|Born||26 February 1952|
Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
|Died||14 May 2023 (aged 71)|
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Best known as a studio musician, recording film scores and contemporary music, Giblin also performed live and recorded with Peter Gabriel, John Martyn, Elkie Brooks, Annie Lennox, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Phil Collins, Empire with Peter Banks, Fish, rock/pop band Simple Minds,and has been closely associated with artists ranging from Kate Bush, Jon Anderson (Yes), to jazz fusion group Brand X, and with the avant-garde recordings by Scott Walker (including the album Tilt).
Giblin died from sepsis on 14 May 2023, at the age of 71. Following his death, Kate Bush released a statement, saying: " I loved John so very much. He was one of my very dearest and closest friends for over forty years. We were always there for each other. He was very special. I loved working with him, not just because he was such an extraordinary musician but because he was always huge amounts of fun. We would often laugh so much that we had to just give in to it and sit and roar with laughter for a while. He loved to be pushed in a musical context, and it was really exciting to feel him cross that line and find incredibly gorgeous musical phrases that were only there for him. He would really sing. It was such a joy and an inspiration to see where he could take it. We’ve all lost a great man, an unmatchable musician and I’ve lost my very special friend. My world will never be the same again without him."
Musical work and collaborations
- Brand X (Product and Do They Hurt?)
- Eric Clapton, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Phil Collins (live at Music for Montserrat)
- Peter Gabriel (Birdy, Peter Gabriel III)
- Chris de Burgh (The Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh song))
- Masami Tsuchiya (Mod' Fish, Forest People)
- Kate Bush (50 Words for Snow; Aerial; "Babooshka", Never for Ever; The Sensual World; The Red Shoes; Before the Dawn tour)
- Phil Collins songs including "In the Air Tonight" and "You Can't Hurry Love" (Face Value, Hello, I Must Be Going)
- Scott Walker (Tilt)
- Al Green
- Empire with Peter Banks
- Duncan Browne
- Joan Armatrading
- John Lennon ("Grow Old with Me")
- Judie Tzuke
- Annie Lennox (Contrabass on MTV Unplugged, including "Why")
- Roberta Flack
- Paul McCartney (live at the Royal Albert Hall, London)
- The Everly Brothers
- George Martin
- Gerry Rafferty
- Hugh Masekela (Waiting for the Rain, 1985)
- Mavis Staples
- Simple Minds (Once Upon a Time; Live in the City of Light; Street Fighting Years)
- Jon Anderson (Animation and Song of Seven)
- Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Criminal Tango)
- John Martyn including (Grace and Danger & The Church with One Bell)
- Richard Ashcroft
- Franco Battiato
- Saro Cosentino (ital. wiki)
- Eros Ramazzotti
- Claudio Baglioni (Oltre)
- Manolo García
- Fish (Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors)
- Alan Parsons (On Air)
- Elkie Brooks (Pearls 1 and Pearls 11 .
- Wendell (Dell) Richardson
- "John Giblin obituary". The Times. 8 June 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
- "Remembering bassist John Giblin". Kate Bush News. 16 May 2023. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
- "John". Kate Bush. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
- Skinner, Tom (16 May 2023). "Kate Bush pays tribute to bassist John Giblin, who has died aged 71". NME. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
- Allmusic Credits
- John Giblin discography at Discogs
- John Giblin at IMDb
- Peter Gabriel (17 May 2023). "John Giblin - 17th May, 2023 (Obituary by Peter Gabriel)". petergabriel.com. Retrieved 20 May 2023.