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Continuo on B.A.C.H.

Another member of the family tree — Ray Fenwick — has passed away on April 30, 2022. He was guitar player with the Ian Gillan Band and also participated in Jon Lord’s Windows project. Since it would be Jon’s 81st birthday today, we celebrate both with an excerpt from the latter.

Jon Lord — organ
Eberhard Schoener — conductor
Munich Chamber Orchestra
Ray Fenwick — guitar
Pete York — drums
Glenn Hughes — bass
Tony Ashton — piano
David Coverdale — vocals

Thanks to Andrew Jackson for the heads up regarding Ray Fenwick’s death.



7 Comments to “Continuo on B.A.C.H.”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    He can be heard here too – with a cracker of an extended solo, I liked his slightly jazzy style, he probably had a couple of Al Di Meola records at home. I know the tambourine player from somewhere too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VOMiK1fI9U

    Also a testament what a great and instinctive vocalist DC once was.

    Honorary mention:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYhfjML8DrU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9NY8-y31mo

    And I know I don’t have much support for this here, but to me those three IGB studio albums are a jewel in Big Ian’s DP outside work crown …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mh7GBi8728

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5LiKidFtZY

    Ray was also a great musical director/arranger:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvCAzWiXcuI

    And of course he’s here – with some usual suspects, Jon L, Don A as well as Graham B, Tony A and Maggie Bell among them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrMrQj3YlHQ

    Rock in peace.

  2. 2
    mike whiteley says:

    Here’s another worthwhile watch to mark the day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr1-KaquogI

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    I have not read anything about Ray Fenwick’s passing anywhere on the music sites I frequent, until here at THS a few days ago. The media can be like that though, someone who is low profile can be passed by. The BBC usually mention musicians of most genres when they pass away, especially British musicians. His passing may have been kept low profile for other reasons. He was a fine guitarist & should be remembered. RIP.

  4. 4
    Coverdian says:

    UWE, many many thanx for “Behind The Smile”, one of the David C past greatness. I love this Rog song heartfully forever. O my, what a voice!!!
    And big RIP to Ray,of course.

  5. 5
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ray doing his best Carlos Santana/David Gilmour … I really liked his style. He was tasteful.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwgeEnv6uDw

    Some background to him ending up with the Purple guys.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeBaCdTAm8Q

    He makes a very perceptive statement about DP: “Deep Purple were always a very structured band.” Exactly, that has always appealed to me, my rigid German upbringing as the son of a construction engineer no doubt.

    There’s a very recent (2021) three CD compilation (Playing Through The Chances) from Lemon Records/Cherry Red Records from him available, recommended listening if you are interested in the breath of the man’s work.

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    A good little interview with Ray Fenwick, a very polite sort of chap & a wonderful musician. That story about Ian Gillan cleaning up the broken glass, classic. Rock n’ roll eh, we have to laugh at times. Cheers.

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    Found this wonderful article over at darkerthanblue about Ray Fenwick amongst others. That is a wonderful photo of Fenwick with Blackmore, both looking quite dapper too I might add. Cheers.

    https://darkerthanblue.wordpress.com/tag/ian-gillan-2/

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