James (Jimmy) Morton Nederlander, the long-serving chairman of the Nederlander Organization, one the last major family-run live entertainment promoters and venue owners in the United States, has died aged 94.
Leonard Haze has passed away. "Leonard was a friend, a very sweet guy and one of the best drummers who ever lived"
Fiona Haycock, one of the British music industry’s most highly regarded events executives, has passed away at the age of 51. Haycock died on Wednesday, August 31 following a battle with cancer. Fiona was executive producer of the annual MITS Award, and had been working on the 2016 event until shortly before her death.
Record producer Sandy Pearlman has died. Well known for producing rock bands such as the Blue Oyster Cult, he produced the second Clash album, Give Em enough Rope which surpised fans and was not well received by many true believers. In a recent filmed interview, Topper Headon, Mick Jones and Paul Simenon were very appreciative of Pearlman.
Elliot Tiber, the artist, screenplay writer and designer best known as the businessman who helped enable the staging of the landmark 1969 Woodstock music festival, has died. He was 81. Tiber died in a hospice in Boca Raton, Florida, after suffering a stroke, according to his art agent, Elisa Ball.
Tribute have been paid to Gary Watson, the frontman of highly regarded Scottish indie-rock band The Lapelles, after it was revealed that the talented musician had lost his life. Watson would have been 22 on the day after his death, 14 August. The young singer and guitarist suffered serious injuries after falling into the River Clyde. Franz Ferdinand posted a message on their Twitter account saying “We’re so sad to hear of the tragic passing of The Lapelles Gary Watson, a lovely, talented man. Thoughts are with his family, friends & band.”
Former Nine Inch Nails keyboard player James Woolley has died at the age of 50. Woolley played with Nine Inch Nails from 1991 to 1994 and toured with the band during their most successful period following the release of 1994 album The Downward Spiral. His death was confirmed in a Facebook post by his ex wife Kate Van Buren.
Rod Temperton, one of the most successful British pop songwriters of all time, has died following a short battle with cancer. He was 66. The hugely talented composer wrote numerous Michael Jackson classics, including "Off the Wall", "Rock With You", "Thriller", "Baby Be Mine", "Burn This Disco Out" and "The Lady in My Life". Temperton also wrote for Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones — whose breakthrough solo album, "The Dude", Temperton co-wrote.