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Slim Whitman, 90 (1923 - 2013)
TERRY SPENCER, The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy "Mars Attacks!," died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. He was 90.Whitman died of heart failure at Orange Park Medical Center, his son-in-law Roy Beagle said.Whitman...
Bruno Bartoletti, 86 (1926 - 2013)
ROME (AP) — Bruno Bartoletti, an orchestra conductor who was associated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a half-century, and who championed modern opera as well as classic works, died on Sunday in his native Tuscany, a day before his 87th birthday. The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, where the maestro had served as artistic director from 1985 until 1991, said Bartoletti died in a Florence...
Joey Covington, 67 (1945 - 2013)
The Associated PressPALM SPRINGS, California (AP) — Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.A Riverside County coroner's report says the 67-year-old Palm Springs resident wasn't wearing a seat belt when his car hit a retaining wall at about 5 p.m. local time Tuesday. He died at the scene.The Palm Springs Desert Sun (http://mydesert.co/111xyfm ) says...
Piano C. Red (2013)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues piano player Piano C. Red, who performed with Muddy Waters, B.B King, Fats Domino and Buddy Guy before being paralyzed in 2006, has died.Red's son, James Britton, confirmed Tuesday that his 79-year-old father died Monday. He says his father's health had been deteriorating since the shooting that paralyzed him. Red was shot during a robbery.In a...
Mandawuy Yunupingu, 56 (1956 - 2013)
The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — Mandawuy Yunupingu, the former lead singer of Australian indigenous band Yothu Yindi and one of the country's most famous Aborigines, has died at home in Australia. He was 56.Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirmed Yunupingu's death on Monday. Officials haven't released a cause of death, but Yunupingu struggled for years with kidney disease.Yunupingu...
Clarence Burke, Jr. (2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit "O-o-h Child," has died. He was 64.Burke died on Sunday — a day...
Ed Shaughnessy, 84 (1929 - 2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Shaughnessy, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band, has died in Southern...
Georges Moustaki, 79 (1934 - 2013)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Georges Moustaki, an Egyptian-born composer, singer and poet who wrote songs for Edith Piaf and other French stars, has died at age 79.Marie-Ange Mirande of...
Mack Emerman (1924 - 2013)
CURT ANDERSON, The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Mack Emerman, the founder of Criteria Recording Studios where acts including Eric Clapton, James Brown and the Bee Gees made some of their most...
Zach Sobiech, 18 (1995 - 2013)
The Associated PressLAKELAND, Minn. (AP) — When high school student Zach Sobiech learned he didn't have much longer to live, his mother suggested he write letters to tell his loved ones goodbye....
Ray Manzarek, 74 (1939 - 2013)
CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press Ray Manzarek, a founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complemented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...