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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

Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead at 54

Born Vincent Paul Abbott, he formed the groove metal band in Texas with, among others, his guitarist brother Darrell, better known as Dimebag Darrell

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D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley’s Drummer, Dead at 87

He played on nearly 500 of Elvis’ recordings, including such landmarks as “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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Nokie Edwards, Ventures Lead Guitarist, Dies at 82

The lead guitarist for the most successful instrumental rock band of all time inspired countless would-be players to pick up the instrument.

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Craig MacGregor, Foghat Bassist, Dies at 68

A core member of the blues-rock band during the late ’70s/early ’80s, and then on and off again until the present decade, succumbed to cancer.

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Pat Torpey, Founding Member of Mr. Big, Dies

The drummer helped the band earn a worldwide #1 smash with “To Be With You” in 1992. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease

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Dennis Edwards, Temptations Lead Vocalist, Dies

Though not one of the original “Classic 5,” he joined the popular Motown singing group in 1968 and sang lead on such hits as “I Can’t Get Next to You”

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Jim Rodford, of Argent, Kinks, Zombies Fame, Dies

The bass player for numerous classic rock bands performed with the Zombies this month during their continued 50th anniversary celebration

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Edwin Hawkins, ‘Oh Happy Day’ Gospel Star, Dead

The man behind one of the most popular gospel crossover hits has passed away. In addition to their big hit, his group also backed Melanie on a 1970 smash.

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Glenn Frey Tributes From Fellow Musicians

Social media was abuzz from fans and fellow musicians when they news broke Monday about the passing of #GlennFrey

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Motörhead Guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke Dies

The last surviving member of the band’s classic, early lineup has succumbed to pneumonia at age 67. The trio’s Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor both died in 2015

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