Landing

Backstage Party Before the Show
Did Robert Meet the Devil at Crossroads?
We Thought The Music Died on a cold February night in Wisconsin
Jim Made the 27 Club a Real Thing
Jimi took creative guitar playing to new heights
No Janis, that is not a Mercedes Benz
Rest in Peace Skydog, you made a long lasting impression!
Elvis has left the building
John Lennon has a complete honor wall in Prague
One Love Rastaman
Wading through Muddy Waters
Every time Stevie Ray hit a note, lightning bolts struck down
Freddie Mercury, gifted by the Gods of Showmanship
The Voice of a Generation
Jerry Garcia closed the door behind Psychedelic Jambands

ROCK STARS THAT PASSED IN 2017

Rock, rockabilly, rock and roll, blues, soul, funk, fusion, reggae and pop rock legends and pioneers that moved on in 2017. Their tributes will be up soon:

JANUARY

• Sylvester Potts – The Contours ( January 22, 1938 – January 6, 2017) heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/sylvester-potts-1-2017/

• Johnny Dick – The Aztecs ( June 1943 – January 6, 2017) heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/johnny-dick-1-2017/

• Peter Eardley Sarstedt (10 December 1941 – 8 January 2017) – progressive supernuclear palsy • https://rockandrollparadise.com/peter-sarstedt-12017/

• Tommy Allsup – The Crickets (November 24, 1931 – January 11,2017) complications from surgery • https://rockandrollparadise.com/tommy-allsup-1-2017/

• Richie Ingui – The Soul Survivors (November 15, 1947 – January 13, 2017) heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/richie-ingui-1-2017/

• Steve Wright – Greg Kihn Band (1950-January 16, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/steve-wright-1-2017/

• Mike Kellie – Spooky Tooth (24 March 1947 – 18 January 2017) Cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/mike-kellie-1-2017/

• Ronald “Bingo” Mundy – The Marcels (April 20, 1940 – January 20, 2017) Pneumonia • https://rockandrollparadise.com/ronald-bingo-mundy-1-2017/

• Maggie Roche – The Roches (October 26, 1951 – January 21, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/maggie-roche-1-2017-2/

• Walter Junie Morrison – Funkadelics/Ohio Players (1954 – January 21, 2017)  organ failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/junie-morrison-1-2017/

• Peter Overend Watts – Mott the Hoople (May 13, 1947 – January 22, 2017) throat cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/peter-overend-watts-1-2017/

• Marvell Thomas – Memphis Soul (August 22, 1941 – January 22, 2017) heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/marvell-thomas-1-2017/

• Bobby Freeman (June 13, 1940 – January 23, 2017) heart failure  • https://rockandrollparadise.com/bobby-freeman-1-2017/

Butch Trucks – Allman Brothers Band (May 11, 1947 – January 24, 2017) – Suicide • https://rockandrollparadise.com/butch-trucks-12017/

• Björn Thelin – The Spotnicks (June 27, 1942 -January 24, 2017)  • https://rockandrollparadise.com/bjorn-thelin-1-2017/

• Tom Edwards  – Adam Ant Band (1975 – January 26, 2017) cardiac arrest • https://rockandrollparadise.com/tom-edwards-1-2017/

• Geoff Nicholls – Black Sabbath (February 29, 1944 – January 28, 2017) Lung Cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/geoff-nicholls-1-2017/

• John Wetton -Asia/King Crimson and U.K. (June 12, 1949 – January 31, 2017) colon cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/john-wetton-1-2017/

• Roger “Deke” Leonard – Man (18 December 1944 – 31 January 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/deke-leonard-1-2017/

FEBRUARY

• Robert Dahlqvist – singer/guitarist for the Hellacopters (16 April 1976 – 1 February 2017) drowned as a result of a seizure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/robert-dahlqvist-2-17/

• Steve Lang – April Wine (March 24, 1949 – February 4, 2017) parkinson’s • https://rockandrollparadise.com/steve-lang-2-2017/

• David Axelrod – Fusion arranger (April 17, 1933 – February 5, 2017) brain aneurysm • https://rockandrollparadise.com/david-axelrod-2-17/

• Sonny Geraci – Outsiders and Climax ( November 22, 1947 – February 5, 2017) lasting effects of brain aneurysm • https://rockandrollparadise.com/sonny-geraci-2-2017/

• Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) – respiratory failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/al-jarreau-2-2017/

• Peter Skellern (March 14, 1947 – February 17, 2017)  brain tumor • https://rockandrollparadise.com/peter-skellern-2-2017/

• Clyde Stubblefield – James Brown Band (April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017) kidney failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/clyde-stubblefield-22017/

• Larry Coryell – The Free Spirits/the Eleventh House (April 2, 1943 – February 19, 2017) heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/larry-coryell-2-2017/

MARCH

• Jim Fuller – Surfaris (June 27, 1947 – March 3, 2017) cardiac arrest • https://rockandrollparadise.com/jim-fuller-3-2017/

• Lyle Ritz – The Wrecking Crew (January 10, 1930 – March 3, 2017) heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/lyle-ritz-3-2017/

• Tommy Page – singer/songwriter (May 24, 1970 – March 4, 2017) suicide • https://rockandrollparadise.com/tommy-page-3-2017/

• Valerie Carter – singer/songwriter (February 5, 1953 – March 4, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/valerie-carter-3-2017/

Joni Sledge – Sister Sledge (September 13, 1956 – March 10, 2017) – natural causes • https://rockandrollparadise.com/joni-sledge-32017/

• Joey Alves – Y&T (August 3, 1953 – March 12, 2017) Ulcerative Colitis – https://rockandrollparadise.com/joey-alves-3-2017/

• Robert P-Nut Johnson (Parliament Funkadelics) (October 16, 1947 – March 12, 2017) Chronic illness • https://rockandrollparadise.com/robert-p-nut-johnson-3-2017/

• James Henry Cotton (July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017) pneumonia • https://rockandrollparadise.com/james-cotton-3-2017/

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) Rock & Roll Pioneer/Legend – Natural causes • https://rockandrollparadise.com/chuck-berry-32017/

John Thomas “Sib” Hashian – Boston (August 7, 1949 – March 22, 2017) Cardiac Arrest • https://rockandrollparadise.com/sib-hashian-3-2017/

APRIL

 Lonnie Brooks born Lee Baker Jr. (December 18, 1933 – April 1, 2017) natural • https://rockandrollparadise.com/lonnie-brooks-4-2017/

• Brenda Jones – The Jones Girls ( December 7, 1954 – April 3, 2017) struck by multiple cars  • https://rockandrollparadise.com/brenda-jones-4-2017/

• Paul O’Neill -Savatage/TSO (February 23, 1956 – April 5, 2017) Prescription drug side effects • https://rockandrollparadise.com/paul-oneill-4-2017/

David Peel (born David Michael Rosario) (August 3, 1942 – April 6, 2017) Heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/david-peel-4-2017/

• Keni Richards – Autograph (1964 – April 8, 2017) homicide • https://rockandrollparadise.com/keni-richards-4-2017/

• Alan Henderson – Them (November 26, 1944 – April 9, 2017) Cardiac Arrest • https://rockandrollparadise.com/alan-henderson-4-2017/

• Banner Thomas – Molly Hatchet (1954 – April 10, 2017) pneumonia • https://rockandrollparadise.com/banner-thomas-4-2017/

John Warren “J” Geils – J. Geils Band (February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017) – Natural causes • http://rockandrollparadise.com/john-j-geils-42017/

• Toby Smith – Jamiroquai (October 29, 1970 – April 11, 2017) Cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/toby-smith-4-2017/

• Barry ‘Frosty’ Smith  – Soulhat/Sweathog (March 20, 1946 – April 12, 2017) heart attack •  https://rockandrollparadise.com/barry-frosty-smith-4-2017/

• Bruce Langhorne – New York Folk musician Bob Dylan (May 14, 1938 – April 14, 2017) kidney failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/bruce-langhorne-4-2017/

• Allan Holdsworth – guitar wizzard  (August 6, 1946- April 15, 2017) – cardiac arrest • http://rockandrollparadise.com/allan-holdsworth-42017/

• Matt Holt – Nothingface (May 28, 1977 – April 15, 2017) degenerative disease • https://rockandrollparadise.com/matt-holt-4-2017/

• Cuba Gooding Sr. – The Main Ingredient ( April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017) Heart Attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/cuba-gooding-sr-4-2017/

• Kerry Turman – The Temptations (1958 – April 23, 2017) Heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/kerry-turman-4-2018/

• Calep Emphrey Jr – drummer for BB King (May 1, 1949 – April 25, 2017) Heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/calep-emphrey-4-2017/

MAY

• Col. Bruce Hampton – The Hampton Grease Band (April 30, 1947 – May 1, 2017) Heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/col-bruce-hampton-5-2017/

Casey Jones – Albert Collins-Johnny Winters (July 26, 1939 – May 3, 2017) Cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/casey-jones-5-2017/

• Clive Brooks – drums for Egg (28 December 1949 – May 5, 2017) unknown • https://rockandrollparadise.com/clive-brooks-5-2017/

• Robert Miles – master of Trance born Roberto Concina (3 November 1969 – 9 May 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/robert-miles-5-2017/

• Corki O’Dell – female guitar trailblazer for Duane Eddy (May 13, 1936 – May 11, 2017) natural causes • https://rockandrollparadise.com/corki-casey-odell-5-2017/

• Jimmy Copley – British session drummer (December 29, 1953 – May 13, 2017) Leukemia • https://rockandrollparadise.com/jimmy-copley-5-2017/

• Chris Cornell – Soundgarden/Audioslave (July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017) – suicide • https://rockandrollparadise.com/chris-cornell-52017/

• Kenny Cordray – blues guitarist (July 21, 1954 – May 21,2017) murder/suicide • https://rockandrollparadise.com/kenny-cordray-5-2017/

• Curtis Womack – The Valentinos (October 22, 1942 – May 21, 2017) respiratory heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/curtis-womack-5-2017/

• Jimmy LaFave – Red Dirt Music (July 12, 1955 – May 21, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/jimmy-lafave-5-2017/

• Gregg Allman – Allman Brothers Band (December 8th, 1947 – May 27, 2017) liver cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/gregg-allman-52017/

JUNE

• Aamir Zaki – fine guitar player in the style of Randy Rhoads (April 8, 1968 – June 2, 2017) heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/aamir-zaki-6-2017/

• Sonny Knight – Soul singer (1948 – June 17, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/sonny-knight-6-2017/

• Noel Neal – bass for James Cotton (June 19, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/noel-neal-6-2017/

• Jimmy Nalls – Sea Level (May 31, 1951 – June 22, 2017) Parkinson’s • https://rockandrollparadise.com/jimmy-nalls-6-2017/

• Dave Rosser – Afghan Whigs (August 3, 1966 – June 27, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/dave-rosser-6-2017/

• Nic Ritter – drums for Warbringer (April 13, 1981 – June 30, 2017) drowned in pool • https://rockandrollparadise.com/nic-ritter-6-2017/

JULY

• John Blackwell Jr. – Drummer for Prince ( September 9, 1973 – July 4, 2017) brain tumor • https://rockandrollparadise.com/john-blackwell-7-2017/

• Melvyn ‘Deacon’ Jones – blues performer (March 23, 1947 – July 6, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/melvyn-deacon-jones-7-2017/

• Erik Cartwright – Foghat (July 10, 1950 – July 9, 2017) heart failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/erik-cartwright-7-2017/

• Ray Phiri – guitarist for Paul Simon (March 23, 1947 – July 12, 2017) Lung cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/ray-phiri-7-2017/

• Simon Holmes – Singer/guitarist for the Hummingbirds (March 28, 1963 – July 13, 2017) suicide • https://rockandrollparadise.com/simon-holmes-7-2017/

• David Z(ablidowski) – Adrenaline Mob/TSO (1979 – July 14, 2017) car accident • https://rockandrollparadise.com/david-zablidowski-7-2017/

• Chester Bennington – Linkin Park (March 26, 1976 – July 20, 2017) suicide • https://rockandrollparadise.com/chester-bennington-7-2017/

Kenny Shields – Streetheart (1947 – July 21, 2017) cardiac surgery • https://rockandrollparadise.com/kenny-shields-7-2017/

• Michael Johnson – Singer/songwriter/guitarist (August 8, 1944 – July 25, 2017) cardiac arrest • https://rockandrollparadise.com/michael-johnson-7-2017/

AUGUST

• Goldy McJohn – Steppenwolf (May 2, 1945 – August 1, 2017) Heart Attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/goldy-mcjohn-8-2017/

• Glen Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) Alzheimers • http://rockandrollparadise.com/glen-campbell-82017/

• Winston Samuels – The Four Aces (1944 – August 24, 2017) Kidney Disease • https://rockandrollparadise.com/winston-samuels-8-2017/

• Melissa Bell – Soul II Soul (March 5, 1964 – August 28, 2017) Kidney failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/melissa-bell-8-2017/

• “Sonny” Burgess – rockabilly guitarist (May 28, 1929 – August 28, 2017) Complications from a fall • https://rockandrollparadise.com/sonny-burgess-8-2017/

SEPTEMBER

• Hedley Jones – Jamaican Reggae pioneer (November 12, 1917 – September 1, 2017) age related • https://rockandrollparadise.com/hedley-jones-9-2017/

• Mick Softley – British folk singer/songwriter/guitarist (1939 – September 1, 2017) • https://rockandrollparadise.com/mick-softley-9-2017/

• Walter Becker – Steely Dan (February 20, 1950 – Sept. 2, 2017) Esophageal cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/walter-becker-92017/

Dave Hlubek – Molly Hatchet (August 28, 1951 – September 3, 2017) Heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/dave-hlubek-9-2017/

• Earl Lindo – The Wailers/Burning Spear (January 7, 1953 – September 4, 2017) colitis • https://rockandrollparadise.com/earl-lindo-9-2017/

• Holger Czukay – Krautrock band Can (March 24, 1938 – September 5, 2017) unknown • https://rockandrollparadise.com/holger-czukay-9-2017/

Rick Stevens – Tower of Power (February 23, 1941 – September 5, 2017) Cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/rick-stevens-9-2017/

• Virgil Howe – Little Barrie ( September 23, 1975 – September 11, 2017) unknown • https://rockandrollparadise.com/virgil-howe-9-2017/

• Frank Capp – drummer for the Wrecking Crew (August 20, 1931 – September 12, 2017) natural causes • https://rockandrollparadise.com/frank-capp-9-2017/

• Grant Hart – Hüsker Dü (March 18, 1961 – September 13, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/grant-hart-9-2017/

• Jessi Zazu, lead singer for Those Darlins (1989 – September 13, 2017) cervical cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/jessi-zazu-9-2017/

• Laudir de Oliveira – percussionist for Chicago (January 6, 1940 – September 17, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/laudir-de-oliveira-9-2017/

• Mark Selby – Kenny Wayne Sheppard a.o. (September 2, 1960 – September 18, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/mark-selby-9-2017/

• Charles Bradley – Soul Singer (November 5, 1948 – September 23, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/charles-bradley-9-2017/

• CeDell Davis – Blues musician (June 9, 1927 – September 27, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/cedell-davis-9-2017/

OCTOBER

Tom Petty – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) cardiac arrest • https://rockandrollparadise.com/tom-petty-10-2017/

• Skip Haynes – Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah (1946 – October 2, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/skip-haynes-10-2017/

• Alvin DeGuzman – The Icarus Line ( December 3, 1978 – October 5, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/alvin-deguzman-10-2017/

• Jimmy Beaumont – The Skyliners (October 21, 1940 – October 7, 2017) in his sleep • https://rockandrollparadise.com/jimmy-beaumont-10-2017/

• Grady Tate – hard bebop drummer (January 14, 1932 – October 8,2017) age • https://rockandrollparadise.com/grady-tate-10-2017/

• Gord Downie – The Tragically Hip (February 6, 1964 – October 17, 2017) brain tumor • https://rockandrollparadise.com/gord-downie-10-2017/

• Eamonn Campbell -The Dubliners ( November 29, 1946 – October 18, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/eamonn-campbell-10-2017/

• Phil Miller – In Cahoots etc. (22 January 1949 – 18 October 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/phil-miller-10-2017/

• Martin Eric Ain, bass for Celtic Frost and Hellhammer (July 18, 1967 – October 21, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/martin-eric-ain-10-2017/

• George Young – The Easybeats (November 6, 1946 -October 22, 2017) Heart Attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/george-young-10-2017/

• Scott Putesky aka Daisy Berkowitz, guitarist for Marilyn Manson (April 28, 1968 – October 22, 2017) colon cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/scott-putesky-10-2017/

• Fats Domino – rock and roll pioneer (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) natural causes • https://rockandrollparadise.com/fats-domino-10-2017

NOVEMBER

• Robert Knight (born Robert Peebles) One Hit Wonder (April 24, 1945 – November 5, 2017) Undisclosed illness • https://rockandrollparadise.com/robert-knight-11-2017/

• Pentti “Whitey” Glan – drummer for Alice Cooper/Lou Reed (July 8, 1946 – November 7, 2017) lung cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/whitey-glan-11-2017/

• Paul Buckmaster – composer/cellist/arranger for star performers (June 13, 1946 – November 7, 2017) undisclosed • https://rockandrollparadise.com/paul-buckmaster-11-2017/

• Hans Vermeulen – singer/songwriter/guitarist for Dutch pop band Sandy Coast (November 9, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/hans-vermeulen-11-2017/

• Fred Cole – The Lollipop Shoppe/Dead Moon (August 28, 1948 – November 9, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/fred-cole-11-2017/

• Chuck Mosley – Faith No More (December 26, 1959 – November 9, 2017) alcoholism • https://rockandrollparadise.com/chuck-mosley-11-2017/

• Chad Hanks bass/songwriter for American Head Charge (November 12, 2017) liver and kidney disease • https://rockandrollparadise.com/chad-hanks-11-2017/

• Dik Mik  (Michael Davies) keyboards for Hawkwind (1944 – November 16, 2017) • https://rockandrollparadise.com/dikmik-11-2017/

• Malcolm Young – AC/DC (January 6, 1953 – November 18, 2017) Dementia • https://rockandrollparadise.com/malcolm-young-11-2017/

• Della Reese – singer/actress ( July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017)  Diabetes • https://rockandrollparadise.com/della-reese-11-2017/

• Warren “Pete” Moore – The Miracles (November 19, 1938 – November 19, 2017) Diabetes • https://rockandrollparadise.com/warren-pete-moore-11-2017/

• Wayne Cochran – blue-eyed soul singer (1939 -November 21, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/wayne-cochran-11-2017/

• David Cassidy – The Partridge Family (April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017)  Liver failure • https://rockandrollparadise.com/david-cassidy-11-2017/

• Tommy Keene – songwriter/vocalist (June 30, 1958 – November 22, 2017) cardiac arrest • https://rockandrollparadise.com/tommy-keene-11-2017/

• Mitch Margo – The Tokens (1947 – November 26, 2017) natural causes • https://rockandrollparadise.com/mitch-margo-11-2017/

• Robert Lee ‘Pops’ Popwell – The Young Rascals (December 29, 1950 – November 27, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/robert-lee-pops-popwell-11-2017/

• Robert Bilbo Walker – blues musician (November 29, 2017) cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/robert-bilbo-walker-11-2017/

• Zé Pedro – Portuguese guitarist for Xutos & Pontapés (September 14, 1956 – November 30, 2017) Liver disease • https://rockandrollparadise.com/ze-pedro-11-2017/

DECEMBER

• Johnny Halliday born Jean-Philippe Léo Smet – French rockstar (15 June 1943 – 6 December 2017) Lung Cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/johnny-halliday-12-2017/

• Vincent Nguini – guitarist for Paul Simon (July 1952 – December 8, 2017) liver cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/vincent-nguini-12-2017/

• Pat DiNizio – the Smithereens (October 12, 1955 – December 12, 2017) undisclosed • https://rockandrollparadise.com/pat-dinizio-12-2017/

• Warrel Dane – vocalist for Sanctuary and Nevermore (March 7, 1961 – December 13, 2017) heart attack • https://rockandrollparadise.com/warrel-dane-12-2017/

• “Lord Luther” McDaniels – lead singer for the 4 Deuces (1938 – December 30, 2017) pneumonia • https://rockandrollparadise.com/lord-luther-mcdaniels-12-2017/

Rock Stars that died in 2017: In important ways rock died in 2017 as many backbone musicians moved to Paradise. Magnificent drummers and bass players that formed the engine rooms for so many famous rock songs, died in 2017.