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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in August

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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.”

Find out more about some of the musicians dead in August…

Michael Johns, dead at 35

Johns was an Australian musician who came to fame after finishing in the top 10 of  American Idol’s seventh season in 2008. The singer-songwriter released his debut album, Hold Back My Heart, in June 2009 and followed that release with 2012’s Love & Sex EP.

Rod de’Ath, dead at 64

Born Roderick Morris Buckenham de’Ath, Rod de’Ath was a Welsh drummer well-known as the drummer for Irish musician Rory Gallagher‘s band. De’Ath played with a band called Killing Floor when he was asked, on short notice, to serve as a temporary replacement for Wilgar Campbell during Gallagher’s European tour during the 1970s. Although there were claims that de’Ath had been killed in 1987 and there was little known about his whereabouts during the 1990s, he passed away at the age of 64 on Aug. 1 from a long-time illness.

Rosetta Hightower, dead at 70

Hightower was a singer from Philadelphia who performed as the lead for The Orlons, a popular R&B girl group of the 1960s. The group had several hits in the US between 1962 and 1964. Before the 1960s came to a close, Hightower left the group in pursuit of a solo career in the UK. She released several singles and LPs as a solo artist and even served as a back up vocalist in John Lennon‘s “Power to the People.”

Jean Redpath, dead at 77

Jean Redpath was a folk singer-songwriter from Scotland. Redpath’s discography spans 1962 through 1996 and includes more than 20 releases. In addition to performing around the world, Redpath also gave lectures at many schools in Scotland and elsewhere. She was named the Kentucky colonel by the governor of the state and was also awarded an MBE or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Redpath died from cancer at hospice in Arizona.

Joe Bethancourt, dead at 68

Born in Texas but based out of Phoenix, W.K. Bethancourt III was a folk musician who started his journey into music at the young age of 9 when he first learned how to play the banjo. Bethancourt was known for his involvement with the KDKB radio show “Folk Music Occassional with Bill Compton. He was also a regular on the Wallace and Ladmo show and worked with children through the Arizona Commission for the Arts program. In March of 2013, he was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Glenn Cornick, dead at 67

Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick was British bassist and founding member of Jethro Tull, a progressive rock band that reached commercial success in the late 1960s with its album Stand Up. Cornick performed in a handful of other bands, including Formula One, The Executives, The Vikings, Smash and Jailbreakers, before he formed Jethro Tull. He is also associated with the acts Carthago, Paris and Wild Turkey. His most recent release was Wild Turkey’s 2006 album, You & Me in the Jungle.

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