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Died On This Date (September 30, 2012) Raylene Rankin / The Rankin Family

Posted by themusicsover on October 11, 2012

Raylene Rankin
1960 – September 30, 2012

Raylene Rankin was the co-lead singer for influential Canadian Irish folk group, the Rankin Family.  Formed in 1989, the group, which also included siblings, Jimmy, Cookie, Heather, John Morris, and David, won numerous awards, including six Juno Awards – Canada’s answer to the Grammys.  Shortly after the Rankin Family formed, they began self-releasing their music on cassette.  By the early ’90s, they were signed to EMI Records and touring all over Canada and beyond.  The 1992 EMI re-release of their Fair Thee Well Love sold more than 500,000 in its initial years.  The group released several more albums through the years including the quadruple platinum North Country, and their most recent, 2009’s These Are The Moments.  Meanwhile, Raylene released a handful of solo albums as well.  During the she early 2000s, Raylene was diagnosed with cancer, and on September 30, 2012 she died of breast cancer.  She was 52 when he passed away.

 

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Died On This Date (December 31, 2002) Kevin MacMichael / The Cutting Crew

Posted by themusicsover on December 31, 2010

Kevin MacMichael
November 7, 1951 – December 31, 2002

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Kevin MacMichael was a Canadian born songwriter, musician, and producer who is perhaps best remembered as the co-founder of, and lead guitarist for ’80s rock band, the Cutting Crew.  Formed in England in 1985, the band scored a huge MTV-powered hit with “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” in 1986.  The worldwide hit from the album, Broadcast, helped the band secure a Best New Artist Grammy nomination in 1987.   After the band broke up in 1993, MacMichael went on to play guitar on and compose songs for Robert Plant’s Fate Of Nations of that same year.  He also toured behind the album with Plant. MacMichael eventually moved from England back to Nova Scotia where he worked with such acts as the Rankin Family and Sons Of Maxwell.  Kevin MacMichael died of lung cancer on December 31, 2002. He was 51.

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