RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

Michael Lang, Who Gave Us Peace, Love and Music With the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Dies

He was the principal force behind the legendary festival, that for generations past, present and future became known simply as Woodstock

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Calvin Simon, Rock Hall Member With P-Funk, Dies

He formed a doo-wop quintet with George Clinton called the Parliaments and they eventually evolved into the collectives known as Parliament-Funkadelic

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Wanda Young, Singer of the Marvelettes’ ‘Don’t Mess With Bill,’ Dies

She joined the singing group just prior to their signing with Motown in 1961. Their first single, “Please Mr. Postman,” became the label’s first #1 pop hit

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Writer-Singer of Five Man Electrical Band’s 1971 Hit, ‘Signs,’ Dies

In 1971, a Canadian group’s single was re-released, this time with the B-side as the lead track. The song went on to become a big hit with its memorable lyrics

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Michael Nesmith of The Monkees Dies at 78

He and bandmate Micky Dolenz had completed what was billed as the Monkees’ Farewell Tour just weeks ago. He’s preceded in death by Davy Jones and Peter Tork

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Gil Bridges, Co-Founder and Sax Player For Rare Earth, Dies

He was the last remaining member of the original lineup to continue to perform with the band, which scored three hits for Motown including “Get Ready”

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Bronski Beat Member Steve Bronski Dies at 61

An original member of the group that scored with the dance-pop hit “Smalltown Boy” in 1984 is dead. He later re-formed the band and recorded a new album.

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Robbie Shakespeare, Acclaimed Reggae Bassist, Dies

The Grammy winner once said, “No matter how much people hail Sly and Robbie as legends, there have been a lot of sleepless nights and ‘eatless’ nights, too”

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Stephen Sondheim, Giant of American Musical Theater, Dies

The giant’s enormous legacy of works includes West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Sunday in the Park With George (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize)

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Billy Hinsche—of Dino, Desi & Billy, Beach Boys Fame—Dead at 70

Following a run with the teen pinup trio in the mid-’60s, which gave them one top 20 hit, Hinsche became a valued auxiliary player with the Beach Boys.

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