Roughly a year and a half after the passing of Daevid Allen, another of the founders of Gong has left this planet. Singer Gilli Smyth, whose distinctive vocals earned the name "Space Whisper," has died at the age of 83.
by Jon Davis, Published 2016-08-23
Smyth founded Gong with partner Daevid Allen in 1967, playing an integral part in the band until departing in 1975 to devote time to her family, but she was never far from her musical family. Her first solo album, the appropriately titled Mother, came out in 1978, and led to the formation of Mother Gong, a band that remained active intermittently until 2008, releasing more than 20 albums.
In addition to her Mother Gong activities, Smyth continued to work with Gong proper (if such a word can be used with Gong!) both in the studio and live, up through I See You.
Filed under: Obituaries
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more