Thursday, March 31, 2016

Andy Newman dead at 73

Andy Newman
c. 1942-2016

Musician Andy Newman has passed away, according to the Thunderclap Newman page on Facebook. Newman was 73. Newman was one third of Thunderclap Newman, a rock trio consisting of himself on piano, singer/drummer Speedy Keen and guitarist Jimmy McCulloch. The band formed in 1969 and would release the Pete Townshend produced Hollywood Dream. The album featured the hit single, "Something in the Air," which would go on to be used in various movies and TV shows. Despite their success, there was tension within the group and in 1971- the band broke up. After the band's split, the three members went on with their careers. Most notably, McCulloch would end up joining Paul McCartney and Wings in 1974. Newman would reform Thunderclap Newman sometime in 2010 with a brand new line-up, as McCullloch and Keen had died in 1979 and 2002. This new version of the band would tour until 2013.

It's sad to hear of Andy's passing. I heard of Thunderclap Newman when I was learning about Jimmy McCulloch after watching the Wingspan documentary. I still can't believe that a 10 to 11 year old like me actually paid for Hollywood Dream on CD from eBay. It makes me laugh. It's such a great album and it's a shame they weren't able to make another.

RIP Andy.

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