The Kinks’ former keyboardist John Gosling has died aged 75, the band have revealed.
In a statement published online, band members Ray and Dave Davies revealed the news and paid tribute to their bandmate, who played with The Kinks between 1970 and 1978.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of John Gosling’s passing,” they wrote. “We send our condolences to Sean’s wife and family.”
“My condolences to his wife Theresa and his family. Rest in peace John,” Ray wrote, with Dave adding: “I am deeply moved and devastated by the death of John Gosling. He was a great friend and contributor. with the Gaeltacht music of the Kinks during the time he was with us.
“My condolences to his wife and family. I will always hold love and affection for him in my heart. A great musician and a great man.”
Former Kinks drummer Mick Avory also wrote: “Today we lost a friend and colleague, he was a great musician and had a great sense of humour, which made him a popular member of the band, leaving some happy memories for us. God bless you.”
Gosling played with The Kinks for eight years beginning in 1970, appearing on “Lola,” one of their biggest hits, as well as the albums “Muswell Hillbillies,” “Everybody’s in Show-Biz-Everybody’s a Star,” and others.
He was replaced by Gordon Edwards in 1978, before Ian Gibbons took over more than a year later.
In 1994, Gosling formed the band Kast Off Kinks with bandmates Mick Avory, Jim Rodford, and John Dalton. He was part of the band until he quit in 2008.