RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

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

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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Jim Rodford, of Argent, Kinks, Zombies Fame, Dies

The bass player for numerous classic rock bands performed with the Zombies this month during their continued 50th anniversary celebration

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Edwin Hawkins, ‘Oh Happy Day’ Gospel Star, Dead

The man behind one of the most popular gospel crossover hits has passed away. In addition to their big hit, his group also backed Melanie on a 1970 smash.

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Glenn Frey Tributes From Fellow Musicians

Social media was abuzz from fans and fellow musicians when they news broke Monday about the passing of #GlennFrey

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Motörhead Guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke Dies

The last surviving member of the band’s classic, early lineup has succumbed to pneumonia at age 67. The trio’s Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor both died in 2015

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Pat DiNizio, Smithereens Singer, Dies at 62

“Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs,” said the band in a statement.

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Johnny Hallyday, ‘The French Elvis,’ Dead at 74

Although he never gained fame in the United States–despite an Ed Sullivan appearance–he was the biggest rock star France has ever known.

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Jim Nabors, TV’s Gomer Pyle, Dies at 87

Goodbye to the actor/singer who introduced his character on “The Andy Griffith Show” and then enjoyed further success in a spinoff–and on the album charts.

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Mitch Margo, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ Singer, Dies

Their most famous song was originally a hit in Africa, then found its way to American folk singers and finally went to #1 as sung by a 14-year-old boy.

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Power Pop Singer-Songwriter Tommy Keene Dies

Fans of power pop were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Tommy Keene, best known for his 1984 radio hit “Places That Are Gone.”

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