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BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela

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From News, posted 1.23.18. BMI is saddened by the news that trumpeter, composer, flugelhorn player, bandleader, singer and political activist Hugh Masekela has passed away at the age of 78. The legendary South African jazz musician recorded more than 40 solo albums in his storied career, while also collaborating with countless diverse musical icons including… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries

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From News, posted 1.17.18. BMI is deeply saddened by news of the loss of Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away Monday at the age of 46. As lead singer and songwriter for The Cranberries, O’Riordan’s distinctive, lilting voice and confessional lyrics helped establish the Irish quartet as one of the preeminent alternative bands of the 1990s.… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Muscle Shoals Legend Rick Hall

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From News, posted 1.02.18. BMI is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our legendary affiliates, songwriter, music publisher and producer Rick Hall, who died Tuesday, January 2, at age 85. While a musician and songwriter in his own right, having penned songs for George Jones, Brenda Lee and Roy Orbison, as the… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Ralph Carney

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From News, posted 12.19.17. BMI is saddened by the passing of eclectic saxophone and clarinet virtuoso Ralph Carney. During his more than four-decade career, Carney recorded seven acclaimed solo albums while also doing session work with such icons as Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, as well as the B-52’s, Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo, Oranj… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Pat DiNizio

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From News, posted 12.13.17. BMI is saddened to report the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer/guitarist and principal songwriter of the Smithereens, who died Tuesday at age 62. Weaned on the classic constructs of the British Invasion and the gritty dynamic of ‘60s garage rock and equally informed by the DIY aesthetics of punk, DiNizio… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Country Legend Mel Tillis

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From News, posted 11.20.17. BMI is saddened by the passing of one of our most cherished affiliates, Mel Tillis. As a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry, Tillis was responsible for writing some of country music’s most classic songs including the iconic cross-over hit… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams

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From News, posted 11.06.17. BMI is saddened by the loss of uniquely inventive pianist, composer and educator, Muhal Richard Abrams. Abrams, who in addition to being the first recipient of the prestigious Danish JAZZPAR Award proving his global success, was also celebrated many, many times in the U.S.: in 2010, by both the National Endowment… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Rock’n’Roll Legend Fats Domino

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From News, posted 10.25.17. BMI is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our longtime affiliates and a pivotal figure in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, the inimitable Fats Domino, who passed away today at age 89. Renowned for his dancehall-style piano playing, Domino wrote and recorded songs that melded elements of his… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Hüsker Dü Co-founder Grant Hart

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From News, posted 9.14.17. BMI is saddened by the passing of Grant Hart, former drummer, singer/songwriter and co-founder of iconoclastic Minneapolis punk band, Hüsker Dü. He was 56. As one third of the pioneering indie trio, Hart blazed a trail with Hüsker Dü for generations of American underground bands to follow. Though spawned in the… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Troy Gentry

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From News, posted 9.11.17. BMI is saddened by the loss of Troy Gentry, who died tragically in a helicopter accident on Friday. Gentry was half of the Grand Old Opry inducted duo Montgomery Gentry, who took the country industry by storm in 1999, winning the coveted CMA Duo of the Year award in 2000. Some… Read more...


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