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What’s the latest info about about rock music and the most interesting and momentous events in its past? You can find it all here: breaking news, sales and airplay charts from the past, notable occasions, and our appreciations of recently departed artists and other musical figures of note

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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Larry Coryell, Jazz-Rock Guitar Great, Dies at 73

One of the most masterful and influential players of the fusion era of the ’60s/’70s, he was still performing up until his death on Sunday.

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Al Jarreau, Jazz and R&B Vocal Great, Dead at 76

The seven-time Grammy-winning jazz and R&B singer had recently announced his retirement from touring. His biggest hit was “We’re In This Love Together.”

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Sonny Geraci, Outsiders and Climax Singer, Dead at 69

The Cleveland native had two very different top 5 hits with two different bands: “Time Won’t Let Me” and “Precious and Few.”

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‘Do You Wanna Dance’ Singer Bobby Freeman Dies

You’ve heard his most famous song by John Lennon, the Ramones and the Beach Boys. The man who created it has died at age 76. Have a listen to all these versions

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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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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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