RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

Ed King, Early Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist, Dies at 68

He co-wrote and played the signature guitar opening on “Sweet Home Alabama.” Before that he co-wrote Strawberry Alarm Clock’s “Incense and Peppermints.”

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dead at 76

She was one of the most beloved American artists of the past 60 years, gifting us with dozens of hits, and earning every award imaginable

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Alan Longmuir, Bay City Rollers Co-Founder, Dies

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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The Left Banke’s George Cameron Dies at 70

The group, described as baroque pop, formed in New York City in 1965 and scored a Top 5 hit one year later with “Walk Away Renée”

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Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead at 54

Born Vincent Paul Abbott, he formed the groove metal band in Texas with, among others, his guitarist brother Darrell, better known as Dimebag Darrell

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D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley’s Drummer, Dead at 87

He played on nearly 500 of Elvis’ recordings, including such landmarks as “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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Nokie Edwards, Ventures Lead Guitarist, Dies at 82

The lead guitarist for the most successful instrumental rock band of all time inspired countless would-be players to pick up the instrument.

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Craig MacGregor, Foghat Bassist, Dies at 68

A core member of the blues-rock band during the late ’70s/early ’80s, and then on and off again until the present decade, succumbed to cancer.

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Pat Torpey, Founding Member of Mr. Big, Dies

The drummer helped the band earn a worldwide #1 smash with “To Be With You” in 1992. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease

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Dennis Edwards, Temptations Lead Vocalist, Dies

Though not one of the original “Classic 5,” he joined the popular Motown singing group in 1968 and sang lead on such hits as “I Can’t Get Next to You”

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