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RIP, DJ Megatron (March 27, 2011) Popular Hip-Hop Personality

Posted by on March 27, 2011

DJ Megatron (Born Corey McGriff)
DOB Unknown – March 27, 2011

Corey McGriff, who was known professionally as DJ Megatron, was an up-and-coming radio and television personality who is perhaps best remembered as a DJ on New York City’s Hot97, and for his regular appearances on BET’s 106th and Park.  Over the course of his young rising career, McGriff also worked at KISS-FM in New York, HOT 97.7 in Boston, and 100.3 The Beat in Philadelphia.  He also dabbled in acting, appearing in such films as Blood Of A Champion and State Property 2.  In the early hours of March 27, 2011, Corey McGriff was shot and killed near his Staten Island home.  No other information was immediately released.

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RIP, Stella Salamone (October 27, 2010) Popular Cleveland Disc Jockey

Posted by on October 27, 2010

Stella Salamone (Born Stella Cultrona)
September 20, 1966 – October 27, 2010

Stella Salamone was a popular Cleveland, Ohio metal disc jockey who, for over 20 years was known as the “Thrash Queen” at non-commercial station, WRUW-FM.  She was most recently, the co-host of the station’s popular, Domestic Decay program.  For many years, Salamone was an integral part of Cleveland’s punk, metal and thrash scenes.  She was even credited for being the first area DJ to play grindcore.  While still in her teens, Salamone first appeared as a guest DJ on WUJC’s Metal on Metal, and never looked back.  Stella Salamone was 44 when she passed away after being taken off life support at an area hospital.  Reports indicate that she had been found unconscience in her home a few days prior and that she had suffered a bad reaction to pain medications.

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RIP, Aaron-Carl Ragland (September 30, 2010) Popular Detroit DJ

Posted by on September 30, 2010

Aaron Carl Ragland
1973 – September 30, 2010

Aaron-Carl Ragland was a respected house and electronic producer and DJ who began building a following in Detroit during the mid ’90s.  Ragland was revered for his dynamic showmanship and for bringing the house, electronic and techno communities together.  After several popular releases on respected techno labels like Soul City, he formed his own label, Wallshaker Music.   Ragland recently canceled his European tour when he was hospitalized for abdominal pains and learned he was suffering from lymphoma.   Aaron-Carl Ragland was 37 when he died of the disease on September 30, 2010.

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Died On This Date (September 23, 2005) Sam Fields / Los Angeles Radio DJ

Posted by on September 23, 2010

Sam Fields
1950 – September 23, 2005

Sam Fields was a popular and longtime Los Angeles area radio disc jockey.  For over three decades, he spun records at such influential stations as KMET, KROQ, KLAC, KKGO and KKJZ. But it was his love and knowledge of jazz that made him stand out above all the rest.  He hit the L.A. airwaves in 1972 and was most recently heard at Long Beach’s respected KKJZ where he was recognized for bringing blues to the jazz station’s playlist.  Sam Fields was 55 when he passed away in his home on September 23, 2005.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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RIP, Earland Edwards aka The Doug Of Edwards (September 19, 2010) Popular San Francisco Jazz Radio Host

Posted by on September 19, 2010

Earland Edwards
1930 – September 19, 2010

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Earland Edwards was a San Francisco area radio personality who, as The Doug Of Edwards, hosted a popular jazz program, Ear Tyme,  on Pacifica Radio KPFA-FM.  It has been reported that Edwards never missed, and was never late for, his Sunday afternoon show since it began back thirty years earlier.  Prior to that, Edwards spent ten years on KPOO, another popular San Francisco station, where he played jazz records and hosted live on-air performances.  He also set up and broadcasted live from local shows at times.  He was also socially active throughout the Bay area, supporting many worthwhile causes.  Earland Edwards was 80 when he passed away on September 19, 2010.

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RIP, Lawrence Brown aka Cool DJ Law (September 19, 2010) Popular Norfolk, VA Disc Jockey

Posted by on September 19, 2010

Lawrence Brown
DOB Unknown – September 19, 2010

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Lawrence Brown was a popular Norfolk, Virginia disc jockey.  Known as Cool DJ Law, Brown was the longtime morning show host at 103 Jamz where he built a sizable audience along with on-air co-host, Horace “Big B” Belcher.  He and Belcher had worked together for almost 20 years.  Lawrence Brown was 40 when he passed away on September 19, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (August 29, 2009) DJ AM / Adam Goldstein

Posted by on August 28, 2010

DJ AM (Born Adam Goldstein)
March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009

djamDJ AM was found dead in his New York apartment at 5:20 local time on Augutst 28, 2009.  Cause of death was not initially released, but on September 29, 2009, the coroner’s report  was made public.  In it, it was concluded that Goldstein died of acute intoxication, or accidental overdose of various drugs including cocaine, Xanax and OxyContin.   DJ AM first came to prominence in the late ’90s rock band, Crazy Town, whose “Butterfly” was a radio hit in 2001.  A popular DJ with celebrities, he’s been known to play parties for the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna and Will Smith.  In recent years DJ AM was collaborating with Travis Barker of Blink 182.  The two survived a horrific private plane crash on September 19, 2008.  Four others were killed in the crash.  In 2005, DJ AM was engaged to Nicole Richie but the engagement was later called off.

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Died On This Date (August 27, 1987) Scott La Rock / Boogie Down Productions

Posted by on August 27, 2010

Scott “La Rock” Sterling
March 2, 1962 – August 27, 1987

larockjpgScott “La Rock” Sterling was a social worker and DJ when he met rapper KRS-One in 1986.  The two along with D-Nice, formed rap group Boogie Down Productions in 1986.  The group helped usher in what would later be called gansta rap with their gritty songs that married dancehall reggae with hip hop. Their debut hit album, Criminal Minded is considered a cornerstone of the genre.   Scott Sterling died in a hospital operating room shortly after being shot by alleged hoods in the South Bronx.  He was just 25.

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Died On This Date (August 4, 2007) Lee Hazlewood

Posted by on August 4, 2010

Barton Lee Hazlewood
July 9, 1929 – August 4, 2007

Lee Hazlewood was a country singer, songwriter, musician and producer whose work with Nancy Sinatra during the ’60s are essential records of the era.  Hazlewood settled in Arizona as a disc jockey after being leaving the military in the early ’50s.  He soon partnered with Duane Eddy as a songwriter and producer on such hits as “Peter Gunn.”  During the mid ’60s, he began working with Nancy Sinatra, writing and producing “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” and many more.  Hazelwood all but retired from music during the ’70s, but his songs lived on having been covered by such unlikely artists as Megadeth, Beck, Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch and the Tubes.  He died of renal cancer at the age of 78.

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Died On This Date (August 1, 2009) George Taylor Morris / Popular DJ; Sparked “Wizard Of Oz” vs “Dark Side Of The Moon” Phenomenon

Posted by on August 1, 2010

George Taylor Morris
1947 – August 1, 2009

morrisGeorge Taylor Morris was a popular FM disc jockey who most recently could be heard on XM Satellite’s classic rock channel, Deep Tracks.  Morris began his radio career while still in high school in King City, California, and after graduating, he moved to a station in Lake Tahoe to work as programmer and disc jockey.  Over the years, Morris worked at popular stations from Santa Barbara, California to New York City.  He is perhaps best remembered for sparking a minor phenomenon while on the air at Boston’s WZLX in 1997.  He had been tipped off about several remarkable similarities between The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.  After syncing the opening of the movie up with the album at home one evening, Morris went on the air the next day and discussed the amazing synchronicity of the two, especially when you’re stoned.  The word spread around the world almost immediately, despite the fact that the internet was basically in it’s infancy at the time.  Morris went to work at XM in 2001 where he spun classic rock records and hosted the popular “XM Artist Confidential”  interview series where he sat down with many of music’s biggest names.  George Taylor Morris died of throat cancer at the age of 62.

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