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Johnny Kemp, 55 (1959 - 2015)
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...
Percy Sledge, 73 (1941 - 2015)
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...
Bill Arhos (2015)
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...
Robert Burns, Jr., 64 (1950 - 2015)
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...
Cynthia Lennon, 75 (1939 - 2015)
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...
Jeremy Brown (2015)
By MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Musician Jeremy Brown, a guitarist for Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, died a day before the release of the band's debut album. He was 34 years...
John Renbourn, 70 (1944 - 2015)
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...
A.J. Pero, 55 (1959 - 2015)
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...
Michael Brown (2015)
NEW 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...
Samuel Charters (2015)
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,...
Andy Fraser, 62 (1952 - 2015)
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...
Mike Porcaro, 59 (1955 - 2015)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Porcaro, who was the son and brother of prominent musicians and carved out a long, successful career as the bass player for the Grammy-winning pop group Toto, has died at...
Jason Parish (2015)
The Associated PressHAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Friends of a Philadelphia man killed by a falling tree on the Appalachian Trail say he was an environmental engineer and folk musician.The National Park...
Jimmy Greenspoon, 67 (1948 - 2015)
By DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated PressJimmy Greenspoon, the keyboardist for rock band Three Dog Night, has died. He was 67.Greenspoon's agent, Chris Burke, said he died Wednesday of cancer at his...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...