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Woody Shaw    El Duce Graham Bond
Adrian Borland   Oscar Gacitua Gervase Elwes
 
 
 

 

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Woody Shaw:
 Age 44 
Woody Herman Shaw II
Born: Dec 24, 1944 in Laurinburg, NC
Died: May 10, 1989 in New York, NY

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Shaw, whose eyesight had been declining for a decade, tumbled down a stairway Feb. 27 onto the tracks at Brooklyn's Dekalb Ave subway station where a train struck him, severing his arm. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where his condition deteriorated and he was stricken by pneumonia. Although his pneumonia abated, he continued to suffer kidney  pain and died of kidney failure, said his father, Woody Shaw Sr.~JEFFREY K. PARKER
Woody Shaw was one of the top trumpeters of the 1970s and   '80s, a major soloist influenced by Freddie Hubbard but more advanced harmonically who bridged the gap between hard bop and the avant- garde. Unfortunately he never broke through to greater stardom (due partly to "personal problems" and failing  eyesight) and his premature death from injuries incurred after being hit by a train was a major loss. Woody Shaw grew up in Newark, NJ, where his father was a member of the Diamond Jubilee Singers. After starting on bugle, he switched to the trumpet when he was 11. Shaw left town for a tour with Rufus Jones when he was 18 and then joined Willie Bobo at a time when Bobo's band included Chick Corea. Shaw played and recorded with Eric Dolphy and, after being invited by Dolphy, he travelled to Paris in 1964 just a little too late to join the late saxophonist's band. After a period in Europe playing with (among others) Bud Powell and Johnny Griffin, Shaw spent periods in the groups of Horace Silver (1965-66), Max Roach (1968-69) and Art Blakey (1973) in addition to making many recordings (some as a sideman for Blue Note) with such players as Jackie McLean, Andrew Hill and McCoy Tyner. Other than playing with Dexter Gordon in 1976, Shaw was primarily a leader from this point on, recording for Columbia (important sessions reissued in a Mosaic box set), Red, Enja, Elektra, Muse and Timeless plus two Blue Note dates co-led with Freddie Hubbard. But overshadowed throughout his career by Hubbard, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and later on Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw would never find much fame or fortune. -- Scott Yanow, All-Music Guide
A critical discography of Woody Shaw
Adrian Borland:
 Age 41
b.1957, d. 26 April 1999, London

 [He] committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train in London on early Monday morning. He was right in the middle of the recording session for his new solo album. Adrian Borland leaves a great work, which is documented on more than  twenty albums . He was present as a singer, guitar player and - especially - as a songwriter since the late 70`s, when he formed his first band THE OUTSIDERS, his contribution to the "New Wave" whilst at the same time creating electronic music with the band SECOND LAYER. International  recognition as front man with legendary eighties band THE SOUND was followed by a crazy affair with HONOLULU MOUNTAIN DAFFODILS, under the pseudonym Joachim Pimento, belting out a wired STOOGES-like sound together with a few friends from his Wimbledon local. ~In memoriam Adrian Borland 



Graham Bond:
 Age 36

Graham Bond Organization

AKA: Graham John Clifton Bond 
(Born: Oct 28, 1937 in Romford, Essex, England, 
Died: May 8, 1974 in London)

Bond never recaptured the heights of his work with the Organization. In the late '60s,  
he moved to the U.S., recording albums with musicians including Harvey Brooks, Harvey Mandel, and Hal Blaine. Moving back to Britain, he worked with Ginger Baker's Airforce, the Jack Bruce Band, and Cream lyricist Pete Brown, as well as forming the band Holy Magick, who recorded a couple albums. Bond's demise was more tragic than most: he developed serious drug and alcohol problems and an obsession with the occult, and it has even been posthumously speculated (in the British Bond biography  Mighty Shadow) that he sexually abused his stepdaughter. He committed suicide by throwing himself into the path of a London Underground train in 1974. -- Richie Unterberger, All-Music Guide 


Gervase Elwes
(Gervase Henry Cary-Elwes)
Age 55
b. 15 November 1866 d. 12 January 1921
 

Gervase Elwes was an English tenor of great distinction, who exercised a powerful influence over the development of English music from the early 1900s up until his tragic death in 1921 due to a railroad accident in Boston at the height of his career.

Elwes died aged 55 in a horrific accident at Back Bay railway station in Boston, Massachusetts, in the midst of a high-profile recital tour of the United States. Elwes and his wife had alighted on the platform when the singer attempted to return to the conductor an overcoat which had fallen off the train. He leaned over too far and was hit by the train, falling between the train and the platform. He died of his injuries a few hours later.
 

 

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 Eldon Hoke:
Age 39
(aka El Duce )
The Mentors
 
born: March 24, 1958, Seattle, WA
died: April 19, 1997, Riverside, CA

Eldon Hoke, also know as El Duce, a fixture on the Los Angeles Entertainment scene for the last 20 years was killed Saturday evening, April 19, in Riverside, CA.   His death was the result of being hit by a train in a state of alcoholic intoxication.  

Mr. Hoke was best known as the drummer and lead singer of the rock group The Mentors.  He rose to national prominence in 1985 as a result of the U.S. Senate ( P.M.R.C. ) hearings regarding "obscene lyrics" in rock music, which named publicly the Mentors as the worst exponent of such lyrics in music.  In addition to his musical career Mr. Hoke also was employed frequently as a bit player or extra in many motion picture, music video, and television productions.  His comic visage and friendly manner made him a show business natural. 

Recently Mr. Hoke had appeared on the Jerry Springer Show in a show devoted to Shock Rock, and in the National Enquirer and other tabloids domestically and internationally regarding his claim that he was approached by Courtney Love to kill Kurt Cobain. 

The last musical performance by Mr. Hoke was given on Friday, April 18th, at Al's Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. 

Mr. Hoke was born on March 24, 1958 in Seattle, WA.  He is survived in the by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hoke of Seattle, Wa, a brother, Steven Hoke, of Seattle, a sister, Mrs. Christina Sherrod, of Renton, WA, a sister, Mrs. Annetta Boggs, of Los Angeles, an uncle, David Hoke, an uncle, Charles Saltviet, or Portland, and an aunt, Esther Moreland, of Woodland Hills.  The loss is also grieved by his lifelong friends and group members of the Mentors, Eric Carlson of Hollywood, CA and Steve Broy, of Riverside, CA.   Donations in his memory can be made to the Salvation Army.

 



Oscar Gacitua
Age 76

Died: 5 Dec. 2001

SANTIAGO, Chile (Dec. 12, 2001) - Chilean pianist Oscar Gacitua killed himself by hurling himself under a subway train, his daughter said.  He was 76.  Gacitua was considered one of the greatest Chilean pianists and an expert in interpreting Chopin. In 1959, he received a prize in the Chopin competition in Warsaw, Poland.   Gacitua called one of his sons to explain his decision before killing  himself Dec. 5, said his daughter, Rebeca Gacitua. The son tried to talk the pianist out of his decision for more than an hour.   ''He was extremely depressed,'' Rebeca Gacitua said. ''He was going through a bad time. He was terrified of old age and had no motivation to live.''  Rebeca Gacitua also searched for her father on the streets near his home until the police informed her of his suicide.   Oscar Gacitua's early talent was encouraged by another outstanding Chilean pianist, Claudio Arrau, living in the United States. With Arrau's help, Oscar Gacitua obtained a scholarship to study in New York for three years.  Chilean Juan Pablo Izquierdo, director of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra in Pittsburgh, said Thursday that Oscar Gacitua was one of the most talented pianists of his generation.  ''He was a pianist that, apart from having great innate talent, also demonstrated great interest in looking for solutions within music,''  Izquierdo said.  At the time of his death, Oscar Gacitua was preparing a January concert featuring works of Rachmaninov on the beaches of Vina del Mar, Chile.

 

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