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David Bowie, Paul Simon Percussionist Ralph MacDonald Dies at 67
David Bowie, Paul Simon Percussionist Ralph MacDonald Dies at 67
Percussionist Ralph MacDonald, the hidden force behind platinum selling songs and albums from artists like David Bowie, Paul Simon and Jimmy Buffett, died on Sunday (Dec. 18) at age 67. Known as “the ghost,” MacDonald’s Caribbean style on congas and dozens of other hand drums and music-makers helped make artists big enough to be recognized by first name — Aretha, Luther, Stevie — only get bigger. 
Jimmy Page Sings Praises of Dead Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin
Jimmy Page Sings Praises of Dead Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin
He was never exactly a household name, but Hubert Sumlin was one of the most influential guitarists of the rock era — and his death on Sunday (Nov. 4) has prompted a flurry of tributes from some of the many fans and musicians who were moved by Sumlin’s work. Such was Sumlin’s legacy that his playing had a profound effect on rock legends like Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Jimmy Pag

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