Steve Jobs Dies

Steve Jobs Dies
co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died Oct. 5. A cause of death was not disclosed. He was 56. Jobs co-founded the company in 1976 with childhood friend Steve Wozniak, developing what was considered the world's first personal computer with the Apple II. His impact on music was immeasurable as the visionary behind Apple's iTunes music store and iPod music player. In 2002, Apple Computer received a Technical GRAMMY Award. Jobs, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, had been on medical leave since Jan. 17 and officially resigned from his position as CEO on Aug. 24. "Visionary, pioneer, innovator, genius — all of these words and more have been used to describe the dynamic, passionate, and driven Steve Jobs," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "He took technology and turned it into art, becoming a key player and leader in the entertainment world, particularly music. The world has lost an inspiring and creative inventor whose extraordinary legacy will forever remain present in our lives." (10/5)

Awards For Lang Lang, Mehta, Bacharach, David
Pianist Lang Lang and conductor Zubin Mehta were among those who were honored at the 2011 ECHO Klassik German Music Award ceremony on Oct. 2 in Berlin. Lang Lang received the best-seller award for his Live In Vienna album while Mehta received a lifetime achievement honor. In other awards news, the U.S. Library of Congress announced that GRAMMY winners and Recording Academy Trustees Awards recipients Burt Bacharach and Hal David will receive the fourth Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C., next spring. The songwriting team joins previous recipients upcoming MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. (10/5)

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