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A REALLY sad loss to the world of early Nineties British independent guitar music this evening, as news began to circulate on Facebook that David Fitzgerald, the original guitarist with Burton-on-Trent’s psych-noise genii The Telescopes, has died. In a statement on Facebook, Wrong Way Records posted: “Haven’t posted of here for quite a while, but …

THERE’S sad news from the world of reggae today as it was announced that the singer and guiding light with legends Toots & The Maytals, “Toots” Hibbert, has died at the age of 77. He had, it was suspected, been suffering from the novel coronavirus. Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert was born in May Pen, Jamaica, …

ONE of the founding fathers of electronica, Simeon Coxe of legendary synth-drone primitivists Silver Apples died yesterday, aged 82, it has been reported. The following statement was issued: “Simeon Coxe of Silver Apples peacefully passed away at 4am on Tuesday, September 8th. He was 82 years old. “He had been battling with a progressive lung condition, pulmonary …

MORE sad news from the world of music: it has been reported that Mancunian soul voice extraordinaire Denise Johnson has died unexpectedly at the age of 56. She began her singing career in a gospel setting, with that effortless, soaring voice, and moved through a stint with Maze to become one of the defining voices …

IT HAS been reported from the States that the psych-pop singer-songwriter once dubbed ‘the one-man Beatles’, Emitt Rhodes, has died at the age of 70. Californian-born Emitt moved through a brace of teenage bands, The Palace Guard and The Merry-Go-Round, before striking out on his own after the latter outfit disbanded in 1969. He recorded …

SAD news has been circulating in the world of folk today that Fairport Convention’s early female lead, and later singer with cult British duo Trader Horne, Judy Dyble, has died at the age of 71. Born in London in 1949, Judy rose through the British folk scene and was asked to join the fledgling Fairport …

ITALIAN soundtrack scion Ennio Morricone has died, aged 91, in his birth city of Rome. Morricone’s life almost took an entirely different path: a talented footballer, he signed for his hometown club AS Roma. But it was to be his other talent, the trumpet, which won the day. Stints playing in jazz bands in the …

IT HAS been reported the founder member and bassist with seminal American baroque pop outfit The Left Banke, Tom Finn, has died at the age of 71. The Left Banke, perhaps unfairly known on British shores for authoring, but not their performance of, “Walk Away Renee” – as taken to the upper reaches of the …