Tom Smith, a relentless musical experimenter and prominent figure in the international noise scene for decades, died on January 20 in Hanover, Germany. He was 65. His partner, Claudia Franke, confirmed to NPR that the cause was colon cancer.
While Freddie Hughes’s recording career peaked commercially with the 1968 hit “Send My Baby Back,” the Oakland singer’s impact on East Bay soul and the Bay Area music scene in general went much deeper than that.
Maria Ewing, the opera singer acclaimed for her sensual, dramatically charged performances in works by Strauss, Bizet and Shostakovich, died at her home near Detroit on Sunday. She was 71. Her death was announced in a family statement published by multiple news organizations.