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Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah keyboardist John Jeremiah has died.  "The Chicago Sun-Times" says the rocker, who was prominent in the 1960s and '70s, passed away on Monday at Memorial Hospital in Chester, Illinois.  He was 65.  Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah's Skip Haynes says John died of complications from pneumonia after falling ill just a few weeks ago.  Jeremiah is perhaps best remembered for his piano work on the trio's hit "Lake Shore Drive."  He'd also previously worked with the late Minnie Ripperton.  At the time of his death Jeremiah was trying to organize an Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah reunion.  The trio was planning to get back together to play a fundraiser for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Haynes says he and Aliotta will likely still perform, with the benefit also serving as a memorial concert for Jeremiah.  Details on the proposed show haven't been announced as yet.

Haynes says Jeremiah had a "unique style of playing," which he describes as "almost honky-tonk, boogie-woogie, very high speed, very melodic."  While Skip admits John was sometimes a bit of a "curmudgeon," he always enjoyed performing.  Haynes recalls that on stage Jeremiah was "extremely animated and a lot of fun."  He praises Jeremiah as "a true piano player," adding that John would "dance" and "do Jerry Lee Lewis-like runs on the piano."

 
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