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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 sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed Monday.The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalization, but did not give an exact cause...
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 an opera career that took him across the globe.Kmentt sang 1,480 performances at Vienna' State Opera alone. Among his most popular roles were Tamino in "The Magic Flute," Jenik in "The Bartered Bride...
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 effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna on Tuesday.Froese was born June 6, 1944, in the East Prussian town of Tilsit, now the Russian city of Sovetsk.He was the only constant member of Tangerine Dream....
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, whose real name is Steven Rodriguez. Circumstances of his death were unavailable.RCA Records said Yams would be remembered for his "vision, humor and dedication" to the members of the A$AP Mob...
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 with bladder cancer. He was 75.His wife said Friday that he died Thursday morning at their home in Hollywood."Even from a hospital bed, Kim worked all the time," said his wife, Kara Wright Fowley. "He...
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...
Acker Bilk, 1 (2014)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — English clarinet player Acker Bilk, who beat the Beatles and other British rockers to the top of the U.S. music charts with the instrumental ...
Wayne Static, 48 (1965 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Wayne Static, the frontman for the metal band Static-X, has died at age 48.Morgan Renken, who worked with Static and the band for 15 years, says Static died...
Jack Bruce, 71 (1943 - 2014)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71.Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his...
Raphael Ravenscroft, 60 (1954 - 2014)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Musician Raphael Ravenscroft, who played one of the most famous saxophone solos of all time on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," has died. He was 60.Ravenscroft's...
Paul Craft, 76 (1938 - 2014)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76.The Tennessean newspaper reported that Craft died Saturday at a...
Tim Hauser, 72 (1941 - 2014)
MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, band...
Paul Revere (2014)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76. Roger Hart, manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders...
Christopher Hogwood, 73 (1941 - 2014)
DAVID McHUGH, The Associated PressConductor Christopher Hogwood, who pioneered the performance of music by 18th-Century composers such as Bach and Handel on historically authentic instruments, died...