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.

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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Asia Singer/Bassist John Wetton Dies at 67

The prog legend, also a member of UK, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, and for his extensive solo catalog, died today following a battle with cancer.

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‘Do You Wanna Dance’ Singer Bobby Freeman Dies

You’ve heard his most famous song by John Lennon, the Ramones and the Beach Boys. The man who created it has died at age 76. Have a listen to all these versions

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Black Sabbath Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls Dies at 68

For 25 years, 1979-2004, he was an essential component of one of metal’s greatest bands, playing on all of their albums of that era

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Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Drummer, Dead at 69

A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, one of the two drummers who drove the Southern Rock band’s sound, has died. RIP Butch Trucks.

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Pete Overend Watts, Mott the Hoople Bassist, Dead

A founding member of the beloved British glam-era band that had a huge hit with Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes” is dead at 69.

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Maggie Roche, of Folk’s Roches Trio, Dies at 65

The eldest member of the popular singer-songwriter sisters, whose 1979 debut album was produced by Robert Fripp, has passed away due to cancer.

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Richie Ingui, ‘Expressway to Your Heart’ Singer, Dies

One of the founding members of the Soul Survivors, known for their classic Gamble and Huff-produced/written 1967 hit, has died.

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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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