Notable Music Deaths

  • Jesse Winchester, 69 (1944 - 2014)

    Jesse Winchester

    The Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. "Friends, our sweet Jesse died peacefully in his sleep this...

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  • Paul Salamunovich, 86 (1927 - 2014)

    Paul Salamunovich

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Salamunovich, longtime director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale who helped score movies including "The Godfather," has died. He was 86.The chorale's publicist, Libby Huebner, says the Grammy-nominated conductor died Thursday of complications related to West Nile virus.From 1991 to 2001, Salamunovich exposed millions to choral music through...

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  • Frankie Knuckles, 59 (1955 - 2014)

    Frankie Knuckles

    CARYN ROUSSEAU, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Frankie Knuckles, a Grammy-winning Chicago disc jockey known as the "Godfather of House Music" who worked with artists including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, has died at age 59.Knuckles died Monday in Chicago, the Cook County medical examiner said Tuesday. The medical examiner said a cause of death was not available.Knuckles is considered a...

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  • Dave Brockie, 50 (1963 - 2014)

    Dave Brockie

    MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, The Associated Press RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Dave Brockie, who as "Oderus Urungus" fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades, has died. He was 50. Officers were called to Brockie's home Sunday evening and found the singer dead inside the home, Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh...

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  • Scott Asheton, 65 (1949 - 2014)

    Scott  Asheton

    MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Asheton, drummer for the influential punk rock band the Stooges, has died. He was 64. His daughter, Leanna Asheton, confirmed Monday that her father died Saturday of a heart attack. She said her father "was as cool as they came. His wisdom guides us on." Bandleader Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he's "never...

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