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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 Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health."Craft penned the words to songs made famous by the likes of Ray Stevens, Mark Chestnutt, Alison Krauss, the Eagles and Linda Rondstadt.He was...
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 representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72.Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and launched hits such as "Operator" and "The Boy from New York City." They...
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, said he died Saturday at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, from cancer. Revere was born in Harvard, Nebraska, Hart said. "He'd been quiet about it for some time," Hart said. "Treated at the Mayo...
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 Wednesday. He was 73.The conductor's website said he died at home in Cambridge, England following an illness lasting several months. His death was confirmed by the Academy of Ancient Music, the...
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 from the Opry says Hamilton died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital after a heart attack. Hamilton had been an Opry member since 1960, when he made the switch from pop music to country. He said the...
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
Lorin Maazel, 84 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated Press CASTLETON, Va. (AP) — Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home...
Charlie Haden (2014)
CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking quartet...
Tommy Ramone, 62 (1952 - 2014)
DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Ramones always seemed too fast. Their songs rushed by, often two minutes or less of pure adrenaline. Their influence outstripped their...
Paul Horn (2014)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, has died at the age of 84.Horn's son Marlen said his father died Sunday...
Bobby Womack, 70 (1944 - 2014)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. ...
Teenie Hodges, 68 (1946 - 2014)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated PressTeenie Hodges, the diminutive guitarist and "Take Me to the River" songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, has died. He was 68.Longtime...
Gerry Goffin, 75 (1939 - 2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You...
Horace Silver, 85 (1928 - 2014)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and band leader with a tireless inventiveness who influenced generations of jazzmen with his distinctive hard bop sound, has...
Casey Kasem, 82 (1932 - 2014)
ANTHONY MCCARTNEY, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio host with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40...