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Gail Zappa, 70 (1945 - 2015)
Gail Zappa, the widow of music legend Frank Zappa, has died at her Los Angeles home, according to The Associated Press. She was 70. Family spokeswoman Marcee Rondan says Zappa was surrounded by her children when she died Wednesday. There's no word on the cause of her death, the AP said, although Rolling Stone and TMZ reported that she died after "a long battle with lung cancer." She was 22...
Gary Richrath, 65 (1949 - 2015)
Gary Richrath, the longtime guitarist for REO Speedwagon, died Sunday, September 13, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was 65. Richrath wrote and co-wrote popular songs for the band, including 1973's "Ridin' the Storm Out" and 1981's "Take it on the Run," a No. 5 Billboard single that was one of the first videos played on MTV. Richrath remained one of the band's principal...
Dennis Greene, 66 (1949 - 2015)
Dennis Greene, a founding member of the Sha Na Na doo-wop singing group and a University of Dayton law professor, has died in Ohio, The Associated Press reported. He was 66. Greene's nephew told the AP that his uncle died Saturday at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital following a brief illness. He was born Frederick Greene Jan. 11, 1949, in New York City. Greene performed with Sha Na Na at...
Bob Johnston, 83 (1932 - 2015)
Music producer Bob Johnston, who produced legendary recordings like Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison," died Friday at the age of 83, according to the Associated Press. Peter Cooper, an editor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Johnston helped open Nashville up to music and musicians from other places. He...
Cilla Black, 72 (1943 - 2015)
Cilla Black, a British singer who was championed by the Beatles and went on to a successful 50-year music and television career, has died, according to the Associated Press. She was 72. Spanish police said Sunday that the singer, who had a home in Estepona, southern Spain, died Saturday. The cause was not immediately disclosed. Black was born Priscilla White in Liverpool in 1943, and worked as...
Lynn Anderson, 67 (1947 - 2015)
By KRISTIN M. HALL, The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died....
Vic Firth, 85 (1930 - 2015)
Renowned musician and visionary drumstick maker Everett "Vic" Firth has died at the age of 85, according to a statement on his website. "Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a...
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22 (1993 - 2015)
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of singers Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, died July 26, 2015, having been in a coma since Jan. 31, 2015. She was 22. ATLANTA (AP) — A representative for...
Daron Norwood, 49 (1965 - 2015)
Daron Norwood, whose 1994 song "Cowboys Don't Cry" reached No. 24 on the U.S. country charts, has died at 49.
Buddy Buie, 74 (1941 - 2015)
Perry "Buddy" Buie, a prolific songwriter who co-wrote multiple hits for the Classics IV including "Spooky," "Traces" and "Stormy," has died, according to multiple news sources. He was 74.
Joan Sebastian, 64 (1951 - 2015)
The Grammy-winning Mexican ballad singer Joan Sebastian has died after coming down with cancer several years ago. Sebastian, He was 64.
Jon Vickers, 88 (1926 - 2015)
Canada-born opera singer Jon Vickers has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 88. The Royal Opera House opera, citing a statement from Vickers' family, said he died Friday in Ontario after...
Red Lane, 76 (1939 - 2015)
Red Lane, a country music songwriter who wrote the Tammy Wynette hit "'Til I Get It Right," has died of cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 76. Lane, who was inducted into the...
Val Doonican, 88 (1927 - 2015)
Val Doonican, an Irish singer who appeared regularly on the BBC Television Network as host of "The Val Doonican Show," died Wednesday, July 1. He was 88. The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Val...
Chris Squire, 67 (1948 - 2015)
Chris Squire, who co-founded and played bass for the progressive rock band Yes, has died. He was 67. Squire's death followed his announcement last month that he had a rare form of leukemia. He was...
Albert Evans, 46 (2015)
By JOCELYN NOVECK, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Albert Evans, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer and one of the most prominent African-Americans in classical dance, has died...
James Horner, 61 (1953 - 2015)
James Horner, the Oscar-winning film composer, died Monday morning in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California, according to multiple major news media reports. He was 61.
Gunther Schuller, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Gunther Schuller, a horn player, educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement...
Wendell Holmes, 71 (2015)
By KASEY JONES, The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Wendell Holmes, the guitarist, pianist and singer and songwriter of the soul and blues band The Holmes Brothers, has died.Paul Kahn, Holmes'...
Ornette Coleman, 85 (1930 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Whatever rules in jazz hadn't been shattered by Charlie Parker and other bebop artists, Ornette Coleman finished off for good. Coleman...
Jim Ed Brown, 81 (1934 - 2015)
By BETH CAMPBELL, The Associated PressJim Ed Brown, a longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had solo and group hits and was a prominent figure on country music television shows, died Thursday. He was 81...
Robert Pumpkinhead Diaz, 39 (1975 - 2015)
Pumpkinhead (born Robert Alan Diaz), a rapper well known in the New York underground rap scene for nearly two decades, died Tuesday morning at the age of 39. The cause of death is unknown at this...
James Last, 86 (1929 - 2015)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Big band leader James Last, who sold tens of millions of records over his 50-year career, has died. He was 86.Born Hans Last in 1929, he pioneered what became...
Ronnie Gilbert (2015)
The Associated PressMILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Singer Ronnie Gilbert, a member of the influential 1950s folk quartet the Weavers, has died. She was 88.Gilbert died of natural causes Saturday at a...
Anthony Riley (2015)
The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia street performer who gained national attention for his performance on "The Voice" has died. Anthony Riley was 28.The medical examiner's office...
Jean Ritchie, 92 (1922 - 2015)
By LUQMAN ADENIYI, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Jean Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward,...
Will Holt, 86 (1929 - 2015)
Will Holt, a folk singer who wrote the popular song "Lemon Tree" and later composed lyrics and music for several Broadway musicals, has died. He was 86. He died May 31 in Los Angeles. Holt...
Dennis Sheehan (2015)
By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For more than three decades, U2's beloved tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just...
Marcus Belgrave, 78 (1936 - 2015)
By JEFF KAROUB, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown...
Bob Belden, 58 (1956 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Belden, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was the first American musician to perform in Iran since...