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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

Remembering Molly Hatchet Founder, Dave Hlubek

He founded the Southern Rock band in 1971 and was lead guitarist and co-writer of many songs including “Flirtin’ With Disaster”

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Michael Johnson, ‘Bluer Than Blue’ Singer, Dies

In addition to his top 20 pop single, the singer-songwriter scored several other hits on that chart and two number one country smashes.

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Steppenwolf Keyboardist Goldy McJohn Dead at 72

The founding member, organist on all of the band’s hits including “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride,” died of a heart attack.

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Linkin Park, STP Singer Chester Bennington, Dead

The singer was close with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell who passed in May. He took his life on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday

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Chris Cornell Helped Create a Rock Genre

The Soundgarden songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, was one of the architects of the grunge movement. He was found dead in Detroit following a May 17, 2017 gig

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Col. Bruce Hampton, Jam Band Hero, Dies Onstage

A legend of the Southern rock and jam band scenes, the veteran performer was participating in his own tribute concert when he collapsed.

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Allan Holdsworth, Fusion/Prog Guitar Great, Dies

A masterful guitarist who served as an inspiration to Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Alex Lifeson and others, has passed.

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Bruce Langhorne, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ Inspiration, Dies

He not only played on several of Dylan’s greatest tunes but inspired one that defined its era. A consummate session musician has passed away.

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Molly Hatchet Bassist Banner Thomas Dies at 60

An early member of the Southern rock band, who played on their first four albums, and co-wrote their big hit “Flirtin’ With Disaster,” was still performing.

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Autograph Drummer Keni Richards Dead at 60

Remember “Turn on the Radio”? They were one of the MTV-era metal breakout bands from L.A. in the early ’80s and he was their original drummer. RIP.

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