Tuesday, 21 July 2015


James Horner, the film composer known for his  scores for 'Field of Dreams', 'Braveheart' and 'Titanic', for which he won two Academy Awards, has tragically died a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.

Joseph Robinson Jr., the oldest son of the founders of the pioneering hip-hop music label Sugar Hill Records and a recording artist himself, has died. His family said he died of cancer. 

Stuart 'Jammer' James, the legendary Manchester music producer who worked with New Order, has died aged 63. The popular musician and DJ was tour manager with the Chemical Brothers for 20 years and worked with Hot Chip, Primal Scream and Johnny Marr among many others

PSA posted this message to us: “It is with our deepest regret that we have to report the loss of Micah Maxwell-Milne. Micah was killed in a car accident in Baku, Azerbaijan whilst working on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for The European Games. There were three other technicians involved in the same accident who have since been air-lifted to Turkey with serious injuries. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all of them and their families and loved ones. In particular Micah’s parents Stuart and Max, his sister Saffron and his girlfriend Ezgi”.

Yes have confirmed that the band's co-founder and bassist Chris Squire has died, a month on from the news that he was receiving treatment for acute erythroid leukaemia. He was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014

Jack Landesman,  musician, band member and son of Julie Burchill has died aged 29. He took his own life. Suicide is the UK's leading cause of death of men aged 35-49 . Suicide and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent were the leading cause of death for 20-34 year olds, for 26% of men and 13% of women. Burchill said "My beloved son Jack Landesman killed himself earlier this week. He is at peace now and in pain no longer". 

Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88.His family said he died "peacefully" at a nursing home in Buckinghamshire. He had not been ill, but his daughter said his "batteries had just run out". The performer was a regular fixture on TV with The Val Doonican show which ran on the BBC from 1965 to 1986, featuring his own performances and guest artists. He was also rarely out of the UK charts in the 1960s and '70s with songs like "Walk Tall" and "Elusive Butterfly".

Jerry Weintraub, the Hollywood producer of the Karate Kid and Ocean's Eleven films, has died at the age of 77. According to his publicist, he died of heart failure at his home in Santa Barbara, California. Weintraub, a native New Yorker, was born in Brooklyn in 1937 and raised in the Bronx. As a teenager he served in the Air Force as a radio operator.
He went on to work in the mailroom at MCA Records and rose through the ranks before leaving to form his own management company and promoting tours by the likes of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Tributes have been paid to musician Bob Bellis after the drummer with popular Liverpool band Yachts died. Bellis, who had suffered a heart attack earlier this year, was a much-loved figure in the city's post punk scene centered around Eric's. The band signed to Stiff Records in October 1978. They released one single, 'Suffice To Say' before they departed along with label mates Costello and Nick Lowe for the newly formed RADAR Records. The band recorded their debut LP in New York with Blondie producer Richard Gottehrer and did a few US dates with Joe Jackson on the 'I'm The Man' tour in 1979. Their second LP, 'Without Radar' was recorded by Martin Rushent and they supported The Who in Europe.

Billy Meshel, the songwriter and previously head of BMG Music Publishing with a more than 50-year career  has died after a battle with lymphoma. He was 82..

Josh Greenberg, co-founder of Grooveshark has been found dead at his home in Gainesville, Florida. He was 28. According to local reports, police have told Greenberg's family that they have found no immediate evidence of 'foul play, injuries or drugs'. He co-founded Escape media in 2007. 

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