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Gone But Not Forgotten 2013

Oldies artists who passed away in 2013


Gone But Not Forgotten 2013

Patti Page

Gone But Not Forgotten 2013

The Troggs

Time catches up with us all, and sadly, several oldies music artists passed away in 2013. Here's a list, in chronological order, of the deceased and what they meant to music, especially rock and roll. If I've missed a nationally famous or important musical performer who passed away this year, feel free to e-mail me. (Click on an artist's name to see their full profile, if any.)



Patti Page was "The Singin' Rage" who epitomized postwar pop with soothing and generally lighthearted hits like "Old Cape Cod" "Tennessee Waltz," and "(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window." (86, natural causes)


Sammy Johns is remembered mainly for his very '70s one-off hit "Chevy Van," though he later had some success as a songwriter in Nashville. (66, unknown causes)


Sam Pace sang with The Esquires on their big 1967 beach music hit "Get On Up." (69, long illness)


Jimmy O'Neill was the host of ABC's "Shindig!," one of the first and best of the '60s teen variety shows. (73, natural causes) 


Steve Knight played organ for hard-rock heroes Mountain of "Mississippi Queen" and "For Yasgur's Farm" fame. (78, Parkinson's Disease)


Bob Engemann sang on The Lettermen's early pop-vocal hits "The Way You Look Tonight" and "When I Fall In Love." (78, complications from surgery)


Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner was leader, singer, and guitarist for '70s funk legends The Ohio Players ("Fire," "Love Rollercoaster"). (71, cancer)


Kenneth Hodges played bass for '60s sunshine-poppers Spanky and Our Gang of "Lazy Day" and "Like to Get to Know You" fame. (76, pneumonia)


Patty Andrews was the mid-range in and last surviving one-third of the famous vocal trio The Andrews Sisters, who backed Bing Crosby in the postwar era but earlier had several hits all their own such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum And Coca-Cola." (94, natural causes)


Reg Presley was the singer of the '60s garage band The Troggs of "Wild Thing" and "With a Girl Like You" fame. (72, lung cancer)

Darlene McCrea was one of Ray Charles' backup vocalists, the Raelettes, who later became the Cookies, backing up Neil Sedaka and Little Eva and scoring their own hits with "Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby" and "Chains." (approximately 80, cancer)

Donald Byrd was a jazz trumpeter who also enjoyed success as a member of The Blackbyrds ("Walkin' in Rhythm). (81, natural causes) 


Rick Huxley was the bassist for The Dave Clark Five on British Invasion hits like "Glad All Over" and "Bits and Pieces." (73, natural causes) 


Shadow Morton was the eccentric, iconoclastic producer who wrote and recorded The Shangri-La's ("Leader of the Pack" and "Remember [Walking in the Sand]"), but also Janis Ian and Vanilla Fudge. He reportedly got Iron Butterfly to record the 17-minute epic "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida" by assuring them it was just a rehearsal. (73, natural causes)  


Stanley "Goober Grin" Knight was a guitarist, singer, and organist for Southern-rock heroes Black Oak Arkansas of "Hot and Nasty" and "Jim Dandy" fame. (64, cancer) 


Cleotha Staples was a member of folk-gospel group The Staple Singers, who found their greatest success as a Stax soul group in the early '70s ("I'll Take You There," "Let's Do It Again," "Come Go With Me," "Respect Yourself"). (79, Alzheimer's)


Larry Marks was a well-known producer of bubblegum, '60s pop, and British Invasion music, but is most recognizable for singing the original theme song for TV's "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" (73, unknown)


Richard Street sang for the Monitors ("Greetings [This is Uncle Sam]), but later became The Temptations' lead on early '70s classics like "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone." (70, embolism)

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