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I started this website sometime in 2013 as a legacy site to pay tribute to the many wonderful musicians, singer frontmen and songwriters that paved the soundtrack of my life with their music. As an amateur rocker, who did not only listen to the music, but also played in many coverbands, duos and trios over the decades since rock and roll exploded into our lives, I realized later on in life, as I’m reluctantly entering the supposedly quiet years, that rock music between the mid 1950s and the 1990s, drove our entire culture. More than ever before in history was a global generation defined by music, as Rock and Roll became the soundtrack of our lives. It changed and over time defined politics, commerce, industry, transportation, communication, social interaction and education.

For 40 years it guided our sense of values, what was waste, what was cool and what was not. The guitar was cool. Rock and Roll was driven by the advance of the electric guitar. It demanded attention, even if only because of the volume and reach. It guided the best educated generation in history into adult hood.

But when our generation became too overly self important and self indulgent, Rock and Roll lost its driving cultural influence and handed it over to new genres like Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

By the 1990s, as one generation handed the musical torch to a new generation, rock had been bent and bullied into new music genres, promoted by different music distribution platforms and rapidly advancing entertainment technology outlets, and we kind of turned away from rock as if it were a youthful indiscretion.

And then, as history usually goes, we turned old enough to remember the power of rock and roll in our younger years and we created niche markets for rock to live in, at least for the remainder of our years. Personally I have noticed that a lot of young females guitarists across the globe are picking up the torch lately, aided by educational online resources such as youTube, Patreon and Vimeo video channels. It gives me hope for the future of rock and roll. But for now it’s still derivative as these young talents still focus on what we did fifty years ago. Give it time and they will make it their own and select new directions for rock and roll.

This website serves a little bit as a reminder to all of us baby boomers and rock music lovers, who picked up a guitar or kicked a drum in our formative years, and gained an understanding of how music transformed us.

Johan Ramakers

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IN 2020 WE ALREADY SAID GOODBYE TO:

Marty Grebb – Guitarist with Bonnie Raitt/Rick Danko and the Buckinghams (Sept. 2, 1946 – January 1, 2020) – as yet unknown • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marty_Grebb

• Bo Winberg – lead guitarist fo the Spotnicks (Mach 27, 1939 – January 3, 2020) – as yet unknown • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spotnicks

• Neil Peart – drummer/lyricist for Rush (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Peart

• Steve Martin Caro – lead singer for the Left Banke (October 12, 1948 – January 14, 2020) – heart disease •

• Mike Sommerville –guitarist/song writer for Head East (August 15, 1952 – February 28, 2020) – undisclosed •

• Kenny Rogerscountry rock star ( August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020) – natural causes •

• Jerry Slick – drummer for the Great Society – husband of Grace Slick ( August 8, 1939 – March 20, 2020 • undisclosed

• Eric Weissberg – session banjo player – Deliverance (August 16, 1939 – March 22, 2020) – Alzheimers •

• Alan Merrill – singer/songer and co-author of I love rock and roll (February 19, 1951 – March 29, 2020) Covid-19 •

• Bill Witherssinger/songwriter “Ain’t no sunshine” etc. ( July 4, 1938 – March 30, 2020) – heart failure •

• Adam Schlesinger – singer/songwriter for Fountain of Wayne ( October 31, 1967 – April 1, 2020) – Covid-19 •

• John PrineSinger/Songer “Angel from Montgomery” etc. (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) – Covid-19 •

• Steve Farmer – Guitarist/songwriter for Amboy Dukes, Ted Nugent etc. ( December 31, 1948 –  April 7, 2020) – Covid-19 •

• Florian Schneider – founder/keyboards for Kraftwerk ( April 7, 1947 – April 9, 2020) – cancer •

• Dave Greenfield – founder/keys/songwriter for the Stranglers ( March 29, 1949 – May 3, 2020) – Covid-19 •

• Millie Small – Popsinger of “My Boy Lollipop” ( October 5, 1946 – May 5, 2020) – stroke •

• Brian Howe – singer for Ted Nugent, Bad Company ( July 22, 1953 – May 6, 2020) – cardiac arrest •

• Little Richard – Singer / songwriter / piano player (rock and roll / rhythm and blues) ( December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020) – natural causes • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Richard

• John David ‘Moon’ Martin – singer/songwriter “bad Case of Loving You (October 31, 1945 – May 11, 2020) – natural causes –

• Phil May – singer/frontman with the Pretty Things (November 9, 1944 – May 15, 2020) – surgery complications –

• Steve Priest – Bassist/vocalist for The Sweet (February 23, 1948 – June 4, 2020) – general ailments

• Bonnie Pointer – The Pointer Sisters (July 11, 1950 – June 8, 2020) – cardiac arrest –

• Paul ‘Tonka’ Chapman – Guitarist for UFO/Skid Row (June 9, 2020 – June 9, 1954) – cardiac arrest –

• Charlie Daniels – Singer/fiddler in Charlie Daniels Band (October 28, 1936 – July 6, 2020) – hemorrhagic stroke –

• Judy Dyble – British singer-songwriter for Fairport Convention (February 13, 1949 – July 12, 2020)  lung cancer

• Peter Green (Peter Allen Greenbaum) – Co-founder guitarist/singer/songwriter for Fleetwood Mac (October 29, 1946 – July 25, 2020) – natural causes –

• Steve Holland – Founding Guitarist for southern rock band Molly Hatchett (Feb. 22, 1954 – August 2, 2020) – cardiac arrest –

• Wayne Fontana – frontman/singer for Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders (October 28, 1945 – August 6, 2020) – undisclosed

• Patrick Fairley – founding bassist for the Marmalade (1944 – August 11, 2020) – age related –

•  Pete Way – founding bassist for UFO (August 7, 1951 – August 14, 2020) – complications fro car accident injuries –

• Todd Nance – founding drummer of Widespread Panic – (November 20, 1962 – August 19, 2020) – chronic illness –

• Frankie Banali – drummer for Quiet Riot (November 14, 1951 – August 20, 2020) – pancreatic cancer –

• Toots Hibbert – singer/frontman for Toots and the Maytals (December 8, 1942 – September 11, 2020) – Covid-19 –

• Lee Kerslake – drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep (April 16, 1947 – September 19, 2020) – cancer –

• Tommy DeVito – founding member of the Four Seasons (June 19, 1928 – September 21, 2020) – Covid-19 –

• Eddie Van Halen – monster guitarist/songwriter for Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) – throat cancer –

• Dave Munden – Bassist/vocalist with the Tremoloes (Dec. 2, 1943 – October 15, 2020) – respiratory complications –

• Spencer Davis – Founding guitarist for the Spencer Davis Group (July 17, 1939 – October 19, 2020) – pneumonia –

• Jerry Jeff Walker – folk rock troubadour “Mr. Bojangles” (March 16, 1942 – October 23, 2020) – throat cancer –

• Ken Hensley – singer/songwriter for Uriah Heep (August 24, 1945 – November,4 2020) – undisclosed –

 

For all the heroes we lost in rock’s history, dating back to the early origins in the late 1930, all the way to the present day, click HERE