RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

Gene Taylor, Boogie-Woogie Piano Player With the Blasters, Dies at 68

As a teenager in Los Angeles he performed with such legends as Big Joe Turner and T-Bone Walker. A longtime friend called him a “boogie/blues piano master”

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Louis Clark, Who Orchestrated ELO and Later ‘Hooked on Classics,’ Dies

Jeff Lynne opted to live up to the band’s name when he hired Clark as string arranger and utilized a full orchestra in the group’s recordings

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Chick Corea, Legendary Jazz Composer and Keyboardist, Dies

The 23-time Grammy Award-winning musician died of a rare form of cancer that was only discovered recently. He was 79 years old

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Elliot Mazer, Producer of Legendary Recordings By Neil Young and Many Others, Dies

In a 5+ decade career, he collaborated on such landmark albums as Young’s Harvest and Time Fades Away, and The Band’s concert album The Last Waltz

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Mary Wilson, Co-Founder of The Supremes, Dead at 76

Along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, she was an original member of the best-selling group on the Motown roster, scoring a dozen #1 singles.

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Jim Weatherly, ‘Midnight Train’ Songwriter and Star QB, Dies

After leading Ole Miss to the national championship, he decided to pursue a career in music. He tells a tale of the original “Midnight Train to Houston”

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Original Animals Guitarist, Hilton Valentine, Dies at 77

The British Invasion group scored a #1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic with “House of the Rising Sun,” which begins with begins with his well known intro

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James Purify, R&B Singer of ‘I’m Your Puppet’ Fame, Dies at 76

In addition to their big soul hit, the duo, two cousins from Florida, returned to the pop chart with several singles, including “Shake a Tail Feather.”

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Ron Campbell, Beatles Animator, Dies at 81

He directed the Saturday morning cartoon series and was also one of the animators for Yellow Submarine. His career includes many other popular animated shows

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Larry King, Who Interviewed Newsmakers of All Kinds, Dies

His legendary broadcasting career included 25 years as the prime time host of Larry King Live on CNN. He conducted over 50,000 interviews

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