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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.

Mike Finnigan's Obituary Clarifies his Cause of Death at 76
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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

Mike Finnigan’s obituary has revealed everything surrounding his death. The legendary artist died after a battle with kidney cancer. US day News is working to provide more information and collect the latest updates surrounding Mike Finnigan’s death, so stay up with us.

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.

Mike Finnigan's Obituary Clarifies his Cause of Death at 76

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.”

Mike Finnigan's Obituary Clarifies his Cause of Death at 76
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“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.

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  1. Roger Ludka August 11, 2021

    From Jim Krueger’s friends in Wisconsin. May Mike rest in a every lasting peace always playing his keyboards🙏 Roger Ludka Friends of Jack’s Beer Garden. Manitowoc, Wisconsin

    1. US day News August 12, 2021

      Mike will be rest in paradise and would always be dearly missed.
      Thanks for your prayers and thoughts.

  2. Anna Venrick August 11, 2021

    He was absolutely THE greatest of all time and a true blue friend. Rest in peace dear Mr. Soul 💔😥

    1. US day News August 12, 2021

      He was great, undoubtedly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. God bless him.

  3. Cheryl Bianchi August 11, 2021

    We had the great pleasure of having Mike Finnigan perform almost every Thursday night at The Write Off Room along with Bill Lynch (long-time friend and owner of the music venue), James Gadson, drummer, and Abraham Laboriel, bassist. A serious SuperSession every week. Mike kept his diagnosis (of liver cancer, btw) to himself so many were shocked to learn of his passing today. And while we are heartbroken, his music will go on, as will as his soaring spirit. Our love and attention is focused on his wife, Candy, and daughter and son, Bridget and Kelly. Let his soul rest easy. A great man has passed.

    1. US day News August 12, 2021

      You were so lucky to meet the fantastic man and legendary musician.
      He fought his illness with the same fearlessness he brought to his life, and it’s time for him to rest in peace. Our deepest condolences go out to Candy, Kelly, Bridget, and all his family.

      1. Cheryl Bianchi August 13, 2021

        if you go to The Write Off Room page on Facebook you will see a lot of footage of the great man

  4. Kim Kleinman August 12, 2021

    The obituaries for Mike Finnegan omit his contributions to the brilliant Jerry Hahn Brotherhood which I got to see two nights in a row in a tiny KC club on 39th Street in a converted cleaners. Maybe two hundred of us heard Hahn (who followed Larry Coryell and preceded Pat Metheny in Gary Burton’s band and was also on John Handy’s award winning Live at Monterey), Mel Graves, and George Marsh (who was in the David Grisman Quintet in the late 1980s) play songs by Lane Tietgen that Finnegan first sang and recorded with the Lawrence KS band The Serfs but also Ornette Coleman’s Ramblin’ and The Band/Dylan song Tears of Rage.
    It remains legendary 51 years later.
    It was fun to see Finnegan on Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and in the CSNY band.
    But I knew the Brotherhood! So I mourn this one in my special way.

    1. US day News August 12, 2021

      Jerry Hahn and Mike were inspirations for many musicians, and both of them will be remembered as legends.
      Our thoughts and prayers are with Finnigan’s family and friends. God bless him.

    2. At least spell him name right

  5. Mark Scheid August 12, 2021

    Greatly saddened by the passing of the legendary Hammond B3 player and blues vocalist, Mike Finnigan. Saw Mike perform a 5 hour New Year’s concert at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas back in the 90’s! His collaboration with Jerry Wood in the 70’s produced the highly acclaimed album, “Crazed Hipsters”! One of my favorite recordings of all time! We native Kansans still claim him as one of our own. Will always remember you and your music, Mike.

    1. US day News August 12, 2021

      The world of music lost a serious legend. He was one of the most powerful, virtuosic soul/ gospel/ blues singers and Hammond B3 players you will ever be blessed to hear.
      He will be rest in paradise and would always be dearly missed.

  6. Guy (Junior) Cunningham August 13, 2021

    Moving on but never gone. Your presence will always be felt through your music. You have influenced and inspired so many.great musicians. We’ll meet up again one day and look forward to jamming.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Candy and family and Mike would assure you and all his friends he’s ok.

    1. US day News August 14, 2021

      Mike was the greatest B3 player and an incredible person, wonderful guy, too.
      Our thoughts and prayers are with Finnigan’s family and friends. God bless him.

  7. Andrew August 13, 2021

    I lost my neighbor. Great man. Great musician. Some him perform countless times. There goes the neighborhood.

    1. US day News August 14, 2021

      RIP to the great Mike Finnigan, who was the master of the B3 Hammond Organ…so talented loved his Phantom Blues Band and solo work, especially his Black & White 1978 album.
      Our thoughts are with his wife and wish the family lots of strength.

  8. Dick Tator August 13, 2021

    Tears come to my eyes as I remember all the good times he gave to me, my wife and our friends over the years with his music. Snake dancing at the Lawrence Opera House to Finnigan and Wood. Crying to his version of Silent Night at the Bottleneck. Seeing him play and sing with CS&N at the Meriwether Pavilion. Reading David Crosby’s comments about him in his autobiography. I cherish my Serfs album and wish there was a re-release of his Black and White album. Never meant him personally but, he seemed like a hell of a human being. Sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

    1. US day News August 14, 2021

      He was simply amazing and legendary. He was a true icon that will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

  9. Carol August 14, 2021


    You keep inserting bits from Bonnie Raitts tribute to Mike and acting like its your own comment. Credit the source.

  10. Larry Cypress August 22, 2021

    I got to see Michael with Croby, Stills & Nash and Dave Mason. He made every band he played with sound better.
    He was a soulful vocalist whether sining lead or harmony. He was a Hammond Warrior!

  11. Anonymous September 8, 2021

    What can I say. He was never intended for mass production. The Columbia years were Mike just hitting his stride. The DFK band, Black and White, really everything he ever did was totally pro. Everyone talks about his work with Jimi, he was so much more. His work with Dave Mason ,Steve Stills, LA blues Alliance, Phantom Blues, Bonnie, etc. – it’s a long list. What a voice-his legacy will live on.


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