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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

Michael Jackson Thriller Songwriter Rod Temperton Dies

The British songwriter and musician also penned Jackson’s “Rock With You” and songs for George Benson, Donna Summer and many others

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Buckwheat Zydeco Dead at 68, RIP Stanley Dural Jr

As his persona implies, Dural Jr. was known for playing zydeco, the music popularized in Louisiana. He had been suffering from lung cancer in recent years

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Toots Thielemans, Harmonica Master, Dead at 94

He has been described as the greatest harmonica player in the world. Though most of his career was in jazz, he collaborated with many rock legends

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Sandy Pearlman Dead, Longtime Blue Öyster Cult Producer

He also co-managed the band and helped deliver their breakthrough hit. His producer credits include The Clash; he also managed a legendary heavy metal band

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Keith Richards’ Guitar Maker Ted Newman-Jones Dead at 67

Ted Newman-Jones, who made guitars for Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Lucinda Williams and others, has died.

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George Martin Tributes Pour In

Fellow musicians and music industry titans are paying tribute to legendary producer George Martin, who died at 90 on March 8th

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Maurice White Tributes

In what’s becoming a far too regular occurrence, musicians took to social media to pay tribute to one of their own. This time to honor the EW&F founder

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Tributes For Paul Kantner, 1941-2016

Many classic rockers have paid tribute to the late Paul Kantner, including his former Jefferson Airplane bandmates Jack Casady, Marty Balin + Jorma Kaukonen

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David Bowie to Fall to Earth on Off Broadway

David Bowie is collaborating on a musical theater version of the 1976 film he starred in, The Man Who Fell to Earth, which will include new music from him. It will premiere in New York City sometime in the next year.

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Prince Dominates Album Sales Chart

The anticipated rush for Prince’s music has arrived at retail and ecommerce sites. And the artist’s albums aren’t the only classic rock releases topping the charts

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