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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 Friday before a wake and burial in his native town of Algeciras in the south of the country. De Lucia's remains were flown from Mexico where the musician died of a heart attack while on vacation....
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 1955, has died. He was 92.Beecher died in his sleep Monday night at a nursing home near Philadelphia, daughter Pauline Grinstead said Tuesday.The Comets, whose hits also included "See You Later,...
Bob Casale, 61 (1952 - 2014)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit "Whip It," has died of heart failure, his brother and band member Gerald Casale said Tuesday. He was 61. Devo founding member Casale said in a statement that his younger brother's death Monday was "sudden" and "a total shock." "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the...
William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, 65 (1948 - 2014)
HOWARD CAMPBELL, The Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leukemia at his home in Florida, longtime friends and colleagues said Monday. He was 65. Former bandmate Colin Leslie said the singer died Sunday in Orlando a week after he was released from a hospital...
Pete Seeger, 94 (1919 - 2014)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Unable to carry his beloved banjo, Pete Seeger used a different but equally formidable instrument, his mere presence, to instruct yet another generation of young people how to effect change through song and determination two years ago. A surging crowd, two canes and seven decades as a history-sifting singer and rabble-rouser buoyed...
Claudio Abbado, 80 (1933 - 2014)
The Associated Press ROME (AP) — Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors revered for developing a rapport with members of the world's leading orchestras while still...
Phil Everly, 74 (1939 - 2014)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — There is no more beautiful sound than the voices of siblings swirled together in high harmony, and when Phil and Don Everly combined their...
Tabby Thomas (2014)
The Associated PressBATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — Renowned bluesman Tabby Thomas has died at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 84.Thomas' daughter, Joylyn Thomas Wright, says her father...
Benjamin Curtis, 35 (1978 - 2013)
The Associated PressDALLAS (AP) — Benjamin Curtis, guitarist and co-founder of the popular indie-rock band School of Seven Bells, has died of cancer. He was 35.Brady Brock with New York-based...
Wojciech Kilar, 81 (1932 - 2013)
MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning ...
Yusef Lateef, 93 (1920 - 2013)
The Associated PressSHUTESBURY, Mass. (AP) — Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, has died. He was 93.Lateef died...
Ricky Lawson (2013)
The Associated PressLONG BEACH, California (AP) — Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a...
Diomedes Diaz, 56 (1957 - 2013)
The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians mourned on Monday over the death of musician Diomedes Diaz, the best-known performer of the country's accordion-heavy vallenato music. ...
Lubomir Doruzka, 89 (1924 - 2013)
The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Lubomir Doruzka, a renowned Czech music critic who led his readers through the world of jazz in the turbulent 20th century, has died. He was 89.Doruzka's son Petr...
Ray Price , 87 (1926 - 2013)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Good friends like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard got more credit for their contrary ways and trend-setting ideas, but it was Ray Price who set...
Jim Hall, 83 (1930 - 2013)
CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly...
Stan Tracey, 86 (1926 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British jazz pianist and composer Stan Tracey, who played with everyone from Sonny Rollins to Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones in the course of a...
Arik Einstein, 74 (1939 - 2013)
Associated Press, The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Arik Einstein, a pioneering Israeli singer and songwriter who performed some of the country's best-known anthems, has died.Doctors said...
Chico Hamilton, 92 (1921 - 2013)
CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Chico Hamilton, an influential jazz drummer and bandleader who was an architect of the West Coast cool jazz style and was known for discovering...
Sir John Tavener, 69 (1944 - 2013)
ROBERT BARR, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British composer John Tavener, whose career was boosted with the help of The Beatles and who often is remembered for the elegiac song performed as...
Chana Mlotek (2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Chana Mlotek, a noted archivist of Yiddish folk music and an impassioned collector of Yiddish songs from the shtetls of Europe, has died at age 91.She died of...
Lou Reed, 71 (1942 - 2013)
DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The stare from across a desk was enough for me to question whether my first and only interview with Lou Reed had been a good idea. He'd...
Tony Brevett (2013)
The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) Tony Brevett, a Jamaican musician who launched the popular rocksteady band The Melodians, has died.Band member Trevor McNaughton said Brevett died from...
Manna Dey, 94 (1919 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Famed playback singer Manna Dey, who recorded nearly 4,000 songs and can be heard in scores of Bollywood films, died in a Bangalore hospital early Thursday. He...
Manola Escobar, 82 (1931 - 2013)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Singer Manolo Escobar, whose "Y Viva Espana" became a best-selling single during Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy in the mid-1970s, has died. He...
Noel Harrison, 79 (1934 - 2013)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British actor and musician Noel Harrison, who sang the Academy Award-winning ballad "The Windmills of Your Mind," has died at 79.Harrison's wife, Lori Chapman,...
Maxine Powell (2013)
MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Maxine Powell, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' artists during the Detroit label's 1960s heyday,...
Wadih Safi, 91 (1921 - 2013)
BASSEM MROUE, The Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese singer and composer Wadih Safi, whose strong, clear voice propelled him to fame throughout the Arab world, has died at the age of 92,...
Phil Chevron, 56 (1957 - 2013)
The Associated PressDUBLIN (AP) — Phil Chevron, the guitarist for boisterous Anglo-Irish band The Pogues, has died at 56.Pogues manager Mark Addis says Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan,...
Kenneth Hoo Kim (2013)
The Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Kenneth Hoo Kim, a Jamaican record producer who helped operate a well-known reggae music studio, has died. He was 66.Hoo Kim's wife, Selma, said Friday...