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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) 

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.

 
Two tragic losses in one day:
 
Jerry Leiber (25 Apr 1933 - 22 Aug 2011), one-half of the legendary Brill Building songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, has passed away at the age of 78.
My Tribute to Jerry Leiber on the Oldies Connection Blog
Jerry Leiber obit/guest book on Legacy.com
 
 

Nick Ashford (04 May 1942 - 22 Aug 2011), from the successful husband-wife team of Ashford & Simpson, has passed away at the age of 69.

Rest in peace, gentlemen. Thank you for all of your musical contributions over the years.

R.I.P. Rob Grill of The Grass Roots
30 November 1943 - 11 July 2011


Andrew Gold
02 August 1951 - 03 June 2011
R.I.P.

 

 
Music Giant Don Kirshner Passes Away
 

Don Kirshner

 
Don Kirshner, the music publisher, artist manager and impresario behind the successes of singers and songwriters such as Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, The Monkees, and The Archies, passed away in Florida on January 17, 2011, at the age of 76.  A tribute page on my Ron Dante fansite will be expanded upon to highlight Kirshner's many achievements over more than half a century in the music business.  Condolences to Kirshner's wife of 50 years, Sheila; their son and daughter, Ricky and Daryn; and the couple's five grandchildren.
 

 

Tribute Pages:
 
 
Clay Cole
01 January 1938 - 18 December 2010
 
 
Television host, disk jockey, emcee, writer, producer, movie star, singer, and author Clay Cole passed away at his North Carolina home on December 18, 2010.  R.I.P. Clay.
 
Please go to the Petitions page for some info on how YOU can help get Clay inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although this honor may now be bestowed posthumously, it is well deserved and we know that Clay will be watching from Rock and Roll Heaven and smiling. Please sign the petition to get him inducted.

Johnny Maestro
07 May 1939 - 24 March 2010
 
 
A tragic loss for the music world - Johnny Maestro passed away in Florida on March 24, 2010, at the age of 70.  Maestro was born John Mastrangelo on May 7, 1939, in Brooklyn, NY. He first rose to prominence as lead singer of The Crests, one of the first interracial recording groups (consisting of 2 black males, 1 black female, and 1 Puerto Rican in addition to Maestro). After several hits, including their biggest, "16 Candles," Maestro left the group to go solo, eventually joining The Del-Satins. The following year, 1968, The Del-Satins joined forces with a group called The Rhythm Method and became The Brooklyn Bridge (the inside joke being that the group would be "harder to sell than the Brooklyn Bridge"); their first release, "The Worst That Could Happen," became Maestro's signature tune. R.I.P. Johnny, and thank you.

Ellie Greenwich, 1940-2009

On August 26, 2009, the music world suffered a shocking and unexpected loss with the passing of singer-songwriter-producer Ellie Greenwich.  Click on Ellie's name to get to my tribute page for this wonderfully talented lady.
Musician & innovator Les Paul died on August 13, 2009 at the age of 94.  Much of the great rock and roll music over the years would not have been possible without the contributions and influence of this hugely talented man.  R.I.P., Les, and thank you.
 

MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON
(29 August 1958 - 25 June 2009)
 
A tragic and shocking loss for the music world ... Michael Jackson, who began his professional career at the age of 11 with The Jackson Five, has passed away at the age of 50.  His talent and brilliance will be missed; his legacy will live on forever.
 

The Ronettes

On February 11, 2009, Estelle Bennett of The Ronettes was found dead at her New Jersey home.  Estelle was the sister of lead singer Ronnie Spector and cousin of Nedra Talley (above, left to right: Nedra, Ronnie, Estelle).  Please see my Jeff Barry Fan Page for a wonderful performance video from 1965 and a few words from Jeff, who co-wrote "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You."  Rest in peace, Estelle.

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