News: Obituary

October 04, 2021

Former Owner of Mississippi Music Passes Away

Dex Johnson, former executive vice president and owner of Mississippi Music, passed away on Oct. 3 of complications from lung disease. Johnson was executive…

August 30, 2021

PMC Issues Statement on Death of Charlie Watts

The Percussion Marketing Council has issued a statement on Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died last week at the age of 80. “All our members are…

August 23, 2021

Industry Vet Dan Slick Passes Away

Industry veteran Dan Slick passed away last week from cancer. According to a statement from NAMM, Slick grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and played upright…

July 09, 2021

Former UK Retailer Passes Away

Dave Bresnan, former owner of Frets Old & New in Aintree, Liverpool, England passed away on June 26. He was 77 years old. Accoring to a statement from NAMM,…

June 28, 2021

Music & Arts’ Kurt Witt Passes Away

Kurt Witt, director of merchandising for Music & Arts, has passed away. A member of the Music & Arts family since 2010, Witt originally began his career…

June 22, 2021

Co-Founder of D’Addario & Co. Janet D’Addario Passes Away

Janet D’Addario, co-founder of D’Addario & Co. and wife of D’Addario Chairman Jim D’Addario, died on June 14 from complications from gall bladder…

May 10, 2021

Longtime Retailer, Former NAMM Board Member Lee Donais Passes Away

Longtime retailer and former NAMM Board member Lee Donais passed away on April 23. He was 74 years old. According to a statement from NAMM, Lee may have been…

April 26, 2021

Testa Communications Founder Vinny Testa Passes Away

Longtime trade publications innovator Vinny Testa passed away on April 19 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 76. Testa was the founder of…