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Passings: Gypie Mayo of Dr. Feelgood (1951 - 2013)

Source: Facebook
Gypie Mayo, guitarist for Dr. Feelgood and, later in life, the Yardbirds, died on early Wednesday at the age of 62. No cause of death has been announced; however, Feelgood drummer Kevin Morris told the Bath Chronicle "He had been ill for some time but when I last spoke to him retained his great sense of humour."

Mayo said that he was infatuated at the age of 10 and 11 by the guitars in the Shadows, buying all of their albums, and the music of the British Invasion. He bought a cheap guitar and began learning the music of the Beatles and the Stones before forming the group White Mule in 1969. While the group only stayed together a year, they did record a single for MCA and toured most of the U.K. and parts of Europe.

After playing with a number of bands for most of the 70's, he was chosen as the replacement for Wilko Johnson in Dr. Feelgood. His four years with the group were their most commercially successful, scoring a top ten hit with Milk and Alcohol (1979 / #9 U.K.), which he co-wrote with Nick Lowe.

Johnson was one of the first to tell the world of Mayo's passing, writing on Facebook "Very sad to hear Gypie Mayo passed away this morning..RIP Gypie"

After leaving Dr. Feelgood in 1983, Mayo stayed active in his local area playing in a number of different bands and teaching guitar. Later in life, Mayo played with the reformed Yardbirds, including their 2003 album Birdland.