I just got word from Kan-Do, rock ‘n roll road manager for the Kingsmen that bassist Kerry Magnness has died. Here’s what he sent me, recycled from his friend Steve Lalor:
I thought you would like to know. Another gifted musician/producer has gone. We just learned that Kerry Magness died April 22, 2004. He played bass for several notable bands including The Kingsmen and The Doors. We know nothing about the circumstances of his death as yet, but will pass the news along as we learn more.
The attached picture of Kerry was taken by Supi at The Eagles auditorium in 1969.
Please pass this on…
According to the official Kingsmen website, Kerry was a member of the band from 1966-1967. He also recorded with the Doors on their “Waiting for the Sun” album and was an early member of Rhinoceros.
At Sam Carlson’s encyclopedic PNW Bands.com website, you can read about Kerry’s other band- Popcorn.
Rest in peace, Kerry.