Fritz McIntyre, keyboardist of Simply Red, has died

Fritz McIntyre, keyboardist of Simply Red, has died
Fritz McIntyre, keyboardist of Simply Red, has died

We are deeply shocked and saddened to receive the news that the extraordinary pianist and original member of Simply Red Fritz McIntyre has passed away. He left this Earth too soon …“. With these few words posted on Simply Red’s official Instagram page, we learned of the death of the 63-year-old keyboardist of one of the most famous bands in the world. Born in September 1958 Fritz was a songwriter and musician, who became famous for his role as keyboard player in the original lineup of Simply Red. It was he who wrote many of the band’s songs, along with frontman Mick Hucknall, in addition to having sung in the song Wonderland of the album Stars.

He had been in the band since their debut in 1985, and had stayed until 1995, leaving it after the album was released Life. He later released his first solo album which bore his name. He then moved to Canada where he devoted himself to religious music, recording an album. After that experience, he then moved to the United States and became the music director of a large Christian church in Florida. With him, Simply Red climbed to the top of the Billboard singles chart twice.

The first with the ballad Holding Back The Years and again with their cover of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, If You Don’t Know Me By Now. Nearly a dozen songs written by McIntyre made it to the UK Top 10 and five albums to number one in the UK. The album Stars, in addition to having reached the top of the charts, it was one of the best-selling records in the history of the British and world charts. Simply Red also received two Brit Awards as best group, both in 1992 and the following year in 1993. The reasons for the death of the 63-year-old keyboardist are unknown. Numerous expressions of affection from fans but also from many churchgoers, where he was much loved.

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Fritz McIntyre keyboardist Simply Red died

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