David "Fathead" Newman (Davis Newman Jr.) - Died 1-20-2009 in Kingston, NY, U. - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz - Blues - R&B ) Born 2-24-1933 in Corsicana, TX, U. - Played saxophone and flute - Worked with The Ray Charles Band, Herbie Mann, Queen Latifah, Doug Sahm, Art Blakey, Dr. Herman Wilburn (Herman Daniel Wilburn) - Died 1-20-2009 in San Antonio, TX, U. - Pancreatic cancer ( Country ) Born 12-2-1951 in San Antonio, TX, U. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Wilburn Brothers Band - Worked with Augie Myers, Flaco Jimenez, Frenchie Burke and Johnny Rodriguez. Charlie Cooper (Charles Wesley Cooper III - Died 1-22-2009 in Chicago, IL, US - His body found 1-27-2009 (Techno) Born 4-12-1977 - Was a member of Telefon Tel Aviv (They did, "At The Edge Of The World You Will Still Float" and "John Thomas On The Inside Is Nothing But Foam"). Leonard Gaskin (Leonard Ogarro Gaskin) - Died 1-24-2009 in Bayside, NY, U. Christine Gentry (Christine Lovelace Gentry) (Christine Lovelace Koonce) - Died 1-31-2009 in Florence, AL, U. - Complications after a fall - Born 7-28-1920 in Cloverdale, AL, U. - Pianist and organist - Worked with Liberace - Recorded for MCA Records - Cousin of Sun Records', Sam Phillips and aunt of band leader, Ken Lovelace. - Drummer - A founding member of The Untouchables - Worked with Robert Ward, Wilson Picket, Ohio Untouchables, The Falcons, Arthur Prysock and many other groups Ralph Ortiz (aka Thumper) (Rafael Ortiz Jr.) - Died 2-2-2009 - Cancer ( Rock - Soul - Jazz - Funk ) Born 5-27-1956 in Newark, NY, U. - Bassist - Worked with Prime Time Funk, Cabo Frio, The Hot Sweets, The Shakes, Mother Freedom, Sherman Robertson, Dave Hanlon's Cookbook, Chet Catallo & Cats, The Bandits, The Legendary Dukes, Kicks, Saratoga, The Believers, Francine Reed and Greg Walker & The Powerglide Blues Band. Kurt Demmler - Died 2-3-2009 in Berlin - Hanged himself in prison ( Rock ) Born 9-12-1943 in Posen - Singer, guitarist and songwriter - He wrote songs for Nina Hagen, Rote Gitarren, Silly, Karat, Babylon, Frank Schobel, Puhdys and Berluc.John, Eric Clapton, Natalie Cole, The Average White Band, B. Dewey Martin (Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff) - Died 1-31-2009 ( Rock - Country ) Born 9-30-1940 - Drummer and singer - Worked with The Jive Rockets, Bernie Early & The Early Birds, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Faron Young, The Everly Brothers, Lucky Lee & The Blue Diamonds, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Sir Raleigh & The Cupons (They did, "White Cliffs Of Dover" and "Tell Her Tonight"), The Standells, The Modern Folk Quartet, The Dillards, The Monkees, Buffalo Springfield ("They did, "For What It's Worth" and "Good Time Boy"), Medicine Ball, Pink Slip and The Meisner-Roberts Band - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. - Guitarist and guitar maker- (He did, "Summer Moon" and "Your Mind") - His guitars have been used by Martin Barre, Dougie Mac Lean, Martin Simpson, Roger Hodgson, Luka Bloom, Peppino D'Agostino, Todd Hallwell, Laurence Juber, Mark Mancina and Ed Gerhard. Sunny Skylar (Selig Sidney Shaftel) - Died 2-2-2009 in Las Vegas, NV, U. Max Neuhaus (Max Henry Neuhaus) - Died 2-3-2009 in Marina di Maratea, Italy - Cancer ( Experimental ) Born 8-9-1939 in Beaumont, TX, U. - Percussionist and sound artist - His sound works can be heard in Times Square in New York and at The Museum Of Contemporary Art in Chicago.CNN reports that party photos and pictures of defendants drinking or looking unrepentant have resulted in harsher sentences for people charged in drunk driving accidents, with prosecutors presenting the incriminating pictures as evidence that the defendant lacked remorse.In one instance, a prosecutor showed the court a Powerpoint presentation of party photos that had been posted on Facebook by a 20-year-old defendant after he nearly killed another driver in a three-car collision.Cornelia Wallace (Cornelia Ellis Wallace) (Cornelia Ellis Snively) - Died 1-8-2009 in Sebring, FL, U. David Hill - Died 1-13-2009 - Liver cancer ( New Wave ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Sensations, N. - Was a guitar tech for Pearl Jam and Soundgarden - He also painted under the name, John Miller.
Donald True Van Deusen - Died 1-13-2009 - Born 1-19-1929 in Boston, MA, U. - He wrote the newspaper column, Keeping Jazz In Philadelphia Alive and for for the website All About Jazz - Chris' Jazz Cafe Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Rene Coll (Pierre-Rene Colombies) - Died 1-15-2009 in Carcassonne, France - Illness ( Jazz ) Born 1942 in Narbonne, France - Saxophone player and musical director - Worked with Michel Sardou, Patrick Sebastien, Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell, Julio Iglesias, Veronique Samson, Liane Foly and on many TV shows. John, Wayne Newton, Rhythm Release, Cher, The Righteous Brothers, The Smokin' Torpedoes, Kenny Neal, Joe Cocker and Lightnin' Hopkins. Susanna Foster (Suzanne De Lee Flanders Larson) - Died 1-17-2009 in Englewood, New Jersey, U. -1973 - (He did, "Madhava" and "Ratnana Padagalu") - Wrote music for the film, America America - Son of musician, Mysore Ananthaswamy. Hooker II) - Died 1-24-2009 ( Christian Psychedelic ) H ewas 60 years old - Singer and songwriter - Led The D. Hooker Band (They did, "A Stranger's Smile" and "Forge Your Own Chains"). ( Blues ) Guitarist and singer - Born - Led Black Cat Bone (They did, "Loaded To Fire") and Terry Frank And Bone Deluxe (They did, "The Handyman" and "Stompin"). Mino Reitano (Beniamino Reitano) - Died 1-27-2009 in Agrate Brianza, Monza - Cancer ( Rock - Pop ) Born 12-7-1944 in Fiumara - Played piano, violin and trumpet and was a singer - (He did, "100 colpi alla tua porta" and "Una chitarra, cento illusioni") - Was a member of I Fratelli Reitano.
Leroy Smith (aka Chicken George) - Found dead 1-15-2009 in Manchester, England - Bronchopneumonia ( Soul ) Born 9-3-1952 in Kingston, Jamaica - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Sweet Sensation (They did, "Purely By Coincidence" and "Sad Sweet Dreamer"). Leslie Carole Johnson - Died 1-17-2009 in Minneapolis, Minn., U. - Cancer - Born 6-16-1942 in Bloomington, Minn., U. - Founder and publisher of the traditional jazz and ragtime magazine, The Mississippi Rag - Founding board member for The Twin Cities Jazz Society. Gerard Blanc - Died 1-25-2009 - Brain hemorrhage ( Rock - Disco ) Born 12-8-1947 in France - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Une autre histoire") - Was a member of Les Windings, Balthazar and Martin Circus (They did, "Je m'eclate au Senegal" and "Marylene"). Arthur Kent (Arthur Lawrence Kent) - Died 1-26-2009 in Florence SC, U. Billy Powell (William Norris Powell) - Died 1-27-2009 in Orange Park - Heart attack ( Rock ) Born 6-3-1952 in Corpus Christi, TX, U. - Keyboardist - Was a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington-Collins Band and The Allen Collins Band - Worked with Alice Marr, Alias and Vision- Father of guitarist, Brandon Powell - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Tonderai Phiri (aka Tonde 1) - Died 1-3-2009 in Norton - Dysentery - Born 1976 - Hosho player, mbira player, body percussionist and dancer - Was a member of Mbira Dze Nharira and Mawungira Enharira. Tommy Ellison (Thomas Ellison) - Died 1-3-2009 in Columbia, MD, U. Ray Topping (Raymond Keith John Topping) - Died 1-3-2009 in Romford, Essex, UK - Illness - Pneumonia, supranuclear palsy - Born 1-10-1943 in Chalk Farm, London, England - An authority on American recorded music for the post war period of 1945 through 1975 - Contributed discographies to many specialist magazines - He unearthed thousands of rare and unissued master recordings while working for Ace Records Ltd., a reissue label. Ron Asheton (Ronald Franklin Asheton, Jr.) - Found dead 1-6-2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U. - Possible heart attack ( Rock ) Born 7-17-1948 in Washington, D. Claude Jeter (Claudis Augusta Jeter) - Died 1-6-2009 in the Bronx, NY, U. Victor Heyman (Victor Kenneth Heyman) - Died 1-6-2009 in Plantation, Florida, U. - Parkinson's disease - He was 73 years old - Born in Washington, U. - He was a folk music concert promoter and reviewed CDs for the folk publication, Sing Out! Alex van Heerden - Died 1-7-2009 - Car accident - ( Jazz ) He was 34 years old - Trumpet and accordion player - Worked with Mac Mckenzie, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, The Delta Optel Band, Hilton Schilder, Magnus Johansson and Robbie Jansen. Dave Dee (David John Harman) - Died 1-9-2009 in Kingston, Surrey, England - Cancer ( Rock ) Born , Salisbury, Wiltshire, England - Singer - Was a member of Dave Dee And The Bostons who were renamed Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (They did, "Bend It" and "Hold Tight") - Worked for WEA records, where he signed AC/DC and Gary Numan. Robbie Johns (aka Rob Johns) - Died 1-9-2009 ( Rock - Blues ) He was 56 years old - Drummer, guitarist and singer - Was a member of Diamond Reo (They did, "Aint That Peculiar") who became The Diamonds - Worked with The Yardleys, The Silencers, Rocket 88 and R. Billy Brown (William George Brown) - Died 1-10-2009 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, U. ( Rockabilly - Country ) Born 7-22-1929 in Princeton, West Virginia, U. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Meet Me In The Alley, Sally" and a version of, "He'll Have To Go").
Charles Camilleri - Died 1-3-2009 - Born 9-7-1931 in Hamrun, Malta - Composer - (He wrote, "Cosmic Visions" and "Wine of Peace") - His early works were based on folk music and legends of Malta while his later works were improvisational. " and "All For Him") and the film, The Barefoot Contessa - Worked with Bing Crosby ("I'll See You In C-U-B-A"), Fred Astaire ("Heat Wave") and Tito Puente - She had been married to actor, Edmond O'Brien. - Played baritone saxophone, piano and guitar - Replaced Leroy Cooper in The Ray Charles Orchestra - Recorded with Bob Ackerman, Rob Blakeslee, Roger Boykin, David Fathead Newman and Fred Raulston. Holmes) - Died 1-5-2009 - Massive organ shutdown - Born - Songwriter and lyricist - Wrote for Sodderpot, The Squeemish, Long and The Globules - She was the wife of musician, Steve Andricks. - Played guitar, bass and accordion and was a songwriter - Was a member of The Stooges (They did, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "1969") - Worked with Destroy All Monsters, New Race, The Empty Set, The Wylde Ratttz, Dark Carnival and The New Order. Manny Castillo (Manuel Diosdado Castillo Jr.) - Died 1-6-2009 in San Antonio, TX, U. Ted Burk (aka Haia) - Died 1-6-2009 - Natural causes - He was 73 years old - Was a member of The CIA (Citizens For Interplanetary Activity) who shared the bill with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin - Worked with The Angels Of Light theatrical troupe and George Harrison. ( Jazz - Babershop ) Born 4-12-1927, in Canisteo, NY, U. - Trombonist and singer - Was a member of Horizon and Dixie On The Deck - Worked with The Max Davis Orchestra, The Four-tune Hunters and The Stardusters. ( Country ) Born 8-30-1941 in Chicago, Illinois, U. - Singer, guitarist, comedian and drummer - He was half of the duo, The Hager Twins (They did, "Gotta Get To Oklahoma ('Cause California's Gettin' To Me)" - Was a regular on TV's, Hee Haw - Worked with Buck Owens. Anabel Bosch (Ana Isabel Ramirez Bosch) - Died 1-10-2009 - In a coma after an operation for a brain aneurysm ( Rock ) Born 1-25-1976 - Singer - Worked with Elektrikcoolaid, Spy, Analog and Tropical Depression - Wife of actor, Jamie Wilson.