Duane Allman: Age 24
Allman Brothers Band
(b. 20 November 1946, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, d. 29
One of rock's most inventive and respected guitarists.
On 29 October, in an effort to
collision with a truck, Allman crashed his motorcycle and died following three hours of intensive surgery. This tragic accident robbed
music of one of its exceptional talents whose
all-too-brief legacy reveals an individual of rare skill and humility. Duane
Greg Arama: Age 29
Nugent's old friend from his Amboy Duke days, bassist Greg Arama was killed
in a motorcycle accident on September 18th, 1979, at the age of 29.
Domengeaux: Age 44
Steve Riley and The Mamou
For the past four years as guitarist with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, he was featured in performances
and recordings heard around the world. His music
career stretched back some 38 years, perhaps most
notably with the band "Black Dog." He also performed with Warren Storm, Cajun Heat, The
Gumbo Cajun Band, Cheryl
Cormier, amongst others.
was killed in a hit and run accident while riding
his motorcycle in southwestern Louisiana.
(b. 1937, Brooklyn, New York, d. 30 April 1966)
A songwriter, novelist and political activist. Two
superb albums were released in 1965, the first of
which, CELEBRATION FOR A GREY DAY, included Richard's classic song, Pack Up Your Sorrows. BEEN
DOWN SO LONG was published in 1966, but its author
was killed in a motorbike crash during a celebratory party. Farina's death robbed
a generation of an excellent writer and gifted musician.
Nico Mbarga: Age 47
(born: Nicholas Mbarga, 1 Jan 1950 in Abakaliki, Nigeria,
died. 24 June 1997)
With his band, Rocafil Jazz, Prince Nico scored the biggest
African hit ever. His 1976 triumphwas a song called "Sweet
Mother" and its appeal (13 million copies sold) was largely due to Mbarga's pan-African mix of Cameroonian, Nigerian, and Zairian
styles. Despite his multi-instrumental talents and ownership of his own record label,
Prince Nico has not been able to sustain his
success..." ~Myles Boisen, All-Music
Guide. Rounder Records has released Aki
Special and Free
Education as well as Sweet
Mother. Prince Nico was killed tragically in a motorcycle accident at age 47.
Kevin Mills: Age 32
(born Louisville, KY; died Dec. 3, 2000, Hollywood, CA)
LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Mills, a member of the Christian rock groups Newsboys
Heart, died Dec. 3 after a motorcycle accident in Hollywood. He was 32. Mills, of
Louisville, Ky., was a singer and bass player, his family said. White Heart started in
1982. Newsboys, an Australian band now based near Nashville, Tenn., was formed four years
later. Newsboys have sold nearly 3 million records and earned three Grammy nominations on
the religious rock circuit.
Berry Oakley: Age 24
Allman Brothers Band
(b. 4 April 1948, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 11 November
Allman Brothers Band. However, tragedy struck on 29 October
1971 Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident
but just as the group recovered its momentum, Berry Oakley was killed in an accident
chillingly similar to that of his former colleague on 11 November 1972.
Berry Offspring Band
Don Rich: Age 32
(b. 5 August 1941, d. 17 July 1974).
Often called the "right arm" of Buck Owens, Donald Eugene
Ulrich, better known as Don Rich, was born August 15, 1941, in Olympia,
Washington. He was only 3 when he started singing and playing guitar. He
appeared on radio at age 5 and took up the violin at age 6. At 15, he was
playing lead guitar with Tex Mitchell. A year later, he began playing
part-time with Buck Owens.
Rich was killed in a motorcycle accident in California.
In a sense, it marked the end of Buck Owens vintage years as well, "He was as much a part of the music as I was."
Buzz Shearman: Age 33
Died: June 16, 1983
Buzz Shearman retired to a life in Scarborough, Ontario with a wife
(Valerie), a young son (Jesse) and a job at a large building materials store
where his co-workers included Brian Maxim. (One hopes that they were kept
away from paints, which both had the ability to peel from considerable
distances!) Unhappily, this quiet life was not to last, as Buzz was
killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. Everybody got together to put
out a benefit Moxy retrospective package, with proceeds earmarked for Val
and Jesse. The back cover of that most worthy package featured a nice
testimonial from San Antonio disc jockey, Joe Anthony (KESI), who wrote that
Buzz "had that special quality in his voice that carried a smile and a lift.
He penetrated himself into the listeners and was very forceful with them. He
gave a definite impression to the music. His passing was untimely, but he
gave us so much in such a short span. His music is his legacy." ~Notes by
Bill Munson with special thanks to Cam Atkinson, a true-blue Moxy fan.
Buddy Caine, Buzz Sherman, Bill Wade, Earl Johnson and
Terry Juric founded Moxy in the mid-'70s. The hard rock band released two
albums in both 1976 and 1977 (Moxy, Moxy II, Take It or Leave It and Ridin'
High). After Buzz Sherman died in a motorcycle accident, the band recorded A
Tribute to Buzz Sherman in 1984. ~ by John Bush
b. 5 Nov 19 49, d. 4 July 1984
In 1971 his first album, Isle Of View, was released - and
quickly became popular with early underground rock
stations... In 1972 Jimmie's second album, The
Original Tap Dancing Kid, was released. The album was produced
by Felix Cavilar... It was in Venice that Jimmie began writing the songs which became his fourth album, Ports Of The Heart. This was a
time of extensive touring...After touring with The
Moody Blues for a few years, on the night he finished
the last mix for his fifth (and still unreleased) album, Jimmie Spheeris died on July 4, 1984, in Venice Beach. A drunk
driver ran a stop sign a few blocks from
Jimmie's home, and collided with Jimmie's motorcycle.
~Johnny Pierce, CEO, Rain
(B. 1958, Long Island, NY; D. 18 June 1999, LA, CA)
IN NOVEMBER l995, WHILE RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE DOWN THE SUNSET STRIP, A DRUNK
DRIVER SUDDENLY PULLED HER CAR OUT IN FRONT OF FRANK, WHO HAD NO TIME TO AVOID THE
COLLISION. HIS BIKE STRUCK HER CAR, SENDING FRANK FLYING THROUGH THE AIR BETWEEN 50-100
FEET, LANDING ON HIS HEAD.
ALTHOUGH FRANK WAS WEARING HIS "BRAIN BUCKET"
HELMET, HE SUFFERED MASSIVE HEAD TRAUMA, AND WAS TAKEN TO CEDAR-SINAI HOSPITAL, IN A COMA,
WHERE HE REMAINED FOR SOME TIME.
FRANK WAS MOVED TO BAY HARBOR HOSPITAL, IN TORRANCE CA, AND
EVENTUALLY CAME OUT OF HIS COMA, HOWEVER, FRANK WAS LEFT WITHOUT NEARLY ALL OF HIS MOTOR
FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING WALKING, AND TALKING, AND REMAINED ON LIFE SUPPORT, AND A RESPIRATOR.