RIP – BOB WESTON


EXPIRED: 01/03/12  – Bob Weston, 64, got his big break when drummer Mick Fleetwood called him up and asked if he was available to replace Fleetwood Mac’s alcoholic and despised lead  guitarist Danny Kirwan. Weston knew just how big the job was going to be when Kirwan phoned him shortly thereafter and sarcastically said “Good Luck. You’re gonna need it.”

With Weston at the helm, Fleetwood Mac recorded the Penguin album in January 1973, followed by  Mystery to Me released the same year. Things were going great, but then while on tour Mick Fleetwood discovered that Weston had been having an affair with Mick Fleetwood’s wife, Jenny Boyd. Weston was fired and the tour was secretly cancelled. The rest of the band all went their separate ways to get away.

The band’s manager, afraid of losing profits, hastily put together a fake Fleetwood Mac to fulfill the booked tour dates.

Guitarist and lead singer Bob Welch was so disenchanted that he too left the band – making way for  Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to join – creating the line-up so beloved today.

Weston carried on as a solo artist and session musician in London, having played with Long John Baldry and Murray Head. In fact he was due to record with ex-Rolling Stone guitarist Mick Taylor this week. When he didn’t show up to the recording sessions, family went round to his flat and found he had died in his sleep.

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RIP – DAVE THOMPSON


EXPIRED: o2/14/10Lil’ Dave Thompson, 40, a blues guitarist who had just finished performing the last show of his tour was killed in an auto accident outside of Augusta, Georgia while he and his band were returning home to Greenville, Mississippi from Charleston, South Carolina.

None of Thompson’s band members were seriously hurt in the accident.

Thompson was born in Mississippi in 1969 into a blues family, his father Sam having performed alongside artists like Asie Payton, Willie Foster, and Paul Wine Jones. He began playing guitar at the 9 years old, and was playing in local bands by his early teens. The Fat Possum label released his recording debut in 1995 when it released Little Dave and Big Love.

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RIP – FREDDY ROBINSON


RIP – Freddy Robinson, 70, was 9 when he saw his 1st blues band in Memphis. He emulated them by plucking wire attached to a barn wall. When he was 13 he saved some money and bought a real guitar, his second, from a Sears catalog. He called it Bessie, and he played that guitar his entire life.

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