Kevin Ayers 16 August 1944 – 18 February 2013
February 20, 2013 11:39 PM Subscribe
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reports the death of Kevin Ayers
, founding member of Soft Machine
and important figure in the Canterbury scene
which included bands like Soft Machine, Gong and Caravan.
Kevin Ayers was a member of Soft Machine from 1966 to 1969, which included the recording of their debut album
, together with Robert Wyatt and Mike Ratledge. One of his compositions, "Joy of a Toy
" would become the Softs' second single; it would also be the title of his first solo album.
He would release albums regularly during the seventies and eighties, both on his own and in collaboration with people like Nico, John Cale and Brian Eno. He also appeared with the rest of Soft Machine on Syd Barret's first solo record, with whom he also recorded a version of "Singing a Song in the Morning
". Later on he would also help out Mike Oldfield with his live performances of Tubular Bells, Oldfield having played the bass
on Ayers' second album, Shooting at the Moon
From 1992 to 2007 he stopped recording or touring. His "comeback album" The Unfairground
, not only featured contributions from old Soft Machine bandmates Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper, but also from members of Roxy Music, Neutral Milk Hotel and Teenage Fanclub, all bands influenced in greater or lesser measure by his music.