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Frank Ifield
(86), English-born singer-songwriter of Australian parentage, who having started his career in Australia, returned to London in 1959 to score a string of hits including "I Remember You", "Lovesick Blues", "The Wayward Wind", "Confessin' That I Love You"."Nobody's Darlin' But Mine", "Mule Train", "Don't Blame Me", "Angry At The Big Oak Tree", "I Should Care", "Paradise", "No One Will Ever Know" and "Call Her Your Sweetheart".

Ifield also finished second to Ronnie Carroll in the 1962 UK Eurovision Song Contest heats and was one of the few non-American acts to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where he was introduced on stage by his idol and fellow-yodeller Hank Snow.

On 18th May 2024, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, of heart failure.

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John Koerner
(85), American-born singer-songwriter and guitarist with the Minneapolis folk act Koerner, Ray & Glover, and whose output was much admired by John Lennon, David Bowie and the emerging Bob Dylan (who performed with him on several occasions).

On 18th May 2024, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, of cancer.

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Randy Fuller
(80), American-born singer-songwriter and guitarist who as a member of the Bobby Fuller Four, scored American hits with "Let Her Dance", "I Fought The Law" and "Love's Made A Fool Of You".

Following his brother Bobby's mysterious death in Los Angeles in 1966, Randy put together the Randy Fuller Four, but in 1969 joined The New Buffalo Springfield, before reforming his own band a few years later. He continued to tour and record with the original Bobby Fulller Four drummer DeWayne Quirico until his retirement in 2023.

On 16th May 2024, in El Paso, Texas, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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John Hawken
(84), English-born keyboardist and songwriter who found success as a member of such bands as The Nashville Teens ("Google Eye" and "Tobacco Road"), Renaissance, Illusion, Spooky Tooth, The Strawbs, Third World War, Trifle and Vinegar Joe, and whose notable compositions include "Autumn" and "Heroine's Theme".

On 15th May 2024, in Metuchen, New Jersey, USA, from melanoma.

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David Sanborn
(78), American-born saxophonist and composer wo worked with hundreds of artists including Ray Charles, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, James Brown, Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Roger Daltrey, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Loggins, Loudon Wainwright, George Benson, Elton John, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, the Eagles, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones, and supplied sound-tracks for dozens of movies including the "Lethal Weapon" series.

In addition, he was the recipient of six Grammy awards, and also produced eight million-selling solo albums and one platinum album.

On 12th May 2024, in Tarrytown, New York, from prostate cancer.

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Wayland Holyfield
(82), American-born songwriter who in a fifty-four year career, scored more than forty US Top Ten Country hits. including such classics as Bobby Rusells's "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer", Don Williams' You’re My Best Friend", "She Never Knew Me" and "Til The Rivers All Run Dry", Crystal Gayle's "I’ll Do It All Over Again", Mel Street's "If I Had A Cheating Heart", Ronnie Milsap's "Nobody Likes Sad Songs", Anne Murray's "Could I Have This Dance" as well as the Arkansas State Song "Arkansas (You Run Deep In Me)".

In addition, Wayland scored hits with Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, The Judds, Barbara Mandrell, Kathy Mattea, Mark Chesnutt, John Anderson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Gary Allan, Johnny Rodriguez, and Ernest Tubb while also becoming the first Nashville songwriter to be elected to the national ASCAP Board of Directors

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

On 6th May 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Ron Kavana
(73), Irish-born singer-songwriter, actor, journalist and film-maker, who worked with such acts as Big Jay McNeely, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Dr. John, Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, Doug Sahm, Flaco Jiminez, Alexis Korner, Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, as well as the Pogues for whom he wrote "Every Man Is A King (In The US of A)" and "Young Ned Of the Hill", while also producing ten award-winning solo albums.

On 4th May 2024, in Cork, Ireland, of renal failure.

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Duane Eddy
(86), American-born Grammy Award-winning guitarist and composer, whose hits include "Rebel-'Rouser", "Ramrod","Cannonball", "The Lonely One", "Peter Gunn", "Yep!", "Forty Miles of Bad Road", "Some Kind-a Earthquake", "Shazam!", "Because They're Young", "Kommotion", "Pepe", "Ring of Fire", "My Blue Heaven", "Caravan", "Deep In The Heart Of Texas", "The Ballad Of Paladin", "(Dance With The) Guitar Man", "Boss Guitar", and "Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar".

Still performing well into his 80s, famous guitarists influenced by him include George Harrison, Dave Davies, Hank Marvin, the Ventures, Bruce Springsteen and Mark Knopfler.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

On 30th April 2024, in Franklin, Tennessee, USA, of cancer.

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Robin George
(68), English-born singer-songwriter and record producer whose song "Heartline" hit the Uk and US charts in 1985. He also worked with such acts as David Byron, Phil Lynott, Glenn Hughes, Robert Plant, Asia, Roy Wood, The Climax Blues Band and Magnum. and produced Diamond Head's single "Sweet & Innocent", along with albums by Quartz and Witchfinder General.

On 26th April 2024, in Malaga, Spain, of cancer.

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Mike Pinder
(82), English-born keyboardist, songwriter, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, founding member of the Moody Blues and the musician who most helped to popularise the Mellotron. His compositions for the band include "And My Baby's Gone", "A Simple Game", "Boulevard De La Madeleine", "Melancholy Man" and "People Gotta Go", while his songs have been covered by such acts as The Four Tops, The Mike Morton Congregation and Vicky Leandros.

On 24th April 2024, near San Jose, Northern California, USA of undisclosed causes.

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Chan Romero
(82), American-born singer-songwriter whose song "The Hippy Hippy Shake" was covered by more than 70 acts including The Beatles, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Mud, Billy Fury, Shane MacGowan and The Popes and The Georgia Satellites.

On 20th April 2024, in Cathedral City, California, USA of undisclosed causes.

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Larry Page
(86), English-born singer, manager, record producer. music publisher and record label owner who as a vocalist in 1957, unsuccessfully covered Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" in the UK, but in later years went on to manage The Kinks and The Troggs while owning Page One Records and Penny Farthing Records. He also produced several million-selling hits including "Wild Thing" for the Troggs, "Beautiful Sunday" for Daniel Boone and the Chelsea Football Club song "Blue Is The Colour".

On 18th April 2024, in Avoca Beach, New South Wales, Australia, of heart failure.

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Dickey Betts
(80), American-born singer-songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, whose most famous songs include "Rambling Man", "Jessica", "Straight From The Heart" and ""No One To Run With" (all written by Betts).

On 18th April 2024, in Osprey, Florida, USA, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Rico Wade
(52), American-born Grammy Award-winning songwriter, record producer and member of the Atlanta-based production and songwriting trio Organized Noize, who produced Outkast, Goodie Mob, TLC, and En Vogue, and was responsible for such hits as TLC’s "Waterfalls", En Vogue’s "Don't Let Go (Love)", and Ludacris’ "Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)".

On 12th April 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, of cardiac arrest.

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Park Bo-ram
(30), Korean-born singer-songwriter and actress, whose hits during a ten-year career include "Beautiful", "Celepretty". "Sorry" and "Ordinary Love".

On 11th April 2024, in Seoul, Korea, of cardiac arrest.

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Clarence "Frogman" Henry
(87), American-born singer-songwriter whose hits include "Aint's Got No Home", "(I Don’t Know Why I Love You) But I Do", "You Always Hurt The One You Love", "Lonely Street", "On Bended Knees" and "A Little Too Much", and who opened for The Beatles during their 1964 USA tour.

On 7th April 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana,USA, of undisclosed causes following surgery.

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John "Bucky" Wilkin
(77), American-born singer-songwriter, record producer and music publisher who scored a number of hits under the name Ronnie & The Daytonas including "GTO", "California Bound", "Sandy", "Somebody To Love Me", "Dianne Dianne" and "I’ll Think Of Summer". He also charted with "Tiger-A-Go-Go", performed by Buzz & Bucky, a duo featuring himself and singer-songwriter Buzz Cason.

The son of International Songwriters Association Hall of Famer Marijohn Wilkin who had penned such hits as "The Long Black Veil", "One Day At A Time (Sweet Jesus)" and "Waterloo", he and his mother signed Kris Kristofferson to Buckhorn Music, while his John's own songs continued to be recorded by such stars as Bobby Goldsboro, Bobby Vee, Ray Charles, Bobbie Gentry, Southern Pacific, The Beach Boys, Wayne Newton, The Hondells and The Swinging Blue Jeans,

When not writing or touring with the Daytonas, John worked in Nashville as a session guitarist, playing on albums by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter, Dory Previn and many more.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

On 6th April 2024, in Linden, Tennessee, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Crawford Bell
(80), Irish-born singer-songwriter, musician and owner of C B Recording Studios, who during a 64-year career emerged from the showband scene to work alongside such stars as Van Morrison, Nathan Carter, Brendan Quinn and Daniel O'Donnell, touring Ireland, Scotland, England, Europe, USA and Canada.

On 4th April 2024, in Carryduff, County Down, Northern Ireland, of undisclosed causes.

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Jerry Abbott
(81), American-born singer-songwriter and record producer, whose hits include "I Want A Little Cowboy" and whose songs have been recorded by such country stars as Emmylou Harris and Freddy Fender. He was also the father of Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell who founded Pantera, a band which he managed and produced before they signed with Atco.

On 2nd April 2024, in Denton, Texas, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Casey Benjamin
(46), Grammy Award-winning American-born saxophonist, keyboardist, and songwriter. who worked with such stars as Betty Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and Beyonce.

On 30th March 2024, in Queens, New York City, USA, of a pulmonary thromboembolism,

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Louis Gossett Jr.
(87), American-born Academy Award-winning actor and singer-songwriter, whose song "Handsome Johnny" was recorded by several acts including Ritchie Havens, Peter Tosh and The Flaming Lips.

On 29th March 2024, in Santa Monica, California, USA, of complications brought on by prostate cancer.

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Mark Spiro
(68), American-born singer-songwriter and record producer who wrote songs for such acts as Julian Lennon, Kansas, Engelbert Humperdinck, Cheap Trick, Anne Murray, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Selena, Laura Branigan, Bad English and Lita Ford. In addition, he released eleven solo albums between 1986 and 2021 as well as producing albums for his daughters Ruby and Summer Spiro who work under the group name Ruby Summer. He also contributed music to several movies including "Top Gun", "Far Away Places" and "Voyage Of The Rock Aliens".

On 28th March 2024, in Los Angeles, California, USA, of cancer.

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Chris Cross
(71), English-born bass guitarist, songwriter and member of Ultravox, who co-wrote such hits as "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes", "Hymn", The Voice", "New Europeans", "Vienna" and "Slow Motion".

On 25th March 2024, in London, UK, of undisclosed causes.

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Humphrey Campbell
(66), Surinamese-born Dutch-based singer-songwriter and record producer who represented The Netherlands in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest held in Malmö, Sweden, with "Wijs Me De Weg", before going on to become the senior vocal lecturer at the Amsterdam Conservatory Of Music.

On 25th March 2024, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, of cancer,

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Erv Woolsey
(80), American-born music industry executive and ,music publisher who managed such stars as George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker and Ronnie Milsap, having earlier worked with Johnny Rodriguez, Jimmy Buffett, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Donna Fargo, Freddy Fender, Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, The Oak Ridge Boy, Lee Greenwood and the Amazing Rhythm Aces.

On 20th March 2024, in Clearwater, Florida, USA, of complications following heart surgery.

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Kevin Toney
(70), American-born twice Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer whose compositions include such hits as "Rock Creek Park" and "Unfinished Business", and who worked with Frank Sinatra, Patti Austin, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Whitney Houston, Gloria Gaynor, James Ingram, Enrique Iglesias, Michael McDonald, Bill Withers, and Stevie Wonder.

On 18th March 2024, in Los Angeles, California, USA, of cancer.

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Steve Harley
(76), English-born singer-songwriter and leader of the band Cockney Rebel, whose hits include "Judy Teen", "Mr. Soft", "Mr. Raffles (Man It Was Mean)", "Here Comes the Sun", "(I Believe) Love's a Prima Donna" and the #1 hit "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" which reached the UK charts on five separate occasions between 1974 and 2015.

On 17th March 2024, in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, of cancer.

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Dick Allix
(78), English-born drummer and songwriter with Vanity Fare, who scored hits with ""I Live for the Sun", "Hitchin' a Ride", "Early in the Morning" and "(I Remember) Summer Morning", and who went on to found the Professional Darts Corporation in 1992 which nowadays operates the televised World Championship, Premier League, World Cup of Darts, World Grand Prix and World Matchplay.

On 13th March 2024, in London, UK, of undisclosed causes.

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Eric Carmen
(74), American-born singer-songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and leader of the Rsaspberries. whose hits (mainly penned by Eric) included "Go All the Way", "I Wanna Be with You", "Let's Pretend" and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)". In 1975, Eric left the band and embarked on a solo career, scoring such hits as "All by Myself", Never Gonna Fall in Love Again". She Did It". "It Hurts Too Much", "I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips", "Hungry Eyes" and "Make Me Lose Control".

An addition to his own recording career, he was a prolific songwriter whose composjtions were recorded by such stars as Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Michael Ball, Carmen McRae, Hank Williams, Jr, Rosemary Clooney, Sheryl Crow, Brotherhood of Man, Shirley Bassey, Eartha Kitt, Frankie Valli, Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, Smokie, John Travolta, Dana, Shaun Cassidy and Showaddywaddy.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

On 10th March 2024, in Gates Mills, Ohio, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Karl Wallinger
(66), English-born songwriter, musician and record producer, who worked with World Party, Sinéad O’Connor and the Waterboys, and whose hit songs include "Ship Of Fools", "Way Down Now" and "She's The One" (covered by Robbie Williams, Andy Williams and Chesney Hawkes).

On 10th March 2024, in Hastings, Sussex, UK, of undisclosed causes.

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Steve Lawrence
(87), American-born singer, songwriter and actor, who with his wife Eydie Gorme dominated the charts and television channels for fifty years, and whose admiration for the great songwriters helped to maintain the popularity of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern in a rock & roll era. Grammy Award and Emmy Award winner and father of the ASCAP Award-winning songwriter David Lawrence.

On 7th March 2024, in Los Angeles, California, USA, of complications brought on by Alzheimers disease.

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Dimos Moutsis
(86), Greek-born singer-songwriter and politician, whose work also includes hits penned for Rebetika Sotiria Belou and Anna Mouskouri. He was a colleague of former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.

On 6th March 2024, in Athen, Greece, of undisclosed causes.

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B B Seaton
(79), Jamaican-born singer-songwriter and leader of the Gaylads, whose hits both as a band member and as a soloist include "Accept My Apology", "Sweet Caroline", "Lean On Me", "Thin Line Between Love and Hate", "My Jamaican Girl", "Joy in The Morning" and "Hard to Confess".

On 4th March 2024, in London, UK, of undisclosed causes.

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Jim Beard
(64), American-born pianist and composer whose work with Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny and others, led to seven Grammy nominations, including a win in 2007.

On 2nd March 2024, in New York City, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Johnny Johnson
(80), American-born singer, songwriter and founder-vocalist of Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon, whose hits include "Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache", "Let's Hang On", "Sweet Inspiration", "(Blame It) On The Pony Express" and "You".

On 2nd March 2024, in Rochester, New York, USA of heart failure.

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Cat Janice
(31), American-born singer-songwriter whose song "Dance You Outta My Head" which (released as she was dying in a hospice) reached #2 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales, going on to become an international Tik-Tok hit.

On 28th February 2024, in Annandale, Virginia, USA, of sarcoma cancer.

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Peter Morgan
(46), American-born singer-songwriter, son of Jamaican reggae singer Denroy Morgan, and founder of Morgan Heritage, whose album "Strictly Roots" won the 2016 Grammy for best reggae album,going on to win again in 2019 with the album "Avrakedabra".

On 25th February 2024, New York City, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Shinsadong Tiger
(40), Korean-born record producer and songwriter whose hits include T-ara's "Roly Poly", Apink's "No No No" and "Remember", Exid's "Up and Down" and "DDD", and Momoland's "Bboom Bboom".

On 23rd February 2024, in Seoul, Korea. of undisclosed causes.

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John "Duff" Lowe
(81), English-born pianist who was a member of the Quarrymen alongside John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and who performed on the group's 1958 vanity recording of "That'll Be The Day" and "In Spite Of All The Danger".

On 21st February 2024, in Liverpool, UK, of natural causes.

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David Libert
(81), American-born singer-songwriter and co-founder of The Happenings, who scored such hits as "See You In September", "Go Away Little Girl", "My Mammy", "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and "I Got Rhythm", and who went on to become tour manager for Alice Cooper before opening the David Libert Agency, which became involved with such acts as George Clinton, Parliament/Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band, The Runaways, Brian Auger, Sheila E, and Vanilla Fudge. He also penned songs for The Tokens, The Chiffons and Gerry & The Pacemakers.

On 20th February 2024, in Los Angeles, California, USA, of heart failure.

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Bobby Tench
(79), Trinidadian-born British-based singer-songwriter and guitarist who worked with Freddie King, Van Morrison, Ginger Baker, The Jeff Beck Group, Humble Pie, The Streetwalkers, Linda Lewis, Eric Burdon, Thin Lizzy, Hummingbird and Gass.

On 20th February 2024, in London, UK, of heart failure.

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Judi Pulver
(77), American-born singer-songwriter who penned the turntable hit "Dancing On The Moon", before going on to become a successful music sales executive at both "The Hollywood Reporter" and "Variety".

On 20th February 2024, in Santa Monica, California, USA, of lung cancer.

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Cynthia Strother
(88), American-born singer-songwriter and one half of The Bell Sisters whose self-penned hit "Bermuda" reached the US Top 10 in 1952.

On 16th February 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, of heart failure.

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Benny Lanzarone
(85), American-born composer, arranger and music director, who penned music for "Dynasty", "Happy Days", "The Tracey Ullman Show", "The Love Boat", "The Jay Leno Comedy Hour", "Mr. Belvedere", "Vegas", "Matt Houston", "The Colbys", "Hotel", "Laverne and Shirley" and "Mork and Mindy". He also toured with Frank Sinatra, Petula Clark and Art Garfunkel, and worked with Bob Crewe.

On 16th February 2024, in Los Angeles, California, USA, of lung cancer.

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Ron Gilbert
(75), American-born singer-songwriter, co-founder of the Blues Magoos, and writer of their biggest hits including "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet".

On 16th February 2024, in Los Angeles. California, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Kerry "Fatman" Hunter
(53), American-born drummer and composer with the Grammy Award-winning band The Nightcrawlers, and for whom Brent Rose penned the tune "Fatman".

On 12th February 2024, in New Orleans, Mississippi, USA, having been knocked down by a drunk driver.

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Randy Sparks
(90), American-born singer-songwriter and founder of The New Christy Minstrels, who penned "Green Green", "Today", and the John Denver hit "Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio", and whose songs were also covered by Burl Ives, Debbie Reynolds, Trini Lopez, Bobby Darin, Brian Hyland, Johnny Rivers, Roger Whittaker, Bill Anderson, Robert Goulet, Bobby Goldsboro, Glen Campbell, and Andy Williams.

On 11th February 2024, in San Diego, California, USA, of heart failure.

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Jimmy Van Eaton
(86), American-born drummer and songwriter who played on Jerry Lee Lewis’ "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," Billy Lee Riley’s “Red Hot,” Bill Justis’ "Raunchy” and “Lonely Weekends” by Charlie Rich, as well as on hits by Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Warren Smith, Carl Mann and Charlie Feathers.

On 10th February 2024, in Muscle Shoals, Aabama, USA, of heart failure.

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Tony Middleton
(89), American-born singer, songwriter and actor, who co-wrote "Church Bells May Ring", which was a hit both for his own group The Willows, and also for The Diamonds before going on to become a doo-wop classic, recorded by The Four Seasons, Sunny Gale, The Cadets and The Shirelles.

On 3rd February 2024, in New York City, USA, of chronic kidney disease.

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Mojo Nixon
(66), American-born musician, singer-songwriter, actor and radio DJ, best known for the songs "Elvis Is Everywhere" and "Don Henley Must Die".

On 7th February 2024, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following a heart attack suffered while performing on the the Outlaw Country Cruise.

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Toby Keith
(61), American-born singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and businessman, whose hits include "Who’s Your Daddy?", "Made In America", "Should Have Been A Cowboy", "As Good as I Once Was" and "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)", earning him an estimated $550 million fortune and countless music industry awards.

In addition to his music career, Keith ventured into acting, appearing in films such as "Broken Bridges" and "Beer For My Horses" and was also known for his philanthropic efforts, including his support for military personnel and their families.

International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member.

On 5th February 2024, in Oklahoma City, USA, of stomach cancer.

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Nicky Graham
(79), South African-born British-based musician, songwriter, record producer, and former member of The End, keyboardist for David Bowie as well as a producer for both Polydor and CBS Records. His successes include hits for The Nolans, Let Loose, Ant & Dec, David Essex, Barbara Dickson, Bonnie Tyler Shakin's Stevens, Andy Williams, Bros, Shirley Bassey and Code Red.

On 3rd February 2024, in London, UK, of undisclosed causes.

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Frank Farian
(82), German-born songwriter and vocalist, and one of the most successful (if controversial) record producers of all time, who sold 800 million records worldwide, creating such hit acts as Boney M and Milli Vanilli, and spawning the hit stage musical "Daddy Cool".

On 27th January 2024, in Miami, Florida, USA, of heart failure.

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Margo Smith
(84), American-born singer-songwriter known as "The Tennessee Yodeler", who in a career spanning 50 years, scored two consecutive US Country #1 hits, before transitioning to the Christian Music market.

On 23rd January 2024, in Franklin, Tennessee, USA, following a stroke.

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Melanie
(76), American-born singer-songwriter, who made her debut at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, before going on to write and record such classic hits as "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" and "Brand New Key".

On 23rd January 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Toni Stern
(79), American-born songwriter who collaborated with Carole King, and whose songs were recorded by Carole King, The Monkees, Helen Reddy, The Carpenters, The Shirelles, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Gloria Estefan, James Taylor, The Isley Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare, Barbra Streisand and many more.

On 17th January 2024, in Santa Ynez, California, USA, of undisclosed causes.

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Laurie Johnson
(86), English-born composer, bandleader, conductor and arranger, who poenned thousands of instrumental pieces, including the themes from "The Avengers", "The Professionals" and "This Is Your Life", as well as the hit musical "Lock Up Your Daughters".

On 16th January 2024, in Stanmore, North London, UK, of undisclosed causes.

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