Top 10 Murdered Musicians You've Never Heard Of
Dead rock stars are a dime a dozen. They usually drink themselves to death, overdose on narcotics, crash cars, or get on faulty aircrafts with drunk pilots on drugs who crash cars. But murdered musicians? That's where it gets gruesome. Check out these 10 tales of death by murder.
DJ Uncle Al
10. DJ Uncle Al - Murdered: September 10, 2001 Is a DJ a musician? In Miami, where turntables have outnumbered guitars 2:1 since the 80's, the answer is yes. Our greatest vinyl martyr, DJ Uncle Al, was shot in cold blood by three men with pistols at the front door of the North Miami duplex where he originated a pirate radio signal that interefered with that of the Broward cowards who may have killed him. Read more about his untimely death in our 2001 feature on him.
9. Jaco Pastorius - Murdered: September 11, 1987. One of the greatest bassists ever to grace the low end, his electric style was noted for melodies in the high registers and the mellifluous quality of his runs. The Broward County native also had some mental problems. After sneaking into and getting kicked out of a Santana show one night, he went to the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manners. He got denied entrance, kicked out a glass door, got in a fight with the bouncer and caught a one man boot party death stomp (still popular with Liquordale bouncers) that left his face in bone shards, his brain in a coma, and his body on life support till he passed on September 21st at the age of 35. His killer was charged with 2nd degree murder, but plead down to manslaughter.
8. Don Myrick - Murdered: July 30, 1993. He was a legendary saxophonist who started with a jazz group in Chicago and went on to sell millions of records as a member of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Myrick also played on the Phil Collins hit "One More Night." At the age of 53, Myrick was shot dead in his California home by a Santa Monica cop working a narcotics investigation. Cops surrounded the house and knocked on his door wat 6:10 a.m. to serve a seacrh warrant. Myrick answered with a butane lighter in his hand and was fatally shot in the chest. His family collected $400,000 in a wrongful death suit filed against L.A. County.
7. Felix Pappalardi - Murdered: April 17, 1983. As a producer he was considered the "fourth member" of the Eric Clapton group Cream. Later, he was known for playing and recording distorted bass lines with heavy metal forerunning band Mountain. His artist wife killed him with a pistol shot to the neck in their Manhattan apartment. She was charged with criminally negligent homicide, saw release, lives in Mexico, and claims it was an accident.
6. Selena - Murdered: March 31, 1995. "The Mexican Madonna" was also known as the "Queen of Tejano Music," and won a grammy for best Mexican-American album in 1994. She began singing lead in her Jehova's Witness family's band at the age of 3. Selena was murdered by the president of her own fan club with a single shot to the back that severed an artery in her shoulder. The killer had been embezzling moneys and was fired. Selena bled out on the floor of a Days Inn lobby, and she later died in a Corpus Christi hospital from blood loss. Texas governor George W. Bush declared April 16th Selena day in Texas.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.