Climax Blues Band guitarist Pete Haycock died Wednesday in England of a heart attack. He was 62. He and vocalist Colin Cooper formed what was originally called The Climax Chicago Blues Band during the British blues boom in the late ’60s. With a simplified name, the group made its mark in the U.S. with the hit singles “Couldn’t Get It Right” and the Beatle-esque “I Love You.” Cooper died of cancer in 2008.
Drummer John Cuffley tells the “Staffordshire Newsletter”, “In the late 1960s and right through the 1970s he was up there with the great players, he really was. He was a force to be reckoned with.”
Here’s the message left on the band’s website:
“Climax Blues Band are saddened by the news of the death of Peter Haycock on October 30th 2013 in Germany. Peter was a founder member of the band in 1967 and performed with the band through to 1985 and was one of the finest exponents of slide guitar of his time, and a great singer. With Colin Cooper he supplied the integral and fundamental guitar and sax sound that contributed to making the band so popular and remains their keynote sound to this date. We are all shocked and sad and would like to pass on our best wishes and condolences to Peter’s family and friends.”