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Ian McDonald, prog rock founding father of King Crimson and Foreigner, dies at 75

Ian McDonald, prog rock founding father of King Crimson and Foreigner, dies at 75

NEW YORK (AFP) – Ian McDonald, the English architect of progressive rock who co-founded the band King Crimson in addition to Foreigner, has died. He was 75 years outdated.

The artist’s son Max wrote in a press release shared final Friday (Feb 11) by King Crimson’s label that his father had died on Feb 9 from most cancers.

“He was extremely courageous, and by no means misplaced his kindness or his humorousness even when the going was tough,” McDonald’s son wrote.

“My father was an excellent, intuitive musician, a mild soul, and an exquisite dad. He’ll dwell on endlessly via his stunning music and the love of his followers.”

Born in Osterley, Middlesex, in England in 1946, McDonald was a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who performed each saxophone and keyboards for the seminal group King Crimson.

He additionally co-wrote the band’s 1969 debut album, In The Court docket Of The Crimson King.

“Ian’s contribution to King Crimson was invaluable and profound,” learn a press release from Self-discipline World Cellular, the band’s report label.

McDonald’s time with the group was temporary, although he later was a session musician for the band’s 1975 report Crimson. The musician additionally co-founded the British-American band Foreigner with guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones, taking part in various devices and in addition singing.

Together with the saxophone and keyboards, McDonald additionally performed the flute, vibraphone and guitar.

Extra not too long ago, McDonald performed with twenty first Century Schizoid Band, which was made up of King Crimson alumni.

In 2017, he shaped one other group, Honey West, which additionally included contributions from his son on bass.

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