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Sabah, 87 (1927 - 2014)
By DIAA HADID, The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career. And even while playfully mocked in her later years for clinging to youth through plastic surgeries, flings with far-younger men...
Jimmy Ruffin, 75 (1939 - 2014)
MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death. Ruffin was the...
Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, 57 (1957 - 2014)
BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Big Bank Hank, a member of the pioneering hip-hop group the Sugarhill Gang, has died, a funeral director has confirmed. He was 57. Aree Booker, a funeral director with Eternity Funeral Services in Englewood, New Jersey, didn't specify the cause of death, but said the rapper died Tuesday and that his funeral home would handle...
Jonathan Athon (2014)
RUSS BYNUM, The Associated PressSAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — The bass player for the heavy metal band Black Tusk has died after being critically injured in a weekend motorcycle crash near his Georgia home.The death Jonathan Athon, 32, of Savannah was confirmed Monday by the band's record label, Relapse Records. Black Tusk recently finished recording a follow-up to the band's 2011 album "Set The...
Manitas de Plata, 93 (1921 - 2014)
THOMAS ADAMSON, The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who sold nearly 100 million records worldwide and broke boundaries for Gypsy musicians, has died in southern France. He was 93. De Plata died in a Montpellier retirement home early Wednesday surrounded by his extended family, his great nephew, Ricao Bissiere, told The Associated Press on Thursday. ...
Acker Bilk, 1 (2014)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — English clarinet player Acker Bilk, who beat the Beatles and other British rockers to the top of the U.S. music charts with the instrumental ...
Wayne Static, 48 (1965 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Wayne Static, the frontman for the metal band Static-X, has died at age 48.Morgan Renken, who worked with Static and the band for 15 years, says Static died...
Jack Bruce, 71 (1943 - 2014)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71.Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his...
Raphael Ravenscroft, 60 (1954 - 2014)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Musician Raphael Ravenscroft, who played one of the most famous saxophone solos of all time on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," has died. He was 60.Ravenscroft's...
Paul Craft, 76 (1938 - 2014)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76.The Tennessean newspaper reported that Craft died Saturday at a...
Tim Hauser, 72 (1941 - 2014)
MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, band...
Paul Revere (2014)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76. Roger Hart, manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders...
Christopher Hogwood, 73 (1941 - 2014)
DAVID McHUGH, The Associated PressConductor Christopher Hogwood, who pioneered the performance of music by 18th-Century composers such as Bach and Handel on historically authentic instruments, died...
George Hamilton IV, 77 (1937 - 2014)
The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Grand Ole Opry Member George Hamilton IV, who was one of country music's first international ambassadors, has died. He was 77. A news release...
Lonnie Lynn, 71 (1943 - 2014)
RYAN PEARSON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common's albums, has died.Lynn died at age 71 on Friday,...
Joe Sample, 75 (1939 - 2014)
CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressPianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was...
Cosimo Matassa, 88 (1926 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88.Matassa,...
Bob Crewe, 83 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.Crewe's brother, Dan Crewe,...
Gerald Wilson, 96 (1918 - 2014)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Gerald Wilson, the dynamic jazz big band leader, composer and arranger whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96.Wilson's...
Simone Battle, 25 (1989 - 2014)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said Sunday. The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle...
Gustavo Cerati, 55 (1959 - 2014)
The Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine rock star Gustavo Cerati died on Thursday, four years after a stroke put him in a coma and ended the career of one of Latin America...
Jimi Jamison, 63 (1951 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as "Burning Heart" and "Is This Love," has died. He was 63.Booking agent Sally Irwin said Tuesday that Jamison...
Glenn Cornick, 87 (1927 - 2014)
CATHY BUSSEWITZ, The Associated PressHONOLULU (AP) — Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday...
Joseph Bennett (2014)
DAVID McFADDEN, The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett, who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, has...
Henry Stone, 93 (1921 - 2014)
The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Henry Stone, a fixture on the R&B and disco scene who was instrumental in the careers of Ray Charles, James Brown and KC & the Sunshine Band, has died. He was 93...
Michael Johns, 35 (1978 - 2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died....
Dick Wagner, 71 (1942 - 2014)
MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper's hits, died of...
Carlo Bergonzi, 90 (1924 - 2014)
The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90.The Italian Auxologic Institute in...
Johnny Winter, 70 (1944 - 2014)
JOHN HEILPRIN, The Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Texas blues legend Johnny Winter emblazoned himself into the world's consciousness with his tattooed arms churning out lightning-fast guitar...
Rosalind Nyman Joel (2014 - 2014)
The Associated Press HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at the age of 92. Rosalind Nyman...