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Obituary: singer Whitney Houston found dead aged 48

Whitney Houston, one of the most popular singer of the past few decades, has died at the age of 48. She was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room and her death was formally confirmed by doctors at 15:55 local time. The cause of death is not yet clear. Houston is believed to have … Continue reading

Obituary: singer Etta James dies aged 73

American singer Etta James, whose careers spanned more than half a century and included hits such as Dance With Me, Henry and Tell Mama, has died at the age of 73. She had been suffering from leukemia for about a year. Born in 1938, James never knew the identity of her father for certain but … Continue reading

Obituary: violinist Israel Baker dies aged 92

Renowned violinist Israel Baker has died at the age of 92. An acclaimed musician, he is probably best known to most people for having led the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho. As Janet Leigh was murdered in the shower, it was Baker’s violin that was heard on the soundtrack. … Continue reading

Youssou N’Dour to challenge Abdoulaye Wade for Senegalese presidency

Musician Youssou N’Dour is to challenge Abdoulaye Wade for the Senegalese presidency in next month’s elections. The musician is one of around a dozen candiates hoping to prevent Wade from securing an extension to his 11-year period in office. Speaking through his own TFM (Television Futurs Medias) media organistion, N’Dour confirmed his candidacy and issued … Continue reading

Obituary: musician and teacher Martin Isepp dies

Pianist Martin Isepp, for many years one of the key figures on the Glyndebourne music staff, has died. It’s reported that he passed away on Christmas Day. Born in Vienna, Martin Isepp moved to England just before the Second World War. Studying music at Oxford and London’s RCM, he worked with Benjamin Britten’s English Opera … Continue reading

Obituary: Israeli singer Yaffa Yarkoni dies aged 86

Yaffa Yarkoni, a controversial Israeli singer who performed for the military before later becoming a fierce critic of the army’s treatment of Palestinians, has died at the age of 86. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years. Well-known for her wartime songs, Yaffa Yarkoni caused outrage in 2002 when she … Continue reading

Australian music legend Molly Meldrum in critical condition after falling from ladder

Molly Meldrum, one of Australia’s best known musical figures, is in a critical condition in hospital after apparently falling from a ladder at his Richmond home. Meldrum has been placed in an induced coma at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital. Meldrum is a journalist, critic and producer who has been part of the Australian music scene for … Continue reading

Obituary: ‘Drift Away’ singer Dobie Gray dies aged 71

Dobie Grey, the American singer best known for his 1973 hit Drift Away, has died at the age of 71. The cause of death has not been revealed. Born in Texas, Dobie Gray had his first taste of success in 1963 with single Look at Me. Throughout the 60s he wrote and recorded new material, … Continue reading

Thom Yorke among musicians at ‘thank you’ gig in Occupy London’s Bank of Ideas base

A group of musicians, including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and members of Massive Attack and UNKLE appeared at a ‘thank you’ gig this week to support the Occupy London movement. The show was performed in front of an audience of around 100 people. The musicians took to the stage at the Bank of Ideas, a space … Continue reading

Obituary: US soul singer Howard Tate dies aged 72

Howard Tate, the US soul singer who enjoyed success in the 60s and 70s before becoming homeless and ultimately returning to fame in the past decade, has died at the age of 72. He suffered complications from multiple myeloma and leukemia. Tate was a prolific songwriter during the 60s, his work covered by the likes … Continue reading