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Mexican Singer-Songwriter Superstar Juan Gabriel Dies at 66

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The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame mourns the passing our one of Mexico’s Greatest Performers and Songwriters. May you Descansa En Paz Sr. Juan Gabriel.

Original Article Billboard: 8/28/2016 by

Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel died of a massive heart attack in Los Angeles on Sunday (Aug. 28), sources confirm to Billboard.

Juan Gabriel was in the midst of the U.S. leg of his  MeXXico Es Todos tour,  a 22-city arena trek that had him playing in 360 stages to accommodate sold out crowds. On Sunday morning, sources close to him said, he was in Los Angeles, where had played The Forum Friday night.  As he readied to go to the airport to fly to El Paso, the next stop in his tour, he suffered a massive heart.

Juan Gabriel ranked at No. 18 on Billboard’s 2015 Money Makers list (just below Ed Sheeran and just above Florida Georgia Line), largely thanks to $11.6 million in touring revenue in 2015. He scored the year’s highest-grossing Latin tour and had the top-selling Latin album, Los Duo, which has moved 131,000 units, according to Nielsen Music.

PHOTO: Juan Gabriel performs on stage during Volver 2015 Tour at Viejas Arena on Feb. 6, 2015 in San Diego, Calif. By: DANIEL KNIGHTON /WIREIMAGE

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Gato Barbieri, Latin Jazz Trailblazer, Dies at 83

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Gato Barbieri, a saxophonist whose highly emotional playing helped expand the audience for Latin jazz, and whose score for the film “Last Tango in Paris” won a Grammy Award, died on Saturday in New York. He was 83.

His death was confirmed by Jordy Freed, the vice president of marketing and communications for the Blue Note Entertainment Group, parent company of the Blue Note nightclub in Greenwich Village, where Mr. Barbieri often performed. Mr. Barbieri’s wife, Laura, told The Associated Press that the cause was pneumonia. Read More

Pablo Manavello, Latin Songwriter & Producer, Dies at 65

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Original Article-Billboard1/18/2016 by

Songwriter, arranger and producer Pablo Manavello, whose work was instrumental in the careers of Latin superstars like Ricardo Montaner, Olga Tañón, Chayanne andRicky Martin, died unexpectedly on Monday (Jan. 18) in Miami. He was 65 years old.

“My musical style was born from Pablo Manavello,” Montaner posted to Twitter. “From ‘La cima del cielo’ to ‘La gloria de dios,’ we’ve written and enjoyed music and life,” he added, citing hits that spanned decades.

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 3.45.21 PMBorn in Italy but raised in Venezuela, Manavello was an accomplished guitarist who started his career as a member of Venezuelan rock band Los Memphis. Although Manavello would go on to release several solo pop albums in Venezuela, beginning with 1979’s Cosas Sencillas, his focus shifted after receiving a scholarship from the Venezuelan government to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music. Read More

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Remembers Natalie Cole

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The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame is extremely saddened by the passing of our dear friend and legendary performing artist Natalie Cole. In 2013 at our inaugural LA MUSA AWARDS, Natalie accepted the “Premio Pionero Desi Arnaz” (“Desi Arnaz Pioneer Award”) in honor of her father the great Nat King Cole and performed the timeless ballad “Acércate Más” written by the late Cuban composer Osvaldo Farrés in a touching virtual duet with her father on the screen. Rudy Pérez produced Natalie Cole’s final album En Español which is a tribute to Nat King Cole’s three Spanish language albums which first introduced some of the greatest songs of all time in Latin music to the rest of the world.

Natalie tu siempre serás inolvidable… UNFORGETTABLE

(Top image: Rudy Pérez, Andy Garcia, Natalie Cole and Desmond Child)