Former Kinks Keyboard Player John Gosling Passes Away at 75
Former keyboard player of the iconic British rock band, The Kinks, John Gosling, has sadly passed away at the age of 75. The news of his death was announced by the band on their official social media accounts, expressing their deep sadness and sending condolences to John’s wife and family.
A Fond Farewell to a Talented Musician
Drummer Mick Avory, who had the privilege of working closely with Gosling, paid tribute to his dear friend and colleague. Avory described him as a great musician with a fantastic sense of humor, which made him a popular member of the band. He fondly remembered the happy memories they shared together and bid farewell with the words, “God Bless him….”
Heartfelt Words from Band Members
Lead singer and guitarist Dave Davies expressed his dismay and deep sadness over the loss of his friend and important contributor to The Kinks’ music. Davies emphasized his deep affection and love for Gosling, describing him as both a great musician and a great man.
Ray Davies, lead singer and songwriter of The Kinks, also shared his condolences with Gosling’s family and bid farewell to his dearest John, wishing him eternal peace.
A Musical Journey with The Kinks
John Gosling joined The Kinks in 1970 and made significant contributions to their music. He played on demos of some of their most iconic songs, including “Lola,” “Powerman,” and “This Time Tomorrow.” In a 2009 interview, Gosling reminisced about his audition for the band, describing them as an easy-going bunch of blokes who made him feel at home from the moment he walked in.
Gosling remained with The Kinks until 1978 when he was replaced by Ian Gibbons. After leaving the band, he became a founding member of Kast Off Kinks, a group consisting of former Kinks musicians, including Avory, Gibbons, Jim Rodford, and John Dalton. Gosling continued to perform with Kast Off Kinks until his retirement in 2008.
The Legacy of The Kinks
The Kinks are known for their timeless hits that have left an indelible mark on the music industry. Alongside Gosling, they created iconic songs such as “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” and “A Well Respected Man.” Their unique sound and lyrical depth continue to resonate with audiences around the world.
John Gosling’s contributions to The Kinks’ music will always be remembered and cherished by fans and fellow musicians alike. His talent and presence added a special touch to the band’s sound, making him an integral part of their success.
A Final Goodbye
The passing of John Gosling is a loss felt deeply by the music community. As fans mourn the loss of a talented musician, they can take solace in the fact that his legacy will live on through the timeless music he helped create with The Kinks.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to John Gosling’s wife, family, and friends during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.