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singer Ric Ocasek
Keith Chaffee, September 16, 2019

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ric Ocasek died on September 15, at the age of (depending on the source) 70 or 75. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Ocasek was the leader of The Cars, a band who fused a variety of rock styles into a distinctively popular blend.

Clara Schumann with a score of her music
Keith Chaffee, September 13, 2019

Clara Schumann was born on September 13, 1819. In the first half of her life, she wrote a small amount of music, mostly songs and piano music. During her life, she was better known as a concert pianist, a child prodigy whose career lasted for more than 60 years.

Sonny Rollins, an influential jazz musician
Keith Chaffee, September 06, 2019

Sonny Rollins was born on September 7, 1930. Rollins is a tenor saxophone player, and a highly influential jazz musician. Several of his compositions have become jazz standards.

John Phillips, singer-songwriter and member of The Mamas and the Papas
Keith Chaffee, August 30, 2019

John Phillips was born on August 30, 1935. As a member of The Mamas and the Papas, Phillips was one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the mid-1960s. His career after that was more frustrating, as heavy drug use and addiction kept him from reaching similar success.

Issac Hayes, a singer, songwriter, producer, and actor
Keith Chaffee, August 16, 2019

Isaac Hayes was born on August 20, 1942. Hayes was a singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who was among the most important figures in R&B in the 1960s and 1970s.

English pop/rock singer and songwriter, Elvis Costello
Keith Chaffee, August 23, 2019

Elvis Costello was born on August 25, 1954.

 Russian composer, Alexander Glazunov
Keith Chaffee, August 09, 2019

Alexander Glazunov was born on August 10, 1865. Glazunov was a Russian composer during the end of the Russian Empire and the birth of the Soviet Union, a political transition that he survived better than many of his colleagues.

American jazz bass player and composer, Charlie Haden
Keith Chaffee, August 02, 2019

Charlie Haden was born on August 6, 1937. Haden was a jazz bass player, composer, and educator whose career spanned more than 50 years.

Singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry
Keith Chaffee, July 26, 2019

Bobbie Gentry was born on July 27, 1944. Gentry is a singer-songwriter best remembered for the story song “Ode to Billie Joe,” a cryptic tale of young love, suicide, and family indifference.

Mexican-American musician, Carlos Santana
Keith Chaffee, July 19, 2019

Carlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947. Santana is a guitarist whose band, also called Santana, plays a mix of blues, rock, and Latin jazz.