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Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Raphael Ravenscroft, 60 (1954 - 2014)

    Raphael Ravenscroft

    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 family says he died Sunday after being taken to a hospital near his home in Exeter, southwest England. The BBC said a heart attack was the suspected cause of death.The bluesy eight-bar sax riff helped...

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  • Paul Craft, 76 (1938 - 2014)

    Paul Craft

    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 Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health."Craft penned the words to songs made famous by the likes of Ray Stevens, Mark Chestnutt, Alison Krauss, the Eagles and Linda Rondstadt.He was...

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  • Tim Hauser, 72 (1941 - 2014)

    Tim Hauser

    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 representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72.Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and launched hits such as "Operator" and "The Boy from New York City." They...

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  • Paul Revere (2014)

    Paul Revere

    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, said he died Saturday at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, from cancer. Revere was born in Harvard, Nebraska, Hart said. "He'd been quiet about it for some time," Hart said. "Treated at the Mayo...

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  • Christopher Hogwood, 73 (1941 - 2014)

    Christopher Hogwood

    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 Wednesday. He was 73.The conductor's website said he died at home in Cambridge, England following an illness lasting several months. His death was confirmed by the Academy of Ancient Music, the...

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