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‘Game of Love’ Singer Wayne Fontana Dies at 74

Wayne Fontana, the 1960s singer who scored a hit with his Manchester group the Mindbenders with 1965’s “The Game of Love” has died at age 74. Fontana’s passing was confirmed by management agency Chimes Int’l on behalf of the singer’s family in a tweet on Thursday (Aug. 6), which read: “Chimes Int’l on behalf of...

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Former Machine Head/Crowbar Drummer Tony Costanza Dies at 52

Former Machine Head/Crowbar drummer Tony Costanza has died at age 52. The news was confirmed by former Crisis bandmate guitarist Afzaal Deen, who paid tribute on Tuesday (Aug. 4) writing, “It is with a very heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, band mate, home boy...

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Founding Molly Hatchet Guitarist Steve Holland Dies

Founding Molly Hatchet guitarist Steve Holland has died, his longtime friend, guardian and conservator John Pappas confirmed to Billboard. He was 66 years old. No cause of death was given for the guitarist born in 1954, who appeared on the band’s first five albums, including 1979’s breakthrough Flirtin’ With Disaster.  Holland left the band in...

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Bennett Glotzer, Longtime Music Manager Who Repped Frank Zappa & Janis Joplin, Dies at 86

With the late Albert Grossman, Glotzer formed Grossman-Glotzer Management in the late 1960s. Longtime music manager Bennett Glotzer, who helped guide the careers of such legendary artists as Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa, died on July 9 in Los Angeles due to complications from heart disease. He was 86. Through a partnership with Albert Grossman...

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Annie Ross, Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer, Dies at 89

Annie Ross, the dexterous jazz singer and leading practitioner of the art of “vocalese” heard on her signature song, “Twisted,” has died. She was 89. Ross died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan of complications from emphysema and heart disease, her former manager, Jim Coleman, told The Washington Post. Ross performed with fellow vocalists Dave...

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Mitch Slater, Concert Promotion Pioneer, Dies at 59

The Delsener/Slater Presents co-founder was a longtime associate of concert business consolidator Robert Sillerman. Mitch Slater, an industry pioneer who helped shape the modern concert promotion business, died on Tuesday after an extended illness. He was 59. “Our bond was as strong as it gets,” Slater’s older brother, former Capitol Records CEO Andrew Slater, tells...

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