During the year 2015, there were a number of noteworthy deaths of prominent and influential people in connection with American oldies pop music.
Included among the departed solo singers were Percy Sledge, Lesley Gore, B.B. King, Ben E. King and Natalie Cole, and this article attempts to remember those who died in 2015 and left their legacies for fans of oldies music to enjoy forever.
In addition, the 2015 deaths included members of prominent singing groups, including Jim Ed Brown of The Browns, Jack Ely of The Kingsmen, William Guest of The Pips and Stevie Wright of The Easybeats.
Following are capsule summaries about the departed stars, and each report on a solo artist includes a video link to one of their major hit recordings, which can be heard by clicking on the song title. The chart numbers are taken from Billboard magazine.