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.

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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Greg Lake—ELP, King Crimson Singer/Bassist—Dies

Several months after the death of Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s singer/bassist has succumbed to cancer. Greg Lake was 69.

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Beatles Cartoon Creator Al Brodax Dies at 90

The man who animated the Beatles for a cartoon series, then went on to help create the group’s Yellow Submarine film, has passed away.

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Remembering Dan Hicks

The music world lost a true original when singer-songwriter Dan Hicks died in February 2016. The singer-guitarist led the acoustic group the Hot Licks.

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Sharon Jones, Late-Blooming Soul Star, Dead at 60

The dynamic soul and funk singer who made her first recordings in her 40s has died at age 60. Jones chronicled her battle with cancer in a documentary film.

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Mose Allison, Jazz-Blues Pianist-Singer, Dead at 89

The much-honored and influential performer had his songs covered by many classic rockers, perhaps most prominently The Who with “Young Man’s Blues”

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Leonard Cohen Dead, 82, Poet and Storyteller

Less than three weeks after releasing a new studio album, You Want It Darker, the legendary singer-songwriter has passed. The signs were there

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1 Year Ago: Motorhead Ex-Drummer Phil Taylor Dies

Phil Tayor aka “Philthy Animal” did two stints on the drum kit with Mötorhead, his first during the group’s seminal late 1970s reign as the world’s loudest band

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Black Crowes Keyboardist Eddie Harsch Dies at 59

The longtime member of the beloved classic rock jam band passed away on the eve of the debut tour by the spinoff band the Magpie Salute.

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