Andy Rourke Dies: Bassist of The Smiths Was 59 Years Old


Andy Rourkebassist of influential British rock band blacksmithsdied after a long illness from pancreatic cancer. He was 59 years old.

Johnny Marr, guitarist of The Smiths, wrote on Twitter on Friday: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Andy Rourke has passed away after a long illness from pancreatic cancer. Andy is a kind and beautiful soul by those who knew him and music fans. “He will be remembered as an exceptionally talented musician. We demand privacy at this sad time.”

The Smiths were founded in Manchester in 1982 by singers Morrissey, Marr, Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Morrissey and Marr were the band’s songwriters. Signing with Rough Trade Records in 1983, the band released their first album “The Smiths” in 1984. We Have Arrived” (1987).

The group disbanded in 1987.

Rourke’s work can be heard in many of the Smiths’ hit songs, including “This Charming Man” and “There is a Light That Never Goes Out.” After leaving, Rourke worked on Morrissey solo tracks such as “Piccadilly Palare”, “Interesting Drug”, “November Spawned a Monster”, “The Last of the Famous International Playboys” and the album “Bona Drag” (1990).

Later in his career, Rourke played with FreeBass, DARK, Sinéad O’Connor, the Pretenders, Ian Brown and Badly Drawn Boy.

Joyce tweeted: “Not only is he the most talented bassist I’ve ever had the privilege of playing with, he’s also the sweetest, funniest lad I’ve ever met. Andy has left the building, but his musical legacy remains. I already miss you so much. Forever in my heart my friend.”

Stephen Street, producer of The Smiths, said: “I’m so sorry to hear this news! Andy was an excellent musician and a nice guy. “I haven’t been able to read any news about the details yet, but I send my deepest condolences and thoughts to his friends and family.”

Badly Drawn Boy added: “The Smiths were easily the most important band of my youth. I was honored when Andy toured with me for 2 years. He was the coolest, kindest funniest person, it was a pleasure to tour with him. Probably the best natural musician I’ve ever seen. “She loved it. She’s devastated.”

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