David Longdon is dead – Obituary 2021 – cause of death

Gutted to hear that David Longdon, vocalist for the wonderful prog-rock group Big Big Train, has sadly been taken from us after an accident. An incredible singer-songwriter, his passing is a big loss to not just the prog-rock community but the world of music as a whole.

David Longdon is an avant-garde rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born in Nottingham, England in 1965.

He formed several bands, but it was his time at The Gifthorse that brought greater success. David signed with Rondor Music and recorded an Epic record. They support Kirsty MacColl, Blur, The Pogues, etc.

David is also a long-time member of the Louis Philippe band, appearing in Jackie Girl (1996), Azure (1998), A Kiss in the Funhouse (1999), My Favourite Part of You (2003) and The Wonder of it All (2004) final release I read the Louis Philippe Live (2007) CD, which was taken from their two concerts at The Bush Hall, Sheppard’s Bush and The High Llamas. Musicians performing on these albums include Daniel Manners (Cathal Coughlan), Dave Gregory (XTC, Dukes of Stratosphere), Sean O’Hagen (High Llamas, Microdisney), Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney, Fatima Mansions)

It was in the final days of The Gifthorse that David was invited to audition as a potential replacement for Phil Collins as lead singer in Genesis. He survived the audition process, and from May to November 1996 with Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and producer Nick Davis to record what would become the Calling All Stations album. At the same time, they also collaborated with Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson. In the end they decide which of the two will get the job.

David’s first personal CD Wild River (2004) included many musicians collectively referred to as The Magic Club. The CD contains XTC’s guitar performance and Mellotron works by Dave Gregory.

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