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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 are picking up the torch, aided by educational online resources such as youTube 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

2019

JANUARY

• Pegi Young  – Neil Young’s ex and singer/songwriter with The Survivors (December 1, 1952 – January 1, 2019) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegi_Young

• Kris Kelmi – Russian singer-songwriter for Autograph ( 21 April 1955 – January1, 2019] – cardiac arrest • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Kelmi

• Daryl Dragon – Captain and Tennille (August 27, 1942 – January 2, 2019) – renal failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daryl_Dragon

• Steve Ripley – guitarist for the Tractors (January 1, 1950 – January 3, 2019) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Ripley

Eric Haydock – The Hollies (February 3, 1943 – January 5, 2019) – cause of death unknown • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Haydock

• Clydie King – backup singer for superstars (August 21, 1943 – January 7, 2019) – age • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clydie_King. She was my ultimate singing partner,” said Bob Dylan. “No one ever came close. We were two soulmates”

• Lorna Doom – American punk rock bassist for Germs (January 4, 1958 – 16 Jan 2019) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorna_Doom

• Ted McKenna – drums for Alex Harvey, MSG and Rory Gallagher (March 10, 1950 – January 19, 2019) – hemorrhage during a routine operation for a hernia • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_McKenna

• Paul Whaley – drummer with Blue Cheer (January 14, 1947 – January 28, 2019) – heart failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Whaley

• Michel Legrand – famous French Composer) (February 24, 1932 – January 28, 2019) -sepsis • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Legrand

• James Ingram – soul/R&B legend (February 16, 1952 – January 29, 2019) – brain cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ingram

FEBRUARY

Tim Landers – bassist/vocalist for Transit (November 1, 1956 – February 2, 2019)

• Kofi Burbridge – flutist/keyboards for Tedeschi-Trucks Band (September 22, 1961 – February 15, 2019) – heart failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kofi_Burbridge

Gerard Koerts – guitarist/keyboards for Earth and Fire (December, 1947 – 20 February, 2019) – emphysema •

• Peter Tork – The Monkees (February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019)  – adenoid cystic carcinoma • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tork

• Andy Anderson – drummer for the Cure (January 30, 1951 – February 26, 2019) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Anderson_(drummer)

• Stephan Ellis ( bassist for Survivor), (June 10, 1951 – February 28, 2019)-

MARCH

Eddie Taylor Jr. – Blues guitarist/singer (08 Mar 2019)

Hal Blaine – American Hall of Fame drummer for The Wrecking Crew (11 Mar 2019)

Dick Dale – King of the Surf Guitar (17 Mar 2019)

• Bernie Tormé – guitar for Ozzy, Gillan and Dee Snider (March 18, 1952 – March 17, 2019) – pneumonia • https://rockandrollparadise.com/bernie-torme-3-19/

• Scott Walker – The Walker Brothers (January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019) – cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/scott-walker-3-2019/

 

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