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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in June

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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 June…

Doc Neeson, dead at 67
Bernard Patrick Neeson, better known as Doc Talbot or Doc Neeson, was an Australian-based musician. He was the frontman for The Angels, a hard rock band active from the mid 1970s to December of 1999 when it disbanded. Neeson was also associated with acts Moonshine Jug and String Band, Red Phoenix, The Innocents and Doc Neeson’s Angels.


JayAre, dead at 25

Known as JayAre to Cali Swag District fans, Cahron Childs was an American rapper. The CSD hip-hop group from Inglewood came on the scene in 2010 and quickly rose to fame with the debut single, “Teach Me How to Dougie.” Childs had sickle cell anemia and died as a result of a cardiac arrest. In 2011, the group lost member Montae “M-Bone” Talbert to a fatal shooting. He was just  22 years old.


Ivo Vinco, dead at 86

Vinco was a successful bass opera singer from Italy. He studied at Liceo Musicale in Verona and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The professional debut of the Italian singer came with his 1954 performance as Ramfis in the production Aida. He created a successful career from his singing, performing in many places around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera of New York.


Jimmy Scott, dead at 88

James Victor Scott, also called Jimmy Scott or “Little” Jimmy Scott, was a jazz vocalist from Ohio. Scott suffered from Kallmann’s Syndrome, a rare condition that gave him his signature high contralto sound. His rise to fame came with his performance as lead singer on the 1940’s hit track “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.” Scott’s career in music spanned more than 60 years and led him to perform alongside Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell and other notable musicians.


Jim Keays, dead at 67

James Keays was an Australian harmonica player, guitarist and singer-songwriter. He fronted the rock band The Masters Apprentices between 1965 and 1972, before starting his solo career. Keays released five solo albums, the most recent of which was 2012’s Dirty, Dirty.


Bobby Womack, dead at 70

Womack, an Ohio-born musician and singer-songwriter, was an active recording artist from the 1960s up until his death this year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee started his musical career as the frontman of the family band The Valentinos. He was also the backing guitarist for Sam Cooke. Womack dabbled in country, gospel, doo-wop, rock and roll, R&B, and soul, releasing 47 singles, 28 studio albums, nine compilation albums and two live albums during his career of more than 50 years.

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