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Ezra Laderman, 90 (1924 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Ezra Laderman, a classical music composer whose works ranged from symphonies to operas to music for Academy Award-winning films, has died. He was 90.The Yale School of Music, where Laderman was dean from 1989 to 1995, announced his death on its website. The school said he died Saturday, but didn't give a cause.His operas included "Marilyn,"...
Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell, 46 (1969 - 2015)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maxee Maxwell, a member of the 1990s girl group Brownstone — best known for the hit "If You Love Me" — has died after cutting herself in a fall at home, a representative said Monday. Courtney Barnes told The Associated Press that Maxwell, 46, was at her home in Los Angeles on Friday when she fell and cut her neck on a drinking glass. Her husband...
Clark Terry, 94 (1920 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on "The Tonight Show," has died. He was 94. Terry's wife announced his death on his website late Saturday night. Gwen Terry's statement did not provide further details, and she did...
Lesley Gore, 68 (1946 - 2015)
By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68. Gore, a nonsmoker, died of lung cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan,...
Lorena Rojas , 44 (1971 - 2015)
The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Popular Mexican soap opera and movie actress Lorena Rojas has died of cancer at age 44. Latin World Entertainment talent agency said in a statement that Rojas died Monday in Miami surrounded by loved ones. She had battled cancer since 2008. The Mexico City-born actress began her career in the 1990s with "Alcanzar una Estrella." She later had roles in ...
Octavian Naghiu (2015)
The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's national opera says tenor Octavian Naghiu, who was arrested by the country's Communist rulers before emigrating and singing at New York's...
Dominic "The Jacka" Newton (2015)
An East Bay rapper known as "the Jacka" was shot dead while making music with his friends in Oakland, a friend said. More details will be provided as they become available.
Rod McKuen, 81 (1933 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed...
Demis Roussos, 68 (1946 - 2015)
The Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who...
Waldemar Kmentt, 85 (1929 - 2015)
The Associated PressVIENNA (AP) — The Vienna State Opera says that famed Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died at age 85.A statement said Kmentt died Wednesday in Vienna, where he began and ended...
Edgar Froese, 70 (1944 - 2015)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Edgar Froese, who founded the pioneering German electronic rock group Tangerine Dream in 1967, has died at 70.The band said Froese died unexpectedly from the...
Steven "A$AP Yam" Rodriguez (2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A member of the New York-based rap collective that includes A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg has died.RCA Records and Polo Grounds Music confirmed the death of A$AP Yams...
Kim Fowley, 75 (1939 - 2015)
By MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Colorful rock musician Kim Fowley, who produced for The Runaways and co-wrote songs for Kiss and Alice Cooper, has died after a long battle...
Elena Obraztsova (2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Russia's famed mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, who has performed at the world's top opera houses, died Monday at age 75.Obraztsova's cultural foundation said in a...
Andraé Crouch, 72 (1942 - 2015)
By ROBERT JABLON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Andraé Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and...
Pino Daniele, 59 (1955 - 2015)
By FRANCES D'EMILIO, The Associated PressROME (AP) — Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist Pino Daniele, whose fusion of blues, jazz, rock and traditional Neapolitan music was heavily inspired...
Little Jimmy Dickens, 94 (1920 - 2015)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter who was the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94.Dickens died Friday at...
Irwin Steinberg (2014)
The Associated PressBRATTLEBORO, Vermont (AP) — A co-founder of Mercury Records and an innovator in the digital music industry has died. Irwin Steinberg was 94.Publicist Scott Gorenstein says...
Dick Dale, 88 (1926 - 2014)
Dick Dale, a singer known for his appearances on the Lawrence Welk television program, died Friday in Algona, Iowa the Mason City Globe-Gazette has reported. He was 88 years old.
Buddy DeFranco, 91 (1923 - 2014)
By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, The Associated PressPANAMA CITY, Florida (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco — who collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and other top singers and...
Joe Cocker, 70 (1944 - 2014)
By DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are...
Udo Juergens, 80 (1934 - 2014)
By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a...
Bob Montgomery, 77 (1937 - 2014)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A songwriter and producer who wrote hits for pop and country artists from Buddy Holly to Eddy Arnold has died.Greg Matusky is a publicist for Bob...
Ian McLagan, 69 (1945 - 2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Rolling Stones collaborator and Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan has died.A statement on his official website said the musician died Wednesday in Austin, Texas,...
Bobby Keys, 70 (1943 - 2014)
By KRISTIN M. HALL, The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Saxophonist Bobby Keys, a lifelong rock 'n' roller who toured with Buddy Holly, played on recordings by John Lennon and laid down...
Sabah, 87 (1927 - 2014)
By DIAA HADID, The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer...
Jimmy Ruffin, 75 (1939 - 2014)
MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas...
Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, 57 (1957 - 2014)
BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Big Bank Hank, a member of the pioneering hip-hop group the Sugarhill Gang, has died, a funeral director has confirmed. He was 57. ...
Jonathan Athon (2014)
RUSS BYNUM, The Associated PressSAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — The bass player for the heavy metal band Black Tusk has died after being critically injured in a weekend motorcycle crash near his Georgia...
Manitas de Plata, 93 (1921 - 2014)
THOMAS ADAMSON, The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who sold nearly 100 million records worldwide and broke boundaries for Gypsy musicians, has died in...