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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 manager, Dave Smith, called Renbourn "a huge character." He said he believes Renbourn suffered a fatal heart attack."He was always playing and teaching. That is what he loved doing and he never stopped...
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 heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob, a group with which he played in between engagements with Twisted Sister. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on a tour bus Friday...
Michael Brown (2015)
The Associated PressNEW 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 friend.Born Michael Lookofsky, Brown grew up in Brooklyn. A keyboardist and songwriter for the band The Left Banke, he co-wrote the 1966 hit "Walk Away Renee" — The Left Banke's biggest hit,...
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, Blind Willie McTell and other performers, has died. He was 85.His widow, the author Ann Charters, said Thursday her husband died the day before in Stockholm of a bone marrow disorder after a serious...
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 California at age 62.Fraser had been living in the California desert community of Temecula, where he died Monday, the Riverside County coroner said in a statement. The cause of death is not yet known and...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Rod McKuen, 81 (1933 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed...
Demis Roussos, 68 (1946 - 2015)
The Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who...
Waldemar Kmentt, 85 (1929 - 2015)
The Associated PressVIENNA (AP) — The Vienna State Opera says that famed Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died at age 85.A statement said Kmentt died Wednesday in Vienna, where he began and ended...
Edgar Froese, 70 (1944 - 2015)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Edgar Froese, who founded the pioneering German electronic rock group Tangerine Dream in 1967, has died at 70.The band said Froese died unexpectedly from the...
Steven "A$AP Yam" Rodriguez (2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A member of the New York-based rap collective that includes A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg has died.RCA Records and Polo Grounds Music confirmed the death of A$AP Yams...
Kim Fowley, 75 (1939 - 2015)
By MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Colorful rock musician Kim Fowley, who produced for The Runaways and co-wrote songs for Kiss and Alice Cooper, has died after a long battle...
Elena Obraztsova (2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Russia's famed mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, who has performed at the world's top opera houses, died Monday at age 75.Obraztsova's cultural foundation said in a...
Andraé Crouch, 72 (1942 - 2015)
By ROBERT JABLON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Andraé Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and...
Pino Daniele, 59 (1955 - 2015)
By FRANCES D'EMILIO, The Associated PressROME (AP) — Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist Pino Daniele, whose fusion of blues, jazz, rock and traditional Neapolitan music was heavily inspired...
Little Jimmy Dickens, 94 (1920 - 2015)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter who was the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94.Dickens died Friday at...
Irwin Steinberg (2014)
The Associated PressBRATTLEBORO, Vermont (AP) — A co-founder of Mercury Records and an innovator in the digital music industry has died. Irwin Steinberg was 94.Publicist Scott Gorenstein says...
Dick Dale, 88 (1926 - 2014)
Dick Dale, a singer known for his appearances on the Lawrence Welk television program, died Friday in Algona, Iowa the Mason City Globe-Gazette has reported. He was 88 years old.
Buddy DeFranco, 91 (1923 - 2014)
By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, The Associated PressPANAMA CITY, Florida (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco — who collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and other top singers and...
Joe Cocker, 70 (1944 - 2014)
By DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are...
Udo Juergens, 80 (1934 - 2014)
By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a...