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Guitarist Bennie Smith Dies

13th September 2006

Blues legend BENNIE SMITH died on Sunday (10SEP06) after suffering a heart attack. He was 72. Smith was due to perform a concert in University City, Missouri, with the Soulard Blues Band on the night...

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Rufus Thomas' Niece Pleads Guilty To Theft

13th July 2004

A niece of RUFUS THOMAS has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $67,000 (GBP37,200) from the late funk pioneer's estate. MARCELINE VAUGHN, 42, was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday (08JUL04). She...

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Stax Records Co-founder Dies

1st March 2004

ESTELLE AXTON, co-founder of the legendary STAX RECORDS CO has died - She was 85. Axton died of natural causes on Tuesday (24FEB04) at Saint Francis Hospital's hospice in Memphis, Tennessee. The musicians...

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