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RORY GALLAGHER

Irish rocker Rory Gallagher, known for his flashy guitar work and unpretentious persona, died June 14 of complications from a liver transplant. He was 46.

He died at King’s College Hospital, about six weeks after having the transplant.

Although his popularity had waned from its peak in the early 1970s, Gallagher had continued to tour enthusiastically, spending more than half of 1994 on the road.

The Ballyshannon-born Gallagher grew up in Cork, where he began his career with the Fontana Showband, playing cover versions of pop hits. He soon moved on to the sounds that would sustain him for decades – slashing high-volume bottleneck blues guitar and throaty, sometimes yowling vocals.

After leaving the show band, Gallagher formed a trio called Taste and toured Europe for two years. With bassist Richard McCracken and drummer John Wilson, he formed another band, which split in 1971.

His most popular chart period, 1972-73, was highlighted by albums “Live in Europe” and “Blueprint.” He also hit the charts in the U.S. with “Irish Tour” and “Tattoo,” among others.

His worldwide record sales are reported at more than 30 million.

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