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Celine Dion’s Mother, Therese, Dies at 92

Celine Dion‘s mother, Therese Dion, died Friday morning (Jan. 17) at age 92. According to CTV News Montreal, Dion, known throughout Quebec as “Maman Dion,” died surrounded by family and friends. The mother of 14 — including her world-famous singing daughter — was born Marie-Thérèse Tanguay on March 20, 1927, and met future husband Adhémar Dion in the 1940s....

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Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dies at 67

Neil Peart, the legendary Rush drummer known for his intricate and instanty recognizable solos, has died at age 67 after a battle with brain cancer, the CBC reports. In addition to being behind the kit, Peart was also the primary lyricist for the Canadian prog rock band. More to come…

Edd Byrnes, Vince Fontaine in ‘Grease,’ Dies at 87

The New York actor was a finger-snapping, hair-combing, teen-idol sensation who parked cars on the swanky ABC detective series. Edd Byrnes, who gained fleeting fame as Kookie, the ultra-hip, wisecracking parking attendant on the jazzy 1950s-’60s ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip, has died. He was 87. Byrnes, who years later played the smooth-talking Vince Fontaine,...

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‘Tone Guru’ Nick Blagona, In-Demand Studio Engineer, Dies at 74

TORONTO — Producer and master studio engineer Nick Blagona, a.k.a. “The Tone Guru,” whose credits include multiple Deep Purple and Ian Gillan albums, as well as recordings by Rainbow, The Bee Gees and Canadian acts April Wine and Alexisonfire, died Jan. 4 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. He was 74. Just before the holidays, his...

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Vaughan Oliver, Renowned Album Art Designer for Pixies & 4AD, Dies at 62

Vaughan Oliver, the English graphic designer responsible for some of the most alluring indie rock album covers of the past 30 years, died Sunday morning at age 62. The news was confirmed by Adrian Shaughnessy, who edited an extensive 2018 collection of Oliver’s work. Wrote Shaughnessy: “Desperately sad to announce that Vaughan Oliver died peacefully today, with...

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Neil Innes, Rutles Singer-Songwriter and Monty Python Collaborator, Dies at 75

Neil Innes, a British songwriter and comedian who collaborated with Monty Python and co-founded the Beatles pastiche band The Rutles, has died at age 75. A statement posted to Innes’ website said the musician died unexpectedly on Sunday (Dec. 29) of natural causes. “We have lost a beautiful kind, gentle soul whose music and songs...

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Inuit-Canadian Singer Kelly Fraser Dies at 26

Kelly Fraser, a Canadian pop artist who gained attention for an Inuit-language cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” part of her advocacy efforts for her indigenous culture, has died. Fraser was 26. Thor Simonsen, Fraser’s friend and producer, said he was told the day after Christmas by the singer-songwriter’s family that she had died. The family declined...

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