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.

Autograph Drummer Keni Richards Dead at 60

Remember “Turn on the Radio”? They were one of the MTV-era metal breakout bands from L.A. in the early ’80s and he was their original drummer. RIP.

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Lonnie Brooks, Chicago Blues Great, Dead at 83

The Grammy-nominated artist who combined Chicago blues, rock ’n’ roll, Memphis soul, swampy Louisiana grooves and country has passed.

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Sib Hashian, Original Boston Drummer, Dies at 67

The drummer who played on Boston’s smash debut album and its followup collapsed and passed away while performing on a rock legends cruise ship.

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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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