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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in July

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Death is inevitable. But at The Spec, we share this sentiment with Neil Strauss: “Everyone loves you when you’re dead.”

Learn a little more about some of the musicians dead in July…

Red Lane, dead at 76

Better known by the stage name Red Lane, Hollis Rudolph DeLaughter was a country musician and songwriter from Louisiana. He was known for co-writing “’Til I Get Right,” a 1973 track performed by Tammy Wynette. In the early 1990s, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Nashville Songwriters.

Masabumi Kikuchi, dead at 75

Masabumi Kikuchi was a jazz composer and pianist from Japan. He is known for working closely with a number of musicians, including Woody Herman, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Billy Harper, Miles Davis Sony Rollins and Mal Waldron. Born in Tokyo in the 1930s, Kikuchi grew up in a WWII and post-war era. He went to Tokyo Art College High School where he studied music. Following graduation, he joined the touring band for Lionel Hampton. His discography includes a number of releases with him in the role of sideman, co-leader and leader.

Hussein Fatal, dead at 38

Bruce Edward Washington, Jr., also called Hussein Fatal, was a rapper and member of Outlawz Immortalz, a hip-hop group founded by Tupac Shakur in 1995 after he was released from prison. Fatal was born in New Jersey and started rapping when he was young. He met Yafeu Fula, also known as Yaki Kadafi, when they attended the same school. Fula knew Shakur and introduced Washington to him while he was in jail, even having Washington freestyle rap for him. Shakir was impressed and decided to add him to his new group Outlaw Immortalz. Washington founded his own label called Thugtertainment in 2010 and reunited with Outlawz for a mixtape the same year.

Eric Wrixon, dead at 68

Eric Wrixon was an Irish musician and founding member of Thin Lizzy and Them. He also performed with The People, Wheels, The Trixons and moved with The Never Never Band to Germany. Wrixon’s weapon of choice was the keyboard and his most notable successes are associated with his bands Thin Lizzy and Them.

Arthur G. Wright, dead at 78

Vocalist, session guitarist, record producer and arranger are some of the titles assigned to the American musician Arthur G. Wright, also known as Art Wright. As a child living in Los Angeles, he learned how to play the guitar and played with bands in various little clubs. He lead his first band while in high school and went on to form Circats, tour with Billy Ward and the Dominoes, and back popular acts such as Johnny Otis, Sam Cooke, Roy Milton and Don Julian. He worked as a session guitarist, which allowed him to collaborate with a number of Motown acts, producer Hal Davis and other influentials in the music industry. The late 1960s saw him performing with Afrique and in 1978, he was the leader of his own band called The Wright Brothers Flying Machine.

Mitch Aliotta, dead at 71

Mitchell A. Aliotta was a musician heavily involved with the psychedelic soul movement in Chicago. He was the bass player for Rotary Connection for several years. Aliotta would go on to form his own band, a trio named Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah. He helped Rotary Connection release six albums between 1967 and 1971 and his own rock group released eight albums between 1970 and 1999.

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