Obituaries

Farewell to these artists and industry innovators

Obituaries for February 2013

Magic Slim promotional photo

Farewell to Bobby Rogers, Van Cliburn, Richard Street, Don Toler, Alvin Breeden, Kevin Ayers, Tony Sheridan, Magic Slim, Diane Charlotte Lampert, Cleotha Staples, Otis Harris, Rick Huxley and Mindy McCready.

Obituaries for January 2013

Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as “Black …

Music industry obituaries for June 2012

Farewell to guitarist and vocalist Bob Welch, guitarist Pete Cosey, BMI president Frances Williams Preston, The Platters’ Herb Reed, folk musician Arthel ‘Doc’ Watson, polka great Eddie Blazonczyk and saxophonist Andrew Love.

Obituaries for artists, innovators who died late March to mid-May 2012

Donna Summer

Farewell to disco queen Donna Summer, singer Belita Woods, Bee Gees founding member Robin Gibb, banjo player Doug Dillard, go-go musician Chuck Brown, bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T and the MG’s, bluegrass artist Everett Lilly, Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, guitarist Charles “Skip” Pitts, John Christopher Ethridge II, of Flying Burrito Brothers, banjo player Earl Scruggs and blues guitarist Eddie King

Spaniels founding member Warren dies at 78

The Rev. Ernest Douglas Warren, one of the two surviving founding members of The Spaniels, the rhythm and blues vocal group who scored a national hit with the original “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite” in 1954, has died.