THE death has taken place in Cork of former Taste bass player Eric Kitteringham who, along with drummer Norman Damery, was in the first incarnation of the band synonmous with Rory Gallagher.
Mr Kitteringham - who was originally from Victoria Road in Cork city but more recently lived at Fitzgerald Place in Fermoy - died on May 7 at Marymount Hospice following an illness.
Together with Norman Damery, he played in the leading Cork band of the mid 1960s, The Axels, but when the band split up in 1966 he and Damery joined up with Gallagher, who had left The Impact, and together they formed Taste.
They played and toured together for two years including performing at the Star Club in Hamburg, where The Beatles had played. In 1968, Kitteringham and Damery left the band and were replaced by John Wilson on drums and Richard McCracken on bass and it was that line up which played at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.
Gallagher biographer and music afficinado, Marcus Connaughton paid tribute to Mr Kitteringham.
"Eric was a fine bass player but more than that he was a very gentle man - he was always encouraging a lot of young musicians along the way and that's the sign of a fine musician," said Mr Connaughton.