Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Bob Belden, 58 (1956 - 2015)

    Bob Belden

    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 its 1979 revolution when he toured there earlier this year, died Wednesday. He was 58. Belden died at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan after suffering a heart attack in his apartment, his sister...

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  • Bruce Lundvall, 79 (1935 - 2015)

    Bruce Lundvall

    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 jazz scene during his 25 years as president, has died at age 79. Lundvall died Tuesday at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, of complications from a prolonged battle with Parkinson's...

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  • Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly (2015)

    Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly

    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-Kennerly died Friday in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she went for a performance, friend and bass player Ralphe Armstrong told the Detroit Free Press. He said she had at least two...

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  • B.B. King, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    B.B. King

    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 nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. King's attorney Arthur Williams Jr. said Friday that King told him he wanted his funeral to be held in a church in...

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  • Johnny Gimble , 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Johnny  Gimble

    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, Cyndy, said Gimble died Saturday morning near his home in Dripping Springs, near Austin, "finally rid of the complications from several strokes over the past few years." Gimble grew up on a farm...

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