Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Gail Zappa, 70 (1945 - 2015)

    Gail Zappa

    Gail Zappa, the widow of music legend Frank Zappa, has died at her Los Angeles home, according to The Associated Press. She was 70. Family spokeswoman Marcee Rondan says Zappa was surrounded by her children when she died Wednesday. There's no word on the cause of her death, the AP said, although Rolling Stone and TMZ reported that she died after "a long battle with lung cancer." She was 22...

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  • Gary Richrath, 65 (1949 - 2015)

    Gary Richrath

    Gary Richrath, the longtime guitarist for REO Speedwagon, died Sunday, September 13, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was 65. Richrath wrote and co-wrote popular songs for the band, including 1973's "Ridin' the Storm Out" and 1981's "Take it on the Run," a No. 5 Billboard single that was one of the first videos played on MTV. Richrath remained one of the band's principal...

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  • Dennis Greene, 66 (1949 - 2015)

    Dennis Greene

    Dennis Greene, a founding member of the Sha Na Na doo-wop singing group and a University of Dayton law professor, has died in Ohio, The Associated Press reported. He was 66. Greene's nephew told the AP that his uncle died Saturday at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital following a brief illness. He was born Frederick Greene Jan. 11, 1949, in New York City. Greene performed with Sha Na Na at...

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  • Bob Johnston, 83 (1932 - 2015)

    Bob  Johnston

    Music producer Bob Johnston, who produced legendary recordings like Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison," died Friday at the age of 83, according to the Associated Press. Peter Cooper, an editor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Johnston helped open Nashville up to music and musicians from other places. He...

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  • Cilla Black, 72 (1943 - 2015)

    Cilla Black

    Cilla Black, a British singer who was championed by the Beatles and went on to a successful 50-year music and television career, has died, according to the Associated Press. She was 72. Spanish police said Sunday that the singer, who had a home in Estepona, southern Spain, died Saturday. The cause was not immediately disclosed. Black was born Priscilla White in Liverpool in 1943, and worked as...

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