What happened to a legend who inspired millions?
Posted On July 28, 2021
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Now PlayingThe world’s top musicians are among those mourning the loss of legendary rock star Marshall Thompson, who died of natural causes last night in a hotel in New Zealand.
A tribute from the likes of Prince, The Beatles and Michael Jackson, among others, was read out at the time of his death in Auckland, New Zealand’s capital.
Thompson, a rock musician and the founding member of the seminal group The Mountain Goats, died at his Auckland home.
His body was taken to the hospital, where it was pronounced dead.
His death has drawn worldwide attention to the countrys top musicians.
He was one of the first Australians to hit the Australian music scene in the early 1970s.
Thompsons music was a genre of rock and roll that blended elements of blues, soul, country and jazz.
His hits included the song ‘My Love’ and the song, ‘Sweet Caroline’, which he wrote with his friend, guitarist Mike Hall.
Thomson was born in Hobart on December 23, 1943, to William Thompsons wife, Linda, and the musician and songwriter Mike Hall, who also performed on the song.
The two had their first son, Mike Hall Jr, who was born on January 14, 1964.
The couple moved to New Zealand when he was three years old.
The Thompsons first big hit came in 1975 when ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ hit the charts.
They released four more albums, including ‘The Mountain Goals’ in 1977 and ‘The Rise and Fall of the Mountain Goets’ in 1978.
In 1979, The Mountain Getters disbanded and the group released two albums, ‘The Rising’ and ‘A Place in Time’.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1980 and named Rock and roll Hall of Famers in 2000.
Thomms death has left the band members reeling.
He will be greatly missed by everyone in our community.
He loved to sing and his music was infectious.
We are devastated by this sad news.
We will miss him dearly.
We will continue to play and write together and together we will continue our music legacy.
His songs were always the most important, he said in a statement released by the band.
“His music was the heart and soul of The Mountain Gotts, and his passing will forever be a loss to his family and the entire Australian music community,” he said.
“The Mountain Gotters is deeply saddened to hear the news of Marshall Thompsons death.”