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In Memoriam

Special section to pay tribute to Oldies Connection favorites who have ascended to Rock and Roll Heaven. (This page was originally added in 2009 and starts from that year.)
 
For a more comprehensive list of singers, musicians, and key players from the '50s, '60s, and '70s who have left us over the years, please see the following pages on this site:
 
Gone But Not Forgotten - alphabetical (by first name) listing
We Will Always Remember - chronological listing, by year of death
Memorial Page - listing by month of death (anniversary date) 

2015

Chris Squire (Yes) passed away on June 28, 2015, at the age of 67. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Chris Squire on Legacy.com.
Christopher Russell Edward Squire
March 4, 1948 - June 28, 2015

B.B. King passed away on May 14, 2015, at the age of 89. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for B.B. King on Legacy.com.
Riley B. "Blues Boy" King
September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015

Ben E. King passed away on April 30, 2015, at the age of 76. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Ben E. King on Legacy.com.
Benjamin Earl King
September 28, 1938 - April 30, 2015

Jack Ely of The Kingsmen (lead singer on "Louie Louie") passed away on April 28, 2015, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Jack Ely on Legacy.com.
Jack Brown Ely
September 11, 1943 - April 28, 2015

Percy Sledge passed away on April 14, 2015, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Percy Sledge on Legacy.com.
Percy Tyrone Sledge
November 25, 1940 - April 14, 2015

Bob Burns (Lynyrd Skynyrd) passed away on April 3, 2015, at the age of 64. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Bob Burns on Legacy.com.
Robert Louis Burns, Jr.
November 24, 1950 - April 3, 2015

Cynthia Lennon, former wife of John Lennon and mother of Julian Lennon, passed away on April 1, 2015, at the age of 75. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Cynthia Lennon on Legacy.com.
Cynthia Powell Lennon
September 10, 1939 - April 1, 2015

Michael Brown (The Left Banke) passed away on March 19, 2015, at the age of 65. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Michael Brown on Legacy.com.
Michael David Lookofsky
April 25, 1949 - March 19, 2015

Mike Porcaro (Toto) passed away on March 15, 2015, at the age of 59. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Mike Porcaro on Legacy.com.
Michael Joseph Porcaro
May 29, 1955 - March 15, 2015

Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) passed away on March 11, 2015, at the age of 67. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Jimmy Greenspoon on Legacy.com.
James Greenspoon
February 7, 1948 - March 11, 2015

Lesley Gore passed away on February 16, 2015, at the age of 68. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Lesley Gore on Legacy.com.
Lesley Sue Goldstein
May 2, 1946 - February 16, 2015

Joe Mauldin, bassist for Buddy Holly's Crickets, passed away on February 7, 2015, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Joe Benson Mauldin, Jr.
July 8, 1940 - February 7, 2015

Musician and producer Kim Fowley passed away on January 15, 2015, at the age of 75. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Kim Fowley on Legacy.com.
Kim Vincent Fowley
July 21, 1939 - January 15, 2015

Curtis Lee passed away on January 8, 2015, at the age of 75. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Curtis Lee on Legacy.com.
Curtis Edwin Lee
October 28, 1939 - January 8, 2015

2014

Joe Cocker passed away on December 22, 2014, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Joe Cocker on Legacy.com.
John Robert "Joe" Cocker
May 20, 1944 - December 22, 2014

Jimmy Ruffin passed away on November 17, 2014, at the age of 78. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Jimmy Ruffin on Legacy.com.
Jimmy Lee Ruffin
May 7, 1936 - November 17, 2014

Jack Bruce of Cream passed away on October 25, 2014, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Jack Bruce on Legacy.com.
John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce
May 14, 1943 - October 25, 2014

Alvin Stardust passed away on October 23, 2014, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
Bernard William Jewry 
September 27, 1942 - October 23, 2014

Paul Revere of The Raiders passed away on October 4, 2014, at the age of 76. R.I.P.
Paul Revere Dick
January 7, 1938 - October 4, 2014

Songwriter/producer Bob Crewe passed away on September 11, 2014, at the age of 83. R.I.P.
Please check out my tribute to Bob Crewe on the Laura's Oldies Connection blog -- R.I.P. Bob Crewe, The 'Fifth Season' 
Guest book/obituary for Bob Crewe on Legacy.com.
Stanley Robert Crewe
November 12, 1930 - September 11, 2014

Tommy Ramone passed away on July 11, 2014, at the age of 65. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Tommy Ramone on Legacy.com.
Erdélyi Tamás (aka Thomas Erdelyi)
January 29, 1949 - July 11, 2014

Bobby Womack passed away on June 27, 2014, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Bobby Womack on Legacy.com.
Robert Dwayne Womack
March 4, 1944 - June 27, 2014

Composer Gerry Goffin passed away on June 19, 2014, at the age of 75. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Gerry Goffin on Legacy.com.
Gerald Goffin
February 11, 1939 - June 19, 2014

Casey Kasem passed away on June 15, 2014, at the age of 82. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Casey Kasem on Legacy.com.
Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem
April 27, 1932 - June 15, 2014

Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers passed away on January 3, 2014, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Phil Everly on Legacy.com.
Phillip "Phil" Everly
January 19, 1939 - January 3, 2014

Jay Traynor of the original Jay and the Americans passed away on January 2, 2014, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
John "Jay" Traynor
March 30, 1943 - January 2, 2014

 2013
 
 
Lou Reed passed away on October 27, 2013, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Lou Reed on Legacy.com.
Lewis Allan Reed
March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013

Eydie Gormé passed away on August 10, 2013, at the age of 84. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Eydie Gormé on Legacy.com.
Edith Garmezano
August 16, 1928 - August 10, 2013

Clarence Burke, Jr., lead singer of the family group The Five Stairsteps, passed away on May 26, 2013, at the age of 64. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Clarence Burke, Jr. on Legacy.com.
Clarence Burke, Jr.
May 25, 1949 - May 26, 2013

Marshall Lytle, one of the original members of Bill Haley & His Comets, passed away on May 25, 2013, at the age of 79. R.I.P.
Marshall Lytle
September 1, 1933 - May 25, 2013

Ray Manzarek, one of the founding members of The Doors, passed away on May 20, 2013, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Ray Manzarek on Legacy.com.
Raymond Daniel Manzarek, Jr.
February 12, 1939 - May 20, 2013

Alan O'Day passed away on May 17, 2013, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
Alan Earle O'Day
October 3, 1940 - May 17, 2013

George Jones passed away on April 26, 2013, at the age of 81. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for George Jones on Legacy.com.
George Glenn Jones
September 12, 1931 - April 26, 2013

Richie Havens passed away on April 22, 2013, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Richie Havens on Legacy.com.
Richard Pierce Havens
January 21, 1941 - April 22, 2013

Annette Funicello
 
Annette Funicello passed away on April 8, 2013, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Annette Funicello on Legacy.com.
Annette Joanne Funicello
22 October 1940 - 08 April 2013
Bobbie Smith (The Spinners) passed away on March 16, 2013, at the age of 76. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Bobbie Smith on Legacy.com.
Robert Smith
April 10, 1936 - March 16, 2013

Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) passed away on March 6, 2013, at the age of 68. R.I.P.
Graham Alvin Barnes
December 19, 1944 - March 6, 2013

Richard Street (The Temptations) passed away on February 27, 2013, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Richard Street on Legacy.com.
Richard Allen Street
October 5, 1942 - February 27, 2013

Damon Harris (The Temptations) passed away on February 18, 2013, at the age of 62. R.I.P.
Otis Robert Harris, Jr.
July 17, 1950 - February 18, 2013

Legendary composer/producer Shadow Morton passed away on February 14, 2013, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
George Francis "Shadow" Morton
September 3, 1940 - February 14, 2013

Rick Huxley (Dave Clark Five) passed away on February 11, 2013, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Rick Huxley on Legacy.com.
Richard Huxley
August 5, 1940 - February 11, 2013

Reg Presley (The Troggs) passed away on February 4, 2013, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Reg Presley on Legacy.com.
Reginald Maurice Ball
June 12, 1941 - February 4, 2013

Sammy Johns passed away on January 4, 2013, at the age of 66. R.I.P.
Sammy Reginald Johns
February 7, 1946 - January 4, 2013

Patti Page passed away on January 1, 2013, at the age of 85. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Patti Page on Legacy.com
Clara Ann Fowler
November 8, 1927 - January 1, 2013

2012
 
Fontella Bass passed away on Decmeber 26, 2012, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Fontella Bass on Legacy.com
Fontella Bass
July 3, 1940 - December 26, 2012

Ray Collins (Mothers of Invention) passed away on December 26, 2012, at the age of 76. R.I.P.
Ray Collins
November 19, 1936 - December 24, 2012

Mickey Baker (Mickey & Sylvia) passed away on November 27, 2012, at the age of 87. R.I.P.
MacHouston Baker
October 15, 1925 - November 27, 2012

Earl "Speedo" Carroll of The Cadillacs and The Coasters passed away on November 25, 2012, at the age of 75. R.I.P.
Earl Carroll
November 2, 1937 - November 25, 2012

Major Harris passed away on November 9, 2012, at the age of 65. R.I.P.
Major Harris III
February 9, 1947 - November 9, 2012

R.B. Greaves passed away on September 27, 2012, at the age of 68. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for R.B. Greaves on Legacy.com
Ronald Bertram Aloysius "R. B." Greaves III
November 28, 1943 - September 27, 2012

Andy Williams passed away on September 25, 2012, at the age of 84. R.I.P. Andy.
Guest book/obituary for Andy Williams on Legacy.com
Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams
December 3, 1927 - September 25, 2012

Joe South passed away on September 5, 2012, at the age of 72. R.I.P. Joe.
Joseph Alfred Souter
February 28, 1940 - September 5, 2012

Lyricist Hal David passed away on September 1, 2012, at the age of 91. R.I.P. Hal.
Guest book/obituary for Hal David on Legacy.com
Harold Lane David
May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012

Scott McKenzie passed away on August 18, 2012, at the age of 73. R.I.P. Scott.
Philip Wallach Blondheim
January 10, 1939 - August 18, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch passed away on August 7, 2012, at the age of 68. R.I.P. Marvin.
Guest book/obituary for Marvin Hamlisch on Legacy.com
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch
June 2, 1944 – August 7, 2012

Jimmy Jones
June 2, 1930 – August 2, 2012


Larry Hoppen (Orleans)
January 12, 1951 – July 24, 2012

Jon Lord of Deep Purple passed away on July 16, 2012 at the age of 71. R.I.P. Jon.
Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord
09 June 1941 - 16 July 2012

Bob Welch, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, passed away on June 7, 2012, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 65 years old. R.I.P. Bob.
Guest book/obituary for Bob Welch on Legacy.com
Robert Lawrence Welch, Jr.
July 31, 1946 - June 7, 2012

Herb Reed of The Platters passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012. Herb was the last surviving original member of the group. R.I.P. Herb.
Guest book/obituary for Herb Reed on Legacy.com
Herb Reed
August 7, 1931 - June 4, 2012 

On May 20, 2012, Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees succumbed to cancer. Sadly, this leaves Barry Gibb as the sole surviving Gibb brother (Andy Gibb passed away in 1988; Robin's twin Maurice died in 2003).
Guest book/obituary for Robin Gibb on Legacy.com
Robin Hugh Gibb
December 22, 1949 - May 20, 2012

Donna Summer passed away in Florida on May 17, 2012. The "Queen of Disco" was 63 years old. Summer was perhaps best known for her sultry vocals on her 1975 release, "Love to Love You, Baby."
Guest book/obituary for Donna Summer on Legacy.com
LaDonna Adrian Gaines
December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012

Beloved television host and producer Dick Clark, the longtime host of American Bandstand and other TV programs and long considered the "world's oldest teenager," passed away on April 18, 2012. R.I.P. Dick, and thank you for the role you played in the careers of so many of our favorite singers and groups. You were loved, and you will be missed.
Guest book/obituary for Dick Clark on Legacy.com
Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark
November 30, 1929 - April 18, 2012

Levon Helm of The Band passed away on April 19, 2012, after a long battle with throat cancer. As well as a musician, Levon was also an actor, appearing in several films including Coal Miner's Daughter in which he played the role of Loretta Lynn's father.
Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm
May 26, 1940 - April 19, 2012

Davy Jones

(Above) Davy Jones of The Monkees passed away on February 29, 2012, at the age of 66. R.I.P. Davy.
Please check out my tribute to Davy on the Oldies Connection blog -- Davy Jones: Farewell, Daydream Believer
Guest book/obituary for Davy Jones on Legacy.com
David Thomas Jones
30 December 1945 - 29 February 2012
Please click the link to view my Davy Jones & The Monkees playlist on YouTube.

 

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