In Memoriam|

Shock G

Greg Jacobs, a/k/a Shock G, American Rapper, passes

Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…

April 2021

29: John Hinch, 73, British drummer (Judas Priest, Bakerloo); Will Mecum, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Karma to Burn, Year Long Disaster) (death announced on this date).

28: Mara Abrantes, 86, Brazilian-Portuguese singer and actress (A Canção da Saudade, Malandros em Quarta Dimensão); Anita Lane, 61, Australian singer-songwriter (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) (death announced on this date); Liuwe Tamminga, 67, Dutch organist and harpsichordist.

27: Al Schmitt, 91, American recording engineer (RCA Records, Capitol Studios).

26: Jesús Fichamba, 74, Ecuadorian indigenous singer, COVID-19; Jan Verhoeven, Dutch singer.

25: Denny Freeman, 76, American blues guitarist and keyboardist; Rajan Mishra, 70, Indian khyal musician, complications from COVID-19.

Dennis Edward Freeman (August 7, 1944 – April 25, 2021) was an American Texas and electric blues guitarist. Although he is primarily known as a guitar player, Freeman also played piano and electronic organ, both in concert and on various recordings. He worked with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Angela Strehli, Lou Ann Barton, James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Barry Goldberg and Percy Sledge amongst others.

24: Sergio Esquivel, 74, Mexican singer-songwriter; Christa Ludwig, 93, German mezzo-soprano; David Núñez, Peruvian cumbia singer and composer, COVID-19; József Soproni, 90, Hungarian composer.

23: Charlie Black, 71, American country songwriter; Fredi, 78, Finnish actor, singer and television presenter; Milva, 81, Italian singer and actress (La bellezza di Ippolita, Appuntamento in Riviera, Via degli specchi); Victor Wood, 75, Filipino singer and actor, complications from COVID-19.

Black graduated from University of Maryland in 1970 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee the same year. His first cut was “Girl, You Came and Eased My Mind” by Tommy Overstreet. Since then, he wrote singles for Anne Murray, Gary Morris, Earl Thomas Conley, Johnny Paycheck, and Phil Vassar. In 1991, the Nashville Songwriters Association International inducted Black into its hall of fame.

22: Shravan Rathod, 66, Indian film composer (Aashiqui, Raja, Bewafaa), COVID-19; Shock G, 57, American rapper (Digital Underground) and songwriter (“The Humpty Dance”, “I Get Around”).


Gregory Edward Jacobs (August 25, 1963 – April 22, 2021), known professionally as Shock G (and his alter ego Humpty Hump), was an American rapper who was best known as the lead vocalist of the hip hop group Digital Underground. He was responsible for Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance”, 2Pac’s breakthrough single “I Get Around”, and co-producer of 2Pac’s debut album 2Pacalypse Now.


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