by Gary Pig Gold
TOO LATE THE HERO:
9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002
What I feel inside I can't explain. That John Entwistle should die in his late fifties is totally unthinkable. He was the indestructible one. He was the rock. He was the island. He was the fulcrum on which it all hinged.
(Mick Farren, Deviant)
John was the best. He made "My Generation," along with the other lads, one of the greatest records of all time.
(Peter Noone, the Artist formerly known as Herman)
Learned how to play bass playing along with "Happy Jack."
(Rick Harper, www.Rickenharper.com)
In his songs The Ox spent a lot of time playfully - and not so playfully - mapping types of hells, but that's just to say that beyond question his real place is in Heaven.
(Jeremy Gluck, original Barracuda)
For all bass players everywhere, it was Big Johnny Twinkle who opened the gate and let the horses out of the barn...for good.
(Mick Hargreaves, my favorite Jersey area bassman)
I think John was the pivotal member of the most exciting rock band to emerge on the British music scene in the Sixties.
(Brian Auger, Trinity)
There is a Zen expression that the way to go through life successfully is to "move like a cow" or, in this case, an ox.
(Chris Butler, Waitress)
RIP John Entwistle, I hope you are dancing somewhere with Peg Leg Peggy right now.
(Scott McCaughey, original Young Fresh Fellow)
Great rock groups are miracles of human chemistry. Without the solidity and musical instincts and unique personality of John Alec, we would not have had the outrageous creativity and genius and maximum rock and roll of Keith and Peter and Roger ...or The Who at all. So we must thank him for making modern music as we know it possible.
(Paul Williams, Crawdaddy Magazine)
Yes. Thank You, John. And as you yourself promised, You only die once in a lifetime.
(Gary Pig Gold, www.GaryPigGold.com)
Video: John Entwistle and his Chicago Typewriter