Dead Rock Stars Club, an extensive list of dead musicians and dead singers related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - 2011 July to December.

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2011 July to December
 Welcome to the club rock stars are dying to get into. Rock and Roll may never die but rock stars do! This site is a list of dead rock singers and musicians, 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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2011 July to December

John Kuzma - Died 7-1-2011 in Yardley ( Rock ) He was 60 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Hooters and Youth Camp.

Ruth Roberts - Died 7-1-2011 - She was 84 years old - Songwriter - ( Co-wrote, "Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues" and "Meet The Mets") - Her songs have been recorded by Hugo Winterhalter, Arthur Godfrey, The McGuire Sisters, Buddy Holly, Jerry Vale, Jimmy Dean, Steve Allen, Sarah Vaughn, Teresa Brewer and The Beatles - Mother of television writer and producer, the late Michael Piller and mother-in-law of singer, Sandra Piller.

Bebe Manga (Elizabeth Bessem Ayamo Manga) - Died 7-1-2011  in Douala, Cameroon - Heart attack ( Makossa ) She was 60 years old - Born in Mamfe, Manyu Division the South West Region, Cameroon - Singer - (She did, "Ami O" and "Mota Benamaa").

Charlie Craig - Died - 7-1-2011 ( Country ) Born 1938 in Watts Mill, South Carolina, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He wrote, "The Generation Gap" and "Chicken Every Sunday") - His songs have been recorded by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Kitty Wells, Reba McIntyre, B.J. Thomas, Wayne Newton, Jeannie C. Riley, Del Reeves and Travis Tritt - South Carolina Entertainment And Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Raymond Jones - Died 7-1-2011 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Pneumonia ( R&B ) Born 12-13-1958 in New York, NY, U.S. - Producer and keyboardist - Worked with Chic (They did, "Good Times" and "Le Freak"), Jeffrey Osborne, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Ecstasy Passion And Pain, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge and Stephanie Mills - Wrote songs for five of Spike Lee's films.

Lyle Harris - Died 7-1-2011 in Columbia ( Jazz ) He was 77 years old - Guitarist.

Vikk Real (Victor Villarreal) - Died 7-2-2011 - His motorcycle collided with a horse trailer ( Metal ) He was 41 years old - Singer - Was a member of Byfist and One Of Sixx (They did, "Cry Of The Banshee" and "Nite Ryder") - Husband of the late singer, Jessica Villarreal.

Alvin Mitchell (Alvin C. Mitchell) - Died 7-2-2011 in Gloucester, MA, U.S. - After a heart attack ( Jazz ) He was 92 years old - Born in Beverly, MA, U.S. - Played saxophone - Was a member of Manuel's Black & White Orchestra.

Ali Bahar (Ali khamis Ibrahim Bahar) - Bob Marley of Gulf - Died 7-3-2011 - Lung infection ( Pop - Reggae ) Born 1960 - Singer, organist and guitarist - Was a member of Al Sakhra, The Stone and Al Ekhwa.

Colin Allin - Died 7-3-2011 in Managua, Nicaragua - Shot while his laptop was being stolen ( Punk ) He was 40 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Skin Barn (They did, "Playground" and "Quone").

Jane Scott - Died 7-4-2011 - Illness - Born 5-3-1919 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Rock journalist and critic for 40 years - Worked for The Plain Dealer - Considered to be the world's first full time rock critic - She championed for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to be built in Cleveland - Cleveland Press Club Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Michel Terstegen - Died 7-4-2011 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 50 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Otherside - Worked with Ronnie And The Splinters - Ran Kelt Records - Published the magazine, Warm Sounds - Proprieter of Da Capo Records store.

Doc Shultz (Donald Schultz) - Died 7-6-2011 - Heart failure ( Bluegrass ) He was 71 years old - Musician - Led Dr. Schultz And The Last Frontier Band - Worked with Oldenweiser, Kathy Claiborne and Matt Hammer - Was a regular at The Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival.

Yuri Kukin - Died 7-7-2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia - Born 7-17-1932 in Syasstroy, Volkhovsky District, Leningrad Oblast, Russia - Bard, singer, guitarist and drummer.

Manuel Galban - Died 7-7-2011 in Havana, Cuba ( Bolero - R&B - Calypso - Bossa Nova ) Born 1-14-1931 - Guitarist and pianist - Worked with with The Buena Vista Social Club, The Orchestra Villa Blanca, Vieja Trova Santiaguera, Los Zafiros and Ry Cooder.

Billy Blanco - The Diamond of Bossa Nova - Died 7-8-2011 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Complications of a stroke ( Bossa Nova ) Born 1924 in Belem - Composer - Wrote over 300 songs - Collaborated with Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim and Baden Powell - His songs have been recorded by Elis Regina, Dick Farney, Lucio Alves and Dolores Duran.

Kenny Baker - Died 7-8-2011 ( Western Swing - Bluegrass ) Born 6-26-1926 in Burdine, KY, U.S. - Played fiddle - Was a member of The Bluegrass Boys - Worked with Don Gibson's band - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.

 Jon Cervoni (Jonathan Cervoni) - Died 7-8-2011 in El Paso, TX, U.S. - Hit by a car - He was 16 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Ancient Of Days (They did, "Don't Let Go" and "The War At Home").

Aaron Carrillo - Died 7-8-2011 in El Paso, TX, U.S. - Hit by a car - He was 16 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Ancient Of Days (They did, "We're Not Out Of The Woods Yet" and "Don't Bother The Judge").

George McAnthony (Georg Spitaler) - Died 7-8-2011 in Terracina, Italy - Myocardial infarction ( Country ) Born 4-6-1966 in Appiano, Italy - Sang and played guitar, dobro, mandolin and harmonica - (He did, "Dust Off My Boots" and "Still That Boy") - Worked with John Denver.

Facundo Cabral - Died 7-9-2011 in Guatemala City, Guatemala - Shot when gunmen attacked the car he was in ( Folk ) Born 5-22-1937 in La Plata, Argentina - Singer and guitarist - (He wrote, "No soy de aqui ni soy de alla").

Wurzel (Michael Burston) - Did 7-9-2011 - Cardiomyopathy ( Metal ) Born 10-23-1949 in Cheltenham, England - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Motorhead (They did, "Jack The Ripper" and "Name In Vain") and Leader Of Down - Worked with Bastard, The Ramones, Splodgenessabounds, Disgust, WVKEAF and Warfare.

Marshal Wild Windy Bill McKay (Daniel Claps) - Died 7-9-2011 - He was 90 years old - Born in New Rochelle, in Westchester County - Singer, actor and musician - Worked with The Cactus Cowboys and The Sons Of The Pioneers.

Fonce Mizell (Alphonso Mizell) - Died 7-?-2011 ( Doo-Wop - Soul - Jazz ) Born 1-15-1943 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. - Producer, songwriter and trumpet and keyboard player - Was a member of The Nikons and The Vanlords -  Was half of the production duo The Mizell Brothers and a member of the Motown songwriters, The Corporation (They wrote The Jackson 5's', "ABC" and Martha Reeves And The Vandellas', "Bless You") and The Sky High Production company.

Travis Bean - Died 7-10-2011 - Born 8-21-1947 - Guitar maker - His guitars have been played by Jerry Garcia, Joe Perry, Brian Robertson, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Slash, Bill Wyman, Peggy Foster and Roger Fisher.

Bishop F. C. Barnes - Died 7-11-2011 ( Gospel ) He was 82 years old - Singer and pianist - Worked with Rev. Janice Brown (They did, "Rough Side Of The Mountain" and "It's Me Again Lord") - Father of singer, Luther Barnes.

Rob Grill (Robert Frank Grill) - Died 7-11-2011 in Mt. Dora, FL, U.S. - After a head injury when he fell after suffering a stroke ( Rock ) Born 11-30-1943 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer and bassist - Was a member of The Grass Roots (They did, "Midnight Confessions" and "Let's Live For Today").

Chadd Thomas (Charles Thomas II) - Found dead 7-11-2011 in South Austin, TX, U.S. - Homicide ( Rockabilly ) He was 38 years old - Born in Birmingham, Ala., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led Chadd Thomas And The Crazy Kings (They did, "Rockin' At The Dragstrip" and "Real Gone Daddy").

Todd St. Clair - Died 7-12-2011 - Inoperable brain tumor ( Rock ) He was 47 years old - Singer - Worked with Shot Tower, Fast Passion, Catch 22, Loud Clangin' And Bangin' and Gasoline Alley.

Cornel Fugaru - Died 7-13-2011 in Bucharest - Cancer ( Light Music - Rock ) Born 12-2-1940 in Bucharest - Singer and composer - (He wrote, "Dau viata mea pentru o iubire" and "Nu sunt sclavul tau") - Was a member of Sincron.

Adam Chisvo - Died 7-13-2011 - Complications of diabetes - Percussionist - Worked with Chiwoniso Maraire, James Mujuru, Willom Tight, Charles Summerfield, Andy Brown And The Storm, Oliver Mtukudzi, Busi Ncube and Oona McOuat.

Jerry Ragovoy (aka Norman Meade) - Died 7-13-2011 - After a stroke - Born 9-4-1930 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Songwriter and producer - (He wrote, "Time Is On My Side" and "Cry Baby") - His songs have been recorded by The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Foghat, Janis Joplin, Manfred Mann, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Garnet Mimms And The Enchanters, Barry White, The Drifters, The Move, Bonnie Tyler, The James Gang, Jimi Hendrix, Barbara Acklin, Diana Ross and The Small Faces.

Francois Cahen (aka Faton) - Died 7-13-2011 - After a heart attack - Keyboardist - (He did, "Alize" and "Oriental Wind") - Worked with Magma, Yochko Seffer, Zao, Ethnic Duo and Ethnic Trio.

David Carr - Died 7-?-2011 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 8-4-1943 in Leyton, East London - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Fortunes (They did, "You've Got Your Troubles") - Worked with The Ventures.

Antonio Prieto (Juan Antonio Espinoza Prieto) - Died 7-14-2011 in Iquique, Chile - Born 5-26-1927 in Santiago de Chile, Chile - Actor and singer - (He did, "La Novia" and "El milagro").

Eric Delaney - Died 7-15-2011 ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 5-22-1924 in Acton, London, England - Played drums, glockenspiel, timpani, xylophone, tubular bells and Chinese gongs - Led The Eric Delaney Band (They did, "Rock 'n' Roll King Cole" and a remake of, "Sing, Sing, Sing") and Eric Delaney's Big Beat Six ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Worked with The Bert Ambrose Octet and The Geraldo Orchestra.

Taiji Sawada - Died 7-17-2011 - Hanged himself ( Metal ) Born 7-12-1966 in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan - Singer and bassist - (He did, "Rain Song") - Was a member of X (They did, "Desperate Angel" and "Voiceless Screaming"), D.T.R (Dirty Trashroad), Otokaze, Taiji With Heaven's and TSP - Worked with Loudness ("Waking The Dead" and "Black Widow"), Dead Wire, Kings and Cloud Nine.

Joe Lee Wilson - Died 7-17-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 12-22-1935 in Bristow, Oklahoma, U.S. - Singer - Led Joe Lee Wilson Plus 5 - Was a member of Joy Of Jazz - Worked with Jackie McLean, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan, Kirk Lightsey, Eddie Jefferson, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis and Pharoah Sanders - Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Gil Bernal - Died 7-17-2011 - Congestive heart failure ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 2-4-1931 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Saxophonist - (He did, "The Whip") - Worked with Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, The Coasters ("Smokey Joe's Cafe" and "Youngblood"), Big Mama Thornton, Ry Cooder, The Buena Vista Social Club, Ray Charles, The Dominos, Duane Eddy ("Rebel Rouser") and Spike Jones And His City Slickers.

Sidney Cooper - Died 7-18-2011 in Lake Worth, FL, U.S. ( Big Band ) Born 1918 in Montreal, Canada - Played saxophone, clarinet, flute and piccolo - Worked with The Tonight Show Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey.

Mike Brassil (Michael Joseph Brassil) - Died 7-18-2011 in south St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Cancer of the esophagus - Born in Astoria, NY, U.S. - He was 70 years old - Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Sixteen Strings, Limerick, Blackthorn,  Tommy McEvoy and Gary Burger.

Isshi (Hitoshi Shinohara) - Died 7-18-2011 in Tokyo, Japan ( Rock ) He was 32 years old - Singer - Was a member of of Kagraa (They did, "Satsuki" and "Omou").

Lil Greenwood (Lillian B. Greenwood) - Died 7-19-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 11-18-1923 in Prichard, Mobile County, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Hello Little Boy" and "I Cry As Children Do") - Worked with Roy Milton's Solid Senders, The Lamplighters, The Four Jacks, Duke Ellington (Walkin' And Singin' The Blues), Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn.

Pat Rosalia (Patricia Aurora Olivia Rosalia) - Died 7-19-2011 ( Jazz ) She was 67 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Manhattan Transfer (They did, "Chicken Bone Bone" and "Rosianna").

Margaret Woodward - Died 7-?-2011 - She was 100 years old - Born in Olney Springs in the Lower Arkansas Valley, AR, U.S. - Pianist - Was a member of The Aristocrats - Worked with her husband Lou Woodward and with The Charlie Quaranta's Colorado State Fair Band, Gene Autry, Rex Allen and Tony Bennett.

Bob Trendler (Robert Trendler) - Died 7-?-2011 in Florida, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 5-11-1912 - Pianist - Led The Bozo Big Top Band and was a musical director for The WGN Orchestra.

Kante Manfila - Died 7-20-2011 in Paris, France - Illness ( Blues - Funk ) Born 1946 in Farabanah, Republic of Guinea - Guitarist - Worked with Les Ambassadeurs.

Jesse E. Cooley Jr. - Died 7-20-2011 - Leukemia ( Jazz ) Born 11-2-1931 in Fresno - Drummer - Worked with The Cal Tjader Jazz Band, Jack Teagarden, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie.

Ron van Eck - Died 7-20-2011 - Illness ( Prog ) Bassist - Was a member of Sweet O.K. Supersister who became Supersister (They did, "She Was Naked" and "A Girl Named You").

Rukma Bai - Died 7-21-2011 ( Rajasthani Folk ) Singer.

Milly Del Rubio (Mildred Stuart Boyd) - Died 7-21-2011 - Respiratory failure ( Pop ) Born 8-23-1921 in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone - Singer and guitarist - Was one of The Del Rubio Triplets (aka 3 Gals, 3 Guitars) (They did remakes of, "Whip It" and "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead").

Manny Amador (Emmanuel Roxas Amador) - Found dead 7-22-2011 in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines - Cardiac arrest due to complications of diabetes ( Rock ) He was 49 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Breed (They did, "Black Mercedes Benz"), Wall Of Sound and MNX - Brother of actress, Pinky Amador.

Amy Winehouse (Amy Jade Winehouse) - Died 7-23-2011 in Camden, London, England - Alcohol poisoning ( Soul - R&B - Jazz ) Born 9-14-1983 in Southgate, London, England - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Stronger Than Me" and "Rehab") - Was a member of Sweet 'n' Sour - Worked with The Dap-Kings, Ghostface Killah, Mutya Buena and The Bolsha Band.

Johnny Hoes (Johannes Andreas Hoes) (aka De koning van de smartlap) - Died 7-23-2011 in Weert, The Nederlands - After a heart attack ( Torch - Tearjerker ) Born 4-19-1917 in Katendrecht, Rotterdam - Played guitar - (He did, "De smokkelaar" and "Och Was Ik Maar").

Bill Morrissey - Died 7-23-2011 in Dalton, Georgia, U.S. - Heart disease ( Folk ) Born 11-25-1951 in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Small Town On The River" and "Ice Fishing") - Worked with Greg Brown, Johnny Cunningham, Billy Conway, Edward Gerhard, Dana Colley and Dave Alvin.

David Blair (David Alan Blair) - Died 7-23-2011 - Born 9-19-1967 - Poet and musician - Was a member of The Boyfriends - Worked with The Urban Folk Collective.

Fran Landesman (Frances Deitsch) - Died 7-23-2011 - Born 10-21-1937 in New York, NY, U.S. -  Singer, lyricist and poet - (She co-wrote, "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" and Nelson Algren's, "Walk On The Wild Side") - Collaborated with Tommy Wolf, Simon Wallace and Bob Dorough - Wrote songs for Dudley Moore, Pat Smythe, Georgie Fame, Miles Davis, Richard Rodney Bennett and Tom Springfield.

Terry Hutchison - Died 7-23-2011 near Boston, MA, U.S. - Possible heart attack while swimming ( R&B ) Born 10-14-1949 in Canonsburg, PA, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Buena Vista.

Dan Peek - Died 7-24-2011 ( Rock - Pop - Christian ) Born 11-1-1950 in Panama City, FL, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "All Things Are Possible" and "Forgive Me, Forgive You") - Was a member of America (They did, "A Horse With No Name" and "Tin Man") - Worked with Peace - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Danny Bobbis (Daniel Bobis) - Died 7-24-2011 - Drowned while surfing in South Sumatra, Indonesia, his body was found 4 days later ( Hard Core ) He was 32 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Cipher.

Mike Reaves (Michael Reaves) - Died 7-25-2011 - Prostate cancer ( Metal ) He was 52 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Voodoo Hippies who became Full Devil Jacket (They did, "Mr. Wiggly" and "Cardboard Believer") - Worked with Travisty, Randy Lovelace, 3 Legged Dog and Jasmine Cain.

Joe Arroyo (Alvaro Jose Arroyo Gonzalez) (aka El Joe) - Died 7-26-2011 in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia - Heart failure ( Salsa ) Born 11-1-1955 in Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia - Singer - Led La Verdad - Worked with Fruko y sus Tesos.

Tim Smooth - Died 7-26-2011 - Lung cancer ( Rap ) He was 39 years old - (He did, "I Gotsta Have It" and "I Don't Give A Damn").

Alaba Pedro - Died 7-26-2011 - On a plane from New York to Nigeria ( Highlife ) He was 72 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of The Faaji Agba Collective - Worked with Roy Chicago, Victor Olaiya and Eddy Okonta.

Frank Foster - Died 7-26-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 9-23-1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. - Played saxophone and flute - Led Living Color, The Loud Minority, The Non-Electric Company and Swing Plus - Worked with Count Basie (They did, "Shiny Stockings" and "Blues In Hoss Flat"), Wardell Gray, Elvin Jones, Frank Wess, Horace Parlan, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Smith, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, Earl Coleman and Mel Lewis.

Gennadij Berkow - Died 7-26-2011 - Heart attack during a rehearsal ( Rock ) Born 2-20-1961 - Guitarist - Worked with Igor Talkow.

Dave Shaw - Died 7-26-2011 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Multiple organ failure - Born 1949 in Port Neches -Singer - Was a member of Eazy.

Rei Harakami - Died 7-27-2011 - Brain hemorrhage ( Pop - Electronic  ) Born 12-10-1970 - Musician and producer - (He did, "Curved Flow" and "Lane") - Worked with Great 3, UA, Akiko Yano and Coldcut.

David Kemish - Died 7-27-2011 - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) He was 52 years old - Played guitar - Worked with Jonah And The 45s.

George Hartlett ( George William Hartlett) - Died 7-27-2011 in Milford, CN, U.S. - Born 12-28-1932 - Played piano and accordion - Worked with The Nashville Express.

Bernd Cluver - Died 7-28-2011 in Palma , Spain - After falling down the stairs ( Pop ) Born 4-10-1948 in Hildesheim - Singer - (He did, "Der Junge Mit Der Mundharmonika" and "Das Tor zum Garten der Traume").

Andrej Garcia - Died 7-28-2011 - Illness -  Musician - Worked with Pagoda.

Gene McDaniels (Eugene Booker McDaniels) - Died 7-29-2011 in Maine, U.S. ( R&B - Pop ) Born 2-12-1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" and "Tower Of Strength") - His songs have been recorded by Roberta Flack, Les McCann and Eddie Harris.

Nella Martinetti - Died 7-29-2011 in Mannedorf, Switzerland - Born 1-21-1946 in Brissago, Switzerland - Singer and songwriter - (She wrote, "Bella Musica" and co-wrote Celine Dion's, "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi").

Jack Barlow (aka Zoot Fenster) - Died 7-29-2011 - Illness ( Country - Novelty ) He was 87 years old - Singer - (He did, "I Love Country Music" and "Catch The Wind") - He wrote advertising jingles and did voice-overs.

Gene Hughes  (aka Bluejean) - Died 7-29-2011 in Jersey City, U.S. - Hit and run accident ( House - Acid Jazz ) He was 47 years old - Bassist - Produced Rawthenticity's, "I Want Your Desire".

Richard Snyder (Richard G. Snyder) - Died 7-29-2011 - Illness - Born 5-16-1916 in Altoona, PA, U.S. - Played saxophone - Was a member of The Golden Gate Park Band for over 50 years - He was in bands that backed up Lou Rawls, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Bernadette Peters and Rosemary Clooney.

Norman Barratt - Died 7-30-2011 ( Prog - Christian ) Born 2-2-1949 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Hunters, Newton's Theory, Gravy Train (They did, "Starbright Starlight" and "Strength Of A Dream"), The Alwyn Wall Band and The Barratt Band (They did, "My Spirit's Free" and "Not The Way") - Worked with The Mighty Flyers, The Mandala Band, Paul Young, Andy Pratt and The Victor Brox Blues Train.

Ljubisa Stojanovic (aka Louis) - Died 7-31-2011 near Feketic-Vrbas, Serbia - Car accident ( World - Jazz - Folk ) Born 6-25-1952 in Leskovac, SFR Yugoslavia - Singer - Worked with Flamingosi.

Habel Kifoto - Died 7-31-2011 - Possible heart failure - Guitarist - (He wrote, "Charonyi ni Wasi") - Was a member of The Maroon Commandos.

Tom Garvin - Died 7-31-2011 in Encino,  Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 2-4-1944 in Petersburg, VA, U.S. - Pianist - (He wrote, "Elaine" and "Jane") - Wrote songs for The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen - Worked with Diane Schuur, Carmen McRae, Yolanda Adams, Art Farmer, Jack Jones, Lou Rawls and Peggy Lee.

DeLois Barrett Campbell (Born Delores Barrett) - Died 8-2-2011 - Pulmonary embolism ( Gospel ) Born 3-12-1926, in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer - Was one of The Barrett Sisters (They did, "I’ll Fly Away" and "Say Amen, Somebody") - Worked with The Roberta Martin Singers ("Yield Not To Temptation").

Mac McDermott (Andrew McDermott) - Died 8-3-2011 ( Metal ) Born 1-26-1966 - Singer - Worked with Threshold (They did, "Life's Too Good" and "Sunrise On Mars"), Sargent Fury, Harvest,  Renegade, Eliminator, Mr President, Powerworld, Yargos and Swamp Freaks.

Jorge Neri (Jorge Neri Rendon) - Died 8-3-2011 in Mexico City, Mexico - Cancer ( Musicals ) He was 67 years old - Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico - Arranger and director - Worked with Jose Jose, Silvia Pinal, Lupita D'Alessio and Ana Gabrie.

Harold Armstrong - Died 8-3-2011 in Dubai - Lung infection from pneumonia ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of Kingfish and Human Traffic - Worked with Cinderella Rockafella.

Jimmy Evans (aka Jimmy Dale Evans and Lattie Lane) (James G. Evans Jr.) - Died 8-3-2011 ( Rockabilly - Country ) Born 1936 or 1938 in Mariana, Arkansas, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, bass, piano, drums and steel guitar - (He did, "The Joint's Really Jumpin'" and "Pink Cadillac") - Worked with Charlie Rich, Mack Self, Jerry lee Lewis, Conway Twitty and Ronnie Hawkins - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Conrad Schnitzler (aka Conrad von Berlin) - Died 8-4-2011 - Stomach cancer ( Electronic  - Experimental ) Born 1937 in Dusseldorf, Germany - Played synthesizer and keyboards - (He did, "Electric Garden" and "Zug") - Was a member of Tangerine Dream, Kluster and Eruption.

Dale Beacock - Died 8-4-2011 near Garibaldi, Ore, U.S. - Hit by a truck's trailer while riding his bicycle ( Jazz ) He was 81 years old - Played clarinet and saxophone - Director of The New Horizons Jazz Band - Founder of Beacock Music.

Cleve Best (Clevely Best) - Died 8-4-2011 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada - Duodenal cancer ( Country ) Born 1935 - Sang and played guitar and accordion - Worked with Cy Brown, The Dipsy Doodlers and The Friends Of Rufus.

Leon Vaughn - Died 8-5-2011 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Cancer ( Gospel ) He was 65 years old - Organist and singer - Worked with Jo "Cool" Davis.

Fred Imus (Frederic Wayne Imus) - Found dead 8-6-2011 in Tucson, Arizona, U.S. - Born 1942 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - (He co-wrote, "I Don't Want To Have To Marry You" which was recorded by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius) - (He and his brother, talk show host Don Imus did, "I'm A Hot Rodder (And All That Jazz)" as Jay Jay Imus And Freddy Ford).

Marshall Grant - Died 8-6-2011 ( Country ) Born 5-?-1928 - Bassist - Was a member of Johnny Cash's backing duo, The Tennessee Two - Managed The Statler Brothers - Musicians Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joe Yamanaka (Akira Yamanaka) - Died 8-7-2011 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan - Lung cancer ( Rock - Reggae ) Born 9-2-1946 in Yokohama, Japan - Sang and played harmonica and was an actor - (He did, "Proof Of The Man" and co-wrote, "Sorrow Of Florence") - Was a member of Flower Travellin' Band (They did, "Spasms" and "Aw Give Me Air") and sang for The Wailers after Bob Marley's death.

Leo Mattioli (Leonardo Guillermo Mattioli) - Died 8-7-2011 in Necochea, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Cardiac arrest ( Cumbia ) Born 8-13-1972 in Santa Fe, Argentina - Singer - Was a member of Trinidad.

Jiri Traxler - Died 8-7-2011 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada ( Jazz - Swing ) Born 3-12-1912 in Tabor, Austria-Hungary - Pianist, composer and arranger - (He wrote, "A Little Rhythm") - Worked with The Red Ace Players, The Gramoklub Orchestra (They did, "Feelin' Low"), Jaroslav Jezek And His Swing Band, Blue Music, The Elit Club, The R. A. Dvorsky Orchestra and The Karel Vlach Orchestra (They did, "Jedu noci" and "Ruzove bryle").

Martin Sperzel (Martin George Sperzel) - Died 8-7-2011 - Born 12-15-1912 - Singer - Was a member of The Sportsmen Quartet  and The Three Ambassadors - Wrote jingles - Was married to radio actress Barbara Eiler.

Hassan El-Asmar - Died 8-7-2011 - Heart attack ( Egyptian Folk ) Born 10-21-1959 in Qena, Egypt - Singer and actor - (He did, "Ketab Hayati" (The Book Of My Life) and "El Wad Da Eih?" (Who's That Kid?)).

Donald Nevins - Died 8-7-2011 ( R&B ) He was 62 years old - Keyboardist and singer - Worked with Brick (They did, "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" and "Brick City").

Eric Stevenson (Eric John Stevenson) - Died 8-9-2011 in Haverhill, MA, U.S. - Melanoma ( Metal ) He was 46 years old - Born in Tewksbury, MA, U.S. - Drummer, singer and guitarist - (He did, "Ash") - Was a member of Formicide, Only Living Witness (They did, "December" and "Deed's Pride"), Hank Crane ("Dead Horse Town" and "Lost Love") and Two Sun System ("Bee Keeper").

David Pratt - Died 8-9-2011 - Heart condition - He was 83 years old - Cornet player and singer - Was a member of The Bradford Brass Consort - Worked with The Black Dyke Band, The Bradford Festival Choral Male Voice Choir, The Thornton Vocal Singers and The Aire Valley Singers.

Rick Blaze (Richard Bloise) - Died 8-9-2011 ( Punk ) Born 1959 - Singer - Led Rick Blaze And The Ballbusters (They did, "‘Manhattan Babylon" and "Pretty Messed Up").

Jeanne Carroll (Albertha Jeanne Carroll) - First Lady of Chicago Blues - Died 8-9-2011 in Aalst, Belgium - Ater a heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1-15-1931 in Ruleville, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer -  Worked with Charlie Agnew's Orchestra, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, The Basic Blues Trio Of Ignaz Netzer , Wolfgang Bernreuther, Gerd Gorke, Little Brother Montgomery, Buddy Guy, Franz Jackson's All-Stars, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

Billy Grammer (Billie Wayne Grammar) - Died 8-10-2011 in Benton, Illinois, U.S. - Illness ( Country ) Born 8-28-1925 in Benton, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Gotta Travel On" and "I Wanna Go Home") - Led The Travel On Boys - Illinois Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jani Lane (Born John Kennedy Oswald and later changed to John Patrick Oswald) (aka Mitch Dynomite) - Died 8-11-2011 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Alcohol poisoning ( Metal ) Born 2-1-1964 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. - Sang and played piano, guitar and drums - (He did, "Back Down To One" and "6 Feet Under") - Was a member of Cyren, Dorian Gray, Plain Jane, Warrant (They did, "Cherry Pie" and "Heaven") and Saints Of The Underground (They did, "Dead Man's Shoes" and "Exit") - Worked with Great White.

Richard Turner - Died 8-11-2011 - Cardiac arrest ( Jazz ) Born 1984 - Played trumpet - Was a member of Round Trip (They did, "Alteration" and "3 Bar") - Worked with Drive and Friendly Fires.

Topi Sorsakoski (Pekka Erkki Juhani Tammilehto) - Died 8-13-2011 in Seinajoki, Finland - Lung cancer ( Rock - Blues ) Born 10-27-1952 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Kalle Kiwes Blues Band, The Boys, Agents (They did, "Salattu Suru" and "Eeva") and Kulkukoirat - Son of singer Yrjo Tapio.

Talaat Zein - Died 8-14-2011 - Illness - 1955 in Alexandria - Singer - (He did, "Tikki Ta" and "O' La La") - Was a member of The Dreamers - Worked with Les Petits Chats and Transit Black.

Betty Thatcher (Betty Mary Newsinger) (aka Betty Brown) - Died 8-15-2011 - Cancer - Born 2-16-1944 in London, England - Lyricist - (She co-wrote Renaissance's, "Northern Lights" and "Bonjour Swansong") - She co-wrote songs for Annie Haslam and Don Airey.

Joel Chin - Died 8-16-2011 in St Andrew, Jamaica - Shot ( Reggae ) He was 35 years old - Born in Jamaica - Producer - Worked with Beenie Man, Sean Paul, TOK, Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage and Tarrus Riley - Wrote songs for Elephant Man and Etana - Son of producer, Clive Chin and grandson of VP Records founders, Vincent and Patricia Chin.

Kampane (Rhian H. Stoute) - Found dead 8-16-2011 in Paramus, New Jersey, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) He was 33 years old - Born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - (He did, "What You Drinkin' On").

Akiko Futaba (Yoshie Kato) - Died 8-16-2011 in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan ( Pop ) Born 2-2-1915 in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan - Singer - (She did, "Furuki Hanazono" and "Yume yo Mo Ichido") - She avoided the atomic bombing of Hiroshima while riding a train through a tunnel during the explosion.

Joe Cooper - Died 8-16-2011 - Illness - He was 87 years old - Played ukulele - Founded The Yorkshire Ukulele Circle - Debunker of the famous Cottingley Fairies photographs.

Johnson - Died 8-18-2011 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India - Heart attack - Born 3-26-1953 in Thrissur, Kerala, India - Composer, music director, harmonium player, guitarist and singer - Wrote music for many films including Palangal and Ormakkayi.

Darren Grainger (aka Darren Danger) - Died 8-?-2011 ( Punk ) Born 1974 - Artist, singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Cobras (They did, "Heart Throb" and "Sid n Nancy").

Giovanni Chi - Died 8-18-2011 in Belize City - Shot - Sang and played drums, maracas and the segunda - Worked with The Larubeya Boys, Paul Nabor and Andy Palacio.

Ross Barbour - Died 8-20-2011 in Simi Valley, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Pop - Jazz ) Born 12-31-1928 in Burnsville, Indiana, U.S. - Singer, drummer and trumpeter - Was a member of Hal's Harmonizers who became The Toppers and then The Four Freshmen (They did, "Graduation Day" and "Day By Day") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Alvis Moorer (Alvis V. Moorer)  - Died 8-21-2011 in Milwaukee, WI, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 1-18-1940 in Birmingham, Ala, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Esquires (They did, "Get On Up" and "And Get Away").

Jerry Leiber ( Jerome Leiber) - Died 8-22-2011 - Cardiopulmonary failure - Born 4-25-1933 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Songwriter and producer - Collaborated with Mike Stoller - (Co-wrote, "Hound Dog" and "Stand By Me") - His songs have been recored by The Coasters, Big Mama Thornton, The Drifters, Conway Twitty, Joni Mitchell, Count Basie, Dion, Elkie Brooks, The Robins, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Monkees, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Cheers, Edith Piaf, The Clovers, Stealers Wheel, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, The Everly Brothers, John Mellencamp, Ray Charles, John Lennon, Donald Fagen, Ben E. King, Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Buddy Holly and Bobby Darin - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Nickolas Ashford - Died 8-22-2011 in New York, U.S. - Complications from throat cancer ( Soul - R&B ) Born 5-4-1942 in Fairfield, South Carolina, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - He was half of the duo, Ashford & Simpson (They did, "Solid" and "I'll Find You") - He wrote songs with his wife Valerie Simpson that were recorded by Ray Charles, The 5th Dimension, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross,  Teddy Pendergrass,  Chaka Khan, Rufus, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Tony Ruffino (Anthony Ruffino)- Died 8-22-2011 - After a stroke - He was 74 years old - Concert promoter - Co-founder of Ruffino / Vaughn Productions and founder of New Era Productions - His bookings included Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, The Police, The Rolling Stones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, R.E.M., Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Cephas Mashakada - Died 8-23-2011 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe - Kidney failure due to diabetes - Born 1960 in Chinhoyi - Singer - (He did, "Samson") - Was a member of The Wild Ten and Muddy Face (They did, "Denga Rababa" and "Amai Mandigona") who became Sounds Of The Muddy Face.

Glen Croker - Died 8-23-2011 in Lake Charles, LA, U.S. - Illness ( Honky Tonk - Blues - R&B - Rockabilly ) Born 1934 in Lake Charles, LA, U.S. - Singer and steel guitarist - Was a member of The Hackberry Ramblers - Worked with Eddie Shuler And The Reveliers.

Frank DiLeo (Frank Michael DiLeo) - Died 8-24-2011 in North Lima, Ohio, U.S. - Complications from heart surgery - Born 10-23-1947 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Music industry executive and actor - Worked for Epic, RCA and Bell Records - Managed Michael Jackson, Taylor Dayne, Laura Branigan and Richie Sambora - Acted in the films, GoodFellas and Wayne's World.

Jack Hayes (Jack J. Hayes) - Died 8-24-2011 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S. - Born 2-8-1919 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Composer trumpeter, bandleader and arranger - Wrote music for the films, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and The Color Purple - Worked with Leo Shuken on the films, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Magnificent Seven and for TV's, The Virginian and Gunsmoke - Worked with Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Louis Bellson, Randy Newman, Tom Scott, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - Was an arranger for Pearl Bailey and Barbra Streisand.

Chango Farias Gomez (Juan Enrique Farias Gomez ) - Died 8-24-2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Lung infection ( Argentine Folk ) He was 73 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Los Huanca Hua, Musicos Populares Argentinos and La Manija.

Pekelo Cosma - Died 8-24-2011 in Makawao, Hawaii, U.S. - Heart failure - He was 51 years old - Born in Hana, Hawaii, U.S. - Slack-key guitarist and singer - Worked with The Sons Of Hawaii.

Esther Gordy Edwards - Died 8-24-2011 - Born 4-25-1920 in Oconee County, Georgia, U.S. - Was a VP and a chief executive officer for Motown Records - Founded Hitsville U.S.A , the Motown museum - Sister of Berry Gordy.

Country Thomas (Mason Drummond Thomas) - Died 8-24-2011 in Arlington, VA, U.S. - After a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 9-14-1925 in Washington - Played saxophone, clarinet, piano, trumpet, trombone, tuba and upright bass - Led The World’s Third Greatest Jazz Band - Worked with William "Wild Bill" Davison.

Clive John (aka Clint Space) - Died 8-24-2011 - Emphysema ( Rock ) Born 1945 in Pembrokeshire - Keyboardist and singer- (He did, "Out Of My Tree" and "Hold Your Ferret Aloft") - Was a member of The Bystanders (They did, "When Jesamine Goes" and a version of "98.6") who became Man (They did, "All Good Clean Fun" and "We're Only Children") - Worked with The Tremblin' Knees.

Laurie McAllister (Laurie Hoyt) - Died 8-25-2011 in Eugene, Ore., U.S. ( Rock ) Born 6-26-1957 - Bassist - Was a member of  The Orchids (They did, "Girls" and "Blame It All On The Night") - Worked with The Runaways.

Lorenzo Morales (aka Moralito) - Died 8-26-2011 - Respiratory and kidney problems ( Vallenato ) He was 97 years old - Singer, composer, and accordionist - (He did, "La Gota Fria" and "La Primavera").

B. Jeff Stone - Died 8-26-2011 in Tyler, Texas, U.S. ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 4-24-1936 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Hello Mr. Heartache" and "Everybody Rock") - Led Jeff Stone And His Texas Cut-ups, The Westernairs and The Newsboys - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee, Texas-Lone Star State Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, The Colorado Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, The Florida Greater Southern Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and The European ICMAG Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dan Sicko - Died 8-28-2011 - Ocular melanoma - He was 42 years old - Music journalist - Wrote for Urb and Wired magazines and wrote the book, Techno Rebels: The Renegades Of Electronic Funk.

Johnny Giosa (aka Johnny G) - Died 8-28-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 42 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Bulletboys.

Nicolas Sagar - Died 8-28-2011 - Drowned while swimming off St Maarten island ( Jazz - Pop ) He was 33 years old - Singer, pianist, keyboardist, bassist and guitarist - Worked with Wave, Undercover Superstars, Men In Black, Calvin, The Shimmy Shand Band and Blue Room Audio.

George Green (George Michael Green) - Died 8-28-2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. - Lung cancer - Born 1-28-1952 - Songwriter - (Co-wrote John Mellencamp's, "Hurts So Good" and "Crumblin' Down") - His songs have been recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys, Barbra Streisand ("Higher Ground"), Hall & Oates, Ricky Skaggs, Sue Medley, Vanessa Williams and Jude Cole.

Honeyboy Edwards (David Edwards) (aka Mr Honey) - Died 8-29-2011 ( Blues ) Born 6-28-1915 in Shaw, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Wind Howlin' Blues" and "The Army Blues") -  Worked with Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson and Johnny Shines.

Pearl Thuston Brown - Died 8-29-2011 ( Jazz ) She was 84 years old - Born in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - Singer and pianist - Worked with Lionel Hampton.

Revo Jogisalu - Died 8-30-2011 - Skin cancer ( Rap ) Born 7-9-1976 in Tallinn, Estonia - Was a member of Toe Tag and A-Ruhm.

Mildred Colton Rogers - Died 8-31-2011 - Born 8-29-1914, in Alberta, Canada - Played violin, saxophone, piano and banjo - Was a member of The Reno Banjo Band, The Rhythm Airs and The MC's.

Finn Martin - Died 9-2-2011 in Leipzig, Germany - Fell 65 feet during a performance when a rope broke as he played the saxophone while vertically sliding down the facade of a building at a street festival ( Jazz - Pop - Funk ) He was 49 years old - Born in Sweden - Sang and played saxophone, flute, keyboards and percussions - (He did, "Senza" and "The Launch") - Worked with Salif Keita, Mory Kante, Angelique Kidjo, Cheb Mamy and Manu Dibango.

Walter Smith (Walter J. Smith) - Died 9-2-2011 in Glenmoore - Brain cancer ( Rock - Country - Blues - Folk ) He was 62 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Rodeo Beatniks (They did, "Wait Quickly" and "As Good As Your Kiss").

Brooke Ostrander (William Brooke Ostrander) - Died 9-3-2011 ( Rock ) Keyboardist - Was a member of Rainbow who became Wicked Lester which featured Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons - Worked with Steven Stills.

Hilde Heltberg - Died 9-4-2011 - Cancer ( Pop ) Born 9-30-1959 in Oslo, Norway - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Elske fritt" and "Noe Med Deg") - Worked with Uncle John's Band and X-tra.

Omoregbe Okpenyen (aka Bayo Ade) - Died 9-4-2011 in Benin City, Edo State - Killed by kidnappers after a ransom was paid; his father collapsed and died immediately after hearing the news of his son ( Juju ) He was 55 years old - Singer and musician - (He did, "Amebo") - Led Bayo Ade & His Super Miliki Sound (They did, "Iya Ni Wurs").

Kathy Johnston - Died 9-4-2011 - Leukemia ( Rock ) Guitarist and percussionist - Was a member of WWI Women With Instruments, Black Dresses, They Should Have Been Blondes and Mydolls (They did, "It's Too Hot for Revolution" and "Pilgrimage").

Albie Wycherley (aka Jason Eddie) (Albert Edward Wycherley) - Died 9-5-2011 in Liverpool, England - Illness ( Freak Beat - Rock ) Born 6-26-1943 in Prestatyn - Singer and accordionist - (He did, "Whatcha Gonna Do" and "Singing The Blues" as Jason Eddie) - Led Al Trent And The Centremen, Jason Eddie And The Centremen and The Jason Eddie Sound - Brother of singer, Billy Fury.

Wardell Quezergue (aka Creole Beethoven) (Wardell Joseph Quezergue) - Died 9-6-2011 in Metairie, Louisiana, U.S. - Born 3012-1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Producer, arranger and band leader - Led The Royal Dukes Of Rhythm - Worked with Dave Bartholomew, Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Fats Domino - Founded Nola Records.

Pavel Vrba - Died 9-7-2011 in Prague, Czech Republic - Stroke ( Pop - Rock ) Born 4-16-1938 in Brno, Czechoslovakia - Songwriter - He wrote lyrics for about 2000 songs - His songs have been recorded by Olympic ("Jasna zprava"), Blue Effect ("Rajky"), Lesek Semelka ("Saty z satku"), Bohemia ("Zatisi peronnich listku"), Marta Kubisova ("Lampa"), Vera Spinarova, Petra Janu, Petr Spaleny, Helena Vondrackova and Petr Novak.

Eddie Marshall (Eddie Marshall Jr.) - Died 9-7-2011 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - After a heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 4-13-1938 in Springfield, MA, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Fourth Way and Almanac - Worked with with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin, Dionne Warwick, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon, Bobby Hutcherson, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Etta James - Grandson of drummer, Kaiser Marshall and son of pianist, Eddie Marshall Sr.

Tom Illius (Thomas J. Illius)- Died 9-7-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Born 8-30-1928 in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Was an agent for The William Morris Agency representing Charo, Bill Cosby, Tony Orlando, Debbie Reynolds, Jim Nabors, Mickey Gilley, Englebert Humperdinck, Della Resse and Jerry Lewis - Managed The Poni-Tails.

Antonio Rosas Seixas (aka Manito) - Died 9-9-2011 - Cancer of the larynx ( Rock - Funk ) Born 4-3-1944 - Keyboardist and saxophonist - Was a member of The Jordans, Os Incríveis and Saxomania.

Graham Collier (James Graham Collier) - Died 9-9-2011 in Crete - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 2-21-1937 in Tynemouth, northern England - Played trumpet and double bass - Led Graham Collier Music - Worked with Jimmy Dorsey and Harry Beckett.

Ralph Ameduri (Ralph J. Ameduri Jr.) - Died 9-10-2011 in Lakeland, FL, U.S. - Shot while taking a break from a gig ( Punk - Bluegrass ) He was 45 years old - Bassist - Worked with The Legendary Joint Chiefs and Thomas Wynn And The Believers.

Don Wayne (Donald William Choate Wayne) - Died 9-12-2011 in Nashville, TN, U.S.- Cancer - Born 5-30-1933 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Singer and guitarist -  (He did, "Poor Little Jimmy") - His songs have been recorded by Cal Smith ("Country Bumpkin"), Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Burl Ives and George Morgan ("Lonesome Waltz") - Nashville Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Wade Mainer - Grandfather of Bluegrass - Died 9-12-2011 - Congestive heart failure ( Bluegrass - Gospel ) Born 4-21-1907 in Buncombe County, North Carolina, U.S. - Sang and played banjo - Was a member of J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers, The Smilin' Rangers (They did, "Mountain Sweetheart" and "Ramshackle Shack") and The Sons Of The Mountaineers (They did, "Old Ruben" and "Since I Met My Mother-In-Law") - He was the husband of singer, Julia Brown.

Wilma Lee Cooper (Wilma Lee Leary) - Died 9-13-2011 in Sweetwater, Tenn., U.S. - After a stroke ( Country - Bluegrass - Gospel ) Born 2-7-1921 in Valley Head, W.Va., U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Leary Family and Wilma Lee And Stoney Cooper & The Clinch Mountain Clan (They did, "Come Walk With Me" and "Big Midnight Special") - Wife of fiddler and singer, Dale T. "Stoney" Cooper and mother of singer, Carol Lee Cooper.

DJ Mehdi (Mehdi Faveris-Essadi) - Died 9-13-2011 in Paris, France ( Hip Hop ) Born 1-20-1977 in Hauts-de-Seine, France - (He did, "I Am Somebody" and "Signatune") - Worked with Different Teep,  Daft Punk, Cassius, Club 75, MC Solaar, Futura 2000, The Asian Dub Foundation, Chromeo, Ideal J and Mafia K'1 Fry - Produced 113 and Karlito.

Keith Conant (Keith Abbott Conant) - Died 9-15-2011 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Heart attack ( Classical ) Born 1-18-1962 in Rockville Centre, NY, U.S. - Violist - Was a member of The Lyric Opera Of Chicago Orchestra and Chicago's Rembrandt Chamber Players - Worked with The Smashing Pumpkins, Mannheim Steamroller, Reverend Louis Farrakhan, Carrie Underwood and Jackie Evanko - He can be heard on the soundtrack for Home Alone 2.

Willie Big Eyes Smith (Willie Smith) (aka Little Willie Smith) - Died 9-16-2011 - Stroke ( Blues ) Born 1-19-1936 in Helena, Arkansas, U.S. - Sang and played harmonica and drums - Was a member of The Rocket Four and The Legendary Blues Band - Worked with Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Pinetop Perkins, Big Bill Morganfield and Muddy Waters.

Edgar Villchur (Edgar Marion Villchur) - Died 10-17-2011 in Woodstock, NY, U.S. - Born 5-28-1917 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Inventor, educator and writer - Invented the acoustic suspension loudspeaker which brought hi-fi into the home and also invented the dome tweeter - Co-founder of Acoustic Research, Inc..

Johnny Raducanu - Died 9-19-2011 in Bucharest, Romania ( Jazz ) Born 12-1-1931 in Braila, Romania - Played piano and double bass - Worked with Art Farmer, Guido Manusardi, Slide Hampton and Friedrich Gulda - Was President of The Romanian Jazz Federation.

Fazal Rabbi Pardesi - Died 10-19-2011 - Cardiac arrest - He was 70 years old - Played tabla, banjo, harmonium and was a composer - Wrote music for over 85 Pashto language movies - Worked with Kishwar Sultan, Roona Laila, Naheed Akhtar, Khayal Muhammad, Gulrez Tabassum, Aqal Meena, Mashooq Sultan and Gulnar Bagum.

Dolores Hope (Dolores L. DeFina) (aka Dolores Reade) - Died 9-19-2011 in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 5-27-1909 in Harlem, New York, New York, U.S. - Singer - (She did versions of, "I Only Have Eyes For You" and "I've Got You Under My Skin") - Wife of comedian, Bob Hope.

Robert Whitaker - Died 9-20-2011 - Born 1939 in The United Kingdom - Photographer - Best known for The Beatles butcher album cover for Yesterday And Today and Cream's, Disraeli Gears album - His photographs include those of Mick Jagger, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Seekers and Salvador Dali.

Frank Driggs - Died 9-20-2011 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 1930 - Producer, Jazz historian and archivist - He had worked with the recordings of Bukka White, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Robert Johnson, Billie Holiday, Earl Hines, Leadbelly, Glenn Miller and Fletcher Henderson.

John Du Cann (John William Cann) - Died 9-21-2011 - Possible heart attack ( Rock ) Born 1950 in Leicester, England - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Don't Be A Dummy") - Worked with The Sonics, The Attack (They did, "Hi Ho Silver Lining"), Andromeda, Daemon, Hard Stuff, Thin Lizzy and Atomic Rooster (They did, "Death Walks Behind You" and "Head In The Sky").

Tom Hughes - Died 9-21-2011 - Lung cancer ( Folk ) Born 1946 in Stockport, Greater Manchester - Singer and musician - (He did, "Broken Dolls") - Was a member of The Family Hughes.

 John Larson (John A. Larson) - Died 9-21-2011 in Goshen, Indiana, U.S. - Complications of cancer  ( Rock ) Born 11-6-1949 in Elgin, Illinois, U.S. - Trumpet player - Was a member of Ides of March (They did, "Vehicle" and "Time For Thinking").

Vesta Williams (Mary Vesta Williams) - Died 9-22-2011 in El Segundo, CA, U.S. - Complications of an enlarged heart ( R&B ) Born 12-1-1957 in Coshocton, Ohio, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Congratulations" and "Special") - Worked with Chaka Khan, Anita Baker and Sting.

Jumpin Jack Neal (Jack Oliver Neal Sr.) - Died 9-22-2011 ( Rockabilly ) Born 11-7-1930 in Norfolk County, VA, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps (They did, "Race With The Devil" and "Be Bop A Lula") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Clarence Johnson - Died 9-23-2011 in Olympia Fields - Illness ( Doo-Wop - Soul ) He was 69 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Chanteurs, The Hi-Lites and The Chi-Lites - Produced Patty And The Love-Lites, Tony Ransom and Heaven And Earth.

Paul Kirby - Died 9-25-2011 in Tennessee, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Rock - Cowpunk ) He was 48 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Rebel Bite, Walk The West (They did, "Sheriff Of Love") and The Cactus Brothers - Son of songwriter, Dave Kirby.

Jessy Dixon - Died 9-26-2011 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Illness ( Gospel )  Born 3-12-1938 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He did, "I Am Redeemed" and "It's All Right Now") - Led The Jessy Dixon Singers - Worked with Paul Simon, The Original Chimes, Phil Upchurch and Earth, Wind And Fire - His songs have been recorded by Amy Grant, Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross and Natalie Cole.

Cuby Muskee (Harry Muskee) - Died 9-26-2011 in Rolde, Netherlands - Complications of cancer ( Blues - Jazz ) Born 6-10-1941 in Assen, Netherlands - Singer - Was a member of The Mixtures, The Old Fashioned Jazz Group, Cuby & The Blizzards (They did, "Stumble and Fall" and "Appleknockers Flophouse"), Red White 'n Blue, The Harry Muskee Band, The Muskee Gang and Muskee - Worked with Alexis Korner and Eddie Boyd.

Uan Rasey - Died 9-26-2011 - Born 8-21-1921 in Glasgow, Montana, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Sonny Dunham and Bob Crosby - Was a member of the MGM film studio orchestra playing on the soundtracks for Chinatown and Singin' in the Rain.

Johnnie Wright (Johnnie Robert Wright Jr.) - Died 9-27-2011 in Madison, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 5-13-1914 in Mount Juliet, TN, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Hello Vietnam") - Was a member of Johnnie Wright & The Harmony Girls and The Tennessee Mountain Boys (They did, "Walkin', Talkin', Cryin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart") - He was half of the duo, Johnnie & Jack (They did, "Poison Love) - Husband of singer, Kitty Wells.

Country Johnny Mathis - Died 9-27-2011 - Complications from pneumonia ( Country - Gospel ) Born 9-28-1923 in Maud, Texas, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - He was half of the duo, Jimmy And Johnny (They did, "If You Don't Somebody Else Will" and "Please Talk To My Heart") - His songs have been recorded by George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Webb Pierce, Ray Price, Elvis Costello, Wanda Jackson and Tammy Wynette.

Joel DIBartolo - Died 9-27-2011 - He was 65 years old Bassist - Worked with TV's, The Tonight Show Band for 18 years and also worked with Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, John Abercrombie and Ernie Watts - Was a director of Jazz Studies and an associate professor of string bass at NAU.

Peter Sykes - Died 9-27-2011 - Brain hemorrhage ( Rock ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of This Many Boyfriends (They did, "It's Lethal (Part One)" and "I Don't Like You (Cos You Don't Like The Pastels)"),

Leonard Dillon (aka Jack Sparrow) - Died 9-28-2011 in Kingston, Jamaica - Lung and prostate cancer ( Reggae ) Born 12-9-1942 in Port Antonio, Jamaica - Singer - (He did, "Bull Whip") - Was a member of The Ethiopians (They did, "Hong Kong Flu" and "Nyah Nuh Want Nuh Baptism") - Worked with Bob Marley, Prince Buster, Vincent Chin, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Joe Gibbs, Bob Andy, The Silvertones and Rupie Edwards.

Lojze Slak - Died 9-29-2011 in Ljubljana, Slovenia - Bone cancer ( Folk ) Born 7-23-1932 in Jordankal, Mirni Peci, Slovenia - Accordionist - Was a member of The Slak Brothers

Sylvia Robinson (Sylvia Vanterpool) - The mother of hip hop - Died 9-29-2011 in Edison, NJ, U.S. - Congestive heart failure ( R&B ) Born 3-6-1936 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Pillow Talk") - She was half of the duo, Mickey & Sylvia (They did, "Love Is Strange") - Worked with Hot Lips Page and Ike & Tina Turner - Produced The Moments, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, The Whatnauts and The Sugarhill Gang - Co-founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records.

Teisha Helgerson (Teisha June Helgerson) - Died 9-29-2011 - Cancer ( Jazz - Folk - Pop ) Born 8-3-1969 in Tacoma, Wash., U.S. - Singer, guitarist and drummer - Was a member of Say Uncle and Amelia - Worked with Ringo Starr ("Pax um biscum (Peace Be With You)").

Marv Tarplin (Marvin Tarplin) - Died 9-30-2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. ( Soul ) Born 6-13-1941 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Miracles (They did, "The Tracks Of My Tears" and "Going To A Go-Go") - Worked with The Primettes, The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye ("Take This Heart Of Mine" and "One More Heartache").

Maxim Soria - Died 9-30-2011 - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of Valencia.

Gerryck King - Died 2011 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Drummer - Worked with Joe Williams, Tom Tonyan and Jeff Goldblum.

David Bedford (David Vickerman Bedford) - Died 10-1-2011 - Lung cancer ( Rock - Classical - Avant-garde ) Born 8-4-1937 in Hendon, London, England - Composer, keyboardist and arranger - Worked with Mike Oldfield, The Whole World, Deep Purple, Elvis Costello, Madness and The Proms - Grandson of composers, Herbert Bedford and Liza Lehmann - Son of singer, Lesley Duff - Brother of conductor, Steuart Bedford.

Steve Mach - Died 10-2-2011 in Brooklyn, Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Shot by police who mistook his pellet gun for a real one ( Rock ) He was 52 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Vamps (They did, "Shakedown") and Skin And Bones (They did, "Cover Me With Roses" and "Hey Stupid ") - Was a stage manager and promoter for CBGB's.

Mikko Laine - Died 10-2-2011 in Baarlo, Holland - A vehicle carrying stage equipment ran over him as he slept backstage at the ProgPower Europe festival ( Rock ) He was 30 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Sole Remedy.

Skip McQuinn - Died 10-2-2011 - Heart problem - He was 64 years old - Drummer, engineer, producer, and studio owner - Was a member of Johnny Barfield Jr. And The Men From S.O.U.L. (They did, "Mr. Starlight" and "We’ve Got That") - Worked with Dr. Hook, Willie Nelson and Carla Thomas.

Kay Armen (Armenuh Manoogian) - Died 10-3-2011 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Pop ) Born 11-2-1915 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Be Good To Yourself" and "My Love And I").

Daisy DeBolt - Died 10-4-2011 - Cancer ( Folk - Jazz - Avant-garde ) Born 1945 - Sang and played mandolin, accordion and guitar - She was half of duo, Fraser & DeBolt - Daughter of musician, Marjorie DeBolt.

Bert Jansch (Herbert Jansch) - Died 10-5-2011 ( Folk - Folk Rock ) Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Veronica " and "A Man I'd Rather Be") - He was half of the duo, Bert And John (They did, "Stepping Stones" and "East Wind") and a member of Pentangle (They did, "Train Song" and "Springtime Promises").

Bess Bonnier - Died 10-6-2011 in Grosse Pointe, Detroit, Michigan, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1928 - Pianist - Worked with Jack Brokensha, Tommy Flanigan, Roland Hanna and Pepper Adams.

 Chakanetsa Kumulani - Died 10-6-2011 in Domboshava - Illness - He was 41 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Gakamoto Jumbo Stars (They did, "Chirangano" and "Mukuwasha Dondo").

Donald Banks - Died 10-7-2011 - Complications of a stroke and cancer ( R&B ) Bassist - Was a member of The Latineers who became The Tymes (They did, "So Much In Love" and "Wonderful Wonderful") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Roger Willams (Louis Wertz) - Died 10-8-2011 in Los Angeles , CA, U.S. - Complications of pancreatic cancer ( Pop - Easy Listening ) Born 10-1-1924 in  Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. - He was 87 years old - Pianist - (He did, "Autumn Leaves" and "Born Free") - Played for nine U.S. presidents - Hit Parade Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Mikey Welsh (Michael Edward Welsh) - Died 10-8-2011 ( Rock ) Born 4-20-1971 in Syracuse, New York, U.S. - Guitarist, bassist, singer and artist - Worked with Heretix, Juliana Hatfield, Chevy Heston, Jocobono, Verbena, Left Nut, The Rivers Cuomo Band, The Special Goodness, Slower and Weezer (They did, "Island In The Sun" and "Photograph").

David Hess (David Alexander Hess) (aka David Hill and David Dante) - Died 10-8-2011 in Tiburon, California, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 9-19-1936 in New York , NY, U.S. - (He did, "Speedy Gonzales" as David Dante and the original version of, "All Shook Up") - Composed music for the horror classic film, The Last House On The Left - His songs have been recorded by Sal Mineo ("Start Movin'"), The Ames Brothers ("Rockin' Shoes"),  Andy Williams ("Your Hand, Your Heart, Your Love"), Pat Boone and Elvis Presley ( "Come Along" and "Sand Castles").

John Barton (aka Hillbilly Barton) (John Grimes) - Died 10-8-2011 ( Rockabilly - Country - Gospel ) Born 11-21-1929 in London, Kentucky, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Dear John" and "I Love You") - Worked with Johnny Horton.

Piet Noordijk - Died 10-9-2011 in Hellevoetsluis, Holland - Illness - Born 5-26-1932 in Rotterdam, Holland - Saxophonist - Worked with Wynton Marsalis, The Ramblers, The Metropole Orchestra, Rita Reys, Nina Simone, Dexter Gordon and Toots Thielemans.

Tony Goodwin - Died 10-?-2011 in Lakes Road - Illness ( Skiffle - Rock - Jazz ) Born 1934 - Played guitar and banjo - Was a member of The Bogeymen - Led The Severn Valley Skiffle Kings.

Rosie Mello (aka Rosie Hall) - Died 10-10-2011 in Chico - Diabetes ( Country ) She was 71 years old - Singer.

Jagjit Singh (Jagmohan Singh)- The Ghazal King - Died 10-10-2011 in Mumbai, Bombay, India - After a stroke and coma - Born 2-8 1941 in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, India - Singer - Worked with his wife singer, Chitra Singh.

Jyohji Yanagi - Died 10-10-2011 ( Blues ) He was 63 years old - Singer and guitarist.

George Yanagi - Died 10-10-2011 in Yokohama, Japan - Kidney failure ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Ame ni naiteru" (Weeping In The Rain)  and "Hohoemi no hosoku" (Smile On Me)) - Led Yanagi George & Rainy Wood.

Eddie Balandas - Died 10-10-2011 - Congestive heart failure - He was 59 years old - Played trumpet - Worked with Chase, Looking Glass ("Brandy") and The Village People ("YMCA" and "Macho Man") - He worked security for Kiss, Weird Al Yankovic and Alice Cooper.

Alexander Lehrman - Died 10-10-2011 in Newark, Delaware, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 5-24-1952 - Singer and bassist - Worked with Araks, Sasha & Yura and Wesjolyje Rebjata.

Alan Fudge - Died 10-10-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Lung and liver cancer ( Folk ) Born 2-27-1944 in Wichita, Kan., U.S. - Actor and singer - Was a member of The Ash Alley Singers - Appeared on TV's, Man From Atlantis, Paper Dolls and 7th Heaven and in the films, Capricorn One and Edward Scissorhands

Freddie Gruber - Died 10-11-2011 - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 5-27-1927 - Drummer and drum teacher - Worked with Charlie Parker, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco - His students included, Neil Peart, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bruce Becker, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl.

Kim Brown - Died 10-11-2011 in Helsinki, Finland - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 6-2-1945 in Birmingham, England - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Renegades and The Cadillacs - Worked with Hasse Walli and Markus Raivio.

Mojo Buford (George Buford) - Died 10-11-2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - Illness ( Blues ) Born 11-10-1929 in Hernando, Mississippi, U.S. - Played harmonica - Worked with The Savage Boys and Muddy Waters.

Taku Mafika - Died 10-11-2011 - Brain hemorrhage - Born 10-31-1983 - Mbira player - (He did, "Chikuru Rudo") - Worked with Willom Tight, Alexio Kawara, Michael Mabwe, Tina Watyoka and Sam Mtukudzi.

Andre Minga - Died 10-11-2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Illness - Singer - (He did, "Mufete").

Al Vescovo (Albert E. Vescovo) - Died 10-11-2011 in Van Nuys, CA, U.S.- Pulmonary difficulties - Born 2-27-1936 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Steel guitarist - Worked with Spike Jones, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Johnny Mathis, Stanley Turrentine, Stan Kenton, Bill Cosby, Sonny And Cher, The Sons Of The Pioneers, The Mills Brothers, Sarah Vaughn, Pat Boone, Herbie Mann and Lawrence Welk.

Harold Davison - Died 10-11-2011 in Palm Springs, CA, U.S. - Congestive heart failure - Born 1922 in London, England - Talent agent, manager and producer - As a booking agent he worked with Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and The Dave Clark Five - He was married to singer, Marion Ryan.

Colin Vokes - Died 10-11-2011 - Illness ( Pop ) Born 1945 in Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks - Artist, guitarist and keyboardist - Was a member of Speermint.

Taz DiGregorio (Joel DiGregorio) - Died 10-12-2011 in Tennessee, U.S. - Car accident ( Country Rock ) He was 67 years old - Keyboardist and singer -  (Co-wrote, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" ) - Was a member of The Charlie Daniels Band.

Buddy Sharpe (Bernard E. Gareis) - Died 10-12-2011 ( Rock - R&B ) Born 12-14-1937 in Atlasburg - Led Buddy Sharpe And The Shakers (They did, "Linda Lee" and "Bald Headed Baby") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Paul Leka - Died 10-12-2011 - He was 70 years old - Songwriter, pianist and arranger - (Co-wrote Steam's, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" and The Lemon Pipers', "Green Tambourine") - Was a member of The Chateaus - Produced The Peppermint Rainbow and The Left Banke - Wrote and/or arranged for REO Speedwagon, Jimmie Spheeris, Lori Lieberman, Harry Chapin and Gloria Gaynor.

Khumbulani Magaya - Died 10-12-2011 in Mhondoro - Illness - Born 10-16-1969 in Mhondoro - Singer - Was a member of Vabati VaJehovah (They did, "Chiripo Chikomo" and "Tirimo Munzira").

Pavlina Nikaj - Died 10-13-2011 - Born 5-15-1931 in Korca, Albania - Singer - (Did, "Trendafil mos u zemero" and "Udhet e lumturise").

Marty Harris - Died 10-13-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 1933 - Pianist and music director - Worked with  Benny Goodman, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Zoot Sims, Anita O'Day and Jack Sheldon.

Chuck Ruff - Died 10-14-2011 in San Francisco, California, U.S. - Illness ( Rock ) Born 5-25-1951 in Reno, Nevada, U.S. - Drummer - Led The Chuck Ruff Group and Geezerslaw - Worked with Sawbuck, The Edgar Winter Group (They did, "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride") and Sammy Hagar ("Bad Reputation" and "Mommy Says, Daddy Says").

Theron Brison (aka Thee-Ram Jam) - Died 10-14-2011 in San Jacinto - Murdered ( Funk ) He was 48 years old - Bassist - Worked with Bootsy Collins.

Octavis Berry (aka Esbe Da 6th St. Bully) - Died 10-14-2011 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Pulmonary embolism ( Rap ) He was 30 years old - (He did, "Go Hard Or Go Home" and "Da Buuly") - Was half of the duo, Dred Skott - Worked with League Of Extraordinary Gz and Dead Prez.

Betty Driver (Elizabeth Mary Driver) - Died 10-15-2011 ( Pop - Big Band ) Born 5-20-1920 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England - Singer and actress - (She did, "Jubilee Baby" and "The Sailor With The Navy Blue Eyes") - Appeared as Betty Williams on TV's, Coronation Street.

Tongai Moyo (aka Dhewa) - Died 10-15-2011 in Harare - Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma - Born 3-12-1968 in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe - Singer - (He did, "Ndinotenda Dhiya" and "Ganda Remvura") - Led The Utakataka Express - Worked with The Shirichena Jazz Band.

Pete Rugolo (Pietro Rugolo) - Died 10-16-2011 in Sherman Oaks - Born 12-25-1915 in San Piero Patti, Sicily, Italy - Played French horn and piano and was a composer and arranger - Worked for Stan Kenton, Johnny Richards, Nat King Cole, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Miles Davis, The Four Freshmen and Billy Eckstine - Contributed music for TV's, Leave It To Beaver, The Fugitive and Run For Your Life.

Charles Hamm (Charles Edward Hamm) - Died 10-16-2011 in Lebanon, NH, U.S. - Pneumonia - Born in 4-21-1925 inCharlottesville, VA, U.S. - Author and trombonist - He wrote the books Yesterdays: Popular Song In America, Irving Berlin: Songs From The Melting Pot and Music In The New World - Founding member of The International Association For The Study Of Popular Music.

Johnny Dee (Keith Landers) - Died 10-17-2011 - After a dialysis treatment ( Rock ) He was 60 years old - Led Johnny Dee And The Rocket 88s.

Tommy Martin - Died 10-18-2011 in Lubbock, TX, U.S. - Cardiac arrest after his motorcycle struck a deer - Musician - Was a member of The Mixx Band.

Bob Brunning (Robert Brunning) - Died 10-18-2011 ( Blues Rock ) Born 6-29-1943 in Bournemouth, England - Bassist, guitarist and pianist - Led The Brunning Sunflower Blues Band - Worked with Fleetwood Mac ("Long Grey Mare"), Tramp, The DeLuxe Blues Band and Savoy Brown.

Reginald Curry - Died 10-18-2011 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Liver failure ( Jazz ) He was 59 years old - Born in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with The Sound Of Freedom (They did, "Suggie's Soul 'n' Blues"), Wiusie Metribu, Khan Jamal and Sonny Murray

Mickey Goldsen - Died 10-19-2011 in Encino - He was 99 years old - Established The Association Of Independent Music Publishers - Founder of Criterion Music Corp. who published Don Ho's, "Tiny Bubbles" and Jackson Browne's, "Doctor My Eyes" - Worked for Capitol Records.

John-Alex Mason - Died 10-19-2011 - Complications after surgery ( Blues - Roots - Rock ) He was 35 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Lionel Young, Gerry Hundt and Fara Tolno.

Earl Gilliam - Died 10-19-2011 in Tomball - Lung disease ( Blues ) Born 1-30-1930 in Lafayette, LA, U.S. - Pianist - (He did, "Wrong Doing Woman" and "Don't Make Me Late") - Led The Earl Gilliam Blues Revue - Worked with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Albert Collins, Albert King, Joe "Guitar" Hughes and Ivory Lee Semien.

Barry Feinstein - Died 10-20-2011 in Woodstock, NY, U.S. - Natural causes - He was 80 years old - Photographer - He did about 500 record covers - Best remembered for his photos of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and George Harrison.

Robert Hunter - Died 10-20-2011 - Cancer ( Rap ) Born 1975 - (He did, "Never Commit") - Was a member of the MC collective Syllabolix Crew - Worked with Mortar.

Terry Span - Died 10-20-2011 - From injuries he received trying to break up a fight on October 7th ( Metal ) He was 48 years old - Guitarist and keyboardist - Was a member of Aleister Wilde (They did, "Child's Play" and "Dracula") - Worked with Robert Sweet, Kelle Rhoads, Rudy Sarzo, Kelly Garni and Carla Harvey.

Billy Diamond - Died 10-20-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - He was 95 years old - Bass player, promoter and manager - Promotor for Shirley And Lee, Huey "Piano" Smith and James Booker - Gave Fats Domino one of his first gigs and nickname

Fred Ferrara - Died 10-21-2011 - Cardiac arrest ( Rock - R&B ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Brooklyn Bridge ("Worst That Could Happen") and The Del Satins (They did, "I'll Pray For You" and "Teardrops Follow Me") who backed Dion ("Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer") - Worked with Ernie Maresca ("Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)") and Jack Scott - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee and Long Island Music Hall Of Fame.

Edmundo Ros - Died 10-21-2011 in Alicante, Spain ( Rumba ) Born 12-7-1910 in Trinidad, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies - Musician and singer - Led Edmondo Ros And His Orchestra (They did, "Los Hijos de Buda" and "'The Wedding Samba") - Worked with Don Marino Baretto's Band and Fats Waller.

Gilani Taylor - Died 10-21-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - After an October 8th car accident in which her daughter perished ( R&B ) She was 27 years old - Singer - (She did, "I Know").

Aaron Beamish - Died 10-21-2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Hit by a truck while skateboarding ( Rock ) He was 25 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Slow Motion Victory (They did, "In The Beginning").

Mark Hibbert - Died 10-22-2011 - Heart attack while loading music equipment in his driveway ( Folk Rock ) He was 62 years old - Guitarist and bassist - Was a member of Nomad Fish, Axis Drive, Superband and Merrilee Rush And The Turnabouts.

Memo Bernabei - Died 10-22-2011 - Born 3-24-1917 -Played saxophone - Worked with The Pittsburgh Orchestra, The Ray Pearl Orchestra and The Jan Garber Orchestra.

Bill Lee (William F. Lee III) - Died 10-23-2011 - Natural causes ( Jazz ) He was 82 years old - Pianist - Worked with Charlie "Bird" Parker, Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Howard McGhee and Gerry Mulligan - Wrote biographies for Bill Evans, Billy Taylor, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson - Father of bassist, Will Lee.

Gene Kurtz (Eugene Kurtz, Jr.) - Died 10-23-2011 - Metastatic lung cancer - Born 10-9-1943 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. - Bassist - (Co-wrote Roy Head's, "Treat Her Right") - Worked with Denny Ezba & The Goldens, Edgar Winter, Johnny Nash, Johnny Bush, Miss Molly & The Whips, Bo Diddley, Booker T., Roy Head And The Traits, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mose Allison, Percy Sledge, Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Coasters, Dale Watson & His Lonestars, The Fifth Dimension, Trini Lopez, Andy Williams, B.J. Thomas, Wanda Jackson, Pat Boone, Ezra Charles and Johnny Lee -  Texas Legacy Music Awards Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Henk Pleket - Died 10-23-2011 - Cancer Born 5-16-1937 in Arnhem - Singer - Was a member of El Mondo Combo and De Havenzangers (They did, "s Nachts na tweeen" and "Aan het strand stil en verlaten").

John Makin - Died 10-23-2011 in Brussels, Belgium ( Folk - Blues ) - Born 2-13-1950 in Warrington - Singer - (He did, "Potverdekke!" and "Anglais Franglais") - Worked with Doctor Rob.

 Tommy Doss (Lloyd Thomas Doss) - Died 10-25-2011 in Enterprise, Oregon, U.S. ( Country ) Born 1920 in Weiser, Idaho, U.S. - Sang and played harmonica and guitar - Was a member of The Sons Of The Grande Ronde and The Sons Of The Pioneers - Worked with Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys, The Rhythm Busters and Ole Rasmussen And His Nebraska Cornhuskers - Western Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Steve Harris - Died 10-?-2011 - Brain tumor ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Trojan who became Shy.

Dave Donnelly - Died 10-26-2011 in Orange, Mass., U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 1941 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Whiskey Please Help Me Again").

Reese Palmer - Died 10-27-2011 in Clinton - Prostate cancer ( Doo-Wop ) Born 4-9-1938 in Washington - Singer - Was a member of The Marquees (They did, "Wyatt Earp" and "Hey Little School Girl") and Harvey And The New Moonglows - Worked with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James and Billy Stewart.

David Rea - Died 10-27-2011 ( Folk ) Born 10-26-1946 Born near Akron, Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist - (He wrote, "Ninety Degrees By Ninety Degrees" and "Pilgrimage to Paradise" and co-wrote Mountain's, "Mississippi Queen") - Worked with Gordon Lightfoot, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Roosevelt Sykes, Tom Rush, Reverend Gary Davis, Richie Havens, Mississippi John Hurt, Ian And Sylvia and Joni Mitchell.

Beryl Davis - Died 10-28-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications of Alzheimer's disease ( Big Band ) Born 3-16-1924 in Plymouth, England - Singer - Was a member of The Four Girls (They did, "Do Lord") - Worked with her father, Harry Davis in The Oscar Rabin Band and with Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Orchestra, Benny Goodman, Vaughn Monroe, David Rose, Stephane Grappelli, George Shearing, Django Reinhardt and Frank Sinatra - Sister of actress, Lisa Davis Waltz.

Phil Pollard (Phillip Andrew Pollard) - Died 10-29-2011 - Stroke - Born 10-27-1967 in Fort Benning, GA, U.S. - Drummer - Led Phil Pollard And The Band Of Humans (They did, "Beautiful Chords" and "Sylvia Plath") and Phil Pollard And His Bonnaroompah Band - Worked with The Slomski Brothers, Sarah Schwabe And The Yankee Jazz Band, Splork, Dick Butt Kiss And The Tightends, The Lonetones, Hotel X, The Sean McCollough Band and The Bearded.

Walter Norris - Died 10-29-2011 in Berlin, Germany ( Jazz ) Born 12-27-1931 in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Billy Bean, Hal Gaylor, Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Ford, Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Putter Smith, Jack Sheldon, George Mraz, The Sender Freies Berlin-Orchestra and The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

Jimmy Savile (Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile) - Died 10-29-2011 in Roundhay, Leeds, England - Born 10-21-1936 in Leeds, England - DJ and TV presenter - He was first and last presenter for TV's, Top Of The Pops.

Alan Meltzer - Died 10-?-2011 - Was a founder and chairman of Wind-up Entertainment which signed Creed and Evanescence.

Sipho Mkhuhlani (aka TBA) - Died 10-30-2011 - Car accident - Producer - Worked with Ngoni Kambarami and Nox Guni.

George Rountree (aka Tree) - Died 10-30-2011 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. - He was 61 - Born in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Was a musical director, trumpeter and keyboardist for The Four Tops - Worked with The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Frankie Valli, Freda Payne, David Ruffin and Bill Withers.

Liz Anderson (Elizabeth Jane Haaby) - Died 10-31-2011 ( Country ) Born 1-13-1930 in Roseau, Minnesota, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (She did, "Mama Spank" and "The Wife Of The Party") - Her songs have been recorded by Merle Haggard ("(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers"), Tammy Wynette, Bill Anderson, Skeeter Davis, Charley Pride, Brenda Lee, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Norma Jean, Conway Twitty and Connie Smith  - Mother of singer, Lynn Anderson.

Tim Henderson - Died 11-1-2011 - Cancer ( Folk ) Born 2-19-1940 - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (He did, "Town Of Tascosa" and "Paw Paw Mountain Girls").

Andre Hodeir - Died 11-1-2011 ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 1-22-1921 in Paris, France - Violinist - Was a as a founder of Jazz Groupe de Paris.

Christiane Legrand - Died 11-1-2011 (Jazz ) Born 8-21-1930 in Paris, France - Singer - Worked with The Swingle Singers and Les Double Six - Daughter of film composer, Raymond Legrand.

Angelos Skordilis - Died 11-2-2011 ( Rock ) He was 52 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Knockout.

Papa Bue (Arne Bue Jensen) - Died 11-2-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 5-8-1930 in Copenhagen, Denmark - Slide trombonist - Was a member of The Viking Jazz Band - Worked with The Royal Jazzman, The Bohana Jazz Band, The Bonanza Jazz Band, Chris Barber, Adrian Bentzon, The Saint Peter Street Stompers and Henrik Johansen's Jazz Band.

Norman Durham - 11-2-2011 in Chestnut Ridge, Lower Hudson Valley, New York, NY, U.S. - Carbon monoxide poisoning ( Funk ) Born 1952 in U.S. - Bassist, keyboardist and percussionist - Was a member of Pipeline who became The Jam who became Kleeer (They did, "Open Your Mind" and "You Did It Again").

Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus) - Died 11-3-2011 in his band's tour bus in North Dakota ( Metal ) He was 34 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Gwar.

Ana Stefok - Died 11-3-2011 ( Pop ) Born 1940 - Singer - (She did, "Majko, nemoj plakati"and "Malo mira").

Kevin Gardels - Died 11-5-2011 - Complications of primary myelofibrosis ( Blues - Christian Rock ) He was 54 years old - Pianist - Worked with Lari Bollinger.

Rory Mack - Died 11-5-2011 ( Rock ) Guitarist, singer and keyboardist  - Was a member of Village Beaus and Unrelated Segments (They did, "The Story Of My Life" and "Where You Gonna Go?").

Mito Loeffler - Died 11-6-2011 - Possible heart attack ( Gypsy Jazz ) Born 1961 - Guitarist (He did, "Swing For My Friends" and "Marimas").

Gers Yowell (Gerson Yowell) - Died 11-6-2011 - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 1923 in what is now Israel - Played clarinet, saxophone and EWI - Worked with Charlie Parker, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan and Joe Cinderella.

Gordon Beck (Gordon James Beck) - Died 11-6-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 9-16-1936 in Brixton, London, England - Pianist - Worked with Tubby Hayes, Tony Oxley, Jeff Clyne, Phil Woods's European Rhythm Machine,  Allan Holdsworth, Henri Texier, Tony Kinsey, Bobby Wellins, Tony Crombie Didier Lockwood, Helen Merrrill, Gyroscope and Nucleus.

Jesse Morris - (aka The Punk Rock Johnny Cash) - Died 11-6-2011 - Suicide ( Country Punk ) He was 28 years old - Led Jesse Morris And The Man Cougars (They did, "Gonna Die With My Boots On" and "She's Not A Very Nice Girl").

Ray Postings - Died 11-6-2011 in The Oaklands ( Jazz ) He was 62 years old - Played trombone, guitar and ukulele - Was a member of The Original Carolian Jazz Band.

Joe Frazier (Joseph William Frazier) (aka Smokin' Joe) - Died 11-7-2011 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Liver cancer - Born 1-12-1944 in Beaufort, SC, U.S. - Olympic and world heavyweight boxing champion and singer - Led Smokin' Joe Frazier And The Knockouts (They did, "The Bigger They Come" and a version of, "Knock On Wood") - International Boxing Hall Of Fame and World Boxing Hall Of Fame.

Georgy Movsesyan - Died 11-7-2011 in Moscow - Heart attack - Born 8-2-1945 in Kharkov - Composer - His songs have been recorded by Anna German ("Beryoza") and Vakhtang Kikabidze ("Provodi Lyubvi") - Collaborated with Rober Rozhdestvensky and Mikhail Tanich.

Kell Robertson - Died 11-7-2011 Near Santa Fe, NM, U.S. - Liver problems ( Country ) Born 1930 in Codell, Kan., U.S. - Singer and poet - ("He did, "I Always Loved A Waltz" and "Down The Bar From Me") - Worked with Janis Joplin.

Andrea True (aka Catherine Warren, Inger Kissin, Andrea Travis, Singh Low and Singe Low) (Andrea Marie Truden) - Died 11-7-2011 in Kingston, NY, U.S. ( Disco ) Born 7-26-1943 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Singer and adult film actress - (She did, "More, More, More" and "N.Y. You Got Me Dancing") - Led The Andrea True Connection.

Bill Wells (Wilford Wells) - Died 11-8-2011 - Brain cancer ( Bluegrass ) Born 9-19-1927 in Cromona, KY, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Led Bill Wells And The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass.

Jimmy Norman (James Norman Scott) - Died 11-8-2011 in New York, NY, U.S. - Lung disease ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 8-12-1937 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Musician, singer and songwriter - (He did, "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)") and co-wrote The Rolling Stones', "Time Is On My Side") - Worked with Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, The Harlem River Drive and The Coasters - His songs have been recorded by Johnny Nash, Peter Tosh, Byron Lee And The Dragonaires, Neville Willoughby and Bob Marley.

Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers) - Died 11-8-2011 in Beverly Hills,, CA, U.S. - Respiratory distress ( Hip Hop ) Born 5-24-1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica - Singer, actor and producer - Was a member of The Boyz (They did, "Now That We Found Love") - Worked with B.B. King ("Keep It Coming"), Michael Jackson ("Jam") and Janet Jackson ("Alright").

Anita Perks - Died 11-8-2011 - She was 61 years old - Singer - Sang for Cadbury Flake adverts - Worked with Joe Cocker.

Renee Franke (Gisela Beyer) - Died 11-9-2011 in Munich, Germany ( Pop ) Born 5-4-1928 in Hamburg, Germany - Singer - (She did, "C'est si bon" and "Bimmelbahn Boogie") - Worked with Heinz Erhardt and Detlev Lais.

Odette Davione Cauthorne (aka Lili France) - Died 11-9-2011 ( Standards ) She was 88 years old - Singer - (She did a version of, "As Long As He Needs Me") - Worked with Russell Wilson.

Ivan Martin Jirous (aka Magor) - Died 11-10-2011 in Prague, Czech Republic ( Rock ) Born 9-23-1944 in Humpolec, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia - Art theorist, critic and historian, poet and journalist - Was a manager and artistic director of The Plastic People Of The Universe.

Andy Tielman - Godfather of Indorock - Died 11-10-2011 in Indonesia ( Rock ) Born 3-30-1936 in Makassar Celebes, the Dutch East Indies - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Timor Brothers, The Four T's and The Tielman Brothers (They did, "Cheryl Moana Marie" and "Nina Don't Go").

Daniela D'Ercole - Died 11-10-2011 in New York, NY, U.S. - Hit by a car ( Jazz ) She was 32 years old - Born in Italy - Singer - Worked with Bobby Durham, Jed Levy, Jeff Brillinger, Misha Tsiganov, Mike Applebaum, Gordon Lane, Nicki Denner, Daniele Scannapieco, Mario Rosini, Giuseppe Bassi, Teo Ciavarella, Guido di Leone, Marcello Nisi, Luigi Giannatempo, Ettore Carucci and Mimmo Campanale.

Killa Keise (Markeise Henry) - Died 11-10-2011 in Vallejo, CA, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) He was 28 years old -  (He did, "Till The End" and "Im Gone").

Cappy Lewis (Darryl Lewis) (Born Albert Nash Jr.) - Died 11-10-2011 - Lung cancer ( Doo-wop - Gospel ) Born 1939 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Sweet Teens (They did, "Don't Worry About A Thing"), The Six Teens (They did, "A Casual Look" and "Send Me Flowers"), The Elgins, aka The Original Elgins (They did, "Uncle Sam's Man") and The Truth Messengers - Nephew of musician, Charles Mingus.

Dutch Garner (Matthew Garner) - Died 1-11-2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Homicide, house fire - He was 29 years old - Hip Hop concert promoter and manager - Co-owner of Escape Entertainment.

Michael Garrick - Died 11-11-2011 - After a heart operation ( Jazz ) Born 5-30-1933 in Enfield in Middlesex, London, England - Pianist - (He wrote, "Dusk Fire" and "Black Marigolds") - Worked with The Don Rendell-Ian Carr quintet, Joe Harriott and Shake Keane.

Melvin Brooks (Melvin Cleophus Brooks) (aka Cleo) - Died 11-11-2011 ( Rock ) Born 4-6-1947 in Fresno, CA, U.S. - Sang and played piano, organ, drums, trumpet and saxophone - Was a member of The Fourth Oncome and The Gaylords - Worked with Steve Perry.

Doyle Bramhall - Died 11-12-2011 Alpine, Texas, U.S. - Heart failure ( Blues Rock ) Born 2-17-1949 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. - Drummer - (Co-wrote, "Dirty Pool") - Was a member of The Chessmen, Texas Storm, The Nightcrawlers and The Vaughan Brothers ("Long Way From Home" and "Telephone Song") - Worked with Jennifer Warnes - Father of guitarist, Doyle Bramhall II.

Richard Torraca (aka Ricky Rockit) - Died 11-12-2011 in Clifton, NJ, U.S. - House fire ( Metal ) He was 45 years old - Born in Passaic, NJ, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Witches Of Moodus and Damaged Goods.

Diego Rivas - Died 11-13-2011 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico - Shot ( Norteno ) Born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico - Singer - (He did, "Soy Yo") - Was a member of Arriba Mi Sinaloa and Los Guaruras.

Jonathan Brazell (Jonathan David Brazell) - Died 11-13-2011 in Savannah, GA, U.S. - Shot - He was 34 years old - Sang and played recorder - Was a member of The Goliards.

Laxman Prasanna - Died 11-13-2011 in New Delhi, India - The car he was in was hit by a garbage truck - He was 35 years old - Shehnai player - Worked with his nephew, Atul Prasanna.

Atul Prasanna - Died 11-13-2011 in New Delhi, India - The car he was in was hit by a garbage truck - He was 20 years old - Tabla player - Worked with his uncle, Laxman Prasanna.

Miss Dixie Fasnacht (Yvonne Fasnacht) - Died 11-13-2011 ( Dixieland ) Born 7-7-1910 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Sang and played clarinet and saxophone - Was a member of The Smart Set and The Southland Rhythm Girls - Owned Dixie's Bar Of Music.

Franz Josef Degenhardt - Died 11-14-2011 in Quickborn, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany ( Folk ) Born 12-3-1931 in Schwelm, Westphalia, Germany - Singer, poet and novelist - (He did, "Spiel nicht mit den Schmuddelkindern").

Jackie Leven (aka Sir Vincent Lone) (John St. Field) - Died 11-14-2011 - Cancer ( Folk - New Wave ) Born 6-18-1950 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, UK - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Defending Ancient Springs" and "I Saw My Love Walk Into Clouds") - Was a member of Doll By Doll (They did, "Carita" and "Butcher Boy") and Concrete Bulletproof Invisible ("Big Tears").

Laura Kennedy - Died 11-14-2011 - Liver disease ( Punk ) Born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Bush Tetras (They did, "Too Many Creeps" and "Can't Be Funky").

Lee Pockriss (Lee Julian Pockriss) - Died 11-14-2011 in Connecticut, U.S. - Illness ( Novelty - Pop ) Born 1-20-1924 in Brookly, NY, U.S. - Songwriter - (Co-wrote, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and "Leader Of The Laundromat") - His songs have been recorded by Paul Evans, The Cuff Links, Anita Bryant, Brian Hyland, Perry Como, Shelley Fabares and The Detergents.

Mark "Moogy" Klingman - Died 11-15-2011 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 9-7-1950 in Great Neck, NY, U.S. - Keyboardist - (He did, "Making The Rounds At Midnight" and "Me And Richard" and also co-wrote Bette Midler's, "(You've Got To Have) Friends") - Was a member of The Living Few (They did, "Let 'Em Cry"), Glitterhouse, The Peaceniks and Utopia (They did, "Freak Parade" and "The Ikon") - Worked with Jimmy James And The Blue Flames, Chuck Berry, Carly Simon, Shawn Colvin, Cindy Lauper, Irene Cara, Andy Kaufman, Thelma Houston, Buzzy Linhart, Bo Diddley and Bob Dylan - Produced Music From Free Creek - His songs have been recorded by Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Barry Manilow and Todd Rundgren.

Saul Richfield - Died 11-15-2011 - Heart attack - He was 84 years old - Born in New York, NY, U.S. - Was a manager and public relations man - Worked for The Barry Sisters, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli, The DeMarco Sisters, Joe Franklin, Madonna, Connie Francis and The Four Keys.

Joe Gracey - Died 11-17-2011 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Metastatic cancer of the esophagus - Born 11-14-1950 - Producer, writer and bassist - Worked with his wife Kimmie Rhodes' band.

Gary Garcia - Died 11-17-2011 in Englewood, Florida, U.S. ( Novelty ) He was 63 years old - He was half of the duo, Buckner & Garcia (They did, "Pac-Man Fever" and "Do The Donkey Kong") and Willis The Guard & Vigorish (They did, "Merry Christmas In The NFL").

Marion Holmes DeFore - Died 11-17-2011 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. ( Big Band ) She was 93 years old - Singer - (She did, "I'm a Little Teapot" with Art Kassel And His Kassels) - Worked with Gene Krupa, Jule Styne, Buddy Rogers and Henry Busse - Wife of actor, Don DeFore.

Bob Banks - Died 11-18-2011 ( Blues ) Born 11-18-1959 in Bourne - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Influence - Worked with Kord, Legend, Tut, Phase III, Renegade, Black Coffee and The Tudors.

Carl Cherry - Died 11-18-2011 in California, U.S. ( Rockabilly) Singer - (He did, "Baby Doll" and "The Itch") - Led The Cherry Flips -  Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Russ Garcia - Died 11-19-2011 in Kerikeri, New Zealand - After a fall - Born 4-12-1916 in Oakland, California, U.S. - Composer, arranger and trumpeter - Led The Wigville Band - Worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Walt Disney, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, Julie London, Horace Heidt, Al Donahue, Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr., Clint Eastwood, Fred Astaire and Elizabeth Taylor - Worked on TV's, Rawhide and Laredo and the films The Time Machine and Atlantis, The Lost Continent - Collaborated with Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Julie London, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Andy Williams, Judy Garland and Henry Mancini.

Erich Bachtragl - Died 11-20-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 11-17-1944 in Frohnleiten, Styria - Percussionist - Worked with Harald Neuwirth, George Gruntz, The NDR Big Band, The ORF-Big-Band, Art Farmer, Benny Bailey, Max Greger, The Erich Kleinschuster Sextett, Albert Mair, Heinz von Hermann, Sal Nistico, Lee Harper, Zipflo Reinhardt, Gerd Schuller, Fritz Pauer and Friedrich Gulda.

Dean Morris - Died 11-20-2011 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 57 years old - Played guitarist, keyboards, banjo, cello, drums, fiddle and harp - Was a member of Pax and The Ski Band (They did, "Blitzed By Nine" and "Tuff Boys") - Worked with The Shimon Brothers Band and Homegrown - Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Paul Yandell - Died 11-21-2011 - Illness ( Country ) Born 1935 - Guitarist - Worked with The Louvin Brothers, Kitty Wells, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton, Steve Wariner, Hank Thompson, Les Paul, Woody Herman, The Everly Bros. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Perry Como, Roger Whitaker and Chet Atkins.

Georg Kreisler - Died 11-22-2011 in Salzburg, Austria - Born 7-18-1922 in Vienna, Austria - Pianist, singer and composer - (He wrote, "Please Shoot Your Husband" and "Taubenvergiften im Park").

Paul Motian (Stephen Paul Motian) - Died 11-22-2011 in Manhattan, New York, U.S. - Complications of myelodysplasic syndrome ( Jazz ) Born 3-25-1931 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.  - Percussionist - Worked with Thelonious Monk, Alan Pasqua, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Arlo Guthrie, Stephane Oliva, Don Cherry and Keith Jarrett.

Hans Reichel - Died 11-22-2011 in Wuppertal ( Jazz - Rock - Blues - Beat ) Born 5-10-1949 in  Hagen, Germany - Guitarist and violinist - (He wrote, "Namakemono") - Invented The Daxophon - Worked with Keith Tippett and Fred Frith.

Kristian Schultze (Kristian Wladimir Schultze) - Died 11-22-2011 in Bad Tolz, Bavaria, Germany - Heart attack ( New Age - Jazz ) Born 1-21-1945 in Frankfurt, Oder,Germany - Keyboardist - (He did, "Clear My Memories" and "Left To My Devices") - Was a member of Passport (They did, "Tarantula" and "Things To Come") and Cusco (They did, "Virgin Islands" and "Andromeda") - Worked with Utopia, Amanda Lear, Snowball, Pia Zadora, Germaine Jackson, David Hasselhoff, Ann Murray, Engelbert Humperdinck, Mark Spiro, Maggy Riley, Curt Cress Clan and Niagara - Son of composer, Norbert Schultze.

Hassan Abdullah (Stanley Barber) - Died 11-23-2011 - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 11-17-1952 in Norfolk, VA, U.S. - Played saxophone, keyboards, flute, guitar and harmonica - Led The Hassan Abdullah Quintet and Motown Groove.

Art Hillery (aka Arttillery) - Died 11-23-2011 ( Jazz ) Born in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, Red Holloway, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Papa John Creach, Linda Hopkins, Barbara Morrison, Dexter Gordon, Blue Mitchell, Tom Waits, Howard McGhee, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Art Farmer, Lowell Fulson, Benny Carter and Teddy Edwards.

Barry Llewellyn - Died 11-23-2011 in Kingston, Jamaica ( Reggae ) He was 64 years old - Born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica - Singer - Was a member of The Hep Ones who became The Heptones (They did, "Fattie Fattie" and "I Hold The Handle").

Horacio Villafane (aka Gamexane) - Died 11-23-2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina ( Punk - Reggae ) He was 48 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Todos Tus Muertos (They did, "Mas Majo que tu Status" and "No Mas Apartheid").

George Stewart - Died 11-23-2011 - Leukemia ( Folk ) He was 73 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Circle Of Friends - Co-founder of The Thumbfest Music Festival.

Ludwig Hirsch - Died 11-24-2011 in Vienna, Austria - Jumped from a hospital window after a lung cancer diagnosis ( Austropop ) Born 2-28-1946 in Sankt Magdalena am Lemberg, Styria - Singer and actor - (He did, "Hobellied" and "Mondkinder") - Worked with Johann M. Bertl - He had been married to actress, Cornelia Kondgen.

Ross MacManus - Died 11-24-2011 - Illness - He was 84 years old - Sang and played trumpet - (He wrote, "I'm A Secret Lemonade Drinker") - Worked with his son, Elvis Costello and The Joe Loss Orchestra.

Brett Stranne (aka Bret Douglas) - Died 11-24-2011 in Novato, CA, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-2-1958 in Seattle - Sang and played keyboards and guitar - Worked with Cyn City, Cairo (They did, "Western Desert" and "Angels And Rage"), Elan and The Drive.

Coco Robicheaux (Curtis John Arceneaux) - Died 11-25-2011 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 10-25-1947 in California, U.S. - Singer, guitarist, trombonist and artist - (He did, "Spiritland" and "Cottonmouth").

Wayne Scott - Died 11-25-2011 in Kentucky, U.S. - Car accident ( Country ) He was 77 years old - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Sunday With My Son" and "This Weary Way").

Michal Lura Friedman (aka Michal the Girl) - Died 11-25-2011 - Surgical complications after receiving a C-section while giving birth ( Rock ) She was 44 years old - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Blue Sky" and "Tongue Tied").

Money Clip D ( Dominic Levar Brown) - Died 11-25-2011 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) He was 34 years old - Managed Trae's, ABN (Angel By Nature).

Don DeVito - Died 11-25-2011 - Prostate cancer - Born 9-6-1939 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Record executive and guitarist - Was a member of The Sabres - Worked with Al Kooper - Produced Bruce Springsteen, Simon And Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel and Bob Dylan.

Lee "Shot" Williams (Henry Lee Williams ) - Died 11-25-2011 ( Blues ) Born 1938 - Singer - (He did, "Drop Your Laundry Baby" and "Welcome To The Club") - Worked with his cousin Little Smokey Smothers and with Magic Sam.

Keef Hartley (Keith Hartley) - Died 11-26-2011 in Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire ( Rock - Blues ) Born 4-8-1944 in Preston, Lancashire, England - Drummer - Led The Keef Hartley Band (They did, "Sinnin' For You" and "Poor Mabel") who played at The Woodstock Festival -  Was a member of Dog Soldier (They did, "Several People" and "Strangers In My Own Time") - Worked with Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, The Artwoods and John Mayall.

Eddie Allshouse (Edward N. Allshouse Jr.) - Died - 11-26-2011 in Okinawa, Japan - Stabbed ( Experimental Hardcore ) He was 17 years old - Guitarist - Was a membert of Shores (They did, "Ashes And Embers).

Thaddeus Lake - Died 11-26-2011 near Beaumont - Car accident ( Pop Punk ) He was 22 years old - Bassist - Was a member of The Maddigans (They did, "Forget This Place" and "Way To Start This").

Sultan Khan - Died 11-27-2011 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India - Illness - Born 1940 - Sarangi player and singer - Was a member of Tabla Beat Science - Worked with, Deeyah, Gavin Harrison, Ravi Shankar and George Harrison - Father of sarangi player, Sabir Khan.

Val Volk (Valentine Philip Volk) - Died 11-27-2011 ( Rockabilly ) Born 5-4-1936 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Volk Brothers Band (They did, "Baby I Say Get Up" and "Pretty Girls Everywhere").

Tom Roady - Found dead in a tour bus in Clemson, SC, U.S. - 11-28-2011 - Heart problem - He was 62 years old - Drummer - Worked with Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Chesney, The Dixie Chicks, Art Garfunkel, Etta James, Kenny Chesney ("When The Sun Goes Down"), Brooks & Dunn ("My Maria"), Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, The Sanford-Townsend Band, Paul Anka, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, Sara Evans, James Taylor, Vince Gill ("What The Cowgirls Do") and Martina McBride.

Bryan Osper - Died 11-28-2011 - Car accident ( Bluegrass ) He was 26 years old - Played guitar, steel drum, ukulele, bass and mandolin - Was a member of The Bucky Walters - Worked with The HSU Calypso band.

Nelly Byl - Died 11-30-2011 in Ukkel, Belgium - Born 3-25-1919 in Dendermonde, Belgium - She wrote more than  2000 songs - He songs have been recorded by Will Tura, Conny Vandenbos ("Raak me niet aan") and The Gibson Brothers ("Que Sera Mi Vida").

J. Blackfoot (John Colbert) - Died 11-30-2011 in Germantown, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( Soul ) Born 11-20-1946 in Greenville, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Taxi" and "Just One Lifetime") - Worked with The Bar-Kays, The Soul Children and Ann Hines ("Tear Jerker").

Kuldeep Manak (Latif Mohammed) - Died 11-30-2011 - Lung infection ( Kaliyan ) Born 11-15-1949 in Jalal, Bathinda, India - Singer - (He did, "Laung Karaa Mittra, Machhli Paunge Maape" and "Tere Tilley Ton") - Worked with Harcharan Grewal and Seema.

Thomas Martel Brim Jr. - Died 11-30-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Kidney failure ( Musicals ) Born 3-9-1936 in Louisiana, U.S. - Actor, singer and guitarist - Was a member of A Gentle Force - Worked with John Paul Jones and Richie Havens - Appeared in Broadway's, The Iceman Cometh.

Bill Tapia (aka Uncle Bill and Tappy) (William Tapia) - Died 12-2-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1-1-1908 in Honolulu, Hawaii - Guitarist and ukulele player - Worked with Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, King Bennie Nawahi, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Sol Ho'opi'i, and Andy Iona - Ukulele Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Al Vega (Aram Vagramian) - Died 12-2-2011 in Massachusetts, U.S. ( Jazz ) He was 90 years old - Born in Worcester, MA, U.S. - Pianist and vibraphonist - Led The Al Vega Trio - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Betty Carter, Lester Young, Stan Getz and Count Basie.

Howard Tate - Died 12-2-2011 in Burlington, New Jersey, U.S. - Complications of multiple myeloma and leukemia ( Soul - Gospel - R&B ) Born 8-13-1939 in Macon, Georgia, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Ain't Nobody Home" and "Look At Granny Run, Run") - Was a member of The Gainors - Worked with Bill Doggett.

Fatis Burrell (Philip Burrell) - Died 12-3-2011 in Kingston, Jamaica - Born 7-23-1954 in Whitfield Town, Kingston, Jamaica - Producer - He produced Sugar Minott and managed Sizzla - Created The Kings & Lions, The Vena and The Exterminator labels which released recordings by Admiral Tibet, Ninjaman, Ini Kamoze, Cocoa Tea, Johnny Osbourne and Beres Hammond.

Chico Edwards (Edgar Edwards) - Died 12-3-2011 ( Soul ) Singer - Was a member of The Original Spinners aka The Detroit Spinners (They did, "I'll Always Love You" and "That's What Girls Are Made For").

Paul Walsh - Died 12-3-2011 - After falling and hitting his head ( Irish Folk ) He was 38 years old - Sang and played mandolin and the bodhran - Was a member of Pholk Law. (They did, "I'll Tell Me Ma" and "The Cobbler").

Mike Smith - Died 12-3-2011 in Camberley, Surrey, England - Born 4-30-1935 in Barking, Essex, England - Record producer - He produced Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, Bridie Gallagher, Georgie Fame, Marmalade, The Applejacks, Dave Berry, Jeff Christie and Love Affair - He turned down The Beatles while working Decca Records.

Ron Mosely (Ronald Mosley) - Died 12-3-2011 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. ( R&B ) He was 72 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Skarlettones (They did, "Do You Remember") and Ruby And The Romantics (They did, "Our Day Will Come" and "Young Wings Can Fly") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Hubert Sumlin - Died 12-4-2011 in Wayne, New Jersey, U.S. - Heart failure ( Blues ) Born 11-16-1931 in Greenwood, Mississippi,, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Howlin' Wolf ("Wang Dang Doodle" and  "Shake For Me"), The Wolf Pack, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, James Cotton, Levon Helm, David Johansen and Eric Clapton.

RJ Rosales (Roseo Jose Rosales) - Died 12-4-2011 in Sydney, Australia - Born 3-24-1974 in Manila, Philippines - Singer, actor and TV presenter - (He did, "Together Forever" with Carol Banawa).

Violetta Villas (Czeslawa Maria Cieslak) - The voice of the atomic age and The singing toast of the continent - Died 12-5-2011 in Lewin Klodzki, Poland - Born 6-10-1938 in Liege, Belgium - Singer, actress, pianist, violinist and trombonist - (She did, "Take Me From Barcelona" and "The Wild Woman") - Acted in the films, Paint Your Wagon and Heaven With A Gun.

Dobie Gray (aka Leonard Ainsworth, Larry Curtis and Larry Dennis) (Born Lawrence Darrow Brown or Leonard Victor Ainsworth) - Died 12-6-2011 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Cancer ( Soul - R&B - Pop - Country ) Born 7-26-1940 in Simonton, TX, U.S. - Singer, songwriter, guitarist, percussionist and keyboardist - (He did, "The 'In' Crowd" and "Drift Away") - Was a member of Pollution - His songs have been recorded by Don Williams, Ray Charles, George Jones, Charley Pride and Johnny Mathis.

Barbara Orbison (Barbara Anne Marie Wellhoner Jakobs) - Died 12-6-2011 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer - Born 1-10-1950 in Bielefeld, Germany - Music producer and publisher - Produced Damien Leith - Managed her husband, Roy Orbison.

Charlie Russell (Charles Edward Russell) - Died 12-7-2011 ( Country ) Born 7-11-1937 in Nelson-Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada - DJ - (He recorded the album, "The Bricklin And Other Sound Investments") - Canadian Country Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bob Burnett (Robert Sherwin Burnett) - Died 12-7-2011 in East Providence, RI, U.S. - Brain cancer ( Folk ) Born 2-7-1940 in Providence, RI, U.S. - Was a member of The Highwaymen (They did, "Michael" and "Cottonfields").

Bee Spears (Dan Spears) - Died 12-8-2011 near Nashville, TN, U.S. - Exposure after falling outside his home ( Country ) He was 62 years old - Bassist - Worked with George Chambers' Country Gentlemen and Willie Nelson's Family Band.

Alan Styles - Died 12-8-2011 - Pneumonia - He was 75 years old - Roadie for Pink Floyd - He did voice and sound effects for the Pink Floyd song, Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast - Appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd's LP, Ummagumma.

Dick Sims (Richard Sims)- Died 12-8-2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. ( Rock - Country ) He was 60 years old - Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Tulsa County Band - Worked with Eric Clapton ("I Shot The Sherriff" and "Lay Down Sally"), Bob Seger, J.J. Cale, Peter Tosh, Stephen Stills, Freddie King, Delaney Bramlett, Perry Farrell, B.B. King, Pure Prairie League, Albert King, Etta James, Carlos Santana, Joan Armatrading, Phil Driscol, Yurmama, Yvonne Elliman and Vince Gill.

Myra Taylor (Myra Jardine Taylor) - Died 12-9-2011 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-24-1916 in Bonner Springs, Kansas, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Spider And The Fly") - Worked with Clarence Love, Warren “Baby” Dodds, Jimmy Keith, Lonnie Johnson, Harlan Leonard And His Rockets, Roy Eldridge, Eubie Blake, Lil Hardin Armstrong and The Wild Women Of Kansas City.

Rodney Lanier (Rodney Darren Lanier) (aka Big Bear) - Died 12-9-2011 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 2-22-1967 in Forsyth County - Keyboardist and guitarist - Was a member of Jolene and The Sea Of Cortez (They did, "Tigerbird" and "Juniper Trees").

Sotia Tsotou - Died 12-10-2011 - Cancer - Born 5-14-1942 in Livadeia, Greece - Lyricist - She co-wrote, "An varethikes, kyria" and "Ki ystera").

Dave Astor - Died 12-10-2011 - Heart attack - He was 92 years old - Hosted the TV music program, For Teenagers Only.

Karryl Smith (aka Special One) - Died 12-10-2011 ( Hip Hop ) She was half of the duo, The Conscious Daughters (They did, "Somethin' To Ride To (Fonky Expedition)" and "We Roll Deep").

Malina Olinescu - Died 12-12-2011 - Possible suicide - Born 1-29-1974 - Singer - (She did, "Eu cred").

Milly Ericson - Died 12-13-2011 in Santa Clarita, CA, U.S. - Hit by a car - Born 1928 - Singer and actress - Worked with Tommy Dorsey and Ray Anthony.

Nicholas G. Bliss - Died 12-13-2011 in Naperville - Kidney failure ( Jazz ) Born 6-11-1921 in Iowa, U.S. - Played trumpet  - Led his band at Chicago's Gaslight Club - Worked with George Quinlan.

Billie Jo Spears (aka Billie Jean Moore) - Died 12-14-2011 in Vidor, Texas, U.S. - Cancer ( Country ) Born 1-14-1937 in Beaumont, Texas, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Blanket On The Ground" and "Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys").

Ed Roman - Died 12-14-2011 - Illness - He was 61 years old - Singer, bassist and guitar maker - Ted Nugent, Eric Burdon and John Entwistle have used his guitars.

Carl Mottola (Carl A. Mottola) - Died 12-15-2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Multiple myeloma ( Jazz ) He was 70 years old - Drummer - Worked with Bobby Rydell, Mel Torme, Don Cornell, Johnny Desmond, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Elvis Presley, Sergio Franchi, Neil Sedaka, Peggy Lee, Anthony Newley, James Darren, The Carmen Dee Orchestra and Smokey Robinson.

Bob Brookmeyer (Robert Brookmeyer) - Died 12-15-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 12-19-1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. - Played trombone and piano - Worked with Gerry Mulligan, Orrin Tucker, Stan Getz, Lou Levy, Tex Beneke and The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis big band

Slim Dunkin (Mario Hamilton) - Died 12-16-2011 in Atlanta - Shot in a recording studio. ( Rap ) He was 24 years old - (He did, "Twitter That") - He was one of 1017 Brick Squad - Worked with Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Roscoe Dash and Pastor Troy.

Jennifer Miro - Died 12-16-2011 in Manhattan, New York, NY, U.S. - Liver and breast cancer ( Punk ) She was 54 years old - Singer and keyboardist - Was a member of The Nuns (They did, "Suicide Child" and "Dominatrix Tonight").

Cesaria Evora - The Barefoot Diva and The Queen of Morna - Died 12-17-2011 in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde - Respiratory failure and hypertension ( Morna - Coladeira ) Born 8-28-1941 in Mindelo, Portuguese Cape Verde - Singer - (She did, "Nova Sintra" and "Bia Lulucha").

John Bishop (Gregory Ceurvorst) - Died 12-17-2011 in Oak Park  - Heart attack ( Jazz - Soul - R&B ) Born 1946 in Davenport, Iowa, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, "Way Out Back") - Worked with his wife, violinist Georgia Frances in The Georgia Frances Orchestra and with Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway and Ramsey Lewis

Ralph MacDonald - Died 12-18-2011 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. - Lung cancer - Born 3-15-1944 in Harlem, NY, U.S. - Percussionist - (He co-wrote, "Just The Two Of Us” and "Where Is The Love") - Worked with Harry Belafonte, Burt Bacharach, George Benson, David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, The Average White Band, James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, George Benson, Hall And Oates and The Brothers Johnson  - Son of musician, Macbeth The Great.

Clem DeRosa - Died 12-20-2011 near Denton, Texas, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 5-20-1925 - Drummer - Worked with Claude Thornhill, Jimmy Dorsey, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Ben Webster, John LaPorta, Charles Mingus, Teo Macero, Coleman Hawkins, Kenyon Hopkins, Bobby Hackett, Thad Jones, Teddy Wilson and Marian McPartland - Co-founder of The International Association For Jazz Education (IAJE).

Sean Bonniwell (Thomas Harvey Bonniwell) (aka T.S. Bonniwell) - Died 12-20-2011 in Visalia, CA, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Rock - Folk ) Born 8-16-1940 in San Jose, CA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Wayfarers (They did, "Crabs Walk Sideways " and "Roll On, Tomorrow Is Coming") and The Ragamuffins (They did, "Talk Me Down" and "Push Don't Pull") who became The Music Machine (They did, "Talk Talk" and "The People In Me") - Worked with The Larksmen ("Burn Like A Boy" and "Out Of Darwin's Mind").

David Gold - Died 12-22-2011 near Barrie, Ontario, Canada - Car accident ( Metal ) He was 31 years old - Singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer - Was a member of Woods Of Ypres (They did, "The Sea Of Immeasurable Loss" and "Awaiting The Inevitable").

Mikhail Zuev - Died 12-22-2011 - Heart attack - Born 8-22-1963 - Singer - Was a member of Ivan Kaif.

Tony Williams - Died 12-24-2011 in Mermaid Waters, Australia - After a physical assault ( Rock ) He was 38 years old - Singer - Was a member of Sex 'N' Chocolate (They did, "Dreadlock Holiday" and "I Wanna Love I Can See").

Mary Zsuzsi (Mary Zsuzsa) - Died 12-24-2011 in Budapest, Hungary - Suicide ( Pop ) Born 10-13-1947 in Szeged, Hungary - Singer - (She did, "Sodor a szel" and "Alom es vagy").

Al Russell (Wilbert A. Russell) (aka Stumpy) - Died 12-24-2011 ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 10-18-1921 - Singer and pianist - Was a member of The Al Russell Trio (They did, "Let's Get Together"), The Do Ray Me Trio (They did, "It's So" and "Shy Ann") and The Two Al's - Worked with his brother, Isaac "Snookum" Russell and with Timmie Rogers ("Fla-Ga-La-Pa" and "Daddy-O") and Mary Del ("A.B.C. Boogie").

Jody Rainwater (Charles Edward Johnson) (aka Little Jody Rainwater) - Died 12-24-2011 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. ( Bluegrass ) Born 1920 in Surry County, North Carolina, U.S. - Played mandolin and bass - Was a member of The Johnson Brothers and The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys - Worked with The Blue Star Boys and The Foggy Mountain Boys.

Evelyn Stevens (Margaret Evelyn McKinney) - Died 12-24-2011 - Cancer ( Western Swing ) Born 3-5-1924 in Birmingham, Ala., U.S. - Singer - She was half of the duo, The McKinney Sisters - Worked with Bob Wills and The Ted Weems Orchestra - She had been married to bandleader, Billy Jack Wills.

Jim Sherwood (Euclid James Sherwood) (aka Motorhead) - Died 12-25-2011 ( Rock - Doo-wop ) Born 5-8-1942 in Arkansas City, Kansas, U.S. - Sang and did sound effects and played saxophone and tambourine - Was a member of The Black-Outs, The Omens, The Village Inn Band, The Mothers Of Invention and Ruben And The Jets - Worked with The Grandmothers.

Adrienne Cooper (Adrienne Khana Cooper) - Died 12-25-2011 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Adrenal cancer ( Klezmer )- Born 9-1-1946 - Singer and musician - Co-founder of KlezKamp - Mother of singer, Sarah Mina Gordon.

Israel Baker - Died 12-25-2011 ( Classical - Jazz ) Born 2-11-1919 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Violinist - Worked with Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Benny Carter, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, The Rolling Stones, Nancy Wilson and Johnny Mathis - He can be heard in the films Psycho (the shower scene) and Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom.

Sam Rivers (Samuel Carthorne Rivers) - Died 12-26-2011 in Orlando, Florida, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 9-25-1923 in Enid, Oklahoma, U.S. - Played saxophone, harmonica, flute, clarinet and piano - Worked with Tadd Dameron, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Quincy Jones. Miles Davis and Herb Pomeroy.

Betty McQuade - Died 12-26-2011 - Illness - Singer - (She did versions of, "Midnight Bus" and "Doggy In The Window").

Marilyn Daye (Marilyn Beckman Niles) (aka Mrs. Spook) - Died 12-26-2011 in Naples, FL, U.S. ( Big Band ) Born 1926 - Singer - Led The Capital City Jazz Band, The Marilyn Daye Band and The Marilyn And Dan Duo - Worked with Chuck Selby's Big Band and The WBNS Studio Band - She had been married to disc jockey and TV personality, Frederick "Spook" Beckman.

Barbara Lea (Barbara Ann LeCocq) - Died 12-26-2011 in Raleigh, NC, U.S. - Complications of Alzheimer's disease ( Jazz - Cabaret ) Born 4-10-1929 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. - Singer - Worked with George Wein, Bobby Hackett, Frankie Newton, Vic Dickenson, Johnny Windhurst and Marian McPartland.

Dan Terry (Daniel Kostraba) - Died 12-27-2011 in Danville, Illinois, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 12-22-1924 in Kingston, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Played trumpet and flugelhorn - Worked with Muggsy Spanier, Sonny Dunham, The Count Basie Band and Lester Young - Wrote and performed music for the films The Hustler and The Manchurian Candidate.

Christine Rosholt - Died 12-28-2011 ( Jazz ) Born 1965 - Singer - (She did, "When You Look At Me" and "No Pleasing You") - Worked with Beasley's Big Band.

Kaye Stevens (Catherine Louise Stevens)  - Died 12-28-2011 Orlando, FL, U.S. - Breast cancer - Born 7-21-1932 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Singer and actress  - (She did, "You Light Up My Life" on TV's, Days Of Our Lives and "Friends Are Friends Forever").

Danny DeGennaro - Died 12-28-2011 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Shot ( Blues - R&B - Rock ) Born 2-21-1955 - Guitarist - Was a member of Kingfish and Danny D And The Torpedoes - Worked with Billy Squier and Clarence Clemons.

Robert Lee Dickey (aka Bobby Purify) - Died 12-29-2011 in Tallahassee, FL, U.S. - Natural causes ( R&B ) Born  9-2-1939 - Singer - Was half of the duo, James & Bobby Purify (They did, "I'm Your Puppet" and "Shake A Tailfeather").

Matthew Johnson - Died 12-29-2011 - Motorcycle accident - He was 32 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Marlo and Kisa.

Diego Rapoport - Died 12-30-2011 on the way to Río Negro, Argentina - Cardiovascular problem ( Rock ) He was 63 years old - Pianist - Worked with Spinetta Jade, Seru Giran, Raíces, Seleste and David Lebon.

Todd Ankrom - Died 12-30-2011 - After performing with his band ( Rock ) He was 33 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Something Involving A Monkey (They did, "Diva Pizza" and "Enis The Muppet Eating Puppet") - Worked with Mosquito Bitten Bastard (MBB) and The Family Riot.




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