John Gosling, Keyboardist for The Kinks, Passes Away at 75
The music industry mourns the loss of John Gosling, the talented keyboardist for the legendary British rock group, The Kinks. Gosling passed away on Friday at the age of 75, leaving behind a legacy of incredible music and unforgettable performances. Members of The Kinks paid tribute to their dear friend and bandmate on social media, expressing their deep sadness and sending condolences to Gosling’s wife and family.
A Legacy Remembered
The Kinks, known for their influential sound and timeless hits, took to social media to share their grief over the loss of John Gosling. In a heartfelt message, the band wrote, “We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of John Gosling. We are sending our condolences to John’s wife and family.” Accompanying the message was a black-and-white video of Gosling, capturing his essence as a musician and performer.
Ray Davies, a founding member of The Kinks, also expressed his condolences, saying, “Condolences to his wife Theresa and family. Rest in Peace dearest John.” Lead guitarist Dave Davies shared his deep sorrow, stating, “I’m dismayed 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.” Mick Avory, the band’s longtime drummer, reminisced about his dear friend and colleague, saying, “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. God Bless him.”
A Musical Journey
John Gosling’s musical journey began with classical training as an organist and pianist. In 1970, he joined The Kinks and made his debut during the recording session for their iconic song, “Lola.” Gosling’s talent and passion for music shone through as he contributed to 10 albums over the course of eight years with the band. Some notable albums he performed on include “Muswell Hillbillies” and “Everybody’s in Show-Biz.”
After leaving The Kinks in 1978, Gosling continued to pursue his musical career. In 1994, he became a founding member of the Kast Off Kinks, a band comprised of former members of The Kinks. Alongside Mick Avory, Jim Rodford, and John Dalton, Gosling performed with the Kast Off Kinks until his retirement in 2008. His presence and talent on stage were cherished by fans around the world.
A Life Filled with Music
In an interview shared on Kast off Kinks, John Gosling was asked how he thought his life would have unfolded had he not joined The Kinks in the ’70s. Reflecting on his passion for music, Gosling responded, “No idea – but music would have always occupied a major part of it, I’m sure. Or I might have just become a unicorn exterminator.” His humor and love for music were evident throughout his life, leaving a lasting impression on those who knew him.
John Gosling’s contributions to The Kinks and the music industry as a whole will never be forgotten. His talent, passion, and sense of humor made him an integral part of the band’s success. As fans and fellow musicians mourn his loss, his legacy lives on through the timeless music he helped create. Rest in peace, John Gosling, and thank you for the incredible music.