Details of Ex-Kinks Keyboard John Gosling’s Death at 75
With deepest sadness, we inform you of former Kinks keyboard player John Gosling’s death at the age of 75. May he rest in peace.
“Condolences to his wife Theresa and family. Rest in Peace dearest John,” his former bandmate Ray Davies wrote as part of a band statement on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“I’m dismayed [and] deeply upset by John Gosling’s passing. He has been a friend and important contributor to the Kinks music during his time with us. Deepest sympathies to his wife and family. I will hold deep affection and love for him in my heart always. Great musician and a great man,” Dave Davies added.
Gosling was born on February 6, 1948, in Paignton, Devon in England. He joined the Kinks just before they were scheduled to appear on Top of the Pops.
Gosling contributed additional keyboards to the in-progress demo for “Lola,” which became a No. 2 U.K. hit for the Kinks.
His tenure included the Top 40 U.S. hit “A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy” from 1978’s Misfits.
Drummer Mick Avory said: “Today, we lost a dear friend and colleague. He was a great musician and had a fantastic sense of humor, which made him [a] popular member of the band.” “He leaves us with some happy memories.”
Prior to his arrival, much of the Kinks’ keyboard parts were recorded by Ray Davies or session player Nicky Hopkins. “It was certainly an education, but I wasn’t made to feel as if I was under any kind of scrutiny,” John told the Kast Off Kinks website in 2009.
During his audition, “We put down several backing tracks but Ray’s guide vocals gave little indication as to what the songs were about. I think we did versions of ‘Powerman.’ ‘This Time Tomorrow’ and ‘A Long Way From Home,’ as well as ‘Lola,’ of course,” he added.
Gosling continued: “They seemed such an easy-going bunch of blokes! Dave handed me a beer from a crate in the middle of the room when I walked in and there was no starry behavior. I remember feeling completely at home – almost as if I’d always been there.”
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John Gosling’s Death Cause is Secret
Ex-Kinks Keyboard John Gosling’s death cause has not yet been announced. The musician played keyboards in the Kinks from 1970-78,
Gosling went on to play on 10 Kinks albums through 1978. John was initially replaced by Gordon Edwards of Pretty Things, and then by the keyboardist Ian Gibbons in 1979.
In 1994, he joined Avory and early Kinks bassist John Dalton to form the Kast Off Kinks with guitarist and singer Dave Clarke.
John retired in 2008, having left an indelible mark on the Kinks sound. Gosling told the Kast Off Kinks site: “I think I must have had quite a lot of influence in retrospect, but it wasn’t really intentional.”
“It just seemed that the band’s musical style was mutating just as it did when Ray changed his writing style the first time, and we were all developing together as musicians.”
The Kinks wrote on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of John Gosling. We are sending our condolences to John’s wife and family.”
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