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Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • George Hamilton IV, 77 (1937 - 2014)

    George Hamilton IV

    The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Grand Ole Opry Member George Hamilton IV, who was one of country music's first international ambassadors, has died. He was 77. A news release from the Opry says Hamilton died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital after a heart attack. Hamilton had been an Opry member since 1960, when he made the switch from pop music to country. He said the...

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  • Lonnie Lynn, 71 (1943 - 2014)

    Lonnie Lynn

    RYAN PEARSON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common's albums, has died.Lynn died at age 71 on Friday, Common said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles. He gave no further details.Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played in the 1969-1970 season in the American Basketball...

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  • Joe Sample, 75 (1939 - 2014)

    Joe Sample

    CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressPianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75.Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told The Associated Press on Saturday. Rains said Sample's...

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  • Bob Crewe, 83 (1930 - 2014)

    Bob Crewe

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.Crewe's brother, Dan Crewe, said Monday in an email that the producer, songwriter and "Jersey Boys" lyricist died Sept. 11 in Scarborough, Maine. The cause of death was unavailable.Crewe co-wrote a number of memorable but minor...

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  • Cosimo Matassa, 88 (1926 - 2014)

    Cosimo Matassa

    The Associated PressNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88.Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press.Matassa's death was first reported by WWL-TV (http://bit.ly/1oywQ4J ).The...

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