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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

Norman Gimbel, Lyricist of Iconic Pop Hits, Dies

The award-winner wrote the lyrics to “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” “The Girl From Ipanema” and “I Got a Name” as well as many TV show theme songs

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Nancy Wilson, Jazz-Pop Singer, Dead at 81

The Grammy winner preferred being called a song stylist, and in addition to jazz she ventured into R&B, show tunes and popular songs.

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Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks Singer, Dead at 63

“Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades,” said the band in a statement.

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Molly Hatchet Singer Jimmy Farrar Dies at 67

Farrar served as the band’s singer from 1980-82, singing on the group’s ‘Beatin’ the Odds’ and ‘Take No Prisoners’ albums.

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John Wicks, of Power Pop Band The Records, Dead

He was the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and co-songwriter (with Will Birch) for the British group which earned modest U.S. success in the late ’70s with “Starry Eyes”

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Otis Rush, Chicago Blues Guitar Master, Dead

He’s described as one of the last of the guitar masters and was a big influence on the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, who named his band after his “Double Trouble”

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The Left Banke’s George Cameron Dies at 70

The group, described as baroque pop, formed in New York City in 1965 and scored a Top 5 hit one year later with “Walk Away Renée”

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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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