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Andy Rourke, bassiste des Smiths, décède à l’âge de 59 ans.

Musician described as ‘supremely gifted’ by bandmate Johnny Marr had suffered long illness with pancreatic cancer

Andy Rourke, a musician best known for his work as the bassist for the iconic British band The Smiths, has passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Rourke was described as a « supremely gifted » musician by his former bandmate Johnny Marr and was known for his boldly melodic style. He played on many of The Smiths’ classic hits, including « This Charming Man » and « There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, » as well as on solo songs for frontman Morrissey after the group disbanded. Rourke also played with other celebrated musicians such as Sinead O’Connor, the Pretenders, and Ian Brown.

Rourke’s musical career began when he formed a short-lived band called Freak Party with Marr at the age of 11. The two became best friends and spent all their time studying music and working on becoming the best musicians they could be. Rourke joined The Smiths in 1982, replacing the band’s original bassist Dale Hibbert. The band went on to record four classic albums and many acclaimed singles before disbanding in 1987. Rourke struggled with heroin use and was fired from the band at one point, but he later rejoined and continued to play with them until their split.

Despite his struggles, Rourke was widely respected in the music industry and was known for his unique sound and style. Tributes have been pouring in from fans and fellow musicians, with many describing him as a « total one-off » and a « rare bassist whose sound you could recognize straight away. » Rourke’s passing is a great loss to the music world, but his legacy will live on through his many contributions to some of the most iconic songs of the 1980s.

Keywords: Andy Rourke, The Smiths, bassist, pancreatic cancer, music, iconic, Johnny Marr, melodic, Sinead O’Connor, the Pretenders, Ian Brown.


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