Malcolm James McCormick January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018 Mac Miller

Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), known professionally as Mac Miller, was an American rapper, singer, and record producer.

In 2010, he signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based indie record label Rostrum Records. He subsequently began recording his debut studio album Blue Slide Park, and released it on November 8, 2011. The album went on to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, making it the first independently distributed debut album to top the chart since Tha Dogg Pound’s 1995 album, Dogg Food.

In early 2013, Miller launched REMember Music, his own record label imprint, named after a friend who died. Miller’s second album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, was released on June 18, 2013. In January 2014, Miller announced he was no longer signed to Rostrum Records. In October 2014, it was reported Miller signed a record deal for him and his label REMember, with Warner Bros. Records. He was a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman, producing music for SZA, Vince Staples, Lil B, Ab-Soul, Riff Raff, Smoke DZA, and himself.

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Edward Calhoun King September 14, 1949 – August 22, 2018

Edward Calhoun King September 14, 1949 – August 22, 2018 was an American musician. He was the guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock and guitarist and bassist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1996.
King was one of the founding members of Strawberry Alarm Clock, formed in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s.The band’s largest success was with the single “Incense and Peppermints” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. While with the band he played both electric guitar and bass guitar.

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Aretha Louise Franklin March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an
American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child
singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her
father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she
embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but
achieving only modest success.

After signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved
commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You
Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”.

By the end of the 1960s she was being called “the Queen of Soul”.
Franklin recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way
I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
and Amazing Grace (1972) before experiencing problems with her record
company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin
left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with the
albums Jump to It (1982) and Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (1985), and her part
in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot
100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one
R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s
history. Franklin’s other well-known hits include “Rock Steady”, “Jump
to It”, “Freeway of Love”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, “Chain of Fools”,
“Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”, “Something He
Can Feel”, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (with George Michael),
and a remake of The Rolling Stones song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.

She won 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical
artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career including a
1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she
became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to
the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was
inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed
in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including
the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and the 100 Greatest Singers of
All Time.

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Alan Longmuir 20 June 1948 – 2 July 2018- Bay City Rollers

Alan Longmuir (20 June 1948 – 2 July 2018) was a Scottish musician and the bass guitarist of the 1970s pop group, the Bay City Rollers. His younger brother Derek Longmuir was a founding member and drummer of the group

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Vincent Paul Abbott March 11, 1964 June 22, 2018

Vincent Paul Abbott, also known as Vinnie Paul (March 11, 1964 – June 22,
2018), was an American musician, songwriter and producer, best known for
being the former drummer, and co-founder, of the heavy metal band Pantera.
He was a member of supergroup Hellyeah. He also co-founded the heavy metal
band Damageplan in 2003 with his late younger brother, Dimebag Darrell.

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Matthew Tyler Murphy December 29, 1929 June 15, 2018

Matthew Tyler Murphy (December 29, 1929 – June 15, 2018 known as Matt “Guitar” Murphy, was an American blues guitarist. He was associated with the bands The Blues Brothers and Howlin’ Wolf.
Murphy was born in Sunflower, Mississippi, and was educated in Memphis, where his father worked at the Peabody Hotel. Murphy learned to play guitar when he was a child. In 1948 he moved to Chicago, where he joined the Howlin’ Wolf band, which at the time featured Little Junior Parker.

Murphy worked a lot with Memphis Slim, including on his album At the Gate of Horn (1959). Murphy did not have a band of his own until 1982 but did work in the studio and on stage with many musicians, including Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry and Joe Louis Walker.

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Nick Knox – Nicholas George Stephanoff, 1958 – June 15, 2018

Nick Knox (born Nicholas George Stephanoff, c.1958 – June 15, 2018) was the drummer with the psychobilly band The Cramps. He replaced Miriam Linna in 1977 and left in 1991. Knox was with The Cramps during the peak of their worldwide popularity when they toured Europe extensively in 1986 with the A Date with Elvis tour. He drafted in his cousin, Mike Metoff (aka Ike Knox), during the preceding European tour in 1984. Knox was recognised as the drummer who brought a tightness to the Cramps sound[1] and stayed longer than any other drummer in the band. Before joining The Cramps he was a member of protopunk band the Electric Eels.

Later Knox was the “senior advisor” to the Cleveland-based punk band Archie and the Bunkers, and worked closely with the band on their 2017 single on Norton Records.

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Philip John “Jon” Hiseman 21 June 1944 – 12 June 2018

Philip John “Jon” Hiseman (21 June 1944 – 12 June 2018) was an English drummer, recording engineer, record producer and music publisher…
In the mid-1960s Hiseman played in sessions such as the early Arthur Brown single, “Devil’s Grip”. In 1966 he replaced Ginger Baker in the Graham Bond Organisation and also played for a brief spell with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. He then joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in 1968 playing on the iconic album Bare Wires. In April 1968 he left to form what has been described as the “seminal” jazz rock/progressive rock band, Colosseum. Colosseum disbanded in November 1971, although Hiseman later formed Colosseum II with Don Airey and Gary Moore in 1975.

In May 2018, Hiseman’s family reported that he was struggling with a brain tumor. He died at age 73 on 12 June 2018. He was 9 days short of his 74th birthday

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Glenn Branca October 6, 1948 – May 13, 2018

Glenn Branca October 6, 1948 – May 13, 2018 was an American avant-garde composer and guitarist known for his use of volume, alternative guitar tunings, repetition, droning, and the harmonic series. Branca received a 2009 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.
Branca also started the label Neutral Records, which released early work from Sonic Youth

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Scott Hutchison 20 November 1981 – 10 May 2018

Scott Hutchison (20 November 1981 – c. 10 May 2018) was a Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist and artist. He was the founding member and primary songwriter of the indie rock band Frightened Rabbit, with whom he recorded five studio albums, and created the artwork for each release.

Hutchison was also a member of the musical collective The Fruit Tree Foundation, and released one solo album under the moniker Owl John. His last musical project was the indie “supergroup” Mastersystem, featuring Frightened Rabbit bandmate and brother Grant alongside members of Editors and Minor Victories.

Hutchison studied illustration at the Glasgow School of Art, before forming Frightened Rabbit in 2003. Initially a solo project, Hutchison collaborated with his brother Grant on the band’s debut album, Sing the Greys (2006), and recorded the band’s critical breakthrough, The Midnight Organ Fight (2008), as a three-piece, following the collapse of a romantic relationship.

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Tim Calvert November 7, 1965 – April 30, 2018

Tim Calvert (November 7, 1965 – April 30, 2018) was an American metal guitarist. He was known for his dark, moody style of songwriting created through his frequent usage of dissonant passages and diminished chords. He was associated with the bands Forbidden and Nevermore.

Calvert was an accomplished guitar player who plays in a neoclassical style, featuring an abundance of arpeggios and sweep-picking. He started guitar lessons with Bob Marshall in Castro Valley and eventually took lessons from Jim Bedford in Hayward, California for about 10 years. He played Jackson Guitars throughout his entire career.

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Charles Neville April 26, 2018

Neville Brothers saxophonist died of pancreatic cancer on April 26, 2018 at the age of 79.Charles Neville was the second oldest of the four brothers who, for three decades,formed the core of the Neville Brothers”
The group notion started in 1976, when the four brothers of the Neville family, Art (born 1937), Charles (1938–2018), Aaron (b. 1941), and Cyril (b. 1948) got together to take part in the recording session of The Wild Tchoupitoulas, a Mardi Gras Indian group led by the Nevilles’ uncle, George Landry (“Big Chief Jolly”).
This experience led them to form the group the following year. Their debut album was released from Capitol Records in 1978.
The group formally disbanded in 2012 but reunited in 2015 for a farewell concert in New Orleans

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Bob Dorough December 12, 1923 – April 23, 2018

Bob Dorough (December 12, 1923 – April 23, 2018) was an American bebop and cool jazz pianist, singer, composer, songwriter, arranger and producer.

He was perhaps best known as the composer and performer of songs from Schoolhouse Rock!, a series of TV cartoons that appeared on Saturday mornings in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He worked with Miles Davis and Blossom Dearie, and his adventurous style influenced Mose Allison.

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Charlie Quintana 1962, March 13, 2018

Charlie Quintana (1962, El Paso, Texas – March 13, 2018) was an American rock and punk drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band The Plugz and as the drummer for the punk rock band Social Distortion from 2000 to 2009.

He was a member of 1970s punk band The Plugz (which became a popular roots band in the 1980s), Cruzados, The Havalinas, Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds, and toured and/or recorded with Joan Osborne, John Doe, Cracker, Bob Dylan, Jimmy and the Mustangs, 47C and many others. He was briefly a member of Agent Orange, appearing on their 1996 album Virtually Indestructible. Quintana toured with Social Distortion member Mike Ness’s solo band and recorded with him on his second solo offering Under the Influences (1999).

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Nole Floyd “Nokie” Edwards The Ventures May 9, 1935 – March 12, 2018

Nole Floyd “Nokie” Edwards (May 9, 1935 – March 12, 2018) was an American musician and member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was primarily a guitarist, best known for his work with The Ventures. Edwards was also an actor, who appeared briefly on Deadwood, an American Western drama television series

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Little Sammy Davis November 28, 1928 – February 16, 2018

Little Sammy Davis (November 28, 1928 – February 16, 2018) was an American blues musician based in New York’s Hudson Valley. His music career began in the 1940s, but he was not widely known until the mid-1990s, when he began working in radio, singing, performing on tour, and recording studio album..
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Davis traveled with medicine shows and played with blues musicians such as Pinetop Perkins and Ike Turner. He spent a total of nine years on the road with Earl Hooker, including with the short-lived band of Hooker, Turner, Perkins and Albert King, Davis and Hooker recorded four sides for Henry Stone’s Rockin’ label in 1952 and 1953, billed as Little Sam Davis

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Barbara Alston December 29, 1943 – February 16, 2018 the Crystals

In 1961, Barbara Alston December 29, 1943 – February 16, 2018, Mary Thomas, Dolores “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew (born 1945), Myrna Giraud and Patricia “Patsy” Wright formed the Crystals with the help of Benny Wells, Alston’s uncle. Soon, the quintet signed with Phil Spector’s label Philles Records.

Their first hit, the gospel-influenced “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)”, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1961. Originally the B-side to “Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby” (featuring Wright on lead), the stirring pop ballad was co-written by Spector and Leroy Bates and featured Barbara Alston on vocals. The recording was made late on the evening of the high school prom at Central Commercial High School, the school attended by Barbara, Mary, and Myrna; they were still wearing their prom dresses, as they had come to the studio straight from the event. The single reached number 20 in January 1962, marking an auspicious debut for Spector’s Philles label

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Daryle Bruce Singletary March 10, 1971 – February 12, 2018

Daryle Bruce Singletary (March 10, 1971 – February 12, 2018) was an American country music singer. Between 1995 and 1998, he recorded for Giant Records, for which he released three studio albums: Daryle Singletary in 1995, All Because of You in 1996 and Ain’t It the Truth in 1998. In the same timespan, Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times, reaching number two with “I Let Her Lie” and “Amen Kind of Love”, and number four with “Too Much Fun”.

In 2000, Singletary switched to Audium Entertainment (a division of Koch Entertainment), where he released the albums Now and Again (2000) and That’s Why I Sing This Way (2002), both of which were largely composed of cover songs. A third album of covers, 2007’s Straight from the Heart, was issued on the independent Shanachie Records label. He returned to Jack Noseworthy Studios (now renamed E1 Music) in 2010, to release Rockin’ in the Country.

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Vic Damone June 12, 1928 – February 11, 2018

Vic Damone (born Vito Rocco Farinola; June 12, 1928 – February 11, 2018) was an American traditional pop and big band singer, songwriter, actor, radio and television presenter, and entertainer who is best known for songs such as “You’re Breaking My Heart” (a number one hit), the number four hit “On the Street Where You Live” (from My Fair Lady), and “My Heart Cries for You” (also No. 4).

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Pat Torpey- Mr. Big December 13, 1953 – February 7, 2018

Pat Torpey (December 13, 1953 – February 7, 2018) was an American hard rock drummer and singer, known as the drummer and backing vocalist of the hard rock band Mr. Big. He has also played for John Parr, Belinda Carlisle, Robert Plant, Montrose, Richie Kotzen and The Knack. Pat has recorded with Impellitteri and Ted Nugent. He is noted by Neil Peart for composing unique rhythms such as that of “Take Cover”, a rock song from Mr. Big

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Dennis Edwards Jr. The Temptations-February 3, 1943 – February 1, 2018

Dennis Edwards Jr. The Temptations (February 3, 1943 – February 1, 2018) was an American soul and R&B singer, notably a lead singer in The Temptations, on Motown Records. Edwards joined the Temptations in 1968, replacing David Ruffin and sang with the group from 1968 to 1976, 1980 to 1984 and 1987 to 1989. In the mid-1980s, he attempted a solo career, scoring a hit in 1984 with “Don’t Look Any Further” (featuring Siedah Garrett). Until his death, Edwards was the lead singer of The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, a Temptations splinter group.

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Mark Edward Smith,The Fall. March 5 1957–January 24 2018

Mark Edward Smith- The Fall. March 5 1957–January 24 2018) was an English singer, songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, lyricist and only constant member of the post-punk group The Fall. He was from Prestwich, near Manchester.

Smith formed The Fall in 1976 after attending a Sex Pistols gig at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in June that year. The band went on to feature over 60 different members, and released 32 studio albums. His lyrical style has been described as consisting of “grim, dark and ironic humour”,while he has been characterized as a “strange kind of antimatter national treasure

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Lari White Cannon-Lari Michele White; May 13, 1965-January 23, 2018

Lari White Cannon-Lari Michele White; May 13, 1965-January 23, 2018 was an American country music artist and actress. She first gained national attention in 1988 as a winner on You Can Be a Star, a talent competition which aired on The Nashville Network.A recording contract with RCA Records Nashville followed a year later, producing three studio albums, a greatest hits package, and several chart singles, with three of her singles having reached Top Ten: “That’s My Baby” and “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)” at No. 10, and “Now I Know” at No. 5. A fourth studio album was released in 1998 on Lyric Street Records, followed by two more releases on White’s own label, Skinny White Girl. Overall, White has charted 12 times on the Billboard country music charts

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James Walter Rodford (7 July 1941 – 20 January 2018

James Walter Rodford (7 July 1941 – 20 January 2018) was an English musician, who played bass guitar for several British rock groups. He was a founding member of Argent, which was led by his cousin Rod Argent, and performed with them from their formation in 1969 until their disbanding in 1976. He was the bass guitarist for The Kinks from 1978 until they disbanded in 1996. In 2004, he joined the reunited Zombies, whom he had been closely associated with since the early 1960s, and remained a member until his death in 2018. He was also a member of The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Kast Off Kinks.

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David Holland 5 April 1948 – 16 January 2018 Judas Priest

David Holland (5 April 1948 – 16 January 2018) was an English rock drummer born in Northampton England, best remembered for his stints with Trapeze from 1969 to 1979 and Judas Priest from 1979 to 1989.

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Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan 6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018 ..The Cranberries

Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan 6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018) was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band The Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003,

In 1990 O’Riordan auditioned and won the role of lead singer for a band called The Cranberry Saw Us (later changed to The Cranberries).The band released five albums: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993), No Need to Argue (1994), To the Faithful Departed (1996), Bury the Hatchet (1999) and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001) and a greatest-hits compilation entitled Stars: The Best of 1992–2002 (2002), before they went on hiatus in 2003.reuniting in 2009.

Her first solo album, Are You Listening?, was released in May 2007 and was followed up by No Baggage in 2009. O’Riordan was known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice,for yodeling and for her strong Limerick accent. She appeared as a judge on RTÉ’s The Voice of Ireland during the 2013–14 season. In April 2014, O’Riordan joined Jetlag (later called D.A.R.K.) and began recording new material.

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Edward Allan Clarke (5 October 1950 – 10 January 2018) Motorhead

Edward Allan Clarke (5 October 1950 – 10 January 2018), better known as “Fast” Eddie Clarke, was a British guitarist who was a member of heavy metal bands Fastway and Motörhead. Of Motörhead’s classic lineup, which consisted of Lemmy, himself and Phil Taylor, he was the last surviving member.

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Ray Thomas, Moody Blues Founding Member

Ray Thomas, Moody Blues Founding Member
(29 December 1941 – 4 January 2018) was an English musician, flautist,
singer and composer in the UK rock band The Moody Blues.Thomas and Pinder
then recruited guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist
Clint Warwick to form a new, blues-based band, The Moody Blues. Signed to
Decca Records, their first album, The Magnificent Moodies, yielded a No. 1
UK hit (No. 10 in the US) with “Go Now”. Thomas sang lead vocals on George
and Ira Gershwin’s “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from the musical Porgy and
Bess.Thomas also started writing songs. The first he contributed to the
group’s repertoire were “Another Morning” and “Twilight Time” on Days of
Future Passed. His flute had featured on three songs on the debut album
—”Something You Got”, “I’ve Got a Dream”, and “Let Me Go”—as well as the
single “From the Bottom of My Heart”, but it would become an integral part
of the band’s music, even as Pinder started to use the Mellotron keyboard.
Thomas has stated that a number of his compositions on the band’s earlier
albums were made in a studio broom closet, with Thomas writing songs on a
glockenspie. Hayward has spoken of Thomas’s learning transcendental
meditation in 1967, along with other members of the group.

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Pat DiNizio (October 12, 1955 – December 12, 2017) The Smithereens

Pat DiNizio (October 12, 1955 – December 12, 2017) was the lead singer, songwriter, and member of the band The Smithereens, which he formed in 1980 with Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros, from Carteret, New Jersey.
DiNizio died on December 12, 2017. According to bandmates, his health declined following a series of health issues that began in 2015 after a pair of falls that resulted in nerve damage which limited the use of his right hand and arm

A native of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, he released a number of solo albums, Sounds and Songs (1997), This is Pat DiNizio, a collection of cover songs arranged for piano and vocals (2006), Revolutions (2 CDs plus 1 DVD, limited edition of 300 copies, 2006), Pat DiNizio (2007), and Pat DiNizio/Buddy Holly (2008). An expanded 2-CD version of This is Pat DiNizio was issued in 2011.

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Wayne Cochran (May 10, 1939 – November 21, 2017)

Wayne Cochran (May 10, 1939 – November 21, 2017) was an American soul singer, known for his outlandish outfits and white pompadour hairstyle. He was sometimes referred to as The White Knight of Soul.Cochran is best known today for writing the song “Last Kiss”, which he performed with the C.C. Riders..
Influenced by the country and rhythm and blues music he heard on the radio, Cochran fronted his first band – a group called the Rockin’ Capris – as a teenager, and eventually left high school to pursue music as a full-time career. He relocated to Macon, Georgia, where he befriended the soul singer Otis Redding (playing bass guitar on Redding’s early recording of “Shout Bamalama” and its B-side, “Fat Girl”) and recorded his first single, “The Coo”, which attracted the attention of King Records, who signed him to a record deal. Cochran became close friends with King label mate James Brown, whose stage show and road band influenced his own performing style and inspired him to assemble his own soul revue, the C. C. Riders, which occasionally featured as many as 14 musicians plus two female backing vocalists, the Sheer Delights.

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David Bruce Cassidy April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017

David Bruce Cassidy (April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017) was an American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to his becoming one of popular culture’s teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s. He later had a career in both acting and music.

In 1970, Cassidy took the role of Keith Partridge, son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by Cassidy’s real stepmother and series lead Shirley Jones. The Partridge Family series creator Bernard Slade and producers Paul Junger Witt and Bob Claver did not care whether Cassidy could sing, knowing only that his androgynous good looks would guarantee success.[citation needed] Shortly after production began, though, Cassidy convinced music producer Wes Farrell that he was good enough, and he was promoted to lead singer for the series’ recordings.

Once “I Think I Love You” became a hit, Cassidy began work on solo albums, as well. Within the first year, he had produced his own single, “Cherish” (from the album of the same title), which reached number nine in the United States, number two in the United Kingdom, and number one in Australia and New Zealand. He began tours that featured Partridge tunes and his own hits. Though he wanted to become a respected rock musician along the lines of Mick Jagger, his channel to stardom launched him into the ranks of teen idol, a brand he loathed until much later in life, when he managed to come to terms with his bubblegum pop beginnings

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Lonnie Melvin “Mel” Tillis August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017

Lonnie Melvin “Mel” Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits.

Tillis’s biggest hits include “I Ain’t Never”, “Good Woman Blues”, and “Coca-Cola Cowboy”. On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music.He also has won the CMA Awards’ most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year. He is also known for his speech impediment, which does not affect his singing voice. His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.

He died on November 19, 2017, at the age of 85.

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Malcolm Mitchell Young 6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017 AC/DC

Malcolm Mitchell Young (6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017) was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring in 2014 for health reasons. Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Though his younger brother Angus is the more visible of the brothers, Malcolm was described as the driving force and the leader of the band. In 2014, he stated that despite his retirement from the band, AC/DC was determined to continue making music with his blessing.As the rhythm guitarist, he was responsible for the broad sweep of the band’s sound, developing many of their guitar riffs and co-writing the band’s material with Angus. He was married to Linda Young and had two children, Cara and Ross.

Young took a leave of absence from AC/DC in April 2014, to receive treatment for dementia.In September 2014, the band’s management announced that he would be retiring permanently. He died on 18 November 2017.

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Charles Henry Mosley III  Faith No More December 26, 1959 – November 9, 2017

Charles Henry Mosley III (December 26, 1959 – November 9, 2017 was an American singer-songwriter who was best known as the frontman for Faith No More from 1984 to 1988. During his tenure with the band, they released two albums, We Care a Lot and Introduce Yourself.
Mosley first met Billy Gould in 1977, going to a The Zeros, Johnny Navotnee and Bags show. He then went on to play keyboards in Billy’s first band, The Animated, in 1979. In 1984 he joined Haircuts That Kill, a post-punk band from the San Francisco area, which lasted up until Mosley’s joining of Faith No More. He joined Faith No More in 1985 replacing, among others, Courtney Love (Hole) who had a brief stint as lead singer. AllMusic states that Mosley’s “out of tune” vocals for Faith No More are “an acquired taste to most

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Fats Domino February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of French Creole descent. Five of his records released before 1955 sold over a million copies and were certified as gold records, and he had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40. His musical style is based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums..
Domino was one of the biggest stars of rock and roll in the 1950s and one of the first R&B artists to gain popularity with white audiences. His biographer Rick Coleman argues that Domino’s records and tours with rock-and-roll shows in that decade, bringing together black and white youths in a shared appreciation of his music, was a factor in the breakdown of racial segregation in the United States…
Domino was also an important influence on the music of the 1960s and 1970s and was acknowledged as such by some of the top artists of that era. Elvis Presley introduced Fats at one of his Las Vegas concerts by saying “this gentleman was a huge influence on me when I started out”. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded Domino songs. McCartney reportedly wrote the Beatles song “Lady Madonna” in emulation of Domino’s style, combining it with a nod to Humphrey Lyttelton’s 1956 hit “Bad Penny Blues”. Domino returned to the “Hot 100” chart for the last time in 1968, with his recording of “Lady Madonna”. That recording, as well as covers of two other songs by the Beatles, appeared on his Reprise album Fats Is Back,

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Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, and his early band Mudcrutch.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music became popular among younger generations. In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Petty suffered cardiac arrest early in the morning of October 2, 2017, and died that night at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.

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Troy Gentry 1967-2017

Troy Gentry was born on April 5, 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky,  He had a brother, Keith Gentry. Troy graduated from Lexington Community College and attended the University of Kentucky.

On September 8, 2017, Gentry died in a helicopter crash while en route to a New Jersey concert venue, where the duo was set to perform. On Twitter, the band released the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00 p.m. today in Medford, New Jersey.”

Montgomery Gentry was an American country music duo consisting of vocalists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, both natives of Kentucky. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry began performing in the 1990s as part of two different bands with Montgomery’s brother, John Michael Montgomery. Although Gentry won a talent contest in 1994, he reunited with Eddie Montgomery after Gentry was unable to find a solo record deal, and Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999. The duo was known for its Southern rock influences, and collaborated with Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Five for Fighting, and members of The Allman Brothers Band.

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Dave Hlubek Molly Hatchet September 3, 2017

Dave Hlubek was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
Hlubek, founded the band Molly Hatchet in 1971. Vocalist Danny Joe Brown joined in 1974, along with Steve Holland guitarist in 1974 Duane Roland, Banner Thomas, and Bruce Crump in 1976. Hlubek was the original vocalist when they started, as well as becoming the band’s most prolific songwriter—writing or co-writing the majority of the group’s songs, including their most famous, “Flirtin’ with Disaster”. When they finally got their recording contract with Epic Records, they got some help and advice from Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, who was originally supposed to produce their first album but was unable to because of his death in a plane crash in 1977. While most people tagged Molly Hatchet as “Southern Rock,” Hlubek admits it was only because of their location. He considered Molly Hatchet, along with Blackfoot, to actually be heavy metal bands from the South. In fact, he has also said that, although hard to talk about, it was the demise of Lynyrd Skynyrd—who were on top of the world at that time—that opened the door for Molly Hatchet.

Hlubek also worked with other bands including the Dixie Allstars, renamed Southern Rock Allstars which he co-founded with Blackfoot drummer Jakson Spires. In 2003, he joined forces with former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mike Estes, his drummer Kurt Pietro and Finnish musician Pontus J. Back when Estes and Back founded the band Skinny Molly. In January 2005, Ingram invited Hlubek to rejoin Molly Hatchet to give legitimacy to Ingrams tribute band version. Due to health issues, David Hlubek had slowed down with touring and flying. He was still an active member recording and playing when he was able, until his death on September 3, 2017

In addition to writing the such hits as “Flirtin’ with Disaster”, “Gator Country”, Whiskey Man”, and “Fall of the Peacemakers” that Molly Hatchet is known for, Hlubek is also credited with writing several soundtracks. These include feature films such as Monster starring Charlize Theron, The Dukes of Hazzard, Suspect Zero, and Delta Farce. Dave Hlubek has seven gold and platinum-selling albums with sales totaling about 24 million.

He died of a heart attack on September 3, 2017, at the age of 66

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Walter Carl Becker February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017 Steely Dan

Walter Carl Becker (February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017) was an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter of Steely Dan.

Becker met future songwriting partner Donald Fagen while studying at Bard College. After a brief period of activity in New York, the two relocated to California in 1971 and formed the nucleus of Steely Dan, who enjoyed a critically and commercially successful 10-year career. Following the group’s dissolution, Becker moved to Hawaii and reduced his musical activity, working primarily as a record producer. In 1985, he briefly became a member of the British sophisti-pop group China Crisis, producing and playing synthesizer on their record Flaunt the Imperfection.

Becker and Fagen reformed Steely Dan in 1993 and had remained active, most notably including their 2000 Two Against Nature album, which won four Grammy Awards. Becker also released two solo albums, 1994’s 11 Tracks of Whack and 2008’s Circus Money.

Following an undisclosed illness,Becker died on September 3, 2017.

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Glen Travis Campbell April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017

Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 through June 1972.

During his 50 years in the music business, Campbell released more than 70 studio albums. He sold 45 million records worldwide and accumulated 12 gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Among Campbell’s hits are “Universal Soldier”, his first hit from 1965, along with “Gentle on My Mind”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife”, “Galveston”, “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights”.

Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. For “Gentle on My Mind”, he received two awards in country and western; “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (2000, 2004, 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He owned trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA’s top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. Campbell played a supporting role in the film True Grit (1969), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. He also sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award

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Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) Linkin Park

Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.

Bennington first gained prominence as a vocalist following the release of Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, which became a commercial success. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums to ever hit that many sales. Linkin Park’s following studio albums, Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) continued the band’s success.

Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005. The band’s debut album, Out of Ashes, was released on October 13, 2009. He worked on new material with Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the EP High Rise on October 8, 2013 via their own record label, Play Pen. Bennington has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (No. 46).

On July 20, 2017, Bennington was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, from suicide by hanging with alcohol in use at the time of his death.

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Gregory Allman December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017

Gregory LeNoir Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017) was an American musician, singer, keyboardist and songwriter best known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band. He was born and spent much of his  childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, before relocating to Daytona Beach, Florida. He and his brother, Duane Allman, developed an interest in music in their teens, and began performing in the Allman Joys in the
mid-1960s. In 1967, they relocated to Los Angeles and were renamed the Hour Glass, releasing two albums for Liberty Records.

In 1969, he and Duane regrouped to form the Allman Brothers Band, which settled in Macon, Georgia. The Allman Brothers Band began to reach mainstream success by the early 1970s, with their live album At Fillmore East representing a commercial and artistic breakthrough. Shortly thereafter, Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971. The following year, the band’s bassist, Berry Oakley, was also killed in a motorcycle accident very close to the location of Duane’s wreck. Their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters
became their biggest hit.

Internal turmoil took over the group, leading to a breakup after Allman saved himself from prison by testifying against his road manager Scooter Herring in 1975. Allman next pursued a solo career, releasing his debut album Laid Back the same year. Allman was married to pop star Cher for the rest of the decade, while he continued his solo career with the Gregg Allman Band. After a brief Allman Brothers reunion and a decade of little activity, he reached an unexpected peak with the hit single “I’m No Angel” in 1987. After
two more solo albums, the Allman Brothers regrouped for a third and final time in 1989, and continued performing until 2014. He released his most recent solo album, Low Country Blues, in 2011, and his next, Southern Blood, is set to be released in 2017.

For his work in music, Allman was referred to as a Southern rock pioneer and received numerous awards, including several Grammys; he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. Allman released an autobiography, My Cross to Bear, in 2012.

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Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017)

Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave. He was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for
Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood. Cornell was known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s grunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter and for his near four octave vocal range as well as his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth (2015) and the live album Songbook (2011). Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song “The Keeper” which appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), “You Know My Name”. He was voted “Rock’s Greatest Singer” by readers of Guitar World, ranked 4th in the list of “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists” by Hit Parader,[6] 9th in the list of “Best Lead Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone,and 12th in MTV’s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”.

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Bruce Hampton

Bruce Hampton (born Gustav Valentine Berglund III; April 30, 1947 – May 1, 2017)was an American musician. In the late 1960s he was a founding member of Atlanta, Georgia’s avant-garde Hampton Grease Band.[2] Adopting the moniker Colonel Hampton B. Coles, Retired or alternatively Col. Bruce Hampton Ret., and sometimes playing a sort of dwarf guitar called a “chazoid”,[3][4] he later formed several other bands. Some of those band names include The Late Bronze Age, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Fiji Mariners, The Codetalkers, The Quark Alliance, Pharaoh Gummitt, and Madrid Express

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Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth One of the most influential guitarist, Allan Holdsworth, has passed away. The news came out on Easter Sunday, April 16th, from his family. Holdsworth inspired a generation of guitarists, including Frank Zappa, Eddie Van Halen, and Joe Satriani.

Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017) was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles in a career spanning more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.

Holdsworth was known for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporated a vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos; the latter comprising myriad scale forms often derived from those such as the diminished, augmented, whole tone, chromatic and altered scales, among others, resulting in an unpredictable and “outside” sound. His unique legato soloing technique stemmed from his original desire to play the saxophone. Having been unable to afford one, he strove to use the guitar to create similarly smooth lines of notes. He also become associated with playing an early form of guitar synthesizer called the SynthAxe, a company he endorsed in the 1980s.

Holdsworth was cited as an influence by a host of rock, metal and jazz guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen,Joe Satriani,Greg Howe,Shawn Lane,Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci,Alex Lifeson,Kurt Rosenwinkel,Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Romeo, Ty Tabor, and Tom Morello. Frank Zappa once lauded him as “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet”, while Robben Ford has said: “I think Allan Holdsworth is the John Coltrane of the guitar. I don’t think anyone can do as much with the guitar as Allan Holdsworth can.”

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Cuba Gooding Sr

Cuba Gooding Sr. (April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He was the most successful lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient, replacing former lead singer Donald McPherson who died unexpectedly of leukemia. According to Billboard, as the lead vocalist he scored five top 10 hits most notably, “Everybody Plays the Fool” (1972), peaking at No. 2 for 3 weeks, and peaking at No. 3 on Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 list. “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” (1974), “Happiness Is Just Around the Bend” and “Rolling Down a Mountainside” were also top 10 hits on Billboard charts.He also
recorded as a solo artists with hits of his own.

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Chuck Berry October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.
With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and
blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and music featuring guitar solos and showmanship that
were a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner
High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release,
Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. Berry claimed on The Tonight Show he was influenced primarily by 1940s swing artist Louis
Jordan. “The main guy was Louis Jordan. I wanted to sing like Nat Cole, with lyrics like Louis Jordan with the swing of Bennie Goodman with Charlie Christian on guitar,
playing Carl Hogan’s riffs, with the soul of Muddy Waters.”y early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker,
Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess,
of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded “Maybellene”—Berry’s adaptation of the country song “Ida Red”—which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard
magazine’s rhythm and blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He
had also established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry’s Club Bandstand. But in January 1962, he was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he
had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

After his release in 1963, Berry had more hits in the mid-1960s, including “No Particular Place to Go,” “You Never Can Tell,” and “Nadine.” By the mid-1970s, he was more in
demand as a live performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. In 1979 he served 120 days in prison for tax evasion.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having “laid the groundwork for not only a
rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine’s “greatest of all time” lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 list
of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry’s: “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,”
and “Rock and Roll Music.” Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.
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ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN

Here is 1 of 2 great tribute videos that I created.. and I slipped up, by putting a still living rock star in it 🙁 ..can you find who… if you can’t visit you tube… many people have left me comments. the other video adds a mix of different artist and genres

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