JOE SAMPLE | Sept. 12 (age 75) | With the Crusaders, he fused jazz, funk and R&B, pioneering the move of jazz from acoustic to electronic. His songs were sampled by Tupac Shakur, and he worked as a session keyboardist for Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King and Quincy Jones.
BOB CREWE | Sept. 11 (age 83) | The songwriter/producer known as the "fifth" of the Four Seasons (seated, in the studio with the Seasons) wrote such standards as "Walk Like a Man" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Later, he wrote Labelle's seductive soul hit "Lady Marmalade."