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Beatles Pal “Magic Alex” Mardas Dead at 74

One of the characters who fell into the Beatles’ orbit, he promised them futuristic electronics and even a flying saucer, but delivered little.

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Allan Williams, Beatles’ First Manager, Dies at 86

Before Brian Epstein managed the Beatles, it was a man named Allan Williams who took the young Liverpool band under his wing. He’s now died at age 86

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Sharon Jones, Late-Blooming Soul Star, Dead at 60

The dynamic soul and funk singer who made her first recordings in her 40s has died at age 60. Jones chronicled her battle with cancer in a documentary film.

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Black Crowes Keyboardist Eddie Harsch Dies at 59

The longtime member of the beloved classic rock jam band passed away on the eve of the debut tour by the spinoff band the Magpie Salute.

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Bobby Vee, ’60s Hitmaker, Dies at 73

The singer behind such top 10 favorites as “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and “Come Back When You Grow Up” is dead.

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Chess Records Co-Founder Phil Chess Dies at 95

The co-founder of the label made famous by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Etta James was 95.

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Don Ciccone of Critters Dies, Sang ‘Mr. Dieingly Sad’

The singer behind two of the most beautiful ballads of the ’60s has passed away. He later joined the Four Seasons and Tommy James & the Shondells.

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Dixie Cups Member Dies, Sang on ‘Chapel of Love’

Joan Marie Johnson, a founding member of the New Orleans girl group that also recorded “Iko Iko” and “People Say,” is dead at 72.

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Michael Jackson Thriller Songwriter Rod Temperton Dies

The British songwriter and musician also penned Jackson’s “Rock With You” and songs for George Benson, Donna Summer and many others

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Buckwheat Zydeco Dead at 68, RIP Stanley Dural Jr

As his persona implies, Dural Jr. was known for playing zydeco, the music popularized in Louisiana. He had been suffering from lung cancer in recent years

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