9/26/12 – Andy Williams Dies

September 26, 2012 by  
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“With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature “Moon River,” Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the ’60s we usually hear about. Williams’ plaintive tenor, boyish features and easy demeanor helped him outlast many of the rock stars who had displaced him and such fellow crooners […]

7/1/12 – Don Grady of My 3 Sons Dead

July 2, 2012 by  
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Don Grady, who was one of television’s most beloved big brothers as Robbie Douglas on the long-running 1960s hit My Three Sons, died Wednesday. He was 68. His My Three Sons co-star Barry Livingston, who played youngest brother Ernie, confirmed Grady’s death to The Associated Press. Livingston said Grady had been suffering from cancer and […]

6/5/12 – Herb Reed of Platters Dead

June 5, 2012 by  
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Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like “Only You” and “The Great Pretender,” has died. He was 83. Reed died on Monday in a Boston area hospice after a period of declining health that included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Reed founded the Platters in […]

5/25/12 – Eric Burdon’s new CD

May 25, 2012 by  
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  “Til Your River Runs Dry” is the new album from former Animal Eric Burdon, set for release this September. Eric recorded the album in New Orleans across 2010 with further work done in California. ‘I started feeling that I needed to use this album as a catharsis, to express my own truth,’ Eric said […]

11/22/11 – Robin Gibb has cancer (updated)

November 22, 2011 by  
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Robin Gibb, formerly of the Bee Gees, is reportedly battling liver cancer, according to multiple British outlets. Gibb, 61, has been undergoing treatment for several months and was rushed to the hospital last week after an emergency call was placed from his home. He returned home five hours later and was joined by his mother, […]

11/12/11 – Joan Baez occupies Wall Street

November 14, 2011 by  
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Folk singer Joan Baez serenaded hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters Friday/Veteran’s Day. Most of the crowd weren’t even born when she became famous for singing out against the Vietnam War.

10/23/11 – Paul “Na Na Hey Hey” Leka passes

October 24, 2011 by  
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“Lost 45s” guest, Paul Leka, a songwriter and producer who worked with many recording stars but who was best known for writing the chanting chorus of “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye),” a No. 1 hit in 1969 that was reborn in the 1970s as a sports arena anthem, died in a hospice near […]

10/5/11 – Miracles guitarist passes away

October 6, 2011 by  
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Marv Tarplin, the Motown guitarist and songwriter behind Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, died on Friday at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 70. His cause of death has not yet been determined. Tarplin began his career at Motown in the late Fifties as the guitarist in the Primettes, a teenage girl […]

9/29/11 – R&B Pioneer Sylvia Robinson dies

September 29, 2011 by  
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Sylvia Robinson, the singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the Sugar Hill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording, died early Thursday morning at a hospital in New Jersey. She was 75. Ms. Robinson had a notable career as a rhythm and blues singer long before she and her husband, Joe Robinson, […]

9/23/11 – Beatles anti-discrimination contract sold

September 23, 2011 by  
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A Beatles contract for a 1965 California concert that reveals that the Fab Four refused to play before a segregated audience has sold for $23,033 — more than four times its estimated price. The contract, which was signed by the Liverpool group’s manager, Brian Epstein, specified that they “not be required to perform in front […]

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