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Posts Tagged ‘Al Jourgensen’

RIP, Allan Holdsworth (April 16, 2017) Acclaimed Fusion Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on April 16, 2017

Allan Holdsworth
August 6, 1946 – April 16, 2017

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Allan Holdsworth was a highly influential jazz fusion guitarist who, over the course of 40+ years released 12 well-regarded albums and played on records by the likes of Jean-Luc Ponty, Soft Machine, Bill Bruford, and Stanley Clarke. Born in Bradford, England, Holdsworth was taught music by his pianist father from an early age.  Although he didn’t pick up the guitar, until he was 17, he was a quick-learn and more or less made that his instrument of choice from then on.  Holdsworth eventually relocated to London and joined the prog rock band, Igginbottom who released one album in 1969.  He spent most of the ’70s playing in prog and fusion bands while collaborating with many to the genre’s best known and respected artists.  He released his first solo album, Feels Good To Me, in 1978, and continued to record and perform live to adoring fans for the better part of the next four decades.  His chord progressions were complex and his solos very intricate, so it is no surprise that later guitar greats like Eddie Van Halen, Tom Morello, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Joe Satriani have all sited him as a major influence.  Allan Holdsworth was 70 when he passed away on April 16, 2017.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (December 6, 2012) Huw Lloyd-Langton / Hawkwind Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on December 6, 2012

Huw Lloyd-Langton (Born Richard Hugh Lloyd-Langton)
February 6, 1951 – December 6, 2012

Huw Lloyd-Langton was an English guitarist and singer who is perhaps best remembered as a three-time member of space rock pioneers, Hawkwind.  The band, which famously included Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead at one time, was a direct influence on the likes of Al Jourgensen of MinistryHenry Rollins, Monster Magnet, and the Sex Pistols, who covered their “Silver Machine.”  Born outside of London, Lloyd-Langton joined Hawkwind in time to play on their debut self-titled album of 1970.  Although the long-player was not a commercial success, it is held in high regard since it was one of the first space rock albums in history.  Lloyd-Langton left the band two years after its release due to an illness.  Aside from Hawkwind, he played  with Leo Sayer, the Bonzo Dog Band, Pretty Things, Widowmaker, and his own Lloyd-Langton Group.  He re-joined Hawkwind in 1979, and played on their albums, Live Seventy Nine and Levitation.  He left the group again during the late ’80s only to rejoin in 2001 until a bout with Legionnaires Disease forced him to depart for good.  In later years, he could be heard opening for the Hawkwind as a solo act.  On December 6, 2012, Huw Lloyd-Langton passed away following a 2-year battle with cancer.  He was 61.

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