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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 culture. More than ever before in history was a human 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.

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

Johan Ramakers

 

IN 2018 WE ALREADY SAID GOODBYE TO:

January

• Betty Willis – Soul Singer (March 10, 1941 – January 1, 2018) strangled • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Willis_(singer)

• Rick Hall – FAME studios in Muscle Shoals (1933- January 2, 2018) Cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Hall

• Ray Thomas – Moody Blues (December 29, 1941 – January 4, 2018) cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Thomas

• Mikio Fujioka – Babymetal Back up Kami Band (1981 – January 5, 2018) Complications from a fall • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babymetal

• Denise Lasalle -Queen of the Blues (July 16, 1939 – January 8, 2018)- Complications from surgery – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denise_LaSalle

• France Gall – French pop idol (October 9, 1947- January 7, 2018) cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_Gall

• Buster Stiggs – New Zealand/Australian drummer (1954-2018)- (Multiple Meyeloma) • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buster_Stiggs

• Fast Eddie Clarke – Motorhead and Fastway (October 5, 1950 – Jaary 10, 2018) pneumonia • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie

• Dolores o’Riordan – The Cranberries (September 6, 1971 – January 15, 2018) – undisclosed • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_O%27Riordan

• Edwin Hawkins – Edwin Hawkins Singers (August 19, 1943 – January 15, 2018) cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Hawkins

• Dave Holland – Judas Priest drummer (April 5, 1948 – January 16, 2018) – secretive • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Holland_(drummer)

 Jim Rodford – Argent/Zombies/Kinks (7 July 1941 – 20 January 2018) fall of the stairs • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Rodford

 Billy Hancock – Danny Gatton (November 4, 1946 – January 22, 2018) liver failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Hancock

• Hugh Masekela – The Byrds/Paul Simon (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Masekela

• Mark E. Smith – The Fall (March 5, 1957 – January 24, 2018) organ failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_E._Smith

 Floyd Miles  – Allman Brothers (April 13, 1943 – January 26, 2018)  heart attack • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_Miles

• Buzz Clifford – One Hit Wonder (October 8, 1942 – January 26, 2018) influenza • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzz_Clifford

February

• Dennis Edwards – The Temptations
 (February 3, 1943 – February 1, 2018) – meningitis • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Edwards

• Leon “Ndugu” Chancler
 -Drum sensation (July 1, 1952 – February 3, 2018)

• Mickey Jones – drummer
 (June 10, 1941 – February 7, 2018)

• Pat Torpey
 – Mr. Big (December 13, 1953 – February 7, 2018)

• Craig MacGregor -Foghat
 (September 13, 1949 – February 9, 2018) – lung cancer

• Klaasje van der Wal – Bass for Shocking Blue (February 1, 1949 – February 12, 2018) — heart failure •

• Barbara Alston – The Crystals (September 28, 1943 – February 18, 2018) complications from the flu •

• Edward Robert Amoo – The Real Thing ( May 5, 1044 – February 23, 2018)

March

• Patrick Doyle – Veronica Falls (March 3, 2018

• Nokie” Edwards – the Ventures (May 9, 1935 – March 12, 2018)

• Claudia Fontaine – British back up singer (1960 – March 15, 2018)

• Peter “Mars” Cowling – Pat Travers Band(May 26,1946 – March 20, 2018) undisclosed • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_%22Mars%22_Cowling

• Mike Harrison – Spooky Tooth (3 September 1945 – 25 March 2018)

April

• Timothy Matley – the Overtones (16 February 1982 – 9 April 2018)- illness related suicide •

• Yvonne Staples – Staple Singers (October 23, 1937 – April 10, 2018)- colon cancer •

• Avicii (Tim Bergling) – EDM Superstar ( April 18, 2018) – suicide overdose •

• Reginald Duwayne McArthur – The Controllers (September 25, 1954 – April 19, 2018)

• Brian Hooper – Beast of Burden (1963 – April 20, 2018) – lung cancer

• Charles Neville – The Neville Brothers (December 28, 1938 – April 26, 2018)- cancer

• Tim Calvert – Nevermore (November 7, 1965 – April 30, 2018)  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis •https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Calvert

May

• John “Jabo” Starks – drummer for James Brown (October 26, 1938 – May 1, 2018) – heart failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_%22Jabo%22_Starks

• Scott Hutchison  – Frightened Rabbit(20 November 1981 – 10 May 2018)- suicide • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Hutchison

• Jürgen Marcus (6 June 1948 – May 2018) –

• Reginald Grant Lucas – Sunfire (February 25, 1953 – May 19, 2018) – heart disease

JUNE

• Eddy Clearwater – blues musician (January 10, 1935 – June 1, 2018) – heart failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_Clearwater

• Danny Kirwin – Fleetwood Mac (May 13, 1950 – June 8, 2018)

• Jon Hiseman – drummer for Colosseum (21 June 1944 – 12 June 2018) – cancer

• D.J. Fontana – drummer for Elvis (March 15, 1931 – June 13, 2018)

• Nick Knox – drummer for the Cramps (March 26, 1953 – June 15, 2018)

• Matt “Guitar” Murphy – guitarist for The Blues Brothers (December 29, 1929 – June 15, 2018)

• Vinnie Paul – Pantera (March 11, 1964 – June 22, 2018) –

JULY

• Joe Maus – John Maus Bassist (January 6, 1988 – July 28th, 2018) –

AUGUST

• Aretha Franklin – Queen of Soul (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) – cancer •

• Ed King – guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock – ( September 14, 1949 – August 22, 2018) – cancer

• Kyle Pavone – singer for We Came as Romans (1990 – August 25, 2018) – overdose •

 

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