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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

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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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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Motörhead Guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke Dies

The last surviving member of the band’s classic, early lineup has succumbed to pneumonia at age 67. The trio’s Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor both died in 2015

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Johnny Hallyday, ‘The French Elvis,’ Dead at 74

Although he never gained fame in the United States–despite an Ed Sullivan appearance–he was the biggest rock star France has ever known.

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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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