RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

Tommy West, Producer for Jim Croce & Others, Dies

In addition to producing the singer-songwriter with his partner Terry Cashman, West made numerous recordings of his own, and produced many other hits

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Al Schmitt, 23x Grammy Award-Winning Producer-Engineer, Dies

The winner of 23 Grammys–more than any other engineer in history–worked with Elvis, the Jefferson Airplane, Dylan, Sam Cooke, Steely Dan, and many others

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Bay City Rollers Singer Les McKeown Dead at 65

By the mid-’70s, they’d sparked a rabid following among young girls, imitating the group’s tartan fashions, that took on the name Rollermania.

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Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf Collaborator on ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ Dead at 73

The composer, who began his career working in theater, also collaborated with singers Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion and Air Supply.

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Mike Mitchell, Guitarist on the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie,’ Dies

He was the only surviving member to continue with the group since their start. The lyrics to the garage rock band’s hit single were investigated by the FBI

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Rusty Young, Poco Legend, Dies at 75

The founding member of the seminal country-rock band was one of the most influential steel guitar players in rock history

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Jerry Burgan, Co-Founder of We Five (‘You Were on My Mind’), Dies

The San Francisco-based folk-rock group scored their big hit in 1965 paralleling the rise of the electric sound from what had been traditional acoustic folk

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Sally Grossman, Widow of Dylan Manager Who Famously Posed on Album Cover, Dies

The then 25-year-old, appears on the iconic cover of the 1965 LP, Bringing It All Back Home, in a red dress, while seated, smoking a cigarette with legs crossed

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Michael Stanley, Cleveland Rocker, Dies at 72

Despite plenty of albums and routinely selling out Cleveland arenas, his band never caught on nationally. He spent his last years as a DJ on a classic rock station

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Tony Hendra, Who Played Bumbling ‘Spinal Tap’ Manager, Dies

The British actor, comedian, director and author passed from ALS at age 79. His best known role was as the hapless Ian Faith in the mockumentary classic

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