Craig MacGregor

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Craig MacGregor
Born(1949-09-13)September 13, 1949
Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
DiedFebruary 9, 2018(2018-02-09) (aged 68)
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresHard rock, blues rock, rock
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1960s–2015
Associated actsFoghat, Buck Dharma, Swan

Craig MacGregor (September 13, 1949 – February 9, 2018) was an American musician. He is best known as the longtime bassist for Foghat, a band he joined in 1976.

Life and career[edit]

MacGregor was born on September 13, 1949 in Iowa.[1] He developed an interest in music at an early age, taking up piano at age seven before switching to trumpet and then drums.[2] Following a three-year period as a drummer MacGregor switched to bass guitar as his primary instrument as a result of his desire to be more out front while performing. As a teenager he played with a variety of local Connecticut bands. One of these bands, Swan, had some moderate success and toured the United States. Two of his bandmates in Swan, Bobby T Torrello and Joe Kelly, went on to perform with Johnny Winter and Ike & Tina Turner.[3]

MacGregor joined Foghat in 1976, replacing their interim bassist Nick Jameson. His debut recording with the band was 1976's Night Shift. He continued with the band until 1982 recording on many more albums including the multi-platinum Live (1977), Stone Blue (1978) and Boogie Motel (1979). He left the band in 1982 and rejoined them on and off through their reformation in the mid-1980s up until the reformation of the band's original lineup in 1993.[4] During this time he also performed and recorded with other musicians and bands including Randy and the Radiants, the Kneetremblers (which featured fellow Foghat members Roger Earl and Erik Cartwright) and Buck Dharma.[3]

In 1991, MacGregor and his wife, Lisa, moved from Long Island, New York to Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. They then moved to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania in the mid 1990s.[4]

MacGregor rejoined Foghat in 2005 following the departure of original bassist Tony Stevens. In 2015 he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. It had first been detected in 2012 when it was much smaller but the results of the tests were not disclosed to him. He became an advocate for the Patient Test Results Information Act, a bill that would require medical personnel to inform patients of all medical test results in a timely manner.[5] Although he was still officially a member of Foghat, he did not perform live with them after August 2015, when he was replaced by Rodney O'Quinn.

MacGregor died of lung cancer at his home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, at the age of 68.[6][7]

Discography[edit]

Foghat[edit]

Year Album Type of Album Notes
1976 Night Shift Studio Album
1977 Live Live Album
1978 Stone Blue Studio Album
1980 Tight Shoes Studio Album
1981 Girls to Chat & Boys to Bounce Studio Album
2003 Decades Live Live Album Five tracks
2007 Live II Live Album
2016 Under the Influence Studio Album

Source:[8]

Buck Dharma[edit]

Artist Year Album Type of Album Notes
Buck Dharma 1982 Flat Out Studio Album Three tracks

Source:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlisle, Shelli (April 30, 2012). "Foghat". Boomer Style Magazine.
  2. ^ "Passings: Craig MacGregor, Bassist For Foghat (1949 - 2018)". VVN Music. February 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Craig MacGregor Profile". Foghat. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Fassnacht, Jon (February 21, 2016). "Bassist Craig MacGregor of Foghat calls Wyomissing home". Reading Eagle.
  5. ^ Melamed, Samantha (June 19, 2016). "Foghat bassist learns medical error delayed cancer diagnosis for years". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  6. ^ "Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor dead at 68". Canoe.com. February 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Craig MacGregor Obituary". Reading Eagle. February 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Craig MacGregor discography at Discogs
  9. ^ "Flat Out". Buck Dharma. Retrieved May 20, 2018.

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