IN MEMORIAM: Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) // Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths
Can you please add to the next COMBO newsletter a little bit about the passing of Pete Shelley – Songwriter and guitarist for the Buzzcocks – The Buzzcocks tweeted yesterday that Pete Shelley was “one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band, Buzzcocks”
He passed away of an apparent heart attack at the age of 63, on Thursday 12/7/2018.
Pete Shelley (17 April 1955 – 6 December 2018), born Peter Campbell McNeish, was an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in 1976, and was the lead singer and guitarist from 1977 when Devoto left, releasing “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” in 1978. The band broke up in 1981, reforming in 1989. Shelley also had a solo career; his song “Homosapien” charted in the US in 1981.
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Photo: Pete Shelley
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
11: Angelo Conti, 62, Italian singer (Banda Bassotti).
10: J. R. Reitz, 66, American radio host and disc jockey (WFHN, WBSM, WPLM-FM); Fred Wieland, 75, Australian guitarist (The Strangers, The Mixtures), lung cancer (death announced on this date).
9: Yigal Bashan [he], 68, Israeli singer and composer, heart attack.
7: The Mascara Snake, 70, American artist and musician (Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band), traffic collision; Lucas Starr, 34, American rock bassist (Oh, Sleeper, Terminal), colon cancer.
6: Floyd Parton, 61, American songwriter (“Rockin’ Years”); Pete Shelley, 63, English musician and songwriter (Buzzcocks), heart attack.
2: Perry Robinson, 80, American jazz musician.
1: Calvin Newborn, 85, American jazz guitarist; Jody Williams, 83, American blues musician, cancer.
Since we were unable to announce these the last few weeks, here are American Musicians who left us in November.
12: Kurt Kaiser, 83, American composer.
16: Scott English, 81, American songwriter (“Brandy”) and record producer.
17: Cyril Pahinui, 68, American slack-key guitarist and singer.
18: Eddie Reeves, 79, American songwriter (“All I Ever Need Is You”) and record label executive (Warner Bros. Records), stroke.
19: Chris Burroughs, 60, American singer-songwriter.
20: Eddie C. Campbell, 79, American blues musician, complications from a stroke.
21: Angelica Cob-Baehler, 47, American music industry executive, cancer; Devin Lima, 41, American singer (LFO), adrenal cancer.
24: Harold Farberman, 89, American conductor.
27: Johnny Maddox, 91, American pianist and historian.
28: Roger Neumann, 77, American jazz saxophonist.
29: Erik Lindmark, 46, American vocalist and guitarist (Deeds of Flesh) and record label owner; Robert Plotnik, 75, American record store owner, complications from a stroke.
30: Roger V. Burton, 90, American actor and musician.