Saturday, 15 August 2015


TV personality and singer Cilla Black has died, at the age of 72 after a five decade career in music and TV.  Black, born Priscilla White, she grew up in Liverpool and her career began in the 1960s, rising to prominence as a singer. Black's first single, 'Love Of The Loved', was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and produced by George Martin and she had a string of hit singles to her name, including ‘Alfie’, ‘Step Inside Love’ and ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’, which came to be known as one of her signature songs. Later in her career she moved to TV, fronting massive hit shows including ‘Surprise, Surprise’ and ‘Blind Date’. Black continued to record music during that time though, her most recent and eleventh solo album, 'Beginnings: Greatest Hits & New Songs', released in 2003.

US country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her worldwide 1971 hit '(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden', has died, aged 67. She had been in hospital in Nashville, where she suffered a heart attack.Other US hits included 'You're My Man', 'How Can I Unlove You?' and 'Top of the World', also recorded by the Carpenters.

Sunrise Summer Celebration and Waveform Co-Founder, Sun Bird, has passed away in a tragic accident in the Alps. This year's Sunrise is part of the Boomtown Fair from the 13th to 16th August in Chepstow, Monmouthshire and Sun Bird will be sorely missed by everyone.

John Gammon, Pollstar’s UK and European Correspondent over the last two decades, has died and a real fixture on the live music scene. It will be a strange ILMC without John. Formerly a manager and an agent, John had been fighting cancer. More on Pollstar here

RIP Jazz Summers.- "a hell of a manager and a true maverick" and a sad loss to the artist management community. Co-manager of Wham! and manager of Yazz, the Verve, Snow Patrol, London Grammar, the Klaxons and many many others though his Big Life group and a long career, Jazz was a former chair of the MMF and a board member of Julies Bicycle.  he was awarded the prestigious Peter Grant Award in 2003. He will be much missed. He was 71 and had been living with lung cancer for two years. Big Life posted a message saying "The music industry has lost one of its most vibrant, most notorious and most brilliant characters. A champion of new music, a non-conformist and a visionary, Jazz Summers will be greatly missed.  Jazz Summers was a master of artist development. His ability to hear a song and recognize its power and potential brought him huge success across several decades." Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues. Jazz is survived by his wife Dianna, his daughters Katie, Rio and Georgia, his granddaughters Claire, Lila and Rose and his brother Don.

Record producer Bob Johnston has passed away. He was 83. Johnston, a record producer, was perhaps best known for the work he did with Bob Dylan though the mid-Sixties and early Seventies (he produced Highway 61 Revisited. Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, and New Morning).

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