RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

Lizzie Bravo, Teenager Who Sang on Beatles Recording, Dies

Her tale of singing on a take of “Across the Universe” at Abbey Road Studios is one of those “amazing, but true” stories in Beatles lore

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George Frayne, Musician Known as ‘Commander Cody,’ Dies

The 8-piece band, with Frayne on keyboards and vocals, brilliantly fused country, rockabilly, western swing, R&B and vintage rock ’n’ roll

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Status Quo Founding Member, Alan Lancaster, Dies

The bass guitarist for the British rock band had suffered from Multiple sclerosis for many years. He departed in ’85 but returned for several reunions

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Sarah Dash, of Labelle and ‘Lady Marmalade’ Fame, Dead at 76

The trio, whose funky dance number “Lady Marmalade” reached #1 in early 1975, fit in alongside of the glam-rock that was all the rage at the time.

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George Wein, Founder of Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, Dies

In a career spanning seven decades, the promoter was, at one point, the most influential presenter of music around the globe

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John Drake, Amboy Dukes Vocalist, Dies at 74

The singer was born John Brake. It’s said that his name was misspelled on an album and he decided to keep it. The Ted Nugent-led band scored a 1968 hit

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‘In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida’ Drummer, Ron Bushy, Dies

His roughly 3-minute drum solo on Iron Butterfly’s 1968 song was an iconic musical moments of the era. He was the only member to appear on all their albums

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Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones Drummer, Dies at 80

The news arrived 3 weeks after the surprise announcement that he had a “completely successful” medical procedure that prevented him from touring this fall

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Gary ‘Chicken’ Hirsh, Country Joe & the Fish Drummer, Dead at 81

The drummer, who played with the Bay Area band from 1967-69, is said to have coined the “obscene” version of the famous “Fish Cheer.”

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‘Sweet Sweet Connie,’ Groupie Name-Checked in Grand Funk Hit, Dies

The high school teenager from Little Rock was immortalized in the 1973 #1 single, “We’re an American Band,” which was produced by Todd Rundgren

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