Former King Crimson bassist/singer Gordon Haskell died last week at age 74.
Haskell's longtime Polish booking agent, Roman Rogowiecki, confirmed the singer's death to Billboard, saying that he died on Thursday (Oct. 15) following a year-long battle with lung cancer. "Great, real English character with a fantastic, dry sense of humor," Rogowiecki says. "Felt underrated and I agreed with him. He was as good as Gregory Porter but never made it in America."
Though Haskell never performed live with the long-running prog rock band, his short tenure included playing on the band's third studio album, 1970's Lizard, as well as on the song "Cadence and Cascade" from their second album, that same year's In the Wake of Poseidon. The multi-talented musician was recruited to join Crimson by his former grammar school classmate and band founder/guitarist Robert Fripp; the two formerly played together in a band called The League of Gentlemen.