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Died On This Date (January 25, 2012) Mark Reale / Founder of Riot

Posted by themusicsover on January 25, 2012

Mark Reale
June 7, 1955 – January 25, 2012

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Mark Reale was a guitarist who is best remembered as the founder of and creative force behind influential hard rock band, Riot.  Born in New York City, Reale began putting the group together in 1975.  Two years later, they released their acclaimed debut album, Rock City.  Before they knew it, they were touring with the likes of KISS, Molly Hatchet, AC/DC, Sammy Hagar, and Rush.  In 1981, they released Fire Down Below which is considered their masterpiece and one of the defining metal albums of the early ’80s.  Reale disbanded Riot in 1984 and started another band, Narita, but reformed it a couple of years later.  Riot continued to perform and record through the fall of 2011 when they released their latest album, Immortal Soul.  Mark Reale, was 56 when he died from complications of Crohn’s Diseased on January 25, 2012.  Former band mate Rhett Forrester was the victim of an unsolved carjacking/murder in 1994, while original lead singer, Guy Speranza died of pancreatic cancer in 2003.

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Died On This Date (June 19, 2006) Duane Roland / Molly Hatchet

Posted by themusicsover on June 19, 2010

Duane Roland
December 3, 1952 – June 19, 2006

Guitarist Duane Roland, a founding member of the rock band Molly Hatchet, who had a big hit with their 1979 album, Flirtin’ With Disaster.  He stayed with the band until 1990.  In later years, Roland played with the Southern Rock Allstars and Gator Country.  He died of natural causes in his home at the age of 53.

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Died On This Date (May 10, 2010) Frank Frazetta / Created Several Iconic Album Covers

Posted by themusicsover on May 10, 2010

Frank Frazetta
February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010

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Frank Frazetta was a Brooklyn-born illustrator, painter, and sculptor who is best remembered for his fantasy and science fiction artwork that graced the pages and covers of countless comic books, movie posters, graphic novels and other books of fiction.  In particular, he helped define the standard artwork style for the “sword and sorcery” genre.  His contributions to popular music were no less important as his iconic artwork graced album covers throughout the ’70s and early ’80s, as well as a handful in more recent years.  His best known covers are Molly Hatchet’s “Flirtin’ With Disaster,” “Molly Hatchet,” and “Beatin’ The Odds.”  He also provided the cover art for Nazareth’s “Expect No Mercy,” Yngwie Malmsteen’s “War To End All Wars,” and most recently, Wolfmother’s “Wolfmother.”  Frank Frazetta was 82 when he suffered a fatal stroke on May 10, 2010.

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Died On This Date (March 10, 2005) Danny Joe Brown / Molly Hatchet

Posted by themusicsover on March 10, 2010

Danny Joe Brown
August 24, 1951 – March 10, 2005

As lead singer and songwriter for Molly Hatchet, Danny Joe Brown helped the Southern Rock band achieve success with such hits as “Flirtin’ With Disaster” and “Satified Man.” After an early stint in the US Coast Guard, Brown helped form the band which would be named after a 17th Century prostitute who earned her name by chopping off the heads of her johns. Diabetes started to take its toll on Brown so he was forced to retire from the band in 1980. He had a massive stroke in 1998 and passed away from renal failure due to the diabetes on this date in 2005.

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Died On This Date (November 8, 2003) Guy Speranza / Riot

Posted by themusicsover on November 8, 2009

Guy Speranza
1956 – November 8, 2003

guyGuy Speranza was the original lead singer for New York heavy metal band, Riot.  Formed in 1973, the band struggled to make it and were on the verge of breaking up when, in 1981 the began to find their audience thanks to what was to be called the New Wave of British Heavy Metal that began to break heavy metal into the mainstream.  They began touring with such popular metal acts as AC/DC and Molly Hatchet, and were soon signed to Capitol Records.  Speranza sang on Riot’s first three albums, but left the after the release of their Capitol debut in 1981.  He later retired from music and moved to Florida where he became an exterminator.  Guy Speranza, 47, died of pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2003.

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