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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 sister Mary Huston said Sharp died at his mother's Fair Oaks, Calif., home, at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues."He had a strong heart, that's...
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 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...
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 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...
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 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...
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 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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...