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7/17/14-Johnny Winter Dies

Guitarist, singer and music producer Johnny Winter has died at age 70. Winter rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s with his performances and recordings that included producing his childhood hero Muddy Waters. "I love blues. I don't mind a little rock and roll, too, as long as it's blues-based rock and roll," he told Guitar World in 2010. He was the older brother of Edgar Winter — […]

todayJuly 17, 2014

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1/4/14-Phil Everly: "Bye Bye Love"

Singer Phil Everly -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo, the Everly Brothers has died, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Phil Everly and his brother, Don (now 76), ranked among the elite in the music world by virtue of their pitch-perfect harmonies and emotive lyrics. Rolling Stone labeled the Everly Brothers "the most important vocal duo in rock," having […]

todayJanuary 5, 2014

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8/7/13: George Duke passes

George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. His biggest pop success came with Stanley Clarke on "Sweet Baby." A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. On tour as part of the George Duke Trio, he […]

todayAugust 7, 2013

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3/19/13- Legendary Spinner passes

Sad news today, another of the great voices of R&B has been stilled. Bobbie Smith, the lead singer for The Spinners from their inception in the late 50′s, passed away from complications from influenza and pneumonia over the weekend in Orlando. Smith, who was 76, lent his smooth tenor to that memorable run of Thom Bell produced hits on Atlantic Records in the 1970′s, including “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It […]

todayMarch 19, 2013

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1/8/13- Sammy Johns gone too soon

Sammy Reginald Johns, 66, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia. He was born Feb. 7, 1946, in Charlotte, the son of the late Garland Samuel and Marie Cardin Johns. Sammy was a singer/songwriter and will be remembered by many for his musical talent. Some of his songs include his 1975 mega-hit "Chevy Van," "America," popularized by Waylon Jennings, "Common Man," covered by John Conlee, and […]

todayJanuary 8, 2013

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12/27/12- Fontella Bass passes away

Fontella Bass had a massive hit in 1965 with 'Rescue Me'. She died following a heart attack this week in her hometown of St Louis, Missouri. Fontella Bass spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard chart with 'Rescue Me' in 1965. Fontella was born on July 3, 1940 and died on December 26, 2012. Her mother was gospel singer Martha Bass, of the Clara Ward Singers. She started […]

todayDecember 28, 2012

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11/10/12 – Major Harris Passes

Former Delfonics singer Major Harris died in Richmond. He was 65 years old. The R&B, soul singer left the Delfonics in 1974 to go solo and record his hit 1975 song "Love Won't Let Me Wait." Before making a name for himself with the Delfonics in the early '70s, Harris was a member of several groups including The Teenagers and Nat Turner's Rebellion.

todayNovember 15, 2012

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6/5/12 – Herb Reed of Platters Dead

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 Los Angeles in 1953. Reed sang bass on the group’s four No. 1 hits, including […]

todayJune 5, 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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