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All Quiet Now: Clive Burr

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr has died at the age of 56 after suffering from multiple sclerosis. Steve Harris, the heavy metal band’s founder and bass player, said it was “terribly sad news” in an announcement on the group’s website. “He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out.” Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979 and played on their first three albums. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson also paid tribute, saying: “Even during the darkest days of his MS, Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence.” Burr played on the band’s debut album Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and their number one 1982 album The Number of the Beast. Megadeath bassist David Ellefson, who left his tribute on Facebook, said: “He was one of my all time favourite Metal drummers.” “So sad,” said Brian Slagal, CEO of Metal Blade Records, on Twitter. “Clive was a great guy.” “Always remember CLIVE for eternity,” said Iron Maiden tribute band Coverslave in their own Twitter tribute. Born in 1957 in east London, Burr was a member of British metal band Samson before joining Iron Maiden. “I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden,” said Dickinson. “He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to...

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All Quiet Now: Cleotha Staples

Cleotha Staples, a founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame R&B and gospel group The Staple Singers, has died after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the group said on Friday. She was 78. Staples, who died on Thursday at her Chicago home, is best known for singing on the group’s 1970s hits, including “I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself” and “Let’s Do It Again.” “We will keep on,” Mavis Staples, the group’s lead singer, said in a statement. “Yvonne and I will continue singing to keep our father’s legacy and our sister’s legacy alive.” Mavis, who is known for her raspy voice that gave the group its distinct personality, said she would dedicate her forthcoming album to Cleotha’s memory. The oldest of five children, Staples was born in Drew, Mississippi, to Roebuck “Pops” Staples and Oceola Staples. The family moved to Chicago when Staples was 2 years old in 1936, where sisters Mavis and Yvonne were born. The Staple Singers, known as “God’s greatest hitmakers,” were formed in 1948 with Pops on guitar and siblings Mavis, Cleotha, Pervis and Yvonne singing. The group first played churches in the Midwest and put out their first recording in 1953. Their gospel hits included “On My Way to Heaven,” “With the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Pray On.” The family became active in the civil rights movement in 1962...

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