Norma Tanega, Cult ’60s Singer/Songwriter, Dead At 80

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Norma TanegaCult ’60s folk singer-songwriter Norma Tanega has died, The New York Times reports. According to her lawyer, Alfred Shine, she passed away at her home in Claremont, California on 12/29 after a battle with colon cancer. She was 80. More »

The Left Banke’s Steve Martin Caro Dead At 71

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Steve-Martin-CaroSteve Martin Caro, singer for ’60s psychedelic pop hitmakers the Left Banke, has died. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the Left Banke announced on Facebook that Caro died on Tuesday night. No cause of death has been revealed. Caro was 71. More »

Neil Peart Dead At 67

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Neil PeartNeil Peart, the hugely influential drummer and primary lyricist for legendary prog-rock power trio Rush, is dead. The CBC has confirmed with Rush’s publicist that Peart died in Santa Monica this past Tuesday, 1/7, due to complications from brain cancer. Peart was 67. More »

Monty Python Songwriter Neil Innes Dead At 75

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Neil InnesMusician and comedian Neil Innes has died at age 75, CNN reports. Innes, a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the Rutles known for his collaborations with the Monty Python collective, “passed away unexpectedly” according to his agent, Nigel Morton. A statement on Innes’ website indicated he “died of … More »

Vaughan Oliver, Graphic Designer For 4AD, Dead At 62

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British artist Vaughan Oliver has died at 62. The celebrated graphic designer was best known in the music world for his work with 4AD. Over the years, especially in the ’80s and ’90s, he designed album covers for many artists on the label’s roster. More »

Hello, Dolly! Composer Jerry Herman Dead At 88

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Jerry HermanTony Award-winning composer Jerry Herman, who wrote the cheerful, good-natured music and lyrics for such classic shows as Mame, Hello, Dolly!, and La Cage aux Folles, died Thursday (12/26). He was 88. More »

Allee Willis Dead At 72

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Legendary songwriter Allee Willis has died at 72 after a sudden cardiac event, as The New York Times reports. Willis’ credits over the years include songs for Earth, Wind, & Fire, including “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” and the score for the The Color Purple musical. She also co-wrote “I’ll Be There For You,” … More »

Big Black Bassist Dave Riley Dead At 59

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Dave Riley, bassist for the punk band Big Black, has died at 59. In a social media post, his partner confirmed the news, saying that he passed away shortly after being diagnosed with throat cancer. More »

Popa Wu Dead At 63

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Popa-WuPopa Wu, a figure who has long been associated with the Wu-Tang Clan, has died. Rolling Stone reports that Popa Wu recently died at home in Brooklyn. No cause of death has been given. Popa Wu was 63. More »

Original Flamin’ Groovies Frontman Roy Loney Dead At 73

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Roy LoneyRoy Loney, the original frontman of the influential power-pop band Flamin’ Groovies, has died. The band confirmed the news on their official Facebook page yesterday, writing, “We are all deeply saddened and stunned to learn that our dearest friend and bandmate, Roy Loney, passed away this morning.” He was 73. More »