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Mar. 8, 2009

"Lost 45s" guest Peter Tork has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, the former Monkees guitarist and singer announced Tuesday on his website. Tork, 67, said he has a slow-growing form of head and neck cancer, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Although it is most frequently found in the salivary glands, Tork's cancer was discovered on the lower region of the tongue.

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Jan. 12, 2009

Pop singer Dave Dee dies aged 65: Dave Dee had eight top 10 hits with Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. The group had eight top 10 hits, including a UK number one single in 1968 with "The Legend of Xanadu". Subsequent singles included "Bend It!" and "Zabadak".

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Dec. 30, 2008

Delaney Bramlett, who co-wrote songs such as “Superstar” died at 69. After becoming part of the house band for the ABC rock ‘n’ roll show “Shindig” in the mid-‘60s, he met and married "Lost 45s" guest Bonnie O’Farrell. The pair formed Delaney & Bonnie and had hits like "Never Ending Song Of Love."

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Dec. 25, 2008

Singer and actress Eartha Kitt has died. Eartha performed almost until the end of her life. Kitt, 81, died in New York Christmas day, where she was being treated for colon cancer. She had just received a gold record for her original recording of "Santa Baby."

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Dec. 9, 2008

Dennis Yost, lead singer of the 1960s group the Classics IV, has died in an Ohio hospital. He was 65. Yost died of respiratory failure. The Classics IV's hits included "Spooky," "Stormy" and "Traces." Yost had been in nursing homes since suffering a brain injury sustained in a 2005 fall.

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Nov. 13, 2008

Legendary South African singer Miriam Makeba, an outspoken critic of apartheid, died in southern Italy, a hospital spokesman has told CNN. She was 76. Her big "Lost 45" was "Pata Pata."

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Oct. 17, 2008

One of the most powerful voices in Motown's history has been silenced. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, Jr., died today at his home in Detroit after a long series of illnesses -- including cancer and a stroke -- that forced him to stop performing in 2000. He was 72.

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Oct. 15, 2008

Neal Hefti, a Big Band trumpeter, arranger and composer of themes for the movie "The Odd Couple" and the "Batman" television series, has died. He was 85.

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Sept. 17, 2008

Motown producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield, who had a hand in such songs as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 65. Whitfield has struggled with diabetes for some time.

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