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October 2, 2006

RIP: Boz Burrell, 1946-2006

Filed under: Music — Tom @ 2:48 pm

I was saddened to see the news that former King Crimson bassist/vocalist Boz Burrell (also the bassist for Bad Company) had died last week. He was in one of the early, seemingly “forgotten” lineups of King Crimson, which Robert Fripp has spent a good amount of time focusing attention on via the efforts of the Collector’s Club and DGMLive. To say goodbye, DGMLive is offering up a free, previously unreleased mp3 (a remix) of one of the Boz-period songs, “Ladies of the Road.”* There’s a bunch of great live stuff from this band – dig around DGMLive and DGM and check out what they have to offer.

*Not one of my favorite songs, but what are you going to do – it’s free.



  1. I thought Andy Fraser was Free’s bass player. Did Boz play in a “reunion” version of Free?

    Comment by Tom Conley — October 2, 2006 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  2. Yep – you’re right, Tom. I was mixing bands up there. He wasn’t in Free. I removed that, in case anyone’s curious what we’re talking about.

    Comment by Tom — October 2, 2006 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  3. It is sad to hear he’s gone. He was a great bass player, and I really liked his voice. That’s still my favorite “version” of Crimson, with the Wetton/Bruford version following as a close second.

    Comment by Tom Conley — October 3, 2006 @ 5:43 am | Reply

  4. Sadly missed. Sorry to say the Official Bad Company site posted nothing I could find and Paul Rodgers Official site posted only a couple of lines about him and misspelled his name. Sad. created a nice memorial site about Boz

    Comment by Tim — October 23, 2006 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  5. […] It’s been a bad year for fans of the King Crimson 1971-1972 lineup. First it was vocalist/bassist Boz Burrell last fall and now it’s Ian Wallace, who died February 23 of esophageal cancer. I honestly don’t have much to say, I just find it really sad – I’ve grown to really appreciate that band due to Robert Fripp’s incessant releasing of live material from that until-recently overlooked period that really shows them as a strong, vibrant, creative live band, driven by an incredible drummer. Ian will be missed. […]

    Pingback by lookout for hope | 25% more free! » Blog Archive » Ian Wallace, RIP — March 4, 2007 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

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