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Jeff LaBar (1963–2021), guitarist for Cinderella

by Linnea Crowther

Jeff LaBar was the guitarist for the glam metal band Cinderella, known for hits including “Don’t Know What You Got (Till it’s Gone).”

Cinderella

LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985, replacing their original guitarist shortly before they recorded their debut album. Their singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s included “Nobody’s Fool,” “Coming Home,” “Shelter Me,” and “Don’t Know What You Got (Till it’s Gone),” which was their top-charting hit, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. LaBar remained with Cinderella throughout the band’s existence, as they continued recording albums through 1994 and touring until 2013. He also played in Naked Beggars with Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham, and he released the 2014 solo album “One for the Road.”

LaBar on learning to play guitar

“My older brother, Jack, played guitar. When he worked after school, I’d take his guitar & dance in front of a mirror to Alice Cooper records. After catching me a few times, he asked if I wanted to pose or play. He showed me three chords and a song book and the rest I taught myself by ear, listening to his records.” —from a 2014 interview for Back to the Hard Rock

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Full obituary: Rolling Stone

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