Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Music producer and sound engineer Akis Kollaros, 34, has died in a cycling accident after he collided with a tipper truck turning left in Homerton High Street in East London. A graduate of the London College of Music, Mr Kollaros set up his own studio and produced albums by groups at the forefront of the UK’s new heavy metal scene. He also worked as a sound engineer at clubs around the capital including The Nest nightclub in Dalston and the Old Queen’s Head in Islington.

Rock Scully, manager of the Grateful Dead from 1965 - 1985 has died from cancer. He authored the 2001 book "Living With The Dead - Twenty Years on a Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead".

New Romantic pioneer Steve Strange has died of a heart attack in Egypt at the age of 55.The Welsh singer, fashionista and club organiser found fame in the 1980s as frontman for Visage whose best known hit was Fade To GreyMarc Green, label manager at August Day Recordings, said: "We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday February 12 in Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital, Egypt. Strange also managed the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, a focal point for the New Romantic movement. Strange's agent, Pete Bassett, told the Press Association: "He will be remembered as a hard-working, very amusing and lovable individual who always was at the forefront of fashion trends."

Paul "Bomber" Jackson has died. One tribute to the long term Judas Priest team man read "I'll raise a Staropramen tonight to a man who had probably forgotten more about RnR than I will ever know

Lesley Gore, the singer-songwriter probably best known for the hit she scored aged sixteen with the track 'It's My Party', has died aged 68. Discovered by Quincy Jones and signed to Mercury Records in her teens, Gore's other hits included 'Judy's Turn to Cry' and 'You Don't Own Me'.

Daevid Allen – one of the "key psychedelic rangers, a member of Soft Machine and frontman of the sprawling communal psychedelic space rock ensemble Gong has died of cancer aged 77. One of the great psychedelic pioneers and the definition of rock eccentric and "plain brilliant guitar player and our favourite loon" said Louder Than War. Allen, although an Australian by birth, created his own parallel universe in the UK - or perhaps elsewhere - called Planet Gong, populated by 'pothead pixies' and with its own radio station - 'Radio Gnome'. Gong were signed to Virgin Records.

Bill Thompson, manager of Jefferson Airplane and the band's various offshoots and projects, has died aged 70.

Singer-songwriter Gavin Clark has died. Until recently he had been working with UNKLE.

Jackie Trent, the singer songwriter who successfully co-wrote with and married Tony Hatch has died aged 74.  Born in Newcastle under Lyme she left school and headed to the bright lights of London aged just 15. Her hits included "Where Are You Now" and  "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love"  and with Hatch she co-wrote the theme to "Neighbours". She divorced Hatch in 2002 and married Colin Gregory in November 2005, and the couple lived in Spain.

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