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Rock and Pop Stars Deaths 2019: RIP Ginger Baker

More Musicians Who've Passed Away in 2019:

Joao Gilberto - July 6; the singer/songwriter/guitarist was one of the pioneers of Brazil's bossa nova movement in the '60s; his 1964 collaboration with jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, Getz/Gilberto, won Grammys for Best Album, Jazz Instrumental Album and Engineered Recording in 1965 as well as Record of the Year for "The Girl from Ipanema," sung by his wife Astrud; cause undisclosed; was 88.

Gary Duncan (nee Grubb) - June 29; co-founder, guitarist and singer of Quicksilver Messenger Service, one of the major psychedelic rock bands from the '60s San Francisco scene; had hits with "Fresh Air" (No. 49, 1970), "Dino's Song" (No. 63, 1968) and "Who Do You Love" (No. 91, 1969); died after hitting his head in a fall and suffering a seizure; was 72.

Jeff Austin - June 24; mandolin player and singer with Colorado's Yonder Mountain String Band; died after being placed in a medically induced coma; was 45.

Dave Bartholomew - June 23; the New Orleans music legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer wrote and produced "Ain't That a Shame," "Walking to New Orleans" and "I'm Walkin'" for Fats Domino and "I Hear You Knocking" for Smiley Lewis," and performed the original version of "My Ding-a-Ling," among his long list of musical accomplishments; he suffererd heart failure; was 100.

Elliot Roberts - June 21; Neil Young's longtime Bronx-born manager; also managed Joni Mitchell. the Eagles, Jackson Browne and others during his career in the music industry; cause undisclosed; was 76.

Philippe Zdar (nee Cerboneschi) - June 19; half of the French electronic duo Cassius that also produced tracks for Phoenix, the Beastie Boys and Franz Ferdinand and won a Grammy in 2010 for Best Alternative Music Album for his work on Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix; died after falling out of a window from a 19-story building in Paris; was 52.

Georgie Seville (nee Jorge Loaiza) - June 15; member of New York band D Genation and owner of Lower East Side hot spot, The Delancey; suffered a heart attack; age unknown.

Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal - June 10; Louisiana-born blues gjuitarist who played with zydeco legends Clifton Chenier, Rockin' Dopsie and Buckwheat Zydeco; suffered a heart attack; was 75.

Lawrence Leathers - June 2: Michigan-born jazz drummer won two Grammy awards for playing on albums by singer/pianist Cécile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love (2015) and Dreams and Daggers (2017); murdered in Bronx, NY apartment building; was 37.

Tony Glover - May 29; Minnesota-born harmonica player co-founded the '60s blues-folk trio Koerner, Ray & Glover; died of natural causes; was 79.

Kevin Murphy - May 28; Canadian-born countrry music songwriter and performer with the Guardsmen; suffered pneumonia during cancer treatment; was 75.

Janet Pagliuca - May 27; St. Louis-born jazz singer; suffered from cancer; was 86.

Baby Jane Dexter - May 20; New York-based cabaret singer; suffered heart failure; was 72.

Melvin Edmonds - May 18; member of R&B group After 7 that had Top 10 hits with "Can't Stop" (No. 6) and "Ready or Not" (No. 7) in 1990; his brother Kevon and son Jason were also in the group, which was produced by his other famous brother, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds; cause undisclosed; was 65.

Tony Glover - May 13; Minneapolis-based harmonica player known as Little Sun; cause undisclosed; was 79.

Sol Yaged - May 11; New York-based jazz clarinetist; was 96.

Peggy Lipton – May 11; known best for her roles on the TV shows The Mod Squad and Twins Peaks, she also had a modest singing career from 1968-1970 and married Quincy Jones in 1974; suffered from colon cancer; was 72.

Susan Springfield (nee Beschta) – May 2; punk-rock singer with the Erasers in the '70s; cause undisclosed; was 67.

Beth Caravahlo – Apr. 30. Brazilian singer-songwriter known as the "godmother of samba"; suffered from sepsi; was 72.

Phil McCormack – Apr. 26; lead singer of Molly Hatchet who had a No. 42 hit with "Flirtin' with Disaster" in 1980; cause undisclosed; was 58.

Shawn Smith - Apr. 5; lead singer of Seattle-based bands Brad, Pigeonhead and Satchel; suffered from a torn aorta and high blood pressure; was 53.

Nipsey Hussle (nee Ermias Asghedom) - Mar. 31; Los Angeles-born hip-hop artist was shot and killed in a Los Angeles parking lot; was 33.

Jenny Pagliaro - Mar. 26; lead singer of Los Angeles duo, Roses and Cigarettes; suffered from breast cancer; was 35.

Scott Walker (nee Noel Engel) - Mar. 22; lead singer of the British-based Walker Brothers (though Scott was American), who had a No. 13 hit with "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" in 1966; was 76.

Bernie Tormé (nee Tormet) - Mar. 17; Irish-born singer/guitarist played with Ozzy Osbourne, the Boomtown Rats and Generation X; suffered from pneumonia; was 66.

Andre Williams - Mar. 17; Alabama-born R&B singer and producer was famous for songs like "Bacon Fat" and "Jail Bait"; suffered from colon cancer; was 82.

James Cotton - Mar. 16; Mississippi-born blues harmonica player; suffered from pneumonia; was 81.

Dick Dale (nee Richard Monsur) - Mar. 16; the king of surf guitar had hits with "Let's Go Trippin'" (No. 60, 1961) and "The Scavenger" (No. 98, 1963); suffered heart and kidney failure; was 81.

Hal Blaine - Mar. 11; played drums on numerous '60s hits ("Good Vibrations," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "He's a Rebel') as a member of the Wrecking Crew; was 90.

 Sara Romweber - Mar. 5; drummer for Let's Active and other bands; suffered from cancer; was 55.

André Previn - Feb. 28; Germaan-born Oscar-winning arranger and orchestrator for Gigi, Porgy and Bess, Irma La Douche and My Fair Lady and jazz pianist with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Carter; married to Mia Farrow from 1970-1979; was 89.

Tom Goodkind - Feb. 28; member of the folk group the Washington Squares and founder and leader of the Tribeca Pops community band in New York; cause undisclosed; was 65.

Andy Anderson - Feb. 26; drummer in the Cure and with other artists including Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel and Isaac Hayes; suffered from cancer; was 68.

Jackie Shane - Feb. 21; transgender female R&B singer popular in Toronto in the '60s; cause undisclosed; was 78.

 Frank "Skip" Groff - Feb. 18; longtime owner of Rockville, MD record store Yesterday & Today and producer of D.C. punk bands like Black Market Baby and the Slickees; suffered a seizure; was 70.

Ken Nordine - Feb. 16; known for "word jazz," his spoken-word accompaniments to unusual song arrangements as well, as voiceover work; was 98.

Gloria Jones - Feb. 1 ; sang with the Jerry Garcia Band; suffered renal failure; was 74.

Harold Bradley - Jan. 31; Country Music Hall of Fame inductee played guitar on many classics such as Patsy Cline's "Crazy" and Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man"; was 93.

Paul Whaley Jr. - Jan 28; Blue Cheer's original drummer; suffered heart failure; was 72.

Ted McKenna - Jan. 19; rock drummer who played with Rory Gallagher, Michael Schenker and others; suffered hemmorage during hernia surgery; was 68.

Willie Murphy - Jan. 13; Minnesota-based blues singer who played with Willie and the Bees; suffered from pneumonia; was 75.

Joseph Jarmen - Jan. 9; jazz soxophonist who played with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and other groups; suffered heart failure; was 81.

Alvin Fielder - Jan. 5; jazz drummer who played with Sun Ra's Arkestra, the Roscoe Mitchell Quintet and others; suffered heart failure; was 83.

Daryl Dragon - Jan. 2; half the team of Captain & Tenille, he produced most of their hits, including "Love Will Keep Us Together" (No. 1, 1975) and "Do That to Me One More Time" (No. 1, 1979); suffered renal failure; was 76.

Margaret "Pegi" Young - Jan. 1; singer-songwriter and Neil Young's ex-wife; suffered from cancer; was 66.


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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