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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson, defined in equal parts as the world's greatest entertainer and perhaps its most enigmatic figure, was about to attempt one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Then his life was cut shockingly — and so far, mysteriously — short. The 50-year-old musical superstar died Thursday, just as he was preparing for what would be a series of 50 concerts starting July 13 at London's famed 02 arena. Jackson had been spending hours and hours toiling with a team of...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teena Marie, who made history as Motown's first white act but developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and with hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, has died. She was 54. The confirmation came from a publicist, Jasmine Vega, who worked with Teena Marie on her last album. Her manager, Mike Gardner, also confirmed her death to CNN. Teena Marie, known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul," was certainly not the first...
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said. Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown's biggest hits, died in a New York City hospital, said Liz Rosenberg, who also was Ashford's longtime friend. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had...
Ali-Ollie Woodson Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) - Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the...

Levi Stubbs Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) - Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs,...

Dennis Edwards Obituary (AP News)

Dennis Edwards, lead singer of Motown's famed...

Gladys Horton Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gladys Horton, a co-founder of...

Renaldo Benson Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) - Renaldo "Obie" Benson, a member of...

Harvey Fuqua Obituary (AP News)

DETROIT (AP) — Singer, songwriter and record...

Otis Harris Obituary (AP News)

BALTIMORE (AP) - Otis "Damon" Harris, a former...

Richard Street Obituary (AP News)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Motown vocalist Richard...

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