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Bobby Doyle, whose raspy voice and mellow piano playing were ideal for the low lights and chintzy decor of Ego's Lounge, passed away Sunday from lung cancer. He was 66. Long before becoming a fixture at the South Congress basement bar throughout the Nineties, Doyle, proficient in jazz, blues, R&B, pop, and gospel, briefly replaced David Clayton-Thomas in Blood, Sweat, and Tears in 1972. In the Sixties, the blind pianist formed the Bobby Doyle Three, with fellow Houstonian Kenny Rogers on stand-up bass. In fact, Rogers dropped out of UT to play with the trio full time, and much later said Doyle was the best musician he ever played with. More recently, Doyle held down regular gigs at the Driskill Hotel and Eddie V's Edgewater Grill and was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

No new developments on the Rolling Stones front, as promoter Capital Sports & Entertainment has its hands full with Lollapalooza this week. Better cash in those CDs anyway: No on-sale date for tickets to the Oct. 22 Zilker Park show has been announced, yet somehow they're already going for $218 on StubHub.com. The Sept. 23 Stones show in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is in a similar outdoor venue; tickets for that one are $317 for VIP Gold Circle (i.e., bleachers erected near the stage), $116 for general admission, and $96 for students. Those really looking to splurge should investigate the deluxe travel packages at rollingstones.fanasylum.com.

The Alamo Drafthouse goes uptown this month: 7pm tonight (Thursday), Graham Reynolds and his Scanner Darkly ensemble encore last month's sold-out concert before a screening of the Richard Linklater film at the Alamo South. Tickets are $16 at the door or at www.originalalamo.com. Aug. 13, 5:30pm, Austin Symphony bassist and composer P. Kellach Waddle leads a chamber ensemble through several Mozart works before the director's cut of Amadeus at the Alamo Downtown. Waddle, a two-time Pulitzer nominee, warms up with a program of Beethoven and his own "Grendel's Pain" and the Wuthering Heights-inspired "The Brooding and Darkness of the Moors" on Aug. 8, 7:30pm, at Hyde Park Methodist Church. Advance tickets are $15 at www.austinlibrary.org.

KLBJ-FM drive-time deejay Big Mike knows that the best way to fight cancer is with smokin' licks and dirty tricks. All the proceeds, including poster sales and the auction of an Alvarez acoustic guitar (courtesy of South Austin Music), from tonight's Red Eyed Fly show with Big Balls, Black Earth, Elvis on Speed, and Butcherwhite go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Tickets are $8 under 21 and $5 over.

Chronicle Manhattan bureau chief David Fricke throws some ink Ian McLagan's way in the Aug. 10 issue of Rolling Stone, praising Spiritual Boy, Mac's tribute to late friend and bandmate Ronnie Lane. "McLagan sings with a bright, rough voice and leads his Bump Band through these Lane tunes with raucous determination to keep alive for us the lad he knew," writes Fricke. Sadly, as "TCB" went to press Wednesday, we learned McLagan's wife Kim was killed in an automobile accident Wednesday morning. Further details were unavailable, but the Chronicle extends our deepest condolences to the McLagan family.

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