Notable Music Deaths

  • Joseph Bennett (2014)

    Joseph Bennett

    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 died in his Caribbean homeland. He was 76.Music promoter Jon Baker said Thursday that the musician and singer nicknamed "Powda" died of respiratory problems Wednesday at a Kingston hospital."He will...

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  • Henry Stone, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Henry Stone

    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.Stone, a co-founder of the famed TK Records, died Thursday of natural causes at a Miami-area hospital, the funeral home Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels confirmed.Stone opened up a record-distribution...

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  • Michael Johns, 35 (1978 - 2014)

    Michael Johns

    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. He was 35.The network and his family released statements Saturday confirming the Australian-born singer's death.His family says it appreciated the support streaming in from around the world but said...

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  • Dick Wagner, 71 (1942 - 2014)

    Dick Wagner

    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 respiratory failure Wednesday, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. He was 71.Susan Michelson, Wagner's partner in Desert Dreams Productions, said the performer died at Scottsdale...

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  • Carlo Bergonzi, 90 (1924 - 2014)

    Carlo Bergonzi

    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 Milan on Monday confirmed Bergonzi's death on Friday. No cause was given.Born in the province of Parma not far from Verdi's hometown, Bergonzi started his studies at age 16 as a baritone, only to...

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