Ex-Kinks John Gosling Passed Away At 75
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At the age of 75, John Gosling, who was most recognized for his work as the Kinks’ keyboardist from 1970 until 1978, passed.
Ray Davies, a former bandmate, conveyed condolences to Gosling’s wife Theresa and family, saying, “Rest in Peace dearest John” in a band statement on X (formerly known as Twitter).
Dave Davies continued:
“I’m dismayed [and] 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.”
John Gosling’s Impact
Before the Kinks’ debut on Top of the Pops, Gosling, who was born on February 6, 1948, in Paignton, Devon, England, joined the band. Later, he added more keyboards to the working demo of “Lola,” which went to No. 2 in the U.K. For the Kinks, a hit. The American Top 40 song “A Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy” from 1978’s Misfits was also released during Gosling’s tenure.
Drummer Mick Avory remarked:
“Today, we lost a dear friend and colleague. He was a great musician and had a fantastic sense of humor, which made him [a] popular member of the band. He leaves us with some happy memories.”
Before Gosling’s arrival, Ray Davies or session player Nicky Hopkins handled most of the keyboard parts for the Kinks. Gosling recalled his audition experience, where the band recorded several backing tracks, but Ray’s guide vocals didn’t provide much insight into the songs’ meaning. He felt comfortable with the band from the start, describing them as an easy-going and unpretentious group of musicians.
Journey with the Kinks
Throughout his time with the Kinks, Gosling played on 10 albums until 1978. In the beginning, Pretty Things’ Gordon Edwards; in 1979, the late keyboardist Ian Gibbons took his position. In 1994, Gosling, along with drummer Mick Avory and early Kinks bassist John Dalton, formed the Kast Off Kinks with guitarist and singer Dave Clarke.
Gosling retired in 2008, leaving a lasting impact on the Kinks’ sound. He acknowledged that his presence may have unintentionally influenced the band’s musical style, as they all grew and evolved together as musicians.