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And the Beat Goes on: Musicians Dead in March

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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.”

Get familiar with some of the musicians who passed away this month…

Dave Sampson, dead at 73

Sampson was a rock singer from England. His track “Sweet Dreams,” with backing band The Hunters, was a hit single in the UK in May of 1960. It stayed on the charts for six weeks, peaking at 29 on the singles chart. The song was released on Columbia Records. Sampson’s lack of chart hits left him categorized as a one-hit wonder, although his greatest hits album included 20 songs and was released in the 1990s.

Buren Fowler, dead at 54

Born in Georgia in 1959, Buren Fowler was a rock ‘n’ roll and blues guitarist. He is known for playing lead guitar for his southern rock band called Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ between 1988 and 1993. Prior to that, during the 1980s, Fowler toured with the band R.E.M. as the guitar technician for R.E.M. founding member Mike Mills. From 1986 to 1987, Fowler was a rhythm guitarist for the band.

Richard Hayes, dead at 84

Richard Hayes was a New York-born pop musician who signed a recording contract with Mercury Records at the young age of 19. His version of “The Old Master Painter,” which has been recorded by Phil Harris, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Snooky Lanson and countless others, was an instant hit. Hayes had several releases under Mercury Records, including several top sellers and chart hits.

Med Flory, dead at 87

Meredith Irwin Flory, better known as Med, was a jazz bandleader and saxophonist from Indiana. Born to an organist mother, Flory was introduced to music at a young age. He started to play the clarinet as a child. During the 1950s he performed with the bands of Woody Herman and Claude Thornhill. Flory performed with numerous other groups during his career and co-founded Supersax in 1972. The ensemble, which was devoted to the work of Charlie Parker, won a Grammy for its debut album.

George Donaldson, dead at 46

George Donaldson was a Scottish singer and the oldenst member of the group Celtic Thunder. He was a self-taught flautist, guitarist and balladeer who also built buses by trade. In 2013, Donaldson released his solo album, The World in My Mind.

Al Harewood, dead at 90

Harewood was a musician, teacher and jazz drummer from Brooklyn. As a drummer, Harewood worked alongside numerous jazz musicians, such as: J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Art Farmer, Gigi Grice, David Amram, Curtis Fuller and Benny Golson. He was also featured on soul jazz recordings by Ike Quebec, Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Parlan and many more. His discography, which spans 1958 to 1977, includes his many features on recordings by a dozen artists.

Gary Burger, dead at 72

Gary Burger was an American musician. Perhaps his most popular role was as the vocalist and guitarist for garage rock band The Monks. Burger is also associated with the Five Torquays, a band he started in 1964 with other American soldiers that he met while in the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany. In 2006, Burger was elected the mayor of Turtle River, Minn.

Cees Veerman, dead at 70

Verman was a Dutch musician. He is best known as the composer, singer and guitarist for rock group The Cats. Veerman was born in a province of North Holland and died in his sleep in Indonesia.

Scott Asheton, dead at 64

Scott Asheton was a drummer for The Stooges. He co-formed the band in 1967 with his brother Ron Asheton, Dave Alexander and Iggy Pop. Asheton also played drums with Scott Morgan in other bands, including Scots Pirates, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band and the Scott Morgan Band. He is also associated with Sonny Vincent, Dark Carnival, The Baghdaddios and Destroy All Monsters.

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