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Title: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on January 25, 2017, 11:37:43 AM
Didn't think I would have to kick this off quite this soon, but may as well go ahead and start the list for this year. As I stated before, all the classic rock guys are getting up in age, it will no doubt be another year of losing many of the greats.

The first one to start of the year is Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers, founding member and half of the dual drum tandem of he and Jaimoe. Saw him many times with the Allman Brothers, there was no better double drum jam tandem then those two.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/butch-trucks-allman-brothers-founding-member-dead-at-69-w462870
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on January 25, 2017, 10:15:47 PM
Didn't think I would have to kick this off quite this soon, but may as well go ahead and start the list for this year. As I stated before, all the classic rock guys are getting up in age, it will no doubt be another year of losing many of the greats.

The first one to start of the year is Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers, founding member and half of the dual drum tandem of he and Jaimoe. Saw him many times with the Allman Brothers, there was no better double drum jam tandem then those two.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/butch-trucks-allman-brothers-founding-member-dead-at-69-w462870


Sad news. Condolences to the Trucks family for their tremendous loss. R.I.P.  :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on January 27, 2017, 01:26:30 PM
Pretty sad stuff.
https://www.yahoo.com/music/allman-brothers-drummer-butch-trucks-death-ruled-suicide-234009415.html
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on January 28, 2017, 05:46:50 PM
It looks like (former) Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls passed away this morning after a long battle with lung cancer. I wasn't aware he had been sick. Iommi broke the news on his Facebook page. Condolences to the the family, friends, and fans of Geoff.

R.I.P. :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on January 31, 2017, 01:52:13 PM
Add another of my favorites to the list. John Wetton (Asia, UK, King Crimson, among many other bands and collaborations) died in his sleep this morning. One of the absolute best singers and bass players of the progressive rock genre. RIP  :(

http://teamrock.com/news/2017-01-31/john-wetton-dies-aged-67

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/asia-john-wetton-dies-after-battle-with-cancer/

Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on January 31, 2017, 02:22:25 PM
Not off to a good start this year in this thread  :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on March 20, 2017, 08:47:02 PM
Chuck Berry joins the list , probably the most influential pioneer of rock and roll along with Elvis.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/chuck-berry-wild-man-of-rock-who-helped-define-its-rebellious-spirit-dies-at-90/ar-BBylukP?OCID=ansmsnnews11
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on March 25, 2017, 01:50:27 AM
Sib Hashian- Boston drummer that played on ,well what I would call the only two Boston albums that really matter Boston and Don't Look Back (with all due respect to a few songs from Third Stage) which Sib quit the band during the recording of.
He was 67 and collapsed and died while onstage playing on the Legends of Rock cruise.

 http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-boston-drummer-sib-hashian-dead-at-67/
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on April 11, 2017, 12:34:54 AM
Well, we can add Paul O'Neill famed producer and song writer associated with Savatage and the creator of Trans Siberian Orchestra to the list.
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/trans-siberian-orchestra-creator-paul-oneill-dies-at-61/

Also comedian Don Rickles at age 90
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/04/06/don-rickles-comedy-legend-dead-at-90.html

Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on April 11, 2017, 11:18:26 PM
John Geils (71) founder of the J Geils Band joins the list apparently of natural causes. They were always a great live band!
 http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/j-geils-of-1980s-j-geils-band-found-dead-in-his-groton-mass-home/ar-BBzJMZH?ocid=msnhomepage
 
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on April 16, 2017, 11:41:01 AM
Rosie Hamlin of Rosie and the Originals
Died march 30th 2017 age 71.

Angel Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xm3qnh1sck
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on April 16, 2017, 11:25:35 PM
Rosie was one of John Lennon's favorite singers and he loved the song Angel Baby
he even covered it.
John Lennon-Angel Baby   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2zqmmU8R3o
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on April 18, 2017, 12:04:45 AM
Allan Holdsworth (Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, Tony Williams Lifetime, UK, Gong, Bill Bruford, Jean Luc Ponty, IOU) among others and a distinguished solo career (age 70).

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/allan_holdsworth_dead_at_70.html

http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/allan-holdsworth-progressive-guitar-virtuoso-dies-at-70/ar-BBzUDRz?ocid=msnhomepage

http://www.antimusic.com/news/17/April/17Eddie_Van_Halens_Favorite_Guitarist_Allan_Holdsworth_Dead_At_70.shtml
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on April 22, 2017, 01:02:27 AM
A few other notable additions this month.

James Cotton: renowned blues harmonica player who played with countless other artists including Howlin Wolf, Muddy waters, Steve Miller, Greg Allman and his own James cotton blues band,  3/16/17 age 81.

Keni Richards: Autograph- age 60 4/8/17

Banner Thomas: (age 63 4/10/17) original bass player for Molly Hatchet who played on all the bands classic albums (debut s/t, Flirtin With Disaster, Beatin The Odda, and Take No Prisoners. He was a member of the band from 1974-1981, and returned briefly in 1993.
R.I.P brother
Dreams I'll Never See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq6mFereCCc
One of my top three favorite southern rock bands along with Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. 

And I don't care what band this guy drummed for or who they were, he belongs here, simply because he shared two of my passions firefighting (and he died doin it) and rock and roll.
William Tolley: Age 42, Drummer for Internal Bleeding and FDNY Firefighter (line of duty death) very sad and tragic story.
  http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/internal-bleeding-drummer-and-fdny-firefighter-william-tolley-dies-after-falling-from-roof/
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: ted262 on May 18, 2017, 04:42:32 AM
Fuck. Chris Cornell.

Quote
Chris Cornell, former Soundgarden singer, dies aged 52

Singer’s representative said his death was sudden and unexpected
Associated Press
Thursday 18 May 2017 03.46 EDT Last modified on Thursday 18 May 2017 04.02 EDT

Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died aged 52.

In a statement to the Associated Press, his representative, Brian Bumbery, said Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/18/chris-cornell-former-soundgarden-singer-dies-aged-52
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Rockox on May 18, 2017, 09:46:20 AM
Goddamn it. I haven't paid much attention to the last few years of what he's been up to, but those old Soundgarden album still rip so much ass.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on May 18, 2017, 11:37:36 AM
He still was with Soundgarden, they were on tour and had played in Detroit last night and apparently he died in the hotel room. Their next show was scheduled for tomorrow night in Columbus at Rock On The Range.  Very Shocking, that's an unexpected one for sure. Only 52. Sucks. guess that is the abrupt end of that band  :(

http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/representative-rocker-chris-cornell-has-died-at-age-52/ar-BBBgiXT?ocid=msnhomepage
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Dream Evil on May 18, 2017, 12:32:15 PM
That sucks bigtime  :(

Here is footage of his last show with Soundgarden last night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit R.I.P. Chris
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/watch-chris-cornells-final-performance-with-soundgarden/
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on May 18, 2017, 01:56:34 PM
Stunned to hear this news literally only hours after seeing an INCREDIBLE performance by Testament. My sincere condolences go out to Cornell's family and friends, and Soundgarden fans worldwide. R.I.P. Chris....one of the most important vocalists of Gen X.  :(... :'(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on May 19, 2017, 11:55:23 PM
Sad situation with the report that he evidently hung himself in his hotel room. That doesn't sound like it would be an easy thing to do in a hotel room, just doesn't seem to make much sense. People commenting on the net seemed to think he was struggling or didn't look right, i really don't know what the norm is for him these days so I wouldn't be able to tell that. Maybe he relapsed into the hard drugs, who knows. Guess it'll all get figured out to some degree with the toxicology report.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: ted262 on May 20, 2017, 12:02:38 AM
His wife issued a statement.  Chris was in recovery and was taking Ativan for anxiety.  One of the side effects is suicidal thoughts, and apparently he told her before the show that he was feeling extra nervous for whatever reason and might take a few extra. 

Supposedly that's why she asked security to check on him, but it was already too late.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on May 20, 2017, 12:16:36 AM
Yeah i did read that, some people had commented that take that stuff that seemed to downplay that drug and it's side effects (i never heard of that drug) I'm gonna watch some of that posted last show and see if i pick up on him being off and struggling as some had suggested. They just started this tour this month, that nights show was a sellout, they had Rocklahoma coming up in a week,  he just recently did some dates with a reunited Audio Slave.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on May 20, 2017, 12:22:25 AM
Have yet to see any comments by the band members either, on how his demeanor was before, during and after the performance, have you? Seems odd unless they were ordered to keep quiet until all investigation is complete. They and the crew would know best whether he seemed different or out of character that day/night.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: ted262 on May 20, 2017, 01:25:35 AM
Haven't heard anything.  They might be in shock too.

As for whether they noticed anything, I guess that would depend on how much they saw him before the show.  I know some artists have their own pre-show rituals and I've heard of some that isolate themselves for a while before going on.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on May 20, 2017, 01:00:46 PM
I watched that last nights performance clips, I'm just a casual fan, I thought some of it sounded good and some it sounded off but it was also a typical crowd shot footage quality video/sound. I thought at times he looks very dis-coordinated, lethargic and thoroughly stoned like the wandering around the stage during different parts (kind of reminded me of Ozzy when he would be stoned off his ass performing with Sabbath) but every time I fixated on that he would show a little burst of energy and/or do something that require a little bit of coordination. It's hard to tell not having something to compare it to at immediate disposal. I have a feeling the test results are going to show he had something significant in his system goin on.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: BigMarty on May 27, 2017, 04:03:07 PM
We now can unfortunately add Gregg Allman to that list...he's back with his brother up in heaven playing together again along with Berry and Butch....RIP

  https://www.google.com/amp/www.billboard.com/amp/articles/columns/rock/7759662/gregg-allman-dead
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on May 30, 2017, 04:54:31 PM
Was sorry to see Greg join the list I saw The Allman Brothers 10 times
over the years always great concerts. 
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on May 31, 2017, 06:23:01 PM
Greg's had his health issues in the last several years. Probably lucky he made it as long as he did and at least he went peacefully at home. A major loss to the classic rock and especially southern rock community. Definitely was one of the best ever.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on July 20, 2017, 04:19:54 PM
WOW Damn, Chester Bennington, Linkin Park lead singer found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging in his home. Crazy story as he was a close friend of Chris Cornell and had spoke at his funeral and he hung himself on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday. Unbelievable  :(

 http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/celebrity/linkin-park-frontman-chester-bennington-found-dead-of-apparent-suicide/ar-AAovOe8?ocid=msnhomepage
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on July 20, 2017, 04:25:45 PM
After reading that story its a wonder he survived this long
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on July 20, 2017, 04:33:16 PM
Another case of depression, the dude had an obvious rough upbringing in a broken home and was molested at a young age (which is all in that story) and it is plainly evident in some of Linkin Parks songs. Money and fame I guess can't take that deep seeded depression away, as was the case with Chris Cornell, and has been the case with so many others. I'll be interested to follow whatever other information comes out as to any signs that led up to this.

It is very sad to think that he did this and did it in that manner simply because of his friend Cornell doing it. He should have sought out some serious professional help to deal with it, god knows he had the money to spend for it. Fucked up, Only 41  :(   
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on July 20, 2017, 10:52:17 PM
Another great talent gone my favorite
Song was numb and that about sums up
The way I feel about all these senseless
Rock and actor suicides lately (Bennington,Cornell
Emerson and Robin Williams)
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on July 21, 2017, 12:20:20 PM
Yeah, pretty crazy story. Very unexpected as I guess all those types of deaths are. I wasn't a huge fan but loved that first record (Hybrid Theory) and Meteora. My favorites are Crawling, In the End, One Step Closer, Breaking the Habit, Somewhere I Belong and Numb. They had some good stuff, never really paid attention to their later material much, I'll have to give some of that a listen and put up a thread for them.  8)
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on July 27, 2017, 10:09:12 PM
David Zablidowski bassist for Adrenaline Mob and Trans Siberian Orchestra died in a car accident in Florida last week, Adrenaline Mob's band RV was pulled over fixing a flat tire and were hit by a tractor trailer and another vehicle. Other members of the band and crew sustained injuries.

 http://forbassplayersonly.com/david-zablidowsky-killed-in-florida-crash/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2017/07/17/adrenaline-mob-bassist-david-zablidowsky-dies-florida-wreck/483493001/

http://wncx.cbslocal.com/2017/07/19/remembering-david-z-of-tso/

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/david-z-rip/
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Dream Evil on July 28, 2017, 03:06:37 PM
Damn 36 years old, That blows  :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on August 07, 2017, 05:04:20 PM
Goldy McJohn, original Steppenwolf keyboardist died of a heart attack on August 1st, he was 72.
He was the original keyboardist and performed with the band on their string of sixties and seventies albums during their most popular and commercially successful period from 1967 to 1975. He also played with Steve Marriott in a revamped lineup of Humble Pie briefly in 1982. McJohn was one of the pioneers of electric organ/Hammond B3 usage in hard rock/heavy metal.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on August 09, 2017, 05:26:38 PM
Glenn Campbell passed at age 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer's ( I think that's how you spell it). I'm not a country fan by any stretch, but he did a lot for the country music community and crossing over that genre in a mainstream pop sense. I did always like, like a rhinestone cowboy when I was a kid  8)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/glen-campbell-rhinestone-cowboy-singer-who-fused-country-and-pop-dead-at-81/ar-AApJyAK?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=msnhomepage
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on August 09, 2017, 08:32:49 PM
Saw Glen's farewell tour a few years back he was a great session man.Was a Beach Boy for a little while.  In late 1964, Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown on tour with the Beach Boys, and the band called on Campbell to replace him on bass and high harmonies. "I took Brian's place and that was just ... I was in heaven then – hog heaven!" Campbell remarked.

"He fit right in," said Wilson. "His main forte is he's a great guitar player, but he's even a better singer than all the rest. He could sing higher than I could!".

He had a great career as a singer and actor(True Grit).  During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In 1968, one of his biggest years, he outsold the Beatles.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on September 03, 2017, 12:10:22 PM
Steely Dan's Walter Becker died today

Walter Becker of Steely Dan Dead at 67 - Full Story and Tribute   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSQ4loZnp6I
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on September 05, 2017, 11:01:59 PM
Sad to see this, looks like they still have dates booked, so I guess Fagan is going to continue on with Steely Dan. didn't realize that his last gigs with the band were the Vegas residency in April and then one show in May in Greenwich, Connecticut until I read it, so the band performed without him at the Classic East and Classic West shows in July, so obviously his health went down hill over the summer pretty fast.  :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 18, 2017, 06:51:37 PM
Virgil Howe, son of Steve Howe passed away. He was a drummer with the British band Little Barrie, and had performed on Steve Howe material, including a new solo album to be released by Steve entitled Nexus, an instrumental album that will be released in November on Inside Out.


Dave Hlubek, founding member/guitarist of Molly Hatchet died on August 28th at age 66 of a heart attack. Dave rejoined the band in 2005 and performed appearing on the last three records the band had made between 2005 and 2017 and also was a touring member up until his death.
 http://bestclassicbands.com/dave-hlubek-obituary-9-3-17/

Every member of the classic lineup of Molly Hatchet is now gone except for Steve Holland.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Dream Evil on October 02, 2017, 04:29:03 PM
Tom Petty has passed away at 66
http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/celebrity/tom-petty-legendary-rocker-is-dead-at-66/ar-AAsOH4T
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on October 03, 2017, 11:51:00 PM
Petty definitely had some great songs. Never got to see him live, but have a few albums and the greatest hits. Liked several of his hits. Just coming off his last tour, seemed pretty healthy, 66 definitely isn't that old, pretty unexpected one there. First three records we're really good and then Full Moon Fever was a nice comeback. My favorite song though just might be Last Dance with Mary Jane.   
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on October 04, 2017, 01:31:01 PM
I definitely didn't see this one coming. It's extremely bittersweet considering the band just wrapped up a five month tour. I'm honored I got to see them before he left us.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are among the most important American bands in the history of popular music. The songs live on.

R.I.P. Mr. Petty.  :'(... :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on October 18, 2017, 01:48:56 PM
Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie passed away at 53 from his battle with brain cancer. Didn't know much about him or that band but I know he was really popular in Canada.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/tragically-hips-gord-downie-dead-at-53/ar-AAtG6Iu?ocid=msnhomepage

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/arts/music/gord-downie-tragically-hip-dead-final-album.html
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Rockox on October 19, 2017, 11:53:46 AM
Gord Downie is like Canadian royalty (which means he doesn't have to wait in line at Tim Horton's?) so yeah, TONS of people I know are broken up over his death. Me personally, I've never been a fan of the Tragically Hip and I'm even LESS of a fan of the band's fans. These are actual conversations I've had with friends:

Me: I don't really like the Hip.
Them: WH-WH-WHAAT? What do you mean you don't like the Hip?
Me: I just don't really like their songs.
Them: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Their songs are awesome.

...and it went on like that for days.

The one good thing I'll say about the Hip is that when I played bass in a cover band, we would do a couple Hip tunes which I deemed "I light up a smoke" tunes. Because the Hip would rarely have harmonies in their songs (resulting in a ridiculous lack of cool hooks, IMO), I didn't have to sing back-ups. So I got to take a smoke and pound away at my bass. Good times.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on October 23, 2017, 09:19:16 PM
A few more to add to the list.

George Young, ac/dc producer and brother of Angus and Malcolm Young age 70
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/acdc-producer-george-young-brother-of-malcolm-and-angus-young-dead-at-70/

Original Marilyn Manson guitarist, Daisy Berkowitz (real name Scott Putesky) at age 49 from colon cancer.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/former-marilyn-manson-guitarist-daisy-berkowitz-dies-at-49/ar-AAtWOsP?OCID=ansmsnnews11

Celtic Frost bassist Martin Eric Ain (real name Martin Stricker) age 50, of a heart attack.
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-celtic-frost-bassist-martin-eric-ain-dead-at-50/
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Dream Evil on October 25, 2017, 09:59:20 PM
Fats domino age 89.
He had a handful of cool songs from back in the early days.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/fats-domino-rock-and-roll-pioneer-dead-at-89/ar-AAu2dEn?ocid=msnhomepage
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on October 26, 2017, 06:44:23 PM
He is in The Rock Hall of Fame sold a lot of records in the early
days of rock and roll and should be in our Singers and Songwriters category
so i am adding him now.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on October 26, 2017, 09:23:56 PM
R.I.P. Mr. Domino. Sorry to hear this.  :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on November 18, 2017, 02:58:22 PM
AC/DC founding member/guitarist Malcolm Young age 64  :(

http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/gallery/ac-dc-guitarist-malcolm-young-dead-at-64-celebrities-react/ss-BBF8jl0?ocid=msnhomepage
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on November 22, 2017, 05:51:09 PM
David Cassidy from The Partridge Family died today age 67 from
organ failure.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on December 01, 2017, 09:57:20 AM
Mitch Margo, a founding member of The Tokens, the doo-wop foursome behind the mega-hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," has died. He was 70. November 24 2017.

Margo died peacefully from natural causes on Friday at his home in Studio City, his nephew, Noah Margo, announced.

Margo was 13 and a first tenor when he and his older brother, Phil Margo, a baritone, hooked up with Jay Siegel and Hank Medress, two of their friends from Brooklyn, to form The Tokens in 1960. (Neil Sedaka had earlier performed with Medress in a group known as The Linc-Tones.)

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight," The Tokens' adaptation of South African singer Solomon Linda's "Mbube" and The Weavers' "Wimoweh" for RCA Victor, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1961 and remained there for three weeks.

The Tokens' other hits in the 1960s included "Tonight I Fell in Love," "I Hear Trumpets Blow," "Portrait of My Love" and "He's in Town," but clearly, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was their most famous tune.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on December 13, 2017, 09:03:30 AM
Pat DiNizio the Smithereens lead singer
Died 12/12/2017 he was 62 no cause of
Death has been released yet.

Band name was inspired by Yosemite Sam
Catchphrase Varmint i’m A gonna blow you
To smithereens.

Biggest hits were Only A Memory, A Girl
Like You and Too Much Passion
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on December 13, 2017, 12:19:49 PM
Pat DiNizio the Smithereens lead singer
Died 12/12/2017 he was 62 no cause of
Death has been released yet.

Band name was inspired by Yosemite Sam
Catchphrase Varmint i’m A gonna blow you
To smithereens.

Biggest hits were Only A Memory, A Girl
Like You and Too Much Passion


Man, this one is really painful. The Smithereens are one of the most CRIMINALLY overlooked American rock bands of the 1980s without question. Pat had the uncanny ability to create the perfect pop song that truly ROCKED.

A great voice has sadly been silenced. I'm honored I got to see the band at their peak on their 11 tour in Feb. 1990. R.I.P. Mr. DiNizio.  :'(... :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Dream Evil on December 13, 2017, 03:10:55 PM
A Girl like You, was the only song I knew by them. Upon looking up a few of their best known songs I liked a few. Did not know they were a Jersey band, they came from Carteret NJ. 
A Girl like You  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LwjD8z2mOg
Blood and Roses  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqML7WbOun8
It don't come easy (cover) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMqpuCuK4rY
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: Eye9 on December 13, 2017, 06:23:31 PM
Warrel Dane, vocalist of the metal bands Sanctuary and Nevermore died today at 56 from a heart attack in Brazil.
Sanctuary Taste revenge   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PlpkYRxkH4
Sanctuary Into the mirror black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow7cCrNFhxk
Nevermore What tomorrow knows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKZk1XowOFM
Too young as with a lot of these guys  :(
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on December 13, 2017, 07:24:26 PM
I did know they were from NJ haven’t
Listened to much of their stuff didn’t
Know they covered Ringo’s it don’t come
Easy.
Title: Re: 2017 Rockers we lost
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on December 13, 2017, 09:25:26 PM
I was only vaguely familiar with The Smithereens, I recognized that first song. Warrel Dane I understand was a pretty critically acclaimed vocalist, I'll have to give some of his stuff a better listen, I can't say I've had much exposure to either of his bands either. But sad to see both go, both of them pretty young by todays standards.