Pervis Staples, Co-Founder of the Staple Singers, Dies at 85

Pervis Staples—co-founding member of the legendary Staple Singers—has died, as Rolling Stone reports. Staples’ death was confirmed to RS by Adam Ayers—a member of Mavis Staples’ management team. Staples died at his home in Dolton, Illinois on May 6. A cause of death has not been announced. He was 85 years old. The Staples Singers […]

Malcolm Cecil, Synth Pioneer and Stevie Wonder Producer, Has Died

Malcolm Cecil, influential producer and designer of the world’s largest analog synthesizer, has died, according to the Bob Moog Foundation. The organization wrote on Twitter that he had passed away Sunday morning (March 28) following a long illness. Cecil was the co-designer of the Original New Timbral Orchestra (TONTO), a massive analog synthesizer that brought […]

Dan Sartain, Garage Rock Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 39

Dan Sartain, the Alabama-based garage rock singer-songwriter, died on Saturday. His friend and manager Shaun Christie confirmed the news to Pitchfork. A cause of death has not been revealed. He was 39 years old. Sartain grew up in Fairfield, Alabama before eventually ending up in Birmingham. He fell into a diverse series of music scenes. […]

Paul Jackson, Jazz Bassist Who Played With Herbie Hancock, Dies at 73

Paul Jackson, jazz bassist and founding member of Herbie Hancock’s group the Headhunters, has died, according to a note on Jackson’s website. A cause of death was not revealed. Jackson was 73 years old, according to NPR. “With countless recording credits to his name [Jackson’s] music and his joyous spirit is still loved by so […]

Matt “Money” Miller, Founding Keyboardist of Titus Andronicus, Has Died

Matt “Money” Miller, the first keyboardist in Titus Andronicus, has died. Patrick Stickles announced the news on Twitter. “It’s hard to know what to say, but I am trying to put gratitude first, as the 34 years that we spent together will forever be one of my life’s greatest blessings,” Stickles wrote. Find the remembrances […]

Lou Ottens, Dutch Inventor of the Cassette Tape, Dies at 94

Lou Ottens, the Dutch inventor of the cassette tape, has died at age 94. Ottens died last Saturday, March 6, according to NRC Handelsblad. Ottens’ daughter Arine confirmed the news to WTOP. Born in 1926, Ottens first became involved with recorded music while working as head of the product development department at Dutch-based technology company […]

Françoise Cactus, One-Half of Stereo Total, Has Died

Françoise Cactus, the singer, drummer, and co-songwriter of the prolific French-German indie duo Stereo Total, has died. The band broke the news on social media. “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved friend, singer and drummer Françoise Cactus,” Stereo Total wrote on the band’s Facebook page. “She died peacefully at home this […]