Musical Notes – Obituary Edition

The past year has been tough on the entertainment world who has lost a lot of its members.  Deke Leonard, Bobby Freeman, and Ronald “Bingo” Mundy have all died in the past few days.

Musical Notes

Deke Leonard:

Rock guitarist Deke Leonard died in his hometown of Llanelli, Wales at the age of 72. No official cause of death was given.

Leonard played with the band Man and Son of Man. He also had his own band Iceberg. The rocker was also an author with several published works.

Born Roger Leonard, the rocker was a rock veteran who was the axe man or a number of groups before making it with Man including Lucifer and the Corncrakers, the Jets, the Blackjacks, the Smokeless Zone, the Dream, and the Bystanders – which would later become Man.

He is survived by his long time partner Mary and daughter Kate.

Deke Leonard Discography:
“Before Your Very Eyes”
“Freedom and Chains”


Bobby Freeman:
Former teen star Bobby Freeman died at the age of 76. No other details of Freeman’s death were given.

He began his professional singing career at age 14 with The Romancers and later The West Coast Vocaleers. His composition “Do You Wanna Dance?” was written when he was only 17. While Freeman had a hit with the song, he would make much more off of royalties from the song including a redheaded singer by the name of Bette Midler who included the song on her debut album “The Divine Miss M”. Sir Cliff Richard, Del Shannon, The Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, and The Ramones also recorded the song.

The song made popular in the film Eddie and the Cruisers “Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes” was also penned by Freeman.

Bobby Freeman Discography:
“Do You Wanna Dance?”
“Lovable Style of Bobby Freeman”
“Twist With”
“C’mon and S-W-I-M”
“Bobby Freeman & Chuck Jackson”
“Get in the Swim”


Ronald “Bingo” Mundy:
Doo-Wop sing Ronald “Bingo” Mundy died January 27 in Pittsburgh as a result of pneumonia at the age of 76.

Mundy was best known as a part of the group The Marcels which is best known for the chart topping Doo-Wop hit “Blue Moon”.

Lee O’Denat:B

World Start Hip-Hop founder Lee O’Denat died January 23 in San Diego as a result of the heart disease atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at the age of 43. The medical examiner also stated that obesity was a contributing factor in O’Denat’s death.

He was working on a television series with MTV slated to debut next month when he died.

Born Lee Quinn O’Denat in Queens, New York on November 2, 1973 he was known simply as Q to his friends.

The website is known for its outrageous, violent, questionable, and sometimes racey videos. The site is reported to be the largest such site in the world with over a million unique views each day. But O’Denat also had his share of trouble on the site over copyright issues.

He is survived by his wife Brianna and three children.


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