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

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, formed Sugar Hill Records in 1979; first as Mickey & Sylvia. Her big solo hit […]

todaySeptember 29, 2011

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

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 of a segregated audience" for their August 31, 1965, show at the Cow Palace in […]

todaySeptember 23, 2011

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9/22/11 – Broadway returns to pop chart!

Last June, The Book of Mormon, the musical written by the creators of the raunchy hit cartoon series South Park on the US cable channel Comedy Central, won nine Tony Awards and the soundtrack raced up the Billboard pop chart to third, behind Adele and Lady Gaga. This marked the first time since 1969, when the cast recording of Hair was in first for 13 weeks, that a Broadway musical […]

todaySeptember 22, 2011

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8/22/11 – Songwriter Jerry Leiber passes

Jerry Leiber, the lyricist who, with his partner Mike Stoller, wrote some of the most enduring classics in the history of rock'n'roll, including "Hound Dog," "Yakety Yak," "Stand By Me" and "On Broadway," died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 78.

todaySeptember 1, 2011

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8/22/11 – Nickolas Ashford dead

Nickolas Ashford, one-half of the successful Motown singer-songwriter duo of Ashford & Simpson, died Monday. He and his wife Valerie were both guests on my radio show and wrote and recorded some of the best tunes of the rock era. He will be missed. [musicsingle file=http://www.lost45.com/audio/ashford.mp3]

todaySeptember 1, 2011

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July 11, 2011–Rob Grill, Grass Roots leader

"Lost 45s" guest Rob Grill, lead singer, songwriter and bass player of the '60s rock group the Grass Roots passed away Monday morning, his wife Nancy said in a statement. He was 67. Grill was hospitalized earlier this month after suffering a fall in his home. He later had two strokes while in the hospital.  

todayAugust 16, 2011

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