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Ken Pedersen, Veteran Capitol and Virgin Records Executive, Dies at 63

Veteran label executive Ken Pedersen died of sepsis brought on by non-COVID-related pneumonia on March 18, his family has revealed. He was 63. Pedersen is best known for serving as CFO of Capitol Records and executive vp at Virgin Records, where he was one of the principal architects of the Now That’s What I Call...

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Bucky Baxter, Guitarist Who Worked on Bob Dylan’s ‘Time Out of Mind’, Dies at 65

Bucky Baxter, an in-demand guitarist who performed on Bob Dylan three-time Grammy Award-winning album Time Out of Mind, died Monday (May 25) in Sanibel Island, Florida at the age of 65. No cause of death was revealed. Baxter’s passing was revealed by his son Rayland in post on social media. “He is my everything and...

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Jimmy Cobb, ‘Kind of Blue’ Drummer for Miles Davis, Dies at 91

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 Kind of Blue groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday (May 24). His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died at his New York City home from lung cancer. He was 91....

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Mory Kante, African Music Star and ‘Yeke Yeke’ Singer, Dies at 70

Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died, his family said Friday. He was 70. Kante brought Guinean, and Mandingo, culture to the world. He was called an ambassador of Afro-Pop music. His song “Yeke Yeke,” released in the late ’80s, has been remixed and covered extensively. “Guinea and...

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Dick Rosenzweig, Longtime Playboy Executive, Dies at 84

He produced TV shows and the company’s jazz festival and spent more than 50 years as Hugh Hefner’s right-hand man. Dick Rosenzweig, whose 61-year tenure with Playboy Enterprises included serving as president and executive producer of the Playboy Jazz Festival, has died. He was 84. A longtime friend and trusted adviser to Playboy founder Hugh...

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Jack Nelson, Queen’s First Manager, Dies From Coronavirus Complications

OBITUARY 5/21/2020 He also oversaw the careers of R&B greats Chaka Khan, Jeffrey Osborne and more Jack Nelson, who was Queen’s first manager and oversaw the careers of a number of top acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s, died on April 27 of complications from COVID-19 in Nashville. He was 77. Among the other acts...

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Willie K, Grammy-Nominated Hawaiian Artist, Dies at 59

Willie K, the Grammy-nominated Hawaiian artist and producer, died Monday night (May 18) at his home in Wailuku after a years-long battle with lung cancer. He was 59. Born William Kahaiali‘I and known affectionately as Uncle Willie, the celebrated artist mastered the blues from a young age, taught by his dad Manu Kahaiali‘I, himself a...

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Carlos Santana’s Brother, Guitarist Jorge Santana, Dies At 68

Guitarist Jorge Santana, the younger brother of Carlos Santana and whose guitar riffs on the band Malo’s 1972 hit “Suavecito” transformed the song into a Chicano anthem, has died. Carlos Santana announced his brother’s death on his Facebook page Friday. He was 68. “We take time to celebrate the magnificent spirit of our beloved brother,...

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