Thursday, 29 October 2015


Glasgow-born singer-songwriter Jim Diamond, who had hits including "I Should Have Known Better, has died aged 64." He first entered the UK singles charts in 1982 with the song I Won't Let You Down - recorded with his band Ph.D and also had success with "Hi-Ho Silver", the theme tune for ITV series Boon. His family said they were "deeply shocked by his sudden death". Dave Stark said "Totally gutted to learn of Jim Diamond's sudden passing" adding  "Such a lovely guy, small of stature but with an enormous heart and an amazing voice".

Amy Zaret, a 25-year veteran of Warner Bros. Records who most recently served as the company's SVP of sales, has passed away following a recent cancer diagnosis. Zaret was based in Los Angeles. 

Joe Moss, manager of Johnny Marr and the Smiths, has died, after a struggle with cancer, at the age of 72. He was described in a statement on Marr’s website as “a patron of the famed Twisted Wheel, and an instigator of the pioneering store Eighth Day”.  He is survived by his wife Sarah and his children David, Rachel, Ivan, Stella and Edie.

Vic Firth, the acclaimed percussionist has died in Boston, Mass. aged 85.

Former MTV producer Peter Dougherty, who created the show 'Yo! MTV Raps', has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 59.

Former Urban Cookie Collective vocalist and the voice of Goldie's 'Inner City Life', Diane Charlemagne, has died, it was announced yesterday. She had been receiving treatment for cancer.

Guy Beart, the warm voiced French singer-songwriter, and father of actress Emmanuelle Beart, has died aged 85. In January this year he gave his last show at the Paris Olympia, 58 years after his first performance there.

Eddie Hardin, the gifted pianist and vocalist who was a core member of the Spencer Davies Group after Steve Winwood's departure, has died aged 66. Despite battles with drug abuse and alcoholism in the 70s, he continued to make music and released several solo albums including Wizards Convention.

Camera Obscura keyboard player Carey Lander has died, the band has announced in a statement. She had been receiving treatment for osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer diagnosed in 2011. The band have said that they will continue to promote the campaign to raise money for the Sarcoma UK charity, which has so far raised over £60,000.

Promoter Paul King, one of the original four 'Pauls' who founded Outlaw has passed away. Paul had a mixed career, and Outlaw whose acts included Tears for Fears and Level 42 eventually went bankrupt. Paul also had a brush with the law back in 2001 when he was involved with Soba International, who had big plans to take a zeolite-based hangover cure (which had been hugely successful in South Africa) worldwide. Having set up a 'mirror' company and raised nearly half a million pounds from investors, King was later convicted of fraud in the High Court and was declared bankrupt at Slough County Court in 2001.

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