Milestones: May 17, 2014

--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.

--Anthony "Tony" Gumina, the head of the Ray Charles Marketing Group who oversaw the licensing of Charles' name and likeness for the Ray Charles Foundation, and who served as executive producer for 2010 documentary Ray Charles America, died April 27 in Cleveland following a short illness. He was 56.

--Bon Jovi Management's Anthony Piedmonte, 30, and his wife Emily White Piedmonte, 30, are expecting their first child, a girl, this fall.

--Clay Aiken, 35, one of American Idol's most popular alums, was clinging to a narrow lead in the May 6 race for the Democratic nomination to a U.S. House seat in North Carolina.


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