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Rest in Peace, Gary Duncan of Quicksilver Messenger Service: 1946 – 2019

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Renowned singer/guitairst Gary Duncan, known most notably for his work with San Francisco-based psychedelic rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service, has passed away at the age of 72, it was announced over the weekend.

The band’s official Facebook page shared the following video in remembrance of Duncan’s life and career:

RIP Gary Duncan.

Posted by David Freiberg's Quicksilver Messenger Service on Saturday, June 29, 2019

The text of the Facebook post:

In video remembrance of Gary Duncan, my tribute to Gary and Quicksilver Messenger Service. George Michalski plays the piano like either a madman or an Englishman, take your pick. The images are widely available on the Web, I claim ownership of the music and performance only. Thanks QMS! RIP Gary Duncan, gone but never forgotten.

Quicksilver Messenger Service bassist David Freiberg provided the following quote to Rolling Stone regarding Duncan’s death, noting that he “suffered a seizure and fell into a coma” prior to his passing:

“I’ve always thought of Gary as the engine of the original four-piece group,” Freiberg told Rolling Stone. “He kind of taught me by osmosis, as I was a folkie 12-string guitar finger-picker, how to become a part of the machine. I felt he was always underrated as a guitarist. His solos with QMS were some of the finest ever. He was an amazingly talented musician – one of the best.”

Here’s a vintage performance from the band’s set at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, finding Duncan and the band at its best:

May he rest in peace.

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