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George Hamilton IV, 77 (1937 - 2014)
The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Grand Ole Opry Member George Hamilton IV, who was one of country music's first international ambassadors, has died. He was 77. A news release from the Opry says Hamilton died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital after a heart attack. Hamilton had been an Opry member since 1960, when he made the switch from pop music to country. He said the...
Lonnie Lynn, 71 (1943 - 2014)
RYAN PEARSON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common's albums, has died.Lynn died at age 71 on Friday, Common said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles. He gave no further details.Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played in the 1969-1970 season in the American Basketball...
Joe Sample, 75 (1939 - 2014)
CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressPianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75.Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told The Associated Press on Saturday. Rains said Sample's...
Bob Crewe, 83 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.Crewe's brother, Dan Crewe, said Monday in an email that the producer, songwriter and "Jersey Boys" lyricist died Sept. 11 in Scarborough, Maine. The cause of death was unavailable.Crewe co-wrote a number of memorable but minor...
Cosimo Matassa, 88 (1926 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88.Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press.Matassa's death was first reported by WWL-TV (http://bit.ly/1oywQ4J ).The...
Gerald Wilson, 96 (1918 - 2014)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Gerald Wilson, the dynamic jazz big band leader, composer and arranger whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96.Wilson's...
Simone Battle, 25 (1989 - 2014)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said Sunday. The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle...
Gustavo Cerati, 55 (1959 - 2014)
The Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine rock star Gustavo Cerati died on Thursday, four years after a stroke put him in a coma and ended the career of one of Latin America...
Jimi Jamison, 63 (1951 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as "Burning Heart" and "Is This Love," has died. He was 63.Booking agent Sally Irwin said Tuesday that Jamison...
Glenn Cornick, 87 (1927 - 2014)
CATHY BUSSEWITZ, The Associated PressHONOLULU (AP) — Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday...
Joseph Bennett (2014)
DAVID McFADDEN, The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett, who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, has...
Henry Stone, 93 (1921 - 2014)
The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Henry Stone, a fixture on the R&B and disco scene who was instrumental in the careers of Ray Charles, James Brown and KC & the Sunshine Band, has died. He was 93...
Michael Johns, 35 (1978 - 2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died....
Dick Wagner, 71 (1942 - 2014)
MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper's hits, died of...
Carlo Bergonzi, 90 (1924 - 2014)
The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90.The Italian Auxologic Institute in...
Johnny Winter, 70 (1944 - 2014)
JOHN HEILPRIN, The Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Texas blues legend Johnny Winter emblazoned himself into the world's consciousness with his tattooed arms churning out lightning-fast guitar...
Rosalind Nyman Joel (2014 - 2014)
The Associated Press HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at the age of 92. Rosalind Nyman...
Lorin Maazel, 84 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated Press CASTLETON, Va. (AP) — Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home...
Charlie Haden (2014)
CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking quartet...
Tommy Ramone, 62 (1952 - 2014)
DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Ramones always seemed too fast. Their songs rushed by, often two minutes or less of pure adrenaline. Their influence outstripped their...
Paul Horn (2014)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, has died at the age of 84.Horn's son Marlen said his father died Sunday...
Bobby Womack, 70 (1944 - 2014)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. ...
Teenie Hodges, 68 (1946 - 2014)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated PressTeenie Hodges, the diminutive guitarist and "Take Me to the River" songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, has died. He was 68.Longtime...
Horace Silver, 85 (1928 - 2014)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and band leader with a tireless inventiveness who influenced generations of jazzmen with his distinctive hard bop sound, has...
Gerry Goffin, 75 (1939 - 2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You...
Casey Kasem, 82 (1932 - 2014)
ANTHONY MCCARTNEY, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio host with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40...
Jimmy Scott, 88 (1925 - 2014)
KEN RITTER, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jimmy Scott, a jazzman with an ethereal man-child voice who found success late in life with the Grammy-nominated album "All the Way," has died....
Doc Neeson, 67 (1947 - 2014)
ROD McGUIRK, The Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Doc Neeson, the charismatic frontman for the seminal Australian rock band the Angels, died from brain cancer on Wednesday. He was 67...
Dave Herman (2014)
The Associated Press NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Dave Herman, a pioneering New York City radio personality who was in a New Jersey jail awaiting trial on charges in a child sex sting died Thursday...
Herb Jeffries, 100 (1913 - 2014)
JESSICA HERNDON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Jeffries, the jazz singer and actor who performed with Duke Ellington and was known as the "Bronze Buckaroo" in a series of all-black...