John Spinks, guitarist and songwriter for British pop rock trio The Outfield, died Wednesday following a fight with liver cancer. He was 60.
“For me, John Spinks epitomized songwriting and music. His undying love for it was unmatched,” said Dave Harris, the Outfield’s former manager and host of the “Retro Rewind” radio show. “I think John was master of the melody; his riffs gave the Outfield life, his melodies made those songs memorable. As a teen, I was a huge fan and inspired by them. As a man, I got to manage them and tour with them. I saw firsthand how much John loved music. It was an honor. He’ll be missed.”
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