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Original Motorhead Guitarist Larry Wallis Dead at 70

UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: APOLLO Photo of STIFF RECORDS and Larry WALLIS, Larry Wallis performing on stage during the Stiff Records tour (Photo by Paul Welsh/Redferns)

Former Motörhead guitarist Larry Wallis has died at age 70, the band confirmed on its website. So far, no cause of death has been revealed.

Wallis was one of Motörhead’s earliest members, predating even the classic lineup of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Phil Taylor, and Eddie Clarke. He joined Lemmy and original drummer Lucas Fox in 1975, and recorded just one album with the band before leaving in 1976. On Parole was intended as Motörhead’s first album, but was postponed until 1979 and released as the band’s fourth, following MotörheadOverkill, and Bomber, none of which feature Wallis. He’s credited as a co-writer on “Vibrator,” “City Kids,” and “Fools,” and as sole writer on the album’s title track.

Wallis had a slightly longer tenure with the Pink Fairies. He played on 1973’s Kings of Oblivion, 1982’s Previously Unreleased, and 1987’s Kill ‘Em and Eat ‘Em after his stint with Motörhead. Wallis also recorded with Mick Farren‘s the Deviants, playing on albums from the ’70s through the late ’90s.

He served as in-house producer for Stiff Records during the late ’70s, and worked on albums from Nick Lowe, The Adverts, Wreckless Eric, and more; “Police Car/On Parole,” one of Wallis’ singles from that era, went on to be covered by The Members and The Snips.