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Drummer Don Heffington, known for his work with the ’80s country-rock band Lone Justice and his session work with artists like Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and others, has died at the age of 70. He reportedly had been hospitalized with leukemia recently. Heffington, who was born into a musical family in Los Angeles, played […]

Yaphet Kotto, best known for playing villain Kananga/Mr. Big in the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die, has died at age 81. The actor’s wife, Tessie Sinahon, announced his death on Facebook, and Kotto’s agent confirmed the news to Variety. His cause of death was not immediately available. “You played a villain on some of […]

Sally Grossman, the wife of Bob Dylan‘s one-time manager, Albert Grossman, and cover model for Dylan’s 1965 LP Bringing It All Back Home has died at the age of 81. Born in 1939, Sally grew up in Queens, N.Y., where she attended Adelphi and Hunter colleges. She’d eventually drop out, pursuing a career with Trans […]

The Dutch engineer credited with inventing the audio cassette has died. Lou Ottens was 94. As head of product development for Phillips in 1960, he led a team that developed the initial portable tape recorder; he then introduced the first cassette tape at a Berlin electronics fair three years later. The slogan back then: “Smaller […]

Alan Cartwright, Procol Harum‘s bassist from 1971 to 1976, died on March 4 at age 75. The musician, born Oct. 10, 1945, first met Procol Harum singer-keyboardist Gary Brooker in 1966, having grown up in the same region of Edmonton/Enfield, England. He joined the progressive rock band five years later, first appearing on their influential 1972 […]

Bhaskar Menon, the esteemed record label boss whom Pink Floyd credited with helping make their name, has died at age 86. Starting out with EMI in 1956 – just as the rock revolution began – he went on to rise to the rank of chairman and then onward to become the president of the parent corporation, including […]

Tony Hendra, the British actor and comedian who played band manager Ian Faith in the film This Is Spinal Tap, has died at the age of 79. Hendra’s window, Carla Meisner, confirmed his death to the New York Times. The actor had been battling ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – since being […]

Bunny Wailer, a quiet figure who became one of reggae’s founding fathers, has died at 73. Manager Maxine Stowe confirmed his death to the Jamaica Observer. No cause was given, but Wailer suffered a stroke – reportedly his second – in 2020. Born Neville Livingstone in April 1947 in the Nine Mile District of St. […]

Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Sebastian Bach and Bryan Adams mourned the loss of Australian music promoter and businessman Michael Gudinski, who died peacefully in his sleep on Monday at age 68. Gudinski was a crucial figure in Australian music. In 1972, he created Mushroom Records, which became the country’s largest independent label, followed by its […]

Bob James, who replaced Sammy Hagar in Montrose and fronted the band for two albums, died at the age of 68, his publicist confirmed. He joined Ronnie Montrose’s group in 1975 and was heard on Warner Bros. Presents… Montrose later that year, then on Jump On It the following year. Despite critical acclaim neither LP […]