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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.”

November saw the passing of numerous parties involved in the music industry. Bill Lawrence, a German-born designer and maker of American electric guitars passed at 82 years old, as well as English artist and record producer Austin John Marshall at age 76. Katherine Hagedom and Eleanor Mlotek, both American musicologists, passed away this month — Mlotek at 91 years and Hagedom at 52. Bob Gillet wore many hats during his lifetime, as an American-born record producer, arranger, bandleader and jazz performer who mostly worked out of New Zealand.

Learn more about musicians dead in November 2013…

Clyde Stacy, dead at 77

Born Haskell Clyde Stacy, Clyde Stacy was a rockabilly singer and guitarist. He mostly recorded during the 1950s with his band Clyde Stacy & the Nitecaps. He is credited for founding Tulsa Sound, a style of music that originated in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla..


Arash Farazmand, dead at 28, and Soroush Farazmand, dead at 27

Brothers Arash and Soroush “Looloosh,” drummer and guitarist, respectively, were two of the founding members of the Iranian-American band The Yellow Dogs. The band formed in 2006 in Tehran, but the music the members played was not approved by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Iran, and so the group eventually fled its home country, moving to the United States, more specifically Brooklyn in New York.


Bob Beckham, dead at 86

Beckham was a country singer from Oklahoma. He is well-known for two of his Decca Records singles that were hits in America: “Just as Much as Ever” and “Crazy Arms.” Beckham released one album in 1960 and eventually became the owner of Combine Records.


Georgina Anderson, dead at 15

Georgina Anderson was a young singer from Marske-by-the-sea, Teeside. She gained attention after uploading a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” on YouTube, which received hundreds of thousands of views. Anderson died at the age of 15, following her battle with stage-four liver cancer. “Two Thirds of a Piece,” her posthumous single, made it on the UK Singles Chart at #63.


Chico Hamilton, dead at 92

Foreststorn Hamilton, best known by his stagename Chico Hamilton, was an American bandleader and jazz drummer. Hamilton was involved with music from a very young age. Throughout his career he worked with notable acts, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Dexter Gordon. His discography as a bandleader includes over 60 releases between 1955 and 2011.


Bob Day, dead at 72

Bob Day, birth name Bernard Colin Day, was an English singer. He is known for being one-half of the English pop duo known as The Allisons, which were active on Fontana Records between 1961 and 1963. John Alford was the other half of the duo.


Dick Dodd, dead at 68

Dick Dodd was an American musician and actor from Hermosa Beach in California. Dodd was a cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club during its first season. He also performed with numerous musical groups including The Bel-Airs, The Standells and Eddie and the Showmen.


Oliver Cheatham, dead at 65

R & B singer Oliver Cheatham was born in Detroit, Mich.. Early on, he was encouraged to get involved in singing by his mother and performed with several local bands before he released his first single “Hard Times” on a record label called Tier. He is known for his popular hit “Get Down Saturday Night, which debuted in 1983.

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