In Memoriam|

Michael St. James: If any of you remember Lance Teller from back in the day, he was a damn good singer and player. His wife, Linda, reached out to me from New Orleans and he has unfortunately passed away from all this mess at 42. If you have any pics of him from back then, send them my way to get to her, or I’ll put you in touch. Damn. Damn.

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Clark Hagan: Wow, another legend and friend, Mr. John Ragsdale. RIP my friend, way to early for you

[Clark sent no more info and we were unable to find any additional. Our sincerest sympathies to John’s family.]

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Annette Cannon: Just learned that Dan Gamble passed away today. He was working on my office logo for me, and we were almost finished. I’m grateful forever for you making my campaign logo for me. It’s perfect. I’m in complete shock. I’m so sad. Prayers for his wife Paula, please. I don’t know what else to say. RIP, Dan, you will be missed so much. He played in the Burning Bush Blues band.

Tim Elliott: Saddened to hear of the passing of a friend today. Dan Gamble was a vital part of our Christmas Carol team. I looked forward to seeing him at these events. An all-around good guy, a gentle giant, a generous friend, someone solid in his faith. He inspired me. RIP, sir.

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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
[Note the number of deaths due to COVID-19. This is potentially a fatal disease to your and your family. Stay home and don’t catch it – and don’t go out and spread it. The life you save may be your grandma’s.]

April 2020

1: Cristina, 61, American singer, COVID-19; Ellis Marsalis Jr., 85, American jazz pianist, COVID-19; Adam Schlesinger, 52, American musician (Fountains of Wayne, Ivy) and songwriter (“That Thing You Do”), Emmy winner (2012, 2013, 2019), COVID-19

Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr. (85) (November 14, 1934 – April 1, 2020) was an American jazz pianist and educator. Active since the late 1940s, Marsalis came to greater attention in the 1980s and 1990s as the patriarch of a musical family, with sons Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis rising to international acclaim.


March 2020

31: Rafael Berrio, 56, Spanish composer and singer; Zoltán Peskó, 83, Hungarian conductor and composer; Wallace Roney, 59, American jazz trumpeter, COVID-19.

30: Louise Ebrel, 87, French singer (Les Ramoneurs de menhirs); Riachão, 98, Brazilian samba composer and singer.

29: Joe Diffie, 61, American country singer-songwriter (“Home”, “Third Rock from the Sun”, “Pickup Man”), COVID-19; Alan Merrill, 69, American musician (Arrows) and songwriter (“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”), COVID-19; Paravai Muniyamma, 82, Indian folk singer and actress (Dhool, Kovil, Savaale Samaali); Krzysztof Penderecki, 86, Polish composer (Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Anaklasis, Utrenja) and conductor.

28: Nicolás Brizuela, 70, Argentine musician; Jan Howard, 91, American country singer and songwriter (“The One You Slip Around With”, “For Loving You”, “Evil on Your Mind”); Lou ‘L. A.’ Kouvaris, 66, Greek-born American guitarist (Riot), COVID-19; Sergei Rainchik, 48, Belarusian keyboardist and sound engineer (Verasy); Hertha Töpper, 95, Austrian contralto.

27: Bob Andy, 75, Jamaican reggae singer (The Paragons, Bob and Marcia), songwriter and actor (The Mighty Quinn); Mirna Doris, 79, Italian singer, cancer; Ruben Melogno, 74, Uruguayan vocalist and cartoonist, COVID-19; Delroy Washington, 67, British-Jamaican reggae singer.

26: Olle Holmquist, 83, Swedish trombonist (James Last Orchestra), COVID-19; Bill Martin, 81, Scottish songwriter (“Puppet on a String”, “Congratulations”, “Back Home”) and music publisher; Luigi Roni, 78, Italian opera singer, COVID-19;

Hamish Wilson, 77, Scottish actor (Doctor Who) and radio producer (Radio Forth, Radio Clyde), COVID-19.

25: Jennifer Bate, 75, British concert organist, cancer; Donatien Laurent, 84, French linguist and musicologist; Liesbeth List, 78, Dutch singer, actress and television personality; Detto Mariano, 82, Italian musician (I Ribelli) and composer, COVID-19;

24: Manu Dibango, 86, Cameroonian saxophonist (“Soul Makossa”), COVID-19; Terrence McNally, 81, American playwright (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!) and screenwriter, Tony winner (1993, 1995, 1996), COVID-19; Anatoliy Mokrenko, 87, Ukrainian opera singer; Bill Rieflin, 59, American rock drummer (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, King Crimson), cancer; Gerard Schurmann, 96, Dutch-British composer and conductor (The Bedford Incident, Attack on the Iron Coast, Claretta); Edward Tarr, 83, American trumpeter, Grammy Award winner, complications from heart surgery;

23: Joe Amoruso, 60, Italian pianist, complications from cerebral hemorrage; Tres Warren, 41, American singer and guitarist (Psychic Ills).


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