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Andre Harrell, music exec who discovered Diddy, dies at 59

Andre Harrell, the Uptown Records founder who shaped the sound of hip-hop and R&B in the late ’80s and ’90s with acts such as Mary J. Blige and Heavy D and also launched the career of mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, has died. He was 59.

 
Little Richard, ‘architect of rock ‘n’ roll,’ dead at 87

Little Richard, whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday.

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