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See David Redfern’s Greatest Photos of 1960s Rock Royalty

Recently deceased photographer took classic shots of Johnny Cash, Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder. Here are some of his best

John Lennon, 1967

John Lennon, 1967

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David Redfern was born in Derbyshire, England, and began his career photographing jazz musicians. At first a fan of big band and swing, he ended up shooting artists like Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, taking skillful action shots that led Dexter Gordon to dub him the genre's Henri Cartier-Bresson. In the Sixties, Redfern's portfolio grew to include images of bluesmen and rock stars, and by decade's end, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, the BeatlesJimi Hendrix and Ike and Tina Turner had all passed before his lens. Redfern lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on October 23rd, and we're celebrating his legacy with a gallery of his most memorable photographs. (View the gallery in full-screen to see the uncropped images.)

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UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 01: Photo of BEATLES and John LENNON and MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR; John Lennon & Paul McCartney filming Magical Mystery Tour. David Redfern Premium Collection (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

The Beatles, 1967

John Lennon and Paul McCartney during Magical Mystery Tour filming.

Tina and Ike Turner, 1968

UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 01: Photo of Tina TURNER and Ike TURNER and Ike & Tina TURNER; Tina Turner and Ike Turner, posed at press conference, (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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Ike and Tina Turner, 1968

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UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09: Photo of Thelonious MONK; Thelonious Monk performing on stage, profile, smoking cigarette, (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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Thelonious Monk, 1970

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UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Photo of Rod STEWART; performing live onstage, solo era, (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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Rod Stewart, 1968

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Peter FRAMPTON; MusicBrainz: 638206ee-0e3d-47cf-9769-d73330b15a87, (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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Peter Frampton, 1970

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Posed portrait of singer Nancy Sinatra circa late 1960's. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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Nancy Sinatra, 1960

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UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Levi Stubbs (right) with the Four Tops performs on a television show in the 1960's. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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The Four Tops, 1960

An early photo of the Four Tops. Here, the group performs four years before the release of its first LP.

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Eric Clapton, British guitarist, wearing a poncho at the National Jazz and Blues Festival, at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in Windsor, Berkshire, England, Great Britain, 13 August 1967. Clapton was performing at the festival with his band Cream. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images)

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Eric Clapton, 1967

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 01: American singer Johnny Cash performs on stage at Wembley Arena, London in March 1979. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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Johnny Cash, 1979

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PLYMOUTH HOE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 12: L-R: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr of The Beatles pose for a group shot, sitting on the grass at Plymouth Hoe looking out to sea on September 12th 1967 during the filming of 'Magical Mystery Tour'. Image is part of David Redfern Premium Collection. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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Beatles, 1967

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UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01: Singer Donovan performs on a BBC television show in August 1972. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

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Donovan, 1972

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