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Notable Music Deaths

  • Johnny Winter, 70 (1944 - 2014)

    Johnny Winter

    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...

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  • Rosalind Nyman Joel (2014 - 2014)

    Rosalind Nyman Joel

    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...

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  • Lorin Maazel, 84 (1930 - 2014)

    Lorin Maazel

    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...

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  • Charlie Haden (2014)

    Charlie Haden

    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 and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, has died. He was 76.Haden's wife of 30 years, singer Ruth Cameron, and his four children were by his side when he died Friday in Los...

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  • Tommy Ramone, 62 (1952 - 2014)

    Tommy  Ramone

    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...

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