, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Majestic Singers.

Jim Hinde - Died 6-9-2008 in West Seattle - Heart attack ( Folk ) He was 56 years old - Born in Ohio, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Frank, Dennis And Me" and "Raise Your Glass, Raise Your Voice").

Colin Lumsdale - Died 6-?-2008 in South Africa - Lung embolism in a hospital a week after a car accident ( Rock ) He was 51 years old - Singer - Was a member of Radiation.

Richard Mikuls - Died 6-9-2008 in Palm Desert - Heart attack ( Blues - R&B - Jazz ) He was 56 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Rufus, Lee Ritenour, Donny Hathaway, Freddie Hubbard, BB King, Unplugged, Ike & Tina Turner, James Moody, Stan Getz, Chuck Berry, Sly Stone, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Bradford, Daryl Coley and Peter Tork And Shoe Suede Blues.

Chris Ridge - Died 6-9-2008 ( Ska ) Born 3-22-1971 - Guitarist - Was a member of Let's Go Bowling.

Red Shea (Laurice Milton Shea) - Died 6-10-2008 in Aurora, Ont., Canada - Pancreatic cancer ( Folk - Country ) He was 70 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Red And Les Trio - Worked with The Good Brothers, Ian & Sylvia Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot and Great Speckled Bird - He was a regular on TV's, The Tommy Hunter Show.

 Raymond Sambolin - Died 6-10-2008 in East Meadow, NY, U.S. - Injuries he suffered in a fire at his home ( Salsa - Mambo - Jazz ) He was 81 years old - Played saxophone, trumpet, mandolin and flute - Worked with Kako y su Combo, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto and Mongo Santamaria.

Alf Coward (Alfred Reginald Coward) - Died 6-10-2008 in Mississauga, Ont., Canada - Illness ( Jazz ) Born in Sydney, N.S. - Pianist and composer - Led The Alf Coward Band and starred in TV's, The Alf Coward Show.

Ernest Booth Watmough - Died 6-10-2008 ( Big Band ) He was 93 years old - Played piano, clarinet and saxophone - Led The Melody Booth Orchestra - Worked with Ozzie Nelson.

Paul Smith (aka Smithy) - Died 6-10-2008 in Attleborough, Nuneaton ( Rock ) He was 42 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Jesus Deluxe, Lazy Eye and Eusebio.

Kirby Small (aka Chop Chop) - Died 6-10-2008 ( R&B - Jazz ) Born in Washington D.C., U.S. - Guitarist, singer, arranger and composer - Worked with The Three Degrees, Martha And The Vandellas, Harry Belafonte, The Hot Tamales, Ebony Band, EBO 2, Clear Image, The Thrusters, The Sidewinders and Ruby And The Romantics.

Fred Stork (George Frederick Stork) - Died 6-10-2008 in Rockville - Stroke ( Jazz ) Born 5-18-1913 - Was a singer and songwriter and played guitar, banjo, piano and accordion - (He wrote, "Mary's Wedding March" and "Click With Dick") - Was a member of The New Sunshine Jazz Band.

Americo Tena (Guillermo Americo Tena) - Died 6-10-2008 - Stroke ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Los Rebeldes del Rock.

 Robby Stamps (Robert Stamps) - Died 6-11-2008 in Tallahassee, FL, U.S. - Complications from pneumonia - He was 57 years old - Played keyboards - (He wrote, "If Only You Were Mine") - He was wounded during the 1970 shootings at Kent State University by the National Guard.

Omondi Tonny (Anthony Omondi Mumbo) - Died 6-11-2008 - Injuries from a car accident ( Benga ) Born 1970 in Siaya District - Singer, drummer and guitarist - (He did, "Dunia ni ya Mungu" and "Suzzy Suzanna").

Mickey McMahan (Clinton O. McMahan) - Died 6-11-2008 in Van Nuys - Neuropathy and blood disease - Born 8-23-1930 in Texas, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Lawrence Welk and Les Brown.

Danny Davis (George Nolan) - Died 6-12-2008 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country Swing ) Born 5-29-1925 in Massachusetts, U.S. - Bandleader, trumpet player, singer and producer - (He did, "The Object Of My Affection") - Led The Nashville Brass (They did instrumental versions of, "Wabash Cannonball" and "Columbus Stockade Blues") - Worked with Gene Krupa, Bob Crosby and Les Brown - Produced Connie Francis, Willie Nelson, Dottie West, Don Gibson and Waylon Jennings.

Leon Austin (Leon Rhodes Austin) (aka The Burner) - Died 6-12-2008 in Augusta - Medical complications ( Gospel - Soul ) Born 3-22-1934 - Sang and played piano - Led Leon Austin And The Buicks - Worked with The Mello-Tones, The Swanee Juniors, Pastor James Cleveland, The Caravans, Sister Pope And The Pearly Gates and James Brown - He also was James Brown's hair stylist.

John T. Smith (aka J.T.) - Died 6-12-2008 - Illness - Born 4-17-1957 in Glens Falls - Pianist and music director - Worked on the shows, "Stardust" and off broadway's, "Applause" - Was a voice coach for Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Kaye Ballard, Marni Nixon, Faith Prince and Leslie Uggams.

 Ian Robinson - Died 6-12-2008 in Toronto, Canada - Diabetes complications ( Jazz ) He was 81 years old -  Born in Windsor - Saxophonist - Led The Sax Family Robinson Band and The Ian Robinson Trio.

Jack Rootoo (Rick Galvin) (Richard J. Galvin) - Died 6-13-2008 in Abington, MA, U.S. - Cancer of the esophagus ( New Wave ) He was 51 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Lou Miami & The Kozmetix (They did, " Ghosts" and " Dance With Death") - Worked with Girl On Top (They did, "Sue Is Sane" and "Protect Yourself").

Michael Murphy (aka Murph) - Died 6-13-2008 - Hit by a van while retrieving his dog that had run into traffic - He was 31 years old - Played bass, accordion and mandolin and was a singer and songwriter - Worked with The Larkin And Moran Brothers band, Joe V, Leave and Week Back.

Traci Michaelz - Died 6-13-2008 in Ft. Worth, Texas, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 1974 - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Peppermint Creeps  (They did, "Rock N Roll Love Letter" and "Bodies").

Titi Winterstein - Died 6-13-2008 - Illness ( Gypsy Swing ) Born 1956 - Violinist - Led The Titi Winterstein Quintett (They did, "Lime House Blues" and "Milko") - Worked with Hansche Weiss.

Bill Koggenhop - Died 6-13-2008 in Commerce Township - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) He was 55 years old - Born in Pontiac - Bassist - Led Immunity - Worked with The Bugs Beddow Band, Lynn LaPlante Latin Jazz Band, GEQ, Mikhal Caldwell, Kerry Lundquist, Chery Strubel, Kog's Cats, Orquesta Sensacional and Atlantez.

Larry Wendelken (Lawrence W. Wendelken) - Died 6-13-2008 ( Rock ) Born 5-11-1944 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of String Cheese (They did, "Empty Streets" and "We Share") - He had been married to author, Jo Leigh.

Jimmy Ekho (aka Arctic Elvis) - Died 6-?-2008 - Respiratory problems ( Rock - Folk ) He was 48 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Guti").

Charles L. White - Died 6-14-2008 - Pulmonary fibrosis ( Gospel - Bluegrass ) He was 78 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Orangemen.

Jamelao ( Jose Bispo Clementino dos Santos) - Died 6-14-2008 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Multiple organ failure ( Samba ) Born 5-12-1913 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sang and played the cavaquinho and tamborim - (He did, "Mora No Assunto" and "Matriz ou Filial") - Worked with Severino Araujo's Orquestra Tabajara.

Esbjorn Svensson (Bror Fredrik Esbjorn Svensson) - Died 6-14-2008 near Stockholm, Sweden - Scuba diving accident ( Jazz ) Born 4-16-1964 in Skultuna, Sweden - Pianist - Led The Esojorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T).

 John D'Angiolini (aka Johnny De Lange) - Died 6-14-2008 ( Big Band - Square Dance ) He was 102 years old - Born in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Played guitar and banjo - Worked with The Ferko String Band and The Hegeman String Band.

Tom Mooney (Michael Mooney) - Died 6-15-2008 in Sherman Oaks, CA, U.S. - Heart attack - He was 64 years old - Tour manager - Worked for  Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Rolling Stones, Luis Miguel and Rod Stewart.

Steve Klong ( Stephen J. Klong) - Died 6-15-2008 - Non-Hodgkin lymphoma - Born 4-16-1962 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Drummer, producer and composer - Worked with Wilson Phillips, Nelson, Berlin, Savoy Brown, Shrine, Audra Hardt and Havana 3 A.M. - Founder of The King Klong Music Group a TV and commercial production music house.

Jacalyn Marie Doligale - Died 6-15-2008 in Worth - Cancer ( Gospel ) Born 12-7-1968 - Singer - Was a member of The Quarter Notes - Sang for Pope John Paul II.

Rahim "Fingers" Hamzah - Died 6-16-2008 - Colon cancer ( Blues - Jazz ) He was 53 years old - Played piano - Was a member of Headwind, Blues Gang (They did, "Apo Nak Dikato") and Cellar Hi-Five.

Gift Fumulani - Died 6-18-2008 in Blantyre - Tuberculosis ( Reggae - Gospel ) Born 8-22-1981 - Musician - (He did, "Tiye Kwathu").

Junior Thomas (Cecil Roy Thomas Jr.) - Died 6-18-2008 - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 1952 in Chickasaw, Alabama, U.S. - Singer and harmonica player - Led Junior Thomas & The Automatics (They did, "Milkin' A Cow" and "Red Light's On") - Was a member of The Blues Cruise - Worked with Uncle Ben Perry and John Anthony.

James M. McKinney Jr. - Died 6-18-2008 - Heart attack - He was 70 years old - Played saxophone and keyboards and was a singer - Performed as a one man band known as Mambo Jim.

Abdulkadir Adow Ali - Died 6-18-2008 in Dharkaynley, Mogadishu, Somalia - Stabbed by three men - Musician, singer, composer and actor - Was a member of The Waberi National Band.

Matt Butler (Matthew Butler) - Died 6-19-2008 in Garland, TX, U.S. - Shot ( Christian Music ) He was 28 years old - Guitarist, drummer, pianist and recording engineer - Owner of the Zion Gate Records studio.

Steve Swan (Stephen Swan) - Died 6-19-2008 in Garland, TX, U.S. - Shot - He was 26 years old - Sound engineer for the Zion Gate Records studio.

Lauren Hunt - Died 6-19-2008 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - She was 22 years old - Singer - Worked with her sister singer, Leslie Hunt.

Tom Hunter - Died 6-20-2008 - Creutzfeldt- Jakob disease ( Folk ) He was 61 years old - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "Coloring Outside The Lines" and "The Lines on Your Face").

Oliver De Coque (Oliver Sunday Akanite) - King of highlife music - Died 6-20-2008 Gbagada, Lagos - Cardiac arrest ( Highlife ) Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Funny Funny Identity" and "Ugbana") - Worked with Sunny Agaga And His Lucky Star Band, Jacob Oluwole And His Friendly Unity Band and Sule Agboola And His Moonlight Star Band.

Roy Boss (Roy Anthony Boss) - Died 6-20-2008 in Laconia, NH, U.S. - Motorcycle accident ( Country ) Born 12-10-1956 in Brockton, MA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Shadow Canyon.

Carl Eilers (Carl G. Eilers) - Died 6-20-2008 in River Forest, Ill., U.S. - Heart attack - Born 3-21-1925 in Fairbury, Ill., U.S. - Co-inventor of stereo FM radio and MTS stereo TV - Consumer Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Carlo Pierangeli (Carlo Caniggia) - Died 6-20-2008 in Turin, Italy ( Pop - Folk ) Born 4-27-1928 in Casale Monferrato, Alessandria, Italy - Singer and actor - (He did, "La campanella" and "Figlia del vento") - He was a member of The Quintetto Nord - Worked with Marisa Colomber.

Dr. Emmanuel Tumusiime (aka Tom Rush and The Old Fox) - Died 6-21-2008 in Kabwohe in Bushenyi district - Pneumonia - He was 67 years old - Bassist, keyboardist and writer - Created the cartoon strip character, Ekanya and wrote the books, "Sons Of Dread" and "Soul Brother-In-Law".

Chris Johnson (Christopher A. Johnson) - Died 6-21-2008 in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S. - Stabbed during a fight ( Punk ) Born 1976 - Singer - Was a member of Useless Wooden Toys (UWT) (They did, "Trash Pits" and "Drews Clues").

Lula Reed (Lula Marietta McClelland) - Died 6-21-2008 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Lung Cancer - ( R&B ) Born 3-21-1926 in Minjo Junction, OH, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Gabbin' Mouth Blues" and "Let's Call It A Day") - Recorded with her husband, Sonny Thompson ("I'll Drown In My Own Tears") and with Freddy King - Recorded for King,  Argo, Federal, Laurel and Tangerine Records.

Timo Ansah (Timothy Ansah) - Died 6-22-2008 - He was 92 years old - Musician - (Composed, "Momoane Beyennzo" and "Dzin Pa Sen Ahonya").

Charles J.L. Banks (Charles John Lincoln Banks ) - Died 6-22-2008 in Mumford - Stomach cancer ( Jazz ) Born 10-16-1924 - Played saxophone and clarinet - Worked in the bands of Mercer Ellington and Gerald Wilson - Duke Ellington Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Tim Ishler - Died 6-22-2008 in Ninemile - Respiratory disorder ( Country - Blues - Bluegrass ) - He was 49 years old - Played banjo, dobro and fiddle - Worked with Hot Diggity, Southbound, Michael Purington And The Messengers, The Lost Horse Express, Monture Creek, Finley Creek and The Woodpickers.

Danie Lee Lolles Jr. - Died 6-23-2008 - Born 7-24-1954 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with Pattie Brooks, Tommy Young, Ms. Eva Jessie and Frank Martin.

 Dave Carpenter - Died 6-23-2008 in Burbank - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 11-4-1959 - Bassist - Was a member of The Lounge Art Ensemble - Worked with Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Herbie Hancock, Celine Dion, Ringo Starr, Hubert Laws, Michel Legrand and Barry Manilow.

Atlantis Black - Died 6-23-2008 in Tijuana, Mexico ( Goth ) Born 10-26-1976 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (She did, "My Machine" and "Lime").

Ira Tucker Sr. (Ira B. Tucker Sr.) - Died 6-24-2008 in Philadelphia, PA,, U.S. - Complications from heart disease ( Gospel ) Born 5-17-1925 in Spartanburg, SC, U.S. - Singer and producer - Was a member of The Royal Lights, The Gospel Carriers and The Dixie Hummingbirds (They did, "Christian Automobile" and their "Amazing Grace" has been inducted into The Grammy Hall Of Fame) - Worked with Paul Simon ("Loves Me Like A Rock") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee and International Gospel Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Inductee.

Snuffy Miller (Len Miller) - Died 6-24-2008 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Drummer and singer - Worked with Bill Anderson's Po' Boys, Dottie West and Nat Stuckey.

Chris Rockcliffe - Died 6-24-2008 - Prostate cancer ( Folk ) He was 57 years old - Singer, pianist and guitarist - (He did, "The Sound Of Loneliness" and "I'll Keep My Old Guitar") - Was a member of Snakey Terrain.

Anatolij Zagot - Died 6-24-2008 - Born 5-31-1936 - Bard - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Diplomnikam" and "Lyubimyj nos").

Sylvinha Araujo - Died 6-25-2008 in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Breast cancer - She was 56 years old - Born in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Singer - Was a member of Jovem Guarda - Married to singer, Eduardo Araujo.

Don Berg - Died 6-25-2008 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 4-21-1930 in Wausau - Drummer - Worked with The Riverboat Ramblers and The Hall Brothers.

David Liles (David D. Liles)  - Died 6-25-2008 ( Western Swing ) He was 71 years old - Born in Lima, Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Dickey Betts.

Tony Melody - Died 6-26-2008 - Cancer - He was 85 years old - Actor and singer - Worked with The Northern Dance Orchestra.

Cliff Hall (Clifford Samuel Hall) - Died 6-26-2008 in Adelaide, South Australia ( Folk ) Born 9-11-1925 in Oriente Province, Cuba - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Spinners (They did, "The Family Of Man" and "Liverpool Girls") - Worked with Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders ("Game Of Love").

Saadou Bori (Saadou Abdullahi) - Died 6-26-2008 in Maiduguri, Nigeria - Car accident ( Dango ) Born 1966 in Maradi, Niger Republic - Musician, singer and songwriter - Worked with Moussa Pousy (They did, "Weino" and "Nabo Nabo").

Chris Rockcliffe - Died 6-26-2008 - Prostate cancer ( Folk ) He was 57 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Snakey Terrain.

Daihachi Oguchi - Died 6-27-2008 - Hit by a car ( Jazz - Taiko ) Born 1924 - Drummer - Was a member of San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

Frederic Botton - Died 6-27-2008 - Born circa 1937 - Lyricist and composer - Wrote songs for the films, Popsy Pop and Camping and for TV.

Raymond Lefevre (Raymond Lefebvre) - Died 6-27-2008 - Born 11-20-1929 in Calais, France - Pianist arranger and composer - (He did, "Soul Coaxin' (Ame Caline)" and "La La La (He Gives Me Love)") - Worked with Dalida, Claude Francois and Richard Anthony.

Randy Pike - Died 6-27-2008 ( Rock ) He was 49 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Jerry's Silver Kings and The Smokin' Coyotes.

Ronnie Mathews - Died 6-28-2008 - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) Born 12-2-1935 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Louis Hayes, Dexter Gordon, Clark Terry, The Johnny Griffin Quartet, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, T.S. Monk Jr., Clifford Jordan Big Band and Roy Haynes.

 Scott Ramsey - Died 6-28-2008 - Heart attack - He was 67 years old - Played trumpet - Worked with The Jeff Solon Swing Band, The Four Corners Brass Band, The Trumpet Geezers, The Red Apple Flyer Dixieland Band, The San Juan Brass Band, The Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band and Brassworks 4.

Craig Yerkes - Died 6-28-2008 in Bonsall - Single car accident ( Rock ) He was 40 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Grams (They did, "Poor Little Rich Girl" and "Sixteen Seconds").

Patti McKenny - Died 6-28-2008 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Heart ailment - Playwright and lyricist - Founding member of the Chicago Musical Theatre Works and co-founder of the Studio Media recording studio - Collaborated with Doug Frew, Daniel Sticco and Linda Eisenstein.

Matthew Odietus - Died 6-28-2008 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 10-27-1967 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Candy Snatchers (They did, "Real Thickhead" and "Hooligan").

Stig Olin - Died 6-28-2008 in Stockholm, Stockholms lan, Sweden - Born 9-11-1920 - Singer, songwriter and actor - (He wrote, "En gang jag seglar i hamn" and "Karusellvisan") - Worked with his wife, Britta Holmberg - Father of actress Lena Olin and singer Mats Olin.

Mark Lucason (Walter Zienkowicz) - Died 6-28-2008 - He was 89 years old - Musician and composer - (He wrote, "Pledge To The Flag").

Dean Clark - Died 6-28-2008 - Fell off a balcony - He was 28 years old - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "The Start Of The End Song") - Was a member of The Fret (They did, "Listen Only" and "Learn 2 Love").

Dimi Ekimov (Dimitar Ekimov) - Died 6-29-2008 - Motorcycle accident - He was 38 years old - Singer - Was a member of Slang.

 Angel Tavira Maldonado - Died 6-30-2008 in Mexico City, Mexico - Kidney complications ( Folk ) Born 7-3-1924 in Corral Falso, Ajuchitlan del Progreso, Guerrero - Violinist and composer - Director of The Hermanos Tavira Band.

Darren Stratti - Died 6-30-2008 in Tanzania - Shot during a robbery ( Rock ) He was 36 years old - Guitarist and singer (He did, "Glamour Girl" and "Better Things") - Worked with Danny Heifetz.

Dave Bedell - Died 6-30-2008 ( Jazz ) He was 91 years old - Drummer - Uncle of drummer,
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