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    British singer/songwriter Peter Sarstedt dies aged 75...
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    Singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt dies aged 75
    Sun, 08 Jan 2017 - Peter Sarstedt, best known for his number one hit Where do you go to (my lovely), dies aged 75.
     
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    Nat Hentoff passes at 91...
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    Columnist Nat Hentoff dies at 91
    January 7, 2017 — Nat Hentoff, an eclectic columnist, critic, novelist and agitator dedicated to music, free expression and defying the party line, died Saturday at age 91.
     
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    https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/jazz-legend-al-jarreau-dead-190805464.html

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    Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76 Following Hospitalization for Exhaustion
    Stephanie Petit 45 minutes ago

    Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

    According to a statement from his manager Joe Gordon published by Ebony magazine, the singer was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

    His loved ones asked that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, an organization that supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

    Last week, updates on Jarreau’s Twitter account announced he had entered a hospital for exhaustion and was forced to retire from touring “with complete sorrow.”

    “The medical team has instructed that he cannot perform any of his remianing 2017 concert dates,” his team said in the statement.

    They continued, “He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him – his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort.”


    On Thursday, an update seemed to show improvement in the singer’s health.

    “I know you will all be happy to know Al Jarreau is recovering slowly and steadily,” his team said.

    Many celebrities took to social media to mourn the legendary jazz and R&B singer.

    “Rest in power, @AlJarreau,” wrote Chaka Khan. “U were EVERYTHING Jazz & beyond with an unrivaled improvisational genius. Love & prayers 2 his family & fans.”


    Musician Steve Lukather of Toto and Ringo’s All-Starr Band shared his condolences as well.

    “It was an honor working with him and there was no one like him!” he tweeted. “Unreal..”
     
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    Joni Sledge of 70's disco group Sister Sledge passes away...
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    Joni Sledge of ‘We Are Family’ group dies at 60
    Mon, Mar 13, 2017 - Joni Sledge, one of four sisters who, as the group Sister Sledge, sang one of disco’s most enduring songs with We Are Family, has died, a representative said on Saturday.
     
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    Chuck Berry, Rock & Roll Innovator, Dead at 90
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    Chuck Berry, whose rollicking songs, springy guitar riffs and onstage duck walk defined rock & roll during its early years and for decades to come, has died. The St. Charles County Police Department confirmed the news on Facebook. Berry was 90 years old.

    "St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18)," the Facebook post reads. "Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m." It went on to confirm that the man was Berry and added that his family was requesting privacy at this time.

    Starting with his first hit, 1955's "Maybellene," Berry penned a collection of songs that, in both groove and teen-life mindset, became essential parts of the rock canon: "Roll Over, Beethoven," "Rock & Roll Music," and especially "Johnny B. Goode" were witty, zesty odes to the then-new art form—songs so key to the music that they had to be mastered by every fledgling guitarist or band who followed Berry.


    As teenagers, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger first bonded over their love of Berry's music, and over the last five decades Berry's songs have been covered by an astounding array of artists: from the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, the Kinks, the Doors and the Grateful Dead to James Taylor, Peter Tosh, Judas Priest, Dwight Yoakam, Phish, and the Sex Pistols. As Richards said when inducting Berry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, "I've stolen every lick he ever played."

    By fusing blues and country, Berry also invented a signature guitar style — like "ringing a bell," as he put it in "Johnny G. Goode" — that was imitated by bands from the Stones and the Beach Boys to punk rockers. His lyrics — largely about sex, cars, music and trouble — introduced an entirely new vocabulary into popular music in the Fifties. In his songs, Berry captured America's newfound post-war prosperity — a world, as he sang in "Back in the U.S.A.," where "hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day." ''I made records for people who would buy them," Berry once said. "No color, no ethnic, no political — I don't want that, never did.''

    Related: Chuck Berry's Life in Photos

    Yet Berry, in his role as rock and roll pioneer, also dealt with racism and bigotry, particularly when he was accused in 1961 of violating the Mann Act (transporting a woman or girl across state lines for purposes of prostitution). Berry claimed he had met Janice Norine Escalanti, a 14-year-old Native American, during a show in Texas and hired her to work at his St. Louis club, Club Bandstand. Imprisoned after a second trial (the first conviction was overturned due to the judge repeatedly using the word "nigra"), Berry, who pleaded not guilty, wound up serving nearly two years in prison and emerged a noticeably changed, bitter man. In recent years, he had mellowed somewhat, thanks in part to receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 1986 and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Born in St. Louis on October 18th, 1926, Charles Edward Anderson Berry learned to play blues guitar as a teenager and first performed at his high school talent show. Music was his first love but not necessarily his first career choice. The son of a carpenter, Berry worked on a General Motors assembly line and studied to be a hairdresser. With pianist Johnnie Johnson (a regular part of his band for years to come), Berry formed a band in 1952. After meeting blues legend Muddy Waters, Berry was introduced to Chess Records founder Leonard Chess in 1955. Berry brought along a song based on the country tune "Ida Red." With a new title and lyrics — and an immediately grabby, grinding opening guitar lick — the song was transformed into "Maybellene." On a return trip, Berry brought his recording of the song and was immediately signed to the label. "[Chess] couldn’t believe that a country tune (he called it a ‘hillbilly song’) could be written and sung by a black guy," Berry later wrote in his 1987 memoir Chuck Berry: The Autobiography.

    "Maybellene" hit Number Five in 1955 and established Berry's career and sound. By the end of the 1950s, he had logged seven more top 40 hits: "Roll Over Beethoven" (Number 29), "School Day" (Number Three), "Rock & Roll Music" (Number Eight), "Sweet Little Sixteen" (Number Two), "Johnny B. Goode" (Number Eight), "Carol" (Number 28) and "Back in the U.S.A." (Number 37). Although he was already in his early thirties by the time he scored those hits, Berry was unabashed about why he wrote for a younger audience. "Whatever would sell was what I thought I should concentrate on," he wrote in his memoir, "so from 'Maybellene' on, I mainly improvised my lyrics toward the young adult and some even for the teeny boppers, as they called the tots then."

    Each song was defined by the Berry trademarks: that blend of propulsive beat, rueful charm, and ringing guitar. "The beautiful thing about Chuck Berry's playing was it had such an effortless swing," Keith Richards wrote in his memoir, Life. "None of this sweating and grinding away or grimacing, just pure, effortless swing like a lion." During a concert in 1956, Berry was so self-conscious about only having brought one suit that he invented a new stage move "to hide the wrinkles," as he told RS in 1969. That move, the duck walk, also became part of the rock & roll lexicon.

    Intentionally or not, Berry also set the template for the rock and roll bad boy beyond his Mann Act conviction. Early in his life, Berry spent three years in reform school for an armed robbery attempt. In 1979, he was indicted for tax evasion and filing false income tax returns and spent three months in jail. (At his sentencing, he burst into tears.) In 1990, he was sued by several women who claimed Berry had videotaped them in the ladies' room in his restaurant in St. Louis. (Berry reached an out-of-court settlement.)

    When he was released from a Missouri prison in October 1963 after his Mann Act conviction, Berry was embittered, but he also saw his footprint all over a new generation of bands. The Beach Boys had released their first single, the Berry-influenced "Surfin' Safari," while a new band from England, the Rolling Stones, released Berry's "Come On" as their first single in 1963. At first, Berry picked up where he left off, writing fine new songs like "You Never Can Tell" and "No Particular Place to Go" that held onto his devil-may-care attitude.

    In 1966, Berry left Chess, his longtime home, for another label, Mercury, but the result was a series of sub-par albums and weak re-recordings of his hits. (One notable exception: a jam with the Steve Miller Band captured on the 1967 album, Live at the Fillmore Auditorium). In 1969, he returned to Chess — and returned to form — on harder-edged songs like "Tulane," a drug-dealer romp that showed his newfound relevance. In 1972, he scored his first and only Number One pop hit with the novelty song, "My Ding-a-Ling." His last album of original songs, Rock It, was released in 1979.

    Berry was a notoriously tough and irascible character offstage. On tour, he long traveled alone, using backup bands hired by the promoters. He demanded payment in advance, a specific kind of amplifier, and a limousine (with no driver) for his shows. In 1986, Richards assembled an all-star backup band (including Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and sax player Bobby Keys) to play behind Berry in the documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. Even then, Berry intimidated Richards onstage and off and only showed up on the first day of filming after he demanded an extra cash payment of $25,000. Despite those difficulties, the 1987 movie, directed by Taylor Hackford, became one of rock's most acclaimed concert films.

    Up until his death, Berry (who is survived by his wife Themetta "Toddy" Suggs, whom he married in 1948, and four children) continued to perform at clubs and casinos. Once a month, he played at Blueberry Hill, a restaurant and bar in St. Louis. He lived in St. Louis but often spent time at Berry Park, a 155-acre property in nearby Wentzville, Missouri. (As he told Rolling Stone in 2010, he even still mowed the lawn there.) Asked by RS in 1969 about rock's role, Berry said, "Like any music, it brings you together, because if two people like the same music, they can be standing beside each other shaking and they wind up dancing, and that’s a matter of communication ... so I say it's a means of communication, more so than other music, to the kids."
     
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    Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry passes away...
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    Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry dies
    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 - Tributes pour in as police confirm the singer died in his home state of Missouri, aged 90.
     
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    Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Dies On Rock Cruise Ship
    BOSTON DRUMMER SIB HASHIANCOLLAPSES, DIES ON ROCK CRUISE SHIP
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    Sib Hashian -- the drummer for the rock group Boston -- died after collapsing onstage Wednesday night ... TMZ has learned.

    Sib's son, Adam, tells us the drummer was on the Legends of Rock Cruise and was midset when he suddenly collapsed. A witness says CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used but to no avail.

    The L.O.R. Cruise began on March 18 in Florida and had stops in several places including Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. We're told the cruise will continue and other musicians are performing tributes to Sib on the boat Thursday.

    The drummer -- who donned an EPIC afro in the early days of his stellar career -- was famously part of Boston's self-titled album, which featured the mega-hit "More Than a Feeling."

    Sib's daughter, Lauren, has a daughter with Dwayne Johnson.

    He was 67.
     
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    http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/11/entertainment/j-geils-dead/index.html

    Guitarist J. Geils found dead in his Massachusetts home
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    The 71-year-old was found unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene
    The J. Geils Band was one of the most popular American touring bands of the 1970s, and gained commercial success in the 1980s

    (CNN)John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist and founder of the eponymous J. Geils Band, has died, police in Groton, Massachusetts, said.

    Police came to Geils' home for a well-being check, police Chief Donald Palma said. The 71-year-old was found unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene.
    Police are investigating the death as a standard procedure. Foul play was not suspected and a preliminary investigation suggests Geils died of natural causes, Palma said.

    The J. Geils Band was one of the most popular American touring bands of the 1970s. But they did not achieve commercial fame until the 1980s, when they released radio mainstays such as "Centerfold," "Love Stinks" and "Freeze-Frame."
    Born in New York in 1946 and raised in New Jersey, Geils was best known as a musician, but his first love was cars -- a passion he inherited from his father along with his ear for music, he told Autoweek in 2012.
    He met band mates Danny Klein and "Magic Dick" Salwitz at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was studying mechanical engineering.
    "That was the end of engineering school for all three of us," he told the magazine. They formed the J. Geils Band in 1967 with lead singer Peter Wolf and drummer Stephen Jo Bladd.
    The group released a string of albums in the 1970s but would not achieve commercial success until the 1980s, starting with the release of "Love Stinks," its first platinum-selling record, according to Rolling Stone. Their 12th album, "Freeze-Frame," featured its popular title track as well as chart-topper "Centerfold," which spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.
    Wolf left the band to pursue a solo career and did not appear on its final album, released in 1984. The band officially broke up in 1985, occasionally coming together for reunion shows. The J. Geils band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time in October, but was not selected for the 2017 class.
    ''Being part of the J. Geils Band was a lot of fun. We made 14 records, and eventually made some money. But it got to be a grind. In some respects it was like any other job; it starts to wear on you a little bit," Geils told The Boston Globe in 2004.
    Geils' semi-retirement from music allowed him to return to cars. He started KTR Motorsports out of a garage in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service vintage Ferraris, Maseratis and other Italian cars. He sold the business in 1996, according to Autoweek.
    He also remained active as a musician, forming the band Bluestime with Salwitz and releasing two records.
    Geils' contemporaries, including musicians from the band Foghat and The Fixx, expressed their condolences on Twitter.
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    Cuba Gooding Sr., 'Everybody Plays the Fool' Singer & Dad to Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 72: Report

    Cuba Gooding, Sr., lead singer for the 1970s soul group The Main Ingredient and father to Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., has reportedly died. He was 72.


    According to TMZ, Gooding was found dead in his car on Thursday (April 20) in Woodland Hills, California.


    Gooding joined The Main Ingredient in 1971 when the former lead singer Donald McPherson died unexpectedly of leukemia. He had served as a backing vocalist on some of their recordings previously. While he was with the RCA-signed band, the act scored five top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including their highest-charting effort: 1972's "Everybody Plays the Fool," which peaked at No. 2 for three weeks. The track also was their biggest hit on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, climbing to No. 3. The Gooding-led act also notched top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely," "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" and "Rolling Down a Mountainside."


    In 1977, Gooding left the band to pursue a solo career on Motown in 1977, releasing two albums. In 1979, he reunited with his Main Ingredient bandmates they continued to work together through the 1980s. Gooding resumed his solo career in 1993 and did not participate in a 1999 reunion of his old band. Gooding also had a minor acting career.


    Gooding himself as a solo artist notched two R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart hits of his own: 1978's "Mind Pleaser" and 1983's "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend," which reached Nos. 91 and 43 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, respectively. More than two decades later, Gooding returned to Billboard's charts with the top 10-charting Adult Contemporary airplay chart hit "This Christmas" (Richard Kincaid featuring Cuba Gooding Sr.). It climbed to No. 9 in December of 2012.


    The singer had four children with his wife Shirley Gooding: actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Omar Gooding, April Gooding and musician Tommy Gooding.
     
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    Chris Cornell, Lead Singer Of Soundgarden And Audioslave, Dead At 52
    His death was described as “sudden and unexpected.”
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    Chris Cornell, 52, was on tour with Soundgarden when he died.
    Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died on Wednesday night in Detroit. His cause of death was not released. He was 52.

    In a statement, the singer’s representative Brian Bumbery called the rocker’s death “sudden and unexpected.”

    “His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” Bumbery stated. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
     
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    Gregg Allman, Soulful Trailblazer of Southern Rock, Dies at 69
    Billboard 2 hours 47 minutes ago
    FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2011, file photo, Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Monday, March 13, 2017, Allman posted on his website that he has canceled all of his scheduled tour dates for the year. The 69-year-old rocker posted that “it has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017.” In November 2016, Allman said he was taking several months off from touring so he can

    Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock n' blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and the epic concert jam "Whipping Post," has died at age 69, Billboard has learned. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.

    With his long blond hair, cool facade and songs that chronicled restless, wounded lives, Allman came to personify the sexy, hard-living rock outlaw in a life marked by musical triumph and calamitous loss.

    Billboard will have more information about the specifics behind Allman's death as the story develops.


    Gregg Allman's emotional moment

    Gregg Allman shares an emotional moment from his past, after his acceptance speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995
    Allman fronted his band for 45 years, first alongside Duane and then as its sole namesake, after his older brother -- regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in rock history -- was killed in a motorcycle accident in November 1971, just as their trailblazing Southern rock tracks were taking hold on the charts.

    Soldiering on through grief and then the eerily similar death of bassist Berry Oakley just one year and 10 days after Duane died, Allman and the band became as well known for their stoic survival as they were for their freewheeling concerts.

    The Allman Brothers Band first reached the Billboard 200 albums chart with its self-titled debut in 1970. Over the next 34 years, the group charted 24 more albums, including four top 10 sets. It topped the list once, with Brothers and Sisters, which reached No. 1 for five weeks in 1973.


    VIDEO: Gregg Allman concert at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center

    Gregg Allman concert Saturday at Sands Bethlehem Event Center.
    The group also landed 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1971-1981. It earned its best showing with "Ramblin Man," which reached No. 2 in October 1973, and reached the top 40 two more times with "Crazy Love" (No. 29, 1979) and "Straight From the Heart" (No. 39, 1981). The band also logged a No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart in 1990 with "Good Clean Fun." In total, since Nielsen Music began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991, Allman Brothers Band have sold 9.3 million albums in the U.S.

    As a soloist, Allman notched seven charting albums on the Billboard 200, including one top 10 set: the No. 5-peaking Low Country Blues in 2001. On the Hot 100, he claimed a pair of entries with "Midnight Rider" (No. 19 in 1974) and "I'm No Angel" (No. 49 in 1987). The latter also topped the Mainstream Rock Songs chart that same year.

    After years of tragedy, dramatic breakups and tense reconciliations, a reconstituted Allman Brothers Band engineered a renaissance starting in the mid-'90s that put their fiery brew of old-time blues, jazz and country rock squarely at the forefront of music's thriving jam scene.

    The Allmans' annual rite of spring -- a three-week run of shows typically held every March at the historic Beacon Theatre on New York's Upper West Side -- remade the band into a formidable commercial force in recent decades, long after many in the music industry had written them off.

    A gentle and at times fierce balladeer, Allman would spend the majority of these shows behind his Hammond organ, taking center stage only briefly, usually with his acoustic guitar for "Melissa," which would start quietly and then blossom into a freeform jam.

    With 238 concerts at the Beacon from 1989-2014, the Allmans had become such an important tenant that when the theater's new owner, The Madison Square Garden Co., announced plans for a renovation in 2006, Allman was consulted. His plain-spoken advice to executives: "Just don't screw it up."

    Gregory LeNoir Allman was born in Nashville on Dec. 8, 1947, slightly more than a year after Duane. Tragedy struck early for the brothers when their father, Willis Turner Allman, an Army captain who had just returned home, was shot and killed in 1949 while helping a hitchhiker.

    The family moved to Daytona Beach, Fla., but Allman returned to Nashville often to visit relatives, developing an interest in music while there, particularly after seeing a concert featuring Otis Redding, B.B. King, Jackie Wilson and Patti LaBelle on one life-changing bill.

    He bought his first guitar for $21.95 at Sears, but soon Duane was demanding to play it. The brothers became so consumed by their music, and so intent on continuing, that Gregg deliberately shot himself in one foot to gain a medical exemption from the Vietnam draft. (He had studied a skeletal chart to find the least damaging place to shoot.)

    One of their early bands, The Escorts, evolved into the moderately successful Allman Joys. They toured the South relentlessly, endured an ill-fated label deal in California and were signed -- along with Oakley, guitarist Dickey Betts and drummers Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson and Butch Trucks -- as The Allman Brothers Band by Macon, Ga.-based Capricorn Records in 1969.

    The guys were enjoying a first rush of mainstream fame with the release of their third album, the landmark live set At Fillmore East, when Duane was killed in Macon after the motorcycle that he was piloting swerved to avoid a truck and crashed. He was 24.

    Still in shock, the band quickly resumed work on 1972's Eat a Peach, highlighted by its haunting opening track, "Ain't Wasting Time No More," Allman's enduring tribute to his brother. They summoned their strength once again after Oakley's death -- also from a motorcycle crash just blocks from where Duane had been fatally injured -- adding new members and recording 1973's Brothers and Sisters. That disc remained No. 1 on Billboard's album chart for five weeks and featured the Betts classics "Jessica" and "Ramblin' Man."

    The Allmans' fame grew exponentially, and in 1973 they played before a record-breaking 600,000 fans at The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, N.Y., alongside the Grateful Dead and The Band. But in 1976, the group would endure the first of several rancorous splits, which saw Allman clashing most intensely with Betts for control. (The guitarist would be fired in 2000.)

    In 1975, Allman, then 27, was downing a quart of vodka a day, hooked on heroin and already on his third marriage - this time to Cher, the '60s pop icon who was then a star of CBS variety shows, first with former husband Sonny Bono and then on her own. But just nine days into the new union, Cher, distressed by Allman's drug use, walked out.

    They reconciled, had a son, Elijah Blue Allman, and briefly became a recording duo, billing themselves as Allman and Woman. Their one record together, 1977's Two the Hard Way, was disparaged by critics and their divergent fan bases and was a particularly tough sell given Cher's professional reunion with Bono for a new CBS show at the time. Allman and Cher divorced in 1979.

    During this era, Allman also was something of a grassroots political activist, helping put a little-known Jimmy Carter into the White House with an endless run of fundraising concerts. (When Macon's Mercer University bestowed an honorary doctorate upon Allman in May 2016, it was Carter who presented it.)

    In a 2015 interview with Dan Rather, Allman detailed his many failed attempts at rehab and how the stage could numb just about any kind of pain.

    "I've walked onstage with an abscessed tooth and as soon as you get out there, it goes away," Allman said. "Walk offstage, it comes back. It's the land of no pain."

    His determination to rebuild The Allman Brothers Band dovetailed with his first long stretch of sobriety, finally accomplished at age 47, soon after he saw a replay of his incoherent appearance during the group's 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They received Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

    By the time The Allman Brothers Band had added 20-year-old guitar prodigy Derek Trucks (nephew of the founding drummer) in 2000, they were finally settling into their most stable groove in three decades -- a 15-year finale of sorts that lasted until the younger Trucks and fellow guitarist Warren Haynes decided to leave. The band called it day with one final Beacon run in 2014.

    That same year, Allman was again linked with tragedy: The movie-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was working on the indie biopic Midnight Rider, based on Allman's 2012 autobiography, My Cross to Bear. After Jones was killed and six others injured, director Randall Miller wanted to continue with the film, but Allman begged him to drop the project.

    A prolific solo artist who also toured and recorded through the decades with his own Gregg Allman Band, he had his biggest solo radio hit in 1987, the catchy "I'm No Angel," which reached the top spot on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart.

    His nine solo albums included All My Friends, recorded at a 2014 tribute concert to him at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and 2015's Live: Back to Macon, GA. A new studio album, Southern Blood, is scheduled to be released this year.

    Allman canceled a round of concert dates in 2016 but got back on the road briefly last fall, performing his last known shows at his own Laid Back Festivals -- Sept. 25 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver and Oct. 29 at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta. He endured yet more heartbreak in January when Butch Trucks committed suicide at age 69.

    In March, Allman announced that he was canceling all shows in 2017 and offered refunds to fans. His last song on stage appears to have been "One Way Out."

    In addition to Elijah Blue, his survivors include his other children Michael, Devon, Delilah and Layla.
     
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    Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dead at age 69...
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    Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dead at age 69
    Sunday 28th May, 2017 — Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, a publicist said. He was 69.
     
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b9ce4b0d318548644c8?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    ENTERTAINMENT 06/14/2017 11:36 am ET
    Anita Pallenberg, Actress And Keith Richards’ Former Girlfriend, Dead At 73
    Pallenberg appeared in films like “Candy,” “Barbarella” and “Mister Lonely.”
    By Julia Brucculieri
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    Anita Pallenberg ― model, actress, It girl, style icon and former partner to Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards ― has died. She was 73.

    The sad news was confirmed by friends of Pallenberg, including Stella Schnabel and Bebe Buell, on social media. Richards, who has not publicly commented on Pallenbger’s death, is reportedly “devastated.”

    A cause of death has not yet been released.

    “I have never met a woman quite like you, Anita,” Schnabel wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her and Pallenberg.

    “You showed about life and myself and how to grow and become and exist with it all. The greatest woman I have ever known,” she added, according to People. (Schnabel has made her Instagram account private.)

    ”I will love you forever, dearest Anita,” Buell wrote alongside a vintage photo of a smiling Pallenberg. “Sleep with the special angels, Gods & Goddesses.”


    Pallenberg was born in Rome in 1944 to an Italian father and German mother. In her teens, she began modeling and, according to the Guardian, even spent time at Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York.

    In 1965, Pallenberg met The Rolling Stones backstage at one of their concerts and developed a relationship with guitarist and founding band member Brian Jones. After about two years, in 1967, Pallenberg left Jones for Richards as the previous relationship reportedly became violent.

    Pallenberg and Richards, who both struggled with drug abuse, remained in a relationship until 1980 and had three children together: Marlon, Angela and Tara, who died during infancy.

    Pallenberg became a muse for the Stones, providing backup vocals for their hit “Sympathy for the Devil” and reportedly giving the band feedback on their music, according to the Guardian.

    She also appeared in a number of films, including “Candy” (1968), “Barbarella” (1968), “Performance” (1970) with Stones frontman Mick Jagger, an episode of “Absolutely Fabulous” in 2001 and Harmony Korine’s film “Mister Lonely” (2007). Pallenberg also tried her hand at a career in fashion, graduating with a degree from renowned school Central Saint Martins in 1994.

    She is survived by two of her children, Marlon and Angela, and five grandchildren.
     
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chester-bennington-dead-dies_us_5970f163e4b062ea5f9097f8

    Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Frontman, Dead At 41
    In 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” which went multi-platinum in several countries and was certified Diamond by RIAA in 2005.
    By Julia Brucculieri
    Chester Bennington, the lead singer of alt-rock band Linkin Park, has died. He was 41.

    A representative for Bennington confirmed the news to HuffPost Thursday afternoon. His bandmate Mike Shinoda confirmed the news on Twitter, as well.
    Mike Shinoda ✔ @mikeshinoda
    Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
    12:03 PM - 20 Jul 2017
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    Law enforcement officials told TMZ that the singer was found in his home in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County on Thursday morning. The Los Angeles Coroner spokesman told HuffPost that authorities are investigating Bennington’s death as a suicide, but no additional details are available.

    Bennington had struggled with drug use in the past, and, according to TMZ, had spoken about taking his own life after being a victim of child abuse. The singer opened up about his experience with drugs in a 2016 interview with TeamRock.com, saying, at one point, he was “on 11 hits of acid a day.”

    “In 2006, I had a choice between stopping drinking or dying. I did some counseling with the guys and they really opened up and told me how they felt. I had no idea that I had been such a nightmare,” he said. “I knew that I had a drinking problem, a drug problem and that parts of my personal life were crazy but I didn’t realize how much that was affecting the people around me until I got a good dose of ‘Here’s-what-you’re-really-like.’ It was a shock. They said that I was two people – Chester and then that ****ing guy. I didn’t want to be that guy.”

    Upon hearing news of his death, fellow musicians and friends of Bennington’s shared their condolences on Twitter.

    [Twitter posts]
    Phoenix-born Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999 (at that point, though, the band went by the name Hybrid Theory, and previously Xero), providing powerful, screaming vocals that contrasted fellow bandmate Mike Shinoda’s hip-hop-influenced sound.

    In 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” which gave us the hits “One Step Closer,” “Crawling” and “In The End.” The album went multi-platinum in several countries and was certified Diamond by RIAA in 2005.

    The band went on to release a string of successful follow-ups, including their sophomore album, “Meteora” (2003), followed by “Minutes to Midnight” (2007). Their most recent album, “One More Light,” was released in May 2017. They were currently touring the album, with performances scheduled into the fall.

    Bennington performing on tour with Linkin Park at the O2 Arena on July 3, 2017, in London, England.
    Aside from Linkin Park, Bennington was a member of Dead by Sunrise and performed with bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Bucket of Weenies, Sean Dowdell And His Friends, and Grey Daze.

    Bennington was married to Talinda Bentley at the time of his death. He is survived by his six children ― son Jaime with Elka Brand (Bennington also adopted Brand’s son Isaiah), son Draven Sebastian with his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit, and son Tyler Lee and twin daughters Lily and Lila with Bentley.
     
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    Unfortunate:

    http://www.thewrap.com/french-singer-barbara-weldens-dies-on-stage-in-concert-at-35/

    French Singer Barbara Weldens Dies on Stage at 35
    The cause of death is still unclear, but according to one report, Weldens was electrocuted
    Beatrice Verhoeven | July 20, 2017 @ 7:58 AM
    Up-and-coming French singer Barbara Weldens reportedly collapsed and died in the middle of a concert at a festival. She was 35.

    According to the BBC, the cause of death remains unclear, although one local media report claims she was electrocuted. Police are investigating the cause of death and are refusing to speculate. According to The Independent, a spokesman said that they “will see in the next weeks if a re-evaluation” is necessary.

    Weldens was on stage in the village of Goudron in the south-west area of France when she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was performing as part of the Leo Ferre festival.
    Weldens’ debut studio album “Le Grand H de l’Homme” was released earlier this year to positive reviews and she had won a young talent award.

    She regularly performed with a pianist and violinist. Among her biggest influences was singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. According to her website, Weldens began to sing after growing up in circuses where she learned juggling, acrobatics and trapeze.

    Per NME, the organizers of the Pic D’Or price, which Weldens won in 2016, said in a statement, “It was with great emotion that we learned this morning of the death of Barbara Weldens, our Pic d’Or 2016 at a concert last night in Gourdon in the Lot, obviously electrocuted.”

    The statement continued, “Our team is deeply disturbed by the brutal disappearance of the artist who had appeared on the stage of the Theater des Nouveaux on May 20th, during our last edition. A radiant woman, full of energy and talented, and of course we think of all her family and her loved ones.”
    Representatives for Weldens have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
     
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    Yeah.....that sucks, I met these guys in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the N Side of Chi Town. Its a shame.....41yrs old, and leaves behind 6 kids.



    R.I.P. Chester. [​IMG]
     
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    R.I.P Chester Bennnington
    According to Wikipedia,

    Bennington's death occurred on what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday.[53] Cornell, who was a close friend of Bennington, had also died of suicide by hanging two months prior.[53] Shinoda noted that Bennington was very aggrieved when the band performed "One More Light" in his honor, where he could not finish singing the song, be it in rehearsal or in a live performance setting.[54][55] Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" at Cornell's funeral.[53] He was also the godfather of Cornell's son Christopher.[53][56] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Bennington
     
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    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/08/08/glen-campbell-dead-at-81.html


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    Glen Campbell dead at 81

    Published August 08, 2017 Fox News

    Country music icon Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81, Fox News has learned.


    His family announced, "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, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease."


    The star's publicist confirmed that he died Tuesday morning in Nashville. The legend behind hits including “Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" recently released his final studio album. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six years ago.


    He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. 1 songs with "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."


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    Glen Campbell, "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer, dead at 81

    His performance of the title song from "True Grit," a 1969 release in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination. He twice won album of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Seven years later, he received a Grammy for lifetime achievement.


    He released more than 70 of his own albums, and in the 1990s recorded a series of gospel CDs. A 2011 farewell album, "Ghost On the Canvas," included contributions from Jacob Dylan, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins


    "Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011," the singer's wife Kim Campbell said in a press release in April. "A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never."


    Campbell revealed he had Alzheimer's disease in 2011, but he went on to record two albums and play more than 150 concerts. At the time, Kim Campbell said the tour was a way to help her husband combat the brain-ravaging disease and spend time with family members who made up his band and traveled with him.


    He also starred in a documentary about life with Alzheimer's, "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me." He won a Grammy for his song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," which plays at the conclusion of the documentary. The song also was nominated for a 2015 Oscar.

    His wife revealed in March that the singer could no longer play guitar or sing.


    In an interview in April, Kim Campbell said, "Faith has always been the central part of our relationship. I’m so pleased that as Glen has entered the later stages of this illness, it’s evident that he has retained his awareness of God. That really comforts me to know that he has that sense of God’s presence in his life, that he’s not alone."


    He was married four times and had eight children. As he would confide in painful detail, Campbell suffered for his fame and made others suffer as well. He drank heavily, used drugs and indulged in a turbulent relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker in the early 1980s.


    The music legend is survived by his wife, Kim, their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; 10 grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace "Shorty" and Gerald.


    In late 2003, he was arrested near his home in Phoenix after causing a minor traffic accident. He later pleaded guilty to "extreme" DUI and leaving the scene of an accident and served a 10-day sentence.


    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
     
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