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 - 2012 January to June.

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2012 January to June
 Welcome to The Dead Rock Stars Club. 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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2012 January To June

Richard Drew (aka Zacron) - Died 1-?-2012 - Bowel cancer - Born 1943 in Sutton, Surrey - Artist - Created the cover art for Led Zeppelin's III album.

Yafa Yarkoni (aka Yaffah Yarqoni) (Yafa Abramov) - Died 1-1-2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel - Born 12-24-1925 in Giv'at Rambam, Israel - Singer - (She did, "Bab al-Wad") - Was a member of The Givati Brigade.

Nina Miranda (Nelly María Hunter) - Died 1-1-2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Illness ( Tango ) Born 11-8-1925 in Montevideo, Uruguay - Singer - (She wrote, "Cancion para mi amor" and "No hagas caso de la gente") - Worked with The Swallows, Francisco Reinares, Emilio Pellejero, Lurati Cao, Juan Roberto Cao, Juan Esteban Martinez and The Donato Racciatti Orchestra.

Fred Milano - Died 1-1-2012 in New York, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Doo-wop ) Born 8-22-1939 in New York, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Dion And The Belmonts (They did, "I Wonder Why" and "A Teenager In Love") and The Belmonts (They did, "Come On Little Angel" and "We Belong Together") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Anders Frandsen - Died 1-1-2012  in Hellerup, Denmark - Born 12-8-1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark - Musician, singer, actor and TV host - (He did, "Lige der hvor hjertet slar").

Carolyn Williams - Died 1-1-2012 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Complications of a stroke ( Gospel ) She was 56 years old - Singer - Sang in opening acts for Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Al Green.

Rhino Reinhardt (Larry Reinhardt) (aka El Rhino and Ryno) - Died 1-2-2012 in Bradenton, Florida, U.S. - Complications of sclerosis of the liver ( Rock ) Born 7-7-1948  in Bradenton, Florida, U.S. - Guitarist  - Was a member of The Load and Captain Beyond (They did, "Myopic Void" and "Raging River Of Fear") - Worked with The Thunderbeats, The Second Coming, The Blues Messengers, Bobby Womac ("I Don't Want To Get Hurt By Your Love Again" and "Don't Let Me Down") and Iron Butterfly.

Simon Cassell - Died 1-1-2012 - Injuries from a car accident ( Turkish Folk ) Musician - Was a member of Bazigah and Campagnie Guilia.

Enrique de Melchor (Enrique Jimenez Ramírez) - Died 1-1-2012 ( Flamenco ) Born 1950 or 1951 in Marchena, Seville Andalucía, Spain - Guitarist - Worked with El Fary, Maria Jimenez, Antonio Mairena, Camaron de La Isla, La Perla de Cadiz, Pansequito, Jose Menese Rocío Jurado, Chiquetete and El Lebrijano - Son of guitarist, Melchor de Marchena.

Ian Bargh (Ian Martin Bargh) - Died 1-2-2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada ( Jazz ) Born 1-8-1935 in Prestwick, Scotland, U.K. - Pianist - Worked with Buddy Tate, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Tyree Glenn, Buck Clayton, Zoot Sims, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hackett, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson, Jim Galloway, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and  Edmund Hall.

Gilbert Gray - Died 1-2-2012 ( Rockabilly ) Born 10-10-1941 in Carlsbad, NM, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Bobby Crown ("One Way Ticket" and "Your Conscience").

Bob Weston (Robert Joseph Weston) - Found dead 1-3-2012 in Brent Cross, London, England - Gastrointestinal hemorrhage ( Rock ) Born 11-1-1947 in Plymouth, Devon, England - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Fleetwood Mac (They did, "Remember Me" and "Forever"), Murray Head ("Silence Is A Strong Reply"), Graham Bond, Long John Baldry, Dana Gillespie, Sandy Denny, Bob Welch, Dick Morrissey and Frank Baijens.

Carlock Stooksbury - Died 1-3-2012 in Oak Ridge, TN, U.S. - He was 88 years old - Born in Union County - Played harmonica, spoons, juice harp and mouth bow - Was a member of The Museum Of Appalachia String Band.

Robert Jenkins - Found dead 1-3-2012 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Natural causes ( Punk ) Singer and guitarist - Worked with Audio Letter, Officer Down, Peyote Feminist, Tactile, The Nordstroms, New Art Orchestra, Hells Smells and Mia Zapata ("Devil In The Bottle").

Keegan Melville - Died 1-3-2012 near Hagar, Ontario, Canada - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 18 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Shapes Of Grey (They did, "Little Bones" and "Voids").

Fingers Lombard (Joey Lombard) (Joseph G. Lombard) - Died 1-3-2012 ( Metal ) Born 3-10-1969 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Incantation.

Fong Fei-fei (Lin Chiu-luan) (aka Queen Of Hats) - Died 1-3-2012 in Hong Kong - Lung cancer ( Pop ) Born 8-20-1953 in Daxi, Taiwan - Singer - (She did, "Wish You Happiness" and "I Am A Cloud").

Kerry McGregor - Died 1-4-2012 in Pumpherston, West Lothian, Scotland - Complications from bladder cancer - Born 1974 in Pumpherston, West Lothian, Scotland - Singer - (She did, "Yodel In The Canyon Of Love") - Worked with Nexus and QFX - Appeared on the UK show, The X Factor mentored by Sharon Osbourne.

Amit Saigal (aka Papa Rock) - Died 1-5-2012 in Goa, India - Drowned ( Rock ) Born 7-6-1965 in Allahabad, India - Musician - Was a member of Impact - Founded the magazine, Rock Street Journal.

Hikaru Hayashi - Died 1-5-2012 - Born 10-22-1931 in Tokyo. Japan - Composer and pianist - Wrote music for the films, Brave Records Of The Sanada Clan and Voice Without A Shadow.

Osmar Navarro - Died 1-5-2012 in St. Vincent, Brazil - Born 11-19-1930 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Singer - (He did, "Quem e?").

Selwyn Baptiste - Died 1-5-2012 - Cancer - Born about 1936 in Trinidad - Played steel drum - One of the organizers of the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

Hikaru Hayashi - Died 1-5-2012 - After hitting his head in a fall - Born 10-22-1931 - Composer, conductor and pianist - Wrote scores for films including Voice Without A Shadow and Death By Hanging - Cousin of flautist, Ririko Hayashi.

Tom Ardolino - Died 1-6-2012 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 1-12-1955 - Drummer and singer - Was a member of NRBQ (New Rhythm And Blues Quartet) (They did, "Tapdancin' Bats" and "Spider").

Nicole Bogner - Death announced 1-6-2012 - Illness ( Symphonic Metal ) Born 1984 - Singer - Was a member of Visions Of Atlantis.

Sizanempi Nxusa (aka George Nxusa) - Died 1-7-2012 Bloemfontein South Africa - Heat stroke before his band was about to go on stage - He was 54 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Ihashi Elimhlophe.

Dave Alexander (aka Omar Sharriff, Omar the Magnificent and Omar Hakim Khayam) (David Alexander Elam) - Died 1-8-2012 in Marshall, Texas, U.S. - Shot himself ( Blues ) Born 3-10-1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He did, "Sufferin' With The Lowdown Blues" and "So You Wanna Be A Man") - Worked with Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Jimmy Witherspoon.

Aidy Lawrence (Aidan Lawrence) - Died 1-8-2012 - Internal bleeding - He was 45 years old - Bassist - Worked with Busby Stoop And His Aunties, The Woolgatherers, Bataboys, The Tadpoles, Streetbeat, John Miles, Meat Loaf, Supertramp, Toto and Status Quo.

Craig Fotheringham - Died 1-8-2012 - Pancreatic cancer - He was 58 years old - Pianist and producer - Worked with C-Weed, The Foster Martin Band, The Fotheringham-McMahon Group, Curtis Newton and Kimberley Dawn.

Bridie Gallagher - The Girl from Donegal - Died 1-9-2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Pop ) Born 12-7-1924 in Creeslough, County Donegal, Ireland - Singer - (She did, "A Mother's Love's A Blessing" and "Goodbye Johnny").

Ruth Fernandez (Ruth Noemi Fernandez Cortada) - Soul of Puerto Rican song - Died 1-9-2012 - Septic shock and pneumonia - Born 5-23-1919 in Ponce, Puerto Rico - Singer - (She did, "Cuando Vuelvas") - Worked with Mingo And The Whoopee Kids.

Ernie Carson - Died 1-9-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 12-4-1937 in Portland, Oregon, U.S. - Pianist, trumpeter, cornetist and singer - Workd with The Castle Jazz Band, Jig Adams, Ray Bauduc, Dave Wierbach,  Pat Yankee, Turk Murphy and The Capital City Jazz Band.

Cliff Portwood (Clifford Portwood) - Died 1-10-2012 in Basingstoke, England - Lung disease - Born 10-17-1937 in Salford, Manchester, England - Singer and footballer - (He did, "Up There O’ England") - Worked with Keith Moon, Dick Emory and Frankie Vaughan.

Mojeed Rahimi (aka Apanpa) - Died 1-10-2012 - After a machete attack ( Hip Hop) Musician.

Curle Hollingsworth (Ray D. Hollingsworth) - Died 1-10-2012 in Hubbard, TX, U.S. ( Country ) Born 6-7-1932 in Turnersville, TX, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Dewey Groom, Tommy Allsup, Red Foley, The Miller Brothers, Bob Wills, Leon Rausch, Tommy Duncan, The Texas Playboys II, Tommy Morrell, Dick Gimble and Johnny Gimble.

Nick Neric ( Nikolas Neric) - Died 1-10-2012 ( Rock ) He was 26 years old - Bassist, percussionist and guitarist - Was a member of Mossy Chops (They did, "Everything's Okay With Bacon Jr" and "Domestic Deer").

John Forrest (aka Blackie) - Died 1-10-2012 ( Jazz - Rock ) He was 58 years old - Played stand-up bass, trumpet and accordion - Was a member of The Deadly Nite Shades - Worked with The Vancouver Island Symphony and Buddy Rich.

Shawn Yoho - Died 1-11-2012 in Utah, U.S.- Car accident ( Christian Rock ) He was 20 years old - Musician - Worked with Til The Day, The Found and The Kyle Hope Band.

Charlotte Nooe (Charlotte Anna Nooe) - Died 1-11-2012 ( Rock ) Born 2-28-1989 in Neenah, Wis., U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Charley And The Cynics (They did, "Stompin' Boots").

Edgar Kaiser Jr. (Edgar Fosburgh Kaiser Jr.) - Died 1-11-2012 in Toronto, Canada ( Soft Rock ) Born 7-5-1942 in Portland, Ore., U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Threads Of My Life" and "Over 50 Blues") - Former owner of The Denver Broncos.

Chuck Metcalf - Died 1-11-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 1-8-1931 - Bassist - Led The Chuck Metcalf Quartet - Worked with Anita O'Day, Mark Murphy, Dexter Gordon, Ernestine Anderson, Bert Wilson, Jim Pepper, Frank Morgan, Bert Wilson and Joe Venuti.

Charlie Collins (Charles Edward Collins) - Died 1-12-2012 - After a stroke ( Country ) Born 4-5-1933 in Pioneer, TN, U.S. - Played guitar, fiddle and mandolin - Worked with Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys.

Sadao Bekku - Died 1-12-2012 ( Jazz Influenced Symphonic )- Born 5-24-1922 in Tokyo, Japan - Composer - Wrote scores for films including Attack Of The Mushroom People and White Rose Of Hong Kong.

Sean Taylor (aka Fish) - Died 1-12-2012 in Harton Lane, South Shields, UK - Illness ( Rock ) He was 47 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Letters and Pineapple Head.

Phil Kraus - Died 1-13-2012 - Born 1918 in New York, U.S. - Played marimba and xylophone - Worked with Ben E. King ("Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me"), Billie Holliday, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Doc Severinson, Carol King, Buddy Holly, Ella Fitzgerald, Percy Faith,Tony Bennett and Ray Charles - Played in bands for TV's, The Ernie Kovacs Show, The Perry Como Show and The Howdy Doody Show- He can be heard on the soundtracks for the films, Midnight Cowboy, Carrie and The Godfather.

Denis Petrov - Died 1-13-2012 in Kursk, Russia - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 28 years old - Born in Kursk, Russia - Singer - Was a member of Opium Project (They did, "Krasivaja" and Ona odn).

Anthony Maonde (aka BaTony) - Died 1-14-2012 near Chisekese and Mazabuka - Car accident which also took the life of his sister ( Traditional Zambian - Jazz ) He was 73 years old - Pianist - Was a member of The Rokana Melodies and The Los Comrados (They did, "Chomba Malaila") - Worked with James Brown, The Broadway Quintet, The Africa Focus Band, Wilson Picket, Duke Harringtone, Huge Masekela, Mirrian Makeba, Dorothy Masuka and Champion Banda.

Robbie France - Died 1-14-2012 ( Jazz - Rock ) Born 12-5-1959 in Sheffield, England - Drummer - Was a member of Carnival and One Nation - Worked with David Bentley, Ivan Chandler's All Star Quintet, UFO, Ellis, Beggs & Howard (E.B.H.) ("Big Bubbles, No Troubles") and Diamond Head ("Making Music").

Pee Wee Moultrie (Cois E. Moultrie) - Died 1-15-2012 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 5-24-1922 in Albertville Alabama, U.S. - Singer and accordionist - Worked with Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys ("Fan It").

Terry Dolan - Died 1-15-2012 in Novato - Illness ( Rock - Folk ) Born 8-5-1943 in New York, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led Terry And The Pirates (They did, "Inlaws & Outlaws" and "Ain't Living Long Like This") which included Nicky Hopkins and John Cipollina.

Jimmy Castor - Died 1-16-2012 in Henderson, Nevada, U.S. ( Funk - Doo-Wop ) Born 6-23-1940 in New York, NY, U.S. - Saxophonist and singer - (He did, "I Promise To Remember") - Led The Jimmy Castor Bunch ("Troglodyte (Cave Man)" and "The Bertha Butt Boogie") - Worked with The Teenagers, Dave "Baby" Cortez ("Rinky Dink") and Joyce Sims ("Love Makes A Woman").

Carminha Mascarenhas (Carmina Allegretti) - Died 1-16-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Born 4-14-1930 in Muzaffarpur, Brazil - Singer - Was a member of As Eternas Cantoras do Radio.

Jake Evans Jr. - Died 1-?-2012 ( Rock ) Bassist and singer - Worked with The Dovells, Dee Dee Sharpe, McFadden & Whitehead ("Aint No Stoppin' Us Now"), Jake Evans Jr. & The South Beach Band and Chubby Checker.

Kearney Barton - Died 1-17-2012 - Illness - Born 1931 Oregon, Missouri, U.S. - Sound engineer - Worked for Quincy Jones, Ann Wilson, Bonnie Guitar, The Sonics, The Wailers, Don And The Goodtimes, The Kingsmen, The Frantics, The Ventures, The Kingsmen, The Counts, Little Bill Engelhart, The Playboys, Stan Boreson and The Fleetwoods.

Johnny Otis (Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes) - Godfather of Rhythm and Blues - Died 1-17-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S ( Swing - R&B ) Born 12-28-1921 in Vallejo, CA, U.S. - Singer, composer, arranger, producer, vibraphonist and percussionist - (He did, "Willie And The Hand Jive") - Led The Johnny Otis Show and Snatch And The Poontangs ("Big John Jeeter" and "Two Time Slim") - Worked with his son, Shuggie Otis and with Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders, Harlan Leonard's Rockets, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Esther Phillips - Produced Etta James and Big Mama Thornton - Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee, Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Leroy Taylor (Leroy R. Taylor Jr.) - Died 1-17-2012 ( R&B - Funk ) Born 12-19-1944 - Bassist - Was a member of The Nite-Liters (They did, "K-Jee" and "Tanga Boo Gonk") who became New Birth (They did, "I Can Understand It" and "It's Been A Long Time").

Walter Gaines - Died 1-17-2012 - Illness ( R&B - Disco ) Singer - Was a member of The Originals (They did, "Baby I'm For Real" and "Down To Love Town").

Al Urban - Died 1-18-2012 in Seguin, TX, U.S. ( Rockabilly - Country ) Born 3-1-1935 in Gonzales, TX, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Lookin' For Money" and "I Don't Want To Be Alone") - (Wrote Charley Pride's, "I'm Beginning To Believe My Own Lies") - Was a member of The Daybreakers.

Henry Davis (Henry E. Davis) - Died 1-18-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( R&B - Funk ) Bassist, flutist, keyboardist  and singer - Was a member of L.T.D. (Love, Togetherness, and Devotion) (They did, "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)" and "April Love") - Worked with Friends Of Distinction, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

Mark Sawyer (aka Marko) - Died 1-18-2012 in Greenwich Village, NY, U.S. - Aortic dissection due to high blood pressure ( Rock ) He was 54 years old - Born in Auburn, NY, U.S. - Singer and actor - Was a member of Cha Cha Fernandez & The Slumlords and Sacred Addiction (They did, "You Can't Fight City Hall" and "1000 Dirty Lies").

Winston Riley - Died 1-19-2012 in Kingston, Jamaica - After being shot in November 2011 ( Reggae ) Born 1946 in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica - Producer and singer - Was a member of The Techniques ("Love Is Not A Gamble" and Travelling Man") - Worked with The Soul Syndicate Band, The Escorts, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Osbourne, Sister Nancy, Dave Barker, Ansell Collins and Buju Banton.

Errol Scorcher (Errol Archer) - Died 1-19-2012 in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica ( Reggae ) Born 1956 in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica - Singer and Deejay - (He did, "Leggo Mi Hand Babylon" and "Roach In A De Corner") - Worked with The Revolutionaries and Ansell Collins ("Mosquitoes").

Etta James (aka Miss Peaches) (Jamesetta Hawkins) - Died 1-20-2012 in Riverside, CA, U.S. - Leukemia ( Blues - Jazz - R&B - Rock ) Born 1-25-1938 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "At Last" and "I Just Want to Make Love To You") - Was a member of The Peaches (They did, "Dance With Me, Henry") - Worked with Chuck Berry ("Back In The USA") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

John Levy - Died 1-20-2012 in Altadena, California, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 4-11-1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Double-bassist - Worked with Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Errol Garner, Milt Jackson and The George Shearing Quintet - Managed Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Cannonball Adderley and Shirley Horn  - International Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Larry Butler - Died 1-20-2012 in Pensacola, FL, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 3-26-1942 in Pensacola, FL, U.S. - Keyboardist, singer, songwriter and producer - (Wrote Tammy Wynette's, "Only The Strong Survive" and co-wrote B.J. Thomas', "(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song") - Was a member of Jerry Woodward And The Esquires and The Gentry (They did, "Keep On Dancin'" and "Every Day I Have To Cry Some") - Worked with The Harry James Orchestra, Red Foley, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Bobby Goldsboro, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roger Miller - Produced Kenny Rogers ("The Gambler" and "Lucille"), Jean Shepard, Debbie Boone and Mac Davis.

Irena Jarocka - Died 1-21-2012 in Warsaw, Poland - Brain cancer ( Pop ) Born 8-18-1946 in Srebrna Gora, Poland - Singer - (She did, "Motylem jestem" and "Po prostu czlowiek") - Worked with Czerwone Gitary and Budka Suflera.

Steve Falomir (Steve Carlos Falomir) - Died 1-21-2012 ( R&B ) Bassist - Born 3-1-1951 - Was a member of Tierra (They did, "Together" and "Sonya").

Ronnie Smith (aka Ron Louis Smith) (Ronald Louis Smith) - Died 1-21-2012 ( Funk - Disco ) Born 4-12-1952 - Played trumpet and sang - (He did, "Party Freaks, Come On" and "Party Dress" and wrote Jimmie "Bo" Horne's, "Spank") - Was a member of The Ocean Liner Band and K.C. And The Sunshine Band - Worked with Gloria Estefan.

Jeffrey Johnson (Jeffrey Todd Johnson) - Died 1-22-2012 in Eau Claire - Heart failure ( Rock ) Born 5-18-1963 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Movies, Tatters, Another Carnival (They did, "Rain On Me" and "Still (Enjoy The Ride)") and Supercell (They did, "Escaping Light" and "I've Heard It Before") - Was a stage manager for The Knack.

Robert Lockhart - Died 1-23-2012 - Heart attack - Born 3-26-1959 in Wigan - Pianist and composer - Was a musical director for the films, Distant Voices and Still Lives.

Stig Vig (Per Odelthorp) - Found dead 1-23-2012 in Stockholm, Sweden ( Rock - Reggae ) Born 11-19-1948 in Boden, Sweden - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Dag Vag (They did, "Idioterna" and "Ograset").

Carl Weissner - Died 1-24-2012 in Mannheim, Germany - Born 1940 in Karlsruhe, Germany - Writer and translator - He translated Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones and Allen Ginsberg.

Jeremy Deacon - Died 1-24-2012 - Lymphoma ( Metal ) He was 33 years old - Bassist - Worked with Wykked Wytch.

Mark Reale - Died 1-25-2012 in San Antonio - Complications of Crohn's disease ( Metal ) Born 6-7-1955 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Riot (They did, "Swords And Tequila" and "Fire Down Under").

Dick Kniss (Richard Lawrence Kniss) - Died 1-25-2012 in Kingston, NY, U.S. - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( Folk - Jazz ) Born 4-24-1937 in Portland, Ore., U.S. - Bassist - (Co-wrote, "Sunshine On My Shoulders") - Worked with Peter, Paul And Mary, The John Denver Band, Herbie Hancock and Woody Herman.

Alexander Zitinski (aka Rock-dlietant) - Died 1-25-2012 - Heart attack - Born 1-19-1941 - Writer and music critic - Championed many Russian rock musicians.

Andrew MacNaughtan - Died 1-25-2012 - Heart attack - Photographer - His photos include Rush, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, The Trailer Park Boys, The Tragically Hip, Margaret Atwood and Peter Mansbridge.

Johnny Schott - Died 1-25-2012 in Tennessee, U.S. - Musician, singer and concert producer - (He wrote The Heywoods', "The Watcher") - Worked with The Radicals and The Black Watch, Mama's Boys, Dime A Dance and The Heywoods (They did versions of, "Hey Joe" and "Midnight Hour").

Clare Fischer - Died 1-26-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 10-22-1928 in Durand, Michigan, U.S. - Keyboardist and arranger - (He wrote, "Pensativa") - Led Salsa Picante - Worked with The Hi-Lo's, Dizzy Gillespie, Celine Dion, Donald Byrd, Robert Palmer, Rufus, Prince, Michael Jackson, Cal Tjader and Paul McCartney.

Bob Green (Robert Einar Green) - Died 1-26-2012 in Miami Beach - Born 6-13-1931 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Managed singer Anita Bryant who he was at one time married to.

Deepali Joshi Shah - Died 1-27-2012 in Kuwait - Car accident - She was 35 years old - Singer - Wife of composer, Paresh Shah.

Todd Buffa - Died 1-27-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 1952 - Singer - Was a member of Rare Silk (They did, "New Weave" and "American Eyes").

Roger Stafford - Died 1-27-2012 in Visalia, CA, U.S. - Complications after kidney failure ( Surf ) Born 1-6-1943 in Sheffield, England - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Royale Monarchs (They did, "Sombrero Stomp" and "Surfs Up").

Kay Davis (Kathryn Elizabeth Wimp) (Born Kathryn Elizabeth McDonald) - Died 1-27-2012 in Apopka, Florida, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 12-5-1920 in Evanston, Illinois, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Duke Ellington ("Transblucency" and "On A Turquoise Cloud").

Tony Tecumseh - Died 1-29-2012 in Klamath Falls ( Psychedelic ) He was 71 years old - Was a member of The Medallions and Afterglow (They did, "Dream Away" and "Love").

Kell Osborne - Died 1-29-2012 ( Soul ) Born 3-12-1939 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Chickadee" and "You Can't Outsmart A Woman") - Was  a member of The Cavaliers and The Primes.

Mary Yandall (Anna Yandall) - Died 1-30-2012 in Auckland, New Zealand  - Illness - She was 62 years old - Singer - Was one of The Yandall Sisters (They did, "Sweet Inspiration" and "Love I Feel").

Salvador Guerzo - Died 1-31-2012 in Langkawi, Malaysia ( Jazz ) He was 70 years old - Saxophonist and arranger - Was a member of The Solianos.

Anders Askildsen Eikas - Died 1-31-2012 - Car accident ( Punk ) Born 1-20-1992 - Drummer - Was a member of Honningbarna (They did, "Nikkedemokrati" and "Fri Palestina").

Leslie Carter (Leslie Barbara Carter) - Died 1-31-2012 in Buffalo, New York, U.S. ( Pop ) Born 6-6-1986 in Tampa, Florida, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "Like Wow!" and "I Need To Hear It From You") - Led The Other Half - Sister of singers, Nick Carter and Aaron Carter.

King Stitt (Winston Sparks) - Died 1-31-2012 in Kingston, Jamaica - Prostate cancer ( Reggae ) Born 9-17-1939 in Kingston, Jamaica - Singer and deejay - (He did, "Herbman Shuffle" and "Fire Corner").

Ricky Staple (Ricardo Staple) - Died 1-31-2012 in Panama City, Panama - Heart disease - Percussionist - Worked with Victor Boa.

Mandre (Michael Andre Lewis) (aka The Masked Marauder)- Died 1-31-2012 in Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. ( Funk - Soul ) Born 12-7-1948 in Nebraska, U.S. - Keyboardist -  (He did, "Solar Flight (Opus I)" and "Freakin's Fine") - Worked with The Be Bops, The Mike Lewis Quartet, Andre Lewis And The New Breed, The Who, Sly And The Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Maxayn, Frank Zappa, Johnny Guitar Watson, The Watsonian Institute Of Blues, Diana Ross, Bobby Womack, The Gap Band, Edwin Starr and Marvin Gaye - Son of saxophonist, Harry Lewis.

Don Cornelius (Donald Cortez Cornelius) - Died 2-1-2012 in Sherman Oaks, California, U.S. - Shot himself - Born 9-27-1936 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Created and hosted the music TV show, Soul Train which featured artists such as Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

Mike Kelley (Michael Kelley) - Found dead 2-1-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Suicide ( Punk ) Born 1954 in Wayne, Mich., U.S. - Singer, pecussionist and artist -  (He did, "Gerber Gerbil" and "Outer Rink Magnifique") - Was a member of Destroy All Monsters (They did, "Crying In Bed" and "I Love You But You're Dead") and The Poetics.

David Peaston - Died 2-1-2012 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Complications of diabetes ( R&B - Gospel ) Born 3-13-1957 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Two Wrongs (Don't Make A Right)" and a version of "Can I") - Worked with The Distinguished Gents and Lester Bowie - Brother of singer, Fontella Bass and son of singer, Martha Bass.

Jonathan Gopani - Died 2-1-2012 - Car accident ( Gospel ) Born 4-1-1971 - Was a member of The Adams Family (They did, "Amandikonda").

Jim King (Alec Woodburn) - Died 2-2-2012 in Middlewich, England ( Rock ) Born 5-5-1943 in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England - Sang and played saxophone and harmonica - Was a member of James King And The Farinas, The Roaring Sixties and Family (They did, "Hey Mr. Policeman" and "See Through Windows").

Nello Ferrara - Died 2-3-2012 in River Forest - He was 93 years old - Singer - He sang in duets with Frank Sinatra - Was the chairman for The Ferrara Pan Candy Company and invented the candies, Atomic FireBalls and Lemonheads.

Al DeLory (Alfred De Lory) - Died 2-5-2012 - Pianist, producer and arranger - Born 1-31-1930 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - (Co-wrote Larry Verne's, "Mr. Custer") - Worked with The Crystals ("He's A Rebel"), The Beach Boys, Tina Turner and The Righteous Brothers - Produded and arranged Glen Campbell ("Gentle On My Mind" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix) - Produced Wayne Newton, Dobie Gray, The Lettermen and The Turtles - Father of singer, Donna De Lory.

Noel Kelehan - Died 2-6-2012 in Dublin, Ireland - Illness ( Jazz - Irish ) Born 12-26-1935 - Pianist - Conducted of The RTE Concert Orchestra and 29 Eurovision Song Contest entries and was a musical director for Radio Telefís Eireann - Wrote the string arrangements for U2's, The Unforgettable Fire album.

Alori Joh (Loriana Johnson) - Died 2-6-2012 - Jumped from a radio transmission tower ( Hip-Hop ) She was 25 years old - Singer - (She did, "Talking To Myself" and "The Love Religion") - Worked with Schoolboy Q ("Phenomenon"), Kendrick Lamar ("HiiiPower"), Jay Rock and Ab-Soul ("More Of A Euphoria").

Ronnie Tait (aka Ronnie Jack) - Died 2-7-2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland ( Blues ) Born 11-20-1946 in Roseburn, Edinburgh, Scotland - Sang and played harmonica and guitar - (He did, "You Are No Angel") - Was a member of The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band - Worked with The Rapiers, Bronco and The Blues Brotherhood.

Luis Alberto Spinetta (aka El Flaco) - Died 2-8-2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Lung cancer ( Rock ) Born 1-23-1950 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Sang and played guitar and keyboards - Was a member of Almendra (They did, "Tema de Pototo" and "Muchacha ojos de papel"), Pescado Rabioso, Invisible (They did, "Durazno Sangrando"), Spinetta Jade and Spinetta y los Socios del Desierto - Father of singer, Dante Spinetta.

Wando (Wanderley Alves dos Reis) - Died 2-8-2012 in Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Cardiopulmonary arrest ( Brega ) Born 10-2-1945 in Cajuri, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Singer and songwriter - (He wrote, "Fogo e Paixao" and Roberto Carlos's, "A Menina e o Poeta").

Jimmy Sabater (Jaime Sabater Sr.) - Died 2-8-2012 ( Salsa ) Born 4-11-1936 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer and and timbales player - Worked with The Joe Cuba Sextet (They did, "To Be With You" and "Sock It To Me") and Tito Puente.

Billy Fayard - Died 2-8-2012 in Louisiana, U.S. - From gunshot wounds he sustained in January ( R&B ) He was 70 years old - (He did, "I Don't Know" and "I Get Mad, So Mad") - Was a member of The Stokes (They did, "Whipped Cream") - Worked with Allen Toussaint ("Sawdust Floor" and "Poor Boy Got To Move").

Joe Moretti (Joseph Edward Moretti) - Died 2-9-2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa ( Rock - Skiffle - Pop ) Born 5-10-1938 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland - Guitarist - Worked with Gene Vincent, Vince Eager, The Playboys, Vince Taylor ("Brand New Cadillac"), Lesley Duncan, Nero And The Gladiators, Ronnie Jones And The Nightimers, Eddie Calvert, Johnny Duncan's Bluegrass Boys, Tom Jones, Colin Hicks And The Cabin Boys, Chris Farlowe and Johnny Kidd And The Pirates ("Shakin' All Over" and "Restless").

Thomas Andrew Kravitz-Hear - Died 2-9-2012 in Las Vegas - Born 8-23-1972 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Soulja Boy and Outkast.

Phil Mathieu (Philip Joseph Mathieu) - Died 2-10-2012 in Silver Spring - Complications from a liver ailment ( Rockabilly - Country - Tango - Jazz ) Born 11-30-1961 in Rockville - Played guitar, mandolin, harmonica and the kalimba - (He did, "SurfTango") - Was a member of Ruthie And The Wranglers and The Potomac Guitar Quartet - Worked with Charlie Byrd's Washington Guitar Quintet, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Giorgia Cavallaro.

Whitney Houston (Whitney Elizabeth Houston) - Died 2-11-2012 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. - Drowned in a bathtub ( Pop - Soul - R&B - Gospel ) Born 8-9-1963 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer, pianist, model and actress - (She did, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and Dolly Parton's, "I Will Always Love You") - Acted in the films, The Bodyguard and Waiting To Exhale - She had been married to singer, Bobby Brown - Daughter of singer, Cissy Houston and entertainment executive, John Russell Houston Jr. - Cousin of singers, Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick - Aretha Franklin is her godmother.

Ruslan Komljakow - Died 2-11-2012 ( Folk ) Born 4-20-1967 - Guitarist - Worked with Tiliwan and Til Ulienspiegel.

Delores Ware-Spires - Died 2-12-2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. - Illness ( Gospel ) She was 74 years old - Pianist - Developed the pianio playing Spires Method.

Jodie Christian - Died 2-13-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 2-2-1932 - Pianist - Worked with Ira Sullivan, Eddie Harris, The Jazz Showcase, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Roscoe Mitchell, Buddy Montgomery and The Experimental Band - Co-founded The AACM (Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians).

Ice Pick Walt Gibson (Walter P. Gibson) - Died 2-13-2012 - Complications from cancer ( Blues ) He was 56 years old - Played dobro, piano, guitar and bass - Worked with The Dinosaurs and Flash Terry.

Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan - Died 2-14-2012 - Cardiac arrest - Born 1938 in Baroda - Played sitar - Worked with Ustad Alla Rakha, Buddy Rich and Paul Horn - He was a pupil of Ravi Shankar.

Dory Previn (Dorothy Veronica Langan) (aka Dory Shannon and Dory Langdon) - Died 2-14-2012 in Southfield, Massachusetts, U.S. - Born 10-22-1925 in Rahway, New Jersey, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - (She did, "Twenty-Mile Zone" and "I Ain't His Child") - She wrote music for films including Pepe, Valley Of The Dolls and The Sterile Cuckoo - Her songs have been recorded by Doris Day,  Rosemary Clooney, Chris Connor, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Dionne Warwick, The Sandpipers, Eileen Farrell, Jack Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Marilyn Maye, Frank Sinatra and Carmen McRae - At one time married to pianist, Andre Previn.

Tonmi Lillman (Tonmi Kristian Lillman) (Tommi Lillman) - Died 2-14-2012 ( Rock ) Born 6-3-1973 in Helsinki, Finland - Played drums, guitar, keyboards and bass and was a studio engineer and a graphic designer - Worked with Lordi, Sinergy, Kylahullut, Vanguard, Lie In Ruins, Reflexion, Twilight Ophera, Fear Of Domination, 3rror and To/Die/For.

Marc Hansen (Marc Albert Hansen) - Died 2-14-2012 in Crescent, Ore., U.S. - Car accident which also killed his sister Elise ( Blues ) Born 3-18-1952 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Guitarist - He was half of the duo The Hansen & Raitt Band.

Vivian Jeanette Worden (aka Betty Barnes) - Died 2-14-2012 in Austin, Texas, U.S. ( Rockabilly ) Born 10-2-1927 in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. - Led Betty Barnes & The Four Shadows (They did, "What Would You Do?" and "Walking Down Broadway") - Worked with Doug & The Swingboys ("Pepinest, Pettinest, Pappy" and "My World Took A Tumble Last Night") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Clive Shakespeare (Clive Richard Shakespeare) - Died 2-15-2012 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Prostate cancer ( Pop - Rock ) Born 6-3-1949 in Southampton, Hampshire, England - Guitarist - Was a member of Down Town Roll and Sherbet (They did, "Summer Love" and "Cassandra") - Worked with The Road Agents - Produced Paul Kelly.

Luke Brandon - Died 2-15-2012 in Oak Ridge - Lung cancer - Guitarist, singer and producer - He was 87 years old - Born in Rockwood - Worked with Don Gibson, Archie Campbell, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers ("When Will I Be Loved"), Ricky Nelson, David West and Cowboy Copas - Produced Bobby Bare ("All American Boy") - Son of guitarist, Luke Brandon Sr.

Gonny Klazen - Died 2-15-2012 in Rehoboth - Heart attack - He was 63 years old -  Played saxophone, keyboards, guitar and drums - Was a member of The Reho Combo Langarm Band.

Jon McIntire - Died 2-16-2012 - Natural causes ( Country - Rock ) Born 8-13-1941 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, U.S. - Pianist - Was a manager for The Grateful Dead.

Bubi Chen - The Pearl of the East - Died 2-16-2012  in Semarang, Central Java - Cardiac arrest ( Jazz ) Born 2-19-1938, in Surabaya, East Java - Played piano and kecapi - Led The Chen Trio - Worked with The Jack Lesmana Quartet and The Indonesian All Stars.

Bruce McNichols - Died 2-16-2012 - Stroke ( Jazz ) Born 4-6-1939 in Oceanside, NY, U.S. - Played banjo and sang - Was a member of The Smith Street Society Jazz Band - Worked with Henry Newberger.

Michael Davis - Died 2-17-2012 in Chico, CA, U.S. - Liver failure ( Rock ) Born 6-5-1943 - Bassist and singer - Was a member of The MC5 (They did, "Kick Out The Jams" and "High School"), DKT-MC5, Destroy All Monsters (They did, "Meet The Creeper" and "Little Boyfriend"), Blood Orange and Rich Hopkins And The Luminarios.

Debby Jones (Ethel Deborah-Lee Jones) - Died 2-17-2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Born 6-25-1954 In Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada - Sang and played clarinet and flute - Was a member of Four The Moment.

Enrique Sierra - Died 2-17-2012 - Kidney disease ( Rock ) He was 54 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Kaka de Luxe and Radio Futura (They did, "Enamorado de la moda juvenil" and "La estatua del jardín botanico").

Mohammed Osman Wardi - Died 2-18-2012 - Kidney problem - Born 7-9-1932 in Swarda, Sudan - Played the stringed oud and the Nubian tanbur and was a songwriter - Worked with Abdelaziz Mohamed Dauod, Osman Hussaein, Ibrahim Awad and Ismail Hassan.

Ken Goodwin - Died 2-18-2012 in Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales - Born 4-7-1933 in Manchester, England, UK - Comedian and singer - (He did, "Settle Down" and "Keep Your Heart") - Appeared on TV's, The Comedians.

 Jaroslav Velinsky (aka Kapitan Kid, Vaclav Rabsky, C.P. Stonebridge and Agata Bila) - Died 2-19-2012 in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic - Lung cancer ( Tramp Songs - Folk ) Born 12-18-1932 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Songwriter, guitarist and banjoist - (He did, "No to se vi", "Jenofefa" and "Slaboch Ben") - Co-founder of the folk, country and tramp festival, Porta - He also was an author of detective, sci-fi and adventure literature.

Bob Hendrix (Robert F. Hendrix) - Died 2-19-2012 in Hawaii, U.S. - Born 3-17-1946 - He was a senior VP and COO of Experience Hendrix a company he helped manage for the legacy of his cousin, Jimi Hendrix.

Latif Ibrahim - Died 2-20-2012 - He was 61 years old - Heart attack - Singer - (He did, "Nora" and "Mengharap Kasihmu") - Brother of singer, Datuk Khadijah Ibrahim.

Joe Thompson - Died 2-20-2012 - Illness - Born 1918 in North Carolina, U.S. - Played fiddle - Worked with The Carolina Chocolate Drops - Brother of banjo player, Nate Thompson.

Thom Enright (Thomas W. Enright) - Died 2-20-2012 in Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S. - Brain cancer ( Rock - Blues ) Born 9-26-1952 in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S - Bassist and guitarist - Was a member of The Young Adults (They did, "Complex World" and "Beer") and The Night Drinkers (They did, "Intoxicated").

Christopher Reimer - Died 2-21-2012 - Complications related to a heart condition ( Rock ) He was 26 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Women (They did, "Black Rice") and The Dodos.

Koji Kita - Died 2-22-2012 - Liver cancer - Born 1-20-1949 - Singer - Was a member of The Four Leaves (They did, "Olivia no Shirabe").

Mike Melvoin - Died 2-22-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 5-10-1937 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Frank Rosolino, Leroy Vinnegar, Gabor Szabo, Gerald Wilson, Paul Horn, Peggy Lee, Tom Waits, Bill Henderson, Terry Gibbs, Joe Williams, Plas Johnson, Milt Jackson and Herb Ellis - Father of singers, Wendy Melvoin and Susannah Melvoin and keyboardist, Jonathan Melvoin.

Billy Strange (William Everett Strange) - Died 2-22-2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Born 9-29-1930 in Long Beach, California, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (Co-wrote Elvis Presley's, "A Little Less Conversation" and Chubby Checker's, "Limbo Rock") - Worked with Willie Nelson, The Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys ("Sloop John B"), Nancy Sinatra ("Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"), Nat King Cole, Wanda Jackson, Randy Newman, Jan & Dean and The Ventures - He did arrangments for Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Duane Eddy - Was married to singer, Jeanne Black and at one time married to actress, Joan O'Brien - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ray Lamere (aka Sugar Ray) - Died 2-22-2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S. - Cancer ( Big Band ) Born 7-20-1929 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Sang and played double bass - Led The Ray Lamere Orchestra - Worked with The Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Sande Williams, Bobby Sherwood, Tommy Tucker, The First Class Orchestra and Meyer Davis.

Bobby Malloy - The Drummer to the Stars - Died 2-23-2012 - Drummer - Born 12-9-1929 - Was a house drummer for many Las Vegas hotels - Worked with Charlie Parker.

Istvan Anhalt - Died 2-24-2012 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada ( Electroacoustic ) Born 4-12-1919 in Budapest, Hungary - Composer - Was the head of music at Queen's University and a professor of music at McGill University - Some of his pupils were Donald Patriquin, Clifford Ford, Richard Hunt, John Hawkins and John Fodi.

Pery Ribeiro (Peri Oliveira Martins) - Died 2-24-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Heart attack ( Jazz - Bossa Nova ) Born 10-27-1937 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Singer - (He did, "Garota de Ipanema" and "O Barquinho") - Worked with Leny Andrade and Bossa 3 - He was the voice of Bashful in the Walt Disney movie Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs - Son of singers, Dalva de Oliveira and Herivelto Martins.

Andy Cornett - Died 2-24-2012 ( Blues ) He was 61 years old - Played bass and harmonica - Worked with Henry Gray And The Cats and Rue Boogaloo.

Red Holloway (James W. Holloway) - Died 2-25-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 5-31-1927 in Helena, Arkansas, U.S. - Played saxophone, banjo and harmonica - Worked with Roosevelt Sykes, Etta James, Red Rodney, Lester Young, Carmen McRae, Willie Dixon, Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Sonny Stitt, Memphis Slim, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Rushing, Arthur Prysock, Brother Jack McDuff, Dakota Staton, Eddie Vinson, Al Smith, George Benson, Wardell Gray, Sonny Rollins, Chuck Berry, Ben Webster, Joe Williams, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Aretha Franklin, Clark Terry, Junior Parker, Lloyd Price and John Mayall.

Louisiana Red (Iverson Minter) (aka Rocky Fuller) - Died 2-25-2012 in Hanover, Germany - After a stroke ( Blues ) Born 3-23-1932 in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S. - Sang and played guitar and harmonica - (He did, "Sweet Blood Call" and "I'm Too Poor To Die") - Worked with John Lee Hooker and Tommy Tucker.

Raul Abzueta - Died 2-25-2012 - Stroke - He was 49 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Caracas Sincronica.

Dee Cernile - Died 2-25-2012 - Lung cancer ( Rock ) He was 46 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Sven Gali (They did, "Under The Influence" and "Tie Dyed Skies").

Michael Parrish - Died 2-25-2012 in West Warwick, RI, U.S. - Run over during an altercation ( Rock ) He was 56 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of The Free Wheels, Sleeper and Nasty Habits (They did, "Don't Close Your Eyes" and "Ten 8").

Hazy Osterwald (Rolf Erich Osterwalder) - Died 2-26-2012 in Luzern, Switzerland - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 2-18-1922 in Bern, Switzerland - Sang and played piano, trumpet, vibraphone and drums - (He did, "Kriminaltango" and "Swinging London") - Led The Hazy Osterwald Sextet, Hazy Osterwald And The Entertainers and The Hazy Osterwald Jetset.

Shoko Aoba (Sadako Onodera) - Died 2-28-2012 - Pneumonia - Born 3-21-1918 - Singer.

Davy Jones (David Thomas Jones) - Died 2-29-2012 in Indiantown, Florida, U.S. - Heart attack ( Pop - Rock ) Born 12-30-1945 in Openshaw, Manchester, Lancashire, England - Singer and actor - (He did, "Your Personal Penguin" and "Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner ") - Was a member of The Monkees (They did, "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer") and Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart (They did, "You And I" and "Savin' My Love For You").

Roland Bautista - Died 2-29-2012 - Natural causes - Guitarist - Worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Randy Crawford, Tom Waits, The Jackson 5, The Ronnie Laws Band, The Crusaders, George Duke and Ramsey Lewis.

Lucio Dalla - Died 3-1-2012 in Montreux, Switzerland - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 3-4-1943 in Bologna, Italy - Sang and played clarinet and keyboards - (He did, "Piazza Grande") - Was a member of The Rheno Dixieland Band - Collaborated with Roberto Roversi - Worked with Stadio.

Gerard Rinaldi - Died 3-2-2012 - He was 69 years old - Musician and actor - Was a member of Les Charlots (They did, "Merci Patron" and "Paulette, la reine des paupiettes").

Ronnie Montrose - Died 3-3-2012 - Shot himself ( Rock ) Born 11-29-1947 in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Played guitar, mandolin, koto, bass and mandocello - (He did, "Open Fire" and "Heads Up") - Was a member of Sawbuck, Montrose (They did, "Rock Candy" and "Rock The Nation") and Gamma - Worked with The Edgar Winter Group, The Neville Brothers, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Rail, The Beau Brummels, Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock and Van Morrison ("Listen To The Lion").

Laura Kaufman (Laura Helen Kaufman) - Died 3-3-2012 in Simi Valley, CA, U.S. - She was 66 years old - Record industry publicist and manager - Worked with The Scorpions, Judas Priest, Aerosmith, Styx, Motorhead, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden, Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent - She wrote the book, Rock In A Hard Place.

Robert Sherman (Robert Bernard Sherman) - Died 3-5-2012 in London, England - Born 12-19-1925 in in New York, NY, U.S. - Songwriter - (He co-wrote many songs for Disney including, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "It's A Small World After All") - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joe Byrd (Gene Herbert Byrd) - Died 3-6-2012 in Maryland, U.S. - Car accident ( Jazz ) Born 1933 in Chuckatuck, Virginia, U.S. - Bassist and pianist - Led The Joe Byrd Trio - Worked with his brother, Charlie Byrd and with Jimmy Witherspoon, Mose Allison, Coleman Hawkins and The Great Guitars - Performed for three U.S. presidents.

Charlie Lamb - Died 3-7-2012 - Complications of pneumonia - Journalist, promoter, executive, humorist and publicist - He was 90 years old - He was a founding member of The Country Music Association and a member of board of the Nashville chapter of The Recording Academy.

Lucia Mannucci - Died 3-7-2012 in Milan, Lombardia, Italy - Born 5-18-1920 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy - Singer - Worked with The Quartetto Cetra - She was married to singer, Virgilio Savona.

Brenner Eugenides (Brenner Fillmore Eugenides) - Died 3-7-2012 in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. - Complications of diabetes ( Rock ) Born 11-6-1985 in Grosse Pointe, Mich., U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Broken Glow (They did, "Month Of May").

Jimmy Ellis (James Thomas Ellis) - Died 3-8-2012 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S. - Complications from Alzheimer disease ( Disco ) Born 11-15-1937 - Singer - Was a member of The Trammps (They did, "Disco Inferno" and "That's Where The Happy People Go") - Dance Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bugs Henderson (Buddy Henderson) - Died 3-8-2012 - Liver cancer ( Blues ) Born 10-20-1943 in Palm Springs, CA, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Sensores, Mouse And The Traps and The Shuffle Kings - Worked with Fancy Space & The Rockin' Rhythm Daddies, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Ted Nugent.

Big Walter Price (Walter Travis Price) (aka The Thunderbird) - Died 3-8-2012 ( Blues ) Born 8-2-1914 in Gonzales, Texas, U.S. old - Pianist and singer - (He did, "I Don't Know" and " and "Pack Fair And Square") - Led Big Walter And His Thunderbirds ("Calling Margie") - Worked with Jerry Lightfoot.

Terry Knutson (Terence Blaine Knutson) (aka Terry Teene and Blaine Bel Aire) - Died 3-9-2011 - His bike was hit by a tow truck ( Rockabilly - Country ) Born 2-?-1942 - Singer and pianist - (He did, "Curse Of The Hearse" and "Pussy Galore") - Was a member of Terry And The Pirates - Worked with The Fireballs - He also was a clown performing as ToBo and Clownzo.

Benjamín Escoriza - Died 3-9-2012 - Illness ( World ) Born 12-20-1953 in Colomera, Granada - Singer - (He did, "Lamento") - Was a member of Radio Tarifa.

Chester Brown (Chester Maurice Brown Sr.) - Died 3-9-2012 ( Doo Wop ) Singer - Was a member of The Counts (They did, "Darling Dear" and "From This Day On").

Domna Samiou - Died 3-10-2012 - Illness - Born 10-12-1928 in Kaisariani, Athens, Greece - Singer and Greek folk music researcher.

Matthew Smith - Died 3-11-2012 in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S. ( Rock ) He was 28 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Marbles For Eyes (They did, "Yellow Lights" and "Under A Lampshade").

Rick Vail - Died 3-?-2012 - Complications from cancer ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of Level Rising.

Michael Hossack (aka Big Mike) - Died 3-12-2012 in Dubois, Wyo., U.S. - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 10-17-1946 in Paterson New Jersey, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Mourning Reign, Bonaroo, DFK and The Doobie Brothers (They did, "Listen To The Music" and "Black Water").

Pat Newman (Patrick Newman) - Died 3-12-2012 - Liver cancer - Born in Santa Rosa - He was 59 years old - Harmonica player and singer - Was a member of Skeeball Jacobs and The Steve Jaxon Drive - Worked with The Rough Mix.

Bodjie Dasig - Died 3-13-2012 in California, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Ale (Nasa Langit Na Ba Ako)" and "Sakayan Ng Jeep") - Led Bodjie's Law of Gravity (They did, "Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko") - Produced Ariel Rivera, Rico J. Puno, Rachel Alejandro and Vina Morales - He was married to his collaborator and songwriter, Odette Quesada.

Karl Roy - Died 3-13-2012 - Cardiac arrest ( Rock ) He was 43 years old - Singer - Was a member of Advent Call, P.O.T. and Kapatid (They did, "Prayer" and "Pagbabalik ng Kwago").

Cedric Sharpley (aka Ced Sharpley) - Died 3-13-2012 in England - After a heart attack ( Rock ) Born 12-31-1952 in Cape Town, South Africa - Drummer - Was a member of Druid, Dramatis (They did, "I Can See Her Now" and "Face On The Wall") and Tinderfish (They did, "Move Along There" and "All The Love") - He worked with Frame By Frame, Tubeway Army and Gary Numan ("Cars" and "Metal").

Eddie King (Edward Lewis Davis Milton) (aka Little Eddie King) - Died 3-14-2012 in Peoria, Illinois, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Blues ) Born 4-21-1938 in Talladega, Alabama, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Shakin' Inside" and "Love You Baby") - Led Eddie King And The Kingsmen - Worked with Willie Dixon,  Detroit Junior, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Koko Taylor.

James Arneson - Died 3-14-2012 - Car accident ( Gospel ) He was 64 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Crossroads Quartet.

Andy Brown - Died 3-16-2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe - Pneumonia ( Afro Pop ) Born 3-15-1962 - Musician - (He did, "Mapurisa" and "Daisy") - Was a member of Impact and The Storm - Worked with Grabb, The Rusike Brothers, Don Gumbo and Busi Ncube.

Andre Catlett (aka Big Cat) (Andre R. Catlett) - Died 3-16-2012 - Thymic carcinoma ( Rap ) Born 11-5-1979 in Fredericksburg VA, U.S. - (He did, "Victory" and "Pardon Me").

Gary Cornell - Died 3-17-2012 in Perth, Western Australia - After he collapsed on stage of a possible heart attack ( Rock ) He was 34 years old - Singer - Was a member of Pyramid Of The Coyote (They did, "Hail To The Monkey" and "Self Destruction").

Jorge Goulart (Jorge Neves Bastos) - Died 3-17-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Cardiac arrest ( Samba ) Born 1-16-1926 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Singer - (He did, "Alfredo" and "Fantoche").

Bob Henry - Died 3-18-2012 in Laguna Beach, CA, U.S. - He was 92 years old - TV producer and director - Worked on The Nat King Cole Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Carpenters Show, The Perry Como Show, The Glen Campbell Music Show, Barbara Mandrell And The Mandrell Sisters Shows, The Captain And Tennille Shows, The Gladys Knight And The Pips Shows and a Tribute To Mother Maybell Carter Show.

Leon Daniels - Died 3-18-2012 in Penn Hills, PA, U.S. ( Doo Wop ) Singer - Was a member of The El Venos (They did, "Geraldine" and "My Heart Beats Faster").

Warren Luening Jr. - Died 3-19-2012 - Complications of cancer ( Jazz ) He was 70 years old - Born in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played trumpet and flugelhorn - Worked with Lawrence Welk, Bob Florence, The Ronnie Dupont Quartet and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Doc Stovall - Died 3-19-2012 in Cartersville, GA, U.S. - Car accident - He was 70+ years old - Singer and guitarist - Led Doc Stovall And The Tumbleweed Cowboy Band - Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ernie Williams - Albany's Ambassador of the Blues - Died 3-21-2012 in Albany, NY, U.S. - Cerebral hemmorhage ( Blues ) He was 87 years old - Singer and guitarist - Led Ernie Williams And The Wildcats.

Johnny McCauley - Died 3-22-2012 in London, England ( Country ) Born 4-23-1925 in Fahan, County Donegal, Ireland - Singer - (He wrote, "Pretty Little Girl From Omagh" and "Destination Donegal") - Led The Johnny McCauley Trio - Was a member of The Westernaires - His songs have been recorded by Christy Moore and Daniel O'Donnell.

Chico Anysio (Francisco Anysio de Oliveira Paula Filho) - Died 3-23-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Multiple organ failure - Born 4-12-1931 in Maranguape, Ceara, Brazil - Composer, actor and comedian - Brother of actress, Lupe Gigliotti.

Eric Lowen (David Eric Lowen) - Died 3-23-2012 - Complications of ALS ( Rock - Pop ) Born 10-23-1951 - He was half of the duo, Lowen & Navarro (They did, "Learning To Fall" and "Purpose") - Wrote songs for Pat Benatar ("We Belong"), David Lee Roth, The Bangles, The Temptations, Dave Edmunds and The Four Tops.

Will - Died 3-23-2012 - Car accident ( Metal ) Singer - Was a member of Mastic Scum.

Khalil Shaheed (Thomas Howard Hall) - Died 3-23-2012 in Oakland - Lung cancer ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 1949 - Played trumpet - Was a member of The Khalil Shaheed Quartet, Big Belly Blues, The Open Mind Ensemble, The Redwood Brass and The Mo' Rockin Project - Worked with Buddy Miles, Woody Shaw, Taj Mahal, John Handy, The Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, Billy Higgins and Jimi Hendrix.

Joao Mineiro - Died 3-24-2012 in Jundiaí, Brazil - Cardiac arrest after complications for gallbladder surgery - He was 76 years old - Singer - He was half of the duo, Joao Mineiro e Marciano.

Nick Noble (Nicholas Valkan)- Died 3-24-2012 ( Pop - Country ) Born 6-21-1926 or 1936 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer - (He did, "The Tip Of My Fingers" and "Moonlight Swim").

Vince Lovegrove (Vincent Lovegrove) - Died 3-24-2012 in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia - Car accident ( Rock - Pop ) Born 1948 in Fremantle, Western Australia -  Journalist, manager and singer - Was a member of The Valentines with Bon Scott (They did, "Juliette" and "Nick Nack Paddy Wack") - Wrote for the music newspaper Go-Set - Managed Jimmy Barnes and The Divinyls.

Marion Marlowe - Died 3-24-2012 in Tucson, Arizona, U.S. - Natural causes - Born 3-7-1929 - Singer and actress - (She did, "The Man In The Raincoat" and "Heartbeat") - Worked with Frank Parker ("Moonlight And Roses") - She was married to TV producer, Larry Puck.

Tommy Wells (James T. Wells)  Died 3-26-2012 - Complications related to cancer - Born 10-23-1941 in Bermuda - Guitarist - (He wrote the theme for TV's, "WKRP In Cincinnati") - Was a member of The Wild Hots - Worked with Tommy George And The Fabulous 50s.

Ademilde Fonseca (Delfino Ademilde Fonseca) - Queen of Choro - Died 3-27-2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Born 3-4-1921 in Sao Goncalo do Amarante, Brazil - Singer - (She did, "Tico-Tico no Fuba " and "Rato, Rato") - She had been married to musician, Naldimar Gedeao Delfim.

Murio Gian Franco - Died 3-27-2012 in Argentina - Cardiac arrest - Born 7-26-1941 in Naples, Italy - Singer - (He did, "Chau amor chau") - (He wrote, "Las cosas que me alejan de ti" and"Amigos míos me enamore").

Earl Scruggs (Earl Eugene Scruggs) - Died 3-28-2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Natural causes ( Bluegrass ) Born 1-6-1924 in Shelby, North Carolina, U.S. - Played banjo and guitar - (He did, "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett" with Jerry Scoggins and Lester Flatt) - Led The Earl Scruggs Revue - Was one of The Foggy Mountain Boys who became known as Flatt And Scruggs (They did, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown") - Worked with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Steve Martin, Paul Shaffer, Leon Russell, Marty Stuart and Vince Gill - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee and Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jerry McCain (aka Boogie McCain) - Died 3-28-2012 in Gadsden, AL, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 6-18-1930 in Gadsden, Alabama, U.S. - Singer and harmonica player - (He did, "East Of The Sun" and "Wine-O-Wine").

Doreen Ncube - Died 3-29-2012 in London, England - Illness - Singer - Worked with Ebony Sheikh, Mudzimu Band and The Pied Pipers - Sister of singer, Busi Ncube - She had been married to singer, Elijah Madzikatire.

Sonny Igoe - Died 3-?-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 10-8-1923 - Drummer - Worked with Ina Ray Hutton, Les Elgart, Benny Goodman ("Blue Lou"), Woody Herman ("New Golden Wedding"), Tommy Reed, Chuck Wayne, Dick Meldonian and Charlie Ventura.

Armand Crump (Armand Butts Crump III) - Died 3-31-2012 - Guitar tech - Worked for Slayer.

Zoran Romic - Died 3-31-2012 in Melbourne, Australia - Non-Hodgkins lymphoma ( Rock ) Born 10-11-1964 - Guitarist - Was a member of Chocolate Starfish (They did, "4 Letter Word" and "Accidentally Cool").

Arvid Andersen (aka Arvid "Wegg" Andersen) - Died 3-31-2012 ( Psychedelic - Prog ) Born 3-14-1945 in London, England - Bassist - Was a member of The Trip (They did, "Riflessioni" and "Una pietra colorata") and The Three Muskeeters - Worked with The Neil Christian Crusaders, Screamin Lord Sutch & The Savages and Ritchie Blackmore.

Jimmy Little (James Oswald Little) - Died 4-2-2012 in Dubbo, Australia - Illness ( Country - Folk Rock ) Born 3-1-1937 in Cummeragunja Mission, New South Wales, Australia - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Royal Telephone" and "El Paso") - Led The Jimmy Little Trio - He was married to singer, Marjorie Rose Peters.

Ralph Ferraro (Ralph Albert Ferraro) - Died 4-3-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Respiratory failure - Born 7-3-1929 in Waterbury, Conn., U.S. - Drummer and orchestrator -  Composed music for the films, Flesh Gordon and She Beast and for TV including episodes of The Virginian and It Takes A Thief - Worked with Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Armando Trovaioli and Riz Ortolani - Arranged for singers Donny Osmond, Andy Williams and Rod McKuen.

Jimmy Mullin - Died 4-4-2012 ( Doo Wop ) Singer - Was a member of The Bancrofts who became The Four Epics (They did, "I'm On My Way To Love" and "How I Wish I Was Single Again") and The Vespers (They did, "Mr. Cupid" and "Walk With My Angel").

Jim Marshall (James Charles Marshall) - The father of loud - Died 4-5-2012 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England - Cancer - Born 7-29-1923 in Acton, West London, England - Drummer - Founder of Marshall Amplification - His amplifiers have been used by Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Van Halen, Peter Frampton and Slash.

Barney McKenna (Bernard Noel McKenna) (aka Banjo Barney) - Died 4-5-2012 in Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland ( Traditional Irish - Jazz ) Born 12-16-1939 in Donnycarney, County Dublin, Ireland - Played banjo and mandolin - Was a member of The Dubliners - Worked with The Chieftains.

Scott Ricciuti (James Ricciuti) - Died 4-5-2012 in Boylston - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 48 years old - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Childhood, Huck and Pistol Whipped.

Ben DiMaria - Died 4-5-2012 - After a car accident ( Rock ) He was 37 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Tools Of Creation (They did, "Hi Again" and "Bridge Too Far").

Dennis De Souza - Died 4-7-2012 in Toronto, Canada - Parkinson's disease - He was 77 years old - Keyboardist - Worked with Choy Aming.

Silas Hubbard Jr. - Died 4-7-2012 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Blues ) He was 63 years old - Born in Montgomery, Ala., U.S. - Sang and played harmonica and bass - Was a member of The Hot Ribs.

George Wilberforce Kakoma - Died 4-8-2012 in Kampala's Kololo, Uganda - Illness - Born 1922 or 1923 - (He composed, "Oh Uganda, Land Of Beauty" Uganda's national anthem).

Cynthia Dall (aka Cindy Dall) (Cynthia Ann Loya) - Died 4-8-2012 ( Alternative ) Born 7-4-1955 in Sacramento, CA, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and photographer - (She did, "Lion Becomes Dragon" and "Be Safe With Me") - Worked with Smog ("Wine Stained Lips").

Jose Guardiola - The Spanish Crooner - Died 4-8-2012 in Barcelona, Spain - Born 10-22-1930 in Barcelona, Spain - Singer - (He did versions of, "Sixteen Tons" and "Mack The Knife").

Rikiya Yasuoka - Died 4-8-2012 - Heart failure ( Soul ) Born 7-19-1947 in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan - Singer and actor - Was a member of The Sharp Hawks (They did, "Let Me Go" and a version of "What I Say").

Jim Niven (aka Jimmy Niven) - Died 4-9-2012 in Melbourne, Australia - Cancer ( Rock ) Keyboardist and singer - Worked with The Sports (They did, "Who Listens To The Radio" and "When You Walk In The Room"), The Pink Finks (They did, "You're Good For Me" and "Comin' Home Baby") and Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band (They did, "My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes" and "Wangaratta Wahine").

David Shriver - Died 4-9-2012 - Heart attack - Bassist - Was a member of The Kelly Four with Eddie Cochran (They did, "Annie Has A Party") - Worked with The Beatles and Trini Lopez.

Tony Marsh - Died 4-9-2012 - Cancer ( Jazz - Jazz Rock ) Drummer - Worked with Major Surgery, Evan Parker, John Edwards, Paul Rutherford, Barry Guy, Howard Riley, Harry Beckett, Roscoe Mitchell, The Full Monte, Mike Westbrook, John Edwards, Paul Dunmall, Frode Gerstadt, The London Improvisers Orchestra and Roscoe Mitchell.

Barbara Buchholz - Died 4-10-2012 - Cancer - Born 12-8-1959 in Duisburg, Germany - Sang and played theremin, flute, guitar and bass - Was a member of Reichlich Weiblich - Worked with Lydia Kavina, Arve Henriksen and Jan Bang.

Ritchie Teeter (Richard Teeter) - Died 4-10-2012 ( Rock ) Born 1951 - Drummer and singer - Worked with The Dictators (They did, "Sleepin' With The T. V. On" and "Hey Boys") and Twisted Sister.

Jean Stout - Died 4-10-2012 in France - Born 4-13-1943 in Gironde, France - Singer and voice actor - He was the singing voice of Baloo in the movie, The Jungle Book and the singing voice of Little John in the movie, Robin Hood.

Hal McKusick - Died 4-11-2012 - Natural causes ( Jazz ) Born 6-1-1924 in Medford, MA, U.S. - Saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist - Worked with The CBS Studio Orchestra, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Benny Goodman.

Andrew Love - Died 4-12-2012 - Complications of Alzheimer’s Disease - Born 11-21-1941 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Saxophonist - He was half of the duo, The Memphis Horns - Worked with U2, Elvis Presley ("Suspicious Minds"), James Taylor, Alicia Keys ("Another Way To Die"),Otis Redding, Sam & Dave,  Willie Nelson, Steve Winwood, Al Green ("Let’s Stay Together"), Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Marc Knopfler, Dusty Springfield ("Son Of A Preacher Man"), The Doobie Brothers, Isaac Hayes, Jack White, Stephen Stills, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Cray and Neil Diamond ("Sweet Caroline").

Krzysztof Puszynski - Died 4-15-2012 - Heart atttack ( Folk - Jazz - Rock ) Born 1958 - Accordionist - Worked with Golec Uorkiestra.

Teddy Charles (Theodore Charles Cohen) (aka Teddy Cohen) - Died 4-16-2012 in Riverhead ( Jazz ) Born 4-13-1928 in Chicopee Falls, Mass., U.S. - Vibraphonist and pianist - (He wrote, "No More Nights" and "Blues Become Elektra") - Worked with Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkin, Miles Davis, Artie Shaw, Max Roach, David Amram, Lee Konitz, Benny Goodman, Buddy De Franco and Charles Mingus.

Chris Gambles (aka Slip) - Died 4-16-2012 - Liver disease ( Rock ) He was 49 years old - Singer and bassist - Was a member of Audio Rush (They did, "She’s Got Them Looks" and "The Rules Of Freedom").

Graham Simpson - Died 4-16-2012 in London, England ( Rock ) Born 10-13-1943 in Manchester, Lancashire, England - Bassist - Was a member of The Gas Board and an original member of Roxy Music (They did, "Ladytron" and "Re-Make/Re-Model").

Brian Jack (Brian Giacubeno) - Died 4-17-2012 ( Rock ) Born 8-16-1965 - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Hard Goodbye") - Was a member of Child's Play (They did, "Rat Race" and "Knock Me Out").

Dick Clark (Richard Wagstaff Clark)- America's oldest teenager - Died 4-18-2012 in Santa Monica,  California, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 11-30-1929 in Mount Vernon, New York, U.S. - Television personality - He was the host of TV's, American Bandstand which featured artists such as James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Public Image Ltd, Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, Run DMC, and Stevie Wonder and also hosted, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' EveRock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Hollywood Walk Of Fame Inductee, Radio Hall Of Fame Inductee and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Hillman Curtis - Died 4-18-2012 in Brooklyn - Colon cancer ( Rock ) Born 2-24-1961 in La Jolla, San Diego, CA, U.S. - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Mrs. Green (They did, "Penance") and The Green Things - He also was a pioneer in web design - Nephew of guitarist and singer, Chris Hillman.

Robert O. Ragland - Died 4-18-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Born 7-3-1941 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Composer - Wrote music for the films The Thing With Two Heads, Return To Macon County and 10 To Midnight.

Levon Helm (Mark Lavon Helm) - Died 4-19-2012 in New York, NY, U.S. - Throat cancer ( Rock - Blues - Country - Folk ) Born 5-26-1940 in Elaine, Arkansas, U.S. - Sang and played drums, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass and harmonica - (He did versions of, "False Hearted Lover Blues" and "The Blind Child") - Was a member of The Hawks, The Canadian Squires and The Band (They did, "The Weight" and "Up On Cripple Creek") - Worked with Bob Dylan - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Greg Ham (Greg Norman Ham) - Found dead 4-19-2012 in Carlton North, Melbourne, Australia ( Rock ) Born 9-27-1953 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Played flute, percussions, keyboards and saxophone - Was a member of Men At Work (They did, "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under").

Bert Weedon (Herbert Maurice William Weedon) - Died 4-20-2012 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England - Illness ( Blues - Jazz - Pop ) Born 5-10-1920 in East Ham, London, England - Guitarist - (He did, "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" and "Ginchy") - Led The Blue Cumberland Rhythm Boys and Bert Weedon And His Harlem Hotshots - Worked with Stephane Grappelli,  Adam Faith, Billy Fury, Tommy Steele, Ted Heath, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and George Shearing.

Ayten Alpman - Died 4-20-2012 in Istanbul, Turkey - Respiratory failure ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 1929 in Istanbul, Turkey - Singer - (She did, "Memleketim") - She had been married to pianist, Ilham Gencer.

Duke Dawson (Horace  Dawson) - Died 4-20-2012 - Complications from heart surgery ( Blues ) Born 7-21-1929 - Drummer - Worked with Washboard Willie's Band, The Harmonica Shah Blues Band, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Kirkland, Eddie Burns, Bobo Jenkins, Uncle Jesse White And The 29th Street Blues Band, The Butler Twins and C. J. Morris And His Back Alley Blues Band.

Joe Muranyi (Joseph P. Muranyi) - Died 4-20-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 1-14-1928 - Clarinetist, saxophonist and singer - Worked with  Eddie Condon, collaborating with Red Allen, Jimmy McPartland, The Red Onion Jazz Band, The Village Stompers, Danny Barker, Wingy Manone, Cozy Cole, Lionel Hampton, Herman Autrey, Wild Bill Davison, Zutty Singleton, Yank Lawson, Bobby Hackett, The Louis Armstrong All-Stars and Max Kaminsky.

Pops Carter ( Tom Carter) - 4-22-2012 ( Blues ) He was 92 years old - Born in Shreveport, LA, U.S. - Led Pops Carter And The Funkmonsters (They did, "Rhythm Man" and "Put You Down Blues") - Worked with B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Chris Ethridge  (John Christopher Ethridge) - Died 4-23-2012 in Meridian, Mississippi, U.S. - Complications of pancreatic cancer ( Country Rock ) Born 2-10-1947 in Meridian, Mississippi, U.S. - Bassist, guitarist and keyboardist - Was a member of - The International Submarine Band (They did, "Blue Eyes" and "Luxury Liner") and The Flying Burrito Brothers (They did, "Hot Burrito #1" and "Hippie Boy") - Worked with Judy Collins, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, The Kudzu Kings, The Byrds, Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson.

Billy Bryans - Died 4-23-2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Lung cancer ( Rock - Funk - New Wave - World ) Born 9-15-1949 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Singer, percussionsist and producer - Was a member of M.G. And The Escorts, Theodore's Smokeshop, Horn, The Parachute Club (They did, "Rise Up" and "At The Feet Of The Moon") and The Government - Was a producer and\or engineer for The Downchild Blues Band, Mama Mosambiki, Mother Africa, The Time Twins, V, The BobCats and Dutch Mason.

Tommy Marth - Died 4-23-2012 ( Rock ) He was 33 years old - Saxophonist - Worked with The Killers, The Big Friendly Corporation and Black Camaro.

Carlos Roberto de Oliveira - Died 4-25-2012 in Rio de Janeiro - Stroke ( Samba ) He was 66 years old - Born in Mesquita, Rio de Janeiro - Singer - (He did, "A Vaca da Minha Sogra" and "Melo da Galinha").

Todd Simko - Died 4-25-2012 - Drowned ( Rock ) He was 45 years old - Guitarist and producer - Worked with The Grin Factory, After All (They did, "Bullets" and "Save Me From Myself"), Pure (They did, "Blast" and "Greedy"), Bif Naked,  The Be Good Tanyas, Marcy Playground, Xavier Rudd, Big John Bates, The Yoko Casiono's, Current Swell and The Organ.

 Jimmy Bond - Died 4-26-2012 - Born 1933 - Bassist - Worked with Chet Baker, George Shearing, Henry Mancini, Ella Fitzgerald, The Crusaders, Eric Dolphy, Brownie McGhee, Chico Hamilton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gerry Mulligan, Harry Nilsson, Lou Rawls, Quincy Jones, Tim Buckley, Sam Cook, Sonny Rollins, Tony Bennett, B. B. King, Frank Zappa, Don Shirley, Leon Russell, The Stone Poneys, Ike And Tina Turner, Terry Gibbs, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Nina Simone and Randy Newman.

Eric Charden (Jacques Puissant) - Died 4-29-2012 - Lymphoma ( Chanson ) Born 10-15-1942 in Haiphong, French Indochina - (He did, "Le monde est gris, le monde est bleu") - Worked with his wife, Stone (Annie Gautrat) in the duo, Stone & Charden (They did, "L'Aventua" and "Made In Normandy").

Kenny Roberts (aka Yodeling Kenny Roberts and America’s King of the Yodelers) - Died 4-29-2012 in Athol, Mass., U.S. ( Country ) Born 10-14-1927 in Lenoir City, Tenn., U.S. - Singer, guitarist and yodeler - (He did, "I Never See Maggie Alone" and "Choc'late Ice Cream Cone") - Was a member of The Down Homers with Bill Haley.

Joel Goldsmith - Died 4-29-2012 - Born 11-19-1957 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Composer and pianist - Wrote music for TV's Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and the film Star Trek: First Contact - Son of composer, Jerry Goldsmith.

Jim McCrary (James Willard McCrary) - Died 4-29-2012 in Palo Alto - Complications from a chronic nervous system disorder - Born 8-31-1939 in Los Angeles County, CA, U.S. - Photographer -  Worked for A&M Records shooting over 300 album covers including Carole King's, Tapestry, The Carpenters', Offering and Joe Cocker's, Mad Dogs And Englishmen.

Thomas Mera Gartz - Died 4-29-2012 ( Prog - Psychedelic ) Born 4-4-1944 - Drummer and singer - Worked with Trad, Gras Och Stenar, Arbete & Fritid, Bitter Funeral Beer Band and Mecki Mark Men.

Ray Desforges - Died 4-?-2012 - Parkinson's disease - He was 77 years old - Singer - Worked with Tommy Cooper, Bruce Forsyth, Frank Cleveland and Count Basie.

Guy Ballew (Guy E. Ballew) (aka Blue Norther ) - Died 4-30-2012 in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 3-2-1937 in Emhouse, Texas, U.S. -  Vocalist - Was a member of The Sparkles - Brother of vocalist, Jesse Ballew.

Skip Pitts (Charles Pitts) - Died 5-1-2012 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. ( Soul - Blues ) Born 4-7-1947 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with The Bo-Keys, Albert King, Gene Chandler, Cyndi Lauper, The Temprees, Wilson Pickett, The Soul Children, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Elmo Lee Thomas, Al Green, The Isley Brothers ("It's Your Thing") and Isaac Hayes ("Theme From Shaft").

Larry Donn (Larry Donn Gillihan) - Died 5-1-2012 ( Rockabilly ) Born 6-7-1941 in Bono, Arkansas, U.S. - Singer, guitarist and pianist - (He did, "Honey-Bun" and "That's What I Call A Ball") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Muddy Fraser (Robert Scrivens) - Died 5-1-2012 in Vancouver, BC, Canada - Cardiac arrest ( Blues ) He was 62 years old - Born in Ottawa, ON, Canada - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Bad Whiskey" and "You Upset Me") - Worked with The Take It Easy Blues Band.

Alan Mintz - Died 5-2-2012 - Acute myelogenous leukemia - He was 58 years old - Was a GM for Epic Records, a manager and producer at Red Light Entertainment, an A&R executive for Sony Music and a musician - Worked with Herbie Hancock, Nirvana, Aerosmith, Poison, Jane's Addiction, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Carly Simon, The Black Crowes, Marcy Playground and Sheryl Crow.

David Hodson (David Richard Hodson) - Died 5-2-2012 - Multiple systems atrophy ( Rock ) Born 6-4-1947 in Chorley - Guitarist - Worked with The Trespasses, Good Goods, Smiler and Millennium.

Lloyd Brevett - Died 5-3-2012 in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica ( Ska ) Born 8-1-1931 in Kingston, Jamaica - Double bassist - Was a member of The Skatalites.

Willie French Lowery - Died 5-3-2012 in Robeson County, North Carolina, U.S. ( Gospel - Blues - Country - Psychedelic Swamp Pop - Children's Music ) Born 1944 in Robeson County, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist -  (He did, "Streets Of Gold" and wrote the music for, "Strike At The Wind!") - Worked with Plant And See (They did, "Put Out My Fire") and Clyde McPhatter.

Felix Werder - Died 5-3-2012 ( Electronic - Classical ) Born 2-24-1922 in Berlin, Germany - Composer - (He wrote, "Ill-Tempered Clavier" and "Dice") - Founder of Australia Felix - Son of composer, Boaz Bischofswerder.

Nenad Saric Brada - Died 5-3-2012 - Born 10-10-1946 - Drummer - Was a member of Novih Fosila.

Edith Bliss (aka Edith Tanner) - Died 5-3-2012 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ( Pop ) Born 9-28-1959 in Brisbane, Queensland, Austriala - Singer - (She did, "If It's Love You Want" and "Two Single Beds").

Bobby Thomas - Died 5-3-2012 - Complications of diabetes ( R&B ) Born 5-3-1935 in Point Pleasant, NJ, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Crooners, The Vibranaires, The Vibes (They did, "Stop Torturing Me" and "Doll Face"), The V-Eights (They did, "Papa's Yellow Tie" and "My Heart") and The Orioles.

Adam Yauch (Adam Nathaniel Yauch) (aka MCA and Nathaniel Hornblower) - Died 5-4-2012 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Cancer of the parotid salivary gland ( Rap - Rock ) Born 8-5-1964 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Singer, bassist and keyboardist - Was a member of The Beastie Boys (They did, "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn") - Rock And Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee.

David Lescht - Died 5-4-2012 - He was 64 years old - Managed The Brotherhood Band - Was the founder and director for The Outside In, a program that brought music to jails, hospitals and rest homes.

Jose Perez (aka Tinoco) - Died 5-4-2012 in Mooca, Zona Leste, Sao Paulo, Brasil - Complications of respiratory failure ( Sertanejo ) Born 3-2-1917 in Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Singer - He was half of the duo, Tonico And Tinoco (They did, "Tristeza de Jeca" and "O menino da porteira").

Sweet Joe Russell - Died 5-5-2012 ( Soul - Gospel - R&B ) Born in North Carolina, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Persuasions. (They did versions of, "Papa Oom Mow Mow" and "Any Way The Wind Blows").

Chance Taylor (Jarrett Chance Taylor) - Died 5-5-2012 - Car accident that also took the life of his father, Randy ( Rock ) He was 26 years old - Drummer - Worked with Barefoot West, Tobacco Apache (They did, "Appalachian Boy" and "Va Breeze"), The Aurora Observatory and Drown The Messenger.

Frederick J. Brown - Died 5-5-2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S. - Cancer - He was 67 years old - Painter - He painted portraits of hundreds of jazz and blues artists including Thelonious Monk, B. B. King, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Ornette Coleman, Billie Holliday, Stagger Lee and John Henry.

Michael Burks (aka Iron Man) - Died 5-6-2012 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 7-30-1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "I Smell Smoke" and "Hard Come, Easy Go") - Worked with Johnnie Taylor, O.V. Wright and Marquise Knox - Son of bassist, Frederick Burks.

Ernest Warren (Reverend Ernest Douglas Warren) - Died 5-7-2012 in Gary, Indiana, U.S. ( R&B ) He was 78 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Hudsonaires who became The Spaniels (They did, "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" and "The Bells Ring Out") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Everett Lilly (Charles Everett Lilly) - Died 5-8-2012 in Clear Creek ( Bluegrass ) Born 7-1-1924 - Played mandolin - He was one of The Lilly Brothers, The Confederate Mountaineers and The Lilly Mountaineers - Worked with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs - West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Massachusetts Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.

Celso Chavez (Celso Ricardo Chavez) - Died 5-9-2012 - Complications from pneumonia ( Rock ) Guitarist - Born 3-22-1968 in El Paso, Texas, U.S. - Was a member of Possum Dixon (They did, "Watch The Girl Destroy Me" and "Crashing Your Planet").

Traci Lamar Hancock (Traci Olon Hancock) - Died 5-12-2012 in Austin, TX, U.S. ( Country ) Born 1960 in Lubbock, TX, U.S. - Ovarian cancer - Sang and played accordion, synthesizer and guitar - Was a member of The Supernatural Family Band and Texana Dames - Texas Country Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Donald "Duck" Dunn - Died 5-13-2012 in Tokyo, Japan ( R&B - Rock ) Born 11-24-1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Royal Spades, The Mar-Keys (They did, "Last Night"), Booker T And The M.G.s and The Blues Brothers band - Worked with Ben Branch, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Trond Brathen (aka Trondr Nefas) - Died 5-13-2012 ( Metal ) Born 5-28-1977 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Urgehal.

Maude Aimee Humbard - Died 5-14-2012 - Complications from Alzheimer's disease ( Gospel ) She was 89 years old - Singer - Wife of televangelist, Rex Humbard.

Belita Woods (Belita Karen Woods) - Died 5-14-2012 -  Heart failure ( R&B ) She was 63 years old - Singer - (She did, "Magic Corner" and "Grounded") - Was a member of Brainstorm (They did, "On Our Way Home" and "Hot For You") - Worked with The P-Funk All-Stars ("Scratched" and "When Jack Met Jill").

Chuck Brown - Godfather of Go-Go - Died 5-16-2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. - Multiple organ failure ( Go Go - Funk ) Born 8-22-1936 in Gaston, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer and Guitarist - Led Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers  (They did, "Bustin' Loose" and "We Need Some Money") - Worked with Jerry Butler And The Earls Of Rhythm.

Doug Dillard (Douglas Flint Dillard) - Died 5-16-2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Lung infection ( Bluegrass - Country Rock ) Born 3-6-1937, Salem, Missouri, U.S. - Played banjo - Was a member of The Dillards who portrayed The Darlings on TV's, The Andy Griffith Show and also was a member of Dillard & Clark (They did, "Don't Come Rollin" and "Something's Wrong") - International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Donna Summer (LaDonna Adrian Gaines) (aka Donna Gaines and Gayn Pierre) - Queen of Disco - Died 5-17-2012 in Key West, Florida, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Disco ) Born 12-31-1948 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (She did, "Love To Love You Baby" and "Hot Stuff") - Was a member of Crow - Worked with FamilyTree and Three Dog Night - She had been married to actor, Helmuth Sommer.

Nobuyuki Morikawa - Died 5-17-2012 - Lung cancer ( Jazz ) He was 79 years old - Played saxophone - Worked with Nobuo Hara And His Sharps & Flats.

Peter Jones - Died 5-18-2012 in Melbourne, Austriala - Brain cancer ( Rock ) He was 49 years old - Born in Liverpool, England - Drummer - Worked with Crowded House, Deadstar, Lucy's Crown, Harem Scarem, Ross Hannaford, Rowland S. Howard, Lisa Miller, Kate Ceberano, Tinpan Orange, David Hosking and Stove Top.

Thomas Kaimbi (aka Okanambaka and Tommy Amukanya Kaimbi) - Died 5-18-2012 - Car accident - Near Usakos and Arandis - Born 4-2-1950 in Walvis Bay - Singer - Was a member of Children From Pluto.

 Robin Gibb (Robin Hugh Gibb) - Died 5-20-2012 in London, England - Colorectal cancer ( Pop - Rock - Disco ) Born 12-22-1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man - Singer - (He did, "Saved By The Bell" and "Give Me A Smile") - Was a member of The Bee Gees (They did, "Stayin' Alive" and "I've Gotta Get A Message To You") - Rock And Roll Of Fame Inductee, Dance Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, ARIA Hall Of Fame Inductee and Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Robert Nix - Died 5-20-2012 ( Rock ) He was 67 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Atlanta Rhythm Section - Worked with The Candymen and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Carrie Smith (Carrie Louise Smith) - Died 5-20-2012 in Englewood, NJ, U.S. - Cancer ( Gospel - Jazz - Blues ) Born in Fort Gaines, GA, U.S. 8-25-1941 or 8-25-1925 - Singer - Worked with The Back Home Choir, Big Tiny Little, Tyree Glenn - Appeared in the Broadway musical Black And Blue.

Steeve Hurdle - Died 5-20-2012 - Complications after surgery ( Metal ) Born 1971 - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Gorguts (They did, "Obscura" and "Nostalgia"), Negativa (They did, "Rebellion" and "Chaos In Motion") and Purulence (They did, "Inverted Decay" and "Sinking Into Transparency").

Debbie Thompson (Debra Thompson) - Died 5-20-2012 - She was 59 years old - Singer and bassist - Worked with The Bobbettes and The Dubs.

Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. (aka Eddy Bell) - Died 5-21-2012 in Palos Heights, Ill., U.S. - Multiple organ failure ( Polka - Rockabilly ) Born 7-12-1941, in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer, bassist and bandleader - (He did, "The Masked Man (Hi Yo Silver)" and "The Great Great Pumpkin") -  Was a member of  The Versatones (They did, "Angeline Be Mine Polka" and "Polka Hero").

Masud Sadiki (Kevin Donovan) (aka Stitch In Time) - Died 5-21-2012 - Hanged himself ( Reggae - Calypso ) He was 37 years old - (He did, "Count Your Blessings" and "I'm Still In Love").

Bryan Hagan (aka Big Hurkin) - Died 5-21-2012 ( Metal ) Born 3-24-1973 - Singer - Was a member of the reformed Heir Apparent.

Jhojan Bernal - Died 5-21-2012 ( Metal ) Born 11-2-1984 - Guitarist - Worked with Mortalem.

Janet Carroll - Died 5-22-2012 in New York, NY, U.S. - Brain tumor ( Jazz - Cabaret  ) Born 12-24-1940 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Singer and actress - Led Janet Carroll And The Hollywood Jazz Cats - Worked with The Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band - Appeared in the film Risky Business.

Kuly Ral - Died 5-22-2012 in Houston, Texas, US - Brain tumour ( Soul - Hip Hop ) He was 35 years old - Was a member of  RDB (Rhythm, Dhol, Bass) (They did, "Singh Is King" and "Shera Ki Kaum Punjabi").

Kathi Goldmark (Kathi Kamen Goldmark) - Died 5-24-2012 - Breast cancer ( Country - Rock ) Born 8-18-1948 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. - Singer - (She wrote, "That's A Lot Of Heartache For A Guy") - Was a member of Los Train Wreck and The Rock Bottom Remainders - She wrote the book And My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You and co-wrote The Great Rock & Roll Joke Book.

Mark "Bam Bam" McConnell - Died 5-24-2012 in Gainesville, Alachua County, FL, U.S. - Kidney and liver failure ( Rock ) Drummer - Worked with Sebastian Bach and Blackfoot.

Yoshiyuki Suzuki - Found dead 5-24-2012 in Tokyo, Japan - Liver failure ( Rock ) He was 65 years old - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Takeshi Terauchi & The Bunnys.

Walter Malli (aka Muhammad Malli) - Died 5-25-2012 ( Jazz ) Born 1940 in Graz - Drummer and saxophonist - Was a member of Masters Of Unorthodox Jazz and The Reform Art Unit - Worked with Hip Hop Finger and Eugene Chadbourne.

Ales Zimolka - Died 5-26-2012 in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic - Injuries from a car crash during Rally Cesky Krumlov in which he was the navigator ( Rock ) Born 4-7-1963 - Drummer - Member of Merlin (They did, "Tibet" and "Pokuseni") and Empire (They did, "Lobotomie" and "Miss Erotika").

John Harrison - Died 5-26-2012 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Huntington's disease ( Space Rock ) Born 5-28-1942 - Bassist - Was a member of Hawkwind (They did, "Hurry On Sundown " and "Mirror Of Illusion") - Was a producer and staff engineer for Village Records.

Georgy Espíritu - Died 5-28-2012 - Cancer ( Metal ) Born 11-6-1973 - Keyboardist - Worked with Kranium (They did, "Guerreros" and "El Obraje").

Doc Watson (Arthel Lane Watson) - Died 5-29-2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. ( Folk - Country - Bluegrass - Blues - Gospel ) Born 3-3-1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, banjo and harmonica - Worked with his brother Linny and his son Merle and also with Jack Williams,  Randy Scruggs and Earl Scruggs - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.

Toni Arden (Antoinette Ardizzone) - Died 5-29-2012 in Lake Worth, FL, U.S. ( Pop ) Born 2-15-1924 in Manhattan, NY, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "I Can Dream, Can't I?" and "Padre") - Worked with Shep Fields, Al Trace, Joe Reichman and Ray Bloch - He brother is singer, Jan Arden.

Steve Rhea - Died 5-30-2012 - Cancer ( Rock ) He was 62 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Jynx, Rock City and Icewater (They did, "All I See Is You").

Drew Keriakedes (aka Shmootzi the Clod) - Died 5-30-2012 in Seattle, WA, U.S. - Shot ( Rock - Punk - Country - Folk ) Was a member of  God's Favorite Beefcake (They did, "Pig Skin Hat" and "Isabella").

Joe Albanese (aka Meshuguna Joe) - Died 5-30-2012 in Seattle, WA, U.S. - Shot ( Rock - Punk - Country - Folk ) Was a member of  God's Favorite Beefcake (They did, "Pig Skin Hat" and "Isabella").

Michael Grant (Michael Donald Grant III) - Died 5-31-2012 in Glendale, CA, U.S. - Cerebral hemorrhage and complications of liver disease ( Metal ) Born 1972 - Singer - Was a member of Legend Maker, Onward and Crescent Shield (They did, "The Grand Horizon" and "My Anger").

Bobby Durango (aka Bobby St. Valentine and Bobby Bondage) - Died 6-2-2012 ( Punk - Glam ) Singer and guitarist - Worked with The Abusers and The Rock City Angels (They did, "Cinderella In Black" and "Deep Inside My Heart").

Herb Reed (Herbert Reed Sr.) - Died 6-4-2012 in Danvers, MA, U.S. - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( R&B ) Born 8-7-1928 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Flamingos (not Chicago's Flamingos) who became The Platters (They did, "The Great Pretender" and "Twilight Time") - Rock And Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee and Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Lou Pride (George Louis Pride)  - Died 6-5-2012 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Natural causes ( Soul - Blues ) Born 5-24-1944 or 1950 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Long Arm Of The Blues" and "Love From A Stone").

Dennis St John - Died 6-5-2012 - Complications due to esophageal cancer - Born 11-9-1941 in Beatrice, Neb., U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Neil Diamond ("Love On The Rocks" and "America"), The Bellamy Brothers ("Let Your Love Flow"), Linda Ronstadt ("Desperado") and Jim Stafford.

Cody Conner - Died 6-6-2012 in Fargo ( Blues ) Born 2-5-1982 in Fargo - Guitarist - Worked with Bad Mojo and The Moody River Band.

Bob Welch (Robert Lawrence Welch, Jr.) - Died 6-7-2012 in Antioch, Tennessee, U.S. - Shot himself ( Rock ) Born 8-31-1945 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Singer guitarist , bassist and percussionist - (He did, "Sentimental Lady" and "Precious Love") - Worked with The Seven Souls (They did, "I'm No Stranger" and "I Still Love You"), Head West, Fleetwood Mac (They did, "Future Games" and "What a Shame") and Paris - Son of producer and screenwriter, Robert L. Welch and singer and actress, Templeton Fox.

Lil Phat (Melvin Vernell III) - Died 6-7-2012 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) (He did, "Countin Money" and "Dats All I Luv Bout Her").

Dan Nedelcu (aka Dax) - Died 6-7-2012 - Cancer - Saxophonist - He was 33 years old - Was a member of Divertis.

Dave McKeough - Died 6-7-2012 near Millville - Car accident that also took the life of his wife, Donna - He was 46 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Jimmy Rankin, Fred Lavery, Allie Bennett and Gordie Sampson.

Lil Phat (Melvin Vernell II) - Died 6-7-2012 in Sandy Springs, Georgia, U.S. - Shot ( Rap ) Born 7-25-1992 in Waco, Texas, U.S. - Was a member of 3 Deep - Worked with Webbie, Lil Boosie and Trill Fam.

Abram Wilson - Died 6-9-2012 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 8-30-1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S. - Singer and trumpeter - Led The Abram Wilson Quintet - Worked with The Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Julian Joseph Big Band and Ruth Brown.

Rocky Rothwell (Steven Rothwell) - The Duke of Doo Wop - Died 6-9-2012 in North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. - Born 4-19-1947 - Radio personality - He hosted radio's, The Remember Show.

Jimmy Elledge - Died 6-10-2012 - Complications after a stroke ( Country - Rock ) Born 1-8-1943 in Nashville, Tennessee or Mississippi, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Funny How Time Slips Away") - Worked with The Future Farmers Of America Hillbilly Band.

Steve Kaika (Stephen L. Kaika) - Died 6-12-2012 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 2-11-1955 in New London, CT, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Reducers (They did, "Let's Go" and "Maximum Depression").

Graeme Bell (Graeme Emerson Bell) - Died 6-13-2012 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - After a stroke ( Jazz ) Born 9-7-1914 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia - Pianist - Led The Australian Jazz Band - Worked with Big Bill Broonzy - ARIA Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Tim Mooney - Died 6-15-2012 ( Rock ) Drummer - Worked with Sun Kil Moon, American Music Club, The Sleepers, Toiling Midgets and Negative Trend.

Scott Johnson - Died 6-16-2012 in Toronto, Canada - When a a stage collapsed - He was 33 years old - Drum technician - Worked with Radiohead and Keane.

Gabriel Hardeman (Gabriel S. Hardeman Jr.) - Died 6-16-2012 - Interstitial fibrosis ( R&B - Gospel ) Born 12-13-1943 in College Park, GA, U.S. - Singer, pianist and songwriter - (Co-wrote Stephanie Mills', "I Feel Good All Over" and Teddy Pendergrass', "Truly Blessed") - Worked with The El Dantes, Patti Labelle, Phil Perry and Phyllis Hyman - Create the group,The Gabriel Hardeman Delegation - Married to singer, Annette Hardeman.

Kelly Starrett (Kelly R. Starrett) - Died 6-17-2012 on the Des Moines River - Born 10-1-1962 in Des Moines - Boating accident - Drummer, guitarist and singer - Was a member of Kelly Starrett & Friends Acoustic Empire, Alchemist, Roadshow and Mosh Libido.

Brian Hibbard - Died 6-18-2012 in Cardiff, Wales, U.K. ( A cappella ) Born 11-26-1946 in Ebbw Vale, South Wales, U.K. - Singer and actor - Was a member of The Flying Pickets (They did a cover of Yazoo's, "Only You").

Keith Grant (Keith Robertson Grant) - Died 6-18-2012 in Sunbury-on-Thames - Born 2-16-1941 in Freebridge, Norfolk - Recording and production engineer - Worked with The Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield and Scott Walker.

Gerry Bron (Gerald L. Bron) - Died 6-19-2012 - Born 3-1-1933 in Hendon, Middlesex - Producer, manager and clarinetist - Worked with The Bonzo Dog Band, Gene Pitney, Marianne Faithfull, Manfred Mann, Colosseum, Osibisa, Juicy Lucy, Colosseum, Motorhead and Uriah Heep - Brother of actress, Eleanor Bron.

Donna Hilley - Died 6-20-2012 - She was 65 years old - Illness - Music company executive - Was a CEO of Tree International and a president of Sony/ATV Nashville.

Bill Lindsay (William Lindsay)- Died 6-20-2012 - Illness ( Doo-Wop ) Singer - Worked with Dean Barlow And The Crickets ("Your Mine"), The Cadillacs ("My Girlfriend"), The Twilighters ("Half Angel" and "Little Did I Dream") and The Bachelors/Monterays.

Richard Adler - Died 6-21-2012 in Southampton, NY, U.S. - Born 8-3-1921 in New York, NY, U.S. - Lyricist - (Co-wrote, "Rags To Riches" and "Whatever Lola Wants") - Collaborated with Jerry Ross - His songs have been recorded by Eddie Fisher, Sarah Vaughan, Patti Page, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett and Archie Bleyer - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Robert Moore (aka Little Robert and Little James Brown) - Died 6-21-2012 - Diabetes and kidney problems ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 1944 - Singer - Was a member of The Lemon Twisters and All The People - Worked with Herb Reed.

Jeanette Yanks (Jeanette Levin) - Died 6-25-2012 - She was about 84 years old - Co-founded The Philadelphia Folksong Society and The Odyssey Of American Music.

John Koko (John Kapualani Koko) - Died 6-25-2012 - Born 8-24-1960 in Nanakuli, Hawaii - Bassist and singer - Worked with Na Leo O Nanakuli and The Makaha Sons.

Brian Emmett Malec (aka DJB) - Died 6-26-2012 ( Rock ) Singer - Worked with 13 Pills (They did, "The Get-Away Song").

Don Grady (Don Louis Agrati) - Died 6-27-2012 in Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Pop ) Born 6-8-1944 in San Diego, CA, U.S. - Actor, composer and musician - Was a member of The Greefs and The Yellow Balloon (They did, "Yellow Balloon" and "How Can I Be Down") - Was a Mouseketeer and protrayed Robbie Douglas on TV's, My Three Sons - Brother of actress, Lani O'Grady.

Seumas Cairns - Died 6-28-2012 - After a house fire ( Rock ) He was 45 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Setting Sons.

Teddy Mueller - Died 6-29-2012 ( Rock ) He was 57 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Babyface who became Axe (They did, "Rock N Roll Party In The Streets" and "Now Or Never").

Yomo Toro (Victor Guillermo Toro) - The King of the Cuatro - Died 6-30-2012 in the Bronx, NY, U.S. - Kidney failure - Born 7-26-1933 in Ensenada, Guanica, Puerto Rico - Played guitar and cuatro - Worked with La Bandita de la Escuela, Alfonso "El Panameno" Joseph, Arsenio Rodriguez, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Linda Rondstadt, Paul Simon, David Byrne and Harry Belafonte.

Ivan Sekyra - Died 6-30-2012 - Illness ( Rock ) Born 10-1-1952 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Guitarist - Was a member of Abraxas, Projektil, Drakar and The Silent Garden.

Tom "Cat" Reeder (James Thomas Reeder) - Died 6-30-2012 in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. - Heart attack - Born 10-25-1934 in Blue Springs, Abbeville, Alabama, U.S. - Broadcaster - Member of the Country Music Broadcasters Hall of Fame - Country Music DJ Hall Of Fame Inductee.

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