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Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017): Jarreau, who made his music mark in jazz, received a total of seven Grammy Awards during his career and was nominated for more than a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps best known for his 1981 crossover album Breakin’ Away, which includes the hit song “We’re in This Love Together,” that scored him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. He is also noted for singing the theme song for the late-‘80s TV series Moonlighting and was among the many performers on the 1985 charity song “We Are the World.” He died of respiratory failure in Los Angeles just two days after announcing his retirement. Sharon Jones (May 4, 1956 – November 18, 2016): As a soul and funk singer, Jones spent decades in obscurity before she was discovered by audiences in the mid-2000s. With her backing band, the Dap-Kings, she became legendary for her fiery live performances, earning comparisons to her idol James Brown. Before she passed away, she rebelliously told Rolling Stone magazine, “I have cancer; cancer don’t have me.” Paul Kanter (March 17, 1941 -- January 28, 2016): Kantner is best known for being the co-founder, rhythm guitarist and occasional vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, one of the leading psychedelic rock bands of the 1960s counterculture movement. He continued in these roles as a member of Jefferson Starship, the band that succeeded Jefferson Airplane after it broke up in 1972. Kanter was considered by many to be the architect of what was to become known as the San Francisco sound, epitomized by such songs as Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” Casey Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014): Although he was not a musician himself, in many ways his voice shaped generations of radio listeners over a nearly 40 year span as host of Casey’s Top 40, Casey’s Top 20 and Casey’s Countdown. Aside from influencing a generation of music listeners, Kasem is forever ingrained in pop culture. In 1969, he started one of his most famous roles, the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame radio division in 1985 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1997 he received the Radio Hall of Fame’s first Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2003 was given the Radio Icon award at the Radio Music Awards. Kasem died at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington. The immediate cause of death was reported as sepsis caused by an ulcerated bedsore. B.B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015): A revered blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and music producer, King introduced the masses to a sophisticated style of soloing that was based on flowing string bending and shimmering vibrato; a style that would influence many electric blues guitarists. Considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning him the nickname “The King of the Blues,” he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. King was known for performing tirelessly – in 1956 he supposedly appeared at 342 shows— and well into his 70s he averaged more than 200 concerts a year. King died in Las Vegas from congestive heart failure and diabetic complications. Ben E. King (September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015): a rhythm and blues singer and record producer, King is perhaps best known for singing and co-composing “Stand by Me,” in 1961 and again in 1986 when the song was used as the theme for the Rob Reiner film of the same name. In the ‘50s, King was one of the principal lead singers of the group the Drifters and was lead vocals on “There Goes My Baby,” “This Magic Moment” and perhaps their biggest hit, “Save the Last Dance for Me.” In 1988 King was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame as a member of the Drifters. He died of coronary problems at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Lemmy (December 24, 1945 – December 28, 2015) and Phil Taylor (September 21, 1954 – November 11, 2015): Lemmy Kilmister and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor were two of the most notable members of the British heavy metal band Motörhead. Lemmy was the singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the band as his music was one of the foundations of the heavy metal genre. Taylor replaced Lucas Fox six months after the band was formed and while several drummers have played in Motörhead, most of their best-selling albums and singles feature Taylor on drums. Lemmy was known for his appearance (think mutton chops), his distinctive gravelly voice and unique bass playing style. Motörhead released 23 studio albums, 10 live recordings, 12 compilation albums and five EPs over a 40-year period. Lemmy died four days after his 70th birthday in his Los Angeles apartment from prostate cancer, congestive heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmia. Taylor died of liver failure. Sir George Martin (January 3, 1926 – March 8, 2016): Musician, arranger, composer, conductor and audio engineer were line items on his resume, but perhaps his greatest skill was that of record producer. Often referred to as the “Fifth Beatle” – including Paul McCartney himself who recognized Martin’s extensive involvement on each of the Beatles’ original albums – Martin produced 23 #1 hit singles in the U.S. and 30 #1 hits in the U.K. Aside from his work with the Beatles, Martin’s career spanned more than six decades with work in music, film, television and live performances. He started out producing comedy and novelty records in the early ‘50s, working with the likes of Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan and over the years held a number of senior executive roles at media companies. In 1996 he was made a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to the music industry. Martin died in his sleep at his home in Wiltshire, England.

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