Friday 30 September 2016

Musician Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman dies aged 73

Published 31/03/2016 | 17:51

The 73-year-old was the pianist for British band Thunderclap Newman
The 73-year-old was the pianist for British band Thunderclap Newman

Musician Andy "Thunderclap" Newman has died aged 73.

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The pianist for British band Thunderclap Newman, founded by The Who's Pete Townshend, died at his home in London.

His band mate and close friend Mark Brzezicki confirmed the news to the Press Association.

Brzezicki, the drummer for Big Country and Thunderclap Newman, described him as an "unsung musical genius" who will be greatly missed.

Writing on Facebook, he said it was "an honour both knowing and working with you Andy".

The Who also reported the news on their official Facebook page, writing: " It is with great sadness that we report the death of Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman, who passed away yesterday age 73. Rest in peace."

The band had their biggest hit in 1969 with the track Something In The Air, from the album Hollywood Dream which was produced by Who guitarist and song writer Townshend.

The song spent three weeks at the top of the UK singles chart, fending off the likes of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

According to Brzezicki, seeing Newman play the piano at art college was what inspired Townshend and producer Kit Lambert to form the band in 1968.

"He was an incredibly talented musician. He had his own unique, very individual piano-playing style", Brzezicki told the Press Association.

"He was also incredibly intellectual, he knew a lot about everything. He was very wise and intellectual, but also a very quiet and private man."

He and Newman were due to go back into the studio in April to work on more music.

The original line-up of the band included Newman, John "Speedy" Keen and Jimmy McCulloch. The band broke up in 1971 but was then re-formed by Newman some years later.

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