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Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Johnny Kemp, 55 (1959 - 2015)

    Johnny Kemp

    The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song "Just Got Paid," has died in Jamaica. He was 55.Jamaica police said Friday that Kemp was found floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning. It had not yet been determined how he died.Police said Kemp arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship but added that they did not have...

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  • Percy Sledge, 73 (1941 - 2015)

    Percy Sledge

    By JAY REEVES and REBECCA SANTANA, The Associated Press MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Sound engineer Jimmy Johnson knew he had captured something special on tape as Percy Sledge finished singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" in a recording studio in 1965. Sledge, who died Tuesday, grew up singing in nearby cotton fields of northwest Alabama and never had been in a studio before that day. He...

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  • Bill Arhos (2015)

    Bill Arhos

    The Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bill Arhos, who founded "Austin City Limits" and helped propel the public television show into a mecca for music's biggest influences, has died. He was 80.His death was announced Monday by the show, which is now in its 41st season. Spokeswoman Maureen Coakley said Arhos died Saturday after a long illness.Arhos was running Austin's PBS affiliate in the...

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  • Robert Burns, Jr., 64 (1950 - 2015)

    Robert Burns, Jr.

    The Associated PressCARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The former drummer for the Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Burns Jr., has died in a car crash in Georgia.Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said Burns' vehicle went off a curve in a road near Cartersville just before midnight Saturday, striking a mailbox and a tree. Burns was killed in the wreck. He was 64.The single...

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  • Cynthia Lennon, 75 (1939 - 2015)

    Cynthia  Lennon

    By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75. Her death was announced on the website and Twitter account of her son, Julian Lennon and confirmed by his representative. Julian Lennon posted a moving video tribute to his late mother with a song he had...

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