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George Shearing dies; pianist, composer was 91

George Shearing, 91, the virtuosic jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland," died of cardiac arrest today in New York. Shearing, who was blind since birth, launched his career in his native England before moving to the U.S. after World War II and becoming one of the most...

By Adam Bernstein  | February 14, 2011; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Gary Moore, former Thin Lizzy guitarist, dies at 58

The Associated Press is reporting that rock guitarist Gary Moore has died at 58. Here's the AP's story, followed by a video of Mr. Moore performing "The Boys are Back in Town" -- perhaps Thin Lizzy's best-known hit, at least this side of the Atlantic. LONDON -- Bandmates say rock...

By Emma Brown  | February 6, 2011; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jewish folk singer Debbie Friedman dies

This post has been updated. Debbie Friedman, who combined American folk music with Hebrew liturgical texts to create a popular contemporary form of Jewish music, died today at a hospital in Orange County, Calif. She had been hospitalized for pneumonia, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post. Ms. Friedman...

By Emma Brown  | January 9, 2011; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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108-year-old tenor Hugues Cuenod dies

Hugues Cuenod, a 108-year-old Swiss tenor who sang professionally for more than 70 years, died Dec. 3, according to Swiss media reports. Something of a physical marvel, Mr. Cuenod made his first stage appearance in the opera "Jonny spielt auf" in 1928; made his Metropolitan Opera debut at age...

By Emma Brown  | December 7, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebrated opera singer Joan Sutherland dies at 83

Australian-born soprano Joan Sutherland, who was known as "La Stupenda" and was widely acclaimed as the best opera singer of her time, died Oct. 10 at her home near Geneva. Ms. Sutherland made her debut in 1947 as Dido in "Dido and Aeneas," and spent decades performing regularly at the...

By Emma Brown  | October 11, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rich Cronin, LFO "Summer Girls" Writer, Dies

Update: Click here to read the full obituary of Rich Cronin. Rich Cronin, the bleach-tipped "Summer Girls" songsmith from the late 1990s boy band "LFO," has died. He had leukemia and was 36. The group's best known song, "Summer Girls" was a top pop tune for most of the summer...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | September 9, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Older Entries in This Category »

ELO Member Mike Edwards Dies Age 62, T. Rees Shapiro , September 7, 2010
SRV RIP: The 20th Anniversary, T. Rees Shapiro , August 28, 2010
Musicians Phillip Walker, Slim Bryant, die, T. Rees Shapiro , July 29, 2010
Gospel great Walter Hawkins dies at 61, Emma Brown , July 12, 2010
Larry Dale, Bluesman, Dies at 87, T. Rees Shapiro , June 1, 2010
Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Dead at 38, T. Rees Shapiro , May 25, 2010
Jazz pianist Hank Jones dies, Emma Brown , May 17, 2010
Metal legend Ronnie James Dio dies at 67, Emma Brown , May 16, 2010
Malcolm McLaren, Punk Innovator, Dies, Adam Bernstein , April 9, 2010
Jazz guitarist Herb Ellis dies at 88, Emma Brown , March 29, 2010
Marva Wright, Blues Singer, Dies, Adam Bernstein , March 23, 2010
Alex Chilton, Rock Star, Dies, T. Rees Shapiro , March 18, 2010
Folklorist Chuck Perdue dies at 79, Emma Brown , February 19, 2010
Dale Hawkins, Susie-Q and the rockabilly groove , Patricia Sullivan , February 18, 2010
The Struggle of Teddy Pendergrass , Patricia Sullivan , January 14, 2010
Her MTA song returns, Patricia Sullivan , December 1, 2009
Sam Carr, Bluesman, Dies, Adam Bernstein , September 30, 2009
Punk Rocker, Poet Dies, Dies, Patricia Sullivan , September 14, 2009
Erich Kunzel, "Prince of Pops," Dies, Adam Bernstein , September 2, 2009
Spotlight: DJ AM, Lauren Wiseman , August 28, 2009
Les Paul Dies at 94; updated, Matt Schudel , August 13, 2009
George Russell, Matt Schudel , July 29, 2009
Conductor's Assisted Suicide, Matt Schudel , July 17, 2009
Betty Allen & Marian Anderson, Matt Schudel , June 27, 2009
More on the Ventures, Matt Schudel , June 17, 2009
Bob Bogle of the Ventures, Matt Schudel , June 17, 2009
Lucy in Sky with Diamonds muse ill, Patricia Sullivan , June 12, 2009
Q&A: Italian Americans in Jazz, Adam Bernstein , June 9, 2009
Blues Queen Koko Taylor Dies, Patricia Sullivan , June 3, 2009
Wayman Tisdale, Matt Schudel , May 17, 2009
"Mr. Sandman," "Lollipop" Singer Dies, Adam Bernstein , April 8, 2009
A Most Dangerous Age , Patricia Sullivan , April 6, 2009
California Dreamin', Matt Schudel , April 5, 2009
1970s soft-rock "England Dan" dies, Patricia Sullivan , March 27, 2009
Almost the Same Name, Plus Video Links , Matt Schudel , March 18, 2009
March 5 deaths, Patricia Sullivan , March 5, 2009
 
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