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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in April

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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 April…

Wayne Henderson, dead at 74

Henderson was a Texas-born record producer and hard bop and soul jazz trombonist. He is credited with founding the group The Jazz Crusaders in 1961, which he left in 1975 to pursue record producing. He revived the group two decades later in 1995. During his producing career, Henderson worked with Monk Montgomery, Ronnie Laws, Pleasure and Gábor Szabó.


David Lamb, dead at 35

David Lamb was an American musician who formed Brown Bird in 2003 as a solo project. The folk group took on many forms and lineups, finally settling as a Rhode Island-based folk duo of Lamb and MorganEve Swain.


John Shirley-Quirk, dead at 82

Shirley-Quirk was an English singer of the bass-baritone persuasion. Between the years of 1964 and 1976, he was part of the English Opera Group. Shirley-Quirk often performed and recorded the work of the famed English pianist, conductor and composer Benjamin Britten.


Jesse Winchester, dead at 69

Well-known as an American songwriter and musician, Jesse Winchester started his career in music when he avoided the Vietnam War draft by moving to Canada in 1967. Shortly after he began his career as a solo musician. Some of his most popular songs include 1970’s “Yankee Lady” and 1981’s “Say What.” Winchester’s work has been recorded by Joan Baez, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire and countless other notable musicians.


Barbara Mauritz, dead at 65

Barbara Mauritz was known as the co-founder and singer of San Francisco‘s Lamb. The band, which was popular during the later half of the 1960s on into the 1970s, put out three albums that featured a mix of folk, pop, classical, gospel and jazz. Mauritz is credited with writing most of the band’s material and spent some time in her career focused on solo work.


Little Joe Cook, dead at 91

Born Joseph Cook, Little Joe Cook was an R & B singer-songwriter from South Philadelphia. He was the lead singer of Little Joe & the Thrillers, a band whose track “Peanuts” made it to number 22 on the Billboard Top 100 during the 1950s. Throughout his career he release music on Apex, OKeh and 20th Century labels, and also formed The Sherrys with his daughters and their friends.


Deon Jackson, dead at 68

Soulful singer-songwriter Deon Jackson was born in Michigan. He performed solo and with vocal groups while he attended high school in Ann Arbor and was signed by Ollie McLaughlin while still attending school. “You Said You Love Me” was his first released single, which became a fast favorite among those in his home state.


Mike Atta, dead at 53

Atta was an American rock guitarist known for his involvement in the punk rock group the Middle Class. Mike played alongside his brothers Bruce and Jeff, and the band reached some success, especially in the hardcore punk scene of Southern California, playing many of its first shows in ballrooms and clubs around Los Angeles.

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