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2015 In Memoriam: 10 Beloved Music-World Figures

Remembering Cynthia Lennon, Gail Zappa, Nick Alexander and others we lost this year

IN MEMORIAM 2015: RIGHTEOUS NON-MUSICIANS

This year, the musical world lost many important figures, but not all of them were principally musicians. Some were inspirations and muses, some were major figures on the business side of show business, and some were creative dynamos who collaborated with rock bands on costumes and album covers. We honor 10 of them here.

Nick Alexander; Obits 2015

Nick Alexander

Alexander, the 36-year-old merch manager on tour with Eagles of Death Metal, was killed by terrorists during the attack at Paris' Bataclan on November 13th, along with journalist Guillaume B. Decherf, label exec Thomas Ayad and 86 other music lovers.

Julie Harris; Obits 2015

Fashion designer Julie Harris is presented with a birthday cake by The Beatles and Wilfred Brambell (1912 - 1985) at the Scala Theatre where they are all working on 'A Hard Days Night', 26th March 1964. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Julie Harris

The Oscar-winning costume designer for the Beatles movies Help! and A Hard Day's Night perished from a chest infection on May 30th. She was 94.

Obits 2015

23rd April 1964: Singer-songwriter John Lennon (1940 - 1980) of The Beatles, with his wife Cynthia at the Dorchester Hotel, London, for a Foyles Luncheon after the publication of his first book, 'In His Own Write'. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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Cynthia Lennon

Cynthia Lennon, the mother of Julian Lennon, was the first woman to marry a Beatle: John Lennon, from 1962 to 1968. She died from cancer on April 1st at age 75.