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What’s the latest info about about rock music and the most interesting and momentous events in its past? You can find it all here: breaking news and articles of interest from around the Web, sales and airplay charts both new and from the past, nuggets of rock history and lore along with notable occasions, and our appreciations of recently-departed artists and other musical figures of note.

Beatles Pal “Magic Alex” Mardas Dead at 74

One of the characters who fell into the Beatles’ orbit, he promised them futuristic electronics and even a flying saucer, but delivered little.

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Tommy Allsup, Guitarist for Buddy Holly, Dies at 85

The pioneering rockabilly guitarist lost a coin toss and survived “the day the music died.” He went on to play with Willie Nelson and many others.

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Allan Williams, Beatles’ First Manager, Dies at 86

Before Brian Epstein managed the Beatles, it was a man named Allan Williams who took the young Liverpool band under his wing. He’s now died at age 86

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Greg Lake—ELP, King Crimson Singer/Bassist—Dies

Several months after the death of Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s singer/bassist has succumbed to cancer. Greg Lake was 69.

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Remembering Dan Hicks

The music world lost a true original when singer-songwriter Dan Hicks died in February 2016. The singer-guitarist led the acoustic group the Hot Licks.

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Sharon Jones, Late-Blooming Soul Star, Dead at 60

The dynamic soul and funk singer who made her first recordings in her 40s has died at age 60. Jones chronicled her battle with cancer in a documentary film.

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Mose Allison, Jazz-Blues Pianist-Singer, Dead at 89

The much-honored and influential performer had his songs covered by many classic rockers, perhaps most prominently The Who with “Young Man’s Blues”

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Leonard Cohen Dead, 82, Poet and Storyteller

Less than three weeks after releasing a new studio album, You Want It Darker, the legendary singer-songwriter has passed. The signs were there

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Black Crowes Keyboardist Eddie Harsch Dies at 59

The longtime member of the beloved classic rock jam band passed away on the eve of the debut tour by the spinoff band the Magpie Salute.

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Bobby Vee, ’60s Hitmaker, Dies at 73

The singer behind such top 10 favorites as “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and “Come Back When You Grow Up” is dead.

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