Renowned Musician Karl Wallinger, Passes Away at 66

by Patria
Karl Wallinger

Renowned musician Karl Wallinger, celebrated for his contributions to The Waterboys and World Party, has passed away at the age of 66. The Welsh artist, born Karl Edmond De Vere Wallinger, died on Sunday, as confirmed by his team in a statement. The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

Wallinger’s musical journey was marked by notable achievements and collaborations. In 2001, he faced a significant setback with a brain aneurysm, interrupting his career momentarily. However, he later resumed his role as the frontman of the pop project World Party, engaging in tours until 2015.

Among Wallinger’s notable compositions is World Party’s 1997 hit ‘She’s the One’, which garnered acclaim and was later covered by Robbie Williams, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart. This achievement earned the song an Ivor Novello Award.

Additionally, Wallinger is renowned for his tenure with The Waterboys during the mid-1980s. Joining the group in 1983, his contributions, particularly with keyboards and synths, played a crucial role in shaping albums like ‘A Pagan Place’ and ‘This Is the Sea’, with the band’s breakthrough hit ‘The Whole of the Moon’ being a standout.

Beyond his endeavors with The Waterboys and World Party, Wallinger collaborated with notable artists such as Sinead O’Connor, contributing to her debut album ‘The Lion and the Cobra’ in 1987. O’Connor, in return, lent her backing vocals to Wallinger’s initial two albums with World Party.

Following news of his passing, tributes have poured in from fellow musicians and admirers. Curt Smith of Tears For Fears expressed his sorrow, stating, “Very sad news, I was a big fan of Karl’s.” Singer Chesney Hawkes also paid homage, describing Wallinger as a “beautiful soul and a genius songwriter.”

Karl Wallinger is survived by his wife Suzie Zamit, son Louis, daughter Nancy, and two grandchildren. His family has encouraged supporters to share their fond memories and messages on social media platforms, ensuring his legacy lives on.

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