Pete Haycock passes at age 62
Pete Haycock, founding guitarist of the Climax Blues Band, has died from a suspected heart attack. He was 62.
Haycock formed the Climax Blues Band in 1967 along with vocalist Colin Cooper. They’d previously worked together in The Gospel Truth. Cooper died in 2008.
The Climax Chicago Blues Band’s original line-up was Stafford-born Haycock (lead guitar), Derek Holt (piano/guitar), Cooper (vocals/harmonica), Richard Jones (bass) and George Newsome (drums).
They went on to score a Top 10 hit in 1976 with Couldn’t Get it Right.
The band split in 1988, although a new incarnation continues operating today, with no founding members on board.
Haycock left the band three years earlier, in 1985, and moved to Germany where he established a career writing film scores including collaborations with Hans Zimmer, as well as playing live in a band called Pete Haycock’s True Blues. Haycock also enjoyed a stint in the Electric Light Orchestra Part 2 with drummer Bev Bevan.
This year Haycock formed a new band, Pete Haycock’s Climax Blues Band featuring Robin George. However, the project stuttered due to Haycock’s ill health and he sadly died on October 30.
The present-day Climax Blues Band offered the following tribute:
“Climax Blues Band are saddened by the news of the death of Peter Haycock on October 30th 2013 in Germany. Peter was a founder member of the band in 1967 and performed with the band through to 1985 and was one of the finest exponents of slide guitar of his time, and a great singer. With Colin Cooper he supplied the integral and fundamental guitar and sax sound that contributed to making the band so popular and remains their keynote sound to this date. We are all shocked and sad and would like to pass on our best wishes and condolences to Peter’s family and friends.”
Jeff Byler, founder of the Pete Haycock Appreciation Society, said in a statement: “Yesterday we lost one of the good guys of the music business. We lost a master guitarist, a gifted composer, and a brilliant performer. We lost an artist who believed in musicianship, integrity, and a true passion for his craft. For those of you, like myself, who were fortunate to know him, we lost a very dear friend. My very heartfelt condolences go to Alex, and the rest of Pete’s family.
“Pete, thank you for your friendship, and for providing me with the soundtrack of my life. You are missed.”