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The Sun Goes Down (Livin' It Up)
by Level 42, feat. Boon Gould, guitar
FAST-TRACK: Boon Gould (1955 to 2019) was an English musician and lyricist, with 'Level 42'. Rowland Charles Gould was born on March 4th 1955 in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England. One of the four founding members of the 'funk' group 'Level 42', he had been nicknamed 'Boon' from a very young age by an uncle of his, who once commented to his mother that "because he didn't cry much, it was a real 'boon' for the family". He was mainly their lead guitarist, though he did occasionally play the saxophone on their earliest albums, and his younger brother and fellow founder Phil Gould was the band's drummer. However, his tenure as a full-time member of 'Level 42' ended in 1987 after a period of sustained illness and nervous exhaustion, culminating in him suffering panic attacks whilst on stage during one tour of the US (the touring musician's lifestyle, including poor diet and little sleep, was largely blamed for his health issues). He was the first of the original members to quit the group, with other issues also arising (such as not being allowed to include enough of his own songwriting in the group's credited recordings) - however, he did continue writing lyrics for bassist and leader Mark King in subsequent years, and was present during studio work for their "Staring at the Sun" album in 1988. Gould spent some time after that living in a monastery and in the US desert, with one record deal narrowly escaping him while there. He did eventually issue two solo albums - "Tin Man" and "Love Kills Overtime" (the latter used a number of his brother's drum samples, and was released under the pseudonym 'Zen Gangsters'). Throughout the 1990s and new millennium, he maintained a good relationship with King, both as a friend and a musical collaborator, and was known to have attended concerts by King and/or later line-ups of 'Level 42' throughout that time. He provided the lyrics for King's solo album "One Man" and even took part in a very brief reunion of the original band in 2004. Gould and King also worked closely on the 2006 'Level 42' album "Retroglide", though he did not join them in performance again until October 2012, when he made a one-off guest appearance at the Colston Hall in Bristol, England, alongside fellow founders King (whose birthday it was) and keyboardist/vocalist Mike Lindup during renditions of their classic tunes "Heathrow" and "Love Games" (drummer brother Phil, however, had developed a more fractious relationship with King, and did not return for the gig, or ever again). He had one daughter some time before he married the mother in the early 1990s, following which they went on to have a second child, a boy. Boon Gould was found dead at his home in Dorset on April 30th 2019. He was 64, and leaves his wife and two children. No specific cause of death was announced. http://www.nme.com/news/music/rowland-boon-gould-level-42-died-2482966
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boon_Gould
Posted: 1st May 2019
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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