The Dead Rock Stars Club, .an extensive list of dead rock stars and people related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - 2008 July to December

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2008 July to December
 Welcome to The Dead Rock Stars Club! This site is  a list of dead rock stars, dead people associated with rock and dead people whose music helped influence and create rock (which I feel includes Jazz and Country artists), sorted by the date of their demise. This is a tribute to them.

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2008 July to December

Derek Tatam - Died 2009 - Illness ( Jazz ) He was in his late 60s - Played trumpet - Worked with Alvin Roy, The Chicagoans, The Royal Garden Jazzmen and The Tubby Hickman Quintet.

Mel Galley (Melville Galley) - Died 7-1-2008 in Cannock, Staffordshire, England - Cancer of the oesophagus ( Rock ) Born 3-8-1948 in Cannock, Staffordshire, England - Guitarist, songwriter and singer - Was a member of Whitesnake (They did, "Here I Go Again" and "Love Ain't No Stranger"), Trapeze (They did, "It's Only A Dream" and "Another Day"), Phenomena and Finders Keepers (They did, "Sadie, The Cleaning Lady") - Worked with Cozy Powell ("Formula One").

Johnny Schou - Died 7-1-2008 in Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S. - Heroin overdose ( Rock ) He was 22 years old - Bassist and guitarist - Was a member of Tickle Me Pink (They did, "Typical" and "Madeline").

Rodney Tyrone Jennings Jr. - Died 7-1-2008 - Shot - He was 21 years old - Drummer and producer - Formed Rod Productions and Anotha Level Records.

Jerry Ritchie - Died 7-1-2008 in Nesbit, MS, U.S. - Cancer ( Gospel ) Singer - Was a member of Gold City (They did, "I Think I'll Read It Again" and "No Other Word For Grace But Amazing").

Russ Sankey (Russell Frederick Sankey) - Died 7-1-2008 - Complications of cancer ( Rock ) Born 4-22-1949 - Guitarist - Was a member of Reign (They did, "Sea Of Dreams").

Tommy Milburn - Died 7-1-2008 - After after falling through a skylight of a restaurant ( Rock ) He was 20 years old - Drummer - Worked with The SSRIs.

Natasha Shneider - Died 7-2-2008 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 5-22-1956 in Moscow, Russia - Singer, bassist and keyboardist - (She did, "Who's In Control") - Was a member of Walk The Moon and  Eleven (They did, "Reach Out" and "All My Friends") - Worked with Queens Of The Stone Age and Chris Cornell.

Paul Varley - Died 7-2-2008 in London England - Pneumonia ( Rock ) Born 5-24-1949 in Preston, Lancashire, England - Drummer - Worked with Purple Haze which became Little Free Rock, Ginger Johnson's African Drums, Streak (They did, "Bang Bang Bullit"), The Arrows (They did, "Touch Too Much" and the original version of, "I Love Rock N Roll"), Darling, The Ruffians, Terry Reid and Paul Raymond.

Noel Sayre - Died 7-3-2008 in Portsmouth - Possible heart attack ( Classical - Rock - Folk ) He was 37 years old - Violinist - Worked with Pretty Mighty Mighty, The West Virginia Symphony, The Portsmouth Symphony and The Black Swans. (They did, "Fruitless Ways" and "Shake").

Mickey Brandon (M.C. Brandon) - Died 7-3-2008 in Chesterfield , MO, U.S. - Complications of diabetes and pneumonia ( Standards ) He was 83 years old - Born in St. Louis, MO, U.S. - Singer and actor - Worked with Tom Goldenberg.

Clive Hornby - Died 7-3-2008 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England - Hypoxia ( Rock ) Born 10-20-1944 in Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England - Drummer and actor - Was a member of The Dennisons (They did, "Be My Girl" and "Walkin' The Dog") They appeared several times on the same bill with The Beatles at The Cavern Club - He played Jack Sugden on TV's, Emmerdale.

Oliver Schroer - Died 7-3-2008 in Toronto, Canada - Leukemia ( Folk ) Born 6-18-1956 - Played fiddle - Worked with Sylvia Tyson, Jimmy Webb, Barry Mann, Jesse Cook, Don Ross, Loreena McKennitt, James Keelaghan, Spirit Of The West and Great Big Sea.

Colin Cooper (Colin Francis Richard Cooper) - Died 7-3-2008 in Stafford, Staffordshire, UK - Cancer - Born 10-7-1939 Stafford, Staffordshire, UK - Singer, saxophonist and guitarist - Was a member of The Climax Chicago Blues Band which became The Climax Blues Band (They did, "Couldn't Get It Right" and "I Love You").

David Kahn - Died 7-3-2008 in Woodland Hills, CA, U.S. - He was 98 years old - Saxophonist, singer, composer and arranger - Wrote the theme for TV's, Leave It To Beaver and sang on TV's, The Addams Family Theme - Composed music for Mr. Ed, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies.

Oscar McLollie (Oscar Mack Lollie) - Died 7-4-2008 in Oakland, CA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 9-22-1924 in Caldwell Co. LA, U.S. - Singer, bandleader and percussionist - (He did, "The Honey Jump", "All The Oil In Texas" and "Hey Lolly Lolly") - Worked with Jeanette Baker ("Hey Girl, Hey Boy") - Recorded for  Mercury, Wing,  Modern and Class Records.

Bishop Charles Craig III - Died 7-5-2008 - Heart attack ( Gospel ) He was 60 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Voices Of Tabernacle - Worked with The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

David Contreras (aka Youngblood, Xavier and Damon) - Died 7-5-2008 in New York, NY, U.S. - Possibly by internal bleeding ( Rock ) Born 7-14-1944 in AZ or NM, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Magic Tramps (They did, "Hey People" and "Smoke & Mirrors") who also used the names Messiah and Star Theater.

Karel Hala - Mr. Swing - Died 7-6-2008 in Prague, Czech Republic - Head injury from a fall down the stairs ( Swing ) Born 10-3-1933 in Hradec Kralove, Czechoslovakia - Singer and actor - (He did, "Dej mi par okovu", "Hadej, Matyldo" and "Split").

Lonnie Sandoval - Died 7-6-2008 - Single car accident ( Country - Blues - Rock ) He was 37 years old - Singer, guitarist and drummer - Was a member of Cowboy Attitude.

Cynthia Owen - Died 7-6-2008 in Las Vegas, Nev., U.S. - Borm 7-7-1963 - Singer and actress - Appeared in many musicals - She recorded the album, "Light And Love".

Bobby Durham (Robert Joseph Durham) - Died 7-6-2008 in Genoa, Italy ( Jazz ) Born 2-3-1937 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Drummer - Worked  with The Orioles, Lloyd Price, Lionel Hampton, Wild Bill Davis, Count  Basie, Slide Hampton, Grant Green, Sweets Edison, Tommy Flanagan, The  Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jimmy Rowles, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra and James Brown.

Liz Marks - Died 7-6-2008 in Richmond - Cancer ( Cabaret ) She was 56 years old - Singer - Produced the shows, "Hullabaloo 82" and "I Do! I Do!" - Founded Uptown Talent and Liz Marks Casting.

Juan Lopez (Juan de Dios Contreras Lopez) - El Rey de la Redova - Died 7-6-2008 ( Conjunto ) Born 3-8-1922 in Jackson County, TX, U.S. - Played accordion - (He did, "Los Camaleones" and "La Mota") - Worked with Los Hermanos Lopez, Flaco Jimenez and David Lee Garza y Los Musicales - Conjunto Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and South Texas Conjunto Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ralph Hutchinson - Died 7-7-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz ) He was 83 years old - Played trombone - Worked with Muggsy Spanier, Herbie Fields, Frank Sinatra and the orchestras of NBC, CBS and ABC.

Hugh Mendl - Died 7-7-2008 - Born 8-6-1919 - Producer - Worked with Reggie Goff, Winifred Atwell, Josh White, Lonnie Donegan, Tommy Steele, Dickie Valentine, Joan Regan, David Bowie, John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers, The Moody Blues and Caravan.

Ramey Reeves - Died 7-9-2008 in Mount Pleasant - Brain cancer ( Gospel ) She was 33 years old - Singer - (She did, "Praise" and "Way Up Yonder").

Dr. Michael B. Gregg - Died 7-9-2008 - Congestive heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 1-6-1930 in Paris - Drummer - Was a member of The West River Wildcats.

Wayne Campbell (Calvin Wayne Campbell) - Died 7-9-2008 - Lung cancer ( Country ) Born 10-21-1938 in Lynchburg - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Nighttime Rose" and "Time's Been Good To Me") - Co-wrote Allison Krauss's, "Steel Rails".

 Bill Ector - Died 7-9-2008 in Marietta - Brain tumor ( Rock ) He was 56 years old - Played guitar, bass and keyboards - Publisher of Hittin' The Note, a magazine dedicated to The Allman Brothers who he once played bass on stage with - Worked with Donna Hopkins.

Roy Thompson (Roy Wayne Thompson) - Died 7-10-2008 - After surgery ( Gospel ) He was 72 years old  - Singer - Was a member of The Canterbury Four.

Jan Scarbrough (Janice L. Scarbrough) - Died 7-10-2008 - Complications from leukemia - Born in Las Cruces - She wrote the musical, "Rock Wedding" and wrote music for the off Broadway production of "The Majestic Kid" - Collaborated with Mark Medoff.

Chuck Carbo (Hayward Carbo) - The Voice of New Orleans - Died 7-11-2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 1-11-1926 in Houma, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On") - Was a member of The Veteran Gospel Singers, The Zion City Harmonizers, The Delta Southernaires and The Spiders (They did, "I Didn't Want To Do It" and "You're The One") - Worked with Huey "Piano" Smith And The Clowns - United In Group Harmony Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Pete Platek - Died 7-11-2008 in Grand Junction - Complications from an injury to his arm ( Bluegrass ) Played banjo and guitar and sang - Was a member of The Lone Pine Bluegrass Band.

Chris Holzhaus (David Christopher Holzhaus) - Died 7-11-2008 in Mico, TX, U.S. - Colon cancer ( Blues - Rock ) Born 1-18-1950 in San  Antonio, TX, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with The Texas Tornados, The  Argyles, Max & The Laughing Kind, The Children, The Eastwood Revue, Augie Meyers and Delbert McClinton.

 Dr. H.M. Laub - Died 7-11-2008 in Charlottesville, VA, U.S. - Illness ( Rock ) He was 53 years old - Played keyboards and guitar - Was a member of Lockjaw.

Kae Williams Jr. (Ulysses Kae Williams Jr.) - Died 7-11-2008 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Heart failure ( R&B - Jazz - Rock ) Born 3-7-1956 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Keyboardist, producer, singer, songwriter and arranger - Was a member of Breakwater(They did, "Work It Out" and "Say You Love Me Girl") - Worked with Change, The BB&Q Band ("Imagination"), Loosends, FiveStarr, Bootsie Collins, Freddie Hubbard, George Howard, Mason, Pia Zadora, Cindy Lauper, Eddie Money, Stevie Nicks, Pretty Poison, Rachel Sweet and The Barkays - Son of radio personality and record producer, Kae "Loudmouth" Williams.

B.D. Chase (Donald Faulkenbury) - Died 7-11-2008 - Heart disease - He was 61 years old - Singer and songwriter - Worked with The Platters, The Coasters, The Clovers, Clifford Curry, Randy Travis and Maurice Williams And The Zodiac - Collaborated with Jim Parker and George Wells.

Vili Kazasyan - Died 7-12-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 1934 in Sofia - Composer and pianist - Conductor of the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio.

Gianfranco Funari - Died 7-12-2008 in Milan, Italy - Born 3-21-1932 in Rome, Italy - TV host, comedian, actor and singer - (He did, "Io non faccio niente").

Tony Snow (Robert Anthony Snow) - Died 7-12-2008 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., U.S. - Colon cancer ( Blues - Rock ) Born 6-1-1955 in Berea, Kentucky, U.S. - Played trombone, accordion,piccolo,  flute, saxophone and guitar - Was a member of Beats Workin' - He was a White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.

Earl Nelson (Earl Lee Nelson) (aka Jackie Lee) - Died 7-12-2008 ( R&B ) Born 9-8-1928 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer - (He recorded, "The Duck" as Jackie Lee) - He was a member of The Hollywood Flames (They did, "Buzz Buzz Buzz" and "Gee"), Earl Nelson And The Pelicans ("I Bow To You"), The Voices and half of the duo, Bob And Earl (They did, "Harlem Shuffle" and "Baby It's Over").

 Gerald Wiggins (aka The Wig) - Died 7-13-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 5-12-1922 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with with Stepin Fetchit, Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge, Zoot Sims, Eartha Kitt, Dinah Washington, Lou Rawls, Pearl Bailey, Jimmy Witherspoon, Ernie Andrews, Lena Horne and Nat "King" Cole - Father of bassist, J. J. Wiggins.

Les Crane (Lesley Stein) - Died 7-13-2008 in Greenbrae, CA, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 12-3-1933 in Long Beach, NY, U.S. - Radio and TV host - Interviewed The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan - He had a billboard hit with the prose poem, "Desiderata" which won a Grammy - At one time married to actress, Tina Louise.

Sam Boghossian - Died 7-13-2008 in Grass Valley, CA, U.S. - He was 88 years old - Born in Armenia - Played violin and viola - Worked with he L.A. Philharmonic, The Freddy Martin Band, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Luciano Pavarotti, The Beatles and The Beach Boys - Played music for TV's, The Carol Burnett Show and Bonanza.

Katie Reider (Kathryn Ann Reider) - Died 7-14-2008 - Cerebral hemorrhage due to a tumor ( Folk Rock ) Born 5-23-1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (She did, "Trusted Eyes" and "Dictator Of My Sanity").

Teta Lando (Alberto Teta Lando) - Died 7-14-2008 in Paris, France - Cancer - Born in Mbanza Congo, northern Zaire province - Singer and sonwriter - (He did, "Irmao ama teu irmao" (Brother, Love your Brother") and "Eu vou voltar" (I Will Return)).

Jabu Ndaba - Died 7-14-2008 in Kleksdorp - Tuberculosis ( Afro Pop ) He was 32 years old - Singer and producer - Was a member of The Stouters, VIP and Malaika (They did, "Destiny").

Lawrence Roberts (Rev. Lawrence C. Roberts) - Died 7-14-2008 in Stone Mountain, Georgia, U.S. ( Gospel ) He was 72 or 77 years old - Singer and producer - Led The Angelic Choir (They did, "Peace Be Still") and The Gospel Chordettes who changed their name to The Lawrence Roberts Singers - Worked with tobacco heiress Doris Duke, The Warrick Singers, James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, The Roberta Martin Singers and The Banks Brothers - Started Savoy Records - Husband of singer, Delores Roberts.

Bob King - Died 7-14-2008 - Born 1924 in Battle Axe - Owned and operated The King Of Clubs which featured artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty and Sonny Burgess And The Moonlighters.

Maynard Silva - Died 7-16-2008 in Martha's Vineyard, MA, U.S. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 2-20-1951 in Martha's Vineyard, MA, U.S. - Played guitar and harmonica and was a singer and songwriter - (He did, "Cruel Heart" and "Garbage Can").

Jo Stafford (Jo Elizabeth Stafford) (aka GI Jo, Cinderella G. Stump and Darlene Edwards) - Died 7-16-2008 in Century City, CA, U.S. ( Pop ) Born  11-12-1917 in Coalinga, California, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "You  Belong to Me" and "Make Love to Me") - Was a member of The Stafford Sisters and The Pied Pipers - Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Frank  Sinatra, Gordon MacRae ("Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart" and "My Happiness"), Frankie Laine ("Hey Good Lookin'") and Red Ingle And The Natural Seven - Was married to music director, Paul Weston.

Joe Steele - Died 7-16-2008 near Willingboro, NJ, U.S. - Hit by a motorcycle - He was 55 years old - Played keyboards, banjo, guitar and flute - Worked solo as Shades Of Steele - He was half of the duo, Lahara Steele - Was a member of Motif.

Cap'n Pete Henderson - Found dead 7-16-2008 in Memphis - Shot - He was 72 years old - Born in Mississippi, U.S. - He hosted the blues program, Cap'n Pete's Blues Cruise on radio for 26 years - He recieved a "Keeping The Blues Alive Award" from The Blues Foundation in 1992.

Roy Shirley (Ainsorth Roy Rushton Shirley) - High Priest of Reggae - Died 7-?-2008 in London, England ( Reggae ) Born 7-18-1944 in Kingston, Jamaica - Singer - (He did, "Hold Them" and "I Am The Winner") - Was a member of The Uniques and The Leaders.

Chinamira (Aaron Chakanyuka) - Died 7-17-2008 in Gutu - Illness - He was 38 years old - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (He did, "Chido Chemoyo" and "Nhamo Yemudhorobha").

Harold Chester Moore (aka Dr. Chet) - Died 7-18-2008 in Redding - Cancer - He was 89 years old -  Musician - Founder of The Shasta Dixieland Jazz Festival - Was a member of The Musical Moores.

Michael Cook (Michael Anthony Cook) - Died 7-18-2008 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.- Heart attack ( Gospel ) Born 6-5-1961 in Halifax, VA, U.S. - Singer, bassist, drummer and keyboardist - Was a member of The Melodiaries and The Mighty Clouds Of Joy - GMA Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and International Gospel Hall Of Fame Inductee.

George Russell (George H. Russell) - Died 7-19-2008 in Laguna Beach, CA, U.S. - Heart attack - He was 89 years old - Record promoter, guitarist and composer - Was a member of The Hyde Parkers and The Bachelors - Worked with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra - Promoter for Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys - Brother of actress, Gail Russell.

George Azevedo (George C. Azevedo) - Died 7-19-2008 in Providence, RI, U.S. ( Jazz - R&B ) He was 81 years old - Born in Providence, RI, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with The Shorty Jackson Band.

Bonnie Jones (Bonnie Jo Berry) - Died 7-19-2008 in Rio Linda, CA, U.S. ( Western Swing ) She was 79 years old - Pianist - Was a member of The Western Swing Stars - Wife of fiddler, Loyd Jones - Western Swing Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Artie Traum (Arthur Roy Traum) - Died 7-20-2008 in Bearsville, NY, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Folk ) Born 4-3-1943 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Was a member of Bear and The Children Of Paradise - Worked with his brother Happy Traum and with The True Endeavor Jug Band, Bela Fleck, Warren Bernhardt, Rory Block, Pat Alger, Tony Levin, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur, Eric Anderson, Paul Butterfield, Paul Siebel, Pete Seeger, David Grisman, James Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Michael Franks and The Band.

Michael Dmoch (aka Moose) - Died 7-20-2008 in Kingston - Complications from emphysema ( Folk ) Born 4-6-1949 in Brooklyn - Guitarist and singer - He was half of the duo Redwood Moose with his wife Rebekah Lowden and was a member of Ars Choralis, Voices For Peace.

Tumasi Quitsak - Died 7-20-2008 in Canada - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He recorded the album, "Better Times").

Volker Kahrs (aka Mist and Myst) - Died 7-20-2008 ( Rock ) Born 5-8-1951 - Keyboardist - Was a member of Grobschnitt (They did, "Solar Music").

Fanuel Murambidzi - Died 7-?-2008 in Mudzi - Illness - He was 44 years old - Singer - Was a member of Vakushi Vevhangeri.

Franny Grisnik (Francis Grisnik) - Died 7-21-2008 - Multiple Sclerosis ( R&B ) Born 2-6-1944 - Singer - He was a member of The Holidays (They did, "Lonely Summer" and "Who Knows").

Maurice Unthank - Died 7-21-2008 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 7-17-1949 - Singer - Was a member of The Jive Five (They did, "It's Christmas").

Joe Beck - Died 7-22-2008 in Woodbury, CN, U.S. - Complications of lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 7-29-1945 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Paul Desmond, Maynard Ferguson, Houston Person, Roger Kellaway, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Ali Ryerson, Larry Coryell, Gene Ammons, Paul Simon, Joe Farrell, Sergio Mendez, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jimmy Bruno, Gato Barbieri, Laura Nyro, Richie Havens, James Brown and David Sanborn.

Rossie "Rose" Lloyd Jefferson Allen Jenkins - Died 7-22-2008 ( Gospel ) She was 87 years old - Born in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Jefferson Singers - Worked with The Erskin Hawkins Band.

Dr. Don Verne Joseph (aka Dr. J) - Died 7-22-2008 in Celina, Texas, U.S. ( Big Band ) Born 6-8-1926 in Elk City, Oklahoma, U.S. - Composer, arranger and musician - Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Jan Savitt and Claude Thornhill -  His jazz arrangements have been played by Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and Doc Severinsen - Co-founder of The National Association Of Jazz Educators .

James Henry - Died 7-23-2008 in Liberty Hill - Illness - He was 71 years old - Owner of Henry's Bar And Grille where Don Walser, Junior Brown and Wayne "The Train" Hancock had their careers jump started.

N. Yunupingu  - Died 7-23-2008 - Suicide ( Dance - Rock ) Born 1982 - Played yidaki - Was a member of Yothu Yindi.

Shin "Shinister" Kodachi - Died 7-23-2008 in Japan - Suicide ( Punk ) Born 11-26-1979 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Lucky Stiffs.

Butch Marra (Vincent Marra) - Died 7-23-2008 - Brain aneurism - He was 55 years old - Born in Jessup -  Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Butch And The Kid and Cat And The Fiddle - Worked with The National Geographic Society, Tom And Jerry, Sick Ticket and Pearl.

Zeze Gonzaga - Died 7-24-2008 - Natural causes. - Born 9-3-1926 in Manhuacu, Minas Gerais, Brazil  - Singer - (She did, "Cancao de Dalila" and "Oculos Escuros") - Worked with the orchestras of Radames Gnattali, Leo Peracchi, Lirio Panicali.

Conner Cagle - Died 7-24-2008 - Lymphoma - He was 67 years old - Singer and pianist - Was an opening act for Freddy Fender and The Righteous Brothers.

Leroy Glazier - Died 7-24-2008 - Pancreatic cancer ( Country - Jazz ) He was 66 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Kevin Lange And The Mississippi Drifters, George Jones, Tommy Cash and Ray Pryce.

Pavel Grohman (aka Hroch) - Died 7-25-2008 near Rychnov nad Kneznou, Czech Republic - Motorcycle accident ( Pop - Rock ) Born 4-7-1970 in Jicin, Czechoslovakia - Drummer and songwriter - Founding member of Stary Hadry which later became Chinaski (They did, "Klara", "Dobrak od Kosti" and "1970") - Worked with Zirkus Odvazna srdce.

Hassan Dirie Farah - Died 7-25-2008 in Kuwait City, Kuwait - He was 75 years old - Singer - (He did, "The Power Of Gold" and "Ubah").

Johnny Griffin (John Arnold Griffin III) (aka Little Giant and the world's fastest saxophonist) - Died 7-25-2008 in Mauprevior, France ( Jazz ) Born 4-24-1928 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with T-Bone Walker, Thelonious Monk, Hank Mobley, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Bud Powell, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Wes Montgomery and John Coltrane.

Hiram Bullock - Died 7-25-2008 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-11-1955 in Osaka, Japan - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Paul Shaffer' The World's Most Dangerous Band and The 24th Street Band - Worked with Marcus Miller, Carla Bley, David Sanborn, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, Roberta Flack, Spyro Gyra, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Sting, Miles Davis, Phyllis Hyman, The Brecker Brothers, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Chaka Khan, Pete Townsend, Ruben Rada and Gil Evans.

Janet Beers Boyer - Died 7-25-2008 - Cancer ( Folk ) She was 80 years old - Born in Sproul, PA, U.S. - Played banjo and cello - Performed with her husband, Bill Boyer Jr. - Co-founder of The Music Folk music store, The Focal Point a music venue and coffee house and The St. Louis Folk Music Society.

Michael Berniker - Died 7-25-2008 in Great Barrington, MA, U.S. - Complications from kidney disease - Born 6-30-1935 in Brooklyn - Producer - Worked with Barbra Streisand, Ben Webster, Charlie Rouse, Paquito D'Rivera, Eydie Gorme, Irakere, Johnny Mathis, Thomas Hampson and Perry Como.

Fernanda Baptista - Died 7-25-2008 in Cascais, Portugal ( Fado ) Born 5-7-1919 in Lisbon, Portugal  - Singer and actress.

Christopher Tucker - Died 7-25-2008 ( Rock ) He was 36 years old - (He co-wrote The Brian Jonestown Massacre's, "If Love Is the Drug") - Was a member of The Situation - Worked with The Gatecrash, The Verge, Elan and Orphan Family.

Santha P Nair - Died 7-26-2008 in Chennai - Illness ( Playback ) She was 79 years old - Singer - (She did, "Unarunaroo Unikkanna" and "Kadavathu Thoniyaduthappol") - Mother of singer, Latha Raju.

Rosalyn Brunswick-McDuffie (aka Roz) (Rosalyn Renee Brunswick-McDuffie) - Died 7-26-2008 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Ovarian cancer ( Gospel ) Born 1-19-1969 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Speak Of Me") - Worked with Donnie McClurkin, Rhonda McLemore, Al Jarreau and Chris Walker.

Ted Hall - Died 7-26-2008 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - He was 48 years old - Guitarist and sound mixer - Was a member of The Fents (They did, "Artichoke" and "Stick In The Mud") - Was a senior mixer for POP Sound - He remixed music for Alanis Morrisette, U2, Linkin Park and Sting.

Faisal Helwani - Died 7-27-2008 in Lebanon - Illness ( Highlife ) Musician, composer, sound engineer and producer - Worked with E.T. Mensah, Onipa Nua, Hedzole, Koo Nimo and Hugh Masekala.

Levi Dixon Jr. - Died 7-27-2008 in Tampa, FL, U.S. - Shot ( Gospel ) He was 17 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Top Prospects.

Graeme Crallan (aka Crash) - Died 7-27-2008 in London, England - Head injuries from a fall ( Metal - Punk ) He was 50 years old - Drummer - Was a member of White Spirit (They did, "High Upon High" and "Backs To The Grind") - Worked with Tank.

Michael Dwamena (aka the Ice Cream Man) - Died 7-28-2008 in Texas, U.S. ( Highlife - Rock ) Born 5-30-1964 in Sekondi  - Musician and singer - (He did, "Ngozi" and "Mama") - Worked with Batman Samini, Shortman and Samuel Owusu.

Papa Wendo (Antoine Wendo Kolosoy) - Died 7-28-2008 in Kinshasa - Organ failure ( Congolese Rumba ) Born 1925 in Mushie, Bandundu, northeast of Kinshasa - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Albertina" and "Marie-Louise" for which he was jailed as it was believed the song raised the dead) - Worked with The Victoria Kin Band.

Suzanne Tamim (Suzanne Abdel Satar Tamim) - Died 7-28-2008 in Palm Jumeira, Dubai - Stabbed - Born 9-23-1977 in Beirut, Lebanon - Singer - (She did, "Lovers").

Dan "The Man" Segura (Daniel Segura) - Died 7-28-2008 in Rosenberg, Texas, U.S. - Heart attack ( Tejano  ) Born 1950 in Flatonia - Musician and DJ - Worked with Gary And The Epics and Los Kasinos.

Danny Kahn - Died 7-28-2008 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Murdered ( Folk ) Born 1948 - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Where Did You Go" and "Who Would You Rather").

Bert Tolley - Died 7-28-2008  in Eureka ( Country ) Born 6-28-1947 in Arcata, CA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Country Fever.

Jeff Thomas (Jefferson Thomas) - Died 7-28-2008 - Natural causes ( Rock - Blues ) Guitarist - Was a member of Sonic Wallpaper and of The Fabulous Motels with Charles Rocket.

Keith Shadwick - Died 7-28-2008 - Mesothelioma ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 1951 - Played sax, flute and piano and was a journalist and author - (He did, "Tomorrow Has Gone" and "If You Try To Be Honest") - Was a member of Sun.

Bill Fuller (William Fuller) - Died 7-28-2008 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - Born 5-6-1917 in Finogue, County Kerry, Ireland - Proprietor of The Electric Ballroom which featured artists such as Iggy Pop, Oasis, The Clash, Joy Division, Madness, U2, The Smiths, Nick Cave, Sid Vicious, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Pogues and Public Enemy.

Ishmeet Singh (Ishmeet Singh Sodhi) - Died 7-29-2008 in Male, Maldives - Drowned in a pool - Born 9-2-1989 - Singer - He was the champion of 2007 Star Voice Of India competition.

Adelina Ramos - Died 7-29-2008 ( Fado ) Born 6-14-1914 - Singer - (She did, "Nao Passes Com Ela a Minha Rua").

Oscar Golden (Oscar Isaac Goldenberg Jimenez) - Died 7-29-2008 in Bogota, Colombia - Liver cancer ( Pop - Nueva Ola ) Born 9-16-1945 in Cali, Colombia - Singer - (He did, "Zapatos de Pom Pom" and "Boca de Chicle") - He was an integral part of TV's, Club del Clan - Brother of actress, Diana Goldenberg.

Dave Fernandez - Died 7-29-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Suburban Legend.

Sam Gorman (Samuel D. Gorman) - Died 7-29-2008 in Melbourne, FL, U.S. - Congestive heart failure  - He was 52 years old - Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist, bassist, singer and saxophonist - Was a member of Loose Ends, The Brassfire Band, Street Life and Ace Mellwood And His Horns.

Pablo Beltran Ruiz - Died 7-29-2008 - Born 3-15-1915 - Bandleader and composer - (He wrote, "Quien Sera" which became, "Sway" and was recorded by Julie London, Perry Como, Perez Prado, Dean Martin, Bobby Rydell, Rosemary Clooney and Edmundo Ros).

Lawrence E. Dysart - Died 7-29-2008 ( Gospel ) He was 76 years old - Pianist - Was a member of The Gospelaires.

 Piano Jack (Jack Earl Myllymaki) - Died 7-29-2008 in Belt, Montana, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 12-27-1950 in Great Falls, MT, U.S. - Played piano - (He did, "The Vietnam Bombing Song" and "Big Legged Woman").

Daniel Cox (aka MC WiZe) - Died 7-?-2008 - Brain tumour ( Rap ) He was 22 years old - Was a director for Rhyme And Rhythm Productions - Formed Lil Mysteries.

Margaret Allison - Died 7-?-2008 ( Gospel ) Singer - Was a member of The Angelic Gospel Singers (They did, "Touch Me Lord Jesus") - Worked with The Soul Stirrers, The Might Clouds Of Joy, Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Caesar and The Dixie Hummingbirds.

Speedy Moore (William Moore) - Died 7-30-2008 - Born 1912 - Played fiddle, banjo and saxophone and was a journalist and author - Was a member of The Nighthawks - Jammed with Bill Clinton.

Nathan Kaproff - Died 7-30-2008 - He was 86 years old - Violinist - Worked with Glenn Miller, The Monkees, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Tom Waits, Santana and The Jackson 5 - Was a musical contractor for many films including, Edward Scissorhands, Indecent Proposal and Rocky.

 Brother Yusuf Salim (Joseph Oliver Blair) - Died 7-31-2008 - Prostate cancer ( Jazz ) Born 7-12-1930 - Pianist - Worked with Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins.

Richard Betancourt - Died 7-31-2008 - Car accident - He was 38 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Cellar Poets.

Lee Young ( Leonidas Raymond Young) - Died 7-31-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-7-1914 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drummer, singer and producer - Worked with Mutt Carey, Ethel Waters, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole - Brother of saxophonist, Lester Young.

Bob Button - Died 8-?-2008 - ( Standards ) Pianist - Was a member of  Button And Bows, The Bob Button Orchestra, The Melody Men and Connecticut Playmakers On Wheels.

Bob Fell - Died 8-?-2008 - Natural causes ( Funk - Soul ) He was 39 years old - Played saxophone - Was a member of The Iron Waters (They did, "Cheesey Teepee" and "Hippy Chick").

Tas Blizzard (Tasman Blizzard) - Died 8-1-2008 - His car plunged into a dam ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Meanies (They did, "Lyin'" and "Probe TV") and The Seaweed Gorillas.

Tony Schepkens - Died 8-1-2008 ( Grind ) Born 4-19-1973 - Bassist - Was a member of Agathocles.

Al Overend - Died 8-1-2008 - Complications from congestive heart disease ( Big Band ) He was 88 years old - Musician - Led his own band and the house band for The Safari Hotel.

Fred Falco (Ferdinand Falco) - Died 8-2-2008 in Maryland, NY, U.S. - Cancer - He was 80 years old - Born in South Beach, Staten Island, NY, U.S. - Singer and bass guitarist - Was a member of The Keynotes.

Memo Salamanca (Guillermo Salamanca) - Died 8-2-2008 in Puerto de Veracruz, Mexico - Natural causes ( Mambo )  Born 8-12-1924 in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, Mexico - Composer, musician and singer - (He did, "Mambo y trompeta" and "Mambo numero 5") - Worked with Damaso Perez Prado, Arturo Nunez, Marco Antonio Muniz and Celia Cruz.

Alex McCulloch - Died 8-2-2008 in New Hall Lane - Fell 50 feet ( Rock ) He was 20 years old - Played guitar - Was a member of Me Versus Hero (They did "Starraiders And Spaceinvaders" and What Seems To Be The Officer").

Matt Nozzolio (Matthew Anthony Nozzolio) - Died 8-2-2008 in New Haven, CN, U.S. ( Country - Bluegrass - Folk ) Born 1954 - Sang and played accordion, bass and dobro - (He did, "Pot Of Gold" and "Walk On Boy") - Was a member of Traver Hollow, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters and The Bristol Boys - Worked with Jon Swift, Allan Harris And The Cross That River Band, Lost Highway, Deep Ellum, Charter Oak Bluegrass, The Remnants and Horizon Blue.

Erik Darling - Died 8-2-2008 near Chapel Hill, NC, U.S. - Burkitt's lymphoma ( Folk ) Born 9-25-1933 in Canandaigua, NY, U.S. - Sang and played guitar and banjo - Was a member of The Tunetellers later renamed The Tarriers (They did, "Cindy, O Cindy" and a version of "The Banana Boat Song"), The Weavers and The Rooftop Singers (They did, "Walk Right In" and "Tom Cat").

Bill Marten - Died 8-2-2008 - Suicide ( Grunge - Punk ) Born 1960 - Bassist - Was a member of Houndgod, The Inca Babies (They did, "Grunt Cadillac Hotel" and "Big Jugular") and TAB-D (They did, "Quicksand" and "That's What I Want").

David Lander - Died 8-2-2008 - Heart attack - Managed Kittie - Father of Kittie band members, Morgan and Mercedes.

Tadashi Hattori - Died 8-2-2008 in Tokyo, Japan - He was 100 years old - Composer - Wrote music for the films, No Regrets For Our Youth and They Who Step On The Tiger's Tail.

Roger Dean (David Roger Bryan Dean) - Died 8-3-2008 - Brain cancer ( Rock - R&B - Country ) Born 3-16-1943 in Hendon, North West London - Guitarist - Worked with The Nu-Notes (They did, "Hall Of Mirrors" and "Kathy"), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers ("Crocodile Walk" and "Crawling Up A Hill"), Mike Hurst & The Methods, The Stingrays, Ronnie Jones And The Bluejays, The Bad Boys, The Three Degrees, Jimmy Helms and Sheer Elegance.

Lou Teicher (Louis Teicher) - Died 8-3-2008 in North Carolina - Heart attack ( Pop - Easy Listening ) Born 8-24-1924 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S. - He was half of piano duo, Ferrante & Teicher (They did, "Theme From The Apartment" and "Midnight Cowboy").

Paul "Moon" Mullins - Died 8-3-2008 ( Bluegrass ) Born 1936 in Frenchburg, Kentucky, U.S. - Played fiddle and was a radio personality - (He did, "Katy Daly") - Worked with The Stanley Brothers, The Bluegrass Playboys, Charlie Moore, Bill Napier, Larry Sparks, The Goins Brothers, Charlie Monroe, Earl Taylor, Jim McCall, Jimmy Martin and The Boys From Indiana.

Kawai Eri - Died 8-4-2008 in Japan - Illness ( Pop - World - Classical ) Born 5-8-19?? - Singer and songwriter - She was a contributor to anime series Utawarerumono and was the singing voice of Athena Glory in the series ARIA.

Manny Furia (Manuel Furia) - Died 8-4-2008 - Liver failure - Born 1-31-1931 - Played accordion and piano - Was a member of The Foursome.

Barbara Gilliam - Died 8-4-2008 in  Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. ( Soul ) Singer - Was a member of The Passionettes who changed their name to The Fuzz (They did, "I Love You for All Seasons" and "Like an Open Door").

Jim Johnstone - Died 8-4-2008 - Born 1-21-1937 in Tranent - Accordionist - Worked with Bobby Colgan, Willie Donaldson and Andrew Rankine - Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Reg Lindsay - Died 8-5-2008 in Newcastle, New South Wales - Pneumonia ( Country ) Born 1929 in Sydney, New South Wales - Sang and played harmonica, banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle - (He did, "Armstrong" and "Empty Arms Hotel") - He wrote over 500 songs - Australia's Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Geno Williams (Eugene Williams Jr.) - Died 8-5-2008 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( R&B ) He was 64 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Vells And The Precision Six and The Buck Ram Platters.

 Mike Sobon - Died 8-5-2008 in Middletown, PA, U.S. - Hit by a train ( Punk ) He was 19 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Hostages.

Robert Hazard (Robert Rimato) - Died 8-5-2008 in Boston, MA, U.S. - After surgery for pancreatic cancer ( Rock - Country ) Born 1948 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer, musician and songwriter - (He wrote Cyndi Lauper's, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun") - Led Robert Hazard And The Heroes (They did, "Escalator Of Life" and "Change Reaction").

Dover Cooper (aka Luke the Drifter) - Died 8-5-2008 ( Blues ) He was 54 years old - Harmonica player and singer - Was a member of The Buick City Blues Band - Worked with Tim Lamb.

Wayne Mulraney - Died 8-6-2008 in Jabiru, Northern Territory - Car accident ( Country ) He was 47 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "The Barefoot Cattleman" and "It's Time To Go Home").

Douglas Bashaw - Died 8-6-2008 in Lebanon, NH, U.S. - Motorcycle accident - He was 44 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of SunKing.

Joseph Brazil - Died 8-6-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 8-25-1927 - Worked with John Coltrane and Roy Ayers - Founder of The Brazil Academy Of Music.

Steve Verwolf (aka Steve Swad)- Died 8-6-2008 in Tacoma, WA, US - Accidental drug overdose ( Punk ) Born 4-9-1965 - Singer - Was a member of Ten Minute Warning (They did, "Memories Gather Dust" and "Last Dream").

Chris Calloway (Christopher Lynn Calloway) - Died 8-7-2008 in Santa  Fe, NM, U.S. - Breast cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-21-1945 in Los Angeles, CA,  U.S. - Singer and bandleader - Worked with her father, Cab Calloway's, Hi-De-Ho Orchestra and with The Bert Dalton Trio - Portrayed Billie Holiday in the play, Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill - Niece of  bandleader, Blanche Calloway.

Carmelo Cacciatore Jr. - Died 8-7-2009 in Middleboro, MA, U.S. - Car accident - He was 20 years old - Born in Quincy, MA, U.S. - Played bass and piano - Was a member of Bogged Down.

Chester Smith - Died 8-8-2008 in Palo Alto ( Country - Gospel ) Singer and radio broadcaster - (He did, "Wait a Little Longer, Please, Jesus") - Worked with Merle Haggard.

Horace Linsley - Died 8-8-2008 - He was 88 years old - Songwriter - (He wrote, Buddy Holly's,"Fool's Paradise" and Gisele MacKenzie's, "Never Go'way").

Aiden Lynch (Ainey) - Died 8-8-2008 - Sang and played trumpet - Was a member of The Kells Silver Band.

Yodrak Salukjai (Nipon Praiwan) - King of luk tung music - Died 8-9-2008 - Liver cancer ( Thai Folk ) Born 1956 in the central province of Phichit - Singer - (He did, "Chakayan khon jon" and "Samsib yong Jaew") - He recorded over 4,000 songs.

Frank Welsh (Frank W. Welsh) - Died 8-9-2008 in Timonium, MD, U.S. - Kidney failure - He was 76 years old - Born in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Played clarinet and saxophone - Led Frank Welsh's Orchestra.

Nathan Ndjiharine - Died 8-9-2008 - Drowned in the Muskegon River ( Reggae ) He was 46 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Yoroka and Zion Lion.

Dale Warren (Dale Henry Warren) - Died 8-9-2008 in Branson, MO, U.S. - Heart failure ( Country ) Born 6-1-1925 in Rockford, Ill., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers who are believed to be the oldest continually performing musical group in history - Workd with with Cliffie Stone's Hometown Jamboree, Foy Willing And The Riders Of The Purple Sage and The All American Jamboree.

Mauro Scavroni (Mauro Scavroni Ughi) - Died 8-9-2008 ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Los Memphis (They did, "Me Haces Feliz Todo El Tiempo" and "Mujer Olvidada").

Jerry Venturi - Died 8-10-2008 - Cancer - Born 8-2-1941 - Played accordion - Led The Jerry Venturi Trio - Owned Venturi's House Of Music.

Isaac Hayes (Isaac Lee Hayes Jr.) - Died 8-10-2008 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Stroke ( Soul - Disco ) Born 8-20-1942 in Covington, TN, U.S. - Sang and played piano, flute and saxophone and was a songwriter, producer, arranger and actor - (Co-wrote Sam & Dave's, "Soul Man") - (He did "Theme From Shaft", "I Can't Turn Around" and "Joy") - Worked with Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sammy Davis Jr., Albert King and Alcia Keys - He was the voice of the cartoon character Chef on TV's, South Park - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Alex Wallace (aka Lil' Bill) - Died 8-10-2008 ( Blues ) He was 83 years old - Born in Louisiana - Guitarist - Worked with T-Bone Walker.

Frankie Tam (Frank P. Tam Sr.) (Francisco Paul Tamburo) - Died 8-10-2008 - Congestive heart failure ( Big Band ) He was 93 years old - Born in New York, U.S. - Played violin and guitar and sang - Led Frankie Tam And His Orchestra and Frankie Tam And The Next Generation - Worked with Bobby Hackett and Carmen Cavallaro.

Derek "Dexter" Whitehall (aka Dexter The Insulter) - Died 8-10-2008 in England - Cancer ( Jazz ) He was 69 years old - Born in Hendon, England - Played saxophone and clarinet - (He did, "Tango Macabre") - Worked with Robert Ellis Hawke, Chet Baker, Nina Simone, The  Buena Vista Social Club and Geno Washington.

David Breytman - Died 8-11-2008 ( Klezmer ) Born in Odessa, Ukraine - Bayan player - Was a musical director for The Sadko Balalaika Orchestra - Was a member of Klezmania (They did, "Fun Kosev" and "New Orleans Khasene").

Don Helms - Died 8-11-2008 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 2-28-1927 in New Brockton, Alabama, U.S. - Played steel guitar - (He wrote, Brenda Lee's, "Fool Number One") - Was a member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys ("Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Cold, Cold Heart") - Worked with Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Stonewall Jackson, The Nashville Tennesseans and Brazilbilly - Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.

David Melle - Died 8-11-2008 in Catawba Island Township - Complications from cancer ( Jazz ) He was 66 years old - Played saxophone, flute and clarinet - Was a member of and a director for The Toledo Jazz Orchestra.

Mario Zuleta (Mario Jose Zuleta Diaz) - Died 8-11-2008 in Cabo de la Vela, Guajira, Colombia - Ingested poison ( Vallenato ) Born 1955 in Villanueva, Guajira, Colombia - Accordionist, composer and producer - (He wrote, "Cantando me divierto", "la herida de mi alma" and "El cobarde de mi pueblo") - Worked with Jairo Serrano - Son of composer and accordionist, Emiliano Zuleta Baquero, brother of  singer, Poncho Zuleta and accordionist, Emiliano Zuleta and uncle of accordionist, Ivan Zuleta.

Christie Allen - Died 8-12-2008 in Australia - Pancreatic cancer ( Pop ) Born 9-12-1954 in England - Singer - (She did, "Goosebumps" and "He's My Number One").

Orlando "Puntilla" Rios - Died 8-12-2008 in New York, U.S. - After a heart operation - Born 12-26-1947 in Havana, Cuba - Percussionist and singer - Led Nueva Generacion.

Donald Erb - Died 8-12-2008 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, U.S. - Illness ( Avant-garde - Jazz - Electronic ) Born 1927 in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S. - Composer and trumpeter - (He wrote, "Reconnaissance" and "Three Pieces For Brass Quintet And Piano").

Eval Manigat - Died 8-12-2008 in Haiti ( World Beat ) He was in his late 60s - Musician - Led Tchaka - Worked with with Vaccine, Buzz and The Young Latins.

Hosea Leavy - Died 8-12-2008 in Fresno, CA, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Blues ) Born 11-26-1927 in Altheimer, Ark., U.S. - Played guitar, bass, drums and keyboards and sang - (He did, "Cummins Prison Farm" with his  brother Calvin and "It's Too Early In The Morning") - Worked with Harmonica Slim and Chris Millar.

Lita Roza (Lilian Patricia Lita Roza) - Died 8-14-2008 - Born 3-14-1926 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England - Singer - (She did, "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?" and "Hey There") - Worked with Edmundo Ros, The Harry Roy Orchestra and The Ted Heath Band - Was the first British female singer to top the UK singles charts.

Terry Wallace - Died 8-14-2008 - Mesothelioma ( Skiffle - Rock - Folk ) He was 66 years old - Sang and played guitar and banjo - Was a member of Carl Wayne And The Vikings (They did, "What's The Matter Baby" and "This Is Love") and The Southerners - Worked with Sounds Hawaiian, The Nightshift and Mike Sheridan's New Lot.

Leo Gomez (Leonardo Gomez Jr.) - Died 8-15-2008 in Valledupar, Colombia - Car accident ( Nueva Ola Vallanata ) Born 1983 in Valledupar, Colombia - Singer, musician and composer - (He wrote Luifer Cuello's, "Pin Pon Pan", Peter Manjarres', "La Duena de mi vida" and Jacobo Fonseca's, "Pinta un bosque y pierdete") - Worked with Diomedes Dionisio Diaz.

Francisco Andres Beleno (aka Pacho Beleno) - Died 8-15-2008 in Valledupar, Colombia - Car accident ( Nueva Ola Vallanata ) Born 1985 in Valledupar, Colombia - Musician - Was a member of Los K Morales - Son of singer and musician, Andres Beleno.

Tom Furtaw (Thomas Furtaw) - Died 8-15-2008 after he collapsed on stage - Guitarist - He was 43 years old - Was a member of The Spitting Nickels.

Jerry Wexler (Gerald Wexler) - Died 8-15-2008 in Sarasota, FL, U.S. - Congestive heart failure - Born 1-10-1917 in The Bronx, NY, U.S. - Producer - Signed and/or produced Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, George Michael, Dusty Springfield and others - Was a writer for Billboard Magazine - He coined the term "Rhythm And Blues" - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Blues Foundation's Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Nicky Martin - Died 8-15-2008 - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Street Punk.

Ingo Kasten (aka Kiste) - Died 8-15-2008 in Germany - Motorbike accident - Born 12-31-1976 in Germany - Co-operator and booking agent for, Rock This Town.

Dorival Caymmi - Died 8-16-2008 in Copacabana, Río de Janeiro, Brasil - Multiple organ failure ( Samba - Pop ) Born 4-30-1914 in Salvador, Brasil - Singer and composer - (He did, "Oracao de Mae Menininha", "Promessa de Pescador" and  "O que e que a baiana tem?") - His songs have been recorded by Carmen Miranda, Gal Costa and Maria Bethania - Father of singers, Dori, Danilo and Nana Caymmi and husband of singer, Stella Maris.

Ronnie Drew - Died 8-16-2008 in Dublin, Ireland - Illness ( Folk ) Born 9-16-1934 in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Founded The Ronnie Drew Group which became The Dubliners (They did, "Seven Drunken Nights" and a version of "Finnegan's Wake") - Worked with The Pogues, Eleanor Shanley, Christy Moore, Antonio Breschi and The Dropkick Murphys.

Johnny Moore (aka Dizzi) (John Arlington Moore) - Died 8-16-2008 - Colon cancer ( Ska - Reggae ) Born 8-5-1938 in Kingston, Jamaica - Trumpeter - Was a founding member of The Skatalites (They did, "Confucious" and "Red Is Danger").

Andrew Polich - Died 8-16-2008 in Escondido, CA, U.S. - Complications related to Alzheimer's disease ( Big Band ) He was 90 years old - Born in Summit -  Played saxophone - Led The Andy Powell Orchestra (They did, "Dancing In The Dark") - Worked with Eddy Howard And His Orchestra.

Jimmy Moore (James E. Moore) -  Died 8-16-2008 in Ossining, NY, U.S.  ( R&B ) Born 3-7-1926 in Winston-Salem, NC, U,S. - Was a member of The Five Royales (They did the original, "Think" and "Dedicated To The One I Love").

Pervis Jackson (Pervis Angelo Jackson) - Died 8-18-2008 in Detroit,  MI. U.S. - Cancer ( Soul ) Born 5-17-1938 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. -  Bass singer - Was a member of The Spinners (Also known as The Motown  Spinners and The Detroit Spinners) (They did, "They Just Can't Stop It  (Games People Play)" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love").

Clyde Balfour Jones (aka Daddy Jones) - Died 8-18-2008 ( Spouge ) He was 85 years old - Organist - Managed The Troubadours.

Joe Shikany - Died 8-18-2008 - Hit by a falling tree ( Rock ) Singer, guitarist and bassist - Worked with Paul Rodgers, Bighorn, The Allies, Magic Bus, Sex And Violins, N'Sane, PowerCell, The Davanos and Spike And The Impalers.

LeRoi Moore (Gary Lee Moore) - Died 8-19-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Of injuries suffered in an all terrain vehicle accident in June ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 9-7-1961 in Durham, NC, U.S. - Played saxophone, flute, clarinet and wooden penny whistle - Was a member of The Dave Matthews Band (They did, "Too Much" and "Stay") - Worked with Code Magenta and Soko.

Wayne Wadhams (Wayne N. Wadhams) - Died 8-19-2008 ( Rock ) Born 11-12-1946 in Stamford, CT, U.S. - Singer and keyboarist - Was a member of The Demen who changed their name to The D-Men (They did, "Don't You Know" and "I Just Don't Care") and then to The Fifth Estate (They did, "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" and "Morning Morning") - Founder of The Boston Skyline record label.

Clea Bradford (Clea Annah Ethell Bradford-Silverlight) - Died 8-19-2008 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Complications from breast cancer ( Jazz ) She was 67 years old - Born in Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "My Love's a Monster") - Worked with with Clark Terry, Jimmy Forrest, Ike Turner and The Quartette Tres Bien - Sister of songwriter, Janie Bradford.

Danny Young (Danny Roy Young) (aka the Mayor of South Austin) - Died 8-20-2008 in South Austin, TX, U.S. - Heart attack ( Honky Tonk - Conjunto - Zydeco ) He was 67 years old - Born in Defiance, Ohio, U.S. - Played rub board - Worked with Cornell Hurd and Ponty Bone.

Phil Guy - Died 8-20-2008 in Chicago Heights, Ill., U.S. - Complications of prostate cancer ( Blues ) Born 4-28-1940 in Lettsworth, LA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Last Of The Blues Singers") - Worked with his brother, Buddy Guy and with Big Poppa And The Country Boys, Junior Wells, Slim Harpo and Raful Neal.

Little Arthur Duncan - Died 8-20-2008 in  Northlake, IL, U.S. - Complications from brain surgery ( Blues ) Born 2-5-1934 in Indianola, Miss., U.S. - Played  harmonica and sang - Was a member of The Backscratchers - Worked with Twist Turner, Illinois Slim and Rick Kreher.

Oscar Ferrari (Oscar Samuel Rodríguez de Mendoza) - Died 8-20-2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Gastric affection ( Tango ) Born 8-9-1924 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Singer and professor - Was a member the orchestras of Juan Calo, Alfredo Gobbi, Edgardo Donato ("Galleguita"), Astor Piazzolla and Jose Basso - Son of the dancers, Roberto Salvador and María Antonia Quimino.

Barbara Jamerson - Died 8-20-2008 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Cardiac arrest  ( Jazz - R&B - Blues ) She was 59 years old - Singer - (She did, "I Wish You Love") - Led Barbara Jamerson & 2 Deep - Worked with The Fro Brigham's Preservation Band, Hot And Spicy Etouffee, The Pacific Brass And Electric, Capricorn, The Sophisticates and Women In Jazz - African American Musicians' Heritage Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Buddy Harman (Murrey Mizell Harman Jr.) - Died 8-21-2008 - Congestive heart failure ( Country ) He was 79 years old - Drummer - Worked with Elvis Presley ("Little Sister"),  Perry Como, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Roy Orbison ("Pretty Woman"), Connie Francis,, Johnny Cash ("Ring Of Fire"),  Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette ("Stand By Your Man"), Ray Price and many others - Was the first staff drummer for The Grand Ole Opry - Performed for John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan - He can be heard on over 18,000 recordings.

Doris May Ueberroth Smith (Doris May Mossing) - Died 8-21-2008 in Perrysburg Township, Ohio, U.S. - Complications from pancreatic cancer - Born 1-25-1925 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. - Was a director and member of The Kitchenettes, a comedic kazoo band which also played homemade instruments - They formed in 1958.

Jerry Finn - Died 8-21-2008 - Due to a brain hemorrhage he suffered in July - He was 39 years old - Producer - Worked with The Offspring, AFI,  Morrissey, Bad Religion, Blink-182, Sparta, Smoking Popes, Alkaline Trio, Tiger Army, The Muffs, MxPx, Rancid, Pennywise, Green Day and Sum 41.

Sean Rigg - Died 8-21-2008 in Brixton, London, England ( Rap ) He was 40 years old - Born in England - Released the album, Be Brother B Good.

Ralph Young - Died 8-22-2008 in Palm Springs, CA, U.S. ( Big Band - Easy Listening ) Born 7-1-1923 - Singer and comedian - He was half of the duo, Sandler And Young - Worked with Les Brown, Tommy Reynolds and Shep Fields.

Gini Northup (Virginia Schiller Northup) - Died 8-22-2008 - Blood clot ( Blues - Rock ) She was 45 years old - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of The Boilermakers and Two For The Show with her husband, Jerry Northup and also was a member of Passion Play and Girls Night Out.

Buddy Clarke (Herbert D. Kreisberg) - Died 8-22-2008 - Natural causes ( Big Band ) Born 12-30-1911 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Played violin and was a publicist - Led The Buddy Clarke Orchestra - Worked with singer, Joan Brooks - As a publicist he worked for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Robert Redford.

Ron Epstein (Ronald A. Epstein) - Died 8-23-2008 - Complications after lung surgery - He was 58 years old - Played clarinet - Was a member of The Pitman Hobo Band.

Harold Nicholls (Harold Carey Nicholls Sr.) - Died 8-23-2008 in Great Falls - Illness ( Big Band ) Born 7-5-1914 in Pe Ell, Wash., U.S. - Played organ - Led The Harold Nicholls Big Band - Worked with his wife, singer Beth Halmes Nicholls.

Loren Blahovec (aka Loren Blake) - Died 8-23-2008 ( Jazz ) He was 80 years old - Pianist - Worked with his wife, singer Janet Blahovec and withThe Four Preps, The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, George Shearing, Stan Getz, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Charo and The Joe Hary Quartet.

Miguel Durier - Died 8-23-2008 in Bogota, Colombia - Stroke ( Rock ) Born 1-8-1949 in Bogota, Colombia - Singer and guitarist - (He Did, "El Melenudo", "Los Cuervos Estan de Luto" and "El Pajaro Taladro") - Was a member of Los Flippers, Glass Onion, La Banda del Marciano and La Leyenda.

Jimmy Cleveland - Died 8-23-2008 in Lynwood, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 5-3-1926 in Wartrace, TN, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with Miles Davis, Gene Krupa, Sarah Vaughan, Cannonball Adderley, Art Farmer, Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Pettiford, Dinah Washington, Lucky Thompson, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery and James Brown.

Juanjo Sanchez Campins - Died 8-23-2008 in Madrid, Spain ( Rock ) Born 1945 - Guitarist and bassist - Was a member of Los Relampagos (They did, "Danza del fuego" and "Los vikingos").

Steve Foley - Died 8-?-2008 in Minneapolis, MN - Accidental overdose of prescription medication ( Rock ) Born 1959 - Drummer - Worked with Curtiss A, Wheelo, Snaps, The Replacements and Bash & Pop.

Hansi Lang - Died 8-24-2008 in Vienna, Austria - Stroke ( Pop ) Born 1-13-1955 - Singer and actor - Was a member of Hallucination Company, Dreamboat and Slow Club.

Yau Aaron Chan - Died 8-24-2008 in Vancouver, Canada - Stabbed ( Hip Hop ) He was 25 years old - Singer - (He did, "No Tomorrow").

Chad Ingle - Died 8-24-2008 - Food posioning ( Gospel ) He was 26 years old - Singer, guitarist and pianist - (He did, "It's A Miracle" and "From Heaven's Point Of View").

Thelma Starks - Died 8-24-2008 - Born 1916 - Co-owned The Sunset Lounge which showcased artists such as James Brown, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton.

Jack Hutton - Died 8-24-2008 in London, England ( Jazz ) Born 4-17-1928 in Sydney, Australia  - Played trumpet and was a journalist - Was a member of The Codgers - Was an editor for Melody Maker and worked for Kerrang!, Popswap and Sounds - Interviewed many jazz artists including Sidney Bechet, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Count Basie, Diana Washington and Sammy Davis Jr. - Co-founded The Dundee Jazz Club.

Jane Ann Packham Hunter - Died 8-24-2008 - Born 7-19-1935 in Pocatello, Idaho, U.S. - Singer and actress - She appeared in musicals and was a member of The BYU Madrigal Singers and a champagne lady for TV's, The Lawrence Welk Show.

"California" Eddie Jones (Edward Jones) - Died 8-24-2008 in New York  City, NY, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 7-26-1934 in Los Angeles, CA - Singer, keyboardist and songwriter - Was a member of The Demens (They did, "Take Me As I Am" and "The Greatest Of Them All") and The Emersons (They did, "Joannie, Joannie" and "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde").

Naheed Gohar - Died 8-25-2008 in Pakistan - Shot - She was 40 years old - Singer.

Davy Hammond (David Hammond) - Died 8-25-2008 in Belfast, Northern Ireland - He was 79 years old - Singer and film maker - Worked with The Clancy Brothers, Donal Lunny, Neil Martin, Alan Lomax and Pete Seeger - Founding member of The Field Day Theatre Company.

Simoes Manuel - Died 8-27-2008  in Lisbon - He was 91 years old - Producer - Recorded Maria de Lourdes Resende, Tristao da Silva, Francisco Jose, Berta Cardoso, Manuel de Almeida ,Casimiro Ramos, Maria Jose da Guia, Argentina Santos, Alfredo Marceneiro, Anita Guerreiro, Manuel Fernandes, Jose António and Maria Antonieta.

Jez Bird - Died 8-27-2008 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 50 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Lambrettas (They did, "Da-a-a-nce" and a version of, "Poison Ivy").

Aart de Ruig - Died 8-27-2008 ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Bottles.

Richard Beckman (Richard E. Beckman) - Died 8-28-2008 in  Springfield, Ill, U.S. ( Big Band ) He was 77 years old - Born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with The Jack Engler Orchestra and The Gary Dammer Orchestra.

Gilbert Moorer Jr. - Died 8-28-2008 in Milwaukee, WI, U.S. - Throat cancer ( R&B ) Born 8-20-1941 in Birmingham, Ala., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Esquires (They did, "Get On Up" and "And Get Away").

John Weatherwax (John Thomas Weatherwax) - Died 8-29-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 12-24-1920 in Wichita - Singer and trombonist - Was a member of The Junk Yard Jazz band, The Jazzhaus Swing Band, The New Horizons Band, The Lawrence City Band, The Olathe Civic Band and The Handful Of Stars Band.

Loren Newton - Died 8-29-2008 in Superior, Wisconsin, U.S. - Internal injuries after being hit by a motor home ( Country ) He was 28 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Shane Thomas Band.

Bill Chrystal (William A. Chrystal) - Died 8-29-2008 - He was 77 years old -  Played piano - Worked with The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Civic Light Opera, Bob Rawsthorne and Steve Allen.

Lloyd "Buttercup" Faust (Lloyd Henry Faust Jr.) - Died 8-29-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 10-13-1951 - Sang and played trumpet, guitar, bass and drums - Was a member of Clutch.

John Weatherwax (John Thomas Weatherwax) - Died 8-29-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 12-24-1920 in Wichita, Kansas, U.S. - Played trombone - Worked with The Junkyard Jazz Band, The Jazzhaus Swing Band, The Lawrence City Band, The Olathe Civic Band, The Handful Of Stars Band, The New Horizons Band and The KU Alumni Band.

Brian Gardner - Died 8-30-2008 - He was 48 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Foolin.

Jed Cruz (James O'Toole) (James Edward O'Toole) - Died 8-30-2008 in Vancouver, Canada - Shot in the back seat of a taxi ( Rock ) He was 26 years old - Born in Dublin, Ireland - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist - (He did, "This Is The End" and "Details Of Our Love") - Was a member of Napolean.

Eldon Rathburn (Eldon Davis Rathburn) - The dean of Canadian film composers - Died 8-30-2008 - Illness - Born 4-21-1916 in Queenstown, New Brunswick, Canada - Composer and pianist - Worked with Don Messer - He composed scores for 185 films including Labyrinth, The Last Buffalo and Pillar Of Wisdom.

Sammy Cohen - Died 8-30-2008 - Complications of Hepatitis C ( Jazz ) Born 5-18-1938in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Drummer - Co-founder of  The San Jose Jazz Society and producer of 19 San Jose Jazz Festivals.

Mariyamma John (aka Mariamma Chettathi) - Died 8-31-2008 in Thottakkad in Changanassery ( Folk ) She was 90 years old - Singer.

George Young (George Terry Young) (aka Kanalu) - Died 8-31-2008 - Illness ( Hawaiian ) Born 1954 - Composer and musician.

Claude Watt - Died 8-31-2008 - Illness - Born in Toronto, Canada - Played banjo, mandolin and saxophone and was a singer and composer - Founder of Claymar Productions.

BJ Papa (William Jackson) - Died 8-31-2008 in North Beach, CA, U.S. - Liver  disease ( Jazz ) Born 2-9-1936 in Mobile, Ala., U.S. - Pianist - Worked with John Handy, Marcus Shelby and Bishop Norman.

Reuben Bee Sithole - Died 8-?-2008 in Zimbabwe - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 1952 - Guitarist - Worked with Abraxas, The Big Four, The Jacaranda Jazz Cats, Socca Moruakgomo, The Unity Band, The Urban Brew Band and The Gem Band.

Rik Clay (Richard Clay) - Died 9-?-2008 in Ilkley ( Rock ) He was 26 years old - Singer and guitarist - Led Somewhere Not Here (They did, "Adrift" and "At Peace") - Was a member of FULC (They did, "Wasting" and "Embrace Destroy") and Tensecondsofchaos (They did, "Happy Is What I Should Be" and "Face The Problem") - Son of guitarist John Clay.

Freddie King (Frederick Hyland King) - Died 9-1-2008 - Complications from diabetes - Born 11-20-1935 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Singer, composer and arranger and played the ukulele, piano and drums - Was a member of The Oriole Four - Worked with Pro's N Con's, Premiere and Sage - He composed over 300 songs - Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame Inductee.

Jerry Reed (Jerry Reed Hubbard) - Died 9-1-2008 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Complications from emphysema ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 3-20-1937 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor - (He did, "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and "Guitar Man") - Worked with Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley  - His songs have been recorded by Brenda Lee, Gene Vincent and Porter Wagoner - He appeared in all three, "Smokey And The Bandit" movies - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Sheldon Keller - Died 9-1-2008 in Valencia - Complications of Alzheimer's disease ( Jazz ) Born 8-20-1923 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played guitar and bass - Was a founding member of The Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band - He was a comedy writer the TV shows, Caesar's Hour, Make Room For Daddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show and MASH.

Dick Dickinson - Died 9-1-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz )  Born 1-2-1928 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with David Baker, Bob Beasley And His Westpoint Cadets, The Bill Adair Orchestra and Tom Mitchell.

Arne Domnerus (Sven Arne Domnerus) (aka Dompan) - Died 9-2-2008 - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 12-20-1924 - Saxophonist - Worked with The Swedish Radio Big Band, Bengt Hallberg, Charlie Parker, Quincy Jones, James Moody, Art Farmer, Clifford Brown and Clark Terry.

Pierre Van Dormael - Died 9-3-2008 in Brussels - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1952 in Brussels - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Nasa Na Band - Worked with Soriba Kouate and Herve Samb - Provided the scores for his brother Jaco's films, "Toto The Hero" and "The Eighth Day".

May Shin (Daw May Shin) (aka Ma Than Shin ) - Died 9-3-2008 in Mandalay - Pulmonary edema - Born 3-10-1917 in Mandalay - Actress and singer - (She did, "Shin Thi Wili" and "Pyo Hmar Tan").

Geo Voumard - Died 9-3-2008 ( Jazz ) He was 87 years old - Pianist and composer - (Co-wrote, "Refrain" and "Nous aurons demain") - Co-founder of The Montreaux Jazz Festival.

Raul Ornelas - Died 9-3-2008 in Temple, TX, U.S. - Heart attack during surgery for pancreatic cancer ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 11-6-1941 in Corpus Christi, TX, U.S. - Played trumpet and bass - Was a member of The Beaumont Jazz Group - Worked with The Symphony Of Southeast Texas, The Jimmy Simmons Band, The Lamar Brass Quintet, Keith Brion's The New Sousa, Johnny Mathis, The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Tommy Tune and Joan Rivers.

Isaiah Bing (Isaiah Samuel Bing Jr.) - Died 9-3-2008 in Metter, GA, U.S. ( R&B - Gospel ) Born 1-27-1926 in Barnwell County, SC, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Ashley Plantation Singers, The Southern Trumpeteers, The Bing Brothers, The Larks and The King Odom Quartet (They did, "Pickin' A Chicken" and "Moonlight Frost").

 Waldick Soriano (Euripedes Waldick Soriano) - Died 9-4-2008 in Vila Isabel - Prostate cancer ( Brega ) Born 5-13-1933 in Caetite, Bahia, Brazil - Singer and composer - (He wrote, "Quem es tu?" and "Eu nao sou cachorro nao").

Eric Laufer - Died 9-4-2008 - Motorcycle accident ( Rockabilly ) He was 25 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Two Timin' Three who became The Two Timin' Four (They did, "Payin The Price" and "Tag Along").

Fernest Arceneaux (John Fernest Arcenaux ) - The Prince of Zydeco and  The New Prince of Accordion - Died 9-4-2008 in Lafayette, LA, U.S. -  Natural causes ( Zydeco - Blues - Rock ) Born 8-27-1940 in Carencro,  LA, U.S. - Played accordian and guitar and sang - Was a member of  Fernest And The Thunders.

Richard Negus - Died 9-5-2008 ( Folk - Roots ) He was 60 years old - Born in the U.S. - Multi-instrumentalist - Worked with The Hot Latkes Klezmer Band, Toronto's Stringband and London Pro Musica.

Sergey Kawagoe - Died 9-5-2008 in Canada- Heart condition ( Rock ) Born 6-25-1953 - Drummer and keyboardist - Was a member of Mashina Vremeni- Worked with Woskresenje and Shanghai.

 Charles "Ray" Loring - Died 9-6-2008 in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, U.S. - Heart attack while hiking - He was 65 years old - Composer and pianist - Wrote the score for the film, "Ruby" and for about 100 episodes of NOVA's, "Saving The National Treasures" series.

Berenice Chavez - Queen of the Colombian song - Died 9-6-2008 in Bogota, Colombia - Illness ( Bambuco - Andina - Bolero ) Born 1919 in Bogota, Colombia - Singer and musician - (She did, "Los Arrayanes" and "Tiplecito de mi vida") - Was a member of Hermanitas Chavez - Worked with her sister, singer Cecilia - Daughter of  musician, Isidoro Chavez and wife of musician, Digno García.

Nick Masullo - Died 9-6-2008 - Multiple sclerosis ( Folk ) Born 1952 - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (He did, "Everything You've Got" and "One Hundred Years Ago").

Phil White (Philip Edward White) - Died 9-6-2008 - Complications of heart disease ( Rock ) Born 5-26-1950 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. - Bassist, pianist and songwriter - Was a member of Space Opera (They did, "Holy River" and "Over And Over ") - Worked with T Bone Burnett, Bill Ham and Stephen Bruton.

Nicole Lai - Died 9-6-2008 - Skin cancer - She was 36 years old - Singer - (She did, "Freedom") - Worked with Aaron Kwok, Sammi Cheng and Jolin Tsai.

Dino Dvornik (Miljenko Dvornik) - Died 9-7-2008 in Zagreb ( Pop - Funk - Techno ) Born 8-20-1964 in Split - Musician and actor - (He did, "Nista kontra Splita") - Founder of Kineski zid - Son of actor, Boris Dvornik.

Rick Cicalo (aka Rico Cicalo) - Died 9-7-2008 in Washington, Iowa, U.S. - Liver cancer ( R&B ) He was 54 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Patrick Hazell & The Mother Blues Band - Worked with Greg Brown, Big Wooden Radio, The Rhythm Rockers, The Moon Rockers and Bo Ramsey - Was a mayor of Washington, Iowa - Iowa Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Chris Dudek (aka Witchhunter) - Died 9-7-2008 ( Metal ) Drummer - Was a member of Sodom.

 Richard Wylie (aka Popcorn) (Richard Wayne Wylie) - Found dead  9-7-2008 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. ( Soul - R&B ) Born 6-6-1939 in  Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Pianist and producer - (He did, "Funky Rubber  Band" and "Shimmy Gully") - Led Popcorn And The Mohawks - Worked with  The Funk Brothers, The Miracles ("Shop Around") and The Marvelettes  ("Please Mr. Postman").

Marvin Stuckett (aka Stuck, Stucky, Dubb and Mr.Chittchatta) - Died 9-7-2008 - Shot ( Rap ) He was 28 years old - Was half of the duo, Needle In A Haystack (They did, "I Bet Yen Know" and "Feeling Myself").

Matt Bachrach - Died 9-7-2008 - Car accident ( Jazz - Blues ) He was 31 years old - Pianist - (He did, "Along For The Ride" and "Better Than Love (Brenda's Song)") - Worked with Jesses McGuire  and Thano Sahnas.

Big Jim Morse (James Morse) - Died 9-7-2008 ( Country ) He was 65 years old - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Whiskey River.

Kunnakudi S Vaidyanathan - Died 9-8-2008 in Chennai - Multiple organ failure ( Carnatic - Ragas - Film Music ) Born 1932 in Kunnakudi - Played violin - Produced the film, Todi Ragam - Worked with Shri Ariyakudi, Shri Semmangudi and Shri Maharajapuram

Jason Stuart - Died 9-8-2008 - Brain hemorrhage ( Space Rock ) Born 1969 - Keyboardist - Worked with Hawkwind (They did, "Greenback Massacre" and "To Love A Machine").

Hector Zazou (Pierre Job) - Died 9-8-2008 in Paris, France ( World ) Born 7-11-1948 in Sidi Bel Abbs, Algeria - Composer, musician and producer - Was a member of Barricades, ZNR and Slow Music - Worked with Robert Fripp, Siouxsie Sioux, PGR, Barbara Gogan, Laurie Anderson, Bjork, KatieJane Garside, Caroline Lavelle, Nils Petter Molvær, Suzanne Vega, John Cale and Jane Birkin.

Caleb Talbert - Died 9-8-2008 ( R&B - Gospel ) Born 3-5-1935  Singer and guitarist - Led Caleb And The Playboys (They did, "I'm Yours" and "See About Me") - Was a member of The Dukes (Caleb wrote their, "Ooh Bop She Bop") - Worked with The Sterling Quintet and Jimmy And His Houserockers.

Bheki Mseleku (Bhekumuzi Hyacinth Mseleku) - Died 9-9-2008 in London, England - Diabetes ( Jazz )  Born 3-3-1955 in Durban, South Africa - Keyboardist, saxophonist, composer and arranger - Worked with Spirits Rejoice.

Merlin Littlefield - Died 9-9-2008 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer - He was 65 years old - He was a music executive for RCA Records - While working for the ASCAP, he signed Lyle Lovett, Reba McEntire, George Strait and Gary Burr - Served on the boards of The Country Music Association, The Academy Of Country Music and The Recording Academy.

Dave Winter (David Winter) - Died 9-9-2008 in Eastbourne - Fell from a roof ( Metal ) He was 25 years old - Singer - Was a member of SickStitches (They did, "Stuck In A Trap" and "Turn The Power On") and Krittical Mass (They did, "A Beautiful Life" and "Scene Of A Burger").

George Davis (George Richard Davis, Jr.) - Died 9-10-2008 in Lilburn, Georgia, U.S. - Heart failure - Born 3-30-1938 in New Oleans, LA, U.S.  - Played guitar, bass, saxophone and oboe and was a composer and label  owner - Worked with Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Larry Williams,  Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Wardell Quezergue, Earl  King and Ernie K-Doe.

Ruedi Rymann - Died 9-10-2008 in Giswil, Switzerland - Liver cancer - Born 1-31-1933 in Sarnen, Switzerland - Yodeller, singer and composer - (He did, "Dr Schacher Seppli" and "Der Gemsjager").

    David West (aka Snidley Whiplash) (David Gary West) - Died 9-10- 2008 - Drummer - Was a member of The Frut (They did, "Prison Of Love" and "Send Me Down").

Jan Carvas - Died 9-10-2008 ( Rock ) Born 1945 - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Synkopy.

Christian Sylvain Denis - Died 9-11-2008 - He was 52 years old - Guitarist - Worked with The Cruiser Band and The No Shame Band.

Morne Bouwer - Died 9-12-2008 in Pretoria - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 34 years old - Singer - Was a member of Gravity's Grace (They did, "A Million Miles From The Sun" and "Unbreakable").

Charlie Walker - Died 9-12-2008 Hendersonville, Tenn., U.S. - Colon cancer ( Country ) Born 11-2-1926 in Copeville, Texas, U.S. - Singer and DJ - (He did, "Don't Squeeze My Sharmon" and "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down") - Worked with The Cowboy Ramblers - Country DJ And Radio Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Billy Ransom (William Ransom Hobbs Jr.) (aka Ransom Notes and Hobo) - Died 9-13-2008 - Homicide ( Blues ) He was 58 years old - Saxophonist - Worked with The Little Alfred Band.

Ray Overholt - Died 9-14-2008 - Heart failure ( Country - Gospel ) He was 84 years old - Guitarist and composer - (He wrote, "He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels" and "Believe In Me Or I'll Be Leaving You") - Led Ray Overholt And His Grand River Boys - Hosted TV's, Ray's Roundup.

Grant Krueger (Grant W. Krueger) - Died 9-14-2008 - He was 83 years old - Played xylophone, glockenspiel, trombone, pipe organ and piano - Led Grant Krueger And The Executives - Worked with Heinie And His Grenadiers and Rosemary Clooney.

Willy Graves - Died 9-14-2008 ( Punk - Jazz ) Born 1980 in San Diego - Bassist - He was a member of The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower (They did, "Lawnmower Love" and "Exile On Vain Street") and The Prayers.

Rick Wright (Richard William Wright) - Died 9-15-2008 in England - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-28-1943 in Hatch End, Middlesex, England - Keyboardist, singer and songwriter - (He did, "Mad Yannis Dance" and "Against The Odds") - Was a member of The Pink Floyd Sound which became Pink Floyd (They did, "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Astronomy Domine") and Zee - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Stefano Rosso (Stefano Rossi) - Died 9-15-2008 in Rome, Italy - Born 12-7-1948 in Rome, Italy - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "Una storia disonesta" and "La bambina di piazza Cairoli") - Was half of the duo, Remo e Romolo.

Warren Brown - Died 9-15-2008 in Carlsbad, CA, U.S. - Illness ( Jazz ) He was 92 years old - Played trombone - Worked with his brother Les Brown - Worked for Leeds Music and MCA Music, Inc.

YT-De Wet - Died 9-15-2008 - Shot himself after killing his girlfriend, Ndapanda Eigowas who was also his manager -  Musician.

Ndapanda Eigowas - Died 9-15-2008 - Shot - She was 21 years old - Manager and girlfriend of YT-De Wet.

Norman Whitfield (Norman Jesse Whitfield) - Died 9-16-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Diabetes and other illnesses ( Soul ) Born 5-12-1940 in Harlem, New York, NY, U.S. - Songwriter, pianist and  producer - Worked for Motown - Collaborated with Barrett Strong - Worked with The Temptations ("(I Know) I'm Losing You"), Marvin Gaye ("Pride & Joy"), Gladys Knight & The Pips ("I Heard It Through The  Grapevine"), Edwin Starr ("War"), Rare Earth, Rose Royce ("Car Wash") and The Undisputed Truth ("Smiling Faces Sometimes") - Formed  Whitfield Records - Songwriters Hall Of  Fame Inductee.

Beryl Carnell - Died 9-16-2008 - Stroke - She was 78 years old - Born in Dee Why - Owned The Playroom which hosted INXS, Midnight Oil, Billy Thorpe, Johnny O'Keefe, Normie Rowe, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel.

Cary Winscott - Died 9-16-2008 - Skin cancer - Born 4-1-1970 in Kansas City - Actor, writer and guitarist - Appeared in the rock operas," A Soap Opera" based on an album by the Kinks and "Speeding Motorcycle" - Was a member of Horseshoe, Blood Fart and Pork Belly Picnic.

Eddie Kenik (Edward F. Kenik) - Died 9-16- 2008 in Euclid, OH, U.S. ( Polka ) Born 12-22-1924 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Singer - (He did, " "Veseli Ribencan"" and "Ljubcek Moj") - Worked with The Don Slogar Orchestra and The Eddie Buehner Orchestra - National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.

George Lee Larnyoh (Kwame Narh Kojo Larnyoh) (aka Bg G) - Died 9-16-2008 Johannesburg, South Africa - Motor neuron disease ( Jazz ) Born 1-8-1938 in Ghana - Saxophonist - (He did, "Love Is The Answer" and "Sea Shells") - Worked with The Delta Dandies, Bob Marley and Jimmy Dludlu.

David Sibley (David C. Sibley) - Died 9-17-2008 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. - Born 8-18-1934 in Pineville, LA, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Paul Anka, Woody Herman, Billy Mays, Joe Williams, The Harold Mabern Trio, The Chuck Wayne Quartet, Lester Lanin, Peter Duchin, Jimmy McPartland, Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Teddy Wilson, Joe Zawinul, George Shearing, Paul Bley, Paul Desmond and Gil Melle.

Johnny Reid - Died 9-17-2008 - Heart failure ( Gospel - Folk ) He was 62 years old - Guitarist and songwriter - (He wrote, "The Cross Beside The Road") - Was a member of Heaven's Echo.

Ron Urban (Ronald James Urban) - Died 9-17-2008 - Complications of heart disease ( Rock - Country - Blues ) Born 4-10-1948 in Bell Gardens, CA, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and played guitar, accordion, piano, synthesizer, harmonica and dulcimer - (He did, "Sweet Nothin's" and wrote Janis Hansen's, "My Christmas Tree") - Worked with The Going Thing.

Opal Courtney Jr. (Opal Leverte Courtney Jr.) - Died 9-18-2008 in Gary, IN, U.S. - Heart attack ( R&B ) - Singer - Born 11-22-1936 in Gary, IN, U.S. Was a founding member of The Spaniels (They did,  "Goodnight Sweetheart" and "Baby, It's You") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Lou Trebar - Died 9-18-2008 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Born 5-1-1920 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Accordionist, composer, arranger and bandleader - (He wrote, "Question And Answer Polka" and " Snappy Fingers Polka") - Worked with The Johnny Pecon-Lou Trebar Orchestra, The Mis-Tre Orchestra and The Jeff Pecon Orchestra - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Hayward S. Blackledge III (aka Buzz) - Died 9-18-2008 in Massachusetts, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( Jazz ) He was 56 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Soul Sounds - Worked with Patti LaBelle.

Henry Z. Steinway (Henry Ziegler Steinway) - Died 9-18-2008 - Born 1915 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - He was a CEO for piano manufacturer, Steinway & Sons - Great-grandson of Steinway & Sons founder Henry Engelhard Steinway.

Benny Thomas (aka Ben Thomas) - Died 9-18-2008  in New York City, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 3-8-1944 in Cairo, Georgia, U.S. - Actor and singer - Was a member of Toomorrow who backed up Olivia Newton-John - He portrayed Dr. Jack Garner on TV's, The Doctors.

Zvonko Milenkovic - Died 9-18-2008 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 5-8-1931 - Guitarist - Was a member of Rokeri z Moravu (They did. "Ja Tarzan a ti Dzejn" and "Mali Miloica").

Mauricio Kagel - Died 9-19-2008 ( Avant garde ) Born 12-24-1931 in Buenos Aires - Composer - He wrote orchestral music, chamber music and film scores.

Paul Landerman - Died 9-19-2008 in West Hartford ( Big Band ) Born 4-19-1916 in Hartford - Bandleader and trombonist - Worked with The Landerman Brothers Orchestra.

Earl Palmer (Earl Cyril Palmer) - Died 9-19-2008 in Banning, CA., U.S.- Illness ( Rock - Jazz - R&B ) Born 10-25-1924 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with The Beach Boys, Little Richard  ("Tutti Frutti"), Frank Sinatra, Ike And Tina Turner ("River Deep,  Mountain High"), The Monkees, Fats Domino ("I'm Walkin"), Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Bobby Darin, Tom Waits, The Righteous Brothers  ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin"), Dizzy Gillespie, Sam Cooke ("Twistin' The Night Away") and Count Basie - He can be heard on music for TV's, I Dream Of Jeannie, The Brady Bunch and Green Acres - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dick Sudhalter (Richard Merrill Sudhalter) - Died 9-19-2008 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 12-28-1938 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Played trumpet and cornet and was a critic and writer - Worked  with The New Paul Whiteman Band, The Classic Jazz Quartet and The New York Jazz Repertory Company - Co-wrote the books, Bix: Man And Legend and Lost Chords.

Nappy Brown (Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp) - Died 9-20-2008 in Charlotte, NC, U.S. ( Blues - Gospel - R&B ) Born 10-12-1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and musician - (He did,  "Don't Be Angry" and "Night Time Is The Right Time") - Worked with The  Heavenly Lights - Recorded for Savoy, Alligator, Bling Pig, Stockholm,  Black Top, JSP, Meltone, Ichiban, and New Moon Records.

Bob Jones (Robert Gooden Jones) - Died 9-20-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 7-4-1936 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. - Publicist - Worked with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Co-wrote the book, "The Man Behind The Mask" - He named Michael Jackson, The King Of Pop.

Steve Gray - Died 9-20-2008 ( Jazz - Orchestral Music ) Born 4-18-1944 in Middlesbrough, England - Keyboardist, arranger and composer - Was a member of Wasp - Worked with Sky, The NDR Big Band, Tom Jones, Quincy Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Lalo Schifrin, Peggy Lee, Petula Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., John Barry and Brian Eno.

Connie Haines (Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMai) (aka Baby Yvonne Marie and Little Princess of the air) Died 9-22-2008 in Clearwater Beach, FL, U.S. - Myasthenia gravis ( Big Band - Pop ) Born 1-20-1921 in Savannah, GA, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Snootie Little Cutie" and "Oh! Look at Me Now") - Worked with Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra.

Roberto Galarza (aka Zorzal de Corrientes) - Died 9-23-2008 in Corrientes, Argentina  ( Chamame ) Born 4-18-1932 in Distrito Alto Verde, Provincia de Santa Fe, Argentina - Singer, guitarist and composer - (He did, "Kilometro 11" and "La Calandria") - Worked with his brother singer, Rogelio Galarza.

Many Sievers - Died 9-23-2008 - Illness ( Rock ) He was 62 years old - Led Many & The Teddyshakers.

Ramon Calduch - Died 9-24-2008 in Barcelona, Spain - Illness - Born 11-5-1928 in Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona, Spain - Singer (He did, "Beguin The Beguine" and "Et maintenant") - Worked with Sara Montiel and Carmen Sevilla.

Vice Vukov - Died 9-24-2008 in Zagreb - Born 8-3-1936 in Sibenik - Singer and politician - (He did, "Brodovi" and "Ceznja") - He won a seat in the Croatian Parliament.

Ermine Dempsey-Barker (Ermine Ortense Bramwell) (aka Cherry Green and Cherry Smith) - Died 9-24-2008 Palm Beach County ( Reggae ) Born 8-?-1943 in Jamaica - Singer - She was one of the original members of The Wailers (They did, "Maga Dog" and "Simmer Down").

Nydia Viola - Died 9-25-2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina ( Ballet - Folk - Jazz ) Born in Laboulaye, Cordoba, Argentina -  Dancer and pianist - Was a member of El Munay Trío - Sister of dancer and musician, Norma Viola.

Mike Gurr (Michael Benedetti Gurr) - Died 9-25-2008 - Van accident ( Rock ) He was 26 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Hotel Lobbyists (They did, "Dalia" and "Line Red").

 Michael P. Smith - Died 9-26-2008 - He was 71 years old - Photographer - His many photos document the careers of New Orleans musicians and chronicled New Orleans' musical and folk traditions and festivals.

Marc Moulin - Died 9-26-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz - Electronic ) He was 66 years old - Musician and composer - Was a member of Telex - Produced Alain Chamfort, Philip Catherine, Lio and Sparks.

Mahendra Kapoor - Died 9-27-2008 in Mumbai, India - Heart attack ( Playback ) Born 1-9-1934 in Amritsar, India - Singer - (He did, "Ab ke Baras" and "Chalo Ek Baar").

Necdet Tokatlioglu - Died 9-27-2008 in Istanbul, Turkey - Illness - Born 1-30-1933 in Izmir, Turkey - Singer, songwriter and oud player - (He did, "Sebepsiz Ayrilik (Separation Without A Cause)" and "Bir Sevgi Istiyorum (I Want Such A Love)") - Worrked with The Izmir Turkish Music Society.

George Jones (George Wydell Jones Jr.) - Died 9-27-2008 in Youngstown, OH, U.S. ( Doo-Wop ) Born 10-5-1936 in Richmond, VA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of The Essos who became The Edsels (They did, "Rama Lama Ding Dong" and "Bone Shaker Joe") - Worked with Ray Charles ("I'm Gonna Cut You Loose" and "Do The Walk"), The Winston Wall Trio and New Affair - Managed The Jones Gospel Singers.

Bryan Morrison (Bryan Anthony Morrison) - Died 9-27-2008 after contracting an infection and spending over two years in a coma - Cancer - Born 8-14-1942 in Hackney - Managed Pink Floyd and The Pretty Things - Owner of Lupus Music - Was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, Robin Gibb, The Jam, T-Rex and Wham!.

Sarah Lynn Edwards - Died 9-27-2008 ( Gospel ) She was 78 years old - Born in Jimtown - Singer - Co-founded The Bright Star Quartet - Was a member of The Edwards Sisters.

John Fisher - Died 9-27-2008 in Canterbury, UK - Pancreatic Cancer ( Rock - Folk - Blues - Jazz - Soul ) Born 12-8-1960 in Buxton UK - Played keyboards, trombone and drums - Worked with Audience, Wishbone Ash, The Blue Bishops, The Simon Hopper Band, Blues Academy and Dover Soul.

Dennis Shaw  - Died 9-27-2008 in Spain - Asthma attack ( Cabaret  ) He was 65 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with his wife Jane and with Denny Marshall.

Jemene Miller (Lydia Janene Miller) - Died 9-27-2008 in Miramar ( Rock ) She was 55 years old - Born in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Fantasy - Worked with Foxy, Power, Eric Clapton and Jerry Garcia.

Sharon Rawles McManus - Died 9-28-2008 - Liver disease  - Born 6-2-1961 in Plymouth, MA, U.S. - Was a club promoter booking acts such as Big Head Todd And The Monsters, The Subdudes, Opie Gone Bad, Chris Daniels, The Kings and Hazel Miller.

Ljubisa Opacic - Died 9-28-2008 in Mariboru ( Rock ) Born 1-3-1968 in Vranju - Guitarist - Was a member of Bajaga i Instruktori.

Walter Lee - Died 9-28-2008 - Colon cancer ( R&B ) Born 9-29-1942 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Uniques (They did, "Merry Christmas Darling (And Happy New Year)") - Worked as a Capitol Records promo man for Bob Seger, Missing Persons, Duran Duran, The Motels, Iron Maiden and Steve Miller.

Norman Hedman - Died 9-29-2008 in New York, U.S. - Acute myeloid leukemia and pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 7-17-1945 in West Indies - Percussionist, producer and composer - Led Norman Hedman's Tropique (They did, "Healing Hands" and "Wait & See")  - Worked with Alicia Keys, The Main Ingredient, Daryl Hall and New Kids On The Block.

Stan Kann - Died 9-29-2008 - Born 12-9-1924 - Organist - Played organ at a restaurant owned by Stan Musial and was the house organist for The St. Louis Fox Theatre - Was a musical director and co-host for TV's, The Charlotte Peters Show - Appeared 77 times on TV's, The Tonight Show showing off his vacuum cleaner collection.

Glyn Davies - Died 9-29-2008 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 60 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of The Nerves (They did, "Presence of Mind" and "Come See The Show (Or I'll Drop Yer)") and Badja.

Aaron Fuller - Died 9-30-2008 in Oakland, California, U.S. - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) He was 35 years old - Singer - Was a member of Plan 9 (They did, "Heart Of Darkness" and "War Of The Worlds").

Henry Adler - Died 9-30-2008 ( Big Band ) - Born 6-28-1915 in New York, U.S. - Drummer, music retailer, author and teacher - Worked with The Larry Clinton Orchestra - As a teacher his students were Dave Tough, Roy Burns, Alvin Stoller, Louie Bellson, Sandy Feldstein and Buddy Rich - He and Buddy Rich co-wrote the book, "Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation Of Snare Drum Rudiments".

Nick Reynolds ( Nicholas Wells Reynolds) - Died 10-1-2008 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Illness ( Folk ) Born 7- 27-1933 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Sang and played ukulele, bongos, conga drum and guitar - Was a member of Dave Guard & The Calypsonians and a co-founder of The Kingston Trio (They did, "Tom Dooley", "M.T.A." and "Where Have All The Flowers Gone").

Allen Kelly - Died 10-1-2008 ( Folk ) He was 105 years old - Sang and played harmonica - Performed at The Miramichi Folksong Festival for 51 years.

Rob Guest (Robert John Guest) - Died 10-2-2008 in Melbourne - After a stroke ( Pop - Musicals ) Born 7-17-1950 in Birmingham, England - Singer and actor - Played the lead for a record of  2,289 performances in productions of The Phantom Of The Opera.

Billy Ledbetter - Died 10-2-2008 ( Rockabilly - Lounge - Country ) Born 1944 - Singer and guitarist - (He wrote, "Stealing Hubcaps") - Led Billy Ledbetter And The A Team.

Santiago Baquedano - Died 10-2-2008 in Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 3-21-1921 in Caracas, Venezuela - Saxophonist - (He had a hit with, "Take Five") - Led Baquedanus - Worked with Charles Aznavour and Frank Sinatra.

Johnny J (Johnny Jackson) - Died 10-3-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S.  - Suicide, jumped off a tier in jail ( Rap ) Born 1969 in Juarez, Mexico - Singer, producer and songwriter - (He did, "Get Away From Me" and "Dig Um' Out") - Produced Tupac Shakur and Candyman - Worked with Bizzy Bone, Tatyana Ali and Imaan Faith.

Levi Kereama - Died 10-4-2008 in Brisbane, Australia - Fell from a hotel balcony ( R&B ) He was 27 years old - Singer - Was a member of Lethbridge (They did, "Handcuffs Off" and "In My Room").

Al Gallodoro (Alfred J. Gallodoro) (Fortunato Gallodoro) - Died 10-4-2008 in Oneonta, New York, U.S. - Illness ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 6-20-1913 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Played clarinet and saxophone - Worked with George Evans, Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby and The NBC Symphony - He can be heard on the soundtrack for the film, "Rhapsody In Blue".

Mike Stone - Died 10-4-2008 in Ormond Beach - Cancer - He was 66 years old - Manager and recording engineer - Managed The Nightcrawlers - Worked with Little Richard and Joe Cocker.

Eddie Berger - Died 10-4-2008 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. - Lung disease ( Jazz ) He was 76 years old - Played saxophone and clarinet - Worked with Phil Hey.

Lloyd Thaxton - Died 10-5-2008 in Studio City, CA, U.S. - Multiple myeloma - Born 5-31-1927 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Writer, producer and television host - (He did, "Image Of A Surfer") - Hosted TV's, The Lloyd Thaxton Show, a dance show that featured artists such as The Byrds, Sonny & Cher, Jan And Dean, The Righteous Brothers, The Turtles, The Kinks and The Bobby Fuller Four.

Greg Inverso (Gregory J. Inverso) - Died 10-5-2008 in Ewing - Hit by a car - Drummer and producer - Worked with ZoZo Afrobeat .

Jack Oatts - Died 10-5-2008 ( Jazz ) Bandleader, saxophonist and music educator - Was a president of The National Association of Jazz Educators - Father of trumpeter, Jim Oatts, saxophonist, Dick Oatts and singer, Sue Oatts-Tucker - Iowa Bandmasters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Community Jazz Center Of Greater Des Moines' Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Sergio "Piupa" Motta Filho - Died 10-5-2008 in Curitiba, Brazil - From injuries he received from a car accident a week earlier ( Rock ) He was 39 years old - Drummer - Worked with Paincult and Circle.

John Greek - Died 10-6-2008 ( Rock ) Born 10-27-1940 - Guitarist and trumpeter - Worked with The Fabulous Wailers.

Gidget Gein (Bradley Anne Stewart) - Died 10-9-2008 in Burbank, California, U.S. - Heroin overdose ( Goth - Industrial ) Born 9-11-1969 in Hollywood, Florida, U.S. - Guitarist and bassist - Was a member of The Dali Gaggers (They did, "Pickled Punk" and "Incoherant"), Marilyn Manson And The Spooky Kids and Marilyn Manson (They did, "Dope Hat" and "Lunchbox").

Bob Rashid - Died 10-9-2008 - Split aorta - He was 59 years old - Drummer and photographer - Was a member of Dollar Bill And The Bucks.

Alton Ellis (Alton Nehemiah Ellis) - The Godfather of rocksteady - Died 10-10-2008 in Acton, West London, England ( Rocksteady - Reggae ) Born 9-1-1938 in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies - Singer - (He did, "I'm Still In Love" and "I'm Just A Guy") - Was half of the duo, Alton & Eddy (They did, "Muriel" and "My Heaven") - Was a member of The Flames - Brother of musician, Hortense Ellis and father of singers, Noel Ellis and Christopher Ellis - International Reggae And World Music Awards Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joe O'Neil - Diws 10-10-2008 - Heart attack - Music publicist - Worked with Queen, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Katherine Jenkins, Bryn Terfel and Aled Jones.

Dave Wright (David Frederick Wright) - Died 10-10-2008 in Winchester, Hampshire ( Rock ) Born 1-21-1944 in Winchester, Hampshire - Singer and guitarist - Was an orginal member of The Troglodytes who became The Troggs but never recorded with them - Also was a member of The Loot.

Richard Mix (Richard Williams Mix) - Died 10-10-2008 - Colon cancer ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 1922 in St. Paul, Minn., U.S. - Played trombone, the English horn and oboe - Worked with Sammy Kaye, Frank Sinatra, Vikki Carr, Robert Goulet, Liberace and The Sacramento Symphony.

Margaret Monroe (aka Rusty) - Queen of Toledo Jazz - Died 10-11-2008 Punta Gorda, FL, U.S. - Complications from a fall - Born 11-22-1918 - Owner and operater of Rusty's Jazz Cafe for over 40 years showcasing artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Ron Oswanski, Larry Fuller, Jacob Sacks, Jon Hendricks, Johnny Griffin and Red Rodney - Lake Erie West Hall Of Fame For The Performing Arts Inductee.

Austin Niles (Austin D. Niles) - Died 10-11-2008 in Busti - Car accident - Born 8-30-1988 in Jamestown - Singer, drummer and guitarist - Was a member of Tin Pan Alley and The Bruce Peterson Blues Project.

William Claxton (Billy James Claxton) - Died 10-11-2008 in Los  Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from congestive heart failure - Born 10-12-1927 in Pasadena, CA, U.S. - Photographer and author - Known for  his photographs of jazz artists Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Miles  Davis, Dizzie Gillespie and Frank Sinatra and also of Bob Dylan, Joni  Mitchell and Tom Jones - His photos appear on numerous albums covers.

Neal Hefti (Neal Paul Hefti) - Died 10-11-2008 in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 10-29-1922 in Hastings, Nebraska, U.S. - Trumpeter, composer and arranger - He wrote music for the films, Oh Dad Poor Dad Mama's Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feelin' So Sad and Barefoot In The Park and wrote the themes for TV's, Batman and The Odd Couple - Worked with Charlie Barnet, The Dick Barry Band, Frank Sinatra, Bob Astor's Band, Horace Heidt, Count Basie ("Li'l Darlin"), Bobby Byrne, Charlie Spivak and Woody Herman ("Wild Root" and "The Good Earth") - He was married to singer, Frances Wayne.

Dante DiThomas (Dante N. DiThomas) - Died 10-11-2008 - Born 11-1-1914 in New Castle - Film studio musician - Led The Dante DiThomas Orchestra - Worked on more than 200 films including, Dances With Wolves, E.T. and The Little Mermaid - Was a founding member of The Legion Of Mary.

Russ Hamilton (Ronald Hulme) - Died 10-11-2008  in Buckley, North Wales ( Pop ) Born 1-19-1932 in Everton, Liverpool, Englabd - Singer - (He did, "We Will Make Love" and "Rainbow").

Nelson Symonds (Nelson Fredrick Symonds) - Died 10-11-2008  in  Montreal, PQ - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 9-24-1933 in Hammond's  Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada - Guitarist - Worked with Alfie Wades's  sextet, Art Farmer, John Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Biddle.

Cookie Gabriel (Evelyn Francis Gabriel) - Died 10-12-2008 - Cancer ( Jazz - R&B ) She was 73 years old - Singer - (She did, "I Just Can't Take It No More" and "No Love Sweeter Than Mine") - Worked with "Sugar Boy" Crawford and Sweeties - Mother of guitarist, Edward Gabriel Jr. and sister of saxophonist, Reuben Francis.

Cliff Nobles - Died 10-12-2008 in Norristown, PA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 8-4-1941 in Grove Hill, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Delroys and Cliff Nobles & Co. (They did, "Too Fond of You" and "Love Is All Right") - "The Horse" the B side of "Love Is All Right" which is an instumental of the A side became a hit but does not feature Cliff.

Gus Chambers - Died 10-13-2008 - Suicide ( Punk - Metal ) Born 1956 - Singer - Worked with The Squad(They did, "Red Alert"), Grip Inc., Squad 21 and Squealer A.D..

Eduardo Serrano (Eduardo Valentín Serrano Torres) - Died 10-13-2008 in Caracas, Venezuela (Merengue Venezolano) Born 3-14-1911 in Caracas, Venezuela -  Drummer, violionist, conductor and composer - (He wrote, "Barlovento" and "Campesina").

Bob Fields (Robert E. Fields Sr.) - Died 10-13-2008 in Hamilton, MD, U.S. - Bladder cancer ( Jazz ) He was 80 years old - B, MD, U.S. - Pianist and composer - (He did, "Split") - Led The Bob Fields Jazz Ensemble -  Worked with The Hank Levy Band, Sammy Davis Jr., The Doc Severinsen Orchestra and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Ray Lowry - Died 10-14-2008 in Waterfoot, Lancashire - Born 1944 in Cadishead, Salford - Illustrator and rock cartoonist - Contributed illustrations for NME, Punch, Private Eye and The Guardian - Designed the artwork for The Clash's, London Calling album.

Ron Buonaro (Ronald J. Buonauro) - Died 10-14-2008 - Cancer - He was 67 years old - Born in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Deltones (They did, "A Lover's Prayer") - Worked with The Knickknacks and Five Star Edition.

Frank Kerr (aka Frankie Venom) - Died 10-15-2008 in Canada - Throat cancer ( Punk )  Born 1957 - Singer - Was a member of Teenage Head (They did, "Picture My Face" and "Top Down").

Edie Adams (Elizabeth Edith Enke) (aka Edith Adams) - Died 10-15-2008 in the West Hills section of Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Pneumonia and cancer - Born 4-16-1927 in Kingston, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Singer and actress - Starred in the Broadway musical, Wonderful Town - She did a series of commercials for Muriel cigars - Was married to comedian Ernie Kovacs and trumpeter Pete Candoli.

 Neil Hardy (aka Nedder) - Died 10-15-2008 - Hit by a truck ( Rock ) He was 30 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Shoks (They did, "Who R Ya" and "Dive Bomb").

Frank Wolking - Died 10-15-2008 in Westcliffe - Brain cancer ( Bluegrass ) Musician - Was a member of Sons And Brothers.

George Smith - Died 10-16-2008 - Illness ( Calypso - Pop ) He was 67 years old - Sang and played maracas, congo drums and guitar - Was a member of Xanadu - Worked with his father musician, Hubert Smith.

Daniel Green (James Daniel Green) - Died 10-16-2008 in West Lubbock, TX, U.S. - Shot while he was driving ( Rock ) Born 5-15-1984 in Lubbock, TX, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Low Dog, Peace Of Ash and The Scott McCurry Band.

Levi Stubbs (Levi Stubbles Jr.) - Died 10-17-2008 in Detroit, Mich.,  U.S. - Illness ( Soul ) Born 6-6-1936 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Singer - Was  a member of The Four Aims who became The Four Tops (They did, "I Can't  Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" and "Reach Out I'll Be There") -  Brother of The Falcons', Joe Stubbs and cousin of singer, Jackie  Wilson - Vocal Group Foundation Hall Of Fame InducteeRock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Richard Mignona (Richard J. Mignona) - Died 10-17-2008 in Roxborough, PA, U.S. - Muscular dystrophy - Born 3-5-1946 in South Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Jimmy & The Towers (They did, "Meaning Of Love" and "One More Chance") and The Intentions (They did, "Summertime Angel" and "Mr. Misery").

Earl Gibson - Died 10-17-2008 in Fairview Heights - Illness ( Blues ) Born 1921 in Columbus, Miss., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Twentieth Century Trio - Worked with The Sensational Ink Spots.

John Marchesano - Died 10-17-2008 in Northport - Pancreatic cancer - He was 81 years old -  Born in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Played the trumpet and piano - Worked with The Johnny Edwards Orchestra - He was the founder and president of Decilog Inc.

Jimmy McGowan (James A. McGowan) - Died 10-17-2008 in Newtown, PA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 2-4-1932 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Starlight Toppers, The Four Fellows (They did, "Soldier Boy" and  "Angels Say") and The Schemers - United In Group Harmony Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dave McKenna (David J. McKenna) - Died 10-18-2008 in State College,  PA, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz )  Born 5-30-1930 in Woonsocket, RI, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Stan Getz, Dick Johnson, Gene Krupa, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn - Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dee Dee Warwick (Delia Juantia Warrick) - Died 10-18-2008 in South  Orange, Essex County, NJ, U.S. ( Soul - Gospel ) Born 9-9-1942 in Newark, NJ,  U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Foolish Fool" and "She Didn't Know (She  Kept On Talking)") - Was  a member of The Gospelaires - Worked with The Drinkard Singers, Aretha  Franklin and Wilson Pickett - Niece of  gospel singer, Cissy Houston, cousin of singer, Whitney Houston and sister of singer, Dionne Warwick.

Douglas Raeburn - Died 10-18?-2008 - He was 45 years old - Musician - Was a founder member of The Strathbogie Fiddlers.

Pio Macheka (Pio Farai Macheka) - Died 10-19-2008 - Suicide ( Chimurenga ) He was 41 years old - (He did, "Karinga Wangu") - Led he Black Ites.

Rudy Ray Moore ( Rudolph Frank Moore) - King of the party records and Godfather of Rap - Died 10-19-2008 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. - Complications from diabetes ( R&B - Humor ) Born 3-17-1927 in Ft. Smith, Ark., U.S. - Singer, comedian, actor and film producer - (He did, "Hully Gully Papa") - Worked with 2 Live Crew, Big Daddy Kane, Snoop Dogg, Blowfly and Daniel Jordan - He appeared in the films, "Disco Godfather" and "Dolemite".

Howard White - Died 10-19-2008 - He was 82 years old ( Country ) Born in Charlotte, N.C., U.S. - Steel guitarist - Worked with Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys, Cowboy Copas' band, Jean Shepard, Minnie Pearl, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Wilma Lee, Stoney Cooper and Don Gibson.

B. B. Major (Image Helaire Jr.) (aka The Blues Boy) - Died 10-19-2008  in Natchitoches, LA, U.S.  ( Blues ) Born 5-24-1937 in the Cane River area of Natchitoches Parish, LA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Stevie  Ray Vaughn, The Nighthawks, Curly Davis & The Uniques and The  Natchitoches Bluesmen - Louisiana Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Hal Kant (Harold Sanford Kant) - Died 10-19-2008 in Reno, Nev., U.S. -  Pancreatic cancer - Born 7-29-1931 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Lawyer and general  counsel for The Grateful Dead for over 35 years - He also worked for  Captain Beefheart,  Sonny & Cher, The Association, Hot Tuna , Stevie  Ray Vaughn, Janis Joplin and The New Riders Of The Purple Sage.

Boris Anastasoff (Boris Peter Anastasoff) - Died 10-19-2008 in Redlands - Cancer ( Classical - Jazz ) Born 1927 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. - Bass player - Worked with Jimmy Palmer, The Kicks Jazz Band, The Plymouth Village Jazz Quartet, The Main Street Community Band, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.

Lawrence Wheatley ( Lawrence Prewitt Wheatley Jr.) - Bard of Bebop - Died 10-19-2008 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Vascular disease ( Jazz ) Born 12-28-1934 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Pianist and composer - Worked with Gene Ammons - Father of saxophonist, Lorenz Wheatley.

Albert Roberts - Died - 10-?-2008 - He was 76 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Roberts Brothers - Worked with Dudley Moore and The Worthing Musical Comedy Society.

Tommy Sampson - Died 10-20-2008 ( Swing ) He was 90 years old - Born in Newhaven - Played cornet and  trumpet and was a band leader, choral arranger and singer - Worked with George Watson, George Mitchell, Johnny Keating and Joe Temperley.

Frances Burns - Died 10-20-2008 - Heart and respiratory failure ( Country - Show Tunes - Ballads - Pop ) - She was 76 years old - Singer - She performed on TV's, Western Five and appeared at Full House for over 15 years - Mother of composer and screenwriter, Tim Burns.

Emile Charlier - Died 10-?-2008 in Torquay - Born 1921 in London, England - Accordionist - Worked with The Mantovani Orchestra (They did, "Under Paris Skies" and "Red Sails In The Sunset").

Peter J. Levinson (Peter James Levinson) - Died 10-21-2008 in Malibu, CA, U.S. - Head injuries from a fall - Born 7-1-1934 in Atlantic City, NJ,  U.S. - Music PR executive and author- Worked for Count Basie and Mel  Torme - He represented Charlie Byrd, Rosemary Clooney, Chick Corea,  Johnny Mathis, Dave Brubeck, Art Garfunkel, Stan Getz, Woody Herman,  Earl "Fatha" Hines and Peggy Lee - He wrote the book's, "Trumpet Blues - The Life Of Harry James" and "September In The Rain: The Life Of  Nelson Riddle".

Jeremy Sisk (Jeremy Ryan Sisk) - Died 10-21-2008 in Weatherford, TX, U.S. - Shot ( Metal ) He was 24 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Skard Soul (They did, "Don't Know" and "Realize").

Maynard Loehrke (Maynard T. Loehrke) - Died 10-22-2008 in Fond du Lac, WI, U.S. - Born 3-9-1938 in the town of Theresa - Musician - Led Maynard And The Playboys.

Aubrey Price (Aubrey Lee Price) - Died 10-22-2008 - Congestive Heart Failure ( Country ) He was 88 years old - Musician - Led Aubrey Price And His Southern Serenaders who were featured on The Louisiana Hayride.

David Sokoll (M. David Sokoll) - Died 10-22-2008 in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. - Illness ( Reggae ) He was 46 years old - Born in Jersey City, NJ, U.S. - Played piano, drums, trombone and bass - Was a member of The Mystic Jammers.

Eugene Selesner - Died 10-23-2008 - Heart attack - Born 3-15-1925 in Newark - Pianist - Backed Barbra Streisand.

Danny Dill ( Horace Eldred Dill) - Died 10-23-2008 in Davidson County, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 9-19-1924 or 1925 in Huntingdon or Clarksburg, TN, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (Co-wrote, "Long Black Veil" and "Detroit City") - He was half of the duo, Annie Lou And Danny with his first wife, Annie Lou Stockard - His songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Faron Young and Jerry Garcia - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

 Andy Frank (John Frank) - Died 10-23-2008 in Los Angeles CA, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 42 years old - Singer - Was a member of  S.K.A.W., Jact and Pusherman (They did, "First Time" and "Whole").

Premasiri Kemadasa (aka Khemadasa Master) - Died 10-24-2008 in Colombo ( Sinhala Folk - Western Classical - Indian Raga ) Born 1-25-1937 in Sri Lanka - Musician and composer - (He wrote, "Sanda Horen Horen" and "Mala Pabalu Wal") - Composed music for hundreds of films.

Merl Saunders - Died 10-24-2008 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Systemic infection ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 2-14-1934 in San Mateo, California, U.S. - Keyboardist - Led Merl Saunders And Friends - Worked with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Fogerty, Sheila E., Bonnie Hayes, Bob Steeler, Phish, Blues Traveler, Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, B. B. King, Paul Butterfield, Reconstruction, Bonnie Raitt, Widespread Panic, Jerry Garcia, Legion Of Mary and Bob Weir.

Brion Ford (Brion Leonard Ford) - Died 10-24-2008 in White House, TN, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Folk ) Born 9-3-1952 in San Gabriel, CA, U.S. - Singer - He was half of a duo with his brother-in-law, Don Gay and was a cast member at Opryland USA - Son of singer, Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Muslim Magomayev (Muslim Mahammad oglu Magomayev) - Died 10-25-2008 in Moscow, Russia ( Pop - Opera ) Born 8-17-1942 in Baku, Azerbaijan - Pianist, composer and singer.

John Lamyman - Died 10-25-2008 in Egypt - Car accident - He was 63 years old - Bass player - Was a member of The Sultans.

Fortune Muparutsa - Died 10-25-2008 in Northampton, UK - Cancer ( R&B ) Born 6-14-1968 in Mutare - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Tha Way I Look At You" and "Dreamgal") - Worked with Stanlic Mutemererwa, llanga and The Runn Family (They did, "Nhapitapi" and "Muchongoyo").

Estelle Reiner (Estelle Lebost) - Died 10-25-2008 in Beverly Hills,  CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 6-5-1914 in Bronx, NY, U.S. - Singer and  actress - Worked with Tom Garvin, Don Shelton, Jack Trott, Bill  Watrous and John Leitham - Appeared in the film, When Harry Met Sally  with the memorable line, "I'll have what she's having" - Wife of actor and director, Carl Reiner and mother of actor and director, Rob Reiner.

Judge Carl Lewis - Died 10-25-2008 - Complications of respiratory distress ( Blues ) He was 56 years old - Played harmonica - Led Carl Lewis And The Deadbeats.

Brent Wilson (Claude Brenton Wilson Jr.) - Died 10-25-2008 - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 1926 - Entertainment executive and band leader - Managed The King Sisters - An original member of The National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (NARAS).

Jamie Cleveland (Will Ray Cleveland ) - Died 10-25-2008 ( Blues ) Born 1942 - Played bass - Worked with Johnnie Taylor.

Antonio Quirazco Lopez (aka Tono Quirazco) - Died 10-25-2008 ( Ska ) Born 4-22-1935 in Jalapa, Veracruz - (He did, "Ska Hawaiano" and "Pepe el Navaja").

Mike Powel (Michael Powel) (aka Dawgbite) - Died 10-26-2008 in Florida, U.S. - Brain cancer - Born 6-10-1958 - Played guitar and mandolin - Was a member of The Swingers.

Norman Jack Apperly - Died 10-?-2008 - Born 7-26-1914 in Stroud - Played saxophone - Worked with The Trevor Brookes Dance Band.

Columb Farrelly - Died 10-27-2008 in Tralee - Illness - Producer, composer and scriptwriter - Worked with Sinead O'Connor and Ton Ton Macoute - Started Underscore Multimedia - Produced The Pale - Wrote music for TV's, Fair City and for short films and TV documentaries.

Ray Ellis (Raymond Spencer Ellis) - Died 10-27-2008 in Encino, CA, U.S. - Born 7-28-1923 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Arranger, producer and composer - He arranged Johnny Mathis', "Chances Are",  Bobby Darin's, "Splish Splash" and The Four Lads', "Standing On The Corner" - Worked with Billie Holiday, Maurice Chevalier, Lena Horne, Anthony Newley, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli - Composed music for the cartoons The Archie Show and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.

Frank Nagai (Kiyoto Nagai) - Died 10-27-2008 - Pneumonia ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 3-18-1932 in Matsuyama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan - Singer - (He did, "Yurakucho de Aimasho" and "Kimi Koishi") - Worked with Kazuko Matsuo ("Tokyo Night Club").

Steve Hoard (Stephen Wynn Hoard)- Died 10-27-2008 in Redlands, CA, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( Rock - R&B ) Born 1949 - Sang and played harmonica - Was a member of The Bushmen later renamed The Bush (They did, "Feeling Sad And Lonely" and "Who Killed The Ice Cream Man"), The Light (They did, "Music Box" and "Back Up"), White Pepper and Cock Robin - Worked with The Misunderstood ("Golden Glass" and "Tuff Enoug"), A Sure Thing and Shag Nasty.

Ray Tankersley (Raymond S. Tankersley) - Died 10-27-2008 - Born 3-22-1921 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Played harmonica, saxophone, clarinet and flute - Was a member of The Borrah Minevitch Harmonica Rascals, The Sharp Harp and The Big Harp and played in big bands.

Terrin Durfey (Terrin James Durfey) - Died 10-28-2008 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1974 - Bassist - Was a member of Boilermaker(They did, "Norman" and "Last Stop On The Way To Vegas"), The Jade Shader (They did, "Master Of The Harpies" and "Eraser 6-4") - Worked with Pinback.

Blair MacLean - Died 10-29-2008 - After a heart attack a week earlier - Musician and singer - Was half of the musical comedy duo, MacLean & MacLean.

Dalton Brill - Died 10-29-2008 in Woodstock ( Bluegrass ) Born 4-10-1935 in Shenandoah County - Banjo player - Was a member of The Wildcats - Ran Brill's Musicians And Barber Shop and was one of the founders of The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Bluegrass Festival.

Mike Baker (Michael A. Baker) - Died 10-29-2008 - Heart attack ( Metal ) Born 1963 - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Sorcerer who became Shadow Gallery (They did, "Questions At Hand" and "Don't Ever Cry, Just Remember ").

Mae Mercer (Mary Ruth Mercer) - Died 10-29-2008 in Northridge, CA, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 6-12-1932 in Battleboro, NC, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Memphis Slim, Sonny Criss and The Keith Smith Climax Jazz Band - Appeared in the movies, Dirty Harry and Pretty Baby - She recorded for Atlas Records, Decca Records and Blackhawk Records.

Eileen Donaghy - Died 10-?-2008 - Cancer ( Folk ) She was 78 years old - Singer - (She did, "The Oul Lammas Fair").

Didier Sinclair - Died 10-30-2008 - Lung cancer ( Techno ) He was 43 years old - DJ, musician and producer - (He did, "Lovely Night" and  "Feel The Wave").

Alfredo Rossi - Died 10-30-2008 in Milan, Italy - Born 4-13-1925 in Rimini, Italy - Producer and record company owner - Founded Ariston Records - Signed I Corvi, Bruno Lauzi, Matia Bazar and Equipe 84 - Brother of composer, Carlo Alberto Rossi.

Mike Terry (Andrew Alexander Terry) - Died 10-30-2008 in Detroit, MI, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 7-18-1940 in Hempstead, TX, U.S. - Saxophonist and producer - Worked with Darrell Banks, Martha And The Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Kim Weston, The Three Caps,  Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and Edwin Starr.

John Pearse - (John Melville Pearse) - Died 10-31-2008 in Germany - Illness ( Folk ) Born 1939 - Guitarist, singer and author - Co-founded Breezy Ridge Instruments marketing his line of guitar strings and accessories.

Frank Navetta - Died 10-31-2008 - Illness ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Descendents (They did, "Silly Girl" and "Rockstar").

Brian Thixton (aka BrianTurd) - Died 11-?-2008 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Shot ( Punk ) Born 1971 - Singer - Was a member of Les Turds.

Jamie Ewing - Died 11-?-2008 ( Punk ) Born 1983 - Singer - He was a member of Bent Outta Shape (They did, "Kissimmee" and "Stray Dog Town").

Shakir Stewart (Shakir S. Stewart) - Died 11-1-2008 in Atlanta, GA,  U.S. - Shot himself - Born 4-12-1974 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Worked as  a promoter for Luke, Scarface, Nas and Too Short and was a vice- president of Def Jam Music Group - He signed Rick Ross, Karina Pasian, Ciara and Young Jeezy.

Jimmy Carl Black (James Inkanish Jr.) - Died 11-1-2008 in Siegsdorf, Germany - Cancer ( Rock - Blues ) Born 2-1-1938 in El Paso Texas, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Keys, The Soul Giants, The Mothers Of Invention (They did, "Who Are The Brain Police" and "Trouble Every Day"), Geronimo Black, The Valley Loboys, Big Sonny And The Loboys and Jimmy Carl Black And The Mannish Boys - Worked with Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Arthur  Brown, The Greatful Dead, Blood, Sweat And Tears, The Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Albert King, Otis Rush, Chuck Berry, John Mayhal, The Turtles, Chicago, The Moody Blues, John Lee Hooker,  Howlin' Wolf and Capt. Beafheart.

Nathaniel Mayer (aka Nay Dog) - Died 11-1-2008 Detroit, Mich, U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( R&B ) Born 2-10-1944 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Singer - Led Nathaniel Mayer And The Fabulous Twilights (They did, "Village Of Love" and "I Want Love And Affection (Not The House Of Correction)").

Yma Sumac (aka Imma Sumack) (Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo) - The Nightingale of the Andes and The Peruvian Songbird - Died 11-1-2008 in Silver Lake - Colon cancer ( Peruvian Folk ) Born 9-13-1922 in Cajamarca, Peru - Singer - Was a member of The Inca Taky Trio - Appeared in the Broadway musical, "Flahooley" and in the film, "Secret Of The Incas" - She even recorded a psychedelic rock album - She was married to composer and arranger, Moises Vivanco.

Zachary Morley - Died 11-1-2008 - Car accident ( Punk - Folk - Bluegrass ) He was 18 years old - Played banjo and piano - Was a member of Fire At Will.

Jack Reno - Died 11-1-2008 in Florence, KY, U.S. - Brain cancer ( Country ) Born 11-30-1935 near Bloomfield, Iowa, U.S. - Singer and DJ - (He did, "Repeat After Me" and "Hitchin' A Ride") - Worked with Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton - Performed at The Grand Ole Opry and on TV's, The Ozark Jubilee.

Rosetta Reitz (Rosetta Goldman) - Died 11-1-2008 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Born 9-28-1924 in Utica, NY, U.S. - Created Rosetta Records releasing albums of lost songs by women of jazz and would  supervise the remastering, write the liner notes and design the covers.

Peter Tunyogi (aka Tunyo) - Died 11-1-2008 - Accident ( Metal ) Born 1947 - Singer - Was a member of P. Mobil.

Fernando Gomez (aka Nando) - Died 11-2-2008 in London, England - After contracting anthrax from animal hides he used to make Bongos with ( Spanish Folk ) He was 35 years old - Born in Spain - Musician - Worked with Alasvals.

Mack McClanahan (Estel McClanahan) - Died 11-2-2008 in Glade Spring, VA, U.S. - He was 72 years old - Born in Buchanan County, VA, U.S. - Played 18 instruments - Worked with Cousin Zeke and Mel Street - Performed at The Grand Ole Opry.

Danny Yarbrough (Danny Lee Yarbrough Jr.) - Died 11-3-2008 in  Savannah, GA, U.S. - Born 7-5-1944 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Record company  executive - Worked for Sony Music Distribution, CBS Records, Columbia  Records and Musicland.

Tripp Jenkins - Died 11-3-2008 - Car accident ( Metal ) He was 31 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Bag Of Bonz and Chaotic Theory.

Max Parodi - Died 11-3- 2008 in Genoa, Italy ( Rock ) Born 7-1-1970 in Genoa, Italy - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of La Rosa Tatuata - Worked with Buio Pesto, Massimo Bubola and Yo Yo Mundi.

Kevin Brock - Died 11-3-2008 ( Jazz - Funk - Rock ) He was 37 years old - Played drums and piano - Worked with Wes Lambe ("Drunken Fist" and "Clingy").

Byron Lee (aka The Dragon) (Byron Aloysius St. Elmo Lee) - Died 11-4-2008 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies - Bladder cancer ( Ska ) Born 6-27-1935 in Christiana, Manchester Parish, Jamaica, West Indies - Guitarist and bandleader - Led Byron Lee And The Dragonaires (They did, "Tiny Winey" and "Mash! Mr Lee") - Owned Dynamic Sounds Recording Studio - Caribbean Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jheryl Busby - Died 11-4-2008 in Malibu, CA, U.S. - Born 5-5-1949 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Was a president and chief executive for Motown  Records and worked for Stax Records, MCA Records, DreamWorks Records and Def Soul Classics - Helped with the careers of Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah and Johnny Gill.

Dr. Orlando Owoh (Stephen Oladipupo Olaore Owomoyela) - King of Toye - Died 11-4-2008 in Lagos - Complications from a stroke ( Highlife ) Born circa 2-14-1932 in Oyo state, Nigeria - Singer, guitarist and drummer - Led Orlando Owoh And His Omimah Band (They did, "Oluwa, lo ran Mi" and "Oriki Ilu Oke"), The Young Kenneries, and The African Kenneries International - Worked with Akindele And His Chocolate Dandies and The Fakunle Major Band.

Bob Edmonds - Died 11-4-2008 ( Big Band ) Played saxophone - He played in big bands and worked with Top Of The World a Marching Band at Walt Disney World and in a combo that played on Tom Sawyer's Island.

Olivia McClurkin - Died 11-4-2008 - Cancer ( Gospel ) Singer - Worked with Whitney Houston, Andrae Crouch - Sister of gospel star Donnie McClurkin.

Jackie Machules (John Machules) - Died 11-4-2008 in South Beach, Staten Island, NY, U.S. ( Rock )  He was 51 years old - Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Vinnie And The Vandals and Creyola.

Chris Thurston (aka Jax da Catalog) - Died 11-4-2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Rap ) Born 1976 - Was a member of The Binkis Recs (They did, "Life's A Game" and Countdown").

Emile Guess (Emile Joseph Guess) - Died 11-4-2008 ( Rock ) Born 1-2-1943 - Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Corvettes, Wolf River, The Super Submarine Marching Band, Spare Time and Lime.

Alex Donnelly - Died 11-?-2008 - Born in Leith - Trombonist, bassist and singer - Worked with Allan Stewart, Johnny Beattie, Matt Monro and Hector Nicol - Played on the BBC series, Come Dancing.

Khatereh Parvaneh - Died 11-5-2008 in Tehran, Iran ( World ) Born 1930 - Singer - (She did, "Dastgar Of Shour") - Worked with The Yaran Band.

Milu (Maria de Lourdes Almeida Lemos) - Died 11-5-2008 - Born 4-24-1926 - Singer and actress.

Juan Blanco - El adelantado - Died 11-5-2008 in Havana, Cuba - Respiratory failure ( Electroacoustc - Experimental ) Born 1919 in Mariel - Composer - (He wrote, "Divertimento" and "Musica de danza") - Founder of The National Laboratory Of Electroacoustc Music.

Danny Manuel (Daniel Mills Manuel) (aka Dizzy Inferno) - Died 11-5-2008 in Moreno Valley, CA, U.S. ( Metal ) Born 6-4-1971 in Riverside, CA, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Genghis Con-Job (They did, "Dang ATM" and "Overdrive").

 Mark Price (aka Wesley the Stash) - Died 11-6-2008 in Northern California, U.S. - Colon cancer ( Rock ) He was 56 years old - Bassist, guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Rags who became Tin Huey (They did, "Puppet Wipes" and "Squirm You Worm") - Owned Bushflow Studio and recorded The Rubber City Rebels.

Al Tait (Alan Tait) - Died 11-6-2008 - Cancer ( Blues - Rock - R&B ) He was 58 years old - Sang and played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and drums - (He did, "Howl Howl Howl" and "Blues Matters") - Led The Al Tait Allstars - Worked with Jim & The Wailbones and The KontraBand.

Willie Washington (Willie C. Washington Sr.) - Died 11-6-2008 in Killeen ( Gospel ) Born 2-18-1943 in Fairfield - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Washington Aires and The Joys of Aires.

Neil Peterson (Neil V. Peterson) (aka Gage) - Died 11-6-2008 ( Rock ) He was 44 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Bugs, Thin Man and Chauncey Gardener.

Jody Reynolds (Ralph Joseph Reynolds) - Died 11-7-2008 ( Rockabilly ) Born 12-3-1938 in Denver, CO, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Endless Sleep" and "Fire Of Love") - Was a member of The Storms - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

John Fugiasco (John A. Fugiasco) - Died 11-7-2008 - He was 94 years old - Musician - Worked with The Godfathers and The Hank Magayne Band.

Mel Graves (Clyde Melvin Graves Jr.) - Died 11-8-2008 - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) Born 11-6-1946 in West Virginia, U.S. - Composer and bassist - Worked with Denny Zeitlin, Dewey Redman, Larry Coryell, Mose Allison, Kenny Werner, Odean Pope, Joe Henderson and The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood.

Rev. Merlin W. Shorb Sr. (Merlin Wilbert Shorb Sr.) - Died 11-8-2008 in Olney - Aspiration pneumonia ( Gospel ) Born 12-2-1934 in Silver Spring - Singer - Was a member of The Shorb Brothers.

Johnny Jones (Johnny Blair Jones) - Died 11-8-2008 in Gaston County, NC, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 39 years old - Singer - Was a member of Fair Warning and A Mad Goose Named Charlie (They did, "Looks Like That One" and "Ground").

 Douglas Fernandez - Died 11-9-2008 in Argentina - Car accident - Singer - Was a members of La Internacional Sonora Skandalo.

Oscar Rosales - Died 11-9-2008 in Argentina - Car accident - Drummer - Was a members of La Internacional Sonora Skandalo.

Miriam Makeba (Miriam Zensi Makeba) (aka Mama Afrika) - The Empress of African Song - Died 11-9-2008 in Castel Volturno, near Caserta, Italy - Heart attack ( Afrobeat ) Born 3-4-1932 in Prospect Township near Johannesburg, South Africa - Singer - (She did, "Pata Pata" and "The Click Song") - Was a member of The Skylarks - Worked with The Manhattan Brothers and Paul Simon - She had been married to Hugh Masekela and Stokely Carmichael.

Geraldo Pino (Gerald Pine) - Died 11-9-2008 - Godfather of Port Harcourt music ( Afro - Soul - Funk ) - Born 1939 - Singer and guitarist - Led Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats (They did, "Heavy, Heavy, Heavy" and "Let's Have a Party").

Pee Wee Doyle (Ira R. Doyle Jr.) - Died 11-9-2008 ( Country ) Born 7-30-1935 in Elgin, TX, U.S. - Played bass - Worked with The River Road Boys - Western Swing Society Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Whylie Lopez - Died 11-9-2008 in the Cayman Islands - He was 96 years old - Pianist - Led Whylie Lopez And The Melody Makers.

David Leibson (David Paul Leibson) - Died 11-9-2008 in Austin, Texas, U.S. ( Rockabilly - Folk ) He was 61 years old - Played double bass, piano, guitar and mandolin - Worked with Tony And The Tigers, The BNL Revue, Diamond Simon ("Now That I've Found You"), The Roughcuts, The Raindogs, Richard Patureau And The Bayou Bandits, Debbie Norrad And Pure Country, Los Downbeats, Maryjane Ford And The Dirgibles and The Quakers.

George Jackson - Died 11-?-2008 - Born 1944 in Montezuma, GA, U.S. - Singer - Led George Jackson And The Downbeats - Worked with The Soul Blazers and The New Breed.

Dick Day (Richard K. Day) - Died 11-10-2008 in Marengo Township, MI, U.S. - Car accident ( Swing ) He was 72 years old - Led Dick Day's Swing City - Worked with Jerry's Jumping Jacks.

Sam Trombino (Samuel J. Trombino Jr.) - Died 11-10-2008 - Born 12-22-1924 in Lyons - Drummer - Worked with The Pete Renzi Band.

Ron Sokolowski (Ronald C. Sokolowski Sr.) (aka Stat-Man) - Died 11-10-2008 - Born 5-14-1942 in Racine - Played drums and accordion - Appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show - Worked with The Meteors, Gentlemen Of Note, Satellites, Stardust and The Fantastic's.

Wannes Van De Velde (Willy Cecile Johannes Van de Velde) - Died 11-10-2008 in Antwerp, Belgium - Leukaemia ( Kleinkunst - Flamenco - Folk ) Born 4-29-1937 in Antwerp, Belgium - Singer, musician, artist and poet - (He did, "Ik wil deze nacht in de straten verdwalen") - Worked with Hans De Booij ("Lichtjes van de Schelde") and Roland Van Campenhout.

Dave Hirao (Hirao Tokimune) - Died 11-10-208 - Esophageal cancer ( Group Sound ) He was 63 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Golden Cups (They did, "Nagai Kami no Shojo" and "Aisuru Kimi Ni") - Worked with The Sphinx.

Jerry Dube (Gerald J. Dube) - Died 11-11-2008 in Hinckley, MN, U.S. - He was 70 years old - Played steel guitar - He recorded the album, "Steelin' With Jerry".

Mitch Mitchell (John Mitchell) - Died 11-12-2008 in Portland, Oregon, U.S. - Natural causes ( Rock - Jazz ) Born 7-9-1947 in Ealing, Middlesex, England - Drummer - Was a member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience (They did, "Manic Depression" and "Fire") - Worked with Johnny Harris And The Shades, Terry Reid, Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck, The Pretty Things, Ramatam, The Riot Squad, The Dirty Mac, Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames and The Gypsy Sun Experience - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dimas Garza (aka Dino Garza ) (Dimas N. Garza Jr.) - Died 11-12-2008 in San Antonio, TX, U.S. - Heart attack ( Tex Mex ) Born 2-24-1940 in San  Antonio, TX, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Dino & The Deltones, The  Sunglows, The Lyrics and The Royal Jesters (They did, "My Angel Of  Love" and "That Girl").

Kevin Lynch - Died 11-12-2008 - Cancer - He was 60 years old - Comedian, singer and guitarist - Was a member of The X-Set and The Lynch Mob -  Known for his portrayal of the character, Len The Loser - Composed music for the musical, Rush.

Enrique Carreras - Died 11-12-2008 - Illness ( Latin ) Born 2-29-1944 in San Turce, Puerto Rico - Musician and drum carver - Worked with Tito Puente and Celia Cruz.

Pat Riordan - Died 11-13-2008 - Stomach cancer - Guitarist, singer and comedian - Worked with The Balladeers.

John Rice (John Wallace Rice) - Died 11-13-2008 in Clarksburg - Illness - Born 8-16-1941 in Clarksburg - Musician - Worked with The Sundowners, The Vanguards, The Prodigals, Pam And The Upsetters, The Phrophets, Earthwood, Cross, Nickel Candy, Mercy, Breeze, Sundown, Night Sounds and The Heartland Brothers.

Roberta Zito (Roberta Rosser Zito) - Died 11-13-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Born 10-8-1943 in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Nat King Cole's, Merry Young Souls and The San Diego Master Chorale - She was married to arranger, Joe Zito.

Brandon Feldhahn - Died 11-13-2008 - His heart stopped due to a combination of drugs ( Rock ) He was 22 years old - Guitarist - Worked with A Heartwell Ending (They did, "If Looks Could Kill" and "Trust Us, We Lie").

Doris Carr - Died 11-13-2008 ( Blues ) She was 80 years old - Singer - Was a member of Little Sam Carr And The Blue Kings, Frank Frost And The Night Hawks and The Jelly Roll Kings - She was married to drummer, Sam Carr.

Jody Doss (Jody A. Hayden) - Died 11-14-2008 in Easton - Born 6-27-1955 in Brockton - Musician - Was a member of Mickey Hayden And Company.

Joe Ellis Jr. (Joseph Vincent Ellis Jr.) - Died 11-14-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 4-25-1941 - Played trumpet - Worked with Stan Kenton, Ray Price, The Grateful Dead and Santana.

Irving Gertz - Died 11-14-2008 in West Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Born 5-19-1915 in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. - Composer - Wrote music for the films,The Creature Walks Among Us and The Alligator People and for TV's, The Invaders and Land Of The Giants.

Judy Wallace (Judith Ester Wallace) - Died 11-15-2008 in Mattapoisett, MA, U.S. - Brain cancer ( Blues - Swing ) She was 54 years old - Born in Southington, Conn., U.S. - Singer, guitarist and harmonica player - (She did, "Hurricane Bride" and "Not That Kind Of Woman") - Led The Judy Wallace Group - Was a member of The Wallace Warblers - Worked with Hamilton Kahn (Her first husband), Lisa Brown, Bill Thompson, Tom Fenton, Paul Nossiter, Rick Arnoldi, Gary Locke, and also with her husband, David Gries.

Bruce Clark (Bruce Mitchell Clark) - Died 11-15-2008 ( Bluegrass ) Born 5-14-1950 - Bassist - Was a member of The Rollin River Band.

Hilmer Hassig - Died 11-16-2008 in Frederiksberg - Hit by a taxi ( Rock ) Born 11-9-1960 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Love Shop (They did, "Aluminium Go!" and "Love Goes On Forever") - Produced Tomas Ortved, TV-2, Nanna, Martin Hall and Elisabeth.

Reg Varney (Reginald Alfred Varney) - Died 11-16-2008 Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England - Born 7-11-1916 in Canning Town, Essex, England - Singer, pianist and actor - (He did remakes of, "A Broken Doll" and "Mean To Me") - Sang with big bands - Best know for portraying Stan Butler on TV's, On The Buses - Made the world's first ATM withdrawal in 1967.

Tony Reedus (Anthony D. Reedus) - Died 11-16-2008 in Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S. - Pulmonary embolism ( Jazz ) Born 9-?-1959 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Herman Green, Milt Jackson, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Steve Turre and  James Williams.

Julio Ortiz (Julito Ortiz) - Died 11-16-2008 in San Juan, Puerto Rico - Cardiac arrest -  Born 1944 in Santuce, Puerto Rico - Singer - (He did, "Ese Momento") - Was a member of Julito & The Black Knights.

Bart Ray Oglesby - Died 11-16-2008 ( Rock ) Born 11-3-1948 in Herrin, Illinois, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The American Pie Band - Worked with The Impacts, Jason Pitts And The Pit Crew and Rural Route 2.

Luisin Landaez (Luis Felipe Landaez) (aka El Rey de La Cumbia) - Died 11-17-2008 in Santiago, Chile - Diabetes ( Guarachas - Boleros - Cumbias - Porros ) Born 1931 in Higuerote, Miranda, Venezuela - Singer - (He did, "La Piragua" and "Macondo") - Worked with Billo's Caracas Boys and Luis Alfonzo Larrain's Orchestra.

Sandy Izenson (Sanford Izenson) - Died 11-17-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 6-10-1936 in Steubenville, OH, U.S. - Pianist - Led Sandy And Friends - Was a president for The Mid-Michigan Jazz Society.

Guy Peellaert - Died 11-17-2008 Paris, France - Cancer - Born 4-6-1934 in Brussels, Belgium - Illustrator, artist and photographer - He did the album covers for David Bowie's, Diamond Dogs and The Rolling Stones', It's Only Rock 'n' Roll - He provided the pictures for the book, Rock Dreams.

Pat Ramsey (James Patrick Ramsey) - Died 11-17-2008 in in Tallahassee, FL, U.S. - Complications of Hepatitis C ( Blues - Rock ) Born 1953 in Shreveport, LA, U.S. - Played harmonica and sang - Led Pat Ramsey & The Blues Disciples (They did, "Dead Shrimp Blues" and "Build Me A Woman")- Worked with Johnny Winters ("Walkin By Myself" and "EZ Rider"), The Bunny Brooks Band, Butch Trucks, Crosscut Saw ("Mud Bee" and "Allergic To Work") and The Poulos-Ramsey Band.

Frank Buffone (Frank J. Buffone) - Died 11-18-2008 in Buffalo, NY, U.S. ( Big Band ) Born 2-26-1923 in Beyer, PA, U.S. - Played saxophone and clarinet - Worked with Tommy Tedesco.

Don Kinney (Donald B. Kinney) - Died 11-18-2008 ( Rock ) Bon 1950 - Bassist - Was a member of Hooterville Trolley (They did, "Silver Bird").

Barry Fowlie (Barry Alport Fowlie) - Died 11-18-2008  in Vancouver, Canada - Born 1918 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada - Played saxophone - Worked with Leona Giffen, The Milleraires, The Tune Makers, The Baratones, Stardust and The Brock House Big Band.

Ram Thapa - Died 11-20-2008 - Liver disease ( Folk ) He was 50 years old - Born in Kamal Pokhari, Kathmandu on Bhadra - Singer, songwriter and musician - (He did, "Cha Machhi Jalaima" and wrote Arun Thapa's, "Rituharu ma timi").

Greg Morelli - Died 11-20-2008 in North Strathfield, Australia - Motorcycle accident ( Metal ) Guitarist - Was a member of Nazxul.

Baby G (Edgar Gordon) - Died 11-20-2008  in Jones Town, St Andrew - Complications from diabetes ( Reggae ) He was 70 years old - Was a member of The Flames who backed up Alton Ellis ("Girl I've Got A Date" and "Rocksteady").

Luderin Darbone (Luderin L. Darbone) - Died 11-21-2008 in Sulphur, LA,  U.S. ( Cajun - Swing ) Born 1-14-1913 in Evangeline, LA, U.S. - Played fiddle  - Was a founding member of The Hackberry Ramblers (They did, "Jolie  Blonde" and "Wondering").

Charlie Bones (Charles R. Ginsburg) - Died 11-22-2008 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. ( Country - Jazz ) Born 12-28-1921, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Played bones - Worked with The Cake Walkin' Jazz Band - Appeared on TV's, Hee-Haw.

MC Breed (Eric Breed) - Died 11-22-2008 in Ypsilanti Michigan. U.S. - Kidney failure ( Rap ) He was 36 years old - Born in Flint, Michigan, U.S. - (He did, "Gotta Get Mine" and "Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin") - Worked with DFC ("Just Kickin' It" and "More Power") and 2Pac.

Mario Martorano - Died 11-22-2008 - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 82 years old - Musician - Was a member of The Skyrockets.

Don Durham (Donald I. Durham) - Died 11-22-2008 in Valparaiso, FL, U.S. ( Bluegrass ) He was 78 years old - Born in Waverly, TN, U.S. - Musician - Was a member of The Country Misfits.

Rae Imamura - Died 11-22-2008 in Berkeley, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz - Experimental - Symphonic ) Born 1945 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. at a relocation center for newly released Japanese American detainees - Pianist - Worked with Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Michael Seth Orland, Aki Takahashi, The Flowing Stream Ensemble and The Arch Ensemble For Experimental Music - Sister of pianist, Hiro Imamura.

John Osnes (John T. Osnes ) - Died 11-22-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Killed by a hit and run driver ( Jazz ) Born 1953 - Pianist and singer - (He did, "Make My Manhattan Hot").

Jay Kapner - Died 11-22-2008 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Lou Gehrig's disease ( Rock ) He was 59 years old - Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. - Guitarist - Was half of the duo, The Simcha Players.

Danny Hill (Daniel Lee Hill) - Died 11-22-2008 in Slidell, LA, U.S. - Born 8-19-1954 in San Antonio, TX, U.S. - Musician - Was a member of Witness, Timeless, Flashpoint and Omega Canyon.

Lisa Marie Gupton - Died 11-22-2008 ( Rock - Country - Swing ) Singer, keyboardist and bassist - Worked with Majik Jack, Vision, Litestone and The Girls.

Nico Rojas (Jose Antonio Rojas Beoto) - Died 11-22-2008 in Havana, Cuba ( Jazz ) Born 8-3-1921 in Havana, Cuba - Guitarist and songwriter - His songs have been recorded by Pablo Milanes, Omara Portuondo, Frank Emilio Flynn, Jane Bunnett and Elena Burke.

Alan Gordon (Alan Lee Gordon) - Died 11-22-2008 in Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S. - Cancer ( Rock - Pop ) Born 4-22-1944 in Natick, Mass., U.S. - Songwriter, pianist and drummer - (He co-wrote, "Happy Together" and "Celebrate") - Collaborated with Garry Bonner - Was a member of Tex & The Chex who were renamed The Magicians (They did, "An Invitation To  Cry" and "I Won't Be Here Tommorrow") - His songs have been recorded by Three Dog Night, The Turtles, The Blues Magoos, Alice Cooper, The  Archies, The O'Jays, Barbra Streisand ("My Heart Belongs To Me"), Lynn  Anderson, Flo & Eddie, Frank Zappa & The Mothers, Helen Reddy, Gary  Lewis & The Playboys, Tammy Wynette, Petula Clark, The Lovin' Spoonful, Bobby Darin, Freddy Fender and others.

Robert Lucas - Died 11-23-2008 in Long Beach, CA, U.S. - Drug overdose ( Blues Rock ) Born 7-25-1962 in Long Beach, CA, U.S. Sang and played harmonica and guitar - Led Luke And The Locomotives (They did, "Slide On Outta Here" and "Don't Your Peaches Look Mellow") - Worked with Canned Heat, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Big Joe Turner, Lowell Fulsom, Pee Wee Crayton, Percy Mayfield and George Smith.

Richey James Edwards (Richard James Edwards) - Officially declared dead 11-23-2008 - Missing since 2-1-1995, it's believed he killed himself by jumping off the Severn Bridge - His body was never found ( Rock ) Born 12-22-1967  in Blackwood, South Wales, UK - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of The Manic Street Preachers (They did, "Faster" and "Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky").

Bud Krauss (Willard L. Krauss) - Died 11-23-2008 ( Big Band ) Born 10-18-1917 in New York, NY, U.S. - Played piano and trumpet - Led The Bud Krauss Big Band.

Bud DeTar (Francis E. DeTar) - Died 11-23-2008 - Born 1922 in Albion, NY, U.S. - Musician and bandleader - Led The Bud DeTar Big Band - Worked with The Dixieland Ramblers and The Gates Swingers.

Everette Short - Died 11-23-2008 in Pound, VA, U.S. ( Gospel ) He was 81 years old - Singer and musician - Worked with The Family Gospelaires.

Johnny Baker (John Henry Baker) - Died 11-23-2008 Warwick, NY, U.S. ( Country ) Born 10-9-1916 in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, U.S. - Musician - Led The Johnny Baker Combo - Worked with Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys.

John Spalding - Died 11-23-2008 in Seattle, Washington, U.S. - Colorectal cancer ( Christian Punk Rock ) He was 33 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Raft Of Dead Monkeys, Ninety Pound Wuss, Suffering and The Hideous Thieves.

Artis Brewster Sr. - Died 11-23-2008 in Texarkana, TX, U.S. ( Jazz ) Played trumpet and bass.

Paul Gerrett - Died 11-?-2008 in Thailand - Suspected heart attack ( Rock ) Keyboardist and singer - Was a member of Wally (They did, "The Martyr" and "Sunday Walking Lady").

Kenny MacLean - Died 11-24-2008 ( Rock - Symphonic ) Born 1957 - Bassist and songwriter - (He did, "Don't Look Back") - Worked with Platinum Blonde (They did, "Crying Over You" and "Somebody Somewhere"), Alannah Myles, The Edmonton Symphony and Orchestra London - Produced Julie Bertram.

Mark King (Mark E. King) (aka GQ) - Died 11-24-2008 ( Pop - Gospel ) He was 55 years old - Born in Chester - Singer and keyboardist - Worked with Billy Paul, The Village People, First Choice, Three Million ("I've Got The Hots For You" and "I've Been Robbed"), Unity, Rev. Dr. James Cleveland, First Choice ("Armed And Extremely Dangerous" and "Love Thang") and Dorothy Norwood.

Michael Lee (Michael Gary Pearson) - Died 11-24-2008 - Seizure ( Rock ) Born 11-19-1969 - Drummer - Worked with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Little Angels, The Cult, Holosade, Alaska, Sweet Janes, Ian Gillan, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jeff Martin, The Quireboys and Thin Lizzy.

Alva Parker (Alva J. Parker) (aka Mesa Slim) - Died 11-24-2008 in Farmington, NM, U.S. ( Country Western ) Born 10-16-1916 in Upton, NM, U.S. - Played fiddle - Led The House Cats - NM Fiddlers Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Billy Wilson (William J. Wilson Jr.) - Died 11-24-2008 in East El Paso - Pancreatic cancer - He was 69 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Rock King Combo, City Limits, The Leatherman and Backwater - Worked with Willie Nelson, Leroy Van Dyke, George Strait, Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck.

Mitchell Lurie - Died 11-24-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Pneumonia - Born 3-9-1922 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Clarinetist - Worked for major film studios playing on the scores for the films, The Apartment, Dr. Zhivago and Mary Poppins - Worked with with The Budapest String Quartet and The Muir String Quartet.

Bill Dreyfuss (Willfred Nelson Dreyfuss) - Died 11-25-2008 in Varnville, SC, U.S. - Illness ( Big Band - Symphonic ) Born 4-5-1920 in Tucson, AZ,, U.S. - Musician - Worked with The Townsmen and The Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Flipper Ocsi (Bela Tibor Jeszenszky) - Died 11-25-2008 - Illness ( Pop - Rock ) He was 46 years old - Singer and musician - Worked with Dolly Roll, Hungaria and Step.

William Dowd (William Richmond Dowd) - Died 11-25-2008 in Reston, Virginia - Complications from an embolism - Born 2-28-1922 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - He built over 800 harpsichords (many with Frank Hubbard) of which some are used in The Smithsonian's National Museum Of American History, The Juilliard School Of Music and Independence Hall and City Tavern in Philadelphia.

Robert Schlitt - Died 11-25-2008 in Encino, CA, U.S. - Born 7-24-1933 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Television writer-producer, actor, saxophonist, clarinetist and guitarist - Was a member of The Special Services Jazz Band - Co-wrote the premiere episode of TV's, The Monkees and also wrote for Hill Street Blues, Adam-12 and The Mod Squad.

Jeszenszky Bela Tibor (aka Flipper Ocsi) - Died 11-25-2008 ( Rock ) Born 5-29-1962 - Singer and musician - Worked with Dolly Roll, Hungaria and Step.

Rob Partridge (Robert John Partridge) - Died 11-26-2008 - Liver and bowel cancer - Born 6-2-1948 - Worked for Island Records where he signed U2 to their first record deal - Founder of the artist management company, Coalition Group - Worked with Tom Waits, Run-DMC, NWA, Grace Jones, Bob Marley, Robert Palmer, Steve Winwood, The B-52's and Marianne Faithfull - Wrote for Music Week and Melody Maker.

Joe Romano (Joseph R. Romano Jr.) - Died 11-26-2008 in Rochester, NY, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 4-17-1932 in Rochester, NY, U.S. - Saxophonist - Worked with Woody Herman, Gap Mangione, Chuck Mangione, Chuck Israels  And The National Jazz Ensemble, Les Brown, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis  Orchestra, Stan Kenton, Donna Summer, Pearl Bailey, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz and Nat King Cole.

Ralph Giordano (Raffaele Giordano) - Died 11-26-2008 - Born 8-29-1910 in Salerno, Italy - Musician - Led The Ralph Jordan Orchestra - Worked with Al Martino.

Brenda Dartt - Died 11-26-2008 in Polk County Missouri, U.S. - Fell from a bridge after a car accident ( Bluegrass ) She was 48 years old - Musician - Was a member of Waterloo Boy.

Lewis Jefferson (aka Mucaw) - Died 11-26-2008 near Yuma, AZ, U.S. - Hit by a train - He was 21 years old - Was a traditional Quechan tribal singer.

Paapa Yaw Johnson - Died 11-27-2008 in Accra, Ghana ( High Life ) Musician - (He did, "Owuo Sei Fie" and "Friends Today").

Pekka Pohjola (Jussi Pekka Pohjola) - Died 11-27-2008 ( Prog Rock - Fusion Jazz ) Born 1-13-1952 in Finland - Played bass, keyboards and violin - Worked with The Boys, Wigwam, Mike Oldfield, Made In Sweden, The Group and Jukka Tolonen.

Bob Green (Robert Franklin Green) - Died 11-27-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 11-25-1930 - Saxophonist - Led The Bob Green Trio.

Pat Collins (Patrick Edward Collins ) - Died 11-27-2008 - Colon cancer ( Bluegrass - Gospel ) He was 52 years old - Played upright bass and sang - Was a member of The Drifters.

Ricky Daniels (Richard Ray Daniels Jr.) - Died 11-27-2008 in Winslow ( Metal ) Born 9-3-1982 in Flagstaff - Singer - Was a member of Tainted Faith (They did, "Hollow" and "Center Yourself").

Lorna Hamilton (Lorna Jean Hamilton) (aka Lorna Doone ) - Died 11-27-2008 - All terrain vehicle accident ( Rock ) Born 9-2-1958 - Sang - (She co-wrote Country Dick Montana's, "The Home Front Pt. 1).

Corey Osborn - Died 11-28-2008 in Shelby County, TN, U.S. - Single car accident ( Blues - Rock ) He was 23 years old - Guitarist - Led The Corey Osborn Band - Worked with B.B. King, Barbara Blue, Eric Sardinas, Charlie Musclewhite, Kenny Neal, Joe Bonamassa, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Joe Louis Walker, Guitar Shorty, "Steady Rollin" Bob Margolin, John Waite , Eric Gales, Reba Russell, John Daily, Preston Shannon, Josie Scott, Barbara Blue and Ruby Wilson.

Senator Jones (aka Uncle Bobo) - Died 11-28-2008 in Raymond, Mississippi, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 11-9-1934 in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. - Producer, DJ and record label owner - Owned The Black Patch, Shagg, Superdome, J.B.'s, Jenmark and Hep' Me labels - His labels released recordings by Rockie Charles, Sir Charles Jones, James Rivers, Tommy Ridgley, Mr. X, Lil' Kim Stewart, Barbara George, Ray J. and Walter Washington.

Bill Drake ( Philip Yarbroug) - Died 11-29-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Lung cancer - Born 1-14-1937 - Radio programmer - He syndicated and narrated the radio special, The History Of Rock And Roll - Georgia Radio Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Pat Sylva (Patrick Sylva) - Died 11-29-2008 ( Hawaiian ) Born 10-9-1939 in Honolulu - Played keyboards, ukulele and drums and sang - Was a member of The Surfers (They did, "Nani Wale Na Hula" and "Leahi") - The Surfers can be heard on Elvis Presley's, "Rock-a-Hula Baby".

Nigel Luby - Died 11-29-2008 in Eel Pie Island - Natural causes - He was 53 years old - Was a sound technician for Yes and The Alarm.

Larry Rothwell (Larry Michael Rothwell) - Died 11-29-2008 - Born 6-23-1949 - Liver cancer - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Any More Than I Ever Did " and "Canyonland") - Was half of the duo, Jim & Larry's Occasional Band - Worked with The Front Room Music Ensemble, Barking Tree Spiders and The Onion Creek Ramblers.

Tony Romagnolo (Cavalier Anton Romagnolo) - Died 11-29-2008 in Rochester ( Goth ) Born 1970 - Bassist -Worked with Pleasure Void and Translucia (They did, "Her Violet Tongue" and "Ghostpheria").

Bianca Noons - Died 11-29-2008 in San Antonio, TX, U.S. - Complications related to diabetes ( Reggae ) She was 30 years old - Born in Nairobi, Kenya - Singer - Was a member of Neutral Sisters (They did, "Live-N-Direct" and "Thank You Fadda").

Joan Baptista Humet (Joan Baptista Humet Climent) - Died 11-30-2008 in Barcelona, Spain - Stomach cancer ( Cancion Catalana ) Born 1-4-1950 in Navarres, Valencia, Spain - Songwriter, musician and singer - (He did, "Que no soy yo" and "Terciopelo") - Worked with Joan Manuel Serrat, Lluís Llach and Joaquin Sabina - Founder of the artist management company, Validance Records.

Munetaka Higuchi - Died 11-30-2008 in Osaka, Japan - Liver cancer ( Metal ) Born 12-24-1958 in Nara, Japan - Drummer - Led Munetaka Higuchi & Dream Castle - Was a member of Lazy and Loudness (They did, "Rock Shock (More And More)" and "I'm On Fire") - Worked with Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio and Ronnie James Dio.

Harry Frey (Harry E. Frey) - Died 11-30-2008 in Clinton - He was 94 years old - News anchor and musician - Worked with Dean Martin - Indiana Broadcasters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Wabash Valley Musicians Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Billy Todd - Died 11-30-2008 - Alzheimers ( Gospel ) Born 9-26-1929 - Singer - Worked with The Freewill Four, The Sylacauga Melody Boys, The Florida Boys, The Dixie Echoes and Jim Nabors.

Frank Navetta - Died 11-31-2008 - Illness ( Punk ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Descendents (They did,  "Ride The Wild" and "Silly Girl").

Bryn Collinson - Died 12-?-2008 in Park Road, Hartlepool - Leukaemia ( Jazz ) He was 66 years old - Born in Hartlepool - Saxophonist - Worked with Musicians Unlimited, Jazzozzy, Wagga Jawakka, Dr T Drewid, Workingmensclub, Crazy Mable and Joe Cocker.

 Gerald Keegan - Died 12-?-2008 ( Rock ) He was 62 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Dresdens.

Mikel Laboa (Mikel Laboa Mancisidor) - Died 12-1-2008 in San Sebastian, Spain - Illness ( Nueva Cancion Vasca ) Born 6-15-1934 in Pasajes, Pais Vasco, Spain - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Txoria Txori" and "Gure Hitzak") - Was a member of Ez Dok Amairu - Worked with Orfeon Donostiarra and la Joven Orquesta de Euskal Herria.

H. Sridhar (aka Sridhar Hariharan and H.Padmanabh) - Died 12-1-2008 - Heart attack - He was 50 years old - Born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India - Sound engineer - Worked on over 200 films and for artists John McLaughlin, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar and John Neptune Kaizan.

Sabu Rex (Leslie Arnold Rex) - Died 12-1-2008 - Multiple organ failure ( Rock - Funk - Blues - Soul ) Born 3-3-1951 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Absolute Zeros (They did, "Don't Get Me Started" and "Whisper In The Storm") - Worked with Debteras, Donna Summers and Fleetwood Mac.

Nina Creque (Nina R. Brown Creque) - Died 12-1-2008 ( Jazz ) She was 67 years old - Singer - (Co-wrote, "Island Free") - Stepdaughter of gospel singer, Lee Bailey and wife of jazz musician, Earl Neal Creque.

Odetta (Odetta Holmes) (aka Odetta Felious and Odetta Gordon) - Died 12-2-2008 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Heart disease ( Folk ) Born  12-31-1930 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Singer, songwriter,  guitarist and actress - Worked with Larry Mohr, Pete Seeger and Tom  Winslow.

Everett Reece - Died 12-2-2008 - Cancer ( Gospel ) Pianist - Worked with The Junior Blackwood Brothers and The Prophets.

Elmer Valentine - Died 12-3-2008 - Born 6-16-1923 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Was an owner of Los Angeles' The Roxy and The Whisky A Go-Go hosting artists such as The Mothers Of Invention, Johnny Rivers, Sonny And Cher, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and The Doors.

Derek Wadsworth (aka Daniel Caine) - Died 12-3-2008 in Oxfordshire, England ( Jazz ) Born 2-5-1939 in Cleckheton, Yorkshire, England - Trombonist, composer, keyboardist and arranger - Wrote music for TV's, Space 1999 - As a musician he worked with Keith Smith's Jazz Cardinals, The Squadronaires, Jack Dorsey, Georgie Fame, Alan Price, The Chris Mercer Jazz Band, George Harrison, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red, Maynard Ferguson, Alex Harvey, Savoy Brown, Ginger Baker and Tony Bennett - Arranger for David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Alan Price, Georgie Fame, The Small Faces, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann.

Lala Abbasova - Died 12-3-2008 in Houston, Texas, U.S. - Car accident ( Azeri Folk ) She was 58 years old - Musician.

Chico Banks (Vernon X. Banks) - Died 12-4-2008 in Chicago, IL, U.S. ( Blues -  R&B - Funk ) - Singer and guitarist - Born 3-7-1962 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - (He did, "Your Fine" and "Candy Lickin' Man") - Worked with Mavis Staples,  Buddy Guy, Otis Clay, James Cotton, Little Milton, Magic Slim, Big Time Sarah and Johnny Christian - Son of guitarist, Jessie Banks.

Bokonggo (Frank Matagolai Pangelinan) - Died 12-4-2008 - He was 54 years old - Songwriter, musician and producer - (He did, "Triste Yu").

Steve Rohatyn - Died 12-4-2008 in Estevan - Born 1-15-1927 in Taylorton - Musician - Was a member of The Western Five.

David Ezrin (David Lawrence Ezrin) - Died 12-4-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 12-3-1966 in Toronto, Canada - Keyboardist, drummer, A&R Man and songwriter - Worked with Lita Ford ("Your Wake Up Call" and "Back To The Cave"), Alice Cooper, KISS, Motorhead, Berlin and Hanoi Rocks - Wrote songs with Lemmy and Nikki Sixx - Worked for Soul Surfer Records - Son of producer Bob Ezrin.

Omar Clay - Died 12-4-2008 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Lou Gehrig's disease ( Jazz ) Born 10-23-1935 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. - Percussionist - Worked  with Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, David "Fathead" Newman, Dionne  Warwick, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, The Bob James Trio, Max Roach's M'Boom Ensemble, Guarneri Jazz Quartet, Roberta Flack, Jackie Ryan, Larry Vuckovich, Jon Hendricks, Frank Jackson, Josh Workman and Jeff  Chambers.

Frances Lynne - Died 12-4-2008 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz - Country ) Born in Dallas, TX, U.S. - She was 82 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Charlie Barnet, The Three D, Bobby Hackett, Jerry Wald, Zoot Sims and Gene Krupa - She was married to trumpeter, John Coppola.

Party Arty (Arthur Sheridan) - Died 12-4-2008 - Health complications ( Rap ) Born 1979 - Was a member of The Ghetto Dwellas (They did, "Get Dirty" and "Who's The Dirtiest") - Worked with D.I.T.C.

Alex McEwen (Alexander Dundas McEwen) - Died 12-4-2008 ( Folk ) Born 5-16-1935 in Berwickshire - Singer and guitarist - Worked with his brother Rory - He was married to Countess Cecilia Weikersheim.

Anca Parghel - Died 12-5-2008 in Timisoara, Romania - Ovarian cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-16-1957 in Campulung Moldovenesc, Romania - Singer, songwriter and pianist - (She did, "Cornflake" and "Transylvanian Car Change").

Runar Juliusson - Died 12-5-2008 - Cardiac arrest ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Thor's Hammer (They did, "Stay" and "If You Knew").

Dom Mallary (Dominic Mallary) - Died 12-5-2008 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Blood clot after being injured during a gig ( Hardcore ) Born 8-22-1984 - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of Last Lights (They did, "Love And Rent" and "Destroy What Destroys You").

Vincent Brecknell - Died 12-5-2008 - Multiple sclerosis - Born 10-9-1958 - Drummer and harmonica player - Was a member of Smoke Stack Lightning.

George Strawser (George E. Strawser) - Died 12-5-2008 in Austin, TX, U.S. ( Swing ) Born 5-9-1923 in Newton, Iowa, U.S. - Played piano and saxophone  - Worked with Benny Goodman, Lois Armstrong, and Woody Herman.

David Watt - Died 12-5-2008 ( R&B ) Was a member of The Ad Libs (They did, "I Stayed Home (New Years Eve)" and "Close To Me'").

Bobbye King (Bobbie A. King Beavers) - Died 12-6-2008 in Peoria, Illinois, U.S. - Natural causes ( Blues ) Born 2-12-1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - Led The Lady's Choice Band.

Wally Sontag (Wallace D. Sontag) (aka String Bean Wally) - Died 12-6-2008 in Fitchburg - Born 10-25-1916 in Fitchburg - Played guitar, violin, drum, bass and bass fiddle - Worked with his wife, Yodeling Arlene and was a member of The Ray Little Band, The Sunny Siders and The Originals.

Troy Dixon (aka T-Bag) - Died 12-6-2008 - Car accident - Born 1981- Comedian - (Wrote the lyrics and provided the vocals for, "Straight Outta Blood Gulch" for The Pure Pwnage crew).

Douglas Parker (Douglas George Parker) - Died 12-6-2008 ( Jazz ) Born 9-16-1922 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada - Pianist - Worked with Harry James ("Two O'Clock Jump") and Ray Anthony.

Minoru Endo - Died 12-6-2008 in Tokyo, Japan - Heart attack - Born 1932 in Tokyo, Japan - Composer - Wrote over 5,000 songs - His music has been done by Kazuo Funaki ("Koko Sannensei"), Saburo Kitajima, Hibari Misora, Masako Mori ("Sensei") and Chiyoko Shimakura.

Les Kaczamerek - Died 12-?-2008 in Adelaide Australia - Liver failure ( Rock ) He was the original bassist for Cold Chisel.

Mervin Perera - Died 12-7-2008 in Kalubowila, Sri Lanka - Born 9-21-1940 in Kuda Payagala in Southern Sri Lanka - Singer and musician - (He did, "Me Nagaraya" and "Oba Dedunna").

Dennis Yost - Died 12-7-2008 in Hamilton, Ohio, U.S. - Respiratory failure ( Rock - Pop ) He was 65 years old - Singer and drummer - Was a member of The Echoes, Leroy & The Moments and The Classics who were renamed The Classics IV (They did, "Spooky" and "Traces Of Love") and finally renamed Dennis Yost & The Classics IV - Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Gerardo Luongo - Died 12-7-2008 in Glen Ridge, NJ, U.S. ( Big Band ) He was 85 years old - Born in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Musician - Worked with Vaughn Monroe.

Colin Michael Campbell (Colin Campbell) - Died 12-7-2008 - Car accident - He was 20 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Who By Fire.

Jimmy Gourley (James Pasco Gourley Jr.) - Died 12-7-2008 in Villeneuve-Saint-Geo, France ( Jazz ) Born 6-9-1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, Bamoun Beauty" and "Montagne Madness") - Worked with Jay Burkhart, Bud Powell, Clifford Brown, Kenny Clarke, Zoot Sims, Anita O'Day, Gigi Gryce, Stephane Grapelli and Johnny Griffin.

George Groesbeck Jr. - Died 12-7-2008 - pulmonary embolism ( Rock ) He was 38 years old - Guitarist - Led The George Groesbeck Jr. Band - Was a member of Chronic Circle.

Lido Salonen (Juha Viljo Oskar Salonen) - Died 12-7-2008 in Helsinki, Finland ( Prog Rock ) Born 3-15-1950 in Helsinki, Finland - Bassist and guitarist - Was a member of Kalevala (They did, "People No Names" and "Lady With The Veil")  He had been married to singer, Hanna Ekola.

Vernon McNeill - Died 12-8-2008 in Minto, New Brunswick - House fire ( Country ) He was 57 years old - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Minto Country Music Wall Of Fame Inductee.

Will Coles - Died 12-8-2008 ( Rock ) He was 61 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Bay Horse Flyers.

Pete Carter - Died 12-8-2008 - He was 73 years old - Born in Farcet - Played piano, guitar, drums and saxophone - Was a member of Emile Ford And The Checkmates (They did a version of, "What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For") - Worked with The Bachelors, The Rebel Rousers, Jet Harris, Jimmy Justice, The Big Six and Cliff Richard And The Shadows.

Steve Isham - Died 12-9-2008 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 56 years old - Keyboardist - Worked with Holly Penfield, Autograph (They did, "Turn Up The Radio" and "Blondes In Black Cars"), The Pack and Vince Neal.

 Gladys Shelley - Died 12-9-2008 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - She was 92 years old - (She wrote, "Come On Over" and co-wrote, "How Did He Look?") - Her songs have been done by Herb Jeffries, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Eydie Gorme, Connie Francis, Dakota Staton, Mel Torme, Rod McKuen ("Oliver Twist"), Joan Merrill and Vic Damone.

Didith Reyes (Helen Sta. Maria) - Died 12-10-2008 in Binan, Laguna, Philippines - Stomach problem ( Pop) Born 9-17-1948 - Singer - (She did, "Nananabik" and "Aliw") - Worked with The Time Machine and The Circus Band.

Dorothy Porter (Dorothy Featherstone Porter) - Died 12-10-2008 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Breast cancer - Born 3-26-1954 in Sydney, Australia - Poet - Co-wrote songs for the rock opera, January with Tim Finn - She wrote the book, The Monkey's Mask.

Brillo Roberts (Christopher James Roberts) - Died 12-10-2008 ( Rock ) Born 10-9-1970 in New Rochelle, NY, U.S. - Played drums, guitar, piano and saxophone - Was a drum tech for Sacred Reich.

Lenny Hutter - Died 12-10-2008 - Cardiac and respiratory ailments ( Doo-Wop ) Born 11-14-1944 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Five Discs (They did, "Come On Baby" and "I Don't Know What I'll Do") and The Chalets (They did, "Fat-Mom-Mio" and "My Foolish Heart").

Bill Ashford - Died 12-10-2008 in Ocala, FL, U.S. - Born 12-5-1942 in Fletcher, NC, U.S. - DJ - A pioneer of free form radio - Considered a musician's disc jockey - (He co-wrote Tim & Mollie O'Brien's, "Floods Of South Dakota") - He was once married to singer, Judy Roderick.

Bob Winesett (Robert Newell Winesett Sr.) - Died 12-11-2008 - Born 6-19-1920 in Bland, VA, U.S. - Was the owner of Entro Records which released recordings by Roger Tripp and The Ole Rasmussen Band.

Lowe Murray (Marlowe A. Murray) - Died 12-11-2008 in Brooklyn, New  York, U.S. - Lung cancer ( R&B ) Born 6-5-1935 - Singer - Worked with  The Cavaliers (They did, "You Thrill Me So"), The Fi-Tones (They did,  "It Wasn't A Lie" and "I Belong To You") and The Harptones - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Foundation Inductee.

Klaus Weiss - Died 12-11-2008 in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Bavaria, Germany ( Jazz ) Born 2-17-1942 in Gevelsberg, Westphalia, Germany - Drummer - Worked with The Jazzopators, Benny Bailey, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Slide Hampton, The Erwin Lehn Big Band, Billy Harper, Hampton Hawes, Clifford Jordan, The Bayerischer Rundfunk Jazz Ensemble, Herbie Mann, The Horst Jankowski Sextet, Howard McGhee, Cecil Bridgewater and The Dusko Goykovic Big Band.

Jeff Chance (Jeffery Barosh Sr.) - Died 12-12-2008 ( Country ) Born 12-13-1954 in El Campo, TX, U.S. - Singer, fiddler and guitarist - (He did, "So Far Not So Good" and "Hopelessly Falling") - Worked with Johnny Bush and Johnny Lyon.

Joe Alessandro (Joseph Vincent Alessandro) - Died 12-12-2008 ( Jazz ) He was 88 years old - Born in Curwensville, PA, U.S. - Played saxophone - Led The Friends Band.

Big Man Greg Lawrence - Died 12-?-2008 - He was 54 years old - Born in Surrey - Singer - Led Big Man And His Band.

Jay Huguely - Died 12-13-2008 ( Country - Novelty ) Born 9-21-1947 in Quick Sand, Kentucky, U.S. - Actor and singer - Recorded as Cledus Maggard & The Citizen's Band (They did, "The White Knight" and "Kentucky Moonrunner").

Ramon Barce - Died 12-14-2008 in Madrid, Spain ( New Music ) Born 3-16-1928 in Madrid, Spain - Composer and teacher - (He did, "Concierto para piano y orquesta" and "Las cuatro estaciones”) - Led Nueva Musica and Zaj - Music critic for Madrid's Ya.

John Kelley (John B. Kelley) - Died 12-14-2008 - Illness ( Folk ) Born 6-17-1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Gilgarra Trio, Oasis and Kith & Kin (They did, "One Morning In May" and "Back Home In Dairy").

James Payton (James E. Payton) - Died 12-14-2008 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Heart attack ( Soul ) He was 50 years old - Born in Altheimer, Ark., U.S. - Played saxophone, flute and piano - Was a member of Impact 7- Worked with The Temptations, The Dramatics, The Stylistics, Dennis Edward, Joceylyn, Luther Badman Keith and The Vandellas.

Jack Quigley (John Robert Quigley) - Died 12-14-2008 in Burbank, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 4-20-1929 in Taunton, MA, U.S. - Composer, conductor and pianist - Led The Jack Quigley Trio (They did, "D'jever?" and "Presto") - His songs have been done by The Boston String Quartet and Johnny Mathis ("Rapture").

Davey Graham (David Michael Gordon Graham) (aka Davy Graham) - Died 12-15-2008 in London, England - Seizure ( Folk ) Born 11-22-1940 in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England - Singer, guitarist and arranger - (He did, "Fingerbuster" and "Anji") - Worked with Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy,  Duck Baker and Mark Pavey.

Loyd Howell (Loyd N. Howell) - Died 12-15-2008 - Illness - He was 76 years old - Singer - Led Loyd Howell And The Blue Stars - He was a mayor of Wayneboro, TN.

Clyde "Kindy" Sproat (Clyde Halemaumau Sproat) - Died 12-15-2008 in Hawaii ( Hawaiian ) Born 11-21-1930 in North Kohala, Hawaii - Played guitar and ukulele and was a singer.

John Bowman - Died 12-15-2008 in Ithaca, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) He was 87 years old - Born in Scranton, PA, U.S. - Pianist - Led The John Bowman Trio.

Dr. Charles Borne (Dr. Charles A. Borne Jr.) - Died 12-15-2008 - Colon cancer ( Jazz ) He was 75 years old - Born in Paincourtville, LA, U.S. - Pianist - Founder of The Strand Street 6 7/8 Dixeland Jazz Band.

Harold Gramatges - Died 12-16-2008 in Havana, Cuba ( Modern - Classical - Latin ) Born 9-26-1918 in Santiago, Cuba - Composer and pianist.

Texas Pete Mayes (Floyd Davis Mayes) (aka T-Bone Man) - Died 12-16-2008 in Houston, TX, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 3-21-1938 in Double Bayou, Chambers County, TX, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Just Like A Fish" and "Pony Tail") - Led The Houserockers - Worked with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, T-Bone Walker, Junior Parker, Bill Doggett and Little Milton - Ran The Double Bayou Dance Hall - Recorded for Antone's, Goldrhythm Music, Home Cooking, Sawdust Alley and Wolf Records.

Cyril Knowles - Died 12-16-2008 ( Swing ) He was 87 years old - Drummer -  Led Cyril's Rhythm Boys and The Vernon Gallery Big Band - Worked with Jack Jackson, The Strollers and Gracie Fields.

Neil Gauntlett (Neil R. Gauntlett) - Died 12-16-2008 ( Rock - Country ) Born 8-23-1960 in Birmingham - Singer, guitarist and pedal steel guitarist - Worked with 47th Street, Chug-A- Lug, Beretta, Broadway 66, The Cocktail Cowboys, Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders and Joe Brown And The Bruvvers.

Nasir P. Ramlee  - Died 12-17-2008 - Cardiac arrest and acute renal failure - Born 11-23-1953 in Singapore - Musician, actor and musical director - Produced Bujang Lapuk Kembali Daa, Pagar-Pagar Cinta and Manis-Manis Sayang.

Amy Golden Uleis - Died 12-17-2008 ( Pop - R&B ) She was 52 years old - Singer, songwriter and pianist - (She did, "Save Me From Myself" and "Writing On The Wall").

John Byrne (John Sean Byrne) - Died 12-17-2008 - Cirrhosis ( Rock ) Born 1947 in Dublin, Ireland - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Count Five (They did, "Psychotic Reaction" and "Peace Of Mind") and The Count - San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee.
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Benjamin Simpson (Benjamin Arthur Simpson Sr.) - Died 12-17-2008 in Goodland - The single engine plane he was piloting, crashed - He was 74 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Patsy Cline.

Freddy Breck (Gerhard Breker) - Died 12-17-2008 in Tegernsee - Cancer - Born 1-21-1942 in Sonneberg, Germany - Singer, composer and producer - (He did, "Frauen und Wein" and "Uberall auf der Welt") - Was half of the duo, Astrid & Freddy Breck with his wife.

Feliciano Vierra Tavares Sr. (aka Flash) - Died 12-17-2008 in Hyannis, MA, U.S. - Prostate cancer - Born 10-29-1920 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Worked with his sister, Vicki Vierra and with  Walter Williams And The Hep-Cats, The Jimmy Barros Band (They did,  "Sacramente") and The Creole Sextet - Patriarch of the singing group,  Tavares - Cape Verdean Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Turgun Alimatov - Died 12-17-2008 - Born 1-20-1922 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Played the tanbur and the dutar - (He did, "The Segah" and "The Nawa").

Louie Bashell - Milwaukee's polka king - Died 12-17-2008 - Complications from pneumonia ( Polka ) Born 7-1-1914, in Milwaukee, WI, U.S. - Played accordion - (He did, "The Silk Umbrella Polka") - Wisconsin Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee and National Cleveland Style Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Anwar Gul - Died 12-17-2009 in Peshawar - Two days after being shot by the Taliban for his musical expression ( Pashto ) Harmonium player and composer - Worked with Sardar Yousafzai, Khyal Muhammad, Nazia Iqbal, Anwar Khyal and Mahjabeen Qazalbash.

Rob Brumfiel Died 12-18-2008 - Illness - He was 55 years old - Guitarist, producer and recording engineer - Worked with The Balloon Band, Billy Zenn & The Ringers, Donna Mogavero, Grace Adele, El Kabong, Molly Pauken and Smokin' Section.

Duane Cooper (aka Super Cooper) - Died 12-18-2008 - Heart disease ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of The Bean-Barry Delights.

Buddy Charles (Charles Joseph Gries) - Died 12-19-2008 in Morton Grove, Ill., U.S. - Leukemia ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 1927 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Pianist and singer- Worked with his step father, Mugsy Spanier ("Moonglow") and with Wade Nelson.

Kenn Cox (Kenneth Louis Cox II) - Died 12-19-2008 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) Born 11-8-1940 - Pianist, bassist, bassoonist, trumpeter and composer - Led Kenn Cox And The Drum, The Guerilla Jam Band and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet (CJQ) (They did, "Trance Dance" and "Mystique") - Worked with Ben Webster, Jackie McLean, Etta Jones, Roy Haynes, Eddie Harris, Yusef Lateef, George Bohannon's Quintet and Wes Montgomery.

Page Cavanaugh (Walter Page Cavanaugh) - Died 12-19-2008 in Granada Hills, CA, U.S. - Kidney failure ( Jazz ) Born 1-26-1922 in Cherokee, Kan., U.S. - Pianist, singer, composer and arranger - Led The Page Cavanaugh Trio (They did, "The Three Bears" and "She Had To Go") and The Page 7 - Worked with The Ernie Williamson band, The Bobby Sherwood band, The Three Sergeants, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Johnny Desmond, Jane Powell and Doris Day.

Neal Kenyon - Died 12-19-008  ( Musicials ) Born 12-6-1929 in Hammond, Indiana, U.S. - Singer, actor, dancer, teacher, director and choreographer - Directed and/or choreographed hundreds of musicals and other productions.

Adrian Mitchell - Died 12-20-2008 in London, England - Heart attack - Born 10-24-1932 near Hampstead Heath, North London, England - Poet, writer, playwright and lyricist - (He wrote, "Victor Jara" with Arlo Guthrie and the lyrics for, "Tell Me Lies About Vietnam") - Collaborated with Dominic Muldowney, Stephen Warbeck, Andy Roberts, Steve McNeff, Richard Peaslee and Andrew Dixon.

Rik Taylor - Died 12-20-2008 - Heart attack ( Rock ) He was 49 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Clientelle (They did, "Can't Forget"), Walking On Ice, Devlin and The Matrix.

Graham Green - Died 12-20-2008 in Hinksford Gardens, Swindon, South Staffordshire, England - Illness ( Folk ) He was 73 years old - Born in Low Hill, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England - Singer, songwriter and musician - Was a member of Giggetty (They did, "Penny For The Guy" and "Severn Valley Railway").

Paul Strausman - Died 12-21-2008 - Heart attack ( Children's Music ) He was 54 years old - Born in Queens, NY, U.S. - Was a singer and songwriter and played guitar, piano, mandolin and banjo - (He did, "What Happened To The Dinosaurs?" and "Daddy Long Legs").

John Gooch - Died 12-22-2008 ( Music Hall ) Born 4-13-1950 in Albuquerque - Pianist - Performed in The British Music Hall West End Christmas Revues for more than 20 years - Worked with Noel Coward, Jonathan Richards and Richard Snider.

Steve Hacker (Stephen J. Hacker) - Died 12-22-2008 Vanderburgh County - Smoke inhalation during a house fire ( Rock ) He was 59 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Villains (They did, "Don't Ever Leave Me" and a version of, "Shortnin' Bread").

Bud Prager - Died 12-22-2008 in Montauk, NY, U.S. - Esophageal cancer - He was 79 years old - Record label executive, producer and manager - Worked with Mountain, The Chambers Brothers, Free, Mitch Ryder, Foreigner, Megadeth, Damn Yankees, Whitesnake, The Youngbloods and West, Bruce & Laing - Co-founder of Windfall Records with Felix Pappalardi.

Kofi Ghanaba (Kpakpo Akwei) (Warren Gamaliel Akwei) (aka Guy Warren) - Died 12-22-2008 in Accra - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 5-4-1923 in Accra - Percussionist - Worked with The Accra Rhythmic Orchestra and, Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, The Tempos, Charlie Parker and Johnny Esposito ("That Happy Feeling").

Konstantin Grigorev - Died 12-22-2008 - Heart attack ( Punk ) Born 5-21-1968- Guitarist - Was a member of Bahyt-kompot (They did, "Konservnaja banka" and "Felichita") and Losjon.

Jim Rohn (James Rohn) - Died 12-22-2008 ( Rock - Country - Blues ) Born 3-17-1945 - Drummer - Was a member of  Lazy Boy & The Recliners and The Whiskey River Band.

Clint Ballard Jr. (Clinton Conger Ballard, Jr.) - Died 12-23-2008 in Denton Texas, U.S. - Born 5-24-1931 in El Paso Texas, U.S. - Songwriter -  (He wrote Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders', "Game of Love" and "Linda Ronstadt's, "You're No Good") - His songs have been recorded by The Hollies, Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson, Patti Page, Jimmy Jones, Louis Prima, The Zombies, Jan And Dean and Johnny Burnette.

Monty Waters - Died 12-23-2008 in Munich, Germany - Cancer ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 1938 in Modesto, CA, U.S. - Sang and played saxophone - Worked with John Hendricks, Elvin Jones, James Brown, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Jacki Byard, Cedar Walton, Chet Baker, Pharaoh Sanders, Johnny Griffin, Woody Shaw, Billy Higgins, The L'ubo Samo Quintet, Dexter Gordon and Titus Waldenfels.

Don Randall - Died 12-23-2008 in Santa Ana, CA, U.S. - Born 10-30-1917 in Kendrick, Idaho, U.S. - Co-founder of the Fender Musical  Instruments Corp naming the well know guitars, The Telecaster and The Stratocaster - Founder of Randall Instruments.

Ellison White - Died 12-23-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Lung and colon cancer ( Gospel - R&B ) Born 9-25-1920 in Cairo, Georgia, U.S. - Singer - (He did; "Silver Satin" and "Sleepy Head") - Worked with The Wings Over Jordan Choir, The Wingmen Quartet (They did, "Low Down The Chariot"), The Four Jacks (They did, "The Last Of The Good Rocking Men" and "You Met A Fool"), The Bombers (They did, "Malena" and "Two-Time Heart"), The Exciting Voices, Hall Johnson's Workshop, Lil Greenwood and Peggy Lee.

Alf Robertson - Died 12-24-2008 - Illness - Born 6-8-1941 in Gothenburg, Sweden - Singer and composer - (He did, "Lasse och Marie" and "Hundar, ungar och hembryggt appel").

Rick Darnell - Died 12-24-2008 - Illness - Born in Galveston, Texas, U.S. - (Co-wrote, "The Thrill Is Gone" with Roy Hawkins) - The song was first released by Roy Hawkins and has since been done by Willie Nelson, Roberta Flack, Peggy Lee, Dishwalla and became B.B. King's signature song.

Dickie Jobson (Richard Jobson) - Died 12-24-2008 - Producer, director and music consultant - Director of Island Records and Blue Mountain Music - Managed Bob Marley And The Wailers. Joe Higgs, Toots Hibbert and Jimmy Cliff - He was honnored at the Reggae Film Festival for his film, Countryman.

Heath Sammons  (Heath William Sammons) - Died 12-24-2008 - Osteosarcoma ( Rock ) Born 2-24-1988 - Guitarist and songwriter - Was a member of Kashmir, Kileva and The Under Construction Band - Worked with Slash.

Benny Gordon - Died 12-24-2008 - Inoperable stomach tumor ( Gospel - Soul ) Born 1932 - (He did, "True Love Is All I Need") - Led Benny Gordon And The Christian Harmonizers (They did, "Brightly Bean") and Benny Gordon And The Soul Brothers (They did, "Camel Walk" and "Give A Damn (About Your Fellow Man)").

Eartha Kitt (Eartha Mae Keith) - Died 12-25-2008 in Weston, CT, U.S. - Colon  cancer ( Pop ) Born 1-17-1927 in North, SC, U.S. - Singer, actress and  dancer - (She did, "Santa Baby" and "Where Is My Man") - She portrayed  Catwoman on TV's, Batman.

Robert Ward Sr. (Robert Jeryl Ward) - Died 12-25-2008 in Dry Branch,  GA, U.S. - Health complications ( Blues - Soul ) Born 10-15-1938 in Luthersville, GA, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The  Ohio Untouchables (They did, "Your Love Is Amazing" and "Forgive Me  Darling"), a band that later became The Ohio Players - Worked with The  Brassettes, The Undisputed Truth, Wilson Pickett and The Temptations -  Father of drummer, Robert Ward Jr.

Vinnie Naccarato (Vincent H. Naccarato) - Died 12-26-2008 - Pancreatic cancer ( Doo-Wop ) He was 66 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Supremes who changed their name to The Capris (They did, "There's A Moon Out Tonight" and "Indian Girl") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Foundation Inductee.

Wilbert Arnold (aka Junkyard Dog) - Died 12-26-2008 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 10-12-1955 in New Orleans, LA , U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Tan Canary, Marva Wright, Timothea and The Olympia Brass Band.

Wilmer Barber (Wilmer Allen Barber III) - Died 12-26-2008 - Leukemia ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Darts (They did, "Sweet November" and "Pay The Operator").

Delaney Bramlett (Delaney Alvin Bramlett) - Died 12-27-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from gall bladder surgery ( Rock -  Blues - Country ) Born 7-1-1939 in Pontotoc, Mississippi, U.S. -  Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer - (Co-wrote, "Let it Rain"  and "Superstar") - Was a member of Delaney, Bonnie & Friends - Worked  with George Harrison, The Everly Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Dave Mason, Elvin Bishop, Billy Preston, Jerry Lee Lewis, Janis  Joplin, J.J. Cale, Mac Davis, Leon Russell, Etta James and Eric Clapton.

Joseph Lombardi (Joseph G. Lombardi) - Died 12-27-2008 in Staten Island, NY, U.S.  ( Big Band ) He was 86 years old - Born in Rosebank, NY, U.S. - Played saxophone, accordion and flute - Worked with The Jimmy Febb Orchestra and Swing Time.

Lars Hollmer (Lars Gustav Gabriel Hollmer) - Died 12-27-2008 ( Prog Rock - Nordic Folk ) Born 1948 - Accordionist, keyboardist and composer - Worked with Samla Mammas Manna, Fanfare Pourpour, Accordion Tribe, Fred Frith and Looping Home Orchestra.

David Adelman - Died 12-27-2008 - Esophageal cancer ( Rock - Contemporary Jewish ) - He was 46 years old - Pecussionist - Worked with Yachad-The Traveling Tefillah Band (They did, "L'Chu N'ranena" and "Halleluyah").

Vincent Ford (aka Tata) - Died 12-28-2008 in Jamaica - Complications from diabetes ( Reggae ) He was 68 years old - (He wrote Bob Marley & The Wailers', "Roots, Rock, Reggae" and is credited with writing their, "No Woman, No Cry").

Bob Kersey (Robert E. Kersey) - Died 12-28-2008 - He was 84 years old - Born in Trenton, NJ, U.S. - Played trumpet - Led Bob Kersey's Big Band - Worked with The Alex Bartha Orchestra - Composed music for The Ice Capades.

Rev. Mazel Brooks - Died 12-28-2008 ( Gospel ) He was 68 years old - Was a member of The Christian Harmonizers (They did, "I Don't Know").

Freddie Hubbard (Frederick Dewayne Hubbard) - Died 12-29-2008 in Sherman Oaks, CA, U.S. - Complications after a heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 4-7-1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. - Trumpeter - Worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Oliver Nelson, Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyne, Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, Tina Brooks, Herbie Hancock and Art Blakey.

Ernest Allen Jr. - Died 12-29-2008 - Shot during a robbery ( Jazz - Blues - Funk ) He was 48 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Zoraida Colon (aka Lady Z) - Son of guitarist, Ernest Allen Sr.

Bob Boatright (Bobby Lynn Boatright) - Died 12-29-2008 in Mansfield, TX, U.S. - Cancer ( Country ) Born 9-30-1939 in Denison, Texas, U.S. -  Played fiddle - Was a member of The Orginal Texas Playboys under the direction of Leon MaAuliffre from 1977 to 1986 - Worked with Dave  Alexander And His Legends Of Western Swing Band, The Light Crust  Doughboys, Tex Ritter, Asleep At The Wheel, Sheb Woolley, Mel Tillis,  Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, The Chisholm Trail Cowboys and George  Strait.

Mitch Rosalsky (Mitchell Stuart Rosalsky) - Died 12-29-2008 in Smithville, Absecon, Atlantic Co., NJ, U.S. - Author and researcher - Born  1943 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - He wrote the book, "Encyclopedia Of Rhythm And Blues And Doo-Wop Vocal Groups" - He served on the board of directors for The United In Group Harmony Association (UGHA).

Harold Rollenhagen (Harold F. Rollenhagen) - Died 12-30-2008 in Blue Earth, MN, U.S. - Born 6-2-1910 - Musician - Worked with The Rollenhagen Rhythm Ramblers, The Mansfield Band and The Roger Passer Combo.

Nicky Capezuto (Nicholas C. Capezuto) - Died 12-30-2008 - Illness ( Jazz ) He was 81 years old - Trumpet player - Worked with Louis Prima, Harry James, Larry Clinton, Tex Beneke and Herb Pomeroy.

Ian Howarth - Died 12-30-2008 in London, England - Cancer ( Jazz ) Percussionist - Worked with The Vintage Syncopators, The Temperance 7, The Alan Cooper Trio, The London Jazz All Stars & Hot 6, Adelaide Hall, Keith Nichols, Jack Honeyborne and The Night Owls.

Lliam Oliver - Died 12-31-2008 in Sheffield - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 33 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Slo-mo (They did, "Junkie On A Fast Train" and "Death Of A Raver") and Gledhill (They did, "Resurrect Me" and "Remain").

Colin Smithies (aka Deke Bonner) - Died 12-31-2008 in Blackpool, UK - Lung disease ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of The Tremors and The Rainmakers.

Winifred Warburton - Died 12-31-2008 in Cotgrave - Cancer ( Pop ) She was 101 years old - Pianist - Was a member of The Zimmers (They did covers of The Who's, "My Generation" and Queen's, "We Will Rock You").

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