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RIP, Steve Lang (February 4, 2017) Bassist For April Wine

Posted by themusicsover on February 4, 2017

Steve Lang
March 24, 1949 – February 4, 2017

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Steve Lang is best remembered as a bassist for popular Canadian rock band, April Wine. Although he was not the group’s founding bass guitarist, he came on board just in time for their most successful period between 1976 and 1984.  Born in Montreal, Canada, Lang played in the fusion band, Mashmakhan, before being invited to replace April Wine’s second bassist, Jim Clench.  During Lang’s tenure with the band, he played on five albums, including their two biggest sellers, Harder…Faster and The Nature of the Beast, which included the hit singles, “Just Between You and Me” and “Sign of the Gypsy Queen.”  Lang left April Wine in 1984 and settled into working life outside of the music.  Steve Lang was 67 when he passed away on February 4, 2017.  Cause of death was not immediately released, but he had reportedly been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

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Died On This Date (November 2, 2010) Jim Clench / April Wine; Bachman Turner Overdrive

Posted by themusicsover on November 2, 2010

Jim Clench
May 1, 1949 – November 2, 2010

Jim Clench was a Canadian musician who is perhaps best remembered for his time in both April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive. For April Wine, he played and sang on their early ’70s albums, Electric Jewels, On Record, and Stand Back.   He left the group in 1975.  Three years later, he joined Bachman Turner Overdrive, replacing Randy Bachman who had just embarked on his solo career.  He stayed with the group until their first break-up in 1979, playing and singing on Street Action and Rock ‘N Roll Nights.   Clench also played bass and keyboards on Bryan Adams’ debut album.  When April Wine reformed during the early ’90s, Clench was back on board.  He played on their next four studio albums until leaving again in 2006.  Jim Clench, aged 61, passed away on November 2, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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