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  • Jerry Leiber dies at 78; lyricist in songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller

    Jerry Leiber dies at 78; lyricist in songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller
    Jerry Leiber, who with his songwriting partner, Mike Stoller, created a songbook that infused the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1950s and early '60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78. Leiber, the words half of the duo, died Monday at...
  • Pop legend Whitney Houston dies at 48

    Pop legend Whitney Houston dies at 48
    Whitney Houston, a willowy church singer with a towering voice who became a titan of the pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s but then saw much of her success crumble away amid the fumes of addiction and reckless ego, has died. She was 48. Kristen Foster, a...
  • PASSINGS: Howard Tate

    PASSINGS: Howard Tate
    Howard Tate, 72, a soul singer who got a second chance at a career three decades after being derailed by disputes with industry executives, personal tragedy and drug addiction, died Dec. 2 in Burlington, N.J., said a spokesman for the Burlington County...
  • Legendary Singer Etta James Remembered at Funeral

    Legendary Singer Etta James Remembered at Funeral
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (CNN) -- Mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James on Saturday as an authentic voice whose velvety vocals bridged genres from blues to rock. The Rev. Al Sharpton presided over her funeral in southern California where she was...
  • Don Cornelius: Peace, love, soul -- and civil rights

    Don Cornelius: Peace, love, soul -- and civil rights
    Don Cornelius, who died Wednesday at 75, was a civil rights pioneer disguised as a dance-music-show host. He used to sign off the “Soul Train” show he founded in Chicago by wishing his viewers “love, peace and soul,” and devoted...
  • Etta James dies at 73; acclaimed blues and R&B singer

    Etta James dies at 73; acclaimed blues and R&B singer
    Etta James, the earthy blues and R&B singer whose anguished vocals convinced generations of listeners that she would rather go blind than see her love leave, then communicated her joy upon finding that love at last, died Friday. She was 73. She died at...
  • "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" highlight sheet

    "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" highlight sheet
    "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped two shows on May 17 at Chicago's United Center. Featuring the biggest stars in movies, television and music, the shows were a surprise for Oprah Winfrey from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" producers. The shows will air on...
  • 'Sweet Joe' Russell dies at 72; singer with the Persuasions

    'Sweet Joe' Russell dies at 72; singer with the Persuasions
    "Sweet Joe" Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the "kings of a cappella," has died. He was 72. Russell died May 5 in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes,...
  • PASSINGS: Michelle Nicastro, Rudy Regalado

    PASSINGS: Michelle Nicastro, Rudy Regalado
    MICHELLE NICASTRO Singer-actress appeared in L.A.'s 'Les Miserables' Michelle Nicastro, 50, an actress and singer who was in the original Los Angeles production of "Les Miserables," died Thursday at her home in Toluca Lake after a long battle with...
  • James Moody dies at 85; jazz saxophonist and flutist

    James Moody dies at 85; jazz saxophonist and flutist
    James Moody, a jazz saxophonist and flutist whose improvised solo on a recording of the song "I'm in the Mood for Love" became a jazz classic, died Thursday in San Diego, where he had lived in recent years. He was 85 and had pancreatic cancer. His...
  • Amy Winehouse dies at 27; iconoclastic British singer-songwriter

    Amy Winehouse dies at 27; iconoclastic British singer-songwriter
    British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was a phenomenon: a Jewish girl from a London suburb with a retro beehive, a devil-may-care attitude and a voice that channeled Aretha Franklin and Ruth Brown. Music industry figures on both sides of the Atlantic...
  • Teena Marie,'The Ivory Queen of Soul,' made R&B colorless

    Teena Marie,'The Ivory Queen of Soul,' made R&B colorless
    It's impossible to lend an ear to today's crop of R&B divas without hearing just a little bit of Teena Marie. Though she never had the blockbuster commercial success or universal household appeal of some of her peers ( Patti Labelle, Anita Baker and...