In Memoriam

Those who have passed.

James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Pioneer, dies at 81

James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Pioneer, dies at 81

Blues harmonica player James Cotton, who rose from poverty to introduce his instrument to the rock world, died Thursday. The Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin’ Wolf, was 81. A statement from Alligator Records, Cotton’s label, says he died Thursday […]

‘People’s Court’ Judge Joseph Wapner dies at 97

‘People’s Court’ Judge Joseph Wapner dies at 97

  Retired judge Joseph Wapner, who famously presided over televised court cases on The People’s Court for more than a decade, has died at age 97. Son David Wapner told The Associated Press that his father died at home in his sleep. Joseph Wapner was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been […]

Grammy-winning jazz singer, Al Jarreau, dead at 76

Grammy-winning jazz singer, Al Jarreau, dead at 76

Alwin Lopez “Al” Jarreau delighted music fans for nearly 50 years with his eclectic soulful, genre-blending style. A rare vocalist who won Grammy Music Awards in three different categories, the Milwaukee-born artist began his career in San Francisco jazz clubs in 1968 and issued his first recording, “We Got By,” on Reprise Records in 1975. […]

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