--Juan Formell, the founder and bandleader of Cuba's 45-year-old dance band Los Van Van, who was honored in 2013 with a special career award for artistic excellence from the Latin Recording Academy, died of unknown causes on May 1 in Havana. He was 71.

--Singer-guitarist Larry Ramos, who was one of the lead singers of The Association, harmonizing on hits like "Windy" and "Never My Love," died April 30 in Clarkston, Wash. He was 72.

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