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12/17/11 – Etta James Seriously ill

Etta James has been battling health issues, but the "At Last" singer's manager and friend Lupe De Leon tells CNN that she's now terminally ill. “Etta James is at the last stages of her terminal illness," De Leon says. The singer, 73, was diagnosed with leukemia along with hepatitis C over a year ago, and with Alzheimer's disease in 2009. The singer is currently residing at her home in Riverside, […]

todayDecember 17, 2011

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12/07/11 – Dobie Gray has died.

Our "Lost 45" pal, Dobie Gray, who hit the top of the music charts in 1973 with "Drift Away" (and the top with the Uncle Kracker remake) has died in Nashville. He was 71. Charlie Andrews, Gray's attorney and friend, said Wednesday that Gray died at home in his sleep early Tuesday. He had been in declining health for several months. The death also was reported on the singer's web […]

todayDecember 7, 2011

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11/19/11 – Bonnie Pointer arrested

Authorities say singer Patricia "Bonnie" Pointer of the Pointer Sisters has been arrested for investigation of possessing rock cocaine. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the 61-year-old singer was arrested Friday in South Los Angeles after the car she was riding in was pulled over for a mechanical malfunction. Deputies say she was released after posting $10,000 bail. The Pointer Sisters grew up singing in church. Bonnie left in 1977 for […]

todayNovember 19, 2011

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11/04/11 – James Brown's manager convicted

James Brown's former manager has been sentenced to three years of home confinement on charges he took more money than he was allowed under contract from the late soul singer in his final years. 72-year-old David Cannon of Barnwell entered an Alford plea to two counts of breach of trust. The plea does not admit guilt, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction. Prosecutors said Cannon was supposed […]

todayNovember 4, 2011

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11/02/11 – Prince: Oh, Canada!

Famed musician Prince, who wrapped up his tour of Europe this summer, announced plans to hit Canada for an 11-date run beginning late November. Dubbed "Welcome 2 Canada," Prince plans to launch the tour with a two-night stand in Toronto on November 25-26. The tour stops in cities including Halifax, Montreal, and Vancouver, and wraps up on December 17 in Victoria, British Columbia.

todayNovember 2, 2011

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10/29/11 – Lionel Richie Goes Country!

Lionel Richie is going country. The smooth R&B singer will perform country duets on his upcoming album "Tuskegee" -- named after his Alabama birthplace. Richie, 62, best known for romantic ballads like "Three Times a Lady" and "Endless Love", will sing a country version of his hit song "Dancing on the Ceiling" with Rascal Flatts on "The "Tuskegee" album, due out in March 2012; which will feature 13 duets of […]

todayOctober 30, 2011

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10/5/11 – Miracles guitarist passes away

Marv Tarplin, the Motown guitarist and songwriter behind Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, died on Friday at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 70. His cause of death has not yet been determined. Tarplin began his career at Motown in the late Fifties as the guitarist in the Primettes, a teenage girl group that later evolved into the Supremes. He was drafted into Robinson's band, where he […]

todayOctober 6, 2011

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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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9/25/11 – Vesta Williams found dead

Vesta Williams, the voice behind such ’80s R&B staples as “Congratulations," "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and “Sweet, Sweet Love,” has passed away. She was found in a hotel room in Los Angeles. She was 53 years old.

todaySeptember 26, 2011

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