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Mo Foster R.I.P.

Roger Glover posts a eulogy to an old friend Mo Foster:

Deep sadness at the news that Mo Foster has died. I met him on the Butterfly Ball sessions in 1974 and we always remained friends. Not only was he a warm and charming man but an inspiring bass player and endowed with a superb sense of humour. His book British Rock Guitar was, and is, both insightful and wickedly funny. One of a kind. He will be sorely missed.

My condolences to his wife Kaye and all his family and friends

Roger Glover
4th July 2023

Jeff Beck & Mo Foster perform Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 1980:

11 Comments to “Mo Foster R.I.P.”:

  1. 1
    Kalle says:

    Very sad news and a big loss. The next one.
    After Ray Fenwick the next FANCY member, and the next one from The Buterfly Ball. R.I.P.

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Pity, such a talented bass player, especially on fretless bass, that’s him here at 03:14, most of you guys should have heard this in the past:


    He was very melodic in style, but also had the rhythmic intricacies and nuances of a good finger player:





    (And if you listened to all four clips, you also learned something about different types of bass strings along the way, do thank me!)

    That’s Mo too btw, one of my favorite tracks featuring him, he’s busy, but not getting in the way:


    May the eternal low frequency grounds welcome him warmly.

  3. 3
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Condolences. This blurb from Bass Guitar magazine:
    “Through a career spanning over half a century, Foster has toured, recorded, and performed with dozens of artists, including Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Brian May, Scott Walker, Frida of ABBA, Cliff Richard, George Martin, Van Morrison, Dr John, Hank Marvin, Heaven 17 and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has released several albums under his own name, authored a humorous book on the history of “British Rock Guitar”, written numerous articles for music publications, continued to compose production music, and established himself as a public speaker.”

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    Vale Mo Foster, a wonderful player & what a resumé. So much quality there. Rest easy Sir.

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    Sorry did I just mention Colosseum 2, that was John Mole on bass. Cheers.

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    And who can forget that wonderful bass guitar on Dennis Waterman’s So Good For You – Minder tv series title song. Mo Foster is everywhere it seems. Had to listen to Jane Birkin’s Lost Song. Cheers.

  7. 7
    DeeperPurps says:

    Saw Mo Foster play with Jeff Beck on the There and Back tour…excellent bassist. Another sad loss for the music world. Rest in Peace.

  8. 8
    Roy Davies says:

    I spent a highly entertaining couple of hours with Mo during the promotional tour for his guitar book in the UK (well recommended by the way, if you liked Deke Leonard’s musical musings, you’ll love this too!).
    Plenty of great stories about Dusty Springfield, Cozy Powell and the guys in Judas Priest that I cant possibly repeat!
    RIP Mo.

  9. 9
    MacGregor says:

    @ 8 – thanks ever so much for the link for that Mo Foster interview. I read a comment on youtube about the Minder tv theme song I Could Be So Good For You. He wasn’t into slap playing at all apparently & he said something similar here. I never knew who played that bass guitar & after decades I find out it was him. He certainly has been around & what a life & musical career he had. A good story regarding being in Australia with that ‘roadie’ kangaroo & the John William’s one as well amongst others. Cheers.

  10. 10
    Rock Voorne says:

    Wasnt he on the first MSG album as well?

    I see now on WIKI I missed out on the 2009 re issue with extra tracks!!!!


  11. 11
    Per Eidnes Sørensen says:

    The book British Rock Guitar is highly recommended for you guys as it has rare quotes and pics with Blackmore, (a lot of) Glover, Lord, Ashton and members of IGB and early Whitesnake. Enjoy. I recommend Mo’s contributions to Jeff Beck and Gary Moore etc.

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