Grammy Award-Winning Country Vocalist Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81. He died at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, representative Keith Hagan told…

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John Gary Williams, vocalist of Stax music’s The Mad Lads, dies at 73

AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideJohn Gary Williams, whose pleading lead vocals were key to the success of the Mad Lads, a doo-wop-influenced Stax group out of Booker T. Washington High School that recorded several influential and beloved R&B hits in the 1960s, has died. He was 73.Proudly and fiercely independent, Mr. Williams led an often tumultuous…

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