Matthew Tyler Murphy (December 29, 1929 – June 15, 2018 known as Matt “Guitar” Murphy, was an American blues guitarist. He was associated with the bands The Blues Brothers and Howlin’ Wolf.
Murphy was born in Sunflower, Mississippi, and was educated in Memphis, where his father worked at the Peabody Hotel. Murphy learned to play guitar when he was a child. In 1948 he moved to Chicago, where he joined the Howlin’ Wolf band, which at the time featured Little Junior Parker.
Murphy worked a lot with Memphis Slim, including on his album At the Gate of Horn (1959). Murphy did not have a band of his own until 1982 but did work in the studio and on stage with many musicians, including Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry and Joe Louis Walker.
Nick Knox (born Nicholas George Stephanoff, c.1958 – June 15, 2018) was the drummer with the psychobilly band The Cramps. He replaced Miriam Linna in 1977 and left in 1991. Knox was with The Cramps during the peak of their worldwide popularity when they toured Europe extensively in 1986 with the A Date with Elvis tour. He drafted in his cousin, Mike Metoff (aka Ike Knox), during the preceding European tour in 1984. Knox was recognised as the drummer who brought a tightness to the Cramps sound and stayed longer than any other drummer in the band. Before joining The Cramps he was a member of protopunk band the Electric Eels.
Later Knox was the “senior advisor” to the Cleveland-based punk band Archie and the Bunkers, and worked closely with the band on their 2017 single on Norton Records.
Philip John “Jon” Hiseman (21 June 1944 – 12 June 2018) was an English drummer, recording engineer, record producer and music publisher…
In the mid-1960s Hiseman played in sessions such as the early Arthur Brown single, “Devil’s Grip”. In 1966 he replaced Ginger Baker in the Graham Bond Organisation and also played for a brief spell with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. He then joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in 1968 playing on the iconic album Bare Wires. In April 1968 he left to form what has been described as the “seminal” jazz rock/progressive rock band, Colosseum. Colosseum disbanded in November 1971, although Hiseman later formed Colosseum II with Don Airey and Gary Moore in 1975.
In May 2018, Hiseman’s family reported that he was struggling with a brain tumor. He died at age 73 on 12 June 2018. He was 9 days short of his 74th birthday