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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in November

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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.”

Although it’s sad to hear of the passing of musicians, it’s never too late to explore the art they left behind.  If you can believe it, Nov. 24 marked 21 years since the death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who was just 45 years old when he passed. This month, we lost popular artists from several parts of the world, including America, The United KingdomPhillippines, Norway, Jamaica, Argentina, India and Australia.

Below, learn more about some of the musicians who passed this month…

Mitchell Lucker, dead at 28

Mitch Lucker was an American singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman for the metal band Suicide Silence. Lucker contributed vocals to the California-based band from 2002 up until his death this year.


Ted Curson, dead at 77

Born Theodore Curson in Philadelphia, Ted Curson was a jazz trumpeter. He received his first trumpet at the age of 10. Curson recorded and performed with Charles Mingus and his discography spans from 1961 to 2012.


Leonardo Favio, dead at 74

Birthname Fuad Jorge Jury, Favio was an Argentine singer, film director, screenwriter and actor. Favio was much loved in Latin America and regarded as one of the most successful Argentine singers during the 1960s and 1970s. In October 2010, he was officially appointed Argentina’s Ambassador of Culture.


Major Harris, dead at 65

Major Harris III was an R & B singer from Virginia. Early on in his career, Harris contributed vocals and guitar to groups The Teenagers, The Charmers, Nat Turner’s Rebellion and The Jarmels. During the 1970s, he took the position of Randy Cain in the band The Delfonics, which he quit in 1974 to focus on his solo career.


Bob French, dead at 74

Robert French was an American jazz drummer from Louisiana and host of a WWOZ radio show. From 1977 until his 2012 death, French led The Tuxedo Jazz Band. He also played and recorded alongside Dave Bartholomew.


Martin Dawson

Dawson was a house music DJ who released solo music under both his real name and the moniker King Roc. The young musician was part of the music duo Two Armadillos with Giles Smith.


Billy Scott, dead at 70

Billy Scott was a R & B singer from West Virginia. He was the lead for The Prophets, later called The Georgia Prophets and finally, Billy Scott & The Party Prophets. The group was known for its popular tracks such as “I Got the Fever” and “California.”


Austin Peralta, dead at 22

Austin Peralta, son of skateboarder and film director Stacy Peralta, was a musician and composer. At the young age of 16, Peralta had two CDS released in Japan. He was signed to Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder.


Earl Carroll, dead at 75

Earl “Speedoo” Carroll was the lead for the doo-wop group The Cadillacs. In 1961, he joined The Coasters, but left the group in the 1990s to reform The Cadillacs.

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