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Hazel Dickens, Bluegrass And Folk Singer, Has Died

She wrote and sang influential songs about life in coal-mining towns and working-class women.

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Steely Dan Engineer Roger Nichols Dies At Age 66

The engineer won seven Grammys and also worked with Placido Domingo and Diana Ross.

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The Year In Music: In 2010, Labels Got Leaky

Hearing a song before its release used to be thrilling. This year it was all part of the plan.

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