Steve's Dead Rock Stars


*** 1999 ***

Claim to Fame
Cause of Death
12/26/199957Curtis MayfieldThe ImpressionsRoswell, Georgia

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Curtis Mayfield
June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999

12/20/199985Hank Snowcountry singerMadison, Tennessee

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Hank Snow
May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999

12/18/199959Joe Higgsreggae musicianCancerLos Angeles, California
12/17/199956Grover Washington Jr.smooth jazz saxophonistHeart AttackNew York, New York
12/14/199949Dave ShogrenThe Doobie Brothers, bassist?San Jose, California

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Dave Shogren
October 12, 1950 – December 14, 1999

David Shogren, the original bassist for the Doobie Brothers, has died at age 49.

Mr. Shogren, who was born in San Francisco, along with Tom Johnston and John Hartman, founded the Doobie Brothers in 1970. He was with the band for about a year but left after their self-titled debut album was released in 1971. Mr. Shogren was replaced by new bassist Tiran Porter.

After leaving the Doobie Brothers, Shogren played in a few San Francisco area bands, including S.F. Star and Raven, and then opened Subsonic, a recording studio where he produced new acts and did occasional session work. He also worked as the chief engineer for Parrot Audio Books, where he helped record autobiographies of Burt Reynolds and John Denver.

Dave Shogren was found dead in his San Jose recording studio in the evening of Tuesday, December 14th, 1999.

12/10/199956Rick DankoThe BandHeart FailureWoodstock, New York

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Rick Danko
December 29, 1942 - December 10, 1999

Rick Danko was a founding member of the Band.

His professional musical career began in 1960 at age 17 when he booked himself as the opening act for The Hawks, led by Ronnie Hawkins. Impressed by the young guitarist, Hawkins invited Danko to join his group. He switched from guitar to bass after the original bassist was fired. Soon, pianist Richard Manuel and organist Garth Hudson joined the group. Levon Helm, a long-time collaborator with Hawkins, completed the band as their drummer.

The Hawks became Bob Dylan's backing band in 1965. The Hawks (without Levon Helm, who left the tour early) toured around the world with Dylan through May, 1966. After the tour, Dylan retreated to his new home in Woodstock, New York.

The Hawks followed Dylan to Woodstock. Danko found a pink house located on Parnassus Lane, just off Stoll Road, in Woodstock, New York. The band set up a rehearsal space in the basement and dubbed the place "Big Pink".

Working over the next few months, the five-piece band (Levon returned) churned out what would become their debut album, Music From Big Pink. Before the band could tour, however, Danko was severely injured in a car accident, breaking his neck and back in six places, which put him in traction for months. In April 1969 the group finally debuted in concert as The Band, playing at Bill Graham's Winterland in San Francisco.

The Band performed its farewell concert at Winterland in November 1976. The concert was recorded and released on audio and film as the rock classic The Last Waltz. After The Band, Danko embarked on a solo career. He also occasionally toured with a reformed Band and worked with a few other short-lived collaborations. In 1989, Danko toured with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson as part of Ringo Starr's first All-Star Band.

Danko recorded demos and made a number of appearances on albums by other artists throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and in 1997, he released Rick Danko in Concert. Two years later, a third solo album (Live on Breeze Hill) was released, and Danko was busy at work on a fourth (Times Like These) at the time of his death.

Rick Danko died in his sleep of heart failure at his home near Woodstock, New York. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; stepson Justin; and daughter, Lisa, by his first marriage.

11/13/199937R.J. VealeyAtlanta Rhythm Section, drummerHeart AttackOrlando, Florida
10/27/199928Wes BerggrenTripping DaisyDrug OverdoseDallas, Texas
10/26/199961Hoyt Axtoncountry singer/songwriter/actorHeart AttackVictor, Montana

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Hoyt Axton
March 25, 1938 - October 26, 1999

Hoyt Axton was a folk singer prominent in the early 1960s who established himself on the West Coast.

Many of his songs were made famous when recorded by others: "Greenback Dollar" (The Kingston Trio"), "Joy to the World" and "Never Been to Spain" (Three Dog Night), "The Pusher" and "Snowblind Friend" (Steppenwolf), "No-No Song" (Ringo Starr).

Axton was also a film and television actor. He first appeared on television in the 1963 ABC production of The Story of a Folksinger. In 1965, he appeared in an episode of Bonanza and later on shows such as Dukes of Hazzard, I Dream of Jeannie, McCloud and The Bionic Woman. He sang his songs "Della and the Dealer" and "Jealous Man" on the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati. Movie credits include The Black Stallion (1979) and Gremlins (1984).

His mother was songwriter Mae Boren Axton, who co-wrote the classic Rock 'n' Roll song "Heartbreak Hotel" - the first major hit for Elvis Presley.

Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana, on October 26, 1999, at the age of 61.

10/19/199961Ed CobbsongwriterLeukemiaHonolulu, Hawaii

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Ed Cobb
February 25, 1938 - October 19, 1999

Edward C. Cobb was a songwriter and a member of The Four Preps vocal quartet from 1956 until he left them in 1966. He is remembered for writing the Standell's Boston-themed hit "Dirty Water" and, in 1964, "Tainted Love", which became a smash hit for the band Soft Cell in the 1980s.

He later worked as a music producer and sound engineer. This work helped earn him 32 Gold and Platinum records and three Grammy Award nominations.

10/13/1999 Lord UlliThe Lords, lead vocalsFell off stagePotsdam, Germany
09/29/1999 Steve FothThe Rugburns, singer/songwriterMurderedSan Diego, California
09/25/1999 Stephen CanadayOzark Mountain Daredevils, drummerPlane CrashNashville, Tennessee
08/28/199963Wee Willie WilliamsGene Vincent & The Blue Caps, guitaristGun AccidentBradenton, Florida
08/20/199931Bobby SheehanBlues Traveler, bassDrug related?New Orleans, Louisiana
07/29/199966Anita CarterCarter Family, singer Hendersonville, Tennessee
07/22/199941Gar SamuelsonMegadeth, drummerLiver FailureOrange City, Florida
07/03/199947Mark SandmanMorphineHeart AttackPalestrina, Italy
06/16/199958Screaming Lord SutchBritish musicianSuicide (hanging)South Harrow, London, England

Screaming Lord Sutch
Screaming Lord Sutch

November 10, 1940 - June 16, 1999

David Edward Sutch, known as Screaming Lord Sutch, was a 1960s British musician. He used the stage name of "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow" to honor Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Screaming Lord Sutch and his band, the Savages, were known for their themed stage shows. Sutch often dressed as Jack the Ripper and began shows by coming out of a black coffin. Many of the musicians who played with the Savages over the years went on to stardom, most notably Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Noel Redding, Jon Lord, Matthew Fisher, Ian Hunter, Adrian Gurvitz, actor Paul Nicholas, and Nicky Hopkins.

In 1964, Sutch and his manager, Reginald Calvert, started Radio Sutch, intending to compete with other pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline. Broadcasts consisted of music and Mandy Rice-Davies reading Lady Chatterley's Lover. Sutch tired of the station, and sold it to Calvert, after which it was renamed Radio City, and lasted until 1967. In 1966 Calvert was shot dead by Oliver Smedley over a financial dispute. Smedley was later acquitted on grounds of self-defense.

Sutch's album Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends was named in a 1998 BBC poll as the worst album of all time, a status it also held in Colin Larkin's book The Top 1000 Albums of All Time, despite the fact that Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Noel Redding and Nicky Hopkins performed on it and helped write it.

Sutch suffered from depression and committed suicide by hanging on June 16, 1999, following the death of his mother on April 30, 1997.

06/02/199950Junior BraithwaiteThe Wailers, lead vocalistMurderedKingston, Jamaica
05/18/199945Augustus PabloReggae artist
05/14/199937E William TuckerMinistrySuicideChicago, Illinois
05/08/199961Leon ThomasSantanaHeart AttackNew York, New York
04/30/199951Darrell SweetNazareth, drumsHeart FailureNew Albany, Indiana
04/27/199976Al Hirtjazz trumpeterLiver FailureNew Orleans, Louisiana
04/25/199954Larry TroutmanZappSuicideDayton, Ohio
04/25/199947Roger TroutmanZappMurderedDayton, Ohio
04/16/199952Skip SpenceJefferson Airplane, Moby GrapeLung CancerSan Francisco, California
04/12/199967Boxcar Willieborn Lecil Travis MartinLeukemiaBranson, Missouri
04/01/199997Jesse StoneR&B singer/songwriterAltamonte Springs, Florida
03/07/199960Marv IngramThe Four PrepsHeart Failure
03/02/199959Dusty Springfieldpopular singerBreast CancerLondon
02/14/199972Doug WestonThe Troubadour, founder Los Angeles, California
02/07/199980Bobby Troupsinger/songwriter/actorHeart AttackLos Angeles, California
02/03/199948Gwen Guthriesinger/songwriterUterine Cancer
02/01/199963Julius WechterHerb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, percussionistLung CancerCalifornia
01/21/199976Charles Brownblues pianist/singerHeart FailureOakland, California
01/15/199944John Baker SaundersMad Season, guitaristHeroin OverdoseSeattle, Washington
01/11/199954Barry PritchardThe Fortunes, guitaristHeart Failure

*** 1998 ***

12/30/199864Johnny MooreThe Drifters, tenor vocalistRespiratory FailureLondon, England
12/25/199852Bryan MacLeanLove, guitaristHeart AttackLos Angeles, California
12/11/199830Lynn StraitSnot, guitaristCar AccidentSanta Barbara, California

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Lynn Strait

August 7, 1968 - December 11, 1998

Lynn Strait (born James Lynn Strait) was rock musician and lead singer for the band Snot. He died in a car crash which also killed his dog Dobbs, Snot's mascot who graced the cover of the band's 1997 Geffen debut album, Get Some. The group disbanded after the death of Strait.

Lynn was also the bassist for band Lethal Dose.

11/29/199852Butch McDadeAmazing Rhythm AcesCancerMaryville, Tennessee
11/27/199855Barbara Acklinsoul singer/songwriterPneumonia Omaha, Nebraska
11/16/199873J.D. Sumnergospel singerMyrtle Beach, South Carolina

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J.D. Sumner

November 19, 1924 - November 16, 1998

John Daniel ("J.D.") Sumner was gospel music's best known bass singer. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized him as having recorded the lowest note ever produced by a human being - a double low C note.

J.D. is better known as Elvis Presley's backup singer and as the group leader of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, a quartet from 1973-1977. He was also a very close personal friend to Elvis, beginning when Elvis was 14 yrs. old. J.D. sang at Elvis's funeral and that of his mother, Gladys.

10/02/199891Gene Autrycountry music singer/actorLos Angeles, California
09/21/199859Paul "Oz" BachSpanky and Our Gang, bassistCancerAsheville, North Carolina
09/14/199866Johnny Adamsblues singerStomach CancerBaton Rouge, Louisiana
09/04/199855Lal WatersonThe WatersonsCancerRobin's Hood Bay, England
08/29/199866Charlie Feathersrockabilly pioneerStrokeMemphis, Tennessee
07/26/199850Dave "Chico" RyanSha Na NaHeart FailureBoston, Massachusetts
05/29/199823Orlando Andersonprime suspect in murder of Tupac Shakurkilled in gang-related shootoutLos Angeles, California
05/14/199882Frank Sinatrapopular singerHeart FailureLos Angeles, California
05/10/199838Lester ButlerRed Devils, blues harmonicaHeroin Overdose/MurderLos Angeles, California
05/07/199856Eddie Rabbittcountry singer/songwriterLung CancerNashville, Tennessee
04/17/199856Linda McCartneyPhotographer & MusicianBreast CancerTucson, Arizona
04/07/199848Wendy O. WilliamsThe PlasmaticsSuicide (Gunshot)Storrs, Connecticut
04/06/199855Tammy Wynettecountry music singerPulmonary blood clotNashville, Tennessee
04/05/199850Cozy PowellBlack Sabbath, MSGCar AccidentBristol, England
04/02/199832Rob PilatusMilli VanilliAlcohol / PillsFrankfurt, Germany
03/13/199852Judge DreadTeggae/ska artistHeart FailureKent, England
03/11/199833Stacey GuessSquirrel Nut ZippersHeroin OverdoseToronto, Ontario, Canada
02/20/199851Bob McBrideLighthouseHeart FailureToronto, Ontario, Canada
02/15/199844Fleming WilliamsThe Hues CorporationFlint, Michigan

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Fleming Williams

December 26, 1943 - February 15, 1998

Fleming Williams was a founding member of the Hues Corporation, remembered for their 1974 #1 hit "Rock the Boat."

Fleming left the group soon after recording "Rock The Boat". He died in 1998 (some sources say 1992) after years of drug abuse.

02/06/199840Falco"Rock Me Amadeus"Car AccidentPuerto Plata, Dominican Republic
02/06/199851Carl WilsonBeach BoysCancerLos Angeles, California
02/05/199835Tim KellySlaughterCar AccidentBagdad, Arizona
02/05/199855Joe StubbsThe Falcons/The CountoursHeart Failure
01/19/199865Carl PerkinssongwriterStrokeJackson, Tennessee
01/15/199863Junior Wellsblues artistCancerChicago, Illinois
01/10/199854Ken ForssiThe Surfaris / Love, bassistBrain TumorTallahassee, Florida
01/05/199862Sonny BonoSonny & CherSkiing AccidentLake Tahoe, California

*** 1997 ***

12/31/199764Floyd CramerpianistLung CancerNashville, Tennessee
12/16/199745Nicolette Larsonsinger Los Angeles, California

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Nicolette Larson

July 17, 1952 - December 16, 1997

Nicolette Larson was a talented singer best known for her 1978 cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love". She also sang on Young's American Stars 'n Bars and Comes a Time albums and contributed vocals to the Doobie Brothers album Minute by Minute.

Larson's worked with Commander Cody led to her being signed to Warner Bros. Records. Her debut album, Nicolette, released September 29, 1978, was produced by Ted Templeman. The album reached #15 on the strength of the single "Lotta Love."

Larson was featured on 1979's No Nukes album; the Doobie Brothers back her in her performance of "Lotta Love." Larson can be seen in the No Nukes film but her performance was not shown in the film.

Larson died as a result of a cerebral edema triggered by liver failure and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles.

12/14/199751Kurt WinterThe Guess WhoKidney Failure
12/01/199789Stéphane GrappelliFrench jazz violinist Paris, France
11/28/199743Michael HedgesguitaristCar AccidentMendocino County, California
11/22/199737Michael HutchenceINXSSuicide (hanging)Sydney, Australia
11/10/199767Tommy Tedescosession guitaristLung CancerNorthridge, California
11/05/199737Epic SoundtracksSwell MapsWest Hampstead, London
10/31/199736John DoughertyFlipper, bassistHeroin Overdose
10/21/199752Henry "Sunflower" VestineCanned HeatHeart FailureParis, France

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Henry "Sunflower" Vestine

December 25, 1944 - October 21, 1997

10/19/199749Glen BuxtonAlice Cooper band, guitaristPneumoniaMason City, Iowa
10/12/199753John Denversinger/songwriterPlane CrashPacific Grove, California

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John Denver

December 31, 1943 - October 12, 1997

John Denver, one of the most important and successful singer-songwriters of the 1970's, died after his experimental aircraft crashed into California's Monterey Bay. He was just 53.

John sang about his love for nature (especially Colorado's Rocky Mountains), and his love for life and music. Denver's records have sold over 33 million copies. His 1973 Greatest Hits album sold more than 10 million copies in the first six months alone.

Born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., he was the son of an Air Force officer famed for piloting the B-58 Hustler bomber to speed records. John is also the nephew of singer Dave Deutschendorf of The New Christy Minstrels.

John's big break into the music business came in 1965 when he was invited to be a member of the Chad Mitchell trio, replacing founder Chad Mitchell who left to begin a solo career. The trio became known for their social activism and protest songs.

In 1969, Denver started his solo career, eventually signing with RCA records and releasing Rhymes & Reasons. The album contained his song "Leaving on a Jet Plane," which became a #1 hit when covered by Peter, Paul & Mary.

Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub signed Denver in 1970 and helped guide his career to great success, building on the strength of the single "Take Me Home, Country Roads", which went to number 2 on the Billboard charts. A string of hits soon followed and gave us his classics "Rocky Mountain High", "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Annie's Song", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", and "I'm Sorry."

Denver also had great success on television. His seasonal special, Rocky Mountain Christmas, was watched by more than 60 million people. He was a frequent guest star on The Muppet Show. He also tried acting, appearing in The Colorado Cattle Caper episode of the McCloud television movie on February 24, 1974, and starring in the 1977 film Oh, God! opposite George Burns.

Denver was also known for his political activism and his support of a number of charitable causes for the environment, the homeless, the poor, the hungry, and the African AIDS crisis. He also founded two environmental groups; the Windstar Foundation and Plant-It 2020.

On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed when flying his recently acquired experimental Adrian Davis Long-EZ plane. He was apparently unable to switch fuel tanks and ran out of fuel, causing the place to crash into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California. On September 24, 2007, the California Friends of John Denver and The Windstar Foundation unveiled a bronze plaque near the spot where his plane went down.

On October 24, 2014, Denver was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, which was accepted by his children Zachary and Jesse. His star is located at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.

09/21/199719Nick TrainaLink 80, vocalistSuicide (Morphine Overdose)
08/02/199783William S. BurroughsauthorHeart AttackLawrence, Kansas
07/10/1997Wanda Day4 Non-Blondes, drummerSalt Lake City, Utah
08/12/199757Luther AllisonBlues guitaristLung CancerMadison, Wisconsin
06/20/199759Lawrence PaytonThe Four TopsLiver CancerSouthfield, Michigan
06/15/199752John WoltersDr. Hook and the Medicine Show, drummerLiver CancerSan Francisco, California
06/05/199751Ronnie LaneSmall FacesMultiple SclerosisTrinidad, Colorado

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Ronnie Lane

April 1, 1946 - June 4, 1997

Ronald Frederick "Ronnie" Lane was an English singer, songwriter and bassist best known for his membership in the Small Faces.

Lane met Kenney Jones at a London pub and they decided to form a group they named "The Outcasts". While visiting the J60 Music Bar in Manor Park, London with his father in order to buy a bass guitar, Lane met Steve Marriott who was working there. Lane formed Small Faces with Steve Marriott and Kenney Jones in 1965, who were soon joined by Ian McLagan. This lineup lasted until 1969, when Marriott left the group. Lane formed a new group, Faces, with McLagan, Jones, Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart in 1969. He was the primary songwriter of Faces, composing many of their best loved pieces including "Ooh La La" and "Debris." Lane quit the Faces in 1973, in part because of the increasing popularity of Rod Stewart.

Pete Townshend recorded an album with Lane Rough Mix, released in 1977. During the recording of Rough Mix, Lane was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (his mother died from the disease in 1990). Nonetheless, he toured, wrote, and recorded (with Eric Clapton, among many others) and managed to release yet another album, See Me, which features several songs written by Lane and Clapton.

05/29/199730Jeff Buckleysinger/songwriterDrowned in Mississippi RiverMemphis, Tennessee
04/09/199787James "Yank" Rachellblues musicianIndianapolis, Indiana
04/08/199749Laura Nyrosinger/songwriterOvarian CancerDanbury, Connecticut
04/05/199770Allen Ginsbergbeat poetLiver CancerNew York, New York
03/24/199757Harold MelvinHarold Melvin and the Blue Notes
03/24/199760Carroll James, Jr.First DJ to play the Beatles in USACancerSilver Spring, Maryland
03/10/199767LaVern BakerR&B singer New York, New York

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LaVern Baker

November 11, 1929 - March 10, 1997

LaVern Baker was an R&B singer from Chicago who had several hit records from the 1950s and early 1960s. She is remembered for recordings such as "Tweedle Dee" (1955), "Jim Dandy" (1956), and "I Cried a Tear" (1958).

The song "Jim Dandy" (sometimes known as "Jim Dandy to the Rescue") was written by Lincoln Chase and recorded by Baker in 1956; it quickly climbed to the top of the charts. In 1973, the song was covered by southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas. Their version reached #25 on the pop chart and featured Jim Mangrum (who had already been using "Jim Dandy" as a stage name before they covered the song) and female vocalist Ruby Starr trading off vocals. It was the first single from their 1973 album High on the Hog, the band's most commercially successful album.

Baker died of cardiovascular disease on March 10, 1997, at the age of 67. She was buried in an unmarked plot in Maple Grove Cemetery, in Kew Gardens, New York. Local historians raised funds for a headstone, which was erected on May 4, 2008.

03/07/199724The Notorious B.I.G.rapperMurderedLos Angeles, California

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The Notorious B.I.G.

May 21, 1972 - March 7, 1997

Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G, Biggie, or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper, considered one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.

On March 9, 1997, Wallace was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His murder has never been solved.

His double-disc album Life After Death, released 16 days after his death, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and has sold well over 10 million copies.

02/09/199745Miss CynderellaThe GTO's?Palm Desert, California

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Miss Cynderella

January 26, 1952 - February 19, 1997

Cynthia Sue Well, known as Miss Cynderella, was born in Los Angeles on January 26, 1952. She was a member of the all-girl group The GTO's (Girls Together Outrageously).

She married John Cale of the Velvet Underground in 1971, but they divorced in 1975. In Cale's song "Guts" he sings: "The bugger in the short sleeves f*cked my wife" (referring to Kevin Ayers sleeping with Miss Cindy in 1974)

Miss Cynderella's death was not widely reported until 2007, when Pamela Des Barres mentioned it in her book Let's Spend the Night Together.

Several other members of The GTO's have passed: Miss Christine died in 1972 of a drug overdose; Miss Lucy died of AIDS in 1991; Miss Sandra died of cancer in Albion, California on April 23, 1991 at age 42.

02/09/199751Brian ConnollyThe Sweet, vocalistAlcohol relatedSlough, Berkshire, England

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Brian Connolly

October 5, 1945 - February 9, 1997

01/22/199739Billy MackenzieAssociates, singerSuicideAuchterhouse, Dundee, Scotland
01/21/199787Colonel Tom ParkerElvis's managerStrokeLas Vegas, Nevada

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Colonel Tom Parker

June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997

Colonel Thomas Andrew "Tom" Parker was Elvis Presley's manager. "The Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his own financial gain and took more than the traditional 10–15 percent management fee (reaching up to 50 percent by the end of Presley's life).

Parker first became involved in the music industry as a music promoter in 1938, working with popular singer Gene Austin. In 1945, Parker became Eddy Arnold's full-time manager, signing a contract for 25% of the star's earnings.

In 1948, Jimmie Davis, the governor of Louisiana, awarded Parker the rank of colonel in the Louisiana State Militia. Parker used the title throughout his life, becoming known simply as "the Colonel" to many.

His Las Vegas funeral was attended by many, including Eddy Arnold and Sam Phillips, with Priscilla Presley giving a Eulogy. She said: "Elvis and the Colonel made history together, and the world is richer, better and far more interesting because of their collaboration. And now I need to locate my wallet, because I noticed there was no ticket booth on the way in here, but I'm sure that the Colonel must have arranged for some toll on the way out."

Colonel Tom Parker has a sidewalk star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

01/10/199754Kenny PickettThe CreationLondon, England
01/02/199745Randy CaliforniaSpiritDrownedMolokai, Hawaii

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Randy California

February 20, 1951 - January 2, 1997

01/01/199745Townes Van Zandtsinger/songwriterPulmonary EmbolismNashville, Tennessee

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Townes Van Zandt

March 7, 1944 - January 1, 1997

Townes Van Zandt is remembered as a singer/songwriter widely admired by other songwriters, but one who was never able to reach a wide commercial audience. He authored classic songs such as "Pancho and Lefty" (recorded by Willie Nelson) and "If I Needed You" (recorded by EmmyLou Harris).

A live version of Van Zandt's cover of The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers was used during the final scene of the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski".

Townes Van Zandt died on New Year's Day in Nashville of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) following hip surgery.

*** 1996 ***

12/09/199640Patty DonahueThe WaitressesLung CancerNew York, New York
11/30/199664Herbert KhauryTiny TimHeart FailureMinneapolis, Minnesota

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Tiny Tim

April 12, 1932 - November 30, 1996

Tiny Tim, known for his quirky ukulele rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," died after suffering a heart attack onstage at the age of 64.

Born in Manhattan as Herbert Butros Khaury, he exhibited an early interest in music, spending much of his free time exploring the sheet music archives at the New York City Public Library. At age 11, he began playing the violin, and later the mandolin and ukulele, which became his signature instrument. He started performing at dance club amateur nights under different names, such as Texarkana Tex, Judas K. Foxglove, Vernon Castle, and Emmett Swink. To stand out from the crowd of performers he wore wild clothing and, after seeing an old poster of a long-haired Rudolph Valentino, grew his own hair out to shoulder length and wore pasty white facial makeup.

In 1963, he landed his first paying gig at Page 3, a gay and lesbian club in Greenwich Village, playing 6 hours a night, 6 nights a week, for $96 per month. He performed for the next two years as "Dary Dover", and after that, "Sir Timothy Timms". After being booked to follow a "midget" act, his manager, George King, billed the 6'1" Khaury using the ironic stage name "Tiny Tim". The name stuck.

His first of many television appearances was on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, a popular American television comedy-variety show. The singer entered carrying a shopping bag, pulled his Martin soprano ukulele from it, and sang a medley of "A Tisket A Tasket" and "On The Good Ship Lollipop." He reappeared and sang a third song, his signature "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."

In 1968, his first album God Bless Tiny Tim was released. It contained an orchestrated version of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," a popular song first published in 1929. Tiny Tim's recording of the song became a hit after being released as a single. This was followed by 1969's For All My Little Friends, a collection of children's songs that was nominated for a Grammy Award.

He married Vicki Budinger ("Miss Vicki") on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show on December 17, 1969, before an audience of 40 million viewers. They had a daughter, Tulip Victoria, before they divorced.

After his career highlights in the late 1960s, Tiny Tim's television appearances dwindled, and his popularity began to wane. He continued to play concerts around the United States, making several lucrative appearances in Las Vegas. When his recording contract ended with Reprise, he founded his own record label and humorously named it Vic Tim Records, as a pun on the combination of his wife's name with that of his own.

He performed with the American alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven in 1986.

On September 28, 1996, Tiny suffered a heart attack just as he began singing at a ukulele festival at the Montague Grange Hall in Montague, Massachusetts. Doctors advised that he quit performing, but he ignored the advice.

On November 30, 1996, he was playing at a gala benefit hosted by the Women's Club of Minneapolis. He had let his third wife ("Miss Sue") know before the show that he was not feeling well, but did not want to disappoint the fans. While performing his last number of the evening, he suffered another heart attack on stage in the middle of a rendition of his hit, "Tiptoe Through the Tulips". His wife was helping him back to their table when he collapsed, and never regained consciousness. His remains are entombed in a mausoleum in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

11/02/199633Eva Cassidyfolk singerCancerBowie, Maryland
10/17/199630Chris AclandLush, drummerSuicide (hanging)Burneside, England
09/13/199625Tupac ShakurrapperMurderedLas Vegas, Nevada

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Tupac Shakur

June 16, 1971 - September 13, 1996

On September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was leaving a boxing event in Las Vegas when he was shot multiple times. Six days after the drive-by shooting, he was dead at 25.

A persistent theory is that his death was the result of the era's volatile East Coast/West Coast rap war. New York rapper Notorious B.I.G. was murdered only six months later. Both murders remain unsolved to this day.

09/10/199652Lee BakerMud Boy and the NeutronsMurderedHorseshoe Lake, Arkansas
09/09/199684Bill Monroe"The father of Bluegrass"StrokeSpringfield, Tennessee

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Bill Monroe

September 13, 1911 - September 9, 1996

08/11/199662Mel TaylorThe Ventures, DrummerLung CancerLos Angeles, California
07/29/199628Jason ThirskPennywise, bassistSuicide (gunshot)
07/28/199648Margie Ganser DorsteThe Shangri-LasBreast CancerNew York, New York
07/22/199641Rob CollinsThe Charlatans, keyboardistCar AccidentNear Monmouth, Wales, UK
07/17/199657Bryan "Chas" ChandlerAnimals, bassistHeart FailureNewcastle upon Tyne, England

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Bryan "Chas" Chandler
December 18, 1938 – July 17, 1996

Chas Chandler was the original bassist in the Animals. He also managed the band Slade and Jimi Hendrix, about whom he was regularly interviewed until his death in 1996.

07/16/199647John PanozzoStyxAlcoholChicago, Illinois
07/11/199634Jonathan MelvoinSmashing PumpkinsHeroin OverdoseNew York, New York
06/10/199654Alan BlakelyThe TremeloesCancerLondon, England
05/31/199659Elsbeary Hobbs, Jr.The Drifters, bass vocalistLung CancerNew York, New York
05/31/199675Dr. Timothy LearyLSD GuruCancerHollywood, California
05/30/199648John KahnJerry Garcia Band, bassistDrug OverdoseMill Valley, California
05/25/199628Bradley NowellSublimeDrug OverdoseSan Francisco, California

Bradley Nowell
Bradley Nowell
February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996

Bradley James Nowell was the lead singer and guitarist of the ska punk band Sublime.

Born and raised Long Beach, California, Bradley showed an interest in music from a young age. While attending California State University at Long Beach, he met bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh and together they formed Sublime. In his lifetime, Sublime released the albums 40oz. to Freedom and Robbin' the Hood to critical and commercial success.

Nowell struggled with herion addiction. He became sober after his son Jakob was born, but relapsed and died of a heroin overdose in a San Francisco hotel while Sublime was on tour. He was 28.

05/17/199661Johnny "Guitar" Watsonblues guitaristHeart AttackYokohama, Japan
05/17/199629Kevin GilbertAutoerotic AsphyxiationPasadena, California

Kevin Gilbert
Kevin Gilbert
November 20, 1966 – May 17, 1996

Kevin Gilbert, who shared a Grammy nomination for the hit Sheryl Crow song "All I Wanna Do," was found dead in his bed on May 18, 1996 at his home in Pasadena, California. The coroner listed the cause of death as "asphyxia due to partial suspension hanging." MTV more bluntly reported the cause of death as autoerotic asphyxiation.

Kevin may be best remembered for discovering Sheryl Crow. Crow was an unknown when she auditioned to be a keyboardist with Gilbert's band Toy Matinee, which released a self-titled CD in 1989. Crow and Gilbert dated for about two years. During that time Gilbert joined in a weekly jam session known as the "Tuesday Music Club." Crow named her album after the group and described it in the disc's liner notes. Gilbert did not tour with Crow, and the two parted on less than cordial terms.

Gilbert was a big fan of the rock group Genesis, and wowed crowds with his performance of Genesis covers. According to friends, he was scheduled to fly to London the week after his death to audition to replace Phil Collins.

While never capturing the spotlight for himself, Kevin Gilbert worked with many music giants: playing keys on Eddie Money's Nothing to Lose album in 1988, engineering a single for Michael Jackson, and writing songs for Madonna's Dick Tracy soundtrack.

05/11/199646Walter HyattUncle Walt's BandPlane CrashEverglades, Florida

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Walter Hyatt
October 25, 1949 - May 11, 1996

Walter Hyatt was a singer/songwriter who formed Uncle Walt's Band in 1972. Popular in the Austin, Texas music scene, the band had a cult following around the world and a fan in musician Lyle Lovett, who produced their album King Tears, Lovett's first work as a producer.

Tragically, Walter Hyatt was one of the 110 killed when ValuJet Flight 592 caught fire after take-off from Miami and crashed into a remote and swampy area of the Florida Everglades.

Hyatt's Some Unfinished Business (Volume One) was released in January 2008 to rave reviews. The album contains songs Hyatt was working on at the time of his death.

04/18/199643Bernard EdwardsChicPneumoniaTokyo, Japan
04/05/199650Monika Dannemannlast girlfriend of Jimi HendrixsuicideSeaford, East Sussex, England
03/31/199680Jeffrey Lee PierceThe Gun ClubStrokeSalt Lake City, Utah
03/22/199650Don MurrayThe Turtles, drummercomplications from ulcer surgery
03/17/199654Terry Staffordsinger/songwriterLiver ProblemsAmarillo, Texas

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Terry Stafford
November 22, 1941 - March 17, 1996

One-hit wonder Terry Stafford was known for his 1964 Elvis sound-alike single "Suspicion."

03/16/199680Joe PopeThe TamsHeart Failure
03/04/199683Minnie PearlGrand Ole Opry star / Country ComedianStrokeNashville, Tennessee
02/16/199680Brownie McGheefolk/blues singerStomach CancerOakland, California

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Brownie McGhee
November 30, 1915 - February 16, 1996

Brownie McGhee was a folk-blues singer and guitarist best known for his collaboration with Sonny Terry.

01/31/1996 Rick CurtisCrazy Horse, vocalistVentura, California

Rest in Peace
Richard Curtis

Rick Curtis and his brothers and sisters formed the psych-folk band These Vizitors in 1965. They recorded with Phil Ramone in 1967.

In 1972, Rick was a guitarist and vocalist for Crazy Horse, formerly Neil Young's backup band. He and his brother Michael wrote many of the songs on their 1972 album At Crooked Lake. Former Crazy Horse member Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose just a month after this album was released.

A prolific songwriter, Curtis co-wrote "Southern Cross" for Crosby, Stills & Nash and "Blue Letter" for Fleetwood Mac. Both songs were originally demos recorded with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

01/16/199649Richard KermodeJanis Joplin's Kosmic Blues BandDenver, Colorado

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Richard Kermode
October 5, 1946 - January 16, 1996

Richard Kermode was a respected jazz keyboardist in Buffalo, New York. In 1969, he moved to California and joined Janis Joplin's band. He joined her on the stage at Woodstock. He later played with Carlos Santana, Patti LaBelle and Malo.

*** 1995 ***

12/30/199555Clarence "Satch" SatchellThe Ohio Players, saxophonistAneurysmDayton, Ohio
12/25/199578Dean Martinpop singer and actorRespiratory FailureBeverly Hills, California
12/21/199546Charlie TumahaiBe-Bop Deluxe, bassistHeart FailureAuckland, New Zealand
11/23/199564Junior WalkersaxophonistCancerBattle Creek, Michigan

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Junior Walker

June 14, 1931 - November 23, 1995

Junior Walker (born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr. in Blytheville, Arkansas) was the leader of the Motown group Junior Walker and the All Stars. His saxophone style was the anchor for the band's overall sound. Their first and signature hit was "Shotgun", written by Junior Walker and produced by Berry Gordy.

Walker contributed to Rock 'n' Roll by playing saxophone on Foreigner's smash radio hit "Urgent" in 1981.

11/21/199560Peter GrantLed Zeppelin, managerHeart FailureSussex, England
11/21/199535Matthew James AshmanAdam Ant / Bow Wow Wow, guitaristDiabetesLondon, England
11/08/199540Country Dick MontanaBeat Farmers, drummerHeart AttackWhistler, British Columbia
10/21/199528Shannon HoonBlind MelonDrug OverdoseNew Orleans, Louisiana
09/08/199521Jack Vigliatura IVFor Squirrels, vocalistCar AccidentGeorgia
09/08/199523Bill WhiteFor Squirrels, bassistCar AccidentGeorgia
09/08/199523Tim BenderFor Squirrels, tour managerCar AccidentGeorgia
08/30/199553Sterling MorrisonVelvet UndergroundCancerPoughkeepsie, New York
08/26/199556Ronald WhiteThe MiraclesLeukemiaDetroit, Michigan
08/23/199531Dwayne GoettelSkinny PuppyHeroin OverdoseEdmonton, Alberta
08/16/199539Bobby DeBargeSwitch / DeBargeAIDSGrand Rapids, Michigan
08/09/199553Jerry GarciaGrateful DeadHeart FailureSan Francisco, California

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Jerry Garcia

August 1, 1942 - August 9, 1995

Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia gained fame as co-founder of the band the Grateful Dead, a band he lead from 1965 until death his death. Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Saunders-Garcia Band with longtime friend Merl Saunders, Jerry Garcia Band, the bluegrass combo Old and in the Way, the Jerry Garcia/David Grisman acoustic duo, and Legion of Mary.

Jerry Garcia was born August 1, 1942 in San Francisco, California; he was named after showtune composer Jerome Kern. Jerry's Father, Jose, a retired jazz musician turned tavern owner, drowned while fishing when Jerry was five.

At age four, much of Jerry's right middle finger had to be amputated after an accident when chopping wood.

Raised by his mother and grandparents, Jerry displayed an early interest in music, first learning piano in early childhood. His mother bought him an accordion for his 15th birthday, but Jerry didn't like the instrument and persuaded her to exchange it for an electric guitar. Garcia became an avid student of folk, old-time country, and bluegrass music, playing both the acoustic guitar and banjo.

He dropped out of high school in 1960 and joined the army, but was dishonorably discharged a few months later. In February 1961, Garcia was a passenger in a car involved in a fatal accident that killed his friend Paul Speegle. He was thrown from the car and escaped with a broken collarbone.

In 1962 Garcia met Phil Lesh, the eventual bassist of the Grateful Dead, during a party in Palo Alto's bohemian Perry Lane neighborhood (where Ken Kesey lived).

During 1964, he began playing in a jug band, Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, that also featured guitarist/singer Bob Weir and singer/harmonica player/keyboardist Ron McKernan (aka Pigpen). At the turn of 1965, the group took up electric instruments and became a rock & roll band, adding drummer Bill Kreutzmann and renaming themselves the Warlocks. Phil Lesh, a friend of Garcia's since 1962, joined them on bass by June 1965, and in December the quintet first performed under its new name, the Grateful Dead.

Garcia was lead guitarist, a principal vocalist and a songwriter for the Grateful Dead for their entire career. The band toured relentlessly.

On July 10, 1986, following a strenuous Grateful Dead tour, Garcia fell into a diabetic coma lasting three days and nearly died. Garcia's coma had a profound effect on him: it forced him to have to relearn how to play the guitar, as well as other, more basic skills.

Garcia was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead in 1994.

Early on the morning of August 9, 1995, Garcia's unconscious body was discovered on the floor of his room at the Serenity Knolls treatment center in Forest Knolls, California. The cause of death was a heart attack.

07/25/199562Charlie Rich"The Silver Fox", country singerpulmonary embolismHammond, Louisiana

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Charlie Rich

December 14, 1932 - July 25, 1995

Charlie Rich (nicknamed "The Silver Fox" in the latter part of his life) was a Grammy-award winning country and popular music singer. He is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". "The Most Beautiful Girl" topped the U.S. country singles charts, as well as the pop singles charts.

Charlie Rich was traveling with his wife to Florida from Natchez, Mississippi, where he watched his son perform with Freddy Fender at a local casino, when he experienced a bout of severe coughing. After visiting a doctor in St. Francisville, Louisiana, and receiving antibiotics, he continued traveling until he stopped to rest for the night. Charlie Rich died in his sleep on July 25, 1995, in a Hammond, Louisiana, motel. He was 62 years old. The cause of death was a blood clot in his lung. He was buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

07/01/199545Ian ParkinBe-Bop Deluxe, guitaristCancer?
07/01/199556Wolfman JackDisc JockeyHeart AttackBelvidere, North Carolina
06/14/199547Rory GallagherTasteAlcohol, Liver TransplantLondon, England
04/14/199585Burl IvesFolk RevivalistAnacortes, Washington
03/31/199523SelenaTejano singerMurderedCorpus Christi, Texas
03/30/199559Paul A. RothchildproducerLung CancerLos Angeles, California
03/23/199541Alan BartonBlack LaceCar AccidentCologne, Germany
03/08/199529Ingo SchwichtenbergHelloweenSuicide by TrainGermany
03/07/199534David LoucksRacer / Tin EarMurderedSeattle, Washington
03/05/199551Vivian StanshallBonzo Dog Doo-Dah BandHouse FireLondon, England
02/26/199544Frank O'KeefeThe Outlaws, bassistDrug OverdoseClearwater, Florida

Rest in Peace
Frank O'Keefe

March 18, 1950 - February 26, 1995

Frank O'Keefe was the original bassist for southern rock band, the Outlaws. Although the band was riding high on a string of what would eventually become classic rock staples, O'Keefe decided to leave the band after suffering a broken neck from a fall in July, 1976. The trials of a hectic life on the road also helped in that decision. That neck injury lead to his reliance on pain medication for the rest of his life.

On February 26, 1995, O'Keefe's lifeless body was found by his roommate in his Clearwater, Florida home. He apparently died as a result of drug and alcohol abuse.

02/23/199552Melvin FranklinThe Temptations Los Angeles, California
02/18/199535Bob StinsonThe Replacements Minneapolis, Minnesota
02/12/199542Philip Taylor KramerIron ButterflyCar AccidentMalibu, California

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Philip Taylor Kramer

July 12, 1952 - February 12, 1995

Philip Taylor Kramer was the bass guitar player for the rock group Iron Butterfly during the 1970s. He joined the band in 1974. He later obtained a degree in aerospace engineering and worked on missile guidance systems for a contractor of the US Department of Defense. With his father, Kramer had also been working on a data compression and transmission project which he believed could result in faster-than-light speed communications (their work also involved a long-running family effort to discredit Albert Einstein's theories).

On February 12, 1995 he drove to Los Angeles International Airport to pick up an investor. After waiting an hour for the business contact who never arrived, Kramer called both his wife and Iron Butterfly drummer and co-founder Ron Bushy from the cell phone in his car, leaving Bushy a cryptic message about seeing him "...on the other side." Kramer also called the police and said, "I’m going to kill myself. And I want everyone to know O.J. Simpson is innocent. They did it."

Kramer was never heard from again. This led to a massive search and many news reports, talk show segments (including an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show) and even an episode on Unsolved Mysteries some years later. There was wild speculation, fueled by his longtime friend Ron Bushy, that agents from the United States government had abducted Kramer. Bushy, who had been talking with Kramer about a reunion tour for the band, said "I honestly believe that he has been abducted by our government or an agency that is part of it or maybe a foreign government or a company." Ohio Democrat Rep. James Traficant is reported to have said, "Someone may have grabbed him," suggesting he might have been brainwashed by terrorists for "nefarious purposes."

On Saturday, May 29, 1999, Kramer's 1993 green Ford Aerostar minivan, driver's license and skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence and Kramer's emergency call to the police, his death was ruled as a probable suicide committed on the day on which he was last heard.

02/07/199545Billy JonesThe OutlawsSuicideSpring Hill, Florida
02/01/199527Richey EdwardsManic Street Preachersdisappeared mysteriouslyLondon, England

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Richey Edwards

December 22, 1967 - February 1, 1995 (?)

Richey Edwards was a Welsh musician who was the singer for the alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers.

He mysteriously disappeared from a London hotel on Feb. 1, 1995 after withdrawing a large amount of cash and renewing his passport. His abandoned car was found within walking distance of the Severn Bridge, a notorious suicide spot.

Having never been located, he was declared presumed deceased November 28, 2008.

01/29/1995 Ken JensenDOAHouse FireVancouver, BC, Canada
01/24/199532David ColeC+C Music FactorySpinal MeningitisNew York, New York
01/14/199545Ruby StarrBlack Oak Arkansas, singerCancerToledo, Ohio

*** 1994 ***

11/18/199486Cab Callowayjazz singerStrokeHockessin, Delaware
11/16/199457Dino ValentiQuicksilver Messenger Service Santa Rosa, California
11/10/199474Carmen McRaejazz singer Beverly Hills, California
11/04/199445Fred "Sonic" SmithMC5Heart FailureDetroit, Michigan
10/27/199457Robert WhiteThe Funk Brothers, guitaristHeart FailureLos Angeles, California
10/26/199465Wilbert Harrisonrecorded "Kansas City"Spencer, North Carolina
10/22/199452Jimmy MillerRolling Stones, producerLiver FailureDenver, Colorado

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Jimmy Miller

March 23, 1942 – October 22, 1994

James "Jimmy" Miller was an American record producer and musician who produced dozens of albums between the mid-1960s and early 1990s, including landmark recordings for Blind Faith, Spooky Tooth, Traffic, Motörhead, the Plasmatics, and Primal Scream. He produced some of the Rolling Stones most famous albums: Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile on Main St. (1972) and Goats Head Soup (1973).

A drummer himself, Miller was known for his distinctive drum sounds, especially his work with the Rolling Stones, on whose recordings he occasionally played percussion parts such as the famous opening cowbell on "Honky Tonk Women" and the full drum kit on "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Happy," "Tumbling Dice" and "Shine a Light."

Prior to working with the Rolling Stones, Miller rose to fame by producing successful releases for the Spencer Davis Group including their breakthrough hit "Gimme Some Lovin'" and the follow-up smash "I'm A Man," which Miller co-wrote with the band's singer-keyboardist, Steve Winwood. Miller also contributed the lyrics to the Traffic song "Medicated Goo."

Miller is also famous for being the "Mr. Jimmy" mentioned in the lyrics to the Stones song "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

09/06/199450Nicky HopkinsRolling Stones, keyboardistIntestinal complicationsNashville, Tennessee

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Nicky Hopkins

February 24, 1944 - Sept 6, 1994

Nicky Hopkins, a British keyboardist whose work is heard on many great rock songs, has died at the age of 50. His death was from complications resulting from intestinal surgery related to his lifelong battle with Crohn's disease.

Hopkins recorded and toured with many famous artists from the 1960s on, most notably the Rolling Stones. His work is also heard on music by the Easybeats, the Kinks, the Pretty Things, the Move and The Who. He also had a successful solo career.

Nicky's musical career began at age 16 when he joined Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages as a pianist. Two years later, he and fellow Savages Bernie Watson, Rick Brown (aka Ricky Fenson) and Carlo Little, joined the renowned blues harmonica player Cyril Davies, who had just left Blues Incorporated.

In 1967 he joined the Jeff Beck Group, playing on the LPs Truth and Beck-Ola. The following year, Hopkins recorded Beggars Banquet with the Rolling Stones, having previously worked for them on their 1967 single "We Love You" and the album Their Satanic Majesties Request. He also recorded for several San Franciscan groups, playing on albums by Jefferson Airplane (with whom he performed at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969), the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Steve Miller Band. He briefly joined Quicksilver Messenger Service and also appeared with the Jerry Garcia Band.

07/27/1994 Ken MontgomeryDOAHeroin Overdose
07/11/199423Shannon Wilseypornographic actressSuicide by gunshotBurbank, California

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October 9, 1970 - July 11, 1994

Shannon Michelle Wilsey, better known by her stage name of Savannah, was an American pornographic actress known for her ties to rock stars. She lived with musician Gregg Allman for two years and later had relationships with Billy Idol, comedian Pauly Shore, bassist Billy Sheehan, guitarist Slash, and Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe.

Savannah took her own life after injuring her face in an accident while driving her Corvette.

06/26/1994Mick WayneguitaristFireMichigan

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Mick Wayne

1945 - June 26, 1994

Mick Wayne was a talented guitarist who played on David Bowie's Space Oddity. He was in Bowie's backing band, Junior's Eyes, and recorded some sessions for the BBC in 1969 under the name David Bowie & Junior's Eyes.

Before Junior's Eyes was formed in 1968, Wayne was a member of a series of other British bands. His first band, 'The Outsiders', had Jimmy Page on guitar. In 1968, he helped record James Taylor's debut album. After more projects, he eventually retired from the music business.

On June 26, 1994, while working on a comeback solo album, Mick died in a tragic fire at his producer's house. He is survived by his daughters Sarah and Abbegail.

06/16/199427Kristen PfaffHole, bassistHeroin OverdoseSeattle, Washington
06/04/199451Derek LeckenbyHerman's Hermitsnon-Hodgkins lymphomaManchester, England
04/07/199441Lee BrilleauxDr. FeelgoodThroat CancerLeigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
04/05/199427Kurt CobainNirvanaSuicide (Shotgun)Seattle, Washington

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994

On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain wrote a suicide note in which he said he couldn't stand to think of his daughter becoming "the miserable self-destructive, death rocker that I've become." He went into the greenhouse of his Seattle mansion and injected himself with a massive dose of heroin (an estimated 225mg). He put a 20-gauge shotgun against the roof of his mouth, and fired.

There are some strange circumstances and many unanswered questions surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain. Was Cobain murdered? This has been the subject of books, television shows, radio shows, quite a few magazine and newspaper stories, and the film "Kurt and Courtney"

Read more about the controversy:

Cobain Was Killed

Private Detective Tom Grant's web site

Kurt Cobain is also a member of the "Forever 27" Club of musicians that have all mysteriously passed away at age 27. Other members include Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones.

03/22/199443Dan HartmanEdgar Winter GroupBrain CancerWestport, Connecticut
02/22/199476Papa John CreachJefferson AirplanePneumoniaLos Angeles, California
01/22/199437Rhett ForresterRiot, singerMurderedAtlanta, Georgia
01/15/199452Harry Nilssonsinger/songwriterHeart AttackLos Angeles, California

Everybody's Talkin'
Harry Nilsson
June 15, 1941 - January 15, 1994

Harry Edward Nilsson III, credited on most of his recordings simply as Nilsson, was known for being a witty and idiosyncratic songwriter.

After having some of his songs recorded by Glen Campbell, Fred Astaire, the Shangri-Las, and the Yardbirds, Nilsson signed with RCA in 1966 and the following year released Pandemonium Shadow Show.

Nilsson's second RCA album, Aerial Ballet, included his recording of Fred Neil's song "Everybody's Talkin'". Director John Schlesinger used this recording in the movie Midnight Cowboy and the song became a hit - reaching number 6 on Billboard's Hot 100 and earning Nilsson a Grammy. Nilsson's success continued as Three Dog Night's recording of his song "One" reached number 5 on the charts and went on to sell more than a million copies.

Nilsson's 1969 album Harry included a song written by Randy Newman. In 1970, Nilsson recorded an entire album of songs by Newman, Nilsson Sings Newman.

In early 1971, The Point!, the first 90-minute, "made-for-television," animated film debuted on ABC. Based on a story by Nilsson, The Point! featured several songs by Nilsson including "Me And My Arrow".

Nilsson's 1971 album, Nilsson Schmilsson, became his best-selling album and "Without You", the album's first single, became a world-wide hit in 1972.

In 1974, Nilsson and John Lennon generated newspaper headlines by being thrown out of the Troubadour for heckling a Smothers Brothers performance. The same year, Lennon produced Nilsson's Pussy Cats album.

*** 1993 ***

12/19/199347Michael ClarkeThe ByrdsLiver FailureTreasure Island, Florida

Rest in Peace
Michael Clarke
June 3, 1946 - December 19, 1993

Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick) was the drummer for the Byrds from 1964 until 1967. He was fired from the band after the The Notorious Byrd Brothers album was completed.

Between 1969 and 1973, Clarke drummed with the Flying Burrito Brothers, including an appearance with the band at the infamous Altamont Free Concert, documented in the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter film.

During the 1974-1981 period, Clarke was a member of the soft rock band Firefall, followed by a period as the drummer for Jerry Jeff Walker, ending in 1982.

He died at age 47 due to liver failure, a direct result of more than three decades of heavy alcohol consumption.

12/05/199332Doug HopkinsGin BlossomsSuicideTempe, Arizona

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Doug Hopkins
April 11, 1961 - December 5, 1993

Doug Hopkins was the lead guitarist and principal songwriter of Gin Blossoms, a popular modern rock band of the early 1990s. Hopkins' writing credits include the hit songs "Hey Jealousy", "Found Out About You", "Hold Me Down," and "Lost Horizons".

12/04/199352Frank ZappaMothers of InventionStomach CancerLos Angeles, California

Rest in Peace
Frank Zappa
December 21, 1940 - December 4, 1993

12/03/199332Ray GillenBlack SabbathAIDSNew York, New York
11/28/199347Jerry EdmontonSteppenwolfCar AccidentSanta Ynez, California
11/24/199361Albert Collinsblues legendCancerLas Vegas, Nevada
10/31/199323River PhoenixactorDrug OverdoseLos Angeles, California

Rest in Peace
River Phoenix
August 23, 1970 - October 31, 1993

Although River Phoenix is best remembered as an actor, his true passion may have been music. Phoenix was a singer, songwriter and an accomplished guitarist.
On Halloween morning, 1993, Phoenix died of a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub the Viper Room.

10/25/199344Howard Arthur BlauveltRam Jam, bassistHeart AttackNew York, New York

Rest in Peace
Howie Arthur Blauvelt

Howie Arthur Blauvelt was the bassist for Ram Jam, a New York Band remembered for their 1977 hit Black Betty. The song, a reinterpretation of a Lead Belly classic, caused some conflict with the NAACP and the Congress of Racial Equality calling for a boycott due to the lyrics.

Prior to his work with Ram Jam, Blauvelt played with Billy Joel in several bands, most notably The Hassles.

Ram Jam drummer Pete Charles died in 2002.

10/23/199382Vincent PriceVincent Price, actor / voice artistLung CancerLos Angeles, California

Rest in Peace
Vincent Price

May 27, 1911 - October 23, 1993

Vincent Price, known for his starring roles in many Hollywood horror movies, has died of lung cancer and emphysemaemphysema. He was a life-long smoker.

He appeared on stage, television, and radio, and in more than 100 films. Price also contributed his distinctive voice to a number of musical recordings. Price provided a monologue for the Alice Cooper song Devil's Food in 1975, and he appeared in the corresponding TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare.

In 1976, Price recorded a cover of Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash" as a 45rpm single.

In 1982, Price provided the spoken-word sequence to the end of the Michael Jackson song "Thriller". It goes like this:

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'all's neighborhood
And whomsoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse's shell

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grisly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

(Long maniacal laugh...)

10/17/199330Criss OlivaSavatage, guitaristCar AccidentZephyrhills, Florida

Rest in Peace
Criss Oliva

April 3, 1963 - October 17, 1993

10/13/199353Wade FlemonsEarth Wind & FireCancerBattle Creek, Michigan

Rest in Peace
Wade Flemons

September 25, 1940 – October 13, 1993

Flemons was the lead singer of the musical group, Wade Flemons & The Newcomers. A native of Coffeyville, Kansas, he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, where he started The Newcomers. In 1958, his first single, 'Here I Stand,' was released on the Vee-Jay Record Label. In 1960, Flemons released his biggest hit, 'Easy Lovin,' which landed on the R&B Top Ten. After more solo work, Flemons joined Vee-Jay session musician Maurice White's group, 'The Salty Peppers' on their debut single, 'La La Time,' on Capitol Records. Following the release of their next single, 'Your Love Is Life,' the group became better known as 'Earth, Wind & Fire.' Flemons remained with EWF contributing vocals, electric piano, and vibes, until he and other members were dismissed by White in 1973. After leaving Earth, Wind & Fire, Flemons continued with his solo career.

On October 13, 1993, Flemons died in Battle Creek, Michigan after a battle with cancer. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served as a Private First Class in the United States Army and is buried in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

08/05/199345Randy Jo HobbsJohnny Winter, MontroseDrug Overdose?Dayton, Ohio
07/30/199353Don MyrickEarth Wind & Fire, saxophonistMurdered by policeLos Angeles, California

Rest in Peace
Don Myrick

April 6, 1940 – July 30, 1993

Don Myrick played alto, tenor and soprano saxophone as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire's original horn section, The Phenix Horns Esq. from 1975 through 1982.

Myrick was fatally shot in Los Angeles, California by a Santa Monica policeman during a narcotics investigation. While attempting to serve a search warrant, Police Officer Gary Barbaro mistook a F lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon. He fired a single bullet that hit Myrick in the chest. Myrick died in the hospital shortly afterwards, A wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles was settled for $400,000.

He was buried in an unmarked grave (Lot 1034, Grave B, West end of plot) in the 'El Portal' section of the Inglewood Park Cemetery.

07/07/199327Mia ZapataThe GitsMurderedSeattle, Washington
07/01/199329Dave InsurgentReagan YouthSuicide (Heroin Overdose)New York, New York

Rest in Peace
Dave Insurgent
September 5, 1964 - July 1, 1993

David Rubinstein founded New York punk-rock Band Reagan Youth with guitarist Paul Bakija while both were in high school. Changing their names to Dave Insurgent and Paul Cripple, they played in the Manhattan scene in clubs like CBGB's. The band often used Nazi and Ku Klux Klan imagery to express their left-wing politics and to point out the perceived parallels between the policies of Ronald Reagan and the Christian Right and the beliefs of the hate groups. Their songs included "Jesus Was a Communist," a stab at the Christian fundamentalists in the United States, and "New Aryans," an anti-conservative/yuppie and also anti-racist anthem. It should be noted that both of Dave Rubinstein's parents were Holocaust survivors.

The group disbanded at the end of President Reagan's term of office. Dave became addicted to Heroin and his girlfriend, Tiffany Bresciani, became a prostitute to fund her own addiction.

The Evening of June 24, 1993, David and Tiffany were waiting on the street when a familiar customer pulled up in a Mazda pick-up truck. Tiffany got in, telling David that she would return in twenty minutes. She never came back. David called the police with a description of the truck and went to all the hospital emergency rooms in the city searching for Tiffany. Four days later, New York state troopers spotted the truck and gave chase. After the truck hit a utility pole, police found Tiffany's body in the back, covered with a sheet. They arrested the driver, Joel Rifkin, one of Long Island's most famous serial killers, who was later linked to killing 17 prostitutes.

Distraught over Tiffany's death and that of his mother a month earlier in a car accident, David intentionally overdosed himself on Heroin.

06/28/199336GG Allinpunk rock singerHeroin OverdoseNew York, New York
06/18/199357Luther Tuckerblues guitaristHeart AttackGreenbrae, California
06/05/199359Conway Twittycountry music singerAbdominal AneurysmSpringfield, Missouri
05/30/199379Sun Raavant-garde jazz artistBirmingham, Alabama
05/28/199367Doctor Ross "The Harmonica Boss"bluesFlint, Michigan
05/12/199340Randy L. DelayThe Georgia Satellites, drummer
04/29/199346Mick RonsonDavid BowieLiver CancerLondon, England

Rest in Peace
Mick Ronson
May 26, 1946 - April 29, 1993

Michael "Mick" Ronson was multi-instrumentalist session musician, best known for his work as one of David Bowie's The Spiders from Mars.

He also recorded several solo albums, the most notable example of which was Slaughter on 10th Avenue.

Ronson died of liver cancer on April 29, 1993 at the age of 46.

03/19/199330Jeff WardNine Inch Nails / Ministry, drummerSuicide (carbon monoxide poisoning)Chicago, Illinois
02/25/199345Toy CaldwellMarshall Tucker BandHeart DiseaseSpartanburg, South Carolina
01/06/199375Dizzy Gillespiejazz trumpeterPancreatic CancerEnglewood, New Jersey

Rest in Peace
Dizzy Gillespie
October 21, 1917 - January 6, 1993

Considered one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz.

Dizzy was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, the youngest of nine children. His father, James, was a bricklayer, pianist and band leader. His mother’s name was Lottie. Dizzy’s father stored the band’s instruments at the family home and the young maestro was never far from a trumpet, saxophone, guitar or his father’s upright piano.

Dizzy's wife, Lorraine, was a chorus dancer at New York City's famed Apollo Theatre. They married in 1940 and remained together until his death.

Gillespie was known for his trademark "bent" trumpet, in which the horn was bent upwards in a 45 degree angle. According to Gillespie's autobiography, the bent trumpet was originally the result of accidental damage caused by someone sitting on his instrument. Gillespie liked the altered the tone of the damaged instrument and commissioned a professionally made trumpet of the bent design.

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12/24/199247Bobby LaKindThe Doobie Brothers, drummerColon CancerLos Angeles, California
12/23/199242Eddie HazelParliament-FunkadelicLiver FailurePlainfield, New Jersey

Rest in Peace
Eddie Hazel
"Maggot Brain"
April 10, 1950 - December 23, 1992

Eddie Hazel played lead guitar with funk rock legends Parliament-Funkadelic.

Hazel is a posthumous member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

12/21/199269Albert Kingblues artistHeart FailureMemphis, Tennessee

The Velvet Bulldozer
Albert King
"The Velvet Bulldozer"
April 25, 1923 - December 21, 1992

Albert King was born Albert Nelson, on April 25, 1923, in Indianola, Mississippi (also the birthplace of B.B. King, no relation).

King was a large man, standing over 6-foot-4-inches and weighing about 250 pounds. He was left-handed and taught himself to play the guitar upside-down while keeping the strings strung for a right-handed player. He made several recordings for small labels, but didn't experience real success until moving to Memphis and recording for the Stax label. Backed by the label's house band, Booker T and The MGs, he recorded a number of songs such as "Laundromat Blues", "Crosscut Saw", and "Born under a Bad Sign". These were released on the landmark 1967 album Born under a Bad Sign.

On February 1, 1968, Albert King, John Mayall and Jimi Hendrix headlined a show for the opening night of the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Later in 1968, King released a live album Live Wire / Blues Power

In 2010, a two-disc CD/DVD set entitled In Session was released. It contains a December 6, 1983 concert of Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan, recorded for Canadian television.

11/23/199289Roy Acuffcountry singer Nashville, Tennessee
11/21/1992 Ricky WilliamsFlipper, vocalistRespiratory Failure
11/19/199252Bobby Russellsinger/songwriterCoronary Artery DiseaseNicholasville, Kentucky
11/14/199245John CascellaJohn Mellencamp, keyboardistCar Accident
11/13/199252Ronnie BondThe Troggs, drummer Winchester, Hampshire, England
10/25/199256Roger MillerKing of the RoadThroat CancerLos Angeles, California
10/05/199252Eddie KendricksThe TemptationsLung CancerBirmingham, Alabama
09/29/199266Bud CowsillThe Cowsills, managerLeukemiaMexico
09/18/199262Earl Van DykeThe Funk Brothers, keyboardistProstate CanerDetroit, Michigan
08/14/199264Tony WilliamsThe PlattersEmphysemaNew York
08/05/199238Jeff PorcaroToto / Steely Dan, drummerHeart AttackLos Angeles, California
07/26/199249Mary Wellssoul singerCancerLos Angeles, California
06/27/199224Stefanie Sargent7 Year BitchHeroin OverdoseSeattle, Washington
05/15/199244Barbara LeeThe Chiffons, singerHeart Attack
04/25/1992 Brian "Too Loud" MacLeodChilliwack / The HeadpinsCancerVancouver, British Columbia
01/29/199276Willie Dixonblues pioneerHeart FailureBurbank, California

The Original Wang Dang Doodle
Willie Dixon
July 1, 1915 - January 29, 1992

William James "Willie" Dixon was an American blues double-bassist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. He is credited with writing more than 500 songs including blues classics "Little Red Rooster", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Evil", "Spoonful", "Back Door Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "I Ain't Superstitious", "My Babe", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Bring It On Home".

Dixon died of heart failure in Burbank, California on January 29, 1992, and is buried in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.

Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer portrayed Dixon in Cadillac Records, a 2008 film based on the early history of Chess Records. Willie Dixon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

01/21/199245Champion Jack Dupreeblues pianistCancerHannover, Germany
01/15/199245Dee MurrayElton John, bassistStrokeNashville, Tennessee

Dee Murray
Dee Murray
April 3, 1946 - January 15, 1992

Dee Murray (born David Murray Oates) was a rock bassist most famous for his tenure with Elton John. He was a member of the Spencer Davis Group from 1969-1970 and also worked with Procol Harum, Alice Cooper, Yvonne Elliman, England Dan & John Ford Coley, John Prine, Rick Springfield and even Barry Manilow.

He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville of a stroke after a long bout with skin cancer.

01/14/199245Jerry NolanNew York DollsStrokeNew York, New York

Rest in Peace
Jerry Nolan
May 7, 1946 – January 14, 1992

Jerry Nolan was the drummer for the New York Dolls.

Nolan died in a hospital that was treating him for pneumonia and meningitis. He suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered. He spent his final weeks on a life support system, before passing away on January 14th 1992. He was 45 years old.

*** 1991 ***

12/12/199158Ronnie Ross saxophonist London, England

Rest in Peace
Ronnie Ross
October 2, 1933 - December 12, 1991

Ronnie Ross was a British jazz baritone saxophonist who became a saxophone tutor for a young David Bowie. Ross played tenor saxophone on The Beatles White Album track "Savoy Truffle" and is also remembered for the outstanding sax solo at the end of the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side", which was co-produced by Bowie. Ross also had guest appearances as a soloist on several Matt Bianco albums.

11/24/199141Eric CarrKiss, drummerCancerNew York, New York
11/23/199145Freddie MercuryQueenAIDSLondon, England

Rest in Peace
Freddie Mercury
September 5, 1946 - November 24, 1991

Freddie Mercury was a British musician, singer/songwriter and vocalist for the rock band Queen.

10/25/199160Bill Grahamconcert promoterHelicopter CrashConcord, California
10/17/199172Tennessee Ernie Fordcountry singerLiver FailureLos Angeles, California
09/28/199165Miles Davisjazz trumpeterPneumonia, StrokeSanta Monica, California

Rest in Peace
Miles Davis
May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991

Miles Davis, born Miles Dewey Davis III, was an important and influential jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized him as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz".

09/17/199146Rob TynerMC5Heart FailureRoyal Oak, Michigan
09/04/199158Dottie Westcountry singerCar AccidentNashville, Tennessee
06/06/199164Stan GetzJazz saxophonistLiver CancerMalibu, California
06/01/199150David RuffinThe TemptationsCocaine OverdosePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
05/24/199146Gene ClarkThe ByrdsHeart FailureSherman Oaks, California
04/23/199142Sandra Leano (Miss Sandra)The GTOsOvarian CancerAlbion, California

Rest in Peace
Sandra Leano
January 18, 1949 - April 23, 1991

04/23/199138Johnny ThundersNew York DollsDrug OverdoseNew Orleans, Louisiana

Rest in Peace
Johnny Thunders
July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991

Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr., in Queens, New York City, was a member of the New York Dolls.

Thunders died of a drug overdose at St. Peter House, a New Orleans hotel. Reportedly, alcohol and methadone were found nearby in the room. He was also suffering from advanced Leukemia.

04/20/199144Steve MarriottHumble PieFireArkesden, Essex, England

Rest in Peace
Steve Marriott
January 30, 1947 - April 20, 1991

Steve Marriott was an English rock musician and member of the bands the Small Faces and Humble Pie.

Born Stephen Peter Marriott at East Ham Hospital, Manor Park, London, England, he showed an early interest in singing and performing and became a huge fan of singer Buddy Holly. He formed his first band at age 12. At the age of thirteen, Marriott landed a role in the popular musical Oliver!, based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Marriott stayed with the show for a total of twelve months. The next year he was accepted as a student at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Soon, however, he lost interest in acting and returned to his first love, music.

In 1963, Marriott wrote "Imaginary Love" and used the song to secure a record deal with Decca Records. The single was released in July 1963 and promptly vanished. Other early projects did not fare much better. On July 28, 1964, Marriott first met Ronnie Lane and 16-year-old drummer Kenney Jones. With their shared love of R&B, the trio were soon firm friends and their musical endeavors evolved into the Small Faces. They were signed by Don Arden and quickly became a successful mod band in the London scene. Marriott wrote or co-wrote most of Small Faces' hit singles.

After the success of the group's number one hit concept album Ogdens Nut Gone Flake Marriott was keen for the group to evolve and wanted to bring in ex-Herd frontman Peter Frampton, but the other members refused. Marriott quit the group, storming off stage during a disastrous live performance on New Year's Eve, 1968.

Shortly after leaving Small Faces, Marriott joined the newly formed rock band Humble Pie with Frampton, drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley. Their debut album As Safe As Yesterday Is was released on Immediate Records. Humble Pie toured constantly over the next three years. The band's next album releases, on A&M Records, were Humble Pie and Rock On. Their live album Rockin' the Fillmore (1971) became the band's most successful release to date.

Humble Pie disbanded in 1975. Marriott released his first solo album, Marriott, in 1976.

In 1991 Marriott flew to Los Angeles to record some tracks in Peter Frampton's studio for a reformed Humble Pie. The project was never completed, as Marriott had a change of heart and returned home.

Marriott died on the morning of Saturday, April 20, 1991 when a fire, thought to have been caused by a cigarette, swept through his home in Arkesden, Essex. The 16th-century cottage was also used for location shots for the home of the title character in the BBC's long-running television series Lovejoy, starring Ian McShane

03/22/199156Dave GuardThe Kingston TrioLymphomaConcord, New Hampshire
03/21/199181Leo Fenderguitar designerParkinson's diseaseFullerton, California
03/17/199153Max Lipscomb (AKA Scotty McKay)Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps, pianistHeart Attack
03/16/199165Bill Gazzarrinightclub owner
03/16/199127Chris AustinReba McEntire, guitaristPlane CrashSan Diego, California
03/16/199128Kirk CapelloReba McEntire, keyboardistPlane CrashSan Diego, California
03/16/199127Joey CigaineroReba McEntire, synthesizer playerPlane CrashSan Diego, California
03/16/199133Paula Kaye EvansReba McEntire, backup vocalistPlane CrashSan Diego, California
03/16/199140Jim HammonReba McEntire, road managerPlane CrashSan Diego, California
03/16/199128Terry JacksonReba McEntire, bass guitaristPlane CrashSan Diego, California
03/16/199134Tony SaputoReba McEntire, drummerPlane CrashSan Diego, California
03/16/199134Michael ThomasReba McEntire, guitaristPlane CrashSan Diego, California

Rest in Peace
Reba McEntire's Band
March 16, 1991

After completing a Friday evening corporate gig for IBM'S "top performers" at San Diego's Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel, members of Reba McEntire's band boarded a twin-engine Hawker Siddeley jet bound for their next gig in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

On board where seven members of Reba's band, her tour manager, and a pilot and copilot. The flight took off from Brown Field, south of San Diego, at 1:40 AM on Saturday, March 16. Northeast of the airfield the jet's wing clipped an outcropping of rock near the 3,572-foot peak of Otay Mountain. All on board were killed.

McEntire had skipped the flight to stay at the hotel and rest, planning to take a later commercial flight. Also spared were band members Joe McGlohon and Pete Finney, who had left from Brown Field in a different plane, minutes behind the doomed jet.

McEntire dedicated her 1991 album For My Broken Heart to her lost bandmates.

03/14/199165Doc Pomussinger/songwriterLung CancerNew York, New York
03/01/199142Frank Esler-SmithAir Supply, keyboardistPneumoniaAustralia
02/24/199169Webb Piercecountry guitaristPancreatic Cancer
01/21/1991 Rob GravesThe Gun ClubHeroin OverdoseNew York
01/20/199148Stan SzelestThe BandHeart AttackWoodstock, New York
01/08/199130Steve ClarkDef LeppardAlcohol & DrugsLondon, England
01/08/199115Jeremy Delleinspiration for Pearl Jam's song JeremySuicideRichardson, Texas

Rest in Peace
Jeremy Delle
January 8, 1991

The story of Jeremy Delle inspired Pearl Jam's controversial song and video, Jeremy.

Jeremy Delle was 15 years old on January 8, 1991, when he walked into his English class at Richardson High School and shot himself with a revolver in front of a room full of students. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder read about the tragic suicide in a newspaper, and this became the immediate inspiration for Jeremy, the third single off the band's debut album Ten.

As the song suggests in its opening lines "At home drawing pictures / Of mountaintops," Jeremy was already an accomplished artist at the time of his death. His artwork won awards at state fairs, including Best of Show, all before he was 12 years old.

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10/08/199043B. J. WilsonProcol Harem, drummerDrug OverdoseEugene, Oregon
09/06/199048Tom FogertyCreedence Clearwater RevivalTuberculosisScottsdale, Arizona
09/05/199045Charlie CharlesIan Dury and the BlockheadsCancerLondon, England
08/27/199035Stevie Ray VaughanguitaristHelicopter CrashEast Troy, Wisconsin

Rest in Peace
Stevie Ray Vaughan
October 3, 1954 - August 27, 1990

08/17/199072Pearl Baileysinger/actressHeart DiseasePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
08/08/199024Joel RundellBetter Than Ezra, guitaristSuicide
07/27/199062Bobby DayHollywood FlamesCancerLos Angeles, California
07/26/199037Brent MydlandGrateful DeadDrug OverdoseLafayette, California
07/23/199041Bert SommerfolksingerRespiratory IllnessTroy, New York
06/23/199044Isaac Payton SweatJohnny Winter, bassistSuicideRichmond, Texas
06/05/199042Jim HodderSteely Dan, drummerDrownedPoint Arena, California
06/03/199037Richard SohlPatti Smith, keyboardistHeart Attack
06/02/199040Stiv BatorsDead BoysCar AccidentParis, France

Rest in Peace
Stiv Bators
October 22, 1949 - June 2, 1990

Stiv Bators, born Steven John Bator, was a punk rock singer who performed with the bands The Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church.

He was run over by a taxi while crossing a street in Paris, France. After leaving the hospital, he died in his sleep, apparently due to a concussion. Bators was a fan of Jim Morrison. Reportedly, his girlfriend spread his ashes over Morrison's Paris grave site.

05/16/199064Sammy Davis Jr.pop singer/dancer/comedianThroat CancerBeverly Hills, California
03/19/199024Andrew WoodMother Love BoneHeroin OverdoseSeattle, Washington
03/17/199043Ric GrechTraffic / Blind Faithrenal failure due to alcoholismLeicester, England

Rest in Peace
Ric Grech
November 1, 1946 - March 17, 1990

02/28/199026Dave PrichardArmored Saint, guitaristLeukemia

Rest in Peace
David Earl “Red” Prichard
November 27, 1963 - February 28, 1990

Dave Prichard was a founding member of the heavy metal band "Armored Saint", which formed in 1982 in Pasadena, California.

On tour, Armored Saint opened for acts including Metallica, Saxon, Michael Schenker Group, WASP, and Whitesnake.

Dave Prichard fought a two-year battle with leukemia, but died in February 1990 at age 26 after a failed bone marrow transplant.

02/26/199053Cornell GunterThe CoastersMurderedLas Vegas, Nevada
02/08/199055Charles WestoverDel ShannonSuicide (gunshot)Santa Clarita, California
01/23/199037Allen CollinsLynyrd SkynyrdPneumoniaJacksonville, Florida

Rest in Peace
Allen Collins
July 19, 1952 - January 23, 1990

Allen Collins (Born Larkin Allen Collins Jr.) was a founding member and guitarist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He co-wrote many of the bands most famous songs.

Allen survived the October 20, 1977 plane crash that killed several of his fellow band members. He was seriously injured in the crash; suffering two broken vertebrae in his neck and a mangled right arm.

After Skynyrd, Allen's next major project was Rossington-Collins Band's 1980 debut album Anytime Anyplace Anywhere, an under-rated Southern rock classic. Allen began a downward spiral, using drugs and alcohol after his wife Kathy suddenly died of a hemorrhage following a miscarriage in 1980. Missed concerts and conflicts within the band resulted in the disbanding of Rossington-Collins in 1982 shortly after the release of their second album, This is the Way. Next, Allen teamed with Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell and bassist Leon Wilkeson, along with lead singer Jimmy Dougherty, drummer Derek Hess, and guitarists Barry Lee Harwood and Randall Hall forming a new band, the Allen Collins Band. They issued a single album Here There in Back in 1983. This album is now very difficult to find.

In 1986, a car accident killed Collins' girlfriend and left the guitarist paralyzed from the waist down, with limited use of his arms and hands. Collins plead no contest to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.

All remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited to perform in 1987, but due to his injury Collins was only able to participate as musical director. As part of his plea bargain for the 1986 accident, Collins addressed fans at every Skynyrd concert with an explanation of why he could not perform, citing the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as drugs and alcohol.

Allen Collins died January 23, 1990 from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis. He is buried beside his wife in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Jacksonville, Florida.


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