John Spinks dies: Guitarist and Songwriter

British pop rock band, The Outfield, mourns the loss of guitarist and songwriter John Spinks who passed away at the age of 60 after a long battle with liver cancer.

Rock band The Outfield dominated the charts with eight Billboard Hot 100 hits from 1986-92, including the smash hit “Your Love” which debuted at No.6. Their debut album, Play Deep, also made a huge impact, peaking at No.6 on Billboard 200 and staying on the chart for a whopping 66 weeks. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

“John Spinks represented creativity and music for me. Dave Harris, the Outfield’s former manager and host of the radio programme “Retro Rewind,” remarked that his unwavering devotion to it was unsurpassed. “John was a maestro of melody, in my opinion; his riffs gave The Outfield life, and his melodies made those songs unforgettable. I was a major fan and was much influenced by them as a teen. I got to tour and handle them because I’m a male. I personally seen John’s intense passion of music. It was a privilege. We will miss him.

From the power-pop group Sirius B to the iconic trio The Outfield- meet John Spinks, Tony Lewis, and Alan Jackman. Back in the 70s, these musical legends started jamming together, but it wasn’t until 1984 that they landed a record deal with Columbia/CBS Records as The Baseball Boys. Soon after, they adopted their iconic name- The Outfield. Get ready to rock with the band that has stood the test of time.

The band achieved great success with their album “Play Deep” and continued to make chart-topping releases throughout the 1980s. They took a long break in the early 90s, only playing small gigs in pubs. In the later years, they released rare and live compilations. In 2011, after one member left the band, the original trio got back together to record their final album titled “Replay”.

The band posted a statement to fans on Facebook informing them of Spinks’ passing:

We want to express our gratitude to you for ‘Your Love’ and for your ongoing help in John’s profession. He cherished playing his guitar and creating music. He delighted in the knowledge that his music had brought people joy and wonderful memories. He toiled long and painfully to complete the Replay record. Even when he was struggling to take up his guitar, he persisted despite knowing that doing so would disappoint his followers. The day John put his guitar in its case and announced his hands could no longer play was the hardest for him.

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