The Stranglers drummer Jet Black dies at age 84 after ‘years of ill health’ | The Stranglers

Jet Black, drummer for The Stranglers, has died at the age of 84 after “years of ill health”, his representative confirmed.

The musician, whose real name was Brian John Duffy, was living in his country home in North Wales, close to his friends and family, as his health problems became increasingly debilitating.

A statement from his representative confirmed that he passed away “peacefully” on Tuesday, December 6.

Black was a founding member of the Stranglers, who formed in Guildford in 1974, and his playing style helped them achieve their unique sound – according to the official UK charts, he has had 23 top 40 singles and 19 top 40 albums.

Their hits included Peaches, No More Heroes and Golden Brown, which won the band an Ivor Novello award, while their third album, 1978’s Black and White, is still considered the first post-punk album.

The band’s bassist, Jean-Jacques Burnel, said: “The welcome committee has doubled. After years of ill health, Jet has finally been released. He was a force of nature. An inspiration. The Stranglers wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. The most erudite of men. A rebel with many causes.”

Baz Warne, the guitarist for the Stranglers, said, “I loved Jet. He took me under his wing over two decades ago and I never really got out of it. I am so sad that he is gone.”

Sil Willcox, the band’s manager, said: “He was the Jet Force that launched the Stranglers. He was the Jet force that drove the band’s determination to be heard and noticed.

Prior to joining the band, Black was a successful businessman who owned a fleet of ice cream vans, later used to tour the UK, and owned a liquor store, the upstairs apartment of which doubled as Stranglers HQ in the early days. of the gang.

During his varied career, he authored two books that documented the infamous 1980 arrest of the Stranglers in Nice, France after they allegedly caused a riot, and is also known for his skill in custom furniture making and designing of a patented bass drum pedal.

Black retired from performing live with the Stranglers in 2015, having suffered from respiratory problems since childhood.

His death comes two years after the Stranglers’ keyboardist Dave Greenfield died aged 71 after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Black is survived by his wife Ava and his two children Charlotte and Anthony.

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