RIP


Very sad to memorialize the exalted Allan Holdsworth who has died at 70. Early on the guitarist recorded with the likes of Tempest, Soft Machine, and The New Tony Williams Lifetime, but secured his place as a legend with solo albums like I.O.U. and Metal Fatigue. Holdsworth’s daughter Louise shared the following on Facebook:

We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, granddad, friend and musical genius. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing.

A known beer aficionado, presumably Allan would appreciate us raising a pint and enjoying this live reading of “Where is One.”

Guitarist John Geils of namesake J. Geils Band has died at 71.

From Ultimate Classic Rock:

Boston’s WCVB says that (Geils) was found dead in his home in Groton, Mass. As of now, the cause of death is unknown. (Groton police) do not suspect foul play.

Read more and see some Tweets at UCR.

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Another absolute legend has departed. Scotty Moore, who was well known for playing with Elvis Presley and who, as the New York Times put it, “virtually created the rockabilly guitar style and established the guitar as a lead instrument in rock ’n’ roll,” has died at 84. Moore’s introduction to Elvis, via Sun Records impresario Sam Philips, was inauspicious. From the Times:

Mr. Moore was not overly impressed but told Phillips that the young fellow had a nice voice and might be worth a try.

Go give a listen to “Mystery Train” and read more at NYT.

Right here.

This one is very tough to take. Rock icon David Bowie has died at 69, just days after the release of his album Blackstar. Bowie’s friend (and one of the few who knew of his ailment), Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove, speaking to dutchnews.nl, characterized the legend’s final days as follows, via The Independent:

Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say. I saw a man fighting. He fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all. I had incredible respect for that.

Read more from The Independent right here.

Today the Internet is flooded with Bowie’s music and story. Go get some.

Longtime REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath has died at 65. The band’s vocalist shared the news on Facebook. Via MusicNews.com:

My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time.

Without question, Richrath’s work on “Roll With the Changes,” “Keep Pushin'” and many others is inextricably woven into the life’s soundtrack of one growing up in the Midwest, as did this author. Roll easy, Gary.

Read more at MusicNews.com.

Right here.

Guitarist John Renbourn, co-founder of British jazz-folk band Pentangle, has died at 70. From NPR:

Renbourn was born in London at the end of World War II (and later) recorded numerous albums alone and with his group. He even went back to school and earned a degree in composition and orchestration. Renbourn was found dead of an apparent heart attack at his home in Scotland on Thursday, after failing to show up for a concert.

Read more at NPR.

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Guitarist Sam Andrew, founding member of Big Brother & the Holding Company, has died at 73. According to the band’s Facebook page, via Billboard:

Yesterday, ten weeks after his heart attack and the open-heart surgery that followed it, Sam lost his gallant fight to hold onto the life he lived so well. He lived his life in music and art and a loving marriage. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Read more at Billboard.
Right here.

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