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RIP: Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf)

Goldy McJohn, the original keyboard player with Steppenwolf, has died at age 72 of a heart attack. Continue reading

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R.I.P. Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman has died at the age of 69. Gregg, along with his older brother Duane Allman, founded The Allman Brothers Band in 1969. The band went on to become the leading Southern Rock band of the 1970s despite the death of Duane, and later bass player Berry Oakley.

Even as they were reeling from those tragedies, Gregg and guitarist Dickey Betts led the band to their biggest commercial success, their 1973 album, Brothers And Sisters, featuring hit single, Ramblin’ Man.

It was also that year that Gregg Allman released his first solo album, Laid Back and its hit, Midnight Rider.

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R.I.P. Jimmy LaFave

Acclaimed Austin-based singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave has passed away just days after appearing an emotional farewell performance. Known for his “Red Dirt Music”, the 61-year-old musician had been recording his heart-felt brand of Americana music since 1979. Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell, vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave has died at the age of 52. Details are sketchy at the moment, and no cause of death has been revealed, other than it was “sudden and unexpected”.

Cornell had just performed with Soundgarden at Detroit’s Fox Theatre that night. Their final song was, according to, Slaves & Bulldozers with a final refrain from Led Zeppelin’s In My Time Of Dying. 

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R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth

English prog-rock guitarist Allan Holdsworth has died at the age of 70. Holdsworth was a mainstay of the UK prog-rock scene of the 1970s playing with Gong, UK, Jon Luc-Ponty and Soft Machine, among others.  Continue reading

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R.I.P. J Geils

Guitarist J Geils, of Boston’s J Geils Band, has died at the age of 71. The hard-rocking  blues and r&b band was one of the most consistently entertaining live acts of the 1970s. Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chuck Berry

Rock & roll legend Chuck Berry has died, age 90. Berry virtually invented rock & roll guitar playing influencing a generation of musicians including Keith Richards, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and just about anyone else you can think of.  Continue reading

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R.I.P. James Cotton

Bluesman James Cotton has died, age 81. Cotton’s harmonica playing was a key element to the Chess blues sound. Mr Cotton appeared on recordings with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf along with his own titles. He formed the James Cotton Blues Band in 1966 and has been blowin’ ever since. Continue reading

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R.I.P. Clyde Stubblefield (The Funky Drummer)

We are sad to report the death of Clyde Stubblefield known also as The Funky Drummer, for his work with the James Brown Band in the late 1960s/early 70s. Clyde passed away at age 73 due to kidney failure. His playing on the 1970 James Brown track, Funky Drummer, is one of the most sampled drum breaks ever. Continue reading

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R.I.P. Al Jarreau

Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Al Jarreau has died, aged 76. The singer had just announced his retirement from tour citing exhaustion. His most popular album was 1981’s Breakin’ Away.

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R.I.P. John Wetton

A member of King Crimson, UK and Asia, vocalist and bassist John Wetton has passed away at the age of 67. Wetton was forced to bow out of the latest Asia tour due to his treatment for colon cancer. John Wetton was a member of King Crimson from 1972-1974 contributing to Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Starless And Bible Black and RedContinue reading

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R.I.P. Butch Trucks

It’s been a bad week for drummers. First Jaki Liebezeit of Can and now Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band has passed away. Trucks, who helped form the band in 1969, was 69 years old. No cause of death has been given. The Allman Brothers Band finally called it quits in 2014. Butch’s nephew, Derek Trucks is an acclaimed guitar player now playing with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Continue reading

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R.I.P. Jaki Liebezeit

Jaki Liebezeit, legendary timekeeper for Can has died, age 78, from a case of sudden pneumonia. Jaki formed Can alongside Michael Karoli, Irmin Schmidt, and Holger Czukay in 1968. His bandmembers described him as “half man, half machine”.  Continue reading

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R.I.P. Pete “Overend” Watts

According to Ian Hunter’s website, Mott The Hoople bass player extraordinaire Pete Overend Watts has died of throat cancer. Overend was an amazing musician a great showman and a really nice guy. He will be missed. Continue reading

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R.I.P. Peter Sarstedt

Singer Peter Sarstedt has died, age 75. The British singer-songwriter was best known for his 1969 hit Where Do You Go You My Lovely. Continue reading

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