Allan Holdsworth, the pioneering British guitarist who played with Soft Machine, Level 42, Gong, Jean-Luc Ponty and a myriad of other projects, passed away today at the age of 70.
News of the guitar hero’s passing was shared by his daughter, Louise, on Facebook:
“It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.”
Holdsworth began his music career in 1969 with the band ‘Igginbottom on their only release, ‘Igginbottom’s Wrench (later reissued under the group name of Allan Holdsworth & Friends). He went on to play and record with well-known progressive rock and jazz fusion artists. During his career he recorded 13 solo albums and was reportedly in the process of putting together a new album.
While his name conjured respect and admiration from guitar aficionados, Holdsworth once said that he wasn’t financially secure. “Just because my name gets put in magazines, people seem to think that I must be earning a lot of money or something. But I’ve always had to struggle to pay the rent every month.”
Holdsworth meticulous style influenced a generation of guitarists including Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Tom Morello.
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