“Alto has been a part of our musical family, on and off stage, for nearly 50 years,” Seger continued. “I first started playing with Alto in 1971. He was amazing. He could play just about anything… he was funky, could scat, and play tenor sax and alto sax at the same time.” Fashion designer Cardin, whose name became synonymous with branding and licensing, died on Dec. 29 at the American Hospital in Paris, his family told the Agence France-Presse. The French Academy of Fine Arts confirmed his death on Twitter. He was 98. As an haute couture designer, Cardin’s futuristic fashions were popular in the 1960s. But he became globally influential for decades past that because he understood, pioneered and created the globalized market for French luxury items, and showed a demand for licensing brand names on items beyond a typical fashion line. On Dec. 28, the renowned musician died, weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus on Dec. 17 and five days after he was intubated, according to Mexico’s El Universal. The newspaper reported that he was starting to be stable and was able to answer phone calls until the night before his death.
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Manzanero composed hundreds of songs, including some that were translated to English such as the classic track “Somos Novios,” which was recorded in English by Perry Como and Elvis Presley as “It’s Impossible.” (Como’s rendition was nominated for a song of the year Grammy in 1971.) In 2014, Manzanero was recognized with a lifetime achievement award at the Grammy Awards. Former collaborator and longtime friend Ricky Skaggs released a statement on behalf of Rice’s widow Pam and their daughter India, who are asking for privacy “to process during this difficult time.”