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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

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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Paul Buckmaster, Bowie/Elton Arranger, Dies at 71

His credits include Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” and Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” among dozens of other hits.

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Pentti Glan, Lou Reed/Alice Cooper Drummer, Dies

Best known for his work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper in the ’70s, he was a star first in Canada and later played with a variety of artists.

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Robert Knight, ‘Everlasting Love’ Singer, Dead at 72

The singer who first put the enduring R&B-country classic on the charts in 1967 has passed. It was later a hit for other artists in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

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Charles Bradley, Soul Music Revivalist, Dead at 68

He was nearly 50 when he turned professional, channeling his lifelong love of vintage soul music into a career reviving that classic sound

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Guy Villari, Original ‘Barbara Ann’ Singer, Dies at 75

If you’re a fan of the Beach Boys, you know their best-selling cover. The singer who had the original hit, with his group the Regents, has passed.

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Chicago Percussionist Laudir de Oliveira Dies

The Brazilian musician first performed on the Chicago VI album in 1973 and became a full-time member by 1975’s Chicago VIII

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Grant Hart, Hüsker Dü Drummer/Singer, Dead at 56

The former member of the influential American punk/alternative trio has lost his battle with cancer. Bandmate Bob Mould called him “frighteningly talented.”

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