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Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch found dead; suicide suspected

Nashville police say Bob Welch, a former member of Fleetwood Mac who also had a solo career, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 65. Police spokesman Don Aaron said Welch was found dead by his wife with a chest wound at their Nashville home around 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, and had hits including “Sentimental Lady” in 1977 and “Ebony Eyes” in 1978. Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham did backing vocals on “Sentimental Lady.”

Aaron said Welch apparently had had health issues recently. He said a suicide note was left.

Platters crooner Herb Reed dead

Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of the 1950s vocal group the Platters, has died. The group’s hits like “Only You” propelled them to stardom. His manager says Reed died Monday in a Boston area hospice after a period of declining health. He was 83.

Reed was a Kansas City, Mo., native who founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953. Reed sang bass on the group’s four No. 1 hits, including “The Great Pretender,” ”My Prayer,” ”Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

Reed was the only member of the group to appear on all of their nearly 400 recordings. He continued touring, performing up to 200 shows per year, until last year.

The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Beastie Boy Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz shares memories of the late Adam Yauch: 'He wasn't afraid'

Family, friends, and fans of the Beastie Boys are dealing with founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death in all sorts of ways. Many have gone out to buy (or re-buy) their favorite Beasties albums; some New Yorkers are even petitioning to rename a Brooklyn park in Yauch’s honor.

But Yauch’s comrade Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz is still only coping with the loss. “I’m walking the dog and I’ll start crying on the street,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s pretty f—ing crazy.”

Horovitz opened up in his first interview since his friend and bandmate’s May 4 death, fondly remembering him as both an artist and as a person.

“Yauch was in charge,” he says of MCA’s position in the Beastie Boys. “He was smarter, more organized.”

“He had that extra drive to see things through,” he continued. ” We each had our roles. One of his was the make-it-happen person.”

Horovitz also outlined the give-and-take process that made the group the enduring collaborative effort it became.

“Everything was split three ways,” he explained. “Except we had veto power. If you really hated something, you could be [like], ‘That can’t happen.’”

One example he offers is was when Yauch wanted the cover of their hit album Ill Communication to be a painting of a tree, an idea swiftly vetoed by Horovitz and Mike D. “I said, ‘Anything is better than that tree.’” The painting, Alex Grey’s “Gaia,” wound up finding a home in the album’s liner notes instead; see it below: READ FULL STORY

Barry Gibb's video tribute to his brother Robin: Watch it here

“There’s a heart like mine somewhere in this world/There’s a heart like mine, beating but left to burn.”

That lyric comes from the 1993 Bee Gees song “Heart Like Mine,” which Barry Gibb chose as the soundtrack for his moving video tribute to his late brother and bandmate Robin, who died of cancer last Saturday at the age of 62.

The nearly five-minute video was posted on YouTube with the title “Bodding,” Robin’s nickname, and showcases clips from various stages throughout the Gibb brothers’ lives, ranging from childhood to their decades-long music career.

Robin’s death leaves Barry, 65, as the only surviving Gibb of the Bee Gees; Robin’s fraternal twin Maurice died of cancer in 2003.

Barry has yet to comment publicly on Robin’s death, making his montage memorial all the more poignant. Give it a look in the video below:

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Crowded House drummer Pete Jones passes away at 45

Pete Jones, the drummer for Australian band Crowded House, passed away on Friday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 45 years old.

“We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones,” the surviving band members wrote in a statement on their website. “We remember him as a warm hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends.”

Formed in 1985 following the breakup of Split Enz, Crowded House scored immediate hits in their native Australia and found international success with their 1986 self-titled debut, which contained “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” the band’s biggest success.

Jones didn’t join the band until 1994, just in time for their break up. He appeared on the band’s live album Farewell to the World, recorded on the steps of the Syndey Opera House in 1996 as the band’s farewell show.

Read more on EW.com:
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies at age 62
Donna Summer has died at 63
Chuck Brown, pioneer of go-go funk music, has died at 75

Robin Gibb remembered as remarkable talent, exceptional citizen

One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio. The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged numerous hits for other major artists, was also recognized for his work on behalf of British veterans and his interests in politics, history and the Titanic.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, a longtime friend of Gibb, said the singer had a “wonderful open and fertile mind” and offered condolences to Gibb’s widow, Dwina, and their family. “Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being,” Blair said. READ FULL STORY

Robin Gibb playlist: In memoriam

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It has not been the best week for disco. In just a few short days, two of the artists most identified with the era both passed away after battles with cancer: Donna Summer, and Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb.

Unlike Summer, though, Robin Gibb’s voice isn’t exactly front-and-center on the songs most identified with the genre: “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love,” and “Night Fever” all feature vocal harmonies with brother Barry Gibb singing lead. It was the group’s earlier, pre-disco work in the 1960s and early ’70s where Robin’s tender voice was best on display, on songs like “Massachusetts,” “Lonely Days,” “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You,” “I Started a Joke,” and “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” (In fact, Robin’s perceived lack of support as the group’s lead singer led Robin to split briefly with the Bee Gees in 1969 and try for a solo career that led to moderate success.)

Check out our playlist below for some of the best examples of Robin Gibbs’ singing — including a classic, “Sesame Street Fever.”  READ FULL STORY

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies at age 62

Robin Gibb, who along with his brothers Maurice and Barry made up the Bee Gees, has died at age 62, according to a statement from his spokesperson which cited Gibb’s “long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery.” Gibb reportedly spent a week in a coma last month, after announcing he’d been fighting colon and liver cancer in an article in the London newspaper the Daily Mail.

Maurice, Robin’s fraternal twin, died at age 53 of complications due to a twisted intestine. Andy Gibb, the musical family’s youngest brother and solo artist, died of heart failure in 1988 at age 30.

The British-born, Australia-raised singer and his brothers rose to fame in the ’70s, thanks to the staggering popularity of disco. READ FULL STORY

Disco Queen Donna Summer endured even after the era faded

Like the King of Pop or the Queen of Soul, Donna Summer was bestowed a title fitting of musical royalty — the Queen of Disco.

Yet unlike Michael Jackson or Aretha Franklin, it was a designation she wasn’t comfortable embracing.

“I grew up on rock ‘n’ roll,” Summer once said when explaining her reluctance to claim the title. READ FULL STORY

Donna Summer playlist: In memoriam

Has there ever been a musical genre more maligned than disco? Along with hair metal and that random swing-dance revival, disco is often used as shorthand for empty froth that inspired terrible fashion choices and aged poorer than warm Gruyere.

But the legacy of the late Donna Summer, who passed away today at the age of 63, makes a pretty spectacular case for the greatness of her particular blend of funk, soul, R&B, and dance music. She essentially created the genre with her 1975 hit “Love to Love You,” and only elevated it from there.

Over the course of her career, Summer recorded a handful of stone-cold classics that defined the late 1970s for millions, including the memorably “Last Dance,” the smash “Hot Stuff,” the iconic “Bad Girls,” and her whimsical chart-topping hit “MacArthur Park.”

Summer probably had the best 1979 of any recording artist of the era. In addition to “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls,” she put three more singles in the top five: The sweet “Heaven Knows,” the epic “Dim All The Lights,” and the Barbara Streisand duet “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”

All told, Summer put 14 singles in the top 10, including four number one hits. Her body of work — including plenty of hits that transcended disco — is impressive, and she was moving bodies all the way through her final album Crayons in 2008 (see the adrenaline-packed gem “Stamp Your Feet”).

Give the EW playlist below a spin, and enjoy the best days of disco. READ FULL STORY

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