Obituaries

Farewell to these artists and industry innovators

Music industry obituaries for June 2012

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.

Obituaries for artists, innovators who died late March to mid-May 2012

Donna Summer

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

Spaniels founding member Warren dies at 78

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 March 2012

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.