Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 - April 19, 2012), was an American rock multi-instrumentalist and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band.
Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of The Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", "Ophelia" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". His 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008, and in November of that year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #91 in the list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2010, Electric Dirt, his 2009 follow-up to Dirt Farmer, won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, an inaugural category in 2010. In 2011, his live album Ramble at the Ryman was nominated for the Grammy in the same category and won.
On April 17, 2012, his wife and daughter announced on Helm's website that he was "in the final stages of his battle with cancer" and thanked fans while requesting prayers.
Levon Helm cause of death Levon Helm died on April 19, 2012, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Levon Helm was 71 years old at the time of his death
Levon Helm (on Drums & vocal) & John Hiatt - The Weight
Greg Norman Ham (September 27, 1953 - April 19, 2012) was an Australian songwriter, actor and saxophone player known for playing multiple instruments in the 1980s band Men at Work. In addition to the saxophone, he played flute, organ, piano and the synthesiser. He replaced Greg Sneddon in the band.
As an actor, Ham was a regular cast member on While You're Down There.
Later in life, Ham taught guitar at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne.
Greg Ham cause of death Ham was found dead at his home in Carlton North, Melbourne, on 19 April 2012. Further details on his death and its circumstances are yet to be clarified. Greg Ham was 58 years old at the time of his death.
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now (1981) Greg Ham on Saxophone
Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark (November 30, 1929 - April 18, 2012) was an American game-show host, radio and television personality, and businessman. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he has sold part of in recent years. Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
Clark has long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark...so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."
Dick Clark cause of death Dick Clark died of a massive heart attack in his home after undergoing a procedure. Dick Clark was 82 at the time of his death.
Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show since then.
Daytime Emmy Awards tribute to American Bandstand and Dick Clark
Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012) was an American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality. During his career, which spanned over sixty years, he interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers.
He was one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes which debuted in 1968. Wallace retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but still appeared occasionally on the series until 2008.
Wallace's youngest son is journalist Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday.
Mike Wallace cause of death Cause of death is not released. Mike Wallace died in Connecticut, where he resided, at 8 p.m. on April 7, 2012. Mike Wallace was 93 years old at the time of his death.
Health Mike Wallace wore pacemaker for over 20 years. He had a long history of cardiac care and underwent triple bypass heart surgery in January 2008.
James Charles "Jim" Marshall, OBE (July 29, 1923 – April 5, 2012), known as The Father of Loud or The Lord of Loud, was an English businessman, and pioneer of guitar amplification. His company, Marshall Amplification, has created kit used by some of the biggest names in rock, producing amplifiers with an iconic status. Marshall has been listed as one of the four forefathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
Jim Marshall cause of death Jim Marshall had cancer and endured a series of strokes. Jim Marshall was 88 years old at the time of his death..
*Earl Scruggs created that classic banjo picking style
Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called Scruggs style) that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other musicians had played in three-finger style before him, Scruggs shot to prominence when he was hired by Bill Monroe to fill the banjo slot in his group, the Blue Grass Boys.
On September 24, 1962, Scruggs recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies, which became an immediate country music hit.
Earl Scruggs Cause of Death Scruggs died from natural causes on March 28, 2012, in a Nashville hospital
Earl Scruggs Breakdown
The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (1962) - Earl Scruggs on banjo
Steve Bridges (May 22, 1963 – March 3, 2012) was an American comedian, impressionist, and actor who "developed a repertoire of over 200 impressions, including TV characters Barney Fife and Homer Simpson, broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Paul Harvey and Rush Limbaugh... and political leaders Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Arnold Schwarzenegger".
Steve Bridges cause of Death Steve Bridges was found dead on March 3, 2012, in his Los Angeles home. The cause of death was not immediately known. Steve Bridges was 48 years old at the time of his death.
Steve Bridges - As George W. Bush with George W. Bush
Ronnie Montrose (November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012) was an American rock guitarist who led a number of his own bands as well as performing with a variety of musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Dan Hartman, Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter.
Ronnie Montrose cause of death. The coroner's report released on April 6, 2012 ruled his death a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ronnie Montrose was 64 years old at the time of his death. On his most recent tour, in late 2009, Montrose revealed that he had successfully fought prostate cancer over the last two years.
Ronnie Montrose with Sammy Hagar (1974) - Bad Motor Scooter
David Thomas "Davy" Jones (December 30, 1945 – February 29, 2012) was an English rock singer-songwriter and actor best known as a member of The Monkees.
Davy Jones cause of death On the morning of 29 February 2012, Jones was found dead at his Indiantown, Florida home. His publicist announced that Jones had suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep. Jones is survived by his widow Jessica and four daughters. Davy Jones was 66 years old at the time of his death
Monkees - Daydream Believer. Davy Jones in red shirt (lead singer)
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