Rockers Who Died in 2009

By | Dec 30, 2009

Along with Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon and Michael Jackson these six Rockers left us in 2009.

Billy Powell
Billy Powell had been working as a roadie for the band Lynyrd Skynrd when he was invited to join the band as the group’s keyboardist in 1972. When he died on January 28, 2009 of a heart attack at the age of 58 he was only one of two, Gary Rossington being the other, of the classic lineup.

Estelle Bennett
It was her sister Veronica Yvette “Ronnie” Bennett that the group the Ronettes were named after, but along with their cousin Nedra Talley, they were one of the biggest groups of the early 1960s. She was battling colon cancer and was found dead in her apartment on February 11, 2009.

Les Paul
If it wasn’t for Les Paul’s development of the solid-body electric guitar there probably wouldn’t be Rock and Roll. On August 12, 2009 the 94 year old died of complications from pneumonia.

Larry Knechtel
Larry Knechtel was a session player in the late 60s. He played keyboards for recordings of acts such as Simon & Garfunkel, Duane Eddy, The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, The Doors, and Elvis Presley. It was he who played the piano on Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. In 1971 he replaced Robb Royer in the group Bread. Knechtel died on August 20, 2009 at the age of 69 of an apparent heart attack.

James Gurley
The name James Gurley may not mean a lot to many people, but you have probably heard him. he was the guitarist behind Janis Joplin when she was a member of Big brother Holding Company. On December 20, 2009, two days before his 70th birthday, he died of a heart attack.

Tim Hart
Tim Hart was a founding member of the British folk-rock group Steeleye Span. He died of lung cancer on December 24, 2009.

May they all Rest In Peace and their music live on forever.


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