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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

D.A. Pennebaker, Documentary Film Legend, Dead at 94

The filmmaker behind ‘Monterey Pop,’ ‘Don’t Look Back,’ ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and more was the first documentarian to win a Lifetime Achievement Oscar.

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Kinks Keyboardist Ian Gibbons Dead at 67

“When he auditioned for the band, he only played a few chords before I knew he was the right guy to have on keyboard,” said Ray Davies.

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Russell Smith, Amazing Rhythm Aces Singer, Dies

The singer and guitarist had recently turned 70. He penned the band’s 1975 crossover hit, “Third Rate Romance,” as well as #1 singles for Randy Travis and others

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Jerry Lawson, of the Persuasions A Cappella Group, Dies

Under his guidance, the Persuasions released albums covering everything from Sam Cooke to Motown to Frank Zappa to the Grateful Dead.

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João Gilberto, Bossa Nova Pioneer, Dies

He famously collaborated with American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz on their 1964 recording, “The Girl from Ipanema,” which became a huge worldwide pop hit

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Remembering Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service Guitarist

Duncan and John Cipollina often engaged in fiery, extended guitar jams that showcased their complementary styles, but they also constructed tight pop-rock.

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Jim Pike, Founder of Lettermen Vocal Group, Dies

They fit in alongside the new folk-oriented vocal groups that were blanketing the country, particularly on college campuses.

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UFO Guitarist/Keyboardist Paul Raymond Dies

The musician had been with the British rock band since 1976. They had completed a 50th anniversary tour just one week earlier

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Ranking Roger, of English Beat & General Public, Dies

Playing a heady blend of ska, pop soul, reggae and punk rock, the Beat’s music reflected Roger’s dynamic upbringing, and helped encourage unity.

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David White, ‘At the Hop,’ ‘You Don’t Own Me’ Songwriter, Dies

The co-founder of the 1950s doo-wop group Danny & the Juniors penned their big singles and then teamed to write hits for Lesley Gore and others

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