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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in October

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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 this month…

John Holt, dead at 67

Winston Holt, or John, was a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. His career in music launched when he became a member of The Paragons, but eventually broke off to establish a solo career for himself. His discography includes more than 40 albums released between 1971 and 2009. There are also dozens of compilations featuring his work.


Jack Bruce, dead at 71

Scottish musician Jack Bruce was well-known for his position as the bassist for British rock band Cream. He was also a composer and former member of Manfred Mann, among other groups. Bruce spend a decent amount of his career doing solo work that spans across decades. In addition to his skills on the bass, he also was a talented songwriter and vocalist who played harmonic, cello (classically trained) and piano.


Tyson Stevens, dead at 29

Tyson Stevens was an singer-songwriter from Gilbert who rose to fame as the frontman for the post-hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids, SKSK, formed in Arizona. The band was active from 2002 and 2010, releasing two studio albums during that time. The band was recording an album in 2009 that was never finished. This was also around the time the group decided to disband.


Joanne Borgella, dead at 32

New York-born model and singer Joanne Borgella first became noticed when she appeared on American Idol in 2008, season seven. She made it to the top 24 of the competition before being eliminated. Even after her time on American Idol was up, she continued to sing along Wyclef Jean, and also started modeling. She won Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance show on the Oxygen Network, which boosted her modeling career and landed her represenation by Wilhelmina Models.


Lynsey de Paul, dead at 64

Lynsey de Paul was an English singer and songwriter originally from London. She had several chart-topping hits, including “Sugar Me” and “Won’t Somebody Dance with Me.” The English musician was most active during the 1970s and gained fans around her homeland in the UK, as well as the US. Including compilations, de Paul released 17 albums.


Paul Revere, dead at 76

Revere was a musician and frontman of Paul Revere and the Raiders, an American rock band that peaked during the 1960s and 1970s. Some of the groups most popular songs: “Kicks,” “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),” “Hungry,” and “Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?”. The band started as an instrumental outfit based out of Idaho and led by founder and organist Revere. Several people would be added and subtracted from the lineup over the years, but never Revere.

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