[Dixielandjazz] The "Who's" Entwhistle dead at 57
Henry B. Stinson
Fri, 28 Jun 2002 02:03:25 -0400
Parts from a story by Dean Goodman on Reuters:
(Jazz content? Read on...)
John Entwistle, the bass player for veteran
British rock band The Who, died in Las Vegas
on Thursday at age 57, just one day before the
group was set to begin a North American tour in
the city, officials said. ... natural causes ...
Entwistle, a bearded, taciturn musician
affectionately known as "Ox" or "Thunderfingers,"
died in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino,
Born John Alec Entwistle in the London suburb
of Chiswick on Oct. 9, 1944, he studied piano,
trumpet and French horn as a youngster before
moving on to a homemade bass.*
(*Does that mean he played a tea chest bass? If so, then perhaps he is
one more of a long list of famous Brit musicians to have come out of the
"skiffle" movement -- 1958 to 1960-something. -- Henry)
At the age of 14, he formed a traditional jazz band
at his grammar school, the Confederates, and invited
schoolmate (Peter) Townshend to join the short-lived
combo. He then joined the Detours, a band formed
by an older boy at their school, Roger Daltrey.
At Entwistle's suggestion, Daltrey brought in Townshend,
and the early "The Who" started to take shape.
The band trashed its equipment at the end of
each show, and it was years before it made enough
money to pay off its bills for new instruments.
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