Shocked today to hear of the death of Joe Strummer, best known as the lead singer of legendary UK band The Clash.
Joe, 50, seemingly died of a heart attack at home on 22nd December, he was married with children.
The Clash came to prominence in 1977, a punk band, they soon diversified musically, the 1979 'Combat Rock' album is regarded as a classic rock album, as it was released in the USA in 1980, Rolling Stone' magazine voted it the album of the 80's.
The Clash finally split in 1986, after two rudderless years without guitarist and Strummer's main songwriting partner, Mick Jones.
Strummer did some acting and various music projects, standing in for the 'unwell' Shane McGowan as lead singer of The Pouges at one time.
More recently, Strummer's new band The Mescaleros became a much loved act on the live circuit.
At least 6, often twice that many Clash songs at these shows, brilliantly performed, Strummer putting those half is age to shame, a great atmosphere too, reflecting the affection and admiration for Joe.
I saw them most recently in July.
I know that many of the members on here won't know who I'm talking about, but The Clash were a part of growing up for many of my generation, they also found success in the US too.