Classic Rock

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Tony Joe White July 23, 1943 – October 24, 2018

During a 50-year career singer, guitarist and songwriter Tony Joe White wrote hits for himself and other artists, having success under his own name with Polk Salad Annie and even greater acclaim via Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker and Tom Jones. White was 75 years old when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Hugh McDowell July 31, 1953 – November 6, 2018

Cancer has claimed the life of Hugh McDowell at 65. Born in London, at 19 he was invited to join ELO. In 1972 he quit ELO with Roy Wood to form Wizzard, but soon returned and remained with ELO until 1979.

Jimmy Farrar

December 8, 1950 – October 29, 2018

Georgia-born Jimmy Farrar was the frontman with southern rockers Molly Hatchet from 1980 to ’82 and appeared the group’s Beatin’ The Odds and Take No Prisoners albums. He died at the age of 67 following a heart attack.

Wah Wah Watson December 8, 1950 – October 24, 2018

Born Melvin Ragin, Wah Wah Watson became a member of Motown Records house band the Funk Brothers, and played guitar on some of the most enduring hits of all time. He was 67 years old at the time of his death.

Ray Owen Died October 31, 2018

Ray Owen was a long-serving lead singer with the British-based bluesrock band Juicy Lucy, who made the Top 20 hit with a cover of Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love? in 1969. Owen put the band back together for a third and final time in 2004 but four years later was forced to cut back on touring due to health issues. Cause of death was yet to be revealed at press time.

Todd Youth

May 15, 1971 – October 27, 2018

Born Todd Schofield in New Jersey, Todd Youth was the lead guitarist for several bands, notably Danzig, although he also played with Murphy’s Law and Warzone and, briefly, Agnostic Front. A staple of the NY hardcore scene since the age of 11, he also deputised for Phil Campbell with Motörhead for three US dates in 2003. He was 47 years old.

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