Larry Cassidy

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Larry Cassidy
Larry Cassidy in 2008
Larry Cassidy in 2008
Background information
Birth nameLawrence John Cassidy
Born(1953-04-18)18 April 1953
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Died27 February 2010(2010-02-27) (aged 56)
InstrumentsVocals, guitars, bass guitar
Associated actsSection 25

Lawrence John Cassidy (18 April 1953 – 27 February 2010)[1][2][3] was an English musician, best known for being the singer and bassist of post-punk and electronic band Section 25.

Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, into the family which owned Casdon Toys, Cassidy decided against joining the company,[4] and instead studied law and then sculpture in London.[5] Having earned a first class degree in sculpture in 1977, and inspired by punk, psychedelia and krautrock, he returned to Blackpool and formed the band Section 25, along with his younger brother Vin on drums and Paul Wiggin on guitar. The band joined Factory Records in 1979 and Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton, Joy Division's singer and manager, respectively, produced their first single. Later producers included Martin Hannett, and Bernard Sumner of New Order.

He married Jenny Ross, who subsequently joined Section 25 in 1983, becoming his co-vocalist in the group. She died in 2004, just as the band were attempting a cautious reunion. Steered by Larry and Vin, Section 25 returned to live performance and recording in 2006, and three years later added Larry and Jenny's daughter, Bethany, whose voice recalls that of Jenny. However, Larry Cassidy died of a blood clot on 27 February 2010, at the age of 56.[6]


  1. ^ "Lawrence John Cassidy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Blog - kevin hewick". Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. ^ "The Independent - Obituaries: Larry Cassidy: Leader of the post-punk Factory group Section 25". The Independent. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Factory Records | Factory Records Archive | Cerysmatic Factory". 1 March 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Extended Biography". Section 25. 1 June 1978. Retrieved 8 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ John Robb. "Larry Cassidy obituary | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2020.