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Cedric Brooks (1943 - 2013)
The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots reggae musician, has died. He was 70.One of Brooks' sisters, Paulette Keise, said he died Friday of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital Queens. She said Saturday that he suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes and fell ill several years ago, losing his ability to speak.Brooks...
Jeff Hanneman, 49 (1964 - 2013)
DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49. Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Hanneman died Thursday morning of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side. The guitarist had recently begun writing songs with...
Chris Kelly, 34 (1978 - 2013)
OSCAR WELLS GABRIEL II, The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The mother of rapper Chris Kelly told authorities in Atlanta her son became sick after taking cocaine and heroin on the night before he died, according to a police report. Kelly, half of the 1990s teen rap duo Kriss Kross, was found dead Wednesday of a suspected drug overdose. Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, 54, and his...
Barry Fey (2013)
The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Music promoter Barry Fey, who brought some of the biggest names in the business to Colorado, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones and U2, has died. He was 73. The Arapahoe County coroner's office says he died Sunday at his Cherry Hills Village home. An autopsy was planned Monday to determine the cause of death. Among the tens of thousands of shows...
Janos Starker, 88 (1924 - 2013)
The Associated PressBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Grammy Award-winning cellist Janos Starker has died after months of declining health. He was 88.Alain Barker, a spokesman for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, said Starker died Sunday at his Bloomington home in the presence of family members. Barker said a family representative confirmed the death.Starker won a 1997 Grammy Award for...
George Jones, 81 (1931 - 2013)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with...
Shamshad Begum, 94 (1919 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Legendary Indian singer Shamshad Begum has died. She was 94.The singer had been unwell for some time, her daughter Usha Ratra told the Press Trust of India news...
Richie Havens, 72 (1941 - 2013)
MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Richie Havens, the folk singer and guitarist who was the first performer at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, died Monday. He was 72.Havens died of a...
Chrissy Amphett, 53 (1959 - 2013)
The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — Chrissy Amphlett, the raunchy lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls whose hit "I Touch Myself" brought her international fame in the early 1990s, died...
Storm Thorgerson (2013)
RAPHAEL SATTER, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, whose eye-popping album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia...
George Beverly Shea, 104 (1909 - 2013)
MIKE BAKER, The Associated PressMONTREAT, North Carolina (AP) — George Beverly Shea, whose booming baritone voice echoed through stadiums, squares and souls during a decades-long career with...
Rita MacNeil, 68 (1944 - 2013)
The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Rita MacNeil, a singer-songwriter from small-town Canada whose powerful voice explored genres from country to folk and gospel, died Tuesday night following...
Sir Colin Davis, 85 (1927 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Colin Davis, the former principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and one of Britain's elder statesmen of classical music, has died at 85...
George Jackson, 68 (1936 - 2013)
JEFF AMY, The Associated PressJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of "Old Time Rock and Roll" and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes, has died. He...
Chi Cheng, 42 (1970 - 2013)
TThe Associated Press SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — A candlelight vigil was planned Sunday in California for Chi Cheng, bassist for Grammy-winning rock band the Deftones, who died after...
Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins, 76 (1936 - 2013)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago bluesman Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins, known for his excellent guitar playing and mellow singing voice, has died. He was 76.Delmark Records owner Bob...
Olive Lewin (1927 - 2013)
DAVID McFADDEN, The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Olive Lewin, a prominent musicologist and social anthropologist who helped preserve Jamaica's unique heritage by recording and...
Andy Johns, 62 (1950 - 2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A sound engineer and producer who worked with Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones has died.Andy Johns' family says he died Sunday in Los Angeles...
Harry Johnson, 67 (1945 - 2013)
The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Harry Johnson, a Jamaican musician and reggae producer whose studio was a popular hangout for artists including Bob Marley and Mick Jagger, has died. He...
Phil Ramone, 79 (1934 - 2013)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Ramone, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles,...
Paul Williams (2013)
The Associated PressENCINITAS, California (AP) — Paul Williams, a pioneering rock music journalist whose Crawdaddy! Magazine is considered the first U.S. publication to write seriously about rock ...
Gordon Stoker (1925 - 2013)
The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Gordon Stoker, a member of The Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley, died Wednesday. He was 88. His son, Alan, told The...
Deke Richards, 68 (1944 - 2013)
The Associated PressBELLINGHAM, Washington (AP) — Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards has died at a hospice at age 68.Richards, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, died Sunday at the Whatcom...
Bebo Valdes, 94 (1918 - 2013)
HAROLD HECKLE, The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Renowned Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, a composer and bandleader who recorded with Nat "King" Cole, was musical director at Havana's legendary...
Michael Rhodes (2013)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Michael Rhodes, an American opera singer and highly sought-after vocal coach who trained stars including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, has died at the age of 89...
Jason Molina (2013)
The Associated PressINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alternative singer-songwriter Jason Molina has died at his home in Indianapolis. He was 39.The Marion County coroner confirms Molina died Saturday. The cause...
Bobbie Smith, 76 (1936 - 2013)
The Associated PressORLANDO, Florida (AP) — A former lead singer of the soul music group "The Spinners" has died in Orlando.A statement released Monday by the manager of the rhythm and blues group...
Jack Greene, 83 (1930 - 2013)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jack Greene, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star who earned fame with the hit "There Goes My Everything," has died in Nashville at 83.The song showed off his...
Clive Burr, 56 (1957 - 2013)
LONDON (AP) — Clive Burr, former drummer with heavy metal icons Iron Maiden, has died. He was 56 and had been suffering from multiple sclerosis. The band says on its official website that Burr...
Claude King, 90 (1923 - 2013)
STACEY PLAISANCE, The Associated PressNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Country singer-songwriter Claude King, an original member of the Louisiana Hayride who was best known for the 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain,"...