John Locke (musician)

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John Locke
Birth nameJohn Tilden Locke
Born(1943-09-25)25 September 1943
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OriginUnited States of America
Died4 August 2006(2006-08-04) (aged 62)
Ojai, California, U.S.
GenresHard rock, rock
Years active1962 - 2006
Associated actsSpirit, Nazareth

John Tilden Locke (September 25, 1943 – August 4, 2006) was an American rock keyboardist and a member of the rock group Spirit. Locke was also a member of the band Nazareth in the early 1980s.


Locke was born in Los Angeles, California. His father was a classical violinist and his mother sang operas and was a composer. In 1967 he formed the Red Roosters with the guitarist Randy California. A year later they had changed the name to Spirit and signed record deal for four albums. He remained involved with the band during most of his career. [1]

Besides Spirit, he performed on the Tom Rush album Wrong End of the Rainbow.[2] In the period 1980-1982 he performed with the Scottish band Nazareth and appeared on three albums: The Fool Circle,[3] 'Snaz,[4] and 2XS.[5] He also played keyboards on the Stray Cats album Gonna Ball,[6] and on Randy California's solo albums Euro-American and Restless.[1]


Locke died of cancer in Ojai, California at the age of 62.[7]


  1. ^ a b Jones, Tim (November 2006). "John Tilden Locke". Record Collector. 329: 24.
  2. ^ "Tom Rush - Wrong End Of The Rainbow". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  3. ^ "Nazareth (2) - The Fool Circle". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  4. ^ "Nazareth (2) - 'Snaz". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  5. ^ "Nazareth (2) - 2XS". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  6. ^ "Stray Cats - Gonna Ball". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  7. ^ "John Locke". The Independent. 2006-08-15. Retrieved 2017-02-05.

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