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Bob Belden, 58 (1956 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Belden, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was the first American musician to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution when he toured there earlier this year, died Wednesday. He was 58. Belden died at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan after suffering a heart attack in his apartment, his sister...
Bruce Lundvall, 79 (1935 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS Associated Press Record executive Bruce Lundvall, who revived the iconic Blue Note Records label in the mid-1980s and turned it into a major influence on the contemporary jazz scene during his 25 years as president, has died at age 79. Lundvall died Tuesday at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, of complications from a prolonged battle with Parkinson's...
Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly (2015)
The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Detroit R&B and jazz singer Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly, who opened for Motown greats like Stevie Wonder and later entered the ministry, has died. She was 70.Barnes-Kennerly died Friday in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she went for a performance, friend and bass player Ralphe Armstrong told the Detroit Free Press. He said she had at least two...
B.B. King, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By KEN RITTER, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. King's attorney Arthur Williams Jr. said Friday that King told him he wanted his funeral to be held in a church in...
Johnny Gimble , 88 (1926 - 2015)
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Renowned fiddler Johnny Gimble, who gained fame for his backup work with country stars from Merle Haggard to Carrie Underwood, has died. He was 88. His daughter, Cyndy, said Gimble died Saturday morning near his home in Dripping Springs, near Austin, "finally rid of the complications from several strokes over the past few years." Gimble grew up on a farm...
Errol Brown, 71 (1943 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Errol Brown, the lead singer of the band Hot Chocolate, has died in the Bahamas, his manager said Wednesday. He was 71.Manager Phil Dale said the singer, best...
Guy Carawan, 87 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Guy Carawan, a folk singer and social-justice advocate credited with turning the African-American spiritual "We Shall Overcome" into a unifying...
Ben E. King, 76 (1938 - 2015)
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...
Jack Ely, 71 (1943 - 2015)
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.