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Obit of the Day: Playlist of the Dead 2011

Over the past year, OOTD has documented the loss of some rather interesting people. Unfortunately I can’t document the names and of each and every person who has passed in 2011. (That’s why I have an Archive.) But to give you a taste, I compiled a list based on all the audio posts from the past year. In this list you will find singers, songwriters, producers, arrangers, a roadie, a film director and a 103-year-old ukulele player You will find bluegrass, rap, country, reggae, folk, hip hop, jazz, Latin, and rock and roll.

Notes: 1) I did not start using audio posts regularly until March 2011 which is why the list begins then. 2) The list is not all-inclusive. If the artist/performer is not listed I didn’t create an audio post for him or her.

You can find a playlist on Spotify.


Joe Morello, jazz drummer – “Take Five,” Dave Brubeck Quartet, Pleasantville

Ferlin Husky, guitarist – “Gone,” Ferlin Husky, Greatest Hits

Pinetop Perkins, blues guitarist – “Grown Up to Be a Man,” Pinetop Perkins & Willie Smith, Joined at the Hip


Sidney Lumet, director  - “Ease on Down the Road,” Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, The Wiz, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  

Gerard Smith, bassist  - “Staring at the Sun,” TV on the Radio, Young Liars

Phoebe Snow, singer-songwriter - “Poetry Man,” Phoebe Snow, Phoebe Snow


Bob Flanigan, singer  - “(Get Your Kicks) On Route 66,” The Four Freshmen, Capitol Collectors Series

Joseph Brooks, songwriter - “You Light Up My Life,” Debby Boone, The Best of Debby Boone


Andrew Gold, singer-songwriter  - “Thank You for Being a Friend,” Andrew Gold, Thank You for Being a Friend

Martin Rushent, producer  - “Don’t You Want Me,” The Human League, Dare!

Ray Bryant, jazz pianist  - “Little Susie,” Ray Bryant and Bobby Henderson, Key One Up

Carl Gardner, lead singer  - “Yakety Yak,” The Coasters, Rhino Hi-Five: The Coasters

Clarence Clemons, saxophonist - “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run


Wurzel, guitarist  - “Ace of Spades,” Motorhead,  Ace of Spades

Manuel Galban, guitarist - “Maria La O,” Manuel Galban and Ry Cooder, Mambo Sinuedo

Jerry Ragavoy, songwriter - “Piece of My Heart,” Janis Joplin, Janis 

Gil Bernal, tenor saxophonist  - “Rebel Rouser,” Duane Eddy, Rebel Rouser – Roots of Rock N’ Roll

Kenny Baker, fiddler - “Monroe’s Hornpipe,” Kenny Baker, Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe


Fonce Mizell, songwriter  - “ABC,” The Jackson 5, ABC

Gene McDaniels, singer-songwriter  - “A Hundred Pounds of Clay, “ Gene McDaniels, Best of Gene McDaniels

Jani Lane, singer  - “Heaven,” Warrant, The Best of Warrant

Jerry Lieber, songwriter  - “Hound Dog,” Big Mama Thornton, Hound Dog/The Peacock Recordings

Nick Ashford, songwriter  - “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” The Supremes, Number 1’s

DeLois Barrett, gospel singer - “Walk and Talk,” The Barrett Sisters, The Best of the Barrett Sisters


Wendell Quezergue, arranger  - “Iko Iko,” The Dixie Cups, Chapel of Love

Wade Mainer, “Grandfather of Bluegrass” - “Ramshackle Shack,” Wade Mainer and The Sons of the Mountaineers, The Appalachian Tradition

DJ Mehdi, singer/DJ/songwriter  - “I Am Somebody,” DJ Mehdi, feat. Chromeo (single)

John Larson, trumpeter  - “Vehicle,” Ides of March, Vehicle

Sylvia Robinson, producer  - “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang (single)


Marv Tarpin, singer-songwriter  - “Tracks of My Tears,” The Miracles, Golden Legends: The Miracles

Bert Jansch, folk singer-songwriter -  ”Angie,” Bert Jansch, Best of Bert Jansch

Leonard Dillon, reggae singer-songwriter  - “Everything Crash,” The Ethiopians, The Best of the Ethiopians

Eddie Balandas, roadie/head of security - “Detroit Rock City,” Kiss, Alive II

Paul Leka, singer-songwriter  - “(Na Na Hey Hey) Goodbye,” Steam, All Star Sports Jams


Liz Anderson, country singer-songwriter - “Mama Spank,” Liz Anderson, A Country Woman in Love

Tom Keith, sound effects master - “SFX (School,” Prairie Home Companion, 30th Broadcast Season Celebration

Lee Pockriss, songwriter - “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” Brian Hyland, Greatest Hits

Andrea True, singer-songwriter -  ”More, More, More,” Andrea True, Disco Collection


Bill Tapia, ukulele player - “Stars & Stripes Forever,” Bill Tapia, Livin’ It Live

Dobie Gray, singer-songwriter – “Drift Away, “ Dobie Gray, Ultimate Collection: Dobie Gray

All cover images are given proper courtesies as captions. Click on any image in the photoset. For more copyright info on songs, click on the appropriate post.




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