Friday, 14 November 2014

Remembering Mike Burney

Mike Burney: An integral part of Wizzard
#796: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It is with great regret that I wish to inform you that former Wizzard saxophonist Mike Burney sadly passed away yesterday (Thursday 13th November) at the age of 76 years. On behalf of his many admirers, Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) would like to extend our sympathies and condolences to his wife Sue and the family.

Mike wrote "Rob Roy's Nightmare (A Bit More H.A.)", the 'B' side to 1973's "I Wish It Could be Christmas Everyday". He was also a renowned and accomplished saxophonist who worked with such diverse artistes as Chaka Khan, The Beach Boys, Sammy Davis, Jr., Petula Clark, Memphis Slim, Stevie Winwood, Ruby Turner, Adam Faith, Bob Hope, Cilla Black, Dionne Warwick, Matt Monro and not a few others.
A Wizzard writing credit for Mike Burney
A benefit concert was held last year for Mike during the  Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival which featured The Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band, The Steve Gibbons Band, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, Steve Ajao and The Old Horns Band (who also featured former Wizzard band mates Nick Pentelow and Charlie Grima in their ranks) thus:

In Pictures: Mike Burney Benefit Show with Roy Wood

Fellow Wizzard saxophonist Nick Pentelow wrote this fitting tribute earlier today:

"My good friend and mentor and beautiful saxophone player, Mike Burney died last night. He had been fighting a long and difficult battle against cancer. I have so many fabulous memories of Mike I will never forget." 

Mike Burney: 1st November 1938 to 13th November 2014

Keith James Sinclair ... 14-Nov-2014

1 comment:

  1. Wizzard performed live at THE JOINT IN THE WOODS in new Jersey we had a blast next was ELO