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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in September

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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.”

Familiarize yourself with some of the musicians dead in September…

Fred Katz, dead at 94

Frederick Katz was an American jazz cellist and composer. He was among the earliest musicians in the jazz genre to establish the cello as an improvising solo instrument. Katz was a classically trained musician who was also a member of Chico Hamilton‘s group, a West Coast jazz quintet of the 1950s.

Forrest, dead at 60

Born as Forrest M. Thomas Jr., Forrest was an American-born, Netherlands-based musician. He began singing during his childhood in Texas; his first real gigs being in church. He moved to California as a teenager and continued performing, winning several singing contests. A cover of “Rock the Boat” was his first hit in the early 1980s.

Prince Jazzbo, dead at 62

Linval Roy Carter, better known by the stage name Prince Jazzbo, was a producer, dancehall and Jamaican reggae deejay. Carter’s career began with sound systems, including The Whip in Spanish Town. He started recording with the Studio One label during the 1970s. During his career, Carter collaborated with numerous artists as a producer and vocalist. He also operated the Ujama record label.

Joan Regan, dead at 85

Regan was a traditional pop singer from England. Most popular between the 1950s and 1960s, Regan’s singing career launched in 1953 as a result of her demo record featuring “I’ll Walk Alone” and “Too Young,” which came to the attention of Bernard Delfront. Regan, who had several Top 40 hits, originally signed a recording contract with Decca Records. She released four full-length albums.

Jackie Lomax, dead at 69

John Richard Lomax, best known as Jackie Lomax, was an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. Throughout his career, Lomax played with The Undertakers, Heavy Jelly, Badger, Dee and the Dynamites, and The Lomax Alliance. He also worked with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jeff Beck and numerous other artists.

Mac Curtis, dead at 74

Wesley Erwin “Mac” Curtis Jr. was a rockabilly musician from Texas. He began to play guitar at the young age of 12 and entered many local talent competitions during his childhood. In 1955, he and his two bandmates from school were offered a record deal with King Records. The trio signed and released its debut track “If I had Me a Woman.” Curtis was a disc jockey for some time, released solo work and was elected into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Kristian Gidlund, dead at 29

Swedish musician Kristian Gidlund played drums in the rock band Sugarplum Fairy, which he started in the late 1990s with two close friends. He was aso an author and freelance journalist.

Lindsay Cooper, dead at 62

Cooper was an English composer and musician who played oboe and bassoon. She was heavily involved with the band Henry Cow but also played as a member of National Health, David Thomas and the Pedestrians, Comus and News from Babel. Cooper worked with numerous musicians, including Sally Potter and Chris Cutler. She even helped establish the Feminist Improvising Group and wrote TV and film scores.

Gia Maione, dead at 72

Maione was an American jazz singer. She was married to singer Louis Prima. Maione first garnered attention in the early 1960s, when she began to sing lead female vocals for Prima and his group. In 2004, she was inducted into the Toms River School (where she graduated from in 1959) Hall of Fame. Up until her death this month, Maione operated Prima Music, LLC.

Pat Fear, dead at 52

William Bartell, who performed under the moniker Pat Fear, was an American punk rock musician. He is best known for his involvement in the California punk scene of the 1980s, particularly his role as a member of White Flag.

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