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Published on February 23rd, 2013 | by Gerry Galipault

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R.I.P. 2012

Mike Auldridge (The Seldom Scene)

Fontella Bass (“Rescue Me” singer)

Ray Collins (original Mothers of Invention singer)

Mike Scaccia (guitarist; Ministry, Rigor Mortis)

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (film composer)

Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly bassist)

Jimmy McCracklin (blues legend)

Ravi Shankar (“the godfather of world music”)

Jenni Rivera (Grammy-nominated Mexican singer)

Ed Cassidy (Spirit drummer)

Dave Brubeck (jazz giant)

Chris Stamp (former Who manager)

Elliott Carter (American composer)

Mickey Baker (guitarist, Mickey & Sylvia)

Simeon ten Holt (Dutch composer)

Michael Dunford (guitarist for Renaissance)

Cleve Duncan (lead singer of The Penguins)

Terry Callier (eclectic singer-songwriter)

Major Harris (soul singer)

Natina Reed (Blaque)

Mary Campbell (longtime AP music writer)

B.B. Cunningham (The Hombres)

John Tchicai (Danish saxophonist)

Nick Curran (blues guitarist)

Frank Wilson (Motown producer)

R.B. Greaves (“Take a Letter, Maria”)

Billy Barnes (composer-lyricist)

Andy Williams (pop singer)

Iverson Minter (aka blues singer Louisiana Red)

Dorothy McGuire (The McGuire Sisters)

Joe South (singer-songwriter)

Mark Abrahamian (Starship guitarist)

Hal David (legendary songwriter)

John Stockfish (original bassist for Gordon Lightfoot)

Von Freeman (Chicago saxophonist)

Chris Lighty (manager for Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Diddy)

Jerry Nelson (The Count on “Sesame Street,” and a musician)

Scott McKenzie (“San Francisco [Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair]”)

Bob Birch (Elton John bassist)

Mihaela Ursuleasa (classical pianist)

Brent Grulke (creative director of South By Southwest)

Carl Davis (Chicago soul producer)

Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control)

Richie Pillot (Havana)

Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. (Versatones)

Marvin Hamlisch (award-winning composer-pianist)

Stuart Swanlund (Marshall Tucker Band)

Ruggiero Ricci (classical violinist)

Larry Hoppen (Orleans)

Victor Aitay (classical violinist)

Kitty Wells (country legend)

Jon Lord (Deep Purple keyboardist)

Bob Babbitt (Funk Brothers bassist)

Andy Griffith (legendary actor also recorded several albums and won a Grammy)

Peter Hayes (Echo Lake drummer)

Herb Reed (last of the original Platters)

Doc Watson (legendary guitarist)

Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac)

Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (German baritone)

Peter Jones (Crowded House drummer)

Donna Summer (Queen of Disco)

Chuck Brown (“Godfather of Go-Go”)

Donald “Duck” Dunn (Booker T. and The MG’s)

Adam Yauch (MCA of Beastie Boys)

Rob Doherty (Into Eternity)

Pete Fornatale (pioneering New York DJ)

Chris Ethridge (The Flying Burrito Brothers)

Levon Helm (The Band)

Tommy Martha (saxophonist for The Killers)

Greg Ham (Men At Work)

Dick Clark (“American Bandstand”)

Jim Marshall (guitar amp pioneer)

Eric Lowen (Lowen & Navarro)

Earl Scruggs (country music legend)

Michael Hossack (The Doobie Brothers drummer)

Peter Bergman (Firesign Theatre)

Jimmy Ellis (The Trammps)

Joe Byrd (jazz bassist; brother of Charlie Byrd)

Ronnie Montrose (guitar legend)

Robert B. Sherman (Disney composer)

Davy Jones (The Monkees)

Michael Davis (MC5 bassist)

Whitney Houston (pop superstar)

Don Cornelius (“Soul Train” creator/host)

Etta James (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer)

Jimmy Castor (Jimmy Castor Bunch)

Johnny Otis (“Godfather of R&B,” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer)

Robert Dickey (James & Bobby Purify)

Fred Milano (Dion & The Belmonts)

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



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