Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Ben E. King, 76 (1938 - 2015)

    Ben E. King

    By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died. He was 76. King died Thursday of natural causes, his publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press on Friday. His...

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  • Jack Ely, 71 (1943 - 2015)

    Jack Ely

    By STEVEN DUBOIS and JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When he stood on his toes, leaned his head back and began to incoherently shout "Louie Louie" into a microphone 52 years ago, Jack Ely had no idea he was creating a rock 'n' roll classic. Or, for that matter, did the lead singer of The Kingsmen know he was laying the groundwork for one of the first federal...

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  • Johnny Kemp, 55 (1959 - 2015)

    Johnny Kemp

    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...

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  • Percy Sledge, 73 (1941 - 2015)

    Percy Sledge

    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...

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  • Bill Arhos (2015)

    Bill Arhos

    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...

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