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With the recent passing of the King of Pop, and its effect on the charts, I thought I'd start this thread to highlight and honor those other artists who have sadly passed away.


On Monday, Patrick Swayze lost his battle against pancreatic cancer, aged 57. Patrick's movie roles were infamous with huge blockbusters such as "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" providing us with some of the most romantic and well-known scenes of all time.

From the 1987 film, "Dirty Dancing", Patrick Swayze participated on the soundtrack, one of the biggest sellers of all time. His single, "She's Like The Wind" reached #6 in the Australian Top 50, placed #80 in the AMR End Of Year charts. The song was one of the better tracks from an actor promoting their movie through song, and has already made a slight dent in the iTunes current top downloads. Originally written (by Patrick) for his 1984 film "Grandview, USA", it was rejected by the producers of the film, eventually seeing the light of day a few years later on "Dirty Dancing".

Following DD, Patrick also provided a couple of tracks for his 1989 film "Road House" ("Raising Heaven (In Hell Tonight)" and "Cliff's Edge").

Patrick Swayze leaves us with his memorable movie roles and a little bit of music. You will be missed.
Yeah i was just talkin about those three big movies he done in the late 80's early 90's with some work buddies (i.e Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Ghosts) and you don't relize until afterwards some people's contribution in the particular field.

R.I.P Patrick Swayze

Above link regarding the demise of Stephen Gately (Boyzone)
and now word on how he passed. He was 33.
Stephen Gately it is suspected, died from choking on his own vomit (ala Bon Scott and Jimi Hendrix), after an all night drinking binge with his partner and a mysterious third person.
October 15, 2009
Al Martino, 'Godfather' Singer, Dies at 82

Al Martino, the Italian-American baritone renowned for a string of hits, including the sentimental ballads "Spanish Eyes," "Volare" and "Speak Softly Love," and for his role as the wedding singer in "The Godfather," died Tuesday in Springfield, Pa., The Associated Press reported. He was

Mr. Martino was one of the most recognizable pop singers of the 1950s and '60s. Influenced by Perry Como and Al Jolson, he had a career that spanned nearly five decades. He leaves behind several celebrated songs, including his breakthrough hit for the small BBS label, "Here in My Heart." Released in 1952, it rose to No. 1 in the United States and later became the very first No. 1 single in Britain. It also won him a
contract with Capitol Records.

Mr. Martino had an influential and encouraging childhood friend in Mario Lanza, the American opera singer who became a Hollywood movie star in the 1940s and '50s. Lanza was slated to record "Here in My Heart" himself, but dropped his plans after Mr. Martino explained that his own debut recording would be neglected if he did.

In the mid-1960s, with rock music dominating the charts, Mr. Martino and his "olive oil voice" (in the words of a character in "The Godfather") helped reintroduce classic pop romanticism to trans-Atlantic audiences. Between 1963 and 1967 he had nine Top 40 singles, of which the most
enduring proved to be "Spanish Eyes." The vocal version of a song composed and first recorded by Bert Kaempfert as "Moon Over Naples," it became something of a standard and was later recorded by both Elvis Presley and Wayne Newton. Mr. Martino returned to the charts in 1975, when he recorded a disco version of the Italian singer Domenico Modugno's signature song, "Volare."

One of the most prominent of the old-guard Italian-American romantic crooners, Mr. Martino found his image permanently embedded in pop culture when he played the singer Johnny Fontane in Francis Ford Coppola's celebrated 1972 movie, "The Godfather" (he would reprise the role in 1990 in "The Godfather: Part III").

The character, loosely based on Frank Sinatra, is a famous crooner and washed-up movie star. There are four instances in the movie in which Don Vito Corleone, Fontane's godfather and the head of a major Mafia crime family, intervenes to help his career, most memorably in the scene in which a horse's head is place in the bed of a movie producer who would not hire Fontane. Mr. Martino told The Times in a 2009 interview that "when Coppola was hired to direct, he fired me."

"I was already cast for the part of the wedding singer by the original producer, Al Ruddy," he said. "But I needed to show Hollywood they couldn't push me around. I fought fire with fire. Sinatra was infuriated by the story line of 'The Godfather,' he wanted to stop production on the film, and I knew that if I took the part Sinatra would bar me from
Vegas and Coppola would ostracize me, but I had some people that helped me."

In a singing career that can best be described as a roller coaster, Mr. Martino encountered both highs and lows. In 1972 he stormed off the stage of the Persian Room at New York's Plaza Hotel with some bitter remarks about the city and canceled the rest of his booking there because of a disagreement with the hotel's staff.

Born on Oct. 7, 1927, in Philadelphia, Mr. Martino was just 15 when he joined the Navy in 1943. He completed basic training in New Orleans, where he developed a love for country music. "I took the heart of country singing with me into Italian romantic pop," he said.

After shipping out to Iwo Jima and becoming a signalman on Mount Suribachi, he suffered a shrapnel injury and was given orders to return home. In 1947 he moved to New York City to pursue a career in show business, and earned his break as a winner on the CBS show "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts."

Always the classy dresser, Mr. Martino said in 2009 that he hoped today's youth would be able to have its own romanticism in future recordings. "I can't sell records in stores anymore; everything is online and I don't have access to younger audiences," he said. "But 20 or 30 years from
now, how are kids going to feel romance?"

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some of the US and overseas artists and performers who have passed this decade:

Christopher "Big Pun" Rios
Voice of the Bronx
November 10, 1971 - February 7, 2000

Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Original shock-rocker
July 18, 1929 - February 12, 2000

Tito Puente
King of Latin Music
April 20, 1923 - May 31, 2000

"Papa" John Phillips
California dreamer
August 30, 1935 - March 18, 2001

Joey Ramone
Punk patriarch
May 19, 1951 - April 15, 2001

Perry Como
Easy listening icon
May 18, 1912 - May 12, 2001

John Lee Hooker
Blues innovator
August 22, 1917 - June 21, 2001

Chet Atkins
"Nashville sound" pioneer
June 20, 1924 - June 30, 2001

R&B princess
January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001

George Harrison
Songwriter, guitar great, Beatle
February 25, 1943 - November 29, 2001

Peggy Lee
Pop & Jazz vocalist
May 26, 1920 - January 21, 2002

Waylon Jennings
Country Outlaw
Jun. 15, 1937 - Feb. 13, 2002

Layne Staley
Alice in Chains singer/ co-founder
August 22, 1967 - April 5, 2002

Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopez
TLC co-founder, rap diva
May 27, 1971 - April 25, 2002

Dee Dee Ramone
Ramones co-founder/ bassist
September 18, 1951 - June 5, 2002

Rosemary Clooney
Singer, '50s Sweetheart
May 23, 1928 - June 29, 2002

Jam Master Jay
Run DMC co-founder, DJ hero
January 21, 1965 - October 30, 2002

Joe Strummer
Clash co-founder, punk pioneer
August 1, 1952 - December 22, 2002

Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees co-founder
December 22, 1949 - January 12, 2003

Edwin Starr
'70s soul singer
January 21, 1942 - April 2, 2003

Nina Simone
Jazz icon
February 21, 1933 - April 21, 2003

June Carter Cash
Carter Family co-founder, muse
June 23, 1929 - May 15, 2003

Barry White
Soul legend, baby maker
September 12, 1944 - July 4, 2003

Celia Cruz
Queen of Salsa
October 21, 1925 - July 16, 2003

Sam Phillips
Sun Records producer/ founder
January 5, 1923 - July 30, 2003

Warren Zevon
Werewolf of London
January 24, 1947 - September 7, 2003

Johnny Cash
The Man in Black
February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003

Robert Palmer
'80s icon
January 19, 1949 - September 26, 2003

Elliott Smith
Indie-rock hero
August 6, 1969 - October 21, 2003

Bobby Hatfield
Righteous Brother
August 10, 1940 - November 5, 2003

Soulja Slim
No Limit emcee
September 9, 1977 - November 26, 2003

Jan Berry
Jan & Dean co-founder
April 3, 1941 - March 26, 2004

Ray Charles
Soul innovator
September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004

Rick James
February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004

Laura Branigan
'80s pop diva
July 3, 1957 - August 26, 2004

Johnny Ramone
Ramones co-founder/ guitarist
October 8, 1948 - September 15, 2004

John Peel
BBC Radio 1 DJ, trendsetter
August 30, 1939 - October 25, 2004

Russell "Ol' Dirty Bastard" Jones
Wu-Tang Clan co-founder, wild man
November 15, 1968 - November 13, 2004

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott
Axeman, Pantera co-founder
August 20, 1966 - December 8, 2004

Luther Vandross
R&B legend, quiet stormer
April 20, 1951 - July 1, 2005

Robert Moog
Moog synthesizer inventor
May 23, 1934 - August 21, 2005

R.L. Burnside
Misissippi Bluesman
November 23, 1926 - September 1, 2005

Chris Whitley
Blue-eyed Bluesman
August 31, 1960 - November 20, 2005

Lou Rawls
R&B great
December 1, 1933 - January 6, 2006

Wilson Pickett
Soul survivor
March 18, 1941 - January 19, 2006

Ali Farka Toure
Malian musical diety
October 31, 1939 - March 7, 2006

DeShaun "Proof" Holton
D12 co-founder
October 2, 1973 - April 11, 2006

June Pointer
Pointer Sister
November 30, 1953 - April 11, 2006

Syd Barrett
Pink Floyd co-founder, mind expander
January 6, 1946 - July 7, 2006

Ruth Brown
diva, R&B activist
January 30, 1928 - November 17, 2006

Gerald Levert
LeVert co-founder
July 9, 1966 - November 10, 2006

Ahmet Ertegun
Atlantic Records founder
July 31, 1923 - December 14, 2006

James Brown
Godfather of Soul
May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006

Brad Delp
Boston co-founder/ vocalist
June 12, 1951 - March 9, 2007

Don Ho
Hawiian pop guru
August 13, 1930 - April 14, 2007

Max Roach
Jazz drummer, Bebop pioneer
January 10, 1924 - August 16, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti
The Tenor
October 12, 1935 - September 6, 2007

Casey Calvert
Hawthorne Heights guitarist
October 20, 1981 - November 24, 2007

Chad "Pimp C" Butler
UGK co-founder
December 29, 1973 - December 4, 2007

Ike Turner
Producer, hitmaker
November 5, 1931 - December 12, 2007

Bo Diddley
The Originator
December 30, 1928 - June 2, 2008

Isaac Hayes
Soul man
August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008

Rick Wright
Pink Floyd co-founder/ keyboardist
July 28, 1943 - September 15, 2008

Levi Stubbs
Four Tops co-founder
June 6, 1936 - October 17, 2008

Eartha Kitt
Cabaret star, Catwoman
January 17, 1927 - December 25, 2008

Ron Asheton
Stooges co-founder/ guitarist
July 17, 1948 - January 6, 2009

Lux Interior
Cramps co-founder/ singer
October 21, 1946 - February 4, 2009

Jay Bennett
Singer-songwriter, Wilco guitarist
November 15, 1963 - May 24, 2009

Michael Jackson
King of Pop
August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009

Les Paul
Guitar god
June 9, 1915 - August 12, 2009

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein
Celbrity party starter
March 30, 1973 - August 28, 2009

Jim Carroll
Author, poet, punk
August 1, 1949 - September 11, 2009

Mary Travers
Peter, Paul & Mary co-founder
November 9, 1936 - September 16, 2009

Vic Chesnutt
Athens singer-songwriter
November 12, 1964 - December 25, 2009

James "The Rev" Sullivan
Avenged Sevenfold drummer
February 10, 1981 - December 28, 2009
A lot of big names this decade. Very sad.

Corey Haim, 80's film star of The Lost Boys, Licence to Drive and Dream a Little Dream has passed away.
Yeah I heard about that.
Sex Pistols boss McLaren dies, aged 64
Thursday, April 8 2010, 19:38 BST

By Oli Simpson http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a213283/sex-pistols-boss-mclaren-dies-aged-64.html?imdb

Rex Features
Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has passed away, aged 64.

According to The Independent, McLaren had been battling cancer for some time, although his condition rapidly deteriorated over recent weeks. He died this morning in New York.

His body is expected to be brought home to be buried in Highgate Cemetery, North London.

Born in North London, McLaren was best known as manager and impresario of legendary punk band The Sex Pistols.

The star also featured on Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in 2008.

Before embarking on his career in music, McLaren famously opened a clothes shop on the King's Road with ex-partner and fashion icon Vivienne Westwood.

The couple's son Joseph Corre is the co-founder of lingerie shop Agent Provocateur.

Malcolm McLaren chart history in Australia
Entry DateHPWITitlesYouTube
28-Mar-831914 Buffalo Galshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SgvJY9xxcA
18-July-835309 Soweto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkMSzHBB7xk
29-Aug-831412 Double Dutch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt6Co7EMNCU
01-Oct-841617 Madam Butterfly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Drw2_HmK0&feature=related
24-July-897309 Waltz Darling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLQRIXZdLhM
24-July-897309 Deep in Vogue (b-side) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bx0EsxH1Ok
Malcolm McLaren was also instrumental in promoting BOW WOW WOW's "I Want Candy" and the producer behind the 1991 Top 20 Aussie hit "Operaa House!" (by The World Famous Supreme Team Show).

Malcolm McLaren R.I.P.

Dixie Carter has passed away at the age of 70. Some people here may remember her as the leading lady in 80s sitcom Designing Women, while others may know her as Orson's mother in Desperate Housewives. Either way a sad loss for the acting community.
G'day, don't forget Malcom McLaren's brillant album "Duck Rock", it's worth checking out.

Malcom McLaren R.I.P.

Charles Haddon -- Lead Singer Ou Est Le Swimming Pool.
R.I.P. 20-08-2010

Dance The Way I Feel -- #16 [AUS]

Tragic loss for a great upcoming band...

That's sad, I was quite anticipating their next release, even though DTWIF was just average, I expected them to bring out something very good next.
Dead Already? What happened.
Lifter & Chris:


Suicide. Such a shame.
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I hope the band still releases the material completed as i was anticipating a great album.
Listening to that song is quite depressing now...just watching the clip on YT,R.I.P comments have already been posted on there
Now I feel guilty for hating on Dance Way I Feel throughout the Year.

RIP Ou Est Le Swimming Pool lead singer (Charles Haddon).
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Deep remorse for his friends and family. As Nate said, tragic for an up-and-coming band.

Lead singer of Ou est Le Swimming Pool is dead, check out the above link. Well, their next single is called "Jackson's Last Stand".
Re-read Lifter's comment for my thoughts about this situation.

Singer Gerry Rafferty has passed away, famous for the songs "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You".
I know she wasn't a singer, but people of this ranking don't pass away every day...


I agree bulion, quite sad. RIP.
arrrgh i was so shocked when i heard that!
r.i.p. liz taylor
no1curr 'bout Nate Dogg hurr it seem
I do, I was shocked by that too
G'day, slightly delayed but.... R.I.P. Elizabeth Talyor.

She truly did have the most beautiful eyes (violet) i've ever seen...and a wonderful actress.
For all the Dr. Who fans, RIP Elisabeth Sladen, aka Sarah Jane Smith, who passed away April 19th after battling Cancer, she was 63 years old.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/ for more info
What?? I loved her, RIP Liz
that's so sad! i love dr who (bar matt smith)
What dont you like about Matt? lol
I think it's his face. And also Amy Pond irritates me. I have not been as into Season 5 as I have the previous four.
R.I.P Gil Scott Heron, a true legend. A soul and jazz music icon and an early pioneer in rap music.

Kathy Kirby.

#01 Single in Australia - Dance On (3 Weeks) [1963]
Yes, joe, Gil is a true legend. May his work reach new ears with his passing.
Jay Dee Springbett (died 30/6/11, aged 36)
a.k.a Former Australian Idol judge who took Kyle Sandilands' job back in '09.
My response was OMG. And shock. For those wondering, it looks like it was a heart attack.
I thought it would happen sooner or later, but even so it's really upsetting and sad news. She was very talented and Back to Black is one of my favorite albums of all time.
R.I.P. Amy
^ My thoughts exactly. Really sad to hear about that, she was only 27.
R.I.P. Amy
For anyone to go at that age is just tragic
The 27 year old curse strikes again.

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain...and now Amy Winehouse.
Very sad but unfortunately not very surprising.
too young
R.I.P. Amy Winehouse.
Quite sad
OMG this is so sad R.I.P. Amy Winehouse, such a tragic loss to a great talent. Rehab is probably one of my favourite songs ever.
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I may cause a stir but while it is sad to see her die young she did have it coming to her.
I knew it would happen eventually. Lets hope that this sends an important message about drugs.
I knew it would happen soon aswell Lifter, She has been spiralling out of control the last 3 months.
I thought she was out of control for the past 3 years.
Did you not see her performance a month ago, she showed up wasted and got booed off stage.
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No I didn't.
Sad news today. Such a talent. Back to Black is a great album.

RIP Amy.
24/07/2011 12:48
Member Stars mourn Winehouse in Twitter tributes

Source: ninemsn.com.au

Stars took to Twitter to voice their sadness at the death of British soul singer Amy Winehouse on Saturday, with many calling her demise a tragic waste of her talent.

Friends, fellow entertainers and well-known public figures expressed their shock on the micro-blogging website after the 27-year-old was found dead at her north London home.

PHOTOS: Amy Winehouse found dead
Video: Fans gather to farewell Winehouse

Others simply paid tribute to the troubled vocalist, whose drink and drug problems were often acutely clear.

Mark Ronson, who produced many of Winehouse's hit singles, said in a statement: "She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life."

Fellow producer Salaam Remi, who also worked on Winehouse's albums, wrote on Twitter: "Very, very sad day. Just lost a great friend and a sister. RIP my baby sis Cherry Winehouse. Love ya always."

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood dedicated his radio show, and Saturday's live performance by his previous band The Faces, to the late singer.

"It's a very sad loss of a very good friend I spent many great times with," he said.

US actress Demi Moore tweeted: "Truly sad news about Amy Winehouse. My heart goes out to her family. May her troubled soul find peace."

British singer Lily Allen said: "It's just beyond sad, there's nothing else to say. She was such a lost soul, may she rest in peace."

Chef Jamie Oliver wrote: "Such a terrible shame to lose Amy Winehouse. Such a talent, such a waste, raw talent."

Sarah Brown, the wife of former British prime minister Gordon Brown, said: "Just heard the sad news that Amy Winehouse has died.

"At only 27 what a terrible waste of a great talent. Sincere condolences to her family."

CNN television presenter Piers Morgan called it "desperately sad news".

"Supreme talent, terrible self-destructive addictive personality," the former British tabloid newspaper editor wrote.

US country singer LeAnn Rimes wrote: "RIP Amy Winehouse. So sad to see such a talent gone and her life end in tragedy. This makes me terribly sad."

London R and B vocalist Jay Sean, who topped the US charts with "Down", wrote: "Just heard the shocking news of Amy Winehouse's death. Absolutely tragic. Such a talented artist. So sad."

Singer and actress Kelly Osbourne said: "I can't even breathe right now I'm crying so hard. I just lost one of my best friends. I love you forever Amy and will never forget the real you!"

Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese wrote: "Devastated. I spent extraordinary times with Amy. She sang for me once for hours, it was the most beautiful and touching thing. A huge loss."

Singer Jessie J, a fellow graduate of the BRIT talent school in London, tweeted: "The way tears are streaming down my face. Such a loss."

Rapper Q-Tip added on the site: "The last time I spoke to Amy I told her let her light shine more."

Spice Girls vocalist Emma Bunton said: "Such sad news about Amy Winehouse. My thoughts are with her family."

A tweet from chart-topping British boy band JLS read: "Times like this remind me why it's so important to live life to the fullest! Amy Winehouse you will be a legend in all our hearts!"


R.I.P. Amy Winehouse
I never expected this to happen! I thought that she was recovering, and will be making a comeback this year or next year.

VERY SHOCKING! I'm a fan of Amy's, love her "Back to Black" album, so many good songs!

It's very sad, if drugs never existed, then she would be still be alive.
See what happens when you waste your money on drugs
Rehab In Peace Amy Winehouse.

While newsworthy, not very shocked by her departure. More shocked that the media has decided to lump her in with people like Kurt Cobain and other more notable young musicians who 'took' their own life. I think it is too early to call her a muscial genius like they've been implying.
It is very sad to lose such a talented musician, but its as lifter said, I am not shocked by her leaving the world.. I was hoping that she had been recovering though, very sad day in music indeed
I think the only reason is because of the age ko-in-sa-dins.
Like everyone else I'm very sad despite not being a fan of her music, although Winehouse was definitely talented but once again it's another great lesson of what drugs and alcohol can do to you.
They lumped Kurt in with Amy as part of the 27 Club, check out the link below...

It's very disrespectful to group all these celebs in this so called "27 Club".

Poor Amy! I can't believe she has passed away. I never saw this coming! I thought she was on the road to recovery, WTF!

OMG! Amy Winehouse's funeral this week, gosh! it's devastating!
I know I'm horrible saying this but you can't have not saw that coming.
R.I.P. Amy Winehouse

Why is this happening! what was the purpose of drugs and alcohol in her life?

OMG! It's so shocking for the fans!
My Top 5 Amy Winehouse Songs:

01.You Know I'm No Good
02.Back to Black
04.Valerie (with Mark Ronson)
05.Tears Dry On My Own

My Top 5 Amy Winehouse Videos:

01.You Know I'm No Good (many views on my Ipod in 2008)
02.Back to Black (love the concept and setting)
03.Rehab (interesting storyline, lovely dress and hairstyle)
04.Tears Dry On My Own (love the sexy walking, and dress)
05.You Know I'm No Good / Rehab (Live Grammys 2008)

I purchased a copy of her "Back to Black" album, and it was so worth it.

She deserved to win the 2008 Grammy "Album of the Year".

I also purchased her DVD! "Live in London", and loved watching all her videos.
Jani Lane [WARRANT] 01-02-1964-11-08-2011 [47]

Heaven [1989] - #052.
Cherry Pie [1990] - #006. <G> EOY: #082 [1991]
I Saw Red [1991] - #036.
Uncle Tom's Cabin [1991] - #085.
We Will Rock You [1992] - #050.

Nickolas Ashford [ASHFORD & SIMPSON] 04-05-1942-22-08-2011 [69]

Solid [1985] - #021.
A year has passed since the death of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool lead singer Charles Haddon. It still feels like yesterday when I heard that awful news.
Steve Jobs, Apple founder died after a long battle with Cancer. 24/2/55 - 5/10/11.
He revolutionised the way we buy music with ITunes as well as countless other devices. R.I.P.
Dwight Arington Myers [HEAVY D & THE BOYZ] 24-08-1967-08-11-2011

Now That We Found Love [1991] - #006. EOY: #047 [1991]
Is It Good To You [1991] - #071.
Someone else died today too but I've forgotten who. Bad I know.
That'd be Joe Frazier
Oh my god, nooooooo

I've actually listened to At Last twice in the past two weeks I think
OMG really, she didn't look too well recently (like over the last three years). There are so many good songs from Etta James and I think her popularity has grown in the last few years due to sampling and covers by big artists (like Beyonce and Xtina).

RIP Miss Etta James
Yeah, that is pretty sad, great musician/singer.
Whitney Houston has died, aged 48.


R.I.P. to one of the greatest vocal talents of all time.
Oh my gosh! That is so sad
Yeah, holy shit! Somebody just told me now. Makes the hangover even worse. R.I.P hunny.
RIP Whitney. Personally for me, this ranks right up there with when I heard Michael Jackson had passed away. A very sad moment.
Wow wasn't expecting to be raeding Whitney Houston's name but in a way it doesn't surprise me one iota as the woman has been on a drug/health battle for many years.
R.I.P Whitney
Very sad to hear of this.
Yep very sad indeed. I remember her early stuff coming out when i was young. Back in the late 80's early 90's she was right up there with Madonna & MJ that's how big she was back then.
I'm always at work when I hear these news about artists I love. Whitney really hits the spot for me though, one of my favourite artists of all time (probably my third of fourth), and someone whose music has had much more influence in my life than MJ. RIP.
R.I.P Whitney Houston
such a voice and such a star, RIP Whitney.
Davy Jones of the Monkees has died of an apparent heart attack aged 66. The singer had been on a solo tour this month and had complained of chest pains the previous evening and was admitted to a hospital in Stuart Florida.

Jones was born in Manchester, England and started acting as a child, though he got his big break in 1965 when he joined The Monkees. The group had a hugely successful television series, and a slew of hit songs in the late 1960s. At their peak in 1967 they sold more records than the Beatles.

That's very sad, RIP

Just for future reference we have an 'In Memoriam' thread.
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R.I.P. Davy Jones

My fav Monkees albums :
* The Monkees (1966)
* More Of The Monkees (1967)
* Headquaters (1967)
* Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd (1967)
* The Birds, The Bees And The Monkees (1968)
* Head (1968)

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An Australian entertainer since the early 60's has passed away today (March 11th, 2012), Ian Turpie.

Host in the 80's of The Price is Right, he was a pop singer and regular TV singer in the 60's and 70's, whose honesty and boy next door looks made him a household name around the country.
That's sad news. I remember him on The Price Is Right and Supermarket Sweep. He was definitely an icon of 80s TV show.
The AFL community is in mourning after Melbourne Demons great Jim Stynes lost his battle with cancer. Stynes was diagnosed with cancer in July 2009 and he fought courageously for almost three years. He was 45.

R.I.P one of the greats of football, he will be sadly missed.
Greg Ham [Men At Work] - 27-09-1953-19-04-2012 [58]

Who Can It Be Now - #02 [1981] EOY: #009 [1981]
Down Under - #01 [1981] EOY: #088 / #024 [1981 / 1982]
Be Good Johnny - #08 [1982] EOY: #067 [1982]
Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive - #11 [1982] EOY: #088 [1983]
Overkill - #05 [1983] EOY: #081 [1983]
It's A Mistake - #34 [1983]
Hire Wire - #89 [1983]
Everything I Need - #37 [1985]
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Which part of Men At Work was he?

And also Dick Clark past away.
The saxophone player he also played multiple instruments
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G'day, Greg Ham was the bands flautist...you know that great part in "Down Under" that suppossedly ripped of "Kookaburra". And yes like martin stated a saxophonist and multi-instumentalist.

And Dick Clark the host of American Bandstand...one of the biggest US music TV shows throughout the 60's...and a US national institution when it came too presenting music too the States and the world.

Sad too loose two great people that effected the music world in thier own ways...
RIP Adam MCA Yauch

"i'll stir-fry you in my wok..."
RIP MCA sad day for rap/hip hop...will be sorely missed
Oh no that's terrible
This is sad. The 'cool' artists of the late 80's, and another pioneer in hip hop music.
Donald "Duck" Dunn has passed away (aged 70), best know for being the bass player for Booker.T. & The M.G's. He was also a session musician for Atlantic records and can be heard on hundreds of classic R&B tracks from the 60's & 70's, most noteably Otis Redding's hits. Later in his career he featured in The Blues Brothers movie as part of the house band.
The Queen of Disco Donna Summer has passed away aged 63 after a long battle with cancer. Best known for her huge hits throughout the disco era with such classics "Hot Stuff", "I Feel Love", "Love To Love You Baby", "Bad Girls" and later the iconic "She Works Hard For The Money"...a massive talent and voice that will be missed...RIP
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23-Feb-76Love to Love You Baby41950 / 76
8-Aug-77I Feel Love(1) 12317 / 77
21-Nov-77Theme from "The Deep" (Down Deep Inside)7013-
20-Feb-78I Love You(2) 774-
5-Jun-78I Love You ®4710-
4-Sep-78Last Dance6910-
23-Oct-78MacArthur Park82296 / 78
19-Mar-79Heaven Knows152096 / 79
21-May-79Hot Stuff(1) 12217 / 79
16-Jul-79Bad Girls1416-
5-Nov-79No More Tears (Enough is Enough) with Barbra Streisand(5) 82193 / 79 81 / 80
3-Mar-80On the Radio3616-
13-Oct-80The Wanderer(2) 61765 / 80
4-May-81Who Do You Think You're Foolin'1001-
2-Aug-82Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)(2) 1717-
6-Dec-82State of Independence1001-
17-Jan-83State of Independence (R)3028-
18-Jul-83She Works Hard for the Money41750 / 83
10-Oct-83Unconditional Love575-
15-Oct-84There Goes My Baby(2) 528-
17-Jul-89This Time I Know it's for Real(2) 3419-
14-Aug-89This Time I Know it's for Real40--
13-Nov-89Love's About to Change My Heart832-
4-Dec-94Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved)795-
5-Nov-95I Feel Love '95804-
23-Aug-99I Will Go With You971-

1-Mar-76LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY(2) 72045 / 76
10-May-76A LOVE TRILOGY3226-
4-Jul-77I REMEMBER YESTERDAY42921 / 77
19-Dec-77ONCE UPON A TIME4418-
9-Oct-78LIVE AND MORE2731-
28-May-79BAD GIRLS(2) 62621 / 79
12-Nov-79ON THE RADIO: GREATEST HITS VOL 1 & 2162295 / 80
10-Nov-80THE WANDERER1812-
16-Aug-82DONNA SUMMER4514-
25-Apr-83DONNA SUMMER ®752-
30-May-83GREATEST HITS VOLUMES 1 & 2161792 / 83

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Aww that's sad news, I didn't even know she had cancer! These are my top ten Donna Summer tracks:

1. Macarthur Park
2. She Works Hard For The Money
3. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
4. On The Radio
5. Hot Stuff
6. Dim All The Lights
7. Last Dance
8. Bad Girls
9. I Feel Love
10. Heaven Knows
Wow. I had no idea she had cancer either. Poor girl. R.I.P hunny. Here's my Top 10...

1. I Feel Love (1977)
2. She Works Hard for the Money (1983)
3. This Time I Know it's for Real (1989)
4. Hot Stuff (1979)
5. Love to Love You Baby (1976)
6. No More Tears (Enough is Enough) (with Barbra Streisand) (1979)
7. On the Radio (1980)
8. Bad Girls (1979)
9. The Wanderer (1980)
10. Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger) (1982)
OMG, R.I.P. Donna Summer
Dissapointed, I hope we can see a chart re-entry.
R.I.P. - Peter Jones - Crowded House
Wow R.I.P., he was only the drummer for Crowded House when they reformed in 2006 onwards but still very sad.
Robin Gibb BeeGees (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012)

Top 5 BeeGees songs IMO:

1. Tragedy (1979)
2. How Deep Is Your Love (1977)
3. Alone (1997)
4. More Than A Woman (1978)
5. Staying Alive (1977)
Sadly, I've known for a month that Robin was gravely ill. R.I.P. mate! Here's my Bee Gees Top 15...

1. Words (1968)
2. You Should Be Dancing (1976)
3. Stayin' Alive (1978)
4. How Deep is Your Love (1977)
5. Jive Talkin' (1975)
6. More Than a Woman (1978)
7. Alone (1997)
8. Night Fever (1978)
9. Tragedy (1979)
10. To Love Somebody (1967)
11. You Win Again (1987)
12. If I Can't Have You (1977)
13. One (1989)
14. Immortality (with Celine Dion) (1998)
15. Too Much Heaven (1978)
OMG what's going on this year, so many huge losses in music R.I.P. Robin Gibb.
Just when it looked like he was going on the way up

I like Stayin' Alive, but my all-time favourite is easily Spicks & Specks. R.I.P.
Very sad loss, he had been sick for a while
These are my favourites from the Bee Gees:

1. Words
2. How Deep Is Your Love
3. Massachusetts
4. To Love Somebody
5. You Win Again
6. New York Mining Disaster 1941
7. More than A Woman
8. Tragedy
9. Alone
10. I Started A Joke
R.I.P. Robin Gibb

My fav Bee Gees tracks :

1. Stayin' Alive
2. I've Gottta Get A Message To You
3. To Love Somebody
4. Jive Talkin'
5. Massachusetts
6. Run To Me
7. Night Fever
8. New York Mining Disaster 1941
9. Lonely Days
10. How Deep Is Your Love

Best Albums :

* Bee Gees First (1967)
* Odessa (1969)
* Saturday Night Fever (1977) [with other artists]
* Spirits Having Flown (1979)

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Sad news on Robin Gibb. The Bee Gees remain one of my favourite acts of the past.
My fave ballads: 1) How Deep Is Your Love, 2) Too Much Heaven, 3) How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
My fave disco tracks: 1) You Should Be Dancing, 2) Night Fever, 3) Stayin' Alive
Bob Welch - 31-08-1945-07-06-2012 [66] [Fleetwood Mac]
Ebony Eyes #02 [1978]
Previous Love #37 [1979]
Eduard Khil, best known as the "Trololo" singer, has died in St. Petersburg, aged 77.
Heard about that a couple of days ago through facebook.
Sadly (yes, really), Gotye has taken his own life. His music will be sadly missed (no, not really).

How terrible am I that when I read your post savage my first thought was 'Man STIUTK is never going to leave our chart' Thank goodness I read the article.
Yeeahaha Billeh. I think that's the first time I've said "Gotye" on this site. Oh crap! I just said it again!
Darryl Cotton - 04-09-1949-27-07-2012 [62] [Zoot]

Really Love Zoot - Eleanor Rigby.
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Heard that earlier today...though i'm not a fan of Darryl Cotton (my dad had this terrible greatest hits cassette he used too always play... just he's solo gear...not Zoot...lol)....RIP too an Australian music icon.
Natina Reed 28-10-979-27-10-2012 [32] [Natina / Blaque Ivory]

It's Over - #15 [2001] <G> (Natina)
I'm Good - #28 [2004] (Blaque Ivory)

Only one day before her thirty-third birthday.
It's especially sad when a person dies who is younger than me. R.I.P. Natina.
Natina RIP
She was in the movie Bring It On.
She played her role pretty well I thought.
G'day, yesterday the most famous "World Music" musician passed away after complications during surgery.....this being the great Ravi Shankar (aged 92).

Ravi an Indian sitar player became the most famous exponent of "world music" during the 1960's (and beyond), through he's connection with The Beatles (especially George Harrison [he was George's sitar teacher]), he's incredible performances at The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969 and he's ground breaking album of 1968 "Sounds Of India".

He single handedly popularized eastern music in western pop culture. A massive talent and a beautiful soul, will be sadly missed. R.I.P.
R.I.P. Jenni Rivera, biggest popstar in Mexico. Died in a plane crash December 9th. 02/07/1969-09/12/2012. (43 Years Old)
Farewell Tony Grieg, a great cricketer (all round the world).
That is sad news indeed.
Yeah heard that on the radio whilst grabbin' some brews...was a shocked to say the least....used to love he's pitch reports....and the key....gold.....R.I.P. Tony Greig
Very sad
It was only just a few weeks ago he was talking to the commentators during the Test matches and saying how he was going in for treatment. He had such a positive outlook on the whole situation. He will be missed.

In more Cricket news, Mike Hussey has retired from Interational cricket.
Is it too early to start proding around his grave with my keys?
LOL Beanie. I shouldn't laugh but I can't help it (the story of my life!)
Adrian Thomas, aka 'DJ Ajax' died yesterday, after being hit by a truck
sadly missed will be Chrissy Amphlett from Divinyls who passed away today (53) after several cancer related illnesses.


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Didn't even realise she was unwell, that's terrible to hear
That is very sad news
Oh that's awful, RIP
R.I.P. to one of the world's greatest women in rock Chrissy Amphlett, will be sadly missed
Very sad to hear the passing of Chrissie Amphlett. One of my all time favourites and a pioneer for australian female rock music.
Very sad to hear this
Yesterday American folk musician and political activist Richie Havens died of a heart attack (aged 72). He's best known for being the opening act at Woodstock (1969). R.I.P.
Chris Kelly of 90's Hip Hop duo Kris Kross dies age 34. It's really sad because they were a group I grew up with in the 90's:

Sad news today for all the old skool metal heads out there.

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died today aged 49.

\M/ R.I.P \M/
R.I.P Jeff Hanneman

Love Slayer's 80's albums, might have to crank one up tonight in memory.
Keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, Ray Manzarek has passed away in Germany last night after complications with bile duct cancer. He was 74.... Very sad...The Doors are one of my fav bands.... R.I.P Ray
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This death was overlooked...

Ricardo Da Force was a rapper he was most known for his work in the following songs.

#03 - 3AM Eternal [The KLF].
#05 - Last Train To Trancentral [The KLF].
#03 - Justified & Ancient [The KLF].
#01 - Stayin' Alive [N-Trance].
#100 - Electronic Pleasure [N-Trance].
#82 - D.I.S.C.O. [N-Trance].
#03 - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? [N-Trance / Rod Stewart].
#35 - Paradise City [N-Trance].

His contributions to both The KLF & N-Trance were good.
Lead singer & frontman of Yothu Yindi, as well as former Australian Of The Year MANDAWUY YUNUPINGU has died aged 56. Manadwuy is also Geoffry Gurrumul Yunupingu's uncle.


Far too young
WTF! Seriously waste of life.
So sad to hear. Like ridiculously sad
Regardless of your feelings about the show or its music. A very very sad day.
Probably the worst celebrity death I've had to encounter, due to me being such a fan of the show & the cast - he was a man who tried his hardest to kick his addiction but unfortunately ultimately lost. Very sad.. RIP Cory Monteith, a true talent and role model.
I was not seriously expecting that
Very sad
Very sad to hear
Waste of life.
I heard about him going to rehab so it's not an entire shock. Still very sad news to hear. Drugs are bad.
Marcia Wallace who voiced Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons passed away on Friday.

Very sad as I love The Simpsons
Very sad to hear
Sad news
Also just in, rock legend Lou Reed has died at age 71
Yeah I just heard that, RIP Lou Reed
That is so sad.
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So sad to hear this morning of the passing of Lou Reed, one of my fav musicians ever....

He's work with The Velvet Underground through the 1960's and solo work through the 1970's is some of the most influential and highly regarded music ever recorded. Will be sadly missed.... R.I.P. Lou Reed
wtf, this is truly sad, such a talented actor everyone is saying its a hoax by TMZ but it definitely seems real, so so sad
I will miss him more for his looks more than his "acting"
That is quite a shock for me as I am a fan of the 'Fast & Furious' franchise, and was really looking forward to the seventh instalment.

Such eerie circumstances in which he died under.
R.I.P Nelson Mandela

Truly an inspirational man whose legacy will remain for generations to come.
R.I.P Nelson Mandela
R.I.P Paul Walker & Nelson Mandela
RIP indeed
It's not often a human that graces this planet can leave such a profound effect on the conscience of all...

A man with undeniable qualities of honesty, dignity, passion, mercy, love and all for freedom....something that is taken for granted by far too many people....these are qualities that every person should strive for and aspire too.

Thankyou Nelson Mandela for everything you did too make this planet a better place.

Well said Joe
That is very sad. R.I.P.

Rattle and Cry (Just A Little) are really good house tunes, I'd never got around to listening to their other tracks though which is something I should do.
What a sad event Unfortunately I was never a fan of their style of dance.
Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers has passed away aged 74 after complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A massive influence on the course of contemporary music with many classic hits with his brother. Will be sadly missed...Bye, Bye Love
Anna Gordy Gaye - wife of Marvin Gaye, american composer and songwriter age 92
Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away today at the age of 46, R.I.P. another great actor gone too young
R.I.P Doc Neeson, lead singer and lyricist for Australian Pub Rock legends the Angels. Lost his battle with brain cancer aged 67... Very sad news for all rock fans...
That is sad news. I saw The Angels live many years ago. It was a great gig. The guys put on a great show.
very sad news indeed, i've always regarded The Angels as one of the most under rated bands in Australia ever and Doc as one of the best front men to come out of this country.
Even though there day in the sun was over nearly two decades ago they will never be the same without Doc.

R.I.P Mr. Neeson
Alice The nanny/maid from the Brady bunch also died this week.

She was healthy but had an accidental fall and never recovered from head injuries.
Yesterday another Australian rock icon sadly passed away, Jim Keays lead singer of The Masters Apprentices who had such classic hits as "Because I Love You", "Turn Up Your Radio", "Living In A Child's Dream", "Think About Tomorrow Today" & "Undecided". After a long battle with cancer Keays succumbed to the disease age 67.
Yeah that's 3 iconic faces in such a short space of time also don't forget Rik Mayall of Young Ones fame also passed away this week, i'm getting old
R.I.P. Gerry Goffin...

One of the greatest composers ever in contemporary music!!!...he's songs composed with Carole King are amongst some of the most well know and highly regarded of the1960's....there are many, many classic composition's throughout this period by this duo...."The Brill Building" golden era of sound gave the decade a wonderful underline from the more obvious artists/composers of the day....

Sad day for anyone who really digs early Pop/Rock music...

And R.I.P. Rick Mayall... loved everything that guy did, hilarious man... and yeah Beanster we are getting old...I had some young people at work say to me "what is The Young Ones"....Nooooooo!!!!!

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Last surviving Ramone, Tommy Ramone, passed away today aged 62
Legendary Blues guitarist Johnny Winter has passed away at the age of 70. Easily one of the most incredible guitarists too walk the planet, a huge influence on all of he's peers...Richards, Hendrix, Lennon etc.... R.I.P.

R.I.P. Tommy Ramone also... very sad... love the Ramones...
Damn they are dropping like flies lately

I know it's not really music related but my heart goes out to all the people who lost loved ones this morning on flight MH17, such an atrocity for this day in age but I guess the world was never the same after 911.
Just kinda scary at to what this could mean in the whole scale of things especially with Russia involved, also what's happening in Israel it's a pretty tense time atm
Agreed. So sad

I wish it would all stop. And what's terrible is that some of the passengers on board MH17 were attending a HIV/AIDS conference, which would have helped fight against deaths related to that disease.

Poor Malaysian Airlines, two incidents already.
It is sad to hear about the terrible incidents which Malaysian Airlines is facing with the loss of two planes. The world is turning unsafe for innocent people. Israel's intensive attacks on Gaza infrastructure has taken many lives. It is very depressing when you hear such news.
Legendary actor Robin Williams has died, aged 63.
What a terrific actor he has been over 35 years. He's in two of my favourite movies ever (Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire). R.I.P. Robin
R.I.P. Robin Williams and a R.I.P. to all others who mentioned in this thread who have passed away since I last commented
Robin Williams.

He actually achieved the rare feat on my personal chart of having just one song chart for only one week in the lowest position. The song was "My Way (A Mi Manera)" from Happy Feet.
R.I.P. Robin Williams

A legendary comedic talent that will be missed.
Nanu-Nanu...RI.P. Robin Williams

Thankyou for all the laughter you brought to millions across the globe... a priceless gift...
R.I.P. to a wonderfully talented and legendary actor
Of all celebrity deaths this has affected me the most. Some celebrities like Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson have affected me but i didn't really grow up listening to or watching their work. Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire were movies that i grew up watching and i'll never be able to watch either the same way now
Today we mourn the sudden passing of Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall (1924-2014). Famous for her role in such films as "To Have and Have Not" and "The Mirror Has Two Faces".
RIP to acclaimed British actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough (1923-2014). Best known for his roles in films such as Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park. Passed away today, 5 days short of his 91st birthday.
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RIP Richard Attenborough. Knew this was coming. He's been in a nursing home for a while now and has been suffering from Alzheimer's for even longer. Really sad as i loved Jurassic Park
R.I.P. Richard Attenborough, not only was he a fine actor he was a conservationist like his brother and gave so much of his time and energy for the betterment of the globe and it's environment. Will be sadly missed...
Bass player jay Curly from Aussie band Tumbleweed died suddenly yesterday.

Tumbleweed had a couple of top 50 hits in the early-mid nineties but nothing big.
Actress and comedian Joan Rivers has died today, aged 81.
Simone Battle of GRL has passed away aged 25
Does anyone have any news on the death of simone battle from G.R.L. ?
This has surprised me as their current ?

Death of joan rivers is shit I'll miss her!
R.I.P. Simone. The death was supposedly from suicide; it's sad how much depression can take over one's life and then essentially take it away

(I posted about her death earlier today but removed the post as there wasn't enough confirmation at the time, but it looks like it's been properly confirmed now.)
There still doesn't seem to be a lot of information on her death but from what I know it was supposedly suicide. It's always very sad to hear about a death, but especially so with someone so young and that it was suicide. R.I.P. Simone and R.I.P. Joan Rivers too
It has been confirmed by family and people that have worked with her. Still nothing from GRL, or the label.
There's an official statement from their management/label here:
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Rest in peace Joan Rivers. Your comic genius is legendary and your legacy will live on. Thank you for the laughter you have brought to us.

Also rest in peace Simone Battle. I have tweeted about this before but I think it's such a loss and so sad to lose someone so young, especially to suicide. Simone was very talented and I'm so sad that she has passed away so recently just as Ugly Heart had began to find success here and worldwide. Suicide is never something that shouldn't be taken seriously, and hopefully other people will take a cue from her death and seek help of they're battling personal issues, depression or are considering these motives.
Ed Nimmervol passed away at the age of 67, with Ed being the first person to do a national chart for Go-Set in 1966, and later he established Take 40 amongst his many other achievements.

Jack Bruce vocalist, composer and multi instrumentalist...and member of the 60's super group Cream has passed away from liver disease, aged 71. Bruce sung and wrote most of the groups biggest and most loved tunes. Very sad news indeed
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Today we mourn the passing of iconic jazz clarinetist Acker Bilk, aged 85.
RIP Carol Ann Susi (1952-2014)

Best known for the famous catchphrase: "HOWARD, THE PHONE IS RINGING!!", among others.
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Earlier this week, Motown performer Jimmy Ruffin passed away, aged 78. Famous for such hits as "What Becomes of The Broken Hearted" and "Hold On (To My Love)".
Cricketer Phillip Hughes has tragically succumb to his injuries, and has died, aged 25. RIP
I can't believe it. I really thought he'd pull through.
So tragic, RIP

R.I.P. Phillip Hughes.

A young talent taken far too soon.
Legendary saxophonist Bobby Keys has passed away from liver complications aged 70. He was best known for his work with The Rolling Stones during the late 60's and early 70's; he also played with the likes of Buddy Holly, John Lennon, George Harrison & Eric Clapton throughout an amazing career. A huge under rated talent that will be missed by all rockers.
Ian McLagan keyboardist, songwriter & occasional vocalist has passed away aged 69 after suffering a stroke. Most famous has a member of the 60's mod band Small Faces which in turn became Faces through the 70's. Another sad loss for Rock & Roll.
Yesterday, music download service BigPond Music passed away, aged 11. R.I.P.
. Right in going to say it, it's not directed at anyone or meant to cause a riot BUT... This thread is for death of music related people. At some point it changed to anyone that made the news which in reality I don't really care for as I come here for lots of things music related.
To be fair, this is in the General Discussion section. If it had to be music-related, it would be in the appropriate section as such. Besides, the first post on this thread was for someone who was predominantly an actor anyway.
Not directed at anyone yet you've had plenty of chances to express your opinion and have actively promoted the use of this thread for deaths of people unrelated to music

While the thread's main intention is obviously for deaths by musicians, I don't see the problem with posting about deaths of others. Completely agree with what irelander has said.
Zacco333 please tell me where I have promoted someone other than music in this thread... The majority of the thread was music based. General discussion well it doesn't mean it right.

Where does it stop..? I saw a dead possum on the way to work. Just because I posted after yours zacco doesn't mean it's based solely on your post.
"Death of joan rivers is shit I'll miss her!"
Today, a ringtail possum near NateBoi's workplace passed away, age unknown. R.I.P.
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lol @ savage.

Yeah that's ne commenting on her death every death is horrible I have never posted about about someone that wasn't music related. That's what I'm saying lets get back to the music.

Howard the phone is ringing? Cricketer, siege victims, Paul walker.. Music music music.

By the way it was a ringtail possum.
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To be fair, this is in the General Discussion section. If it had to be music-related, it would be in the appropriate section as such. Besides, the first post on this thread was for someone who was predominantly an actor anyway.
Fuck this shit!

1: zacco333 you changed it with the woman who voiced Edna from the Simpsons 27/10/2013.

16/09/2009 the thread was created and it mentions artists so for 4 years it was music based then it changed.

2; irelander the thread sections did not exist when this thread was created it was just lumped into the category.

So I'm going back on what I said..it is about someone. It's about zacco who pointed out I made s comment on Joan rivers and I wasn't even the original poster. Reading back looking at the thread it's just become seriously fucking retarded especially knowing it all started with Edna from the Simpsons. By the way irelander bouncing back with the same comment which isn't fair at all it doesn't even make sense has pissed me right off. My engine has started and I'll tell you now I am not gonna put up with this serious fucking crap bring it.

I'd just like to point out that in 2011, before I even knew this site existed bulion posted: "I know she wasn't a singer, but people of this ranking don't pass away every day..." with a link to actress Elizabeth Taylor
I must say I was a little annoyed by the Sydney siege making its way here. I'm always interested when there's a new post to see who has passed on.

I did start this thread to honour music artists, and Patrick Swayze did kick off the list for his contribution to the charts. Had he not had a Top Ten hit, he would not have been the first post. Even Joan Rivers made the Australian charts (I'm pretty sure) with an album in the 80's (it got to, like, #81, or something), and Robin Williams had a few albums in the charts at some time. However, the Sydney siege victims, with all due respect, did not chart in Australia, and so have no place here. Their place is on TheAge.com etc, and I gave them my time throughout the day. Aus-charts is my escape from all that bad stuff.

We were bombarded with tributes for Philip Hughes, and the Sydney victims all over the place. It seems members here just wanted to be "the one" who posted a new tragedy in this thread. I'm more interested in the posts about a keyboardist from whatever band that is not brought to the public's attention by the news.

We have no control over who posts here, but with respect to the members who have joined this site for its music content, it would be nice to keep it relevant.
Joe Cocker has passed away, at the age of 70.
R.I.P. Joe Cocker, one of the greatest interpreters of contemporary song of the past 50 years.
Joe Cocker is really one of my favorite I love his greatest interpreters of contemporary song.
Lead singer of Visage, Steve Strange, has died aged 55 following a heart attack. R.I.P.

Singer Lesley Gore who had a #1 in Australia with the track "It's My Party" in 1963, has passed away aged 68 overnight. The cause of her death is lung cancer I believe. R.I.P. to Lesley and all others that have been mentioned since I last commented
R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy, Passed away age 83 today.

He released five albums as well as a singer, so this post is relevant so certain people don't sook
He lived long and prospered.
Embarrassingly most of my limited Star Trek knowledge comes from Big Bang Theory Nevertheless this was quite a shock, RIP.
I understand that people feel passionate about subjects, and there are other ways to express yourself without having to swear, in life and ON THESE THREADS.

If you wanna tussle it out, then do so in the chat room, but petty fighting, bickering about opinions or posts and/or swearing in posts will see people dismissed or partially banned from using the site.

Stefan and I keep an eye on these things and when complaints start coming in about abuse, swearing or bullying it could be seen as a sign that somebody might get kicked off the site. We have all had abuse/abusers in our lives, we don't need it in here.

Lets not have a page for In Memorium: Manners.

I'm standing by my words. If anyone took a jab at me whether it be online or in person there going to get the same response.

I chose to swear because I "tussled" it out in the chat forum which obviously didn't do anything.

I've expressed myself politely enough. Being maliciously targeted on my posts regardless of their topic or in-boxed just because one doesn't like me for whatever reason is just not good enough.

I'm getting extremely agitated with not being able to just log in & read, post & discuss music charts. Clearly if I have to express my frustration via an explicit post it's because I've had enough of the childish antics of some members.

This comment

He released five albums as well as a singer, so this post is relevant so certain people don't sook

Is an absolute hook for a reply and Nate you were baited and to be perfectly honest I found it hilarious your reply, hence my response.

Bulion is right though it isn't a good look for the site and yes i know there is a 'super special group of friends' on this site but we really shouldn't let them bring our standards down.

Keyboard warriors mate.
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Charmayne Maxwell of RnB group Brownstone has died after a freak accident, falling and cutting her neck on a wine glass. Ouch!

Charmayne was 46.

Brownstone had moderate success in the 90's as follows:

1. If You Love Me (1995, #13)
2. Grapevyne (1995, #44)
3. I Can't Tell You Why (1995, #57)

1. Brownstone (1995, #17)
That's sad to hear I know the song "If you love me" from one of my R&B DVD's
I read that she had died but I had no idea the death was so random. It almost sounds like something I'd expect to see on CSI as a cause of death.
"If You Love Me" is a really good 90's track. Billybrett the death is obscure reminded me of final destination.
10/03/2015 10:14
Chris A


Absolute legend, Thank you for bringing so much laughter in the young years of my life and heaps of excellent quotes that will never be forgotten!

Please post in the right place, this didn't need it's own thread.


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To be fair, he was following the suggestions made by many others to not post about deaths irrelevant to music in this thread

Although I do agree that a single death isn't really worthy of having its own thread

Oh and I should probably make this post actually relevant, R.I.P. Sam Simon as well as Leonard Nimoy, Charmayne Maxwell and any other deaths that may have gone unmentioned in this thread.
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Until we get it sorted this will have to do and nobody said to NOT post other deaths here.
This thread is titled "In Memoriam", not "In Memoriam of Musicians"...

Though I've only posted respects to musicians, actors and a freedom fighter on here (and a sportsman...hahaha...)...I have no problem with people showing respect to know figures (anyone in the field of arts, social figures who make a difference), yet posting about the death of ordinary folk caught up in tragedies...is a tad extreme...

Anyways that's my view on the subject...
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Exactly what my thoughts are Joe
Oh Pa-lease...

How bout we stop this. I'm getting a bit tired of a death causing an onslaught of what we should be posting here, rather than celebrating and honouring their lives.

Poor Spock's death seemed a bit lost in the controversy of the thread.

I think this site is all about pop culture, and so, such deaths should be posted. I can't say I would approve of sporting deaths here, but I would be contradicting myself to say "no" as we do have a thread about sports. But leave the politicians, everyday folk, etc. to The Age or [insert local newspaper here].

Oh dear, now I have posted another irrelevant post to the spirit of this thread.
Again to clarify Nobody has come out and said non musicians could not be honored on this thread!

So until it said otherwise all In Memoriam posts should be kept on this thread, not another seperate thread.

I really don't see what the fuss is
I only posted about the deaths of the Sydney Siege victims because the Malaysian Airlines incident was posted about and drew no criticsm from anyone, so I was under the impression that this would be a non-issue and I'm disappointed that it has turned into an unnecessarily big issue and that these concerns were not expressed until when it was considering that many deaths unrelated to music had been posted about before. Could've saved a whole lot of unnecessary arguing as well as unsettling and aggressive comments directed at both myself and others.

What Joe has said seems to be the most logical solution in my opinion and I have no problem abiding by those rules if they are put in place. Even if this is a music site this thread IS in the general discussion thread as previously stated and there are many non-music related threads on this site so it would be fair to assume any deaths are relevant to post here. Obviously the last few months of posts has outlined what people believe should and shouldn't be posted here, but maybe a forum section move or a guidelines type thing in the OP would help solve this problem?

I'd hate to see this site tainted over what is an easily solvable issue and don't want this thread to be derailed even further and turn into an argument that's longer than it already is. I hope we can all solve this issue and move on to focusing our energy on more important and positive things on the site

@Beanster Maybe not in those exact words, but NateBoi and chri8topher expressed their concerns over the posting of non-music related deaths after my post about the Sydney Siege victims and had the view that posting of those deaths is not relevant to the thread and shouldn't be allowed. Unless I'm reading this all wrong?
So this morning a person had created a new thread so they could honor a person's death just because they felt it was wrong to post it in the thread it was created for.

At no point were rules stated that a famous sports person or my mother for that matter could not be grieved in this thread.

So do we need to have rules just around this issue?
Do we need to adhere to please a few that believe it is wrong?

What had happened a few weeks back was a few had taken to making this issue personal and conflict was created.

So the question is does everybody want a seperate In Memoriam thread to it's actual category?

C'mon guys we're not in pre school anymore
I just wanted to add my (rather long) two cents to the discussion, given that MY post was the one that sparked the initial issue of what deaths should and should not be posted in this thread. Your second point is correct that until that moment there was nothing saying I couldn't make this post, if there were I doubt I would have considered posting such a thing.

I would like some consensus on the issue so we can avoid arguments in the future as it just makes me sad that we already over 20 posts in the past few months regarding it when it could've been solved when the issue was initially brought to attention. There are obviously members who have strong feelings either for or against the posting of any deaths so while it's hard to please everyone, it would be good if we could at least please as many as possible. I would be happy if any death (within reason of course) could be posted about in the thread or if we follow joe's suggestion. But if a consensus was reached that only deaths relevant to music should be posted, I'm happy to accept that and move on from all of this
One thread should be music/movie related and another should be non-music/movie related so this issue can finally end
I second (well, third) Joe's motion.
Okay, so on the 16-12-2014 I voiced what was on my mind regarding this thread.

When the thread was created 16-09-2009 it was aimed towards the death of any who had some showing on the Australian Charts. Looking back then there wasn't any focus outside of the music scope.

We need to remember that "threads" for this site weren't originally in categories. As the site expanded different ideas spawned creating different topics.

The core of this site is music. That's what it boils down to. We come here for our personal music charts, the official chart, music reviews, endless games around music. If I wanted to see who passed in general I could utilise the death page in Wikipedia.

Focusing on chart related death's I think is the best option. I am happy to move away from this if overall people don't agree. Change happens whether you like or not. It's good to see discussion.

I feel though that maybe this issue continues to rear it's head because of Chris A is dissatisfied in general with the happenings overtime. Hopefully all this input means we can resolve it.

Only reared its head again cause I created a thread away from here and it got moved back again so I guess I did the wrong thing , Then Zacco & Beanster started the discussion on it, so please don't bring my name into this conversation, It's nothing to do with me.
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I left the house unlocked. I guess I did the wrong thing ?
My housemates started talking about how stuff was stolen, don't bring me into it though, it's nothing to do with me.

I agree with NateBoi
Today, we mourn the passing of Mike Porcaro, long-time bassist of acclaimed '80s rock band Toto, after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 59. R.I.P.
As an important historical figure in Australia, I believe that we should recognise that today we mourn the passing of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser . Famous for his commitments to Australia's multi-culturalism, the 22nd PM passed away peacefully in his home today - he was 84 years old.

R.I.P. (1930-2015)
A.J. Pero, Twisted Sister's drummer, passed away yesterday American time aged 55. R.I.P.
Jackie Trent who wrote hits for Petula Clark and Frank Sinatra as well as the Neighbours theme died March 21, 2015.

some kid rapper called Lil Chris passed away this week.

He had a top 3 hit in the UK after appearing on Gene Simmons reality show.

So sad hearing depression affects such a young person.
Today, we mourn the passing of long-time cricketer and sports commentator Richie Benaud .

See you at stumps, mate.
This is the saddest passing for me since Phillip Hughes (another cricketer). I'm a teary mess. R.I.P. Richie. You were the voice of cricket.
RIP Richie, massive loss to the game of cricket today.
Haven't watched much cricket in years but this one really hit me to wake up to; such a legend
Twooooo for twenty-twooooo.... R.I.P. Ritchie

Will certainly be giving my 12th Man albums a spin this weekend...
Soul singer, Percy Sledge, most famous for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman", has passed away aged 74 following a long battle with liver cancer. R.I.P.

Confession: For some reason I always though Percy Sledge was the name of a group not a solo artist.
Heard that this morning...very sad news indeed. Not know for many songs but that one hit in 1966 is an absolute power house of a song...brilliant. R.I.P. Percy Sledge
American R&B legend Ben E. King passed away last night at age 76
I found it sad to read that one of the twins from the show Everybody Loves Raymond shot himself last weekend.

He was 19.

Suicide is a terrible thing.
^ R.I.P.
"Stand By Me" is such an amazing song. I had a soft spot for the dreadful remake by 4 The Cause. Percy Sledge & Ben E. King both in 2015.
Same NateBoi, love "Stand By Me"....though I've always had a soft spot for John Lennon's cover...still the original is untouchable. R.I.P. Ben E. King
Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown has died of liver cancer aged 71. The band enjoyed three Top Ten hits in Australia during the 70's and 80's, including the iconic "You Sexy Thing" which saw a mini-revival in the charts in 1998 courtesy of "The Full Monty".

Complete Hot Chocolate Charting Singles
1. EMMA (1974 - #6, 23 weeks)
2. YOU SEXY THING (1976 - #4, 26 weeks)
3. SO YOU WIN AGAIN (1977 - #12, 30 weeks)
4. EVERY ONE'S A WINNER (1978 - #12, 21 weeks)
5. GIRL CRAZY (1982 - #9, 22 weeks)
6. I'LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN (1979 - #12, 21 weeks)
7. IT STARTED WITH A KISS (1982 - #15, 21 weeks)
8. HEAVEN IS IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CADILLAC (1977 - #32, 20 weeks)
9. BROTHER LOUIE (1973 - #25, 13 weeks)
10. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT (1980 - #56, 12 weeks)
11. CHERI BABE (1975 - #68, 7 weeks)
12. PUT YOUR LOVE IN ME (1978 - #90, 5 weeks)
13. A CHILD'S PRAYER (1975 - #92, 3 weeks)
14. CHANCES (1983 - #85, 3 weeks)
Sad to hear. I particularly liked 'You Sexy Thing', 'Every 1's A Winner' and 'It Started With A Kiss'.
Loved Hot Chocolate when I was a little kid in the early 80's(and still do)... R.I.P. Errol Brown
Blues legend B.B. King has passed away aged 89. He passed away in his sleep after a long battle with a diabetes-related illness. Incredibly sad news for the music world, one of the true greats. R.I.P.
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R.I.P B.B. What a voice!

Here's my favourite of his (with U2) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3wgoaONzwo
RIP B.B. King, sad loss

When Love Comes To Town is quality
Legendary actor and occasional recording artist Christopher Lee passed away tonight aged 93
I guess his evil deeds as Count Dracula, Saruman, the Jabberwocky and Count Dooku could not remain unpunished. He will be sorely missed. R.I.P.
R.I.P. Count Dooku ...I mean Christopher Lee, got Star Wars on the brain a lot lately...

Very sad news indeed, a wonderful actor and one of the greatest when it came to portraying a darker psyche.
Ornette Coleman is super sad.... what an amazing Jazz musician (in my opinion only second to Coltrane as the greatest saxophonist ever)... nearly single handily created "Avant-garde" free form jazz in the late 50's and early 60's...
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Very saddened to just hear James Horner, a prominent film composer responsible for the soundtracks of Avatar, Titanic, Braveheart and many others just died in a plane crash. RIP
Very sad news indeed. And apart from his success with the Titanic project on the ARIA chart. He also managed to chart as a song writer with the hit Somewhere Out There and being sampled by DJ Sakin in Protect Your Mind.

A great composer who created many memorable themes. I will miss seeing his name in the opening credits of movies.
Chris Squire from Yes died on Saturday. He was only member of the band to play on all 21 of their albums.

Former Fairport Convention and Joe Cocker drummer Bruce Rowland has died.

May God rest the soul of Nick Cave's 15yo son Arthur, who was found at the bottom of a cliff in Brighton, Sussex, and later died in hospital.

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Singer and TV star, Cilla Black, who enjoyed a 50-year showbusiness career has died, aged 72. R.I.P.

That's very sad news indeed, a wonderful singer and performer. R.I.P. Cilla Black
Jim Diamond who had a 1985 #1 here with "I Should Have Known Better" has passed away aged 64.
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Jim was one of the few acts to be a one-hit wonder in different incarnations - once as a solo act and once as a member of Ph.D

I Should Have Known Better was a great #01

I really like it, Ph.D I'm familiar with as it made an end of year countdown but am yet to actually here it as its unavailable on iTunes.

I think 'I Won't Let You Down' was my first single actually... bought for me by my mum I think (I was ~4), because I liked it.
Diane Charlemagne has sadly passed away from cancer at the age of 51.

She was the lead singer of Urban Cookie Collective who had two big hits in the nineties which I still listen to a lot.

Rest in peace X
Oh that's who she is. I saw her name mentioned by someone I follow on twitter but had no idea she'd had chart success before. I do really enjoy The Key: The Secret. R.I.P.
That's sad news. I'm a big fan of The Key : The Secret and especially Feels Like Heaven. R.I.P. hunny.
Original frontman for Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland has reportedly passed away age 48
Damn. I'm sure the cause of death won't be a surprise but still, damn. R.I.P. man.
Stevie Wright the frontman for the iconic Australian band The Easybeats passed away yesterday aged 68. Incredibly sad news... will be blasting all my Easybeat albums and Stevie's classic 1974 album "Hard Road" today... R.I.P.
RIP Stevie Wright, icon of Australian music
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has passed away today age 70, R.I.P.
Another death in as many days, UK dj Guru Josh (best known here for his 1990 top 5 single 'Infinity' has passed away,aged 51,in ibiza.

How sad.
I saw him in Ibiza in 2008.
Natalie Cole has passed away aged 65.

Among her hits were three singles that seemed to stick around the charts forever, without hitting (or barely hitting) the Top 30. But of course, her big success was "Unforgettable With Love", a tribute to her father, Nat King Cole, that gave her her biggest hit, and a few Grammy Awards.


1. UNFORGETTABLE (with Nat "King" Cole) (1991 - #2, 20 weeks)
2. PINK CADILLAC (1988 - #6, 20 weeks)
3. MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY (1989 - #34, 30 weeks)
4. THIS WILL BE (1975 - #28, 23 weeks)
5. WILD WOMEN DO (1990 - #37, 27 weeks)
6. SOMEONE THAT I USED TO LOVE (1980 - #78, 11 weeks)
7. WHEN I FALL IN LOVE (with Nat "King" Cole) (1996 - #61, 6 weeks)
8. EVERLASTING (1988 - #86, 3 weeks)
Oh that is sad news.

I loved Pink Cadillac back in the day and I remember the big deal that was made when she released Unforgettable. It was a big deal to duet with a dead person. Nowadays it's no big deal to do what she did.

Surprised with the low peak for Wild Women Do though. Incredible, I honestly thought it peaked in the Top 20.
'Wild Women Do' hung around the chart for ages, though. Spent 27 weeks in the top 100, and didn't peak until it had been on the chart for 20 weeks.

I remember Barry Bissell saying on Take 40 Australia that it had taken 6 months to reach the top 40 from when it was released in Oz!
That was the song that was used in Pretty Woman wasn't it? I imagine that's what helped with it's late peaking
So many great musicians in the last week...

R.I.P. Lemmy \M/
R.I.P. Natalie Cole
Australian born Robert Stigwood passed away yesterday aged 81.

Stigwood founded Reaction Records & RSO Records, along with managing the worlds first supergroup Cream and later the Bee Gees. He also produced records for Cream, Bee Gees, The Who, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton along with numerous others.

Along with music management and production he also produced many stage shows and films.

A huge loss to the world of performing arts... R.I.P.
I'd no idea that stigwood managed Cream. He'd be most known for his work with the bee gees.
True Jesse, the biggest success Stigwood ever had throughout he's amazing career was financing and producing the movie and soundtrack "Saturday Night Fever"...
I hope this is not a hoax... but apparently David Bowie has passed away aged 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer!!!!... I'm on the verge of tears...

Crying R.I.P. to one of the greatest!!!
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I don't want it to be true
RIP David Bowie, a true icon in music.
That's a tremendous loss to the music industry as you'll never get another experimental artist whose not afraid to do something different again.There will only ever be one david bowie and we will be greatly lost without him
That's really tough news to take. R.I.P. The Thin White Duke.

So sad. One of the greats. RIP David Bowie
RIP Ziggy. Such a shock
An immense loss to the pop/rock/glam world. What an interesting life he had, even beyond the music. RIP.
RIP indeed
RIP David Bowie. Not something that I expected at all. Hope his album can do well as a testament to the impact that he has had on music, one that could never be replicated.
This is most surprising Bowie always seemed like a spirit from a different dimension, not particularly bound to our human plane, like he could wisp away at any moment should he desire. But he never did, he kept up with his muse, making music from another world until the end.

He will be missed.

You know an artist is iconic when a wave of sadness drowns the world.

R.I.P. David Bowie.

Loved his 90's onwards albums. Have every one of them. Big loss, but at least we have one more album from him to celebrate his life.


1. SORROW (1973 - #1, 24 weeks)
2. LET'S DANCE (1983 - #2, 20 weeks)
3. DANCING IN THE STREET (with Mick Jagger) (1985 - #1, 18 weeks)
4. ASHES TO ASHES (1980 - #3, 22 weeks)
5. MODERN LOVE (1983 - #6, 22 weeks)
6. UNDER PRESSURE (with Queen) (1981 - #6, 19 weeks)
7. SPACE ODDITY (1973 - #11, 25 weeks)
8. ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986 - #5, 16 weeks)
9. HEROES (1977 - #11, 17 weeks)
10. REBEL REBEL (1974 - #18, 22 weeks)
11. CAT PEOPLE (PUTTING OUT FIRE) (1982 - #15, 17 weeks)
12. BLUE JEAN (1984 - #12, 17 weeks)
13. STARMAN (1972 - #31, 25 weeks)
14. CHINA GIRL (1983 - #15, 13 weeks)
15. FASHION (1980 - #28, 16 weeks)
16. THE YOUNG AMERICANS (1975 - #27, 14 weeks)
17. GOLDEN YEARS (1976 - #34, 22 weeks)
18. UNDERGROUND (1986 - #26, 11 weeks)
19. THIS IS NOT AMERICA (with The Pat Methany Group) (1985 - #33, 10 weeks)
20. DAY-IN DAY-OUT (1987 - #33, 11 weeks)
21. KNOCK ON WOOD (1974 - #49, 12 weeks)
22. THE JEAN GENIE (1973 - #42, 14 weeks)
23. HALLO SPACEBOY (featuring Pet Shop Boys) (1996 - #36, 7 weeks)
24. THE LAUGHING GNOME (1974 - #57, 11 weeks)
25. TONIGHT (with Tina Turner) (1984 - #70, 9 weeks)
26. JUMP THEY SAY (1993 - #53, 7 weeks)
27. SOUND AND VISION (1977 - 74, 10 weeks)
28. DIAMOND DOGS (1974 - #66, 5 weeks)
29. LOVING THE ALIEN (1985 - 65, 5 weeks)
30. NEVER LET ME DOWN (1987 - #63, 4 weeks)
31. BOYS KEEP SWINGING (1979 - #85, 4 weeks)
32. FAME '90 (1990 - #85, 4 weeks)
33. LIFE ON MARS? (2009 - #67, 2 weeks)
34. WHERE ARE WE NOW? (2013 - #78, 1 week)
35. LITTLE WONDER David Bowie (1997 - #94, 1 week)
36. DJ (1979 - #98, 1 week)
His music never affected my life,but you always know the name. Reading stories about him and who he was as a person at this late hour is making me wanna cry. You think in your mind somewhere that these people will love forever,but when they pass so soon it's a reminder to treasure the moments we have. R.I.P (Rock In Peace)
How sad. RIP.

I share Jesse77 comment. I was never into his music or him as an artist but always knew who he was.

I am finding the posts he is getting even from my friends on FB rivals one of the most popular artists to have ever passed away. Even on this site, most artists are lucky to get 5 posts from members when they pass away but my post is about the 15th one he has gotten. Guess it's fair to put him in Legend status.
Legend indeed. Sad news RIP
Shattered is an understatement, I thought when MJ passed nothing would come close until Madonna leaves us but Bowie did span nearly 6 decades on the music scene plus was one of the most influential figures in pop culture and fashion of the 70's.
A chameleon of the galactic world, David Robert Jones you will be sorely missed.

R.I.P. you glam god
A legend of film, Alan Rickman, has passed away today, aged 69.

Growing up watching the Harry Potter series, Snape was always one of my 3 favourite characters. This is, to me the most devastating celebrity death since Robin Williams. RIP
Great loss to the acting world. His stuff was pretty diverse yet to the kids he'll always be remembered as snape,and for the adults it'll be die hard sadly lol
Another megastar dead at 69 from cancer...
and it's always in threes, they say.

RIP Alan Rickman - outstanding performances across all fields that he did. Snape was the professor you loved to hate, and his performance in Dogma I also enjoyed a lot. Will be bittersweet watching the new alice in wonderland movie later this year, hearing his voice one more time.
While I'll almost certainly remember him best for Harry Potter, my favourite performance of his is one that I doubt any of the members here are even aware of. It is from the project, Beckett on Film, where in the play, 'Play' he played a damned man in hell, unaware of his surroundings and stuck in his own painful memories, which he would never escape from. I was lucky enough to encounter the piece in school where the class analysed the piece in our study of absurdist theatre.

He was capable of playing a varied assortment of characters, and his vast range of talents was rare and something I'll never forget
Come on January - that's enough!

RIP The Half-Blood Prince (1946-2016)
I'm sure we'll all be turning to page 394 today...

RIP Alan Rickman
Celine Dion's husband and manager Rene Angelil (1942 - 2016) also passed away overnight.

Celine Dion's brother Daniel Dion has died of cancer, aged 59. I wasn't sure if that belonged in here, but given her legend status and the recent news of her husbands passing, it felt relevant.


Poor Celine, I hope her and her family can heal from these two losses.
It's terrible when it's one person who's close in your life but when it's two words cannot express how sad it is. C'mon january,enough people dying already!
Glenn Frey one of the founding members of The Eagles and a solo artists in his own right has passed away aged 67. R.I.P & Take It Easy
That is sad news. Besides a ton of classic songs with the Eagles he had a few good solo singles (The Heat is On, True Love, You Belong to the City). R.I.P. Glenn.
R.I.P. Glebn Frey. Never a fan of the Eagles but they are one of the most popular bands of all time so anothet huge loss. What is happening? So many incredible and irreplacablr talents lost.
Dale Griffin of Mott the Hoople died on Sunday.

David Bowie was a big fan and produced their biggest hit "All the Young Dudes"

Probably not familiar to many here, but I saw earlier that Otis Clay, who recorded the original version of 'The Only Way Is Up' (later covered/made a hit by Yazz) died on January 8th.
Colin Vearncombe aka Black has died following a car accident earlier this month.

Paul Kantner, guitarist for Jefferson Airplane/Starship died yesterday,

Paul Kantner one of the co-founders, composers, guitarists and occasional vocalist for the iconic 60's psychedelic group Jefferson Airplane, has passed away yesterday aged 74 after multiple organ failure after suffer a heart attack earlier in the week.

Kantner was one of the pioneers of the San Francisco psychedelic sound of the mid-late 60's, which is still influencing artists today. He also found success as Jefferson Airplane developed rocket boosters with Jefferson Starship in the 70's and Starship in the 80's.

Another giant in contemporary music is gone...R.I.P.
Awwww I need to of course hear more JA but they have some amazing songs. RIP.
Signe Anderson, the original lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, also died on the 28th of January. She left the band after recording the first album "Takes Off"

Maurice White, the founder of funk band "Earth Wind and Fire", died on Wednesday in his sleep. He had Parkinson's disease for a long time.

All 4 members of indie rock band Viola Beach were killed in a car accident in Sweden over the weekend.

I don't know the band but thought as they are music related and it being a very tragic thing it was worth posting a message about them in this thread.
There is some talk opf Viola Beach charting in the UK after their death.

Meanwhile Prince protege Vanity has died at the age of 57.

Three members of Hard Rock band CounterFlux were also killed in a motor vehicle accident in America on Sunday.
Further to keith's comment Viola Beach fans are rallying to get their single "Swings & Waterslides" to the top of the UK charts.
George Martin, the producer behind all The Beatles' albums, has passed away aged 90

Australian singer and entertainer Jon English has passed away aged 66, after complications during heart surgery.

That's sad news indeed. I'll always remember his acting role in All Together Now. R.I.P. Jon.

Jon English AMR Singles Chart History:

Beating the Boards 21/06/1982 96 -
Carmilla 07/04/1980 27 -
Get Your Love Right 07/05/1979 27 -
Handbags and Gladrags 26/03/1973 50 -
Hold Back the Night 16/03/1981 88 -
Hollywood Seven 12/04/1976 13 79
Hot Town 24/12/1979 11 -
I'm a Survivor 04/10/1976 87 -
Jokers and Queens [with Marcia Hines] 26/07/1982 62 -
Lay it All Down 28/03/1977 46 -
Lovin' Arms 23/06/1975 55 -
Nights in Paradise 02/10/1978 44 -
Six Ribbons 25/12/1978 5 49 (1979)
Some People (Have All the Fun) 15/08/1983 50 -
Straight From the Heart 17/08/1981 72 -
Turn the Page 03/02/1975 20 -
Waterloo 16/01/1984 96 -
Words Are Not Enough 12/06/1978 6 51
Deeply saddened by the passing of Sir George Martin, I once had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back. He was a wonderfully humble and genuine soul. The impact he had on the career of The Beatles is indescribable, he was and will always be in my mind the "Fifth Beatle". A massive, massive loss to the music community, his productions will live on forever. R.I.P.

R.I.P. Jon English

R.I.P. Keith Emerson
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Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died.


It's been a rotten week.
As if I didn't hate 2016 enough
For those who were familiar with British comedy duo "The Two Ronnies", Ronnie Corbett has unfortunately passed away, aged 85.
Andy "Thunderclap" Newman of Thunderclap Newman has died.

Country music singer Merle Haggard has died of pneumonia

Prince is deat at 57

This is sadder than David Bowie and I'm a damn mess right now
This year has been horrendous for celebrity deaths at a relatively young age
Wow, what a shock R.I.P. Prince, another huge music icon gone way too soon
RIP Prince.

Very talented man.
A few days ago I bought one of Prince's compilations because I thought I didn't want this to be another case like Bowie and leaving it until...you know.

2016 is just the worst
There are now reports that Prince was treated for an overdose last Friday.


There will be an autopsy on Friday.
He was certainly one of a kind.

RIP Prince.
Admittedly, I never really "got" Prince, but I always respected him and his artistic individuality. Regardless of personal taste, he was an undeniable legend. RIP Prince
Holy shit. I can't believe this.
Like Bowie I do not know his catalogue too extensively nor am I a huge fan, but I do enjoy pretty much everything I know. Anyway, like Bowie we've lost another music legend and this is a very sad day and yet another sad loss for 2016. Horrible news to wake up to. R.I.P. Prince
RIP Prince. The news still seems surreal. Another superstar is gone. Much appreciation for all the chart memories, particularly over his heyday period.
R.I.P. Purple one
I am genuinely shocked as well
Congolese musician Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage.

Billy Paul, the soul singer who had a hit in the 70s with "Me and Mrs Jones" has died.

Founding member of the Beastie Boys John Berry has died, aged 52.

Heard that this afternoon... I knew he was quite unwell, but still shocked none the less. Two Beasties gone know

R.I.P. John Berry
This doesn't need its own thread but I've found an old Prince CD-ROM disc from 1995 and I've copied it to an .iso file. I don't remember much about the disc but it's called Prince Interactive and it's for Windows 3.x, which probably requires emulation in DOSBox to run properly and possibly the disc being mounted onto a virtual drive as well (I recommend Daemon Tools Lite for that). The disc's multimedia files, however, can be extracted directly from the .iso file with a program such as WinRAR (which is recommended for this two-part download).

Part 1 download: http://www5.zippyshare.com/v/zGGyMe2M/file.html (175 MB .rar file)
Part 2 download: http://www100.zippyshare.com/v/sLGPHbym/file.html (173 MB .rar file)

MOAR info: http://www.mobygames.com/game/prince-interactive

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Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has passed away from cancer, aged 27.
Dave Swarbrick, fiddler with Fairport Convention, dies at 75 from emphysema.

Muhammad Ali, champion heavyweight fighter of 60s and 70s has died.

RIP to the greatest.
This one has taken a little while to digest...

Muhammad Ali was more than just a great sportsman (three time World Champion & Olympic gold medallist[Rome 1960]), he was a strong civil rights and social activist... Promoting love, peace, understanding and acceptance for all walks of life... and fought against oppression, segregation & prejudice.

When people use their position/fame/celebrity or whatever for positive influences on a very troubled world, it's hard not to admire them... especially during the very turbulent social/political period that was the USA of the late 1960's - early 1970's.

What an amazing person, will be sadly missed... yet he's legacy will live on forever. "Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee". R.I.P.

P.S. Don't look into his recorded music material/career... it's not that much chop... hahahaha
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American singer Christina Grimmie has been shot after a concert in Orlando Florida. Best known for her appearances in the American version of The Voice.

Irish guitarist Henry McCullough has died - aged 72 - after never making a full recovery from a heart attack suffered in 2012.

His most notable work was as guitarist for Paul McCartney & Wings, specifically on tracks such as "Live and Let Die" and "My Love", the latter featuring one of the greatest guitar solos in rock music.

Chips Momans, a legendary producer who worked with Elvis and Aretha Franklin has died.

Hunter Watson, the lead singer of Black Out Band known for their song "Video Games" has died in a car accident, only age 20
Bernie Worrell, keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic and close collaborator with the Talking Heads

Matt Roberts, the guitarist for 3 Doors Down up until 2012 has died at age 38 supposedly from an overdose.
Lou Pearlman, the manager of the Backstreet Boys and N' Sync has died in prison.
Tom Searle, guitarist of British metalcore band Architects has sadly lost a 3-year long battle with skin cancer. He was 28.
Gene Wilder, aka Willy Wonka and the Young Frankenstein has sadly passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was 83.

I feel so terrible about the news re: Gene Wilder because when I heard it my first response was 'Didn't he die 4 years ago' I am guessing my memory has mixed up the announcement of his Alzheimer's.
Pete Burns (57) from Dead or Alive passed on Sunday 23rd of October


Wow. Pete Burns. I guess a heart isn't able to cope with hundreds of plastic surgeries. R.I.P. man!

My fave track/mix of his - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6DwBnea750
Soul singer Sharon Jones, who was lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings has passed away age 60


It's said every time a death happens but 2016 has been horrendous for musician and other famous people's deaths. I feel like this thread doesn't go long without somebody bumping it with a new death. R.I.P. to all those that have died since I last commented in this thread
George Michael is dead, utterly devasted
Wow, piss off 2016, horrible news to end the year R.I.P George Michael
I shudder every time I see this thread at the top of the FORUM sidebar. Great pop has well and truly taken a hit this year... R.I.P.
Wow, I just found out through this thread. What a crazy year for unexpected musician deaths.
This is so horrible, I hate 2016 Another well loved and respected musician, and he was only 53 too.
George Michael (only!! 53)


From the first time I heard Wham Rap in 1983, to the next thirty years of G.M. music, what a true pop icon gone too soon
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Just speechless at the passing of George. I need time to process.
I know how you feel Billy. This is some Prince/Bowie-level shit. The end of this year really can't come fast enough! Hopefully we can bring Carrie Fisher with us into 2017 (she is now in a stable condition). R.I.P. George. You were Amazing. My Top 20 singles of his...

1. Too Funky (1992)
2. Fastlove (1996)
3. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go [Wham!] (1984)
4. Jesus to a Child (1996)
5. Careless Whisper (1984)
6. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) [with Aretha Franklin] (1987)
7. Shoot the Dog (2002)
8. Outside (1998)
9. Flawless (Go to the City) (2004)
10. Last Christmas [Wham!] (1984)
11. Amazing (2004)
12. Freedom 90 (1990)
13. Jive Talkin' [with Boogie Box High] (1987)
14. Freeek! (2002)
15. Spinning the Wheel (1996)
16. I'm Your Man [Wham!] (1985)
17. Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (1993)
18. Somebody to Love [with Queen] (1993)
19. Faith (1987)
20. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me [with Elton John] (1991)

Devastating news to wake up to, really thought I misheard something on the news. A star without a doubt, have always loved his voice.
Hate to bring the sad news savage https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/dec/27/carrie-fisher-dies-star-wars-princess-leia
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Dang it. I was really hoping she would pull through until 2017 got here. Time to go listen to the Princess Leia Theme from A New Hope.

Let's hope The Queen and Prince Phillip survive their cold.
2016 strikes again! Let's hope no one else dies before Sunday!
RiP Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher is probably the most significant death to me this year honestly. More or less because I didn't just love her work, but genuinely looked up to her as a role model. She was unashamedly mentally ill, she aged and she gained weight and she told the world that if they didn't like it, screw them.

Going into 2017 I'll be looking often towards her words and her contributions, and continue to be inspired by her. Star Wars VIII is going to be hard - she finished filming all her scenes for it. It's going to be her last role.

RIP Carrie Fisher, in 2008 she asked her that her obituary read that she drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.
Wake me up when 2016 ends.
I don't know whether any of you read the Dead Rock Stars Club site (http://www.thedeadrockstarsclub.com) as a source, but the owner of the site has rather uncharacteristically not updated it since the start of September (it was always previously updated every few days), leading to some speculating that he himself is now dead too in the guestbook (how quaint).

I just read in the guestbook there (also on wikipedia) that the guy behind Braingbug ('Nightmare' was a hit here in 1997) died in November during a concert, aged 57.
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Debbie Reynolds, Legendary Actress, Singer & Performer has died aged 84 from a stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died.

Did Debbie Reynolds achieve success on our music charts? I was surprised to learn she had a #1 hit on the US charts with the song Tammy from her movie Tammy and The Bachelor. It held the peak for 5 weeks.
Yes she did. Tammy reached a peak of #2 in 1957 and was #11 on the end of year charts.

Reynolds husband and father of Carrie had the #13 hit of the year with "Cindy oh Cindy".

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Debbie Reynolds' AMR/ARIA Singles Chart History:

Title Artist Entry Date Peak EOY
Aba Daba Honeymoon Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter 05/05/1951 1 5
Tammy Debbie Reynolds 10/08/1957 2 11
This Happy Feeling Debbie Reynolds 02/08/1958 7 38
The Mating Game Debbie Reynolds 23/05/1959 90 -
Say One for Me Bing Crosby & Debbie Reynolds 22/08/1959 89 -
Ask Me to Go Steady Debbie Reynolds 07/05/1960 81 -

British singer songwriter Peter Sarstedt, known for the 1969 chart topper Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?, dies at the age of 75.

Loawal Braz (Kaoma) She was the lead vocalist in Lambada. According to Wikipedia she was murdered in a robbery gone wrong. Her body was found in a burnt out car.
John Hurt, actor famous for his roles in Elephant Man, and as Ollivander in the Harry Potter film franchise, has died today, aged 77.

Al Jarreau who only had a few small hits here in Oz, including the theme to the Cybil Shepperd and Bruce Willis rom-com-TV series 'Moonlight' passed at the age of 76.

Chuck Berry, rock and roll guitar legend, has died aged 90.
Chuck Berry discography:
Entry DateHPWITitles
29-Jun-5712x416School Day
22-Mar-58720Sweet Little 16 (A-side)
17-May-585610Reelin' & Rockin' (B-side)
31-May-582214Johnny B. Goode
28-Mar-644112Nadine (is it You)?
06-Jun-641115No Particular Place to Go
22-Aug-642110You Never Can Tell
28-Nov-64891Little Marie
23-Jan-65817The Promised Land
22-May-65962Dear Dad
30-Oct-724713My Ding-a-Ling

LP#Entry DateHPWITitles
A1616-Oct-722516The London Sessions
GoS25-Nov-72143The London Sessions
Sib Hashian, drummer from iconic '70s rock band Boston has died, after collapsing on-stage while performing on a cruise ship. He was 67.

oh no! Love Centerfold
Toby Smith, who was one of the founding members of Jamiroquai and left the band in 2002, has passed away. So sad as I love Jamiroquai's music

I don't know exactly how we missed this, but just over a month ago, Joni Sledge (one-fourth of popular '70s disco sister-group Sister Sledge - famous for their 1979 hit "We Are Family") was found dead in her home, aged 60.

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Italian trance producer Robert Miles, best known for the 1996 top 10 hit Children has passed away at the age of 47. I adore Children, this is very sad news for dance fans all over the world


Chris cornell dead at 52. I know him from Audioslave best song "Like a Stone"
All the grunge icons passing on, stay strong Eddie
That is way too young to die RIP
Wow...I never expected this to be a suicide! One my favourite bands in the 90's.
Gregg Allman, vocalist, keyboardist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers has died of complications of liver cancer.


Simon Holmes of Sydney band The Hummingbirds has passed away aged 55 http://www.noise11.com/news/r-i-p-simon-holmes-of-the-hummingbirds-1962-2017-20170720
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has reportedly commited suicide, age 41 http://www.spin.com/2017/07/linkin-park-chester-bennington-obituary/
Omg awful news to wake up to
So young and an amazing singer. I liked alot of his songs.
I just downloaded his song with Kiiara a few weeks back.
That's really sad to hear. I've always loved his voice.

This thread should be renamed 'Oh god, who's dead now?' Anyway, here's my Top 10 Linkin Park songs...

1. In the End (2001)
2. Points of Authority [Remix] (2002)
3. A Light That Never Comes [with Steve Aoki] (2013)
4. Numb (2003)
5. Breaking the Habit (2004)
6. Burn it Down (2012)
7. Heavy [feat. Kiiara] (2017)
8. Somewhere I Belong (2003)
9. What I've Done (2007)
10. One Step Closer (2001)
A massive loss! R.I.P.
Just when I thought that 2017 wasn't as bad as 2016...

That's really sad to hear. i didn't know he was only 41.
Actor John Heard has died - aged 71 (1946-2017).
Perhaps best known for his role as Peter MacAllister in the first two Home Alone movies.

To respect the Indigenous Australian community I won't use his name but the most prominent and ARIA award winning guitarist and singer has died aged 46.

Oh no I remember hearing of his poor health a while ago but this is still out of left field. Very sad
Shocking news, RIP
Voice actress June Foray has passed away at the age of 99. Best known for the voices of Rocky and Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle, many of the female characters from Looney Tunes, and loads more.

Marty Sklar, who was an Imagineer for Walt Disney theme parks and resorts, passed away at the age of 83. He helped design the Enchanted Tiki Room, It's a Small World, and helped create Epcot. He later supervised the construction of Tokyo Disneyland, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney California Adventure, among others, before he retired on July 17, 2009.

Australian soccer icon, TV personality and occasional muse for Australian music Les Murray has passed away aged 71.

Glen Campbell, country music singer, who had a number of hits in the 60s and 70s.

"Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," are amongst his biggest hits.

Iconic movie star, singer and comedian Jerry Lewis has died aged 91. He will be dearly missed - I used to love watching his movies with Dean Martin. RIP

Dick Gregory passed away too, bad day for comedians.

Steely Dan co-founder and guitarist Walter Becker has died, aged 67.
Country music legend Don Williams has died, aged 78.
Perhaps best known for his crossover hit in 1980 "I Believe In You", which was later covered (either that or it just has suspiciously similar lyrics) by Kylie Minogue in 2004.

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There are reports that Tom Petty has been taken off life support after having a cardiac arrest.

So if he passes that would mean that there are only two of five Wilburys brothers left, Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne) and Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan).
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Tom Petty's manager has just released a statement confirming his death.


My top 5 Tom Petty songs...

1. I Won't Back Down
2. Free Fallin'
3. Learning to Fly (with The Heartbreakers)
4. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (with The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks)
5. Refugee (with The Heartbreakers)

George Young, former member of the Easybeats and Flash and the Pan, has died. He also wrote a number of hits including "Love is in the Air" and "Friday on my Mind" and produced a number of early AC/DC albums.

Fats Domino, American rock pioneer, has died at the age of 89.


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