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Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Roy Clark, 83 (1933 - 2018)

    Roy Clark

    Roy Clark was the popular longtime host of TV's Country Music variety show "Hee Haw." He hosted the show from 1969 until 1997. Buck Owens co-hosted the show with Clark until 1986. Clark was instrumental in growing the popularity of Country Music. He was a renowned guitarist and banjo player who influenced countless Country Music stars including Brad Paisley. For full obituary and coverage from...

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  • Roy Hargrove, 49 (1969 - 2018)

    Roy Hargrove

    Roy Hargrove was a two-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter considered to be one of the premiere jazz trumpeters of his generation. Hargrove played trumpet on recordings for other artists including Common, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo. He performed with Herbie Hancock and other jazz greats. He died Friday, November 2, 2018, from a heart attack at the age of 49.

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  • Tony Joe White, 75 (1943 - 2018)

    Tony Joe White

    Tony Joe White was a "swamp rock" legend who wrote the classic songs "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia." White grew up in Louisiana and began performing at school dances. He signed with Monument Records in 1967, first hitting the charts in 1969 with "Polk Salad Annie." White's "swamp rock" music had elements of Cajun, country, blues, rock, and R&B. For full obituary and coverage from...

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  • Geoff Emerick, 72 (1945 - 2018)

    Geoff Emerick

    Geoff Emerick was an important part of the Beatles sound as the main recording engineer for many of their albums. Starting out as an assistant engineer at EMI, George Martin requested that Emerick become the Beatles main engineer in 1966. Emerick was behind the board on the groundbreaking albums "Revolver," Sgt. Pepper' Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Abbey Road." He died at the age of 72. For...

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  • Peggy Sue Gerron, 78 (2018)

    Peggy Sue Gerron

    Peggy Sue Gerron was the real life inspiration for the Buddy Holly classic "Peggy Sue." She was the girlfriend of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. Holly had originally written the song as "Cindy Lou" for his niece. After Allison and Peggy Sue broke up, Allison asked Holly to change the title to "Peggy Sue," in hopes of getting back together with her. Allison and Peggy Sue did reunite and were...

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