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.

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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Buckwheat Zydeco Dead at 68, RIP Stanley Dural Jr

As his persona implies, Dural Jr. was known for playing zydeco, the music popularized in Louisiana. He had been suffering from lung cancer in recent years

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Remembering REO Speedwagon’s Gary Richrath

The guitarist, songwriter and singer – who authored their biggest hit – died on September 13, 2015. His bandmates and the exec who signed him offer tributes

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Toots Thielemans, Harmonica Master, Dead at 94

He has been described as the greatest harmonica player in the world. Though most of his career was in jazz, he collaborated with many rock legends

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Remembering Spiral Starecase Singer Pat Upton

The one hit wonders enjoyed 1969 chart success with “More Today Than Yesterday.” Years later, while touring with a TV star/teen idol, Upton was not on the plane that killed the star and 6 others

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Sandy Pearlman Dead, Longtime Blue Öyster Cult Producer

He also co-managed the band and helped deliver their breakthrough hit. His producer credits include The Clash; he also managed a legendary heavy metal band

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Keith Richards’ Guitar Maker Ted Newman-Jones Dead at 67

Ted Newman-Jones, who made guitars for Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Lucinda Williams and others, has died.

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Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s Guitarist on Early Hits, Dies

One of the pioneers of modern music was 84. With Bill Black on double bass, the two provided all that the King of Rock’n’Roll needed on his early hits

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