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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in June

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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.”

Another month means another list of losses. More than 20 well-known musicians from around the world passed away in June, as well as influential figures in the industry.

American songwriter and lyricist Elaine Laron was 83 when she died last month. Laron was known for her involvement in the children’s project “Free to Be… You and Me” and the children’s TV show “The Electric Company.” Michael Hastings, 33, and Chet Flippo, 69, died in June. Both Hastings and Flippo were American journalists who contributed to several publications, including Rolling Stone. Arturo Vega was a Mexican-born graphic designer and artistic director. Vega, who passed away at age 65, is credited with creating the famous logo of punk rockers The Ramones.

Familiarize yourself with some of the musicians dead in June and let their music live on…

Mandawuy Yunupingu, dead at 56

Mandawuy Djarrtjuntjun Yunupingu was an Aboriginal Australian educator and musician. In the 1980s, he formed an Aboriginal rock group named Yothu Yindi, performing as the singer-songwriter and guitarist. Between 1988 and 2000, the group released six albums. Just last year, in 2012, Yothu Yindi was officially inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame.


MickDeth, dead at 35

Born Mick Richard Morris, MickDeth was a heavy metal bassist from Utah. He was part of bands Clear, Eighteen Visions and Die Die My Darling (a Misfits cover band). Morris was also associated with acts Elsewhere, Bleeding Through and Hatebreed. In 2007, he started Dethless Clothing company.


Jim Sundquist, dead at 75

Jim Sundquist was one-half of the pop, rockabilly group The Fendermen, formed in the 1950s. Sundquist started playing guitar as a teenager in Wisconsin. When The Fendermen broke up in 1963, he started another group in 1980 named Jim Sundquist and His Fendermen. Sundquist’s weapon of choice was an old Fender Jazzmaster.


Joey Covington, dead at 67

Joseph Covington was an American drummer and vocalist known for his involvement with Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna. He was a self-taught musician who began playing the drums at age 10. His final performance was at a Marilyn Monroe celebration hosted in Palm Springs on June 1, 2013, a few days later he passed away in an automobile accident.


Darondo, dead at 67

William Daron Pulliam, also called Darondo, was a soul and funk singer from California. Many soul enthusiasts hold the late musician in high esteem. His 1973 single “Didn’t I” has been given more recognition in recent years because of its play time on a BBC Radio 1 program, an episode of “Breaking Bad,” and in films “Saint John of Las Vegas,” “Night Catches Us,” and “Jack Goes Boating.”


Alastair Donaldson, dead at 58

Alastair Donaldson, also known by his stage name William Mysterious, was a Scottish musician. He was the bassist for punk, new wave band The Rezillos and prior to that, a formative member of folk group Silly Wizard. He released 7” “Security of Noise / Alright” as William Mysterious and Alastair Donaldson in 1982.


Slim Whitman, dead at 90

Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr. was professionally known as Slim Whitman, an American country singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and skilled yodeler. His music career spanned from 1948 to 2010, and famous musicians such as Michael Jackson and The Beatles’ George Harrison sited his work as an inspiration. Two of his most popular tracks are “Indian Love Call” and “Rose Marie.”


Wendy Saddington, 64

Saddington was an Australian blues and jazz singer. She performed in bands Copperwine, The Wendy Saddington Band and Chain. Saddington was also associated with acts The Revolution, James Taylor Move, The Beaten Tracks, Teardrop and Peter Head.


Bobby Bland, dead at 83

Bobby “Blue” Bland, sometimes called the “Lion of the Blues,” was a soul and blues singer from Tennessee. His work fused gospel with elements of R&B and blues. Bland was sited as one of the many storytellers of the soul and blues genre. Throughout his career he worked closely with Lonnie Mack and B.B. King, and cited Nat King Cole as a major influence. In 1992, Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Alan Myers, dead at 58

Alan Myers was an American drummer for the new wave band Devo. He joined the group in 1976, as a replacement for Jim Mothersbaugh. Myers was the third, and not the last, drummer for Devo but is most associated with the band. He left the group a couple years after the release of its sixth album Shout, between 1986 and 1987. Myers continued to perform in other bands following his Devo departure, including Babooshka, Jean Paul Yamamato, Skyline Electric and Swahili Blonde.

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