Donald True Van Deusen - Died 1-13-2009 - Born 1-19-1929 in Boston, MA, U. - He wrote the newspaper column, Keeping Jazz In Philadelphia Alive and for for the website All About Jazz - Chris' Jazz Cafe Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Ricardo Montalban (Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalban Merino) - Died 1-14-2009 in Los Angeles, CA, U. - Congestive heart failure - Born in Mexico City, Mexico - Actor - (He did the first recorded version of, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Esther Williams and also did, "Monkey In The Mango Tree" and "Sun At My Window, Love At My Door") - He played Mr.
Gary Kurfirst - Died 1-13-2009 in Nassau, Bahamas - Born 1947 in Forrest Hills, Queens, NY, U. - Was a manager for The Ramones, Talking Heads, The B-52's, The Eurythmics, Blondie, Big Audio Dynamite, Mountain, Jane's Addiction and Live - Operated The Village Theatre which became known as The Fillmore East promoting Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, The Who, Janis Joplin and The Doors.
Billy Romans (William Burczyk) - Died 1-13-2009 ( Polka ) He was 77 years old - Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U. - Led The Billy Romans Trio - Worked with Frankie Yankovic - Accordionist - Columbus Senior Musicians Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Willa Mae Dorsey - Died 1-5-2009 in Portland, Oregon, U. - After a series of strokes ( Gospel ) Born 7-2-1933 in Atlanta, GA, U. - Singer and pianist - Worked with The Mighty Faith Increasers Choir and was a regular on Lawrence Welk's TV show. "The Lull"), The Pink Umbrellas (They did, "Raspberry Rainbow"), The Giraffes (They did, "Pass Me By" and "Lazy Hazel Heart") and The Two Giraffes (They did, "Silvery Trees" and "Providence Street"). - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist - (She did, "It's No Summer Love" and "Baby With The Barefoot Feet") - Worked with Roy Acuff - She was the neice of Governor James Folsom and was the second wife of Governor George Wallace. - Complications of multiple myeloma ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 4-7-1930 in Los Angeles, CA, U. - Trumpeter - Worked with Harry James, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Sarah Vaughan, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nat King Cole and Nelson Riddle - Wrote the book, Artistic Trumpet Technique And Study. Leroy Taylor - Died 1-8-2009 in Cook County, IL, U. Chad Percy (aka Cadillac Fraf) - Died 1-10-2009 - From injuries he suffered from a scooter accident in Sept ( Country ) Born 5-5-1972 - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of Mockingbird Cartel (They did, "Empty Bellies" and "Avoid The Kind Of Night"). Konrad Heidkamp - Died 1-11-2009 in Hamburg, Germany - Born 8-5-1947 in Munich, Germany - Rock and jazz journalist and critic for the weekly, Die Zeit - He wrote the books, "It's all over now - 40 Jahre Rock und Jazz" and "In The Mood". Superbad) - Died 1-11-2009 ( Soul ) Born 9-15-1934 in Bennettsville,, SC, U. - Singer - (He did, "Kung Fu Man") - Led The Mack Sound - He was a boxer and also a sparring partner for Muhammed Ali. Donnie Mc Cormick (Donald Eugene Mc Cormick) - Died 1-11-2009 in Marietta - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( Rock ) Born 1944 - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Kings and Eric Quincy Tate (They did, "When I'm Gone" and "On The Loose"). Macavine Hayes - Died 1-12-2009 ( Blues ) Born 6-3-1943 in Tampa, Florida, U. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Sweet Little Angel" and "Snatch That Thing") - Worked with Guitar Gabriel, Cool John Ferguson, Ardie Dean, Michael Parrish and Tim Duffy.Brumley - Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee and International Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee.Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) Died 2-4-2009 in Glendale, CA, U. - Heart condition ( Psychobilly ) Born in Stow, Ohio, U. - Singer - Was a founding member of The Cramps (They did, "Goo Goo Muck", "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" and "Human Fly") - He was married to guitarist, Poison Ivy (Kristy Wallace).Vic Lewis - Died 2-9-2009 ( Jazz ) Born 7-29-1919 - Guitarist and bandleader - Worked with George Shearing, Buddy Featherstonhaugh, Stephane Grappelli, Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Pee Wee Russell and Ted Heath.Howard Kanovitz - Died 2-9-2009 in Manhattan, NY, U. - Bacterial infection after heart surgery ( Jazz ) Born 2-9-1929 in Fall River, MA, U. - Trombonist and artist - Was a member of The Earl Kay Quartet and The East 13th Street Band - As an artist he was a pioneer in the Photo Realism style of painting. ( Country ) Pneumonia - Played keyboards and fiddle - Worked with Doug Stone, Webb Pierce, Billy Dean, Shenandoah, Tanya Tucker and The Forrester Sisters. - Plane crash ( Jazz ) He was 34 years old - Played guitar - (He did, "Lummi Island" and "Alone Together") - Worked with his wife, Jeanie Bryson and also worked with Chuck Mangione, Joe Williams, James Spaulding, Frank Wess, Doug Lawrence, Etta Jones, Christian Mc Bride, Adam Scone and Ben Dixon.Maker, Jazz Journal and The New Musical Express - He took pictures of Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Lonnie Donegan, The Everly Brothers, Billy Fury, Tommy Steele, Adam Faith, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. ( Blues - R&B ) Born 1-20-1922 in Birmingham, Ala., U. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "You Bring Out The Wolf In Me" and "Whispering Blue") - Worked with The Blue Jay Singers - Wrote songs for James Brown, Roscoe Gordon and Little Milton. Barnett) - Died 2-6-2009 in Pine Beach ( Big Band ) He was 82 years old - Worked with The Hal Macintyre Band, The Mal Hallet Band, The Chan Chandler Band, Eddie Duchin, Fats Waller, The Murray Kay Band and The Blazers.