KEVIN AYERS 1944-2013

Posted on Thursday, 21 February 2013

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It was with great sadness to hear that Kevin Ayers, a legend of the Canterbury scene has passed away age 68.

Kevin was a founder member of Soft Machine and played on their first two albums . He had a  varied and prolific solo career producing memorable LPs such as "Joy of a Toy" and "Shooting at The Moon". His backing band included Andy Summers and Mike Oldfield.

Kevin was very well known and a friend of Caravan during their early years and he will be greatly missed

Martin Davenport
21st February 2013

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1 | Big_Pat | 21st February 2013 at 15:08

Well said Martin. Kevin Ayres was a legend, a true genius, and an inspiration on the Canterbury scene, and for the world at large. Fond memories, and condolences to his family and friends.

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2 | asforteri | 21st February 2013 at 18:37

Sorry to here the news. May he rest in peace. loved the LP whatevershebringswesing / no eggsplanation. 'Stranger in blue suede shoes' off that LP is a classic.

3 | Dave Stewart | 22nd February 2013 at 00:26

To me and my colleagues in the band Egg, Kevin Ayers and Soft Machine were a great inspiration. I didn't know Kevin (maybe met him one or twice), but Richard Sinclair and the other Hatfield guys always spoke fondly of him. He was an important part of a great UK music scene in a wonderfully creative era, and will be sadly missed. Condolences to his family.

4 | Manchester Fox | 22nd February 2013 at 22:37

Very sad....loved his music and remember a memorable gig in January 1971 at Manchester University when a student there....he was with his band `The Whole World`and i remember songs like Lady Rachel and Clarence in Wonderland from that night....sad that two other members of that band,David Bedford and Lol Coxhill have also died.....will always remember him and his music with fondness....RIP

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5 | Kelzadiddle | 2nd March 2013 at 03:28

Absolutely awful news; I'm gutted that we've lost him. His music is very close to my heart indeed. Though it seems that he was exactly where he wanted to be when he passed, living his own life in the Mediterranean away from the pressure of the music industry. I hope his last years were happy ones. Rest in peace, Kevin, may the wine flow freely wherever you are.

6 | REGIS81 | 15th April 2013 at 22:14

un sacré bonhomme !
très simple et très sympa ! qui vivait en retraite pas loin de chez moi ! qui a bcp compté pour la musique canterbury !

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