Mike Finnigan’s Obituary Clarifies his Cause of Death at 76
Legendary keyboardist & session player Mike Finnigan’s obituary revealed that he succumbed to kidney cancer on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Ceder Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. May he rest in peace.
A source close to Finnigan’s family confined the heartbreaking news and revealed Mike Finnigan’s cause of death. Mike Finnigan passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 76.
Michael Kelly Finnigan, who was born on April 26, 1945, in Troy, Ohio, starred as a keyboard player and vocalist. Finnigan worked primarily as a freelance studio musician and performed with a wide variety of artists in pop, rock, blues, and jazz.
He attended the University of Kansas on a basketball scholarship. Mike started to perform professionally at the age of 19 and moved to Wichita to perform with The Serfs. They started as a house band at a local nightclub.
In 1969, Finnigan recorded Early Bird Cafe with the Serfs and toured with the group. He also recorded two solo records in the 1970s, first with Jerry Wood. Mike later collaborated with two other Columbia artists, Jim Krueger and Les Dudek.
Finnigan was twice a winner of a Blues Music Award for his work with Taj Mahal as a member of the Phantom Blues Band.
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Mike Finnigan’s Obituary Came as a Shock to Many
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Finnigan performed with great artists including Joe Cocker, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Moore, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Manhattan Transfer, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald, Cher, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, David Coverdale, Leonard Cohen, Tower of Power, Tracy Chapman, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lonely Boys, and Saving Escape.
While recording the legendary album “Electric Ladyland” with THE SERFS in the late 1960s in New York City, Finnigan met and recorded with American musician, singer, and songwriter Jimi Hendrix.
In 1972, Mike partnered with Jerry Wood to form Finnigan and Wood. They released just one album, “Crazed Hipsters.” His other notable collaborations in the 1970s included performances with Big Brother & The Holding Company, Dave Mason, and Peter Frampton, as well as Les Dudek and Jim Kreuger.
Finnigan later partnered with singer Cher and Dudek to form the band, Black Rose. They performed around LA as an independent act before signing with Casablanca Records.
Mike was active politically, and for several years, he was a regular contributor to the weblog Crooks and Liars. The legendary session musician was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the ‘Pinetop Perkins Piano Player’ category.
He married intervention counselor Candy Finnigan. She appeared on the television show Intervention. They share two grown children, Bridget and Kelly.
It is a difficult time for Finnigan’s family and friends. Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the passing of the legendary musician, and we ask you all to keep Mike, his family, his friends, and all of his loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.
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Reactions to Mike Finnigan’s Death
Soon after the heartbreaking news of Mike Finnigan’s death came out, his devastated fans and friends paid touching tributes to him and spread their condolence through social media.
Earlier today, rock singer David Coverdale took to his Twitter to share his condolence. “So very sad to hear the news of the passing of this fantastic man & incredible musician.”
“I was honoured to work with him on my ‘Into The LIGHT’ album…Heartbreaking… Legendary Keyboardist & Session Player Mike Finnigan Dead At 76,” Coverdale, who is best known for his work with Whitesnake, wrote on Twitter.
Galaxy Audio’s official Twitter account wrote: “Today the Earth lost another great musician with the passing of Mike Finnigan. He was an inspiration to many, a hero to others, and the spark to an idea that started a company. Rest in peace, Mike Finnigan. We’ll turn down the monitor for you.”
One fan tweeted: “Another one gone… Mike Finnigan, G hopes that we’re not going to have a repeat of 2016 with musicians departing permanently 💜”
Another fan wrote on Twitter: “Dammit…just heard that Hammond great Mike Finnigan has passed on. God speed Mike and thanks for the music.”
“So sad about this piece of news: the so talented #MikeFinnigan passed away. I remember him with Bonnie and George Marinelli in Paris. RIP Mike,” one fan tweeted.