1980: John Bonham.  Drummer for Led Zep, a rock band +that was more blues than rock.  Between their Rock and their Blues fans, they rallied as many people to rebellion against the establishment as any other band or artist of the era.  Asphyxiated.

1980: John Lennon.  See Lennon Conspiracy Story.

1981: Bill Haley.  Bill was considering a comeback solely based on the Blues influences that were around when he started to Rock & Roll.  He could very possibly have set off another torrent of Blues fans and artists, just he had with Rock.  A supposed heart attack.

1981: Michael Bloomfield.  A Blues artist with heavy ties to a lot of Rock artists, he was admired by many and was leading many bands, including Moby Grape down the Blues path to rebellion.  Yet another trumped up drug overdose case.

1981: Harry Chapin.  A master story teller, he had begun to transform into a Blues-oriented artist, and within two years would have been a leading proponent of the Blues Movement.  Staged traffic accident.

1982: John Belushi.  The Blues Brothers were touring, had a couple of hit albums, and got plenty of exposure on Saturday Night Live.  It was obvious that they would not be allowed to continue in their ways of gathering fans.  John being a wild party guy (at least that was his image) he knew his way around drugs and would never had overdosed on his own without the help of someone.  He also never would have mixed cocaine and heroin.

1983: Dennis Wilson.  Beach Boys drummer.  Another mysterious drowning,  ala Brian Jones.

1983: Felix Pappalardi.  Rock and Blues Bass player, famous for his work with Mountain.  Shot dead.

1984: Marvin Gaye.  This Soul artist was back in the studio after a long absence, preparing an album of Blues songs, that, according to those who had heard some of his stylings, would have gone double platinum.  Murdered.

1985: Ricky Nelson.  A Rock idol and television star to many of us, Rick was on tour with his band and was about to make a huge return to the limelight.  Rick was not shy about letting everyone know that he was tired of playing his standard hits over and over and over.  Rick was about to branch off into the Blues for a fresh set of music that he could play at his gigs.  Music was in his veins.  His Dad (Ozzie) was a famous Big Band leader in his day and his Mom (Harriet) was the front singer for the band.  Ozzie had always considered Blues to be the most pure musical form, and he predicted back in the 30’s that it would grow into what we called Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll.  Although Ozzie had no idea what names would be attached to it, he envisioned a musical form that the masses would embrace well beyond his Big Band Music, and that music would allow the people to hold a common bond of identity.  Ricky Nelson was brought down by yet another plane crash, along with four members of his band.

1986: Albert Grossman.  As the manager for Janis Joplin, Todd Rundgren and the Band, it was feared that Albert would be able to create the ultimate Blues artist that could somehow be another Joplin.  That had to be squashed.  So-called heart attack.  On an airplane no less.

1986: Desi Arnez.  Desi of course, was a famous band leader playing mostly in the Mambo and Latin styles.  His fame as both a musician and as a television star with his wife Lucille ball, would be used as the springboard for his shift into Blues-Styled music.  This would have made Desi the first crossover artist from the Latin Beat into the Blues genre.  It would started a stampede in the Latino community.  They could not have that, although at the time, Latinos were not as influential as they are today, it could be seen that in the not too distant future, Latin music would become a rage.  Quite possibly one that would evolve into a new Rock.  And they certainly could not have those Blues influenced attitudes involved.  That could lead eventually to a full blown Rock revival via the Latin musicians.  Mysterious death.

1987: Dean Martin Jr.  “Dino” had a Rock band - Dino Desi & Billy -  that had some hits, and was about to push into the Blues with a new band that he was putting together.  His Dad was offering advice and may have even produced the new album as well as helped out on vocals.  This would have been a dynamite piece of music that would have crossed at least two generations.  Once again a plane crash.  And don’t be fooled with any plane crash theory.  Dino was an Air Force Captain.   

1987: Paul Butterfield.  Headed up The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.  Died of a mysterious disease.

1988: Roy Orbison.  Roy was a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who was making a comeback on the oldies tours and had been in conversations with Del Shannon about a move to into Blues.  Murdered, but it was ruled a heart attack on the “official” paperwork.

1988: Roy Buchanan.  Blues artist with a string of hits, he was about to straighten up and begin to manufacture his style of Blues once again.  Found dead from hanging.  Of course the official report was that he had done it himself.  Yeah, right.

1988: Dave Pratter.  Dave was the “Dave” in Sam & Dave.  They had a bunch of hits and were a solid Soul duo that was beginning to have some success as a Blues comeback group.  They had hooked up with their old Motown buddies and the guys at Atlantic Records, including co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.  Just a matter of time before the hits started rolling again and Sam & Dave would be back on top with a whole new fan base.  Rooted in the Blues and Soul.  Car crash.  Yet once again.

1988: Andy Gibb.  The only thing that they figured would stop the meteoric rise of the Bee Gees would be some drastic action towards the group.  Andy was murdered when he was infected with a virus that attacked his heart and brought him down at the age of only 30.

1989: Steve Rubell.  Rubell was in the process of bringing back the Mega Nite Club, and this time it would not be Disco.  He was planning a Blues House type of atmosphere, featuring prominent Blues artists from the past that had faded from the scene, Bluesmen that still around and recording, and on two nights a week he was to feature Rockers that were Blues influenced.  With his monumental success as the momentum behind Studio 54, it was feared that he would start a revolution of his own by bringing people back to the music that really started at all.  Died from a blood disease supposedly, but some are calling it murder.

1990: Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Blues Rocker.  Lots of hits.  Major threat to their agenda.  Helicopter crash, which is a twist on the old plane crash scenario.

1990: Del Shannon.  Another or the early Rockers that was on tour making a comeback with some new Blues tunes sprinkled into his old hits set.  Orbison’s death didn’t deter him. Shot dead with a rifle.  They want you to believe it was suicide.

1991: David Ruffin.  Another murdered Temptations band member.  Soul and Blues stylings, they were making the tours and a comeback was in the offing as their popularity was growing amongst a new generation.  We all know that Soul leads to Rock which leads to Blues.  Drug overdosed and dumped at the hospital doorway.

1991: Bill Graham.  As the owner of the Fillmore, the Sixties famous venue for musical rebellious acts, Graham did as much as anyone for the promotion of Rock and Blues in the biz.  He was attempting to bring back his type of music hall concerts and this time his focus would be the Blues and Blues-Rock bands.  A not-very-original helicopter crash.

1994: Tommy Boyce.  Boyce and Hart were at the core of he the early Sixties Rock movement.  They wrote tons of hit songs and even had a hit of their own.  The rumor mill tells us that Tommy was working with Kurt Cobain to develop a Blues influenced string of singles that were to be a grand departure from his previous style.  Shot dead.  But they have tried to make it look like a suicide, again.

1994: Kurt Cobain.  This Grung Rocker had hold of a whole new generation of listeners.  The Fans that did not know Soul.  The Fans that did not now the Sixties Rock & Roll and their Blues influence.  Cobain could lead them there, if his ideas about adding Blues tunes to his songbook were realized.  And not one to ever want to become stale, Kurt was poised to make a radical departure in his musical selections.  Rehearsals were already in progress for a Bluesed-up tour.  Shot dead.  Of course it was ruled a suicide.  But who is stupid enough to believe that just as you hit the big time, you give up?  See the Links page to look at the evidence.  Plus the other deaths and attempts at murder surrounding Kurt & Courtney Love.  It smells all the way to Nirvana.

1995: Phillip Kramer.  Bassist in a couple of Rock bands, most recently Iron Butterfly,  who were getting back together to pursue a new form of “Heavy Blues with Rock overtones” according to press releases.  Body found in a van at the bottom of a ravine.  Ties to various government agencies have caused several theories, but we know the true reason.

1995: Rory Gallagher.  Blues-Rocker.  Just out there getting more and more air play.  Some connection with what Cobain was up to?  Mysterious infection?

1995: Wolfman Jack.  He was putting together a band with the Rock-Pop-Country-Blues sound.  It would have been unique, as only the Wolfman could produce.  This would have been an all-star band that toured similar to Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band, except Blues based.  Wolfman himself was on a comeback trail, having been the first enlisted on the yet to be announced Sirius Satellite Radio.  He was to host an over-night Blues show, complete with live feeds from his touring bands.  Jerry Garcia (Rocker -Grateful Dead), Jimmy Keyes (well known Doo-Wop / R&B artist), Floyd McDaniel (Blues singer), Lou Miami (New Wave singer) and Charlie Rich (renowned Country-Rock singer) were already on board for the new concept band.  But within 40 days, all six would be dead of what were reported to be “heart attacks”.

1996: Arthur Ross. Song writer for most of the great Motown acts.  Arthur’s sister, Diana Ross, was about to bring the Supremes back into the studio for a big comeback album and tour.  She had a big day earlier that year with her performance at the Super Bowl and sitting poised to strike it big once again.  It has been acclaimed one of the most memorable Super Bowl performances of all time.  Diana Ross put on a show of greatest hits medley, fireworks, dancers and costume changes. As she finished the song "I Will Survive," a helicopter flew into the stadium, and with Ross hanging on to the helicopter, she flew off singing her song, "Take Me Higher."  She had become too much of a threat.  Arthur was murdered.

1997: Randy California.  Guitar player for Spirit, a 60’s Blues-Rock band that rumored to be making a comeback into the rock scene.  His body mysteriously disappeared after his alleged drowning death.

1997: Jeff Buckley.  Folk artist with rebellious lineage (his dad was Tim Buckley), it was said  that he was headed back to the studio to combine his Folk-influenced Rock with a Rock -Blues blend.  This new creative style of protest Folk-Blues would have been a sensation and fired up a large group of people.  Jeff obviously did not learn anything from the death of his father’s producer (Paul Rothchild) two years earlier.  Another drowning.

1997: John Denver.  Another attempt to shut down the Folk-Blues music that was trying to burst free at the time.  John had already developed a very strong following, but he had never created music that moved the people, leaning more to the mellow side of Folk and Rock.  But now, with the backing of talented recording giant Jac Holtzmann (Elektra Records Founder), John was about to change history.  Lots of stories about his death.  But John was an experienced pilot and experienced pilots never run out of gas.  Is the fact that he was born in Roswell adding to the theories?  Eight (8) years earlier, there was an attempt on John’s life when another plane he was in crashed.  Also there is a flight instructor at a runway John used that had a beef with Denver.  Is he a suspect?

1997: Colonel Tom Parker. The Colonel was about to blow the whole Elvis disappearance scam and scandal sky high.  This would have rocked the entire world (not just the music world).  It also would have given rise to other conspiracy investigators that were trying to debunk many of the staged deaths that are listed on this web site.  A lot of erroneous information about what has happened to a lot of artists in this industry would have come to light.  That in itself could have caused a rebellion.  The Colonel had to be stopped.

1997: Princess Diana.  An unbelievable story with lots of theories.  Which of course equals cover-up.  See Princess Di Story.

1998: Sonny Bono.  A scheme to keep their dirty little secret under wraps. See Sonny Bono Mystery.       


THE STORIES  1980- 1999