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March 21, 2013
Bobbie Smith, 76, a former lead singer of the Spinners, has died in Orlando, Fla. A statement released Monday by the manager of the rhythm-and-blues group said Mr. Smith died Saturday of complications from pneumonia and influenza. The statement said he had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November. Mr. Smith was the group's original lead singer and was the voice on its first hit, "That's What Girls Are Made For. " The group earned nearly a dozen gold records and a half-dozen Grammy nominations.
NEWS
November 22, 2012
Rhythm-and-blues singer Billy Scott, 70, died from pancreatic and liver cancer Saturday at his home in Charlotte, N.C. Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W.Va., he sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name, and with his wife, Barbara, began recording in 1966 as the Prophets. The band's first gold record was 1968's "I Got the Fever. " Other hits included "California" and "Seaside Love" as the Georgia Prophets. The group recorded a number of hits in the 1970s in the beach-music genre, a regional variant of R&B. In 1999, Mr. Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HERE'S HOW A FAN commented on a couple of hit songs by Major Harris: " 'Love Won't Let Me Wait' and 'I Believe in Love' were two of his biggest hits that we played so much, my parents wanted to break the records. " Such devotion was a typical reaction of R&B fans to the lead singer of Philadelphia's own Delfonics, a group graced by the Major's dulcet tones in the 1970s. He was a major player in the success of the iconic "Philadelphia Sound," as promoted by the songwriting and producing team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and their Philadelphia International Records.
NEWS
December 29, 2012
Ray Collins, a singer whose dispute with one guitarist led him to hire another, Frank Zappa, with whom he would go on to form the avant-garde rock group the Mothers of Invention, died Monday in Pomona, Calif. The death of Mr. Collins, who was in his mid-70s, followed his admission to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center a week earlier for cardiac arrest, according to local news accounts. Mr. Collins entered the national spotlight with the Mothers of Invention, an outlet for Zappa's unique sense of humor and challenging, unorthodox compositions.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Reg Presley, 71, lead singer of the Troggs on hit songs including the garage-rock classic "Wild Thing," died Monday at his home in Andover, England, after a yearlong bout with lung cancer. Mr. Presley and the Troggs scored their breakthrough hit in the early days of the British music invasion. The song, a cover of a version by Jordan Christopher and the Wild Ones, was later picked up not only by garage bands the world over - the lead guitar riffs were easily copied - but also by icons like Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen.
NEWS
August 13, 2011
Jani Lane, 47, former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, has died in Los Angeles. Officer Sara Faden said Mr. Lane's body was found Thursday in a Woodland Hills hotel. She had no immediate information on the cause or circumstances of his death. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Friday that an autopsy did not reveal what killed the rocker and that the cause would be determined after results from toxicology and other tests are received. With his long blond hair and tight leather outfits, Mr. Lane, born John Kennedy Oswald in Akron, Ohio, embodied the excess of 1980s "hair metal" rock bands.
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November 20, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott has died in North Carolina at age 70. Scott died Saturday of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Charlotte, said Bill Kopald with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Scott, who was born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name, and with his wife, Barbara, in 1966 began recording as The Prophets. Their first gold record was 1968's "I Got the Fever.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | By CHUCK DARROW and Daily News Staff Writer
This is getting to be routine. About four years ago, Chris Squire of the veteran progressive-rock band Yes called to explain why and how Benoit David had replaced original lead singer Jon Anderson in the then-40-year-old outfit. Recently, Squire, the group's charter bassist, was back on the blower, this time talking about David's replacement, Jon Davison, who over the next five days, will be introduced to local fans as Yes performs Friday at Tropicana Atlantic City and Wednesday at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
A Convention Notebook item Tuesday gave an incorrect age for folk singer Pete Seeger. He is 85.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Coroner's officials said yesterday that they wouldn't release any information about an autopsy on singer Whitney Houston. The singer, 48, was found in the bathtub of her room Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter declined to say anything about the room's condition or any evidence investigators recovered. He said that there were no obvious signs of trauma, but that officials were not ruling out any cause of death until they have toxicology results, which will take weeks to obtain.
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April 26, 2016
BILLY PAUL, 81, the acclaimed Philadelphia soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," died of cancer Sunday morning in Blackwood, N.J., according to his manager Beverly Gay. Mr. Paul, born Paul Williams in Philadelphia in 1934, was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital, Gay said. Mr. Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Mr. Paul attended the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Kathryn Baily Westman, 95, of Narberth, an opera singer and voice teacher to generations of Philadelphia area music students, died Thursday, March 24, of a pulmonary embolism at Lankenau Medical Center. Mrs. Westman was known for her beautiful soprano voice, her service to the tiny Montgomery County borough of Narberth, and her love of life, her family said. Her musical career began early in the family home on Dudley Avenue. Her mother, Mildred W. Baily, was a teacher of piano and voice who held musical evenings in which her children participated.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
WILMINGTON - Seldom does such a strong, complete vocal personality leap across the decades - full of steely confidence, haunting mystery, and emotional gravity - especially one attached to a name that's completely unknown. Mascia Predit was a Latvian soprano who retired to Wilmington before dying in 2001 in her 90s. Now, she unexpectedly reappears on disc, thanks to Philadelphia-area sound archivist Ward Marston - and thanks to a decade of work by friends whose devotion to her is very nearly unconditional.
NEWS
January 20, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, STAFF MUSIC CRITIC
Glenn Frey, 67, the Detroit-born singer who co-fronted the Eagles, the archetypal and massively popular 1970s Southern California rock band, and with Don Henley made up one of the most commercially successful songwriting teams in rock history, has died. Mr. Frey, who sang many of the band's biggest hits, including "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Already Gone," "New Kid in Town," and "Take It Easy" (which he cowrote with Jackson Browne), died Monday in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, according to the band's website.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Josh Singer is really in the spotlight now. On Thursday morning, the name of the Ambler native and Harvard Law-grad-turned-Hollywood scribe was announced alongside the likes of DiCaprio, Damon, and Blanchett when nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were read off in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer, along with co-writer Tom McCarthy, is a nominee for the original screenplay Oscar for Spotlight , the searing true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.
NEWS
January 11, 2016
Otis Clay, 73, a Blues Hall of Fame singer known as much for his charitable work in Chicago as for his performances, died on Friday. The Mississippi-born singer - whose gruff, tenor on songs such as "Trying to Live My Life Without You" varied from his haunting but hopeful baritone on gospel standards such as "When the Gates Swing Open" - died suddenly of a heart attack at 6:30 p.m., said his daughter, Ronda Tankson. The one-time Grammy nominee had a year's tour planned, manager Miki Mulvehill said.
NEWS
January 10, 2016
Kitty Kallen, 94, the silken-voiced pop singer who sang with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s - including groups led by Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James - and who achieved her biggest success as a solo artist with the 1954 chart-topping hit "Little Things Mean a Lot," died Thursday at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. A onetime child radio star in her native Philadelphia, Ms. Kallen grew into a singer who evinced an expressive style on both sweet and bluesy numbers.
NEWS
November 9, 2015 | BY AARON JOLLAY, Daily News Staff jollaya@phillynews.com, 215-854-5915
In a shadowy corner of a dreary bar, perched atop a barstool with her hollow-body electric guitar and sultry voice, Lera Lynn added an extra touch of mystery to Season 2 of HBO's "True Detective. " With the series falling short of expectations, she may have even stolen the show. The path from independent recording artist to the small screen was a fortunate confluence. "My manager worked with T. Bone Burnett on the 'Raising Sand' record with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant," she said.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
If you're in University City in the next 24 hours or so, you have two chances to catch up-and-coming local singer-songwriter Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live. Tonight, Snider co-headlines with Jean Rohe at the West Bank musical mecca. Tomorrow he returns to sing "Jealous Guy" as part of WXPN-FM's free noontime celebration of what would have been John Lennon 's 75th birthday. It's probably fitting that Snider, a 25-year-old native of suburban Boston who grew up in Montgomery County, is part of the salute to a baby-boomer deity like Lennon.
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