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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EXPIRED: 08/06/10 – Phelps “Catfish” Collins, 66, was the older brother of Bootsy Collins, who frequently stole the spotlight. But there was hardly a better funk guitarist than Catfish.

Known mostly for his work in P-Funk, Collins laid down memorable riffs on many influential records by Parliament, Funkadelic, and records by his brother’s troupe, Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

In 1968, the Bootsy and Catfish, Collins brothers, formed a group called The Pacemakers, along with Kash Waddy and Philippe Wynne. The band was hired by James Brown to back him up when the singer lost his regular band during salary disputes. Collins was with Brown during the recordings of “Super Bad,” “Get Up,” “Soul Power” and “Give It Up.” By 1971, the brothers quit to join joined Funkadelic, touring with the band and working on the album “America Eats Its Young.”

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EXPIRED: 06/16/10 – Garry Shider, 56, wore a diaper, played a guitar and got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The longtime musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic, or P-Funk, was known to millions of fans as “Diaperman” because of the diaper he often wore onstage. He had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in late March, but still went out on tour this Spring. He had to quit the tour though, for obvious reasons.

Hailing from New Jersey, Shider started out as a kid performing church gospel with his brother and father and playing backup for legends such as Shirley Caesar, The Five Blind Boys, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and other prominent gospel artists when they performed concerts in the area.

But then he met George Clinton.

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