RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

Molly Hatchet Singer Jimmy Farrar Dies at 67

Farrar served as the band’s singer from 1980-82, singing on the group’s ‘Beatin’ the Odds’ and ‘Take No Prisoners’ albums.

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Tony Joe White, of ‘Polk Salad Annie’ Fame, Dead

His songs were recorded by numerous stars. Elvis had a hit with “Polk Salad Annie”; Brook Benton scored with “Rainy Night in Georgia.” White had just released a new album

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Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick Dies

He started working as an assistant recording engineer as a teenager, and went on to become engineer for the Beatles on most of their monumental works

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Otis Rush, Chicago Blues Guitar Master, Dead

He’s described as one of the last of the guitar masters and was a big influence on the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, who named his band after his “Double Trouble”

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Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane/Starship Singer, Dead

The singer, who co-founded the Airplane in 1965, and later joined the offshoot band Jefferson Starship and went on to a solo career, was 76.

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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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