Amy Winehouse
Dan Peek

A big thanks to my friends Seano, Starr and Perplexio for adding more names to the list. I will add these as time permits.

Alex Chilton, Big Star, Box Tops
Alexander "Skip" Spence, Jefferson Airplane
Arthur"Killer" Kane, NY Dolls
Bobby Bloom
Brent Mydland, Grateful Dead
Chet Powers Jr., Quicksilver Messenger Service
Gene Clark, Byrds
Danny Whitten
Doug Fieger, The Knack
Fred Sonic Smith, MC5
Ian Dury
Jerry Nolan, NY Dolls
John "Marmaduke" Dawson, New Riders oof the Purple Sage
John Cipollina, Quicksilver Messenger Service
Johnny Thunders, NY Dolls
Keith Godchaux, Grateful Dead
Keith Relf,Yardbirds
Michael Lee
Mike Gibbons, Badfinger
Nicky Hopkins, Quicksilver Messenger Service
Papa John Creach, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna violinist
Paul Butterfield, Butterfield Blues Band
Paul Gray, Slipknot
Paul Hester, Crowded House
Paul Kossoff, Free
Randy Craig Wolfe, Spirit
Ricky Wilson B-52s
Rob Tyner, MC5
Steve Prestwich
Steve Smith, Loverboy
Tom "T-Bone" Wolk,Hall and Oates
Vince Welnick, Grateful Dead, The Tubes


Anonymous said...

Where is Rory Gallagher the best of all time. If you havent heard of him you are missing out on the greatest guitar god of all time.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Anon, I am seriously ashamed of this slip up. Of course I know who Rory is and agree that he was phenomenal. I will add him this moment. I can't believe no one else noticed before now.

Paticus said...

The other three members of the "hot seat" in the Grateful Dead ?
Brent Mydland, Keith Godchaux and Vince Welnick(also of The Tubes) ?

Anonymous said...

Barbara(aka layla)
This site is great, I have told you in the past that I have a Clasic Rock website on-line and link to this blog. I asked if it was okay but did not receive an answer.
Keith Moon text, there is a typo on his birthdate. Should be, Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978).

Ghassan K.Alfakhri said...

too mega thanxxx for this great fucking website, good work i must say, i would like to remind u of 5 famous musicians who are:

1- Rhett Forrester of the legendary American Heavy Metal Group RIOT (He was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 37).

2- Euronymous (real name Øystein Aarseth)the lead guitarist of the famous Norwagian Black Metal Band MAYHEM, he was Murdered by the band's Bassist Varg Vikernes, His body was found outside the apartment with twenty-three cut wounds.

3- Jobriath (real name Bruce Wayne Campbell) american Glam rock singer, he was died of AIDS in August 1983 .

4- Rozz Williams American deathrock vocalist, from the bands Christian Death and Shadow Project,Rozz was found by Ryan Wildstar, his roommate of 7 years, hanged to death in their West Hollywood apartment.

5- Razzle (real name Nicholas Dingley) the drummer of the famous finnish glam punk band HANOI ROCKS, he was Died in a car accident while Motley Crue's Vince Neil driving .

pjazzypar said...

This was great! What a wonderful tribute to some very, very talented artist. Really, thanks for compiling this, it brought back so many memories :-)

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Thanks, PJ, its a labor of love :)

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Anon, thank you for the typo alert! I fixed Keith's birthdate!

Ghassan, wow, these guys all had a violent or tragic death. I am working on updating this today so they will be added. Thanks for your contribution to the site!

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Paticus, I will add them, thanks very much for keeping this list accurate.

Anonymous said...

can't find phil lynott, personaly i think he belonges there, great musican

Anonymous said...

You forgot Chuck Shuldiner , greatest mind behind Death, and also Control Denied

digitaldrummer said...

Randy Rhoads was killed on march 19th 1982.

The driver of the tour bus was also a pilot. (not a pilot for the band) in fact, his medical certificate was expired meaning his license was not valid.

The idiot driver/pilot Andrew Aycock, was under the influence of cocaine. Not only while he drove the bus but while he was flying as well.

The report from the NTSB stated the plane's left wing wing hit the tour bus (it was found beside the bus) cart-wheeled through a tree, and into a garage where it exploded on impact.

Jamie Davis said...

Hallo -Great list. I wanted to mention that I met Laura Branigan once. She lived in a building where my then-boyfriend lived. He spoke to her regularly and told her one day that his girlfriend was a huge fan. One day, while at his flat, the bell rang. I opened the door and there she was. I didn't recognise her at first, but once she spoke, I quite nearly wet my pants! I giggled and fussed like a twit, then told her that I loved her music. We talked a bit. Lovely woman. I passed her a few times on my way from my boyfriend's flat, and said a quick "Hallo,Goodbye." She died about 7 months later. I cried.

Jamie Davis said...

Love your site!Glad I found it. Oh...Are you going to add James Brown?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

and fred "sonic" smith from The MC5's?

Anonymous said...

As you know the end of the header is cut off. Also what has bothered me for a while, the "cause of death listing" is Black text on an almost Black background. Difficult to read.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Anon, thanks for the reminder. I fixed it. What's the saying "ask and you shall receive"? :)

I wish I had a better banner, or a better template for that matter.

Thanks for your input.

Anonymous said...

Anon certainly changed the banner and text quite quickly.
Thanks, and the new banner looks fine for this blog. I still have a link on my site to this blog, I thank you for that also.

Take care...

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Anon, hey I don't mess around :)

I do want an entirely new template banner for this site. Its funny, its the one closest to my hear but I just can't seem to find a design I like for it.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

PS Who are you Anon?

Anonymous said...


3StratMan said...

Great list! Hope to see something about these great ones:
"Lonesome" Dave Peverett, John Phillips, Gary Thain, David Byron, Dave Gilbert (Rockets), Cliff Davies, Danny Joe Brown, Duane Roland, Hughie Thomasson, Jackson Spires, Ty Longley, James Dewar, Glenn Buxton, Billy Preston, Billy Powell, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson, Wilson Pickett, Freddie King, Albert King, Ronnie Lane, Paul Kossoff, Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Bob Mayo, Phil Ochs, Danny Gatton, Mark St.John...

Anonymous said...

Otis Redding

Anonymous said...

A nice tribute. How about Ian Dury and Randy California?

David H. Wilkinson said...


Matt_The_Cat said...

Great site Barbara and I likem the fact it's chronological along with the brief bios.Steve Smith (?) from Loverboy also died much like Randy California.

Anonymous said...

Bob Stinson - Guitarist for the Replacements...most under appreciated band of our time.

Victor said...

Sky Saxon of the Seeds and Yahowa 13, died the same day as Micheal Jackson.

Anonymous said...

bob mayo

Anonymous said...

danny whitten

Perplexio said...

Just a note-- on your list of artists to add you have both Randy Wolfe and Randy California. They are one in the same. Randy California was Randy Wolfe's stage name.

When Randy was in Jimmy James & the Blue Flames with Jimi Hendrix there were 2 guys named Randy in the band... One was from Texas and the other California. To keep the two straight Hendrix referred to them as "Randy Texas" and "Randy California." When Randy went on to form Spirit he kept the stage name that Hendrix had given him and he kept that stage name for the rest of his musical career (until his untimely demise).

Bond said...

This site is so important Barbara...your dedication to it is amazing.

Thanks for the shout-out...It is a dubious honor to get credit for informing you of another soul added to the greatest band in heaven.

Perplexio said...

Another addition (sorry, I know I'm keeping you quite busy)

Kevin Gilbert
(November 20, 1966-May 17, 1996) (auto-erotic asphyxiation)
Gilbert was discovered by his manager who was stopping by to tell Gilbert he was able to get him an audition with Genesis to replace Phil Collins as their lead singer. Gilbert wrote or co-wrote most of the material on Sheryl Crow's debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club.

In 1990 Kevin Gilbert teamed up with producer/keyboardist Patrick Leonard (who had produced Madonna, Peter Cetera, and Michael W. Smith to name a few) to form Toy Matinee. They released one album that was essentially shelved by the record company.

Kevin released one solo album, Thud and was working on a concept album, The Shaming of the True at the time of his death. His friend Nick D'Virgilio finished the album at the request of Kevin's family and friends after Kevin's death using demos Kevin had recorded and notes he'd left behind at the time of his death. A handful of recordings have been released independently by his estate in the years since his passing.

Sheryl Crow wrote and dedicated the song Sad Sad World to him.

KrippledWarrior said...

Thank you for the history lesson. I really liked Jeff Healy. Hopefully The true king of the slide guitar will stay "STILL ALIVE AND WELL" Keep on rockin Johnny.
Some of these losses effected me more than others. Wendy O, And Jimi in particular.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Warrior, thanks for the comment! Its sad adding names to this list, but I want to keep the memories alive. :)

KrippledWarrior said...

I had to dig out my memory to come up with a couple for your list. Louis Armstrong, Skitch Henderson, Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa.
Can I be more eclectic than that?

Anonymous said...

Tom Evans, another Badfinger suicide tragedy, early 80s.

Lisa said...

What about Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy? Drugs and alcohol took him 01/04/86.

Lynette Garcia said...

Awesome blog!!! King of rock <3 always here with us.

Anonymous said...

Great site! What about of Paul Kossoff of Free.

Barbara aka Layla said...

Anon, thanks! I will add Paul K. I am hoping to have time to work on this site soon. Thank you for contributing so that no one is forgotten.

Anonymous said...

great site. Please add bobby bloom, his hit "Montego Bay" only hints at the music he would have written.

Perplexio said...

Sadly I learned that Cold Chisel/ex-Little River Band drummer Steve Prestwich died of a brain tumor on January 16, 2011 (age 56).

Barbara said...

Anon and Perplex, Sorry I missed your comments until now they got stuck in the spam folder. I will be sure to add these two men to the list.


Anonymous said...

You forgot Nicolette Larson also

Barbara said...

Anon, thank you for letting me know about Nicolette, I had no idea! Very sad to hear the news.