The keyboardist for The Kinks, John Gosling, passed away on Friday. He was 75 years old. Following his passing, members of the legendary British rock band paid tribute to the pianist via social media.
In a poignant and dignified display of mourning, the band conveyed their sorrow, stating, “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 this tribute was a black-and-white video featuring Gosling, eloquently encapsulating his musical journey.
Ray Davies, a founding member of the group said –
“Condolences to his wife Theresa and family. Rest in Peace dearest John.”
Lead guitarist Dave Davies stated –
“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, posted online –
“Today we lost a dear friend and colleague, he was a great musician and had a fantastic sense of humour… which made him popular member of the band, he leaves us with some happy memories. God Bless him….”
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Gosling was an organist and pianist with classical training. His audition for the band in 1970 was the recording session for “Lola.”
He performed on ten albums with the influential rock group over the course of eight years, including “Muswell Hillbillies” and “Everybody’s in Show-Biz.” Gosling left The Kinks in 1978 and subsequently joined the Kast Off Kinks as a founding member in 1994.
Until his retirement in 2008, Gosling, also known as “John the Baptist,” performed with Avory, Jim Rodford, and John Dalton. Gosling was asked how he felt his life would have turned out if he hadn’t joined The Kinks in the 1970s in an interview featured on Kast off Kinks.
Gosling replied –
“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.”
As the music world mourns the loss of John Gosling, his enduring influence and spirit will resonate through the timeless melodies of The Kinks.