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Buried here are multiple artists including:

Ian Fraser Kilmister

Known as Lemmy Kilmister, he was a founding member and frontman of “Motörhead“. Motörhead would release 23 full length albums and many singles, the best known being “Ace of Spades“, “Orgasmatron” and “Killed By Death“. Lemmy died on December 28, 2015 at the age of 70 of congestive heart failure among other things.

Arthur Lee

Lee was the leader, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of the band “Love”. Arthur got the opportunity to have Love play at the Whisky a Go-Go, after which the band secured a recording contract with Elektra Records.

On Love’s second album “Da Capo,” side one contained the  only single to achieve any success “7 and 7 Is“.

Arthur passed away at the age of 61 on August 3, 2006 from the complications associated with Leukemia.

Bill Withers

Bill was a singer/songwriter best known for the songs “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which sold over a million copies and won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and “Lean On Me.”  Bill was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Bill died at the age of 81 on March 30, 2020 in Tarzana, CA due to heart complications.

Andy Gibb

Andy was a teen idol, and the youngest brother of the members of the “Bee Gees“, Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. In the late 1970’s, Andy had six singles that reached the Top 10 in the U.S., including “I Just Want to Be Your Everything“.

Andy died at the age of 30 on March 10, 1988 due to an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a recent viral infection.

Jeff Porcaro

Jeff was an in-demand studio musician and is probably best known as the drummer and a founding member of “Toto“. Albums he played on include:
Seals & Crofts – Diamond Girl
Joe Cocker – I Can Stand a Little Rain
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, FM (No Static at All)
Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees
Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy
Jackson Browne – The Pretender
Pink Floyd – The Wall
Aretha Franklin – Aretha
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Daylight Again
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Dire Straits – On Every Street
10cc – …Meanwhile
Roger Waters – Amused to Death

Jeff died on August 5, 1992 at the age of 38. The coroner’s office listed his cause of death to be a heart attack from atherosclerosis.

Mike Porcaro

Mike is probably best known as the bass player and a member of “Toto“. Although Toto was formed in 1978, Mike replaced their original bassist following their Grammy Award-winning album “Toto IV” which was released in 1982.

Mike died from the complications of  ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” at the age of 59 on March 15, 2015.

Frankie Banali

Frankie is probably best known for playing drums with Quiet Riot and W.A.S.P. On January 18, 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History for his contribution to Heavy Metal drums.

Frankie was diagnosed with stage-IV pancreatic cancer in April 2019 and died August 20, 2020 at the age of 68.

Ricky Nelson

Born Eric Hilliard Nelson,  Ricky Nelson placed fifty-three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973, including nineteen top-ten hits. In addition to his musical accomplishments, starting at the age of 8,  he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987.

Ricky died along with 6 other people when their plane crashed on December 31, 1985. He was 45 years old.

Alphonse Mouzon

Alphonse was a Composer, Producer and jazz drummer. He played and recorded with Jeff Beck, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Chubby Checker, Carlos Santana, Patrick Moraz and many others. He died on Dec. 26, 2016 at the age of 68 after a battle with a rare form of cancer.

Norman Jesse Whitfield

Norman was a producer at Motown and produced many of the biggest hits for artists Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Marvelettes, The Velvelettes and Rose Royce. From 1963 to 1974 he wrote nearly every song for The Temptations, including “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg“, “You’re My Everything, “I Can’t Get Next to You“, “Cloud Nine” and “Psychedelic Shack“.

Nicolette Larson

Wonderfully talented singer that had a huge hit with Neil Young’s “Lotta Love“. Nicolette died at the age of 45 on December 16, 1997 from cerebral edema triggered by liver failure.

Preston Ritter

Preston was the drummer for the psychedelic music band “The Electric Prunes” who are best remembered for their hit “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night”  on 1967.  He also worked with Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys, and Dobie Gray. Preston died at the age of 65 on March 30, 2015 due to kidney failure.

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie was in the band Rainbow when they released their first album in 1975. He then joined Black Sabbath in 1979, replacing Ozzy Osbourne. Ronnie died on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67 from the complications of stomach cancer.

George Duke

George was a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa. George passed away on August 5, 2013 at the age of 67 from chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Bobby Fuller

Robert Gaston Fuller was a songwriter, and guitar player best known for his single “I Fought the Law“. Bobby was found dead in his car about a month after I Fought the Law became a huge hit on July 18, 1966 at the young age of 23.

Delaney Bramlett

Bramlett was a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is probably best remembered for his partnership with his wife, Bonnie in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Delany passed away on December 27, 2008 at the age of 69 from complications of gall bladder surgery.

Michael Hutchence

He was a singer-songwriter, most famous for his work as the lead singer of INXS. Michael died of asphyxiation due to suicide by hanging at the age of 37 on November 22, 1997.

Paul Robi

Robi was a member of The Platters, a doo-wop vocal group. Paul died on February 1, 1989 at the age of 57 of pancreatic cancer.

Melvin Franklin

Franklin was an original member of The Temptations. Melvin died on February 23, 1995 at the age of 52 after a series of seizures.

Freddie Perren

Freddie was a member of the writing team that produced The Jackson 5’s early hits as well as hits by The Sylvers, Gloria Gaynor and Peaches & Herb. Freddie died on December 16, 2004 at the age of 61 after suffering for years after a massive stroke.

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