obituary

54 Results / Page 6 of 6

Background

News

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

News

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

News

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

News

10/3/12 – R. B. Greaves dead

R. B. Greaves, an R&B singer whose 1969 hit "Take a Letter, Maria" reached No. 2 on the Billboard pop chart, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 68. Mr. Greaves was a nephew of the gospel and soul singer Sam Cooke, who was shot and killed by a Los Angeles motel manager in 1964. Mr. Greaves’s 1970 version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Always Something There to […]

todayOctober 3, 2012

News

9/26/12 – Andy Williams Dies

"With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the ’60s we usually hear about. Williams’ plaintive tenor, boyish features and easy demeanor helped him outlast many of the rock stars who had displaced him and such fellow crooners as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He remained on the charts into the 1970s, and […]

todaySeptember 26, 2012

News

9/1/12- Hal David dead at 91

Hal David, the lyricist behind such standards as "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and "What the World Needs Now is Love," has died at 91, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers said Saturday. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter, who teamed with musician Burt Bacharach on dozens of hit songs, died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles from complications of a stroke, ASCAP said. David started working […]

todaySeptember 2, 2012

News

8/21/12 – Scott McKenzie Dies

US singer Scott McKenzie, who sang "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, has died at 73, his website reported Monday. According to the site, McKenzie was in and out of hospital since 2010 after falling ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system. "San Francisco" was written by John Phillips, the leader of the […]

todayAugust 22, 2012

News

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

News

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

0%