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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

Lonnie Brooks, Chicago Blues Great, Dead at 83

The Grammy-nominated artist who combined Chicago blues, rock ’n’ roll, Memphis soul, swampy Louisiana grooves and country has passed.

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Sib Hashian, Original Boston Drummer, Dies at 67

The drummer who played on Boston’s smash debut album and its followup collapsed and passed away while performing on a rock legends cruise ship.

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Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll Giant, Dead at 90

He was the poet laureate of rock ‘n’ roll, responsible for so much of the lyrical direction and guitar language of the music. One of the giants, gone at 90.

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James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Legend, Dies at 81

He began playing blues harp at age 9 and became one of the masters of the instrument, with more than 30 albums and countless guest appearances to his name.

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Y&T Founding Guitarist Joey Alves Dead at 63

The original rhythm guitarist of the Bay Area hard rock/metal band formed in the ’70s has passed away. That leaves only one member of the first lineup.

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Joni Sledge, of ‘We Are Family’ Dance Group, Dies

One of the four Sister Sledge family members who sang the chart-topping anthem plus “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and others, has died. She was 60.

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Sonny Geraci, Outsiders and Climax Singer, Dead at 69

The Cleveland native had two very different top 5 hits with two different bands: “Time Won’t Let Me” and “Precious and Few.”

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Beatles Pal “Magic Alex” Mardas Dead at 74

One of the characters who fell into the Beatles’ orbit, he promised them futuristic electronics and even a flying saucer, but delivered little.

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Allan Williams, Beatles’ First Manager, Dies at 86

Before Brian Epstein managed the Beatles, it was a man named Allan Williams who took the young Liverpool band under his wing. He’s now died at age 86

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Sharon Jones, Late-Blooming Soul Star, Dead at 60

The dynamic soul and funk singer who made her first recordings in her 40s has died at age 60. Jones chronicled her battle with cancer in a documentary film.

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