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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

Art Neville, New Orleans Funk Icon, Dies at 81

‘Poppa Funk,’ as he was known, first recorded in the 1950s, then became a symbol of New Orleans R&B with the Meters and his brothers for five decades.

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Russell Smith, Amazing Rhythm Aces Singer, Dies

The singer and guitarist had recently turned 70. He penned the band’s 1975 crossover hit, “Third Rate Romance,” as well as #1 singles for Randy Travis and others

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Jerry Lawson, of the Persuasions A Cappella Group, Dies

Under his guidance, the Persuasions released albums covering everything from Sam Cooke to Motown to Frank Zappa to the Grateful Dead.

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João Gilberto, Bossa Nova Pioneer, Dies

He famously collaborated with American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz on their 1964 recording, “The Girl from Ipanema,” which became a huge worldwide pop hit

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Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service Guitarist, Dies

Duncan and John Cipollina often engaged in fiery, extended guitar jams that showcased their complementary styles, but they also constructed tight pop-rock.

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Dave Bartholomew, New Orleans Giant, Dead at 100

In addition to writing, producing and arranging many of Fats Domino’s hits, he also wrote such songs as “My Ding-a-Ling” and “I Hear You Knocking.”

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Jim Pike, Founder of Lettermen Vocal Group, Dies

They fit in alongside the new folk-oriented vocal groups that were blanketing the country, particularly on college campuses.

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Tributes for Dr. John, New Orleans Music Legend

The Night Tripper, one of music’s true originals, and a six-time Grammy Award-winning pianist, vocalist and composer, was 77

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Roky Erickson, Texas Rock Legend, Dead at 71

As the lead vocalist and songwriter of the psychedelic 13th Floor Elevators and as a solo artist, Erickson symbolized the vibrant Texas rock scene.

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Remembering Leon Redbone, Singer Who Recalled Earlier Era

His reverence for jazz, country, ragtime, blues and vaudeville was reflected in his performance, stage patter and attire

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