Bass great backed Motown artists and many others
Farewell to guitarist and vocalist Bob Welch, guitarist Pete Cosey, BMI president Frances Williams Preston, The Platters’ Herb Reed, folk musician Arthel ‘Doc’ Watson, polka great Eddie Blazonczyk and saxophonist Andrew Love.
Farewell to disco queen Donna Summer, singer Belita Woods, Bee Gees founding member Robin Gibb, banjo player Doug Dillard, go-go musician Chuck Brown, bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T and the MG’s, bluegrass artist Everett Lilly, Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, guitarist Charles “Skip” Pitts, John Christopher Ethridge II, of Flying Burrito Brothers, banjo player Earl Scruggs and blues guitarist Eddie King
The Rev. Ernest Douglas Warren, one of the two surviving founding members of The Spaniels, the rhythm and blues vocal group who scored a national hit with the original “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite” in 1954, has died.
Obituaries for drummer and singer Levon Helm of The Band, Men At Work’s Greg Ham, TV host and entrepreneur Dick Clark and amplifier designer Jim Marshall.
Musicians and industry leaders are mourning the loss of Dick Clark. Nicknamed “America’s Oldest Teenager,” Clark died April 18, 2012, following a heart attack.
Pop musician Davy Jones, perhaps best known as one of The Monkees, has died of an apparent heart attack.
Farewell to The Monkees’ Davy Jones, James “Red” Holloway, Dory Previn Shannon, Joe Thompson, Michael Davis, Ronnie Montrose, Robert Sherman, JImmy Ellis and Michael Hossack.
Goldmine bids farewell to Whitney Houston, Don Cornelius, King Stitt, Clare Fischer, Dick Kniss and David Peaston.
Farewell to artists and innovators Johnny Otis, Etta James, Jimmy Castor, Frank MIlano, Bob Weston, Robert Dickey, Ed Roman, Sam Rivers and Sean Bonniwell.