Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Dick Wagner | Guitarist, songwriter, 71

Dick Wagner, 71, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss, and Aerosmith, and who cowrote many of Cooper's hits, died Wednesday of respiratory failure, his personal manager and business partner said Friday.

Susan Michelson, Mr. Wagner's partner in Desert Dreams Productions, said the performer died at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center in Arizona, where he had been for three weeks.

His website says Mr. Wagner went on tour with Reed in 1973 and joined Cooper a year later. He cowrote the Cooper hits "Only Women Bleed," "You and Me," and "I Never Cry." He also worked as Cooper's musical director.

Mr. Wagner had his first real taste of success with the band the Frost, whose albums placed on the Billboard charts. He then moved to New York and formed Ursa Major, a short-lived band that included Mr. Wagner on guitar and Billy Joel on keyboard. He eventually relocated to Phoenix and started Desert Dreams in 2005 with Michelson, whom he met when he was working with Cooper. - AP

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