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  Mike Little is a member of the Electric City Shag Club in Anderson, South Carolina.  He is also a member of the Association of Beach & Shag Club DJ’s and the National Association of Rhythm & Blues Deejays.  He hosted for 3-1/2 years The Saturday Morning Beach Party on WANS, 1280 AM in Anderson, which was rated by Arbitron as the highest rated AM show listened to and number three overall for that time slot.  In 2004, he was awarded the Rufus Oates Award by the National Association of Rhythm & Blues Dee Jays for his writing contributions.  He now serves on the Board of Directors of the NARBDJ.

Passages 2017

We will always remember 

 

 

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Sylvester Potts, born December 22, 1938, member of The Contours, died January 6, 2017.  The Contours were formed in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan.  The group, initially called The Blenders, was made up by Joe Billigslea, Billy Gordon, Billy Hoggs and Billy Rollins.  The group soon added Leroy Fair, in place of Billy Rollins, and bass singer Hubert Johnson.  The group changed the name to The Contours.  In the fall of 1960, The Contours next auditioned for Berry Gordy's Motown Records and were rejected.  The group contacted Rhythm & Blues great and Gordy associate Jackie Wilson, who was cousin to The Contours' bass singer Hubert Johnson.  A second audition was schedule, and the group was signed.    Prior to the release of their signature song, Do You Love Me, Leroy Fair left the group and was replace by Benny Reeves.  It was then in 1961 that Sylvester Potts joined, replacing Benny Reeves, who left to join the United States Navy.  Do You Love Me, originally planned for The Temptations to record, was a huge chart-topping hit in 1962 that became a major hit all over again in 1988 as a part of the soundtrack for the movie, Dirty Dancing.  The resulting record hit #1 on Billboard's Rhythm & Blues chart and crossed over to #3 on the Hot 100 in 1961.  It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold record.  The song returned to the charts in 1988, peaking at #11 on the Pop chart.  The Contours are also known in the Beach Music circuit with the song Got To Win You Back aka Gonna Win You Back.  Sylvester Potts left The Contours in 2004 to form his own group.

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  Ronald “Bingo” Mundy, founding member of The Marcels, died January 20 of pneumonia at the Allegheny General Hospital in his home town, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.  Born April 20, 1940, he and his friends formed The Marcels in 1959 while students in high school.  The group was named after a stylish haircut.  The Marcels made their indelible mark in the history of Rock & Roll with the signature "bomp baba bomp bomp.. “that opened their 1961 hit Blue Moon.  “Bingo” Mundy did not sing that bass part, but he was the one of the angelic tenor voices that came in on the harmonies with “moon-moon-moon, dip-da-dip-da-dip”.  The Marcels followed up Blue Moon with another hit sung, Heartaches, sung in the same style.  The Marcels went on to record other songs for the Beach and Shag world such as Twistin' Fever, Give Me Back Your Love and Tell Them About It.  The Marcels were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Deejay Rodney Still, born October 21, 1942 in Walterboro, South Carolina, died February 7.  A resident of Aiken County for the past forty-four years, he was a resident of Graniteville and was retired as Director of Accounting of PBT (Comporium) Communications.  In addition to deejaying, he also did accounting and tax work, following his retirement, from his home.  He was a member of the Association of Beach & Shag Club DJ's, the Mended Hearts Chapter 240 and was Co-Executive Director of the Miss Aiken and Edgefield Counties Scholarship Pageant.  Rodney enjoyed NASCAR racing, reading and traveling.  More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his family, wife of forty-two years, Helen, children and grandchildren.

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Chuck Berry, born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the pioneers of Rock & Roll music, died of cardiac arrest at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri on March 18.  The singer-songwriter was born into a middle-class family, developing an interest in music from an early age.  While still in high school, he was convicted of armed robbery, spending several years in a reform school.  After his release, Chuck Berry settled into married life and worked as an automobile assembly worker.  By 1953, he was influenced by Blues musicians such as T-Bone Walker and began performing with The Johnnie Johnson Trio.  His big break came in Chicago when he met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records.  With Chess, he recorded Mabellene.  Chuck's adaption of the Country song, Ida Red, sold over a million copies and reached #1 on Billboard's Rhythm & Blues chart, ending up as #3 on the Billboard Pop chart. This was in 1955.  Chuck Berry is best known for his mega-hit songs such as Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen, Rock & Roll Music, Almost Grown, Little Queenie and Johnny B. Goode, a song written about his long-time pianist Johnnie Johnson.  Along the coast, we still dance to an array of his songs including No Money Down, I Got To Find My Baby and Nadine.  Chuck Berry was one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  This was in 1986.  In 1984, he was give the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Clem Curtis, born Curtis Clements in Trinidad, who was the original lead vocalist for The Foundations, died March 27.  Born November 28, 1940, he arrived in England at the age of fifteen.  He found work as an interior decorator, later becoming a boxer winning most of his fights.  Between 1966 and 1967, he joined a band that eventually became The Foundations, a group for which he became lead singer.  The group scored with their initial song, Baby Now That I've Found You, finding huge success with the following number, Build Me Up Buttercup, which became their signature song.  The Foundations went on finding success with Back On My Feet Again and Any Old Time (You're Lonely And Sad).  The Foundations went on finding some success with the releases, In The Bad Bad Old Days and My Little Chickadee.  Clem Curtis left the group in 1968 or 1969 to pursue a solo career in the United States.  This was probably helped along by the encouragement of his friend, Sammy Davis, Jr.  His solo career is best known by the emergence of Unchained Melody.  Other Beach Music and Shag tunes that released by him were Stuck In A Wind Up and Time Along Will Tell.  Clem Curtis died after lung cancer was diagnosed earlier this year. 

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Gene “Swink” Laughter, born August 20, 1932 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, died February 14 after a brief illness.  He and his wife, Nadine, resided in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  After growing up in Albemarle, North Carolina, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Pfieffer College, now Pfieffer University, taking graduate courses at the Univerrsity of Michigan in art and design.  He served in the United States Army, following which he enjoyed a successful career as an art advertising executive, of which thirty-five of those years were spent with Heilig-Meyers Co. in Richmond, Virginia.  During his earlier years in the fifties, Swink spent time lifeguarding.  In later years, being as creative as he was, he spent summer vacations with his family at the beach, where he used to write notes, placing them in bottles and throwing them into the ocean.  In 1979, one of his notes, coded, was found on aged parchment in an antique bottle, sealed with aged wax.  The bottle was found and ended up in the offices of the Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer.  The note was supposedly written by a marooned sailor from a whaling vessel that had sunk in 1887.  The Charlotte Mint Museum authenticated the find, the story going over the national wire services, gathering coverage.  The Waling Museum in New Bedford, Massassachuts finally announced that the notes was a hoax, citing historical irregularities in the text.  It was then that Swink Laughter decided to host a reunion of old beach bums to be held in 1980.  After convincing Jerry Bledsoe, who was working at The Charlotte Observer at the time, to republish the article, the reunion was held, becoming now what we know as SOS (Society of Stranders).       

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Singer, songwriter Patrick Allan “Flash” Ludwick died June 3, 2017 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.  Born December 30, 1941, he grew up around the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.  After high school, Flash joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in Washington, D.C. as part of the drill team that marched in President John F. Kennedy's inaugural parade.  He later was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  After his military serve, Flash worked many years for the federal government as a computer systems analyst.  However, as always, music was on the back burner.  Flash found time to sing in a folk group at church, as well as spending time deejaying for local dance groups and weddings.  In 1994, Flash and his wife of many years, Babs, retired from Virginia to Calabash, North Carolina.  He and Babs joined the Ocean Drive Shag Club in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and, for many years, he and Babs taught line dancing on Sunday nights at Fat Harold's Beach Club in Ocean Drive.  Even more than dancing, Flash enjoyed singing and writing songs.  After the Southward move, a Wilmington, North Carolina fireman dubbed him “Calabash Flash”.  In 1996, he released his debut single, Shagging In The Moonlight.  More tunes followed over the years, including Keep On Shaggin', High Maintenance, Wild Crowd, So In Love and the Christmas ballad, Everybody Goes Home For Christmas.  The last song he wrote and recorded was shortly before his untimely death, One Day At A Time.  Flash wrote all of these songs and more.  He was recognized as a prolific songwriter in 1996 when he was nominated as Songwriter of the Year for the Carolina Beach Music Awards.  The song was One Track Mind and was a hit for the group Spring.  The song was edged out in the CBMA competition by Grammy Award songwriter General Norman Johnson of the Chairmen of the Board.  Calabash Flash Ludwick was a true ambassador of Beach Music, serving as a North American correspondent for Bondi Tunes, a radio show out of Australia.  He created a weekly segment introducing Beach Music artists to the world via the Internet.  In addition to his wife Babs, Flash is survived by his children, Pam and Mike and four grandchildren.

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Deejay Charles William “Bill” Ruth, who lived in Little River, South Carolina, died July 30.  Born August 21, 1945 in High Point, North Carolina, he served his country faithfully and honorably, retiring from the United States Navy in 2001.  Bill was a member of the Association of Beach & Shag Club DJ's and was inducted into the group's Deejay Hall of Fame in 2016. He is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Carol, two sons, a stepson and a stepdaughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dennis McDaniel, husband of Beach Music singing star Rhonda McDaniel, died August 6.  Born September 21, 1954, he and Rhonda lived in the McCormick-Edgefield, South Carolina area.  Born in Greenwood, South Carolina, Dennis was associated as a construction inspector with G.B.Turnipseed Engineering, a company that provides engineering services to municipal, county, industrial and private clients in the areas of water and wastewater, roadway and drainage and other civil engineering services.  He was a member of the Plum Branch Baptist Church.  Dennis was also very dedicated in the support of Rhonda's musical career, often traveling with her to her venues.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.

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Frederick “Rick” McClary Shackelford, of Columbia, South Carolina, died September 27.  Born in Columbia May 25, 1939, he was a retired executive of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina.  He briefly resided in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina but returned to his hometown following the birth of his first grandchild.  After high school, where he was a cheerleader and was selected Best Dancer, he attended both The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  Rick was inducted into the Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame, the Sand Flea Living Legends and the Central South Carolina Shaggers Hall of Fame.  Surviving are his wife, Dale, and two daughters and four grandchildren.

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Ammon Tharp of Virginia Beach, Virginia, founding member and lead singer for Bill Deal & The Rhondels, died at the age of 75 on September 22.  Ammon and Bill Deal formed The Rhondels after they met as teenagers in South Hampton, Virginia.  With Bill on keyboards and Ammon on drums, they added some brass, developing a danceable blend of Blue-eyed Soul and Beach Music.  Bill Deal & The Rhondels first broke into the national charts with Nothing Succeeds Like Success, the song peaking at #62.  In 1969, The Rhondels hit it big with the re-recording of The Tams' I've Been Hurt.  This one entered the charts, peaking at #35 on the Billboard chart.  The song also became a huge hit in Latin America.  The followup song was another Tams' classic, What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am), which went on to become the band's biggest hit nationally rising to #14.  The next charted tune was a remake of Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs' May I.  This song was also extremely popular, peaking at #16.  The Roundels' last nationally charted song came in 1970 with Swinging Tight.  All of these songs featured Ammon Tharp on the lead vocals and were placed into the Top 25 of the Beach & Shag charts.  The well went dry for almost a decade until Bill Deal & The Roundels released Spinnin' Round And Round, which was a Top 25 Beach Music hit in 2003.  After The Rhondels disbanded, Ammon Tharp formed his own group, The Fat Ammon Band.  In 2001, this group scored in the Beach Music charts with Come On In.  The death of Ammon Tharp with his unique voice created a void in the Beach Music world.   

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Jimmy Beaumont, the golden-voiced lead singer and founder of The Skyliners died at his home October 7 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.  He had been suffering from heart problems.  Born October 20, 1940 in Knoxville, Pennsylvania, also a suburb of Pittsburgh, he formed The Skyliners in 1958.  The Skyliners were best known nationally for their mega-hit Since I Don't Have You., released in 1959.  The charted song was co-written by Jimmy and his longtime manager and producer Joe Rock.  The story goes that the song was written in a matter of minutes while the two were driving in a car.  Jimmy was singing the lyrics while Joe was writing them down.  The song was later finished and perfected in the studio.  The group also hit the Top 40 with This I Swear and Pennies From Heaven, the latter of which became a Shag favorite.  The Skyliners also recorded the ballads Close Your Eyes and the coastal favorite, I'll Be Seeing You.   Jimmy Beaumont continued to perform with The Skyliners until one month before his death.

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Statesville, North Carolina singer and songwriter Tommy Plyler, born March 23, 1944, died October 23.  Tommy began his musical career in the 1960's while in high school, forming a band with several friends and appearing in local venues.  It was the beginning of a lifelong passion of writing songs and performing.  Tommy joined The Catalinas in 1963, for which he played trumpet and sang backup.  While with The Catalinas, he wrote the song, You Haven't The Right, which was a regional hit for the group.  After leaving The Catalinas in 1971, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1980, where he played piano in nightclubs and piano bars, while attending Pasadena College, eventually graduating Cum Laud in Music Composition from California State University.  In the late eighties, he returned to the Tar Heel state, where he began singing and recording.  Over the years, Tommy scored a number of hit singles, such as Hucky Buck Hattie, Carolina Moon and Sally Walker.  These songs and others were released on his 2017 album, Tommy Plyler And Friends – Then And Now.  The album features a new version of the Tommy Plyler song, Castaway, recorded with The Band of Oz' Jerry West.  The song currently is charted.  Tommy Plyler is survived by his son, Thomas Hugh Plyler, Jr. and his brother Dan and his wife, Dereka.    

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One of the pioneers of Rock & Roll, pianist, singer and songwriter, Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino, born February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana, died of natural causes October 24 at his home in Harvey, Louisiana.  During his career, Fats Domino had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40 and eleven Top 10 hits.  In 1949, he signed with Imperial Records, sold more than 65 million records in his career.  It was his 1949 release, The Fat Man, written by he and producer Dave Bartholomew, that is widely recognized as his first million-selling record.  Domino crossed over into the Pop market in 1955 with the release of Ain't That A Shame, which was mislabeled as Ain't It A Shame.  Other hits that came from Imperial along the coasts of the Carolinas were Blue Monday, Don't Lie To Me, My Girl Josephine, La La and I'm In Love Again.  He departed from Imperial in 1963, moving to ABC-Paramount.  Still collaborating with producer, arranger and songwriter Dave Bartholomew, he found success in the Beach Music market with Red Sails In The Sunset.  During this time, Fats Domino appeared in The Monkees' television special, 33-1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee and made a cameo appearance in Clint Eastwood's 1980 movie, Any Which Way You Can.  It was from this movie that his song, Whiskey Heaven, later became a hit.  In 2006, he released the album, Alive And Kickin', which benefited Tipitina's Foundation, which supports indigent musicians.  The title track from, the album brought Fats back into the limelight along the Carolina coasts and beyond.  In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  The following year, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  He also received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in 1995.        

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Angel Rissoff, the “Bronx Bomber”, aka Little Leopold, died at the age of 68 on November 10.  A Jewish kid, raised in the Bronx, New York and with music was in his blood, he influenced by his father who always wanted to him to be a singer.  When he was 18, he left home to pursue a career in music.  He initially moved to Florida becoming part of the South Florida music scene.  He eventually became a member of Little Isidore & The Inquisitors, which brought him back to New York.  David “Little Isidore” Foreman crowned him “Little Leopold” as the lead singer of The Iniquisitors.  The group is best known, with Little Leopold, on the lead for Harlem Hit Parade.  Angel created a name for himself as a solo artist under that moniker with his hits, Jitterbop and I Wanna Be (Your Everything), a remake of The Manhattans' 1965 Beach Music hit.  It was not long before recording under his own name, Angel Rissoff, giving us the hits, I Want A Love I Can See, a remake of one of The Temptations' first hits, a remake Darrell Banks' 1966 hit, Open The Door To Your Heart and Angel's own composition, Boogie Down Broadway.  Angel also scored in the Beach Music arena with I Thought I Knew Her, I'm Gonna Forget About You and Like To See My Baby.  In addition to his solo career, he also was a member of Kenny Vance & The Planotones, who gave us a new version of The Drifters' There Goes My Baby.  Angel Rissoff is survived by his daughter, Emily Rissoff.

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Deejay Eddie Baker, born February 24, 1950 in Durham, North Carolina, died November 25 after an extended illness.   He was a one-time resident of Wilmington, North Carolina, where he was the owner of Professional Carpet Maintenance.  Eddie enjoyed metal detecting, as well as shagging and deejaying.  He was a Hall of Fame member of the Cape Fear Shag Club and a member of the Association of Beach & Shag Club DJ's.  Eddie was a devoted father to his two children, Sandi “Sam” Baker and Sherri Baker.  He is also survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Stephen “Stevie B” Blackburn, born November 4, 1951 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died December 14.  After graduating from R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he eventually moved, with his loving wife, Teresa, to the North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area.  For many years, Stevie B. worked at the OD Pavilion in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, serving as one of the house deejays.  He eventually became a member of the deejay staff at WVCO in North Myrtle Beach, better known as 94.9 The Surf, which is the Official Radio Station of SOS, The Society of Stranders.  

 

 

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Harry Mitchell Deal, Jr., of Harry Deal & The Galaxies, died December 16.  Born May 19, 1941in Alexander County, North Carolina, he lived in Taylorsville, North Carolina.  Harry graduated from Taylorsville High School, where his passion for music began as a member of school band, which led to the formation, along with his brother, Jimmy, of Harry Deal & The Galaxies.  Harry graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he was a member of the Duke Marching Band and the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.  Harry's active career in music spanned more than forty years.  Harry Deal & The Galaxies are best known for the recording of their hit, I Still Love You, as well as She's Got It All Together.  The group had additional hits with Miss Grace and 60 Minute Man.  Harry is preceded in death by a son, David “Davo” Deal.  He is survived by his wife, Geneva, daughter, Donna, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his brother, Jimmy.

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Deejay Neal Furr, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on July 27, 1950, died December 17 after a brief illness.  Nicknamed “Souldog” in the Beach Music and Rhythm & Blues worlds, Neal won two Carolina Beach Music Awards in 2016 for Best Online Deejay and Best Online Beach Music Program.  He was also served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Beach Music Award.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Neal worked for IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for thirty-two years until his retirement.  He was also a member of the Elks Club.  Neal is survived by his wife, Cheryl, his daughter and three grandchildren, who called him PaPa.  

Other Notable Passages …  

 

Richard Ingui of The Soul Survivors (Expressway To Your Heart), the first big hit for Philly producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff), 1947-January 11;  guitarist and singer Tommy Allsup, member of Buddy Holly & The Crickets (Think It Over, That'll Be The Day), November 25, 1931-January 11;  Tommy Tate (If You Got To Love Somebody, A Lover's Reward), September 29, 1949-January 20;  Junie Morris, The Ohio Players, 1954-January 21;  keyboardist, songwriter and producer Marvin Thomas, son of Rufus Thomas and brother of Carla Thomas, August 22, 1942-January 23;  Bobby Freeman (Do You Wanna Dance) June 15, 1940-January 23;  one of the two original drummers for The Allman Brothers Band (Statesboro Blues), Butch Trucks, who remained with the band until they disbanded in 2014, May 11, 1947-January 24;  Swamp Blues musician Guitar Gable best known for recording the first version of This Should Go On Forever that was popularized by Rod Bernard in 1959, August 17, 1937-January 28;  Al Jarreau (Mornin', We're In This Love Together and Moonlighting, the theme song for the popular late-eighties television series), March 12, 1940-February 12;  Clyde Stubblefield, self-taught musician and drummer for James Brown, April 18, 1943-February 18;  co-founder and lead guitarist of The Surfaris (Wipe Out) Jim Fuller who was known as “The Godfather of Surf Music”, June 27, 1947-March 3;  Richie Adams, singer (The Fireflies-You're Mine) and songwriter (Bobby Lewis' Tossin ' & Turnin'), December 15, 1938-March 6; singer, harmonica player and drummer James Cotton, who lead his own band , March 31, 1938 (How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong, Don't Start Me Talkin', Straighten Up Baby), July 1, 1935-March 16;  lead singer for Rosie & The Originals (Angel Baby) Rosie Hamilton, July 21, 1945-March 30;  Lonnie Brooks, aka Guitar Jr., (Eye Ballin', Let Me Go My Ow Merry Way, Something You Got), December 18, 1933-April 1;  Brenda Jones, The Jones Girls (Baby Don't Go Yet, Dance Turned Into Romance), December 7, 1954-April 3;  John Warren “J. Geils” Geils, Jr., founder and lead vocalist for The J. Geils Band (Cruisin' For A Love), February 26, 1940-April 11;  lead vocalist for The Main Ingredient who replaced former lead singer Donald McPherson, who died unexpectedly of leukemia, Cuba Gooding, Sr., who is father to actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., April 27, 1944-April 20;  Motown singer and songwriter for Motown Sylvia Moy, who wrote songs for and with Stevie Wonder, September 15, 1938-April 15;  longtime bassist for The Temptations Kerry “KT” Turma, 1958-April 23; Tim Scott, member of The G-Clefs with three brothers who had the hit, K-Ding Dong with Freddie Cannon on guitar, 1938-May 17;   Curtis Womack, member of The Valentinos (Lookin' For A Love) with brothers Bobby and Cecil, October 22, 1942-May 27;  Southern Rock pioneer Gregg Allman who, along with his brother, the late Duane Allman, formed The Hour Glass (Out Of The Night, Love Makes The World Go Round) and The Allman Brothers Band (Statesboro Blues), December 8, 1947-May 27;  Eddie Lewis, founding member of The Olympics (Hully Gully, Big Boy Pete,Western Movies), 1937-May 31;  “King Raymond Green, current lead singer of The Clovers and former member of The Flamingos, 1953-September 18;  Gary DeCarlo, founding member of Steam (Na Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye, which became a popular chanting anthem at  sporting events), June 5, 1942-June 20;  Bobby Taylor of Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers (Does Your Mama Know About Me, Don't Be Afraid), February 18, 1934-July 22;  singer, songwriter, actor and television host Glen Campbell (Gentle On My Mind, By The Time I Get To Phoenix), April 22, 1936-August 8;  British architectural historian and writer about Blues music and other forms of African-American music Paul Oliver, May 25, 1927-August 15;  Melissa Bell, one of the lead singers of the British Rhythm & Blues group Soul II Soul (Joy, Back To Life), March 5, 1964-August 28;  Robert Harry “Skip” Prokop, Canadian drummer and co-founder of Lighthouse (Sunny Days), December 13, 1943-August 30;  bassist Walter Becker, founding member of  Steely Dan (Deacon Blues, Do It Again), February 20, 1950-September 3;  Rick Stevens aka Don Carlos Stevenson, former lead singer of Tower Of Power ( You're Still A Young Man, This Time It's Real, You Ought to Be Havin' Fun, You Can't Fall Up), 1940-September 5;  musician, singer and songwriter Tom Petty of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Don't Do Me Like That, Breakdown, Hometown Blues), who also was a member of The Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne of The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), October 20, 1950-October 2;  Bunny Sigler, producer, songwriter and singer (Let The Good Times Roll), March 27, 1941-October 6;  Ted Harvey, long-time drummer for Hound Dog Taylor (Sadie, Talk To My Baby aka I Can't Hold Out), December 21, 1930-October 6;  Grady Tate, drummer and singer for Quincy Jones' band, who was also drummer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for six years, January 14, 1932-October 8;  Howard Carroll, member of The Dixie Hummingbirds (God Loves Me Like A Rock), 1921-October 17;  Phil Chess, co-founder of Chess Records with his brother Leonard, March 27, 1924-October 18;  singer Guy Villari, member of The Regents (Barbara Ann), August 11, 1942-September 21; Co-founding member of Heatwave (Always And Forever), Keith Wilder, December 20, 1951-October 29; Robert Knight Peeples (Everlasting Love), April 24, 1945-November 5; Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (I learned The Hard Way, World Of Love), May 4, 1956 in Augusta, Georgia-November 18; bass singer and songwriter Warren “Pete” Moore, original member of The Miracles and songwriter (co-wrote Ooh Baby Baby, The Tracks of My Tears), November 19, 1939-November 19; singer, actress (Touched By An Angel), television hostess, director, producer and ordained minister Della Reese (Yes Indeed, I Cried For You, I'll Get By), July 6, 1931-November 19; Country singer Mel Tillis, who co-wrote and recorded the original I Ain't Never with Webb Pierce and also wrote and recorded How Come Your Dog Don't Bite Nobody But Me, August 8, 1932-November 19; actor (The Partridge Family) and singer (Cherish) David Cassidy, December 12, 1950-November 21; Mitch Margo, original member of The Tokens (The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Tonight I Fell In Love and Rock & Roll Lullaby (The New Tokens)), May 25, 1947-November 24; Gloria Taylor (You Got To Pay The Price), September 13, 1944-December 8;  Keely Smith, wife and singing partner of Louis Prima (Just A Gigolo, That Old Black Magic), March 9, 1928-December 16 and Marvin Eugene Smith (The El Dorados, The Artistics, The Missionary Jubilees), 1952-December 17.