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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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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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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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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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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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Johnny Hallyday, ‘The French Elvis,’ Dead at 74

Although he never gained fame in the United States–despite an Ed Sullivan appearance–he was the biggest rock star France has ever known.

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Mitch Margo, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ Singer, Dies

Their most famous song was originally a hit in Africa, then found its way to American folk singers and finally went to #1 as sung by a 14-year-old boy.

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Power Pop Singer-Songwriter Tommy Keene Dies

Fans of power pop were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Tommy Keene, best known for his 1984 radio hit “Places That Are Gone.”

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Faith No More Original Singer Chuck Mosley Dies

The funk metal band’s lead vocalist and songwriter left the band, not by choice, after their first 2 albums. Their next LP delivered a huge hit. He suffered from the “disease of addiction”

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