Charles D. Love Jr. R.I.P.

March 16, 2014

CHARLES LOVE OF BLOODSTONE PASSED AWAY AFTER FIGHT WITH PNEUMONIA. By Michelle Taylor, Special to Mass Appeal KANSAS CITY – It’s with a heavy heart we report that Charles Love, one of the founding members of the legendary R&B group Bloodstone, passed away on Thursday. According to close family friend and manager Lewis Garrett, Love […]

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Remembering Leroy Roosevelt “Sugarfoot” Bonner (March 14, 1943 – January 26, 2013)

February 22, 2014

We lost so many, many of our musical icons in 2013. Here is one more I want to remember today, especially during this Black history month. Photo: Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner performs with the Ohio Players at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in 2012 Randy Miramontez Leroy Bonner, Frontman of Ohio Players, Dies at 69 By THE ASSOCIATED […]

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Robin Gibb, a Bee Gee With a Taciturn Manner, Dies at 62

May 20, 2012

By Ben Sisaro | Published in NY Times |5/20/2012 Robin Gibb, one of the three singing brothers of the Bee Gees, the long-running Anglo-Australian pop group whose chirping falsettos and hook-laden disco hits like “Jive Talkin’ ” and “You Should Be Dancing” shot them to worldwide fame in the 1970s, died on Sunday in London. He […]

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Donna Summer, 1948-2012: The Queen of Disco, Who Transcended the Era

May 17, 2012

By JON PARELES Published: May 17, 2012 in the  NY TIMES Donna Summer, the multimillion-selling singer and songwriter whose hits captured both the giddy hedonism of the 1970s disco era and the feisty female solidarity of the early 1980s, died on Thursday at her home in Naples, Fla. She was 63. The cause was lung […]

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Chuck Brown dies: The ‘Godfather of Go-Go’ was 75

May 16, 2012

Published in the Washington Post Chris Richards, Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 4:42 PM Chuck Brown, the gravelly voiced bandleader who capitalized on funk’s percussive pulse to create go-go, the genre of music that has soundtracked life in black Washington for more than three decades, died May 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 75.The death, […]

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Ska pioneer Lloyd Brevett dies

May 5, 2012

Jamaican double bassist Lloyd Brevett, whose band The Skatalites pioneered ska music and paved the way for reggae, has died at the age of 80. Published: 4 May 2012 Last updated at 05:58 ET@ BBC News Entertainment & Arts The Skatalites formed in 1964 and combined jazz, R&B and mento to create ska and take […]

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Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Hossack dies

March 13, 2012

Associated Press – 3 hrs ago (as re-printed in Yahoo News) DUBOIS, Wyoming (AP) — Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack, whose work is heard on the hits “Listen To The Music” and “China Grove,” died of cancer at age 65, his manager said Tuesday. Hossack died Monday at his home in Dubois, Wyoming, manager Bruce Cohn […]

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Family and friends gather to honor Don Cornelius

February 16, 2012

By Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press Friends and family are gathering for a private memorial service for “Soul Train” creator and host Don Cornelius in Los Angeles. The service was led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who arrived early and perused blowup photos of Cornelius that were positioned around the lobby of Liberty Hall at […]

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Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

February 12, 2012

Yesterday after a long day out running my typical Saturday errands, I decided to spend some time relaxing online. I checked in to one of my social forums and followed up on a few threads I was participating in earlier that morning before leaving the house. It wasn’t until maybe an hour  later (by then […]

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Jimmy Castor, Musician Who Mastered Many Genres, Dies at 71

January 18, 2012

BY DOUGLAS MARTIN| PRINTED IN THE NYTIMES ONLINE EDITION 1/17/2012 Jimmy Castor, a singer, instrumentalist and songwriter whose mastery of genres from doo-wop to Latin soul to funk, and instruments including saxophone and bongos earned him the title Everything Man, died on Monday in Henderson, Nev. He was 71. The cause was heart failure, his […]

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