Volkstrauertag der Rock 'n' Roll-Nation!
Another year, another Rock 'n' Roll memorial service in honor of the many excellent musicians who played their last note in the past twelve months.
DJ Vollkasko pays respect to those who served with distinction and generously enriched our lives with the beauty of their work, across many decades and genres.
superstar rotation. We're still listening.(TM)
|2||Rheingold||Dreiklangsdimensionen (12" Version)||1980||D||
Bodo Staiger (+ Dec 4th 2019), Lilac Angels, Rheingold
|3||Gershon Kingsley||Hey, Hey||1969||USA||Gershon Kingsley (1922 - Dec 10th, 2019), pioneer in electronic and Moog synth music (hit 'Popcorn'), composer of Jewish liturgical rock music
|4||GUZ||Altes Pferd||2000||CH||Olifr Maurmann, aka Guz (Dec 1967 – Jan 19, 2020), Swiss music producer, studio operator (Star Track/Schafhausen), legendary Swiss rock 'n' roller & excellent singer-songwriter (Guz, Die Aeronauten, Jerry J. Nixon, Die Zukunft, Naked in English Class)
|5||Gang Of Four||To Hell With Poverty||1990||GB||Andy Gill (1956 - Feb 1, 2020), producer, founder & guitarist with British post-punk band Gang of Four
|6||Der Englische Garten||Die aufgeräumte Stadt||2014||D||Bernd Hartwich (d. Mar 11, 2020), German DJ, bass player, singer, arranger and songwriter (Merricks, Friends ahoi, Bish, Der Englische Garten), wonderful pop expert and holder of the Sound of Munich-trademark|
|7||Der Englische Garten||Kakerlaken||2014||D|
|8||Psychic TV||Stick Insect||1990||UK||Genesis P-Orridge (1950 - Mar 14, 2020), British avantgarde icon and founding member of experimental industrial bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV
|9||D.A.F.||Verschwende Deine Jugend||D||Gabriel „Gabi“ Delgado-López (1958 - Mar 22, 2020), Spanish-born German New Wave/Industrial musician and singer with Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft and solo
|10||Tony Allen||One Tree||2006||NGR||Tony Allen (d. Apr 30, 2020), Nigerian drummer and bandleader, one of the pioneers of Afrobeat who worked with greats like Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango, and others
|11||The Paragons||On The Beach||JA||Bob Andy (d. Mar 27, 2020), Jamaican songwriter, singer with rocksteady band The Paragons and of reggae hits ('Young, Gifted and Black', 'Feeling Soul', 'Unchained', etc.)
|12||The Flamin' Groovies||Teenage Head||1971||USA||Roy Loney (1946 - Dec 13, 2019), singer-songwriter, and Danny Mihm (d. Mar 27, 2020), drummer of US-band The Flamin’ Groovies
|13||Fountains of Wayne||I Want an Alien for Christmas||USA||Adam Schlesinger (1967 - Apr 1, 2020), US songwriter and guitarist with power-pop band Fountains of Wayne
|14||John Prine||Christmas in Prison||USA||John Prine (d. Apr 7, 2020), US country folk singer-songwriter known known for an humorous style of original music with elements of protest and social commentary
|15||Spotniks||Winterland||SWE||Bo Winberg (1939 - Jan 3, 2020), lead guitarist, singer and band leader of Swedish surf beat/instrumental rock band The Spotnicks, and their rhythm guitarist and singer Bo Starander (1942 – May 3, 2020), aka Bob Lander
|16||The Kingsmen||Louie, Louie||1963||USA||Lynn Easton (d. Apr 25, 2020), founding member of US garage rockers The Kingsmen; started as drummer, then his mother copyrighted the band name, took over and made him frontman and saxophonist. Their 1963 version of Richard Berry's 'Louie Louie' was famously investigated by the FBI regarding supposed, but nonexistent, obscenity of the lyrics
|17||The Stranglers||Ghost Train||1986||GB||Dave Greenfield (1949 - May 3, 2020), keyboardist and vocalists with British (post-)punk band The Stranglers ('Golden Brown', 'Always the Sun')
|18||Kraftwerk||Aetherwellen||1975||D||Florian Schneider (1947 - May 6, 2020), 1970 Gründungsmitglied and until 2009 Mensch-Maschine with German electronic (originally Krautrock) band Kraftwerk
|19||Orchestra Peter Thomas||Umpta-Lady||1975||D||Peter Thomas (1925 – May 17, 2020), German orchestra leader and arranger, composed over 80 movie and 600 tv soundtracks ('Raumpatrouille', 1966) with innovative electronic effects and production techniques
|20||Ennio Morricone||Mucchio Selvaggio||1973||I||Ennio Morricone (Nov 10, 1928 – Jul 6, 2020), legendary Italian soundtrack composer ('The Good, the Bad and The Ugly', 'Once Upon a Time in the West, 'Chi Mai', 'The Mission', 'The Hateful Eight')
|21||The Flying Burrito Brothers||Dark End Of The Streets||USA||William “Mickey” McGee (d. Jul 20, 2020), drummer for US country rock bands Flying Burrito Brothers (with Gram Parsons) and Goose Creek Symphony, also worked with Linda Ronstadt and others
|22||Pretty Things||Come See Me||GB||Phil May (1944 - May 15, 2020), founding member and lead singer of British rhythm 'n' blues/psychedelic rock band The Pretty Things, peers of the Rolling Stones; released one of the first concept albums ('S.F.Sorrow', 1968)
|23||The Lords||Death Bells At Dawn||D||Knud Kuntze, aka Lord Knut (d. Jun 14, 2020), member of popular German beat legends The Lords
|24||Cardiacs||Core||1992||GB||Timothy Smith (d. Jul 22, 2020), founder and frontman of British progressive punk (“pronk”) band Cardiacs
|25||The Seeds||Can't Seem To Make You Mine||1965||USA||Buck Jan Reeder, aka JAN SAVAGE (d. Aug 5, 2020), guitarrist and co-founder of US psych legends The Seeds (with Sky Saxon)
|26||Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers||I Love You||1977||USA||Walter Lure (Aug 21, 2020), guitarist with US proto-punk rockers Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers
|27||Toots & The Maytals||Pressure Drop||JA||Frederick “Toots” Hibbert (d. Sep 11, 2020), Jamaican rocksteady and ska vocalist with Toots and The Maytals ('Pressure Drop, 'Funky Kingston', 'Concrete Jungle'); also band-member, guitarist Lynford “Hux” Brown (Jun 18, 2020)
|28||Les Paul & Mary Ford||How High The Moon||1951||USA||Lou Pallo (Oct 28, 2020), guitarist; described by Keith Richards as "the man of a million chords" and best known for his decades-long work in the Les Paul Trio
They also served with distinction --
Gun-Marie Fredriksson (May 30, 1958 – Dec 9, 2019), Swedish pop singer-songwriter with Roxette, pianist and painter
Andrew "Greedy" Smith (1956 - Dec 2019), British singer and keyboardist with Mental As Anything
Kelly Fraser (Aug 8, 1993 – Dec 24, 2019), Canadian Inuk pop singer-songwriter
Sleepy LaBeef (died Dec 26, 2019), US rockabilly artist from the 1950s to the 2010s
Les Chadwick (1943 - Dec 26, 2019), bass player with British band Gerry and the Pacemakers..
Michael Bundt (d. Dec 27, 2019), bass player and key figure for German rock band Nine Days Wonder
Wolfgang Dauner (d. Jan 10, 2020), German jazz musician, founder of bands Et Cetera and The United Jazz and Rock Ensemble
Steve Martin Caro (1948 - Jan 14, 2020), lead singer with US baroque pop band THE LEFT BANKE in the 1960s (hits Walk Away Renee and Pretty Ballerina)
Ivan Kral (1948 - Feb 2, 2020), Czech-American filmmaker, music producer, bass guitarist and co-writer with The Patti Smith Group, esp. on their first four albums
Andrew Brough (May 7,1963 – Feb 2, 2020), New Zealand singer-songwriter, vocalist and guitarist with Sound of Dunedin-band Straitjacket Fits and Auckland's Bike
Andrew Weatherall (Apr 6, 1963 - Feb 17, 2020), British DJ, producer and remixer, helped develop acid house and was responsible for its crossover success
Simon Posthuma (1939-Feb 28, 2020), member of Netherland's psychedelic 1960s band The Fool, designed clothes and record covers for The Hollies, Beatles, Incredible String Band, etc.
McCoy Tyner, (d. Mar 6, 2020), US jazz-pianist, both solo and with the John Coltrane Quartet
Keith Olsen (d. Mar 9, 2020), British engineer, producer and bass player, with Buckingham Nicks and then Fleetwood Mac, also with Joe Walsh, Grateful Dead, Pat Benatar, Journey et al.; and Peter Green (1946 - Jul 25, 2020), British blues rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and founding member of Fleetwood Mac
Kenny Rogers (Aug 21, 1938 - Mar 20, 2020), songwriter and country singer (‘The Gambler’, ‘Ruby, don’t take your love to town’) and founder of fried chicken restaurant chain, Kenny Rogers Roasters
Manu Dibango (d. Mar 24,2020), Cameroonian musician ('Soul Makossa', 1972)
Matthew Seligman (Jul 14, 1955 - Apr 17, 2020), bass player for Thomas Dolby, The Thompson Twins and in David Bowie’s 1985 Live Aid concert band.
Ronan O'Rahilly (May 21, 1940 - Apr 20, 2020), Irish manager of 1960s British rhythm and blues artists Georgie Fame and Alexis Korner, club owner in London, and founder of Radio Caroline, the most successful offshore Pirate Radio ship which broke the BBC's and Radio Luxembourg's monopoly on popular music.
Hamilton Bohannon (1942 - Apr 24, 2020), US percussionist, bandleader, songwriter, arranger and record producer (disco-era hits 'Foot Stompin' Music' and 'Disco Stomp'); played at young age with Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder and backed many Motown acts
Max Crook (Nov 2nd 1936 - Jul 1st, 2020), US keyboardist and synthesizer pioneer with his ‘Musitron’, a modified clavioline, with which he played the solo on Del Shannon’s 1961 hit ‘Runaway’, which he'd co-written; inspiration to Joe Meek, Kim Fowler and others.
Richard Wayne Penniman, aka Little Richard (Dec 5, 1932 - May 9, 2020), US pianist, singer and songwriter; one of the original creators of rock 'n' roll, breaking musical and social boundaries since the 1950s
Bessie Regina Norris, aka Betty Wright (Dec 21 1953 - May 2020), US rhythm 'n' blues and soul singer; started as back-up vocalist and went on to have a major hit with Clean Up Woman (1972)
John David "Moon" Martin (Oct 31, 1945 – May 11, 2020), US singer-songwriter and guitarist; originally a rockabilly artist, his songs were made famous by Robert Palmer ('Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)') and Willy DeVille ('Cadillac Walk'). 'X-Ray Vision' (1982) was an MTV music video hit.
Klaus Selmke (1950 - May 22, 2020), founding member and drummer of GDR rock band CITY ('Am Fenster', 1978)
Werner Böhm aka Gottlieb Wendehals (d. Jun 2, 2020), German singer and musician ('Polonäse Blankenese')
Steve Priest (1948 - Jun 4, 2020), vocalist and bass player with 1970s British glam-rockers The Sweet
Vera Lynn (1917 - June 18, 2020), British singer and entertainer
Denise Johnson (d. Jul 27, 2020), lead and backing singer; integral part of 'Madchester’ scene: sang on Primal Scream’s Screamadelica and with New Order, Ian Brown, A Certain Ratio…
Miss Mercy (d. Jul 27, 2020), founding member of US all-girl group THE GTOs (produced by Frank Zappa)
Trini Lopez (1937 - Aug 11, 2020), singer, guitarist and actor (hits 'If I Had a Hammer', 'Lemon Tree')
Harry Jeske (Aug 20, 2020), bassist and founding member of GDR rock band PUHDYS
Justin Townes Earle (Jan 4, 1982 – Aug 23, 2020), US singer-songwriter and musician; son of alternative country artist Steve Earle
and many others.