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Val Doonican, 88 (1927 - 2015)
Val Doonican, an Irish singer who appeared regularly on the BBC Television Network as host of "The Val Doonican Show," died Wednesday, July 1. He was 88. The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Val Doonican, an easygoing Irish singer whose warm style and fondness for knitwear made him an icon of light entertainment, has died. He was 88.Doonican's family said he died Wednesday at a nursing home...
Chris Squire, 67 (1948 - 2015)
Chris Squire, who co-founded and played bass for the progressive rock band Yes, has died. He was 67. Squire's death followed his announcement last month that he had a rare form of leukemia. He was the only group's only member to have performed on every Yes studio album. Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad...
Albert Evans, 46 (2015)
By JOCELYN NOVECK, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Albert Evans, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer and one of the most prominent African-Americans in classical dance, has died following a short illness.Evans, who was 46, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital on Monday night, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman for the ballet company. He did not have details on the nature of the...
James Horner, 61 (1953 - 2015)
James Horner, the Oscar-winning film composer, died Monday morning in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California, according to multiple major news media reports. He was 61.
Gunther Schuller, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Gunther Schuller, a horn player, educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, died Sunday at age 89.His son, Ed Schuller, said his father died Sunday morning at a hospital in Boston. He said his father had several medical conditions."He was a great...
Wendell Holmes, 71 (2015)
By KASEY JONES, The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Wendell Holmes, the guitarist, pianist and singer and songwriter of the soul and blues band The Holmes Brothers, has died.Paul Kahn, Holmes'...
Jim Ed Brown, 81 (1934 - 2015)
By BETH CAMPBELL, The Associated PressJim Ed Brown, a longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had solo and group hits and was a prominent figure on country music television shows, died Thursday. He was 81...
Ornette Coleman, 85 (1930 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Whatever rules in jazz hadn't been shattered by Charlie Parker and other bebop artists, Ornette Coleman finished off for good. Coleman...
Robert Pumpkinhead Diaz, 39 (1975 - 2015)
Pumpkinhead (born Robert Alan Diaz), a rapper well known in the New York underground rap scene for nearly two decades, died Tuesday morning at the age of 39. The cause of death is unknown at this...
James Last, 86 (1929 - 2015)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Big band leader James Last, who sold tens of millions of records over his 50-year career, has died. He was 86.Born Hans Last in 1929, he pioneered what became...
Ronnie Gilbert (2015)
The Associated PressMILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Singer Ronnie Gilbert, a member of the influential 1950s folk quartet the Weavers, has died. She was 88.Gilbert died of natural causes Saturday at a...
Anthony Riley (2015)
The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia street performer who gained national attention for his performance on "The Voice" has died. Anthony Riley was 28.The medical examiner's office...
Jean Ritchie, 92 (1922 - 2015)
By LUQMAN ADENIYI, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Jean Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward,...
Will Holt, 86 (1929 - 2015)
Will Holt, a folk singer who wrote the popular song "Lemon Tree" and later composed lyrics and music for several Broadway musicals, has died. He was 86. He died May 31 in Los Angeles. Holt...
Dennis Sheehan (2015)
By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For more than three decades, U2's beloved tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just...
Marcus Belgrave, 78 (1936 - 2015)
By JEFF KAROUB, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...