Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • John Renbourn, 70 (1944 - 2015)

    John Renbourn

    By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — The masterful acoustic guitarist John Renbourn, a founding member of the Pentangle in the 1960s, has died at his home in Scotland. He was 70.His manager, Dave Smith, called Renbourn "a huge character." He said he believes Renbourn suffered a fatal heart attack."He was always playing and teaching. That is what he loved doing and he never stopped...

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  • A.J. Pero, 55 (1959 - 2015)

    A.J. Pero

    The Associated Press POUGHKEEPSIE, New York (AP) — A.J. Pero, the drummer for the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister, died Friday. He was 55. The band said Anthony Jude Pero died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob, a group with which he played in between engagements with Twisted Sister. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on a tour bus Friday...

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  • Michael Brown (2015)

    Michael Brown

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Songwriter and keyboardist Michael Brown has died at his home in Englewood, New Jersey.He was 65.Brown died of heart failure Thursday, according to Marge Finn, a family friend.Born Michael Lookofsky, Brown grew up in Brooklyn. A keyboardist and songwriter for the band The Left Banke, he co-wrote the 1966 hit "Walk Away Renee" — The Left Banke's biggest hit,...

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  • Samuel Charters (2015)

    Samuel Charters

    By JARI TANNER, The Associated PressTALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Samuel Charters, a vital historian of American blues, folk and jazz who helped introduce a generation of music lovers to Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell and other performers, has died. He was 85.His widow, the author Ann Charters, said Thursday her husband died the day before in Stockholm of a bone marrow disorder after a serious...

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  • Andy Fraser, 62 (1952 - 2015)

    Andy Fraser

    The Associated PressTEMECULA, California (AP) — Andy Fraser, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem "All Right Now" when he was the teenage bassist for the British rock band Free, has died in California at age 62.Fraser had been living in the California desert community of Temecula, where he died Monday, the Riverside County coroner said in a statement. The cause of death is not yet known and...

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