Veteran Musician Gordon Haskell Dies At 74

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Gordon Haskell, musician and one-time member of King Crimson, has died at 74.

A message posted on Haskell’s Facebook page on Sunday read: “It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gordon, a great musician and a wonderful person who will be sadly missed by so many.”

No cause of death was immediately disclosed.

Born in England, Haskell played bass in The Fleur de Lys and recorded his solo debut Sail in My Boat before his friend Robert Fripp asked him to replace Greg Lake in King Crimson.

Haskell played and sang on “Cadence and Cascade” for In the Wake of Poseidon and on the group’s third album Lizard. He quit during rehearsals for a tour over creative differences.

“His time in KC wasn’t a particularly happy part of his long career,” read a message on King Crimson’ Facebook page, “but his work on In The Wake Of Poseidon and in particular, Lizard is much admired in the Crimson community.”

Haskell went on to release another 12 studio albums, including this year’s The Cat Who’s Got The Cream.

“How Wonderful You Are,” released ahead of 2002’s Harry’s Bar, was a hit in the UK.

“I don’t really want to repeat which bands I have played in for the millionth time in talk shows,” Haskell reportedly wrote last year. “It’s today that matters to me. People have always loved me for my honesty. I don’t do baloney. It is an impossibility for me.”

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