Former King Crimson singer / bassist Gordon Haskell dead at 74

Gordon Haskell has passed away at 74. Haskell, had featured in school friend Robert Fripp’s pre-King Cirmson band League Of Gentlemen, as well as psychedelic pop band Fleur de Lys (during which time he shared a London flat with Jimi Hendrix). He briefly joined King Crimson in 1970 after appearing as a guest vocalist on In the Wake Of Poseidon singing Cadence & Cascade. He was asked to join the band full-time in the summer of that year and provided bass and vocals on Lizard, the last album King Crimson recorded at Wessex Studios. The experience was not a happy one for Gordon and he bitterly regretted his decision to join.

King Crimson’s official Facebook page commented: “Gordon Haskell’s Facebook page is reporting that Gordon has died. His time in KC wasn’t a particularly happy part of his long career but his work on In The Wake Of Poseidon and in particular, Lizard is much admired in the Crimson community.”

Haskell released It Is And It Isn’t in 1971 on Atlantic Records which featured a guest appearance from future King Crimson bassist John Wetton and later almost joined folk proggers Stackridge. After struggling as a solo artist for a number of years Haskell’s How Wonderful You Are from 2001’s Look Out album reached No. 2 in the UK charts. The success lead to a major deal with EastWest Records, for whom he released the Harry’s Bar album in 2002. Haskell released The Cat Who’s Got The Cream earlier this year.