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Chet ‘JR’ White, Bassist & Producer for Girls, Dies at 40

White met Christopher Owens while attending the California Recording Institute in San Francisco. The two formed the band Girls in 2007, and went on to release 2009’s Album 2010’s Broken Dreams Club EP and 2011’s Father, Son, Holy Ghost, before disbanding in 2012. “Getting the initial word from Chris through an email and seeing the words—there was a shock, but...

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Tony Lewis, Lead Singer of The Outfield, Dies at 62

Tony Lewis, lead singer of the 1980s power pop band The Outfield, died on Monday (Oct. 19) at age 62. According to a statement from a spokesperson, Lewis died “suddenly and unexpectedly” near London. At press time, no cause of death had been announced. The Outfield, fronted by bassist/singer Lewis, guitarist/keyboardist John Spinks and drummer...

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José Padilla, DJ Who Pioneered the Balearic Sound, Dies at 65

The celebrated Spanish DJ and producer traveled from his hometown Barcelona to Ibiza in 1975, where he would later settle in for his legendary Café Del Mar residency and forge a reputation as the godfather of chill-out music. Padilla’s sunset mixes spawned the popular Café del Mar compilation albums, which have sold more than six...

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Doreen Montalvo Dead: Broadway and Television Actress Dies at 56

Most recently, Montalvo performed in the Broadway production of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’ Doreen Montalvo, an actress who appeared on Broadway in In the Heights, died on Saturday after a sudden ailment, her manager Steve Maihack confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 56. He offered the following statement, “Doreen didn’t just light up the stage, she brightened the light...

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Herbert Kretzmer, Lyricist of ‘Les Miserables,’ Dies at 95

Les Miserables producer Mackintosh said Kretzmer was instrumental in bringing Victor Hugo’s classic tale of defiance and redemption in early 19th century France to the stage in English in October 1985, five years after it had opened in Paris. “His wonderful words for Les Misérables will live on in his memory forever more,” he said...

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Bunny Lee, Legendary Reggae & Dub Producer Behind ‘Cherry, Oh Baby,’ Dies at 79

Edward “Bunny” Lee, legendary Jamaican reggae and dub producer, has died. He was 79. Trojan Records, which has a licensing deal with Lee, confirmed the news on its website. While no cause of death has been revealed, Jamaican broadcaster Clinton Lindsay reported that the producer was “battling kidney problems for the past few months.” “Friendly, astute and affable,...

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