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: 22/03/2018 - Total (up to now): 243. If you can contribute with more data, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com
December/2017: November/2017: 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, Ben Riley, 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, Nati Mistral, Margot Hielscher, Bea Wain, Concha Valdes Miranda, Jo Walker-Meador, Zhu Jian´er, Ivo Pavlik, Arleta, Bruno Canfora, Luiz Melodia, Jessy Serrata, Daniel Licht, Skapti Olafsson, Raiman Rai, Ana-Maria Avram.
July/2017: June/2017:
  • Gary DeCarlo (vocals) (Death: 28/June/2017)
  • Played in: The Chateaus / The Glenwoods / Steam

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

  • Dave Rosser (guitar) (Death: 28/June/2017)
  • Played in: The Twilight Singers / Afghan Whigs

  • 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, Rudy Van Gelder, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Jones, Bobby Keys, Buddy Montgomery, David ´Fathead´ Newman, Phil Ramone, Ben Riley

  • 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 / Alex Taylor Band / Dr John Band
    Appears in albums along with: Tom Coyne, George Marino, 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 / The 31st Of February
    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, George Marino, Cornell Dupree, Byrd Foster, Warren King, Tom Coyne, 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)

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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, Tom Coyne, Donald ´Duck´ Dunn, Ric Grech

  • 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: Arleen Lanzotti, David Lewiston, Marcus Intalex, Wajahat Attre, Irio De Paula, Zbigniew Wodecki, Leo Kristi, Kid Vinil, Frankie Paul, Rosa Nell Speer, Derek Poindexter, Keith Mitchell, Ibrahim Erkal, Joy Byers, Robert Miles, Christopher Boykin, Zoran Madzirov, Mary Tsoni, Almir Guineto, Katy Bodtger, Daliah Lavi, Kevin Garcia, Erkki Kurenniemi, Robbie Souter.
April/2017:
  • John Shifflett (bass) (Death: 27/April/2017 - Birth: 01/January/1953)
  • Played in: Boz Scaggs Band / NLS Trio
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Carlos Vega

  • Calep Emphrey Jr (drums) (Death: 25/April/2017 - Birth: 01/May/1949)
  • Played in: B B King Band / Clarence Gatemouth Brown Band / Freddie King Band / Little Milton Band / Albert King Band / Calep Emphrey Jr Band
    Appears in albums along with: Andrew Love, David ´Fathead´ Newman, Hank Crawford, Tommy Eyre, Bobby Keys, Hugh McCracken, Albert Aarons, Tom Dowd, Martin Drover, Cornell Dupree, Chris Mercer, Gary Moore, Al Porcino, Linda Taylor, Snooky Young

  • Cuba Gooding Sr (vocals) (Death: 20/April/2017 - Birth: 27/April/1944)
  • Played in: The Main Ingredient

  • Frank Dostal (vocals) (Death: 18/April/2017 - Birth: 16/December/1945)
  • Played in: The Rattles / Wonderland / The Faces

  • Allan Holdsworth (guitar) (Death: 15/April/2017 - Birth: 06/August/1946)

  • Bruce Langhorne (guitar) (Death: 14/April/2017 - Birth: 11/May/1938)
  • Played in: Chad Mitchell Trio
    Appears in albums along with: Buddy Emmons, Fred Katz, Hugh McCracken, Kenny Buttrey, Herb Ellis, Levon Helm, Eddie Hoh, Bob Johnston, Andrew Love

  • Tom Coyne (engineer) (Death: 12/April/2017 - Birth: 10/December/1954)

  • Barry Smith (drums) (Death: 12/April/2017 - Birth: 20/March/1946)
  • Played in: Rare Earth / Sweathog / James Cotton Band / Soulhat / Lee Michaels Band
    Appears in albums along with: Michael Burks, Ian McLagan, Federico Pol

  • Toby Smith (keyboards) (Death: 11/April/2017 - Birth: 29/October/1970)
  • Played in: Jamiroquai Band
    Appears in albums along with: Tom Coyne

  • David Angel (violin) (Death: 10/April/2017)
  • Played in: Maggini Quartet

  • Linda Hopkins (vocals) (Death: 10/April/2017 - Birth: 14/December/1924)
  • Appears in albums along with: Al Caiola, J J Cale, Tommy Eyre, Barry Reynolds, Linda Taylor

  • Banner Thomas (bass) (Death: 10/April/2017)
  • Played in: Molly Hatchet
    Appears in albums along with: George Marino

  • J Geils (guitar) (Death: 10/April/2017 - Birth: 20/February/1946)
  • Played in: J Geils Band
    Appears in albums along with: Tom Dowd, Andrew Love, Lew Soloff

  • Alan Henderson (bass) (Death: 09/April/2017)
  • Played in: The Gamblers / Them
    Appears in albums along with: John Guerin

  • Robert C Wootton (guitar) (Death: 09/April/2017 - Birth: 04/March/1942)
  • Played in: Johnny Cash Band
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Kenny Buttrey
    Appears in albums along with: Bob Johnston

  • Kim Plainfield (drums) (Death: 08/April/2017 - Birth: 24/March/1954)
  • Played in: Tania Maria Band / Koichi Yabori Group / Pointer Sisters / Didier Lockwood Group / Jon Lucien Band / The Avengers / Mingo Lewis Band / Kim Plainfield Group
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Jim Rothermel
    Appears in albums along with: Lew Soloff, Steve Berrios, Tom Coyne

  • Ben Speer (vocals) (Death: 07/April/2017 - Birth: 26/June/1930)
  • Played in: Speer Family

  • David Peel (vocals) (Death: 06/April/2017 - Birth: 01/August/1943)
  • Played in: David Peel Band
    Appears in albums along with: Hugh McCracken

  • Paul O´Neill (producer) (Death: 05/April/2017 - Birth: 23/February/1956)
  • Appears in albums along with: Lew Soloff

  • Brenda Jones (backing vocals) (Death: 03/April/2017)
  • Played in: The Jones Girls / Diana Ross Band
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Jerry Steinholtz
    Appears in albums along with: Albert Aarons, Leon Ndugu Chancler, Andrew Love, Charles Pitts, Jerry Steinholtz, Snooky Young

  • Micke Ahlskog (bass) (Death: 03/April/2017 - Birth: 31/March/1963)

  • Lonnie Brooks (guitar) (Death: 01/April/2017 - Birth: 18/December/1933)
  • Played in: Lonnie Brooks Band / Mack Simmons Band / Clifton Chenier Band / Jimmy Reed Band
    Appears in albums along with: Donald ´Duck´ Dunn, Michael Burks, Tom Coyne, Warren King, Andrew Love, Johnny Winter

  • Bob Cunningham (bass) (Death: 01/April/2017 - Birth: 28/December/1934)
  • Played in: Yusef Lateef Group
    Other members of these same bands already covered here: Albert Aarons
    Appears in albums along with: Frank Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Dowd, Rudy Van Gelder, Joe Wilder, Joe Lee Wilson, Marcus Belgrave, Hank Crawford, Jim Hall, Pete Jolly, David ´Fathead´ Newman, Horace Silver, Snooky Young

  • Ian Cruickshank / Spit James (guitar) (Death: April/2017)

  • Other musicians that passed away this month, but I probably won´t cover them here: Belchior, Zoe Realla, Erik Martin, Jerry Adriani, Lucky Akhand, Trustin Howard, Dick Contino, Pat Fitzpatrick, Willy Cruz, Matt Holt, Sylvia Moy, Martin Elias, Jose Miguel Class, Peggy Hayama, Mika Vainio, Reuben Allred, Ryo Kagawa, Leo J Baroi, Kishori Amonkar, L A Dre, Vivienne De Silva Boralessa.
March/2017: February/2017: January/2017: 2017:
Please, note than you can check the indexes (musicians, bands, obituaries) at the top of this page.

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