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Bernard "Bernie" John Marsden  ( May 7, 1951 - Aug 24th 202 - age 72) R.I.P.

Bernie Marsden, the original guitarist for the band Whitesnake, has died aged 72. According to a statement from his family, the musician ‘died peacefully on Thursday evening with his wife, Fran, and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, by his side’.

Marsden was born in Buckingham and performed in several bands as a teenager before turning professional with UFO in 1972. Aftr other session work, including Paice, Ashton & Lord, Marsden and another former Deep Purple member, David Coverdale formed Whitesnake in 1978, playing on the band’s debut EP and first five albums.  During that time, he recorded two solo albums: And About Time Too and Look At Me Now. After leaving Whitesnake in 1981, Marsden formed Alaska, making two albums in the 1980s, before briefly forming MGM with Neil Murray and Mel Galley.

In 2011, he reunited with Whitesnake for the first time since 1981 at the Sweden Rock Festival, becoming the only original member of the band to play with a later line-up. In early 2017, Marsden self-published his autobiography, Where’s My Guitar: On The Tourbus With The Snakeman, which covered his musical journey and featured private, unseen pictures from his career. He has played with some of the greatest rock and roll musicians of all time, including Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Jon Lord and Gary Moore as well as helping to steer Joe Bonamassa on the Royal Tea album.

Bernie's last recordings were salutes to his Blues roots, Kings, Chess & Trios.

Very sad news to wake-up to this morning; I met Bernie a few years ago after a headline-set at Darlington Market Free Blues Festival: a modest and funny guy who was very generous with his time to the fans at the post-show meet & greet.


PS - sorry Curby, for a guy like Bernie, felt it was the righ move to re-launch this thread.

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Sad news.
Saw him a couple of times with Whitesnake back in the 80’s and more recently with Joe B as a guest artist.

Lester..

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RIP Bernie, he will be sadly missed, his music will live on x

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Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Arthur Hines, 29 October 1944 – 5 December 2023) R.I.P.

British musician Denny Laine has died aged 79. The co-founder of both Wings, which also featured Sir Paul McCartney, and The Moody Blues “passed away peacefully” following a battle with lung disease.

Born Brian Hines in Tyseley, Birmingham, in October 1944, he had been a member of Birmingham-formed The Moody Blues during the 1960s. In December 1966, after leaving the Moody Blues, Laine formed the Electric String Band, which featured himself on guitar and vocals, Trevor Burton (of the Move) on guitar, Viv Prince (formerly of Pretty Things) on drums, Binky McKenzie on bass guitar, and electrified strings in a format not dissimilar to what Electric Light Orchestra would later achieve. In June 1967, the Electric String Band shared a bill with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Procol Harum at the Saville Theatre in London. However, they did not achieve national attention, and soon broke up. At the same time, Laine recorded two singles as a solo artist, both released on the Deram label: "Say You Don't Mind" b/w "Ask the People" (April 1967) and "Too Much in Love" b/w "Catherine's Wheel" (January 1968). Both failed to chart, although "Say You Don't Mind" became a Top 20 hit in 1972, when recorded by former Zombies front-man Colin Blunstone.

Laine and Burton then went on to join the band Balls, from February 1969 until their break-up in 1971 with both also taking time to play in Ginger Baker's Air Force in 1970. Only one single was issued by Balls, on UK Wizard Records: "Fight for My Country" b/w "Janie, Slow Down". The top side was re-edited and reissued on UK Wizard, and in the United States on Epic, under the name of Trevor Burton; he and Laine shared lead vocals on the B-side. The single was reissued again as B.L.W. as Live in the Mountains for 'Paladin', a small label distributed by Pye Records. Twelve tracks were recorded for a Balls album, but it has never been released.

He then joined Sir Paul and Linda McCartney in the Wings line-up in 1971 before departing the band in the 1980s. Laine provided lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, keyboards, bass guitar and woodwind, in addition to writing or co-writing some of the group's material. Laine and the McCartneys were the nucleus of the band and were reduced to a trio twice: the most acclaimed Wings album, Band on the Run, and the majority of material released upon London Town, were written and recorded by Wings as a trio. Laine was also a frequent contributor to the song writing process and as lead vocalist. He wrote and sang several songs himself ("Time to Hide", "Again and Again and Again"), co-wrote a number of compositions on Band on the Run and London Town, and sang lead vocals on McCartney's songs in full ("The Note You Never Wrote") or in part ("I Lie Around", "Picasso's Last Words", "Spirits of Ancient Egypt"). During Wings' live concerts, Laine often performed "Go Now", his hit with the Moody Blues, as well as "Time to Hide".

After leaving Wings, Laine signed with Scratch Records and released a new album, Anyone Can Fly in 1982. He also worked on McCartney's albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace and he co-wrote one more song with McCartney, "Rainclouds" (issued as the B-side of the No. 1 single "Ebony and Ivory"). Laine continued to release solo albums through the 1980s, such as Hometown Girls, Wings on My Feet, Lonely Road and Master Suite. In 1996, he released two albums, Reborn; and an album of reworkings of Wings songs, entitled Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine. Laine was also part of the World Classic Rockers, a touring act that at various times included Donovan, Spencer Davis and founding member of The Eagles Randy Meisner.

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US country band The Chicks have said they are “shocked and saddened” by the death of founding member Laura Lynch aged 65 following a car accident.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed to the PA news agency that Lynch died on Friday after being involved in a two-vehicle collision.

Lynch was one of the founding members of the group in 1989, featuring on their first three albums, before departing the group in the mid-1990s. The US band was originally founded as The Dixie Chicks by Martie Maguire, Emily Strayer, Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy. Macy later left the group and Lynch was replaced by Natalie Maines. Before Lynch left, the band released three albums together – their 1990 debut Thank Heavens For Dale Evans, 1992’s Little Ol’ Cowgirl and 1993’s Shouldn’t A Told You That.

The group got its commercial breakthrough in 1998 with their fourth album Wide Open Spaces, with Maines leading the vocals. It was followed up by 1999’s Fly, 2002’s Home, 2006’s Take The Long Way – which all went to number one in the US album charts.

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David [Solberg] Soul R.I.P.

The famous actor from the TV series "Starsky & Hutch", David Soul, died at the age of 80.

His wife, Helen Snell, announced that he passed after a "valiant battle for life". He faced several health issues, including cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as mentioned on his website.

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Anthony "Tony" Michael Clarkin (24 November 1946 – 7 January 2024)

Tony Clarkin, best known as the guitarist of the rock band Magnum. He was the sole songwriter throughout Magnum's history, writing all of the material on their 22 studio albums as well as on two studio albums by Magnum spin-off group Hard Rain. On 9 January 2024, Magnum announced on their Facebook page that Clarkin had died on 7 January. He was 77. The previous month the band revealed that he was diagnosed with a rare spinal condition, which brought about the cancellation of their Spring 2024 tour.

Anthony Michael Clarkin was born and grew up in the Shard End area of Birmingham, which spawned a number of bands tagged with the 'Brum Beat' label. Leaving school to train as a Ladies hairdresser he soon quit to join his first band The Boulevards with former school friends. They began to develop their own style by playing Clarkin's songs at a residency at The Railway Inn, in Birmingham's Curzon Street, in 1976. Joining Clarkin and Catley were drummer Kex Gorin and bassist Dave Morgan (later a member of ELO) and Mark Stanway keyboard player joined in 1980 and remained until 2016. Their most notable success during these early years was the Jeff Glixman produced Chase The Dragon (1982) which reached number 17 in the UK Albums Chart, and  included several songs that would be mainstays of the band's live set, notably "Soldier of the Line", "Sacred Hour" and "The Spirit".

It was not until the band came into association with manager Keith Baker, their breakthrough album came in 1985 with On a Storyteller's Night which featured the single "Just Like an Arrow". This success continued in the following years when Baker introduced the band to Queen drummer Roger Taylor. He produced Vigilante in 1986, the top 5 album Wings of Heaven in 1988, and the Keith Olsen produced Goodnight L.A. which reached number 9 in the UK Albums Chart in 1990.

In mid 1995, Clarkin announced the band were to split following a farewell tour of the UK and Europe. Clarkin commented: "The break since the middle of the Nineties was definitely necessary for me. Since the end of the Seventies, in fact since we embarked on the preparations for our debut recording Kingdom of Madness, not a single month had gone by in which I didn't work for Magnum, composed for the group, or at least thought of them permanently. For almost twenty years, all my thoughts had revolved around the band. I needed a break to clear my head and to be able to devote myself to the band again with renewed energy."

Eventually, Clarkin and Catley re-launched Magnum with the album Breath of Life in 2002 on SPV. They were again joined by Stanway, with former Hard Rain bassist Al Barrow and former-Thunder drummer Harry James. This was subsequently followed by Brand New Morning in 2004. Magnum completed work on a new studio album, Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow with drummer Jimmy Copley released on 26 March 2007, that also marked the return of cover artwork by Rodney Matthews. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 70, the first time Magnum had charted in the UK since 1994. It also reached number 4 on the BBC Rock Albums Chart and number 60 in Germany, the band's biggest market along with Scandinavia outside of the UK.

Magnum's latest album, Here Comes The Rain, is due for release this coming Friday, January 12, via SPV/Steamhammer.

"We at SPV/Steamhammer are devastated about the passing of Tony," says Olly Hahn, head of the label. "We can't believe that he's gone. For 22 years the whole team and I had the pleasure to work with him, 22 years of fantastic music, trust and loyalty. We are forever grateful for this. Rest in peace, Tony!"

When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons.  Why were the lemons free?  What's wrong with the lemons?
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This one hit me hard Mike - been going to their concerts for 40 years and have all their albums. A great song writer who never got the credit he deserved.

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Wayne Kramer, April 30, 1948 – February 2, 2024. R.I.P.

Wayne Kramer, the co-founder and guitar-vocalist of rock band MC5, has died aged 75.

The band confirmed the news on their official social media pages, writing, alongside a picture of Kramer: ‘Wayne S. Kramer “PEACE BE WITH YOU”

A cause of death has not been revealed.

The band, formed in 1963, released their debut album in 1969, titled Kick Out The Jams. MC5 were made of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Kramer and Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith, bassist Michael Davis and drummer Dennis Thompson. Tyner died in 1991 aged 46, and Smith died in 1994, also aged 46. They both died of heart attacks.

In 2018, Kramer published his memoir, The Hard Stuff, and in recent months was said to be planning a world tour for the latest incarnation of the MC5, with new music.

Fans and the other musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute after the news. Singer Alice Cooper shared an image on his own Instagram page, writing: ‘Today we lost longtime friend – and sometimes collaborator – Wayne Kramer of the MC5. RIP.’

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello also penned a lengthy tribute, writing: ‘Brother Wayne Kramer was the best man I’ve ever known. He possessed a one of a kind mixture of deep wisdom & profound compassion, beautiful empathy and tenacious conviction.

Kramer is survived by his wife and son.

When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons.  Why were the lemons free?  What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...

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Steve Harley, best known for being the frontman of the rock group Cockney Rebel, has died at the age of 73, his family has said.

Born in southeast London in 1951, due to a childhood illness, he spent almost four years in hospital between his childhood to his teenage days. Cockney Rebel began in the early 1970s in London. The original line-up was made up of Harley, Jean-Paul Crocker, drummer Stuart Elliott, bassist Paul Jeffreys and guitarist Nick Jones. They released their debut studio album, The Human Menagerie, in 1973 and followed it up with 1994's The Psychomodo which went to number eight in the UK charts. Harley also enjoyed a solo career before the band regrouped in 1990.

Earlier this year, Harley was forced to say he could not commit to any concerts in 2024 due to ill health. He had previously cancelled shows scheduled for spring and autumn of this year. In a Facebook post at Christmas, he said cancelling the shows were "heart-breaking" and gave an update on his treatment. He also thanked fans for their support and "touching messages", adding: "It means more than I can tell."

Singer-songwriter Mike Batt, who worked with Harley on many songs, described the musician as a "dear pal" and "lovely guy".

When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons.  Why were the lemons free?  What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...