Canned Heat bassist dies

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Sep 2019 Canned Heat bassist dies

LARRY TAYLOR, bassist of 60s rock band Canned Heat has died aged 77 at his home in Lake Balboa, California, on August 19 after a 12-year battle with cancer.

Larry is on albums by The Monkees, John Mayall and Tom Waits, Albert King, Leo Kottke, The Blasters and Sunnyland Slim. He began his music career aged 18, touring with rock icon Jerry Lee Lewis, before becoming the resident bassist for made-for-TV band The Monkees, playing on hits Last Train to Clarksville and (Theme From) The Monkees.

With Canned Heat, the 1967 self-titled debut, has covers of blues classics by Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Robert Johnson. It was released just after the band’s appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, with The Who, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Otis Redding and Jefferson Airplane. He was part of the classic Heat line-up that also included guitarists Alan Wilson and Henry Vestine, singer Bob Hite and drummer “Fito” De la parry, the only remaining member of the original.

The Mole, as he was nicknamed, performed with Canned Heat from 1967-1970, including the 1969 Woodstock Festival. The band reunited several times up to 1999.

Before joining the Heat, he also played on records by Albert King, Solomon Burke, Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite, according to an official bio provided by a spokesperson. In addition to playing upright and electric bass on albums by John Hammond Jr, Kim Wilson and John Lee Hooker over the past three decades, Taylor formed the Hollywood Fats Band with blues guitarist Michael “Hollywood Fats” Mann. Canned Heat was due to play the doomed Woodstock 50 festival before it fell apart earlier last month.

Taylor began his career at 18 touring with rock icon Jerry Lee Lewis, before becoming the resident bassist for made-for-TV band The Monkees, playing on such hits as “Last Train to Clarksville” and “(Theme From) The Monkees.”