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.

Faith No More Original Singer Chuck Mosley Dies

The funk metal band’s lead vocalist and songwriter left the band, not by choice, after their first 2 albums. Their next LP delivered a huge hit. He suffered from the “disease of addiction”

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Paul Buckmaster, Bowie/Elton Arranger, Dies at 71

His credits include Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” and Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” among dozens of other hits.

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Pentti Glan, Lou Reed/Alice Cooper Drummer, Dies

Best known for his work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper in the ’70s, he was a star first in Canada and later played with a variety of artists.

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Robert Knight, ‘Everlasting Love’ Singer, Dead at 72

The singer who first put the enduring R&B-country classic on the charts in 1967 has passed. It was later a hit for other artists in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

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Fats Domino, First-Generation Rocker, Dead at 89

A New Orleans icon and massive influence on later rockers, his hits included “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame” and “I’m Walkin’.”

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AC/DC Producer, Brother George Young Dies at 70

He came to prominence as a member and songwriter for the Easybeats, scoring a hit with “Friday on My Mind.” He then teamed with Harry Vanda to produce AC/DC’s first 5 albums

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Tragically Hip Singer Gord Downie Dies at 53

The beloved Canadian band’s frontman went out on one last tour after he was was diagnosed with cancer. He lived ‘the life,’ said the band in a statement.

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Charles Bradley, Soul Music Revivalist, Dead at 68

He was nearly 50 when he turned professional, channeling his lifelong love of vintage soul music into a career reviving that classic sound

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Guy Villari, Original ‘Barbara Ann’ Singer, Dies at 75

If you’re a fan of the Beach Boys, you know their best-selling cover. The singer who had the original hit, with his group the Regents, has passed.

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Chicago Percussionist Laudir de Oliveira Dies

The Brazilian musician first performed on the Chicago VI album in 1973 and became a full-time member by 1975’s Chicago VIII

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