Buried here are multiple artists including:
A true superstar singer/songwriter/dancer/actor/producer. Michael was the eighth child in his family and made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Jackie, and Tito as a member of the Jackson 5. He started his solo career in 1971 and his subsequent early music videos are all-time favorites and include: “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” and “Thriller”.
Michael is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a member of The Jackson 5 and the other for his solo career.
On June 25, 2009, Jackson fell unconscious at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills. Attempts at resuscitating him were unsuccessful and he died that afternoon.
An American rockabilly pioneer. He was a founding member of The Rock and Roll Trio. On August 14, 1964, His fishing boat was struck by another boat on Clear Lake, California. The collision threw him from the boat and he drowned. He was 30 years old.
Sam was a gospel, R&B, soul, pop singer and songwriter and is considered to be one of the founders of soul music. His success paved the way for many future African-American acts such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder.
Sam had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964 including “You Send Me”, “Wonderful World” and “Another Saturday Night”.
On December 11, 1964, Sam Cooke was shot and killed by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. The circumstances of his death have been called into question by Cooke’s family even after an inquest ruled his death to be justifiable homicide. Sam Cooke was 33 years old.
Mary had a string of hit singles that included “Two Lovers”, “You Beat Me to the Punch” and her signature hit, “My Guy”. She later became known as “The Queen of Motown”. She was one of Motown’s first singing superstars and left the company in 1964 at the height of her popularity due to a contract dispute.
Mary died on July 26, 1992, at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.
Donald was part of The Addrisi Brothers whose biggest success as songwriters was with the smash “Never My Love”, a hit for The Association.
Don died on November 13, 1984 at the age of 45 from pancreatic cancer.
Terry was the incredibly talented lead guitar player for the band Chicago. He was an early pioneer in the use of the wah wah pedal and his extended guitar solo on “25 or 6 to 4” shows his guitar prowess and mastery of the wah wah.
Terry died on January 23, 1978 from an accidentally self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at a friends house in Woodland Hills.
Nat King Cole
Nat first came to be known as a leading jazz pianist and then crossed over to pop music. Many early musicians site his influence on their careers. He was also one of the first African Americans to host his own nation-wide television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show.
Nat’s career was cut short when he died from lung cancer on February 15, 1965, at the age of 55.
Johnny “Guitar” Watson
Whose real name was John Watson, Jr., was a blues, soul and funk guitarist and singer.
Watson died of a heart attack on May 17, 1996, collapsing on stage while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. He was 61 years old.
Rushton was born John Rushton Morey and was the bass guitarist with Steppenwolf from 1967–68 and again in 1978. He co-wrote with John Kay Steppenwolf’s biggest hit “Magic Carpet Ride”.
He was killed on July 1, 1981 in an auto accident. He was 32 years old.
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