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David Berman of Silver Jews & Purple Mountains Dies at 52

Singer-songwriter David Berman, leader of indie bands Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, died Wednesday (Aug. 7), according to Purple Mountains’ label Drag City Records. Berman was best known for his involvement in beloved group Silver Jews alongside Pavement‘s Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, which released six studio albums before disbanding in 2008. Berman returned after a decade away...

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Village People Co-Creator/Producer Henri Belolo Dies at 82

Henri Belolo, co-creator of Village People, died on Saturday (Aug. 3), as the band’s official Facebook page confirmed. “In loving memory of Henri Belolo (1936-2019),” they wrote. The cause of death is currently unknown. A private funeral was already held in France, but the band is currently working on a public memorial service, to be announced soon. Belolo was 82...

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Harold Prince, King of the Broadway Musical, Dies at 91

With a hand in “Damn Yankees,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd” and many more, he “changed the course” of theater in America. Harold “Hal” Prince, the masterful producer and director who served as the driving force behind such acclaimed Broadway musicals as Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Cabaret and Sweeney Todd, just to name a...

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Rutger Hauer, ‘Blade Runner’ Star, Dies at 75

Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer, who specialized in menacing roles, including a memorable turn as a murderous android in Blade Runner opposite Harrison Ford, has died. He was 75. Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, said Wednesday the actor died July 19 at his home in the Netherlands. Hauer’s roles included a terrorist in Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone, Cardinal...

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Art Neville of The Meters & Neville Brothers Dies at 81

Art Neville, the singer/keyboardist and co-founder of New Orleans funk standard-bearers The Meters and Neville Brothers has died at age 81. According to Nola.com, Neville died Monday (July 22) after years of declining health, with no cause of death available at press time. “It was peaceful,” said the artist’s longtime manager Kent Sorrell in a...

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Arthur McGee, Fashion Designer Who Dressed Stevie Wonder and Lena Horne, Dies at 86

Arthur McGee, widely known as the grandfather of fashion designers of color, has died. He was 86.  The designer died July 1 in New York after a prolonged illness. McGee became a pioneer in the black fashion community, inspiring and mentoring the likes of Willi Smith, Elena Braith, Scott Barrie and B Michael. Following McGee’s...

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South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66 After Cancer Battle

Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country’s apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. The Grammy-nominated and British-born singer sometimes called the “White Zulu” died peacefully at home in...

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Gary LeMel, Former Warner Bros. Music Head & ‘The Bodyguard’ Soundtrack Mastermind, Dies at Age 80

The executive supervised countless blockbuster soundtracks, including “The Big Chill,” “Ghostbusters” & Barbra Streisand’s “A Star Is Born.” Gary LeMel, the longtime film music executive who was once dubbed the “Godfather of the Modern Soundtrack” for his supervision of blockbuster albums including The Big Chill, Ghostbusters and The Bodyguard, died on Saturday at age 80. He is survived by...

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