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Moray McMillin R.I.P.

Moray McMillin R.I.P.

Slipped Disc reports that Moray McMillin, Deep Purple’s front-of-the-house sound engineer between 1995 and 2004, has passed away. He died of lung cancer.

I had the privilege of meeting Moray on his last tour with Purple in 2004. A lovely man and a consummate professional. Anyone who wishes to pay final respects via a donation, please address them to the hospice that looked after him: The Hospice of Saint Francis, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 3GW, UK.



16 Comments to “Moray McMillin R.I.P.”:

  1. 1
    Larry R. Toering says:

    RIP, -I met him once, he was a kind man and a had some of the best ears for hire in the industry. I also read some reviews ranking on him before, and this is why I do reviews, because when reading them it always seems to be that we were at two completely different shows. So being the honest one, it’s my job to cast reflection and bury such punters in their own crap. I could not believe my eyes, and more than one of them did it, like some kind of ploy. Those reviews were actually published here, and I always suspect foul play when reviews roll in here, as some of them are obviously intended jokes to stir up more didicated fans. It has shown a detectable pattern around here, but you can’t blame the editors, they don’t write them, and probably just publish kindly without evaluating the jokers in the pack.

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    David says:

    Great man!
    Stay in peace!

  3. 3
    marcinn says:

    RIP

  4. 4
    Dave S says:

    Moray was a friend of a friend of my partner. I never met him myself, but my partner tells me he was indeed a lovely guy. Judging from comments appearing all over the web, everyone else thought so too. It’s so sad that it always seems to be the best amongst us who are taken too early….

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    Rudi says:

    I had the the privilege to met Moray in between 1995 and 2005 on many, many shows.
    On one show in Stuttgart he asked if I can go shopping with him. Of course I did. Over all the years we became something like friends.
    I personally will miss him as a friend and I wish his family in this difficult times power and stength to go trough this times.
    I’ll personally will miss him and I hope that he had didn’t have to suffer.
    Moray, I wish you, deep from my heart and absolutely truely, to rest in peace.
    Thank you for everything,

    Regards
    Rudi

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    Jim says:

    This is very, very sad news. We’ve had the pleasure to meet Moray quite a few times over the years. He was a very kind gentleman and consumate professional who, like the band members, always had time for the fans, and would explain the intricacies of the board when he had a minute during his very busy nights. He was fun to be around and was always upbeat and cheerful. One thing that makes Deep Purple, “Deep Purple” is everyone in the organization is very approachable and have a distinct fondness for their fans and people in general. This includes everyone from the band members to the Instrument Techs, Engineers, to the Roadies, etc. Moray opitimised this. When he left in 2005(?), I knew he’d be missed, and he was. I wasn’t aware of his illness, so this came as a shock to me. My families’ thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during this sad time. RIP Moray and keep smiling. The band up there is gonna sound much better now!!

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    Les Hedger says:

    R.I P. Moray. It’s always sad when a member of the Purple family passes away.

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    Larry R. Toering says:

    I guess they caught his lung cancer very late, they must have, because my Dad had it, and apparently they caught it early enough, stuck a little tube through his back and sucked out the mass from his lung. He made a full recovery, however, unforutnately it was complicated with leukemia, and he hasn’t taken care of himself since then, and ironically it’s that which has him near death now. Go figure….

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    Reno says:

    RIP

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    Gavin Sutherland says:

    Sad news of a dear old pal who I haven’t seen for way too long. A really lovely bloke!

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    byron says:

    RIP
    He used to work with Uriah Heep too during the 70′
    Mick Box wrote some kind words for him on his blog

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    John Gibbons says:

    I don’t even know where to begin.

    I worked with Moray, and knew him through the 70’s and 80’s.

    From Uriah Heep to punk festivals…. we did it all.

    My wife and I are a married couple after 30 years because he and Antonella match made for us.

    If ever there was someone whose deeds should have exempted him from an early end then that person was Moray. A gentleman and as kind and generous a soul as one could wish to meet.

    Rest in peace seems so inadequate….. but so be it.

    To Antonella, and your children, all our love and sympathy….. John and Shezwae.

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    Rick Rhodes says:

    I knew Moray very well – from way beck – we even went to the same school, though I was several years ahead of him… I shared house with him and Tony Flavell in Harpenden… he was truly the nicest guy you could imagine, and we had a lot of laughs and music between us… the best pair of ears on anyone who didn’t actuall play an instrument professionally – his instrument was the sound system and he was at the top of the game… I kept in touch with him, though didn’t actually meet up for long periods when he was away on the road – he was a person I dearly loved – I married an ex-girlfriend of his – Jill – and we all have always remained friends – he was very supportive and encouraging to me concerning my music, my guitar playing and my home recording setup right to the end – I lost Jill to cancer a few months before Moray finally succumbed… this made it somehow even harder to bear… my heart goes out to Antonella and the boys… they know… I attended the funeral… i will sorely miss him…

    No review could sing his praises enough for me ! he had golden ears with an artistic and technical mind – he was a wonderful artist when young, too !

    miss you Moray !

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    Rick Rhodes says:

    I knew Moray very well – from way beck – we even went to the same school, though I was several years ahead of him… I shared house with him and Tony Flavell in Harpenden… he was truly the nicest guy you could imagine, and we had a lot of laughs and music between us… the best pair of ears on anyone who didn’t actuall play an instrument professionally – his instrument was the sound system and he was at the top of the game… I kept in touch with him, though didn’t actually meet up for long periods when he was away on the road – he was a person I dearly loved – I married an ex-girlfriend of his – Jill – and we all have always remained friends – he was very supportive and encouraging to me concerning my music, my guitar playing and my home recording setup right to the end – I lost Jill to cancer a few months before Moray finally succumbed… this made it somehow even harder to bear… my heart goes out to Antonella and the boys… they know… I attended the funeral… i will sorely miss him…
    No review could sing his praises enough for me ! he had golden ears with an artistic and technical mind – he was a wonderful artist when young, too !
    miss you Moray !

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    Rick Rhodes says:

    sorry about the repeat… my site link had a typo in it and I was trying to fix it ! this post has a correct site link, I hope !

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    Francesca Odell says:

    Hi Rick – it was interesting reading your comments on Moray and especially the fact that you shared a house with Tony Flavell in Harpenden. Are you still a friend of Tony? I lived in Harpenden and was a friend of his briefly in the 60s before I went to art school. I often wonder what became of him. Any info would be welcome.
    Thank you. Francesca

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