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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

Bobby Vee, ’60s Hitmaker, Dies at 73

The singer behind such top 10 favorites as “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and “Come Back When You Grow Up” is dead.

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Chess Records Co-Founder Phil Chess Dies at 95

The co-founder of the label made famous by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Etta James was 95.

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Don Ciccone of Critters Dies, Sang ‘Mr. Dieingly Sad’

The singer behind two of the most beautiful ballads of the ’60s has passed away. He later joined the Four Seasons and Tommy James & the Shondells.

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Dixie Cups Member Dies, Sang on ‘Chapel of Love’

Joan Marie Johnson, a founding member of the New Orleans girl group that also recorded “Iko Iko” and “People Say,” is dead at 72.

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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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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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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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