RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

Rock music and its antecedents have now been with us for many decades. Alas, that now means that we are losing many significant artists, musicians and other key musical figures. Plus, sadly, there are those who we lose far too early. Here is where we appreciate their accomplishments and achievements as well as who they were as people and personalities.

Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll Giant, Dead at 90

He was the poet laureate of rock ‘n’ roll, responsible for so much of the lyrical direction and guitar language of the music. One of the giants, gone at 90.

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James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Legend, Dies at 81

He began playing blues harp at age 9 and became one of the masters of the instrument, with more than 30 albums and countless guest appearances to his name.

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Tommy LiPuma, Veteran Producer & Executive, Dies

The multiple Grammy winner and music business executive worked with everyone from McCartney to Miles Davis to Barbra Streisand. He died on Monday at 80.

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Y&T Founding Guitarist Joey Alves Dead at 63

The original rhythm guitarist of the Bay Area hard rock/metal band formed in the ’70s has passed away. That leaves only one member of the first lineup.

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Joni Sledge, of ‘We Are Family’ Dance Group, Dies

One of the four Sister Sledge family members who sang the chart-topping anthem plus “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and others, has died. She was 60.

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Jim Fuller, ‘Wipe Out’ Guitarist with Surfaris, Dies

The man who created one of the most unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll riffs of all time has died. Jim Fuller was called “The Godfather of Surf Guitar.”

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Valerie Carter, Longtime Singer with James Taylor and Others, Dies

She enjoyed a brief solo career but her mark was made as a backup singer on recordings and tours for dozens of classic rock acts

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Larry Coryell, Jazz-Rock Guitar Great, Dies at 73

One of the most masterful and influential players of the fusion era of the ’60s/’70s, he was still performing up until his death on Sunday.

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Al Jarreau, Jazz and R&B Vocal Great, Dead at 76

The seven-time Grammy-winning jazz and R&B singer had recently announced his retirement from touring. His biggest hit was “We’re In This Love Together.”

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Sonny Geraci, Outsiders and Climax Singer, Dead at 69

The Cleveland native had two very different top 5 hits with two different bands: “Time Won’t Let Me” and “Precious and Few.”

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