American music stars died in Alzheimer's disease

Here are 35 famous musicians from United States of America died in Alzheimer's disease:

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911 Tampico-June 5, 2004 Bel-Air) a.k.a. Ronald Wilson Reagan, The Gipper, The Teflon President, The Great Communicator, Ronnie, Dutch, Governor Reagan, Lt. Ronald Reagan, Governor Ronald Reagan, Elvis Reagan, President Reagan, Pres. Ronald Reagan, Sgt. Ronald Reagan, Ronald 'Dutch' Reagan, President Roanld Reagan, Rawhide or President Ronald Reagan was an American politician, actor, spokesperson, soldier, radio personality and lifeguard. His children are Maureen Reagan, Patti Davis, Christine Reagan, Ron Reagan and Michael Reagan.

His albums include The Great Speeches, Volume I.

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Son House

Son House (March 21, 1902 Lyon-October 19, 1988 Detroit) otherwise known as Eddie "Son" House, Eddie James House, Sun House, House, Son, Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. or Edward James House, Jr. was an American singer, musician and guitarist.

Discography: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Son House, Delta Blues, Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions, The Legendary 1941/42 Recordings in Chronological Sequence, The Original Delta Blues, Live" at Gaslight Cafe, N.Y.C., January 3, 1965, Father of Folk Blues, A Proper Introduction to Son House: Delta Blues, Heroes of the Blues: Very Best of Son House and Complete Blues: Delta Blues. Genres he performed: Delta blues, Country blues and Blues.

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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 Brooklyn-December 2, 1990 Sleepy Hollow) also known as Copeland, Copland, Copland, Aaron, Aaronn Copland, Aaron Copeland, Aaron Copland (1900-1990) or The Dean of American composers was an American composer, pianist, conductor, film score composer and writer.

His discography includes: Fanfare for the Common Man / Rodeo / Appalachian Spring, Clarinet Concerto, Etc. (New York Chamber Symphony feat. conductor: Gerard Schwartz), Billy the Kid / Rodeo, Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man (Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser), Music for Films, The Young Pioneers: The Complete Music for Solo Piano, Bernstein Century: Appalachian Spring / Rodeo / Billy the Kid / Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein Century: Music for the Theatre / Concerto for Piano and Orchestra / Connotations for Orchestra / El Salón México, A Centenary Tribute and A Copland Celebration, Volume 3 (New York Philharmonic and Choral Art Society feat. conductor: Aaron Copland). Genres: 20th-century classical music, Ballet, Opera, Art song, Ballet, Film score and Classical music.

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Etta James

Etta James (January 25, 1938 Los Angeles-January 20, 2012 Riverside) also known as Jamesetta Hawkins, Eita James, Miss Peaches or The Matriarch of R&B was an American musician, singer-songwriter and singer. She had two children, Sametto James and Donto James.

Her albums: Tell Mama, The Essential Etta James, The Genuine Article: The Best of Etta James, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Etta James, Burnin' Down the House, Hickory Dickory Dock, How Strong Is a Woman: The Island Sessions, I'd Rather Go Blind, Live From San Francisco and Love Songs. Genres she performed: Jazz, Blues, Soul music, Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Gospel music and Rock and roll.

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Perry Como

Perry Como (May 18, 1912 Canonsburg-May 12, 2001 Jupiter Inlet Colony) a.k.a. Pierino Ronaldo Como, Como, Perry, Pierino Roland Como, Pierino Ronald Como, Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como, Perry, Mr. C. or Pierino Como was an American singer, actor and tv personality. He had three children, Ronnie Como, David Como and Terri Como.

His albums: Glendora, Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music, Como Swings / For the Young at Heart, By Request / Sing to Me, Mr. C, Saturday Night With Mr. C / When You Come to the End of the Day, So Smooth / We Get Letters, Till the End of Time, 20 Greatest Hits, 20 Outstanding Classics and A Perry Como Christmas. Genres: Jazz, Swing music, Rock music, Country, Adult contemporary music, Big Band, Easy listening, Pop music, Latin American music, Sacred music and Rock and roll.

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Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 Brooklyn-May 14, 1987 New York City) also known as Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita Cansino, Rita, The Love Goddess, Rita Hayword or Hayworth, Rita was an American actor, dancer, singer and film producer. She had two children, Rebecca Welles and Yasmin Aga Khan.

Her albums: Chansons de films and .

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Burgess Meredith

Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907 Cleveland-September 9, 1997 Malibu) also known as Oliver Burgess Meredith, Buzz or Burgess Meridith was an American actor, film producer, film director, screenwriter, voice actor, writer and soldier. He had two children, Tala Meredith and Jonathon Meredith.

Meredith got his start in acting in the theater before moving on to film and television. He received critical acclaim for his roles in the movies "Of Mice and Men" (1939) and "The Diary of a Chambermaid" (1946). His other memorable roles include the villainous Penguin in the TV series "Batman" (1966-1968), and Mickey Goldmill in the "Rocky" film franchise.

Aside from acting, Meredith also had interests in writing and directing. He wrote two books, "So Far, So Good: A Memoir" and "Thespis: Ritual, Myth, and Drama in the Ancient Near East". He also directed several episodes of the TV series "Police Story" and "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman".

Meredith was a decorated soldier, having served in World War II as a member of the United States Army Air Forces. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Croix de Guerre for his bravery during his time in the service.

In his personal life, Meredith was married four times. He died in 1997 at the age of 89 from complications of Alzheimer's disease and melanoma.

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Lucky Thompson

Lucky Thompson (June 16, 1924 Detroit-July 30, 2005 Seattle) a.k.a. Thompson, Lucky or Lucky Thomson was an American musician.

His most important albums: Lucky Strikes, Lucky in Paris, Jazz in Paris: Modern Jazz Group, Brown Rose, Lucky Thompson, A Lucky Songbook in Europe, I Offer You, The Chronological Classics: Lucky Thompson 1944-1947, Jazz in Paris: Paris Blues and Jazz in Paris: Lucky Thompson with Dave Pochonet All Stars. Genres he performed: Jazz.

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Lejaren Hiller

Lejaren Hiller (February 23, 1924 New York City-January 26, 1994 Buffalo) also known as Hiller, Lejaren was an American composer.

His discography includes: Computer Music Retrospective and Avalanche / Nightmare Music / Suite For Two Pianos And Tape / Computer Music For Tape And Percussion (LP - Heliodor HS-2549 006, circa 1970).

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Herb Ellis

Herb Ellis (August 4, 1921 Farmersville-March 28, 2010 Los Angeles) also known as Ellis, Herb was an American guitarist and musician.

His albums: In a Mellow Tone, Rhythm Willie, Soft & Mellow, Texas Swings, The Concord Jazz Heritage Series, Down-Home, Roll Call, Soft Shoe, Windflower and Nothing but the Blues. Genres he performed include West Coast jazz, Cool jazz, Bebop, Swing music and Mainstream jazz.

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Beatrice Lillie

Beatrice Lillie (May 29, 1894 Toronto-January 20, 1989 Henley-on-Thames) a.k.a. Constance Sylvia Gladys Munston, beatrice_lillie, Lillie, Beatrice, Bea Lillie, Beatrice Lilly, Bea, Beatrice Gladys Lillie or Beatrice Gladys "Bea" Lillie was an American actor and comedian. Her child is Sir Robert Peel, 6th Baronet.

Actually, Beatrice Lillie was a Canadian-British actress and comedian who was best known for her stage performances in revues and musical comedies. She started her career as a teenager in Toronto, performing in vaudeville shows and touring across North America. In 1914, she moved to London and quickly became a sensation in British theatre.

Lillie was known for her eccentric and eccentrically-dressed characters, and her witty and often surreal sense of humor. She starred in numerous stage productions, including "Chu Chin Chow," "A to Z," and "Inside the Lines," which earned her critical acclaim and a devoted following.

In addition to her stage work, Lillie also appeared in several films and television shows, including the 1953 film "Thirteen Rue Madeleine" and the 1968 television special "An Evening with Beatrice Lillie."

Throughout her career, Lillie worked with many of the top performers and writers of her time, including Noël Coward, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. She was known for her generosity and kindness toward fellow performers, and was widely respected and beloved by audiences and colleagues alike.

Lillie was married twice, first to Sir Robert Peel, 5th Baronet, with whom she had a son named Robert Peel, who later became the 6th Baronet. She later married actor John Philip Huck, with whom she remained until his death in 1948. Lillie herself passed away in 1989 at the age of 94.

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Mae Questel

Mae Questel (September 13, 1908 The Bronx-January 4, 1998 New York City) otherwise known as Mae Kwestel, mae_questel, Mae Questelle, Mae Questal or Questel, Mae was an American actor, voice actor and singer. She had two children, Richard Balkin and Robert Balkin.

Her albums: The Music Goes Round and Round.

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William Marshall

William Marshall (August 19, 1924 Gary-June 11, 2003 Los Angeles) also known as William Horace Marshall, Bill Marshall or Wiliam Marshall was an American actor and opera singer. His children are called Gina Loring, Tariq Marshall, Claude Marshall and Malcolm Juarez.

Marshall was born in Gary, Indiana and attended DePauw University where he earned a degree in music. He then went on to study opera at the New England Conservatory of Music and later became the first black actor to play the lead in the Broadway production of "Othello" in 1949. He also appeared in numerous films and television shows throughout his career, including "Blacula," "The Boston Strangler," and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Marshall was also known for his deep, distinctive voice which landed him many voice-over roles in animated movies and television shows. Outside of his acting career, Marshall was also an accomplished painter and was involved in various community organizations such as the NAACP and the Urban League.

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Allen Klein

Allen Klein (December 18, 1931 Newark-July 4, 2009 New York City) a.k.a. Klein, Allen was an American businessperson, accountant and film producer. He had three children, Robin Klein, Jody Klein and Beth Klein.

Genres he performed: Rock music.

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Molly Picon

Molly Picon (February 28, 1898 New York City-April 5, 1992 Lancaster) otherwise known as Margaret Opiekun, Maly Picon, Margaret Pyekoon or Małka Opiekun was an American actor, lyricist, monologist, songwriter, singer and dancer.

She was born to immigrant Jewish parents from Poland and began performing at a young age. Picon's career spanned over seven decades, and she was known for her roles in Yiddish theater, including the popular operetta "Yidl Mitn Fidl." She continued to perform even after Yiddish theater popularity declined, transitioning to roles on Broadway and in films.

In addition to her acting career, Picon was also a talented songwriter, penning over 300 songs in Yiddish and English. She performed for US troops during World War II and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Offstage, Picon was an advocate for Jewish causes and a supporter of Israel. She and her husband, fellow actor Jacob Kalich, helped found the Hebrew Actors' Union and the Jewish National Theater. Picon passed away at the age of 94 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Abe Burrows

Abe Burrows (December 18, 1910 New York City-May 17, 1985 New York City) also known as Abram Solman Borowitz or Abram S. Burrows was an American writer, screenwriter, humorist, author, television producer, composer and theatre director. He had two children, James Burrows and Laurie Burrows.

His albums include Abe Burrows Sings?.

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Ben Weisman

Ben Weisman (November 16, 1921 Providence-May 20, 2007 Los Angeles) a.k.a. Benjamin Weisman, Weisman, Ben, Mad Professor or The Mad Professor was an American songwriter and composer.

He was best known for his work with Elvis Presley, having written several songs for the iconic performer, including "Follow That Dream," "Rock-A-Hula Baby," and "Can't Help Falling in Love." Weisman also worked with other prominent artists throughout his career, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Bobby Darin. In addition to his songwriting work, Weisman also served as a music supervisor for various films and television shows. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, shortly before his passing.

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Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Sneaky Pete Kleinow (August 20, 1934 South Bend-January 6, 2007 Petaluma) a.k.a. Pete Kleinow, Sneeky Pete Kleinow, Sneeky Pete, Kleinow, Pete, Pete, Sneeky, Sneaky Pete, Peter E. Kleinow or Peter Kleinow was an American singer, musician, guitarist, special effects artist and songwriter.

Genres he performed: Country rock and Country.

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith (October 30, 1906 Calumet-January 25, 1985 Glendale) a.k.a. Paul J. Smith or Smith, Paul J. was an American film score composer.

His albums include 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Living Desert, The Vanishing Prairie, True Life Adventures, Pinocchio: Svenskt original soundtrack, Pinocchio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Aaron Schroeder

Aaron Schroeder (September 7, 1926 Brooklyn-December 2, 2009 Englewood) a.k.a. Schroeder, Aaron, Aaron Schröder or Aaron Harold Schroder was an American film score composer. He had one child, Rachel Schroeder.

His albums include Southern Heart in Western Skin and Black & Gold.

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Billy Barnes

Billy Barnes (January 27, 1927 Los Angeles-September 25, 2012 Los Angeles) was an American lyricist, screenwriter, film score composer, composer and pianist. His child is Tyler Barnes.

His albums: .

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Dean Elliott

Dean Elliott (June 29, 1925 Madison-February 11, 1999) was an American film score composer, conductor, music arranger, composer and musician.

His albums include Zounds! What Sounds! and Then Came Bronson. Genres he performed include Film score.

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Ilene Woods

Ilene Woods (May 5, 1929 Portsmouth-July 1, 2010 Canoga Park) also known as Woods, Ilene, Jacqueline Ruth "Ilene" Woods or Jacqueline Ruth Woods was an American singer, actor and voice actor. She had three children, Stephanie Steck, Daniel Shaughnessy and James Shaughnessy.

Ilene Woods was best known for providing the voice for Cinderella in the classic 1950 Disney animated film of the same name. She was working as a demo singer at the time and was asked to audition for the role by the film's composers. Woods was also a popular radio and television performer and appeared in several films and TV shows throughout her career. She retired from show business in the 1970s to focus on her family, but continued to make occasional appearances and give interviews about her iconic role as Cinderella. Ilene Woods passed away in 2010 at the age of 81.

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Billy Todd

Billy Todd (September 26, 1929 Sylacauga-November 30, 2008) also known as Carl Milton Todd was an American singer.

Genres he performed include Southern gospel and Christian music.

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Ray Heatherton

Ray Heatherton (June 1, 1909 New Jersey-August 15, 1997 Englewood) was an American actor and singer. He had two children, Joey Heatherton and Dick Heatherton.

Ray Heatherton was born in Orange, New Jersey and began his career as a vaudeville performer. In the 1930s, he became a popular radio personality, hosting several variety shows including "The Ray Heatherton Show" and "The Merry Mailman." He also appeared on Broadway and in films such as "The Heat's On" and "Meet Me in Las Vegas."

Heatherton's most famous role was as "The Merry Mailman," a children's TV host in the New York City area from the 1950s to the 1970s. He entertained and educated children with songs, skits, and visits to interesting places around the city.

In addition to his entertainment career, Heatherton was a successful businessman who owned several restaurants and nightclubs. He passed away in Englewood, New Jersey in 1997 at the age of 88.

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George Russell

George Russell (June 23, 1923 Cincinnati-July 27, 2009 Boston) a.k.a. Russell, George, George Russell or George Allan Russell was an American composer, music theorist, jazz pianist, author, musician, bandleader and actor.

His albums: Ezz-thetic", Ezz-thetics, The Outer View, Jazz in the Space Age, The Jazz Workshop, Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature, New York, N.Y., Stratusphunk, Living Time and George Russell Sextet in K.C..

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Ruth Wallis

Ruth Wallis (January 5, 1920 Brooklyn-December 22, 2007 Killingly) was an American singer.

Her albums: Boobs: Ruth Wallis' Greatest Hits, Wallis On The Party Line, Saucy Hit Parade, Stag Party, Love Is For The Birds, Hot Songs For Cool Knights, Naughty Naughty, Old Party Favorites, How To Stay Sexy Tho' Married and Cafe Party.

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Sam Butera

Sam Butera (August 17, 1927 New Orleans-June 3, 2009 Las Vegas) otherwise known as Butera, Sam, Sal Butera and the Witnesses or Sam Butera and The Witnesses was an American actor and saxophone player.

Related albums: Equator / I Kiss Your Hand, Madame, The Big Sax and the Big Voice of Sam Butera, Good Gracious Baby / It's Better Than Nothing at All, Ten Little Women / Love Charm, The Big Horn, The Capitol Recordings, Let's Fly With Mary Poppins and Ultra-Lounge, Wild, Cool & Swingin', The Artist Collection, Volume 6.

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Ella Johnson

Ella Johnson (June 22, 1919 Darlington-February 16, 2004 New York City) also known as Johnson, Ella was an American singer.

Her albums include Alright, Okay, You Win / If You Would Only Say You're Sorry, Say Ella and Well Do It / It Used to Hurt Me.

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Jack Greene

Jack Greene (January 7, 1930 Maryville-March 14, 2013) otherwise known as Jack Henry Greene or Greene, Jack was an American singer and singer-songwriter.

Discography: There Goes My Everything, 20 All Time Greatest Hits and There Goes My Everything. Genres related to him: Country.

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Eddie Bond

Eddie Bond (July 1, 1933 Memphis-March 20, 2013 Bolivar) also known as Eddie Bond or Bond, Eddie was an American , .

His most important albums: The Memphis Bopper. His related genres: Rockabilly.

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Skip Battin

Skip Battin (February 18, 1934 Gallipolis-July 6, 2003 Salem) also known as Clyde Battin or Battin, Skip was an American musician, singer-songwriter and songwriter.

His albums: Skip. Genres related to him: Rock music, Folk rock and Country rock.

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Marian Mercer

Marian Mercer (November 26, 1935 Akron-April 27, 2011 Newbury Park, California) also known as Marian Ethel Mercer was an American actor and singer. She had one child, Deidre Whitaker.

Marian Mercer began her career in entertainment as a singer, performing in nightclubs and cabarets in New York City. She transitioned to acting in the 1970s, making her first film appearance in "The Great White Hope" in 1970. Mercer went on to appear in a number of popular movies throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "The Sting", "The Lemon Sisters", and "9 to 5". In addition to her work in film, Mercer had a successful career in television, appearing in shows like "Maude", "The Love Boat", and "The Golden Girls". She was also a regular on the sketch comedy show "The Carol Burnett Show" from 1972 to 1977. Mercer was known for her sharp wit and comedic timing, and was a beloved figure in the entertainment industry. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 75.

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James Doohan

James Doohan (March 3, 1920 Vancouver-July 20, 2005 Redmond) also known as James Montgomery Doohan, James Montgomery "Jimmy" Doohan, Jim Doohan or Jimmy was an American voice actor, actor and military officer. His children are called Sarah Doohan, Thomas Doohan, Eric Doohan, Christopher Doohan, Larkin Doohan, Montgomery Doohan and Deirdre Doohan.

Doohan is best known for his role as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the original Star Trek series and subsequent movies. Prior to his acting career, Doohan served in World War II as a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery where he saw combat in Normandy, Italy, and the Netherlands. He was also injured during the D-Day invasion, losing the middle finger on his right hand. Doohan later transitioned to acting and appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including The Twilight Zone, Fantasy Island, and Loaded Weapon 1. Outside of acting, Doohan was an accomplished pilot and was instrumental in popularizing the sport of skydiving in North America. He also became an advocate for space exploration and personally helped to fundraise for the Canadian Space Agency.

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Beryl Davis

Beryl Davis (March 16, 1924 Plymouth-October 28, 2011 Los Angeles) was an American singer.

Genres she performed: Jazz standard.

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