In Memoriam: Those We Lost In 2017

Remembering the people we lost this year – Gone But Never Forgotten


Butch Trucks


Butch Trucks, (born Claude Hudson “Butch” Trucks) was an American drummer, best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. Trucks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on January 24, at the age of 69.

Ron ‘Bingo’ Mundy

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ron ‘Bingo’ Mundy, Musician/singer with the doo-wop group, The Marcels, known for turning popular music songs into rock and roll. Mundy died on January 20, at age 76.


Gorden Kaye

Gorden Kaye was an English actor and singer, best known for playing womanizing cafe owner René Artois in the British comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo! Kaye died January 23 at the age of 75.

Maggie Roche


Maggie Roche, Singer/Songwriter one of the three sisters in the singing group The Roches. Maggie died of cancer on January 21 at the age of 65.


Joey Powers


Joseph S. “Joe” Ruggiero, who performed as Joey Powers, was an American pop singer and songwriter known as a one-hit-wonder for his record “Midnight Mary”. Ruggiero died January 20 at the age of 82.

Miguel Ferrer

Entertainment Tonight

Miguel Ferrer was an Actor best known for his role as Bob Morton in “Robocop” and Owen Granger in NCIS: LA. He was the son of Rosemary Clooney and José Ferrer. Ferrer died of cancer on Jan. 19 at the age of 61.

Mike Kellie

Ultimate Classic Rock

Mike Kellie was a Musician, composer and record producer, whose career spanned more than 50 years, and was the founder of Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones. Kellie died on January 18 at age 69

Eugene Cernan

NASA astronaut for Gemini 9A (1966), Apollo 10 (1969), Apollo 17 (1972) and was the last man to have walked on the surface of the moon. Cernan died on January 16, at the age of 82.

Steve Wright


Musician, who played bass with the Greg Kihn Band and co-wrote their biggest hits,  passed away on January 16 from a heart attack. He was 67.

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka


Jimmy Snuka best known by his ring name Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, was a Fijian professional wrestler and actor and WWF Hall of Famer. Snuka died on January 15 at age 73.


Richie Ingui

Philadelphia Magazine

Richie Ingui was a Musician/singer who was one of the founding members of the soulful R&B group, Soul Survivors. Richie died of heart failure on January 13, at the age of 69.

Dick Gautier

The Hollywood Reporter

Dick Gautier was an Actor, comedian, singer, and caricaturist best known for his television roles as  Hymie the Robot in the TV series in “Get Smart” (1965-’70). Gautier died January 13, following a long illness, at age 85.

Lord Snowdon

Lord Snowdon was a Royal Photographer and filmmaker, who worked with Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The Daily Telegraph, died January 13 at age 86

William Peter Blatty

Huffington Post

William Peter Blatty was a Writer and Filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay for its film adaptation. He also wrote and directed the sequel The Exorcist IIIAfter the success of The Exorcist, Blatty reworked Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane! (1960) into a new novel titled The Ninth Configurati. Blatty died on January 12 at age 89.

Tommy Allsup

The New York Times

Tommy Allsup was an American rockabilly and swing musician and the last surviving member of Buddy Holly’s “touring” Crickets for the 1959 Winter Dance Party, Tommy Allsup died on January 11, at 85, after complications from hernia surgery.

Clare Hollingworth

Clare Hollingworth was an English journalist and author. She was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, described as “the scoop of the century”. Hollingworth was found unresponsive in her flat on January 10th. She was 105.

Buddy Greco

The Hollywood Reporter

Was an American jazz and pop singer and pianist, who had a long career in the US and UK and was good friends with the Rat Pack. His recordings included “Oh Look A-There Ain’t She Pretty”, “Up, Up and Away” and “Around the World”. His most successful single was “The Lady Is a Tramp”, which sold over one million copies. Greco died on January 10, at 90. Jan 8

Peter Sarstedt

Peter Sarstedt, briefly billed early in his career as Peter Lincoln, was a British singer, instrumentalist, and award-winning songwriter. He was best known for writing and performing the single “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?” Sarstedt had progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), diagnosed in 2015, but originally misdiagnosed as dementia in 2013. Sarstedt died on 8 January 2017 at the age of 75.

Rod Mason


Rod Mason was a Jazz Musician who founded Hot Five Band and extensively toured in Europe. Mason died January 8 at age 76

Sylvester Potts

VVN Music

Sylvester Potts, Singer – Motown group The Contours and a one-time member of The Four Sonics. Potts died on January 6, at aged 78.

Eddie Kamae

The New York Times

Eddie Kamae was one of the founding members of Sons of Hawaii. He was a ‘ukulele virtuoso, singer, composer, film producer and primary proponent of the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance. Kamae died on January 7, at the age of 89.

Francine York

Francine York was a film and television actress best known for playing Sabrina Kincaid in “The Doll Squad”. Francine’s first big break came when Jerry Lewis cast her in his film It’s Only Money, a role which brought her a tremendous amount of publicity. This led to Lewis hiring her for five more of his films. York died on January 6, from cancer at age 80.

Om Puri

Asian World News

Was an Actor who appeared opposite Helen Mirren as Papain in the comedy-drama “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and Dr. Vijav Alezais in “Wolf”. Puri died on January 6 from a heart attack. He was 66.

Paul Goble

Rapid City Journal

Paul Goble was an award-winning Author and Illustrator who wrote Children’s Books including, “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses”. Goble died from Parkinson’s disease on 5 January 2017, aged 83

Richard John “Mack” Machowicz

The Inquisitr

Richard John “Mack” Machowicz was a Navy SEAL, and host of the Discovery Channel and Military Channel show Future Weapons. He was the newest member of Spike’s show, Deadliest Warrior. Mack died of brain cancer on January 2nd. He was 51. 

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