(May 20, 1944-December 22, 2014)
The British rock veteran was best known for his cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends,” which was used as the theme song for the TV series “The Wonder Years,” as well as the 1982 single “Up Where We Belong,” which topped the Hot 100 chart and won Cocker his only Grammy Award, for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal.
(May 12, 1945-December 3...
Ian McLagan (May 12, 1945-December 3, 2014)
Pianist and songwriter Ian McLagen, a journeyman who also worked with the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart, died at age 69 on Dec. 3 after suffering a stroke.
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(December 18, 1943-Dece...
Bobby Keys (December 18, 1943-December 2, 2014)
Saxophonist Bobby Keys died at the age of 70. Keys, best known as one of the most prominent auxiliary members of The Rolling Stones, provided the memorable solos on songs like “Brown Sugar,” and “Tumbling Dice.”
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Big Bank Hank
(January 11, 1956-No...
Big Bank Hank (January 11, 1956-November 11, 2014)
The Bronx-born rapper was one of hip-hop's first pioneers as one third of the Sugarhill Gang, whose international hit "Rapper's Delight" became the first rap single to crack the Billboard Hot 100 top 40.
(September 10, 1949-Nov...
Rick Rosas (September 10, 1949-November 6, 2014)
Over the course of a lengthy career, Rosas played bass with Neil Young Joe Walsh, Etta James, and Ron Wood.
(January 28, 1929-Novem...
Acker Bilk (January 28, 1929-November 2, 2014)
Before the British rock invasion, Bilk was the first U.K act to top the Billboard music chart in the 1960s, with "Stranger on the Shore." The wistful 1961 instrumental also spent more than a year in the British charts and became his signature tune.
(November 4, 1965-Nov...
Wayne Static (November 4, 1965-November 1, 2014)
Wayne Static was the frontman for the hard rock group Static-X.
(May 14, 1943-October 2...
Jack Bruce (May 14, 1943-October 25, 2014)
Jack Bruce played bass and sang in the English group Cream, which also included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.
(27 September 1942-...
Alvin Stardust (27 September 1942-23 October 2014)
Alvin Stardust was a British glam rocker. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once descibed Stardust as "the Godfather of British Rock 'n' Roll."
(June 4, 1954-...
Raphael Ravenscroft (June 4, 1954-October 19, 2014)
Ravenscroft provided the sax hook on Gerry Rafferty's hit "Baker Street." Ravenscroft also played with Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and Robert Plant.
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(1929-Oct 19, 20...
Alfred Wertheimer (1929-Oct 19, 2014)
Alfred Wertheimer was a photographer who took a series of iconic black and white portraits of Elvis Presley. These became the subject of exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution and the Grammy Museum.
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(May 29, 1982-Octo...
Joanne Borgella (May 29, 1982-October 18, 2014)
Joanne Borgella was a singer and model who competed on American Idol in 2008.
Tim Hauser (December 12, 1941-October 16, 2014)
Tim Hauser was the founder and singer of The Manhattan Transfer. Their 1985 album Vocalese earned 12 Grammy nominations.
Isaiah ìIkeyî Owens
Isaiah ìIkeyî Owens (December 1, 1974-October 14, 2014)
Isaiah ìIkeyî Owens was a Grammy-winning keyboardist. He was part of Jack White's backing band and a longtime associate of the Mars Volta.
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(1971-October 12, 2014)
Mark Bell (1971-October 12, 2014)
Mark Bell was a key acid house advocate and Warp Records staple. He was also a member of British electronic act LFO and he produced seminal Bjˆrk and Depeche Mode albums.
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(January 7, 1938-Octob...
Paul Revere (January 7, 1938-October 4, 2014)
Paul Revere Dick was an Idaho keyboardist and bandleader who played in one of America's seminal garage rock groups, Paul Revere and the Raiders.
George M Roberts
George M Roberts (1928-September 28, 2014)
George M. Roberts was famous for skills with a trombone. He can heard on Nelson Riddle-arranged albums for Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
George Hamilton IV
(July 19, 1937-...
George Hamilton IV (July 19, 1937-September 17, 2014)
George Hamilton IV was a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry. He was also one of the first Nashville-based artists to blend country with folk, recording many songs by up-and-coming songwriters as Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
(1986-Oct 3, 2014)
Rob Skipper (1986-Oct 3, 2014)
Rob Skipper was a guitarist and founding member of the English indie rock group The Holloways.
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(1932-Sep 14, 2014)
Tom Skeeter (1932-Sep 14, 2014)
Tom Skeeter owned Sound City Studios, where Neil Young, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, and others recorded classic albums.
(February 1, 1939-Septe...
Joe Sample (February 1, 1939-September 12, 2014)
Sample began his career as a member of music group Jazz Crusaders. He also enjoyed a solo career and played on recordings by The Supremes, Eric Clapton, and Tina Turner.
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(November 12, 1930ñSept...
Bob Crewe (November 12, 1930ñSeptember 11, 2014)
Bob Crewe was a singer, songwriter, producer and label owner. He wrotes many hits for the Four Seasons, discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, and wrote the '70s classic "Lady Marmalade."
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(April 13, 1926-Sep...
Cosimo Matassa (April 13, 1926-September 11, 2014)
Cosimo Matassa was an important figure in the history of New Orleans R&B, blues, and rock. Nearly every Fats Domino hit was recorded in Matassa's studio.
(1965-Sept. 9, 2014)
Robert Young (1965-Sept. 9, 2014)
Robert Young was the guitarist and found of the English band Primal Scream.
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(September 4, 1918-S...
Gerald Wilson (September 4, 1918-September 8, 2014)
Gerald Wilson enjoyed a lengthy jazz career, leading his own band and playing with the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.
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(June 17, 1989-Septe...
Simone Battle (June 17, 1989-September 5, 2014)
Simone Battle appeared on the show X Factor and was one of five members of girl group G.R.L., whose debut self-titled EP was released earlier this year.
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(June 8, 1933-Septembe...
Joan Rivers (June 8, 1933-September 4, 2014)
Joan Rivers was famous for her work as a comedian, actress, and TV host. She won a Daytime Emmy as well as a Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
(August 11m 1959-Se...
Gustavo Cerati (August 11m 1959-September 4, 2014)
Gustavo Cerati sold millions of albums as the frontman of Soda Stereo, one of the most popular South American rock bands. He also enjoyed a successful solo career.
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EunB and Rise
(EunB, 1993-Sept 3, ...
EunB and Rise (EunB, 1993-Sept 3, 2014; Rise, 1991-Sept. 7 2014)
EunB and Rise were members of the K-Pop group Ladies Code.
Nicky Da B
(1990-Sept. 2, 2014)
Nicky Da B (1990-Sept. 2, 2014)
Nicky Da B was a New Orleans bounce artist who collaborated with Diplo.
(August 23, 1951-Augu...
Jimi Jamison (August 23, 1951-August 31, 2014)
Jimi Jamison was the lead singer on several hits from the rock group Survivor.
(July 9, 1937-Septemb...
David Anderle (July 9, 1937-September 1, 2014)
David Anderle was an A&R executive and producer who worked with Frank Zappa, the Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow and Aaron Neville.
(April 23, 1947ñAugu...
Glenn Cornick (April 23, 1947ñAugust 28, 2014)
Glenn Cornick was a bass player and a founding member of Jethro Tull.
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(March 24, 1935ñAugust 27, ...
Peret (March 24, 1935ñAugust 27, 2014)
Peret helped develop rumba catalanam a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Elvis Presley.
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(1972-August 25, 2014)
Jay Curley (1972-August 25, 2014)
Jay Curley was a bassist in Australian "stoner rock" band Tumbleweed.
(April 25, 1971-August...
Derek Rieth (April 25, 1971-August 20, 2014)
Derek Rieth performed as a percussionist in the Portland-based band Pink Martini.
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(February 22, 1918-Augus...
Don Pardo (February 22, 1918-August 18, 2014)
Don Pardo enjoyed a length career in television, serving as the announcer for Saturday Night Live for 39 seasons.
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((July 21, 1951-Au...
Robin Williams ((July 21, 1951-August 11, 2014)
Robin Williams was a comedian and actor. Over the course of his illustrious career, he won Emmy's, Grammy's, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
(February 2, 1925-...
Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925-July 17, 2014)
Elaine Stritch was an actress of film, TV, and Broadway. Stritch brought down the house in the 1947 musical Angel in the Wings with her rendition of “Civilization,” popularly known as the “Bongo Bongo Bongo” song, and her performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “Ladies Who Lunch” as the caustic Joanne in the Hal Prince 1970 musical Company.
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(February 23, 1944-...
Johnny Winter (February 23, 1944-July 16, 2014)
Johnny Winter was a blues icon who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including childhood hero Muddy Waters.
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(March 6, 1930-July ...
Lorin Maazel (March 6, 1930-July 13, 2014)
Lorin Maazel was a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic.
(January 29, 1949-July...
Tommy Ramone (January 29, 1949-July 11, 2014)
Tommy Ramone was the last surviving founding member of the groundbreaking punk band The Ramones. He formed The Ramones with singer Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) and bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) in 1974 and recorded three genre-defining albums with the band: 1976's The Ramones, 1977's Leave Home and Rocket to Russia.
(1954-July 9, 2014)
John Spinks (1954-July 9, 2014)
John Spinks was the guitarist and songwriter for British pop rock trio The Outfield. The Outfield charted eight Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1986-92, led by its No. 6 debut smash "Your Love."
(March 4, 1944-June ...
Bobby Womack (March 4, 1944-June 27, 2014)
Bobby Womack was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer. Womack notched 45 hit singles on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in his lifetime. Among those are two No. 1 hits: "Woman's Gotta Have It" and "Lookin' For a Love."
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(February 11, 1939-J...
Gerry Goffin (February 11, 1939-June 19, 2014)
Gerry Goffin was a songwriter who penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, "Some Kind of Wonderful" for the Drifters and "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee.
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(April 27, 1932-June ...
Casey Kasem (April 27, 1932-June 15, 2014)
Casey Kasem was the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down the Billboard charts each week. He also provided the voice for characters on Sesame Street, Josie and the Pussycats and Transformers; served as NBC’s staff announcer in the late 1970s; hosted the syndicated TV show America’s Top 10 for a decade; did hundreds of commercials; guest starred on such TV shows as Fantasy Island, Ironside and The New Mike Hammer; and appeared on Nick at Nite to count down reruns on New Year’s Eve.
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(July 17, 1925-June 1...
Jimmy Scott (July 17, 1925-June 13, 2014)
Jimmy Scott was a jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era.
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(September 9, 1946-June ...
Jim Keays (September 9, 1946-June 13, 2014)
Jim Keays was the frontman of celebrated Australian rock group the Master's Apprentices. The Master’s Apprentices’ debut eponymously-titled album came in at No. 35 in the 2010 publication The 100 Best Australian Albums.
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The Angels’ Doc Neeson
The Angels’ Doc Neeson (January 4, 1947-June 4, 2014)
Doc Neeson was the frontman of hitmaking Australian rock group the Angels. At its peak, the Angels was the quintessential Aussie pub-rock band.
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(April 4, 1928-May 28...
Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014)
Maya Angelou was a famous American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies. Best known for her poetry, Angelou also she recorded an album of calypso songs in 1957, titled "Miss Calypso."
Los Van Van’s Juan Formell
Los Van Van’s Juan Formell (August 2, 1942-May 1, 2014)
Juan Formell was one of the most internationally recognized Cubans of his time, and an artist whose music transcended national, generational, and political boundaries.
(Died April 29, 2014...
Paul Goddard (Died April 29, 2014)
Paul Goddard was the bass player and founding member of stylish Southern rock band the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Goddard performed on such ARS hits as “So Into You,” “Imaginary Lover,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” “Do It or Die” and the remake of the Classics IV’s “Spooky.”
DJ E-Z Rock
(Died April 28, 2014)
DJ E-Z Rock (Died April 28, 2014)
DJ E-Z Rock had the biggest hit of his career alongside fellow Harlem artist Rob Base with “It Takes Two,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs chart in 1988.
(December 10, 1970-Ap...
Kevin Sharp (December 10, 1970-April 19, 2014)
Kevin Sharp was a country singer whose debut album, Measure of a Man, was released in November 1996, and was certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
(July 3, 1935-Apri...
Cheo Feliciano (July 3, 1935-April 17, 2014)
Cheo Feliciano was a Puerto Rican salsa legend. He was part of the Fania All Stars and had established his own production company in the 1980s.
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(May 17, 1944-A...
Jesse Winchester (May 17, 1944-April 11, 2014)
(esse Winchester was a U.S.-born singer who established himself went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez.
(September 23, 1920...
Mickey Rooney (September 23, 1920-April 6, 2014)
Mickey Rooney was a legendary actor who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business.
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(January 18, 1955...
Frankie Knuckles (January 18, 1955-March 31, 2014)
Frankie Knuckles was a DJ and producer who was widely revered as the “Godfather of House.”
Gwar’s Dave Brockie
(August 30, 1...
Gwar’s Dave Brockie (August 30, 1963-March 23, 2014)
Dave Brockie was the frontman for gore-loving heavy metal band Gwar. He was the last original member of the horror-inspired group.
The Stooges’ Scott Asheton
The Stooges’ Scott Asheton (August 16, 1949- March 15, 2014)
Scott Asheton was the drummer for legendary punk-rock band the Stooges. The band released three raw, genre-defining albums -- 1969's The Stooges, 1970's Fun House and 1973's Raw Power.
Paco de Lucia (December 21, 1947-February 25, 2014)
Paco de Lucia was synonymous with flamenco guitar and popularized the music worldwide with his mix of virtuosity and accessible melodies.
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Devo’s Bob Casale
(July 14, 195...
Devo’s Bob Casale (July 14, 1952-February 17, 2014)
Bob Casale was a founding member of New Wave pioneers Devo, who reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980 with “Whip It.”
Marty Thau, New York Dolls Manager ...
Marty Thau, New York Dolls Manager (December 7, 1938-February 13, 2014)
Marty Thau was the manager of the New York Dolls and Suicide. He was the chairman of the groundbreaking '70s indie label Red Star Records.
(January 28, 1922-Janu...
Anna Gordy (January 28, 1922-January 31, 2014)
Anna Gordy Gaye was the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and former wife of Marvin Gaye. She was also a songwriter, co-writing several hits with Marvin, including "Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)" and "God Is Love" off Gaye's landmark What's Going On album.
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(May 3, 1919 – Janu...
Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014)
Pete Seeger was a legendary folk singer who used his voice as a musician, folk song curator, environmentalist and humanitarian to demand justice for less-privileged.
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(January 19, 1939 – ...
Phil Everly (January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014)
Phil Everly was one-half of the iconic rock and country duo The Everly Brothers. The duo charted 31 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including 12 top 10 hits.