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Ian McDonald RIP

Word reaches us today of the death of Ian McDonald, who was a founding member of King Crimson in 1969 and Foreigner in 1976. McDonald's sax work contributed greatly to the sound of In the Court of the Crimson King, and he also did session work for a wide variety of artists, including T. Rex, Daryl Way's Wolf, Herbie Mann, Fireballet, Steve Hackett, and many more. McDonald was born in London June 25th, 1946 and died February 9, 2022 at the age of 75.

by Jon Davis, Published 2022-02-11

After wroking briefly with Giles, Giles & Fripp, McDonald was part of the founding of King Crimson, and though his tenure with the band was short, he had a great impact on the sound, bringing his skills with many instruments to bear. After one album, he parted ways with Crimson, forming a duo with fellow Crimson alum Michael Giles that is well-regarded in progressive rock circles.

Following his time with Crimson, he contributed to recordings ranging from jazz to pop to rock, and even rejoined King Crimson to appear on Red. In 1976 he got together with guitarist Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm to form Foreigner, a band that had great chart success worldwide. He remained in Foreigner for three albums.

In the 90s, he began working with Steve Hackett and John Wetton, and joined other Crimson alumni in 21st Century Schizoid Band. His first solo album was released in 1999.

Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): King Crimson, Ian McDonald, T.Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex), Darryl Way / Wolf, Giles, Giles and Fripp, Fireballet

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