The Woodstock Death Count

woodstockThis might be a tad morbid, but that’s the way it goes sometimes…

A friend recently sent me an email containing a link to a news story about the death of a 1960s musician.  Well, he was probably a musician later in life as well, but was most famous during the ‘60s.

I cranked off a reply that was something along these lines:  “Huh.  Wonder how many of the original Woodstock performers are dead now?  Forty percent?”

Turns out the musician in the article hadn’t even performed at the festival.  I was mistaken, but still curious about the Woodstock Death Count.  I did some Google searches, and came up with nothing.  Nobody, it seemed, was keeping a running tally.

And so, once again, it’s been left to me to crunch the numbers.  First it was Deadwood, and now Woodstock.  It’s a heavy burden I carry, my friends.

Here are the results of my exhaustive research:

DAY ONE Friday, August 15, 1969

Richie Havens:  alive

Swami Satchidananda:  dead

Sweetwater:  4 alive, 3 dead
Nancy Nevins:  alive
Alex Del Zoppo:  alive
Fred Herrera:  alive
August Burns:  dead
Alan Malarowitz:  dead
Elpidio “Pete” Cobian:  alive
Albert Moore:  dead

Incredible String Band:  4 alive
Mike Heron:  alive
Robin Williamson:  alive
Christina “Licorice” McKechnie:  alive
Rose Simpson:  alive

Bert Sommer:  dead

Tim Hardin:  dead

Ravi Shankar:  alive

Melanie:  alive

Arlo Guthrie:  alive

Joan Baez:  alive

19 performers:  13 alive, 6 dead
Death percentage (Day 1):  32%

The first day has taken the biggest hit, percentage-wise.  There were only nineteen performers, since the festival didn’t start until Friday evening, but almost a third of them have passed through the big beaded curtain in the sky.  Sweetwater alone has three deceased members, and are tied with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band for the most by any band at Woodstock.

DAY TWO Saturday, August 16, 1969

Quill:  5 alive
Jon Cole:  alive
Dan Cole:  alive
Roger North:  alive
Normman Rogers:  alive
Phil Thayer:  alive

Keef Hartley Band:  4 alive, 1 dead
Keef Hartley:  alive
Miller Anderson:  alive
Jimmy Jewell:  alive
Henry Lowther:  alive
Gary Thain:  dead

Country Joe McDonald:  alive

John Sebastian:  alive

Santana:  5 alive, 1 dead
Carlos Santana:  alive
Gregg Rolie:  alive
Jose “Chepito” Areas:  alive
Mike Carabello:  alive
Michael Shrieve:  alive
David Brown:  dead

Canned Heat:  3 alive, 2 dead
Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson:  dead
Bob “The Bear” Hite:  dead
Harvey “The Snake” Mandel:  alive
Larry “The Mole” Taylor:  alive
Adolpho “Fito” de la Parra:  alive

Mountain:  3 alive, 1 dead
Leslie West:  alive
Felix Pappalardi:  dead
Norman D. Smart II:  alive
Steve Knight:  alive

Janis Joplin: dead

Grateful Dead:  5 alive, 2 dead
Jerry Garcia:  dead
Bob Weir:  alive
Bill Kreutzmann:  alive
Mickey Hart:  alive
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan:  dead
Tom Constanten:  alive
Phil Lesh:  alive

Creedence Clearwater Revival:  3 alive, 1 dead
John Fogerty:  alive
Tom Fogerty:  dead
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford:  alive
Stu Cook:  alive

Sly and the Family Stone:  7 alive
Sly Stone:  alive
Freddie Stone:  alive
Greg Errico:  alive
Larry Graham:  alive
Jerry Martini:  alive
Cynthia Robinson:  alive
Rosie Stone:  alive

The Who:  2 alive, 2 dead
Roger Daltrey:  alive
Pete Townshend:  alive
John Entwistle:  dead
Keith Moon:  dead

Jefferson Airplane:  5 alive, 2 dead
Marty Balin:  alive
Grace Slick:  alive
Paul Kantner:  alive
Jorma Kaukonen:  alive
Jack Casady:  alive
Spencer Dryden:  dead
Nicky Hopkins:  dead

57 performers:  44 alive, 13 dead
Death percentage (Day 2):  23%

Thirteen performers from the second day are now dead, the biggest number by far.  However, a whopping fifty-seven people took the stage on Saturday.

The Who have lost 50% of their members, the highest of any band at the festival.  Canned Heat, the Grateful Dead, and the Jefferson Airplane are each down two, as well.  But all seven members of Sly and the Family Stone are still kicking.  And I find that to be fairly amazing, if you want to know the truth.

DAY THREE Sunday, August 17, 1969

Joe Cocker:  alive

Country Joe & The Fish:  5 alive
Country Joe McDonald:  alive
Barry “The Fish” Melton:  alive
Greg “Duke” Dewey:  alive
Mark Kapner:  alive
Doug Metzler:  alive

Ten Years After:  4 alive
Alvin Lee:  alive
Leo Lyons:  alive
Chick Churchill:  alive
Ric Lee:  alive

The Band:  3 alive, 2 dead
Robbie Robertson:  alive
Rick Danko:  dead
Levon Helm:  alive
Garth Hudson:  alive
Richard Manuel:  dead

Blood, Sweat, and Tears:  9 alive
David Clayton-Thomas:  alive
Bobby Colomby:  alive
Jim Fielder:  alive
Dick Halligan:  alive
Jerry Hyman:  alive
Steve Katz:  alive
Fred Lipsius:  alive
Lew Soloff:  alive
Chuck Winfield:  alive

Johnny Winter:  alive

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:  6 alive
David Crosby:  alive
Graham Nash:  alive
Stephen Stills:  alive
Neil Young:  alive
Greg Reeves:  alive
Dallas Taylor:  alive

Paul Butterfield Blues Band:  7 alive, 3 dead
Paul Butterfield:  dead
Howard “Buzzy” Feiten:  alive
Rod Hicks:  alive
Ted Harris:  alive
Phillip Wilson:  dead
Steve Madaio:  alive
Keith Johnson:  alive
David Sanborn:  alive
Trevor Lawrence:  alive
Gene Dinwiddie:  dead

Sha-Na-Na:  12 alive
Joe Witkin:  alive
Jocko Marcellino:  alive
Donald “Donny” York:  alive
Rob Leonard:  alive
Alan Cooper:  alive
Frederick “Dennis” Greene:  alive
Dave Garrett:  alive
Richard “Ritchie” Joffe:  alive
Scott Powell:  alive
Henry Gross:  alive
Bruce Clarke III:  alive
Elliot Cahn:  alive

Jimi Hendrix:  dead

54 performers:  48 alive, 6 dead
Death percentage (Day 3):  11%

Sha-Na-Na(?!), Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band filled the stage with performers.  Why is it necessary to have a dozen people in your band?  Doesn’t that seem a bit excessive?  In any case, the death percentage for the final day of Woodstock is probably lower than that of my high school graduating class — even though it included high profile artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Rick Danko.  Nicely done, Day Three!

And that brings us to the answer of my original question:

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130 total performers: 105 alive, 25 dead
Total Woodstock death percentage:  19%

My inner-sensors told me the final number would be much higher; I would’ve bet good money the bottom-line would be closer to 35 or 40 percent.  After all, it’s been four decades since the festival took place, and these are… musicians we’re talking about.  The fact that only 19% of Woodstock performers have said “Goodnight Tokyo!,” is a pleasant surprise.

I spent considerable time researching this information, and believe it to be accurate.  However, if you find an error, please let me know and I’ll fix it.  I will attempt to keep a running tally, as well.  So, check the Big Pie Chart of Death often!

See also: First Episode of SNL: Dead or Alive?

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108 Responses to “The Woodstock Death Count”

  1. Nicely done.

    Now can you break down how many fucks per minutes were uttered during the three-day festival?

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    Chris Robbins Reply:

    Just looking through the list and noticed it may not have been updated in a while. The following have passed since the last update, maybe more: Ravi Shankar, Levon Helm and Richie Havens, RIP

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    billy Reply:

    alvin lee rip

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  2. That’s very impressive! Will you make the Wheel of Death an easy to find feature, so we can check up later?

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  3. This is great!
    Will we ever know how many children were conceived at Woodstock and where are they today: in a commune, working on wall street or the obama administration?

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  4. you just have GOT to keep this updated.

    THIS will outdo the deadwood…. HEY!

    waitaminut…

    deadWOOD, WOODstock… are you obcessed with WOOD? like.. in the bevis and butthead sence?

    hehhehheh..

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  5. It kills me everytime I see clips of Woodstock and see Sha-Na_Na, some of them in the gold lame’ outfits.

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  6. Sits back to see if THIS ONE makes DrudgeReport

    .. again BRILLIANT but hope that HOST is ready.

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  7. “I’m fairly surprised all seven members of Sly and the Family Stone are still kicking, if you want to know the truth.”

    Stress. It’s the physical & mental stress you put upon yourself that shortens your life. Stop keeping up with the Jones’s.

    Sly and the Fam had stress removal assistance.
    I, for one, am NOT surprised all alive. I grinned instead.

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  8. Ridiculously hilarious…I never would’ve thought of this, but that’s why we all read this site…because Jeff keeps us on our toes.

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  9. Wow -that’s an impressive piece of research. I’m gonna answer your question about “Why 12 people in a band?” I think Blood, Sweat & Tears had a horns, backup singers – a lot of musicians onstage. Like “Chicago” did back in the day.

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  10. Top 10?

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  11. Finally found a decent shot of the gold lame’. Keith Moon with a member of Sha Na Na.

    http://media.thewho.com/non_secure/images/20080115/72_keith___sha_na_na/72_keith___sha_na_na_640.jpg

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  12. Excellent job, Jeff.

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  13. I found myself getting mad, reading through the list and seeing the names of all the greats who have died… But nothing prepared me for the anger that I’d feel when I got to Sha-Na-Na and saw that every last one of them was still living.

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  14. I just read on a news website that the Lucky Charms leprechaun (“its magically delicious”) has passed away. A truly sad day indeed.

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  15. Even more puzzling than Sly and the Family Stone’s survival rate is the fact that ALL of CSN&Y were still kicking six months after woodstock, much less 4 decades hence.

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  16. When I think of Woodstock (which was before my time by the way), I just don’t picture Sha-Na-Na performing.

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  17. Good stuff Jeff! Well worth the rearch. You have now broken down the Woodstock Death Count void on the web. I thought the percentage would be MUCH higher. lol

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  18. “Sha-Na-Na: 12 alive”

    How unfortunate.

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  19. Sha-Na-Na. At Woodstock. That blows my mind. So how about percentages of performers with one foot in the grave? I mean hell, how many more times can David Crosby cheat death?

    Now I’m wondering about Live Aid and the early years of Lollapalooza.

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  20. No kiddin! I would have bet with you on the 30% range.

    I checked TotalFark and it’s already been submitted there – and redlit. I’ll try a different headline.

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  21. Paul Butterfield Blues Band: 8 alive, 2 dead

    Jeff – when you have the individual band members listed, you show 3 as dead, not 2.

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  22. Dammit! I’ll fix it. Thanks for noticing the error, NDfan.

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  23. I ate the brown acid.

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  24. Jeff – any idea how many are in the land of the living dead – like Sly?

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  25. Considering that was 40 years ago, I think the stats look really good!

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  26. I think some of these people, like David Crosby, are already dead but nobody has the heart to tell them.

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  27. I’m still amazed that Sha-Na-Na played Woodstock. Did I know this before and block it from my mind? who knows.

    Great job, Jeff. Now I’m heading over to Celebrity Death Watch…

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  28. Which ironically seems to prove that drugs are good!
    Seriously, this IS a pleasant surprise.

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  29. Didn’t some brands of really cheap wine back then have formaldehyde in them? Discuss.

    Sha-Na-Na? At Woodstock? F’real?

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  30. I vaguely remember the Sha Na Na variety show.

    So vaguely that I thought it was something I imagined after sneaking one too many sips from my mom’s whiskey sour, my grandma’s beer, and my dad’s whiskey & Coke.

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  31. I think you left some guys out. How about Country Joe’s band, the Fish or the band that backed up Hendrix?

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  32. I got nuthin

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  33. this is amazing. i can’t imagine where you even began with all that. thanks for your dedication.

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  34. Some hippies that got lost looking for the Byron Pop Festival in July 1970 stopped by my house looking for directions. First time I ever saw a bona fide HIPPIE or a psychedelic-painted Volkswagen van. I was 14 and my mama wouldn’t let me go.

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  35. peace, love, dove, groovy guys and gals

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  36. Nice Job Jeff:

    Janis and Jimi both had back up bands. Mitch Mitchell who played drums with Jimi at woodstock just died recently

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  37. Hendrix band at Woodstock:

    Billy Cox -Bass
    Mitch Mitchell -Drums
    Larry Lee – Guitar
    Juma Sultan – Percussion
    Jerry Velex – Percussion

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  38. Was Bowser not in the original Sha-Na-Na? I know he is still alive though as I’ve seen him hawking some Time Life music on an infomercial. Maybe his off spring is the Sham Wow guy.

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  39. I think this was Joe Cocker’s bacnd – The Grease Band:

    Joe Cocker – vocals
    Henry McCullough – guitar,vocals
    Alan Spenner – bass, vocals
    Chris Stainton – keyboard
    Bruce Rowlands – drums
    Bobby Torres – congas

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    Joe in Portland Reply:

    So Bobby Torres lives in Portland OR and is active as a performer and percussionist. Playing a lot of jazz and still sounding good.

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  40. I think Edgar Winter played with brother Johnny at Woodstock. The bass player was probably Tommy Shannon the drummer was probably Johnny Mac Turner.

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  41. LOL@evil twin’s wheel of death comment.

    David Crosby cheated death.

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  42. Wow… very interesting. These numbers seem to dispute the theory that drugs are bad. I mean seriously these are musicians at Woodstock so these guys are no lightweights and yet a vast majority are still kicking 40 years later? The Government is screaming that occasional pot use will lead to the path of destruction and these musicians who most likely have snorted herion off skanky groupy body parts have made it to the forty year mark? Seems the test of time proves the Gov wrong.

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  43. I wonder how long it will take the Woodstock II acts to catch up?

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  44. Don’t forget to include the backing bands for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, etc for a more accurate count.

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  45. Both Cocker and Janis had horn sections. I’ll get out my old ‘original’ vinyl and start naming names. I’d bet most are alive. Or they could quite possibly be in the witness protection program… or selling used cars somewhere.

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  46. Bobby Keys sax for Cocker and Jim Price trpt., both alive and Janis may not have used horns at Woodstock, but heck… it’s fun being in an afternoon time warp

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  47. The only woodstock I knew was attached to an M14.

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  48. You should have listed Johnny Winter as “Still Alive and Well.” Nyuk, nyuk nyuk!

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  49. Sha-Na-Na played right before Jimi. That is why they are in the film.

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  50. My mention of The Woodstock Death Count on MetaFilter is kinda rockin the comments:
    http://www.metafilter.com/80076/He-does-it-for-the-wood

    (Unforch someone beat me to the digg submit)

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  51. Nice job! Whop cares if every molecule is 101% accurate! The effort decrees the monument of the event. I was 5-10 years too young with square parents but was listening to their stuff even at my young age which broght me to the realization of truth today about universialty in music. Peace America!

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  52. Sorry about my terrible typing!

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  53. You sound like you were disappointed that more weren’t dead! What’s that all about? I was there and I’m still alive. I’m pretty sure you were not there. And by the way…Sha Na Na were very entertaining!

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  54. Roger Daltry of The Who is spelled “Daltrey.”

    Great list!

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  55. Great work, but I’m not sure why I needed to know this ;-) What about the guys that introduced all the acts, are they alive or dead?

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  56. I was just at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over break, and realized that like 90% of the performers listed are now in the Hall of Fame… lol I hadn’t realized how very influential Woodstock was!!!

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  57. Dudley Dawson (Booger), on March 16th, 2009 at 6:13 pm Said:

    Billy Cox -Bass Alive
    Mitch Mitchell -Drums Dead
    Larry Lee – Guitar Dead
    Juma Sultan – Percussion Alive

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  58. A correction: The Incredible String Band played on Day 2, not Day 1 (because they refused to play in the rain on the first night). So you’ll need to adjust your Day 1/Day 2 death tallies.

    Also, the two main stage announcers at Woodstock were John Morris and Chip Monck, both still alive.

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  59. The Woodstock Death Count…

    Wonder how many of the original Woodstock performers are dead now?…

  60. I don’t recall Nicky Hopkins playing with Jefferson Airplane, but then again the brown acid was excellent. Thank you Stanley.

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  61. That’s an interesting information.

    I thought was more..Most of them should be around 70 yo and I’m sure a lot of them had a “particular” style of life..

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  62. Mitch Mitchell was the drummer for hendrix and he recently passed away. The Experiance had split up but Mitch was the drummer for his woodstock band.

    Also Bill Graham was hired asa consultent and is in the movie.

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  63. You left out a boatload of Woodstock musicians. Janis Joplin’s band, Johnny Winter’s band, Joe Cocker’s band, etc. This list is very incomplete. Other than that, nice job. You ought to update and include those Woodstock musicians. Greetings from Denmark.

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  64. someone above mentioned hendrix. actually, mitch mitchell just recently died. i don’t remember if noel redding played the show buit he’s dead as well. bummer.

    oh well. gotta go sometime.

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  65. Don’t forget the spokesman and head of “security”, Mr. Wavy Gravy”. And yes, he is still alive.

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  68. I was there and I’m still alive.

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  69. Hang in there @George

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  70. Bert Sommer performed on the first day, which you have listed, but he was not a solo act at Woodstock. His backing musicians were Ira Stone, who alternated between electric guitar and Hammond organ, and Charlie Bilello on bass. Ira is still alive and well. Charlie died in an accident in 1989.

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  71. Johnny Winter’s drummer, Uncle John Turner, is dead.

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  72. Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Phillip Wilson had been murdered on March 25, 1992 at 440 East 9 St. in Manhattan by a hired assassin, Marvin Slater, who was arrested soon after an America’s Most Wanted episode in 1996.
    Slater was later convicted for the premeditated murder of Phillip , has not yet disclosed motive and is currently serving time in a New York State prison – http://nysdocslookup.docs.state.ny.us/ The “inmate look up” information requires the prisoner date of birth which is October 11, 1958. Anyone wishing to discover why and/or who paid Slater please do so. Phillip might be still here today if …

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  73. I think you did a swell job.

    What surprised me was that there were not more bands at Woodstock. I didn’t go. But I thought every band with long hair and a recording contract played that weekend. It DID rain a lot, and changing out between bands took forever back then.

    And then there were the dopes like Abbie Hoffmann wasting everyone’s time with his ego and rap.

    I guess the Dead buried their tapes in a landfill outside of Ashtabula, Ohio because they were unhappy how they sounded. It would have been difficult to get a good sound at an insane asylum like the main stage. Except of course. the Who. They’d sound great under water. As my teenage son said when the Who played the Garden for the firefighters and cops after 9/11, “Some bands never lose it.”

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  74. So to recap, this is what is missing:

    Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band:
    4 alive, 2 dead, 2 ?
    Janis Joplin: dead
    Maury Baker: alive
    Brad Campbell: ?
    Terry Clements: ?
    Cornelius “Snooky” Flowers: alive
    Luis Gasca: alive
    Richard Kermode: dead
    John Till: alive

    Joe Cocker & The Grease Band: 7 alive, 1 dead
    Joe Cocker: alive
    Henry McCullough: alive
    Alan Spenner: dead
    Chris Stainton: alive
    Bruce Rowlands: alive
    Bobby Torres: alive
    Bobby Keys: alive
    Jim Price: alive

    Johnny Winter And: 3 alive, 1 dead
    Johnny Winter: alive
    Edgar Winter: alive
    Tommy Shannon: alive
    “Uncle” Johnny Mac Turner: dead

    Gypsy Sun & Rainbows: 3 alive, 3 dead
    Jimi Hendrix: dead
    Billy Cox: alive
    Mitch Mitchell: dead
    Larry Lee: dead
    Juma Sultan: alive
    Gerardo ”Jerry” Velez: alive

    Hope this helps (and I think it is all accurate). Does anyone know the whereabouts of Brad Campbell and Terry Clements?

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  75. Also (and most of this was stated by others, I am only restating for greater ease):
    1. Bert Sommer and band: 1 alive, 2 dead
    Bert Sommer: dead
    Ira Stone: alive
    Charlie Bilello: dead

    2. Move Incredible String Band to Day 2

    3. The two main stage announcers were John Morris and Chip Monck. The spokesman, and “head” of security, was Wavy Gravy. They are all still alive.

    Great idea, btw.

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  76. Great post! I’m glad I’m not the only one who follows this kind of trivia.

    Woodstock was pivotal in most of these musicians’ careers. I was 8 and didn’t get to go.

    I remember watching Sha Na Na on TV, and I know they were at Woodstock, but everybody must have been high, drunk or both to put up with them. Or was their show truly a spoof and they are all far more talented than we give them credit for?

    I think we think the survival rate of Woodstock is lower than it actually is because the people who died were gifted and very high profile (Hendrix, Joplin). Had they lived their careers would have been stellar. Those who survived did go on to great careers, or most of them.

    I do have to note that all the hard drugs done by the musicians and audience (and all the unprotected sex) in 1969 didn’t have to worry about Hepatitis B or HIV/AIDS. Had those diseases been around in 1969, the death toll would be much higher. Most of the 60′s crowd had cleaned up by the mid-80′s.

    I am curious about the number of children conceived during that weekend. That would be a cool thing to know.

    Sherri

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  77. Janis Joplin, dead. I looked a couple of times down the list, but didn’t see her. I think she was Saturday night, because her performance is in the dark, but I don’t know that for certain.

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  78. oh, crap. she’s under Mountain. Never mind!

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  79. FYI, the Grease Band’s keyboard player has toured with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood for the last two summers.

    And if all you know of Sha Na Na is their 3rd or 4th iteration (LONG after the original Columbia University members had left), you wouldn’t understand what they were all about. (No, Bowzer was not original). They were the first “tribute” act of their kind to present to my generation. I saw them live in 1970 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on a crazy billing with comedian Uncle Dirty, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Jethro Tull. Shortly after Woodstock, their popularity grew to the point that they became a complete and utter joke.

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  80. Your missing artists!

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  81. This is actually the first time I’ve ever seen this site. I stumbled upon it when I googled “Dead Woodstock performers”. So being slightly obsessive myself, I was relieved to find that I would not have to do all of the research myself. Thank you very much! Very nicely done.

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  82. I’m not sure if someone else has said this in the comments, but you are missing a LOT of performers. These solo acts had plenty of backing musicians. Watch Hendrix or Joplin footage, it wasn’t just them, they had a whole backing group (Hendrix actually had a BAND but people fail to realize this and think it was all him – RIP Mitch Mitchell).

    So your stats need to be modified for all these musicians that played with some of these solo acts (not all solo acts had a group, such as many of the First Day people like Ritchie Havens).

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  83. If you know of backing musicians that have died, pass it along.

    And, by the way, Richie Havens did have two supporting musicians with him, a guitarist and a percussionist.

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  84. Ah yeah, I forgot about that, I just watched the movie like a month ago too. I’m pretty sure Joan Baez didn’t have anybody with her though.

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  85. Brad returned to Canada after Janis’s death.. married, had a family and took a job in the court system. He’s alive and lives in Milton, Ontario. Reference…
    http://barbwiredesign.com/the%20last%20words%20jan%2007/brad.html

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  86. According the Woodstock Museum at Bethel Woods website, Richard Festinger (guitar) and Jeffrey Shurtleff (vocals, guitar) appeared with Joan Baez. In fact Jeffrey Shurtleff appears in the movie singing the duet Drugstore Truck Driving Man with Joan. You might recall, he was the guy who pronounced Reagan “Ray Guns”.

    Jeff is alive and lives in San Bruno , California.
    Don’t know about Rich. I think he appeared on a couple Baez albums in the 70′s then I don’t know…

    reference… http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/museum/40anniversary.aspx

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  87. Well crap, just don’t listen to me then :)

    But that just illustrates my point even more. The only side guy I know of that wasn’t listed that is dead is Mitch Mitchell, Hendrix’s drummer.

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  88. brings back so many great memories

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  89. Paul “Dino” Williams and Daniel Ben Zebulon accompanied Richie Havens on stage at Woodstock. Zebulon is alive and lives in Miami. Anyone have a lead on Dino Williams? Looks like he continued to record with Richie through the 80′s at least.

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    Tilt Reply:

    About 8 years ago, I was transporting a tractor on my ramp truck to Vermont from Maryland. On my way home, I stopped at a rest stop in upstate New York..
    An old black guy decked out in a country/cowboy getup, had the hood of his van up.
    His van was packed with musical equipment.
    I loaded up his van on my truck and hauled him to eastern New York, somewhere above New Your City. (I may be able to find it – He gave me an address and phone number, which I can’t find at the moment..)
    Along the trip, he explained that he was Paul Williams, and that he now plays bass in a two piece band, playing country music in bars.
    He was rather old (60′s or 70′s) and I don’t know if he is still kicking or not.
    He told me to look him up if ever in the area again, but I haven’t been back that way since then.
    If I can find the address/phone number, I’ll send it to you.

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  90. Update.. According to ELO Productions who handle Richie Havens, Dino WIlliams “is alive and well but left the music business quite some time ago.”

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  91. Woodstock Obituaries: Performers Who Have Passed Since Woodstock ’69 http://www.woodstockstory.com/woodstock1969obituaries.html

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  92. According to many websites and searchings the state of Christina “Licorice” McKechnie from the incredible string band is unknown, she has contact with her sister in 1990 and since no one heard from her. Many thinking she had lost in the dessert of Arizona state, maybe she is still with the scintology church !!!

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  93. Did you hear that Keef Hartley died on 27th November?

    Rob

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  94. I realize this is an old article, and may be out of date now, but you did a fine job on it. I tried doing one myself awhile back, and got lazy and never finished it. Haha, and when I saw that Sly & the Family Stone were all still alive, I had the exact same reaction you did…

    I wonder what the percentages are for the Monterey Pop Festival; I suspect the death toll may be higher, but I don’t know… The Mamas and Papas are down to only one survivor, for example.

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  95. Sly’s alive but living rough. This article in the NY Post appeared a couple of months ago. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/the_rise_and_fall_of_sly_stone_qijyKoYzmAqer1PA0YogSJ
    Jimmy, Janis, Jerry are gone but still many great ones are carrying the torch… Pete Townhend, Robbie Robertson, John Fogerty, Paul Kantner… the beat goes on.

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  96. Levon Helm (The Band) … (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012). Farewell to the Midnight Rambler.

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  97. Intrepid61 said it, but please do update your HTML — Levon Helm of the Band is gone. No longer carrying the weight.

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  98. The one and only Alvin Lee, brilliant guitarist from Ten Years After.. died today, March 6, 2013 of unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. He’s going home…

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  99. R.I.P Ritchie Havens today

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  100. Richie Havens died this week.

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  101. Richie Havens – On April 22, 2013, Havens died of a heart attack at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was 72.

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  102. Ravi Shankar died on 11 December 2012.

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  103. Time is finally starting to take it’s toll & expect the percentages to start to rise. This year two of my favorites passed away. Alvin Lee of Ten Years After & now Richie Havens who was the opening performer of the festival & played for three hours because all the scheduled acts couldn’t get to the stage because they were stuck in traffic. Both were heavily featured in the film and subsequent album that came out.

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  104. Steve Knight, keyboard player for Mountain, died 19 January 2013 in New York City from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

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