Former GILLAN And OZZY OSBOURNE Guitarist BERNIE TORMÉ Dead At 66
Bernie Tormé has died at the age of 66. The Irish-born guitarist was recently hospitalizedwhile battling double pneumonia and was later put on a ventilator.
The news was posted online; Tormé reportedly died yesterday, one day short of his 67th birthday.
Mik Gaffney, who played drums with Tormé, wrote about his late bandmate on Facebook, noting, "It's been a thrill playing drums for him for the past couple of years. He was loud, passionate, didn't suffer fools but he was always a true gentleman. ... I will miss our arguments about Irish whiskey vs Scottish whisky, I will miss him calling me a c**t, I will miss seeing that sparkle in his eye when he strapped his guitar on ... RIP Bernie. We we all miss you ... " Read the full story here: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/bernie-torme-dies/
DICK DALE, THE ‘KING OF SURF GUITAR,’ DIES AT 81
Pioneering surf-rock guitarist Dick Dale has died at the age of 81 after a long bout with various health issues, according to multiple news outlets.
Dale is best known for 1962's ground-breaking, reverb-heavy hit version of the traditional Eastern Mediterranean song "Misirlou," which was re-introduced to the world two decades later via the Pulp Fiction movie and soundtrack.
But his impact went beyond being widely credited as the first rock guitarist to use Middle Eastern and Eastern European melodies and scales in his music. Dale's staccato playing style is considered a huge influence on future generations of musicians. Read the full story here:
Peter Tork, Monkees guitarist, dead at 77
(CNN) Peter Tork, the bassist for The Monkees and a jokester on the band's popular 1960s television series, has died at age 77.
Tork's death was announced on his official Facebook page on Thursday, attributed to his friends, family and colleagues.
"It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world," the post read. "As we have mentioned in the past, the PTFB team is made up of Peter's friends, family and colleagues -- we ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately."
It went on to state: "We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support of our 'boss.' Having you in our world has meant so very much to all of us. Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share. We send blessings and thoughts of comfort to you all, with much gratitude." See the full story at: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/21/entertainment/peter-tork-dead/index.html
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James Ingram dies at 66...
R&B singer James Ingram, who collected two Grammy Awards and a pair of No. 1 Billboard Hot 100hits over his decades-long career, has died at age 66. The news was shared via Twitter by Ingram's friend and creative partner Debbie Allen on Tuesday (Jan. 29).
There are no details yet about when or how Ingram died.
"I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," Allen tweeted. "He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name."