IN MEMORIAM: Bassist Bill Troxell Passes // Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths

Carvin Jones, 1/26/19: I’ve cried so many tears today at the passing of my long time bass player Bill Troxell. This guy was my rock as we kicked a lot of ass onstage worldwide for years. He had my back like no other. When he became sick and couldn’t play bass anymore, I loved him so much I brought him on tour with me anyway until the doctors forced him to stay home. For 9 years we kicked ass from pillar to post. Trust me – they don’t make ‘em like Bill anymore. Rest easy, my blues brother… I am truly devastated.

Tammy Payne: A very dear friend, Bill Troxell passed away. Bawling my eyes out ever since. He was a good friend and a great guy. So many memories and laughs together. He had the best stories. He always knew how to shrug off the little stuff and taught me how to have a tough skin which, in this industry, is required at times. I still have the pin and all the little toys that came in those kinder eggs he would bring me from his tours with Carvin Jones overseas. I miss him so much. Playing bass was everything for Bill. I know he’s up there telling some of those great stories and jamming with the greats. I love you, Bill. RIP.

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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…

January 2019

29: James Ingram, 66, American R&B singer-songwriter (“Baby, Come to Me”, “I Don’t Have the Heart”, “Yah Mo B There”), Grammy winner (1982, 1985), brain cancer.

28: Noel Rawsthorne, 89, British organist and composer; Yoskar Sarante, 49, Dominican bachata singer, pulmonary fibrosis; Pepe Smith, 71, Filipino rock musician (Juan de la Cruz Band, Speed, Glue & Shinki, Asin); Paul Whaley, 72, American drummer (The Oxford Circle, Blue Cheer), heart failure.

26: Ingo Bischof, 68, German musician (Kraan); Jean Guillou, 88, French composer, organist and pianist; Michel Legrand, 86, French composer (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Thomas Crown Affair, Yentl), conductor and jazz pianist, Oscar winner (1968, 1971, 1983); Wilma Lipp, 93, Austrian operatic soprano.

25: Bruce Corbitt, 56, American musician (Rigor Mortis, Warbeast), esophageal cancer; Terry Jennings, 62, American musician and author.

23: Bengt Huhta [fi], 69, Finnish musician; Oliver Mtukudzi, 66, Zimbabwean musician, complications from diabetes; Ryszard Peryt, 71, Polish conductor and librettist; Lyudmila Turcan, 81, Ukrainian opera singer.

Categories: In Memoriam

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