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Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Bob Montgomery, 77 (1937 - 2014)

    Bob Montgomery

    The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A songwriter and producer who wrote hits for pop and country artists from Buddy Holly to Eddy Arnold has died.Greg Matusky is a publicist for Bob Montgomery. He said Montgomery died Thursday in Lee's Summit, Missouri, after a struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 77.Montgomery was born in Lampasas, Texas, on May 12, 1937.He initially teamed up...

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  • Ian McLagan, 69 (1945 - 2014)

    Ian McLagan

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Rolling Stones collaborator and Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan has died.A statement on his official website said the musician died Wednesday in Austin, Texas, after suffering a stroke a day earlier. He was 69.McLagan was a member of the British pop group Small Faces in the 1960s. The band changed its name to Faces when Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined in...

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  • Bobby Keys, 70 (1943 - 2014)

    Bobby Keys

    By KRISTIN M. HALL, The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Saxophonist Bobby Keys, a lifelong rock 'n' roller who toured with Buddy Holly, played on recordings by John Lennon and laid down one of the all-time blowout solos on the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," has died. He was 70. Michael Webb, who played keyboard with Keys, said Keys died Tuesday at his home in Franklin, Tennessee,...

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  • Sabah, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Sabah

    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...

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  • Jimmy Ruffin, 75 (1939 - 2014)

     Jimmy  Ruffin

    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...

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