1. Daniel Johnston, Cult Icon & Renowned Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 58

    September 11, 2019 4:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Daniel Johnston, icon of lo-fi and alternative music, died Tuesday night of a heart attack. Johnston's death was reported by  The Austin Chronicle , as confirmed by his former manager Jeff Tartakov. He was 58. As a recording artist, Johnston wa ...

  2. Al Embry, Nashville Music Executive, Manager and Agent, Dies at 82

    September 09, 2019 1:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Nashville music community is mourning the death of longtime executive Alton “Al” Embry. The manager, agent and talent promoter died of natural causes at his home on Sept. 9 in Old Hickory, Tenn., his publicist confirms. He was 82. Embry was born ...

  3. John Coltrane's 'Cousin Mary' Dies at 92

    September 09, 2019 2:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jazz giant John Coltrane’s cousin, who inspired the composition “Cousin Mary” from his landmark album Giant Steps , has died in Philadelphia. Mary Lyerly Alexander was 92.    Carla Washington of Philadelphia’s Clef Club who is a friend of the family ...

  4. Embattled Former Tipitina's Owner Roland Von Kurnatowski Dies in Hunting Accident

    September 06, 2019 2:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 He had been the subject of an FBI investigation in the months leading up to his death. Roland Von Kurnatowski , the former owner of Tipitina’s nightclub and an “unlikely but pivotal player in the New Orleans music community,” according to the Times- ...

  5. Jimmy Johnson, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios Founder, Dies at 76

    September 05, 2019 11:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jimmy Johnson, a founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and guitarist with the famed studio musicians "The Swampers," has died. He was 76.   His family announced in a Facebook post that he died Thursday.    As a studio musician, record ...

  6. Dan Warner, Guitarist & Fixture in Latin Music, Dies

    September 05, 2019 3:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Groove Is Everything," Were Last Words Dan Warner, the Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning guitarist who was a fixture on many of Latin music’s biggest albums, died late Wednesday of an apparent heart attack.  According to sources, Warner di ...

  7. Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris Dies at Age 30

    September 05, 2019 12:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kylie Rae Harris died on Wednesday night (Sept. 4) in a three-vehicle crash in northern New Mexico, Billboard has confirmed. The Texas-based country singer was 30. According to the Associated Press , another driver, a 16-year-old, was also killed wh ...

  8. Lashawn Daniels, Songwriter Behind 'The Boy Is Mine' & 'Say My Name,' Dies at 41

    September 04, 2019 3:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Grammy-winning songwriter Lashawn Daniels died Tuesday at age 41 from injuries sustained in a car accident. According to a statement provided by publicist JoJo Pada -- and posted by the songwriter's wife, April -- Daniels was "the victim o ...

  9. 'American Idol' Contestant Haley Smith Dies at 26 in Motorcycle Accident

    September 03, 2019 3:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Haley Smith, who made it to the Hollywood round on season 11 of American Idol back in 2012, died on Saturday when her motorcycle skidded out on a sharp turn in Millinocket, Maine. According to a press release on the incident provided to Billboard by ...

  10. Jim Swindel, Veteran Sales & Marketing Exec at Arista Records and Qwest, Dies at 69

    September 03, 2019 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jim Swindel , a longtime presence in the music industry as a respected sales and marketing executive, died with family by his side late Saturday (Aug. 31) at Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, Calif., after a battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He ...

  11. Roberta Petersen, Longtime Warner Bros. A&R Exec and Key Backer of Flaming Lips & Dire Straits, Dies at 74

    August 22, 2019 10:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Roberta was one of the purest, no bullshit people I have ever run into," says Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. Roberta Petersen , the influential A&R executive whose ear for the eclectic helped spawn the careers of artists ranging f ...

  12. Mexican Cumbia Artist Celso Piña Dies at 66

    August 21, 2019 5:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Cumbia artist Celso Piña died Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) in Mexico. He was 66 years old. The news was announced on Celso’s official social media pages with the following message: “Today is a sad day for La Tuna Group, with deep pain we communicat ...

  13. Frederic Riesterer, Producer & DJ Who Co-Wrote Black Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta Feeling,' Dies at 58

    August 21, 2019 2:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Frederic Riesterer, the producer and creator of electronic dance music who co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit “I Gotta Feeling” with The Black Eyed Peas , has died. He was 58. Riesterer, who used the stage name Fred Rister, also worked with David Gue ...

  14. Canned Heat Bassist Larry Taylor Dies at 77

    August 20, 2019 1:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 The band had been slated to play the Woodstock 50 festival. Larry Taylor, the founding bassist of 1960s L.A. boogie rock band Canned Heat has died at age 77. A spokesperson for the group confirmed on Tuesday (Aug. 20) that Taylor passed on at his ho ...

  15. Peter Fonda, 'Easy Rider' Architect And Counter-Cultural Icon, Dies At 79

    August 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Peter Fonda, who broke out from under the legendary Fonda family name with Easy Rider , has died. He was 79.     Fonda, the son of acting legend Henry Fonda, the younger brother of Jane Fonda and the father of Bridget Fonda, died Friday morning at h ...

  16. Richard Gillis, Songwriter on 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue,' Dies at 80

    August 15, 2019 5:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Richard Gillis, a singer, songwriter and composer who worked for Sam Peckinpah on the Western fable  The Ballad of Cable Hogue , has died. He was 80. Gillis died July 31 in Thousand Oaks as a result of complications from a fall at his home in Toluca ...

  17. Drag City Shares David Berman Obituary: 'We Miss David Incalculably'

    August 13, 2019 9:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 Drag City Records, David Berman's longtime label home, posted a loving obituary of the late Silver Jews /Purple Mountains singer on Monday (Aug. 12), paying homage to the singer's deep, emotional songcraft while encouraging fans struggling ...

  18. Paul Grace of Canada's The Boomtang Boys Dies at 63

    August 09, 2019 4:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Paul Grace , one-time member of Juno-nominated dance production team and songwriters The Boomtang Boys , passed away in Toronto on Aug. 7. He was 63. Grace was a local DJ who had a small indie label Fun Wow with brother Tony Grace and another partne ...

  19. David Berman of Silver Jews & Purple Mountains Dies at 52

    August 07, 2019 7:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 The singer-songwriter released his first new music in a decade just last month. David Berman , the songwriter and poet best known for co-founding the indie rock band Silver Jews , has died at the age of 52, his record label Drag City confirmed in a ...

  20. Village People Co-Creator/Producer Henri Belolo Dies at 82

    August 07, 2019 10:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 Henri Belolo, co-creator of Village People , died on Saturday (Aug. 3), as the band's official  Facebook  page confirmed. "In loving memory of Henri Belolo (1936-2019)," they wrote. The cause of death is currently unknown. A private f ...

  21. Chance The Rapper, Bette Midler & More Pay Tribute to Toni Morrison: 'One of Our Greatest Writers and Minds'

    August 06, 2019 12:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Internationally acclaimed author Toni Morrison has died at 88, as her publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced on Tuesday (Aug. 6). A spokeswoman said Morrison died from complications of pneumonia. Morrison was the first African American woman to win a N ...

  22. D.A. Pennebaker, Master of Cinema Verite, Dies at 94

    August 03, 2019 6:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 The documentarian trained his lens on a 1965 Bob Dylan tour, Bill Clinton's war room and the cast of Sondheim’s 'Company' recording the original cast album. D.A. Pennebaker, documentary’s master of cinema verite who unassumingly broug ...

  23. Harold Prince, King of the Broadway Musical, Dies at 91

    July 31, 2019 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 With a hand in "Damn Yankees," "West Side Story," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Cabaret," "Sweeney Todd" and many more, he "changed the course" of theater in America. Harold "Hal" Princ ...

  24. Rutger Hauer, 'Blade Runner' Star, Dies at 75

    July 24, 2019 11:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer, who specialized in menacing roles, including a memorable turn as a murderous android in Blade Runner  opposite Harrison Ford, has died. He was 75. Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, said Wednesday the actor died July 19 at hi ...

  25. Art Neville of The Meters & Neville Brothers Dies at 81

    July 22, 2019 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Art Neville , the singer/keyboardist and co-founder of New Orleans funk standard-bearers The Meters and Neville Brothers has died at age 81. Neville died Monday (July 22) after years of declining health, with no cause of death available at press tim ...

  26. Bob Frank, Memphis Singer-Songwriter, Dead At 75

    July 21, 2019 1:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bob Frank , the Memphis folk singer-songwriter who developed a cult following after his 1972 self-titled debut album, has died at the age of 75. Light In The Attic, which reissued that record in 2014, confirmed the news via Twitter. "LITA is in ...

  27. Arthur McGee, Fashion Designer Who Dressed Stevie Wonder and Lena Horne, Dies at 86

    July 18, 2019 3:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Arthur McGee, widely known as the grandfather of fashion designers of color, has died. He was 86.  The designer died July 1 in New York after a prolonged illness. McGee became a pioneer in the black fashion community, inspiring and mentoring the lik ...

  28. South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66 After Cancer Battle

    July 16, 2019 7:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Johnny Clegg , a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country’s apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. ...

  29. João Gilberto: The Delicate Revolution

    July 16, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 João Gilberto , the Brazilian artist who died on July 6 at the age of 88, spent his last decade of life more reclusive than ever. But even holed up in an apartment in Rio de Janeiro — averse to visits, and away from the stages and studios in which h ...

  30. Gary LeMel, Former Warner Bros. Music Head & 'The Bodyguard' Soundtrack Mastermind, Dies at Age 80

    July 12, 2019 4:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 The executive supervised countless blockbuster soundtracks, including "The Big Chill," "Ghostbusters" & Barbra Streisand's "A Star Is Born." Gary LeMel , the longtime film music executive who was once dubbed th ...

  31. Jerry Lawson, Lead Singer of The Persuasions, Dies at 75

    July 11, 2019 10:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions , has died. Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip ...

  32. Pioneering Sound Engineer Jack Renner, Co-Founder of Telarc Label, Dies at 84

    July 09, 2019 3:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jack Renner , co-founder and former president of the Telarc record label, a favorite among classical music audiophiles and an early adopter of the compact disc, died on June 19 at his home in Rhode Island following a battle with cancer. He was 84. R ...

  33. James Henke, Former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Curator, Dies at 65

    July 09, 2019 1:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Henke was also a longtime staffer at 'Rolling Stone' magazine. James Henke, the first curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died on Monday morning (July 8) at age 65 after a long battle with dementia. Henke's death was confirmed ...

  34. João Gilberto, Brazilian Bossa Nova Legend, Dead At 88

    July 06, 2019 5:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary Brazilian bossa nova guitarist and vocalist  João Gilberto has  passed away at the age of 88, according to his son Marcelo Gilberto, who took to Facebook on Saturday (July 6) to announce the news. No cause of death was revealed.    "M ...

  35. Rising Rapper and Producer Hella Sketchy Dies at 18

    June 28, 2019 5:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper and producer Hella Sketchy -- real name Jacob Tyler Thureson -- has passed away, as APG and Atlantic Records confirmed in a statement on Friday (June 28).     The rising artist had released his self-titled debut album back in March.      Atla ...

  36. Jerry Carrigan, Drummer for Elvis Presley, George Jones, Dies at 75

    June 25, 2019 10:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alabama-born drummer Jerry Carrigan, who was in the first rhythm section for FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals and later an in-demand session player in Nashville, Tennessee, died at age 75 in Chattanooga. His cousin, Tom Carrigan, said he learned of Carr ...

  37. Nature Ganganbaigal, Tengger Calvary Frontman, Dies at 29

    June 25, 2019 5:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nature Ganganbaigal, multi-instrumentalist and frontman of Mongolian folk metal collective Tengger Calvary, has died at age 29, Billboard can confirm. The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear, but in a statement released through MetalSuck ...

  38. Dave Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dies at 100

    June 24, 2019 12:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dave Bartholomew , a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n’ roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as “Ain’t That a Shame,” ″I’m Walkin’” and “Let the Four Winds Blow,” has died. He was 100. Bartholomew, a member of ...

  39. Elliot Roberts, Manager for Neil Young, Joni Mitchell & More, Dies at 76

    June 21, 2019 10:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Update: Lookout Management has released the following statement regarding the death of its founder, Elliot Roberts: It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm the passing of Elliot Roberts (76), longtime manager of Neil Young on the morning of Fri ...

  40. Dennis Farnon, Last Survivor of the Recording Academy's Five Founders, Dies at 95

    June 21, 2019 6:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Recording Academy grew out of a request made by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for names of musical artists who merited inclusion on its Walk of Fame. Dennis Farnon , who had been the last surviving founder of the Recording Academy, died last ...

  41. Crowbar's Kelly Jay, Co-Writer of Canadian Classic 'Oh, What a Feeling,' Dies Following a Stroke

    June 21, 2019 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kelly Jay , formerly of Canadian group Crowbar, whose 1971 hit "Oh, What A Feeling" became the title of commemorative box sets celebrating milestone anniversaries of the Juno Awards and was called "Canada's second National Anthem ...

  42. Jim Pike, Co-Founder of Lettermen Vocal Group, Dies at 82

    June 19, 2019 7:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jim Pike, co-founder and lead singer of The Lettermen, whose lush vocal harmonies made the Grammy-nominated trio one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1960s, has died at age 82. Pike died June 9 at his home in Prescott, Arizona, his sister-in- ...

  43. André Midani, Towering Executive Behind Brazilian Music, Dies at 86

    June 14, 2019 7:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Music executive André Midani , a towering figure of Brazilian music who helped propel the bossa nova movement to the world, has died in Rio de Janiero. He was 86 years old. The cause, according to published reports, was cancer.     Midani’s prolific ...

  44. Dr. John's Legacy Endures in New Orleans: 'It's Part of Me'

    June 13, 2019 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dr. John , who died June 6 at age 77, has been called "America's premier roots musician," but that's not all he was. For 60 years, he was the leading global ambassador for the musical traditions of New Orleans. Though he worked w ...

  45. Brian Doherty, Co-Founder of Canadian Rock Band Big Wreck, Dies at 51

    June 07, 2019 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Guitarist Brian Doherty , who co-founded rock band Big Wreck while at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in early 1990s, died June 5 of cancer. He was 51. “It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our brother, Brian Doherty, passed away p ...

  46. Dr. John, Funky New Orleans 'Night-Tripper,' Dies at 77

    June 06, 2019 6:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dr. John , the New Orleans musician who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77. In a statement released through his publicist, the family said Dr ...

  47. Roky Erickson, Frontman of Psych-Rock Pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators, Dies at 71

    May 31, 2019 10:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 The singer, guitarist & songwriter was a massive influence on subsequent generations of musicians. Roky Erickson , lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the psychedelic rock band The 13th Floor Elevators , died on Friday (May 31) in Austin ...

  48. Leon Redbone Dies at 69

    May 30, 2019 11:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary Tin Pan Alley/jazz interpreter Leon Redbone died early Thursday morning (May 30) at age 69. The singer's death from undisclosed causes was confirmed by his family, who wrote a remembrance of the enigmatic song interpreter who retired ...

  49. Nashville Songwriter, Producer and 'Door Opener' to Fellow Canadians Ralph Murphy Dies at 75

    May 29, 2019 11:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kind, wise and generous with his time are the recurring sentiments used to describe songwriter, producer, educator and author Ralph Murphy who died yesterday (May 28) of pneumonia in Nashville. He was 75. Willingly opening doors for newcomers to Nas ...

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