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So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.(78), singer-songwriter known as Queen Of The Blues, who in addition to scoring hits under her own name ('Trapped By A Thing Called Love', 'Now Run And Tell That', 'Man Sized Job', 'Love Me Right', and 'Married, But Not to Each Other'), penned songs covered by such stars as Barbara Mandrell, Little Milton. Daughter of songwriter Robert Gall and singer Ccile Berthier, she later married songwriter Michel Berger, enjoying more than 50 hits in France and Germany.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, following a heart attack (59), songwriter and record producer, whose hits include 'The Rest Of Mine', 'Big Time' and 'Brown Chicken, Brown Cow' for Trace Adkins, 'As Any Fool Can See', 'My Second Home', 'If The World Had A Front Porch', and 'Is That A Tear?Although Fats Domino outsold every rock and roll artist other than Elvis, and was even described by Presley as "the real king of rock and roll", he remained a modest, even shy person, factors which - coupled in later years, with an unwillingness to perform in public outside of New Orleans - may have led to him being under-estimated by critics. Brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC, George Young produced a number of that band's early albums, including 'Let There Be Rock' and 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', along with their 2000 album 'Stiff Upper Lip'.International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member. In Sydney, Australia, of undisclosed causes (76), songwriter and lead singer with the Skyliners, whose classic hit 'Since I Don't Have You' was also recorded by Barbra Streisand, Patti La Belle, Art Garfunkel, Don Mc Lean, Ronnie Milsap, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Chuck Jackson, The Four Seasons, Manfred Mann, Jay & The Americans, The Vogues, Lenny Welch, Ricky Nelson, Patti La Belle, Dorothy Moore, Eddie Meduza, Gloria Loring, Shturcite, Johnny Mathis, Ron Sexsmith and Guns N Roses.Other hits include 'This I Swear' and 'Pennies From Heaven'.In his sleep, at his home in Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania, USA, from a suspected heart attack (84), songwriter and record producer whose hits include 'Im Gonna Make You Love Me' (Diana Ross & The Supremes), 'Sunday Will Never Be The Same' (Spanky & The Gang), 'Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie' (Jay & The Techniques), 'Sunny' (Bobby Hebb), 'When We Get Married' (The Dreamlovers) and 'Venus' (Shocking Blue).In Miramar, Florida, USA, of cancer (70), songwriter and lead falsetto with The Tokens ('The Lion Sleeps Tonight'), who wrote his first hit song ('Tonight I Fell In Love') at the age of fourteen.
Other hits written for The Tokens include "I Hear Trumpets Blow", before he joined Cross Country, scoring a 1973 hit with 'In The Midnight Hour'. In Los Angeles, Calfornia, USA, of heart failure (59), singer-songwriter in the power-pop genre, whose songs included such radio hits as 'Places That Are Gone' and 'Hanging On To Yesterday', and who played with Nils Lofgren, REMs Peter Buck, Matthew Sweet, The Goo Goo Dolls, Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices and Paul Westerberg of the Replacements, while releasing more than 15 solo albums on such labels as Dolphin, Geffen and Matador.
In Quebec, Canada, following a heart attack (79), songwriter, producer, and vocalist with The Miracles, whose compositions for the band included such hits as 'Ooo Baby Baby', 'The Tracks Of My Tears', 'My Girl Has Gone', 'Going To A Go-Go' and 'Love Machine', but who also wrote songs recorded by Marvin Gaye ('Aint That Peculiar' and 'Ill Be Doggone'), The Temptations ('It's Growing' and 'Since I Lost My Baby'), Linda Ronstadt, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, George Michael, The Rolling Stones, Ramsey Lewis, Tom Jones, Luther Vandross, The Four Tops and Debby Boone. In Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, of complications from diabetes (78), singer and frontman for the CC Riders, and songwriter whose composition 'Last Kiss' was a US Number 1 hit for both J.
Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers in 1964, and again in 1998 for Pearl Jam.
'), Johnny Sea ('My Baby Walks All Over Me'), Dean Martin, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Red Simpson, Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Bob Luman, Vikki Carr, Waylon Jennings, Porter Wagoner, Jim Ed Brown, Ray Price and Buck Owens.
As a steel guitarist, Billy Mize recorded with Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Johnny Bond, Merle Travis, and Tommy Duncan and also worked as a member of Haggards band The Strangers. Mize went on to host Gene Autrys Melody Ranch series on KTLA-TV, before setting up his own television production company.
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