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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in July

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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.”

Learn a little more about some of the musicians dead in July…

Lois Johnson, dead at 72

Known for her highest peaking song on the charts “Loving You Will Never Grow Old,” Lois Johnson Scoggins was a Tennessee-born country musician. Johnsons’s career was active between 1969 and 1978. During that time, she toured with Hank Williams Jr. and had 20 of her singles make it to the Hot Country Songs charts.


John Spinks, dead at 60

John Frederick Spinks was an English musician and songwriter. He is well known for his roles of songwriter and guitartist for the British power-pop band The Outfield. Spinks was part of the 1970s group Sirius B. with Tony Lewis and Alan Jackman, until it disbanded with the arrival of punk rock. Spinks began recording solo under the name Baseball Boys, which would eventually include Lewis and Jackman and take on the name The Outfield.


Vange Leonel, dead at 51

Maria Evangelina Leonel Gandolfo, better known as Vange Leonel, was a Brazilian singer-songwriter, LGBT activist and feminist, playwright, novelist and journalist. As a musician, she is most famous for her work with the post-punk group Nau. Leonel’s bibliography includes five books and her discography features releases with Nau, as well as her solo productions: Vange in 1991 and Vermelho in 1996.


Johnny Winter, dead at 70

John Dawson Winter III was a blues guitarist, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Texas. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988 and ranked #63 in Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2003. Winter’s other accomplishments include producing three Grammy award-winning albums for Muddy Waters and receiving a Grammy for his own 1977 album, Nothin’ But the Blues.


James Govan, dead at 64

Govan was a blues, soul singer from Mississippi. He performed solo work and also with The Boogie Blues Band, Charlie Wood and others. His signature baritone voice is what many will remember him by, as well as his frequent performances at Rum Boogie Cafe. Govan’s discography includes four albums, released between 1996 and 2013.


Christian Falk, dead at 52

Christian Falk was Swedish singer and bassist for Imperiet, as well as a record producer. His career first started with him in the band Madhouse during the early half of the 1980s. He moved on and became a founding member of Imperiet, a post-punk band in Stockholm. The ’90s saw him getting involved with DJing and producing in the Swedish soul, club and hip-hop scenes.


Dick Wagner, dead at 71

Richard Allen Wagner, known by fans as Dick Wagner, was a songwriter and rock guitarist. His legacy lies in his work for famous bands KISS, Alice Cooper and Lou Reed. Wagner also fronted two Michigan bands:  The Bossmen and The Frost. Among the many songs he wrote, perhaps one of the best known is “Only Women Bleed.”

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