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2/29/12 – Davy Jones of the Monkees Dead

The lead singer of The Monkees, Davy Jones, has died. He died after suffering a heart attack this morning in Florida. Jones was 66. Davy was a guest on "The Lost 45s" numerous times. Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and four daughters from previous marriages. Jones joined The Monkees in 1965, with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. He will be missed.

todayFebruary 29, 2012

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2/11/12 – Whitney Houston Dead

Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48. Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown. At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle […]

todayFebruary 12, 2012

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2/2/12 – Don Cornelius update

"Soul Train" host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing black music and artists. But the "love, peace, and SOUL!" he wished viewers as he closed each show for decades escaped him as his life descended into marital trouble, illness and, finally, a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday. He was 75. To music-hungry […]

todayFebruary 5, 2012

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1/24/12 – Aretha calls off wedding plans

Aretha Franklin won't be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She's called off her engagement. A statement released Monday by her representative said Franklin's wedding to Willie Wilkerson wasn't going to happen. "Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly. There will be no wedding at this time," Franklin said. […]

todayJanuary 23, 2012

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1/21/12 – The President sings Al Green!

During a campaign appearance Thursday night at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, President Barack Obama got the crowd cheering with a tune. After legendary soul singer Rev. Al Green performed, the Commander-in-Chief took the stage and crooned a few lines of Green's hit song "Let's Stay Together." "I..I'm so in love with you," the President sang, showing off just a touch of the falsetto. The audience cheered […]

todayJanuary 22, 2012

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1/20/12 – Etta James has died.

Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as "The Wallflower," "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and the wedding favorite "At Last," has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73. She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered […]

todayJanuary 20, 2012

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1/17/12 – Jimmy Castor Dead

Jimmy Castor, known for his funky and funny hits during the 70s, has died in Las Vegas at age 64. As the leader of the Jimmy Castor Bunch, he topped the charts with such cuts as the humorous "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" and "The Bertha Butt Boogie." He was a guest on "The Lost 45s" a few times and will be missed.

todayJanuary 17, 2012

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1/11/12 – NRBQ drummer passes away

Members of the category-defying band NRBQ knew from the outset that their prospects of mainstream success were slim to none. The quartet spent the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s recording and touring chiefly for the reward of accolades from fellow musicians including Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt, as well as devoted fans scattered across the planet. The group’s anything-goes-and-usually-does approach was what first caught the ear of […]

todayJanuary 11, 2012

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1/04/12 – Queen of Soul to marry!

Legendary soul singer and "Lost 45s" guest Aretha Franklin is engaged to her "longtime friend and confidant," William 'Willie' Wilkerson, Franklin's spokeswoman said in a statement. The "forever friends" are thinking about getting married in Miami Beach, Florida, with a reception afterward aboard a luxury yacht, the statement added. The 69-year-old singer is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and Vera Wang to design her dress. "We're looking at June or July […]

todayJanuary 5, 2012

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