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.

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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Bobby Vee, ’60s Hitmaker, Dies at 73

The singer behind such top 10 favorites as “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and “Come Back When You Grow Up” is dead.

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Chess Records Co-Founder Phil Chess Dies at 95

The co-founder of the label made famous by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Etta James was 95.

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Don Ciccone of Critters Dies, Sang ‘Mr. Dieingly Sad’

The singer behind two of the most beautiful ballads of the ’60s has passed away. He later joined the Four Seasons and Tommy James & the Shondells.

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Dixie Cups Member Dies, Sang on ‘Chapel of Love’

Joan Marie Johnson, a founding member of the New Orleans girl group that also recorded “Iko Iko” and “People Say,” is dead at 72.

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Michael Jackson Thriller Songwriter Rod Temperton Dies

The British songwriter and musician also penned Jackson’s “Rock With You” and songs for George Benson, Donna Summer and many others

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