This is intended to be a homage to very many musicians I've loved since I started listening to music. My intention is to tell what I know about them, hoping that those people who like them too, will help me fill numerous gaps, which I may have in their careers and discographies. Sorry, but there are no MP3 audio files here at all, just info (and love for the musicians).


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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Obituaries for musicians in 2017

Last Update: 13/10/2017 - Total (up to now): 187. If you can contribute with more data, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com
October/2017: September/2017: August/2017:
  • Skip Prokop (drums / guitar) (Death: 30/August/2017 - Birth: 13/December/1943)
  • Played in: Lighthouse / Kooper-Bloomfield / Paupers / Mercy Train
    Appears in albums along with: Eddie Hoh, Kenny Buttrey

  • Larry Elgart (sax) (Death: 29/August/2017 - Birth: 20/March/1922)
  • Played in: Larry Elgart Orchestra / Bobby Byrne Group

  • Melissa Bell (vocals) (Death: 28/August/2017 - Birth: 05/March/1964)
  • Played in: Soul II Soul / Soul Explosion

  • Wilson Das Neves (percussion) (Death: 26/August/2017 - Birth: 14/June/1936)
  • Appears in albums along with: J J Cale, Laurence Cottle, Bob Johnston, Hugh McCracken, Phil Ramone, Lew Soloff

  • John Abercrombie (guitar) (Death: 22/August/2017 - Birth: 16/December/1944)
  • Played in: Billy Cobham Band / Gil Evans Orchestra / Micky Way / Gateway / Kenny Wheeler Group / John Abercrombie Group / Charles Lloyd Group / Gato Barbieri Group / John Surman Group / Dave Liebman Group / Chico Hamilton Group / Charlie Mingus Band / Johnny ´Hammond´ Smith Group
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Harry Beckett, Buddy Catlett, Joel DiBartolo, Cornell Dupree, Herb Geller, Jim Hall, Chico Hamilton, Fred Katz, Paul Motian, Gerry Niewood, Al Porcino, Ray Russell, Lew Soloff, Derek Watkins, Joe Wilder, Snooky Young
    Appears in albums along with: Lew Soloff, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Brookmeyer, Cornell Dupree, Jim Hall, Rudy Van Gelder, Ray Warleigh, Derek Watkins, Snooky Young

  • Sonny Burgess (vocals / guitar) (Death: 18/August/2017 - Birth: 28/May/1929)
  • Played in: Moonlighters / Pacers / Rocky Road Ramblers / Sonny Burgess Band
    Appears in albums along with: Joe Cocker, Buddy Emmons

  • Robert Yancy (drums) (Death: 14/August/2017)

  • Benard Ighner (vocals / producer) (Death: 14/August/2017 - Birth: 18/January/1945)
  • Played in: Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra / Benard Ighner Group
    Appears in albums along with: Bud Shank, Tony Terran

  • Segun Bucknor (guitar / keyboards) (Death: 11/August/2017 - Birth: 29/March/1946)
  • Played in: Hot Four
    Appears in albums along with: Mac Tontoh

  • Ed Greene (engineer) (Death: 09/August/2017)
  • Appears in albums along with: Joe Ascione, Rudy Van Gelder

  • Glen Campbell (vocals / guitar) (Death: 08/August/2017 - Birth: 22/April/1936)
  • Played in: Glen Campbell Band / The Champs / The Strangers / Western Wranglers / Gee Cees / Beach Boys / Rick Nelson Band
    Appears in albums along with: Lyle Ritz, Ollie Mitchell, Eddie Hoh, Frank Marocco, Hugh McCracken, Tony Terran, Milt Bernhart, Larry Bunker, Al Porcino, Kenny Buttrey, John Guerin, Joe Moretti, Bud Shank, Delaney Bramlett, Herb Ellis, Pete Jolly, Gary Moore, Caleb Quaye, Jerry Stevenson

  • Barbara Cook (vocals) (Death: 08/August/2017 - Birth: 25/October/1927)
  • Appears in albums along with: Carlos Vega, Bob Babbitt, Larry Bunker

  • Janet Seidel (vocals / keyboards) (Death: 07/August/2017 - Birth: 28/May/1955)
  • Played in: Janet Seidel Group

  • Tony Cohen (producer / engineer) (Death: 02/August/2017 - Birth: 04/June/1957)
  • Appears in albums along with: Bobby Keys

  • Goldy McJohn (keyboards) (Death: 01/August/2017 - Birth: 02/May/1945)
  • Played in: Steppenwolf / Manbeast / Steve Marriott Band / The Mynah Birds / Jack London And The Sparrows / Sparrow / Freddie & The Screamers / Saints / Steppenwolf (Bogus) / Paul Butterfield Band / Goldy McJohn Band / The Diplomats
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Nick South, Bob Weston

  • Other musicians that passed away this month, but I probably won´t cover them here: Tormod MacGill-Eain, Abdul Jabbar, Denis Richard, Nathan Condon, Margot Hielscher, Nati Mistral, Bea Wain, Concha Valdes Miranda, Jo Walker-Meador, Zhu Jian´er, Ivo Pavlik, Arleta, Bruno Canfora, Jessy Serrata, Luiz Melodia, Daniel Licht, Raiman Rai, Skapti Olafsson, Ana-Maria Avram.
July/2017:
  • Chuck Loeb (guitar) (Death: 31/July/2017 - Birth: 07/December/1955)
  • Played in: Steps Ahead / Michael Franks Band / Bill Evans Group / Chuck Loeb Group / Metro / Reunion / Fourplay / Stan Getz Group
    Appears in albums along with: Lew Soloff, Wayne Pedzwater, Larry Bunker, Jeff Golub, John Guerin, Joe Morello, Bud Shank, Jim Hall, Allan Holdsworth, George Marino, Hugh McCracken, Ollie Mitchell, Nat Peck, Ed Shaughnessy, Jerry Steinholtz, Tony Terran

  • D L Menard (guitar) (Death: 27/July/2017 - Birth: 14/April/1932)
  • Played in: D L Menard Band

  • Michael Johnson (vocals) (Death: 25/July/2017 - Birth: 08/August/1944)
  • Played in: Michael Johnson Band / Chad Mitchell Trio / New Society
    Appears in albums along with: Eric Lowen, Marcus Belgrave, Bob Brookmeyer, Leroy Cooper, Hank Crawford, Frank Foster, Jim Hall, Freddie Hubbard, Hugh McCracken, Gary Moberley, David ´Fathead´ Newman, Gerry Niewood, Wayne Pedzwater, Phil Ramone, Carlos Vega, Joe Wilder

  • Billy Joe Walker Jr (producer / guitar) (Death: 25/July/2017 - Birth: 29/February/1952)
  • Appears in albums along with: Buddy Emmons, Levon Helm, Carlos Vega, John Guerin, Bobby Keys, Frank Marocco, Ollie Mitchell, Gary Moore, Al Porcino, Caleb Quaye, Lyle Ritz, Jerry Stevenson, Tony Terran

  • Bobby Taylor (vocals) (Death: 22/July/2017 - Birth: 18/February/1934)
  • Played in: The Four Pharaohs / Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers / Bobby Taylor Band
    Appears in albums along with: Bob Babbitt, Marcus Belgrave, Jerry Steinholtz

  • Kenny Shields (vocals) (Death: 21/July/2017)
  • Played in: Streetheart

  • Chester Bennington (vocals) (Death: 20/July/2017 - Birth: 20/March/1976)
  • Played in: Linkin Park / Stone Temple Pilots / Dead By Sunrise / Grey Daze
    Appears in albums along with: Joe Cocker

  • Fenwick Smith (flute) (Death: 19/July/2017)
  • Played in: Boston Pops Orchestra / New England Woodwind Quintet / Boston Musica Viva

  • David Zablidowsky (bass) (Death: 14/July/2017)
  • Played in: Adrenaline Mob / ZO2 / Trans-Siberian Orchestra / Rubix Kube

  • Egil Kapstad (keyboards) (Death: 13/July/2017 - Birth: 06/August/1940)
  • Played in: Egil Kapstad Group
    Appears in albums along with: Martin Drover

  • Kayton Roberts (steel guitar) (Death: 13/July/2017)
  • Played in: Hank Snow Band / Kayton Roberts Band

  • Ray Phiri (guitar) (Death: 12/July/2017 - Birth: 23/March/1947)
  • Played in: Paul Simon Band / Simon & Garfunkel / Cannibals / Stimela
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Hugh McCracken, Gerry Niewood, Wayne Pedzwater
    Appears in albums along with: J J Cale, Hugh McCracken, Phil Ramone, Lew Soloff, Les Davidson, Jeff Golub, Bob Johnston, Caleb Quaye, Tom T-Bone Wolk

  • Erik Cartwright (guitar) (Death: 09/July/2017 - Birth: 10/July/1950)
  • Played in: Roger Earl´s Foghat / Foghat / The Kneetremblers / Pat Travers Band

  • Deacon Jones (keyboards) (Death: 06/July/2017 - Birth: 12/December/1943)
  • Played in: John Lee Hooker Band / Freddie King Band / Baby Huey & The Babysitters
    Appears in albums along with: David ´Fathead´ Newman, Michael Burks, Tom Dowd, Donald ´Duck´ Dunn, Cornell Dupree, Hugh McCracken, Chris Mercer, Johnny Winter

  • Pierre Henry (arranger) (Death: 05/July/2017 - Birth: 09/December/1927)
  • Appears in albums along with: Mike Kellie, Andy Johns

  • John Blackwell (drums) (Death: 04/July/2017 - Birth: 09/September/1973)
  • Played in: Prince Band / Patti Labelle Band / Hiraku Utada Band / John Blackwell Group / Justin Timberlake Band / Maze / D´Angelo Band / Bootsy Collins Band / Billy Eckstine Orchestra / Cameo
    Appears in albums along with: Tommy Igoe

  • Zdenek Juracka (guitar) (Death: 03/July/2017)

  • Rudy Rotta (guitar) (Death: 03/July/2017 - Birth: 14/October/1950)
  • Played in: Rudy Rotta Band

  • Other musicians that passed away this month, but I probably won´t cover them here: Jeanne Moreau, Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, Tato Cifuentes, Charlie Tagawa, Paul Angerer, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Zoi Fitoussi, Abby Nicole, Denisa, Amir Fryszer Guttman, Thomas Furi, Jan Stulen, Komanduri Krishnamachari, Polo Hofer, Errol Dyers, Paapa Yankson, Andrea Jurgens, Blaoui Houari, Barbara Weldens, Graham Wood, Maria Amuchastegui, Jose Bragato, Roland Cazimero, Thor Lindsay, Wilfried, Regis Gizavo, Mahi Beamer, Clara Nicola, Fresh Kid Ice, Simon Holmes, Giannis Kalatzis, Tamara Miansarova, Imran Usmanov, Paquita Rico, Seiji Yokoyama, Egil Monn-Iversen, Chris Roberts.
June/2017:
  • Dave Rosser (guitar) (Death: 28/June/2017)
  • Played in: The Twilight Singers / Afghan Whigs

  • Phil Cohran (trumpet) (Death: 28/June/2017 - Birth: 08/May/1927)
  • Played in: Sun Ra Orchestra / Phil Cohran Group

  • Gary DeCarlo (vocals) (Death: 28/June/2017)
  • Played in: The Chateaus / The Glenwoods / Steam

  • Geri Allen (keyboards) (Death: 27/June/2017 - Birth: 12/June/1957)
  • Played in: Geri Allen Group / Charlie Haden Group / Charles Lloyd Group / Dewey Redman Group / Louis Sclavis Group / The Cookers / Paul Motian Group / David Weiss Group / ACS Trio / Marcus Belgrave Group / Roy Brooks Group / Oliver Lake Group / The Supremes / Steve Coleman Group
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Chris Biscoe, Dwayne Burno, Paul Motian
    Appears in albums along with: Marcus Belgrave, Paul Motian, Steve Berrios, Dwayne Burno, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Jones, Bobby Keys, Buddy Montgomery, David ´Fathead´ Newman, Rudy Van Gelder

  • Gunter Gabriel (vocals) (Death: 22/June/2017 - Birth: 11/June/1942)
  • Played in: Gunter Gabriel Band

  • Jimmy Nalls (guitar) (Death: 22/June/2017)
  • Played in: Sea Level / Jimmy Nalls Band
    Appears in albums along with: David ´Fathead´ Newman

  • Thara Memory (trumpet) (Death: 19/June/2017)
  • Appears in albums along with: Albert Aarons, Stretch

  • Chris Murrell (vocals) (Death: 18/June/2017 - Birth: 18/December/1956)
  • Played in: Count Basie Orchestra / Christian Disciples
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Albert Aarons, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Catlett, Frank Foster, Chico Hamilton, Al Porcino, Ed Shaughnessy, Joe Wilder, Snooky Young

  • Rosalie Sorrels (vocals) (Death: 11/June/2017 - Birth: 24/June/1933)
  • Played in: Rosalie Sorrels Band

  • Norro Wilson (vocals / producer) (Death: 08/June/2017 - Birth: 04/April/1938)
  • Played in: Norro Wilson Band
    Appears in albums along with: Kenny Buttrey

  • Vin Garbutt (vocals) (Death: 06/June/2017 - Birth: 20/November/1947)
  • Played in: Vin Garbutt Band
    Appears in albums along with: Dick Hanson

  • Other musicians that passed away this month, but I probably won´t cover them here: Sabita Chowdhury, Paolo Limiti, Sudhin Das, Arne Garvang, Belton Richard, Prodigy, Eliza Clivia, Sheila Raye Charles, Harry Prime, Luis Abanto Morales, Corneliu Stroe, Prince Udaya Priyantha, Jan Hoiland, Sandra Reemer, Skipp Pearson, Educated Rapper, Aamir Zaki.
May/2017:
  • Bern Nix (guitar) (Death: 31/May/2017 - Birth: 21/September/1947)
  • Played in: Ornette Coleman Group / The Decoding Society / Bern Nix Group
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Ronald Shannon Jackson
    Appears in albums along with: Ronald Shannon Jackson, Freddie Hubbard

  • Gregg Allman (keyboards) (Death: 27/May/2017 - Birth: 08/December/1947)
  • Played in: The Allman Brothers Band / Gregg Allman Band / The Hour Glass / Delaney & Bonnie Band
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Delaney Bramlett, J J Cale, Bobby Keys
    Appears in albums along with: Tom Dowd, Delaney Bramlett, Donald ´Duck´ Dunn, Andrew Love, Cornell Dupree, Byrd Foster, Warren King, George Marino, Hank Crawford, Levon Helm, Eddie Hoh, Joe Lala, Alvin Lee, David ´Fathead´ Newman, Phil Ramone, Johnny Winter

  • Mickey Roker (drums) (Death: 22/May/2017 - Birth: 03/September/1932)

  • Kenny Cordray (guitar) (Death: 21/May/2017 - Birth: 21/July/1954)
  • Played in: The Children / Skylark / Kenny Cordray Band / Wayne Cochran Band
    Appears in albums along with: Ian McLagan

  • Jimmy LaFave (vocals / guitar) (Death: 21/May/2017 - Birth: 12/July/1955)
  • Played in: Jimmy LaFave Band / The Night Tribe
    Appears in albums along with: Ian McLagan

  • George Reiff (bass) (Death: 21/May/2017)
  • Played in: Bump Band / Chris Robinson Band
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Ian McLagan
    Appears in albums along with: Ian McLagan, J J Cale

  • Curtis Womack (vocals) (Death: 21/May/2017)
  • Played in: The Valentinos

  • Butch Stewart (vocals) (Death: 19/May/2017)

  • Jimmy Hayes (backing vocals) (Death: 19/May/2017)
  • Played in: The Persuasions
    Appears in albums along with: Hugh McCracken, Joe Wilder

  • Chris Cornell (vocals) (Death: 18/May/2017 - Birth: 20/July/1964)
  • Played in: Soundgarden / Chris Cornell Band / Temple Of The Dog / Audioslave
    Appears in albums along with: Bob Babbitt, Joe Cocker, Jim Copley, Robin Gibb, Phil Ramone

  • Kevin Stanton (guitar) (Death: 17/May/2017)
  • Played in: MI-Sex

  • Tom McClung (keyboards) (Death: 14/May/2017 - Birth: 1957)
  • Played in: Archie Shepp Group / Tom McClung Group

  • Jan Arnet (bass) (Death: 13/May/2017)
  • Played in: National Czech Jazz Orchestra / Art Blakey Group
    Appears in albums along with: Joe Wilder

  • Jim Copley (drums) (Death: 13/May/2017 - Birth: 1953)

  • Bill Dowdy (drums) (Death: 12/May/2017 - Birth: 15/August/1932)
  • Played in: The Three Sounds / The Four Sounds
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Donald Bailey
    Appears in albums along with: Al Harewood, Mickey Roker, Rudy Van Gelder

  • William D Brohn (arranger) (Death: 11/May/2017 - Birth: 30/March/1933)
  • Appears in albums along with: Derek Watkins, Laurence Cottle, Ray Russell

  • Dave Pell (sax) (Death: 08/May/2017 - Birth: 26/February/1925)
  • Played in: Dave Pell Group / Bobby Sherwood Orchestra / Bob Crosby Orchestra / Les Brown Orchestra / Prez Conference
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Jim Hall
    Appears in albums along with: Larry Bunker, Milt Bernhart, Bud Shank, Herb Geller, Ollie Mitchell, Lyle Ritz, Snooky Young, Bob Brookmeyer, Monty Budwig, Frank Foster, Jim Hall, Al Porcino, Tony Terran, Buddy Catlett, Joel DiBartolo, Herb Ellis, Sonny Igoe, Pete Jolly, Hank Jones, Hal McKusick, Joe Morello, Nat Peck, Ed Shaughnessy, Horace Silver, Ed Thigpen, Carlos Vega, Derek Watkins

  • Sandy Ross (vocals) (Death: 06/May/2017 - Birth: 24/June/1950)

  • Ustad Rais Khan (Death: 06/May/2017 - Birth: 25/November/1939)
  • Appears in albums along with: Les Davidson, Francis Monkman

  • Clive Brooks (drums) (Death: 05/May/2017 - Birth: 28/December/1949)
  • Played in: Uriel / Egg / Groundhogs / Bearded Lady / Liar
    Appears in albums along with: Chris Hughes

  • C´el Revuelta (bass) (Death: 03/May/2017)
  • Played in: Black Flag

  • Casey Jones (drums) (Death: 03/May/2017 - Birth: 26/July/1939)
  • Played in: Albert Collins Band / Casey Jones & The Engineers / Johnny Winter Band
    Appears in albums along with: Johnny Winter, Donald ´Duck´ Dunn, Ric Grech

  • Saxa (sax) (Death: 03/May/2017 - Birth: 05/January/1930)
  • Played in: The Beat / International Beat

  • Bruce Hampton (guitar) (Death: 02/May/2017 - Birth: 30/April/1947)
  • Played in: The Aquarium Rescue Unit / Fiji Mariners / Hampton Grease Band / The Late Bronze Age / New Ice Age / The Codetalkers / The Quark Alliance

  • Jimmy Dale (keyboards / arranger) (Death: May/2017 - Birth: 1935)
  • Played in: Peter Appleyard Group / Gloria DeHaven Group / Andy Williams Band / Sonny & Cher / Rob McConnell Group / Smothers Brothers Band
    Appears in albums along with: Pete Jolly, Bud Shank

  • Other musicians that passed away this month, but I probably won´t cover them here: David Lewiston, Arleen Lanzotti, Marcus Intalex, Wajahat Attre, Irio De Paula, Zbigniew Wodecki, Leo Kristi, Kid Vinil, Frankie Paul, Kevin Stanton, Rosa Nell Speer, Derek Poindexter, Keith Mitchell, Ibrahim Erkal, Joy Byers, Zoran Madzirov, Robert Miles, Christopher Boykin, Mary Tsoni, Almir Guineto, Katy Bodtger, Daliah Lavi, Kevin Garcia, Erkki Kurenniemi, Robbie Souter.
April/2017: March/2017: February/2017: January/2017: 2017:
  • Jimmyjack Tamburo (drums) (Death: 2017)
  • Played in: Vanilla Fudge / Wolfgang / Splash / Brava / Mark Stein Band


Please, note than you can check the indexes (musicians, bands, obituaries) at the top of this page.

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