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Died On This Date (May 26, 2012) John Harrison / Founding Bassist Of Hawkwind

Posted by themusicsover on May 26, 2012

John Harrison
DOB Unknown – May 26, 2012

As the founding bassist for the English heavy rock band, Hawkwind, John Harrison was one of space rock’s pioneers and an influence on countless heavy metal bands to follow.  Although he helped form the band in 1969, Harrison departed in 1970 and was replaced by Thomas Krimble.  A few years later, Lemmy Kilmister, who later formed Motorhead, filled that position in Hawkwind.  While Harrison was still in the band, however, he played on their landmark debut album, Hawkwind, which has been cited as an influence on bands like the Flaming Lips and Muse.  In later years, he worked as a producer and engineer at the legendary Village Recorders studio in Los Angeles.  In the early 2000s, Harrison was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease which ultimately took his life on May 26, 2012.  John Harrison was 69 when he passed away.

Thanks to Paul Bearer for the assist.

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