3 recent losses to Dayton’s music scene include some of its giants

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3 recent losses to Dayton’s music scene include some of its giants

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Jerry Gillotti, the owner of Gilly's, has established a "No Smoking" policy at his bar. The establishment is located at the corner of Jefferson Street and Fifth Street in downtown Dayton.

The Dayton community has recently suffered three losses of those who helped shape the local music scene.

1. Jerry Gillotti , co-founder and owner of Gilly’s Nightclub, has died, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed today. He was 80. Inducted into the Dayton Hall of Fame in 2013, Gillotti is credited for bringing big jazz acts to perform at his club, including Tony Bennett, BB King, Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.

2. Bob Sweeney, legendary Dayton DJ, died last month. He was 71. Sweeney was the co-host of the morning show at Mix 107.7. Known for his wit and gift for gab, Sweeney previously worked for WHIO Radio, where he hosted “Conversation Piece” and the afternoon drive, and also appeared on WHIO-TV.

3. Keith Edward Wilder, a vocalist in the Dayton/London, England funk band Heatwave, died last month. He was 65. The band achieved wide acclaim with hit songs "Boogie Nights," "Always and Forever" and "The Groove Line." 

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