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.

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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Tommy Allsup, Guitarist for Buddy Holly, Dies at 85

The pioneering rockabilly guitarist lost a coin toss and survived “the day the music died.” He went on to play with Willie Nelson and many others.

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Allan Williams, Beatles’ First Manager, Dies at 86

Before Brian Epstein managed the Beatles, it was a man named Allan Williams who took the young Liverpool band under his wing. He’s now died at age 86

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Singer George Michael Has Died at 53

The hugely successful pop singer got his start in the hitmaking 1980s duo Wham and went on to a phenomenal career as a solo artist with 8 U.S. #1 hits

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Rick Parfitt, Status Quo Guitarist, Dead at 68

The performer for the group best known for the 1968 hit “Pictures of Matchstick Men” had had several heart attacks, including one in June

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