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Julie Gibson, Singer in ‘The Feminine Touch’ and ‘Hail the Conquering Hero,’ Dies at 106

Julie Gibson, a singer, actress, studio rep and dialogue coach who collaborated with Preston Sturges, Orson Welles, Ida Lupino, John Huston, Edgar Bergen and The Bowery Boys during a fascinating career, has died. She was 106. Gibson died in her sleep Oct. 2 in North Hollywood, her cousin, James Rogers, told The Hollywood Reporter. A...

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Jay Frank, Digital Music Pioneer and UMG SVP, Dead at 47

Jay Frank, a digital music pioneer who created innovative approaches to developing artist careers, passed away Sunday (Oct.13) at the age of 47. The cause of death was cancer. Frank, who loved music and technology equally, was most recently svp of global streaming marketing at Universal Music Group.  He joined the company in 2015 and went...

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The Muffs’ Frontwoman Kim Shattuck Dies at 56

Kim Shattuck, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of 90s pop-punk band the Muffs, has died after a two-year battle with ALS. She was 56. Melanie Vammen, her bandmate in the Muffs and the more recently formed Coolies, confirmed the news, reposting the Instagram announcement from Shattuck’s husband Kevin Sutherland on Facebook. He noted that “the love of my life...

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Louie Rankin, Reggae Artist Behind ‘Typewriter,’ Dies at 66

Jamaican dancehall reggae artist and actor Louie Rankin, known for his 1992 hit “Typewriter,” died in a car crash involving a transport truck in Canada, police said Tuesday (Oct. 1). He was 66. Ontario Provincial Police Const. Shannon Gordanier confirmed that the person who died in the Monday morning collision was Leonard Ford, better known...

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Bob Esty, Producer on Donna Summer’s ‘Last Dance,’ Dies at 72

He worked at Casablanca Records and collaborated with Cher and Barbra Streisand, as well. Bob Esty, the songwriter, producer and arranger best known for his hit collaborations with Donna Summer, Cher and Barbra Streisand during the disco era, has died. He was 72. Esty died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with metastatic...

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‘The Songs Were About Other Worlds’: Remembering Robert Hunter, Master Lyricist for the Grateful Dead

“As much as anyone, he defined in his words what it meant to be the Grateful Dead,” says Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Robert Hunter — the lyricist, poet and songwriter who died on Sept. 23 at the age of 78 — wasn’t a member of the Grateful Dead in any traditional sense. But as the band’s...

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Jo-An Anderson Fox, Talent Manager and Marketing Exec, Dies at 68

Jo-An Anderson Fox, a Nashville-based talent and marketing executive who repped such singers as Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton, Perry Como, Jerry Vale, Engelbert Humperdinck, Marty Raybon and Perry Danos, has died. She was 68. Fox died Monday of heart failure in her home in Nashville, her daughter, Jill Anderson McIntosh, said. For several years, Fox...

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