Remembering the Artists
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January 8, 2017

Peter Sarstedt Singer Songwriter dies at age 75

Peter Sarstedt in 1969
Singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt, best known for the song Where do you go to (my lovely), has died at the age of 75, his family has said.
The song topped the UK singles charts in February 1969 and remained number one for four weeks.
 He died peacefully after a six-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a family statement said.

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December 25, 2016

George Michael dies at age 53.

George Michael has died at home in England December 25th 2016.

December 24, 2016

Rick Parfitt of Status Quo dies at age 68

Rick Parfitt Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster of Status Quo
With his flowing blond locks, denim gear and Fender Telecaster, Rick Parfitt was one of rock's most recognisable guitarists.
His partnership with Francis Rossi became the core of Status Quo, one of Britain's most enduring bands.
Their brand of boogie-woogie rock survived changes in musical fashion and made them one of the best-loved live acts of their generation.
As well as driving the Quo sound on stage, Parfitt penned many of the band's biggest hits.

December 8, 2016

Greg Lake of ELP dies at age 69

Greg Lake ELP

Legendary prog rock singer/bassist/lyricist Greg Lake has died at age 69 following a battle with cancer. Best know as the bassist for King Crimson and guitarist/singer for Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lake scored one of his biggest solo hits in 1975 with "I Believe in Father Christmas."

November 13, 2016

Leon Russell dies at age 74

Leon Russell in 1971
Leon Russell died today in his sleep in Nashville, he was 74.

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November 10, 2016

Leonard Cohen, legendary songgwriter ans sing has died at age 82

Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter whose literary sensibility and elegant dissections of desire made him one of popular music’s most influential and admired figures for four decades, has died. He was 82.
This was the Rayal Albert Hall in London in 1976.
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June 15, 2016

Paul McCartney mourned the death of Wings guitarist Henry McCullough on his official site today. The musician — who was in Wings from 1972 through 1973 — died June 14th at age 72. He was forst known for being in Joe Cocker's Grease Band.

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April 21, 2016

Rock Star Prince dies at age 57

Prince 1979 Roxy in Hollywood First tour date
Prince apparently died earlier today (April 21) at age 57 at his Paisley Park home and studio, his publicist confirmed.

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Prince in 1983

March 11, 2016

Keith Emerson of ELP dies at age 71

Keith Emerson of ELP
Keith Emerson died today at age 71.

February 4, 2016

Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire dies at age 74Maurice White

Maurice White in Earth Wind & Fire
Maurice White died Thursday (Feb. 4) at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He formed the band in 1969, after a tenure as the drummer in the Ramsey Lewis Trio and a short run with his own band, the Salty Peppers. White was EWF's visionary and conceptualizer, its chief songwriter and producer, as well as the focal point of one of the tightest, hottest-stepping frontlines in pop music.

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January 28, 2016

Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane dies at age 74

Paul Kantner and Grace Slick Jefferson Starship
Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74.

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January 24, 2016

Jimmy Bain, bass guitarist for Dio and Rainbow dies at age 68

Jimmy Bain of Rainbow and Dio in 1985
 Jimmy Bain, who played bass for Rainbow, Dio, and – most recently – Last in Line, has died. Vivian Campbell, bandmate to Bain in Dio and Last in Line (and guitarist for Def Leppard), shared the sad news on Facebook on Sunday, Jan. 24, though Bain’s cause of death has not been confirmed. Bain was 68.

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January 18, 2016

Glen Frey of The Eagles dies at age 67

Glenn Frey 1978
Glen Frey has died at the age of 67 in New York.

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Dale Griffin of Mott The Hoople dies at age 67

Mick Ralphs, Ian Hunter, Dale Griffin, Overend Pete Watts
Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin has died, aged 67, after suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years.

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January 14, 2016

Rene Angelil husband and manager of Celine Dion dies at age 73

Rene Angelil and Celine Dion
Celiné Dion's husband René Angélil died in the couple's Las Vegas home Thursday after an 18-year battle with throat cancer. The former manager was 73.

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January 11, 2016

David Bowie dies at age 69

David Bowie 1976
David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69.

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January 5, 2016

Robert Stigwood dies at age 81

Robert Stigwood, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb in 1978
Robert Stigwood, manager of Bee Gees and Eric Clapton among others and producer of Saturday Night Fever and Grease has died at age 81.

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January 1, 2016

Natalie Cole dies at age 65

Natalie Cole in 1975

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December 28, 2015

Lemmy Kilmister - Motorhead dies at age 70

Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead 1979

Lemmy apparently passed away today - one of the forerunners on Metal music and on of it's great characters. Rock music will miss him. 
  "If you're going to be a fucking rock star, go be one. People don't want to see the guy next door on stage; they want to see a being from another planet." - Lemmy

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Steve Wright - lead singer of Easybeats

Stephen "Stevie" Wright, singer of Australian rock outfit the Easybeats and widely considered the country's first international pop star, has died at age 68. Wright became ill on Boxing Day, December 26th, and died Sunday night, The Guardian reports. No cause of death has been given, though rock historian Glenn A. Baker confirmed the news to radio station 6PR. Read more: Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland - Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver

Scott Weiland was reported dead this evening om his tour bus in Wisconsin.Scott Weiland

October 21, 2015

Cory Wells of Three Dog Night dies at age 74

Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells

Cory Wells (right in the photo) of Three Dog Night died yesterday at home in Dunkirk, New York State. He was 74.

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October 6, 2015

Billy Joe Royal dies at age 73

Billy Joe Royal 1966 in London

Billy Joe Royal, best known for the hits Down In The Boondocks and Hush died October 6th in Noth Carolina.

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August 2, 2015

Cilla Black has died at age 72

Cilla Black in 1964
Singer and TV star Cilla Black, who enjoyed a 50-year showbusiness career, has died aged 72, in Spain apparently of natural causes.

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July 31, 2015

Lynn Anderson Country Legend dies at age 67

Lynn Anderson in 1971

Singer-songwriter Lynn Anderson, a dynamic Grammy-winning performer whose 1970 single, "Rose Garden," was a country and pop hit throughout the world, died Thursday night at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. According to the Tennessean, Anderson was hospitalized with pneumonia following a recent trip to Italy. She was 67.

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July 22, 2015

Eddie Hardin of Spencer Davis Group and Hardin and York has died at age 66.

Ray Fenwick, Pete York, Spencer Davis and Eddie Hardin

Eddie Hardin has died following a heart attack on 22 July 2015 at the age of 66.English rock pianist and singer-songwriter, he was best known for his associations with the Spencer Davis Group, and also Hardin and York with original Spencer Davis Group drummer Pete York.

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June 28, 2015

Chris Squire of Yes dies at age 67
Chris Squire of Yes

Yes bassist and founder Chris Squire died Saturday of leukemia in Phoenix, Arizona.

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May 21, 2015

Louis Johnson of Brothers Johnson dies at age 60.
Louis Johnson of Brothers Johnson

Louis Johnson, founding member of 70"s and 80's funk band the Brothers Johnson and an in-demand bassist who appeared on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," died on Thursday, May 21st at the age of 60.

Photo by © Chris Walter at Midnight Special in 1980

May 15, 2015

Blues Legend BB King dies at age 89

B B King Los Angeles 1978

B.B. King, who died Thursday night at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care.

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May 1, 2015

Soul Music Legend Ben E King dies at age 76

Ben E King

R & B and soul singer Ben E King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, has died at the age of 76. Ben E King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing on hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me. After going solo, he hit the US top five with Stand By Me in 1961.

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April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge - Classic Soul Singer - dies at age 74

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge, best known for his Classic Soul Record "When A Man Loves A Woman" has died at the age of 74.

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March 21, 2015

Jackie Trent English Singer Songwriter dies at age 74

Jackie Trent
Jacke Trent, 60's English singer and songwriter with husband Tony Hatch has died in Spain at age of 74.

January 26, 2015

Demis Roussos - Greek Singer dies as age 68

Demis Roussos 1974
Demis Rousos who first found fame in Europe with Aphrodites Child which also included Vangeles has died at age 68.

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January 20, 2015

Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream dies at age 70

Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream

Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream died this week in Vienna.

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January 16, 2015

Kim Fowley - Runaways manager and producer dies at age 75

Kim Fowley in the early 1970's.

Runaways producer and notorious L.A. music legend Kim Fowley has died. In recent months, he had been undergoing cancer treatments, though no cause of death has been announced. He was 75. Charismatic and always eccentric, Fowley is best remembered as the record producer for the all-female rock group the Runaways. Kim also made Alley Oop as the Hollywood Argyles and wrote and produced the classic instrumental Nut Rocker.

December 22, 2014

Joe Cocker dies at age 70.

Joe Cocker on London in 1969
Joe Cocker died today at age 70.

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December 4, 2014

Bobby Keys Sax player with the Rolling Stones dies at age 70

Bobby Keys second from left with Clapton, John and Yoko
Bobby Keys, a saxophonist and rock 'n' roller known to millions for his blasting solo on the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," has died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 70 years old.
Keys had been out on tour with the Stones earlier this year before his health prevented him from performing.
"The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys," the band said in a statement. "Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed."

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December 3, 2014

Ian MClagan of the Faces and Small Faces dies at age 69

Ian McLagan, keyboard player with the Faces and Small Faces died today in Austin Texas
Ian McLagan in The Faces in 1972
apparently of a huge stroke. Part of the Small Faces from their Mode era though the Faces Ian was a driving part of the sounds of those bands.

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November 19, 2014

Jimmy Ruffin Motown Soul Star dies at age 78.

Jimmy Ruffin 1970 Top Of The Pops
Motown Records' balladeer Jimmy Ruffin died at a Las Vegas hospital late Monday at the age of 78. Ruffin's most enduring hit has to be 1966's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," with its majestic, stately rhythm and Ruffin's deeply soulful, sorrowful vocal.

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November 2, 2014

Mr Acker Bilk English Jazz Clarinet Player dies at age 85.

Acker Bilk was a musician we all grew up with. His Stranger On The Shore from 1962 has to be one of the best remembered instrumentals ever, No 1 in the UK and US at the same time, spending a solid year on the UK top 20 and making No 1 several times.

October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce of Cream dies at age 71

Jack Bruce in 1977

Jack Bruce the singer and bassist for legendary rock band Cream has died. He was 71.

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October 24, 2014

David Redfern - Music Photographer

Sad to hear of the passing of David Redfern at the age of 78. David was one of our early small group of English Music Photographers in the early 60's. David was the big brother of the group and a real gentleman. He was also an excellent photographer and went on to be the premier Jazz photographer.

October 23, 2014

Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.

Alvin Stardust in the 70's

Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.

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October 18, 2014

Singer Tim Hauser, the founder of The Manhattan Transfer, has died at age 72.

Manhattan Transfer in 1976 in London

Singer Tim Hauser, (2nd from right) the founder of the Grammy-winning vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer, a group he established in 1969, has died.

August 11, 2014

Robin Williams - The Funniest!

Robin Williams at 2006 Kids Choice Awards
Robin Williams - nobody could be so funny in 2 minutes.

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July 31, 2014

Dick Wagner - Alice cooper guitar player and songwriter dies at age 71

Dick Wagner Alice Cooper guitar player.
Dick Wagner, who played guitar with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and at various points in his career, died on July 30th after being hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona for respiratory failure. Two weeks earlier, he had undergone a cardiac procedure, according to Detroit Free Press. He was 71
"Even though we know it's inevitable, we never expect to suddenly lose close friends and collaborators," Cooper said in a statement. "Dick Wagner and I shared as many laughs as we did hit records. He was one of a kind. He is irreplaceable. His brand of playing and writing is not seen anymore, and there are very few people that I enjoyed working with as much as I enjoyed working with Dick Wagner.

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July 17, 2014

Johnny Winter dies at age 70

Johnny Winter in Los Angeles 1977

Blues Guitar Legend Johnny Winter has died in Zurich, Switzerland.
Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.
His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich a day earlier. The statement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists.
He had been on an extensive tour this year that brought him to Europe. His last performance came Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

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May 1, 2014

Paul Goddard of Atlanta Rhythm Section dies at 68

Paul Goddard of Atlanta Rhythm Section 1977

Paul Goddard, the bass player and a founding member of the Southern rock band the Atlanta Rhythm Section, died Tuesday of cancer in Atlanta. He was 68.
Goddard performed on such ARS hits as “So Into You,” “Imaginary Lover,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” “Do It or Die” and the remake of the Classics IV’s “Spooky.”

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February 19, 2014

Bob Casale of DEVO dies at age 61.

Bob Casele of DEVO
Bob Casale of Devo

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning.
He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got.
He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again.
His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all. 
-Gerald Casale, Devo founder

October 27, 2013

Lou Reed dies at age 71 A Walk On The Other Wild Side

Sadly we lost another Rock Legend Lou Reed today to complications from a recent surgery.

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August 23, 2013

J P Richardson Jr - Big Bopper Jr dies at age 54

Big Bopper Jr in 2002
JP Richardson Jr, son of the Big Bopper of Chantilly Lace fame, died this week in Texas at age 54.

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