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Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76 Following Hospitalization for Exhaustion
February 12, 2017 | Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.
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According to a statement from his manager Joe Gordon published by Ebony magazine, the singer was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing. His loved ones asked that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, an organization that supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

Last week, updates on Jarreau’s Twitter account announced he had entered a hospital for exhaustion and was forced to retire from touring “with complete sorrow.” “The medical team has instructed that he cannot perform any of his remianing 2017 concert dates,” his team said in the statement. They continued, “He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him – his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort.”

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Musician Steve Lukather of Toto and Ringo’s All-Starr Band shared his condolences as well. “It was an honor working with him and there was no one like him!” he tweeted. “Unreal..”

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I loved his music growing up....


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It amazes me that some of these artistes are still performing when others of their age are sitting by the fire, slippers on with a cup of Horlicks.
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Joni Sledge of 70's disco group Sister Sledge passes away...

Joni Sledge of ‘We Are Family’ group dies at 60
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 - Joni Sledge, one of four sisters who, as the group Sister Sledge, sang one of disco’s most enduring songs with We Are Family, has died, a representative said on Saturday.
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The singer died aged 60 at her home in Arizona on Friday with the cause of death yet to be determined, publicist Biff Warren said. “We miss her and hurt for her presence, her radiance and the sincerity with which she loved and embraced life,” a family statement said. Daughters of two performers, Joni and her three sisters — Debbie, Kathy and Kim — grew up in Philadelphia and enjoyed moderate success touring in the 1970s with rhythm and blues songs.

However, the sisters found a major hit in 1979 with We Are Family, which was written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, who had emerged as key figures in the disco craze with their band Chic. In an interview last year with the Guardian, Joni Sledge said the sisters had become professionally frustrated by the time they made We Are Family and had considered other careers, such as studying law.

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“Recording the track We Are Family was like a one-take party — we were just dancing and playing around and hanging out in the studio when we did it,” she said. “We did something pretty amazing together,” Rodgers said on Twitter. Despite the message of family unity, Kathy Sledge left the group to pursue a solo career and tensions ensued, with Joni and Debbie remaining the core members.

Sister Sledge came together in various forms for performances that included the Festival of Families in Philadelphia in 2015 and failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign. Speaking in 2015 to Women’s Wear Daily, Joni Sledge said that the chorus of the group’s main hit: “We are family / I got all my sisters with me” carried a time-tested message of unity. “It’s just as powerful today. That’s one of the good things about it. It teaches respect,” she said.

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Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry passes away...

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry dies
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 - Tributes pour in as police confirm the singer died in his home state of Missouri, aged 90.
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Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died aged 90, police in the US state of Missouri report. The singer was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday, St Charles County police said. Berry's seven-decade career boasted a string of hits, including classics Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.


Berry, pictured in 1965, had his first hit in the 1950s

In a statement on Facebook, the St Charles County Police Department said they were called to reports of an unresponsive man at 12:40 local time (17:40 GMT). "Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26pm," the statement continued. "The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry." High-profile musicians were quick to pay tribute to Berry's talent and influence. Motown legends The Jacksons tweeted: "Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock'n'roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck."


Charles "Chuck" Berry was born in St Louis, Missouri on 18 October 1926

Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis described him as "maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll". "His music and influence will last forever," he added. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr quoted one of Berry's own lyrics on Twitter, saying: "Just let me hear some of that rock 'n' roll music any old way you use it." "I am playing I'm talking about you," he wrote. Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones covered Berry's songs, as did The Beach Boys and scores of other acts - including Elvis. "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name," John Lennon once said, "you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones said that Berry "lit up our teenage years and blew life into our dreams". Singer Bruce Springsteen called him "a giant for the ages". The novelist Stephen King noted that Berry had a long life for a consummate rock'n'roller, tweeting: "Chuck Berry died. This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain't bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever." Berry was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1926, and had his first hit, Maybellene, in 1955. Last year, he announced he would be releasing his first album in nearly four decades. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years, Themetta "Toddy".

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Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dead at age 69...

Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dead at age 69
Sunday 28th May, 2017 — Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, a publicist said. He was 69.
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Allman died Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia, publicist Ken Weinstein said. Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates, announcing on Aug. 5 that he was “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic” due to “serious health issues.” Later that year, he cancelled more dates citing a throat injury. And in March 2017, he cancelled performances for the rest of the year. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, the rock star known for his long blond hair was raised in Florida by a single mother after his father was shot to death. Allman idolized his older brother, Duane, eventually joining a series of bands with him. Together they formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band.

The original band featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman. Songs such as “Whipping Post,” “Ramblin’ Man” and “Midnight Rider,” helped define what came to be known as Southern rock and opened the doors for such stars as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band. In his 2012 memoir, “My Cross to Bear,” Allman described how Duane was a central figure in his life in the years after their father was murdered by a man he met in a bar. The two boys endured a spell in a military school before being swept up in rock music in their teens. Although Gregg was the first to pick up a guitar, it was Duane who excelled at it. So Gregg later switched to the organ.


Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died.

They failed to crack success until they formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Based in Macon, Georgia, the group featured Betts, drummers Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson and Butch Trucks and bassist Berry Oakley. They partied to excess while defining a sound that still excites millions. Their self-titled debut album came out in 1969, but it was their seminal live album “At Fillmore East” in 1971 that catapulted the band to stardom. Duane Allman had quickly ascended to the pantheon of guitar heroes, not just from his contributions to the Allman band, but from his session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and with Eric Clapton on the classic “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” album. But he was killed in a motorcycle accident in October 1971, just months after recording the Fillmore shows. Another motorcycle accident the following year claimed Oakley’s life. .

In a 2012 interview with The Associated Press, Gregg Allman said Duane remained on his mind every day. Once in a while, he could even feel his presence. “I can tell when he’s there, man,” Allman said. “I’m not going to get all cosmic on you. But listen, he’s there.” The 1970s brought more highly publicized turmoil: Allman was compelled to testify in a drug case against a former road manager for the band and his marriage to the actress and singer Cher was short-lived even by show business standards.

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