RIP – DANNY DEGENNARO


EXPIRED: 12/28/11  – Danny DeGennaro, 56, also known as Danny Rio, seemed to have returned to his Bucks County, Pennsylvania, home only to confront a burglar.  He was shot and left for dead.

DeGennaro, who fronted the Philly-based Danny DeGennaro Band, is best known for being a guitarist and singer for Kingfish, a band that included former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir among its early members. Although the two were never in the band at the same time, they certainly shared an audience and gave DeGennaro great networking opportunities he used throughout his career.

That career included performing with Bo Diddley, Billy Squier, Clarence Clemons and some of Philadelphia’s great blues artists including T.J. Tindall and Parliament Funkadelic’s Michael Hampton.

DeGennaro last played with Kingfish in 2010 on their Live and Kicking tour.

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RIP – CLARENCE CLEMONS


EXPIRED: 06/18/11 –   Clarence Clemons, Jr., 69, was the son of a fish market owner who listened to gospel music in his grandfather’s church. A big boy, he played football in highschool but chose a career in music over sports. Playing saxophone in Jersey clubs in Newark got him a gig in Asbury Park where he met Springsteen and he joined the EStreet Band soon after. As a soloist he became a hitmaker with “You’re A Friend of Mine” a duet with Jackson Browne. Then there were TV shows, Lady Gaga and a stroke from which he never recovered.

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