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6/2/22-Songwriter/Producer Paul Vance dies

Paul Vance has died at 92. He was born Joseph Paul Florio in Brooklyn, New York, United States. With over 300 recorded songs, Vance co-wrote (with Lee Pockriss) such hits as "Catch a Falling Star," recorded in 1957 by Perry Como, which topped Billboard's "Most Played By Jockeys" chart and became one of Como's signature songs, and "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," recorded in 1960 by Brian […]

todayJune 2, 2022

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5/19/22-Vangelis dies

Source: NPR Composer Vangelis, who gave the movie Chariots of Fire its signature synth-driven sound, has died. He was 79 years old. According to his assistant Lefteris Zermas, Vangelis died on the May 17 in a hospital in Paris, due to heart failure. Vangelis was born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in the Greek town of Agria. He was a self-taught musician who became a young piano prodigy. Then he moved to […]

todayMay 19, 2022

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5/7/22-Mickey Gilley dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Country star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy” and a nationwide wave of Western-themed nightspots, has died. He was 86. Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre. He had been performing as recently as last month, but was in failing health over the past week. “He passed peacefully with his family […]

todayMay 7, 2022

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4/1/22-“C.W. McCall” Dies

  Hear C.W. McCall on "The Lost 45s" show at Interview tab! Bill Fries, who had No. 1 hit as C.W. McCall with ‘Convoy,’ dies at 93 Source: Washington Post By Matt Schudel Today at 9:18 p.m. EDT Bill Fries, an advertising executive better known by his stage name, C.W. McCall, who had hit country records in the 1970s about long-haul truck driving during the height of the citizens band […]

todayApril 1, 2022

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3/12/22-Timmy Thomas passes

Source: soultracks.com By Chris Rizik (March 12, 2022) Timmy Thomas dead at 77. He was best known for creating one of the most enduring songs of the 1970s – a song whose meaning still resonates in 2022. Today we say a sad goodbye to singer and musician Timmy Thomas, who topped the charts in 1972 with the mesmerizing plea for peace, “Why Can’t We Live Together.” He was 77. The […]

todayMarch 12, 2022

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2/24/22-Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker Dies

Source:CNN Singer-songwriter Gary Brooker, best known for the 1967 single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” as part of British rock band Procol Harum, has died at the age of 76, his representative confirmed to CNN Wednesday. A statement on a fan website, procolharum.com, said the musician had been undergoing treatment for cancer but “died peacefully at home” on Saturday. Brooker’s representative, Wayne Forte, told CNN the statement had been approved […]

todayFebruary 24, 2022

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2/11/22-Ian McDonald dies

Source: Rolling Stone Ian McDonald, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter best known for his co-founding roles in both King Crimson and Foreigner, died Wednesday at the age of 75. A rep for McDonald confirmed the musician’s death, adding that McDonald “passed away peacefully on February 9, 2022 in his home in New York City, surrounded by his family.” His son reported on Facebook that the cause was cancer. McDonald was known […]

todayFebruary 11, 2022

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1/27/22-Sister Janet Mead dies

Source: The Guardian Sister Janet Mead, the South Australian nun who became internationally famous for her rock rendition of The Lord's Prayer, has died aged 84. While best remembered for her meteoric rise to fame in the music world, Sister Janet devoted most of her life to helping the homeless and disadvantaged. She shot into the charts in 1974 with her international hit The Lord's Prayer, putting the Our Father […]

todayJanuary 27, 2022

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1/21/22-Meat Loaf dies

Hear Meat Loaf on "The Lost 45s."   (CNN) Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life singer whose bombastic rock opera "Bat Out of Hell" is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at age 74. "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," the statement said. "Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with […]

todayJanuary 21, 2022

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