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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 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...
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 riffs and his striking long white hair flowing from under his cowboy hat. His contrasting appearance and devotion to the blues pioneers of the 20th century turbo-charged a career in which he emulated...
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 Joel died Sunday on Long Island, said Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for the award-winning singer. "Rosalinda's Eyes" from Joel's 1978 album "52nd Street" was a tribute to his mother, who raised him...
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 in Virginia. He was 84. Maazel died at Castleton Farms from complications following pneumonia, according to a statement by The Castleton Festival, an annual festival Maazel founded with his wife...
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 sales. And now, with the death of drummer Tommy, all four original members of the seminal punk rock band are gone. Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, died Friday at age 65, said...
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...
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...
Jimmy Scott, 88 (1925 - 2014)
KEN RITTER, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jimmy Scott, a jazzman with an ethereal man-child voice who found success late in life with the Grammy-nominated album "All the Way," has died....
Doc Neeson, 67 (1947 - 2014)
ROD McGUIRK, The Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Doc Neeson, the charismatic frontman for the seminal Australian rock band the Angels, died from brain cancer on Wednesday. He was 67...
Dave Herman (2014)
The Associated Press NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Dave Herman, a pioneering New York City radio personality who was in a New Jersey jail awaiting trial on charges in a child sex sting died Thursday...
Herb Jeffries, 100 (1913 - 2014)
JESSICA HERNDON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Jeffries, the jazz singer and actor who performed with Duke Ellington and was known as the "Bronze Buckaroo" in a series of all-black...
Rupert Loewenstein (2014)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — He was the prince who helped make the Rolling Stones as rich as kings.Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the band's former business manager, helped the...
Jerry Vale, 83 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.Vale, who had been in...
Tommie Wright (2014)
The Associated PressTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State officials say the composer of the music for the university's fight song has died. Tommie Wright was 95.The university in an email to staff...
Juan Formell, 71 (1942 - 2014)
The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Cuban musician Juan Formell, who for more than four decades was the driving force behind the big band salsa orchestra Los Van Van, died Thursday. He was 71.An...
Isaac Greggs (2014)
The Associated PressBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Southern University says Isaac Greggs, who headed the university's marching band for 36 years, has died.Greggs, who had been the university's director of...
Rashad Harden, 35 (2014)
DON BABWIN, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, was found dead over the weekend in Chicago of an apparent drug overdose,...
Kevin Sharp, 43 (1970 - 2014)
The Associated PressFAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.His...
Jesse Winchester, 69 (1944 - 2014)
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...
Paul Salamunovich, 86 (1927 - 2014)
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...
Frankie Knuckles, 59 (1955 - 2014)
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...
Dave Brockie, 50 (1963 - 2014)
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...
Scott Asheton, 65 (1949 - 2014)
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...
Paco de Lucia, 66 (1947 - 2014)
JORGE SAINZ, The Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain has begun its formal mourning for world-renowned flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia. His body arrived in Madrid for a memorial ceremony on...
Franny Beecher, 92 (1921 - 2014)
The Associated PressNORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) — Franny Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, which helped kick off the rock and roll era with the hit "Rock Around the Clock" in...