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.

Power Pop Singer-Songwriter Tommy Keene Dies

Fans of power pop were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Tommy Keene, best known for his 1984 radio hit “Places That Are Gone.”

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David Cassidy, ’70s Actor and Pop Idol, Dead at 67

The actor and singer, who first attained fame in the 1970s as a cast member of TV’s ‘Partridge Family,’ succumbed following organ failure

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AC/DC Co-Founder, Malcolm Young, Dies at 64

The band has suffered an unspeakable second loss in less than a month with the passing of its rhythm guitarist. He had taken a leave of absence in 2014

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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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