RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

Mourning the loss of classic rock stars, other musical greats and related figures

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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Joe Osborn, Wrecking Crew Bassist, Dies at 81

His discography includes many of the biggest hits of the ’60s/’70s: Simon & Garfunkel, Rick Nelson, Neil Diamond, the Mamas and the Papas and hundreds more.

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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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Roy Clark, Country Star & ‘Hee Haw’ Host, Dead

An influential master guitarist fluent in many genres, he was a star of television and the record charts, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and more.

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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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Tony Joe White, of ‘Polk Salad Annie’ Fame, Dead

His songs were recorded by numerous stars. Elvis had a hit with “Polk Salad Annie”; Brook Benton scored with “Rainy Night in Georgia.” White had just released a new album

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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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Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick Dies

He started working as an assistant recording engineer as a teenager, and went on to become engineer for the Beatles on most of their monumental works

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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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