RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks Singer, Dead at 63

“Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades,” said the band in a statement.

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Roy Clark, Country Star & ‘Hee Haw’ Host, Dead

An influential master guitarist fluent in many genres, he was a star of television and the record charts, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and more.

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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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John Wicks, of Power Pop Band The Records, Dead

He was the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and co-songwriter (with Will Birch) for the British group which earned modest U.S. success in the late ’70s with “Starry Eyes”

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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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