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5/10/20-Betty Wright passes

  The music industry is suffering from another significant loss as sources close to Betty Wright’s family have confirmed her passing. She was 66. Known for R&B classics such as “Tonight Is the Night” and “No Pain, (No Gain),” Wright’s ubiquitous 1972 single “Clean Up Woman” would be immortalized in hip hop soul history when it was sampled for the remix of Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love." Born Bessie Regina […]

todayMay 10, 2020


5/9/20-Little Richard dead

Source: TMZ Little Richard, a giant in the early stages of Rock 'n' Roll and beyond, has died. Richard had enormous influence over the genre, with insanely popular hits like the fantastically frenetic, "Tutti-Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally." The Beatles have credited Richard as being inspirational to the Fab Four. Richard's bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, tells TMZ ... Richard had been sick for 2 months. He died at his Tennessee […]

todayMay 9, 2020


5/6/20-Kraftwerk founder dies

(CNN) Florian Schneider, the co-founder of the German electronic band Kraftwerk, has died of cancer at age 73. "Kraftwerk co-founder and electro pioneer Ralf Hütter has sent us the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday," the band said in a statement provided to CNN by publicist Alexandra […]

todayMay 6, 2020


12/10/19-Roxette lead singer passes

(CNN) Singer Marie Fredriksson died Monday after a 17-year battle with cancer, her management company has confirmed. The 61-year-old was a successful solo artist in her native Sweden before joining with Per Gessle to form Roxette, the act that went on to achieve global fame. The duo's breakout single was "The Look," reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989. Another single, "It Must Have Been […]

todayDecember 10, 2019


10/6/2017-Jerry Ross Dead

Hear Jerry Ross on "The Lost 45s." Jerry J. Ross, 84, a hit songwriter and record producer who was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame in 2013, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, of prostate cancer at the Holy Redeemer Hospital hospice unit in Meadowbrook. Mr. Ross co-wrote “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It was a 1968 hit recorded as a duet […]

todayOctober 7, 2017


10/2/17-Tom Petty Dead

Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. The front man of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is dead at 66. EMTs rushed to his Malibu home and were able to get a pulse. He was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and our sources say he was put on […]

todayOctober 2, 2017


8/8/27-Glen Campbell Dies

Hear Glen Campbell on "The Lost 45s." Glen Campbell, the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades, has died, his family announced on Facebook on Tuesday. He was 81. "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, following […]

todayAugust 8, 2017


7/31/17-Michael Johnson passes

One of our favorite guests on "The Lost 45s," Michael Johnson, a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter and guitarist known best for his first Top 40 hit song “Bluer Than Blue” in 1978, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in his Minneapolis home, according to a statement posted on his official website. He was 72. The cause of death was not released, but the statement said that he died “after a long illness.” The […]

todayJuly 31, 2017


4/25/16-Billy Paul Dies

Soul singer Billy Paul, best known for his hit song "Me and Mrs. Jones," died at the age of 81, according to his manager. He had been a frequent guest on "The Lost 45s." Manager Beverly Gay said that Paul, born Paul Williams, was recently diagnosed with cancer and was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital. He died Sunday at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey. "We regret to […]

todayApril 25, 2016