Monday, December 31, 2012


As 2012, draws to a close, let's take a final look back at some of the names in music who we said goodbye to this year.

January 2-Guitarist Larry Reinhardt (Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond)

Etta James

January 8-Singer/Pianist Dave Alexander

January 14-Drummer Robbie France (UFO)

January 20-Singer Etta James

January 20-Singer Therese Hanserot (Destiny)

January 25-Guitarist Mark Reale (Ratt)

February 11-Singer Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Davy Jones
February 25-Guitarist Dee Cernile (Sven Gali)

February 29-Singer Davy Jones (The Monkees)

March 3-Guitarist Ronnie Montrose (Montrose)

March 8-Blues guitarist Bugs Henderson

March 12-Drummer Michael Hossack (The Doobie Brothers)

March 14-Guitarist Eddie King

April 17- Singer/Guitarist Brian Jack (Child’s Play)

Levon Helm

April 18- Radio/Television personality Dick Clark

April 19-Drummer Levon Helm (The Band)

April 19-Multi-instumentalist Greg Ham (Men At Work)

April 23-Bassist John Christopher Ethridge (Flying Burrito Brothers)

May 1-Guitarist Charles "Skip" Pitts (Isaac Hayes)

May 4-Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys)

May 13-Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn

May 17-Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

May 18-Drummer Peter Jones (Crowded House)

May 20-Singer Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

May 25-Drummer Mark McConnell (Sebastian Bach, Blackfoot)

May 26-Bassist John Harrison (Hawkwind)

June 4-Singer Herb Reed (The Platters)

June 5-Singer Bobby Durango (Rock City Angels)

June 8-Guitarist Bob Welch

Bob Welch
June 12-Drummer Dennis St. John (Neil Diamond)

June 15-Drummer Tim Mooney (American Music Club, Sun Kil Moon)

June 19-Manager Gerry Bron (Uriah Heep, Motorhead)

June 30-Guitarist Ivan Sekyra (Abraxas)

July 16-Keyboadist Jon Lord (Deep Purple)

July 24-Singer Larry Hoppen (Orleans)

July 27-Singer/songwriter Daryl Cotton

July 27-Singer/songwriter Daryl Cotton

August 7-Guitarist Stuart Swanlund (Marshall Tucker Band)

August 12-Guitarist Gary Cox (Artful Dodger)

August 15-Bassist Bob Birch (Elton John Band)

Bill Tillman
August 15-Saxophonist Bill Tillman (Blood Sweat and Tears)

August 31- Bassis Rob Grant (Sarasin)

September 2-Guitarist Mark Abrahamian (Starship)

September 5-Songwriter Joe South

September 21-Keyboardist Benjy King (Patty Smyth, Scandal)

September 25-Singer Andy Williams

September 27-Guitarist/Keyboardist Simon Oberender (Trillium, Beyond The Bridge)

September 27-Singer  R.B. Greaves ("Take A Letter, Maria")

Big Jim Sullivan

October 2-Guitarist Big Jim Sullivan

October 2-Singer Marjorie Lane

October 3-Singer Kathi McDonald

Nick Curran

October 6-Guitarist Nick Curran (Fabulous Thunderbirds)

October 15-Guitarist Rick Chadock (White Sister)

October 22-Singer/Guitarist Terry Allen (Elysium)

Bill Dees

October 24 Songwriter Bill Dees

October 26-Guitarist Jo Gunne (Fuzzbox)

October 28-Guitarist Terry Callier

November 9-Singer Major Harris (Delfonics)

November 14-Fiddler and bones player Martin Fay (The Chieftains)

November 17-Singer Billy Scott (The Prophets)

November 20-Guitarist Michael Dunford (Renaissance)

Michael Dunford and Annie Haslam

November 24-Producer/Manager Chris Stamp (The Who)

December 1-Robert J. Cavanaugh (My father-I'll miss you, Dad)

December 1-Singer Dee Harvey

December 6-Drummer Ed Cassidy (Spirit)

Ed Cassidy

December 9-Singer Jenni Rivera

December 12-Sitarist Ravi Shankar

Decedmber 13-Vocalist Keith Deen

December 24-Singer Ray Collins (The Mothers Of Invention)

December 29-Guitarist Mike Auldridge (The Seldom Scene)


  1. That's a comprehensive list, Larry. Lot of young ones.

  2. I know what you mean, Alex-

    The "old guard" musicians are getting to the age where they are going to start dying...but it's sad to see the younger ones go.


  3. Damn! I don't think I heard that Davy Jones died. That's a piece of my childhood that died right there!

    And I was just watching an old Monkees episode about a week ago. Davy was my favorite Monkee; he didn't make me "scream" or anything, but I really liked him when I was young.

    LC, nice to see your Dad included on the list. He made his own kind of music, but it had value.

    Best wishes for ya in 2013.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  4. Stole some of my Time Machine thunder, my friend. Sadly, though, no one has a copyright on death.

  5. Stephen-

    Davy was relatively young, too-just goes to show ya...

    Thanks for the kind words about my dad. It was an odd holiday season without him.

    Best wishes for you as well in '13-hope we can find time to connect live soon.

    CW-I'd actually started compiling this list last January after Etta James passed, as it seemed like the time was right to see a lot of the "old guard" musicians go to play the Great Gig In The Sky.

    Sadly, too many young ones left as well.


  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your father. What instrument did he play?

    1. He was not a musician by trade (my mother's family had that business covered) but he sang in his church choir for years.