The Kinks keyboard player John Gosling dies as band ‘deeply saddened’
5th August 2023

Kinks keyboardist John Gosling dies aged 75

The Kinks keyboard player John Gosling has died at the age of 75, with lead singer Ray Davie paying tribute to the late musician.

A statement posted to the band’s official social media pages read: “We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of John Gosling.

“We are sending our condolences to John’s wife and family.”

Lead singer Ray Davies said: “Condolences to his wife Theresa and family. Rest in Peace dearest John.”

While Ray’s younger brother Dave Davies added: “I’m dismayed and deeply upset by John Gosling’s passing.

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“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.”

Drummer Mick Avory also paid tribute to the late musician, saying: “Today we lost a dear friend and colleague, he was a great musician and had a fantastic sense of humour…

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“Which made him popular member of the band, he leaves us with some happy memories. God Bless him.” (sic)

John played keyboard with his Kinks bandmates between 1970 and 1978, appearing on 10 albums and contributing to the demo of their smash hit, Lola.

The Kinks were formed in London in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave and are known for such songs as Waterloo Sunset, Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me.

John was born in Devon, England in 1948 and joined the Kinks just before they were scheduled to appear on Top of the Pops.

He was initially taken on solely for their upcoming US tour, but he became a permanent member and remained with the band until 1978, departing after the release of Misfits.

As well as contributing to the Kinks’ No. 2 U.K. hit Lola, his tenure also included the Top 40 U.S. hit A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy.

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