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Great White Bass Player Passes Away

by Mark Cartwright

Lorne Black, the founding bass player from the band, Great White, has passed away. A cause of death has not been revealed, but he had apparently been battling his own "demons" for some time.  Black teamed up with singer Jack Russell, guitarist Mark Kendall and drummer Gary Holland in 1982.  Black left the band in 1987 after appearing on three of their studio albums including Shot in the Dark and Once Bitten. Jack Russell issued a statement, saying, “It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing of Lorne Black.  Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. Lorne was a huge part of the first incarnation of Great White!  May he rest in peace."
Of those first three albums, my favorite was Shot in the Dark, even though the band never liked it, because the record label had more influence over the sound of the album than the band did, but there were four or five really great songs on that album, like Face the Day, Run Away, and of course Shot in the Dark.  and without it, they wouldn't have been able to vault to success on the next album, which featured Lady Red Light, Rock Me, and Save Your Love.
If you've never heard Run Away, you're missing out on a great song from Great White. 

Great White - Run Away