“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more”

Players who departed in 2014 included…

Bad News

Ramones - Rocket

Angels - Howling

Womack, Bobby

Silver, Horace Song Fa

Sample, Joe Carmel

Haden, Charlie

Seeger, Pete

Keays, Jim

Winter, Johnny

Cocker, Joe Sheffield

Bruce, J Songs

Williams, Robin


Rik Mayall [March 7, 1958 – 9 June, 2014]

Tommy Ramone [January 29, 1952 – July 11, 2014]

Doc Neeson (The Angels) [January 4, 1947 – June 4, 2014]

Bobby Womack [March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014]

Horace Silver [September 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014]

Joe Sample [February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014]

Charlie Haden [August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014]

Pete Seeger [May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014]

Jim Keays (Masters Apprentices, solo) [Sept 9, 1946 – June 13, 2014]

Johnny Winter [February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014]

Joe Cocker [20 May, 1944 – December 22, 2014]

Jack Bruce (Cream, solo) [May 14, 1943 – October 25, 2014]

Robin Williams [July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014]


Ian McLagan (Small Faces)

Kerry Biddell (Aus Jazz singer)

Clive Palmer (ISB)

Bobby Keys (Sax player to the stars)

Acker Bilk (Clarinet)

Gerry Goffin (Songwriter)

Alvin Stardust (Glam Pop)

Idris Muhammad (Funk drummer)

Tim Hauser (Manhattan Transfer)


Opening quote: Macbeth, just after his missus departs


For further reminders of your mortality, visit The Dead Rock Stars Club


  1. Oh #@(^!


    1. No need to panic, DD. Unless, of course, you have spotted your own album above.


  2. Here’s to the forthcoming ‘sound and fury’ of 2015!


    1. I read an hilariously vitriolic destruction of krautrock at The Quietus recently, under the pseudonym Mr Agreeable. Wondered about creating a fictional ‘reaper’ myself. But I’ll probably stick to sound and avoid too much fury.
      Of course it will remain a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing.

      Lovely to see your little portrait under a post again, JDB. Happy New Year.


  3. Oh damn, didn’t realize or forgot about Horace.



    1. He was 86, so a decent span compared to some of the other inductees. Always a bit sad, though.
      An excuse to spin some of Mr Silver’s discs, perhaps?


      1. Yes, Song for My Father is very very good.Blowing the Blues Away is my favorite. Blue Mitchell , Junior Cook, Louis Hayes. What an ensemble. And of course his work with the Jazz Messengers.

        I always loved Rik Mayall. When I found out he died I watched Fistful of Travelers Checks for a week. Great stuff.


  4. If its okay with you I’ll carry on pretending I’m immortal!

    HNY to you and yours Bruce!


    1. Denial remains a popular strategy. Enjoy it while it still works!
      Likewise with the NY wishes, Joe. You are probably out raging towards the countdown as I type…

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  5. Jack Bruce (Cream, w/Robin Trower, solo) [May 14, 1943 – October 25, 2014]

    I saw Ian McLagan playing in Billy Bragg’s band at a show in Washington DC some time in the late 90s / early 00s. I didn’t realize it was him until my concert-mate pointed him out to me, after which I couldn’t take my focus off of him. Thank heavens Macbeth’s ‘heard no more’ need not apply in these cases.

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    1. True enough. We have aural legacies to enjoy until the electricity runs out.


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