Lou Rawls, Mark Spoon dead

Lou Rawls, Mark Spoon dead
Legendary soul singer Lou Rawls died of brain cancer on January 6. Known for his velvety voice, Rawls was a three-time Grammy winner over his illustrious career that spanned six decades. A Chicago native, Rawls got his big break in 1962 when he signed with Capitol, eventually going on to record 52 albums featuring such classic songs as "You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” and "Your Good Thing (Is About to End).” He also starred in 16 movies and became a major fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund telethons in the 1980s. He was 72.

Half of German production duo Jam & Spoon, Mark Spoon (born Markus Löffel), died on January 11 after a heart attack. Known for pioneering the trance sound in the early ‘90s, Jam & Spoon found remarkable success in the club circuit thanks to the 1994 hit "Right in the Night” and a number of remixes for acts such as Moby and Pet Shop Boys. He was 41.