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John Goodsall RIP

One of the most prominent guitarists of 70s jazz-rock fusion has died. John Goodsall’s work with Brand X set standards of technique and inventiveness that many subsequent guitarists tried to match. He died on 10 November at the age of 68.

by Jon Davis, Published 2021-11-12

John Goodsall was born in the US in 1953, though much of his musical career was based in England. He started playing with Carol Grimes in the late 60s while still a teenager, and went on to work with Alan Bown and Atomic Rooster (credited as Johnny Mandala for Nice ‘n’ Greasy). In the mid 70s, he started working with Jack Lancaster and Robin Lumley, leading to the formation of Brand X.  This band, with its quirky take on jazz-rock, became a standard-bearer for the style. Although Goodsall was not involved in the original pre-album lineup, his arrival solidified the first real version of the band, and Goodsall was the sole constant member until his death.

In addition to Brand X, Goodsall did a substantial amount of session work, including appearances with Toni Basil, Michael Des Barres, Bill Bruford, Tamiya Lynn, and others. He also guested on recordings by Tunnels, and formed Fire Merchants with Doug Lunn and Toss Panos.

Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Bill Bruford / Earthworks, Tunnels, Brand X, Atomic Rooster, John Goodsall

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