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Golden Slumbers: Deaths In The Musical Community

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Marshall Lyte was the bass player in Bill Haley And the Comets and played on “Rock Around The Clock” till he left to found The Jodimars with drummer DICk Richards and saxophone player Joey Ambrose. In 1986, Lyte rejoined the Comets and played with them till he retired 2011. So we had our first big rock and roll band playing for us till two years ago. Last year the Comets were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He died of lung cancer at the age of 79.

Zach Sobeich – The band news for Zach is pretty terrible, he just died from cancer at the age of 18. The good news for us, is his bands “A Firm Handshake” for whom he sang and played guitar left behind a great song “Clouds”. Sobiech’s family established The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Georges Moustaki – Born in Alexasnder, Egypt, Moustaki moved to Paris in the 1950s where he wrote songs for the likes of Edith Piaf. Including “Milord” rewritten by Kander and Ebb as “Mein Herr”.  He was 79 years old.

Trevor Bolder – The former Spider from Mars and Uriah Heep bassist  also played on Mick Ronson’s Slaughter On 10th Avenue. He was 62 years old.

Ed Shaughnessy – Drummer for the Tonight Show Band during the golden Johnny Carson era which feels more and more like a dream world and especially today. Ed had played with h Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Billie Holiday before joining the Tonight Show Band in 1963 and staying there till the end.

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