RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

Larry ‘The Mole’ Taylor, Canned Heat Bassist, Dead at 77

In addition to playing in the classic lineup of the blues-rock band, he worked with John Mayall, Tom Waits and many others.

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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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Art Neville, New Orleans Funk Icon, Dies at 81

‘Poppa Funk,’ as he was known, first recorded in the 1950s, then became a symbol of New Orleans R&B with the Meters and his brothers for five decades.

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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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Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service Guitarist, Dies

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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Dave Bartholomew, New Orleans Giant, Dead at 100

In addition to writing, producing and arranging many of Fats Domino’s hits, he also wrote such songs as “My Ding-a-Ling” and “I Hear You Knocking.”

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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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