Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Joe Cocker has died aged 70 after a battle with cancer. The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including You Are So Beautiful, Up Where We Belong and With A Little Help From My Friends. His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who died after battling lung cancer, was "simply unique" and Sir Paul McCartney said he was a lovely guy who "brought so much to the world". Cocker, who recorded 23 studio albums and 40 albums, lived in Colorado, in the US and was recognised with an OBE for services to music in 2007.

Music industry veteran Irwin Steinberg died at his home in Vermont. He was 94. Steinberg entered the music industry after the Second World War, first serving as CEO of Mercury Records and later at Polygram, a label he was subsequently associated with for three decades.

Former Cavern Club owner Ray McFall, who helped launch the careers of The Beatles, has died at the age of 88. McFall owned the Liverpool club ifrom 1959 to 1966, changing it from a jazz venue to a rock 'n' roll club and booking Merseybeat bands like The Beatles as well as offering early gigs to the likes of the Who and the Rolling Stones. The Fab Four went on to play at the legendary basement venue 292 times - even though George Harrison was almost refused entry from their first gig for wearing jeans = which McFaull had banned.

Alex Omes, Co-founder of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, has died. He was 43.

Greek singer Demis Roussos has died at the age of 68, Athens’ Hygeia Hospital has confirmed. The singer, real name Artemios Ventouris Roussos, was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, experienced huge succes selling over 60 milllion albums worldwide. Demis has been a member of a number of different groups, including Aphrodite’s Child with Vangelis. His hits included Forever and Ever. He continued touring into the early 2000s, and in 2009 he released his final studio album ‘Demis’.

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