FAREWELL Music World Passings of 2011

We pay our final respects
to Clarence Clemons, Bert Jansch, Amy Winehouse, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Louvin,
Gil Scott-Heron, Wild Man Fischer and many more.

 

BY FRED MILLS

 

This annual ritual – cataloguing those we lost in the year
that’s just completed – might be considered depressing by some, a morbid
exercise that doesn’t serve any concrete purpose other than providing busywork
for the compiler. That may be true, but having performed this ritual for years
now, I’ve learned to take a quiet comfort in pulling together notes and combing
the internet to learn names, dates, causes of death – and the artistic
achievements that prompt us to
memorialize the people in the first place. So as you scan down the list of
those who did leave us this year, pause when you reach an artist who was
particularly special to you, and meditate momentarily on why he or she was
special. The list isn’t comprehensive, but it does dovetail into virtually
every musical genre and discipline (it additionally includes a handful of
non-musicians), and it touches equally upon the obscure and the well-known.

 

I’ll forgo any unnecessary commentary and simply provide the
list. In addition, links are included for those artists we wrote about at BLURT
this year and you can follow those links if you want to read more. Oh, and as
I’ve said many times in the past: after you pay your last respects, pledge to
seek out those artists who are still with us and who are important to you, and
let them know in some way how much you appreciate them.

 

Meanwhile, as they have done the past few years, this week
The New York Times posted online an audio/video tribute to some of the
artists who passed away in 2011. It’s titled, appropriately enough, “The
Music They Made.”
And at NPR, they’ve posted a wonderful audio-enhanced gallery
of images
that’s well-worth checking out as well.

 

 

Read also:

 

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings of 2010

 

*BLURT’s farewell to music passings
of 2009

 

*BLURT’s farewell to music
passings of 2008

 

 

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JANUARY

Grady Chapman (The Robins) 1-4

Mick Karn (Japan)
1-4

Gerry Rafferty 1-4

Phil
Kennemore (Y&T) 1-7

Margaret Whiting 1-10

Trish
Keenan (Broadcast) 1-14

Harvey James (Sherbert) 1-15

Don Kirshner 1-17

Gladys Horton (Marvelettes) 1-26

Charlie
Louvin 1-26

Milton Babbitt 1-29

John Barry, 1-30

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

Gary Moore
2-6

Marvin Sease 2-8

George Shearing 2-14

Rick Coonce (Grass Roots) 2-25

Rick
Kulwicki (The Fluid) 2-15

Phil Vane (Extreme Noise Terror) 2-23

Suze Rotolo 2-25

Eugene Fodor 2-26

Eddie Kirkland 2-27

 

 

MARCH

Johnny Preston 3-4

Mike Starr
(Alice In Chains) 3-8

Joe Morello 3-12

Owsley Stanley 3-13

Nate Dogg 3-15

Melvin Sparks 3-15

Smiley Culture 3-15

Ferlin Husky 3-17

Pinetop
Perkins 3-21

Carl Bunch (Buddy Holly & the Crickets) 3-26

Mel McDaniel 3-31

 

 

APRIL

Calvin Russell 4-3

Scott Columbus (Manowar) 4-4

Gil Robbins (Highwaymen) 4-5

John Bottomley 4-6

Randy Wood (Dot Records) 4-9

Billy Bang 4-11

Gerard
Smith (TV on the Radio) 4-20

Hazel
Dickins 4-22

Tom King (The Outsider) 4-23

Poly
Styrene (X-Ray Spex) 4-25

Phoebe Snow 4-26

Andy Dunkley (DJ & MC, Hawkwind) 4-30

 

 

MAY

John Walker
(The Walker Brothers) 5-7

Snooky Young 5-11

M-Bone 5-15

Bob Flanigan (Four Freshmen) 5-15

Joseph Brooks 5-22

Gil
Scott-Heron 5-27

 

 

JUNE

Ray Bryant 6-2

Andrew Gold 6-3

Benny Spellman 6-3

Martin
Rushent 6-4

Frankie Toler (Marshall Tucker Band, Gregg Allman Band) 6-4

Steve Popovich 6-8

Seth Putnam (Anal Cunt) 6-11

Carl Gardner (Coasters) 6-12

Mack Self 6-14

Larry “Wild
Man” Fischer 6-16

Clarence
Clemons 6-18

Mike Waterson 6-22

Christy Essien-Igbokwe 6-30

 

 

JULY

Jane Scott
(music critic) 7-4

Manuel
Galban (Buena Vista Social Club) 7-7

Kenny Baker 7-8

Michael “Wurzel” Burston (Motorhead) 7-9

Travis Bean 7-10

Rob Grill (Grass Roots) 7-11

Jerry Ragovoy 7-13

Amy
Winehouse 7-22

Bill Morrissey 6-23

Dan Peek (America)
7-24

Joe Arroyo 7-26

Frank Foster (Count Basie Band), 7-26

Gene McDaniels 7-29

 

 

AUGUST

Delois Barrett 8-2

Conrad
Schnitzler (Tangerine Dream, Cluster) 8-4

Marshall Grant (Johnny Cash) 8-7

Jani Lane
(Warrant) 8-11

Ross Barbour (Four Freshmen) 8-20

Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) 8-22

Jerry Lieber 8-22

Esther Gordy 8-24

Honeyboy
Edwards 8-29

 

 

SEPTEMBER

Eddie Marshall 9-7

Wade Mainer 9-12

Wilma Lee Cooper 9-13

Vest Williams 9-23

Sylvia Robinson 9-29

Marv Tarplin (9-30)

 

 

OCTOBER

Butch Ballard 10-1

David Bedford 10-1

Bert Jansch
10-5

Steve Jobs 10-5

Mikey Welsh (Weezer) 10-8

Roger Williams 10-8

Mojo Buford 10-11

Joel DiGregorio (Charlie Daniels Band) 10-12

Chuck Ruff (Edgar Winter) 10-14

Bob Brunning (Fleetwood
Mac, Savoy Brown)
10-18

Jimmy Saville 10-29

 

 

NOVEMBER

Cory “Flattus Maximus” Smoot (GWAR) 11-2

Gordon Beck 11-6

Joe Frazier 11-7

Andrea True 11-7

Heavy D
11-8

Jimmy Normal 11-8

Doyle
Bramhall Sr. 11-12

Gordon Beck 11-13

Jackie Leven (Doll By Doll) 11-14

Moogy Klingman (Utopia) 11-15

Gary Garcia 11-17

Paul Motian 11-22

Ross McManus 11-24

Coco Robicheaux 11-25

Lee “Shot” Williams 11-25

Keef
Hartley 11-26

Sultan Khan 11-27

Ken Russell
11-27

Tom Roady 11-28

 

 

DECEMBER

Howard Tate 12-2

Al Vega 12-2

Hubert
Sumlin 12-4

Dobie Gray 12-6

Barbara Orbison 12-6

Dick Sims (Eric Clapton,
Bob Seger) 12-8

Dan Spears  (Willie
Nelson) 12-8

Myra Taylor 12-9

Ed Roman 12-14

Billie Jo Spears 12-14

Slim Dunkin 12-16

Cesaria Evora 12-17

Vaclav Havel 12-18

Warren Hellman (Wronglers) 12-18

Ralph McDonald 12-18

Sean Bonniwell (Music Machine) 12-20

David Gold (Woods of Ypres)
12-22

Jim
“Motorhead” Sherman (Mothers of Invention) 12-25

Barbara Lea 12-26

Sam Rivers
12-26

Dan Terry 12-27

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