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BMI Remembers Fleetwood Mac Songwriter Christine McVie

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From News, posted 11.30.22. BMI was saddened to learn of the death of Christine McVie, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 79. Most renowned as one of the primary singer/songwriters in Fleetwood Mac, the former Christine Perfect of British blues band Chicken Shack joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971 after marrying founding bass player… Read more...


BMI Remembers Pioneering Rock N’ Roll Legend Jerry Lee Lewis

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From News, posted 10.28.22. BMI was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of the incomparable Jerry Lee Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 87 in his home in Desoto County, Mississippi. Nicknamed “The Killer,” Lewis was a genuine rock n’ roll pioneer who established himself very early on in his career, starting… Read more...


BMI Remembers Legendary Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders

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From News, posted 9.27.22. BMI was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of GRAMMY-winning jazz musician Pharoah Sanders, who died on Saturday at the age of 81. A revered tenor saxophonist and pioneer of free jazz, Sanders found his initial renown exploring avant-garde jazz alongside John Coltrane in the mid-60s, as heard on influential… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member Jerry Allison

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From News, posted 8.23.22. BMI is saddened by the passing of songwriter and drummer Jerry Allison who co-wrote, among others, the iconic BMI Award-winning songs “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” as part of Buddy Holly’s band the Crickets. Inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1998 and placed in the U.S.… Read more...


BMI Remembers Motown Songwriting Legend Lamont Dozier

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From News, posted 8.09.22. BMI was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier, whose death at the age of 81 was announced on Tuesday morning. A Detroit native and one third of the trailblazing production trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont Dozier helped define the sound of the 1960s with a string… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Gospel Singer Deborah McCrary

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From News, posted 6.08.22. BMI is saddened by the passing of Deborah McCrary, one of four sisters in the legendary gospel group, The McCrary Sisters. Having learned to sing from her Baptist preacher and gospel musician father, Reverend Samuel H. “Sam” McCrary of the famed Fairfield Four, Deborah, along with Ann, Regina, and Alfreda McCrary,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Naomi Judd

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From News, posted 5.01.22. BMI is saddened by the passing of Naomi Judd, writer of the timeless BMI Award-winning songs “Love Can Build a Bridge” and “My Strongest Weakness.” Judd, along with her daughter Wynonna, comprised one of the most popular mother-daughter acts in country music history. The superstar duo’s megahits also included, among others,… Read more...


BMI Remembers Renowned Songwriter and Former BMI Executive Bobby Weinstein

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From News, posted 3.18.22. BMI was deeply saddened to learn of the death of singer/songwriter and former BMI executive Bobby Weinstein, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 82. A New York City native, Weinstein started off his musical career in the mid-Fifties with his vocal group, The Legends, after winning a… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Modern Jazz Composer and Cornetist Ron Miles

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From News, posted 3.11.22. BMI is saddened by the passing of cornetist, composer, and bandleader Ron Miles. Best known for his genuine, straight from the soul delivery, Miles collaborated with many musicians throughout his career, including Bill Frisell, Myra Melford, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Otis Taylor, Fred Hess and Scott Colley, among others. As a… Read more...


BMI Remembers Singer/Songwriter Mark Lanegan

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From News, posted 2.23.22. BMI was saddened to learn of the passing of singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan, who died Tuesday at the age of 57. One of the preeminent voices of `90s-era grunge, Lanegan found initial renown singing for the Seattle band, Screaming Trees, whose sound meshed aspects of psychedelia with the punk-inspired underground rock of… Read more...


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