Leslie West, guitarist of rock band Mountain, has died at 75

LOS ANGELES — Leslie West, an iconic guitarist-vocalist who was behind a number of ’70s rock anthems together with “Mississippi Queen” with the favored band Mountain, has died. He was 75.

His spokesman Steve Karas stated West died Wednesday in Palm Coast, Florida. Karas stated West died from cardiac arrest after being rushed to the hospital.


West battled with well being points previously few years. In 2011, his decrease proper leg was amputated in a life-saving operation associated to his diabetes.

Rockers like Gene Simmons and Slash confirmed help for West on social media a day earlier than his demise when it was clear he was in dire situation. Paul Stanley referred to as West a “light man and guitar hero” on Twitter.

West started his music profession within the mid-60s with The Vagrants along with his brother Larry West Weinstein, who performed bass. The band referred to as a blue-eyed soul group had a minor hit with “I Can’t Make a Pal” and lined Otis Redding’s “Respect” in 1967.


West stepped out on his personal with a solo profession, releasing the 1969 album “Mountain,” which was produced by Felix Pappalardi. West and Pappalardi ended up beginning the arduous rock band Mountain, which was named after West’s debut solo album.

In 1969, Mountain carried out an 11-song set at Woodstock earlier than the Grateful Lifeless. A yr later, the band launched their largest hit “Mississippi Queen,” which appeared on quite a few film and TV soundtracks together with video video games together with Guitar Hero. The music was lined by a number of artists reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne, W.A.S.P. and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Mountain’s music “Lengthy Crimson” turned common amongst a number of hip-hop artists together with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Nas, who sampled the one. “Theme From An Imaginary Western” was one other of the band’s notable songs.


Throughout a Mountain hiatus, West fashioned the group West, Bruce and Laing together with Cream bassist Jack Bruce and Mountain drummer Corky Laing.

West appeared in movies reminiscent of “Household Honor” and “Cash Pit.” He was a daily visitor on the Howard Stern Present. The musician was inducted into the Lengthy Island Music Corridor of Fame in 2006.

West is survived by his spouse, Jenni, whom he married on stage after Mountain’s efficiency on the Woodstock 40th anniversary live performance in Bethel, New York in 2009.


Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Related Press