Roarke on TV's, Fantasy Island and portrayed Khan Noonien Singh on TV's, Star Trek and in the film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - He was named a Knight by the Vatican.Angela Morley (Born Wally Stott) - Died 1-14-2009 in Arizona, U. - Born 3-10-1924 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England - Composer, conductor and saxophonist - Wrote music for TV's, Dynasty, Dallas and Wonder Woman - Played in the band of Bert Clegg and with Oscar Rabins Band and The Geraldo Orchestra - Wrote arrangements for Benny Goodman and Nelson Riddle - Worked with Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Shirley Bassey and Dusty Springfield and collaborated with John Williams.Maker, Jazz Journal and The New Musical Express - He took pictures of Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Lonnie Donegan, The Everly Brothers, Billy Fury, Tommy Steele, Adam Faith, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. ( Blues - R&B ) Born 1-20-1922 in Birmingham, Ala., U. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "You Bring Out The Wolf In Me" and "Whispering Blue") - Worked with The Blue Jay Singers - Wrote songs for James Brown, Roscoe Gordon and Little Milton. Barnett) - Died 2-6-2009 in Pine Beach ( Big Band ) He was 82 years old - Worked with The Hal Macintyre Band, The Mal Hallet Band, The Chan Chandler Band, Eddie Duchin, Fats Waller, The Murray Kay Band and The Blazers.
Enrique Dumas - Died 1-18-2009 in Jesus Maria, Argentina - Heart attack ( Jazz - Tango ) Born 5-8-1935 in La Plata, Pcia, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Singer - Worked with Carlos Figari, Libertad Lamarque, Anibal Troilo, Ikuo Abo and Ranko Fujisawa. Corey Daum (aka Corey James) - Died 1-25-2009 in Nashville, TN, U. - Car accident ( Rock ) He was 39 years old - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Lizzy Borden (He appeared in their video's, "Love Is A Crime" and "We Got The Power"). David Yancey - Died 1-28-2009 in Daytona Beach, FL, U. - Lung cancer ( Rock - Country ) He was 56 years old - Pianist - Worked with Tommy Brown, Reuben "Lounge Lizard" Morgan and The Cooljams Rhythm Section.
Scott Turner (Graham Turnbull) (Graham Morrison Turnbull) - Died 2-9-2009 in Cobleskill, New York, U. - Born 23-8-1931 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada - Guitarist, singer and songwriter - (Wrote or co- wrote, Gene Vincent's, "If You Want My Lovin'" and Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Hicktown") - Was a member of Tommy Sands And The Raiders - Worked with Guy Mitchell and Eddie Fisher - Collaborated with Buddy Holly, Audie Murphy, Doc Pomus, Alex Harvey, Herb Alpert and John Marascalco - Produced Slim Whitman, Del Reeves and Jimmy Clanton. Franco Hodobo - Died 2-10-2009 in Chitungwiza - Illness - Born 2-8-1960 - Singer, drummer and guitarist - (He did, "Tinoda Socialism" and "Madhiri Mutown") - Worked with The Zig Zag Band and Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi. - Singer - (She did, "The Year 2000" and "The Naked Boy") - Was a member of The Darling Sisters renamed, Ronnie & The Relatives (They did, "I Want a Boy") and finally renamed, The Ronettes (They did, "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You") - Worked with Bobby Rydell, Del Shannon and Joey Dee - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee. Susan Wehle - Died 2-12-2009 in Buffalo, New York, U. - Plane crash ( Spiritual ) She was 55 years old - Singer - She recorded the CD, "Songs Of Healing And Hope" with guitarist, Gunilla Theander Kester.
Pavel Novak - Died 2-11-2009 in Prerov, Czech Republic - Prostate cancer ( Pop - Country ) Born 3-10-1944 in Prerov - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and composer - (He did, "Pihovata divka" and "Malinka") - Led Synkopa (They did, "Vyznani"), VOX (They did, "Asi" and "Ton vet mi lal"), Proto (They did, "Morava") and Family (They did, "Atletika") - Worked with his son Pavel Riedl - He also composed music for children and wrote fairytales. Gerry Niewood - Died 2-12-2009 in Buffalo, New York, U. - Plane crash ( Jazz ) Born 4-6-1943 in Rochester, NY, U. - Played saxophone and flute - (He did, "Share My Dreams" and "Warm Inside") - Led The Sunday Morning Jazz Band - Worked with Chuck Mangione, Dave Samuels, Joe Beck and Simon And Garfunkel. Henry Clay Yarber - Died 2-12-2009 in Buffalo, New York, U. - Plane crash ( R&B ) He was 62 years old - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Power Play and Taxi - Worked with Bob Seger, Tina Turner and Ben E. Al Kirkcaldy - Died 2-12-2009 - Cancer - He was 55 years old - DJ and blues promoter - Co-founder of Gopher Broke Blues Productions - He hosted radio's, Blue In The Face and was a blues writer for The Peterborough Examiner. - Drummer - Worked with his wife, singer Pearl Bailey and with Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Lionel Hampton, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong, Tony Bennett and Wayne Newton - ASCAP Jazz Wall Of Fame Inductee.
Ramon de Algeciras (Ramon Sanchez Gomez) - Died 1-20-2009 in Madrid, Spain ( Flamenco ) Born 1938 in Algeciras, Cadiz, Spain - Guitarist, songwriter and singer - (He did, "Almoraina" and "Rosa María") - Worked with Antonio Mairena, Pepe Marchena, La Nina de los Peines and Pepe Pinto - He was the brother of singer, Pepe de Lucia and guitarist, Paco de Lucia. Mickey Gee (Michael Gee) - Died 1-21-2009 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales - Emphysema ( Rock ) Born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales - Guitarist - Worked with Tom Jones, Joe Cocker's Grease Band, Dave Edmunds ("I Hear You Knockin'" and "Girls Talk"), Love Sculpture, Rockpile, Willie And The Poor Boys ("Revenue Man (White Lightening)") and Shakin Stevens ("Green Door" and "This Ole' House"). Mik Risingham (Michael Risingham) - Found dead 1-21-2009 in London, England - Hanged himself ( Rock ) Born 1-22-1960 - Singer and songwriter - Was a member of Fourth Wall, The Singles, Kick and The Passengers. Hiroshi Oguchi (Sometimes spelled Ohguchi) - Died 1-24-2009 in Tokyo, Japan - Liver cancer ( Rock ) Born in Kawaguchi, Japan - Drummer and actor - Was a member of The Tempters, PYG and Vodka Collins (They did, "Sands Of Time" and "Automatic Pilot") - Owned the fashion company, Practice Of Silence - Acted in the miniseries, Shogun and in the film, Strange Circus - He was married to actress, Kimie Shingyoji and is the father of musician and artist, Gento Oguchi. Mike Francis (Francesco Puccioni) - Died 1-30-2009 in Rome, Italy - Lung cancer ( Pop - Disco ) Born 4-26-1961 in Florence, Italy - Singer, guitarist and pianist - (He did, "Let Me In" and "Survivor"). - Composer, singer and lyricist - (Co-wrote, "Gotta Be This Or That" and "I Love You In Six Eight Time") - Worked with Vincent Lopez, Paul Whiteman, Ben Bernie and Abe Lyman.
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.